Sydney’s Best Small Wedding Venues You Don’t Already Know About
By Amelia Scatigno /Melbourne Venue ExpertMon 16th Jan 2023
From the rolling hills to the city centre, these small Sydney wedding venues are the ones you’ll want to know about.
One of the most exciting things about having a small wedding in Sydney is that you have so many more options for venues! Think restaurants, rooftops, cosy courtyards, waterfront piers, and so much more. Some of our absolute favourites are the places you’ve probably never even heard of — from small estates on the outskirts of the city to urban hideaways in the city centre.
Here are some of the best small wedding venues Sydney has to offer that don’t always show up on the first page of a search. Why? They’re a little more mum-and-pop than your typical wedding venue. These small spaces accommodate groups of up to 150 people and will give your wedding the extra touch of magic it deserves.
1. Ottimo House
Located in the historic Denham Court Estate, this rustic-inspired venue is perfect for couples looking to add a bit of country charm to their small wedding. Towering trees, lush greenery, and plenty of natural beauty await you, all making for perfect photos you’ll always treasure.
Small wedding ceremonies here are simply gorgeous based around the gazebo, while the modern marquee highlights the surrounding views perfectly.
Whether you’re having a destination wedding or a hometown affair, Burnham Grove Estate will put you right at ease. Offering four ceremony location options (all surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens), a garden marquee for relaxed receptions, and onsite accommodation in the heritage homestead, you can truly make this venue your own for an entire wedding weekend.
The enclosed gardens add an intimate feeling to an outdoor garden ceremony, while the marquee reception space caps at 150 guests and feels comfortable with smaller groups.
If water views and breathtaking sunsets are your things, you’ll love Sergeants’ Mess. Located in Sydney’s Chowder Bay precinct, this venue offers glistening waterfront views that stretch as far as the eye can see and bring natural Australian beauty to your wedding day. With a capacity of up to 250 people for dinner and dancing and 350 standing, you can have the perfect small wedding with plenty of room to spare.
For a more vibrant and luxe feel, Zest Boathouse at The Spit is the perfect choice. Situated in the scenic suburb of Mosman on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, this venue boasts a blend of elegance and rustic charm with its interior design, making for a just-right atmosphere for a celebration.
If extraordinary is what you’re looking for, you won’t be able to go past the grand elegance of Establishment Bar. Housed in a 19th-century building on George Street in the CBD, this bar boasts detailed ceilings, magnificent iron columns, and a 42-meter-long marble bar, all coming together to give off a truly show-stopping vibe for a small to mid-sized wedding. With a capacity of up to 220 dining guests, you can have the special celebration of your dreams with plenty of room for dinner and dancing.
6. Ivy Ballroom
Who said intimate weddings in Sydney couldn’t be grand? The spacious 509-square-metre Ivy Ballroom is here to prove to you that style is what makes a space feel iconic, not size. Classic black and white décor, extravagant chandeliers, and large windows flooding the space with natural light make this venue ideal for couples who want to be surrounded by luxury. While the venue is suitable for up to 360 dining guests, it’s also the kind of place where you can build surprises around every turn and treat your small wedding guest list to a rather big-on-style celebration.
To stand out from the crowd, you can’t go past Kittyhawk’s unique, old world Parisian bistro style. At this charming venue, you can transport your guests to another era and serve up snazzy prohibition-style cocktails alongside delicious French fare. The restaurant’s layout allows you to move a small wedding group throughout multiple spaces as your guests discover cosy nooks, long leather banquettes, and an intimate dancing zone.
Ending our small wedding venues of Sydney tour with a bang, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is the perfect venue to bring your wedding dreams to life. With its harbour views, luxurious private dining suites, exceptional in-house service, and innovative menus, this five-star hotel has everything you need for an unforgettable experience!