9 Central Melbourne Wedding Venues That Are Perfectly Modern
By Lauren Morison /Australian Venue Expert
Fri 26th May 2023 Wedding Venues
Alto Event Space in Melbourne CBD, Photo by Kylie Iva
When you picture your wedding day, you’re thinking sleek, modern, sophisticated and incredibly fun, am I right? Yep. That’s what I was picturing for my wedding day too. I’m here to tell you that you can have all that and more right in the heart of the city. Everything you love about Melbourne is exactly what makes it such an amazing place to find a wedding venue. Incredible restaurants? Not only is Melbourne home to thousands of them, but some double as wedding venues. Beautiful old architecture? Not only will you spot it in the streets, but Melbourne also has some gorgeous historic wedding spaces. Museums that wow? We’ve got plenty, including a select few that host beautiful weddings.
The thing I love most about a Melbourne CBD wedding is that it’s a chance to really remind your guests of what makes this city so unique. From bringing them into a converted warehouse on the riverfront to inviting them down a laneway and into a hidden antique ballroom that dates back nearly a hundred years, these experiences are unforgettable.
Exchange your vows beside the stunning Yarra River in Melbourne’s South Wharf with Aerial. This versatile venue offers a large, modern space that can be adapted for intimate receptions and big weddings alike. Decorate it to your liking; keep it simple, or transform the room into a chic dinner party space replete with hundreds of candles and colourful statement florals.
You essentially get a blank canvas, giving you the freedom to make your wedding dreams come true. Aerial seats up to 300 guests and with an extra hour included for arrival timings and more.
2. Showtime Events Centre
The industrial warehouse feel that Showtime Events Centre offers is perfect for couples wanting something uniquely Melbourne feeling. And don’t worry about taking care of the details — here, you can confidently leave everything in the hands of the award-winning service team.
Showtime will work closely with you to ensure that your wedding vision comes to life — be that transforming the space into an outdoor garden or a beautifully lit venue that sparkles with grandeur. With riverfront views and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, this is one of the most sought-after venues for modern weddings near Melbourne’s bustling CBD.
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When a couple tells me they’re looking for a venue that feels glamorous and sophisticated, I instantly think of Metropolis. It sits on the banks of the Yarra River, a New York loft-style space set in Melbourne’s bustling Southbank area. We’re talking backlit brass bars, a 17m high dome ceiling with projection capabilities, and impressive 9m-high windows.
4. Zinc Fed Square
Open-plan, modern, and adaptable are the three words that best describe Zinc at Fed Square. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, expansive outdoor decks with incredible views of the Yarra River, and award-winning catering.
Perfect for the couple that’s looking for a space with some flexibility, Zinc offers event spaces that can be hired exclusively or split into two smaller studio rooms. If you’re not sure how big your wedding will be at this stage, this kind of flexibility is a no-brainer.
5. Alto Event Space
No two weddings are ever the same at Alto Event Space. An impressive venue with soaring high ceilings, polished concrete floors, a large outdoor terrace and a striking brass bar, it’s truly an unforgettable space you’ll want to celebrate your special day in.
Boasting warm hospitality from Melbourne’s Damm Fine Food Co team, the professional event planners at this space are dedicated to making your wedding day a seamless and unforgettable affair. From providing exquisite catering to ensuring the details come together effortlessly, hassle-free wedding planning is what you’ll get at Alto Event Space.
6. Hellenic Museum
This heritage-listed building of Melbourne’s former Royal Mint offers two floors and three stunning function spaces for hire — complete with a tranquil garden oasis. To be honest, heritage-listed isn’t what immediately comes to mind when you think modern wedding, but these interiors are so stylish that they feel almost new. Think dramatic navy blue walls that’ll make your florals pop like crazy, and arched windows that let in lots of natural light.
7. Park Hyatt Melbourne
Apart from a spectacular location that overlooks the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Park Hyatt Melbourne is all about magic. If your wedding vision involves a sweeping staircase and a sophisticated ballroom, then it’s the perfect place for you.
Elegantly designed, this 5-star venue will surely bring your dream wedding to life. Whether it’s the catering you’re after or easy access to the best of Melbourne, Park Hyatt has got it all! Get ready to have your guests in awe with this iconic wedding venue.
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8. Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Is your dream a wedding that reflects your personality as a couple? Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the perfect place to make that happen. In fact, this luxury hotel’s team of wedding planners specialise in creativity and innovation, and boy, do they deliver.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne offers a range of venue options, from the intimate to grand. Whether it’s an outdoor ceremony in the lush gardens or a lavish banquet fit for royalty, this venue will ensure your event is nothing short of spectacular. And being a Hyatt venue, you know you can rely on this team for world-class cuisine and impeccable service.
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9. The Trust
If you’re after a truly unique and timeless wedding experience, The Trust is the place to be. This brand new wedding venue is housed within the original Port of Melbourne Authority Building on Flinders Lane, and dates back to 1929. It’s only recently been lovingly restored by the expert Nudo team, embracing its gorgeous original features like decorative windows and soaring ceilings while bringing a fresh and modern feel throughout.