11 of the Most Instagrammable Rustic Wedding Venues in Melbourne
By Darcy Allen /Melbourne Venue Expert
Fri 26th Aug 2022 Wedding Venues
Take a look at Melbourne Instagram pics and you’ll find a glut of photos that reflect what this city is known for — wonderful eateries and a cool combination of beautiful gardens and creative street art. Hidden within these streets are artsy warehouses that double as rustic wedding venues, while if you head out to the countryside, you’ll find great wineries and other characterful event spaces.
Looking for a relaxing country escape with a rustic barn wedding venue? You’ve got it. How about hosting your wedding at a working winery? Can do. Maybe you’re after something with a slightly industrial vibe? There are lots of photo-worthy options in the city too.
Here are some of our favourite local rustic wedding venues in Melbourne and nearby, all Instagrammable in their own right.
One of many wineries in the world-famous Yarra Valley region, Vue on Halcyon stands out due to its warm and inviting vibe. Ceremonies occur on the lawns under blissful open skies or in the traditional, light-filled onsite chapel for inclement weather days.
Enjoy a distinctive touch to your dining with delicious meals cooked by a team led by owners Rennae and Dean. For memorable wedding photos, the grounds have a range of captivating, rustic views — they even have a couple of alpacas who will be delighted to take part in the pics too!
Photo by Ashley K
Home to award-winning restaurants, event spaces and an air of excitement, Melbourne’s South Wharf also houses the gorgeous Cargo Hall. This delightful wedding venue offers both skyline and waterfront views for awesome wedding photos and rustic outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
Once a docking shed, the hall features stunning timber floors and beams and a lighting rig to help create an atmosphere that’s uniquely you. We suggest decking it with gorgeous custom floral arrangements to create a striking setting for your celebrations.
Acre farm is a delightful urban farm in the suburb of Burwood. This quaint setting is a functioning farm with sprawling olive groves and outdoor settings like no other.
Gaze into your partner’s eyes in a tree-lined lawn ceremony before enjoying your reception in either the rustic farmhouse or the glasshouse. The former is a spacious, pastoral building with stunning country views, while the latter is an epic all-glass room that’s perfect for festoon-lit evening parties. Dining at Acre farm is a highlight, featuring homegrown sustainable, seasonal produce.
Just west of Melbourne sits the Warrawong Estate, a charming wedding venue that reflects its rich farming history. Complete with views of the glorious Werribee River, the 19th-century woolshed venue is an idyllic setting for both ceremony and reception.
For rustic outdoor ceremonies, services occur between the woolshed and two towering 1930s concrete silos. Head inside the roomy barn space for a reception like no other — boasting brick floors, exposed wood beams and an expansive outdoor area, perfect for outdoor vendors like a food truck for evening grub!
Photo by White Shutter Photography
With warehouse wedding venues in Melbourne being so popular, The Button Factory is a wonder in its own right, the perfect canvas for your rustic wedding day. Here, you’ll find a modern rustic space with elegant brickwork and fabulous paintings. How’s that for a backdrop for mingling and nibbles?
Bathed in natural light, The garden is packed with lush tropical plants and includes a rustic pizza oven. The loft is also a great space for either reception or ceremony. Its fresh, crisp white walls make for a serene space, allowing you the chance to turn it into your dream wedding space.
Boasting over 20 years of hosting beautiful weddings, Shadowfax Winery is a boutique wedding venue just a half-hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. You can wed either outdoors on the sun-soaked lawns surrounded by towering trees or inside the barrel hall, an intimate underground room filled with maturing wine barrels.
You’ll find dining at Shadowfax a memorable experience, where the in-house team use locally sourced produce to create delicious Mediterranean-themed dishes. With years of experience, the dedicated and friendly Shadowfax team is ready to help create an unforgettable day.
Perfect for guests travelling from near and far, historic winery Marnong Estate Mickleham in the northern suburbs is a short trip from Melbourne CBD, not far from the airport.
Nestled in surrounding farmland, its secret garden is a flower-covered ceremony area, ideal for leafy wedding snaps. Indoors, the green grove is a remarkable glass building complete with a vaulted roof and panoramas of the nearby foliage and rolling hillsides. For a unique reception spot, we recommend the woolshed. This spacious, industrial-meets-rustic setting is the ultimate space for banquet-style dining, complete with enchanting lights and an outdoor terrace for glorious views of the evening sky.
With a glamorous take on industrial style, Gather and Tailor is a modern riverside venue with two levels of wedding venue potential. A warehouse space custom-made for your imagination to run wild, Gather and Tailor is run by the expert wedding planners at Nudo Events, who will help you make the most of this modern rustic venue in Melbourne’s city centre.
How about a banquet-style feast in the larger upper level before transforming it into a magnificently lit dancefloor for evening celebrations? Why not utilise nearby Footscray Park for a lovely garden ceremony too? At Gather and Tailor, just picture what you want, and the expert team will make it happen.
Photo by Briars Atlas
One of the most iconic wedding venues in the entire Yarra Valley, Levantine Hill is a refined-rustic retreat just an hour from Melbourne. Here, your ceremony is all about saying ‘I do’ accompanied by the tremendous landscape of this beloved wine region.
Reception-wise, hiring this site allows you exclusive access to each fantastic area of the venue, including the stunning cellar door restaurant, complete with modern barrel seating and glass walls to take in the gorgeous panoramas.
Photo by Lost in Love Photography
Sitting atop the Mornington Peninsula Estate is a winery and rustic wedding venue, Max’s. The perfect place for an intimate, all-in-one event, its stunning lawn area looks beautiful lined with elegant white chairs and a carpeted aisle leading to a quaint barrel arbour.
Guests can exchange stories of the happy couple while sipping cocktails on the terrace before heading into Max’s Restaurant for a bespoke, locally sourced meal. For your evening’s entertainment, how about some relaxing acoustic music while you and your guests enjoy the sunset on the restaurant’s wrap-around porch?
Just minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, tucked away in Brunswick East, is The Wool Mill. It’s a venue you won’t see coming, but once you discover its multiple floors of modern rustic and industrial charm, we’re certain it will win you over.
From intimate rooms like the private laneway to the plant-adorned, light-filled feasting hall, you’ll find spaces suitable for weddings of all sizes. The venue uses local vendors, Refresh Hospitality, for catering, a crew that’s known for their epic sharing feasts and extravagant set meals.
A venue that needs to be seen to be believed, The Wool Mill offers the height of minimalist rustic wedding delight.
Photo by Art of Grace
Looking for a rustic wedding venue in Melbourne or in nearby Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, or another part of Victoria? Our local venue experts are here to help. Reach out today, and we’ll send you personalised recommendations.