Your Guide to the Best Wedding Reception Centres in Melbourne

Many couples opt to host their wedding ceremony is a separate location to their reception. This could be because they have fallen in love with a space that’s too small for their reception guest list or doesn’t have an attached function area, or they prefer to exchange vows with only a handful of witnesses. Regardless of the reasons, many couples accommodate for a location change from ceremony to reception on their wedding day.

When it comes to choosing wedding reception centres in Melbourne, there are an abundance of options. Whether you’re looking for an intimate space for your nearest and dearest, or you’re inviting a few suburbs worth of people to your wedding, our our Melbourne Venue experts have created a list of the biggest things to consider when it comes time to book your wedding reception venue in Melbourne.

VenueCrew Specialist Tip #1: Consider the distance between ceremony and reception.

If you’re getting married in a separate location to your wedding reception centre, one thing we recommend is keeping an eye on your schedule for the day. Do you have time to be driving 30+ minutes from point A to B, keeping in mind that you’ll likely be taking professional wedding photos on top of that?

Another thing to consider is your guests. Yes, this is your big day, but your family and friends want to spend as much time as possible with you and this can be difficult when everyone is jumping into cars or booking Ubers for an extended commute.

Consider looking at venues that have gorgeous ceremony venues nearby, like the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Many couples opt to have their ceremony take place outdoors in one of the nearby gardens, such as Flagstaff Gardens, Carlton Gardens, and Birrarung Marr before moving across to the hotel for the reception. This luxury hotel plays host to exceptional wedding receptions overseen by their dedicated weddings team. Featuring three grand function spaces, onsite deluxe accommodation, and a breathtaking view over the Melbourne CBD, the Grand Hyatt receives rave reviews from couples who have hosted their reception there. Download the Grand Hyatt Melbourne wedding brochure.

VenueCrew Specialist Tip #2: Finalise the number of guests.

There’s no denying that after 2020, Melbourne residents are begging for a chance to get together and celebrate; and what better reason to do that than for a wedding? Plenty of reception centres in Melbourne are geared to host weddings of all sizes, from intimate sit-down dinners to dancefloor-pumping parties.

Eureka 89 Southbank is set up to meet any sized guest list. This glass-encased reception centre is located within the iconic Eureka Tower, 300m above sea level, and boasts unbeatable views of the city and Yarra River. The Southern Point Room comfortable seats 40 guests, and features a custom-designed cocktail bar. The Northern Point Room is slightly larger, accommodating up to 120 guests and a dancefloor to get the party started. Your guest list north of 120 guests? Eureka 89 offers exclusive hire of both spaces, accommodating up to 198 seated guests or 400 in a standing arrangement. Download the Eureka 89 Southbank wedding brochure.

VenueCrew Specialist Tip #3: Find ways to create cohesion.

If your guests have come from the ceremony location which has been decorated a certain way, it’s a nice touch for them to walk into the reception centre and feel as though the two spaces are connected. This could be as simple as using the same or similar decor and colour scheme at both places. A good idea would be to find wedding reception centres in Melbourne that are blank canvases, able to be transformed and decorated to your exact specifications.

The Terrace is perfect for this. Not only is it located within the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, which is chock full of popular ceremony spots, but it’s also close to several churches and the Victoria Marriage Registry. It’s also a blank canvas venue, meaning that the arrangement and decor are completely up for negotiation. A modern and contemporary space with floor-to-ceiling windows, this open and airy space overlooks Ornamental Lake and the sprawling gardens. Download The Terrace wedding brochure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

According to the most up-to-date information, all reception centres in Melbourne require a COVID-safe plan.

The VenueCrew experts make the booking process simple. Make a list of your event requirements such as guest list, location of your ceremony, and schedule a chat with one of our Melbourne Venue Specialists.  We’ll research the best wedding reception centres in Melbourne that meet your requirements, and all you need to do is confirm your booking!