As a Melbourne based wedding band, every weekend we are lucky enough to play in some amazing venues both in Melbourne and in the surrounding areas. Living here we are very lucky to have the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula so close to the city, not to mention the Macedon Ranges and Bellarine Peninsula. There are way too many amazing venues for just one post, so we will continue this series in the coming weeks. So, without further ado, see below for some of our favourite venues, listed in no particular order.
1. Stillwater at Crittenden – Mornington Peninsula (Dromana)
We absolutely love this place, and have literally never seen a bad wedding here. The staff is first rate, and the guests are always happy and very well looked after. Food is excellent and the setting is spectacular. Ceremonies are held by the lake, and then guests move to the outside bar for canapés, before moving inside for the main reception.
Weddings are extremely well organised here, and always run smoothly. The space is versatile enough to accommodate any style of event – We have played some very relaxed afternoon weddings here, and some absolutely massive night time weddings. Highly recommended.
2. Gum Gully Farm – Yarra Valley (Silvan)
A beautiful venue with a warm family atmosphere. Gum Gully Farm is a family run operation and is one of the happiest places we have played. Set in a charming hillside location, they have a chapel on site for ceremonies and a beautifully rustic building for the reception. For weddings in the colder months there are 2 huge open fires, and pot belly stoves on the verandah.
There are farm animals for the kids and a warm and intimate atmosphere for all to enjoy. One of our very favourite places to play. They even loaned us a guitar once when one of ours broke during sound check!
3. Riverstone Estate – Yarra Valley (Cold Stream)
This venue must have one of the best views of any venue we’ve ever played. Perched on top of a hill in the scenic Yarra Valley it is a truly special place for a wedding. The venue is managed by an ex wedding muso, so as a band you are very well looked after. The food is excellent and the vibes are warm and hospitable. Ceremonies are held just outside the main venue on the lawn and then the happy couple take a spin down the hill on a golf buggy for some quick photos at sunset. Photographers love this venue as it’s very hard to take a bad sunset shot here! Whilst the couple are away, guests can enjoy the view and some light refreshments on the verandah before kicking into the reception. Below is some footage of us playing instrumental music during canapés, on the verandah.
4. Farm Vigano – Plenty Gorge (South Morang)
For those who don’t want to venture too far from the city but still want the country vibe, this place is for you. Set in the beautiful Plenty Gorge, just a stone’s thrown from the city, Farm Vigano is a hidden gem! They serve excellent Italian food and wine, and the staff are warm and professional. Your guests will enjoy canapés and drinks on the paved outdoor terrace, which has a great view. And then head inside for fantastic Italian food in the cosy dining room. Oh, and we’ve had some great dance floor action here too – so there’s definitely enough room to get the party going later in the night!
5. Rupert on Rupert – Inner City (Collingwood)
This is one of the coolest inner city venues we have ever played at. It is an ex-industrial space tucked away in the back streets of Collingwood and is absolutely beautiful inside. There are plenty of separate spaces for guests to mingle and relax. Also there are no noise restrictions, so the band can really crank up the party. The food and staff are awesome and it never strays into the “so cool it’s unfriendly” territory that some other inner city venues can fall into. There are cocktails, wines, and craft beers aplenty. Definitely on top of our list for inner city vibes.
So there you have it, our list of 5 great wedding venues in Melbourne and surrounding areas. We know picking a venue for you big day is a massive decision, but hopefully this article has helped. Stay tuned for more in this series!