Summer Love

Summer Love

Blooming flowers, warm breezes and a setting sun are only a few reasons why summer is a popular season to get married. Here, Bhria Vellnagel rounds up five Melbourne venues that are perfect for a summertime wedding.

As the cold weather makes way for glorious sun-drenched days, couples are choosing to venture into the great outdoors for their wedding. With abundant greenery and flowers in full bloom, it’s not difficult to see why summer is the most favoured time for couples to say their “I Do’s”.

The Terrace

“Hidden within the lush confines of the Royal Botanic Gardens, [The Terrace is] the go-to venue for a magical summer wedding,” says Emily Major, the professional wedding coordinator at The Terrace. “Floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow your guests to enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés in a garden setting that has been a Melbourne icon for more than 170 years.”

Marrying the love of your life surrounded by flowers and greenery may seem too good to be true, but The Terrace makes it a reality. Overlooking the beautiful Ornamental Lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens, this venue will create the perfect backdrop for your summer wedding.

The Terrace features floor-to-ceiling windows that will immerse you and your guests in nature. With space for up to 300 guests in a cocktail setting, the venue can accommodate all your friends and family members. The beautiful skylight in the middle of the ceiling will bathe your reception in natural light without letting in the intense summer heat.

M.V. Pearl

Imagine reciting your vows on a picturesque sky deck with Melbourne’s waterways and stunning skies as your backdrop. With cooling sea breezes and refreshments at your beck and call, M.V. Pearl is the perfect location for a summer wedding. This 80-foot-long, three-level European luxury yacht will be sure to make waves at your wedding.

The pick-up location is in the Docklands, where you will board with up to 68 of your closest friends and family members for an unforgettable experience. As the sun goes down and the ocean breeze wafts over you, you can enjoy Melbourne’s illuminated city skyline as the award-winning chefs provide you with amazing cocktails, wine and French champagne.

Newlyweds can dance underneath the stars as their favourite songs play from M.V. Pearl’s state-of-the-art sound system, before heading back into the city to continue their celebrations.

Ballara Receptions

If you’ve ever dreamed of being married in a beautiful English garden with manicured lawns, draping willow trees and a reflective pond, look no further than Ballara Receptions.

With multiple ceremony locations available, including a non-denominational chapel and a stunning Victorian gazebo that’s surrounded by greenery, this venue has everything to make your dream wedding come true. The elegant ballroom seats up to 160 guests to ensure all the most cherished people in your life can celebrate with you on your special day.

Located only 29km from Melbourne’s CBD and at the foothills of the Yarra Valley, Ballara Receptions’ gardens provide a range of picturesque locations for your wedding photography, including a waterfall and lake-side jetty.

Wild Cattle Creek Estate

With a backdrop of landscaped gardens and vineyards, this venue is a charming location for both ceremonies and receptions. Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley, you can rest assured the experienced team at Wild Cattle Creek Estate will provide a flawless summer wedding.

“Providing nothing less than the ultimate experience, with ceremony, reception and accommodation locations [available], Wild Cattle Creek Estate will ensure your wedding day vision is turned into reality,” says Bridgette Jones, the venue’s wedding and event coordinator.

Enjoy the views of ferny glades, rolling hills and rows of vines, as well as spectacular mountain outlooks as you and your partner exchange vows. In summer, greenery and blue skies are in high supply, which create a wonderful backdrop for photography.

As the sun begins to set, dance the night away in the venue’s intimate reception space, before calling it a night in its fantastic on-site accommodation.

The Willows

Celebrate your wedding in style at one of Melbourne’s most sophisticated wedding venues. Surrounded by nature and heritage features, The Willows is situated on Melbourne’s most prestigious boulevard. Offering three amazing ceremony locations that feature lush greenery and exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows, this venue excels at accommodating a summer wedding.

The experienced team at The Willows is sure to impress with a bespoke package that will suit every couple to a tee. Enjoy the pairing of high- quality food and wine in the dining room while you’re encompassed by its tranquil and unique atmosphere.

Overnewton Castle

Situated only 23km from Melbourne’s CBD, this historic castle has more than four acres of picturesque English gardens that offer the perfect backdrop from anywhere on the property. For a truly unforgettable experience, say your vows under the venue’s 160-year-old oak and elm trees and be enveloped by the delicately perfumed gardens.

Built in 1849, Overnewton Castle has views across Keilor and features a Victorian Tudor-style façade, which was inspired by 16th-century English and Scottish architecture. The steeped roof pitches and historic origins create an exceptional ceremony location.

From vineyards to yachts, manicured gardens and historic properties, Melbourne offers a number of one-of-a-kind venues that are perfect for a summer wedding. All closely located to Melbourne’s CBD, you can rest assured your closest friends and family members will be there to celebrate your big day and the delightfully warm weather.