The Best Venues for Holding a Wedding Reception in Sydney

The Best Venues for Holding a Wedding Reception in Sydney

Sydney is a beautiful city throughout the year.  The subtropical climate makes outdoor weddings and receptions possible through most of the year.  If the weather drives you inside there are plenty of amazing options for the perfect celebration.  From chartering a cruise ship in Sydney Harbour, booking the Opera house for you and 1000 guests, enjoying a garden setting in Hunter Valley or the Blue Mountains, or simply reserving a private dining room for no more than a dozen and a half people Sydney and the surrounding area has a venue to match your fairytale wedding reception.

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect wedding and reception.  We have outlined a number of venue choices that range from very small intimate gatherings to venues that can seat hundreds or even provide cocktail service for up to 1000 guests.  For Sydneysiders wishing to have their receptions in the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley we can get all of your guests to the reception in our line of executive coaches.  You tell us how many guests and we will arrange the appropriate number of coaches.  We can provide wedding transportation for the wedding party and all the guests.

We also provide shuttle service to move your guests quickly and efficiently from the wedding ceremony to the reception. Book bus hire in Sydney on your needs.

Here are our picks for wedding reception venues in Sydney and the surrounding areas.


Being in the CBD does not mean you can not have a gorgeous outdoor venue for your reception.  The Royal Botanic Gardens has a breathtaking outdoor Garden venue, with seating for up to 130 people or 250 guests for a cocktail style party. The Botanic Gardens Restaurant is a fully restored 19th century building with a modern design inside.  It is a wonderful fusion of high class elegance through the ages.

For an intimate venue with room for 16-18 with views of the Harbour that are unparalleled.  Windows stretching five metres from floor to ceiling. The private dining room at Altitude Restaurant inside the Shangri-La Hotel provides a breathtaking setting for the most discerning of couples and there very closest friends or family.

If you have a flexible schedule and can work around the 200 or more performances that the Opera House hosts each year you can use the venue for the most epic wedding reception anywhere in the world.  The Opera House has four separate areas that can be used for a wedding reception with seating for groups of 80 to 650 and the Concert Hall Northern Foyer can host up to 1000 guests cocktail style.

Bondi-BeachBondi Beach

Bondi Beach is a gorgeous location for a wedding reception and one of the best views of Bondi Beach can be found from Icebergs.  Choose among private bar & balconies, sweeping panoramic views, and select whether you would like a seated or standing event.  Seating can be for up to 120 guests.  Icebergs offers many options for catering, themes, and allow bookings for daytime, or nighttime.

For a unique themed wedding reception Bondi Beach is home to the Bavarian Bier Cafe.  With classic wooden tables and benches, authentic serving wenches, and a selection of Bier that is simply amazing.  The function room holds up to 200 people and the entire venue can accommodate up to 500.  This is a fun and friendly alternative for those looking for something a little different.

Blue Mountains

If you have ever wanted a cocktail party reception in a grand ballroom for up to 850 guests then the Fairmont Resort is the way to go.  This over the top wedding reception venue can truly make your dreams come true.  If you would prefer to have a full sit down dinner in the ballroom up to 420 guests can be served. There are multiple sites within this property for the perfect wedding reception.  Have a look at all the incredible rooms available for a Blue Mountains fairytale reception.

Lilianfels has a half a dozen venues ideal for hosting a wedding reception.  The Camellia Room is on the top floor of Darley’s Restaurant and is a beautiful place for an intimate gathering for up to 20 guests.  There are various other rooms available for up to 100 people as well as two outdoor spaces, Oak Lawn suitable for up to 60 guests and Pine Forest which can seat up to 100 people.

Sydney Harbour

One amazing alternative for Sydneysiders is to host a wedding and or reception on board a ship, or yacht.  All of Sydney Harbour will be your venue and you can choose from many different size boats to accommodate any size party from 12 guests to over 100.  There are sail options, and power yachts available.  Cocktail style parties or fully catered sit down dinners.  Sydney Harbour Wedding Charter Boats has an array of floating venues to choose from.

Hunter-ValleyHunter Valley

In Hunter Valley there is a lovely golf course with a vineyard called The Vintage.  The Vintage has three locations for wedding ceremonies and two separate venues for hosting a reception.  The Barrington Room room overlooks the 18th hole and can seat up to 90 guests with a dance floor.  The Founders Room is nearly double the size with seating for up to 170 guests with a dance floor.  The views overlook the golf course and the mountains beyond.

If you would like to have an all out fantasy wedding come true, and you love Alice in Wonderland, a tea party reception in the garden at Hunter Valley Gardens is likely the location of a lifetime.  The Garden Terrace overlooks the Oriental Garden and one of the options is to have a fireworks display in the background as you are cutting your wedding cake.  For a truly memorable experience check into the incredible options offered at Hunter Valley Gardens.

Celebrating the union of two people who have decided to live their lives together going forward is an exciting time.  The place that you choose to celebrate this life changing event will stay with you forever.  When selecting your perfect venue make sure it is exactly what you want.  There are so many things to choose from.  Make your dream a reality.

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