Here’s a list of epic South Coast wedding venues well worth looking into. The South Coast of NSW is one of Australia’s most stunning regions with beautiful rivers, forests, mountains and green rolling hills everywhere you turn. Sadly a lot of lists like this come from Wedding blog where you only get to see the venue’s that are paying a lot of money for the privilege of being on the list so it’s not always the top wedding venue’s you want to be looking at.
As a photographer who’s lived and photographed on the South Coast a lot I’m going to lay out my favourite venue’s from a photographers perspective with your wedding in mind. I have photographed 350+ weddings in my career and I’ve definitely seen my fair share of venue’s that are amazing and some that really leave a lot to be desired. Yes you could just grab a city function centre with sheer curtains draped around the walls. But this is the one chance you get to hold an incredible celebration with your favourite humans all in one place. You definitely want something unique. Surrounded by natural beauty that will be a truly unforgettable experience.
It feels appropriate to mention right now, that much of the south coast right now is grieving so much loss because of the bushfires, and while it might be tempting to steer clear of booking wedding venue’s in bush fire affected areas for this summer. I plead with you to book venue’s in these areas that have been affected. When you book a venue in these areas you’ll be participating in helping the economy get back on its feet.
You’ll probably be spending the whole weekend on the coast with your family and friends which means money for the local cafe’s, restaurants & accomodation. Probably local florists and caterers too. You might not be having a wedding as you read this but you might feel stirred in your heart to be generous to people affected by the fires. Donations to the Salvation Army’s bushfire Appeal can be made HERE.
RUSTIC OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUES
For the craft beer drinkers among us. You’ve considered getting married with your Young Henry’s shirt on but you know your beard would cover up most of the logo so you may as well go for that tweed suit. These beautiful venues have plenty of old world charm and corrugated iron and vintage timber doors for days.
- Driftwood Shed
- Silo’s Estate
- Melross Farm
- Worrowing Estate
- Bawley Valley Bush Retreat
- Brogers End
- The Woods Farm
- Bewong River Retreat
- The Old Church Milton
WINERIES & MODERN ROMANTIC FEEL VENUES
For the modern romantics. You’re less likely to find mason jars and twine here but you’ll find plenty of tasty reds and stunning open lawns and beautifully maintained gardens.
- Bawley Vale Estate
- Cupitt’s Winery
- Crooked River Winery
- Mountain Ridge
- Silo’s Estate
- Willow Farm Berry
MANOR HOUSE STYLE WEDDING VENUES
A few of these could arguable fit into the above section but I think there’s something very distinct about these beautiful old homesteads and the types of vintage inspired feel they bring to a wedding day with such effortless class.
SECLUDED BUSH WEDDING VENUES
If you’re big time nature lovers and you’re particularly big on native shrubbery. These have got you covered. This isn’t where you’ll find lush lawns and hedge mazes. This is where you’ll share your ceremony site with beautiful kookaburra’s and majestic goanna’s. Maybe even a few bush turkeys.
RECEPTION ONLY VENUES
CHURCHES & CHAPELS
Hotels & amazing airbnb’s for getting ready.
I’ll be following up this post in the coming weeks with some extra tips for picking the right ceremony locations for your outdoor wedding as well as a helpful guide on understanding the basics of light for outdoor weddings so you can plan your timeline effectively so you’re guests don’t get burnt. You won’t be squinting into the sun as you dry to hold back tears during your vows. And, You’ll get the beautiful golden backlit ceremony light you didn’t know you even wanted. (Trust me, you want it)
If you know of an incredible venue that’s not on this list please feel free to let me know. I’ll keep updating a curating this list to help couples find the best of the best places to get married at.
Ok Now go plan the best wedding ever! I’ve given you the low down on the best spots.
One final note, Even if you’re not getting married at any of my favourite south coast wedding venues any time soon. I would definitely encourage you, if you can; to go and have a weekend away on the coast in the bushfire affected areas this year. So many of these coastal towns rely really heavily on tourism dollars to keep their economy healthy and the beaches and the water will still be just as beautiful as ever. (And probably a lot less crowded) You will be providing a much needed boost to the economy of the south coast and have an amazing time doing it. You’ve really got nothing to loose.