(Closed) Intimate and quaint wedding reception venues in Sydney

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

There are a few Aussie bees on here – I’m Sydney based as well! For a wedding that size, I wouldn’t hire a wedding planner.  I had no trouble planning our wedding for eighty people myself, with a fourteen month engagement. In terms of venues, do you have a particular area of Sydney you’re keen to stay within? I adore Vaucluse House, but it has a price tag to match its beauty.  Eschol Park House is gorgeous and does smaller weddings but it’s a long way west, as is Mamre House which is in beautiful grounds. Some friends of ours had their reception on a boat on the harbour which was awesome but probably not for everyone! Gunners Barracks looks beautiful as well.  With a small guest list though you might be able to book out a private room at a restaurant which wasn’t an option for us.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Check out the dockside venues. Wolfies/Waterfront/Italian Village all cater for small weddings minimum 25 people. Very reasonable prices and packages too. We found they were the best value for a small wedding as they include lots of things in the package.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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KiwiDerbyBride:  Gunner barracks is amazing but have a minimum number of like 80.

Eschol park is great for a small wedding if you don’t mind it being further out of Sydney.

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Blushing bee

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anonp:  Hi! Another Sydney-sider here. Are you looking to have your ceremony + reception at the one venue?

One place we looked at that gets booked out very very quickly (by locals) is the Breakfast Point Country Club. It has a laid back Hamptons vibe and the surrounding area is amazing (a bit like Pleasantville). There are few different sized rooms you can use. It’s a less usual choice, so it makes for a pretty unexpected wedding spot and very atmospheric. We called up 13 months in advance and our day was booked out (we didn’t have flexibility in dates).

The Grounds of Alexandria is definitely my idea of quaint. It’s hard to explain in words, but if you Google image search for a few pictures you’ll get the vibe. They can cater to smaller weddings.

Another idea – why don’t you pick a favourite restaurant (and see if they can section off an area)? Often, having a smaller wedding gives you much better options for good food or ambience.

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Busy bee

The grounds of Alexandria is a brilliant shout. A friend of a friend got married there and the pictures were spectacular. I also walked past a wedding at Chiswick restaurant recently. It’s a beautiful garden restaurant, the wedding looked amazing but not sure of the packages. 

If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out some of the yacht clubs or the cafe at Nielsen park (can’t remember what it’s called but the one with the stained glass windows).

A friend went to a wedding there and I’ve been to a wedding at Manly Skiff club and have seen a private event at double bay 18footers. All a bit more of a casual feel but equally amazing!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

A colleague of mine looked at the Grounds for her wedding and I’m pretty sure she decided against it because it was insanely expensive – but I might be wrong!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

 Chiswick does small weddings, I looked at it when I hoped to keep mine small- the food would have been amazing

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Busy bee

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KiwiDerbyBride:  I tried just hosting a baby shower there once and they tried to charge me for everything under the sun so Im not surprised a wedding would cost a fortune. Still, sooooo dreamy! 

I think they let out specific areas depending on budget/size.  I guess if you didn’t need/want exclusive use of the place it would be more reasonable….

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