Once upon a time, warehouses were spaces used to store wares. And then people cottoned onto the fact that big, industrial, blank-canvas buildings made an excellent set of bones in which to create a wedding day that was truly individual.
With high ceilings, raw materials (e.g. iron, concrete and glass), good acoustics and solid fixtures for suspending things like floral installations, it’s little wonder that the humble warehouse is now a firm favourite option for many couples looking for something a bit edgier and different for their wedding day.
We’ve brought together some of our fave Australian warehouse wedding venues so you can see what we’re talking about. Scroll on down.
If you meander through the laneways of Footscray, chances are you’ll stumble upon The Line – a large, industrial event space with minimal furnishings and plenty of personality. Suitable for 200 guests, it comes with a competent team who will assist you on the day and throughout the planning process.
Photo credit: Simon L. King.
Once home to a local panel beater, this beautifully renovated warehouse is now a snazzy, pet-friendly wedding venue. Brought to life by the good folk of Rogue Bistro their focus is naturally on good food, locally baked cakes and convenience (bless their cotton socks).
Photo credit: Kait Photography.
This warehouse wedding venue has some serious street cred. Positioned on the second level of an industrial loft, the simplistic design allows for endless styling options and the late curfew is a big selling point. The main reason couples come here however, is for the ‘edgy modern food’ and lengthy drinks menu (try The Lost Mermaid and Bangkok Colada).
Photo credit: Beck Rocchi.
Since joining the Three Blue Ducks family, this space has become a hotspot for couples wanting a cool warehouse wedding venue. The exposed beams, high ceilings, stripped back walls and concrete floors provide an industrial setting like no other, and that can be styled to suit each couples preferences. And when it comes to good food it gets even better – the chefs here are renowned for producing seasonal and sustainable fare with plenty of exciting dishes cooked over two charcoal fire pits or in their wood fired oven.
Photo credit: Scott Surplice Photography.
Here’s a story. This industrial wedding warehouse is home to a yellow vintage crane that can hold up to two tons (hence the name) and is available for use if needed. It’s also got stunning concrete floors and neutral white walls (the perfect blank canvas) plus a long list of facilities including a commercial kitchen, heating and A/C, bathrooms, direct street access, integrated sound systems etc.
Photo credit: Elleni Toumpas.
This contemporary wedding venue is a little quirky and a lot cool. The concrete, steel and copper accents are softened by plenty of indoor plants and ambient lighting and the expansive windows provide plenty of natural light. You can host your ceremony in ‘The Conservatory’ (an amazing room with a glass ceiling) and the cocktail lounge is a perfect hideout for the bridal party.
Photo credit: Light and Type.
Canvas House is a contemporary, loft-like space with plenty of perks. Firstly, it’s pet-friendly and secondly you can BYO catering and alcohol and even drive food trucks into the venue through the courtyard doors. Plus there’s furniture, glassware, cutlery and styling items all on site so you basically don’t have to lift a finger.
Photo credit: Canvas House.
One of Melbourne’s hidden gems, Glasshaus Inside is a 1920s warehouse wedding venue that’s been dressed from head to top in green botanical goodness (read: zero styling required). It’s predominately DIY with the option to organise your own suppliers (food, alcohol, furniture, music etc.) however they’re also happy to take the reigns and connect with local vendors on your behalf. This mob also run a second venue, Glasshaus Outside, that’s ideal for daytime events.
Photo credit: Motta Weddings.
Blue Mountains, NSW
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park is where they used to produce 1,650 tons of coal every day. Now it’s a unique NSW wedding venue that boasts stunning industrial buildings, expansive lawn areas and a significant collection of mining and railway memorabilia.
Photo credit: Willow & Co.
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