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VENUE ROUND-UP: Unique Melbourne wedding venues
Noone would dare argue that Melbourne isn’t an awesome city to live in and explore – and the same feels apply to getting married here. We’ve rounded up a collection of some of the city’s most unique wedding venues for your planning pleasure.
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Words by Karina Lowndes
29 June 2018

No tricks here – it’s as the title suggests. We’re bringing you unique Melbourne wedding venues. We’re talking at least double digits. You see, Melbourne is a great place to get hitched – there’s a huge number of diverse spaces, loads of accommodation and near endless places to eat and drink. For whatever reason, it just oozes cool. It was also one of the first cities to offer cronuts and cruffins as an alternative to banana bread, so you know that its got its thumb firmly on what’s-what.

Glasshaus Inside

This has got to be one of Melbourne’s most unique wedding venues. A botanical playground with an industrial edge, there is no need for additional styling: as the name suggest, it’s a glasshouse full of plants. It’s also walking distance from Richmond train station and (importantly) curfew isn’t till midnight.

unique melbourne wedding venue

Photo credit: Glasshaus Inside.

The Brunswick Mess Hall

Catering for up to 260 guests, The Brunswick Mess Hall is a swanky, inner-city wedding venue boasting an extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail list, as well as delicious South East Asian food. The heritage-listed hall is ideal for receptions – both sit down and cocktail style.

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Photo credit: The Brunswick Mess Hall.

Melbourne Zoo

Not only do you have a chance to rub shoulders with the local residents here (so cool), you can also create a completely tailored wedding with bespoke, all-inclusive packages for up to 240 guests, put together by Melbourne Zoo’s professional wedding team.

Photo credit: Melbourne Zoo.

The Mint Bar and Restaurant

Like a lot of popular Melbourne wedding venues, the focus here is on good food and drinks. Enjoy a formal sit down or a casual barbecue (or even a burger tower), and know that designated champagne stations are encouraged. It’s essentially a good-looking, pet-friendly beer garden that is housed in a heritage listed building, bang in the centre of Melbourne.

unique melbourne wedding venue

Photo credit: The Mint Bar and Restaurant.

Canvas House

Designed with couples in mind, this contemporary, loft-like space features exposed brick walls and beams and sleek black steel frame inspired windows. It also has modern conveniences like wi-fi and an AV system, as well as fold-away doors that allow easy access for vendors and food trucks.

Photo credit: Canvas House.

The Panama Dining Room

If good food is your thing, you’ll love this space. Because not only does it dish up things like puffed pork crackling and whole snapper, it’s projected as a New York style loft with timber floors, giant arch windows and an unassuming entranceway.

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Photo credit: Hikari Photography.

The Farm Cafe

In the past eight years, The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm has become one of Melbourne’s most sought after wedding venues. Located less than 5km from Melbourne CBD, the cafe offers three reception spaces – a 100 year old barn, a marquee or the cafe itself. All are amazing and all deliver a relaxed rural setting and great food.

Photo credit: Elsa Campbell Photography.

Rupert on Rupert

A fun, light-filled space with plenty of character, Rupert on Rupert has quickly become one of Melbourne’s finest wedding institutions. Offering couples polished concrete floors, glass ceilings and an abundance of greenery, it requires little styling and can cater for up to 200 guests.

Photo credit: Hails and Shine.

The Boat Builders Yard

This Melbourne wedding venue has a lot going for it including a prime, waterfront location and a range of thoughtfully developed food and wine packages. But its biggest selling points? It’s central, affordable, flexible and pet friendly.

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Photo credit: The Boat Builders Yard.

Polly Woodside

Polly Woodside is an iconic Melbourne landmark. Built in 1885 it travelled the world as a cargo ship before retiring and becoming a spectacular and unique wedding venue. Have exclusive use of the entire ship or choose from the gallery space and theatre or the outdoor entertainment area.

Photo credit: Polly Woodside.

The Substation

Restored from ruin, The Substation is a contemporary arts space that now doubles as a popular industrial wedding venue. The iconic arch windows invite plenty of natural light while the high ceilings are perfect for hanging floral installations. Accommodation and a range of cafes and restaurants are all only metres away and ceremonies can take place on-site. What’s not to love?

Photo credit: Jonathan Ong.


Tucked away in the backstreets of Bayside, Melbourne 40rd is fairly unassuming from the outside. Inside however, is a lovely, light-filled area that features polished concrete floors, white brick walls, a VIP room and a colourful courtyard that can be used for ceremonies and/or pre-dinner drinks. A best-kept secret.

Photo credit: Ben Potter.


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