When we came across Zonzo Estate, we were immediately in love with the unique architecture and long shared tables, which are perfect for bringing your loved ones together.
With the capacity to seat 130 guests and lots of room for dancing, they are well versed in creating an intimate atmosphere that will be remembered for years to come. Plus, they have three stunning ceremony locations – The Cappella, The Barrel Room and The Grounds.
Zonzo Estate – it’s pretty incredible. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Situated on 230 picturesque acres by the Yarra River, Zonzo Estate operates as a restaurant, wedding venue, winery, and working farm. It’s a place for toasting to another year older, and another year together; a destination where old memories are fondly remembered and new ones are joyfully made. Zonzo Estate has been hosting weddings since it first opened in 2007, and has been helping couples create the perfect setting for their big day ever since.
We offer a tastefully relaxed approach, with long shared tables abundant with authentic Italian food for guests of all ages to share and enjoy, paired with the perfect drop from our vineyard. Our venue has long been acknowledged by the Australian Bridal Industry Academy as one of the best venues in Australia. We’ve also been awarded the Victorian State title for best Restaurant Reception from 2011-2018 and the National title for best Restaurant Reception from 2015-2018 by the ABIA.
What inspired you guys to get involved with weddings?
Zonzo was created with the purpose of bringing friends and family together around shared tables to celebrate the everyday and special occasions – and there is nothing quite like a wedding to bring people together and with such a stunning setting, it just made sense to offer weddings here. We had no idea when we started out that it would be the popular wedding destination that it is today.
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers?
We offer on-site ceremonies, with three stunning and unique locations to choose from – The Cappella, the Barrel Room, and The Grounds. We have ample on-site parking for guests, and the property is handicap accessible. We also have private dining areas that can be hired out privately for smaller weddings, meaning there is something to suit couples needs and budget without having to compromise on the location.
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
There are a few things that are major selling points for our couples. The main one being that they get exclusive access to the entire Zonzo property for the duration of their event. They also get to choose from three gorgeous ceremony locations, two of which are undercover which makes it the perfect venue all year round. Our authentic Italian sharing style menu is what we are known for, which creates a beautiful relaxed and intimate atmosphere that couples and guests love. Lastly, the styling options are endless for both ceremony and reception, allowing couples to make the space their own in order to bring their vision to life.
Do you offer onsite accommodation? Or alternatively, are there other places guests can stay nearby?
We do not have accommodation on site. However, being located in the heart of the Yarra Valley there are so many lovely places to stay close by. We are always happy to offer suggestions to our couples.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
We are truly lucky to see so many weddings here, which means we see a lot of personal touches to each one. One couple wrote a little personalised message on the back of every guests place card with a favourite memory they shared with that guest. It would have taken the couple a long time to do, however, it was such a nice personal touch, and didn’t cost anything.
And what do you think would be epic at your property? Any ideas you’d love to see a couple carry out?
There is not one particular thing we want to see couples do on their wedding day. We love for all our couples to personalise their wedding to reflect who they are as a couple and bring their own customs and traditions to the day.
Can you describe the kind of couples your venue attracts?
We have couples travel from all over the world to say ‘I do’ here, which we love! Each and every couple bring some of their culture and tradition with them into their big day, which means we see a lot of unique and diverse ceremonies and receptions which is really special.
Any new venue developments or plans on the horizon?
There is always something happening on the property, so keep your eyes peeled for new developments!
Finally, what tip or advice can you share with anyone planning a wedding right now?
One piece of advice is to trust your suppliers, this is what they specialise in and you have selected them for a reason. Trusting them will make for a much more relaxed experience for yourself, your fiancé and all your guests.
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