Venues & Locations

Venues & Locations 2015-04-05T17:58:08+00:00

Location, location, location!

helen and john

Your ceremony location is an important element in the creation of your ceremony. It says a lot about what sort of experience you are trying to create and what is the style & personality of your event.  It will determine many aspects of your event logistics and design.

I have personally been to hundreds of locations and venues, and listed below are some of my favourites grouped by some basic categories…..beach, garden, bush, city,  function centres, harbour & city locations, to the very special and unusual.

Please remember too – for funeral and memorial services you are not restricted to a church or funeral chapel.  You can conduct a funeral service in any location (just like a wedding) as long you procure the relevant approvals from either the private or public (council) location provider.

Whatever ceremony location you choose, some essential things to consider are:

  1. The comfort and safety of you and your guests (including children near cliffs and water hazards).
  2. Is there sun/shade protection? If not, consider parasols or marquees.
  3. What is your wet weather/bad weather back-up (umbrella’s aren’t good enough, you must have an alternative venue and be prepared to use it)
  4. Do you need a council permit? What are the parking options? Do they have sound/time restrictions?
  5. Are you decorating the site? What is your theme?
  6. Provide your guests a map & be specific about what time the ceremony will start.

Beach Weddings

I love a beach wedding.  The trick is to transform the vast and public space of a beach into your own intimate space. This can be achieved by claiming your space with flags or a circle of shells and stones. Have everyone nice and close and within a defined perimeter. Don’t be afraid to head close the the waters edge (especially if you have low tide and a rocky outcrop). If you have a shady spot for your guests to gather as they arrive, or a shade tent – with some water & parasols – all the better!  You definitely will need my battery powered P.A for music and microphones. Make sure on your invite you let your guests know they will be on the sand and so they can bring some ‘ceremonial thongs’ and change their footwear later.

Central Coast & surrounds

  1. Pearl Beach
  2. Avoca Beach
  3. Blue Bay
  4. Wamberal Beach & Spoon Bay
  5. Terrigal Haven
  6. Caves Beach
  7. Little Beach (10 min bushwalk in)
  8. Toowoon Bay
  9. Lakeside Guesthouse, Summerland Point

Sydney Beaches & Bays

  1. Long Reef
  2. Shelly Beach
  3. Fairlight Cove
  4. Balmoral Beach
  5. Whale Beach
  6. Palm Beach (surfside or at Lucinda Park on the Pittwater side)

Gardens & Vines

  1. Hunter Valley Gardens
  2. Sydney Botanic Gardens
  3. Japanese Gardens (Caroline Bay, East Gosford)
  4. Linton Gardens, Somersby
  5. Roberts Restaurant, Pokolbin Hunter Valley
  6. Tower Lodge, Hunter Valley
  7. Pepperscreek Chapel & Function Centre
  8. Tallavera Grove, Hunter Valley
  9. Noonaweena
  10. Terrigal Star of the Sea
  11. Firescreek Winery Gardens in Holgate
  12. Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden (Lavendar Bay)

Bush & Clifftop

  1. Paul Landa Reserve, Pearl Beach
  2. Crommelin Native Arboretum, Pearl Beach
  3. Mount Ettalong Lookout, Umina Beach (pictured above)
  4. Elephant Rock, Patonga (bush trek in)
  5. Warrah Trig, Patonga
  6. Crackneck, Bateau Bay
  7. Somersby Falls, Somersby
  8. Kariong Scout Camp (outdoor chapel & waterfall)
  9. Terrigal Haven viewing platforms
  10. Soldiers Point
  11. Norah Head Lighthouse
  12. Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
  13. Kincumba Mountain, Kincumber

Harbour & City

  1. McKell Park, Darling Point
  2. Shakespeare Point, Vaucluse
  3. Greenwich Lookout (as in All Saints TV appearance)
  4. Blackburn Gardens, Double Bay
  5. McMahon’s Point
  6. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli
  7. CYCA, Rushcutters Bay
  8. Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House
  9. Q Station, Manly Quarrantine, North Head
  10. Gunners Barracks, Mosman
  11. Observatory Hill

Harbour Boats

  1. The Pontoon
  2. Elite Cruises

Something Very Special

  1. Pretty Beach House, Pretty Beach
  2. Bells At Killcare
  3. SeaFarm, Copacabana
  4. Peats Bite, The Hawkesbury
  5. Mindaribba House, Hunter Valley
  6. Fernback Farm, Wyong
  7. Somersby Garden Estate, Somersby
  8. Roberts Restaurant, Hunter Valley
  9. Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley

Function Venues

    1. Magenta Shores
    2. Miramare Gardens
    3. Tuggerah Lakes Golf Club
    4. Bamboo Buddha, Matcham
    5. Gosford Golf Club
    6. Forresters Beach Resort
    7. The Mandalay, Lane Cove
    8. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
    9. Crowne Plaza Terrigal
    10. Kooindah Waters, Wyong
    11. Manon’s House


Something more unusual

  1. The Victoria Rooms, Darlinghurst
  2. Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Home Style

Of course, you can always create something special in your own home & garden.