Choosing a wedding venue is such an important job for newly engaged couples and trawling venue after venue looking for ‘the one’ can often be a time-consuming process. Holding your wedding in Melbourne city comes with many benefits, from a larger choice of suppliers with lesser transportation fees than a country wedding, to guests more likely and able to attend. Although we love a venue that can cater for both your ceremony and reception in one, holding your wedding in the city means that guest transportation is simpler, and your guests will easily be able to taxi from ceremony to reception if required. Not to mention enjoy a glass of champagne in your honour at a local bar between venues if time allows.
Here we share with you three venues based in inner Melbourne which we just love to work at, and we know you’ll love too.
Managed and catered for by The Big Group, you can rest assured that your wedding celebration will be unforgettable, from the delicious cuisine to the flawless service. Guests make their way into the venue via a mysterious entrance in a South Melbourne lane and are transported to an urban rooftop venue which is incredibly light filled during daylight hours and surrounded by glittering city lights once the sun goes down. With the option for a ceremony on the sky deck which features breathtaking views over the bay, couples can entertain their guests at Luminare all night long.
Chic minimalist décor offers a blank canvas just waiting to be styled to perfection. With Luminare’s high ceilings, our number one recommendation is to suspend a floral installation from the truss system. A ceiling installation either over the dance floor or perhaps over a central bridal table, fills the large space creating depth and wowing your guests. Combined with matching blooms on the dining tables, through to the bar area, and out onto the city deck, Luminare is transformed into the ultimate in sophisticated city elegance.
The Deck at Circa
Situated in St Kilda overlooking bustling Fitzroy Street and the stunning Port Phillip Bay, The Deck contains the perfect mix of city style and beachside charm to woo your guests. Make your way up the expansive staircase into a room with floor to ceiling windows accompanied by a spacious timber deck perfect for both saying “I do” and dancing the night away.
With a neutral colour palette The Deck offers another blank canvas to be styled to your heart’s desire. With stunning textures such as the raw timber deck and furniture, laser cut sliding doors, and the quirky pool, this venue can be dressed as much or as little as you like. Make the most of the unique feature that is the pool, by floating candles, flowers, your initials or even giant inflatable swans (yes, we have done all of the above)! Transform the predominantly white indoor space by decorating the large tiled pillars with layer upon layer of lush foliage and seasonal blooms, which will feature as both an impressive centrepiece as well as a photo back drop for your guests. Take these themes out into the bar area under the marquee and on to the deck and you have yourself a stunning city venue with a point of difference.
Located overlooking Albert Park Lake and the city beyond, Carousel offers uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s best features. Managed and catered for by Food & Desire, some of the best in the business, your wedding is guaranteed to be incredible. Carousel’s entrance is flanked by sparkling turquoise tiled ponds, taking you through the centre of the venue via the dancefloor to the lake-side deck where many a beautiful ceremony has been conducted. At dusk the deck is transformed into the perfect place to toast the happy couple overlooking Melbourne’s sparkling cityscape.
Styled in versatile neutral whites and greys, Carousel shines with an injection of lush floral styling. Whether you choose classic whites and greens, or a splash of vibrant colour, impress your guests with a fabulous ceiling installation over the dancefloor, leading through to a gorgeously styled ceremony arch on the deck. Combined with blooms to match on each of the dining tables, the lounge spaces and the entrance foyer, Carousel is immediately brought to life.
Happy wedding planning from us all at Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers!