Ballara Receptions

(129 reviews)
1435 Main Rd, Eltham, Victoria
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Tucked away in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Ballara is a beautiful Victorian estate and garden wedding venue. The grounds feature manicured English gardens, a lovely non-denominational chapel, various outdoor gathering spaces, and an elegant indoor reception hall.

Ballara is a gracious Victorian Estate nestled amongst glorious English gardens, with its own picturesque lake, weeping willows and family of ducks. 

At Ballara you will find everything you had dreamed of in the one location. 

For your ceremony, select from our chapel or the Gazebo overlooking the lake.
Our beautiful authentic chapel features an exquisite stained glass alter, rich burnished cathedral ceilings and timber pews. While the Gazebo and lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for your garden ceremony. 

With so many photo opportunities on-site, there is no need for you to leave to find all of those magical photo spots. 
From the waterfall, fairy light garden, rose arbours and lakeside stone chairs,to name a few, you are sure to capture all of those special moments without the hassle, stress and expense of going to additional locations. 

Then relax and enjoy the reception in our enchanting ballroom - with windows looking out to the gardens, sparkling chandeliers and a large central dance floor.

With only one function room accommodating up to 160 guests, Ballara is exclusively yours and you can relax knowing that our team is there for you during each planning step as well as on the big day.

Please email or call us to receive more information or to arrange an inspection to discover why Ballara really is “the perfect place for your perfect day” 

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Easy Weddings Special Offer

Winter 2021

We have put together an amazing winter package to offer couples a special package for holding their wedding during the months of June, July & August 2021.

Prices start from $130 per adult for 2021!

Minimum numbers apply. No additional discounts or promotions can be used in conjunction.

For new bookings only. Terms and conditions may apply

To enquire please call (03) 9431 1503 or complete an enquiry form mentioning this offer! 

Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 60 / Max 160

Price per head

Low $90 / High $ 197


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 1 / Max 160

Time restrictions

1:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Additional hours

$10 Per Head

Music must end by

12:30 AM

Questions and Answers

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What is the capacity for the venue?

Ballara Receptions

At Ballara we can seat up to 160-170 guests in our Ballroom. 

Can I hold my ceremony at Ballara too?

Ballara Receptions

Yes! You can get married in our gorgeous chapel or in the beautiful grounds - so its just a matter of which backdrop you prefer!
The authentic chapel seats 100 people and has standing room to up to 160-170, it comes decorated and has a built in sound system and microphone to make it nice and easy plus it has heating and air-conditioning for year round comfort! 
Alternatively the gazebo and lake make for a breathtaking setting, 60 white garden americana chairs are provided along with plenty more standing space. Sound system and microphones plus your decorations are all taken care of again! 

Is there accommodation?

Ballara Receptions

There is accommodation just across the road, plus another one just down the road so rooms are plentiful in the area! 

Do I need to go off-site to get my photos done?

Ballara Receptions

Definitely not! Ballara is specifically designed for weddings! We have spent a lot of time designing the gardens to ensure they are immaculate and that they give a multitude of spots to capture amazing shots - from the gazebo, swing, love seats, jetty, waterfall, fairylight garden, giant LOVE letters, rustic deck and more, there is just no need for you to have to spend the time and money on the day rushing around to other places. Ballara truly is a one-stop-shop, as you can hold your ceremony, photos and reception all in the one place! 

Will there be other weddings held at the same time as mine?

Ballara Receptions

No way! At Ballara we give you our undivided attention! The venue and grounds are exclusively yours for your time with us so that you and your guests can enjoy everything and not feel rushed or mixed up with another crowd. 


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20 Feb 2020

Ballara is such a magical, special, memorable place to get married. My husband and I are so lucky and thankful we chose this place to make our day come to life. We both have such great words to say about this reception. The grounds are well maintained, the food is spectacular, the lighting is beautiful, the workers and wedding planners are amazing. Wow we can just go on forever. If you are thinking of having your Wedding, STOP THINKING! This is the place to be! My Husband and I can't thank enough for all the things Ballara has helped us with.

14 Feb 2020

The venue is absolutely magical. Immaculate upkeep. The staff are friendly and professional and the food is delicious. Pick this place!! It was so convenient to have everything on one spot. Great photo opportunities. Was also perfect if you're having children at your wedding. They loved playing with the law games at the back garden.

25 Jan 2020

Ballara Receptions is absolutely stunning from there beautiful gardens, gorgeous chaple and amazing reception. The staff are wonderful and very organized , they have great packages and there food is amazing. All our guests had a wonderful time

27 Dec 2021

Truly a magical place for a wedding. The staff were extremely helpful and even catered for our special Indian menu. The dessert platter is a must!

28 Mar 2021

Absolutely 5 Stars for the review. Highly recommended wedding venue! Is a one stop centre for everthing we need in Wedding! We held our wedding on 28 March 2021 at Ballara Receptions. Good services provided from planning to executions. Wonderful scence for photos and good food feedback from our guests! Special thanks to Loretta (Bridal Host) who take good care of us on the day! Stacey, Jan, and Amanda who make our wedding planning without any hassle!

28 Mar 2021

We are glad we chose Ballara as our wedding venue! The team made our planning absolutely seamless - they guided us throughout the planning phase and were very helpful with any questions we had. They offered multiple choices for our on-site ceremony and even had a backup option for poor weather. Our guests loved the very generous food servings and were also very happy with the venue. Thank you to the team at Ballara - highly recommended!

7 Mar 2021

You need to check them out wonderful supporting staff, elegant rooms with a bridal suite, amazing chapel & the gardens and fine details around the lake makes photos so perfect. From start to finish 100% meals were amazing everyone loved our wedding they plan your day to suit your needs and support you the whole day. I hope my kids get married there also.

26 Feb 2021

My partner and I had our wedding here and it was absolutely amazing. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting the place, food and ambience as well as the staff. Everyone worked so well and everything went so smoothly. Initially we worked with Stacey for our first meeting and she was so lovely and easy to talk to and Fiona was the one that managed our special day and our final arrangements meeting and they both communicated together so well. The whole ballara team was great to work with and no questions were left unanswered. I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend Ballara Receptions if anyone wants a very detailed, organised and easy day. Also thank you to Jan who was in charge of our table for the food tasting, she explained every dish so perfectly and made us so excited with our choices.

7 Jan 2021

We are so very grateful that we finally got the opportunity to be get married at your fabulous venue! We both had a fantastic night. It was just what we wanted and in our eyes ran just as smooth as any newly married couple could hope for!   Our 2 main team members Jan and Loretta were outstanding! We are really grateful to have had them on the day! We had an unfortunate thing happen with my Nonno but these 2 lovely ladies handled it in the best way possible. They should be highly recognised for that. They both did a great job at keeping me as clam as they could.    We really did have the time of our lives and all our guests did too! They loved how elegant yet relaxed your venue is and I think that is what drew us to you.

2 Jan 2021

Wont let me post my whole and honest review on here so check google if you want the full story/ but in short. Cons: Lost my throw away bouquet Poor communication when event managers had to change over Didnt give out floral i had ordered Had to wait for “vodka to arrive” Terrible drinks service/ half an hour wait for a drink- everyone left my wedding sober Overpriced Pros Absolutely gorgeous gardens/gazebo Isabelle the event manager was very resourceful and helpful Food was delicious Set tables out beautifully Good communication before the event

4 Dec 2020

The whole Ballara team were exceptional from start to finish. Thank you for getting us through our wedding, when we didn't actually think it was going to be possible. We are so thankful and the venue was just gorgeous. Special thanks to Stacey who handled the lead up to our wedding.

21 Mar 2020

Amazing venue, beautiful gardens and the staff are fantastic.

8 Mar 2020

Cannot fault Ballara on anything. Service was out of sight with staff not being seen or heard, yet everything was on the tables in minutes and food and drinks were constant. Cake (Kat's Cakes) was just outstanding and delicious, Dj (Glenn) was spot on playing perfect mixes for dancing and then quieter for meal times, food was faultless and there was so much of it no-one went away hungry, lawn games kept all guests occupied whilst we did photos, surroundings were immaculate, the reception hall itself was decked out perfect and everything we asked for was done. Get the higher package, it really didn't cost a great deal more and it included so much we actually saved money cause the cake, dj, meals, cocktail hour, alcohol, lawn games, flowers for the reception and more was all inclusive. Truly, we had the best night of our lives and I cannot thank them enough for what they gave to us. A memory that will never fade.

7 Mar 2020

A huge thank you to they team at Ballara. Right from the start to the end of the wedding night they were fantastic can not fault them . Shout out to Stacey our function manager she was amazing and made the whole night stress free for us. Having our wedding at Ballara was everything I had ever wanted my wedding to be. We were lucky enough to have our wedding in the gazebo as it was a nice day and it was amazing being surrounded by the manicured gardens. The reception turned out amazing and everyone complemented on the food as being amazing. I would highly recommend Ballara for your wedding. I didn’t want my night to end.

19 Dec 2019

We had our wedding day at Ballara Receptions on 19/12/2019. Fiona, our function manager did an outstanding job planning the run sheet and the lead up to the wedding. She did an outstanding job on the day and Amanda, Jan, Loretta and all others involved were very helpful through the process. Ballara always made sure people were having an enjoyable time and we have heard nothing but great feedback from the wedding. Cassie has mentioned before her singing performance, entree's came out and Ballara was able to put her entree on the warmer for an extended period of time until she was ready which she appreciated. We cannot thank the staff at Ballara Receptions enough for hosting our dream wedding. We definitely recommend the venue

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