The Retreat Port Stephens

(4 reviews)
4302 Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay, New South Wales
Business Hours
7 days 8.30am - 5.00pm
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Is the food organised? And is it halal?

Who organises the food at a wedding venue and can it be organised to be halal?

The Retreat Port Stephens

You can choose the Catering company of your choice and discuss any special requirements directly with them.

Wedding venue with BYO Catering

Looking for wedding venue which can accomodate upto 200 people and I can get my own caterer. Somewhere near water. Looking to get married in April 2020

The Retreat Port Stephens

The Retreat is BYO catering and beverages. Total capacity for functions is 120 guests with accommodation onsite for 98 guests

when are wedding venues cheapest?

Are there usually winter or mid-week specials?

The Retreat Port Stephens

For The Retreat our cheapest packages fall June - August during the low season. Our venue is indoors and is a very comfortable and warm space.

Beach wedding locations around Australia. Any ideas?

We are looking at a small beach wedding early next year with just immediate family. We are looking for locations and ideas as to where we can go, hire a few houses and just have a 5-7 day wedding with family. Would love some ideas .

The Retreat Port Stephens

Port Stephens has a great range of Ocean and Bay beaches to choose from as well as parks and look outs.

who cleans up the venue after the wedding?

The Retreat Port Stephens

At The Retreat, Port Stephens our wedding groups are to expected return the reception area as how it was found .  You will  find that your guests will generally pitch in and have it all cleaned up in no time.  Many hands make light work.  You have until 10am the day following your wedding to have your wedding packed down.  Alternatively, ask for a quote to have our housekeeping staff clean the reception area.  

if a venue cancels on YOU do they have to compensate you/give back deposit?

The Retreat Port Stephens

Yes.  In the event that your wedding has to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, your deposit will be refunded.  

We found a perfect location.. and it's booked out on the date we want.. what do we do?

We are in Melbourne & we want to get married on our anniversary. Since we aren't willing to budge on our date, what can we do? We want to hire a location and provide our own catering but can't find a venue that has this option as well as providing a space for the ceremony as well.

The Retreat Port Stephens

That is date is definately not a date that you can change. You may need to look outside the City of Melbourne or even Interstate as this will open up your options.

Our location in Port Stephens NSW  has everything that you have mentioned you are looking for.  We have onsite Weddings, Receptions, Caterers of your choice can be brought in, as well as accommodation for 80-120 guests. You can make this a weekend event and spend quality time with your guests pre and post wedding.

Newcastle airport is perfect for those travelling from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with direct flights daily.

We have a great team of local suppliers we work closely with who can create the Wedding of your dreams. 

Best of luck :)

How to make your ceremony and reception work in one location?

Im planning to have both my ceremony and my reception in the same room. How would I change the decor etc if everyones still in there lol thanks xx

The Retreat Port Stephens

1. After the wedding if there is an option of an outdoor area you could have some outdoor games or if no outdoor area available to create this option inside.

2. Use the ceremony area as the cocktail area and dance floor

3. Look at having a photo booth or guest photo opportunities at one section of the room to allow for changes.

4. Cocktail style reception with bar tables and stools..... this could be in corporated into the ceremony if the space if small

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