The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria

(21 reviews)
1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Business Hours
7 days by appointment
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With a magnificent Oak Tree, an open-air courtyard and plenty of photography opportunities throughout the heritage property, The Abbotsford Convent is the perfect setting for a Fairy Tale wedding.

Located only 4kms from the CBD, The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria offers a unique wedding destination for intimate gatherings or the biggest of celebrations. Bursaria’s award-winning catering will tempt your guests and our friendly team will assist you on your exciting journey ahead.

The Abbotsford Convent offers a picturesque heritage venue for you and your guests with three ceremony locations and venue conveniently located in the same precinct and offering:

•     A stunning ceremony in the Heritage gardens with rolling lawns and lush greenery or

•    The Good Shepherd Chapel, can host up to 250 guests or

•    The magnificent Oak tree conveniently located along the Yarra

•    Picturesque heritage architecture and gardens perfect for photography

•    Open-air courtyard to celebrate with pre-lunch/dinner drinks and gourmet canapes

•    The Rosina Function Space offers high ceilings, exposed wooden trusses, leadlight windows and designer chandeliers 250 seated guest capacity with dance floor to 500 guests cocktail style

•    Award-winning catering offering a grazing menu to share, plated or cocktail style dining

•    Dedicated event manager to assist you

“We believe a shared enjoyment of wonderful food is central to any great party – it brings people together and creates unforgettable moments”. Contact Bursaria today.

We look forward to assisting you to create your perfect wedding.


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 80 / Max 250

Price per head

Low $120 / High $ 180


Indoors & Outdoors

Time restrictions

11:30 PM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Additional hours

$8 Per Head

Music must end by

11:30 PM


(21 reviews)
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27 Apr 2018

Bursaria were so thoughtful and organised. They did an amazing job supporting us through the planning process, were accomodating of all our wishes, answered every beck and call we had, and supported us on the day more than we could imagine. They were lovely to work so closely with and their venue is absolutely spectacular. The selection of food and wine is delicious and some of the best i've ever tried! Highly recommended!

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Thank you Alexandra, it was such an honour to be a part of your wedding day and celebrations. We are all still talking about your dress days after.. just divine. Congratulations to you both and thank you again for sharing your day with Bursaria.

3 Mar 2017

We had the most beautiful wedding, and this was all in part to the Abbotsford Convent and the Busaria team who helped us throughout the whole wedding planning process. All of our guests commented on how beautiful of a venue it was- a little oasis in Melbourne!

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Alaina, thank you so much .. we we honoured to play such a part in your celebration. It was such a beautiful day!

20 Jan 2017

Cannot speak highly enough of the gourmet food that Bursaria provided! The food was so delicious. We had comments from guests saying it was the best food they have ever eaten!

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Thanks Kate, it was our pleasure to cater for your wedding. We'll definitely pass on your comments to our team! Such a beautiful day...

28 Feb 2019

They were really good! The day before it rained quite heavily and they took care of the area we wanted really well and made sure it would be perfect for our wedding. They were so professional and really knew what they were doing.

27 Oct 2018

We just got married at the Abbotsford Convent on the weekend and all we can say is "WOW!!!" Thank you so much to Haylee and all the Bursaria staff for the most incredible, magical, and amazing afternoon & evening of our lives! James & Anna

27 Oct 2018

We recently got married at the Abbotsford Convent and all we can say is "WOW!!!" Thank you so much to Haylee and all the Bursaria staff for the most incredible, magical, and amazing afternoon & evening of our lives! James & Anna

26 Oct 2018

They were really good, we had everything there in the gardens. It was a beautiful day there, and food was fantastic! Each time they were easy to contact and really easy to deal with whenever I had any questions.

22 Sep 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Bursaria the whole way through! Could not recommend this team enough - very efficient, adaptable and professional. They made our day magical and stress-free. Very accommodating to our preferences and requests and endless questions!

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Thanks so much Bernard! We'll pass your amazing feedback onto the rest of the team. So happy we got to be part of your special day.

18 Aug 2018

The team at Bursaria are incredible! They are responsive and very patient in answering a million and one questions I had concerning the venue and catering. The package/costs covered most of the standard requirements needed (i.e. venue, chairs/tables, food, drinks etc). Their catering packages were reasonably priced and the food was delicious. Feedback from our guests advised that the menu was spot on and one of the better wedding catering they've had. I limited my rating to 4/5 stars only because the Convent is a heritage listed venue so there were various restrictions in place which made certain arrangements a little inflexible. In saying so, they were very helpful with our wet weather plan and allowed a last minute change of the ceremony in the gardens to the chapel. All in a very positive and stress-free experience.

3 Jul 2018

They were really good. Very professional and provided great service. There was plenty of food and everyone was really impressed with the quality of the food. They bumped in and bumped out quickly and efficiently too.

3 Jul 2018

The venue was beautiful. We liked that we could dress it up to suit our ideas.

6 May 2018

Communication could have been better towards the end, however everything went really well!

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Thank you for your review Danica. It was such a lovely wedding to be a part of and we can still picture that gorgeous dessert station with all of those delicious donuts!

5 May 2018

The service was good,however we felt that some tables didn't get enough food. The food quality was good however we had some issues with drinks even though we paid for an upgraded package. The location of the venue itself is stunning. We had a marquee outside which had fairy lights which was beautiful.

The Abbotsford Convent by Bursaria  

Thank you for your comments Ren. We'd love to hear from you directly if you’d like to discuss any of this further. Thank you again for sharing your special day with us at the Abbotsford Convent.

16 Feb 2018

Direct credit to Bronwyn and the entire Bursaria team for our wedding. The whole planning stage was easy and communication was prompt. The wait staff were helpful and professional, the guests raved about the food and service. Manu really catered to our personal requests. Thank you again to the team

6 Jan 2018

Exceeded all of our expectations. The team at Abbotsford convent worked alongside us every step of the way. Amazing venue.

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