Popular Choice

Ballara Receptions

(137 reviews)
1435 Main Rd, Eltham, Victoria
Business Hours
All Hours
Click to show

Tucked away in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Ballara Receptions is a beautiful Victorian estate and garden wedding venue at the foothills of the Yarra Valley. The grounds at Ballara feature lovely manicured gardens, a picturesque chapel, a gorgeous outdoor gazebo, a lakeside garden, and an enchanting ballroom venue for elegant wedding receptions.


If you're planning a romantic garden wedding and are on the hunt for a gorgeous all-in-one Melbourne wedding venue, Ballara Receptions is an excellent choice. This picturesque estate has six stunning ceremony locations to choose from and an enchanting ballroom that’s perfect for elegant wedding receptions. Ballara also offers exclusive use of the estate for weddings, which means you’ll have unrestricted access to the grounds for your photographs. 

Weddings at Ballara are consistently praised for the exceptional service, and you'll be in good hands with their dedicated team. Your dedicated bridal host will also be there on the day to act as a personal assistant and ensure the wedding runs smoothly. They’ll take care of any issues that may arise, allowing you to relax and enjoy your day.

Ballara Receptions’ bespoke wedding packages can be tailored to suit your wedding vision and budget. Depending on your wedding style and guest numbers, choose from their cocktail, sit-down, and grazing menu options. You can even opt for a high tea style wedding if you like that vibe instead. No matter which type of menu you choose, you’ll be blown away by the incredible flavours of each dish.


“My husband and I had our wedding at Ballara Receptions and it was just perfection. From the initial enquiry right up until the big day their communication was outstanding. Our wedding went so smoothly and the food was great, the staff were a huge standout, and they were there for anything we needed. They went above and beyond for us, I cannot recommend Ballara Receptions enough.” - Olivia C. 


What you’ll love about your Ballara Receptions wedding:

  • The beautiful setting. Surrounded by picturesque English gardens and weeping willow trees, we can’t imagine a more romantic setting for enchanting estate weddings than Ballara Receptions. You’ll fall in love with this gorgeous garden wedding venue from the moment you step foot through the door.
  • The elegant ballroom venue. Ballara Receptions’ chandelier-lit ballroom is a stunning space for wedding receptions, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the landscaped gardens. The ballroom’s neutral interiors can be dressed up to suit any wedding colour scheme, with elegant round tables surrounding a large central dancefloor.
  • The photo opportunities. There are endless backdrops for your wedding photographs at Ballara, from enchanting English gardens to a tranquil lake surrounded by lush greenery. There are thousands of fairy lights dotted around the estate, creating a beautiful backdrop for photos after dusk.


Choose from 6 locations for your ceremony at Ballara Receptions:

  • The Chapel. Ballara Receptions’ picturesque chapel is a beautiful all-weather ceremony option, complete with soaring ceilings, rustic timber beams, and shimmering chandeliers. There’s pew seating in the chapel for up to 100 guests, with room for a further 60 standing guests.
  • The Gazebo. This stunning Victorian gazebo is perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies, with delicate white detailing and endless options for personalisation with dreamy floral arrangements. Say your vows overlooking the lake surrounded by majestic willow trees. 
  • The Lakeside Garden. This tranquil lakeside spot is a popular choice for romantic outdoor ceremonies at Ballara. You’ll love the ‘secret garden’ feel, nestled amid lush greenery and beautiful trees.
  • The Courtyard. Ballara Receptions’ enchanting courtyard offers a more secluded feel for outdoor ceremonies, with a delightful water feature and space for up to 60 white americana chairs. 
  • The Lakeside Jetty. Ideal for intimate ceremonies, the lakeside jetty at Ballara has space for 30 seated guests. The gazebo, willow trees, and picturesque lake form a stunning backdrop for your ceremony on the jetty.
  • Twilight Ceremonies. For something completely unique, why not have a twilight wedding ceremony at Ballara Receptions? Say your vows beneath twinkling fairy lights at one of the beautiful ceremony locations on the estate.


What Ballara Receptions weddings are like:

  • Stunning location at the foothills of the Yarra Valley
  • Exclusive use of the venue for your wedding
  • Bespoke wedding packages
  • 6 beautiful ceremony locations to choose from
  • Enchanting ballroom for wedding receptions
  • Secluded English gardens and picturesque lake
  • Menu options include sit-down, cocktail, grazing & high tea 


Here’s what else you need to know about Ballara Receptions weddings:

  • Accommodates 60-160 wedding guests
  • Dedicated in-house wedding planning team
  • 30kms from Melbourne CBD
  • Free on-site parking
  • Plenty of accommodation options within walking distance
  • Endless photo opportunities
  • Winter wedding specials for June, July and August
  • Special offers/discounts for weddings with 130 adults or more 


What do Ballara Receptions provide for weddings?

Ballara Receptions’ comprehensive sit-down wedding packages include a personal function manager, bridal host on the day, private bridal retreat, five-hour beverage package, three-course meal, bridal table with a floral arrangement, lecturn and microphone for speeches, in-house music system, cake table, large central dancefloor, range of linen and centrepiece options, table numbers, and easels.
Packages can be cutsomised further with the option to include in your price per person the: ceremony, wedding cake, fresh floral centrepieces, lawn games and more. 

There are also packages for cocktail, grazing or high tea style weddings too! 


What’s the capacity for weddings at Ballara Receptions?

The elegant ballroom at Ballara Receptions can accommodate up to 160 wedding guests.


“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. 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 here, STOP THINKING! This is the place to be! My husband and I can't thank the team enough for all the things Ballara has helped us with.” - Tori M.

Virtual Tour



Wedding Brochure

View all of our features and complete package inclusions in our PDF wedding brochure.

View Brochure

Easy Weddings Special Offer

Winter 2022

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 $135 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 $ 209


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

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. 


(137 reviews)
Review this supplier
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!

9 Jul 2021

Our winter wedding with Ballara was perfect. The ballara team were so accomodating and enthusiastic throughout the whole planning process. We were able to add as much or as little of our own personal touches as we wanted. When our wedding was postponed due to lockdown they were flexible and supportive and we never lost hope that our day would still be amazing. It’s the perfect location for amazing photos, so many great spots inside and out. Everyone loved the food! Literally nothing bad to say about this incredible venue.

23 May 2021

We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Ballara and could not have asked for a better picturesque venue! Stacey was our amazing function manager she catered to our every need without any hesitation. If you are after a 'one stop shop' wedding package Ballara has everything you need and can provide excellent connections to vendors and provide prompt responses. Great service, amazing chefs who can cater to all, lovely and supportive staff.

24 Apr 2021

I had my wedding at Ballara Receptions on 24.4.21 after 3 previously postponed dates due to Covid. I am so fortunate that during such a tough Covid year we were dealing with the amazing team at Ballara. Each time they were happy to help us postpone and helped to ease any anxiety. There was no pressure put on us at all through this journey and we are so blessed to have had Ballara support us through this time. When the big day was finally arriving the Ballara team were above and beyond exceptional. I can not speak highly enough of our experience with Ballara Receptions and I am so grateful that we choose them to have our Wedding at. We knew the second that we walked in that it was the perfect fit and all of the postponing was well worth the wait to have the most magical wonderful day.

17 Apr 2021

My husband and I had our wedding at Ballara Receptions and it was just perfection. From the initial enquiry right up until the big day their communication was outstanding. Our wedding went so smoothly and the food was great, the staff were a huge standout and they were there for anything we needed. They went above and beyond for us, I cannot recommend Ballara Receptions enough. ❤️❤️❤️

15 Apr 2021

My now husband and I got married at Ballara Receptions just last Thursday. Everything was amazing! And so organised.. from the food, to the whole lay out of the day. They really keep up communication with you as well.. always replying back to our emails within 24 hours! Really gives you peace of mind. So friendly as well! Definitely recommend Ballara Receptions. Would choose them over and over again.

11 Apr 2021

Beautiful venue and great food. Great communication through the COVID pandemic with our wedding being postponed. Helped to ensure everything went smoothly from our planning to the eventual day. Thank you to all their staff!

10 Apr 2021

Ballara Receptions are amazing, from the first contact to our stress free wedding day. They made us feel so comfortable from day dot. They are so professional, run a tight ship and know what they are doing. They always responded promptly to any question, and had every answer. We didn't have to think of anything on the day, it was smooth sailing and i think most of it was due to the amazing staff at Ballara. There Facility is beautiful, with so many different areas to get photos that you feel like you were moving locations. The food was delicious and on time and they catered very well to all our dietary requirements. We had so many compliments from our friends and Family about Ballara which was just the icing on the cake. Thank you so so so much

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.

Why enquire through Easy Weddings?

Exclusive deals

Get the best deals for your wedding with Easy Weddings only discounts and special offers.

Wedding cash giveaway!

Simply let us know which Easy Weddings' suppliers you've booked. Once verified, you'll get entries into the draw for your chance to win!

Quick response

Your time is important. Get the information you need quickly. No fuss. No stress.