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Ballara Receptions

(145 reviews)
1435 Main Rd, Eltham, Victoria
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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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

12 Jun 2022

Ballara receptions was the perfect place to hold our fairytale wedding. Staff were lovely and the food was great !

14 Apr 2022

On behalf of my wife Annemarie, my son and I, we would just like to thank you, like I did last night in my speech for your outstanding support and commitment for us during the last 3 years of rescheduling due to COVID and making us a priority to ensure that you could be a part of our day in so many ways and if applicable the flexibility leeway for us to look after our son on such a memorable event. There is a lot of stuff to organise as a couple, planning for such a big day and you all know that this venture started a 1/3 of the way through 2018 and you all make it look so easy to create, produce and deliver above and beyond what your couple’s expectations are and for that we are very much grateful, so thank you to you

5 Feb 2022

Ballara made the entire process of getting married completely stress free not to mention beautiful. The venue itself is completely flawless and our ceremony and reception went off without a link. Popy and Hannah were our venue manager and assistant for the night. They were spectacular

20 Jan 2022

Beautiful function venue with elegant idyllic surrounds. Lovely nature hideaways and romantic nooks at every turn in the well maintained gardens. The staff Loretta and Jan were excellent. So happy to have had our wedding held at Ballara

30 Dec 2021

Fantastic people to work with in the lead up and on the day. The venue is beautiful and the food was amazing, everything was perfect and we couldn't have asked for better service.

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!

18 Dec 2021

Our summer wedding was perfect with Ballara! Staff were incredible throughout the whole planning process (communication was fantastic at every step of the way) and staff on the night were professional, friendly and attentive. Special thank you to Stacey, Eliza and Loretta for keeping on top of things for us. A stunning venue, the gardens and fairy lights are perfect for photographs and had our guests saying "wow!" Food was delicious and glasses were never empty! Thank you to the team at Ballara for the amazing night and the lovely memories!

17 Dec 2021

Ballara was just beautiful the moment we arrived, had everything at one place which made our big day less stressful. Stacey and Amanda took care of us throughout the entire process, with Amanda also coming to the rescue and fixing my dress on the day. The food was amazing and glasses were always full. Our guest still state how beautiful Ballara is and no one left hungry, All the staff were beyond amazing, thank you for a wonderful and stress free day

10 Dec 2021

The most beautiful and magical place to get married!! With the most supportive, warm and welcoming staff. We would recommend Ballara 1000 times to any engaged couple. Stacey took care of us from day one and ensured everything was perfect on our special day, and Loretta was an amazing bridal host ensuring that no one needed to stress and everyone had what they wanted during the night. Ballara are also DOG FRIENDLY!! We brought our beautiful Rosie who stayed for both ceremony and reception and it was just perfect! Thank you a million to Ballara Receptions, and for the lifelong memories we will now cherish forever!

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.

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