Rippon Lea Estate

4.9  ( 50 reviews ) · 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria (View Map) · Show Phone
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Set in 14 acres of picturesque pleasure gardens, Rippon Lea Estate is a national heritage-listed mansion with a grand ballroom and exceptional gardens. The sweeping lawns and decorative fountains make this wedding venue a fairytale setting perfect for weddings seeking a sprinkle of magic. Rippon Lea is just a short distance from Melbourne’s CBD.

If you’re planning a fairytale wedding, look no further than the magical setting at Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne. It’ll be love at first sight when you see the romantic surroundings, historic touches, and glamour of a bygone era that sets the tone for an opulent celebration. Chandeliers sparkle in the elegant Grand Ballroom that boasts sweeping views of the manicured lawns and gardens. The poolside terrace has a Hollywood art deco elegance that makes the perfect area for pre- and post-ceremony drinks and canapes. This timeless venue can host up to 300 people in an informal cocktail setting, 180 people for a more formal banquet style, and 160 with generous space left for a dancefloor.


Features of Rippon Lea Estate Melbourne:

  • National Trust-listed property with elaborate furnishings, original artwork, and detailed touches (including embossed wallpaper).
  • Beautiful gardens with expansive lawns, perfect for outdoor ceremonies, relaxed drinks for up to 2500 guests, and even old-fashioned games. Croquet, anyone?
  • An ornate balustrade overlooks the dancefloor, with uninterrupted views of the sparkling chandelier.
  • An elegant Grand Ballroom that is perfect for formal banquets or high-end cocktail parties.
  • A breathtaking art deco pool terrace that evokes a relaxed yet decadent setting for pre-event cocktails or an elegant soiree.
  • Smaller celebrations are perfect on the estates’ ornate terrace.
  • Photographic opportunities are limitless for special occasions.


Rippon Lea Estate inclusions:

  • Exclusive hire of the Grand Ballroom and poolside terrace
  • Complete event management by a dedicated event planner
  • Professional event coordinator on the day
  • Bridal suite or green room
  • Auxiliary connection & 2 roving microphones
  • Lectern
  • Indoor heating and cooling
  • Cake and gift table
  • Market umbrellas


What you’ll love about Rippon Lea Estate for your Melbourne wedding:

  • The gourmet catering experience. Whether you desire an elegant champagne reception with chic canapes, a refined three-course sit-down dinner, a welcoming buffet with all the trimmings, or friendly bowl food, the seasoned team will work with you to create the perfect dining experience.
  • Elite wedding planning team. Rippon Lea’s wedding planners will be an invaluable resource when it comes to decor inspiration. They’ll recommend the best floral arrangements, styling picks, and live entertainment to assist you in creating a magical day that matches your personal style.
  • The fairytale comes to life. A venue that seems pulled straight from a Disney film, Rippon Lea Estate is where dreams really do come true. A grand house with a breathtaking ballroom, green lawns that stretch around the property, and private nooks with decadent furnishings all combine to make you feel like royalty.


Highlights of Rippon Lea Estate Melbourne:

  • Heritage-listed estate
  • Onsite wedding planners
  • Private terrace area


Showtime Event Group is an award-winning Wedding venue and production company. We can plan your unforgettable day from start to finish with state-of-the-art venues, incredible staff and impeccable catering.

Showtime Event Group

Business Owner

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 50 / Max 300 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $125 / High $ 235

Time restrictions: 12:00 AM

In-house catering or 3rd Party Catering

5.00 hours Event time included

Additional Hours $10 Per Head

Music must end by 12:00 AM

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Winter Weddings Offer

Melbourne is a city that absolutely dazzles in Winter and we love everything about this (often overlooked) time of year! The perks truly are undeniable, with more dates available, all of your favourite people will be able to attend. It is also the perfect time to jet off to Europe for the trip of a lifetime on your honeymoon.

Trust us, even your photos look better: no squinting into the sun, sweating or melting make up. Most importantly of all, a cooler evening ensures your guests will be glued to that dancefloor all evening!

Our fabulous Winter special is available at your chosen venue during May, June, July and August 2024.

Winter Special $149pp

5 hour duration

3 Chefs selected canapes on arrival

Set entrée course

Set main course

1 side dish

Your Wedding cake served on platters

Silver Beverage package consisting of; Sparkling, red and white wine 2 beers Soft drink, juice, tea and coffee

Security for the duration of your event

Lighting applicable to your chosen venue At Showtime we reward outside the box thinking.

Flexible working has meant that the days of Saturday only weddings are long behind us. Host your reception on a Sunday - Thursday and benefit from the rate of $134 per person, or $144 for Fridays. Winter Special $149pp Winter package is based on a minimum of 100 guests Venue hires apply for your specific venue


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192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria


Nearby Accommodation


Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom can accommodate: 

- 150 guests seated with a dancefloor
- 300 guests cocktail style 

Yes. Our chefs can accommdoate any dietary or cultural requirements that you may have. 

Yes, complimentary parking is available via Hotham Street for exclusive events inside the grounds of Rippon Lea Estate. 
Complimentary street parking is also available. 

There is ample accommodation located in Prahan that you can recommend to your guests. 

Yes. Photography options are available upon request. Please ask our team. 

Yes, we offer a large wedding suite with a private bathroom that is available for you and your bridal party.  

Short answer- yes! We allow BYO spirits. Please chat to our team to find out more information about BYO spirits. 

It is your special dat, so you are more than welcome to book and supplier you like. Upon booking, you will receive our preferred list of suppliers to help you. These suppliers are suppliers that we know and trust! They know our venues like the back of their hand and will ensure that your day runs  seamlessly and as planned. 

50 reviews 4.9 Write a Review

April 2023

We recently had the pleasure of getting married at the beautiful Rippon Lea Estate in March 2023 & we couldn't be happier with our experience. From when we arrived, we were struck by the stunning gardens & charming architecture. Kim & Ally, the wedding coordinators, were a dream. They were incredibly organised & attentive to our needs, making sure that every aspect of our ceremony was perfect. Their positive energy & enthusiasm were contagious & they made the process stress-free & enjoyable. During the ceremony, everything ran seamlessly thanks to Kim & Ally's expert coordination. The ceremony was beautiful, & we received so many compliments from our guests on the stunning venue. We couldn't recommend Rippon Lea & Kim & Ally highly enough. It was an unforgettable experience, & we feel so lucky to have celebrated our special day in such a stunning location with such wonderful people.

Tim D.

January 2023

Absolutely amazing wedding venue! It is so gorgeous; the ballroom and pool terrace are perfect for your reception and the grounds are perfect for the ceremony. We had 85 guests and it was the perfect amount of room. There's a Jacaranda tree on the main lawn in case you want to plan your ceremony around when it's in bloom! We had our wedding in January and it was perfect. Definitely recommend and would host our wedding there again in a heartbeat.

Adrian H.

June 2021

Rippon Lea Estate truly is the most romantic, beautiful venue for a Wedding. My partner and I really love its old-world charm and it provided the perfect backdrop for our dream wedding. The space is so elegant that we really didn't need to add much to it at all, it's already stunning and wedding-ready. With so many areas for photos in the ballroom and in the surrounding gardens. The food is incredible and the staff went above and beyond in helpful us create our dream day!

Ashlee G.

March 2023

Stunning venue with a historic charm and Downton Abbey vibes. Plenty of photo opportunities around the gardens and grounds. The ballroom is perfect for an intimate-sized reception.

Amelia C.

January 2023

Food was amazing, beautiful venue. very accommodating and helpful in organising our perfect day!

Michael W.

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Is it possible to have an all inclusive wedding reception for 100 people for $15,000 or less

Ideally want a cocktail style reception with a DJ for entertainment. Do not want a rustic style wedding venue.

Rippon Lea Estate


Thank you for your question. We can definintley work with you to create your perfect wedding package based on your budget at Rippon Lea Estate. 

Please give me a call on 0403 566 548 to discuss your wedding reception ideas and vision further.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Jade and The Showtime Team 

Can you explain the difference between all the types of seating arrangements?

And what's the most popular seating arrangements at the moment?

Rippon Lea Estate

Hi Katrina,

I am delighted to confirm there are various floor plan and seating options available at Rippon Lea Estate for your special day. 

The Pool Terrace is set with a mix of cafte style furniture and marble top cocktail style tables, for the most memorible welcome for guests around the pool and infront of the iconic water fountain, while canapes and arrival drinks are served. 

For seated weddings, we can offer round tables or long tables for up to 170 guests inside The Ballroom. 

If there is less than 140 guests, a dancefloor can be located inside The Elegant Ballroom and if there is more than 140 guests dancefloor area based in the pool terrace, which is draped in fairy lights above and makes for the most magical first dance backdrop. 

For smaller guest numbers The Ballroom has two levels which means with the assistance of your producer creating a tailored floor plan, you can host a perfect intimate wedding for 50 guests and above. 

For Cocktail Weddings, we include high cocktail tables and outdoor furniture that couples can utilise to create the perfect indoor/outdoor wedding space for up to 300 guests. 

Please just get in touch with Showtime Event Group if you wish to recieve any floor plans or additional information. 

Rebecca C

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