Ballara Receptions

(122 reviews)
1435 Main Rd, Eltham, Victoria
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Tucked away in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Ballara is a beautiful Victorian estate and garden wedding venue. The grounds feature manicured English gardens, a lovely non-denominational chapel, various outdoor gathering spaces, and an elegant indoor reception hall.

Ballara is a gracious Victorian Estate nestled amongst glorious English gardens, with its own picturesque lake, weeping willows and family of ducks. 

At Ballara you will find everything you had dreamed of in the one location. 

For your ceremony, select from our chapel or the Gazebo overlooking the lake.
Our beautiful authentic chapel features an exquisite stained glass alter, rich burnished cathedral ceilings and timber pews. While the Gazebo and lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for your garden ceremony. 

With so many photo opportunities on-site, there is no need for you to leave to find all of those magical photo spots. 
From the waterfall, fairy light garden, rose arbours and lakeside stone chairs,to name a few, you are sure to capture all of those special moments without the hassle, stress and expense of going to additional locations. 

Then relax and enjoy the reception in our enchanting ballroom - with windows looking out to the gardens, sparkling chandeliers and a large central dance floor.

With only one function room accommodating up to 160 guests, Ballara is exclusively yours and you can relax knowing that our team is there for you during each planning step as well as on the big day.

Please email or call us to receive more information or to arrange an inspection to discover why Ballara really is “the perfect place for your perfect day” 

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Winter 2021

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 $130 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 $ 197


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

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What is the capacity for the venue?

At Ballara we can seat up to 160-170 guests in our Ballroom. 

Can I hold my ceremony at Ballara too?

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?

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?

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?

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

21 Mar 2020

Amazing venue, beautiful gardens and the staff are fantastic.

8 Mar 2020

Cannot fault Ballara on anything. Service was out of sight with staff not being seen or heard, yet everything was on the tables in minutes and food and drinks were constant. Cake (Kat's Cakes) was just outstanding and delicious, Dj (Glenn) was spot on playing perfect mixes for dancing and then quieter for meal times, food was faultless and there was so much of it no-one went away hungry, lawn games kept all guests occupied whilst we did photos, surroundings were immaculate, the reception hall itself was decked out perfect and everything we asked for was done. Get the higher package, it really didn't cost a great deal more and it included so much we actually saved money cause the cake, dj, meals, cocktail hour, alcohol, lawn games, flowers for the reception and more was all inclusive. Truly, we had the best night of our lives and I cannot thank them enough for what they gave to us. A memory that will never fade.

7 Mar 2020

A huge thank you to they team at Ballara. Right from the start to the end of the wedding night they were fantastic can not fault them . Shout out to Stacey our function manager she was amazing and made the whole night stress free for us. Having our wedding at Ballara was everything I had ever wanted my wedding to be. We were lucky enough to have our wedding in the gazebo as it was a nice day and it was amazing being surrounded by the manicured gardens. The reception turned out amazing and everyone complemented on the food as being amazing. I would highly recommend Ballara for your wedding. I didn’t want my night to end.

19 Dec 2019

We had our wedding day at Ballara Receptions on 19/12/2019. Fiona, our function manager did an outstanding job planning the run sheet and the lead up to the wedding. She did an outstanding job on the day and Amanda, Jan, Loretta and all others involved were very helpful through the process. Ballara always made sure people were having an enjoyable time and we have heard nothing but great feedback from the wedding. Cassie has mentioned before her singing performance, entree's came out and Ballara was able to put her entree on the warmer for an extended period of time until she was ready which she appreciated. We cannot thank the staff at Ballara Receptions enough for hosting our dream wedding. We definitely recommend the venue

7 Dec 2019

Mainly dealt with Jan who was brilliant to work with. Very helpful in tailoring what we wanted and was always open to answering our questions quickly and helping us come up with ideas. Jan was our host on the day and was very helpful and supportive throughout the day.

12 Oct 2019

I can not thank the team at Ballara for everything they did for us. We felt like royalty, nothing was too much to ask, we were doted on during the day. My Husband and I live in Brisbane and the team were very accommodating to us. All guests raved about how good the food was, how beautiful the grounds where and that everything was in one spot. We loved that the package we chose included our cake and DJ. Most of our vendors were ones that the team at Ballara recommended and that saved us heaps of time trying to find reputable people. We can not fault Ballara Receptions, they made our day perfect.

31 Aug 2019

Ballara Receptions were amazing to work with! Rhiannon helped us get a great package and start planning our big day over the year, while Jan our wedding co-ordinator was super helpful on the day keeping us on schedule and helping with all of our needs. The Chapel and Grounds were absolutely stunning and the Reception Hall was perfect. All of the guests so far have raved about the food and the venue, cannot recommend highly enough!

25 Aug 2019

Ballara was the only venue we visited. As soon as we walked through the door we knew it was the venue for us. We absolutely loved the chapel and the grounds are beautiful. Nothing was too much trouble in the lead up to our wedding and all emails were answered promptly. Jan and all other staff were very professional on the day. All dietary requirements were catered for. Even for canapés those guests were given their own plate. My sister is vegan and was very impressed with the food particularly dessert as often she isn’t catered for well and she got a very nice cake. Everyone has said how good the venue and food was. Cannot day enough good things about Ballara

10 Aug 2019

Shane and i cannot thank the staff at Ballara enough. Fiona, Jan and Amanda were absolutely fabulous along with all the staff behind the scenes (special mention to Loretta). We had the best day, the food was great, the atmosphere was beautiful, everyone got up for a dance and there was plenty of laughter and smiles. The Perfect venue for our perfect day ❤❤

Ballara Receptions  

Thank you for your kind words Rachel & Shane! You are both extremely welcome and we are so glad that it was everything you wanted!

28 Jun 2019

Everyone at Ballara was awesome and so helpful! Jen was a great help to us, and calmed me down and reassured me for the wedding! We got a package with them that included the DJ, table flowers, and the cake.

22 Jun 2019

There are insufficient words of praise for Ballara and all the staff. Fiona our function manager was professional and friendly, accommodating all of our requests with a smile. We had our ceremony and reception there and the preparations were faultless. Guests are still commenting on the wonderful quality of food and beautiful venue.

22 Jun 2019

All the staff at Ballara are really lovely and work hard to create a beautiful reception. Everything went really smoothly and the food was delicious - no one was hungry at the end!

Ballara Receptions  

Thank you Evelyn. Food is such an important part of the wedding and we always want to make sure everyone is full and no McDonalds runs on the way home!

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