Outdoor wedding venue ideas you’ll love

Planning an outdoor wedding and not sure where to start? Below, our experienced wedding planners share their favourite outdoor wedding venue ideas and tips that’ll help you get started planning your wedding right now.

Photo courtesy of Liv Hettinga Photography

“Outdoor wedding venues are in higher demand than we’ve ever seen,” says our lead wedding planner Darcy Burch. “We know that COVID-19 has changed the expectations of couples, but it’s also changed guests’ expectations. Everyone wants to be outdoors for safety reasons, but people also seem to be craving nature experiences, so being outdoors at a winery or in a beautiful garden for your wedding really adds something extra special for guests to look forward to.”

Couples often ask the same questions about outdoor weddings: What are the best city winery venues? What kind of outdoor wedding structure can we use for our ceremony? How can we create a feeling of intimacy for an outdoor wedding? What iconic outdoor venue hire options are available near me? All these questions and more are addressed in the following outside wedding venue ideas, tips and tricks from our wedding planners.

Outside wedding venue ideas you’ll love:

  • Select an outdoor venue with a structure that embraces the surroundings
  • Designate a focal point for your ceremony
  • Select a venue that’s all about the landscape
  • Host in an iconic local venue you love & frequently visit

A joyful outdoor wedding ceremony, photo courtesy of Nicola Lemmon

Outdoor wedding venue idea no. 1: Select an outdoor venue with a wedding structure that embraces the surroundings

Outdoor wedding structures include everything from marquees and floral arches to interesting open-air wedding venues like old architectural ruins and venues with balconies.

“The best outdoor wedding venues are the ones that feel like they’re part of the landscape,” says Darcy. At an outdoor wedding on Sydney Harbour, for example, you don’t want anything getting in the way of the waterfront views.

Pier One’s Harbourside Marquee

At Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel, the built-in outdoor wedding structure is a permanent perspex marquee that sits just below Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not only does this structure allow guests an up-close view of the waterfront, but it also provides a wet weather option for outdoor ceremonies. Also nearby is an uncovered private pier that’s often used as an outside wedding ceremony site.

Venue highlights:

  • Unbeatable waterfront views and views of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Outdoor ceremony space on a private pier
  • Open-air marquee on the waterfront is perfect for receptions with an alfresco feel
  • Luxury hotel rooms for all your wedding guests
  • Capacity in the marquee is up to 150 standing or 100 seated

Interested in learning more about Pier One? Download a Pier One Sydney wedding brochure on our sister site, Venue Crew. There, you’ll also find Pier One wedding reviews, wedding package pricing, room features and catering info.

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Pier One’s clear-walled marquee sits on the waterfront of Sydney Harbour

Yarra Valley Estate’s Open Air Chapel

Set in the heart of Melbourne’s wine country, Yarra Valley Estate includes an open-air chapel — the kind of outside wedding venue idea you might dream up for your own wedding and then be pretty thrilled to find actually exists IRL. In this case, it’s a kind of frame of imaginary walls and windows that give the outdoor space a real sense of place among the towering trees.

Venue highlights:

  • Beautiful outdoor parklands setting with open-air chapel structure
  • Bushland retreat with 48 hotel rooms in Yarra valley
  • Organic catering from the produce grown on-site
  • Wedding menu tasting available for couples
  • Clear COVID-safe wedding plan
  • Capacity is up to 130 guests seated of 150 guests cocktail style

Interested in booking a Yarra Valley Estate wedding? View the venue’s profile for real weddings at Yarra Valley Estate, wedding reviews and package details.

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At Yarra Valley Estate, an open-air chapel sets the scene for outdoor wedding ceremonies

The Woods Farm’s Open Air Timber Pavillion

Set on 40 acres of coastal land in Jervis Bay, The Woods Farm features a rustic timber pavilion that’s open on all sides to the beautiful Australian bush landscape. This outdoor wedding venue includes large antique chandeliers and vintage windows as decor, and you really don’t need to bring in much additional styling to make the place feel unique. The farm includes sprawling landscapes of forest, gardens, courtyards, farm animals, and everything you need to host an entire wedding weekend.

Venue highlights:

  • Open-air barn structure is gorgeous for a ceremony or an outdoor garden bar during cocktail hour
  • Boutique accommodation and glamping on the grounds
  • BYO venue hire
  • Clear COVID-safe wedding plan
  • Capacity up to 120 overnight guests

Does The Woods sound and look like your dream rustic wedding venue? View their profile for information about wedding packages and pricing, and to view real reviews from couples who’ve hosted their weddings at The Woods in Jervis Bay.

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The Woods Farm‘s open-air timber pavilion is gorgeous for rustic outdoor wedding ceremonies, photo courtesy of Nathan Lapham

Tentz’s Sailcloth Tents for Hire

Operating throughout Queensland and Northern NSW, Tentz offers gorgeous sailcloth tent hire with wooden poles and clear sidewalls that can be dropped down in the case of inclement weather. “I love bringing in these kinds of tents when I’m planning a wedding at a huge property and we need to really define the reception space,” says Easy Weddings wedding planner Abbey Sands.

To view more info about sailcloth tents and the other tenting options available on the Sunshine Coast, view the Tentz storefront. You’ll also find real customer reviews and more info about their glamping bell tent options.

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Tentz‘s open-air sailcloth tents offer shelter on sunny days while still letting the breeze flow throughout the space

Twilight’s Naked Tipis and Open Air Marquees

Twilight Glamping & Event Hire offers a great selection of outside wedding venue options like naked tipis and open-air marquees. Both can be used as reception venues for a small wedding group, or as lounge areas if you have a larger venue that you’d like to make feel a little cosier.

Check out Twilight Glamping & Event Hire’s storefront for regional Victoria and Melbourne marquee hire. Bell tents, naked tipis, bamboo wedding marquees and sailcloth tents are all available for hire.

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Twilight Glamping & Event Hire offers open-air tipi style tents that are perfect to designate a cosy space for outdoor weddings

Outside wedding venue idea no. 2: Designate a ceremony focal point

“Some outdoor venues can feel so large that you need to bring in a design element to make the place feel more intimate for a wedding,” says Abbey. “In this case, I’ll usually work with a designer or a hire company to create an outdoor wedding structure that mimics an open-air chapel or creates a focal point that makes it clear where the ceremony will take place. A floral arch or greenery wall can be a gorgeous way to designate a ceremony spot — even a variation of floral urns can help with this.”

“Another great way to create a more intimate atmosphere outdoors — without the added expense of something like a marquee — is to arrange the seating in a circular format so that the couple is in the centre of the circle,” Abbey says. This kind of setup works particularly well for outdoor venues that have panoramic views from all aspects of the wedding ceremony space.

Montsalvat’s Historic Architecture

At Montsalvat in Eltham, you’ll have your pick of 12 acres worth of gardens in which to host your ceremony outside. The stone courtyard of this active artists’ community allows you to set your ceremony up in front of the estate’s beautiful stone walls and lead glass windows. It’s a one-of-a-kind focal point for your ceremony that might benefit from a little flowery decor, but not much else is needed to get that timeless, romantic look. We’d love to see a garden bar set up in the same location during cocktail hour.

Venue highlights:

  • Heritage architecture at leafy Eltham outdoor wedding venue
  • Endless photo ops in beautiful courtyards, gardens and heritage buildings
  • Timeless wedding venue with reception options both indoors and out
  • Capacity up to 200 guests

To learn more about Monsalvat’s historic wedding venue and read reviews from real couples who’ve hosted their weddings on the grounds, head to their profile.

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Historic stone architecture sets the scene for Montsalvat’s courtyard wedding venue in Eltham, Melbourne

Aravina Estate’s Ceremony Pavillion

At Aravina Estate Margaret River in WA, there’s a modern wedding ceremony structure that has perfect views of the vineyards as your backdrop. Greenery hangs naturally from the support beams and white drapery adds a little extra softness and framing to the scene, setting a natural ceremony focal point.

For outdoor weddings at Aravina, couples can also host their ceremony at a lakeside location or in a more intimate garden surrounded by lush landscape. Receptions are typically held indoors, but you’ll have the option of bringing in a garden marquee or hosting cocktails outside with a garden bar.

Venue highlights:

  • Garden ceremony venue covered in jasmine vines and surrounded by vineyards, hydrangeas, roses and a lake
  • Option to host your wedding reception in a lakeside marquee for outdoor wedding vibes
  • Amazing food and wine experience with the option to do a full degustation wedding menu
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Capacity up to 250 guests

Planning a Margaret River winery wedding? View Aravina’s profile for more info about their extensive catering options and read real reviews from other couples.

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The built-in ceremony focal point at Aravina Estate allows the couple to be front and centre with Margaret River vineyards in the background

Potters Reception Centre’s Wisteria Vines

Depending on the season, the wisteria vines create a stunning environment for your outdoor wedding at Potters Reception Centre in Warrandyte. The natural overhead framing of the vines and foliage create a beautiful, natural focal point for a wedding ceremony in Yarra Valley.

Venue highlights:

  • Garden wedding options abound, including a wisteria courtyard
  • Garden bar atmosphere is perfect for cocktails outside
  • 8 boutique guest rooms on the grounds for you and your wedding party
  • Located just 20 minutes from central Melbourne, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley
  • Micro wedding packages available

Interested in planning your wedding under the wisteria arbour? View Potters Reception Centre’s profile for more info about their wedding packages, costs, venue options, and network of recommended wedding suppliers.

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Ceremony under the wisteria arbour at Potters Receptions in Melbourne’s Warrandyte, photo courtesy of Michael Briggs Photography

Outdoor wedding venue idea no. 3: Select a venue that’s all about the landscape

One of the main reasons couples go with an outdoor venue is that they love the landscape, so choosing a venue that has panoramic views is a priority. “If a couple wants to keep the party outdoors so their guests can really enjoy the view, I usually try to get creative with the catering options outside,” says Darcy.

She turns to food and wine experiences like prosecco trucks or garden bars on wheels — even bringing in something surprising like an ice cream cart after dinner for a little extra detail that reflects the couple’s favourite comfort food.

Allview Escape Blackheath’s Blue Mountains Views

This Blue Mountains outdoor wedding venue and resort is loved for its panoramic views of the Grose Valley and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Here, you can host your entire wedding outdoors. Start with your ceremony overlooking the valley followed by a garden bar setup and outdoor cocktail hour then head into an alfresco marquee for dinner and dancing. Don’t forget to take a break and snap some photos with your photographer in the forests and gardens.

Venue highlights:

  • Incredible views of the Blue Mountains landscape
  • Private countryside property & retreat
  • Perfect lawns for installing a large reception marquee to dine outdoors
  • Boutique cottage accommodation for up to 25 guests
  • Capacity up to 200 guests

For more info about Allview Escape Blackheath’s outdoor wedding venue in the Blue Mountains, visit their profile. There, you’ll find photos of the venue in a number of setups alongside various reviews by real wedding couples.

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Bridesmaids soaking up the panoramic views of the Blue Mountains at Allview Escape Blackheath

Levantine Hill’s Yarra Valley Views

It’s hard to beat the incredible panoramic views of the Yarra Valley from Levantine Hill’s position overlooking the regions many vineyards, hills and farms. Most couples who marry here choose to let the views be the primary backdrop to all of their wedding day events, from the outdoor ceremony perch to through to the end of the evening under the stars.

Venue highlights:

  • Best winery views of the Yarra Valley from your outdoor ceremony venue
  • Modern architect-designed reception venue with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landscape
  • Award-winning food and wine experiences
  • Helipad for a memorable wedding ceremony arrival
  • Capacity up to 180 guests

To download a wedding brochure for Levantine Hill, visit their profile on our sister site, Venue Crew, where you’ll also find reviews, wedding packages, room features and catering info.

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Wedding ceremony set up in front of sweeping Yarra Valley views at Levantine Hill, photo by Erin & Tara

McLaren Vale Views at Mitolo Wines

More vineyard views? Yep, that’s our jam. Mitolo Wines is a lovely, modern winery wedding venue in McLaren Vale where you can host your ceremony outside overlooking the vineyards and dine under an alfresco arbour for your reception. You’ll head indoors for dancing in a cellar door space that features floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you never lose those amazing views.

Venue highlights:

  • McLaren Vale outdoor wedding venue with vineyard views
  • Open air wedding reception venue with views of Willunga hills
  • Modern cellar door and arbour on rolling pastures
  • McLaren Vale restaurant and winery with AGFG Chef Hat Award 2018 & 2019
  • Capacity up to 190 guests for seated events or 200 for cocktail style weddings

For more info about Mitolo Wines weddings in McLaren Vale, visit their profile and read through the venue’s outdoor wedding packages, real wedding reviews and more.

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An outdoor wedding venue in McLaren Vale, Mitolo Wines overlooks rolling hills and vineyards and includes outdoor ceremony and reception options

Boathouse at The Spit’s Mosman Water Views

More vineyard views? Yep, that’s our jam. Mitolo Wines is a lovely, modern winery wedding venue in McLaren Vale where you can host your ceremony outside overlooking the vineyards and dine under an alfresco arbour for your reception. You’ll head indoors for dancing in a cellar door space that features floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you never lose those amazing views.

Venue highlights:

  • Beachfront location with panoramic views of the harbour
  • All-weather outdoor and indoor wedding venue with incredible views of Mosman waterfront
  • Outdoor wedding photo ops include the yacht-dotted harbour, nearby Spit West Reserve and Balmoral Beach
  • Award-winning food and wine experiences for wedding guests
  • Capacity up to 270 guests for seated dinners or 450 for cocktail style weddings

For more info about weddings at Zest Waterfront Venues Boathouse at The Spit, download their wedding brochure on our sister site, Venue Crew. There, you’ll also find Boathouse at the Spit wedding reviews, wedding package pricing, room features and catering info.

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The views from Zest’s Boathouse at The Spit in Mosman include panoramic Sydney Harbour water views

The Prosecco Van Mobile Bar

To keep your party outdoors and feeling fresh, Darcy recommends some kind of interactive garden bar setup, like The Prosecco Van. This gorgeous white-and-gold Italian 3-wheeler van is the perfect outside wedding venue idea when you want to add a little something extra that toes the line between being stylish and functional. Prosecco, wine and beer are all on tap, and you can add your own prosecco lounge area for guests to relax beside the van as they sip their bubbly.

To get started planning your memorable cocktail hour with The Prosecco Van, visit their storefront today.

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Melbourne’s favourite mobile bar, The Prosecco Van offers that perfect outdoor wedding idea that all your guests will love, photo @theproseccovanofficial

Caravan & Tonic Mobile Bar

Vinnie is the adorable vintage caravan bar you’ve been searching for. Caravan & Tonic can set up a garden bar for your outdoor wedding just about anywhere in WA. The mobile bar can handle everything you need for the full bartending experience: beer, wine, cocktails, coffee, and cold-pressed juices. They’ll even bring along lawn games to keep your guests entertained if you’re hosting a lengthy cocktail hour.

For more info about Caravan & Tonic’s catering bar caravan, visit their storefront today.

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Serving the Perth region, Caravan & Tonic sets up garden bars for weddings throughout WA

Outdoor wedding venue idea no. 4: Host in a place you love

Whether it’s your local botanic gardens, a restaurant you love or a city winery you go to regularly, consider outdoor wedding venue options that aren’t necessarily just wedding venues. “There are a lot of hidden gems out there, you just have to know where to look,” says Darcy, who’s always on the pulse of the latest wedding venue openings. “If you’re struggling to find the perfect outdoor wedding venue, give us a shout and we’ll come up with the right solution for your party crew.”

Taronga Zoo Glamping and Safari Themed Weddings

When you think safari wedding vibes, your imagination might wander off to the Serengeti, but no need to even board a plane to get that feel of the wild outdoors. At Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Epicure runs a gorgeous catering programme with sustainable standards, delicious Australian fare and a wide variety of service styles.

Here, outdoor weddings take place on a few different lawns, each with beautiful outdoor backdrops and the occasional wildlife sighting captured in your photos. Each of the indoor venues on the grounds provides sweeping views of the surrounding scenery, some with open-air venue options.

Venue highlights:

  • Safari wedding theme in the heart of Sydney
  • Rooftop bar with doors that open for an alfresco feel
  • Lawns with space to hire an open-air marquee
  • Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Glamping available on the grounds for your overnight guests
  • Capacity for weddings reaches up to 350 guests

To download a wedding brochure for Taronga Zoo, visit their profile on our sister site, Venue Crew. There, you’ll also find Taronga Zoo wedding reviews, wedding package pricing, room features and catering info.

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For an unforgettable outdoor wedding venue idea that’s totally unique, head to Taronga Zoo by Epicure

Melbourne Zoo Rainforest Theme Weddings

Melbourne Zoo also hosts beautiful outdoor weddings with a variety of venues indoors and out. Think Japanese gardens, rainforests filled with monkeys, a butterfly house and a leopard lodge — all available for your unique outdoor wedding in Royal Park. You can host your reception in a glass-walled venue surrounded by rainforests and wildlife, sip safari-themed cocktails outside in the gardens and celebrate your wedding in iconic Melbourne style with the lions roaring as your sunset soundtrack.

Venue highlights:

  • Iconic Melbourne wedding venue with indoor and outdoor options for ceremony and reception
  • One-of-a-kind photo ops throughout the zoo grounds on your wedding day, like feeding the giraffes
  • Modern event spaces with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Animal experiences available during your wedding
  • Option for guests to glamp on the zoo grounds overnight
  • Capacity for weddings reaches up to 500 guests

To see real weddings, view wedding package details and read reviews from couples who hosted their weddings at Melbourne Zoo, view their venue profile.

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Melbourne Zoo, located within Royal Park, offers various outdoor wedding venues including a giraffe deck

City Winery Weddings at Sydney Urban Winery

Sydney’s most popular city winery, Sydney Urban Winery offers outdoor wedding options with barrels as your backdrop and an alfresco winery feel in the heart of the city. The winery is home to a couple of courtyards that can be used for ceremonies and cocktails outside. Inside the venue, the cellar door, wine bar and barrel room offer an industrial chic wedding atmosphere you’ll love, especially if you’re a regular visitor to the winery.

Venue Highlights

  • City winery in the heart of Sydney
  • Modern wedding venue that doubles as a winemaking facility
  • Industrial wedding atmosphere that comes to life with the right music and decor
  • Tailored wedding packages
  • Located near Centennial Park — a popular wedding photo location
  • Capacity of up to 180 wedding guests

Looking for a city winery wedding venue that’s convenient but still has the feel of a winemaking facility? Contact our Sydney venue specialists to learn more about Sydney Urban Winery. You can easily read reviews, download a brochure with wedding package pricing and enquire with Sydney Urban Winery on our sister site, Venue Crew.

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Wedding ceremonies at Urban Winery Sydney take place outside at the city winery

Terrace on the Domain

Most Sydneysiders love their sprawling gardens on the harbour. Located in the heart of Sydney’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain, Terrace on the Domain encompasses a sprawling lawn surrounded by beautiful trees and a modern restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the outdoors. This contemporary wedding venue seamlessly blends the gardens with an indoor space that embraces the surrounding landscape.

Venue Highlights

  • Outdoor wedding venue with limitless photo ops in the gardens
  • Wraparound terrace with gathering space outside and indoors
  • Iconic Sydney location in the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Bespoke catering by the award-winning Trippas White Group
  • Capacity of up to 180 seated wedding guests or 350 cocktail guests
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Weddings at Terrace on the Domain in Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney take place on the lawns under towering trees and surrounded by garden views

The Figs Byron

Byron Bay is known for its beautiful vistas and tropical gardens, and The Figs Byron is a wedding venue that blends seamlessly into that environment. The private resort property is dotted with Moreton Bay fig trees that date back hundreds of years, providing ample outdoor wedding ceremony options. There’s boutique accommodation on-site and most weddings are held outside with a ceremony under the trees, poolside cocktails and dinner in an open-air marquee that’s part of the property.

Venue Highlights

  • Outdoor wedding venue with alfresco options for all wedding events
  • Just 5 minutes from Brunswick Heads beaches
  • Endless photo ops in the citrus groves and tropical gardens
  • Boutique accommodation on the grounds
  • Capacity of up to 180 seated wedding guests or 350 cocktail guests

For more photos of The Figs Byron and to read real wedding couples’ reviews, head to their storefront.

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250-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees dot the landscape of The Figs Byron, an outdoor wedding venue with private gardens and beautiful vantage points of Byron

Looking for an outdoor wedding venue hire option? Check out our full collection at our sister site, Venue Crew.

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