Most brides and grooms want their wedding to be a day that they will never forget but how to accomplish those goals depends on the soon-to-be newlyweds.
Not every couple wants a big extravagant ceremony with hundreds of people on the guest list.
They would rather celebrate their unforgettable love story with the people they love the most.
There are a lot of benefits to choosing smaller wedding venues for your wedding. Many opt for more intimate ceremonies that celebrate the beginning of a life together with their closest friends and family. There are several places throughout Melbourne and the surrounding areas to help make your special day that much more memorable.
Whether it is a simple outdoor affair or quarters with those you feel closest, these smaller venues offer an array of beautiful choices.
Here we list our editor’s choice top small wedding venues in Melbourne!
Melbourne's Best Small Wedding Venues
Perfectly placed by Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda Beach, Encore is a modern waterfront weddings and events venue boasting spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay.
A resplendent choice for elegant beachside weddings and for dynamic events, Encore St Kilda offers versatile modern interiors, stylishly curated packages, and a spectacular rooftop terrace for outdoor events and ceremonies in summer.
Encore offers a wonderful blank slate to craft your perfect dream wedding day. The space provides a choice of layouts and can cater to small and large groups in contemporary splendour, backed by delicious cuisine and premium drinks packages.
Encore St Kilda Beach can host weddings with up to 300 guests seated and offers customizable menus for your wedding cocktail hour and reception.
Check out their Facebook photos of real weddings!
Capacity: 50 to 700 Guests
Region: St Kilda
Address: 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: 0395 939 033
With 60 stunning acres at your disposal, The Grove Gippsland is a complete wedding venue; a big, green, luscious canvas for you to make your dreams a reality. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, close to picturesque country towns and some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches, our regional location is just one of many reasons that make The Grove Gippsland a truly awe-inspiring destination. Perfectly situated 10 minutes from the historic village of Loch, and 25 minutes from Inverloch, the rolling green hills of the South Gippsland landscape provides the perfect backdrop to our event spaces.
Our unique wedding spaces nestled between the Olive Grove and the Eucalyptus plantation, are a perfect combination of agricultural country charm, and contemporary elegance.
Two indoor reception spaces and the entire Olive Orchard are available to book all year round. The Conservatory can seat 170 guests or hold up to 260 guests for a cocktail reception. The adjoining lounge area is the perfect set scene for your dance floor!
Address: 27 Uren Rd, Kernot VIC 3979
Phone: 0473 586 041
Welcome to 34 breathtaking acres of gardens and vines at this luxury Mornington Peninsula wedding venue.
Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill offers picture-perfect areas for your celebration, including a vineyard or garden ceremony followed by a lakeview reception. From tall, silver birch trees and beautiful blossoms to rows of vineyards and a tranquil lake, you will have a magical backdrop for your wedding.
Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill has 40 luxurious boutique hotel rooms for a complete wedding weekend. Trust the dedicated staff to listen to your needs and fulfil your requests from a picturesque venue and delicious food to unique overnight accommodations. You’ll cherish your ceremony and reception at this top-rated wedding venue in Mornington Peninsula.
Address: 142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937
Phone: 0359 892 933
Dreaming of sophistication and rustic charm for your ceremony and reception? Cleveland Winery is a historical location ideal for an elegant country wedding. Get ready to make lifelong memories that you cherish forever when you host your big day at this top-rated wedding venue in Macedon Ranges.
You’ll exchange vows surrounded by vines and manicured gardens on the Chardonnay Terrace. Take advantage of 200-square-metres of reception space, with enough room for 130 loved ones, where you can eat, drink, and dance.
Cleveland Winery has 50 unique boutique hotel rooms, so the fun doesn’t have to end. Enjoy having your ceremony, reception, and overnight accommodations all in one place at Cleveland Winery. Ask about comprehensive wedding packages for a fabulous celebration.
Address: 55 Shannons Rd, Lancefield VIC 3435
Phone: 0354 299 000
Do you and your mate love the countryside? Farm Vigano is set among 16 acres of beautiful landscape. Although there is a vast amount of outdoor space, this Melbourne wedding venue is perfect for your exclusive wedding. There are various rooms including the gala room, the grand dining room, and the Italian terazza, but they all have spectacular views of nature. The Italian passion package includes a sit-down dinner with a capacity of up to 120 guests. This charming venue was recently awarded the best ceremony venue award at the Australian Bridal Industry Awards.
Address: 10 Bushmans Way, South Morang VIC 3752
Phone: 03 9407 1212
Social: Farm Vigano
Do you want a small Melbourne wedding ceremony that is tailor-made to your specific requests? Normanby House Reception only books one function at a time to give your celebration undivided attention. There are multiple packages available including meal options to round out the magical evening. The Normanby House Reception features a gorgeous one-room venue that caters between 50 and 220 guests. Your chic yet intimate wedding is about to come to life.
Address: 22-24 Normanby Avenue Thornbury VIC. 3071
Phone: 0419 856 736
Social: Normanby House Reception
Avalon Castle holds on to the belief that every bride should be made to feel like a princess on her wedding day. The all-in-one venue provides an indoor amphitheatre or chapel ceremony that can seat anywhere from 30 to 120 of your loved ones. You and your soul mate can exchange vows under the beautiful gazebo before departing to serve drinks in the onsite garden. You and your guests will adore this charming wedding venue.
Region: Dandenong Ranges
Address: 1 Flora Cl, Cockatoo VIC 3781
Phone: 03 5968 8392
Social: Avalon Castle
Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD is Elizabethan Lodge. This enchanting wedding venue includes a sandstone chapel with artisanal timber pews and hand-crafted leadlight windows. If you want an intimate outdoor ceremony instead, it could be in the fairy-lit garden. Couples can also take advantage of the Grand Heritage ballroom, which caters up to 180 guests. The services also include an onsite professional photography studio and makeup station to help make your day that much easier.
Address: 604-610 Middleborough Rd, Blackburn North VIC
Phone: 03 9898 9551
Social: Elizabethan Lodge
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa rolls out the red carpet for its guest with its picturesque landscape at its backdrop. Located in the heart of Yarra Valley, the premier wedding destination features an all-inclusive winery wedding with outdoor and indoor options. The covered balcony is especially breathtaking as it allows your guests to enjoy the various canapés along the 90-acre property.
Region: Yarra Valley
Address: 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Phone: 03 9730 0700
A breathtaking venue that will make your wedding day much more exclusive is Sherwood Receptions.
The ambience is ideal if you envision a rustic outdoor wedding. The 130-year-old homestead rests among natural bushland that provides a charming elegance to its events. The outdoor courtyard is adaptable for smaller weddings with a fully air-conditioned function room nearby. The staff is willing to work with you in designing a package that best suits the individual requirements for your guest list.
Address: 1040 Somerton Rd, Greenvale VIC 3059
Phone: 03 9333 4977
Social: Sherwood Receptions
Rippon Lea is a grand suburban estate that features sweeping lawns, several majestic trees, and a tranquil lake on its property. The gardens, orchard, fernery, and other outdoor elements can be the scenic background for a more intimate and romantic wedding ceremony. The ballroom also offers an impressive venue for the wedding reception. You can host up to 200 people on your special day.
Address: 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Phone: 03 9523 6095
Social: Rippon Lea Estate