Getting married in Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The nation’s capital has something for everyone – it is rich in history and culture and boasts some breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders.
Visiting the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), you can uncover impressive landmarks, glorious native flora, markets, shopping, food and wine.
And when it comes to being married in Canberra and its surrounds, from contemporary celebration spaces, to inspired cultural landmarks, you are sure to find the venue of your dreams in the mix.
ACT VENUES TO SUIT ANY WEDDING THEME
The ACT is rich in cultural history, art galleries, and creative spaces to make your wedding dreams come alive – from sweet city spaces to lakeside restaurants, you really needn’t venture from the city in search of the magic.
If you’re seeking something rustic, romantic and with a backdrop of the surrounding, rolling hills, one of many gorgeous country homesteads might be more speed.
With glorious gardens, lakes, waterfalls, national parks and forests or country-inspired spaces to get your DIY-on – the ACT offers a little bit of everything.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT ACT WEDDING VENUES
Known for its cooler climate, there is something special about embracing the elements of Canberra.
Autumn in particular is an extremely beautiful time in the territory – where glistening lakes and auburn leaves make for impressive photo opportunities.
January is the region’s warmest month, with daily averages around 27 degrees, and in Winter, expect a cool and cosy average of 11.4 degrees. Being mindful of the seasons and expected temps when planning for a Canberra wedding can certainly help prepare for any weather-related contingencies, though typically speaking, most venues are well equipped to deal with keeping guests out of the elements as required.
Getting around Canberra is quite simple – there are public transport options a-plenty, or you can opt to make use of the cities taxi network. Accessing regions further out of the CBD is also fairly straightforward, given the close proximity to the territory borders and size of the region.
Canberra airport is curfew-free, with flights running 24-hours per day.
The ACT plays host to several significant annual festivals, such as Summernats (January), Canberra International Music Festival (Apr-May) and hugely popular Floriade Festival (October). Key events on the calendar can impact venue, restaurant and accomodation availability, so it is worth checking out the city events calendar to keep in the loop.
From lodges, hotels, city-side apartments and private accomodations, there are places to stay all over the ACT.
Particularly convenient for family getaways, Canberra’s self-contained accommodation choices are extensive. Ranging from budget through to luxury, you’ll find one-bedroom and multi-room self-contained accommodation options in the city and popular precincts, as well as further afield to allow you to explore other parts of the region.
Gorgeous galleries, contemporary spaces and natural wonders.
Here are our some of our top recommendations when it comes to the best wedding venues in the ACT.
Luxury at Lake Burley Griffin.
- From: $21,000 for venue exclusivity
- Size of venue: 144 seated and 250 cocktail
- Indoor or outdoor: Both options can be easily accomodate at the Boat House
- Distance from Adelaide CBD: Just 7 minutes drive
Minutes from the city, miles from the world… the glorious escape that is The Boat House, situated on stunning Lake Burley Griffin, provides a first class fine dining experience for you and your guests. Waterfront views and private parklands for stunning sunset photos… need we say more.
Sensational ceremonies & architectural magnificence.
- From: Ceremony packages start from $1,350.
- Size of venue: The Pavilion can accomodate 8o seated guests and 138 standing.
- Indoor or outdoor: The Pavilion itself is a stunning indoor space to be wed, with nearby outdoor ceremony options that include Cork Oaks Forest and Dairy Farmers Hill.
The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion is a spectacular, architecturally designed venue with floor-to-ceiling glass, and a private balcony with breathtaking views. Stylish design with arching walls, subtle lighting and a steeple ceiling, this special space is perfect for small intimate gatherings. The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion conveys intimacy while offering he comfort and efficiency of modern features and is operated by premier local catering team, Ginger Catering.
Creativity abounds at the National Gallery.
- From: Price on enquiry.
- Size of venue: Contact the events team.
- Indoor or outdoor: In the event of rain your ceremony can be relocated to The Undercroft, a beautiful ceremony location in its own right.
The National Gallery of Australia is an incredibly special and unique location for your wedding. As the home to Australia’s national collection of art, the NGA offers world-class function spaces set in a culturally rich, exciting, and diverse location. Situated on the shores of picturesque Lake Burley Griffin, the NGA features an abundance of potential spaces, ready to be specially tailored to suit your own personality and needs.
The NGA’s heritage-listed Sculpture Garden is an unparalleled outdoor setting for a wedding ceremony, or you could also make use of their Beach setting with a twist. As for reception, choose between the Gandel Hall or the Sculpture Garden Pavilion for an outdoor affair.
Authentic Australian bush setting.
- From: Price on enquiry.
- Size of venue: 200 cocktail style and 120 seated.
- Indoor or outdoor: With various indoor and outdoor spaces to be wed at Bushfield Farm, you’re spoilt for choice, not matter the weather.
If you’re after your own piece of paradise, Bushfield Farm is the perfect setting for your celebration. Nestled on the outskirts of Gundaroo, the farm boasts a beautiful rural setting from the moment you make your way down the long winding driveway. You are spoilt for choice when choosing your venue spot. Various locations include the rustic shearing shed, a large covered deck overlooking a picturesque dam, under a vast canopy of elm trees or one of the other locales that offer awe-inspiring views of the farm. The property has the most stunning sunsets and after the sun goes down you can continue enjoying the beautiful rural vistas while cozying up to fire-drums to keep you comfortable while savouring the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The nation’s capital is filled with gorgeous places and spaces to be married, and we have shared stunning ACT real weddings here.