HOTTEST NEW VENUE ON THE BELLARINE PENINSULA – THE DUNES
We absolutely adore discovering an exciting new space to be married, especially one that takes understated elegance to a whole new level – meet THE DUNES!
THE DUNES are certainly making a statement on the wedding venue scene, thanks to their laidback beach-side vibes while bringing an air of sophistication that couples will simply adore.
And while we know it’s often a wish-list item of couples to be married beside the water, nestled in the seaside town of Ocean Grove on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, THE DUNES stands apart as one of very few wedding venues that will have you just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
Overlooking Ocean Gove’s Surf Beach, the eye-catching and architectually-designed building itself has a contemporary feel. The wooden facade creates a cinematic experience that is ideal for watching the waves crash, or taking in the silhouettes of surfers as the sun goes down. Natural materials have been used throughout the space and with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow an abundance of light, your guests can sip on cocktails as they soak up the spectacular views.
Begin your day with a sweet ceremony in their beautiful grassy space that sits atop the sand dunes and overlooks the waves. This large space offers panoramic views of Ocean Groves main beach, The Bluff, and beyond! And the best part? It’s only 100 metres walk to THE DUNES, so your ceremony can seamlessly flow into cocktail hour and reception.
Speaking of cocktail hour, why not start your celebrations with an al fresco affair on their gorgeous balcony overlooking the sea? With canapés and drinks in hand, it’s the perfect place to mingle with your guests and soak up the seaside atmosphere. THE DUNES also offer a seated menu that includes canapés as a starter, followed by alternate drop entree and alternate drop mains with shared sides.
With the added bonus of the glistening ocean views, we adore that THE DUNES offers the feel of a beach wedding, with a privacy and luxurious feel that’s unrivalled. It’s a striking combination of seaside elegance, in a space that your guests will feel equal parts charmed, impressed and relaxed.
The layout of THE DUNES is exceptional and much care has been take in to ensure the feel is contemporary and chic. The beauty of this space is that it is the ultimate blank canvas to create your dream day. Dress it up with decor and styling to suit your wedding theme, or leave it as it is, either way, the surrounds are sensational. Whether you’re looking to host a black-tie affair, or bring a casual coastal vibe, THE DUNES can cater for exactly what you need.
When it comes to cuisine for your guests to feast on, THE DUNES place their focus on local, seasonal produce with an absolute emphasis on quality. Their feasting menu offers roving canapés so you can mingle with your guests, followed by an indulgent shared-style main that will have something to suit all your guests. Alternatively, you might like to keep more of a party vibe and utilise their cocktail menu offering, with canapés served roving throughout the evening. Or perhaps you’d like to create a completely custom menu, and this is where THE DUNES excel. Inspired by you, they take into consideration your favourite meals, or memorable first date moments and allow you to work directly with their chef to design a bespoke package perfectly suited to your style and taste. Whatever your heart desires, THE DUNES will help you create. Live oyster shucking bar? No problems. A pizza soaker at the end of the night? Yes please! One thing we can guarantee is that you won’t go hungry!
THE DUNES really is the gift that keeps on giving, and when it comes to your wedding photography, it is a photographer’s paradise. Think of the beachside snaps that can be taken while not having to venture far. Golden hour provides the perfect opportunity to put your feet into the sand, immerse yourself in those newly married feels and be left with an abundance of photos you will treasure always.
Where THE DUNES set themselves apart is that they truly care. They love weddings; the happiness of the couple, the joy of the guests, the celebration, they love it all! Their dedicated and talented Event Team is by your side from the initial interaction through to when you collect your belongings the following day. Every step of the way you will feel supported, as they absorb any fears or stress, bringing together a seamless celebration with effortless ease.
THE DUNES is one of the hottest new venues on the Bellarine Peninsula. For full venue use, there is a capacity of 120 guests seated and 160 guests cocktail style. Though additional numbers can be accommodated by hiring their surf club space that can be accessed by concertina walls between the spaces, giving a consistent and cohesive feel.
LOOKING AT A 2024/2025 CELEBRATION?
Venue hire fee: $3,000
Minimum spend – February & March
Monday to Thursday $20,000
Friday or Saturday $24,000
November, December & April
Monday to Thursday $18,000
Friday or Saturday $21,000
May – October
Monday to Thursday $16,000
Friday or Saturday $18,000
Special offer for winter weddings 2024 (off-peak June-August)
Inside ceremony included in venue hire fee
Reduced venue hire fee of $2000
Reduced minimum spends (Monday to Thursday $10,000, Friday or Saturday $18,000)
Rescued per head price $185 per person
Whether you are looking for a formal affair, a casual laidback vibe, or a dance floor for the DJ to set on fire, the team at The Dunes will work with you to create your perfect day. Be sure to send an enquiry to them and celebrate your day in the most perfect way.