The Bellarine Peninsula – Wedding Venues
The Bellarine Peninsula – Wedding Venues
The Bellarine Peninsula – Wedding Venues

The Bellarine Peninsula – Wedding Venues

Photo: Georgia Verrells

 

It’s no secret to the locals of the area, that the Bellarine Peninsula is fast becoming a hot spot for wedding celebrations.  With it’s breathtaking natural beauty and laid back vibe, there is a setting for every celebration.  We explore the abundance of options couples have when it comes to saying ‘I do’.

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD GET MARRIED ON THE BELLARINE

 

The Bellarine Peninsula boasts beauty at almost every corner, from its sleepy seaside villages to the delectable delights of local produce and fine wine.  Quite simply, you could spend days and weeks on end taking in the stunning vistas with a glass of wine in hand as you visit the incredible vineyards and feast at the cosy coastal eateries.

 

A BELLARINE PENINSULA VENUE TO SUIT ANY THEME

 

The Bellarine Peninsula provides venues to suit any theme or style a couple desires.

Set along a stunning coastline an easy choice when it comes to a venue is finding a location with stunning coastal views, or a place where your guests can literally feel the sand between their toes.

Though don’t feel limited to thinking all the Bellarine Peninsula offers is beach weddings. Many venues are surrounded by beautiful bush land, giving a rustic and country feel to the celebration.

Many venues are blank canvas’ and a couple can truly bring their own style and celebration to the day.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT BELLARINE PENINSULA WEDDING VENUES

 

Bellarine Peninsula is without a doubt a stunning place to have your wedding, but you want to make sure you have all details covered and that it really does suit all your requirements before committing. There are a few extra factors it is worthwhile having in mind when looking at wedding venues in Bellarine Peninsula.

Weather

Bellarine Peninsula does tend to have a cooler climate, though can be sweltering hot in the summer months. If you’re having a beach wedding it’s important to think of shade so you’re comfortable and also factor in that beach weddings can be quite windy and may impact your styling and the performance of your celebrant when dealing with audio equipment.

If your wedding is going to be outdoors, do you have a contingency plan in case the weather is less than perfect.

Travel

Public transport is limited in this region, so you may want to look into hiring a bus to transport guests to and from your venue. Ensure you give clear directions to your venue to save any confusion on the day.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be easy for your friends and family to find on the Bellarine Peninsula. From flash houses, to campgrounds, there is a style to suit any budget. Do factor in the time of year as accommodation will book out quickly in peak season and school holidays.

Some guests may choose to make a weekend of your celebration and with a myriad of accommodation options as well as some premier eateries, your guests will delight in all that this region offers.

 

Award-winning excellence at Rusty Gate Estate

 

  • From: $2,000 to host a ceremony
  • Capacity: 150 guests
  • Indoor or outdoor: Marquee weddings
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes

An award-winning olive grove offering amazing vistas, Rusty Gate Estate is certainly a jewel.  Featuring expansive views, established grand gardens and multiple ceremony sites, at Rusty Gate, you can cater for your celebration no matter its size or needs.

 

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Spectacular venue overlooking the Surf.

The Dunes

  • Minimum spend: $22,500
  • Capacity: 112 sit-down or 180 cocktail style
  • Indoor or outdoor: Outdoor and indoor options available
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

The Dunes offers ease and style when it comes to your wedding planning.

Ceremonies can be hosted in the Native Dunes, a beautiful grassy space atop the sand dunes while being surrounded by native flora and fauna, with panoramic views of the open ocean. Alternatively, should the weather be inclement you can use their contemporary indoor space.

The Dunes space itself is located above the surf beach and the views out over the horizon are breathtaking as you celebrate into the night. The natural surfaces will complement a multitude of styling options, allowing you to personalise the space to suit your style.

But what sets The Dunes apart is their dedicated and passionate Event Team who are alongside you through every aspect of your planning and day, so you can relax and enjoy yourself as they go above and beyond to help you execute your most special day.

 

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You won’t get much closer to the water.

At The Heads

  • Minimum spend: $25,000
  • Capacity: 130 sit-down or 160 cocktail style
  • Indoor or outdoor: Outdoor and indoor options available
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Situated on the water’s edge with stunning views of Barwon Head’s iconic The Bluff and beyond, At The Heads is one of the Bellarine Peninsula’s most remarkable venues with its relaxed beachside location for your wedding ceremony and reception.

At The Heads truly offers it all, sensational views, fabulous food, and endless photo opportunities that ensure you and your guests will experience a truly memorable day in a natural setting that is breathtaking.

 

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Magnificent views and the finest wines.

BAIE Wines

  • From: $7,000 for use of the property
  • Capacity: Marquee weddings of up to 180, barrel hall accommodates 120 sit down
  • Indoor or outdoor: Multiple outdoor ceremony options, or use of the cellar door
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 20 minutes

 

With magnificent views across Port Phillip Bay and offering of fine wines, BAIE Wines vineyard is the perfect setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies and marquee receptions that will leave your guests gasping.  Build your day around the stunning backdrop and celebrate in whatever style you like.

 

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An idyllic lighthouse location. 

Merne at Lighthouse

  • From: From $135 – $165 per head
  • Capacity: Intimate and cosy space for smaller wedding parties of up to 30 guests or 100 guests seated and up to 150 cocktail.
  • Indoor or outdoor: Two outdoor ceremony options, with wet weather back-up options available.
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hr 35 minutes

Merne at Lighthouse is an idyllic location situated amongst a thriving olive grove and blossoming vineyard on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. The surrounding landscape is home to farms, dairies and orchards and will have your guests feeling relaxed in this beautiful setting. Priding themselves on the quality of their produce, Merne’s dishes are designed with their fresh produce to be the hero. They love their food to be shared amongst loved ones and are determined to have no guest leave hungry.

 

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Eclectic, artistic and full of fun.

Oakdene

  • From: P.O.A
  • Capacity: 100 guests seated in restaurant and restaurant garden, however larger numbers can be accommodated in a marquee.
  • Indoor or outdoor: Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations available. Their rustic train shed is the perfect ceremony wet weather option.
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 46 minutes

An original 1920’s homestead, Oakdene is set amongst the vines and an eclectic, lush art garden setting. Surrounded by an eclectic mix of sculpture and paintings, it’s a venue full of colour, fun and personality. With bed and breakfast accommodation, restaurant and a cellar door, it’s a lovely local venue to really escape to.

 

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Striking architecturally designed venue with panoramic ocean views.

Terindah Estate x Truffleduck

  • From: P.O.A
  • Capacity: 180 seated or 200 for cocktail style reception.
  • Indoor or outdoor: Barrel Room and heated deck offer wet weather alternatives, otherwise a spectacular ceremony can be held overlooking ocean views.
  • Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

Terindah Estate is truly a photographer’s playground with an abundance of picturesque locations to enjoy with your nearest and dearest. Say ‘I do’ on the rolling lawn with the You Yangs and ocean behind you, follow with canapes amongst the vineyard before moving through to the event space with floor to ceiling windows showcasing views of the property and bay.

 

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Want our hints and tips for the top places to eat, stay, visit and play on the Bellarine Peninsula, we unveil this incredible region here.

Victoria is lucky to boast an abundance of wedding venues that will truly wow you and your guests. For the lowdown on all our favourites across the state, head here.

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