Unique Wedding Venues Brisbane
As a Wedding Celebrant with quite a few years of experience, I often get questions about beautiful, special, romantic wedding or reception venues. Especially if couples want to find something more unique, it is not easy to know what is available, even in the current days with Google! Another aspect is the feel of a venue once the ceremony has started: How can you know beforehand? Here my experience comes in handy too. Below my first pick of unique wedding venues Brisbane. More articles will follow!
Macarthur Park Wedding Gardens and Chapel, Alexandra Hills
Tucked away, just one block from the main road in Alexandra Hills set in beautiful natural Australian bushland, is the Macarthur Park Wedding Gardens and Chapel. The gardens have been a wedding venue for many years, but it was only in 2008 that the owners Rick and Karen Luhrmann, purchased the chapel and transported it to their beautiful wedding gardens.
Originally, the chapel was St Martins Anglican Church and stood in the small township of Coominya, near Esk. It was built in the early 1920’s of local hardwood and lined and sealed with pine. The non-denominational chapel was lovingly restored to its former graceful and dignified state, taking pride of place in the gardens. One of the truly unique wedding venues Brisbane!
The air-conditioned chapel provides a beautiful setting for Wedding Ceremonies, Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, Naming and Christening Ceremonies and Celebration of Life services with the ambience of an authentic country chapel from yesteryear.
This venue offers pop-up weddings in collaboration with Gwen Inglis, wedding celebrant. Read more on this page.
The Courthouse Restaurant, Cleveland
Situated on beautiful Moreton Bay the heritage-listed Courthouse Restaurant was built as a colonial cottage in 1853 by Francis Edward Bigge, a wealthy land and property owner. Its handmade brick walls and sandstone windowsills were brought out from England. In 1859, Francis Bigge rented the cottage to the colonial secretary, as a court house and jail. Sunday School and church services were also held here from 1859; the Courthouse was Cleveland’s first place of worship. The Courthouse was later neglected and unloved for many years until 1961 when Mr and Mrs Edmonds bought it and partly restored it. The extension was added in 1978. The beautiful sandstone and porphyry came from the demolished Old Supreme Court House, which was formally in George Street, Brisbane. Since March 1998, the current owner Mary Gibb, has carefully balanced the restaurant’s historical value with modern technical and catering standards.
One of the internal wall of the restaurant is lined with awards presented by the Australian Bridal Industry Academy to the restaurant for outstanding service to brides and grooms on their wedding day.
It is said that the Courthouse Restaurant has its own resident ghost. The ghost of Elizabeth Bigge, the wife of Francis Bigge, who originally built the Courthouse. Elizabeth died in England more than 150 years ago, but her ghost is believed to have returned to the place where she was the happiest. Many guests and staff members claim to have seen Elizabeth’s ghost, who they describe as a small lady wearing an old-fashioned dress. Elizabeth’s ghost is believed to be peaceful, keeping a watchful eye over the premises. There is nothing she likes more than a good marriage ceremony and wedding reception.
Victoria Park Golf Complex
The Victoria Park team delight in celebrating wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Their desire is to create memorable experiences for people and they are passionate about delivering quality service for brides and grooms on their wedding day.
Victoria Park Golf Complex boasts five stunning wedding ceremony and reception venues each one with outstanding views of Brisbane City.
My favorite wedding ceremony venue is the Garden Marquee, I find this one of the unique wedding venues Brisbane. You can actually see the golfers on the course from this venue. The marquee is set in beautiful gardens with many leafy trees nearby. Some brides and grooms choose to hold their ceremony outside the marquee so that the inside can be set up for their wedding reception.
Another outstanding venue is The Marquee. It takes pride of place at the top of the complex. The large outdoor balcony and stage are ideal for outdoor marriage ceremonies with sweeping views of the City skyline. With floor to ceiling windows and amazing chandeliers, The Marquee really is an outstanding wedding reception and marriage ceremony venue.
The Ballroom caters for approximately 200 wedding guests. Wedding receptions in this Victorian styled room would be filled with style and grace. Wedding ceremonies are often held on the balcony where the city views will be prominent in your wedding photos.
The Alabaster Room is a ground floor wedding reception area with an outdoor area for your wedding ceremony. This room will accommodate about 90 guests and has its own private bar and guest lounge.
The Quartz Room also has views of the rolling golf course. Holding about 60 wedding guests, the wedding ceremony is usually held on the ground floor outdoor balcony.
Add to this the Orchard Room where wedding guests can be entertained between the marriage ceremony and the wedding reception while the bridal party have additional wedding photos taken.
Victoria Park Golf Complex is situated just 2 kms from the Brisbane CBD and close to public transport, but if you must drive, there is loads of free parking.
Glengariff Historic Estate
Another of the unique wedding venues Brisbane can be found in the hinterland. The Glengariff Historic Estate is situated in the Brisbane Hinterland and about 45 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD. Glengariff Estate has been in the one family since the 1870’s. It is one of the oldest family estates in Queensland.
Established as a dairy farm for over 100 years, it became a vineyard and winery in 1999, before becoming the wedding venue it is today, hosting wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions from all over the world.
Weddings at Glengariff can only be described as magical. With your ceremony and wedding reception at one venue, this makes the location ideal for the wedding guests. There are endless locations for wedding photography on the property with vineyard, lake, jetty and rustic barn just to mention a few. The ceremony venue in the formal wedding garden with its stone arbours is divine, boasting panoramic mountain views.