Melbourne’s Top 5 Unique Wedding Venues

Melbourne’s Top 5 Unique Wedding Venues

Few cities rival Melbourne for its vibrancy, nightlife and sense of excitement., Melbourne has cemented itself as a culturally unique center for the weird and wonderful. Its weddings industry is no different.

Here are our top five unique Melbourne wedding venues.

1. Showtime Events Centre

Showtime Events Centre was voted the Best Reception Venue in Australia, two years running by the couples at the National ABIA awards. Need we say more?

This venue is all about industrial-chic. A brilliant warehouse-conversion redesigned as an events space. Showtime Events Centre was created with a vision to showcase its raw heritage. Exposed beams, original hardwood floors and paneling, with laser-cut iron walls illuminated by LED’s, along with a feature chandelier bar and in-built audio-visual equipment.

This large venue is accompanied by a riverside marquee for your arrival cocktails and canapes before a grand entrance to friends and family.

Warehouse Wedding Reception
Showtime Events Centre – View Full Gallery

2. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

Welcome to Melbourne’s newest wedding venue. And likely Melbourne’s most spectacular. Closed to the public for two decades the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall is about to reopen as the most sought after events venue the city has to offer.

The room is lined with Corinthian columns reminiscent of the Parthenon, the overarching ceiling sits way above and reveals the original skylights that were covered in the 70’s. Meticulously restored areas show the original paint and patterns that were applied by hand over 150 years ago. The extensive list of features goes on but this wedding venue simply has to be seen to be believed.

Located at the State Library Victoria in the heart of the city, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall opens again to the public after its long hiatus this December but is taking early wedding bookings now.

Located at the State Library Victoria in the heart of the city the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall opens again to the public after its long hiatus this December but is taking wedding bookings now.

The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall – View State Library Gallery

3. The Timberyard

Introducing the largest warehouse wedding venue in Melbourne. The location sits on a huge 6,000 square meters and is able to host over 1,000 seated guests.

As the name suggests the venue sits on an old lumber yard and certainly makes use of its rustic history, but does so tastefully. The location in Port Melbourne is divided into four sections that can be used individually or together (including a huge outdoor lawn area). The Warehouse however is where you’ll likely choose if you’re after a seated setting. Enclosed by shipping containers the area somehow feels open and free but enclosed enough to not handle any weather on your big day.

The Timberyard has the ability to be used year-round and for as many guests as you’re likely to ever want on your wedding day. While doing it all with a unique industrial edge.

Wedding Reception Venue Melbourne
The Timberyard – View Gallery

4. The Old Melbourne Gaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol comes together to form an events precinct that takes couples on a journey through their wedding day. Starting off with a ceremony in the Old Magistrates Court, get the paperwork out of the way and while your guests move on to pre-dinner drinks, literally next door in the Former City Watch House while you take photos against the gorgeous blue stone backdrop in the Alumni Courtyard. Until finally everyone makes their way into the historic main Gaol hall where a long table extends below the three tiers above amongst the stone walls.

Space comes alive with little effort and showcases what such a historic site is capable of. The Old Melbourne Gaol is for couples genuinely looking for something different and looking to surprise their guests at just how good it can be.

The Old Melbourne Gaol – View Gallery

5. Cargo Hall

A blank canvas venue with a unique flair. Cargo Hall sits on the Yarra River and looks over the Melbourne City skyline just over the other side of the water on South Wharf. Rebuilt to be a dedicated event space, Cargo Hall makes use of all of its original features in the best ways. Original flooring, feature timber wall, illuminated ‘bottle’ back bar and an interior balcony that offers a perfect photo vantage point or an even better DJ/MC position.

These subdued features allow the pillar-less space to be transformed into any style your wedding day calls for. The high-ceiling and muted natural tones offer all the fundamental tools to be dressed up or down and play on whatever theme you are after. The icing on the cake though might have to be the glass conservatory that runs the length of the venue, facing the water, perfect for any time of year.

Cargo Hall – View Gallery

For more information about any of the venues above contact the Showtime Event Group weddings team

or visit their website here.