There can be no wedding without a venue. First comes the ring, second comes the date and third comes picking the wedding venue where one of the most memorable days of your life will unfold.
Not only does your venue need to suit your theme, but it also needs to stand the test of time, as it will live on as the backdrop on your most memorable photos.
From casual to elegant, we will give you the inspiration you have been looking for as you look to make the next major step in your wedding plans. Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surf Coast & Golden Plains are all home to some of Victoria’s best and most unique wedding venues. To make your experience easier and help get you off on the right foot, we would like to give you some local inspiration from some of our favourite and most trusted wedding venues to ensure that your day is perfect.
THE RK GROUP’S TOP 10 WEDDING VENUE PICKS
Rocklea Farm – Golden Plains
If you travel just 15 minutes out of Geelong’s CBD, you will stumble across this beautiful rustic woolshed and farmland. Despite its vintage feel, Rocklea Farm is one of Geelong’s newest wedding and events venue. With a breathtaking barn surrounded by natural landscapes, it’s hard to believe your still so close to town. Rocklea Farm can accommodate 120 people seated and 200 people standing in the stunning woolshed and is located 60 minutes from Melbourne & Ballarat.
BAIE – Bellarine Peninsula
BAIE vineyard provides some of the most picturesque views of Port Phillip Bay. Couples can choose between a rustic reception in the gorgeous winery shed, which seats up to 120 people, or you can set up a marquee amongst the vines where you can create your own venue. You really cannot go wrong either way. BAIE Park is located 20 minutes from Geelong and 80 minutes from Melbourne.
Oneday Estate – Bellarine Peninsula
Oneday Estate is a beautiful venue with sprawling vineyards rolling over 14-acres. This unique venue is handcrafted from recycled timbers and stone from landmark buildings and structures. There is no other venue like it. Couples can choose to have their reception within the beautiful country reception room, which can accommodate up to 200 guests cocktail style, or a stunning outdoor reception.
You will find Oneday Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula, 20 minutes from Geelong and 80 minutes from Melbourne.
Rusty Gate – Bellarine Peninsula
Set amongst a working and award-winning olive grove, Rusty Gate Estate features expansive bay views, grand gardens, picturesque photo locations and multiple ceremony sites to suit your wedding size and needs. The panoramic views of the bay are some of the best you can get on the peninsula.
The formal lawn holds up to 150 guests. For more intimate weddings, a more secluded location can be found amongst the estate. This wedding location comes with all the bells and whistles. It features a marquee reception with power, water, flooring and furniture. The best part is that couples can build their dream venue and take some creative control.
Rusty Gate Weddings is located 20 minutes from Geelong and 80 minutes from Melbourne.
Scotchmans Hill – Bellarine Peninsula
Scotchmans Hill is where the vineyards meet the bay at the very core of the Bellarine Peninsula. Not only will you have superb views, but you will be spoilt for choice with an original French provincial farmhouse and scenic outdoor areas. The farmhouse will add a touch of elegance, with rustic red bricks, a stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings and French doors opening out onto a magnificent view. Scotchmans Hill is a 30 minute drive from Geelong and 90 minutes from Melbourne.
Bellbrae Harvest – Surf Coast
Bellbrae Harvest is located on Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast, it is a 17-acre country property that radiates tranquillity and romance. You can make use of the country charm during your wedding ceremony, or take a quick trip to the world-famous beaches located in the region, before returning to an elegant wedding reception. Bellbrae Harvest is located 30 minutes from Geelong and 80 minutes from Melbourne.
The Barn – Bellarine Peninsula
The Barn offers wedding couples an opportunity to create something truly special. Situated on 30 acres of rolling hills and nestled amongst rows of Blue Gums, this stunning barn comfortably seats up to 150 guests. Simply let your imagination run wild and create your perfect day, your way. The Barn is located 20 minutes from Geelong and 80 minutes from Melbourne.
Barunah Plains Homestead – Golden Plains
How does getting married at a grand historic bluestone homestead sound? This stunning homestead may date back to 1866, but it certainly stands the test of time. A feature of this venue is its ability to provide accommodation for up to 69 guests. Located 45 minutes from Geelong and 90 minutes from Melbourne, staying the night in the heart of the Golden Plains may just be the perfect end to the perfect day.
The Woolshed seats up to 180 people and 200 people cocktail style. Alternatively, if you are looking for something bigger you can set up a large marquee beside the beautiful creek.
This property has become a popular wedding destination for dreamy marquee setups, gorgeous barn style weddings and festival style weddings. Did we mention that there is an elegant pool too? Have the freedom of choice with the place that has it all. At Barunah Plains you will only be limited by your own imagination.
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre – Geelong CBD
Looking for a venue in the heart of Geelong’s CBD? The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is the perfect wedding venue, positioned amongst Johnstone Park. This iconic and state-of-the art building hosts an impressive events venue called, Wurdi Youang, meaning ‘the high ground’. Located high up on level 5 and featuring a striking balcony, the views of the bay and city are absolutely stunning.
With its unique design, contemporary style & central location, Wurdi Youang is the ideal setting for weddings. Wurdi Youang @ the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre can accommodate 300 guests cocktail style and 140 people seated with a dance floor and bridal table.
To create that ‘wow’ factor, start your event off with a bang with canapés & cocktails served on the extraordinary sun-drenched balcony whilst taking in the breathtaking view.
Carousel Pavilion – Geelong CBD
If you are looking for a scenic waterfront venue, then The Carousel Pavilion is a fantastic choice. The Pavilion houses a beautifully restored circa 1892 Carousel, which provides the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies, photos and receptions. The Carousel can accommodate up to 150 guests for a cocktail style function, or up to 70 guests for a seated function.
The decking area surrounding the west side of the pavilion is a superb location for wedding ceremonies and pre-dinner drinks.
With so many amazing wedding venues located in our own backyard, there is sure to be a venue to suit the wedding of your dreams.
No matter which wedding venue you choose, the good news is that THE RK GROUP will come to you. We can bring our exceptional catering and service to any wedding venue, private property or location of your choice. We offer a variety of options for wedding catering and are here to help you make your wedding day the one that you have always dreamt of!
Please contact our friendly team on 5241 1629 to discuss your catering and wedding venue requirements or click here to enquire online.