Top 18 Wedding Venues of Sydney & NSW
Getting married in New South Wales and looking for the perfect wedding reception venue?
Whether you’re looking for a traditional, modern, waterfront or countryside wedding venue, you can save yourself the time, because ABIA are connected to some trustworthy reviewers who have recommended the best venues of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and the South Coast.
Our reliable reviewers are the thousands of Sydney wedding couples who got married in 2018! These couples have gone through the lengthy process of selecting the perfect venue for their wedding, and took the time to review and rate their venues in the prestigious 2018 ABIA Bridal Industry Awards.
There are many things to weigh up when choosing a wedding venue. How it looks and how much it costs is important, but so are other factors such as quality of food, the ease of communicating and organising with the coordinator, the space for all your guests, and referrals and recommendations. The venue should also be a good fit for your personal style – choose somewhere that tells your love story best.
So, without further ado, meet Sydney’s top ABIA-awarded wedding venues, determined exclusively by the only judges qualified to do so – the wedding couples of Sydney!
| 30-250 Guests
Winner: Best Reception Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 99.90%
Voted #1 for Best Reception Venue in NSW at the 2018 ABIA Awards!
Located at the prestigious Royal Motor Yacht Club, only minutes from the city and enjoying a commanding position over Sydney’s spectacular Rose Bay, Zest Waterfront Venue's Beachouse at Point Piper offers stylish beach house theming and the ultimate in relaxed luxury.
Zest are specialists in creating unique experiences for your wedding, with spectacular views, outstanding cuisine, flexible styling packages, personalised event design and outstanding attention to detail – all tailored especially for you. Read their reviews to see why they’re number one!
| 170 Guests
Runner-Up: Best Reception Venue
Runner-Up: Ceremony Venues
ABIA Award Rating: 99.88%
A picturesque 170-acre family farm with breathtaking views, beautiful gardens and four unique farm cottages, BoxGrove is truly the region’s top choice for weddings.
The purpose-built reception venue, The Barn, features a large sweeping verandah overlooking the green pastures, beautiful sunsets and rolling hills of the Bathurst countryside.
The combination of accommodation, ceremony areas, reception venue, onsite salon and beautiful panoramas makes BoxGrove fully self-sufficient and completely unique when it comes to wedding spaces – everything is taken care of for you! View more beautiful photos.
| 50-250 Guests
3rd Place: Best Reception Venue
Winner: Function Coordinator
ABIA Award Rating: 99.87%
Boasting magnificent Sydney water views, Orso offers a boutique waterfront wedding venue designed to celebrate your commitment to each other. It has its own beach, wharf, jetty and deck, and a resident family of photogenic pelicans whom can be seen paddling outside at most times. Guests can even arrive by boat and tie up at Orso’s private jetty! Visit their ABIA profile.
| 280 Seated & 450 Cocktail
ABIA Award Rating: 99.73%
Would you believe it – the same venue hosts who won 1st place are finalists with another amazing boathouse venue!
Also located at Sydney’s Middle Harbour and sitting right on the beach, Zest Waterfront Venue’s Boathouse at The Spit offers outstanding wedding experiences designed personally for you. The relaxed rustic boathouse offers you a touch of glam and the perfect venue to celebrate in luxury and style. Read more information here.
| 500 Seated Guests
ABIA Award Rating: 99.47%
Offering spectacular wedding venues with magnificent harbour views, Dockside Darling Harbour blends sheer stylishness and space to create your ideal reception. This versatile venue suits a chic cocktail occasion to a grand formal sit-down wedding reception, offering endless possibilities for your modern wedding.
Their award-winning team of experienced wedding planners specialise in tailoring a package perfectly suited to achieve your perfect wedding day. Get in touch with Dockside Darling Harbour.
| 140 Guests
ABIA Award Rating: 99.45%
That charming Southern Highlands wedding venue you were looking for? You’ve found it. With a Sylvan Glen signature wedding, you’ll have the whole weekend to party with the people you love most. Eat, play, dance, laugh and relax, do whatever you want to do to make your wedding weekend one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Perks include the Groom’s Room complete with an Xbox, pool table and arcade games, while the ladies set up in the Shepherd’s Hut Salon, filled with natural light, fresh air, mirrors and everything they need for the perfect preparation. Discover more of what Sylvan Glen Country House has to offer.
| 170 Seated & 550 Cocktail
ABIA Award Rating: 99.42%
Another outstanding wedding venue offering by Dockside Group, L'Aqua is Sydney's most prestigious event venue for intimate events. Situated on the rooftop of Cockle Bay Wharf, L'Aqua offers uninterrupted views overlooking the spectacular shores of Darling Harbour, making it the ultimate venue for your wedding reception. See what other couples say about L’Aqua.
| 850 Seated Guests + 1200 Cocktail
Runner-Up: Function Coordinator
ABIA Award Rating: 99.41%
Perfectly positioned within the picturesque landscapes of Bicentennial Park, Waterview combines modern elegance, stylish interiors and graceful views for your perfect wedding reception. Guests are presented with grand views soaring over the tranquil parklands, ponds and lake, providing a serene backdrop to capture each moment of your perfect wedding day.
Let Waterview’s dedicated team of wedding specialists tailor a package perfectly suited to achieve your ideal wedding day. Contact Waterview here.
#9 - The Sebel Harbourside Kiama
ABIA Award Rating: 99.11%
| 130 Guests
Runner-Up: Hotel/Resort Wedding Venue
Runner-Up: 1st Night Honeymoon
ABIA Award Rating: 98.67%
A Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley wedding is like no other, with all-inclusive packages and dedicated wedding specialists who truly care about turning your dreams into reality. Surrounded by hectares of beatifically manicured gardens, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to capturing the important moments on camera.
With six sophisticated reception spaces to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect space to suit your tastes. Learn more about their award-winning services here.
| 50-200 Guests
Winner: Club Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 98.15%
Royal Motor Yacht Club provides an enchanting backdrop for the dream wedding you’ve always wanted. With the picture-perfect waterfront venue on the Northern Beaches, and elegant indoor and outdoor wedding spaces, you and your guests will be sure to enjoy a beautiful and picturesque day.
Why not make your wedding day even more unique and arrive in style by boat or sea plane, or enjoy a sunset sail with your wedding party! Chat with Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport.
| 220 Guests
Runner-Up: Club Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 97.91%
At Palm Beach Golf Club, you can enjoy views across the golf course over Pittwater and out to Lion Island – a perfect setting for your special wedding. Their function room has a large outdoor deck allowing you to enjoy the marvellous views by day and magical ambience by night. Their wedding packages are styled specifically to capture the personal flair of your wedding and complement the beautiful Palm Beach scenery. Read up on their ABIA-customer testimonials.
| 122 Guests
3rd Place: Restauant Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 97.11%
Perched high above Whale Beach and minutes to Palm Beach, Jonah’s offers a unique location, breathtaking views, first-class service and luxuriously appointed furnishings that will leave you and your guests with a truly memorable experience of your special day. Whether you want an intimate or exclusive-use wedding, their professional and dedicated team will work together with you to ensure your wedding day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. See more information on Jonah's Restaurant and Boutique Hotel.
| 200 Guests
3rd Place: Club Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 96.98%
Your special day at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club starts with a consultation with their Event Manager, ensuring your wedding is tailored specifically to you. You’ll be stunned with their gorgeous greens, lush fairways, lagoons and gardens and even a natural waterfall! Their reception space boasts a large, open fireplace with expansive views of the course and gardens. View their ABIA profile here.
Restaurant Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 96.38%
Discover elegance with style and sophistication as Biviano’s in-house event planners and stylists ensure nothing is left to chance for your flawless, unique reception that exceeds expectations. Presenting the ultimate wedding centre where dreams come true and memories are made, this exquisite and contemporary venue offers the very best in quality cuisine and professional service.
With three beautiful custom-designed event rooms and manicured gardens, Biviano’s can create for you the wedding of your dreams. Contact Biviano’s Dural here.
#16 - The Colebee Centre
ABIA Award Rating: 96.24%
| 75+ Guests
Club Wedding Venue
ABIA Award Rating: 96.10%
Don’t let the term ‘Club’ fool you – there are no poker machines here! Manly Golf Club combines a beautiful venue, exceptional cuisine and experienced, caring staff – the perfect combination to deliver an exceptional day. With a magnificent outdoor terrace, a chapel and several garden ceremony locations, superb food and exceptional service, Manly Golf Club is one of a select few venues able to offer the complete wedding package to make your day, ‘your day’.
The entire upper level of Manly Golf Club’s magnificent venue is also exclusively yours for the duration of your reception. Find out why this venue is truly award-winning.
| 200 Guests
ABIA Award Rating: 95.32%
At Mayfield Garden, they make weddings magical and create a picture-perfect experience that is as special as your wedding should be. In the midst of the gardens, you’ll be ready to celebrate your love, creating magical moments and a memorable day. Your reception options include the rustic, natural wood of the Nursery Gallery and Woodfire Garden, or a show-stopping garden reception under the stars.
With glamping and the exclusive Mayfield Guesthouse as options for accommodation, your wedding night will be spent in comfort and in equally stunning surroundings as your special day. See more of Mayfield Garden’s beautiful photos here.
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