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Canberra & Region Wedding Venues

By Jazz - 5 February 2008 54

Some time ago i came up with a loose theory that weddings are more for women than men. Its something girls dream of from childhood while young boys are more interested in playing sport or the playstation.

The last couple of weeks have done nothing to disprove my theory as i have (including my sister) 4 female friends getting married and going through the planning stages for their weddings. One of my workmates even joked that she needed a cost centre to book her wedding planning against whilst sitting amongst a pile of ‘Bride’ and ‘Modern Wedding’ magazines.

One of the biggest areas of angst almost invariably seems to be the wedding venue as it sets the scene for that perfect vision to be built upon. Even there price and expectation vary hugely. One magazine had the wedding priced at $200,000 for the bride and groom and their 14 guests, but then not everyone wants to fly everything up to the Kimberly in WA to get married, and realistically, at that price not everyone can afford to. I’m sure that closer to home there are some great, and probably not so great venues.

For those who have had, or been to a wedding in or around Canberra, tell us about your experience, for good or bad.

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra & Region Wedding Venues
chaton 12:58 pm 05 Feb 08

I was at the carillion on saturday night, seemed fine then.

NathanaelB 12:56 pm 05 Feb 08

The Carillion is fenced off at the moment – not sure why.

My sister had her wedding a last week at the Gold Creek Chapel with the reception held across the road at the function centre above the Federation Square inn/bar (NOT the George Harcourt one). Both venues are fantastic! The bar downstairs had live music that evening – very loud, but could barely hear it from inside the upstairs room. Had 9 tables set up, 8 guests per table at capacity.

chaton 12:52 pm 05 Feb 08

Swaggie – when was the wedding you went to at the Press Club? We just decided to use them for our reception!!!! Hopefully things have improved since then.

howdy 12:44 pm 05 Feb 08

That new chapel in Gold Creek is beautiful.

Rydges Capital Hill/Manuka have a ceremony room (or whatever you call it) that is made to look outdoors if you are worried about rain, and nice function rooms and guest rooms too.

Thumper 12:39 pm 05 Feb 08

The Minister for meat pies, mr Bob McMullen, is meanwhile in Fiji on a climate change jaunt.

Thumper 12:38 pm 05 Feb 08

I think you will find that the bells stop ringing very soon.

Or so was reported on 666 this morning.

Indeed, Blundell’s schoolhouse will also feel the wrath of Kevin07 and only open on Saturday mornings.

justbands 12:28 pm 05 Feb 08

> Well, at least they’ve stopped the bells donging.

Huh? It’s certainly open…& as late as a few days ago the bells were ringing loud & clear.

jessieduck 12:24 pm 05 Feb 08

We did the whole thing (ceremony and reception) at the Bookplate restaurant at the National Library and it was the best wedding I’ve ever been to (no bias of course). The owner is a bride and groom’s dream, the staff were incredibly good and the food had people close to heaven. The room is totally unique- none of the bland white tablecloth, bare wall boredom you get at nearly every other venue in Canberra. Leonard French’s windows are amazing.

While on the subject of weddings- you will need a person so marry you and I loved our celebrant Judy Auchlich- FANTASTIC!

Thumper 12:17 pm 05 Feb 08

Aspen Island?

Haven’t the NCA closed it?

Well, at least they’ve stopped the bells donging.

Skidbladnir 12:15 pm 05 Feb 08

I havent been to a University House reception, but will in the latter half of the year.
Was the service worthwhile, or will I have to wear steelcapped arse-kicking boots to get anything done properly?

Spectra 12:10 pm 05 Feb 08

We recently got married at the Eucalyptus Lawn at the back of the Botanic Gardens – lovely venue, though of course you take your chances with the weather.
The reception was at the Great Hall at University house – absolutely gorgeous location, not at all like your standard “function room” (though not quite as spacious if you’re planning for a large number of guests). The food was buffet-style – nothing special, but at least people could pick what they wanted.

Skidbladnir 12:10 pm 05 Feb 08

Ceremony Venues:

Aspen Island (The island with the Carillion on it) just as you cross the bridge there’s a flat bit under trees.
Nice when the weather is good, but terrible on a rainy day, and not really suitable if your wedding is in front of a cast of thousands.
National Library lawns: Windy as all hell, terrible and soggy if it rains, but nice views to impress.

Royal Canberra Golf Club: pricey but worth the effort if you have money to burn.
Combines ceremony and reception venues into one, so less chance for people to get lost on roundabouts. Quite popular with Scottish families trying to impress people they’re flying from the far side of the world.

Reception:
The Brassey: Good service, and the beer garden is neat.

The Forrest Bowls Club: Slightly more budget-friendly, needs to be self-catered, but central and close to accomodation for interstate\drunk family, the bar staff they put on are fine, drinks are cheap, and you can play drunken lawn bowls.

Ingeegoodbee 11:49 am 05 Feb 08

Wedding reception venues I’ve enjoyed have included The Commonwealth Club (note that you have to be a member to host the function), a marquee adjacent to, and catered by, the Oaks at Yarralumla, The Ginger Room at OPH and a spit roast in the backyard in Wanniassa (note that the happy couple have since moved on so you’d have to negotiate with teh current owner…)

Swaggie 11:41 am 05 Feb 08

My own was up at Gold Creek, very low key and not ‘tizzy’ despite the best efforts of the Mother In Law, I enjoyed the whole day but God the girls went overboard – trivial (to me) details were debated for hours on end! The worst reception I’ve been too was one at The National Press Club – apalling service, blown light globes around the room and a microphone that didn’t work for the speeches, I was less than impressed but we also recently went to one at The Brassey which by contrast was thoroughly enjoyable – nice ‘beer garden’ with great service and a stylish venue.

S4anta 11:34 am 05 Feb 08
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