19 July 2021

Looking for a wedding venue - suggestions?

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Dearly beloved Rioters,

She and I are looking for a wedding venue in Canberra that is cheap, large (100+ guests), and allows own choice of caterer. Nice view, tasteful decor, grand piano, hired muscle not necessary.

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Any suggestions? If a marquee is the only option, any ideas where to pitch it?

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Reasonable priced marquee, table and chair rentals can be had at shade4hire.com

The proprietor, Ian is a good bloke who knows his tents. I’m using one of his small ones at The Village festival this weekend but by his price list one to seat a hundred would be around a thousand dollars.

However be warned after years of running tent hire businesses where he was doing up to 50 weddings a year he does not like doing them now he is semi retired. They are also not as new and shiny as the ones that cost three times as much to hire.

He can also advise on the hoops that need to be jumped through for public land options around Canberra.

Yarralumla Woolshed is great if you want something rustic. Self cater and self manage the whole setting – great with an outdoor BBQ or inside catering set up. will need to hire furniture and other items though.

screaming banshee6:50 pm 18 Mar 13

Does it need to be realistic? I only ask because you didn’t mention it specifically

gentoopenguin3:35 pm 18 Mar 13

I went to a wedding at Albert Hall earlier this year, it was nice enough. They had Annie and the Armadillos playing, which was a fine choice.

A friend had theirs at the Italian Club in Forrest (upstairs) – apparently it was the only place they could find to bring in their own caterer.

If you are willing to consider a venue outside of Canberra (Yass) Blackburn Home pretty much hits the nail on the head– it’s large, is cost effective and allows you to use your preferred caterers. Views are amazing, lots of great places for photos around the property as well as inside the venue.


Madam Cholet11:19 am 18 Mar 13

We used Lanyon Homestead about 10 years ago. Historic, nice view, but no grand piano I’m afraid. It is very reasonable and good food if you don’t want anything too flash. They have a marquee outside, but I suspect you could hire your own if you wanted something more flash.

Not absolutely sure about Regatta Point but ACT Government, ANU and dome national institution buildings and halls would generally not have attached caterers but may offer heritage/views. What about choose a shirt list of caterers and ask them for locations they know of.

Probably not cheap, and not much of a view to speak of, but The Abbey is a great venue. I wasn’t sure what to expect but went to a fantastic wedding there a couple of months ago. It’s a huge space, indoor and outdoor bars, all sorts of possible options for table layouts, music, speeches, projectors for photos etc.

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