There I was, about to post my answer to a Yahoo question about summer reception venues and the 4-day ‘answer window’ ran out! Thought it would be good to pass on the info anyway by way of The RiotACT. Here goes:
I agree that Bookplate at the National Library is an excellent summer reception venue. It will impress your interstate and overseas guests because the views are stunning.
I also suggest podfood (the best food) at Pialligo, The Boathouse by the Lake, The Sculpture Garden Restaurant at the National Gallery (you can have the mist turned on in the casuarina forest), Old Parliament House, First Floor in Kingston, The Lobby (near the beautiful rose gardens) Lanyon, Hudson’s in the National Botanic Gardens and the currently-being-refurbished Oaks Brasserie in the English Gardens in Yarralumla.
The Southern Cross Club Yacht Club will set up a marquee for you near the lake, or how about having your reception as a cruise on MV Southern Cross?
I’ve set up my celebrant blog ‘Michele the Celebrant’ to give information about venues in Canberra and the nearby countryside and I invite you to visit.