Weddings outdoors

Friska 27 November 2009 19

My beautiful man wants to marry me and he would like a outdoor wedding . I thnk he is looking at a spot down the south coast on a headland or somewhere here in Canberra. If you do have an outdoor wedding do you need to seek approval from councils etc etc and if so, whats the process?

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19 Responses to Weddings outdoors
frank2112 frank2112 11:04 pm 29 Nov 09

Lanyon homestead. just don’t do it in February. We did. 38 degrees is not fun.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 11:48 pm 28 Nov 09

…do you need to seek approval from councils…

Not if it’s in your back yard you don’t.

Go for a winter wedding. Less guests sweltering in their ‘Sunday’ clothes, the white and bubbly stay cool and the red is just right.

Friska Friska 8:51 pm 28 Nov 09

So has anyone got any horror stories about weddings or their own wedding?
I cant have a spring wedding because I am allergic to everything and Zyrtec’s are crap. lol

Friska Friska 8:48 pm 28 Nov 09


Mordd Mordd 5:43 pm 28 Nov 09

My brother had his wedding in the bottanical gardens a few years ago, I think it was free but we paid for use of the small visitors centre thing they had to serve food and drinks from, don’t think the cost for that was very much though compared to what you would normally pay for a wedding, I’ll try and find out exactly who he organised it through but I imagine Canberra Connect would be the best way to go.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 6:53 am 28 Nov 09

Botanical Gardens (ANBG) in Canberra was nice, where we had ours, but you cannot take any artificial throwing decorations (is there a word for that?) such as confetti, throw downs, rice etc. They get VERY busy around October and will cost you a couple of hundred $. You can only walk to whichever spot you opt for (if chosing ANBG), unless there are elderly, and they get a ride on a buggy. I think the amphitheatre where we had ours, has power?!?!?

Dazzlar Dazzlar 12:12 am 28 Nov 09

What about Rose Cottage at Gilmore? or the Rose Gardens at Old Parliament House?

OYM OYM 10:27 pm 27 Nov 09

I went to a wedding at Potato Point; it was awesome. After the reception we all went swimming.

Michele the Celebrant Michele the Celebrant 9:32 pm 27 Nov 09

Hi Friska
There are lots of free fabulous wedding venues in Canberra. The National Capital Authority administers most of them, except for the gardens at Parliament House (Contact Department of Parliamentary Services.) What time of year do you have in mind? I can tell you good spots for different seasons. You’ll find info about public places on my blog and relevant links. Feel free to email me with more specific questions if you’d like.

astrojax astrojax 8:07 pm 27 Nov 09

oh, and btw – congratulations! ; )

barking toad barking toad 7:57 pm 27 Nov 09

I think you can buy coffee in Civic

jennybel75 jennybel75 6:39 pm 27 Nov 09

The headland above Josh’s Beach at Dalmeny is a fabulous spot for a wedding.

astrojax astrojax 6:13 pm 27 Nov 09

mossy point headland is also a beautiful spot for a wedding. for anything, really; but i have been to just one wedding there and am [admittedly happily] surprised to not see more, staying often as i can in this slice of heaven.

cantanga cantanga 5:05 pm 27 Nov 09

For the botanical gardens here in Canberra talk to the functions manager at Hudsons cafe there. It cost’s $500 which is a bit steeper then the $20 for NCA parks such as rose gardens or lennox gardens, but that includes site reservation, permission to have photos taken there, and they will supply pretty much everything required (table for signing, chairs, transport for the bridal party/ older less mobile guests within the gardens, etc.). Best of all for an outdoor function if it rains they will find an alternative site.

Swaggie Swaggie 4:57 pm 27 Nov 09

One of Canberra’s best kept secrets – the Senate inner courtyard of Old Parliament House – 2 trees and a gazebo that together look quite majestic – amazing venue.

Overheard Overheard 3:23 pm 27 Nov 09

Check out the Narooma Golf Club. The club is situated on a headland with sweeping views of the oceans and the reasonably frequent whales passing by. The function room upstairs is very good and the staff are pros. I MC’d a wedding there and it was done quite well.

If you want general advice on weddings, check out — speeches, tips, etc.

indigoid indigoid 3:14 pm 27 Nov 09

Potato Point (just south of Tuross Head, near Bodalla) has a lovely little headland area that you could look at.

bergamot bergamot 3:04 pm 27 Nov 09

For Canberra’s popular spots, look at the National Capital Authority website.

ChrisinTurner ChrisinTurner 3:02 pm 27 Nov 09

If you want to do it the ACT on public land you need permission. Call Canberra Connect for details. There are some nice spots beside the lake.

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