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Ballarat's Popular Wedding Reception Venues

7 May 2018

Ballarat is an incredible city for wedding photography opportunities, sporting some terrrific locations around town. The close proximity of many photography locations makes it an ideal city to be married in. 

There are a wide range of wedding reception venues available for bridal couples to choose from to suit everyone's style. Many of my photography clients are hunting around for the perfect wedding venue, so instead of emailing out a long list, I thought that I would create a permanent list on my blog. 

The venues below are listed in no particular order, as honestly, they are all very professional businesses. 

Ballarat's Most Popular Wedding Reception Venues


Reception Venue

Description by me, Bec from Bibo Photography Photographs that I have taken at the venue Website
Ballarat Golf Club

Natalie and the team at Ballarat Golf Club provide professional service and quality catering for your wedding reception. The grounds at the Golf Club offer some lush greenery in your photographs, stunning tall grasses, a creek bed, pine trees and maybe even a ride in a golf cart if you are there once the golf is finished for the day. 

The room is a blank canvas, ready for your splash of personality to shine through with your styling and offers a stunning outlook as the light sets over the golf course.

Housey Housey

Housey Housey is a modern, grungy venue in the heart of Ballarat on Armstrong street south. The room offers a huge open space with polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls. If you have eaten at The Forge before, the meals at Housey Housey for your wedding celebration will not dissapoint!

The Provedore

The Provedore is a hidden gem of a wedding reception venue! You are in for an incredible treat when you stop by for a look! The Provedore has a formal function room, a large bar with a timber benches and warm, cosy style. There is a lovely fireplace and a killer space for a dance floor. The outdoor tables are styled in a fun fresh way. Delicious aromas of the wood fired pizzas fill the room. Pop by today for a visit!


Aghadoe Estate

Some time ago I photographed the pre-wedding preparations at Aghadoe Estate and wow. . . what a beautifully styled, large home lay before me! The photographic opportunites even indoors were terrific!

I am yet to photograph a wedding reception at Aghadoe Estate, but I know they are held in the barn. A lovely venue for a 'country feel' wedding.

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, has some really interesting elements about it for a wedding reception venue. My favourite, key place to photograph is the couches underneath this incredible 'angel' or 'mermaid' type lady painted as a mural on the brick wall in the main room as you enter.

Many may not realise that upstairs is a large room available for functions. Downstairs is another, even larger space for a wedding reception. The high ceilings and cellar look are great for a more moody, loungey style feel for your reception. With twinkle lights and some great food and wine, Mitchell Harris Wine Bar will not dissapoint!


Narmbool, in Elaine

Narmbool, in Elaine, is a property owned by Sovereign Hill. So you can only imagine how well maintained the stunning gardens are! The verandah on the homestead at Narmbool is a beautful backdrop for a wedding ceremony or you can simply turn around and have your guests watch you say "I do," in front of the vast blue skies that will be behind you.

The property offers so many photography options, including huge trees, elevated areas, stairs, a boardwalk, rotundas, paddocks and a dam also.

The reception room is comfortable and you can be sure to be well taken care of by the team at Narmbool.

Saint Annes Winery

Saint Annes Winery in Ballan, is set back from the highway surrounded by the vineyard.

The property has grand bluestone buildings, a courtyard, verandahs, open spaces, trees and a wide range of photography options.  

The catering is amazing also, well worth a look!



The Mercure


The centrally located, highly popular Mercure wedding reception venue offers two incredible rooms for you to choose from. There is one large ballroom style room, perfect for larger weddings and a carpeted room perfect for 70 - 100 people. The Mercure boasts on site accomodation, an incredible building, a dam, a covered area for a ceremony and many more features.      


Cavehill Creek


Situated in Beaufort, Cavehill Creek is well worth the drive! The breathtakings views, natural landscape, huge lake, lake viewing platform and raised reception room views.  This is one of my favourite venues for wedding photography.