Wednesday, 14 December 2011

SA Wedding Venues: Part One - Adelaide Hills

It is fair to say that Adelaide is a great place to live! Our city is easy and convenient with everything you could possibility need within a 15 minute drive. The other bonus is we are so close to some spectacular wine country; most of them less than an hour drive from the CBD. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing with you some of the more rustic and unusual venues South Australia has to offer, I am sure you will fall in love with these as much as we have. This week we are profiling some of the best from the Adelaide Hills as well as the foothills of the suburbs.

Let’s get started!

The Bird in Hand Winery is 35 minutes from the CBD. The scenery is very picturesque with rolling hills and vineyards. The winery can cater for up to 350 guests for a sit down dinner and 600 for cocktail.

Photo from Polkadot Bride
Take a look at their facebook page to see some more photos of previous weddings at this venue! They look so fun and quirky!

Another winery in the Hills with a beautiful rustic barn is Golding Wines. These guys can cater for up to 150 guests seated and 25o cocktail. The beautiful outdoor area would be perfect for a cocktail wedding followed by plenty of barn dancing later! There is also a large lawn area for ceremonies, yet being only 35 minutes drive from the CBD there is no reason why couples couldn’t get married in town and then have the reception at Goldings afterward. If you’re wedding is in summer they also do sit down dinner outside under the stars. Beautiful!

Photo from Landscape SA
Longview Winery
Longview is slightly harder to get to, but is well worth the effort! This place is booked out all year round for weddings, and when you attend a wedding here you can understand why! The exposed beams in the barn style function room are a dream element to a room for a stylists. There is so much opportunity to really do some amazing things in this venue.

Photo from Glam Adelaide

Here is one for you that is a little bit different! Owned by the Scouts, here is a rustic school-camp style venue that allows your guests to stay overnight. Yay - what could be more fun than a sleepover wedding!?! The house can be booked out for 48 hours. Imagine a whole weekend wedding shared with your nearest and dearest!

Have a garden wedding in the pretty grounds… or in the on-site CHAPEL (!!!) then either move inside to the ballroom for dinner - or set up a marquee for the reception.

Party the night away and at the end of it all, everyone can just drift on up to bed, the house itself sleeps 60 people!

And on the Sunday morning you can share brekkie and re-live the fun from the night before heading off. I think this would be so much fun! And such a relaxed intimate vibe.

Photo from Woodhouse website
Even closer to the city, this venue is just on the outskirts of town – it is a beautiful venue if you are wanting to have the whole wedding within the city (only 10 minutes from CBD). The barn style vintage hall is home to a huge open fire place; perfect for a winter wedding! Can you imagine your guests sipping some beautiful red wine while they gather around a roaring fire? You also get fantastic views of the city lights from the front terrace which can be enjoyed all year yet I suspect would be truly beautiful on a warm summer night.

Photo from Weddings SA

With the hills only a 25 minute drive away these venues are ideal for couples still wishing to stay in the city the night of their wedding. Yet when you are already in such a beautiful location, why not enjoy it the night of and the day after your wedding!


  1. Know of any other gorgeous Hills venues? Feel free to chime in with your suggestions.. before we move on to Barossa.. and Clare.. and McLaren Vale.. and the city! x

  2. Anyone know of any house and garden packages in adelaide? We want out reception at night in an intimate garden surrounded by trees:) I'm getting to the point where I might just knock on some doors and ask! ;)

    1. did you ever find one? im looking now and having no luck! :(

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  4. Wow, all of these wedding venues are just brilliant. I am in love with all of these venues. We are also tying the knot in next year and have been thinking to reserve the best wedding venues Chicago in advance. Hoping to find a nice venue soon.