‘Tis the season to get hitched. The sun is out, love is in the air, and the chance of rain is decreasing by the day. Planning a wedding can be a joy and a nightmare. Hats off to local entrepreneur Melissa Little who recently launched new business Venyu. The website lists wedding venues across SA (and eventually Australia). It’s a fantastic resource and her efforts won her the runner-up gong in the Australia Post Regional Pitch Fest. Catch her at Business Hive, an interactive exhibition at TedX Adelaide on 2 November at Adelaide Town Hall. In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of 10 unique wedding venues in South Australia at which to say ‘I do’. Happy wedding planning.
1. AL RU Farm
Located in One Tree Hill, approximately 30 minutes from the CBD, AL RU Farm has the fairy tale touch. The picturesque grounds offer marquee or pavilion weddings for up to 350 people and include rose gardens, woodlands, ponds, a lake, and a few furry creatures.
2. Published ArtHouse
This CBD warehouse, located in Canon Street, includes 600-metres-square of graffiti-lined walls. It’s a space you can make your own. Food and drink packages are available but be prepared to organise most of the décor and styling.
This rustic-come-industrial warehouse in Edwardstown caters for up to 115 people and encourages share plates. They offer catering (hello giant paella pan) and drink packages, or you can BYO. Long tables are the norm here but there’s a cocktail option, too.
4. Mandalay House and Garden
Mount Barker’s Mandalay House and Gardens are a photographer’s dream so if you’re paying a hefty price for those pics, this is a venue to consider to get the best bang for your photographic buck. Suited for a wedding of around 200, you can use these manicured gardens to help your Pinterest-worthy vision come to life. The onsite accommodation options mean you can get to the ‘private’ part of the night without too much time wasted.
5. Carrick Hill
The property, the gardens, the storybook trail for photos… it’s too much. Organise both your ceremony and reception at Carrick Hill and be taken to another world. Choose from the terrace overlooking St Vincent Golf or the lawn near the ponds and end the night with award-winning catering.
6. Smiling Samoyed Brewery Wedding
For the easy-breezy bride, Smiling Samoyed Brewery is perfect. Catering to 150 people seated or 250 standing, it’s a reception only venue overlooking the picturesque reservoir in Myponga. The drinks are sorted and for food they recommend wood oven pizzas or food trucks. Hello Pinterest-worthy wedding.
7. White Hill Estate
Suited for a small, informal ceremony and reception, Oliver’s White Hill is a quaint, historic property in McLaren Vale. If you’re looking for a rustic-come-country vibe, this is your spot. As a dry-hire property, you have total control over how your wedding turns out, and the team at White Hill will happily provide you of a list of preferred suppliers for catering, drinks, planning and more to make sure your day is nothing short of incredible.
8. Kuitpo Hall
This 1926 stone hall is another dry-hire facility, offering couples absolute freedom in how they set up the space. Located on the outskirts of Kuitpo Forest just 15 minutes from McLaren Vale, the high ceilings and polished timber floors are a dream come true. They even have a furniture hire shop and a stylist on site should you require. Book the caterers and beverages you want, add your personal touches and be merry.
9. Aldinga Bay Bungalows
Are you a DIY bride looking to create a bohemian wonderland wedding? Aldinga Bay Bungalows is a 10-acre property metres away from Silver Sands Beach, perfect for a beach-side ceremony and reception space for 150-200 people.
10. The Jade
This CBD venue is a little cute and a lot of quirky. The heritage building has a range of spots for both the ceremony and reception (indoor and outdoor), including room for a stage and PA system should you choose live entertainment on your big day. Ideal for the intimate and creative day so many brides (and grooms) desire.
After recently getting engaged atop a mountain in Hawaii, writer Elyse Williams has bride-to-be duties on the brain. We’d love your wedding tips. Have you discovered an interesting wedding venue? Let us know in the comments below.