Before you can walk down the aisle, you need to find the right aisle for your wedding! Selecting the right Adelaide wedding venue is such a big task, and we know it’s something that can take couples months to organise. To narrow your search, it helps to think about exactly what kind of venue you’d like.
We have plenty of gorgeous beach wedding venues in Adelaide, but there are also plenty of romantic farms, gardens, wineries, and churches. Ask yourself where you’d feel more comfortable: in a chapel or with your toes in the sand?
Many couples also like to get married in places with sentimental meaning, like the location where they had their first date. Oh, and also remember to think of your loved ones! While it’s ultimately your day, it’s a good idea to take into account travel distance and location, especially if you have elderly family members.
We’re lucky enough to shoot weddings in a wide range of locations, so here are our favourite Adelaide wedding venues for both garden and winery weddings – plus, how to book them.
How to book the best Adelaide wedding venues
First, some words of wisdom on how to book your venue. Our top advice is that popular venues can book up seriously early – some fill up two to three years in advance, especially in the warmer months. (And yes, you can still have an amazing Adelaide wedding outdoors in the summer heat!)
Once you’ve found a venue you like the look of, send an enquiry to arrange an inspection and to learn more about their wedding packages. When you’re there, take a good walk around and try to get a feel for the place. Often, you’ll visit a wedding venue and get those ‘This is it!’ vibes – trust us, you’ll know the feeling when it hits you!
Most venues will require a signed contract and a deposit to lock in your date.
The best garden wedding venues in Adelaide
Fancy a garden party? We love the serene, natural beauty of an outdoor wedding. Here are some of the most unique wedding venues in Adelaide for garden weddings and receptions.
1. Al Ru Farm
Just 30 minutes from the CBD, Al Ru Farm is one of the most picturesque places to tie the knot. With accommodation on-site, it’s an ideal place for a destination wedding – and its 10 acres of gorgeous, flowering gardens look amazing year-round, even in winter.
2. The Brae
Set in the small village of Dawesley, The Brae is one of our favourite rustic wedding venues in Adelaide. It was originally built for copper smelting and is now a sheep station. It’s also a popular choice for both weddings and receptions – we just can’t get enough of that beautiful historic brick barn.
Mandalay House is a great choice if you’re looking for something truly special. These manicured gardens make you feel like you’re strolling through a European villa! Mandalay can offer options for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
Only 15 minutes away from the CBD, Marybank Farm couldn’t be more convenient for your guests. It’s one of the oldest privately owned homes in Adelaide and is situated on 60 acres of rolling hills. Plus, its iconic, ivy-covered brick barn was just made for wedding photography!
5. Barn 1890
Barn 1890, in the McLaren Vale, is a heritage-listed space that makes for memorable weddings. Long banquet tables, twinkling fairy lights and towering gum trees make Barn 1890 a truly idyllic Adelaide outdoor wedding venue.
Built back in 1863, this heritage manor house has acres of colonial-style gardens, complete with magnolias and water features. With private courtyards and group accommodation options, it’s easy to plan an amazing wedding at Old Woodhouse Manor.
The stunning clubhouse at Mount Compass makes for a fantastic reception venue in Adelaide. Take in the idyllic course views at sunset and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones – what could be better?
Mount Lofty House, with its stunning views of the Piccadilly Valley, looks like something out of a movie. With romantic, colourful gardens, luxury accommodation and a decadent spa, Mount Lofty is one of the most luxurious wedding destinations near Adelaide.
The Fleurieu Peninsula’s Woodburn Homestead is such a magical place for an outdoor wedding. The long, gum-lined driveway makes for iconic wedding photos, and we love the open-air barn for outdoor ceremonies with a twist.
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in a castle, head straight to the Manor Basket Range! This heritage stone estate looks like it belongs more in historic Scotland than Adelaide, and is a breathtaking spot for weddings – it even has a cute outdoor chapel.
Gorgeous winery weddings in Adelaide
We all know that South Australian wine is some of Australia’s best, so it makes sense that so many Adelaide couples plan winery weddings. Here are a few of our favourites!
We love that Lloyd Brothers has a purpose-built ‘barrel hall’ for weddings. It’s a modern, inspiring wedding venue and we love the contrast between the rolling vineyards and the clean, straight architecture of the Barrel Room.
One Paddock Currency Creek is one of the best vineyard wedding locations on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s even great for winter weddings in Adelaide, since the cosy atmosphere and fireplace of the Barrage Room is ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
We took these lovely photos for Chloe and Daniel at One Paddock Currency Creek – we love this venue’s relaxed boho vibes.
13. Howard Vineyard
Foodies will love Howard Vineyard, a family-owned winery in the Adelaide Hills. The restaurant is all about local produce and seasonal foods and is ideal for receptions, since your group can dine in the venue’s rustic stone barn.
14. Uleybury Wines
The picturesque vineyards of Uleybury Wines are an ideal place for a country wedding. Say your vows outdoors and then wine and dine the night away!
15. Serafino Wines
McLaren Vale’s Serafino Wines is a popular Adelaide wedding venue, with plenty of options for couples. Host your ceremony in the vineyard’s rose garden, then kick off your reception in Serafino’s gorgeous cellar door.
Longview, in Macclesfield, is a family-owned winery that loves catering to weddings. With mouth-watering food, spectacular views and five-star hospitality, Longview has been named ‘Best Ceremony and Best Wedding Reception Venue’ by the Australian Bridal Industry.
17. Ekhidna Wines
Many couples love the hip, sophisticated vibe of Ekhidna Wines. This versatile space can handle wedding groups ranging from 30 to 200 guests, and the menu is seasonal and organic.
18. Anderson Hill
With award-winning wines and unbeatable views, Anderson Hill is a spectacular choice for your big day. They specialise in wedding packages, with the services of a wedding coordinator included for each couple.
We hope this guide provides some inspiration for your wedding planning! With so many romantic and special wedding venues near Adelaide, we’re lucky to have so much choice right in our own backyards. If you have any questions about these venues, or would like to see examples of our wedding photography from a venue you’re thinking about, please reach out – we always get so excited to hear about your wedding plans!