The Adelaide Hills have many fabulous wedding venues for a country-styled, relaxed wedding day with open spaces, fresh air and only just minutes up the freeway.
Choosing your wedding venue can be pretty daunting as there is so much choice nowadays, and new function centres are opening up regularly.
Decide what suits you as a couple. This bride and groom grew up on farms, so a country-style wedding matched their desired vibe. They chose a wedding venue with fields and arching trees, horses grazing and full lakes, which were great for reflection photos! Wedding venues in the Adelaide Hills with these options include Littlewood Agapanthus Farm, Glen Ewin Estate and Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. Decide what kind of vibe you want first.
Travel and accommodation
Next, decide how far you want to travel. Guess this depends on where you want to leave for your marriage ceremony and the travelling time after your reception. Some places have onsite accommodation, which is perfect for a relaxed wedding day as travel is not an issue - and the money you spend on the overnight stay, you save on car hire! Venues that have accommodation include Barristers Block, Villa Vineyards, and Longview Vineyards. The other thing to consider with travel and accommodation is how far your guests will have to travel. Do you have guests that find mobility hard? You don't want to decide on a venue two hours from home and then find out it's too far for your grandparents to travel.
If you choose a venue further away, ensure all your vendors, including florists, photographers and hair and makeup stylists, can travel or choose a local.
Catered or self-catering
Do you want a DIY-styled wedding, do some catering yourselves or have a fully catered wedding? Venues like Magpie Springs and Barn 1890 let you bring in caterers, including beverages. Other places have strict rules about using their caterers and wine. Wineries are particularly keen for you to use their drop!
Do you want a cocktail, finger food-styled wedding or a more formal sit-down wedding? Some venues like Al Ru Farm and Golding Wines have both options.
How many guests
Depending on their size and facilities, wedding venues have licenses for a maximum number of guests. Some wedding venues cater for small, intimate weddings of around 50 guests. For example, the charming Hans Heysen house, The Cedars is an intimate wedding venue. On the other hand, the stunning Mount Lofty House caters for a lot more guests, who can all stay overnight if they choose to.
You may have dreamed about your wedding day for a long time and saved many photos from Pinterest or Instagram for what kind of look you want. Are those photos by the beach, in a forest, cottage, or on a mountaintop? We can do many things as photographers, but we can't change your scene, so choose a venue that matches your dream!
Contact Verity for information about wedding photography in the Adelaide Hills.
Location: Hahndorf, South Australia.