Updated July 2022.
So you've started your wedding planning journey and you've chosen your "who", and now it's time to make the tough decision on the "where". To help you along, I've compiled a list of the 7 best Brisbane wedding venues - in my opinion - to host your wedding ceremony and reception.
First off, I've only included venues where I've personally photographed. There might be a wedding venue out that there that's better than anything on this list, but if I haven't experienced myself, I can't give an opinion on it. I've also only included venues where I've seen both ceremonies and receptions hosted. There are a few standout venues that I've only been to for a wedding ceremony or a reception, but not both - so I haven't included those.
There are a few venues on this list that are technically not in Brisbane, but they're personal favourites of mine and are iconic amongst the wedding industry. It might be an extra hassle to host your wedding so far from home, but the payoff is worth the extra effort!
Lastly, not every wedding venue is perfect (or at least, I haven't been to the perfect wedding venue yet), so my one tip is to figure out what you prioritise: it could be food, styling, convenience or uniqueness. It'll make choosing the perfect venue for your a lot easier.
The Refinery is a chic, minimalist, renovated warehouse in Newstead. With a separate green backyard area for your ceremony, and a modern, refined look inside, it's a versatile space that can be easily transformed to suit most weddings. The Refinery seats around 110 for a sit-down reception, and up to 160 for a casual cocktail style.
They're the sister venue to Rogue Bistro, so you already know the food is going to be a highlight. I'd go so far as to say The Refinery has the best wedding food in Brisbane. Nobody likes alternate drop dinners where your guests can choose between overcooked steak or overcooked chicken, but you don't have to worry about that here.
Conveniently, the team also recently added a comfortable room out the back for your hair and makeup or outfit changes - so you don't need to book out a hotel or rent a room to get ready in the morning. All up, The Refinery is one of Brisbane's best wedding venues located in the heart of Brisbane - and I should know, it's where me and my wife chose to have our reception!
Located about 100km outside of Brisbane in the Scenic Rim region, Kooroomba Lavender Farm and Vineyard is without a doubt a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. In case you don't know, their chapel is a open-walled timber frame beautifully covered in vines and boasting a glorious view of the mountain ranges. It's definitely the standout reason people book their wedding at Kooroomba.
Apart from the chapel, their lavender farm is a nice spot for photos if you've booked in season. And something about the location always makes for amazing sunset shots around golden hour. There's plenty of spots that make for great photos.
Inside, the reception space is quite cosy and can host small to medium sized groups (I'm not sure of the exact number). Their food and drink is also quite good, which always a good thing to hear about a wedding venue!
If you're not against you and your guests travelling for your wedding, and you want a high quality, regional wedding venue, have a look at Kooroomba Lavender and Vineyard.
Even though it's in a whole different city, that hasn't stopped plenty of Brisbane couples from getting married at Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba. And for good reason, Gabbinbar is a private all-in-one wedding venue that is probably nicer than most Brisbane wedding venues. A historic homestead surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and giant old trees, couples have several different locations to choose for their ceremony, and endless options for photos - including plenty of fairy lights for some sneaky evening photos.
In what seems to be a recurring theme, the food at Gabbinbar doesn't disappoint. And the service provided from the team is top-notch, too. Apart from the meals, they have an onsite bridal prep room (coupled with giant mirrors so you can check yourself out easily) and a beautiful glass ceiling in the reception hall.
Toowoomba is a two hour drive away, so most of your guests would probably be finding local accommodation in the city and making a weekend of it, which might be nice. Another added bonus is that Toowoomba is generally cooler than Brisbane, so Summer weddings are more bearable!
A short drive past Ipswich, Spicers Hidden Vale is a rustic, intimate venue with a luxury country farm-stay vibe. With several outdoor ceremony spots and scenic views, it's a great option for a rural wedding where you don't have to actually travel that far. And with on-site accommodation, you and your guests can conveniently choose to stay the night.
I'm going to sound like a broken record, but again - the food at Spicers Hidden Vale has been pretty exceptional when I've been there. Most of the time, you'll smell your dinner cooking during the day, usually spinning on a rotisserie over the open fire next to the barn. And their portion sizes are pretty generous, so nobody's going to be leaving on an empty stomach.
Another all-in-one venue, you won't have to travel at all for a variety of beautiful photos. Unfortunately because it isn't a completely private venue, you might stumble into a handful of other guests staying onsite during your wedding. But that isn't too big a problem, it's not like you'll be fighting crowds.
We're back in Brisbane now. Lightspace is another stripped-back warehouse venue based on the edge of the valley. With two distinct spaces, Lightspace is flexible enough for any style of wedding and reception, seating up to 200 guests. You can go for a traditional catered sit-down dinner, or you can go for a casual cocktail style reception with your own food truck parked out the back.
If you're into more of a blank canvas space where you can do what you want with it, Lightspace is right up your alley. It's not the fanciest of venues, but if you were after fancy you probably wouldn't be looking at renovated warehouses. You will have to organise your own catering though, but Lightspace does have a few catering partners you can use. The cocktail space has a more cosy and homely vibe to it, which you can use as a nice chill-out area.
And if you're up for it - you can easily have an afterparty at any of your favourite places in the Valley.
Chances are you've already heard of Sirromet Winery. A local winery based on Brisbane's east side, Sirromet hosts a large variety of weddings with two different ceremony areas and two different reception rooms. You can choose to get married next to their lagoon, or between the hedges in the white arbour. Depending on the amount of guests you're inviting, you then might decide on the moodier, brick walls of the barrel hall, or upstairs in the large and spacious restaurant area.
Honestly, Sirromet might not be the most impressive venue on this list, but the thing that made me include it is the convenience. Most wineries near Brisbane are over an hours drive away in the Gold Coast hinterland or in the Scenic Rim, whereas Sirromet is only a half-hours drive from the city. You have access to the entire vineyard for photos, with sprawling vines and large, open hills for a good choice of photos.
So if you're after a country or a vineyard feel, but you don't want to burden you and your guests with travel and accommodation, Sirromet might be the perfect choice for your wedding.
What used to be a private golf course is now a public park area, but Victoria Park still hosts weddings of all sizes. Victoria Park is a venue that makes the list because it might just be Brisbane's most convenient and flexible venue option. Boasting five different reception spaces and three different ceremony spots, you can plan any size wedding to be held at Victoria Park.
Although it's still a publicly accessible area, with putt-putt, restaurants, and a large park area, you should be able to avoid the crowds and still have a private feel to your wedding. Golf buggies are usually arranged for photo time, with the staff conveniently driving you around the venue to different spots. The areas themselves are simple and plain, which might be what you're after, but if you're looking for something more unique and interesting you'd be better off going to another location for photos.
A special shout-out for Victoria Park's wet-weather options - I've been to a few weddings there now where it was forecasted to rain, but the indoor ceremony locations have been just as beautiful and spacious as outside.
Just because your venue isn't one of the best in Brisbane, doesn't make your wedding any less meaningful to you or your guests. Make the most of your day and your venue, regardless of where you choose to get married. This is a list based off my personal experience as a wedding photographer, so you might prefer another venue or dislike a venue I've listed here, and that's fine. Hopefully it's helped you in your wedding planning. I'll constantly update this list of best Brisbane wedding venues as I attend more weddings.
There's also a handful of wedding venues that I haven't been to but would love to work at! The Callile Hotel, QAGOMA, The Valley Estate, Weddings at Tiffany's, and more. If you're planning your wedding at once of these unique venues, I'd love to have a chat!
No matter where you're getting married, I'd love to be your photographer. Send me a message to get the ball rolling, and to find out more about my photography packages.