How To Find Your Perfect Byron Bay Wedding VenueDec 26

The Orchard Estate - Byron Bay Wedding Venue - Honeywed

Whether you have been visualising your Byron Bay wedding as long as you can remember or are currently lost in a sea of inspiration as you traverse your options (ahem, thanks Pinterest!), there’s no doubt about it… finding the perfect venue can be one of the most challenging parts of the entire wedding planning process.

And for good reason! Once you’ve locked away this all-important detail, a lot of the other decisions become a whole lot easier. This is because your chosen venue (more often than not) sets the stage, tone and style for the whole shebang, making stylingfloral, and even guest numbers and wedding dress decisions a WHOLE lot easier.

So to help you on this all-important journey, we asked the planning legends at Byron Bay Weddings for their top eight points to consider as you begin your Byron Bay wedding venue hunt.

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Venue: The Orchard Estate

Bangalow Guest House - Byron Bay Wedding Venue - Honeywed

Venue: Bangalow Guest House

1. Listen to Your Heart

Yes, it might sound a little cheesy, but you met and decided to wed based on a feeling… so it only makes sense to trust your heart and celebrate your wedding at a place that gives you the same good feels. Our advice is to take your time viewing a range of different properties until you find a venue which just ‘feels right’ for you both. Because, when you know, you know right?!

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Venue: EarthHouse

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Venue: Byron Bay Surf Club

2. Your Wedding Style

Try and match what you have in mind in terms of styling and decorating with a venue that will complement and accentuate the look and feel you are after. Trust us when we say it is a LOT easier, and MUCH cheaper to find a venue which suits your desired style as opposed to trying to change a space into something which it’s not.

Venue: The Orchard Estate

Pavilion 2 at Broken Head | Honeywed

Venue: Pavilion 2

3. Need Onsite Accommodation?

Not every property has accommodation as an option, but there likely be somewhere beautiful and convenient to stay nearby so don’t sweat this detail. Instead, just focus your efforts on finding the perfect venue as there will always be plenty of accommodation options. And to save additional stress and time, point your guests in the right direction and allow them to find their own suitable digs.

Venue: EarthHouse - Stories by Ash Photography

Venue: EarthHouse

Venue: Balcony Bar & Oyster

4. Check What’s Included in the Price

Never assume everything will be included in the venue hire fee. Each venue has set their pricing based on different factors so ensure to ask plenty of questions from the get-go to make sure you are happy with the inclusions and have factored in any additional costs. For example; are bathrooms, kitchens, cool rooms or catering equipment onsite or will you need to hire these in?

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Venue: Beach, Byron Bay – Joe Pollard Photography

Venue: Secret Garden

5. Your Wedding Date

Are you flexible in regards to which day of the week you tie the knot? If you are, it can pay off big time with the potential to save some serious moolah if you score a mid-week discount or a special Winter rate (which a lot of venues offer – it pays to ask!). Another top tip? Look at the moon charts before deciding on a date as an epic full moon truly makes for some killer photos!  And while it is definitely important to take a look at the usual weather patterns for the time of year you’re considering, I wouldn’t put too much weight on this as the weather can be so unpredictable – and attachment to the weather is a surefire way to add a level stress and anxiety you JUST. DON’T. NEED. Also, whilst long weekends and public holidays might initially seem like a great option for that extended lovefest, it’s worth taking into consideration the fact that guests may have to book a 3 or 5-night minimum stay during these peak times.

Venue: Forget Me Not

Venue: Forget Me Not

Fig Tree, Byron Bay Wedding Venue - Ivy Road Photography - Honeywed

Venue: Fig Tree

6. Wet Weather Contingency Plan

It’s always nice to think that your day will be nothing but sunshine and blue skies, but save yourself stress down the track in case it isn’t (see above!). Choose a venue which has a wet weather back up plan you are comfortable with. And never forget that your wedding day is about creating a future with your numero uno and NOT about rain or shine. And if it does rain? See it as a photo opportunity – rain makes for THE most romantic shots and adds a luminosity to your photography which is impossible to replicate with full sun. So, when it comes to the weather… hope for the best, plan for the worst and then just… let. it. GO!

Venue: Bangalow Guest House

Venue: Bangalow Guest House

Venue: Byron View Farm

7. Put Together a Rough Guest List

To make sure the venues you are considering will accommodate your family and friends, we suggest beginning with four lists;
1) the essential
2) the ideal
3) the epic party; and
4) the list you would invite to your 10th year wedding anniversary!

Venue: Barefoot at Broken Head

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Venue: Byron View Farm

8. Know Your Budget

This is an important one, so be realistic. There are many stunning spots out there, but if you honestly don’t have the budget to blow on a high-end venue, let it go and focus on ways to work your style and theme into the venues you can afford. Save your energy and photo-stalking time for other aspects of your wedding.


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Venue: Lighthouse Homestead

Newrybar Downs

Venue: Newrybar Downs

Ready to Find Your Ideal Byron Bay Wedding Venue?

Then make sure you don’t miss the Byron Bay Wedding’s annual Venue Open Day coming up on Saturday, January the 13th 2018. This is your once a year opportunity to scope out the region’s most sought-after wedding venues. Whether you’re on the hunt for a secluded hinterland venue, a beachside paradise or luxe estate with magnificent views, you are bound to find that special venue which makes your skip a beat.

All 8+ venues will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, with the Byron Bay Weddings team onsite to show you around and discuss all aspects of your wedding from venue hire to coordination, styling and catering.

Find out more about this exciting event

Feature Image Venue: Orchard Estate by Carly Brown Photography


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Forget Me Not Weddings is the ultimate country destination situated in the Byron Bay hinterland, 10 minutes from Byron Bay and 5 minutes to boutique Bangalow.

On a scenic hundred acre working cattle farm, it is very private and tranquil. Overlooking a large lake with water lilies and a little row boat beside an old wooden jetty. Surrounded by prizewinning gardens and rainforest plantings. Turn a corner and find another secret spot, relax and listen to the running water of the natural little waterfalls amongst the rainforest.

Choices of ceremony spots, maybe overlooking the water or under the shade of the trees perhaps in front of the private outdoor chapel?

There is a large level grassed area to have your tipi’s or marquee. The site can comfortably accommodate 300 guests. A toilet block with rustic exterior and 5 star interior is provided. The farm with cattle, horses and the post and rail fence in the background frames the tipi’s which overlook the gardens and water, such a gorgeous view. As night falls, the atmosphere changes with all the lights reflecting onto the water. A magical place.

For the smaller wedding there is an undercover deck beside the homestead pool. This caters for about 36 seated or 50 standing guests and is a spectacular setting for canapés.

Our accommodation is an ideal place for your wedding party to get ready. It is also a special place to relax, reflect and enjoy after your special day. Beautifully furnished with period pieces. Air-conditioned bedroom with a comfortable iron bed. The accommodation includes an amazing western-styled saloon bar with billiards table, pinball machine and arcade system. Contains a separate bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. There is a swimming pool, undercover deck and BBQ area, even an outdoor fire pit to keep the night warm and cosy. Sleeps 2-4 with one queen size bed and an extra double bed if required.

Forget Me Not Farm is a truly beautiful country location and is both private and spectacular. This is the ideal place for your destination wedding.

I would love to be able to share it for your special day.

Jo Schneider
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Riverside Ranch Retreat

Riverside Ranch Retreat provides a picturesque canvas for your wedding ceremony and reception. Situated on 50 acres of exclusive riverfront privacy,with a luxurious pool, waterfall and wrap around timber verandah which is a perfect entertainment area for you and your guests.

This fully renovated 101 year old homestead accommodates 8, all with bedrooms featuring sweeping pool and Clarence River views. The spacious master honeymoon suite also serves as a pamper room for the bride and maids prior to the ceremony.

Say your vows in one of four stunning ceremony locations and choose from three spacious reception areas on the property. Country charm with a large barn and horse stables, a magnificent mature fig tree, and a dock capturing spectacular sunsets and moonrises on the waterway – provide your photographer with endless photo opportunities.

Every detail has been considered with a separate riverfront caterer’s support servery and bar, indoor / outdoor sound system, manicured lawns, themed props such as mobile horse float bar and tiki torches, and a cozy bonfire site.

Unforgettable wedding celebrations at Riverside Ranch Retreat are inspired by the natural setting and your unique vision.

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Hinterland House

Hinterland House is a beautifully refurbished 1906 mansion hidden just one minute from Bangalow and 10 minutes from Byron Bay. This stunning heritage listed homestead offers uninterrupted hinterland views and is open for weddings and elopements of up to 140 guests.

Sitting on a 20-acre macadamia plantation the homestead boasts vine-covered walls, handcrafted stone masonry, leadlight windows and large wraparound verandahs, creating the ultimate romantic backdrop for your celebration.

Guests are greeted by a winding palm tree-lined driveway as they make their way up to the hilltop wedding venue. The picturesque property offers a variety of ceremony locations and lush manicured lawns for outdoor receptions.

Those looking for onsite accommodation can choose to stay in the sprawling homestead and its two adjoining cottages. Hinterland House can sleep up to 18 guests with a total of eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and two fully equipped kitchens spread across the home. The venue is home to soaring 16ft ceilings, a 14m swimming pool, fire pit and BBQ facilities

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Newrybar Downs

Newrybar Downs delivers 5 luxurious bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, (one providing full wheelchair access) 2 dining rooms, 2 living rooms and plenty of space in-between. Newrybar Downs is a home to sit back in whilst you enjoy the park like grounds, rain forest, bowling green, swimming pool and relaxed cabana. You can rest easy as all furniture and accessories necessary for your Wedding Ceremony will be provided by Newrybar Downs. Set up and pack down will be seamless and taken care of whilst you soak up this special day.

This dream Wedding Ceremony & Luxury Accommodation property offers a stunning setting for family and friends during your special time. Newrybar Downs promises total privacy nestled at the end of an imposing tree-lined drive whilst you are but a short drive to some of the world’s best beaches and charming rural towns.

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