Given the Margaret River region’s astounding natural beauty and abundance of amazing wedding venues, it’s not surprising that so many couples decide to make it the location of their special day. But with so many incredible wineries, breweries and restaurants to choose from as your wedding venue, it’s pretty difficult to decide where exactly to tie the knot. It helps to narrow it down – we think – by what you want most for your wedding day: beachside bliss? A rural view? Winter wedding? Whatever it is, this list of amazing wedding venues can help!
Caves House Hotel
Originally built in 1903, Caves House Hotel has a special place in the hearts of many, being the venue for hundreds of memorable weddings over the years. With heritage-listed gardens perfect for summer events, a generously proportioned building with stone and timber accents and four fireplaces where you can keep warm during the winter, the hotel is perfect for all seasons! Neil and Elizabeth Jilley became the first local south-west family to own the hotel and surrounds in January 2016, and since then, have hosted some gorgeous weddings. The versatility of the hotel and its grounds means that all sorts of weddings can be staged, from over 300 guests to an intimate private party for 20. Throughout Caves House, historic photographs are displayed showing the original Caves House opened in 1903 and rebuilt in 1938, and the many activities which have taken place here over the years. The hotel has become a favourite honeymoon destination for generations of couples and the little beachside community at Yallingup continues to flourish, centred around the popular hotel with beautiful coastal views, scenic walks, fishing, music, dancing and surfing all adding to the appeal Caves House has had through the years. You can take your pick of where to hold your wedding ceremony, whether it’s on the terrace, in the gardens or inside.
When you’re ready to start planning your big day, make an appointment with the friendly weddings team at Caves House Hotel, who will be very happy to take the time to put together your perfect day, from the moment you arrive to when you leave as a married couple. They can talk you through food and beverage options, put you in touch with local wedding suppliers and come up with innovative ideas to make your day the best ever. Many couples have had unforgettable weddings at Caves House Hotel.
Ramada Resort by Wyndham
If you’ve always dreamed of getting married with the ocean breeze in your hair, then Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dunsborough could be your dream come true. It provides a breathtaking setting for your dream Margaret River region wedding, with superb ceremony and reception options. The Dunsborough resort boasts stunning grounds, direct beach access, beautiful gardens, a wedding chapel and reception venues. You can choose to get married in an intimate beach ceremony, exchange vows in a delightful garden setting or go all out for a classic, romantic ceremony in the beautiful wedding chapel. If you hold your reception inside, you’ll be treated to wonderful views of Geographe Bay from the function room’s Bayview Ballroom terrace and pre-lounge on the first floor. Catering for up to 220 guests for a modern and stylish cocktail party, or up to 150 guests for a traditional three-course sit-down dinner, the wedding team at the resort will be dedicated to ensuring your wedding is an unforgettable experience. Packages will showcase local cuisine and an extensive wine list that can be tailored to suit individual requirements.
Swings & Roundabouts
Authentic, romantic and relaxed, at Swings & Roundabouts, you’ll find bespoke, intimate weddings with an emphasis on quality, local produce, exceptional service and great wines. Their weddings and receptions are all set to a beautiful natural backdrop of rolling vineyards, perfectly serving as the canvas for your special day. The venue’s dedicated wedding coordinator and kitchen team will strive to create your dream day through detailed planning and ongoing consultation. Swings & Roundabouts is suitable for both cocktail events and sit-down dinners. The verandah provides the perfect space for long table dinners, or for a larger event, you and your guests can enjoy the beautiful lawn and set up underneath the shady gum trees. You can also set up a marquee on the grass and look out over the valley, or sit under the stars. You wedding feast has been crafted around the concept of sharing food with family and friends – so be prepared to be blown away by the ‘Chef’s Feast’ which uses fresh, seasonal, local produce. Menus draw on locally sourced ingredients from independent suppliers where possible – some are even harvested from the winery’s garden, with catering available for 50 to 200 people.
Caves Road Collective
If you’re planning a winter wedding, finding a one-size-fits-all wedding venue in cooler months can be a challenge, but Caves Road Collective in Wilyabrup has couples well covered for all weather eventualities. With new winter wedding packages, a menu tailor-made for winter, warming drinks, cosy log fires and space to hold your ceremony with room for a reception-style event of up to 250 guests seated and 500 guests cocktail style, this place is perfect no matter the season. The venue is perfectly located in the middle of the Margaret River region on the iconic Caves Road, with lakeside views. Although the dining hall is open plan, the stone and timber features and soft lighting create a beautifully warm space – particularly when the log fires are blazing. The cellar door space is perfect for more intimate weddings for 50 seated or 100 cocktail-style. Executive Chef Hayden Vink’s winter menus feature estate-grown and regional produce with options for canapes, shared dining, set menus and more. With a selection that includes whole slow roasted lamb shoulder, baked salmon, duck breast with poached pears, fresh oysters and cured meat and cheese grazing tables, guests can eat like royalty. Because Caves Road Collective is a brewery and winery and blends its own spirits, they can also go the extra mile to provide an array of gorgeous cocktails and drinks suited to the season. Think mulled wine or cider with winter spices for cooler months, and berry-infused gin & tonic, and fruity cocktails for summer! The team can also provide bespoke experiences for wedding parties and groups pre or post wedding. Groomsmen are invited to Be a Brewer for a Day, hanging out with head brewers Shannon and Adam and getting involved in the making of their delicious brews. This experience costs just $60 per person which includes tasting and brewing experience, lunch and a pint of choice for a maximum of 10 people. Speak to the venue’s dedicated wedding guru Georgia Dodd about availability and pricing. Georgia can also introduce couples to hand-picked wedding specialist florists, stylists, photographers, videographers, celebrants, entertainers, hair and make-up artists and more.
Rustico at Hay Shed Hill
One of the region’s favourite restaurants, Rustico at Hay Shed Hill specialises in rustic vineyard weddings at this truly stunning venue in the Margaret River region. Rustico at Hay Shed Hill is the second venue to represent the Rustico Tapas brand, made famous from its Rockingham Beach venue, introducing the Margaret River wine region to award-winning tapas, hospitality, shared plate, Mediterranean-style fare. From intimate weddings for 20 to grand celebrations for 200, the team at Rustico have got it covered. What could be more dreamy than a private “amongst the vines” ceremony site and styling, with world-class wines by Hay Shed Hill for guests? Imagine yourself saying ‘I do’ at the iconic property with its white buildings, newly styled on-trend dining room, expanses of grass and vines on the venues doorstep, with personalised blackboards, love letters, lawn games, pop-up bars, roving microphones, dancing on the deck, festoon lighting, award-winning menus, wedding cakes, at-your-service hospitality superstars and a magical fairy-lit tree. All you need to do is secure your date, choose a celebrant, book your favourite muso, source amazing flowers and arrive on time.
Howard Park Wine Chapel
Architecturally designed and luxuriously appointed, Howard Park’s Wine Chapel provides a unique wedding space in the Margaret River region, perfect for the wine connoisseur couple or those simply wanting a sophisticated event in one of the south west’s most elegant venues. Constructed from natural materials including beautifully weathered Cyprus pine, recycled European oak, burnished black iron and off-form concrete, the Wine Chapel delivers a strong sense of elemental beauty. Chandeliers made from 40-year old vines from the winery’s Abercrombie vineyard are a highlight feature in the main tasting room. Surrounded by manicured gardens and tall marri and jarrah forest, guests will enjoy the impressive views of Howard Park’s vineyards and the Wilyabrup valley from the private terrace. As a venue, the Wine Chapel features the main tasting room, temperature-controlled wine cellar displaying examples from the Burch family museum, a lounge area, foyer, commercial kitchen and the potential to hold various marquee configurations on the terrace. Conducive to indoor-outdoor flow, large glass sliding doors connect the interior tasting room to the outdoor terrace. For intimate weddings, the Wine Chapel can accommodate up to 30 guests while larger weddings can be hosted on the expansive terrace. The Wine Chapel’s wedding team work with a select few South West chefs who share Howard Park’s ethos of delivering abundant menus which beautifully showcase fresh, local produce. Whether you would like an elegant sit-down meal, the refined simplicity of a cocktail-style wedding or a long-table laden with platters of sumptuous food to share with family and friends, these selected chefs can assist with crafting your ideal wedding menu. As each Wine Chapel wedding is a bespoke affair, there are only a very limited number each year. Their aim is to provide you and your guests with a truly memorable experience offering exceptional wine, great food and outstanding service.
Happs Estate blends the natural beauty of the Australian bush with sweeping lawns and flowering native plants. Set among the winery and pottery, the gardens offer breathtaking views to create your own unique photographic backdrops. Amphitheatres landscaped in the natural fall of the property provide the perfect setting for your ceremony and can cater for intimate occasions through to large, more formal receptions of up to 120 people. To top it all off, Happs are also a dog-friendly wedding venue and are more than happy to have you share this day with your favourite furry friend. There are a number of options to select from, and wedding organiser Gemma will be more than happy to help you put together your perfect day. “You may prefer to just have your ceremony at Happs and then move on to another reception venue,” says Gemma, “or you can have the entire wedding celebration here. “The cream on the wedding cake is that you get to celebrate with the most delicious range of wines created right here at Happs Estate.”
Abbey Beach Resort
Abbey Beach Resort sits on the beautiful Geographe Bay beachfront, set amidst four hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, just two and a half hours drive from Perth. The resort comprises of 213 luxury units onsite with one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus studio suites. All apartments and studios are serviced daily and feature a private double spa, a bathroom with each bedroom, reverse cycle air-conditioning, Foxtel, private balcony and views over the lake/ocean/swimming pool, gardens, tennis courts and children’s playground. Superb resort facilities include WiFi, restaurant, cafe, two bars, a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool and spa, outdoor pools surrounded by lovely gardens and shaded with gazebos and umbrellas, squash court, full size and half court tennis, gymnasium and sauna. Abbey Beach Resort has a large and versatile function centre that can be tailored to suit your unique wedding needs! A dedicated functions coordinator is available to provide assistance and guidance every step of the way, no matter how small or large the event.
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