The Hunter Valley has so much to offer couples in search of the ideal wedding venue.
They can tie the knot among the vines or exchange vows in a building brimming with history. Despite the variety, no matter where you choose to marry there are two constants: The location will be scenic and the wine list will be exemplary.
There are so many options that a Google search can be overwhelming. Here are just a handful of our picks to help you choose the venue that’s right for you:
Even if guests had nothing to eat at Bimbadgen Palmers Lane they would be content to gorge on the panoramic views of the vineyards and mountain ranges. But the food here is a much-appreciated bonus. Prepared by Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine that puts local produce in the spotlight. Esca means good food in Latin and boy do they deliver, with mouthwatering combinations on their menu – like rainbow trout tortellini or soy poached eye-fillet.
Bimbadgen Palmers Lane is also versatile. There are rustic indoor and outdoor reception options and a marquee available to couples with a longer guest list.
For history lovers
The Convent Hunter Valley
This estate is so superb that it could be in a few of our categories. Circa 1876, a restaurant on site is hatted. The views here are majestic and Restaurant Eighty Eight, also on site, is a wonderful venue for a small reception. The Chapel, which dates back to 1888, is even more intimate with only 40 adult guests allowed.
But the history and architecture of The Convent is remarkable. The building was once home to the Brigidine order of nuns in Coonamble, 600 Kilometres from the Hunter Valley and was transported and painstakingly reconstructed in Pokolbin in the 1990s. It’s a great backdrop for photos and beautiful accommodation for the newlyweds – regardless of the size and nature of their ceremony.
Elope in the Vines organise tiny weddings in Worthington’s Vineyard, where lush vines and dramatic mountain scenery are the guests of honour. Their packages are ideal for private couples, who don’t want to fidget with seating arrangements, and they provide celebrants, photographers and witnesses – if necessary. All the wedding party has to do is show up on the day and everything is taken care off.
For Intimate Weddings
This is a stunning option for a fuss-free couple. The “Woodcutter’s Shed” is a country-style eco-friendly venue, with kookaburras, kangaroos, cows and sheep at your doorstep. It caters for weddings with no more than 40 guests.
Those lucky enough to score and invitation can stay at the luxury, self-contained guesthouse overlooking the mountains and the valley.
For Large Weddings
Some couples love to go big. Perhaps they come from huge families or don’t want to exclude anyone from celebrating their special day with them.
The Winery at Hope Estate is a stylish option which can seat 1000 guests. The space is shaped with wine barrels, which means that it can be customised to the size of the event.
Alternatively, the baroque atmosphere of Great Cask Hall may be a more appropriate choice. It has high, vaulted ceilings and is enclosed with 59 giant wine casks (each with 4500 litres of wine). You may have seen it on hit-television show “The Farmer Wants a Wife.”
For couples who want just one venue
Destination weddings can involve a lot of travelling and organising and some couples just want to be in one spot by the time they are ready to celebrate. The Hunter Valley has countless venues to accommodate this option.
We love voco™ Kirkton Park because of their experience and adaptability. The staff here are well versed in all things bridal, with themes such as vintage or romantic – available through the wedding planners.
You can have a chic garden ceremony, followed by a grazing-table style lunch or a stylish cocktail party, among other individualised arrangements. Then there’s the option to book exclusive use of the manor estate, allowing the party to continue through the weekend.
For a wedding with a view
The Hunter Valley is resplendent with views. There are vineyards, mountain ranges, lakes and valleys. We love the family-owned Adams Peak Country Estate because of the panoramic Brokenback Mountain Range, which is a visual feature in all four of the ceremony locations – including Plan B (a wet-weather safe option in either The Hay Shed or The Barn).
There are multiple reception venues so you can tailor the event to your needs. The only thing they all have in common is that they are enveloped in that spectacular scenery.
For Quirky Couples
If you love the Hunter Valley but are sick of the endless combinations of wine, estates and views there are still venues that are right for you. The Travelling Chapel, like the name suggests is portable. If your dream is to get married by the cliffs, on a beach, or in a car park this ceremony venue will come to you.
Those who consider marriage to be a life sentence can tie the knot in Maitland Gaol. This notorious prison was home to some of Australia’s most-hardened criminals between 1848 and 1998. Today the penitentiary is a popular events’ space, the website states that the cell blocks are “matchless and offer an exclusive point of difference for your…wedding reception.”
No matter where you choose to tie the knot, we’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed with a Hunter Valley wedding.