Dreamy Margaret River
Published Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in Lifestyle & Inspiration
If you were planning an overseas or interstate wedding, the events of 2020 have no doubt thrown a spanner in the works. However that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your idyllic destination wedding. You have an incredible amount of options in the Margaret River region, from barns to farms, wineries to beaches, so you can create the day that’s just right for the two of you.
Here are some of the most spectacular wedding venues in WA’s South West.
Nestled in the gentle rolling hills with a country luxe vibe, is the recently opened Meelup Farmhouse. The secluded lawned area out the back is perfect for ceremonies and dancing the night away beneath cosy lights, while the restaurant décor is on trend in textured naturals and white. To make it even more fairy tale, there’s a babbling little brook on premises too. This is ideal if you want a sophisticated boho wedding day outdoors.
Where: Eagle Bay
Do you consider yourself a stylish bride (or groom) with a fondness for contemporary style? You’re going to love this one. This gorgeous architecturally designed chapel makes good use of the weathered Cyprus pine, recycled European oak, black iron, and concrete to create a cool vibe for your day. To top off the luxurious scene, hanging above your heads will be chandeliers made with 40-year-old vines.
Bunkers Beach House
Beach weddings and Western Australia, the quintessential combination. Perched on the sand dunes overlooking pristine Bunker Bay, this venue can hold 100 guests seated or 140 cocktail-style. Although you might presume this is exclusively a warm weather-type of venue, it really is suited to all seasons. Picture a winter wedding with crisp blue skies, celebrating inside with the open wood fireplace, high timbered ceiling and classy jarrah floors. And the picture-perfect beach as your backdrop just steps away.
Where: Bunker Bay
If you want a rustic wedding but keeping it high class, look no further than this 50-acre farm. Maybe you’ll marry your sweetheart in the natural amphitheatre followed by a reception at the barn dining room? Or could you see yourself exchanging vows by the tranquil spring and partying beneath the stars at the Hidden Meadow? We also love that much of the food is grown on premises and you’ll be treated to a menu prepared by renowned chef, George Cooper.
Imagine this ceremony for a moment: the serenity and the crisp scent of the forest; your guests seated beneath the canopy of ancient karri trees; and a carpeted aisle for you to glide down toward your other half as they stand in wait under the pretty wooden arch. It’s a scene that must be seen to be believed. This area is for ceremonies only, so you will have to source a venue for your reception.
Contact: WA Parks and Wildlife Service
Credaro Family Estate
You want that Instagram-worthy venue, but you also want a say in who caters your big day? Well, Credaro will provide the lovely venue and the quality wine, while you are free to focus on the food. Take a look at the upper lawn if you envision yourself under a tipi or a large marquee, or choose the lower lawn for sweeping views across the vineyards. And if you want a few classic WA beach shots for the album, the famous Canal Rocks is only a few minutes’ drive away.
At one of Margaret River’s finest wineries, you can be confident a day with all the bells and whistles will be provided for you. The famous white Cape Dutch-style manor house, gorgeous grounds overflowing with greenery and flowers, and an award-winning kitchen team led by superstar chef Santi Fernandez: this is going to be one spectacular wedding day. The elegant restaurant, complete with chandeliers and an open fire, hosts intimate weddings up to 40 people.
Where: Margaret River
White Elephant Café
Laidback, beachy, and an all-round fun gathering of your loved ones. If this sounds more your pace, let us introduce you to White Elephant Cafe. Barefoot in the sand with your love, the breeze in your hair, then watch the sun go down over the bay as you dance the evening away on the deck. White Elephant can accommodate up to 200 cocktail-style or 60 seated. Who needs a Bali beach wedding, anyway?
Where: Gnarabup Bay
Rustico at Hay Shed Hill
It’s total romance at Rustico. Wooden chairs set up beneath a huge tree, lots of dappled sunlight falling across happy faces, and gorgeous views across the vineyard. What a way to spend the best day of your life! There are some extra features you’ll like too. You can have your rehearsal dinner here, and/or a celebration with your nearest and dearest the day before or after with a delicious Spanish lunch on the lawn.
Amelia Park Restaurant
This is a relatively new one on the wedding list and it deserves to be here. Owners Blair and Renee have been in hospitality for more than three decades so, suffice to say, they know what they’re doing. Having been awarded six Gold Plates while at Studio Bistro and Piari & Co, the five-star foodie duo with the French flair will have your guests full up and happy, ready for an evening of frivolity. Parties from 20 to 200 can be accommodated.
The Margaret River region is blessed with high-end wineries, but a perennial favourite is this beautiful venue with blooming hydrangeas and manicured gardens. For a luxe affair, choose the Grand Chardonnay Reception Room lit with chandeliers, or for outdoor sophistication, the Garden Marquee overlooking the lake and vineyards. Perhaps you might fancy a long table feast in the rustic Reserve Barrel Room? The walls are lined with barrels and the atmosphere cosy and festive.
Plan your perfect Margaret River wedding and book a luxurious holiday home to enjoy the start of your newlywed life. Browse our portfolio to discover the perfect accommodation for your wedding night or honeymoon. Our local bookings team are also able to recommend holiday homes close to one another to accommodate family and guests.
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