Sydney’s urban environment is home to a blend of heritage buildings, laneways, and gorgeous architecture. The industrial areas of Alexandria, Waterloo, and Rosebery are a great place to start looking for a vacant warehouse location. As you move closer to the city centre, potential venues shift from authentic warehouses, to rooms and restaurants that channel an industrial chic vibe. Of course, there are hidden gems in the city that possess the same ‘undiscovered’ qualities of a vacant warehouse and, as such, would make for an ideal ceremony or reception destination.
The Blank Canvas
The beauty of opting for a blank canvas venue lies in the abundance of creative freedom that allows you, as the engaged couple, to make things just how you envision them to be. It’s exactly that – a warehouse venue takes vision, and nothing less. Of course, in going for a warehouse space particularly in the industrial precinct of Sydney, you are likely to be surrounded by a community of imaginative individuals who will assist you on your creative journey. The Commune in Waterloo is home to a number of gorgeous, barn-style warehouse lots as a part of what was once an old antiques factory. With a graffitied facade, The Commune warehouse captures the urban vibe of Bourke Street in a space that truly is a blank canvas. Have your guests spill out into the festoon-lit laneway where you can experiment with more a casual dining style and foliage installations.
If you’ve got plenty of time before your big day and want a high-class warehouse wedding in Sydney, then get in quick with spaces like Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, The Cutaway, and The Overseas Passenger Terminal. Such locations are superbly located in the heart of the city and frequently host events like fashion exhibitions and conferences. Carriageworks is a conglomerate of warehouse spaces that are on the more minimal end of the industrial-rustic spectrum. With concrete floors, greyscale bricks, and exposed pipes, the Elston Room and Bay 25 are among the most popular destinations for industrial wedding receptions. Farewell Fiancé tip: Carriageworks only takes on one wedding per month, so get in quick!
The Naval Store at Cockatoo Island is a haven for those who wish to create a rustic themed reception with complete privacy and spectacular water views. Plus, the ferry journey to the island will make for an exciting adventure for your guests. In the same way, the Overseas Passenger Terminal features large glass windows, hosting the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Located at the foot of The Rocks, the terminal sees cruise ships dock by day, and by night, can be transformed into an industrial themed venue for any creative couple. Another Sydney gem is The Cutaway at Barangaroo – a secret sandstone void tucked under a native, botanical garden with all the charm of its maritime heritage. Making the most of its natural location, The Cutaway allows you experiment and bring the outdoors in with airy fabrics, foliage, and florals suspended from the exposed beams in the cement roof.
The Artsy Couple
For the couple who enjoy a cultural space and the opportunity for artistic experimentation and collaboration, an urban gallery or theatre may be the ideal space to tie the knot. These spaces are filled with creativity and offer a unique environment for your ceremony and celebrations. Not to mention, you’ll be supported by a network of creative professionals who can connect you with the people with experience and know how. Take Sun Studios for example. Nestled in the foliage-clad streets of Alexandria, this space specialises in the hire of high quality photography equipment as well as offering studio and co-working spaces for corporate and private events. Adorned with leafy garlands and trestle tables, this space can be transformed into an intimate dining room for your guests to marvel at. Studio Neon is another of this sort – with a quirky vibe single-handedly carried through by the use of mismatched furniture and the glamorous contrast between concrete floors and glistening chandeliers. For more heritage buildings with a naturally warm glow, spaces like the Roslyn Packer Theatre at Walsh Bay, The Bangarra Dance Room, and the Red Box Theatre demand to be dressed up with pendant features and white florals.
An Industrial Eatery
If you want to capture the allure of an industrial warehouse without feeling like you’re putting all the pieces together yourself, then opt for an eatery, restaurant, or bar that has an inherently industrial or mechanical aesthetic. This look has been increasingly popular in the hospitality scene, especially in the urban and historically preserved areas of Sydney like The Rocks, Surry Hills, and Darlinghurst. To help you along, we’ve put together a little list of venues that offer catering and put simply, would make for some stunning wedding shots.
– The Argyle, The Rocks
- Three Blue Ducks, Rosebery
– Flying Fish, Prymont
– Simmer On The Bay, Walsh Bay
– Ovolo Hotel, Woollomooloo