Viewing inspiring images of courtyard ceremonies and terrace celebrations is enough to make any couple want to plan a destination wedding on the Mediterranean. This is a great idea and you should definitely make it happen. But if you’re not too keen on leaving the country, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to venture to Italy or Mallorca to make your wedding dreams a reality. The idea of dining and socialising in a terrace or courtyard environment is one that virtually underpins the al fresco cafe and bar culture. People love experiencing the openness of the outdoors from the comfort of somewhere that’s relaxed and intimate. It’s just the right amount of cosy meets the refreshing cool of night.
Having your wedding in a courtyard atmosphere usually means elegant long tables, shared platters, grazing stations and festoon lighting, keeping in alignment with the Mediterranean inspiration. This festive style of celebration adds to the casual atmosphere, where guests are encouraged to move around the space and not feel fixed to one place. Perhaps what I love most about the courtyard wedding venue is that it is essentially a ‘room’ that has been created through negative space. There’s something inherently charming about a place that’s designed as a thoroughfare of sorts – intentionally vast and vacant – is reimagined to capture an exciting new sense of purpose. It’s unique, romantic and inherently creative, all the things you want from a wedding venue.
So if you’re staying put in Australia to celebrate your wedding, here are some great venues with killer courtyard areas where you can tie the knot…
The Intercontinental Double Bay
This luxury boutique hotel is home to a French Provincial Courtyard that is ideal for ceremonies, cocktail weddings or al fresco canapés before heading inside for a sit-down dinner. The fact that it’s near the gorgeous water’s of Double Bay is just a bonus – and a great spot to escape to for your photo session.
Laden with history and a rustic charm, Vaucluse House is a picture perfect place to celebrate your wedding. Even though it’s primely located near the Sydney CBD, this romantic spot has a rural atmosphere thanks to the terracotta walls and manicured lawns.
With gorgeous views of Sydney harbour, this historical building has a several areas that are wedding-worthy. The sandstone courtyard serves as a sophisticated backdrop to any wedding ceremony. Alternatively, you can celebrate your wedding on the harbour terrace and seize the best of the beautiful surrounds.
Moore & Moore
This Fremantle cafe has a wholesome menu and a heart-warming atmosphere to match. The cafe courtyard is a unique ceremony location and lends itself to plenty of creative styling ideas. Guests can enjoy a sit down meal in the two front rooms then wander outside for a spot of outdoor socialising.
Manor On High
The event rooms of Manor On High exude a sense of sophistication and grandeur, suited to a formal a la carte reception. But step outside into the courtyard area and you immediately enter a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere where spend time under the stars.
Located at the edge of the Brisbane River, Moda Restaurant delivers a European menu in an atmosphere that conjures a similar sense of romance. This cosmopolitan kitchen has an intimate courtyard that has definitely taken stylistic inspiration from the nearby Botanic Gardens
Courtyard Restaurant and Bar
In the heart of the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus is the Courtyard Restaurant and Bar. And it’s as the name suggests – a chilled out dining environment with Mediterranean-inspired dishes to put a smile on anyone’s face. Transform the large open space into a magical environment with festoon lighting and a live band.