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74 South Coast wedding venues

Searching the South Coast of NSW to find a wedding venue?  Here is our recommended list of 74 South Coast wedding venues - and they're all within 3 hours drive of Sydney.

South Coast wedding venues

If you want to make a weekend of your wedding you’re searching in the right place!  The South Coast of NSW has a huge variety of wedding venues and all the accommodation you’ll need to accommodate your entire entourage.  Most of the properties on our list provide accommodation onsite and some can even accommodate your entire wedding guest list.

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South Coast venues offer all the amenities to create a destination wedding experience you’ll never forget.  There’s swimming pools, tennis courts, horse stables (and riding), wildlife, working farms (including all the cuddly & photogenic creatures), an on-site book shop, segway experiences, golf (and soccer golf!), 5 star foodie adventures, a brewery, wineries, a fromagerie and more. 

We’ve made it easy to find the wedding experience you're looking for by providing some fancy icons on our list of venues.  And just fyi, the long necked animal you'll find on several properties isn’t a giraffe.  Although giraffes would no doubt add to the landscape, the South Coast locals are rather more in favour of their woolly llamas.  

South Coast venues under 2 hours from Sydney

You’ll find our first 9 recommended venues between Wollongong and Kiama.  The closest is City Beach - a great option for larger weddings with a capacity of up to 400.  Take heed from Illawarra celebrant, Ruth Matos:  “City Beach is your beach wedding venue. They ooze professionalism in everything they do.  They take care of their couples and keep them in the loop during the whole wedding process.”

Pyree Hall Wedding Venue
Celebrant Ruth Matos in action on the beautiful South Coast, NSW.

Another large venue in the area is Fine Spun at the Woolshed which caters for up to 350 guests.  Three words to describe this space would be 'delightfully rustic glam'.  The other favourite with industry folk (including Sharon Bridges from Ceremonies with Sharon) is the old post office turned restaurant of Ruby’s at Mount Kembla.  The restaurant itself seats up to 50 guests and 120 can be accommodated in the permanent marquee.

We need to thank local photographer Beth Fernley Photography for the tip on this one – the brand new Warreen Homestead has just opened at Jamberoo.  It’s likely to be suitable for smaller wedding parties and elopements. Check out the link on Beth's Facebook Page & you might like to ask her for any other hidden gems she knows about while you're there!

Within 2 hours of Sydney you'll also find a purposely restored 19th century home, a working cattle farm that overlooks the ocean and 2 Kiama favourites; The Sebel and The Pavilion.  

Peter Izzard - Kiama Wedding Photographer
Kiama Wedding Photographer - Peter Izzard Photography 

Ten minutes drive from Kiama and just under 2 hours from Sydney is the beautiful Illawarra town of Gerringong. Here, you’ll find one of the most endorsed wedding venues in Australia and a favourite amongst local photographers.

"Seacliff House is a simply stunning venue!  Suitable for anything ranging from a small, intimate family only wedding, up to a grand celebration.  With stunning views to the ocean and across Gerringong, and incredibly tasteful facilities, you won’t regret booking Seacliff House for your wedding." Jon Harris Photography

Seacliff House South Coast wedding venue
Jon Harris Photography @ Seven Mile Beach near Seacliff House

If you're interested in having a winery wedding Jon also recommends Crooked River Wines.  “Foodies and wine lovers will rejoice in the catering options for your wedding!" he says.  "And the winery setting is magical for photos, with stunning beaches just 5 mins away.”

Berry wedding venues

A popular destination for weddings on the South Coast is the charming village of Berry.  And she comes with all the options.  For a farm experience, Bundara (perfect for weddings of up to 30 guests) or Willow farms have you covered.  There's also beach venues, wineries & luxury country hideaways.  

Industry favourite Jaspers is another great option in this area and caters for up to 100 guests.  And if you're getting married at Jaspers, our celebrant Ruth Matos would love to join you!  "Jaspers is quite the escape" she explains.  "It's like you enter their front gate and all of a sudden you are in a different world.  The grounds are exquisite and beautifully maintained and the staff are accommodating and willing to please."

Kangaroo Valley wedding venues

Dubbed Australia's most beautiful valley, it's no surprise that 7 of our recommended South Coast wedding venues are in the Kangaroo Valley.  

Kangaroo Valley wedding
Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat, by Peter Izzard Photography

Wedding venues in this area book out up to 18 months in advance.  Probably because the location is a convenient 2 hours from both Sydney and Canberra, and is absolutely stunning.   We recommend you enquire early to book a wedding like Dane & Laura's above at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat.

Almost every type of wedding is catered for in the Kangaroo Valley.  Amongst the venues in this postcode there’s a golf course, working horse & cattle farm, luxury estates & retreats, landscaped gardens, bush escarpments, private residences, farm stays, wildlife sanctuaries and hundreds of acres of pristine Australian bush.  From rustic weddings to elegant, luxury events, Kangaroo Valley caters to every taste and budget.

If you're wanting epic photos, photographer Jon Harris recommends being adventurous and heading into the rainforest gully at Wildwood.  "You must visit Wildwood if you're planning a Kangaroo Valley wedding... once you see the beauty of this property you will fall in love."

Back on the coast and slightly off the beaten track you'll find a pet friendly vineyard perched on the ridge of Coolangatta.  Have a look also at this Mountain Ridge Wines wedding.  The area also boasts luxury villas at Shoalhaven Heads and local landmark Pyree Hall affectionately known as The Red Shed to locals.  

South Coast wedding venue Wildwood
Jon Harris Photography
@ Wildwood 

Within 10 minutes drive of Nowra are 6 more properties including the laid back and ever popular Driftwood Shed.  For a marquee wedding in tranquil gardens you can't go past Figbird Cottage and there's also the temperate forest of Bewong River Retreat.   These venues cater for 100 – 130 guests and offer the best of both worlds with Jervis Bay all but on your doorstep.

Jervis Bay wedding venues

Home to the whitest sand in the world!  The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum is home to the area's information centre and provides a unique waterfront space for events.  If you'd prefer a weekend wedding where all your guests can be accommodated (and you have access to your own private beach) check out instead, The Cove.  

Another South Coast favourite is the one & only Worrowing.  This historic 250 acre estate is one of Australia's most instagrammed wedding venues.  With versatile spaces to suit weddings of between 50 and 180 guests, plus accommodation in the farmhouse on site – it’s not hard to see why Worrowing books out fast.

Beth Fernley at Driftwood ShedDriftwood Shed - Beth Fernley Photography

The seaside towns of Milton, Mollymook and Ulladulla offer up another 6 world class wedding venues including Rick Stein's seafood restaurant Bannisters and Milton Park Country House (favourite of International celebrant Josh Withers).

For smaller quirky weddings try The Harvest Bar in Milton.  Or for larger weddings of up to 220 guests contact much-loved local Beth at Mollymook Beachside WeddingsSouth Coast photographer Peter Izzard has captured some favourite weddings here.  Check him out.  

Perennial favourite with industry professionals in this area is Cupitts Winery & Brewery.  They also do cheese!  “Cupitts is a multi-award winning venue, and for good reason” says photographer Jon Harris.  “Sensational food and wine, amazing staff, stunning views and close by Ulladulla.” 

This next option is for glamping enthusiasts.  If you love the idea of a ‘wedstival’ wedding you’ll love the secluded lakeside property of Bawley Bush Retreat.  Think outdoor dining with wet weather options, all your guests on site and canoeing on the lake!  (There’s also cottages on site)

For the full list of 74 South Coast Wedding Venues, plus all the info on accommodation & onsite features fill out the form below.  And in the unlikely event you can't find what you're looking for on the list - email us at info@wedlockers.com.au.  We may know a few secret spots to share with you!

Eternal Love - Swan Lake Ballet

Like the timeless love story of the Swan Lake Ballet, a real life ballerina dances into the night. From the black feathers of Alin Le' Kal she transitions into a grandiose white feathered ball gown. But this is not a romance inspired by the violins of Tchaikovsky. It's a real love story.  

Desa was a ballet dancer back in Europe.  Today she's married to Filip and they take pictures together.  These are some of them.  

This is Eternal Love - a styled shoot based on the true story of Desa & Filip at Sephory Photography.  Made possible by the team of talented creatives listed below.  

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CREDITS Photos & Art Direction Sephory Photography | Gowns Alin Le' Kal | Shoes Sophia Webster | Crowns Viktoria Novak | Invitations Adorn Invitations | Flowers Chloe Lashay | Jewellery Temelli Jewellery | Skincare LUIERE | Makeup Suzy Sela | Hair Coco Mane | Cake Mary Eats Cake | Ballerina Darcie Keil | Venue Anton Venoir Interiors

What's the average cost of wedding photography?

Wedding photography packages in Australia start at between $1,000 and $10,000.  So how do you figure out where you sit on this scale, and which package is right for you?  

There’s an easy formula you can use to calculate a wedding photography budget that meets your needs.  And the best thing about this formula is that its relevant for all weddings, whether you’re throwing a $5,000 backyard party for 20 or a 1,000 person extravaganza.  

To get started, determine the overall amount you’ll spend on your wedding.  Your photography budget will be a percentage of this figure.  To calculate what this percentage should be, you first need to consider how important photography is to you.  How you feel about wedding photography will determine if you should allocate a smaller or larger than average portion of your total budget to photography.

For some couples, photography is one of the most important elements of their wedding.  It’s one of the few budget items that result in a tangible keepsake and is often considered an investment that will be enjoyed by future generations.

Other couples may view entertainment or styling as a more worthy investment and apportion their budget accordingly.  How much of your budget you choose to spend on wedding photography can be determined by asking some key questions... 

Will you cherish your photos & hang them on your walls?  Will your album take pride of place on your coffee table?  Or will your pop your photos into a box at the bottom of your wardrobe and vow to create a photo book soon?  

And then possibly never get around to it. 

To help you ascertain what percentage of your budget is a reasonable spend for you, we’ve created a fun Photography Budget Quiz.  Answering these 12 easy multiple choice questions will give you a price guide that you can apply to your overall budget.

Take the budget quiz to determine what % of your total budget to allocate to photography.

The Average Wedding Photography Package in Australia

One of the difficulties in comparing prices between different wedding photographers is that there’s no conformity across the industry when it comes to package inclusions.  Most starting packages include wedding coverage plus a copy of high resolution images without watermarks.  

Here’s a list of other products & services that may be included in (and add to the cost of) photography packages:

  • drones
  • 2nd shooters
  • album design
  • albums
  • special lighting requirements
  • prints
  • engagement shoot
  • travel
  • online galleries (may be a standard inclusion)

Some photographers, particularly at the high-end of the market have heftier starting prices but include more extras in their starting packages.  For example, many of Australia’s top photographers will only offer packages that include printed images or albums. They believe the printed image provides their clients maximum value for their investment.

Higher starting prices however, don’t always mean a more expensive or “higher quality” photographer.  So when should you pay more for wedding photos?  

There’s one definite reason for nudging your photography budget up a notch, and that’s when you’ve found a photographer who’s work you absolutely LOVE!  If you trust them, feel comfortable in their presence and want them at your wedding – book them.

Conversely, if you’re ‘umming’ or ‘arrghhing’ over booking a package above your budget, move on.  There’s more than 3,500 professional wedding photographers in Australia. Invest the time to find one you LOVE – you’ll thank yourself when you get your images back.   And you'll enjoy yourself more on your wedding day if you feel comfortable with the decisions you've made.

The easiest way to curate your favourite wedding photographers is to view comparable images side by side.  At Wedlockers, you can browse images using filters such as ‘emotive’, ‘candid’ and ‘shenanigans’ etc to help you shortlist photographers in your area.

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Investing your trust in a photographer may feel like a leap of faith, particularly if you’ve never booked one before. You may want to check professional credentials before you pay a deposit & lock yourself into a contract.  

What is a professional wedding photographer anyway?

In Australia, there’s no regulatory body that governs wedding photography.  If you want peace of mind that you’re booking a professional photographer, you’ll have to do a little research yourself.  Here’s a few places to start:

Professional Accreditations

Photographers in Australia can choose to become accredited with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).  The AIPP set accreditation standards that members must achieve.  

If you’ve found a photographer you love that’s not an AIPP member, there’s no need to preclude them from your shortlist – some of Australia’s top photographers are not accredited.  On the flip side, if you’re considering an AIPP Master Photographer to shoot your wedding, don’t wait too long to book.  They’re busy for good reason.  

Published in Mags & Blogs

Finding your favourite photographer in a high end magazine or blog is as good a reassurance as you’ll get.  

Mags & blogs are somewhat obliged to publish editorial content from their advertising vendors - but they still need to curate quality content to satisfy their readers.  For this reason, you can generally be assured of photographers who’ve had real weddings or styled shoots featured in well-respected publications like Hello May, The Wedding Playbook, Farewell Fiance & Nouba.

Awards & Accolades

The wedding industry offers vendors several types of awards.  Some are based on a customer voting system while others are professionally adjudicated by a panel of experts.  

Professionally adjudicated awards include: APPA, IWP, WPPI

Some of Australia’s most talented wedding photographers have received accolades from the world’s most respected photography related magazines.  Being named a ‘rising star’ by Rangefinder Magazine or ‘top emerging photographer’ by Capture Magazine are among the industry’s highest honours.

Being singled out as an ambassador for one of the world’s leading camera companies (including Canon & Nikon) is another of the industry’s highest accolades.  A handful of Australian photographers & film makers have achieved this honour.

Vendors who are listed on Wedlockers receive endorsements & recommendations provided by other wedding professionals.  These provide insight into the particular expertise offered by each vendor.  Log in to access these valuable insights – they’ll help you make a decision between your shortlisted vendors.

Reviews

Customer reviews provide an indication of the type of experience you’re likely to receive from businesses in the wedding industry.  We recommend utilising reviews on Facebook.

Key points

The most important criteria when choosing a wedding photographer is that you LOVE their work & feel comfortable around them.  With 3,500 wedding photographers in the Australian industry, you will find one that fits your budget.  

The average cost of wedding photography does not take into account varying package inclusions and overall wedding budgets.  For this reason, determine instead a percentage of your overall budget to allocate to photography.  Take our budget quiz to determine the right percentage for you.

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