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Looking for a wedding reception venue in Sydney? Sydney has a wide range of beautiful reception venues to hire for weddings of all sizes. From grand function centres to intimate dining rooms, spaces that create the perfect atmosphere for your dream wedding reception are in all areas of the city from Sydney Harbour & the Northern Beaches to Western Sydney.

The best wedding reception venues in Sydney are experiential destinations that offer a unique location, jaw dropping views, a foodie adventure or all of the above. These amazing event spaces are perfectly set up for modern wedding receptions offering creative catering options including seated dining or food stations to cocktail style functions.

Whatever size & type of wedding venue you're searching for, Sydney offers a vast choice of unique reception venues. On this list of our favourite reception venues in Sydney you'll find affordable wedding halls to glitzy ballrooms and fine dining hatted restaurants. There's places to hire for breakfast weddings, beautiful spots for a lunch reception and plenty of evening party options. 

Here's a list of the 30 best wedding reception venues in Sydney. They range from iconic wedding locations overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge to lesser known ceremony and reception venues hidden in the 'burbs.

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Top 30 Wedding Reception Venues in Sydney

The Pavilion Reception Venue Sydney
1. The Wedding Pavilion

  • Location: 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW 2533
  • Capacity: 80 - 400
  • Wedding Packages:  All inclusive

The Pavilion is one of the most beautiful reception venues in Greater Sydney with incredible ocean views that take in the surrounding foreshore, beach and lighthouse. This stunning wedding location is situated south of Sydney and offers highly affordable wedding packages with two free ceremony spots of the waterfront right outside.

The modern reception space has a row of large ocean-facing windows that immerse the room in light, and features polished timber floors and an elegant blank-canvas palette that's easy to style. A separate entrance foyer with its own bar can be closed off to the main function room allowing for dramatic entrances and can also be set up as an indoor ceremony option if required.

The Wedding Pavilion has lots of accommodation for guests within walking distance.

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Saints Reception Venue
2. Saints Reception Venues

  • Location: Boronia Road, North Saint Marys, NSW 2760
  • Capacity: 20 - 500
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 250+
  • Wedding Packages: $55+/pp

Saints Event Centre has 6 affordable reception venues that cater for weddings with 20 - 500 guests in Western Sydney. Situated at the vibrant St Mary's League Club with indoor and outdoor spaces for receptions and ceremonies, the club is an ideal all-in-one venue for elegant and budget friendly weddings.

All inclusive wedding packages start at $55 for a buffet reception with A La Carte and cocktail style wedding receptions also available.

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Reception Venue at Chapel Hill Retreat
3. Chapel Hill Retreat

  • Location: 36 Berambing Crest, Berambing, NSW 2758
  • Capacity: 150
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 34
  • Wedding Packages: All-inclusive

Chapel Hill Retreat is a dream wedding venue situated on 35 picturesque acres one hour from the Sydney CBD. There are 7 wedding ceremony and reception venues on the manicured grounds that all overlook incredible views of the Blue Mountains.

A white-walled function room caters for seated wedding receptions of up to 150 guests and opens onto a beautiful deck with sweeping district views. The deck is perfect for small outdoor wedding receptions and for dancing under the stars. An outdoor reception space is also available on the lush central lawns. The retreat has 6 self contained cottages and a luxe bridal suite providing optional onsite accommodation.

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Butchers Daughter Sydney Reception Venue
4. Butchers Daughter

  • Location: 11-15 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW 2065
  • Capacity: 50 - 100
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive from $145/pp

Butchers Daughter is a small reception venue seating up to 50 guests in Crows Nest, just 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD. Owner/stylist Bridget Ditte and her eclectic little function space are an ideal match for couples who want an intimate place to celebrate that doesn't look or feel like a standard wedding venue.

Renowned for her amazing floral installations and communal dining menus, Bridget offers flexible all-in-one reception packages that include venue hire, food & beverages, plus if you like - flowers and styling. You're welcome to BYO drinks if you prefer and when booking Bridget's flowers she'll wrap them for guests as they leave. 

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Small Reception Venue Sydney
5. Lords Estate

  • Location: 313 Seven Hills Rd, Seven Hills, NSW 2147
  • Capacity: 10
  • Wedding Packages: Private Dining

Behind the Lords Estate Chapel is the estate's rectory, a large two-storey Victorian residence that houses an elegant drawing and formal dining room - two of the best kept secrets in Sydney reception venues. The rooms provide an intimate location for private dining and wedding photos and are ideal for elopements and micro weddings with seating for 10. 

Radiating a timeless elegance, wedding receptions at Lords Estate are small in size and magnificently rich in culture and history. You can invite your preferred private chef to cater and the owners have a range of tableware settings to furnish the secret spaces.

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Reception Venue Australian Botanic Gardens
6. Australian Botanic Gardens Reception Venue

  • Location: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan, NSW 2567
  • Capacity: 60 - 130
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

On 416 hectares in South West Sydney, the Australian Botanical Gardens offers a stunning indoor & outdoor settings for elegant wedding receptions. The Bowden Centre is the primary reception space seating up to 120 guests in a rustic style setting.

The Connections Garden is a private outdoor reception venue surrounded by lush rainforest that seats up to 60 guests or caters for cocktail receptions of 130. Outdoor reception venues also include the grand marquee lawn where you can set up marquees or tipis to cater any sized wedding.

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Growwild unique reception venue
7. Growwild Wildflower Farm

  • Location: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575
  • Capacity: 50 - 150
  • Wedding packages: DIY/BYO

Growwild is a picturesque wildflower farm with two indoor reception venues plus an outdoor event space that can be used for both ceremonies and receptions. The 'Secret Valley' as its known, is a private lawn surrounded by bushland with elegant steps leading down to it.

The largest function space is a grand garden marquee which is permanently set up, has hard wood floors and is surrounded by paving & views over the property. The smaller event space is a rustic barn that seats up to 50 guests and has an adjoining courtyard suitable for outdoor functions.

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Sydney Opera House Reception Venues
8. Sydney Opera House

  • Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 60 - 1,000
  • Wedding packages: All inclusive from $185/pp

The Sydney Opera House is Australia's most recognised landmark and one of the most famous function centres in the world. Under the building's iconic sails are 3 exclusive reception venues seating up to 1,000 guests. The largest and most unique reception area with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the Concert Hall Foyers. 

This dramatic reception space is filled with natural light from the huge windows overlooking Sydney Harbour where ferries whiz back and forth from nearby Circular Quay. Availability is limited in accordance with the Opera House performance schedule with the new Yallamundi Rooms and Utzon Room providing easier accessibility. 

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Restaurant reception room at Chiswick Sydney
9. Chiswick Sydney

  • Location: 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
  • Capacity: 70 seated,  70 cocktail
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Chiswick Restaurant in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs offers an intimate spot for seated wedding receptions with tailored menus designed by Matt Moran's culinary team. The restaurant has a semi-private function room that seats up to 40 guests for a lunch or dinner reception in addition to the main dining room which can be hired for weddings with up to 70 guests.

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Pier One Sydney Harbour is a luxury wedding reception venue with bridge views
10. Pier One Sydney Harbour

  • Location: Walsh Bay, 11 Hickson Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 100 - 350
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Located directly under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, the clear Bridge Marquee at Pier One is one of the most scenic reception venues on Sydney Harbour. Seated receptions are available for up to 150 guests with a minimum spend of $16,000.

Pier One has 2 other waterfront reception venues inside the hotel seating up to 200 and 300 guests respectively. You can have your wedding ceremony on the pier next to the hotel with views to Luna Park, and photography locations in this area of the city are plentiful.

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Salon Prive is a small wedding reception venue & foodie place in the Sydney CBD
11. O Bar & Dining

  • Location: 264 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 28 - 400
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

With one of the best views over Sydney, O Bar & Dining is an ideal choice for small wedding receptions of up to 40 guests (cocktail) or 28 seated. The revolving restaurant is located on the 47th floor of Australia Square and features the intimate Salon Privé private dining room.

This spectacular space offers an outstanding foodie experience coupled with unrivalled views over Sydney Harbour taking in some of the city's most prominent landmarks. For larger weddings there are limited dates available to book the entire restaurant for weddings of up to 400 guests.

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Watsons Bay Hotel has 2 reception venues on Sydney Harbour
12. Watsons Bay Hotel

  • Location: 1 Military Road, Watsons Bay, NSW 2030
  • Capacity: 90 - 350
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Watsons Bay Hotel is iconic location for wedding receptions on the waterfront in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The hotel has two elegant reception venues that both feature sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. One venue is located on the hotel's roof and has a retractable weatherproof covering. The other is a white walled and intimate, European style room perfect for seated receptions of up to 150 guests.

The Watsons Bay Hotel has a nearby public wharf serviced by regular ferries from the city making the location extremely accessible for wedding guests. The venue also has 32 boutique hotel suites. 

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The Freedom Hub is a warehouse style reception venue in Sydney
13. The Freedom Hub Ethical Weddings

  • Location: 283 Young Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017
  • Capacity: 100 seated, 150 cocktail
  • Wedding Packages: Venue hire from $2,000

The Freedom Hub is a pay-it-forward event centre located in the inner suburbs of Sydney. All profits from wedding reception venue hire go towards supporting people who have experienced modern day slavery or human trafficking.

There are two choices for your wedding package. You can either hire the warehouse style venue from $2,000 as a blank canvas or you can have your wedding reception fully styled and catered for you. 

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Arthouse Hotel offers reception venues to hire in Sydney CBD
14. ArtHouse Hotel Sydney

  • Location: 275 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 30 - 500
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The ArtHouse Hotel is a heritage listed building located in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Built in 1836, this character rich slice of history offers 3 unique reception venues to suit contemporary glamour to artsy chic weddings. 

A private cocktail bar provides an intimate reception area for small weddings within the hotel, and comes with fascinating decor such as hand-painted wall murals, contemporary art, a grand staircase and high 30ft gilded ceilings. The hotel's largest individual reception space seats 140 or caters for cocktail functions of up to 300.

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Ivy Ballroom Weddings are among the most luxury reception venues in Sydney
15. ivy Ballroom Weddings

  • Location: 320 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 370 - 1,000
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

ivy Ballroom Weddings is one of the largest and most luxurious reception venues in the Sydney CBD. The luxe ballroom boasts an impressive 509 square metres of floor space accessed via a grand staircase. Inside, extravagant chandeliers, high ceilings and contemporary black & white decor bring a sense of grandeur to wedding receptions.

This Merivale wedding venue seats 370 wedding guests or caters for cocktail receptions of up to 1,000 guests. Regularly styled by Sydney's best wedding planners, the space is ideally suited to hanging installations and floating table arrangements. 

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Hazelhurst Cafe is a wedding reception venue in Southern Sydney
16. Hazelhurst Cafe

  • Location: 782 Kingsway, Gymea, NSW 2227
  • Capacity: 10+
  • Wedding Packages: Tailored to your requirements

Hazelhurst Cafe is a unique reception venue well suited to boutique weddings located in Southern Sydney. The arty event space is situated adjacent to the Hazelhurst Arts Centre where many couples elect to have a garden wedding ceremony nearby. Expect laid back, rockstar vibes. 

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Sydney Wedding Venue Grounds of Alexandria
17. The Grounds of Alexandria

  • Location: 7 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015
  • Capacity: 80 - 400
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

With twinkling fairy lights overhead and surrounded by potted plants and creeping vines, The Garden at The Grounds of Alexandria is perhaps Sydney's most romantic reception venue. The intimate outdoor space is ideal for candlelit wedding receptions and comes with all inclusive wedding packages from $180 per person.

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Reception Venue at Art Gallery of NSW
18. Art Gallery Of NSW

  • Location: Art Gallery Road, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 116 - 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Amongst Sydney's luxury wedding reception venues is The Art Gallery of NSW which comes with stunning views over the Royal Botanic Gardens and menus crafted by Matt Moran. The restaurant has an adjoining event space that allows for wedding ceremonies to be held all in one function.

The main reception area seats up to 116 wedding guests or 188 combined with the adjoining space. Cocktail wedding receptions can be hosted for up to 300 guests. The venue hire fee starts at $5,000 and all inclusive wedding packages start at $200 per person with catering & drinks.

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Burnt Orange Reception Space
19. Burnt Orange Sydney

  • Location: 1109 Middle Head Rd, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • Capacity: 200 - 250
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Set within a lush green bush setting with views over Sydney Harbour, Burnt Orange is a dream wedding venue that oozes historic charm. The 1920's mansion features two spaces for wedding receptions including an indoor function room and a luxe covered balcony. 

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Watersedge Reception Venue Sydney Harbour
20. Watersedge Weddings at Campbell's Stores

  • Location: 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 120 - 200
  • Wedding Packages: $200+/pp

Watersedge at Campbell’s Stores is one of the most sought after reception venues on Sydney Harbour with direct views of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Located in an historic 3 storey building in The Rocks, the popular landmark houses two wedding reception spaces that seat up to 120 guests. One event space is used as a dining room while the other provides a seperate area for canapés & drinks and becomes the dance floor later in the evening.

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Audley Hall Wedding Venue Sydney South
21. Audley Dance Hall

  • Location: 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233
  • Capacity: 20-200
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 5
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Audley Dance Hall is a unique place for a wedding reception being surrounded by nature in Sydney's Royal National Park. The reception venue is a tastefully refurbished wedding hall that has large windows and a shady verandah overlooking the Audley Valley and Hacking River.

There's a flat lawn area on the waterfront that offers a unique location for outdoor wedding receptions and where ceremonies can be hosted on a timber pier.

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all white wedding venue athol hall
22. Athol Hall

  • Location: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • Capacity: 200
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Athol Hall is an all white wedding hall situated on Sydney Harbour. Wedding reception packages are all inclusive of food and beverage and include use of the venue's private beach for harbour-side photos.

Wedding ceremonies and receptions can also be held on the expansive lawns in front of the hall and feature uninterrupted views across the water to the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House.

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Allegro Sydney Reception Centre
23. Allegro Function Centre

  • Location: 1 Porters Road Kenthurst NSW 2156 
  • Capacity: 200 - 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Allegro is an affordable function centre in Sydney's Hills District and has ceremony and reception venues in a leafy Mediterranean Villa style setting. The two reception rooms include an intimate dining hall and a covered outdoor terrace nestled in the surrounding tree tops.

Within lush green foliage under towering Gum Trees in the gardens is an elegant ceremony rotunda with a paved seating area for guests. Ceremonies are also welcome on the terrace.

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Highline Reception Venues Sydney
24. The Highline Function Centre

  • Location: Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown, NSW 2200
  • Capacity: 1,340
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive 

The Highline Function Centre is renowned for its elegant wedding reception venues that feature opulent ballrooms, private bridal suites, garden terraces and grand sweeping staircases. The glamorous destination is a popular spot for large Sydney weddings and has an experienced onsite culinary team that specialise in Chinese, Vietnamese and Lebanese reception menus.

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Sydney Royal Exchange Reception Room
25. Sydney Royal Exchange

Location: 1 Gresham Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Capacity: 10 - 200
Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Royal Exchange is one of our favourite wedding reception venues in the Sydney CBD as it offers a very intimate blank-canvas setting in a highly convenient location just a few minutes walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Exchange has long been an institution in Sydney's social scene and has a uniquely sophisticated atmosphere perfect for refined events.

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Reception Hall Queen Victoria Building
26. Sydney QVB Tea Rooms

  • Location: 455 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 200 - 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Located in the heritage Queen Victoria Building, The Team Rooms is a dream wedding venue of refined glamour and elegance. The palatial ballroom features high ornate ceilings with Baccarat Crystal chandeliers and comes fully furnished seating up to 200 guests with bespoke wedding packages catered by Grand Pacific Group. Venue hire includes access to the building's opulent staircases and is a beautiful location for wedding photos.

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Reception Venue at Luna Park Sydney
27. Luna Park Sydney

  • Location: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
  • Capacity: 60 - 450
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Luna Park is one of the most iconic wedding venues in Sydney with its fun fairground rides, arcade backdrops, beautiful harbour front location and stunning views of the Sydney Opera House. The popular location has 6 luxury reception venues to choose from including two beautiful ballrooms that come with all inclusive wedding packages from $220 per person.

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Sydney Wedding Venue Clovelly Surf Club
28. Clovelly Surf Club

  • Location: Donnellan Cct, Clovelly, NSW 2031
  • Capacity: 100 sit down, 150+ cocktail
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Perched above the Clovelly Surf Club is an indoor/outdoor wedding venue with panoramic ocean views. This blank canvas location can be styled to suit any wedding theme and is a beautiful place for both ceremonies and wedding receptions.

The reception venue caters for up to 150 guests for a cocktail wedding or 250 with a marquee pitched over the back deck. Wedding packages include a choice of catering including paella options. Hire of a wedding planner is recommended but not essential.

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Reception Venue at Springfield House
29. Springfield House Function Centre

  • Location: 245 New Line Road, Dural, NSW 2158
  • Capacity: 450
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Springfield House Function Centre has two popular reception venues set within the grounds of an historic manor. The newest function area is a luxury glass marquee that seats up to 380 wedding guests within 5 acres of lush gardens. The original reception space seats up to 150 guests in a white-walled dining room within the manor and comes with considerably cheaper wedding packages.

What makes Springfield House Function Centre one of the best wedding venues in Sydney is the beautiful Italian-style ceremony area with its spectacular bridal entrance. The ceremony altar is under a luxe white pergola surrounded in lush greenery and is reached via a paved aisle leading from the manor's grand staircase. 

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Sydney Reception Venue at The Woodlands Harrington Grove
30. The Woodlands

  • Location: 1 Forestgrove Dr, Harrington Park NSW 2567
  • Capacity: 60 - 240
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Woodlands is one of the most unique function centre wedding venues in Sydney with an amazing area for wedding ceremonies in a spacious garden amphitheatre. The amphitheatre can be driven up to by car and is overlooked by a huge glass balcony that surrounds the 2nd floor reception venues.

The bushy location has multiple reception rooms seating 60 - 240 guests and offers affordable wedding packages in line with other luxury event facilities in the Camden and South West Sydney areas.

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