Unique Reception Venues in Sydney

Looking for a unique wedding reception venue in Sydney? These non-traditional reception venues in Sydney are one-of-a-kind event spaces that cater for seated and cocktail receptions in a non-weddingy style setting. From outdoor wedding venues to hidden locations in the city's 'burbs, these are stunning function spaces come with some interesting quirks.

The city's most unique wedding reception venues include a shop front floral studio, a secret valley where Koalas are often spotted, an affordable beachfront setting with amazing photo opportunities and a luxe function room that overlooks a rugby league field. There's also churches in which you can dine on long tables, private rainforest gardens and Taronga Zoo with views over Sydney Harbour.

Including the best of Sydney's most unique wedding venues, here are 10 crazy-cool wedding reception venues.

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Top 10 Unique Wedding Reception Venues in Sydney

Unique wedding reception venue in Sydney's Crows Nest
1. Butchers Daughter

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

This quirky little floristry studio is located in a Crows Nest shopfront and is one of Sydney's most unique wedding reception venues. Butchers Daughter offers a private and intimate urban space that seats up to 50 guests or caters for cocktail events of up to 100 and provides all inclusive wedding packages with shared feasting menus.

Owner Bridget Ditte is one of the city's most innovative floral designers and offers optional styling in addition to venue hire & catering. If you're booking Bridget for your florals and styling you can expect the industrial/rustic vibe of the space to be transformed with bold and uniquely shaped floral installations, neon rope lights, hundreds of candles and coloured crystal vases.

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Growwild Secret Valley Wedding Reception Venue
2. Growwild Secret Valley

  • Location: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575
  • Capacity: 30 - 145
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

The Secret Valley at Growwild Wildflower Farm is a unique reception venue due to its outdoor location and secluded bushland setting. There is a mini wooden platform on the hidden site where you can set up reception entertainment and the lawns are expansive enough for a marquee should you prefer.

The property is renowned for supplying the Sydney Flower Markets with native wildflowers and in addition offers an affordable all-in-one location for elegant garden weddings. 

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Unique ceremony and reception venue on the beach at Kiama
3. The Pavilion Kiama

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

Set on its own peninsula with a show ground and grandstand on one side and picturesque Kiama Beach on the other, The Pavilion is a one-of-a-kind location for unique ceremonies, photos and receptions all in the one place. Inside, the dream wedding venue features modern polished floors, huge windows overlooking the ocean and an entrance foyer/indoor ceremony venue.

Outside are two beautiful places to get married situated on the waterfront, an amazing variety of wedding photo opportunities and accommodation less than 5 minutes walk away. All inclusive wedding packages start at $100 - $125 per head depending on the season making The Pavilion one of the best value beach venues near Sydney.

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Wedding reception venue overlooking St Marys Rugby League Club fields
4. Saints Event Centre

Location: Boronia Road, North Saint Marys, NSW 2760
Capacity: 40 - 500
Accommodation: Sleeps 250+
Wedding Packages: $55+/pp

Saints Event Centre at St Mary's Rugby League Club offers an alternative backdrop for wedding receptions overlooking the clubs playing field. This little known wedding venue is one 6 wedding reception spaces available to hire at Saints Event Centre and comes with its own private bar and state-of-the-art facilities.

Affordable wedding packages start from $55 per person with buffet, cocktail and seated menu options. The venue also provides easy access to accommodation with the 4 star Holiday Inn located onsite.

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Private Dining Hidden Wedding Venue
5. Lords Private Dining Rooms

  • Location: 313 Seven Hills Rd, Seven Hills, NSW 2147
  • Capacity: 2 - 80
  • Wedding Packages: $2,000+
  • Inclusions: 4+ hours venue hire

Located at the rear of Lords Estate is a two story Victorian residence with private dining and drawing rooms that are available to hire for small wedding receptions seating 8 - 12 guests. These unique reception rooms offer one of Sydney's most exclusive and unique reception experiences catered by your own private chef.

In keeping with the very intimate and exclusive nature of these reception venues there are no photos available however private viewings are available by enquiry via Wedlockers. View Lords Estate to send an enquiry.

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Budget Friendly Blue Mountains wedding venue - St Josephs Guesthouse

6. St Joseph's Guesthouse

  • Location: 1029 St Albans Rd, St Albans, NSW 2775
  • Capacity: 10 - 100
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

Built from the ruins of a 160 year old church, St Joseph's Guesthouse is Sydney's most unique reception venue. The property is exclusively available to hire for 3 nights so you can have your wedding reception, ceremony and recovery events all in the one spot.

The non-denominational wedding venue has 5 bedrooms on the upper 2 levels and a function area on the ground floor that seats 60 guests. You can have your wedding reception indoors within this space or utilise the alfresco lawns surrounding the church for an utterly secluded and innovative wedding reception in the great outdoors.

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Lords Estate wedding reception venue in Seven Hills Sydney
7. Lords Estate

  • Location: 313 Seven Hills Rd, Seven Hills, NSW 2147
  • Capacity: 2 - 80
  • Wedding Packages: Venue hire from $1,250+

The Lords Estate Chapel is a brand new, unique reception venue in Sydney that offers a blank canvas space perfect for long table wedding receptions. The refurbished room offers a contemporary hall style space in a historic setting filled with character and atmosphere.

Up to 30 seated guests are welcome in the unique function space (or up to 80 for wedding ceremonies) and venue hire includes access to the surrounding gardens for your wedding photos. 

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Australian Botanic Gardens in South West Sydney offers rustic wedding venues
8. Australian Botanic Gardens

  • Location: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan, NSW 2567
  • Capacity: 200
  • Venue Type: Botanical Gardens
  • Wedding Packages: Ceremony only or All inclusive

The Australian Botanic Gardens has several reception venues within its 416 hectares of gardens including several outdoor spaces suitable for alfresco weddings. The Connections Garden is perhaps the most unique reception venue on the property, being an outdoor room secluded within native rainforest plantings.

You can hire any of the gardens for 2+ hours for your wedding ceremony or add extended hire to incorporate your self styled wedding reception. Dry hire wedding packages mean you can BYO caterers and drinks and create your own very unique wedding set up.

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Unique wedding venue Sydney The Freedom Hub
9. The Freedom Hub Ethical Weddings

  • Location: 283 Young Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017
  • Capacity: 100 seated, 150 cocktail
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive + DIY/BYO

The Freedom Hub is a unique reception venue located in Sydney's inner city suburbs. The warehouse style space operates as a cafe during the day and reception spot in the evenings, with the underlying purpose of supporting people in Australia who have experienced modern day slavery or human trafficking.

The unique industrial vibe of the Freedom Hub presents as an interesting reception venue and you can utilise the space as an all in one location should you wish with extended venue hire.

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Taronga Zoo is one of the most unique wedding venues in Sydney
10. Taronga Zoo Sydney

Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, NSW 2088
Capacity: 60 - 350
Wedding Packages: All inclusive

With stunning views across Sydney Harbour and a hybrid of wild inhabitants, Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney's most unique reception venues. There are actually 4+ unordinary reception venues within the zoo grounds which can be utilised for your ceremony should you wish too.

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