Wellington Wedding Venues - The 2020 Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
27 August 2020
Setting the stage for your dazzling day means picking the perfect wedding venue. In Wellington, you’re spoiled for choice.
With wedding venues both large and small, quaint and modern, rustic and contemporary, Wellington is doing a fine job of showing off. From manicured gardens to classic chapels, you’ve got a wide variety to choose from when it comes to your big day - but what wedding venue reflects you? It’s your chance to wander around venues and discover what strikes a chord, but before you rush around the city, take a look at this list. We feature the coolest wedding venues in Wellington, basking in the beauty of their waterfront promenade and bustling harbourside. Your special day deserves a space that lights up as soon as you set foot in it, and, luckily for us, Wellington has bragging rights when it comes to utterly fabulous wedding venues of every kind.
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Set on a rolling hillside, a breezy hour away from Wellington, Sudbury makes a fashionable statement. This Wellington wedding venue offers a range of country-influenced ceremony spaces: take your pick from the beautiful Pergola Garden, the rustic Hay Barn or the Garden Bar (which also has an impressive open fire). Sudbury has also partnered with the Canapé Company for an exquisite dining experience in The Stables if you’re keen for some on-site catering. The dining area is in a modified stable filled with character, chic bathrooms, modern tableware, and a petanque court. A rugged west coast beach, with views of Kāpiti Island, lies only minutes away making for stunning wedding photos. The team at Sudbury will even provide you with a picnic while you venture out to get the perfect shot.
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It’s a luxurious, luxurious life with Boomrock. This Wellington wedding venue sits hilltop, cliffs plummeting to meet the crashing waves of the Tasman Sea just below. With awe-inspiring, panoramic views of the South Island and emerald New Zealand countryside, Boomrock certainly has that ‘wow’ factor. Only 30 minutes from Wellington CBD (or, for those fancy pants people out there, 6 minutes via helicopter), this wedding venue is accessible to all. Boomrock offers only the best, with your choice of indoor or outdoor ceremonies and accommodation options. The Lodge can cater for up to 120 guests while offering superb views of the South Island across the sea. The high beams and large open fire evoke feelings of elegant comfort in the country. For pre-wedding or reception activities, Boomrock has a clay bird shooting area and a vehicle racetrack, letting the fun live on at your Wellington wedding.
Anam Cara Gardens
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Anam Cara Gardens will have you surrounded by 10 acres of manicured gardens on your special day. This Wellington wedding venue is new to the wedding market, and the hosts will make their best effort to create the wedding you've always dreamed of. Located on the Kāpiti Coast, an hour away from Wellington CBD, these gardens are perfect if you're after an unforgettable outdoor ceremony. The modern and minimal function centre lets flora and fauna do the talking. Anam Cara Gardens can host 120 guests, with a bar, dance floor and kitchen inside. They are flexible on caterers and allow BYO for beverages. This venue also boasts modern accommodation on-site, so 14 lucky others can stay with you and relax before or after your wedding festivities.
Old St Pauls
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It’s all about classic wedding beauty with Old St Pauls. Blending all the traditional wedding elements with a modern twist, this Wellington wedding venue proves popular with couples, situated in the heart of Wellington CBD. The historic church - which is now registered as a heritage building under Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga - is framed with high wooden ceilings and grand stained-glass windows. You are free to create your ceremony as you wish, with an on-site wedding coordinator to bring your ideas to life. Its central location makes the flow easy to the reception of your choice in the city. The city has so many accommodation options, allowing you to base yourself close to Old St Pauls. This Wellington wedding venue is the ideal space for you if you're after a modern, well-preserved chapel to exchange your vows.
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Dockside brings you the beauty of a premium waterfront wedding in Wellington. Located in the heart of Queens Wharf, you and your guests will be surrounded by breathtaking ocean views and moored yachts to make your wedding day even more charming. This Wellington wedding venue is expansive, with multiple rooms, outdoor decking and a bar to offer a seamless flow throughout. Dockside frequently hosts weddings, meaning that the staff know the drill and will make sure your big day runs smoothly. They have an in-house wedding coordinator who will be in charge of your wedding so you can lay back and relax. Their seafood-inspired menu brings the wonders of the ocean to your plate, perfectly capturing everything Dockside is about. This wedding venue can cater for 150 people in a seated dinner layout but has the capacity for 500 cocktail-style, great for receptions, ceremonies and everything wedding-related.
The Dowse Art Museum
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For all of the art lovers out there, there’s The Dowse Art Museum. After all, your wedding day is art, so why not display it amongst some of the most acclaimed pieces in the nation? This Wellington wedding venue has unique spaces to hold ceremonies and is located in central Lower Hutt. The minimal and open areas mean you can create your day however you wish, with a capacity of up to 200 guests. With catering discounts, glasses, furniture, a sound system, bar staff and a team to help you set up and pack down included, you won't have to lift a finger. The couple will even get their name engraved on a brick which is placed near the entryway to The Dowse Art Museum, adding to that extra special feeling on your special day.
Landing at Homebush
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Combining grace and romance in a lush countryside setting, Landing at Homebush is a beloved Wellington wedding venue. Get ready to feel as though you've escaped it all in the manicured grounds surrounding the space. This wedding venue is located 5 minutes from Masterton, or 90 minutes from Wellington CBD. You can choose to have your ceremony in several outdoor areas, like the chapel vineyard, the rose and ivy archway or in the pavilion. There are tons of fun activities for your guests, including tennis, croquet, petanque and giant checkers. Landing at Homebush has a multitude of reception options, such as a luncheon, picnic, high tea garden party or traditional dinner followed by the dance. There is on-site boutique accommodation for a select few, ensuring that this Wellington wedding venue is the complete package.
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