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Sydney venues for more intimate weddings and events

by Beth Abood |

As we all know, so many lovely couples getting married after March 2020 have likely had to make some big changes to their wedding plans, one of which being pretty big cuts to the guest list. While I'm sure this would've been so disappointing for the couples and their guests, one positive outcome is that the options for some very cool and more intimate venues are widened when you have a shorter list of attendees. 

So with restrictions changing pretty frequently still, we thought it might be a good idea to share a list of smaller Sydney venues we know of that are in a great spot, have a lovely ambience and great food. Having worked at each of them many times, we also know what floral styling looks incredible there.

Poolside at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, The Domain 

Poolside is such a hidden gem! Tucked away in the Domain at the fringe of the Royal Botanic Gardens it has really beautiful views of Sydney Harbour from it’s open-air terrace and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. It caters perfectly to a smaller guest list with capacity for 55 seated guests and you can have the ceremony either on the terrace or a short walk away in the Botanic Gardens.

Photo Source: https://www.poolsidecafe.com.au/

We’ve styled this incredible venue many times (see our Poolside Pinterest board for previous work there) and it’s such a versatile spot. Tropical flowers and bright colours pop against the bright blue sky and sea in the day, but more natural and subdued tones can also give a more organic feel to this beautiful setting in nature.

Photos and Flowers by Floreat 

The Mint

The Mint is such a sophisticated, historic and picturesque venue for a wedding. A ceremony can be held on the lawn before pre-dinner drinks in the light-filled bar or stunning sandstone courtyard, before moving inside to the more industrial Gold Melting Room for the reception. We love styling flowers at The Mint using neutral colours, whites and greens in a very natural style to compliment the natural tones of the space. Natives and other earthy, seasonal flowers work beautifully here. 

Image by Sydney Living Museums

Photo by James Horan for Sydney Living Museums, Flowers by Floreat 

Photo by James Horan for Sydney Living Museums, Flowers by Floreat  

 

Chiswick at the Gallery

It doesn’t get much more elegant than having your wedding at one of the world’s most beautiful and historic art galleries. Chiswick at The Gallery seats up to 128 guests, and the quality of the food and drinks is guaranteed to be incredible thanks to the Chiswick brand's well-regarded food and service. 

 

Photo Source artgallery.nsw.gov.au

The space itself is so classic and beautiful that it doesn’t need much added, but at the same time feels a bit like a blank canvas that you can do anything to. We really like bringing in a lot of local foliages and wild, garden style arrangements, which suits Chiswick's garden-to-plate ethos.

 

Photo by Liz Ham, flowers by Floreat. See more of this wedding here.

Four Pillars Laboratory

We are long time fans of Four Pillars Gin so you can imagine our excitement when we were asked to do weekly flowers in their incredible new space in Surry Hills, the Four Pillars Laboratory. The copper, timber industrial fittings and attention-grabbing juniper blue bar of Eileen's Bar are so unique and we think the space has so much potential.

Photos by Anson Smart 

The bar's layout makes it more suited to a casual, cocktail style wedding, and as we fit it out with flowers every week we definitely know what works - sculptural shapes and brighter, lighter colours to pop against the dark setting always look incredible. 

Photos by Anson Smart 

If you'd like to read more about this space we asked Matt Jones to answer a few questions for us here.

Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel

Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel has long been an iconic wedding venue, sometimes hosting up to 200 guests! And while they are still able to host up to 100 guests under current restrictions, they have some great little "venues within the venue" to host smaller events! We have worked on many events on their Top Deck, and the little corner of the Sunset Room near their Juliet Balcony!

Photos and Flowers by Floreat 

The Apartment (Hotel Centennial)

The Apartment above Hotel Centennial in Sydney's Woollahra is a beautiful, light-filled private dining space that actually used to be a private residence, so it very much feels like you're entertaining at home. It seats 32 people, so it's perfect for a COVID "micro-wedding" and it's high ceilings, arched windows and tasteful furnishings are the perfect canvas to add some beautiful flowers to. 

 

Image source: Merivale

The dark timber table and mustard chairs make it tempting to incorporate pops of yellow into the flowers, but the space itself could really taken on many different looks. A modern and eclectic look pulled together with sculptural natives, seasonal flowers and foliages would look incredible, as would a bright colour palette to pop against the dark timber. 

 

Image source: @evaluna_designs Instagram 

So there you go - these restrictions definitely don’t have to stop couples from having a beautiful, more intimate and certainly very memorable wedding.

We still have some wedding dates open for 2020. Get in touch if you're on the hunt for a florist or browse our wedding blog for inspiration.  

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