The Royal Botanic Gardens is not only one of the most popular destinations for tourists, it also represents one of the most popular wedding ceremonies as well as photo location for Melbourne bride and groom. However, one common problem that couples encounter during their wedding planning at the Royal Botanical Garden is there are simply too many options within the garden to choose from. There are 4 wedding venues as well as 8 different ceremony locations within the garden so today, we will take you on a tour to discover wedding inside the Royal Botanic Garden.
Before we get started, something to be noted is that a permit from the Melbourne City Council is required for outdoor wedding ceremonies that are done inside the botanic gardens.
You will be almost surprised that you could find such a high-end historic wedding venue inside the Royal Botanic Garden, being cut straight from a page of a history book. For your wedding inside this Melbourne wedding ceremony location, you will appreciate the all in one functionality of being able to hold your wedding ceremony as well as reception directly on site. After the wedding ceremony, you can join your loved one and do some stunning wedding photography inside this two-story building which also features a balcony for look out.
As a private wedding venue, the Garden House is under the management of the Atlantic Group, so if you are looking to plan your wedding inside the Gardens House, send them an enquiry here.
Just next to the Gardens House, you will find another wedding ceremony location which is the Rose Pavilion. The Rose Pavilion is an excellent wedding ceremony location for those who is planning a small intimate wedding ceremony inside the Royal Botanical Garden. Surrounded by lots of rose plants, not only you will be enjoying with the rose scents, you will also be benefited with the shade provided by the Pavilion during hot summer.
Just next to the Gate Lodge on Birdwood Avenue, you will find the Observatory Museum as well as the Jardin Tan. The Observatory stands a more popular option for wedding ceremony location inside this Melbourne Garden, the Jardin Tan on the other side is the ideal reception for a small and intimate wedding celebration.
Featuring lots of tropical and sub-tropical plants from all around the world, the Tropical Glasshouse is a true hidden gem inside the Royal Botanical Garden. If you are a plant person, make sure you tell your wedding photographer to take stunning indoor wedding photography inside the glasshouse. Your wedding location photos will then be benefited with the stunning greenery backdrop as well as soft lighting shining from the windows.
Featuring lots of lush green fern as well as historic old trees, the Fern Gully just next to the Tropical Glasshouse is an excellent spot for wedding location photos. Standing on the little bridge, you can do stunning wedding photography with the greenery in the back.
Located neat the entrance gate on Anderson Street, the Guilfoyle’s Volcano features a large pond sitting in the middle of a giant circle of succulent plants. Though I found nothing was too special about the pond when using this spot as wedding photo location, the diverse collection of cactus plants certainly can add lots of interest onto your wedding photography.
There are quite a lot of lawns within the Royal Botanical Garden for wedding ceremony as well as location photos, but Taxodium Lawn is one of my favorite lawns. No matter you are planning a lakeside wedding ceremony or simply planning a sunset wedding photography, you will soon fall in love with this lawn as it provides the panoramic view of the city skyline as well as forests and lake as a stunning backdrop of your wedding photography.
The Tennyson Lawn is another great ceremony location located near the Taxodium Lawn. What makes this ceremony location stood out is the size of the lawn: the Tennyson Lawn is the ideal ceremony location If you have got a larger size of guests and the forests in the back provide a place for bride to park and hide her limo at the back. Then you can walk down the aisle and join the groom. Their wedding ceremony photography will be gifted with the stunning view and lush green lawns as well as the city skylines.
For $30 per person, you can go boat punting on the ornamental lake inside the Royal Botanic Garden. After your wedding ceremony or before your wedding reception officially starts, boat punting is a worth doing activity with just your loved one. Not only you will be enjoying the peaceful vibe on the boat as well as the stunning lake view, your wedding photographer will also be able to snap down a few candid wedding photography of those relaxing and genuine moments.
The Terrace is probably one of the most famous wedding receptions inside the Royal Botanic Garden. Sitting inside the venue, you will be enjoying the expansive view of lush green lawns as well as exotic plants near the ornament lake. The Terrace café also features a deck which is great for pre-dinner canapes as well as mingling.
Moving towards the north side of the Royal Botanic Wedding, you find a stunning ceremony and photo location which is the temple of the winds, built to pay tribute to the Sir Charles La Trobe who originally developed the whole botanic garden. This location can either be used as a backdrop for your wedding ceremony or you can simply do some wedding photography with the beautiful Rome styled pillars and dome. Across the Alexander Avenue in the back, you will be enjoying the expansive view of the MCG and Richmond area.
Just next to the Royal Botanic Garden, you will find the Kings Domain which is another quite and tranquil garden. Inside the Kings Domain, there are also plenty of excellent wedding ceremony and photo locations that you could use. However, bear in mind that a permit for wedding ceremony and wedding photography is also needed. The Pioneer Women Memorial Garden is a small, quite squared garden for wedding ceremony, embracing the symmetrical design, there is a pond with fountain, two trees as well as lots of plants withing the garden, providing an excellent backdrop for your wedding ceremony.
Next to the memorial garden, you will find the Grotto’s, which is another tranquil garden featuring lots of lush green fern as well as a water fall. Some candid wedding photography on the bridge is definitely worth thinking about.
There you have it, the complete guide on wedding at the Royal Botanic Garden. If you have other quesations regarding to planning your wedding inside this beautiful Melbourne garden, please don’t hesitate to contact Tree Studio.