Outdoor wedding venue ideas you’ll love

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Planning an outdoor wedding and not sure where to start? Below, our experienced wedding planners share their favourite outdoor wedding venue ideas and tips that’ll help you get started planning your wedding right now.

Photo courtesy of Liv Hettinga Photography

“Outdoor wedding venues are in higher demand than we’ve ever seen,” says our lead wedding planner Darcy Burch. “We know that COVID-19 has changed the expectations of couples, but it’s also changed guests’ expectations. Everyone wants to be outdoors for safety reasons, but people also seem to be craving nature experiences, so being outdoors at a winery or in a beautiful garden for your wedding really adds something extra special for guests to look forward to.”

Couples often ask the same questions about outdoor weddings: What are the best city winery venues? What kind of outdoor wedding structure can we use for our ceremony? How can we create a feeling of intimacy for an outdoor wedding? What iconic outdoor venue hire options are available near me? All these questions and more are addressed in the following outside wedding venue ideas, tips and tricks from our wedding planners.

Outside wedding venue ideas you’ll love:

  • Select an outdoor venue with a structure that embraces the surroundings
  • Designate a focal point for your ceremony
  • Select a venue that’s all about the landscape
  • Host in an iconic local venue you love & frequently visit

A joyful outdoor wedding ceremony, photo courtesy of Nicola Lemmon

Outdoor wedding venue idea no. 1: Select an outdoor venue with a wedding structure that embraces the surroundings

Outdoor wedding structures include everything from marquees and floral arches to interesting open-air wedding venues like old architectural ruins and venues with balconies.

“The best outdoor wedding venues are the ones that feel like they’re part of the landscape,” says Darcy. At an outdoor wedding on Sydney Harbour, for example, you don’t want anything getting in the way of the waterfront views.

Pier One’s Harbourside Marquee

At Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel, the built-in outdoor wedding structure is a permanent perspex marquee that sits just below Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not only does this structure allow guests an up-close view of the waterfront, but it also provides a wet weather option for outdoor ceremonies. Also nearby is an uncovered private pier that’s often used as an outside wedding ceremony site.

Venue highlights:

  • Unbeatable waterfront views and views of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Outdoor ceremony space on a private pier
  • Open-air marquee on the waterfront is perfect for receptions with an alfresco feel
  • Luxury hotel rooms for all your wedding guests
  • Capacity in the marquee is up to 150 standing or 100 seated

Interested in learning more about Pier One? Download a Pier One Sydney wedding brochure on our sister site, Venue Crew. There, you’ll also find Pier One wedding reviews, wedding package pricing, room features and catering info.

Pier One‘s clear-walled marquee sits on the waterfront of Sydney Harbour

Yarra Valley Estate’s Open Air Chapel

Set in the heart of Melbourne’s wine country, Yarra Valley Estate includes an open-air chapel — the kind of outside wedding venue idea you might dream up for your own wedding and then be pretty thrilled to find actually exists IRL. In this case, it’s a kind of frame of imaginary walls and windows that give the outdoor space a real sense of place among the towering trees.

Venue highlights:

  • Beautiful outdoor parklands setting with open-air chapel structure
  • Bushland retreat with 48 hotel rooms in Yarra valley
  • Organic catering from the produce grown on-site
  • Wedding menu tasting available for couples
  • Clear COVID-safe wedding plan
  • Capacity is up to 130 guests seated of 150 guests cocktail style

Interested in booking a Yarra Valley Estate wedding? View the venue’s profile for real weddings at Yarra Valley Estate, wedding reviews and package details.


At Yarra Valley Estate, an open-air chapel sets the scene for outdoor wedding ceremonies

The Woods Farm’s Open Air Timber Pavillion

Set on 40 acres of coastal land in Jervis Bay, The Woods Farm features a rustic timber pavilion that’s open on all sides to the beautiful Australian bush landscape. This outdoor wedding venue includes large antique chandeliers and vintage windows as decor, and you really don’t need to bring in much additional styling to make the place feel unique. The farm includes sprawling landscapes of forest, gardens, courtyards, farm animals, and everything you need to host an entire wedding weekend.

Venue highlights:

  • Open-air barn structure is gorgeous for a ceremony or an outdoor garden bar during cocktail hour
  • Boutique accommodation and glamping on the grounds
  • BYO venue hire
  • Clear COVID-safe wedding plan
  • Capacity up to 120 overnight guests

Does The Woods sound and look like your dream rustic wedding venue? View their profile for information about wedding packages and pricing, and to view real reviews from couples who’ve hosted their weddings at The Woods in Jervis Bay.


The Woods Farm‘s open-air timber pavilion is gorgeous for rustic outdoor wedding ceremonies, photo courtesy of Nathan Lapham

Tentz’s Sailcloth Tents for Hire

Operating throughout Queensland and Northern NSW, Tentz offers gorgeous sailcloth tent hire with wooden poles and clear sidewalls that can be dropped down in the case of inclement weather. “I love bringing in these kinds of tents when I’m planning a wedding at a huge property and we need to really define the reception space,” says wedding planner Lily Jenkins.

To view more info about sailcloth tents and the other tenting options available on the Sunshine Coast, view the Tentz storefront. You’ll also find real customer reviews and more info about their glamping bell tent options.


Tentz‘s open-air sailcloth tents offer shelter on sunny days while still letting the breeze flow throughout the space

Twilight’s Naked Tipis and Open Air Marquees

Twilight Glamping & Event Hire offers a great selection of outside wedding venue options like naked tipis and open-air marquees. Both can be used as reception venues for a small wedding group, or as lounge areas if you have a larger venue that you’d like to make feel a little cosier.

Check out Twilight Glamping & Event Hire’s storefront for regional Victoria and Melbourne marquee hire. Bell tents, naked tipis, bamboo wedding marquees and sailcloth tents are all available for hire.


Twilight Glamping & Event Hire offers open-air tipi style tents that are perfect to designate a cosy space for outdoor weddings