Small Wedding Venues in NSW

Looking for a small wedding venue in NSW? NSW has a huge range of micro wedding venues suitable for elopements and mini weddings. The 50 micro venues listed in this article cater for weddings of between 2 - 60 guests.  Some of these spaces cater for a maximum guest list of well fewer than 60, so if you’re looking for a truly intimate wedding venue you’re in the right place!

At Wedlockers, we classify small weddings as 60 guests or less, micro or mini weddings at 30 guests or less and elopements are usually 20 guests or less. Small wedding venues can be anything from intimate locations that cater solely to micro weddings, to private spaces within larger venues.

Included in this list are our top 10 small wedding venues in NSW where you’ll find some truly unique & intimate locations for smaller weddings. From cafes and small restaurants to private dining rooms, farms & orchards, private properties, estates, wine bars, industrial spaces, urban & country retreats and some gorgeous hotels and resorts.

Table of Contents:

Blue Mountains venues
Byron Bay venues
Central Coast venues
Hunter Valley venues
Illawarra venues
North Coast venues
South Coast venues
Southern Highlands venues
Sydney venues

Small Venues in the Blue Mountains

St Josephs Guesthouse is a small wedding venue in the Hawkesbury, NSW
1. St Joseph's Guesthouse

  • Capacity: 10 - 60+
  • Location: 1029 St Albans Rd, St Albans, NSW 2775
  • Sleeps: 10

St Joseph's Guesthouse is an award winning heritage building built in the ruins of a 160 year old church. The unique 5 bedroom, 3 level micro venue is an ideal all-in-one location for intimate day-time weddings with up to 60 seated guests or 100 standing.

An affordable hire fee of $3,500 mid-week and $4,500 on weekends provides exclusive access to the Guesthouse, grounds and accommodation for 3 nights for up to 10 guests. Venue hire for a micro wedding with up to 60 guests is $5,500. You can then DIY & BYO to your own budget. 

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Small wedding venue Dantosa
2. Dantosa Estate

  • Location: 76 Mort St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
  • Capacity: 16 - 60
  • Sleeps: 18

Dantosa is an intimate, private property in the heart of the Blue Mountains world heritage listed national park. The 9 acre garden location can be hired for your exclusive use and offers a secluded all-in-one wedding destination ideally suited to small weddings of 16 - 60 guests. 

The private estate features park like gardens, a picturesque lake with pontoon and lake house, a secluded forest and two seperate houses sleeping 18 people. The larger house caters for small wedding receptions of up to 60 guests.

When you book both houses you get exclusive use of the entire property, an all inclusive wedding package and

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Ding Dang Doo is a micro wedding venue in the Blue Mountains
3. Ding Dang Doo

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 7 Bowen Mountain Rd, Grose Vale, NSW 2753
  • Sleeps: 13

Info: DIY/BYO, Pet Friendly, Elopements, Micro Weddings, Kayaks, Chickens, Horses, Jetty, Birdlife

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat is a small wedding & elopement venue at Bowen Mountain
4. Spicers Sangoma Retreat

  • Capacity: 2 - 30
  • Location: 70 Grandview Ln, Bowen Mountain, NSW 2753
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Elopements: $12,000+
  • Small Weddings: $30,000+ (inc accommodation, exclusive use, food & beverage)

Spicers Sangoma Retreat is an intimate wedding retreat that offers elopement packages for 2, small indoor & outdoor wedding ceremony sites and micro wedding receptions with seating for 30 guests in the main dining room. Bush, Luxury, Private, Intimate, Spa, Formal, Weekend Hire, Exclusive Use, Pool, Eco Friendly. 

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Small Venues in Byron Bay

Forget Me Not Farm is a micro wedding venue and elopement spot in Northern NSW
5. Forget Me Not Farm

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: 589 Coopers Shoot Rd, Coopers Shoot, NSW 2479
  • Sleeps: 8

Info: Marquee, Micro Weddings, Elopements, Swimming Pool, Chapel, Cows, Horses, Jetty

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Summergrove Estate offers small weddings in an intimate wedding chapel
6. Summergrove Estate

  • Location: 363 Carool Rd, Carool, NSW 2486
  • Capacity: 20 - 130
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 10 in 5 villas
  • Wedding Packages: $12,850+

Summergrove Estate offers a location for small weddings with 20+ guests on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Mid week wedding packages range from $12,850 - $17,250 for 20 - 60 guests respectively and include 5 villas, exclusive venue hire and catering and you get your choice of ceremony and reception venue.

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Small Venues on the Central Coast

Our Secret Garden is a small wedding venue on the Central Coast
7. Our Secret Garden

  • Location: 120 Berkeley Road, Berkeley Vale, NSW 2261
  • Capacity: 2 - 250
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 10+

Our Secret Garden is a private, 58 acre estate that offers a secluded sanctuary for intimate weddings on the Central Coast. All inclusive elopement packages start at $3,300 including 2 hours hire of the grounds mid-week, a photographer and celebrant. For small weddings with 10 - 60 guests you can opt for a marquee reception and there is a luxury 5 bedroom house also available on the property.

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Small Venues in the Hunter Valley

Small wedding venue Greystone Estate
8. Greystone Estate

  • Capacity: 32+
  • Location: 617 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
  • Sleeps: 32
  • Cost Guide: $700+/pp (inc accommodation)

Greystone Estate is a luxurious private estate set on 10 park-like acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. With accommodation for up to 32 guests in 4 seperate dwellings, Greystone Estate is the ideal spot for an intimate weekend away celebrating with family & friends in the Hunter Valley.

The property features a purpose-built open air pavilion for wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in the modern function room or in communal spaces within the Main House. A gorgeous outdoor area perfect for small cocktail or seated functions adjoins the main house and has stunning views overlooking the property's gardens, walkways and dam. 

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Small Wedding Venue Redleaf
9. Redleaf Wollombi

  • Capacity: 40 - 60
  • Location: 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi, NSW 2325
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Cost Guide: $500+/pp (inc accommodation)

Info: Barn/Shed, Private Estate, Secluded, Small Weddings, Tuscan Courtyard, Marquee, DIY Venue, Luxury

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Spicers Guesthouse is a small wedding venue in the Hunter Valley
10. Spicers Guesthouse

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
  • Sleeps: 90+

Info: Private, luxury, all-in-one weddings, micro weddings, private dining, Italian, country, swimming.

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Mini Wedding Venue Woolshed Hill Estate
11. Woolshed Hill Estate

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 342 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
  • Sleeps: 30

Info: BYO/DIY, Marquee, Private, Small Weddings, Budget-friendly, Swimming, Tennis, Golf

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Pokolbin Village has an intimate wedding venue onsite
12. Pokolbin Village

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
  • Sleeps: 54

Info: BYO Marquee, DIY/BYO, Private, Small Hall, Swimming, Tennis

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Lonely Goat Olives is a small wedding venue for 50 guests
13. Lonely Goat Olives

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: 153 Eglinford Ln, Congewai, NSW 2325
  • Sleeps: 5

Info: DIY/BYO, Marquee, Budget Friendly, Micro Weddings, Private, Pet Friendly, Glamping, Eco-friendly, Olive Grove

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Goosewing Cottage is a micro wedding venue for 20 guests
14. Goosewing Cottage

  • Capacity: 20
  • Location: 1194 Mount View Rd, Mount View, NSW 2325
  • Sleeps: 12

Info: Elopements + Micro Weddings, Pet Friendly, Swimming Pool, Chickens, Eco-friendly

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The Bath House Gardens is a small wedding venue in the Hunter Valley
15. The Bath House Gardens

  • Location: Forest Hill Drive, Oakhampton Heights, NSW 2320
  • Capacity: 30
  • Wedding Packages: DIY or all inclusive

The Bath House Gardens is an intimate wedding venue on 4 acres of tranquil lawns and gardens in the Hunter Valley region of Maitland. Small weddings with 30 guests or less are perfectly catered on the elevated ceremony site with arbor overlooking the gardens.

The Garden Room seats up to 14 guests for small wedding receptions or 30 for cocktail weddings. DIY or all inclusive private dining packages.

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Wedding Grounds has 2 small wedding venues to hire in the Hunter Valley
16. Wedding Grounds

  • Capacity: 30
  • Location: Wollombi Road, Laguna, NSW 2325 
  • Sleeps: 2

Info: DIY, Private, Bush, Weekend Hire, Micro Weddings, Elopement Packages

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Small wedding venue Bolwarra
17. Maddies of Bolwarra

  • Capacity: 40+
  • Location: 35 Paterson Rd, Bolwarra, NSW 2320
  • Sleeps: 14

Maddies of Bolwarra is a little wedding venue ideally suited to micro weddings and elopements of 20 - 40 guests hidden on a private property away from the Hunter Valley's busiest areas. Ceremonies are held under a giant Morton Bay Fig in the gardens. The dining room caters for micro wedding receptions or there is a garden pavilion that seats up to 60 guests. 

Small wedding packages start at $3,100 including venue hire fee and exclusive use of ceremony and reception areas. Add catering and accommodation.

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Small Venues in the Illawarra

Ravensthorpe Guesthouse is an intimate wedding venue in Albion Park, Illawarra
18. Ravensthorpe Guesthouse

  • Location: 56 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park, NSW 2527
  • Capacity: 20+
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 14

Ravensthorpe is an elegant Georgian Manor House with a dining room to cater for small wedding receptions, accommodation for 14 and 3 acres of picturesque gardens perfect for a wedding ceremony. Small wedding packages cater for 20+ guests including a 24 hour all-inclusive wedding experience starting from getting ready to a recovery breakfast the next morning.

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Tumbling Waters Retreat offers small weddings and elopements
19. Tumbling Waters Retreat

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 31 Stonehaven Rd, Stanwell Tops, NSW 2508
  • Sleeps: 24

Info: Luxury, BYO, Garden, Private, Elopement Packages, Small Weddings, Pet Friendly, Formal, Bush, Ocean Views, Pool, Spa

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Ruby's Mount Kembla is a small wedding venue in the Illawarra NSW
20. Ruby's Mount Kembla

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 39 Harry Graham Dr, Kembla Heights, NSW 2526
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Heritage, Small Weddings, All Inclusive Packages

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The Sebel Harbourside at Kiama offers small wedding packages
21. The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

  • Capacity: 50+
  • Location: 31 Shoalhaven St, Kiama, NSW 2533
  • Sleeps: 200

Info: Waterfront, Garden, Budget Friendly, Intimate Weddings

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Small Venues on the North Coast

Goolawah Bush Retreat is a small wedding venue for 30 guests on the North Coast
22. Goolawah Retreat

  • Location: 288 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head NSW 2440
  • Capacity: 30+
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 32 + camping

Goolawah Retreat is an ideal spot for small destination weddings with accommodation for 30 - 40+ guests onsite in 5 refurbished cottages (plus the option of camping). The 28 acre private property is surrounded by native bushland and has views of the ocean just a few minutes away.

A brand new wedding pavilion featuring a bar and fire place is included with exclusive hire. Guests can pay their own accommodation and you have the freedom to choose your own suppliers according to your budget. Weddings under $100/pp + accommodation are possible here. Pet friendly. No neighbours. No curfew.

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Tanilba House is offers small wedding venues in its outdoor gardens
23. Tanilba House

  • Location: 32 Caswell Cres, Tanilba Bay, NSW 2319
  • Capacity: 20 - 90
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 4
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive from $215/pp

Tanilba House is a waterfront wedding venue with 3 acres of gardens surrounding a heritage listed homestead in Port Stephens. The property is ideally suited to weddings of 40 - 70 guests, has both indoor & outdoor event spaces and offers all inclusive & easy small wedding packages from 4+ guests.

Mid week wedding packages for 4+ guests start at $3,900 including 2 hour venue hire & catering. Small weddings on the weekend range from $215 - $360 per person with a fully inclusive 4 hour wedding experience.

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The Banksias is a private property to hire for small weddings on the North Coast
24. The Banksias

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: 1126 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head, NSW 2440
  • Sleeps: 18 + Glamping
  • Price Guide: $30,000+

Info: Marquee, Waterfront, Private, Bush, Weekend Hire, Exclusive Use, Tennis, Golf, Kayaks, Jetty

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Paradise Botanical Gardens is a small wedding venue for micro weddings
25. Paradise Botanical Gardens

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: 147 Cherry Ln, Kulnura, NSW 2250
  • Sleeps: 4+

Info: DIY/BYO, Marquee, Heritage, Budget Friendly, Exclusive Use, Weekend Hire, Suits small weddings & elopements, outdoor weddings, unique.

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Small wedding venue villa vivante
26. Villa Vivante

  • Capacity: 40+
  • Location: 111A Bruxner Park Rd, Korora, NSW 2450
  • Sleeps: 10

Info: Private, Formal, Luxury, Intimate, Weekend Hire, Ocean Views, Exclusive Use, Pool, Helicopter Arrival

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Small Venues on the South Coast

small wedding venue Figbird Cottage
27. Figbird Cottage

  • Location: 330 Comerong Island Rd, Terara, NSW 2540
  • Capacity: 2 - 20
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 8

The elegant English style gardens at Figbird Cottage offer a relaxed & intimate setting for small weddings on the NSW South Coast. Romantic fairy-lit rose arbors and manicured lawns set the scene for elopements and micro weddings with 2 - 20 guests. 

Micro wedding packages at Figbird Cottage start at $3,995 with 2 hour venue hire, a photographer, celebrant and bubbles to celebrate.

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Fig Tree Park is a small wedding & elopement venue 2min from the beach
28. Fig Tree Park

  • Location: 58 Sherringham Lane, Central Tilba, NSW 2546
  • Capacity: 2+
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 2 (S4,990 2 nights)
  • Wedding Packages: From $110 - $150/pp

Fig Tree Park is a brand new small wedding venue opening on the South Coast in 2022. Situated high on a hill overlooking the ocean the property offers a stunning location under a fairly-lit fig tree for micro weddings and elopements. Wedding packages range from $4,990 to $6,500 for a 2 to 4 night stay and optional catering for up to 10 guests by a private chef can be added for $110 - $150/pp.

Small weddings with 10 - 60 guests have the freedom to DIY & BYO your choice of wedding vendors. The property is marquee friendly and has a little reception venue onsite in an iconic red barn.

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Wildwood is an intimate wedding venue surrounded by private bush
29. Wildwood

  • Location: Bendeela Road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577
  • Capacity: 15+
  • Accommodation nearby

Info: BYO, Marquee, Private, Pet Friendly, Bush, Eco Friendly, Micro Wedding Packages

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The Jackson Ranch is a micro wedding venue for destination weddings
30. The Jackson Ranch

  • Capacity: 10+
  • Location: 101 Willinga Rd, Bawley Point, NSW 2539
  • Sleeps: 30

Info: DIY/BYO, Waterfront, Small Weddings, Private, Rainforest, Function Centre, Weekend Hire, Intimate

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Kullindi Homestead is an intimate wedding venue on the South Coast
31. Kullindi Homestead

  • Capacity: 15+
  • Location: Booderee National Park, Ellmoos Rd, Jervis Bay, NSW 2540
  • Sleeps: 20

Info: DIY/BYO, Waterfront, Private, Heritage, Budget Friendly, Weekend Hire, Late Curfew, Lawn Games, Kangaroos, Birdlife, Jetty

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Small Venues in the Southern Highlands

Small Reception Venue Augustines Room NSW
32. Augustine's Room - Mali Brae Farm

  • Capacity: 30 - 55
  • Location: 562 Nowra Rd, Moss Vale, NSW 2577
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Info: Augustine's Room is a purpose built, micro wedding venue for 30 - 55 guests, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking stunning countryside views. There's 6 private & intimate ceremony spots to choose from including rustic ruins, gardens and waterfront locations. All inclusive elopement and small wedding packages include complimentary accommodation for 2.

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Growwild Wildflower Farm - Micro wedding barn
33. Growwild Wildflower Farm

  • Capacity: 50
  • Location: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575
  • Accommodation: Next door

Info: The micro wedding barn at Growwild Wildflower Farm is a rustic location for small ceremonies and receptions of up to 50 guests. The property features stunning outdoor gardens, intimate bushland and a clear walled marquee for weddings of 100+ guests. 

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Hillview Heritage Hotel offers small wedding ceremonies & mini wedding reception
34. Hillview Heritage Hotel

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 7277 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
  • Sleeps: 21

Info: DIY/BYO, Marquee, Farm, Heritage, Budget Friendly, Pet Friendly, Weekend Hire

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Small venue peppers manor house
35. Peppers Manor House

  • Capacity: 20+
  • Location: Kater Rd, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
  • Sleeps: 12

Info: Garden, Pool, Tennis, Golf, Lawn Games, Kangaroos, Small Packages

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Southern Highlands Winery is a small wedding venue at a picturesque vineyard
36. Southern Highlands Winery

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: Oldbury Rd, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Marquee, Private, Industrial, Cows, Vineyard

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The Secret Garden is a boutique wedding venue in the Southern Highlands
37. The Secret Garden

  • Capacity: 2+
  • Location: Blencowes Lane, Wildes Meadow, NSW 2577
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: DIY/BYO, Marquee, Waterfront, Garden, Bush, Outdoor + Covered Ceremony Venues, Small Receptions

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Small Venues in Sydney

Lords Estate Small Wedding Venue in a Sydney Chapel
38. Lords Estate Chapel

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

Lords Estate is a private little Sydney chapel that can be booked for non-denominational wedding ceremonies with 2 - 80 guests and features surrounding gardens for wedding photos. The chapel also makes a unique reception venue for long table seated events of up to 30 guests with space for a lounge and dance floor. 

An authentic vintage drawing room and private dining room seating 8 - 12 guests is located behind the chapel in the estate's main homestead and offers one of Sydney's most exclusive private dining wedding experiences. 

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Australian Botanic Gardens Small Wedding Location
39. Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan

  • Location: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan, NSW 2567
  • Capacity: 2+
  • Wedding Packages: $550+

The Australian Botanical Gardens in Western Sydney has a choice of lawns and gardens to hire for small wedding ceremonies and garden receptions. Wedding packages start at $550 for 2 hour lawn hire with the option of adding additional hours and ceremony set up.

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Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a small reception venue in Sydney
40. Ovolo Woolloomooloo

  • Capacity: 25+
  • Location: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
  • Sleeps: 50+

Info: Waterfront, Heritage, Formal, Industrial, Contribute to a Purpose, Small Weddings

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Mejico Cafe can be hired as a small reception venue in the Sydney CBD
41. Mejico Cafe

  • Capacity: 40+
  • Location: 105 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Exclusive Use, Foodie Venue, Mexican, Micro Weddings

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Hazelhurst Cafe is available for small venue hire for wedding receptions
42. Hazelhurst Cafe

  • Capacity: 10+
  • Location: 782 Kingsway, Gymea, NSW 2227
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Bush, Garden Ceremonies, Exclusive Use, Cafe, Arts, Small Weddings

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Salon Prive is a small wedding venue & foodie spot in the Sydney CBD
43. Salon Privé

  • Location: 264 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 28 - 40

Salon Privé is a private dining room located at Australian Square on the 47th floor. Part of the revolving restaurant O Bar & Dining, Salon Privé is a unique small reception venue with some of the best views and food in Sydney.

The dining room caters for intimate wedding receptions with up to 28 seated or 40 standing guests and has 360º views over the Sydney skyline.

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Small wedding venues sydney pilu
44. Pilu

  • Capacity: 15+
  • Location: Moore Rd, Freshwater, NSW 2096
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Ocean Views, Marquee, Exclusive Use, Italian Dining, Small Weddings, Outdoor

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The Freedom Hub is small wedding ceremony & reception venue in Sydney
45. The Freedom Hub

  • Capacity: 45+
  • Location: 283 Young St, Waterloo, NSW 2017
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Small Weddings, Urban, Exclusive Use, Ethical, DIY, BYO

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Rocker Bondi is a restaurant that can be hired for intimate wedding receptions
46. Rocker Bondi

  • Capacity: 50+
  • Location: 5/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, NSW 2026
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Waterfront, Beach, Foodie Venue, Small Receptions 

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Chiswick Restaurant has a private dining room that's ideal for micro weddings
47. Chiswick

  • Capacity: 30+
  • Location: 65 Ocean St, Woollahra, NSW 2025
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: Award Winning Chef, Foodie Venue, Outdoor Ceremonies, Semi Private Dining, Small Weddings

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Small venue the grounds
48. The Grounds of Alexandria

  • Capacity: 10+
  • Location: 7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria, NSW 2015
  • Sleeps: 0

Info: The Gardens at The Grounds of Alexandria is a micro wedding venue in the heart of Sydney. Ceremonies + Small Receptions surrounded by plants, rustic decor and fairy lights.

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Small wedding venue Double Bay
49. Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay

  • Capacity: 60+
  • Location: 33 Cross St, Double Bay, NSW 2028
  • Sleeps: 60+

Info: Ocean Views, Pool, Hotel, Ball Room, Small Weddings

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Small wedding venue Nola
50. Nola Smokehouse

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: Level 1, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW 2000

Info: Sydney Harbour Location, Water Views, Small Weddings, Whiskey Bar, New Orleans Inspired

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Small wedding venue public dining room
51. Public Dining Room

  • Capacity: 25+
  • Location: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088

Info: Beach, Waterfront, Ocean Views, Small Ceremonies & Receptions

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Small wedding venue on the Northern Beaches waterfront
52. The Boathouse Palm Beach

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, NSW 2108

Info: Waterfront, Outdoor Reception, Exclusive Use, Micro Weddings, Harbour Views

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Small Wedding Venue Sydney Olio
53. Olio Kensington St

  • Capacity: 12+
  • Location: 2/2/10 Kensington St, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Info: Sicilian Restaurant, Foodie Venue, Private Dining, Micro Wedding Receptions

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Little Zimzala is a micro wedding venue for seaside receptions
54. Little Zimzala

Location: The Esplanade, Cronulla, NSW 2230
Capacity: 35 - 40
Wedding Packages: All inclusive from $135/pp

Little Zimzala is the affectionate title of the small private dining area at the south side of Zimzala Restaurant. The intimate wedding reception area is small on space but big on atmosphere within the busy Cronulla esplanade. The outdoor space has expansive ocean views and comes with an all-inclusive seafood style menu.

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Small Wedding Venue Beachfront
55. The Terrace @ Jonah's 

  • Capacity: 40+
  • Location: 69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach, NSW 2108
  • Sleeps: 22

Info: Ocean Views, Micro Weddings, Gardens, Private Hire, All Inclusive Wedding Packages

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You can enquire with any of these 50 small wedding venues in NSW by using the enquiry form at the links provided.

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Paperwork Only Marriage In NSW

A paperwork only marriage is a quick & convenient way to get married without a wedding ceremony and the associated hype and paraphernalia. Paperwork only marriages are an ideal option for couples who want to get married quickly, cheaply or without the fuss of a larger celebration.

In NSW you have two options for a legals-only wedding (aka paperwork-only marriage). You can either book an appointment to get married at the Registry Office, or hire a marriage celebrant to organise the legalities for you. Below, you'll find a list of celebrants in NSW who offer paperwork only marriage packages.

Types of paperwork only marriages in NSW

The decision of whether to be married at the Registry Office or by a marriage celebrant is typically decided by some common motivating factors. Here's a run down on both options to help you decide which is right for you.

Price $300 - 800 $469 - 799
Online Option Y N
Venue Choice Y Limited
Paperwork Lodgement Y N
Personal Vows Y N
Queue N Maybe
Stress Free Y Y

Registry Office Wedding

Getting married at the Registry Office is quick, cheap and reasonably easy for anyone with a good command of the English language. There are 6 main Registry Offices in NSW with 4 located in Sydney, 1 in Wollongong and 1 in the Northern NSW region of Kingscliff.

To get married at the Registry Office you'll need to submit all your own paperwork and attend a marriage interview one month before the date of your intended marriage. At the interview you'll be asked to pay, your documents will be reviewed and you can discuss options and ask questions about your ceremony. If you are not fluent in English you are required to organise your own interpreter who must accompany you to the interview. 

To organise your Registry Office wedding, complete the following documents and then book a marriage interview at your preferred location:

Marriage Celebrant

Booking a paperwork only marriage with a wedding celebrant, much like a Registry Office wedding, is quick, easy and affordable. A celebrant wedding includes all the legal paperwork to officially register your wedding under Australian law and all legalities are finalised for you. 

There are several benefits to choosing your own personal marriage celebrant to help you through the process of getting married. Here's our top 6:

  1. You don't need to attend an interview one month before your wedding. This is particularly handy for interstate and overseas couples who can simply fly into NSW and get married without waiting around for a month first.
  2. Your Notice Of Intended Marriage is lodged for you. You also receive the support of your celebrant in completing the form.
  3. You can choose your own celebrant so you know you'll be married by someone who you connect with.
  4. It's often cheaper
  5. You can pick your own location
  6. You can opt for personalised vows and/or include your love story

A paperwork only marriage is much like an elopement. You get to choose the location, your celebrant and can personalise the moment according to what works for you. Here are 10 marriage celebrants who offer paperwork only weddings in NSW.

10 Paperwork Only Weddings in NSW

Michael Janz paperwork only marriage celebrant Sydney
1. Michael Janz

  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Service Area: Greater Sydney
  • Personality: Friendly, warm, personable
  • Paperwork Only Wedding: $795

Michael Janz is a warm, personable and friendly marriage celebrant who makes a paperwork only marriage in Sydney super easy. Simple ceremonies are his specialty and he does all the legal paperwork for you. You can choose your preferred park or garden anywhere around the city or beaches and Michael is happy to help you find the right location.

He's a brilliant conversationalist, is very easy to chat with and has a keen interest in other people. Highly experienced & highly recommended.

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Mick Goldie Male Celebrant Sydney
2. Mick Goldie

  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Service Area: Sydney
  • Personality: Happy, jovial
  • Paperwork Only Wedding: $300

Mick Goldie is Sydney's newest male celebrant and has a super special available for couples wanting a paperwork only marriage in 2022. You can choose a location anywhere on Sydney Harbour or in the Greater Sydney region and Mick will get you legally hitched for $300 (2022 weddings). 

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Sydney Marriage Celebrant Jacqua
3. Jacqua

  • Location: Wollongong, NSW
  • Service Area: Illawarra
  • Personality: Supportive, friendly, adventurous
  • Paperwork Only Wedding: $600

Having eloped to the Nevada Desert herself, Jacq gets couples who want a non-traditional wedding. She offers a legals only wedding package for $600 that includes the option for personalised vows and does all your legal paperwork for you.

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Sydney Marriage Celebrant Victoria Eustace
4. Victoria Eustace

  • Location: Camperdown, NSW
  • Service Areas: Sydney
  • Personality: Warm, engaging, supportive
  • Paperwork Only Wedding: $400

Victoria is a flexible, down-to-earth marriage celebrant who brings a calm presence to small wedding ceremonies. She offers a legals only marriage for $400 within the inner Sydney area and you can upgrade to a more personalised service for $750. 

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Orange Marriage Celebrant Kerri Mills
5. Kerri Mills

  • Location: Dulwich Hill, NSW
  • Service Areas: Sydney & Orange
  • Personality: Warm, capable, generous
  • Legals Only Marriage: $450

Having grown up in Orange, Kerri is at home in small country towns and will happily travel to get you hitched somewhere off the beaten track. Wedding fees start at $400 for elopements & paperwork only style weddings and go up from there. 

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North Coast Marriage Celebrant Julie Muir
6. Julie Muir 

  • Location: Mayfield, NSW
  • Service Areas: Port Stephens - Lake Macquarie
  • Personality: Genuine, kind, thoughtful, calm
  • Legals Only Wedding: $500

Bilingual marriage celebrant Julie Muir can get you hitched in English, Irish, Spanish, French and reasonably well also in Italian. Expect a super simple wedding ceremony with a good dose of humour. Wedding fees start at $500 for legals-only including lodgement of all paperwork.

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North Coast Marriage Celebrant The Lady Who Weds
7. The Lady Who Weds

  • Location: Pottsville, NSW
  • Service Areas: Tweed Coast, Byron Bay
  • Personality: Kind, supportive, easy going, lovable
  • Legals Only Wedding: $450

Rachel is a pet friendly, family loving marriage celebrant who delivers quick & easy registry style weddings from $450. Rachel makes the process easy and carefree for her clients taking care of all paperwork and submissions.

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Weddings With Jules is a Newcastle Marriage Celebrant for all wedding types
8. Weddings With Jules

  • Location: Newcastle
  • Service Areas: Newcastle, Hunter Valley
  • Personality: Warm and welcoming, funny, compassionate
  • Legals Only Wedding: $800

Jules delivers light hearted marriage ceremonies in a funny and graceful style. Her paperwork only weddings include a little extra personalisation to make the moment special for her couples. Fees start at $800.

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Central Coast Marriage Celebrant Sarita
9. Sarita The Celebrant

  • Location: Long Jetty, NSW
  • Service Areas: Central Coast, Hunter Valley
  • Personality: Kind, easy going, sincere, calm
  • Legals Only Wedding: $450

Sarita has a warm, relaxed and welcoming presence that's perfect for low key paperwork only weddings. Her couples love how she blends the right amount of humour to create a stress free and fun process. Wedding fees start at $450 for a paperwork only option.

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Jac The Hitcher is a Blue Mountains celebrant for registry weddings & elopements
10. Jac The Hitcher

  • Location: Blackheath, NSW
  • Service Areas: Blue Mountains, Western Sydney
  • Personality: Thoughtful, fun, riotous
  • Registry Office Wedding: $666

Legals words, a couple of signatures and two witnesses is all it takes to get married with Jac. She's all about misfits doing it your own way and delivers up an easy paperwork-only fully legal wedding wherever you like, however you like. Expect a short but highly memorable occasion with zero fuss.

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Eligibility for a paperwork only marriage in NSW

To get legally married in NSW you & your partner must be 18 years of age or older on the big day. There's a bunch of other rules like you can't already be married and there are restrictions on marrying blood relatives which are incidentally not as strict as you might expect. If you're worried about your eligibility, grab yourself a marriage celebrant from the above list and they'll sort you out.


Notice of Intended Marriage. 

if you are choosing a celebrant to marry you, they will email you the right NOIM for you to fill in, and will lodge it for you online. Your NOIM must be submitted more than 1 month before your wedding date and is valid for 18 months from the submission date.

What you'll need for a paperwork only marriage in NSW

To get married in NSW you'll need either of:

  • original birth certificates + photo ID (drivers licence)
  • passports

If applicable to you, you may also need:

  • change of name certificate
  • divorce papers
  • death certificate of previous spouse

The state of NSW makes it reasonably easy to get married without all the fuss of a large wedding ceremony and reception. Simply find a registry office location convenient to you, or pick one of our paperwork only celebrants above and you're 30 days away from being a legally married couple. Love rules.

What's the average cost of wedding photography?

Wedding photography packages in Australia start at between $1,000 and $10,000.  So how do you figure out where you sit on this scale, and which package is right for you?  

There’s an easy formula you can use to calculate a wedding photography budget that meets your needs.  And the best thing about this formula is that its relevant for all weddings, whether you’re throwing a $5,000 backyard party for 20 or a 1,000 person extravaganza.  

To get started, determine the overall amount you’ll spend on your wedding.  Your photography budget will be a percentage of this figure.  To calculate what this percentage should be, you first need to consider how important photography is to you.  How you feel about wedding photography will determine if you should allocate a smaller or larger than average portion of your total budget to photography.

The average cost of wedding photography in Australia is 10% of your overall wedding budget. This means that on average, a couple with a total wedding budget of $35,000 will spend $3,500 on wedding photography.

What % of your wedding budget should you spend on wedding photography?

For some couples however, photography is one of the most important elements of their wedding.  It’s one of the few budget items that result in a tangible keepsake and is often considered an investment that will be enjoyed by future generations.

Other couples may view entertainment or styling as a more worthy investment and apportion their budget accordingly.  How much of your budget you choose to spend on wedding photography can be determined by asking yourself some key questions... 

  1. Will you cherish your photos & hang them on your walls? 
  2. Will your album take pride of place on your coffee table? 
  3. Or will your pop your photos into a box at the bottom of your wardrobe and vow to create a photo book one day soon?  

And then possibly never get around to it. 

Average Wedding Photography Packages

If wedding photos are important to you you'll likely want to spend more than 10% of your wedding budget on photos. For your reference, here are our preferred pick of average-priced wedding photographers in Australia. These curated photographers largely cater to couples with a total wedding budget of $20,000 - $60,000.

South Coast Photography
Sydney Photography
Wollongong Photography

What Is The Average Wedding Photography Package?

One of the difficulties in comparing prices between different wedding photographers is that there’s no conformity across the industry when it comes to package inclusions.  Most starting packages include wedding coverage plus a copy of high resolution images without watermarks.  

Here’s a list of other products & services that may be included in (and add to the cost of) photography packages:

  • drones
  • 2nd shooters
  • album design
  • albums
  • special lighting requirements
  • prints
  • engagement shoot
  • travel
  • online galleries (may be a standard inclusion)

Some photographers, particularly at the high-end of the market have heftier starting prices but include more extras in their starting packages.  For example, many of Australia’s top photographers will only offer packages that include printed images or albums. They believe the printed image provides their clients maximum value for their investment.

Average Priced Wedding Photographers in Australia

Higher starting prices however, don’t always mean a more expensive or “higher quality” photographer.  So when should you pay more for wedding photos?  

Above Average Wedding Photography Packages

There’s one definite reason for nudging your photography budget up a notch, and that’s when you’ve found a photographer who’s work you absolutely LOVE!  If you trust them, feel comfortable in their presence and want them at your wedding – book them.

Conversely, if you’re ‘umming’ or ‘arrghhing’ over booking a package above your budget, move on.  There’s more than 3,500 professional wedding photographers in Australia. Invest the time to find one you LOVE – you’ll thank yourself when you get your images back.  Plus, you'll enjoy yourself more on your wedding day if you feel comfortable with the decisions you've made.

How To Find A Wedding Photographer In Your Budget

The easiest way to curate your favourite wedding photographers is to view comparable images side by side.  At Wedlockers, you can find wedding photographers by viewing images such as ‘emotive’, ‘candid’ and ‘fun’ using our search filters. Alternatively, here's a curated list of wedding photographers in the following price brackets:

Who is an average professional wedding photographer?

In Australia, there’s no regulatory body that governs wedding photography.  If you want peace of mind that you’re booking a professional photographer, you’ll have to do a little research yourself.  Here’s a few places to start:

Professional Accreditations

Photographers in Australia can choose to become accredited with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).  The AIPP set accreditation standards that members must achieve.  

If you’ve found a photographer you love that’s not an AIPP member, there’s no need to preclude them from your shortlist – some of Australia’s top photographers are not accredited.  On the flip side, if you’re considering an AIPP Master Photographer to shoot your wedding, don’t wait too long to book.  They’re busy for good reason.  

Published in Mags & Blogs

Finding your favourite photographer in a high end magazine or blog is as good a reassurance as you’ll get.  

Mags & blogs are somewhat obliged to publish editorial content from their advertising vendors - but they still need to curate quality content to satisfy their readers.  For this reason, you can generally be assured of photographers who’ve had real weddings or styled shoots featured in well-respected publications like Hello May, The Wedding Playbook, Farewell Fiance & Nouba.

Awards & Accolades

The wedding industry offers vendors several types of awards.  Some are based on a customer voting system while others are professionally adjudicated by a panel of experts.  

Professionally adjudicated awards include: APPA, IWP, WPPI

Some of Australia’s most talented wedding photographers have received accolades from the world’s most respected photography related magazines.  Being named a ‘rising star’ by Rangefinder Magazine or ‘top emerging photographer’ by Capture Magazine are among the industry’s highest honours.

Being singled out as an ambassador for one of the world’s leading camera companies (including Canon & Nikon) is another of the industry’s highest accolades.  A handful of Australian photographers & film makers have achieved this honour.

Vendors who are listed on Wedlockers receive endorsements & recommendations provided by other wedding professionals.  These provide insight into the particular expertise offered by each vendor.  Log in to access these valuable insights – they’ll help you make a decision between your shortlisted vendors.


Customer reviews provide an indication of the type of experience you’re likely to receive from businesses in the wedding industry.  We recommend utilising reviews on Facebook.

The most important criteria when choosing a wedding photographer is that you LOVE their work & feel comfortable around them.  With 3,500 wedding photographers in the Australian industry, you will find one that fits your budget.  

The average cost of wedding photography does not take into account varying package inclusions and overall wedding budgets.  For this reason, determine instead a percentage of your overall budget to allocate to photography and use it as a general guide.  

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