Pet friendly wedding venues have become increasingly more prevalent in Australia over recent years. As more and more couples have requested the presence of dogs and other animals at their wedding ceremonies and receptions, it has become reasonably common to see pets being catered for on the wedding day.
In fact, the presence of pets at weddings has given a boom to an industry of products and services dedicated to ensuring they are looked after on their parents’ big day. From pet minding services that cater to the needs of pets and their owners at wedding venues, to pet clothing and accessories that match the day’s dress code.
Below is a list of the most pet friendly wedding venues in NSW. From dog friendly wedding venues to places where you can share your wedding with llamas, donkeys and horses. These are the wedding venues that welcome your furry friends with open arms and a scratch behind the ears.
Most pet inclusive venues will require that your fur baby has a dedicated attendant on your wedding day. The attendant will be required to pick up after your pet and ensure the pet is under control via a leash at all times. Most wedding venues have dedicated areas where pets are welcome - such as the wedding ceremony location. However attendants will be required to keep your pet away from pet restricted areas (such as commercial kitchens and food prep & service areas for example).
When it comes to choosing who will look after your pet on your wedding day, there are a couple of options. Your pet attendant could be any one of your wedding guests, however hiring a professional pet minder for the duration that your furry friend will be in attendance at your wedding ceremony and/or reception is highly recommended. This removes the responsibility of looking after your pet from your guest and ultimately yourselves - so that you can all relax knowing that Rex the Labradoodle isn’t digging up the veggie patch or chasing the neighbour’s sheep.
Here is a list of pet friendly wedding venues that welcome dogs and animals in all fluffy shapes and sizes.
Blue Mountains Venues
Byron Bay Venues
Central Coast Venues
Hunter Valley Venues
North Coast Venues
South Coast Venues
Southern Highlands Venues
- Location: 1029 Saint Albans Road, Saint Albans, NSW 2775
- Capacity: 10 - 100
St Joseph's Guesthouse is a dog friendly wedding venue with 5 bedrooms offering pet friendly accommodation for 10 guests. Affordable wedding packages start at $5,500 including the accommodation, exclusive use for 4 days & the ability to have your wedding ceremony, photos & reception all in the one intimate location.
Built in the ruins of a 160 year old church, the unique property caters perfectly for both indoor & outdoor day-time weddings. The ground floor of the guesthouse features a private function area seating 60 guests or 100 for a cocktail reception.
- Location: 993 Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong Hills, NSW 2758
- Capacity: 130
Info: Pet friendly wedding venues with private, manicured gardens at a heritage style lodge. Dedicated space for smaller weddings. Accommodation for 26 with a swimming pool onsite.
- Location: 101 Hartley Vale Rd, Hartley Vale, NSW 2790
- Capacity: 150
Info: Bring your dog, horse or other furry creature to this heritage, all-in-one wedding venue. Surrounded by farmland and bush, this is the ideal place for a pet friendly wedding in a laid back atmosphere.
Info: Ding Dang Doo is a country wedding location with plenty of space for dogs, horses and other pets. Best suited to small DIY & BYO weddings, with onsite stables & gardens. Waterfront venue that sleeps 13 and offers glamping.
Info: Dog friendly wedding venue with gardens, a clear roof marquee & sprawling country views. One of the best pet friendly places in the Blue Mountains to hire exclusively for the weekend. (12 guests are accommodated onsite)
Info: All-in-one country venue with gardens, chapel and blank canvas hall. Pets are welcome to attend the wedding ceremony location and stay in the 7 cottages onsite.
Info: You'll want to have your dog well groomed and dressed in his finest black tie for your wedding in these stunning manicured gardens. Pets are welcome for outdoor wedding receptions & there's also a permanent marquee.
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Info: Waterfront venue suited to DIY & BYO weddings. Caters for small weddings. Accommodation for 16 with optional extra glamping.
Info: Secluded 50 acre garden property with plenty of pet friendly wedding venues to choose from.
Info: Hire this dog-friendly farm for your exclusive use and stay overnight in the stables. One of the Central Coast's DIY & BYO wedding venues, the location is an ideal blank canvas for glam rustic weddings.
Info: Rustic barn venue with ceremonies overlooking the Hunter Valley. Available for exclusive use & weekend hire with accommodation for 24. BYO drinks on request. Great spot for outdoor reception.
Info: DIY & BYO blank canvas venue surrounded by native bushland. Exclusive use for the weekend with accommodation for 16 plus glamping. Option to arrive by helicopter.
Info: DIY & BYO private bushland venue with a creek. A budget-friendly, blank canvas property suited to relaxed, festival style weddings. Indoor spaces available including for small weddings. Exclusively yours & sleeps 30 + glamping.
Info: Eco-friendly olive grove & farm with pet cows. A budget-friendly, blank canvas venue suitable for DIY & BYO weddings in the great outdoors. Popular with small weddings too. Hire for your exclusive use with accomodation for 5 and option of glamping.
Info: The ultimate Hunter Valley elopement venue. Eco-friendly farm where you can BYO donkeys or other furry friends. Reception dinner at your accommodation which sleeps 12 and has a swimming pool.
Info: Eco-friendly winery that offers garden weddings with a country vibe. All-in-one venue available to hire for your exclusive use.
Info: All-in-one blank canvas venue to style as your own. High-end barn with all inclusive packages.
Info: Blank canvas, garden venue with a rustic vibe. Well suited to smaller weddings and elopements with accommodation for 6.
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Info: A Georgian manor house with classical gardens & mountain backdrop. Blank canvas space for your exclusive hire. Accommodation onsite for 10+ with a swimming pool & tennis court.
Info: Stunning ocean view venue with luxury accommodation for 24. Private garden ceremonies overlooking the ocean. Option to BYO alcohol on request. Also suited to small weddings & elopements.
Info: The ultimate light-filled blank canvas barn with an industrial vibe. Floor to ceiling glass windows with views across rolling green hills to the ocean. BYO stylist! Property can accommodate 24 guests.
Info: A rustic blank canvas to style as you please. Exclusive use for wedding receptions.
Info: Historic waterfront estate for DIY & BYO weddings. Suitable for small weddings & outdoor receptions. The property is available for your exclusive hire & accommodates 15.
Info: DIY & BYO farm weddings with no curfew. Rotating house provides luxury accommodation for 16 and is suitable for small weddings & elopements. Property can be hired exclusively for the weekend and accommodates 36 in total + glamping.
Info: Tranquil farm property on the waterfront. DIY & BYO ceremonies and outdoor or rustic indoor receptions. Accommodates 5 and glamping can be organised.
Info: Rustic, BYO venue in an historic grain shed. Farmland property with unique, eco-friendly & self contained accommodation for up to 30 guests.
Info: Arrive to your wedding ceremony by water. A budget-friendly farm styled venue that offers indoor or outdoor receptions and onsite gardens.
- Location: Bayly Road, Tomerong, NSW 2540
- Capacity: 120 - 200
The Woods Farm is a pet friendly wedding venue and farm stay with a menagerie of petting animals onsite. Located in Jervis Bay on the South Coast, The Woods Farm sleeps your entire guest list and is an ideal destination for weekend wedding away.
The property features a one-of-a-kind open air chapel which you reach via a spectacular garden arbor walkway. There is no grander wedding entrance for you & your pooch! The reception venue at The Woods Farm is a rustic wedding shed hung with an awe inspiring collection of elegant chandeliers.
- Location: Galls Lane, Berry - South Coast, NSW
- Capacity: 130
- Willow Farm is a 160 acre private property, synonymous with outdoor weddings. The farm is dog friendly but has animals onsite and therefore all pets must be kept on a leash.
Reception venues include a rustic entertainment shed although most couples hire a marquee to make the best of the beautiful countryside setting. Wedding packages are DIY & BYO including ceremony, photos & reception and owner Keri also provides an all inclusive option.
Info: Budget-friendly riverfront property with a private golf course. Hire for the weekend and DIY & BYO the blank canvas space or outdoor reception. Accommodation onsite for 38 plus glamping.
Info: Marquee venue next to a rustic, 100 year old shed in a country setting on the shoalhaven river. DIY & BYO, blank canvas space suitable for outdoor receptions. Accommodation for 6 for the weekend.
Info: Large eco-friendly farmland surrounding a lake with self-contained boat houses & wilderness huts that accommodate up to 40 guests. DIY & BYO weddings in barn style venue or outdoor receptions. Hire the entire property for your exclusive weekend use.
Info: Beachfront venue with lush gardens, a swimming pool and luxury accommodation & day spa services for up to 40 guests. Hire the property and private golf course for your exclusive use. Suitable for small weddings.
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Info: A registered sanctuary with the Wildlife Land Trust. Picturesque and tranquil wildflower farm on 25 acres providing budget-friendly, DIY & BYO weddings in a bush setting.
Info: A budget-friendly weekend venue with late curfew that suits outdoor, festival style receptions. Rustic wooden chapel on a bush bound property with budget-friendly accommodation for 140 guests.
Info: Hire for exclusive use for the weekend and have a garden ceremony and marquee or rustic restaurant reception. Heritage property that accommodates up to 30 guests.
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Info: Budget-friendly, industrial style spaces set amongst waterfront gardens with accommodation for 300. All-in-one venue with luxury hotel accommodation and day spa services. Outdoor receptions & ceremony-only packages available.
Info: Budget-friendly garden venue in Sydney's Hills District. Blank canvas indoor space with option for outdoor receptions. Private and exclusive use for pet-friendly weddings.
Info: Waterfront wedding venue facing Sydney Harbour. Arrive by boat! All-in-one garden venue with a blank canvas reception space to style as your own.
Info: Romantic, all-in-one venue on a 100 acre vineyard and farm with accommodation for 8 onsite. Marquee or outdoor receptions, garden ceremonies and exclusive use for the weekend with late curfew.
Pets have never been so welcome at wedding venues across NSW. You can bring your favourite fur babies to any of the above wedding venues and include them in your special day in whatever way you wish. From walking you up the aisle, to standing with the bridal party, to bringing in the rings, or simply participating like any other guest at your wedding.
Enquire about availability at any of the above pet friendly venues using the links provided.
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