Affordable wedding venues on the South Coast of NSW are located in some of the most picturesque locations in Australia. Many of the cheap venues in this region are waterfront properties with ocean, river or harbour views. Other options include private properties on acreage that usually come with onsite accommodation. You can hire these properties for your exclusive use and enjoy the privacy of your very own farm or bushland wedding.
Almost all wedding venues from the Illawarra to the Shoalhaven and far South Coast, offer cheaper wedding packages midweek and in the off-peak winter season. Prices usually hit peak from mid August through to mid April, so if you’re aiming to save on your budget it’s worth considering planning your wedding either side of these months.
Some venues on the South Coast provide affordable and all-inclusive food & beverage packages. The other cheaper options are DIY venues where you simply pay a venue hire fee and supply your own drinks and catering. With a great range of food trucks and mobile bars in the region, organising a wedding that fits your budget is not as difficult as you might think.
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Around 1.5 hours drive from Sydney in the 4th most populated city region in NSW, you’ll find a concentration of affordable venues that range from the well-priced (with plenty of inclusions for the cost per head), to bargain basement cheap.
The waterfront city of Wollongong enjoys a wonderful topography with cliff top and sea level views across the South Pacific Ocean, both from its urban suburbs and farming surrounds. There are affordable wedding venues in Wollongong where you can take full advantage of the landscape and get married in a stunning setting - without the stunning price tag.
The Gazebo at Panorama House in the Illawarra. Image: Pure Breeze Photography
Panorama House is a budget-friendly cliff top venue near Wollongong that offers 180 degree ocean views for weddings of between 40 to 380 guests. Wedding packages are around $70 per person and include all canapes, drinks (including alcoholic), a 3 course meal, cake cutting, music, table florals & fairy light decorations and room hire. The package inclusions provide an opportunity to save on your hire & decoration budget, so that you effectively receive a food & beverage service of less than $50/head. The views you get from either of the reception rooms at Panorama House would cost $250/head in Sydney!
There’s also a white gazebo at Panorama House where you can have your wedding ceremony with uninterrupted ocean views as your backdrop. The hire fee is $750 for an hour and includes chairs, red carpet and signing table - which again, saves your budget from furniture hire & delivery fees. In the event of rain, they’ll shift your wedding into one of their indoor spaces so you don’t need to book a back-up venue. The downside of Panorama House is that it’s very popular! If you’re wanting an exclusive-use venue with privacy, there are better options.
Other affordable wedding venues in the Wollongong region include event centres, restaurants and hotels which commonly offer packages between $110 - $150 per head. If you’re looking for wedding venue packages under $50 - $70 per person, there are several DIY & BYO options including halls, community centres and beachfront clubs where you can hire the premises and choose your own styling, catering and drinks providers. You’ll find a list of affordable wedding venues in the Illawarra here.
A further 40 minutes south by car is the popular holiday township of Kiama. The town and surrounding clifftop escarpments offer 8 venue choices that range in price from budget-friendly to upwards of $200/per person.
Wedding Ceremony at The Sebel, Kiama. Image: Charlotte Exton
Conveniently situated in the heart of the town is The Sebel Kiama Harbourside. As its name suggests, the hotel is located in prime position on the gorgeous Kiama Harbour. You can have your wedding ceremony, a reception for 50 to 200 guests, your photos taken here, plus you and all your guests can be accommodated in rooms onsite.
The Sebel Harbourside offers a touch of luxury with a more affordable price tag. Packages are all-inclusive and start at $119 per person. Garden ceremonies are held on the waterfront or in one of the indoor spaces in the event of wet weather. The Assembly Hall is a wonderful indoor ceremony space and provides an intimate reception area for smaller weddings. With the minimum 50 guests, you can have a wedding reception for under $6,000 here.
The historic village of Berry provides a handful of wedding venues within the town itself, and is surrounded by several properties on its outskirts that offer DIY, country weddings. These beautifully renovated properties require you to book the accommodation that’s available onsite and you receive exclusive use of the property to plan your wedding using whichever suppliers you wish.
With the option to BYO food & beverages, it’s possible to create the wedding of your dreams here, with a fairly modest budget. For elopements and micro weddings of up to 30 people, Bundara Farm is your ideal choice. The property has several indoor & outdoor spaces suitable for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including a long table under the outdoor pergola, in the horse stables or on the homestead verandah.
Bundara Farm on the NSW South Coast
Bundara Farm sleeps 20 people in the main homestead and a further 10 in two cottages. A minimum 3 night stay is required for weddings at a cost of $3,870 per night, or $129 per person. You can BYO drinks, bring in your preferred caterers and do your own styling. You will not require a huge budget for styling or florals as the property speaks for itself.
For weddings of up to 135 guests, The Entertainment Shed at Willow Farm provides a rustic option. You could also have a cost effective outdoor wedding reception here, enjoying the fresh 160 acres of farmland and fresh air. You’ll need to DIY & BYO all wedding services, including a marquee if you don’t want to use the Entertainment Shed. Hiring a marquee will add $2,000+ to your budget.
Willow Farm has a yoga barn that is used as a wet weather back-up plan for wedding ceremonies, and you’re welcome to this space for yoga or other activities during your stay. The property sleeps 10 in the Farmhouse and with two nights accommodation included, the hire fee is $12,000.
Nowra and its neighbour Terara Park, offer a collection of affordable wedding venues on the Shoalhaven River. You can get married in this picturesque area for less than $100 per person including luxury services.
Bewong River Retreat is a private riverfront oasis that is exclusively yours for 3 days & 2 nights when you book the 9 luxury bungalows on the property. The bungalows are $240/night in the low season and several come with a luxury spa from where you can enjoy the serenity of your very own bush views.
Bewong River Retreat offers affordable indoor & outdoor wedding spaces
Wedding receptions for up to 130 guests are held in the dedicated function room with adjoining permanent marquee. All furniture, crockery and table linen is supplied so the only thing you need to hire is the caterer.
Bewong River Retreat has a couple of unique features which make it a popular destination for weddings. The riverfront ceremonies here are beautiful and make a great photo opportunity in their own right. There’s a boat ramp with deep water access, a rustic golf course & games area, BBQ area, bush surrounds and plenty of wildlife roaming the grounds. Glamping is permitted on the property which is handy for accommodating extra guests, or if you want your wedding to have a festival style feel.
The Nowra Culburra SLSC offers beachfront wedding ceremonies and receptions for the cost of hall hire. The hall is a wonderful light-filled, blank canvas venue that styles well with minimal budget. As well as a commercial kitchen and million dollar ocean views, the hire fee includes crockery, glasses and silverware.
The coastal holiday spot of Tathra is not one of the South Coast’s most popular wedding destinations due to its far south location. But invest the extra hour or so to get here, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning beachside destination where an affordable wedding is very much achievable.
Kianinny Bush Cottages is a 100 acre property with 2 covered outdoor wedding venues and self contained accommodation for 150 guests. At the centre of the bush covered property is a lake and jetty where you can have your wedding ceremony in the peaceful surrounds.
Archery, a flying fox, bush walks, mini putt golf and mountain biking are just a few of the adventures on offer at the property. You can use either of the two covered outdoor venues for pre-wedding and post-wedding BBQ’s or other communal get togethers which is all included in your use of the property while you are staying in one of the cottages.
The average cost of an all-inclusive food & beverage package on the South Coast is $150 - 200 per person. There are several budget-friendly venues however, that offer all-inclusive wedding packages for less than $100 per head. Cheap wedding venues like halls and surf lifesaving clubs that allow you to DIY & BYO offer the possibility of catering your wedding for under $50 per person.
To get all the options, view our full range of affordable wedding venues on the South Coast.
Cover image by Translucent Photography