Wedding venues have become increasingly more pet friendly in Australia over recent years. As more and more couples have requested the presence of fur babies 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 before, during and after the wedding, 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 who 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 fur babies in all fluffy shapes and sizes.
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Byron Bay Venues
Central Coast Venues
Hunter Valley Venues
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Southern Highlands Venues
Info: Private, heritage styled venue with manicured gardens. Dedicated space for smaller weddings. Accommodation for 26 with a swimming pool onsite.
Info: Heritage, all-in-one wedding venue that sleeps 12 onsite
Info: DIY & BYO, all-in-one wedding venue with onsite stables & gardens. Waterfront venue that sleeps 13 and offers glamping. Micro weddings available.
Info: Blank canvas style venue with gardens & sprawling country views. Hire exclusively for the weekend with accommodation for 12.
Info: All-in-one country venue with gardens, chapel and blank canvas hall. 7 cottages for guest accommodation onsite.
Info: Stunning manicured gardens are the backdrop for this all-in-one wedding venue. Outdoor & permanent marquee receptions with a rustic vibe. Accommodation for 6 in the heritage homestead.
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 in a native bush setting. Accommodation for 14 onsite.
Info: DIY, blank canvas venue for exclusive use. Farm property with water feature. BYO caterers & drinks. Accommodation for 4 in the stables.
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: Private, intimate Indian marquee venue on the banks of the Paterson River. Garden ceremonies and outdoor, covered receptions in an exclusive use, rural setting.
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.
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: A Georgian manor house with classical gardens & mountain backdrop. Blank canvas space for your exclusive hire. Accommodation onsite for 6 with a swimming pool & tennis court.
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.
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: Beachfront venue set in the bush for rustic or festival style DIY & BYO weddings. Budget-friendly property with accommodation for 44 plus option to set up a glamping village. Kayaks & wildlife.
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: Exclusive use of the property & homestead for DIY & BYO weddings. Accommodates the entire guest list for up to 30 with unique farm & garden spaces for indoor & outdoor ceremonies & dinners.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Cover image: Samuel White