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City VS Country – Wedding Venue

Choosing your wedding venue is an important element of creating your perfect day. If you’re tossing up between an urban venue or a country retreat, there are a few factors you need to consider that go past simple aesthetics, writes Kate Milton.

Living in Melbourne, we are so lucky to be close to both the city and the country, and a diverse range of potential wedding venues. The wedding venue you choose sets the tone for your whole day. Will it be soft and rustic, or sleek and modern? Will you have your ceremony by a vineyard, or overlooking the city skyline? Will you wear a whimsical lace dress or a contemporary princess gown?

But choosing between a city venue and rural retreat isn’t an easy decision, as both hold many benefits. Here, we look at what both have to offer to help you decide which is best for you.



Aesthetics may not be the only factor, but they are important! If you know what you want your theme to be, it will influence your choice of wedding venue.

Country venues are perfect for romantic and rustic style weddings. If you want to feel like a princess, this is your chance to have your wedding in an old castle or mansion. Bohemian weddings suit the natural setting, as do vintage and pretty themes.

Sleek city venues are great for contemporary or classic themes. There are also more likely to be venues that cater for any specific cultural needs closer to the city.

While these are general rules, there is nothing stopping you from finding a rustic city venue, or a sleek country venue. They’re out there!



Provided you live in central Melbourne, venues in the city and surrounding suburbs are generally in an easy location for most people to attend. Your budget and the number of guests you have will influence the venue you choose.Bbut there are so many options available to suit all different needs.

On the other hand, the location is the main drawcard for country venues. They offer a beautiful backdrop and make it feel as though you’re in your own romantic world. Again, Melbourne is lucky to have an abundance of options. So finding a venue that is the right size and budget should be fairly simple.

Venues located on vineyards or in small towns also usually have the benefit of supplying local food and wine. This can make the meal even more special. If the area you are in is famous for a particular food or wine variety, serving that will make for a memorable meal.

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You may have already booked your limo, but your guests also need a way to attend your wedding. Travel distance is certainly a consideration for most people, particularly if they plan to have a few celebratory drinks.

It is usually quite easy for guests to find a taxi or public transport to get to and from venues in the city.

Venues located out of the city mean that guests have to travel. This is fine as long as they have access to a car but does mean that they may not be able to drink or stay late, which could put a dampener on your plans to dance the night away.

One option you have is to organise a shuttle bus or some sort of transport for your guests, which will be much appreciated! There are some difficulties with this, such as organising times – if people want to leave early, they may not be able to – but overall it is a generous and helpful plan.

Otherwise, your guests can choose to stay the night closer to the wedding venue, which leads us to our next topic.



For urban locations, most people won’t need to consider finding accommodation, unless they are guests from interstate or overseas. It can be a nice treat for some people to stay in a hotel for the night, but this is optional.

However, some people may need to book accommodation instead of travelling home on the night at a rural venue. This can be a great thing if they want to make a weekend of it. But not so great if the extra cost means they simply can’t attend.

If you are thinking of choosing a venue more than 1.5 hours out of the CBD, see what accommodation options are available so that you can factor it into your decision. You may also be able to get a discounted rate if you book a large number of rooms. So check when enquiring with hotels!



Both settings provide awe-inspiring photographic opportunities; it simply depends on the type of look you’re going for. If you like modern and dramatic photos, the city is the perfect backdrop.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t gardens or vintage possibilities available. You will just need to plan ahead if you want to go to them. With traffic and distance an issue, your photography itinerary will need to be well thought out in advance. But the effort will be worth it when you have stunning photos to look back on.

The country provides beautiful and romantic photo options. Outdoor shots are a no-brainer, as there is beautiful scenery wherever you look. You won’t have to go far to get all of your photography completed.



Both country and city offer indoor and outdoor options, but there are some other factors you’ll need to consider. If you have a country wedding in summer, make sure the wedding venue has air conditioning. If you’ve gone for a rustic barn, it might be quite stuffy and uncomfortable. However, some of the beautiful indoor options will be perfectly climate controlled.

If it is raining, you might not be able to have your ceremony outside. So have a backup plan that you’re happy with. Also, keep in mind that you don’t want to be traipsing your beautiful gown through the mud for photos. Most city venues should be able to cater for extreme hot or cold weather.

When deciding on your wedding venue, make sure you consider all the factors. You want your loved ones to enjoy the wedding as much as you, and don’t want to be stressing about small details when you should be celebrating your new married status!