Engaged? Congrats! You’ve now entered your next all consuming, overwhelming stage of life as your own wedding organiser.
Choosing and locking in a venue is pretty much always the first step of the wedding planning process.
As a wedding filmmaker, I find myself analysing what makes a good venue – location, lighting, ambience, sound acoustics, food, decor, service… The best venues tick all the boxes, and play one of the biggest roles in creating the best experience for you, your friends and fam. From my experience attending and shooting so many weddings across the city, these are the best venues in Perth.
Words by Till Death.
Lamonts Bishops House
A heritage building set amongst an inner city backdrop, Lamonts is a photographers wet dream. With beautiful light all year round bouncing off the surrounding skyscrapers, and diverse and elegant manicured spaces, you’ll barely need to leave the grounds when it comes time for your wedding portraits. The food is mouthwateringly divine, but arguably the best thing about Lamonts is the loveable manager Matthew – give that man a raise!
78 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
There are several stunning venues housed within this iconic building, such as the colourful Long Chim courtyard, Wildflower’s rooftop terrace overlooking the Swan river, Petition bar, and the super luxe Postal Hall – Perth’s most high end wedding venue. The State Buildings are also a photographer’s dream – so many textured backdrops and pockets of creamy, dynamic light to play with.
St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth
Legendary owners Ian and Erick have thoughtfully renovated this inner city warehouse and converted it into a photography studio with polished concrete floors, textured walls and exposed brick. Fridays is most famously known for its iconic New York style windows, providing perfect lighting for photos. It’s a blank canvas, and a little slice of Brunswick in our very own town.
13 Old Aberdeen Place, West Perth
Perfect for small, intimate weddings and elopements, the Alex Hotel is a rooftop terrace in the heart of Northbridge. It’s super trendy, design focused and totally Instagrammable – you can say your I dos overlooking the action of William Street, pop a bottle provided by Shadow Wine Bar, and then crash the night in one of their boutique rooms.
50 James Street, Perth
With its teal walls and dramatic Pinterest worthy decor, Guildhall is perfect for moody winter wedding vibes. Typically ceremonies are held in the intimate courtyard, and long table or standing cocktail receptions inside.
222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
Coast Port Beach
One of the few awesome venues on our pristine world class coastline, and home to one of my favourite ever wedding films.
42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle
Get hitched on the deck under giant beach umbrellas sipping an Aperol Spritz overlooking the ocean – you’re in Swanbourne, but you may as well be in LA babes. The Shorehouse is a classy joint that turns up on the views, vibes and food. And the arancini! Take it from me (the self appointed queen of arancini), IT’S A TEN.
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
Old Customs House
Located in Freo’s historic, architecturally preserved west end, Old Customs House has recently opened its doors to weddings after being home to an art space for some time. It’s suitable for large weddings, which is awesome news as there’s been a gap in the market for cool spaces that can host up to 500 pax. One word: skylight. There’s a gigantic void in the ceiling, creating a glassed atrium that gives way to beautiful natural flowing light thus making everything look EPIC.
8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle
Pakenham Street Art Space is an artspace on Pakenham Street (duh) in Freo’s West End. It’s a huge open sophisticated gallery, but with a raw Freo vibe – dramatic, super moody and great for winter weddings. Pro tip: it’s dark af, so have a stylist bring in some extra lighting if you want your photos and film to look shmicko.
22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Another Freo gem, Assembly Yard is a creative event space housed in an industrial-flavoured converted warehouse. The huge lawned area and festoons give off serious down south vibes and for a minute you’d think you were at a brewery in Yallingup. It’s a completely blank, concrete-floored canvas, so bring in your own styling, flowers, furniture bar and food trucks.
19 Montreal Street, Fremantle
Lily Farm House
This relatively new venue joins a host of great wedding venues in the Swan Valley, Lily Farm House is set amongst gentle gum trees with natural rammed-earth walls, sky high ceilings and great green outdoor spaces. It provides a beautiful blend of intimate indoor spaces with grandiose green spaces you can only find out in the Swan Valley.
130 Haddrill Road, Baskerville
Perth City Farm
Perth City Farm is one of Perth’s most popular wedding venues, and for good reason! It’s basically a blank canvas for you to bring in exactly what you’re after – casual cocktail style under the stars? No worries. Long table/seated affair with big dancefloor? Easy! They’ve got no restrictions or guidelines with regards to catering, drinks and styling, so over to you.
1 City Farm Place, East Perth
The Naval Store
A wedding as icon as yours surely deserves an equally iconic location, right? How about Fremantle’s Naval Store – sitting pretty as you drive into Walyalup/Fremantle the heritage-listed warehouse was built way back in 1935. It’s another blank canvas-style spot with high ceilings, jarrah beams, white textured walls and an intriguing industrial feel.
Corner of Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle