30 Breathtaking Elopement & Small Wedding Venues in Adelaide
Are you looking for the best elopement & small wedding venues in Adelaide? We have done the work for you and found the wedding venues that will actually cater to smaller weddings and elopements.
Adelaide is a beautiful city and is touted as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is busting with culture. A great arts community, some of the best wine regions in the country and award-winning restaurants, bars and facilities. Therefore it is also a beautiful place to have an elopement or small wedding.
When organising a small wedding or elopement, we alway recommend that you consider having your wedding or elopement at a more off-peak time. Venues are more accommodating in guests numbers and minimum spends particularly when your event is not on a prime wedding date like a Saturday in Spring. So think of mid-week and also winter options.
If you were set on having your small wedding on Saturday in Spring, just be prepared to pay for a minimum spend at your chosen venue to make it financially viable for them.
There are some amazing venues to choose from. So here are 30 Breathtaking Elopement & Small Wedding Venues in Adelaide.
1. Sandy Hill Forest
Sandy Hill Forest is a hidden gem located on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula in Yankalilla, just an hour’s drive south of Adelaide. This private property boasts a breathtaking pine tree forest and a magnificent old gumtree that serves as a stunning backdrop for intimate weddings and elopements. With a maximum capacity of 30 people, Sandy Hill Forest specializes in creating magical and unforgettable experiences for couples looking for an intimate celebration surrounded by nature.
The venue offers a range of elopement packages to suit different preferences and needs. From the comprehensive Full Package, which includes venue, styling, celebrant, photography, and catering, to more customizable options with flexible styling choices and exclusive venue hire, Sandy Hill Forest ensures that each couple’s vision and desires are brought to life. Whether you dream of a romantic wedding ceremony bathed in soft forest light or prefer a more relaxed and DIY approach, the team at Sandy Hill Forest is dedicated to creating a unique and personalized experience for every couple.
With its natural beauty, charming forest setting, and a passionate team ready to assist, Sandy Hill Forest is the perfect destination for couples seeking an intimate and enchanting wedding experience. Contact Sandy Hill Forest to discover more about their packages and start planning your dream wedding amidst the tranquil beauty of the forest.
2. Silvestri’s of Clarendon
Silverstri’s like located in the beautiful town of Clarendon in Victoria. It is a lovely mix of heritage and contemporary design.
Created around a majestic 150-year-old sandstone villa, the venue includes a Ballroom, Restaurant Dining Room, Separate Cocktail Bar, Wine Cellar, Large Sandstone Terrace, and Topiary Garden in European Style. The Restaurant Dining Room would be an ideal location for an intimate small wedding reception.
Set on an acre of land, the entrance to the property is flanked by magnificent wrought iron gates that lead to the restaurant and its manicured gardens in this exclusive private estate.
Address: 73 Grants Gully Rd, Clarendon
3. Auchendarroch House and Wallis Tavern
Auchendarroch House is a 19th century heritage-listed Victorian mansion with beautiful heritage gardens. This lavish wedding ceremony and reception venue features stunning spaces as well as expansive lawns that are perfect for intimate weddings and elopements. You can have your wedding here surrounded by ancient oak trees and lovely gardens.
It is a beautiful Adelaide wedding venue that caters to small weddings and elopements of 20 people.
Address: 17 Adelaide Road, Mount Barker
4. Saltram Wine Estate
Saltram Wine Estate was built in 1859 and incorporates the old age charm of the original winery with new amenities and contemporary styling. They are also an awesome venue as they can cater to both the wedding reception and ceremony.
Saltram also has lovely gardens and a variety of function rooms. And they do cater to smaller more intimate weddings and elopements.
Address: Murray St, Angaston
5. Glanville Hall
If you would like to elope at a castle then Glanville Hall might be the perfect location for your fairytale wedding. Glanville Hall is elegance and luxury in a magnificent Victorian Tudor manor. The property is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and surrounded by a golf course.
There are many options to choose from for an outdoor garden ceremony and they cater to elopements and small weddings for the reception.
Address: 8 Park Avenue, Semaphore South
6. Mandalay House and Garden
Mandalay House & Garden is a breathtaking sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills, about 10-15 minutes from Mt Barker. It has acres and acres of beautifully manicured gardens and it can accommodate small intimate weddings of around 30 people to much larger events.
Address: 271 Black Callington Road, Mount Barker
7. Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre
Located in the parklands of Civic Park, Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre is an elegant and stylish wedding venue. It has stunning garden views with lots of natural light and it is a very popular venue with numerous rooms.
Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre have a number of spaces for weddings and they have a few spaces that would be perfect for a smaller more intimate wedding or elopement. So don’t let the ‘convention centre’ part of the name scare you off.
Address: 191 Reservoir Rd, Modbury
8. Weddings Botanic Gardens
Situated in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD and surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens, lush greenery, gleaming lakes and the delicious fragrance of all the wonderful natural plants, this provides the perfect location for your garden wedding. With 7 spectacular locations within the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, you’ll be in love with the breathtaking views and the sheer beauty that Weddings Botanic Gardens has to offer.
They also cater to intimate weddings and elopements.
Address: Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, Plane Tree Dr, Adelaide
9. Mortlock Chamber at the State Library
A small wedding with a single long table, surrounded by books in this library would be something totally unique and extremely beautiful. It is a fairly large room but I think it would work perfectly for a small wedding or elopement.
Mortlock Chamber at the State Library is a late Victorian library that has a long history and heritage in South Australia and Adelaide.
Address: North Terrace &, Kintore Ave, Adelaide
10. Glen Ewin Estate
Located in the sweeping Adelaide Hills, is the stunning, heritage-listed property of Glen Ewin Estate is one of the most historic wedding venues in South Australia. Your wedding will be held in a beautiful garden location at Glen Ewin, overlooking one of our many lakes. The mature trees, fig orchard and buildings made of sandstone create the idyllic setting for your special day.
They do cater to more traditional weddings but are also able to accommodate smaller and more intimate weddings.
Address: 43 Lower Hermitage Rd, Houghton
11. Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe
Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe is located just fifteen minutes from Adelaide. One of the best features of this restaurant is that you will get some of the most breathtaking panoramic views over Adelaide and the surrounding areas.
Address: Windy Point Lookout, Belair Road, Belair
12. The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel
Located in the prestigious North Terrace is the elegant and stylish boutique hotel The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel. You are able to do the ceremony at this hotel as well as the reception. They have seven different and unique function rooms to choose from and cater to small intimate weddings and elopements.
If you are looking for elegant luxury, where you can do everything onsite, this just might be the venue for you.
Address: 120 North Terrace, Adelaide
13. Woodstock Wine Estate
For lovers of bird-watching, nature and wildlife, Woodstock is the perfect wedding venue for you. It has tranquil surroundings with native gardens, birdlife and a small wildlife sanctuary and is surrounded by tall and captivating gum trees where your ceremony can take place. There is accommodation for 6 guests on-site and there are many beautiful locations for your wedding photography on the estate.
Address: 215 Douglas Gully Rd, McLaren Flat SA
14. Hilton Adelaide
There is no better place to start your ‘Road to Forever’ than at the Hilton, a luxe, chic and sophisticated hotel in downtown Adelaide. The Balcony Room, with lots of natural light that photographers love for great photography especially during the golden hour, is a great venue for your special day with breathtaking views of Victoria Square. A bespoke menu that speaks of who you are and is crafted by world-class chefs will tantalise the taste buds of your guests.
Address: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA
15. The Grange Golf Club
A premier private golf club with multi-award winning wedding venues, the Grange offers you the spectacular view of a world-class golf course for your wedding venue. It has breathtaking outdoor ceremony grounds as well as superb indoor venues and delectable cuisine to blow your guests away. The Golf Club also has a sand belt layout that is aesthetically pleasing and offers an amazing backdrop for your wedding shoots.
Address: White Sands Dr, Grange SA
16. St Francis Winery Resort
This is an award-winning historic wedding venue, hotel and winery in Adelaide suitable for your special wedding day. St Francis is the gateway to the southern wine region in Adelaide and is situated on 5 acres of charismatic grounds overlooking The Lake. With century old maple trees outlining the beautiful lawns, it is s the perfect backdrop to promise yourself to each other for life. Your reception can be held in the rustic cellar, decorated with flowers and fairy lights to create the romantic ambience for your wedding celebrations.
Address: 14 Bridge St, Reynella SA
17. The Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia
With 18 ABIA awards under their belt, The Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia offers you a unique venue overlooking the magnificent marina plus a newly designed wedding ceremony garden. Your photographer is welcome to arrange a photographic session onboard one of the private yachts. With modern cuisine designed specifically for you by their experienced chef, this will most certainly be an unforgettable wedding day that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Address: Lady Gowrie Dr, North Haven SA
18. Adelaide Pavilion
Take your vows in the Veale Gardens that surround the multi-award winning Adelaide Pavilion in a sunken rose garden or amidst deciduous trees, water features and a number of walks in the garden. Your Reception will be spectacular in one of the two venues that have breathtaking views of the garden as the perfect backdrop for your wedding shoot. Your reception menu is designed by ‘yours truly’ and consists of French and Mediterranean inspired cuisine of the highest quality complemented by the friendliest of staff. This will be a day you will remember forever.
Address: Veale Gardens, cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road, Adelaide SA
19. Adelaide Town Hall
The Balcony venue at the Adelaide Town Hall, showcasing trees and beautiful old stone buildings in the background is the perfect place for your special wedding day. It is an iconic venue that has hosted celebrities like the Beatles. This building is historic, with superb story telling architecture. Photo shoots with views over the balcony or the auditorium is just superb and most memorable. The ambience at night is sublime and romantic. There is in-house catering.
Address: 128 King William Street, Adelaide SA
20. The Summit Mount Lofty
Known as Adelaide’s most iconic wedding venue with breathtaking views across Piccadilly Valley, this will be the most memorable wedding of your life. Your ceremony photos will be ultra captivating with this view as your backdrop. Having 2 accolades from ABIA for 2 years in a row, you can be rest assured that your cuisine will be first class. Your photographer will be eagerly waiting for you at The Summit Function Centre a few minutes before sunset to take those dreamy romantic photos of the two of you as the sunset here is oh so very spectacular and is not to be missed.
Address: 8 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers SA
21. Mount Osmond Golf Club
You cannot go wrong with choosing this heritage Golf Club that has stunning views of Adelaide city, the mountain ranges, and coastline for your ceremony. The property is home to two character Function Rooms. One accommodates up to 80 guests with expansive views over the golf course and the other can cater for up to 140 guests plus it also features a 1927 fireplace with a dance floor that can be adjusted to suit your requirements. Catering is provided in-house.
Address: 60 Mount Osmond Rd, Mount Osmond SA
22. Waterfall Gully
Waterfall Gully is located in Cleland Conservation Park and is home to the largest of seven waterfalls that exist in the Park. Nothing could be more magical and romantic than to get married beside the stream in this conservation park and then to have your photos taken that are out of this world under one or all of the seven waterfalls, or on the walking trail to the top of Mt Lofty Summit where you have breathtaking views over Adelaide. Nestled at the base of one of the waterfalls is a century old stone chalet where your reception can be held. Catering can be organized. This is your fairytale perfection-wedding destination.
Address: Waterfall Gully Road, Burn Side, SA
23. Sinclair’s Gully Winery
Situated on 20 acres of breathtaking towering Candle bark gum forest, this rustic multi-award winning eco-winery with its pristine forest sanctuary hosts relaxed, intimate, and picturesque garden weddings as well as elopements. Don’t let the pandemic stop you from marrying the one you love. This winery can offer you a couple of wedding packages for you to choose from and you will experience the thrill of wandering through wildflowers and even see black cockatoos as the sun goes down. Sinclair’s Gully Winery is just 20 minutes from the Adelaide foothill.
Address: 288 Colonial Dr, Norton Summit SA
24. Bird in Hand Winery
Celebrate your love in this picturesque family-owned, world-renowned producer of wine, Bird in the Hand. This winery is located on a 40-hectare property near the town of Woodside in the sublime Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia. Bird in the Hand hosts beautiful intimate weddings on its stunning property that has an on-site restaurant but is currently undergoing a $30 million revamp to become an international wedding destination but keep them in mind for when the pandemic is over.
Address: Bird In Hand Rd &, Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside SA
25. The Bell Tower Deck at Beresford House McLaren Vale
The Bell Tower Deck is located on the second level of the Beresford House, a luxury retreat located in the Beresford Estate. This estate is a working vineyard producing award-winning wines and is located in the world-class wine region of McLaren Vale. The Bell Tower Deck is an intimate cocktail area that provides stunning views of the estate and surrounding wineries and has been opened to permit to-be-wedded couples the luxury that most can only dream of for their wedding of a lifetime. A moment that must be captured as part of your wedding portraiture is when there is a calming silence as you sip champagne, watching the sun melt into the horizon.
Address: 158 Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat SA
26. Stella Restaurant
If you love the Amalfi coast, you will love Stella Restaurant as the perfect coastal venue for your wedding. Located right on the beach in Henley Square, Stella is a 20-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. It is a relaxed, picturesque setting with outdoor dining and stunning views. Your reception can be held inside the restaurant and you can wed on the lawns in front of the restaurant if you get prior approval from the council. Stella will create a menu to suit your requirements. The restaurant can cater up to 110 guests.
Address: 2/257 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach SA
27. Stamford Grand Adelaide
Getting married once in a lifetime, you’d want nothing but the best. The Stamford Grand Adelaide, located on the absolute waterfront offers you nothing but the best. With the smell of the freshwater of the sea, the breathtaking views from the balcony and most of all, the charm and elegance of the Stamford, this will make you day unforgettable. The Moseley & Colley Rooms are perfect for an intimate reception and the Adelaide beachside is perfect for your ceremony. Catering is provided in-house.
Address: 2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA
28. Glenelg Pier Hotel
If you love to be married on the beach and walk down the aisle on the soft white sand to your ceremony site, then the Glenelg Pier Hotel should be your choice of venue. It is located on Adelaide’s premier beachfront. Each beachside venue has stunning ocean views and stylish and sophisticated ambience. The cuisine here is top-notch and the venue can cater for up to 160 guests.
Address: 18 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg, SA
29. Hotel Victor
Victor Harbor is South Australia’s favourite seaside holiday destination and Hotel Victor is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Hotel venue features a picturesque backdrop overlooking Encounter Bay, Granite Island and Warland Reserve. This provides remarkable views and a sublime setting for your function. The Hotel has 30 accommodation rooms. The Flinders Room can host 60-100 guests and is suitable for small intimate weddings. There is also the Key Room that caters for a bigger group.
Address: 1 Albert Place, Victor Harbor, SA
30. White Hill Estate
White Hill Estate is an old charming estate with a rustic feel to it. You can hold your ceremony under the old gum tree in the undulating lawn, the gorgeous gardens, the heritage buildings and the orchard serves as an amazing backdrop for your wedding photography. Your reception can be held in the Chaff Shed that holds up to 80 guests. The on-site Homestead has 7 double bedrooms and all facilities. White Hall Estate can recommend vendors that you might need to create your own wedding atmosphere.
Address: 271 Seaview Rd, McLaren Vale SA
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Best Time of Year for an Adelaide Elopement
The city of Adelaide is considered a Mediterranean climate region. Which means cool to mild winters and hot, dry summers.
Adelaide is blessed with sunny weather for most of the year. And it is considered to have one of the best climates in the world. Adelaide has lots of sunshine, very clean air, low humidity and not much rainfall. When it does rain it happens mainly over the winter months.
Summer (December to February) – Summer in Adelaide is dry and hot with an average day time temperature of around 29°C. In summer there are often many days with consecutive heat of 39°C+.
Autumn (March to May) – Adelaide starts to cool down with temperates around the low to mid 20’s making it a beautiful temperature for elopements.
Winter (June to August) – Winters in Adelaide are cool but mild compared to other capital cities in Australia. There is slightly more rainfall in winter, but it is still a lovely time to get married, especially if you don’t like the heat.
Spring (September to November) – Adelaide starts to warm up again and this is another perfect time for an elopement or small wedding.
Why You Should Have an Adelaide Elopement
Elopements are just plain awesome. Elopements mean you can have your wedding your way and you are not restricted to what society or people think you should do. And there are so many reasons why people choose to elope in Adelaide instead of having a big more traditional wedding.
Here are some reasons why I think you should consider an Adelaide elopement.
Adelaide Elopement & Wedding Planning
Planning a big wedding can be damn stressful. And if you are the sort of person that tends to have a little anxiety or have slightly stressful personality traits, then planning a wedding will bring this out. So this is when eloping can become a great decision.
Big weddings take time. And they are stressful. You have to find the perfect wedding venue. A venue that your parents, relatives, extended family, friends, work colleagues, school friends and their partners can all get to easily and on the same day. You have to go to menu tastings, get everyone’s dietary requirements, choose a menu that everyone can actually eat, research other wedding vendors, get a photo booth, find a stylist, send out hundreds of invitations, chase people up because they haven’t rsvp’d. Do a seating plan for every single person at your wedding. Help arrange accommodation for guests, help arrange transport for your guests. Get wedding dresses and suits, but not just for yourself but also for the ten people in your bridal party. Get gifts for your bridal party to thank them. Get gifts for your parents, tell everyone what gift you want. Tell everyone not to give you gifts, but to give you money because expenses are getting out of control and you can’t afford a honeymoon at this stage. And there is about fifty other steps in the process that I skipped over.
Planning a big wedding is stressful and unnecessary. Just elope!
Adelaide Small Wedding Venues
You can get married much sooner when you choose an Adelaide small wedding venue. A big reception venue at a popular location in Adelaide in a peak wedding season can book out anywhere from 12 to 24 months in advance. So you will have to wait that long to get married and start your new life together.
Or… you can elope and use an Adelaide small wedding venue and be married in just over a month! Wow that is an amazing thought right?
Your registered marriage celebrant needs to file a “Notice of Intended Marriage” at least a month before your intended date. So you can technically be married in a months time. What wait one or two years before you can start your new life together? Elope and you can get married now!
Intimate Wedding Venues Adelaide
Financially speaking, a big wedding is really expensive. It is that simple. Let’s just do some quick math on one aspect of it. A three-course dinner for 120 people with unlimited standard drinks is around $150pp. So you are looking at an immediate expense of $18,000. That is a lot of money. And you probably don’t really know half of those people. Relatives you never see, partners of friends or your parent’s friends.
Imagine the sort of beautiful intimate wedding you could have for 20 or 30 of your closest family and friends with even half that money. You could have the most beautiful little event, fully styled with flowers and fairy lights, with the best food and drink available. And you could hire a wedding planner to do it all for you. Plus you would have money left over for your honeymoon in Paris.
Every couple should seriously consider Intimate wedding venues in Adelaide because you can still get the wedding of your dreams. And it will probably be better than your dreams.
Elopement Venues Adelaide
What I love about Adelaide elopements is that elopements are all about the two of you. They are really personal and much more intimate than a big wedding. They are not about strange traditions and superstitions that people do without thinking or the knowledge of why they are doing them.
Big weddings are about you hosting a big event for your family and friends. You spend the majority of your time doing your best to talk to everyone who has travelled to your wedding. An elopement is totally about you as a couple. And the people that do attend get your quality time with both of you. Elopement venues Adelaide are a great way for you to have that more personal small wedding that you are probably looking for.
If you are planning an elopement in Adelaide, I really hope this article 30 Breathtaking Elopement & Small Wedding Venues in Adelaide has assisted you in choosing your perfect elopement venue.