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. Ayers House

Location: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide

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Ayers House is the new term for a historic mansion situated on North Terrace in Adelaide in South Australia. It is named after the five-time South Australian Premier and rich industrialist Sir Henry Ayers, who held it from 1855 to 1897. It is the only mansion which has survived on North Terrace.

They have a number of spaces to choose from, some of which are perfect for an intimate small wedding or elopement.

2. Silvestri’s of Clarendon

Location: 73 Grants Gully Rd, Clarendon 

Photo courtesy of Silverstri’s

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.

3. Auchendarroch House and Wallis Tavern

Location: 17 Adelaide Road, Mount Barker

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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.

4. Saltram Wine Estate

Location: Murray St, Angaston

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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.

5. Glanville Hall

Location: 8 Park Avenue, Semaphore South

Photo courtesy of 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 beautiful 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.

6. Mandalay House and Garden

Location: 271 Black Callington Road, Mount Barker

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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.

7. Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre

Location: 191 Reservoir Rd, Modbury

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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.

8. Weddings Botanic Gardens

Location: Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, Plane Tree Dr, Adelaide

Photo courtesy of 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.

9. Mortlock Chamber at the State Library

Location: North Terrace &, Kintore Ave, Adelaide 

Photo courtesy of slsa.sa.gov.au

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.

10. Glen Ewin Estate

Location: 43 Lower Hermitage Rd, Houghton 

Photo by Wilson & Lewis Photography

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.

11. Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe

Location: Windy Point Lookout, Belair Road, Belair 

Photo courtesy of Windy Point

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.

12. The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel

Location: 120 North Terrace, Adelaide

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.

13. Woodstock Wine Estate

14. Hilton Adelaide

15. The Grange Golf Club

16. St Francis Winery Resort

17. The Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia

18. Adelaide Pavillion

19. Adelaide Town Hall

20. The Summit Mount Lofty

21. Mount Osmond Golf Club

22. Waterfall Gully

23. Sinclair’s Gully Winery

24. Bird in Hand Winery

25. The Bell Tower Deck at Beresford House McLaren Vale

26. Stella Restaurant

27. Stamford Grand Adelaide

28. Glenelg Pier Hotel

29. Hotel Victor

30. White Hill Estate

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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.

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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.