For many of us, pets are more than just animals; they’re part of our families. Their companionship is unparalleled, their love unconditional. As more couples seek to personify their weddings with unique touches, the inclusion of pets in ceremonies and receptions has become a popular trend. But not every venue is open to our four-legged friends.
If you’re dreaming of a wedding with your dog in New South Wales or one of the beautiful destinations around Australia, we’ve curated a list of the top pet-friendly venues that could be your perfect match. But before we delve into that, let’s understand why incorporating pets into weddings has gained momentum.
The past few years have witnessed a surge in couples including their furry friends in their wedding celebrations. This trend is part of a broader shift towards personalising weddings, making them an intimate reflection of the couple’s shared life and values. After all, pets play a crucial role in many couples’ lives, and their involvement often adds a unique, heartwarming touch to the ceremony.
They could play roles from ring bearers to honourable guests, adding a dash of excitement and joy. This rise in pet-friendly weddings also underscores the demand for professional pet photographers who can perfectly capture these beautiful moments.
Hiring a pet photographer for your wedding is an investment worth making. These professionals are skilled in capturing your pet’s personality and charm. Whether it’s a spontaneous run down the aisle or a sweet yawn during speeches, these moments can turn into beautiful memories that last a lifetime.
Furthermore, pet photographers are also experienced in managing pets during busy events, ensuring the safety and comfort of your beloved pet while you’re immersed in your celebration.
Picking a venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your planning process. When your pet is part of the equation, it becomes even more critical to select a place that can accommodate your beloved pet.
A pet-friendly wedding venue should not only allow pets but also provide a safe and comfortable environment for them. Here are our top picks for pet-friendly wedding venues in Australia that fit the bill:
Summergrove Estate, Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Offering stunning views of the ocean and hinterland, Summergrove Estate is a picturesque venue that is open to pets. The outdoor spaces are perfect for your pet to enjoy while you celebrate your big day.
The Farm, Byron Bay, New South Wales
This rustic farm is a pet-friendly venue and they are very accommodating when it comes to including your furry friends in your special day.
Fig Tree Restaurant, Byron Bay, New South Wales
This venue boasts panoramic views of the ocean and the hinterland. Pets are welcome, and the staff can help look after them during the ceremony and reception.
Riverside Ranch Retreat, Yamba, New South Wales
This venue offers a private waterfront location for your wedding and they warmly welcome pets. They have large open spaces, perfect for your pets to roam around.
Gum Gully Farm, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria
This farm offers a rustic and intimate setting for your wedding. They allow pets to join in the celebration, and they even have resident deer on the property.
Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley, Victoria
This winery is a stunning backdrop for a wedding and is also pet-friendly. They offer dedicated staff to look after your pets during the event.
The Lake House, Daylesford, Victoria
With its six-acre country garden extending to Lake Daylesford’s shores, The Lake House offers a serene setting for your wedding. This venue is not only pet-friendly but also provides accommodation for you and your furry friend.
Mewburn Park, Maffra, Victoria
If you’re looking for a venue that combines history, charm, and beautiful landscapes, Mewburn Park is the place. This pet-friendly venue allows you to hold both your ceremony and reception onsite, ensuring your pet can be with you throughout your special day.
Planning a pet-friendly wedding requires a little extra thought. It’s crucial to consider your pet’s temperament and how they’ll handle being around large crowds. You also need to think about who will be responsible for your pet on the day.
Delegating a trusted friend or family member to keep an eye on your pet can help ensure they’re safe and cared for throughout the celebration.
Including your pet in your wedding can add a unique, personal touch to your special day. It’s a trend that has grown in popularity for a good reason — our pets are a part of our families, and having them with us during one of the most important days of our lives feels natural.
With the right venue and a skilled pet photographer, you can ensure that your pet-friendly wedding is a joyous and memorable occasion. And remember, the most important thing is to ensure the comfort and safety of your pet, making the day as special for them as it is for you.
By choosing one of these pet-friendly venues and adhering to our tips, you’re on your way to creating a memorable wedding day that truly reflects your family.
Located at Yarra Glen in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley, Alowyn Gardens is an award winning garden with formal gardens, beautiful landscaping and most memorably, a 50 metre long (and fragrant!) wysteria covered tunnel.
Out superstar photographer Alex, was lucky enough to shoot this wedding and on a hot and sunny day in the middle of summer, got to enjoy the cooling shade and dapppled light of the wysteria tunnel with the ceremony held under it.
Following the ceremony, April and Adam enjoyed photos with their bridal party and then together under the wysteria before rejoining their guests for drinks and dinner.
Just before the golden hour and sunset Alex took the couple out to a nearby field for more photos to make the most of the soft light and gorgeous scenery. We think you’ll agree that it was worth the effort!
Flowering for approximately 4 weeks in October each, the arch looks great at any time of year with it’s welcoming shade and beautiful greenery, and is perfect for wedding photography.
Whatever time of year it is, Alowyn Gardens is always a lovely option for wedding photography. For a small fee, couples are able to access the gardens for their wedding photos even if they are not holding their ceremony or reception on site, but this must be booked in advance.
We were delighted to photograph Loretta & Geoff’s late summer Friday wedding with family and friends at the beautiful Polperro Winery at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.
When the groom arrives with a bow-tie wearing dog, you know it’s going to be a great wedding! The dog’s wet paws all over the bride’s dress on arrival could have dampened the mood for some but not these two!
The marriage ceremony was conducted on the lawn overlooking the vines and the rolling hills of the peninsula, followed by a few photos of the newly married couple around the gardens and vines, before moving inside to join their guests for a long and leisurely lunch at this fabulous winery.
We love weddings on the Mornington Peninsula, so if you’re planning your own wedding or elopement on the Peninsula, please get in touch for a competitive quote as we’d love to photograph it for you!
Not quite an elopement, but almost!
Sharron & Paul, by their own description, are an ‘older couple’ and really only wanted a quick and simple marriage ceremony with their closest family so booked in at the Victorian Marriage Registry on Spring Street. A type of elopement wedding without really eloping.
Following their short but very sweet marriage ceremony we strolled over to Treasury Gardens for family photos and then a few low key and casual photos with the newlywed couple before they departed for dinner at The Langham.
In these strange Covid times we’re finding more couples preferring to keep their weddings smaller, more low key and some are eloping, but we’re still offering the same high quality and affordable wedding photography that our clients expect from us so if you’re starting to plan your elopement photography or wedding ceremony please get in touch for a competitive quote.
It was our pleasure to photograph Marnie & Steve’s recent wedding at the fabulous Farm Vigano in South Morang. Located where Melbourne’s suburbs start to peter out and bushland starts to be the main feature, the restaurant has a lovely country vibe, with great views of the surrounding trees and orchards below the property.
Having found us while looking for cheap wedding photographers in the Melbourne region, we were pleased to be able to offer just a short photography package of 2 hours that fitted with their plans for the day at their elopement style wedding which consisted of a small morning ceremony on the lawn, family and couple photos around the property, before moving into the restaurant for a long and relaxed lunch.
We enjoy shooting weddings of all size and style so please do get in touch to chat about your plans. You might like to check out other recent weddings we have photographed around Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane over on our blog.
Melbourne’s Budget Wedding Photography were delighted to photograph the wedding of Robyn & David in Frankston recently.
With Covid-19 border restrictions in place, the guest list was reduced in size for those allowed inside the church for the ceremony, but nobody was left out! Friends and relatives in Melbourne and across the border in Adelaide and Sydney, were able to watch the entire ceremony and speeches which were all professionally live streamed in high definition using a 4 camera set up.
Not only were guests at home able to watch the live events unfold, but both the newlyweds and family will be able to enjoy watching the day again at a later date as the footage is automatically uploaded to a private server as it’s filmed. A very impressive service! If you’re considering live streaming your wedding ceremony or elopement in Melbourne then please get in touch and we’ll put you in contact with the live streaming wizards.
Following the ceremony and speeches, and while guests mingled (socially distanced obvs!) we photographed the newly married couple in and around the church since the Melbourne weather had done it’s occasional crazy thing and thrown up a storm for the day. The weather didn’t dampen anybody’s enthusiasm and the modern church served us perfectly for the wedding portraits so we captured a great selection of photos for the couple to treasure.
As affordable wedding photographers often operating out of Melbourne, we relish the chance for a bit of travel out to regional areas of Victoria, such as Kyneton and Bendigo, so when the enquiry for this Daylesford wedding arrived it was an immediate yes from us!
The Lake House is nestled just above a lake in spa country, as you enter the town of Daylesford, 90 minutes from Melbourne and is the perfect area for holding a wedding with it’s relaxed country vibe and friendly hospitality.
With a ceremony on the lake terrace, drinks and photos with family followed the official side of the day, before the bride and groom invited their guests to join them for a relaxed reception just as the sun was setting.
We all love a trip to the Mornington Peninsula! Even more so if we’re photographing a wedding there, so it was with great pleasure that we agreed to photograph K&M’s wedding at The Royal Hotel in Mornington on a warm December day last year.
Following a friendly and relaxed ceremony inside the hotel and while guests enjoyed drinks and canapes in the bar and beer garden, we took the newlyweds and immediate family for a quick scoot around Mornington for photos at the beach, beach boxes, Mornington Park and around the harbour area.
Following photos with the couple we returned to the hotel to photograph guests mingling and congratulating the couple as well as a mock-cut of the wedding cake prior to guests being welcomed into the dining room for the evening’s celebrations and entertainment. We captured the bride and groom being announced to the room and a few brief speeches before departing.
We packed all this photography in to just 3 hours; so for a very affordable price of around $1000 we managed to provide an extensive selection of affordable wedding photos that covered a short time prior to the ceremony, the marriage ceremony, family photos, couple portraits with the bride and groom, mingling and social photos, cutting the cake photo and reception entry. We think you’ll agree, that’s a pretty good deal!
After we finish up at a wedding we always make a point of treating ourselves to some excellent fish and chips at the beach before heading home to Melbourne which always makes wedding photography bookings on the Mornington Peninsula our absolute favourite!
We were delighted to be selected as the photographers for A&D’s recent wedding at Ballara Receptions in Eltham near Melbourne.
Ballara Receptions is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and receptions and as affordable wedding photographers in Melbourne we often find ourselves there in the beautiful chapel and gardens for wedding photos with family and friends.
Often, couples host their ceremony in the gardens in fine weather, but the chapel is an elegant and easy alternative for those Melbourne days that can be a little unpredictable or wet. Wedding photos with family group shots, bridal party and couple in the gardens follows the ceremony, while guests get to enjoy drinks and canapes before the reception starts.
Ballara is great as a wedding venue since it offers a location for both the ceremony and reception in one location, thereby keeping wedding costs affordable and the opportunity to spend that money on your budget friendly wedding photography.
See more recent affordable wedding photos on our blog.
We were pleased to photograph L&C’s Melbourne marriage registry wedding which was attended by their friends and family, including the bride’s side of the family who took the time to fly out especially for it.
Following the ceremony and family photos outside the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, Melbourne, we moved on to Treasury Gardens for some relaxed photos with the couple before they rejoined their guests for their wedding lunch.
Not being afraid to be themselves, the colour blue was very much the theme, with it appearing in the handcrafted paper flowers, the bride’s hair, jewellery and the groom’s outfit too. I thought the cowboy/girl boots were a nice touch.
We love photographing weddings at the Melbourne Marriage Registry and nearby Treasury Gardens so if you are planning a wedding please do get in touch to discuss your affordable wedding photography options.