Sydney Brides: Your essential Mosman wedding guide - with venues to suit every style and budget!
SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE? MAKE YOUR DAY MAGICAL - AND MEMORABLE - AT ONE OF MOSMAN’S TOP VENUES TO GET HITCHED, WHATEVER YOUR BUDGET. WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING AN INTIMATE AFFAIR, OR AN EPIC CELEBRATION FOR HUNDREDS OF GUESTS, MOSMAN COLLECTIVE HAS YOU COVERED, WITH OUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATIONS!
By ANNA USHER.
Mosman is spoilt for choice when it comes to hosting a wedding – and choosing an outdoor option for your ceremony is growing in popularity, thanks to the suburb’s spectacular scenery and world class harbour views.
If you are thinking about saying “I do” in the open, it’s important to note that you must book with Mosman Council to receive permission prior to the big day.
Popular choices for council managed outdoor facilities include the Rotunda at Balmoral Beach, Rocky Point Island, Clifton Gardens and Reservoir Park (behind Boronia House).
Please note that Mosman Council takes bookings for weddings up to 12 months in advance, and reservations are held in blocks of two hours.
OUTDOOR CEREMONY LOCATIONS
ADDRESS: Cnr The Esplanade and Mandalong Rd.
FACILITIES: Toilets located at Bathers Pavilion and also at the Tramshed. Marquees are not permitted in or near the Rotunda.
INFO: The Rotunda provides a spectacular wedding back drop and it is a much loved location in Mosman. Built in 1930, it is an important historical landmark, overlooking the beach and Rocky Point Island.
GET MARRIED HERE IF: You want to be within walking distance to your reception at Bathers Pavilion or Public Dining Room.
ADDRESS: McLean Crescent, Mosman.
INFO: Large undulating grassed area and shady trees. Access to harbour beach (no net). Please not there is no view of the beach from Rosherville’s grass reserve.
FACILITIES: Toilets. Street parking and carpark (Pay & Display). Small children’s playground. Marquees and amusements permitted at 3 locations. Council also has licensed an operator to sell light refreshments at this reserve.
ADDRESS: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman.
INFO: If you are looking for that show stopping location, with drop dead views over Sydney Harbour, consider taking your vows at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre. Maximum number of guests here is 120 and there is parking available and toilet facilities. This location is perfect if you are heading into Mosman for your reception after taking your vows at sunset!
ADDRESS: Morella Rd, Mosman.
INFO: A large, flat grassed area with shady trees. Harbour pool. Stunning water views from the grass reserve.
FACILITIES: Toilets. Disabled access. Picnic tables and seating. Large children’s playground. Basketball court. Marquees permitted. Wharf (accessible by private ferry). Council has licensed an operator to sell light refreshments at this reserve.
GET MARRIED HERE IF: You want a casual, low-key wedding, with plenty of space for the kids to run around. Please note you cannot book picnic tables. Car park opens 6am and closes at 9:30pm.
ROCKY POINT ISLAND
ADDRESS: Balmoral Beach, over the arched bridge!
FACILITIES: Toilets located at the Bathers Pavilion; marquees are not permitted.
INFO: A small island accessed over Mosman’s beautiful arched bridge and up the steps from Balmoral Beach. Landscape of lawns, bushland and rock outcrops.
GET MARRIED HERE IF: You want to be within walking distance of a reception at Bathers Pavilion or Public Dining Room.
OUR TOP WEDDING VENUE PICKS
ADDRESS: Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman.
INFO: If you are looking for the perfect wedding location, Sergeants Mess could be it. Set within the stunning Chowder Bay precinct, it can host 250 seated guests, or 350 cocktail guests. The beauty about this place is that it’s available for exclusive hire, so you can host your ceremony, wedding shoot and reception in one location. Genius!
ADDRESS: Suakin Drive. Mosman.
INFO: Gunners Barracks is historic, secluded and luxurious, with panoramic views of Chowder Bay from its courtyard and terrace. The venue can host 130 seated guests and 180 cocktail guests, with a variety of packages available to suit different needs.
GET MARRIED HERE IF: You love opulent surroundings and rooms featuring Florence Broadhurst wallpaper and Waterford crystal chandeliers.
EAST COAST LOUNGE
ADDRESS: Building 7, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman.
INFO: If you are looking for a classic, Hamptons inspired, relaxed vibe - then East Coast Lounge is for you! Hire the entire venue for up to 60 guests and enjoy world class cuisine and stunning wine. The wonderful thing about East Coast Lounge is that they can also offer bespoke packages to suit your needs - and the service is always friendly (and impeccable!)
ADDRESS: 2a Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman.
INFO: Where do we begin? Iconic views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, exclusive photo locations, and a variety of reception spaces to choose from (including two ballrooms) promise to make your wedding unforgettable. Taronga can cater for up to 250 guests.
ADDRESS: 1109 Middle Head rd, Mosman.
INFO: Housed in a historic sandstone mansion, Burnt Orange is a boutique venue for discerning Brides.
With two uniquely beautiful spaces and a range of packages available, it can host 190 people for a seated dinner 250 people for a cocktail event with roaming drinks and canapes.
A secluded location with bushland surrounds, it's hard to believe how close Burnt Orange is to Sydney's CBD.
MOSMAN ART GALLERY
ADDRESS: 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman.
INFO: The Grand Hall inside Mosman Art Gallery is a bit like a secret wedding location for those “in the know”.
Originally a Methodist Church, it has impressive architectural features, like stained glass windows, soaring ceilings, rich timber detailing and amazing acoustics. It can accommodate up to 200 guests and also has a commercial kitchen adjoining the hall!
The hall is a blank canvas, ready for your wedding planner to decorate to your specifications - an added bonus is the Council car park just 200m away in Vista St, for those who are driving!
ADDRESS: 79 Parriwi Rd, Mosman.
INFO: Orso is superbly positioned on the water at Middle Harbour, adjacent to the Spit Bridge. Catering from 50 to 180 guests, it has a variety of packages suitable for all budgets and we love that the venue has exclusive access to a wharf for boat drop offs and pick ups! You’d be hard pressed to find a better location on a sunny Sydney day!
ADDRESS: 624 Military Rd, Mosman.
INFO: Boronia House is a magnificent heritage mansion built in 1885 and lovingly restored to it’s former glory. With manicured gardens and classic Victorian filigree architecture, Boronia House welcomes you in timeless style.
The venue can host 100 people upstairs or 130 downstairs, but you can hire the entire residence for up to 200 guests.
GET MARRIED HERE IF: You are having your ceremony at Reservoir Park, Mosman.
ADDRESS: 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral
INFO: Historic Bathers Pavilion is the jewel in Mosman’s crown - and one of Australia’s most popular wedding reception venues. Upstairs and away from the busy dining room, you can enjoy a stunning event with capacity for up to 150 guests in “The Room”. With it’s understated elegance, it is the perfect canvas for you wedding planner to design a spectacular celebration.
Address: Ashton Park, Mosman.
INFO: Athol Hall is situated in Ashton Park, Mosman, with stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour. It is the perfect setting, allowing for both wedding ceremony and wedding reception all in the same location - with plenty of great photo opportunities close by!
Photo: Gemma Clark Photography www.gemma-clark.com