fbpx

Questions about weddings

Waratah Wedding & Function Venue

A Photographer's guide to Waratah Wedding & Function Venue

Summary about the Central Regional Wedding Venue

Located on the outskirts of town, Waratah Wedding & Function Venue is a Bendigo wedding venue that stands out with its beautiful gardens and historic red brick buildings. Waratah Weddings is a function space that offers a picturesque setting, whether you crave a ceremony in nature or inside their unique chapel. Waratah Weddings provides both indoor and outdoor options, allowing you to plan your perfect day and capture stunning wedding photos. Followed by celebrations in their elegant Reception Hall, you and your guests can spend the entire day in one place. Just across the road, Red Waratah Accommodation offers a convenient stay for you and your guests.

Tip #1

Outside is great, but a backup is even better

Having plenty of spots outside to hold your ceremony is always desired, but if rain threatens, Waratah Weddings has a perfect backup location. You can retreat to their charming indoor spaces and still have a fantastic time, ensuring your day is seamless and enjoyable regardless of the weather.

Tip #2

Not so far away from Bendigo
The perfect venue for inviting everyone you know, making it easier for all family members to attend. This location is mindful of convenience and accessibility, ensuring that everyone can join in the celebration without hassle.

Tip #3

Lots of photo spots 
A wedding day schedule's best friend is having everything all in one location. At Waratah Weddings, you can seamlessly move from the ceremony to family photos, the reception, and end-of-night celebrations without ever needing to leave. This means less time driving and more time enjoying the special moments at Waratah Wedding & Function Venue.

Outdoor Locations

In this approach, the photographer acts as an observer, capturing candid moments as they happen naturally. They don’t interfere with the events but instead, try to document the raw emotions and genuine interactions. This can make your photos feel more personal and dynamic.

When it comes to having weddings at Waratah Wedding & Function Venue, you have plenty of choices, and with three main distinct locations to keep in mind, you might wonder why you would want to pick between the chapel, the archway in the garden, or the wedding arbor by the water stream.

It all comes down to the weather, and not just rain. Sometimes you need to consider where the sun will be too. If it’s too hot, you might need to go inside, or think about facing your wedding south or west to avoid too much sunlight. Be sure to check the average temperature for the day you’re booking and what direction the sun will be at that time of year.

An outdoor wedding in the sun means you might want to keep the ceremony shorter for the traditional 2-3 pm time slot, or you could take a creative approach and schedule it in the morning or later in the evening. Factoring in the sun can mean you feel better and won’t look sun-bleached on the day.

Arbor by the Waterfall Stream or pace by the brick archway: Its all very romantic, intimate setting. Video – Films Da More

Waratah Wedding & Function Venue

Late afternoon or sunset photos make for a truly magical experience, casting a warm, golden glow over your special moments. The soft, diffused light at this time of day enhances the beauty of your surroundings and adds a romantic, ethereal quality to your wedding photos. Whether it’s capturing the intimate exchange of vows, a loving glance, or the joyful celebration with family and friends, sunset photos ensure that every picture is infused with the enchanting ambiance of twilight.

Indoor Spaces

Late afternoon or sunset photos make for a truly magical experience, casting a warm, golden glow over your special moments. The soft, diffused light at this time of day enhances the beauty of your surroundings and adds a romantic, ethereal quality to your wedding photos. Whether it’s capturing the intimate exchange of vows, a loving glance, or the joyful celebration with family and friends, sunset photos ensure that every picture is infused with the enchanting ambiance of twilight.

The newly expanded dance floor space at Waratah Wedding & Function Venue brings a new depth to the wedding function room, creating an inviting area for speeches and priming the atmosphere for dancing and good times. This enhancement allows for more dynamic and engaging celebrations, where guests can move freely and enjoy every moment of the event. The open design not only accommodates larger gatherings but also ensures that everyone can fully participate in the festivities, from heartfelt toasts to lively dance sessions.

Fountain's the hub in the middle of your party

waratah weddings Bendigo venue

A tranquil water feature with graceful fish, adding an elegant touch and serene ambiance to the garden setting it’s great as a photo soot backdrop

At Waratah Wedding & Function Venue Highlights

  • Banquet Hall: Seats over 160 people and is perfect for larger weddings.
  • Licensed Venue: Offering a full drinks package or BYO options.
  • Garden Weddings: Multiple beautiful garden spaces for ceremonies and receptions.
  • Historic Chapel: The intimate 1875 St Thomas Chapel provides a unique ceremony location.
  • All-Weather Venue: Options available to ensure your day goes smoothly regardless of the weather.
  • Picturesque Gardens: Ideal for stunning wedding photos.
  • Large Parking Space: Ample parking for all your guests.
  • Self-Catering Option: Flexibility to choose your own caterers.
  • Backup Generator: Ensuring your celebration goes uninterrupted.

Catering Options

Waratah Weddings ensures a range of choices from their recommended caterers:

  • Two Sisters Catering: Offers a variety of cocktail and sit-down menus. Visit Two Sisters Catering or call 0408 033 450 for more information.
  • Debbie Gill Catering: Provides buffet, dinner, finger food, grand BBQ, and tapas menus. Contact Debbie Gill at debbiegill82@gmail.com or 0419 629 998.

This style aims to mimic the look of film photography with its characteristic color tones and grain. Images edited in this style often have a nostalgic, timeless feel.

The Waratah Bar

The Waratah Bar is a fantastic feature to have at your wedding. With drinks readily available close to the end of the ceremony, you can cool off and enjoy the day just as you want. It’s a great spot to relax and take advantage of the bar setup, adding a unique and enjoyable element to your wedding venue. Having so much in one location truly enhances the experience for you and your guests.

Waratah Weddings comes with its own photo wall backdrop, nestled in the corner of the venue, making it the perfect spot for the photo booth to keep guests entertained from 7 PM to midnight. There’s no need to bring in an extra wall because the setup is already beautiful. Anything else would just take away from its charm. The photo booth is always a hit with guests, and you’ll love looking back at the guest signing album filled with funny photos in your wedding keepsake book. The photo booth really helps people break out of their comfort zone, and they’ll be eagerly waiting for the prints to come out, creating endless fun and laughter.

When it comes to typical wedding photography, especially those set in outdoor, natural settings or rustic venues, certain editing styles are more commonly used to complement the surroundings and evoke a certain mood. A common style is the sepia tone colour palette, the “light and airy”.

The “light and airy” style is often favoured for daytime outdoor weddings, where the abundant natural light is leveraged to create dreamy, ethereal images. This style is characterized by soft, pastel colors, gentle shadows, and a general emphasis on light, lending a romantic, almost fairy-tale-like quality to the pictures.

 

bendigo wedding venue

Many venues boast a single standout feature, but Waratah is a favorite for its versatility and photogenic appeal throughout the day and night. It’s perfect for capturing stunning photos from any angle. Some of the standout spots and features include:

– Lawns with well-manicured grass
– Freshly grown gardens with vibrant blooms
– Well-kept spaces that provide a pristine backdrop

Whether you’re taking photos by the elegant archway, the charming old windmill, the serene water stream, or the picturesque chapel, Waratah offers endless opportunities for beautiful wedding memories.

Red Waratah Accommodation

For the convenience of your \self and guests too, Red Waratah Accommodation is available directly opposite the wedding venue. Book your stay at redwaratahaccommodation.com.

Additional Amenities:

  • Water Features: Two beautiful water features create a serene atmosphere for your guests.
  • Outdoor Fountain Area: Perfect for mingling with guests under the fairy lights.
  • Brick Archway and Windmill: Adds to the charm and photo opportunities.
  • Outdoor Bar: A great addition for outdoor celebrations.

Waratah Weddings is continually growing and enhancing its facilities to provide the best possible experience. With new additions like a larger dance floor and increased garden space, this venue offers everything you need for an unforgettable wedding day.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Waratah Wedding & Function Venue and start planning your dream wedding today!

Looking for something else

A list of things to consider when getting the right wedding photographer for you.

bendigo wedding photography and videography
bendigo wedding videographer capturing hand felt motion

looking for a photographer

Photo, video and booth packages for a trifecta wedding deal