Save $$$: Book Your Mid-Week 2019 Wedding At These Melbourne Venues [Updated for 2019]
Did you know you could get married in 2019 in the Melbourne wedding venue of your dreams AND save thousands of dollars simply by cleverly booking your wedding reception between Monday to Thursday?
Here's some Melbourne wedding venues that offer substantial savings by getting married mid-week.
Brighton Reception (formerly The International of Brighton)
Melbourne's bayside Brighton Receptions on Bay St, Brighton will operate until 30 June 2019 until it closes permanently.
For its Georgian Room, the minimum guest spend for 2019 weddings is $5,000 for Monday-Thursday (with minimum 50 guests) vs $10,800 for Fridays and Sundays (minimum 80 guests) and $15,000 for Saturday evening weddings (minimum 100 guests). You'll spend only $15,000 booking out its Ballroom for a mid-week 2018/2019 wedding with 150 guests vs $27,000 with 200 guests for a Friday or Sunday wedding, or $30,000 to secure the Saturday.
The nearby 4-star hotel wedding venue Brighton Savoy which is across the road from the iconic Brighton bathing boxes charges only from $105 per guest for Monday-Thursday 2019 weddings, but from $130 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday weddings.
The Baths Middle Brighton
Right on the water is the The Baths Middle Brighton. Dining upstairs with a maximum of 120 guests for a sit-down dinner starts from $140 per person from April-August and from $155 from September-March.
There is a minimum spend of $16,000 for a Saturday or Friday evening wedding from September-March ($10,00 for lunch), and $12,000 for night-time weddings Sunday-Thursday and $8,000 during this period.
But if you book your wedding date between April-August, the minimum spend drops to $10,000 Monday-Sunday for a sit-down dinner and $7,000 for a sit-down lunch.
Sandringham Yacht Club
You and your guests can enjoy a marvellous view of the Melbourne skyline from Sandringham Yacht Club, sited right on the water. Mid-week weddings cost $125 per head from April-September 2019 and $130 from October 2019-March 2020 (peak wedding season), while Friday and Sunday weddings cost $140 and Saturday weddings cost $145 per head in the peak season.
If you think you need a massive guest list to book a Docklands wedding venue with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views over Victoria Harbour and the city skyline, think again.
Berth has capacity for 90 guests at a sit-down dinner with a minimum spend of $12,000 for Friday and Saturday nights in summer, and $10,000 in winter while it costs only $6,000 for Sunday-Thursday weddings in summer, and only $3,000 to marry on a winter's evening in Sunday through Thursday.
Lincoln of Toorak
Right in the heart of elegant Toorak is an equally elegant venue which has had a recent facelift. Lincoln of Toorak includes guest-friendly round tables, centrepieces, linen, chairs with choice of sashes, crystal centrepieces and AV hire as part of your package.
Plus, there's two private bridal suites for your bridal party to relax with a glass of champagne, freshen up and change outfits.
You can book the 2019 package price for canapés and arrival drinks, with a three course menu and a basic 4 hour beverage package for weddings for $155 per head for a minimum 180 guests Friday-Sunday, or complimentary beverage package for Monday-Thursday weddings which would make the price $120 per head.
Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club
Love, anyone? One of Melbourne's best-kept secrets is the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club with its strikingly modern design for contemporary weddings. You can book your mid-week wedding here from just $125 per guest, which rises to $145 per person for weddings booked Friday through Sunday. And did you know the venue offers bridal accommodation on-site too?
For smaller weddings of 80-160 guests bedazzle them with the Moroccan styling of Grand Metropol in Clayton. Book a Saturday night with a minimum spend of $6,500, a Friday and Sunday for $5,500 or Monday-Thursday for $4,500.
Grand on Princes
Its sister property, The Grand on Princes in Mulgrave is perfect for larger weddings, comfortably seating 180-400 guests. It features a sweeping staircase and a ballroom lit with multiple crystal chandeliers. You'll spend a minimum of $14,000 for Saturday, $12,500 for Friday and Sunday and just $8,000 for Monday-Thursday.
Grand on Cathies
For truly huge weddings, choose Grand on Cathies in Wantirna South where up to 600 guests can dance the night away on the spectacular parquetry dancefloor and marvel at the state of the art LED light display. Its minimum Saturday night spend is $16,500 but this drops to $15,000 for Friday and Sunday and to just $10,000 for Monday-Thursday.
Red Scooter in Balaclava is a warehouse-sized space with a slightly burlesque New York flavour. Not unlike walking into a giant nightclub! Pay from just $115 per guest Monday-Thursday, $125 per head for Fridays and Sundays and from $135 each for a Saturday wedding.
At the glamorous venue The Park, wedding packages start from $134 per person seven days a week, but you'll can book your wedding for 50-500 guests on a Friday or Sunday in June through August from $131.40 per person as part of their winter specials.
River’s Edge Events
Right on the Yarra River at North Wharf in Melbourne's CBD, at River's Edge from Monday through Sunday you'll pay a minimum of $130 per person throughout the year but you can book a Friday, Saturday or Sunday wedding during winter (June-August) from just $117 per guest.
Chateau Wyuna in Mt Evelyn in the Dandenong Ranges charges from $98 per person for Monday-Thursday dinnertime wedding packages throughout 2019.
Compare this to $127 per person for Saturday night weddings ($117 for Fridays and $110 for Sunday) in March, October-November, $119 each for January-February, April, September and December ($109; $102 respectively), and $107 per person ($100; $98 respectively) for weddings in May-August.
Pretty wedding venue The Gables in East Malvern charges $105 per person for Monday-Thursday weddings and Saturday lunchtime weddings, but the Friday and Sunday evening wedding rate is $125 while getting married on a Saturday night costs $140 per head.
Tudoresque Marybrooke Manor in Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges offers five packages, two of which are the Sherbrooke sit-down dinner or lunch with alternating meal service and the Olinda buffet-style lunch or dinner.
Monday-Thursday weddings throughout 2019 as well as Friday and Sunday weddings June-August cost $115 per person, $135 on Fridays and Sundays in March-April and October-November and $125 on Fridays and Sundays (January-February, May, September and December).
Saturday weddings cost $145 per head for March-April and October-November weddings, $135 (January-February, May, September and December) and $125 (June-August).
Its Boutique Package lets you pay only $80 per person year-round if you have a smaller wedding from Monday-Wednesday OR you want to book and marry within three months - which is great if you need to bring your wedding forward due to family, health or work commitments.