Wedding FAQs

Will there be a wet weather option for my outdoor ceremony or reception?



Absolutely! Every outdoor event we do has a wet weather back up alternative. These are chosen based on availability in the hotel. For ceremonies we make the decisions on the day of, whereas for an outdoor reception the decision is made the day prior. Your Wedding Specialist will be able to identify which areas will be held for you.


Can I have my own MC?


Of course you can. This is a very personal way to involve a friend or relative in your special day. Our professional DJ’s are also our MC’s so will be there on the day to help guide your MC through what is required to make your reception a success!


What if I want a Band instead of a DJ?


No problem at all. We have a great band we recommend – Lily Road Band. You can use your credit from the DJ/MC towards the cost of the band. If you choose your own band, you can use your credit toward additional upgrades such as decorations or beverage packages.


Can I have fireworks for my reception?


Fireworks, dry ice, smoke machines, rose petal canons all add amazing effects to a wedding reception, however due to fire safety and regulations we only able to accommodate these activities in the Governor Phillip Ballroom. Please advise your Wedding Specialist if you will be having these.


Can I have my pet walk down the aisle too?



There is nothing more special than being able to have your fur baby attend your ceremony. We permit them only at the Lakeside and The Woods, and they must not enter the hotel, Chapel or Villa Thalgo Day Spa. All animals must be looked after by a carer, on a lead and any mess must be cleaned up immediately. Charges do apply if any damage or mess is incurred. All animals must be taken off the premises at the completion of the ceremony. Check out Wedding Paws



Who will set up my centrepieces and decorations for my reception?



If you are providing your own centrepieces and decorations, we usually ask you to bring them in the week of the wedding. We are happy to assist in placing already assembled centrepieces out for you, however if they require construction or assembly, we do ask that you allocate a friend or relative to assist. We will happily set out your place cards, bonbonnieres and guest book for you. Your Wedding Specialist will touch on this further in your final appointment around 2 months prior to your wedding.


YAY! I’ve booked! Now what?


Now is the time for you to start locking in your suppliers such as celebrant and photographer. Organising bridal party outfits and cakes is a good idea too. Your Wedding Specialist is there to assist with any questions you have along the way.
Your Wedding Trials are held 4 months prior to your wedding. They are complimentary for you both. You are more than welcome to invite other guests (maximum group of 8) for $65 per person.
Your Final Appointment is held 2 months prior to your wedding. Your Wedding Specialist will go through your day in great detail from the start to finish, picking colours, decorations, menu choices, and beverages, finishing off with a timeline of your special day.


Can I get ready for my wedding on site?


Yes you can! We recommend booking your accommodation for the night prior to the wedding. Your hair and make-up artists are more than welcome to come onsite and assist you with your preparations in your room. It is a good idea to book your room for 2 nights, to avoid check out times on the day of, that way you can relax and enjoy you special day.


Can I bring my own catering or alcohol for my wedding?


No food or beverages of any kind, other than those provided by the hotel will be permitted onto the hotel’s property without consent of the hotel. We do not permit external catering (other than a wedding cake). Please speak to your Wedding Specialist if you have any further questions.


Can I have a drone to take photographs at my wedding?


Unfortunately due to the proximity of the hotel to the Richmond airbase and the strict rules of security around the base, we cannot have drones taking photos over the property.


Can I have release balloons or doves at my wedding or event?


Unfortunately due to the proximity of the hotel to the Richmond airbase and the strict rules of security around the base, there are restrictions on the number of balloons/doves that can be released. Please speak to your Wedding or Social coordinator so they can guide you with what is acceptable.


Can I have my wedding reception in Harvest Restaurant?


Harvest Restaurant is not available for weddings, however, there are several function areas which can accommodate between 20 and 160 guests to suit your taste and budget.



Whether you’re celebrating any occasion, launching a brand-new product or commemorating a personal milestone. We’ll be happy to answer any question or customize a menu for your event.