the best Newcastle & Hunter Valley wedding venues 2021

There are so many Newcastle & Hunter Valley wedding venues, I often wonder how newly engaged couples get started! My job lets me see the best and the worst of them, so I've compiled this list of my favourites. This is based on the location itself and the service I've witnessed that comes along with them. All of these venues can host your wedding ceremony & reception, which is what I always recommend. Many also have accomodation available on-site, which is even better.

I also advise looking through WedShed - they curate unique wedding venues as well as providing a ton of wedding planning advice.
Every time I visit this venue there is something new to see - and I shoot here a lot. The quieter cousin of the touristy Pokolbin area, Broke is the perfect spot to get away from it all. Accommodation on-site, incredible views, undercover options for hot or rainy days. The best management team I've met anywhere. A spectacular venue.

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Jordan & Shannon
Beau & Dean
Sam & James
Mark & Lesley
Margan Estate Hunter Valley Wedding Venue
Also located at Broke, this wedding venue has great views over the Brokenback Range. Beautiful barrel room and top-notch food. I've always had amazing service here, a pleasure to visit.

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Liz & Frank
Catherine & Rangel
Tocal is my most photographed venue, but it's so gorgeous I don't mind visiting again and again. The grounds are kept meticulously and are great for photos. There is accommodation on-site at the Barracks, best suited for guests or grooms - bridal prep needs more space. I never check the forecast here as there are so many undercover options. It has a perfect vantage point for sunset. Tocal checks all the boxes!

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Alyce & Myles
Sarah & Luke
Nikki & James
Kieran & Kristie
Sophie & Yale
Zoe & JB

Circa 1876 Hunter Valley Wedding Venue
Formerly known as Robert's Restaurant. One of the best looking venues in the Hunter accompanied by some of the best food you can get. Bang in the middle of Pokolbin, there is plenty of accomodation available on-site and within a few minutes drive. Can't go wrong.

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Richard & Shaun
This venue is a little lesser known, but has amazing potential. It features a homestead, so it feels as if the wedding is at a private house. BYO marquee if you're entertaining more than a small group. Excellent grounds for photos and faces perfectly for the sunset. There's also a cellar door on-site and the most friendly labrador pups you'll ever meet.

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Mick & Chloe
Albion has a small cottage, a gorgeous barn and extensive gardens perfect for photos. Your reception can be held at the adjacent Woodville School of Arts, which can be booked separately from the gardens as well.
The reception space here is unlike anything else in the Hunter. High ceilings & polished concrete floors give this a modern upmarket feel. Tons of spots for photos around the property as well. Wollombi is a little further afield,but it is full of BNB's, or organise a bus for guests back to Pokolbin.

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Anna & Matt
cocktail hour wollombi wedding
Stonehurst is the first venue you find as you head into Wollombi, and for many couples they see no need to drive further. This venue packs the triple threat of accom / ceremony / reception in one place. I love shooting here!

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Bec & Trahern
stanley park wedding
Just north of Newcastle, this stunning property now has a function space onsite. You can fulfill your 19th-century old-money real-estate-mogul dreams and stay in the property itself. Being on the edge of Fullerton Cove means you get sunset-over-water, a rarity on the east coast.

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Emma & Lucas
Newcastle Museum Wedding Venue
There aren't many unique options within Newcastle itself, but the Museum is definitely one of them. They also have a great space for ceremonies, and it's right by the harbour.
This former church is now host to a whole range of functions, including weddings. Plenty of space along with an adjoining hall. Situated in the centre of town which makes it easy for guests to find walking-distance accomodation.
Their zucchini flowers are reason alone to have your wedding here. If you know, you know.
Fernbank Farm Central Coast Wedding Venue
How many venues can boast their own horse-drawn carriage? Located near Wyong Creek on the Central Coast, this place is an absolute dream for weddings. Two houses onsite makes planning logistics and timings super easy.

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Louise & Paul
Bells at Killcare Central Coast Wedding Venue
Tucked away at the bottom of the central coast, Bells is there for when only the best will do. Their list of restaurant & hospitality awards borders on the ridiculous.

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Gavin & Alyssa
Warm and cosy with incredible service. Just back from Forrester's Beach, this one is a winner. Plenty of outdoor space to kick back too.