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Our parks and gardens offer stunning seasonal colours and established plantings. This creates an ideal atmosphere for weddings and photos at any time of year.

Bookings are essential for wedding ceremonies in our parks and gardens, with a minimum of 4 weeks' notice required.

It's free to have an onsite photographer and videographer, but they must submit a separate booking application if they are bringing more than just a handheld camera.

For information about booking and other fees, visit our Fees for open space bookings page.

Popular gardens for weddings

Alexandra Gardens

Alexandra Gardens is a green oasis in the heart of Kew featuring expansive lawns and avenues of mature trees. The decorative rotunda is particularly popular for ceremonies and photographs.

Find out more on our Alexandra Gardens page.

Canterbury Gardens

Canterbury Gardens is a romantic spot for exchanging your vows. The Canterbury venue has a raised rotunda with stunning views and a bridge among weeping cherry trees.

Find out more on our Canterbury Gardens page.

Central Gardens

Central Gardens in Hawthorn features meandering paths and a tropical-style border. It's designed around garden 'rooms', which offer fantastic photo opportunities. The popular playground will keep younger guests well occupied.

Find out more on our Central Gardens page.

Maranoa Botanic Gardens

Maranoa Botanic Gardens is a native Australian garden in Balwyn. It provides colourful seasonal plant displays in a private and natural setting, with birds and butterflies for company.

Find out more on our Maranoa Botanic Gardens page

Surrey Gardens

Surrey Gardens is a heritage-listed venue in Surrey Hills featuring unique artworks and a beautiful rotunda.

Find out more on our Surrey Gardens page.

Items that are not permitted

Your event is not allowed to have:

  • glitter
  • confetti
  • rice
  • rose petals
  • naked flames (candles)
  • a stage
  • stakes or pegs in the ground

Some parks and gardens allow marquees, arbours and chuppahs. You can check this by finding your preferred space on our Book a space page.

Permitted activities with conditions

Third-party vendors

You must get our approval if you plan to hire third-party vendors such as:

  • caterers
  • equipment hire providers
  • musicians
  • drink carts
  • food trucks.

Additional fees and permits may apply. You will also need a minimum of $20 million in public liability insurance if you are hiring third-party vendors.


Decorations are permitted at our venues, but you:

  • cannot tie or stick them to the rotunda or trees
  • must remove them at the end of the booking.

Chairs and tables

To find the chair and table limits for each space, visit our Book a space page.

Rotunda cleaning schedule

Our staff check the historic rotundas at Alexandra Gardens and Canterbury Gardens every Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

We will inspect the rotundas and:

  • remove litter, debris and hazards
  • report any damage or graffiti.

We aim to keep our facilities in pristine condition. However, as they are open to the elements and public access, we can't guarantee that your facility will be free from damage.

We recommend that a member of your party does a last-minute check before your booking is due to start.

Book a garden

To book one of these gardens for a wedding, visit our Book a space page.

Check individual park and garden pages to get the characteristics, features and capacity you need for your special event. Our gardens suit small groups through to 300 people.

Get help on the day

If you have any questions or need help on the day, call us on (03) 9278 4444 (including after hours).

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