Testimonials

We take feedback incredibly seriously - we value the comments that we get from couples, their guests and vendors and we're proud to share the real feedback that we receive about our weddings.

 

"Maya was outstanding in organising our wedding and delivering on the day. Always able to answer our questions and offer good suggestions."

Maria and Adrian, 18 February 2017, via feedback form

 

"We had the most amazing wedding at the Farm Café! The café looked incredible (including the flowers by their florist Bec), food was delicious and staff were so lovely and helpful. Our event coordinator Amelia was fantastic and made sure everything went smoothly. It really was the most perfect day and we couldn't recommend it more."

Simone and Scott, 3 March 2017, via feedback form

 

"Everything we hoped for and more. A great venue and great people. We wanted a laid back wedding that reflected us and the team got it spot on!"

Tom and Kate, 6 January 2017, via feedback form

 

Sarah ad Paul, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

Sarah ad Paul, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

"A beautiful venue with warm and accommodating staff!"

Sarah and Paul, 30 December 2016, via feedback form

 

"Thank you so much Farm Cafe for everything. It truly made our wedding planning and the event itself a wonderful event that was incredible stress-free. The planning was super easy, your staff – Rose, Bec and especially amazing Maya – were lovely people: attentive and wonderful to work with. I always appreciated Maya's taking the initiative on recommendations though she was never pushy. On the day, the venue looked beautiful, the staff friendly and things ran very smoothly. Maya ensured myself and my groom were focused on having a good time. And the food was just wonderful - all the guests loved the food and complemented the vegetarian options (and the lamb was given the two thumbs up by our Greek family!!). Thank you again"

Michelle and Danny, 14 January 2017, via feedback form

 

"The Children's Farm helped us create a wedding that felt like it was 'ours'. The team were amazing! We had a perfect day!"

Emily and Ben, 21 January 2017, via feedback form

"Maya, Emily and I just wanted to say how truly grateful we are for all your hard work yesterday and over the months in the lead up. The day could not have been better and so much of that is because of you. I'm sure there were stressful moments for your team but as the bride and groom everything just seemed completely seamless and perfect. It was great getting to know you over the past year. We are sure you will make an excellent teacher and wish you all the best with pursuing this dream.

Thanks again!
Ben & Em"

Emily and Ben, 21 January 2017, via email

"Hi Bec
I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful flowers yesterday. You did an amazing job, the colour and variety and styling were all fabulous. My bouquet was magnificent! I had lots of comments about it and all the other arrangements too, and at the end of the night there were no flowers left because the guests loved them so much.
Thank you again!"

Emily and Ben, 21 January 2017, via email

 

"We never imagined having a day this grand, and could not have pulled it off without the help and talents of everyone at the farm. The space was gorgeous but never ostentatious, the flowers beautifully arranged, and all of our guests stressed that it was the very best food that they had ever had at a wedding. Maya was so professional that we had to keep reminding ourselves that she wasn't actually our wedding planner. We had a perfect day, and wouldn't have changed a thing. Thank you."

Camille and James, 15 January 2017, vi feedback form

 

"We had an amazing time. Jess and the other staff were friendly, helpful and their attitudes really suited the day we wanted to had."

Kelly and Mark, 13 January 2017, via feedback form

 

"An incredibly professional team that made the day run without a hitch. Amelia and Bec were an absolute delight to work with in planning our backyard wedding. It was the closest I can imagine to having a stress-free wedding day. On the day, the team left me alone to get ready while they set up everything around me just beautifully. The guests raved about the food and the service. The farm cafe went above and beyond our expectations!"

Yoko and Luke, 26 November 2016, via feedback form

 

Lee and Sarah, photo by Madeline Druce

Lee and Sarah, photo by Madeline Druce

"Maya and her team were exceptional! We had the most amazing day and everyone pushed through no matter how hot the weather got. All our guests loved the whole experience and found everyone at the Farm to be very friendly. Maya is clearly part ninja!"

Lee and Sarah, 7 January 2017, via feedback form

"Wow!!! We just had our wedding on Saturday and we had the most amazing day. Maya is an absolute legend and so were the rest of the crew. They went above and beyond for us, even though it was a horrible 40 degrees!

We had so many laughs with the staff and it felt like we had extra friends with us on the day. They all helped us pull off the relaxed day we were after. Wish we could do it all again!"

Lee and Sarah, 7 January, via Facebook

 

"Our wedding was absolutely perfect - Maya and Farm Cafe did a fantastic job. We had so many compliments from our guests on how wonderful the food was and how fresh the ingredients were. People thought we had personally chosen and sourced all of the cheese and cured meats because it was all so delicious! Maya and the team also did an absolutely amazing job styling the ceremony and reception venues. They went above and beyond our expectations. We can't recommend their services highly enough to anyone planning a wedding or any other event."

Lauren and Hugo, 9 December 2016, via feedback form

 

 "We had a very positive experience. In particular, guests raved about the delicious food - it was a real standout!Thanks for making our evening so magical!"

Bridey and John, 3 December 2017, via feedback form

 

"Thank you so much for a beautiful wedding! It was perfect down to the last detail <3"
Sarah and Andray, 2 December 2016, via Instagram

  

"We honestly couldn't fault the service of Maya and the farm, our wedding was perfect! We had the most incredible wedding and that couldn't have happened without the team at the Collingwood Children's Farm. The venue was perfect and our guests of all ages had such a great time. Each step of the planning process was so enjoyable, we never once felt overwhelmed or stressed and we have Maya to thank for that. We felt like we had hired a wedding planner, with Maya ensuring everything went smoothly, we were left to just enjoy every moment! Thankyou to the whole team, our wedding was better then we could've imagined x"

Tabitha and Chris, 25 November 2016, via feedback form

  

"Service was fantastic, no complaints at all. Maya created the perfect event for us and went out of her way to make the evening special. The venue looked amazing and the food was delicious - many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. Maya was attentive to all our needs and made great recommendations for things like photography and flowers. Couldn't be happier with the service!"

Cassie and Simon, 19 November 2016, via feedback form

 

"Aaron, Maya and team were professional and went above and beyond for a corporate function that was hosted in the barn. Chef Mark was able to cater specifically for our needs, and I would highly recommend the memorable and unique space."

Elyshia Birkett, Missy Mischief PR for Australian Certified Organic Awards Night, 10 November 2016, via feedback form

 

Jacqui and Thomas, photo by Pixie Rouge Photography

Jacqui and Thomas, photo by Pixie Rouge Photography

"Firstly thank you for everything.! The help, advice, service and communication received AMAZING. The food was all fresh and shared platters incredible and service on the day AMAZING. The flowers BLEW US AWAY. The groomsman is a horticulturalist, so we wanted everything to be simple and the whole wedding to be about them. All we gave you is a list and some ideas and wholey moley did you deliver!!

IMPENDING RAIN

While doing the rehearsal 2 days before i became very nervous that we choose the wrong venue for RAIN there was rain plan although I was still apprehensive..........Firstly Amelia put my mind at rest about schedule and location of everything that was a start, the rest I just had to trust. Sooo on the day......

The Ceremony:

Was more MAGICAL and ROMANTIC than I could have ever wished for and planned for. 75 of our nearest and dearest huddled under the stable awing. Adorned with hundreds of BRIGHT FUN spring flowers and dozens of festoon lights while the rain pelted down on the tin roof above. Blankets and cute clear umbrellas were supplied for those that were unprepared and it was simply DELIGHTFUL.

The Location:

With rain on the way I was apprehensive we wouldn’t be able to make the most of the BEAUTIFUL farm again I was wrong. We had photos in the garden amongst the spring flowers with the rain fell down all around us .Then the rain stopped and it was the most STUNNING light the bright clear crisp light that makes everything so bright, clean the FRESH. As we sat having dinner we the light shone through the large barn doors. Then came the RAINBOW that sat over the bush making an amazing backdrop for the awesome photos.

The Animals:

with all the rain I thought we wouldn’t be able to make the most of the animals. But they were out and as CUTE as ever including a peacock that sat with us for dinner in the barn and some possums up in the rafters for the dancing! There was also a group of goats in the paddock that kept my 4 year old brother very amused. Not to mention the migration of hundreds of bats through the moody sky above.

The Barn:

Was so COSY in the rain, the warm festoon lights and all the BRIGHT spring flowers made for a beautiful WHIMSICAL atmosphere.Thank you again. for making our celebration PERFECT!"

Thomas and Jacqui, 21 October, via letter

"Thank you so much for the Flowers they tottally exceeded expectations and made the whole thing simply perfect! They were also such an awesome feature under the stable awning in the pouring rain. Thank you thank you thank you for all your effort the Flowers were truly spectacular!!!!!!!"

Jacqui and Thomas, 21 October 2016, via email

 

"The conversion of the Collingwood children's farm barn into our wedding reception area was nothing short of spectacular - well done guys. The staff were fabulously attentive and the food was both magnificent in both taste and quantity."

Skye and Richard, 24 September 2016, via Easy Weddings

 

"We held our fabulous wedding at the Farm Cafe in September, with the ceremony at the beautiful oak tree. The weather was miserable (grey, wet and windy) for the whole week before the day, but the encouraging voice of our co-ordinator kept us going. Despite having switched to the wet weather option the night before, we managed to score a beautiful sunny day, and the team happily changed plans again for us on the morning of the wedding. The event was managed beautifully, with ease by the Farm Cafe team, led by Maya and many of our guests said it was the best wedding they'd ever attended. The food was superb, service excellent and it proved a great venue if you want a relaxed vibe for a smaller group. Highly recommended."

Kate and Brad, 17 September 2016, via feedback form

 

"I conducted a wedding ceremony on Thursday evening in the paddock. Maya and her team of professionals offered a faultless service. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the staff are friendly and efficient. The event was dressed to perfection and I managed to sneak a few canapés..delicious! 10/10"

Russell Healy, Celebrant, 8 September 2016, via Facebook

 

"Was an amazing day. It was exactly as we planned and we couldn't be happier. Everyone loved the food and no one went home hungry!"

Louise and Russell, 14 August 2016, via feedback form

 

"I just want to thank you for all your hard work yesterday (and in the lead up to the day of course). The whole day came together so beautifully and I'm all teary right now thinking about it. Everybody commented on how smoothly the whole things ran and everyone loved it. couldn't have done it with out for help! thanks maya!!" 

"Thanks so much for yesterday! you put in such great effort and you really wanted the best for us all along which was just amazing! We couldnt be happier!"

Elise and Adam, 2 July 2016, via text

Madeline and Lachlan, photo by Fifteen Photography

Madeline and Lachlan, photo by Fifteen Photography

"Lachie and I wanted to thank you for all the work you put into our wedding. The venue looked absolutely amazing!! We could not believe how fantastic it all turned out, it was even better than we thought it would be! You worked so hard to bring our vision together and we can not thank you enough. Also the food was just perfect! Everyone was raving about it and couldn't believe how much there was, they all said it was delicious and that they were so full. We only had one complaint; Lachie's Pop couldn't understand why you would eat salad from a jar! haha :) You bought everything together and helped me not to stress as much, we will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know!"

Madeline and Lachlan, 11 June 2016, via email

 

"I was the Celebrant at James and Laura's wedding on the weekend and I would just like to thank Maya and all her staff for all of their assistance. They did a superb job on dressing and styling the ceremony and reception venue to create a cozy, rustic farmhouse setting. The ladies were relaxed but professional, very competent and extremely polite. This is a great venue for an intimate wedding. 

Thanks again, ladies!"
Russell Healy, Celebrant, 31 May 2016, via Facebook

Michelle and Dyfan, photo by Jason Vandermeer

Michelle and Dyfan, photo by Jason Vandermeer

"The farm is a warm, cosy space. The staff were fantastic in organising the lead up to the day and the staff on the night were energetic, fun and professional. The food was delicious and the dance floor was just the right size for a good boogie."

Michelle and Dyfan, 2 April 2016, via feedback form

Alice and Cal, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

Alice and Cal, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

 

"We cannot praise Rose, Vanessa and the Farm Cafe enough. Our wedding at Glasshaus Inside was executed like a dream. From the moment we met Rose we knew this was the team who were on the same page as us. It was wonderful to be able to trust in them all that we envisioned and know they would go above and beyond to make it reality. The menu was tailored to our French theme and we can honestly say it was the best food we or our guests have had at a wedding and we had many compliments. Not only did the Graze table look amazing, it also worked well to suit various tastes. The chef even visited the venue with us before the event to see the space and set up they would have. All these little efforts added up to ensure the day ran really smoothly. We absolutely loved the bar setup and found all the staff to be relaxed and professional. All the decoration and furniture details were handled by the team and it made it so much easier for us to have them overseeing everything, rather than having to deal with several suppliers. Vanessa, our event producer was fantastic. She had great ideas including a hot gin punch which was served to guests in tea cups and she went to the trouble of answering every question we had and liasing with her team to make sure no detail was overlooked. Their expertise also helped us find other fantastic Melbourne suppliers including our photographer and dj, in their list of recommendations. Knowing they had worked with them before gave us confidence in using them and we were thrilled with the result. We also love that we supported a local homegrown business, what a great example of how creative and brilliant Melbourne people are! Thanks again for making our wedding day the best day of our lives."

Alice and Callum, 9 April 2016, via feedback form

 

"Although the farm hosts weddings all year round, the experience we had felt unique and special. We can't thanks the staff enough for a truly unforgettable night."

Vannthy and Eddie, 27 March 2016, via feedback form

Alex and Gavin, photo by Stewart Leishmann

Alex and Gavin, photo by Stewart Leishmann

"Hi Arlene, Firstly, can I say a huge, huge thank you for organizing our amazing wedding last night. I am not lying when I say, basically every single guest said it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Everyone absolutely raved about the food, the setting and the service. Everything ran SO smoothly and your team was just fantastic. It was better than I ever could have imagined. Honestly, it was just the best day. Thank you for all your support and meticulous care in every aspect of our day. It was just perfect. Please pass on our greatest thanks to everyone involved as well."

Alex and Gavin, 19 March 2016, via feedback form

Nyree and Alan, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

Nyree and Alan, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

"Thank you to Vanessa and the team! My wedding day was perfect - intact it was better than I even imagined. Leading up to the big day I was so nervous and had a lot going on. The Farm Cafe were fabulous - taking the stress off - organising everything for me from styling the venue and making everything look so beautiful to the amazing catering - everyone of my guests commented on the beautiful ambience and the food saying it was definitely a wedding to remember! Thank you - Alan and I are both so happy and the day was truly a great reflection of us as a couple <3"

Nyree and Alan, 11 March 2016, via feedback form

 

"Helped organise my daughters wedding here. Turned out to be a fantastic choice the surrounds were fantastic, the ambience perfect and the service was AAA1+ They catered brilliantly for 60 people with real quality natural yet modern food served in a relaxed environment. The service and atmosphere was just so perfect for the location..Could not fault it.."  E A Cartwright, via Tripadviso

Roxy and Rohan, photo by Timothy Marriage

Roxy and Rohan, photo by Timothy Marriage

"Wow! We have just held out wedding at the farm cafe on the 5th of March and it was simply the most magical and amazing experience enhanced by the professionalism and friendliness of the farm cafe. Throughout planning Vanessa our contact was always available, friendly and very hospitable to our questions and requests. We had an event that has a ceremony under the huge beautiful oak tree, nibbles and drinks in the paddock and a fantastic reception in the barn. On the day Rox and I just enjoyed our day with no stress or issues and our request for decorations, food and drink were met with no fuss and perfectly to our instructions! Roxanne my wife and I highly recommend having your wedding at the Farm Cafe and the Collingwood Children's Farm...."

Rohan and Roxanne, 5 March 2016, via Facebook

 

" I was [Lucy and Paul's] celebrant. I am just emailing to pass on my feedback of how fabulously friendly and helpful all of your team were on the day. What a great team. I do a lot of weddings and this was one of the most positive experiences I have had with staff helping and just being lovely. Even little things like giving me a glass of water were so appreciated. Also, just as we went to play walking in music my PA battery died (arrgg!), but the guys behind the bar whipped into action and instantly got us set up on your sound system. The whole setting looked gorgeous as well - beautifully set up. Thanks for everything and I hope to see you again for another gorgeous wedding soon."

Georgia Mills, Celebrant, 28 February 2016, via email

 

"Everything ran perfectly! Chris and I can't thank Arlene and the team at the Farm Cafe enough! Arlene was there every step of the way, and made our wedding planning a completely relaxing experience. The wedding turned out even better than we ever could have imagined, and the feedback we received from all our guests is amazing. The food and service was perfect and we will certainly be recommending The Farm to our friends. You made everything so easy and seamless, and we couldn't be more grateful!"

Alysha and Chris, 26 February 2016, via feedback form

 

"Found the whole experience stress free and smooth! Thanks for a perfect wedding!! The staff at the farm cafe made the whole wedding organisation a pleasure. They saw our vision and executed it perfectly... nothing was too much trouble. I'm only sad it's over."

Romy and Adib, 21 February 2016, via feedback form

 

"We had a wonderful wedding at The Farm and couldn't have asked for a better day. Everything was fantastic. Our day at The Farm was so special and seamless. Vanessa was brilliant to work with, answering all our questions about every little detail, and the day ran so smoothly that we were able to relax and enjoy every moment. Thank you so much to all the staff and to The Farm for providing a day we won't forget."

Efrat and Paul, 5 February 2016, via feedback form

 

"A wedding is the best party you will ever throw: it's the perfect group of people; and the perfect purpose. To that, I'd add that the Childreb's Farm [sic] was the perfect place. Comfortable, informal, serene and friendly. Our special day could not have been better. Thanks to Vanessa and the team!"

Emma and Lachlan, 30 January 2016, via feedback form

 

"We want to thank the Farm Cafe for putting on an amazing wedding for us and our friends and family. It was the most perfect day, from the set up to the food. Many people have told us it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding and the best wedding they've been to. The Oak tree and barn were set up beautifully and we couldn't have hoped for a more amazing day. Thank you so much for giving us so many wonderful memories to treasure."

Lan and Mat, 24 January 2016,  via feedback form

 

"The Farm Cafe suited us to a tee because they were friendly & casual while being extremely professional and focused on the little details. The food & service got 100% excellent reviews from our guests, and we have golden memories!"

Gabby and Mark, 16 January 2016, via feedback form

 

"Our wedding ceremony and reception under the oak tree was everything we could have expected and more. Arlene and all the staff at the farm cafe deserve more praise than we could possibly give them. Thank you to everyone for making our day so special."

Lyndal and Elliott, 8 January 2016, via feedback form

 

"We are in our early 30s - so naturally all of our friends are getting married around this time. We've been to a number of Weddings and heard some real "horror stories" around how things can go wrong - so we were really bracing ourselves for the worst. To our absolute delight, the service provided was of the absolute highest quality. The night went off without a hitch. I found the staff amazingly accommodating, friendly, efficient and professional. A big "shout-out" to Arlene; who assisted in the organisation, planning, logistics and running of our wedding from day-dot. We received the best possible service and were at ease throughout the entire planning process, as well as the actual wedding as we knew we were in the best possible hands. We ordered and provided our own drinks - and at one point we ran out.. Disaster! I asked the catering staff if we could do something about it. Their response - "Rest easy, we will sort it out, just enjoy your night". They ended up shooting to the local shops (which they had researched and knew the best place to go to prior to the wedding), problem solved! Thanks again guys, and well done on an amazing job"

 Lachlan and Levinia, 28 November 2015, via feedback form

Michelle and Eden, photo by Ed Sloane

Michelle and Eden, photo by Ed Sloane

"We are so incredibly happy that we chose to get married at the Collingwood Children's Farm. We received lots of compliments from our guests about the food, staff and setting. The styling was exceptional and was far better than anything we imagined. Eden and I were never stressed or worried as Vanessa was amazing and took care of everything. We couldn't have done it without her!"

Michelle and Eden, 20 November 2015, via feedback form

 

"I don't think I could have had a better day and that's thanks to the farm cafe staff. They thought of everything, nothing was too hard or far-fetched.  The food was delicious, the set-up was beautiful, there were hints of personal touches everywhere. The location was ideal, I forgot I was in Melbourne for the afternoon. Xx Thank you"

Megan and Edmund, 7 November 2015, via feedback form

 

"Thanks so much for making our wedding ceremony so special. The last minute change from the park to the cafe (courtesy of the weather!) was seamless and turned a potentially very wet and uncomfortable ceremony into a very comfortable one - we really appreciate it! Great job all round."

Eve and Jonathan, 31 October, 2015, via feedback form

Ellenore and Rien, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

Ellenore and Rien, photo by Kitty Wursthorn

"Can't recommend this place enough! Excellent service, food, and venue! Our day was rustic and relaxed, and our friends can't stop thanking and complementing us! The team were great; so supportive and professional. We had the best day... thanks again Collingwood Children's Farm Cafe!!!"

Ellenore and Rien, 16 October 2015, via feedback form

 

"Beautiful venue, great food- wonderful for an intimate occasion!"

Harry and Zoe, 15 August 2015, via feedback form

 

"Vanessa and her team help us realise our vision for our special day effortlessly and seamlessly. It was exactly how we imagined and couldn't have ask for anything more."

Dee and Jin, 26 June 2015, via feedback form

 

"We have had so many great comments about the food, everyone said they had plenty to eat and that it was delicious. Arlene and the team gave fabulous service and we couldn't have been happier with how the evening went."

Claire and Michael, 9 May 2015, via feedback form