Weddings in the Paddock

The stables paddock at the Collingwood Children's Farm is a beautiful place for a wedding. With views to the yarra river, a starry night sky and a border of gum trees your guests will feel a million miles away from the city. We recommend a Marquee, Tipi or Sperry Tent as Melbourne's weather should never dampen your day!

Marquee

We highly recommend getting a marquee big enough to seat all your guests as well as space for a dancefloor and bar. If the weather's perfect these can be outside but it's always good to have backup space if it rains. Flooring and lighting complete the look and ensure guests will be comfortable all night long. 

Price Guide: 

Marquee 10m x18m with clear walls and roof (seats up to 150 guests) : $4100

Timber flooring: $2800

Lighting: $780

Dancefloor: $390

We recommend Dom at Marquee Monkeys

Tipis

Looking for something a bit different? How about a Tipi! Placed together you can create any floorplan you wish and leave all the sides open to truly embrace the outdoors. Don't forget to include festoon lighting around the edges, it's an absolute must!

We recommend Scotty at Tipi Tipi

Price Guide:

Double tipi with flooring and a dancefloor (upto 120 guests): $5000

Triple tipi with flooring and a dancefloor (Upto 140 guests): $6900

 

Sperry Tents

Stunning handcrafted ‘Sperry’ sailcloth tents, with a sweeping canopy supported by natural wooden poles, create a signature look that conveys both elegance and romance. Sought after across the world, Sperry Tents add a special element to any outdoor event.

We recommend Under Sky

Price guide:

10m x 20m "Oyster" tent (Seats upto 150): $6000

Woven mat flooring: $800

Lighting: $800

Toilets

Absolutely essential for any paddock wedding, nearby toilets are a thoughtful and convenient addition so guests don't miss a moment of your big day. Prices start from $800 for clean and pretty mens and womens bathrooms

We recommend Black Tie Toilet Hire

The Farm Cafe

The Farm Cafe is a really magical venue. It's open-air architecture and ceiling-high windows really showcase this special setting that overlooks the Collingwood Children's Farm and it's surrounds.

Capacity 60 seated, 80 standing.

The Stables Paddock at the Collingwood Childrens Farm

This is a really special spot tucked nicely into an elbow of the Yarra river on the Farm's perimeter. There is no limit to the amount of guests you can have at this site, so it's perfect for larger marquee (or tipi, if you prefer!) weddings. There's not a building in sight here, bar the old stables which has loads of character and features that charm of timeworn wood.

The venue fee goes to support the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and includes the use of the farm for your ceremony and photos as well.

Next Step: To check dates or arrange a site tour -  get in touch here

The Barn / Collingwood Childrens Farm

The Barn is the most gorgeous old building. Built in 1895, it offers the sort of rustic charm that is rarely found this close to the city, and it's still functioning - the cows get milked in there every day at 4pm!

It's perfect for weddings with up to 100 guests seated, or 150 cocktail style, regardless of weather. On hot days, guests can spill into the outdoor surrounds and enjoy the view, and on colder days we get to light the fire and crack the mulled wine. The venue hire fee for the barn goes to support the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and includes the use of the Farm for your ceremony as well.

Next Step: To check dates or arrange a site tour - get in touch here

Lot 4 Richmond

You can't get more Melbourne than a warehouse in Richmond! We recommend getting married at nearby Burnley reserve park and getting guests to catch the tram up swan st to the reception.  Lot 4 is the perfect blank canvas for a sit down dinner for up to 100 or cocktail party for up to 150 guests. With space for a dnacefloor, bar and outdoor area for drinks it's the perfect place for a party!

 

STYLING AND HIRE

We have an extensive range of gorgeous vintage and industrial styling equipment available to hire. Ask your event producer for ideas and advice as we love making each wedding as stylish and pretty as possible!

We know what works at the farm and pride ourselves on adding those little details like beautiful signage and twinkly lights to create a feeling of warmth and celebration. 

FURNITURE

SIGNAGE

PROPS AND STYLING ITEMS

WEATHER PLANS

White market umbrellas - $80 each

Gas heaters - $60 each

Basket of blankets - $40

Basket of clear guest umbrellas - $40

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James and Lydia

James and Lydia's stunning summer wedding was held on a beautiful warm afternoon in the paddock. Our florist Bec created an arbour dripping with roses and flowers and their ceremony was followed by drinks and lawn games in the paddock. The barn was bedecked with flowers, including babies breath 'bunting' and king protea and foliage centrepieces, while the barn entrance was arrayed with oak leaves. It looked like a magical wonderland! Photos by Justine McArthur

Lee and Sarah

Lee and Sarah had an amazing party for their nearest and dearest. It was a small enough wedding to make use of the Farm Cafe space, but as wedding photographers themselves they were keen to have the use of the entire Collingwood Children's Farm grounds for their celebration and photos. We set up the bar and barn in the grounds below, not to mention one of the most beautiful pinatas we ever did see!

Photos by Justine McArthur

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Courtney and Matt

These two lovebirds had an incredible wedding, from the ceremony under the shady oak complete with live music to the incredible TipiKata set up in the paddock. They celebrated under the stars with an outdoor bar and dancefloor to the glow of our festoon maypole. Heaps of fun!

 

Photos provided by Kitty Wursthorn and Timothy Marriage.

Stephanie and Shane

Steph and Shane's beautiful wedding was held under the oak tree on a rainy day - they took the rain in their stride and with some umbrellas for the guests and bridal party and the shelter of the tree, their ceremony was held outdoors as they had planned. 

Guests then were treated to test tube shots on arrival and danced the night away in the cafe.

Madeline and Lachlan at Mountain Goat

Madeline and Lachlan got married and celebrated in the same awesome venue: Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond. Their ceremony took place in front of a giant light-up love heart - afterwards, the space turned into the dancefloor!

 

Photography by Jason Vandermeer, used here with kind permission.

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