Beautiful venues perched on water’s edge are setting a stage for the dreamiest of weddings! As crystal-blue waters are reflecting the sun beams and the cool breeze is scenting the air, you and your guests are sipping the drinks, indulging the food and admiring the glorious views…
Waterfront wedding venues are ideal for summer celebrations! Set right by the ocean, they offer a gourmet experience with a view, and the irresistible fragrances of freshly prepared seafood marvelously blend with the refreshing sea breeze. With a few stylish touches such as romantic lighting and summer florals, the scene is set for an indulgent celebratory dinner!
There is something unique and irresistible about a venue with a view! A waterfront wedding venue will instantly wow you with that hypnotic blue colour of the ocean which creates a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photography so effortlessly. Colours are slowly transforming throughout the day and switching from light blue into the explosion of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples during the sunset until the water finally becomes dark blue with sparkly reflections of the moon, stars and flickering lights of your romantic venue. And all those mystical shades provide stunning photo opportunities!
Tranquil water views add a special touch to any dining experience. From the first sip of champagne to the last piece of wedding cake, everything tastes so much better when you are surrounded by the uninterrupted ocean views and the fresh breeze is enhancing the flavours. You can opt for alfresco dining and soak up the views while indulging a multi-course seafood meal, or host a canapes-only reception outside, but to ensure that weather doesn’t spoil your plans, book a venue with a romantic indoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows or glass walls so that you can enjoy the views but also be protected from wind or unexpected rain.
And with such beautiful views, a venue set right by the ocean doesn’t need too much styling to look and feel romantic. You can create a cosy atmosphere with a colour palette inspired by the ocean, seasonal flowers or greenery that are seamlessly blending into the space and the inevitable ambient lighting. During the daytime, you will be surrounded by the endless blue vistas as well as boats swaying in the wind, and in the evening, the moody light of candles, tea lights and lanterns will sparkle the romance and set the stage for your first dance.
Styling with lights can really transform your wedding venue and add warmth to the space. Fairy lights are very romantic when suspended above tables, but festoon lights with big light bulbs will provide more light and create a wonderful reflection on the water’s surface. The combination of pretty lanterns and a cosy interior is also undeniably romantic, while the candles housed in glass containers will instantly glam up your reception tables.
Waterfront wedding venues often offer the best seafood you can find. Freshly caught fish, crabs, oysters, and lobsters are coming directly from the sea to your plate and you can indulge the rich flavours while being surrounded by the mesmerising ocean views. Choose a top-notch, award-winning seafood restaurant to ensure that you have spectacular menus. From fresh oysters and beautifully arranged seafood platters to the most elaborate fish dishes, you can really make a fabulous versatile wedding menu. Before your wedding day, book a dinner for two or arrange a tasting session in a restaurant to try out their seafood menus.
And to complement the delectable seafood wedding menu, you need a fine selection of wines. Some of the best seafood and wine pairings include oysters or lobsters with Chardonnay, salmon with pinot noir, prawns with sparkling wine, mussels with pinot grigio, clams and sauvignon blanc and tuna steaks with rosés.
Harbourfront Restaurant, NSW – The Bride’s Diary Contributor
Harbourfront Restaurant is the perfect waterfront wedding venue for your wedding in Wollongong. Nestled in the Belmore Basin, it offers breath-taking views of Wollongong Harbour as well as delectable seafood. Two elegant function rooms are set right on the water’s edge, catering for 60 to 240 people. The space is suitable for both cocktail receptions and banquet-style dining, with each of the rooms overlooking the ocean through glass walls.
Harbourfront Restaurant is famous for its fresh fish and seafood. Here, you can indulge Sydney Rock Oysters, local eastern rock lobsters, giant king prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, the best Tasmanian salmon, Cone Bay barramundi, yellowfin tuna and Hiramasa kingfish. Entrees and tasting platters are beautifully arranged with a selection of dressings, dips and delicious bites, but you won’t be able to resist their elaborate mains which are meticulously paired with premium wines.
You will really be spoiled by attentive, friendly staff and liaise directly with their functions coordinator, bar manager, and executive chef to make your function perfect. Just book your wedding with them, and they will do it all for you!