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Your wedding ceremony & photography
  • Exclusive use of your ceremony location for two hours, including set-up and pack-down time
  • Signage reserving your ceremony area
  • Permission to take wedding photos in any other area of the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain during your booking times, pending availability.
You can book additional time (maximum of 4 hours in total), please refer to the rate card for details.
  • One location reserved for you as a meeting and starting point
  • Permission to take engagement or wedding photos in any area of the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain during your booking times, pending availability.
We suggest the following starting locations: Mrs Macquaries Point & Chair, Bridge View Lawn, the Pioneer Garden and the HSBC Oriental Garden. 
We have selected twelve breathtaking locations suitable for wedding ceremonies of all sizes. We encourage you to take a walk through the Garden during our opening hours and using this map to choose your favourite location.

Alternatively, you can watch this short video {insert link} or check our website for more details.  

The following table is a summary all locations with their maximum capacity.
  
  • Up to two tables
  • Seating for up to 30 people, or up to 100 people inside the Palm House
  • Cut flower displays and columns, no soil is to be brought into the Garden
  • Carpet or runner (no rubber backing)
  • A bridal arch, chuppah, mandap or similar ceremony cover. Structures must be weighted (not pegged) and the maximum size is 3m x 3m
No decorations can be attached to trees, buildings or other structures. Pegs or spikes are not allowed in the lawns and all items must be weighted. Stage, podiums, balloons, party streamers, sparklers, fireworks (any form), fires (including kerosene lamps) and bamboo torches are not permitted. 

We do not have equipment for hire but we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in the Garden on a regular basis.
No animals, including dogs, are permitted inside the Garden except for an assistance animal that is in harness. Dogs on leash are only permitted at Tarpeian lawn.
Petals are permitted and must be collected afterwards. The throwing of confetti and rice is not permitted.
Fire and/or flames are not permitted. Pending written approval from the Venue Bookings team, a small contained flame may be permitted for cultural exceptions at the following venues:
  • Herb Garden Pavilion
  • Lion Gate Lodge
  • Rose Garden Pavilion
Yes, you can provide your own catering or use one of the restaurants on-site. A surcharge will apply to external caterers. Please refer to the rate card for details.

All caterers must comply with statutory health and WH&S (Work, Health and Safety) requirements. Food must be cooked off-site, barbecues are not permitted. The caterer’s equipment is included in the furniture allowance. No food or drink can be sold.
 
Yes, you can engage a company that is licenced to serve alcohol, or serve your own alcohol (BYO) and follow the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) principles outlined below:
  • not serving alcohol to minors
  • not serving intoxicated persons
  • providing enough food and water
  • ensuring the quiet and good order of your party
Our Rangers will ensure RSA principles are adhered to and will remove any intoxicated persons.
Yes, you can use a low-volume, battery-powered portable speaker or amplifier for the wedding celebrant. Please position speakers towards your area to minimise impact on other visitors. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
Yes, you may have a live acoustic ensemble of up to four people or low-volume pre-recorded music. Bagpipes, drums, pianos or other amplification systems (such as electric guitars or keyboards) are not permitted. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
Power is not available on wedding ceremony lawns and generators are not permitted.
Vehicles, including bridal vehicles, are not permitted to enter the Royal Botanic Garden or the Domain. Please advise all drivers of this condition.
All equipment must be carried or wheeled to the ceremony location. Up to two ranger escorts can be pre-arranged for your decorator or wedding supplier at an extra fee. Only one vehicle is permitted per escort. Please refer to the rate card for details {insert link}.  
 
Metered parking is available along Mrs Macquaries Road, Art Gallery Road and Macquarie Street. Secure undercover parking is available at The Domain Car Park and Opera House Car Park.
Yes, the trackless train can be booked in advance. It’s a great way to transport your guests to the wedding ceremony site. Alternatively, you may like your guests to experience a tour of the Garden. For further information please contact the Venue Bookings team.
Opening times vary seasonally. Please refer to the opening times on our website

Bookings must finish 30 minutes prior to the Garden closing times so you and your guests and suppliers are able to exit before the gates are locked.
Yes, the Garden is a public space and other events may occur at the same time. However, your chosen ceremony location will be reserved for your exclusive use. Should you encounter any problems on the day including occupation of your reserved site, please contact the Rangers on 0419 270 279.
We accept payment for wedding bookings via credit card (MasterCard or Visa) and electronic funds transfer.
Yes, all cancellations must be sent via email to events@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.
 
Cancellations received more than one month prior to your booking will be given a 50% refund of the total fee. Ceremonies and Photography cancelled less than one month prior to the booking date will not receive a refund.

 
If you wish to cancel your booking on the day due to wet weather, please contact the Venue Bookings team on (02) 9231 8119 before midday. If the office is closed, please leave a voicemail. In this instance, your booking will be refunded minus a processing fee. Please refer to the rate card for details {insert link}. 

When cancelling on the day of your ceremony due to wet weather, please also ensure that you follow up your phone cancellation with an email, within 14 days of your booking date, confirming your cancellation in writing to events@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au. 

Please note, if the phone call is made after midday on the day of the booking no refund will be given.
If rain is a concern, consider booking a lawn with a pavilion or alternatively one of our heritage indoor venues. Shade structures and marquees are not permitted to be erected on the day of your event.
We accept bookings for up to 18 months in advance. The Bennelong Lawn and Lion Gate Lodge and Awning are only available to be booked for wedding ceremonies within four to eight weeks of the booking date. Please contact the Venue Bookings team for further information on these sites and how to secure them earlier.

You can submit your application on our website.
Your indoor wedding reception
  • Exclusive use of the venue for your booked time period, including bump-in and bump-out (minimum 3-day hire)
  • Signage reserving the area
  • Vehicle access for bump-in and bump-out 
Please note you will need to build your own marquee and hire an experienced event organiser to coordinate all your suppliers (marquee construction, toilet, caterer, decorator etc.). You may use suppliers of your choice, alternatively we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in the Garden on a regular basis.
 
You are able to bump-in and bump-out between 7am and 6pm daily. Event times can be anytime between 7am and midnight. All guests and staff must be offsite by midnight.

No vehicles are permitted on site after 6pm.. Prior to your event, a schedule of your access requirements will need to be submitted to the Venue Bookings Team.

Driving or parking on grass is not permitted. Authorised vehicles may be approved to drive over and/or be positioned on protective covering with previous approval from the Venue Bookings Team.
Guest capacity varies depending on the size of the marquee and the chosen layout. You will need to work with your event organiser on design and capacity. As an indication: 
  • Bennelong Lawn has capacity for 450 guests (cocktail style) or 250 guests (banquet style)
  • Fleet Steps has capacity for 800 guests (cocktail style) or 550 guests (banquet style)
  • Rose Garden has capacity for 200 guests (cocktail style) on either Walter Vernon Lawn or Fig Lawn and 80 guests (cocktail style) under the Rose Garden Pavilion (approximately 40 seated on benches)
  • All furniture and decorations are the responsibility of the hirer to arrange 
  • Cut flowers only, no soil is to be brought into the Garden
  • Candles are permitted but must be enclosed to prevent exposure of naked flames and leaking of wax
No decorations can be attached to trees, buildings or other structures. Pegs or spikes are not allowed in the lawns and all items must be weighted. Stage, podiums, balloons, party streamers, sparklers, fireworks (any form), fires (including kerosene lamps) and bamboo torches are not permitted. For fireworks, please contact the Roads and Maritime Service.

We do not have equipment for hire but we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in the Garden on a regular basis.
  • All structures need to be submitted on a site map and require prior approval by the Venue Bookings Team
  • Marquees must be weighted, not pegged. They must not impose on any garden bed, sit within the tree protection zone impose on any pathways.
  • All temporary structures must be floored
  • Freestanding structures must be erected in a manner which complies with Australian standards and does not damage the ground or turf. Structures must be loaded off delivery vehicles using a hi-ab or crane. The use of tilt trays is not permitted. 
  • Marquees of 50sqm are required to have a safety sign off by a Buildings Regulations Consultant.
  • Bennelong Lawn: 25m x 25m
  • Fleet Steps: 60m x 15m
  • Rose Garden: 25m x 8m
Yes, you can provide your own catering, use a caterer of your choice or our onsite caterer Botanic House {insert link}. 

All caterers must comply with statutory health and WH&S (Work, Health and Safety) requirements. Only Gold Licence caterers may be engaged, and you must provide a copy of their licence. 
Yes, you can engage a company that is licenced to serve alcohol. You must provide the Venue Bookings Team with a copy of the Alcohol Licence from the supplier and ensure that the conditions of that licence are complied with.

The Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) principles outlined below must be adhered to:
  • not serving alcohol to minors
  • not serving intoxicated persons
  • providing enough food and water
  • ensuring the quiet and good order of your party
Our Rangers will ensure RSA principles are adhered to and will remove any intoxicated persons.
 
Yes, a Public Liability Insurance of $20 million is required.
Yes, limited 3 phase power and single-phase power are available at our sites. We do recommend Hirers to supply an additional generator as a backup. You will need to provide all extension leads and cable trays where applicable.
Yes, access to mains water is available. The Hirer is responsible for supplying a tap key and all hoses are required to fit a 19 mm standard tap connection. 
 
There are no permanent toilet blocks at the outdoor marquee locations. Temporary toilets must be arranged by the Hirer. 
Waste management is the Hirer’s responsibility. Recycling procedures are mandatory. A waste management plan is to be submitted for approval 1 month prior to your event.
Yes, you can use low-volume, battery-powered portable speakers or amplifiers. Please position speakers towards your area to minimise impact on other visitors. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
 
Yes, you may have a live acoustic ensemble of up to four people or low-volume pre-recorded music. Bagpipes, drums, pianos or other amplification systems (such as electric guitars or keyboards) are not permitted. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
 
Metered parking is available along Mrs Macquaries Road, Art Gallery Road and Macquarie Street. Secure undercover parking is available at The Domain Car Park and Opera House Car Park.
A 50% deposit is required to secure the venue. The balance, bond and security costs are due 1 month prior to the event date.
We accept payment for wedding bookings via credit card (MasterCard or Visa) and electronic funds transfer.
A delivery monitor and site representative are required during bump-in and bump-out. A security guard is also required during event times at a ratio of 1 to 100 guests. Overnight security is not mandatory however strongly recommended.

Security guard will be hired the Venue Bookings Team based on your event’s requirements and at the Hirer’s expense. 
We accept bookings for up to 18 months in advance. You can submit your application on our website.