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25 May 2022

A creative blank canvas for your dream wedding

There are few countries in the world better suited to an outdoor wedding than Australia. A winning formula of sunshine, landscapes and nature-loving couples means we get some of the most gorgeous weddings on the planet.

In Sydney, we are lucky enough to have three of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations on our doorstep; the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Nestled within the oldest botanic garden in Australia, The Calyx is a hidden gem within the iconic Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. This picturesque architectural-marvel is a giant changing space and houses the largest changeable interior green wall anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

It has everything you need for your magical wedding day, from a stunning terrace and expansive lawn to intimate indoor areas with stunning backdrops…the possibilities are endless. This guide will help you transform The Calyx, a beautiful indoor open-air space into the inspirational wedding location of your dreams. 

Cocktail or banquet seating at your wedding


There are two ways you can utilise the space for your reception or wedding. If you would like a more relaxed canopy cocktail event, The Calyx can fit up to 400 people across the gorgeous outlook island at the front, all the way to the stunning green wall. 

If you would prefer to have a more traditional sit-down banquet dinner, then this adaptable space can also accommodate round table arrangements, rectangular, square or even U-shaped seating designs. Whatever style you prefer for your function, the team can help create the perfect layout for your wedding. 

The Calyx was built to be an unique and versatile venue, which caters to all of your preferences, including food and beverages. Laissez-Faire Catering are the newly appointed exclusive on-site caterers at The Calyx, providing a creative and versatile menu all your guests will love. 

At The Calyx there is a blank canvas to create the concept that you want and guests will be impressed by the unique location, with so many backdrops for photos. 
Tanisha Malkki, Venue Manager

Get creative with your wedding planning 

How do you get creative in your planning? Well remember a wedding isn’t just about the day, it’s about the journey. This is why having fun with the audio-visual equipment to create your optimal dance podium, exterior lighting to create a romantic atmosphere or personalising your reception is a creative process that tells your unique love story. 

Many couples approach the venue with their own concept through inspirational images to give The Calyx team an idea on what would be the most suitable for the occasion. 

If you don’t have a concrete concept yet, then that’s fine too - The Calyx is a blank canvas after all. The team can recommend different styling options to create something unique that will surely impress your guests. 

Implement the final personal touches 

Once you have established the layout, overall concept and catering, it’s time to add some personal touches and play around with the venue's unique features. One of the most iconic being The Calyx lighting outside on the terrace where all the pillars light up and are illuminated at night. Bring in sophisticated outdoor furniture or modern decor, every concept is complimented by the natural surrounds of the Garden and artchitectural elements of the space. 

"We will always endeavour to create a personalised culinary experience for all weddings," say Sara Flaksbard, General Manager of Laissez-faire Catering. "Our fresh, modern cuisine is carefully designed to tantalise taste buds and emotions with flavour, texture and timeless presentation."

Wedding Showcase on 4 June

Witness these possibilities in person on Saturday, 4 June at our upcoming Wedding Showcase at The Calyx. Spend an afternoon exploring The Calyx flower like structure, circular design and arching pillars. 

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