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Small Weddings - FAQ's

  • Exclusive use of your ceremony location for two hours, including set-up and pack-down time.
  • Your booking includes one ranger escort of one vehicle only for transport of equipment by your decorator or wedding supplier.
  • 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 for $170 per hour (maximum of 4 hours in total).
  • 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 use this map to choose your favourite location.

We have a great range of locations suitable for ceremonies up to 300 guests. You can find more information on the following locations here.
Waratah venues
Palm House & Lawn
Rose Garden & Pavillion
(toilet facilities available)
Bennelong Lawn
Tarpeian Lawn
Acacia Venues
Herb Garden Pavilion & Lawn
Lion Gate Lodge Garden & Awning
(toilet facilities available)
Australian Rockery Lawn
Eucalypt Lawn
Harbour View Lawn
Mare and Foal Statue Lawn
Flower bed Lawn
Fig Tree Lawn
Boronia Venues
  • Up to two tables.
  • Seating for up to 5 people.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Your booking includes one ranger escort of one vehicle only for transport of equipment by your decorator or wedding supplier.
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.
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@botanicgardens.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.

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@botanicgardens.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. Shade structures and marquees are not permitted to be erected on the day of your event.
We accept bookings for dates up to and including 24 December 2021.

You can submit your application on our website.

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