Location is the key. You and your guests need to be able to get to the venue easily, without worrying about parking, transport and other such hassles. You can have the most beautiful outdoor location in the world, but it doesn’t do your guests any good if they have to park five kilometres away.
You can be as whacky as you like with theme and location, but at the same time your guests must feel comfortable and welcome. So keep up traditional protocols. Greet your guests in the entranceway, making sure it is from someone involved in the wedding, not a staff member of the venue. You can even offer them a glass of wine you like. Importantly, make sure the venue has plenty food on hand for your guests to enjoy.
Music and Audio
Your guests want good music, and they want to be able to hear wedding speeches clearly. So you must choose a venue suitably equipped with a quality music system and microphone.
Many of your guests will be nicely dressed and will want to check their hair and do their makeup, or they may want to use other facilities. So make sure your venue has adequate facilities to meet your guest’s needs. Also remember, it is customary for the bride and groom to change to regular formal clothing after their first dance and wedding speeches, and you don’t want to be doing this out in the open!
Less is more
Don’t go overboard! Simplicity is the order of the day. A simple plain venue gives you more freedom to express your creativity to decorate the area however you want too and stand out. A simple hotel function room is more than sufficient.
When you think about the cuisine to be served at your wedding, what do you imagine? Is it waiters offering impeccable service or is it a casual reception with guests nibbling on canapés while you and your partner mingle amongst them? The Convent offers a variety of menu options to suit your wedding style.
Guests are individually served fully prepared dishes, restaurant style. In most cases two different entrées, main courses and desserts are served alternatively.
Waiters circulate the ballroom area, offering guests a variety of light canapés showcasing local produce.
• Cheese Platters: Treat your guests to a selection of local and imported cheese platters.
When you hold your wedding at The Convent, you and your guests will enjoy the ultimate convenience of our onsite guestrooms, located just steps away from your wedding reception venue. Special wedding accommodation reduced room rates are available for your family and friends to enjoy throughout their stay.
With a wide range of room types available to suit couples, families, groups and solo travellers, your guests will enjoy complete comfort and premium amenities during their stay. With onsite restaurant, bar, The Convent plus access to all the leisure facilities, your guests will find everything they need at The Convent Hunter Valley.
When you make a group booking for your wedding guests, we will send you an online accommodation booking code to include with your wedding invitations, recommending our hotel accommodation to your guests and informing them of our reduced room rates which can be booked and confirmed via our hotel website.
Exquisite venues for small and large weddings in the Hunter Valley
Celebrate your love with family and friends in a truly beautiful setting in Wine Country. The Convent offers a spectacular wedding venue set among the picturesque Hunter Valley. Enjoy sweeping views of the Estate and escarpment along with the superbly manicured gardens within the hotel.
With our intimate reception venue we offer the versatility to cater for any style of wedding. With elegant décor, state of the art facilities and seamless service, you are guaranteed to truly unforgettable experience when you choose any of our spectacular onsite wedding venues.
There are many special locations across our Estate to hold your ceremony including the Circa 1876 Gardens, Chapel, Grand Marquee, Willow Tree, Wisteria Garden and Convent Fountain. Eachhas its own unique atmosphere and mood, catering for all wedding visions and styles. All locations include 8 wooden pews and a signing table. With four separate locations to choose from across the Estate, impeccable service and our innate ability to understand your vision, we will work with you to create a unique celebration for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
With four separate locations to choose from across the Estate, impeccable service and our innate ability to understand your vision, we will work with you to create a unique celebration for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. The Convent is the epitome of luxury and perfect for the finest destination wedding in the Hunter Valley.
Nestled amongst picturesque vineyards and filled with limitless whimsical charm and eclectic antiques, the original cottage dates back to 1876. French doors open onto the verandah and the enchanting mop top aisle garden. This venue is relaxed elegance at its best. *Maximum 120 Adults
Restaurant Eighty Eight
Restaurant Eighty Eight is located inside the iconic Peppers Convent. The restaurant name is taken from the lot number of The Convent– and as it is such an auspicious number, it has been melded firmly into the title. Double eights symbolise infinite prosperity and happy relationships – which bodes well for a new restaurant set in the heart of a hotel that is the scene for so many marriage proposals and nuptials! Eighty Eight offers French doors that open up into our Wisteria courtyard. *Maximum 50 Adults.
Elegantly appointed beside established vineyards and adjacent to the historic The Convent, the Grand Marquee provides a unique wedding space for up to 120 guests. The traditionalFrench-designed white marquee allows various seating arrangements and provides for the opening of the side walls to enjoy the region’s beautiful spring and summer evenings. Guests of a wedding held here will be truly romanced by a country sky full of stars, come nightfall. *120 Adults + extensions available at additional fee
Picture perfect for true romantics, The Chapel is ideal for a small intimate gathering. Originally built in 1888, this Welsh Baptist Chapel has been lovingly restored. Although not consecrated it is an ideal setting for private wedding receptions and cocktail functions. *Maximum 40 Adults.