MAFS addicts: find the venues and inspiration behind TVs best weddings of the season!

Australia’s favourite, romantic reality TV show is back! And, while Married At First Sight dishes up all the drama, romance and heartbreak, it is also an awesome resource for wedding inspo.

Much to our dismay the show all but brushed over the getting married part. So, we’ve decided to rewind time and take a closer look at the range of gorgeous locations and themes that set the scene for this year’s MAFS nuptials.

First, we’ll take you to the great outdoors and hone in on Cam and Jules’ wedding at Centennial Park, Sydney, as well as Mark and Ning’s special day at Gardens House in Melbourne.

Centennial Park – Sydney

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, natural setting only minutes from Sydney’s CBD, Centennial Park is the spot. We’re talking easy access, beautiful water features, romantic groves, formal gardens, friendly wildlife and more.

Cam and Jules’ ceremony took place next to Duck Pond, where they exchanged personal vows under an awe-inspiring paperbark canopy. The celebration continued at Centennial Homestead’s iconic Wisteria Room, which is known for its bi-folding doors that bring the outdoors in.

The wedding truly embraced Hampton-style romance with a white and cream colour palette. The décor paired old-world charm with a bit of glitz and glam – picture white linen and tablecloths, wooden chairs, glass votive candle holders and plenty of roses, kangaroo paw and baby’s breath. It was simple, yet elegant. The centre piece at both the ceremony and reception: an arrangement of elegant glass chandeliers.  

If you feel inspired, check out what else Centennial Park has on offer

Gardens House – Melbourne

Garden House, by Atlantic Group

Garden House, by Atlantic Group

Mark and Ning’s nuptials took them to the core of Melbourne’s magical Royal Botanic Gardens. Close to the CBD, the park encompasses 36 hectares of land that slopes towards the mighty Yarra River. Here you will find ancient trees, rare and endangered plants, formal garden beds, calm lakes and sprawling lawns.

Both ceremony and reception were held on the grounds of Gardens House. Built in 1854, it features a striking heritage façade and looks like something that was taken straight from the pages of a history book. The theme was classic and elegant; featuring white chairs, table cloths and linen, with an impressive purple flower arrangement as the ceremony backdrop and table centrepiece.

Take a look at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens website for more wedding ideas.

Recreate the look

If you want to create your perfect parkland wedding, head to your local council’s website and research which gardens are available near you. Formal gardens and parklands often have the advantage of featuring some or all of the amenities you need. Think bathroom facilities, undercover areas, easy access and wet-weather alternatives. Make sure you enquire about necessary permits, including for your photography.  

Next, we’ll charm you with country-chic by checking out Ines and Bronson’s wedding at Forget Me Not, Mick and Jessika’s nuptials at Gurragawee Eco Venue and Matthew and Lauren’s celebration at Earth House. Check back on our blog for more.  

In the meantime, if you need help planning your perfect nuptials, get in touch and I look forward to creating something that adds to your personal love story for years to come.

 Love Jo x

Jo Hurley