How To Master An Intimate Wedding In A Grand Venue

By Katie Stow

With Coronavirus restrictions finally easing, weddings will be back on the menu for couples who are looking to get hitched. However, with large gatherings still looking a little off-limits, it seems that brides and grooms will be prioritising intimate wedding and celebrations over big guest lists.

So, what if you’ve forever fantasied about a grand wedding venue with a breathtaking backdrop and English country manor vibes? Does that fantasy still hold up if you’re planning an intimate wedding? It sure does.

Well, it does if you’re planning a wedding at Campbell Point House.

This spectacular venue is nestled beyond the secluded hamlets of the Bellarine Peninsula, backing onto Lake Connewarre. It truly makes you feel as if your worlds away, which is a big bonus now that international travel is off the cards.

We sit down with the Campbell Point House team to ask the questions on the tip of your tongue about how to master an intimate wedding in this grand venue.

Where are the ceremony spaces at Campbell Point House and how many guests can they cater for?

There are two gorgeous spots to say ‘I Do’ in at Campbell Point House. The first is the Conservatory Courtyard and the second is the Lakeside Courtyard, both of which seat up to 100 wedding guests. There is also a wet weather option within the Conservatory itself which can hold up to 70 guests seated and a further 30 standing for an intimate wedding.

Image by Erin & Tara

Image by Erin & Tara

What are the reception spaces available at Campbell Point House and how many guests can they cater for?

The location that couples tend to fall head over heels for is The Dining Hall at Campbell Point House. It’s a grand room flooded with light and makes for the perfect canvas to put your floral stamp on. Some of the ‘best dressed’ Dining Hall weddings have championed Orchids in high centrepieces, and boy does it take your breath away. However, if you prefer a balmy indoor/outdoor setting for your reception, then the Conservatory can host up to 30 seated guests too for an intimate wedding.

How many wedding guests can stay overnight at Campbell Point House?

There are fifteen twin share/double bed suites, allowing you to sleep up to 30 guests within the venue. There is also a stunning Master Suite that is often used as a bridal suite and a separate Lake House, which is perfect for newlywed couples looking for a bit of privacy after the intimate wedding celebrations.

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Image by Javelee

What food and drink packages are there at Campbell Point House?

To keep things simple, there is one package that caters perfectly for a wedding at this stunning venue. Wrapping in canapes, entrée, main, roaming desserts and a five hour beverage package, the total cost works out to be $250 per head. However, if you’re after a more bespoke menu, Campbell Point House have created personalised Italian, Chinese and French-influenced menus for couples and have shaken up their menu to suit a more share-friendly feasting-style.

How much does a wedding at Campbell Point House cost?

Obviously, there are details that can affect the total price, but as weddings at Campbell Point House require a buy-out of the hotel for the night. Prices start at $12,000 and go up to $14,000 for the night. This number includes accommodation for up to 30 guests and their breakfast the morning after, but the $250 per-head catering and a ceremony fee between $3,000 and $5,000 sits separately.

So, in short, you’re looking at total costs from $22,500 for a 30 person wedding where food, drinks and accommodation is all sorted out and delivered by Campbell Point House.

Image by Erin & Tara

Image by Erin & Tara

What are the unforgettable features of Campbell Point House?

Where to begin?! The fact that you get exclusive use of the entire venue for your wedding day is honestly phenomenal. Usually in venues of this size you would likely be sharing with other weddings or hotel guests, so feeling as if you are owning a stunning waterfront space like this for the day is a true treat. Another key benefit is that Campbell Point House is so beautiful that styling is barely needed to make this look like a dreamy wedding space. Legitimately just place a few floral arrangements throughout the site and you’re done! There’s also a lot to be said about keeping the ceremony, reception and accommodation all in one spot – especially if you’re planning a late night party with lots of drinks flowing! Not having to worry about transport or additional accommodation will save not only dollars, but stress too.

The final and perhaps best feature of Campbell Point House is that a ceremony and reception there truly feels like a destination wedding – without having to deal with a long haul flight out of Australia! This ability to transport you and your guests without the hassle of organising a wedding overseas (and deal with the potential blow backs from a global pandemic) is something that we definitely recommended brides and grooms to prioritise for their wedding.

Image by Erin & Tara

Image by Erin & Tara

Image by Erin & Tara

If you’re interested in learning more about Campbell Point House and exploring them as an option for your wedding day, head here to get in touch with the team! They are a lovely bunch and are on hand to answer any and all questions to get the ball rolling for your big day!

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