My ULTIMATE Guide To Getting Married On The Mornington Peninsula; Spring edition!
Spring is a very popular time to get married on the Mornington Peninsula, and with good reason too. Known for its rustic and authentic vibes, incredible selection of wineries, and mouth-wateringly tasty food, getting married on the Mornington Peninsula will certainly give you a day to remember.
As the season of Spring gets underway, the time to connect with the outdoors again has finally arrived. With Mornington Peninsula gracing us with rugged coastlines, crystal clear waters, and legendary views at almost any location, it won’t be hard to have the beauty of Spring compliment the aesthetic of your wedding.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, outdoor wedding venues on the Mornington Peninsula give couples the perfect opportunity to connect to one another and live in the present moment for those few special days.
So, let’s get down to business and go over absolutely everything you’ll need to know about to have the wedding day of your dreams. Not only do we love the Mornington Peninsula because of its incredible natural beauty, but as wedding photographers we love helping couples plan the day of their dreams. If you’ve ever wondered how to plan a Spring wedding on the Mornington Peninsula, this one’s for you!
Mornington Peninsula In Spring
The first thing we need to talk about is, of course, the season you decide to get married in. Let me start off by saying that Mornington Peninsula is stunning in ALL seasons, but there are a few key differences you’ll need to know beforehand if you haven’t decided already.
This is the big one, and will potentially decide the feel and style of a large portion of your day. Luckily, the days in Spring are starting to get a bit longer, the weather is heating up, and the flora is at its best! In terms of temperature, it’s not unusual for it to be 20 degrees and up on some days, while others may go below 10 degrees depending on the time in the season.
It’s also important to remember that although temperatures are normally very pleasant in Spring on the Mornington Peninsula, that doesn’t take into consideration the chance of rain. Around ⅓ of days will see some amount of rainfall during Spring so it’s crucial that whichever venue you choose for your day has some sort of wet weather plan. If not, certainly make sure you bring a few umbrellas, unless a wedding in the rain has been your dream since you were little. If so, that’s awesome!
Golden hour is the perfect time to capture some of the most romantic Spring wedding photography Mornington Peninsula has to offer. For those of you who don’t know, golden hour is the moment just after the sun rises, or just before it sets when the light is soft and the hues are warmer than usual. This is perfect for couples portraits. No other time will provide a better opportunity to capture the love and romance between the two of you.
You’ll have to check for your specific date, but the sun could rise anywhere from 6:00-7:00 in the morning and could set roughly between 6:00-8:30 in the evening. While technically you do have two opportunities to capture those photos, I would advise going for sunset. You’ll have so much to be getting on with on the morning of your wedding and it’s not necessarily a good idea to pack something else in as well. Instead, enjoy your morning at a leisurely pace and plan your evening activities. Unless of course you’re both morning people, then go for the sunrise!
Mornington Peninsula – Areas To Enjoy
Whether you’ve arrived at your venue a few days before or have a bit of spare time after your wedding, exploring the local area can be a great opportunity to spend some time together with your loved ones.
Hopping from winery to restaurant – and then back to a winery! – can be truly magical during the Spring. Red Hill is a great place for this as the whole area gives off hinterland vibes, making you feel like the only people in the world! You can expect the temperature to be cooler in the morning (but seriously beautiful!) and to warm up as the day progresses.
If you’re after a bit of history during your stay, we’d recommend taking a trip to Merricks. Established in the 1860s with a current population of 184 (as of 2021), the settlement still retains many of its original houses and old-time charm. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, while still having the option to visit some of Mornington’s incredible wineries!
Just southeast of Red Hill lies another area worth visiting if you’re partial to some fine wines and dining. Featuring the acclaimed Main Ridge Estate, dozens of local and delicious food options, and plenty of walking routes, it’s another area on the Mornington Peninsula that showcases the best of what this place has to offer.
Best Spring Wedding Venues On The Mornington Peninsula
Our favourite part! Outdoor wedding venues on the Mornington Peninsula are nothing short of spectacular. Your wedding venue is the thing that ties all the other little things together. You should choose a venue whilst keeping in mind the aesthetic and feel you want for your day. Remember, it won’t just be in the present but also the videography and photography you’ll have to remember it for years to come. So make sure you’re completely honest with yourself and pick your favourite!
Barn & Co
Heavily focused on sourcing local and seasonal produce, Barn & Co is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a down-to-earth wedding with a high focus on quality. You can rest easy in the knowledge that your entire day will be managed by the owner who has experience with over 400 weddings under her belt. That means if you’re after something a little unique or bespoke, they’ll be only too happy to help make that dream a reality. Couple that with their ability to introduce you to a host of local suppliers, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a stress-free wedding.
As a cute warehouse-style venue that’s just a few fairy lights away from being one of the coziest places you’ve seen, Commonfolk Coffee certainly stands out from the crowd. This venue comes complete with everything you need for your reception including all amenities, tables, chairs, and a bar. This is one of those spots that works very well no matter the condition. Though it does feature an outdoor courtyard area, it just takes a moment to roll down the shutters and have a full-on indoor disco. Oh, and they can of course supply some kick-ass coffee!
The Old Church Red Hill
Reimagined in 2009 by a local family, The Old Church Red Hill is a 107-year-old piece of history that’s the perfect option for those of you who are after a timeless and intimate venue for your ceremony. With space for just 100 guests, the staff at the Old Church Red Hill are able to do everything in their power to make your day as special and unique as you’ve imagined. Though this may not be the location for you if you’ve got a huge guest list, if your ceremony is just close family and friends, it fully deserves your consideration. Set amongst the trees with stunning views of Westernport Bay, your fairytale wedding might be closer than you think.
Lindenderry at Red Hill
A place that could quite possibly be the poster child for a ‘picture perfect wedding venue’, Lindenderry at Red Hill has the resources, space, and aesthetic feel to bring the big day you’ve been dreaming about life. Not only does it have a ceremony and reception venue in the same place, but also a bridal suite and guest rooms for the nearest and dearest. Having accommodation on site allows everyone to let their hair down on the day and really make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion! The myriad of trees and flowers across the grounds set the perfect backdrop for a rustic-style wedding in Spring, but the venue is adaptable enough to fit whichever style you decide.
Nature meets elegance at the Dromana Estate, a perfect combination for a timeless wedding. As such, exceptionally high-quality food and drink are at the forefront of their offering, as well as the capability to comfortably cater for up to 240 people. You can also expect a service that is completely personal to both of you from start to finish. This isn’t a place that only gives standard weddings the go-ahead – the staff won’t rest until they bring your dream wedding to life. Oh, and since 1982 the winery that shares the same property has helped position Mornington Peninsula as the highly acclaimed wine region it now is. That means you can expect some of the best wine from their winery, or pretty much anything else you’re after for your day. That’s never a bad thing, and we love shooting winery weddings in Mornington Peninsula!
Our Favourite Spring Wedding Vendors On The Mornington Peninsula
No wedding would be complete without its vendors – and with all the experience we have around here, we’ve got you covered! Oh, and in terms of Spring wedding photography, Mornington Peninsula is one of the most aesthetically stunning places you’re likely to visit. As such, we’d be honoured to take on that role! Here are our absolute favourite vendors we know will make your day just as special as you deserve it to be.
- Mornington Peninsula Wedding Planners: By far, one of the easiest ways to take as much stress out of your wedding day as possible is by hiring a wedding planner. While this makes sense at any time of year, it’s especially relevant in Spring when the weather has the tendency to change extremely quickly. Two wedding planners we highly recommend are Events by Emma Currie and Kate from Hey Lovers. Both Kate and Emma are exceptionally talented and will go to the ends of the earth to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible.
- Florists: If any time of year showcases flowers at their best, it’s Spring. With over 50 years worth of experience between the team, Poppy Culture is a great choice for those looking for a bespoke and professional arrangement. Both Millicent Green and Woops A Daisy are two other great choices depending on your style and budget. Here are a few more florists in Mornington Peninsula if those still don’t satisfy your tastes!
- Music: Spring weddings on the Mornington Peninsula wouldn’t be complete without booking music for the day. For those of you that enjoy more of a singer-songwriter vibe, we’d recommend Andrew Loadsman, a highly talented entertainer perfect for intimate occasions or large-scale weddings. There’s just something about the acoustic guitar in Spring that can’t be beaten!
- Caterers: For us, amongst other things, Spring symbolizes freshness. As such, we have no trouble recommending MoreISH Catering for your wedding. An award-winning company, MoreISH Catering uses high-quality local ingredients from Mornington Peninsula to produce “moreish food with a modern edge”. Food that feels right at home in an elegant or rustic setting.
Well, there you have it. Our ultimate guide to spring weddings on the Mornington Peninsula. We relish the chance to get to know our couples on a deeper level and find out what makes them light up inside. Once we know that, we can deliver a personal and bespoke service that is authentic to the dream you’ve had since you were little!
While I pride myself on taking incredible photography and Spring wedding videography on the Mornington Peninsula, I’m also here to be your one-stop shop of knowledge for weddings on the Mornington Peninsula. If something you want to know wasn’t covered in this guide, send me a message, pick my brain, and let me plan that perfect day for you!