From rural settings to historic brick backdrops and lush garden scapes, Ipswich ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to planning a wedding. Read on to discover some of the region’s best locations to say “I do” and have a party afterwards!
Woodlands of Marburg
The rustic charm of an old bohemian styled mansion is hard to beat. The 1890 built plantation style mansion has exquisite cedar lined walls, high ceilings and ornate marble fire places, allowing you the chance to step into another time and a day you’ll never forget.
A great place for a ceremony is the iconic lone fig tree on the hill. It’s one of the most instagrammed trees in South East Queensland. Woodlands of Marburg has many venue options but Fig Tree Hill Vineyard is an amazing space that overlooks the vineyard and surrounding Marburg valley.
The Workshops Rail Museum
You might not have imagined saying your vows at an historic railway workshop, but don’t let that steer you away from The Workshops Rail Museum. The venue is available for both wedding ceremonies and receptions and offers tailored packages with options from canapes to three course dinners.
The Workshops are Australia’s oldest railway workshop still in operation and the Museum’s industrial heritage provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
Spicers Hidden Vale
Spicers Hidden Vale is a unique wedding venue specialising in luxury destination weddings. Set amongst rolling hills and lush bushland, the historic property is just one hour’s drive from Brisbane and 50 minutes from Toowoomba. From an intimate occasion of two guests right up to grand celebrations of 200 the beautifully maintained gardens provide endless options for your ceremony. Spicers can host any event from a relaxed garden party to a seven course degustation dinner.
4 Hearts Brewing
At 4 Hearts Brewing you can enjoy a casual, flexible wedding space in a beautiful heritage setting. Couples have the choice to mix and match food and beverages to suit their needs and style the spaces how they like.
A popular choice is hosting the ceremony in the adjoining RSL park and a casual reception on the Dovetails deck or for a larger group, heading up to the Lord Lamington Suite.
There are plenty of stunning locations amongst heritage backdrops for bridal party photography and the unique brewery space makes for some great groomsmen shots. Catering ranges from casual cocktail party to formal seated dinners, with delicious seasonal items featured on the menu and a unique wine list as well as delicious 4 Hearts beer, brewed onsite.
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights
Did you know you can tie the knot while floating high above the city of Ipswich?
Why not hold your wedding up in the air aloft in a balloon basket with a great open-air environment with spectacular city and country views?
Say “I Do” on a personal, intimate hot air balloon flight while taking in the most amazing countryside with a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight.
Summer Land Camel Farm
Here’s a unique wedding venue, it’s not far from Brisbane, but you’ll feel a million miles away from the city – Summer Land Camel Farm.
The moment you enter the working camel dairy you and your guests will be captivated by the picturesque views of the Flinders Ranges.
Situated on 850 acres Summer Land Camels are able to host your ceremony, provide a beautiful rural setting for photos and reception in one location.
The stunning homestead makes a perfect backdrop for photos and caters for intimate weddings.
For a unique experience add a little more magic with their majestic and lovable camels.
The Soul Nook Collective
If you’re looking for something a little different for your wedding, The Soul Nook Collective offers styled bell tents and grazing platters for your special day.
Located inside the Springfield Lakes Hotel is a beautiful poolside restaurant called BLVD that makes a stunning location for a wedding.
This picturesque park is filled with a charming and historic old church, lush gardens, a crystal clear lily pond, and the beautiful Tree Fern Lane which hosts a natural rainforest canopy. Kholo Gardens is definitely one place to pop on your wedding list.
For a park with a true trademark heritage feel, Queens Park ticks all the right boxes. It is one of the oldest parks in Queensland, but is also beautifully maintained and features an open air bush chapel.
Within Queens Park you’ll also find Nerima Gardens, a place of peace and tranquility – perhaps just the thing to calm the nerves on your big day. This Japanese-inspired paradise was opened in 2001 and is named after Ipswich’s sister city, Nerima.
Nerima Gardens provides an ideal place to capture beautiful photographs, with an array of stunning and diverse backdrops available.
One of Ipswich’s many churches
Arguably Ipswich’s best-known building, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church offers a breathtaking option for your wedding. With construction starting in the 1870s, this iconic structure oozes charm and character, with its two-storey locally sourced sandstone walls providing real presence and beauty. Inside, stunning artwork and stained glass windows add to the ambience, all adding up to a very special and spiritual space to hold your ceremony amongst family and friends.
Central Church, Ipswich is located in the heart of the city on Limestone Street. It’s foundation was laid in 1865 and the building itself features an impressive steeple reaching 37 metres into the sky. The church’s modern auditorium seats just over 200 people.
Ipswich Uniting Church can be found on Ellenborough Street and is Queensland’s oldest church in continuous use. Built in 1858, the painted rendered brick church predates the separation of Queensland and New South Wales.
St Pauls Anglican Church and surrounding gardens take up an entire city block on Brisbane Street. The building opened in 1859 and features beautiful stained glass windows, original cedar joinery and traditional pews.
Ipswich Civic Centre
Once you’ve held your wedding ceremony at one of Ipswich’s finest locations, you can head over to the Ipswich Civic Centre for an elegant reception. There’s three rooms to choose from catering for 50 to 400 people cocktail style.
Ipswich Turf Club
The Ipswich Turf Club also has two amazing reception areas.
The Grange Lounge overlooks the parade enclosure and is the largest function room on site. It’s a contemporary venue in the Turf Club’s new Events Centre.
It’s balcony over looks the track down the home straight and the stair case offers brides a stunning backdrop or an impressive entrance.
While the newly refurbished Eye Liner Lounge is a private and elegant space. Make a grand entry via the grand terrazzo staircase! This room features a fully licensed bar and a private area which is ideally suited as a bridal powder room or change area.
Where to stay…
After the wedding and reception you’ll need a place to relax so here are some great accommodation options.
Quest Ipswich offers wedding guests 15% off their best flexible rate for accommodation with no pre-payment required and 48 hours cancellation. Quest Ipswich has family and single apartments available.
Quest Springfield is ready to take your booking and provides a range of apartment style accommodation.
Cumquat House is a place to keep the whole family together with one king bridal suite and five queen ensuite rooms.
Oaks Hotels, Resorts and Suites offer ideal honeymoon locations or places to stay while you’re in town, with great offers available in 2021.
Credits for the Woodlands of Marburg images: @beckiegphotography, @woodlands_of_marburg, @katealexandra._, @maddie.neville, @katiejanesharpe, @rick.j.mitchell, @kingc0nnor, @mowgz_tattoo, @herz_designs, @marwa_herz_elkadi, @lady_esah, @famousfootwear_aus, @methodofdenim_, @blackjacketsuiting, @blakedesigns, @sass.and.braids, @caddydaddy1961, @onestopweddingshopbrendale, @bohoposies, @aerialpyrotechfireworks, @witchesfallswinery
Credit for The Workshops Railway Museum image: Tall Timber Studio, Mt Crosby
Credit for Summer Land Camels image: Feather and Finch Photography/ Scenic Rim Bride