Please refer to the information below outlining many of the most frequently asked questions about having your wedding in Centennial Parklands.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is possible to have a horse and carriage for a wedding within Centennial Park, however this decision is at the discretion of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust. Some points for consideration are:
- Traffic Management – Centennial Park has a variety of shared uses including cars, bicycles, horses, joggers, dog-walkers and other events. The Park can be very busy on weekends, and the horse and carriage may cause impact to, or be impacted by, the other traffic in the Park.
- Insurance – the horse and carriage operator must have $20million public liability cover, and a declaration of animal health form.
- Yes, doves and butterflies may be released for ceremonial purposes.
Rose petals are fine, except in the Rose Garden and the Column Garden, as the petals may have a fungus which could damage the plants in the Parklands.
Rice is not acceptable as it may be consumed by the native animals in the Parklands, to their detriment.
Confetti is not acceptable as this does not quickly breakdown, and is difficult to remove.
- You may bring up to two (2) tables and thirty (30) chairs.
Marquees are not acceptable, however you may have a pop-up shade structure. Please ensure that this is properly weighted, and do not peg it into the ground as there are electrical and irrigation services underground.
Please note that no infrastructure of any kind is permissible in the Pine Forest.
- You may have free-standing, weighted arches. You may not have any stages or podiums.
- The site hire gives you access to the area.
- You may have low-volume pre-recorded music or a small live acoustic ensemble.
- You may only use a battery-operated, small PA system. Please ensure that the speakers are positioned in towards your area, as this will help to minimise the impact on other Park users.
- A maximum of four (4) car spaces can be held for the bridal party only. Note that no vehicles may drive or park on the grass.
Our website (see above section) has information about suggested areas for ceremonies: Column Garden, Rose Garden, Lily Pond and Busby’s Pond are particularly suitable.
Please note that the site condition for all areas within the Parklands is as found.
- If the ceremony is held in the Parklands there is no additional fee for photography. If the ceremony is not held in Parklands, but the Parklands are used for wedding photography, then the wedding photography rate card and conditions will apply. See our bookings page for more information on the current site fee and the non-refundable administration fee.
- Yes. If the ceremony is not held in Parklands, but the Parklands are used for wedding photography, then the photography rate card and conditions will apply. You must book your photography location, date and time. See our bookings page for more information.
- You may have professional caterers, and the caterers must comply with all statutory health and Occupational Health and Safety requirements. A certificate of currency for Public Liability Insurance ($20m) is required. Note that the catering infrastructure is also restricted to pop-up, weighted, shade structures. No food or drink can be sold within the Parklands for social activities or ceremonies.
- You may bring your own food and drink.
- You may bring alcohol, but you must observe the Responsible Service of Alcohol requirements, which include: no alcohol served to minors, no alcohol served to intoxicated persons, and the provision of food and water for guests. You are responsible for the quiet and good order of your function.
- Our website (see above) has photographs of various wedding sites.
- The Parklands is an outdoor venue, and there is no shelter in the event of adverse weather. Note that the Lily Pond, and Rose and Columns Gardens can retain moisture if there has been rain in the days prior to an activity date.
Hirers wanting to cancel their wedding ceremony should notify the Trust in writing on or before 14 days prior to the ceremony for a full refund.
The wedding ceremony fee will be charged for bookings cancelled by the hirer within seven days of the wedding ceremony date.
NO refund will be given for bookings cancelled by the hirer within 48 hours of the wedding ceremony date.
If bad weather should result in cancellation of the wedding ceremony a full refund will be granted.
- There are flowers in bloom all year round in the Column Garden. The roses are generally in bloom in Summer and late Autumn. It is advisable to enquire about the rose pruning timing in the lead-up to your ceremony or activity.
- You can ascertain this based on the size of the area you wish to book.
- No, however the Rangers will put signs in the area advising that the area is held for a wedding ceremony. The signs also ask other Park users to respect the fact that there is a special activity taking place.
- No. There is no lighting in Centennial Park, and the vehicle gates close at sunset.
- No. The trees are valuable assets to the Parklands, and we do not permit anything to be attached to them.
- You will need to have your letter of confirmation with you.
- The 24 hour Security Ranger mobile number is: 0412 718 611. Note this number is for emergencies only.
- Yes, carpet or matting for an aisle is acceptable to be on the grass within your two hour booking period.
- There are bins in fixed locations around Centennial Park. Note that extra bins are not available, and you must take away all waste generated by your activity.
Sometimes there are large events within the park, such as Good Vibrations and other music or sports events. Generally, the wedding venues will not be available during these events.
- No. See the Centennial Parklands map page for links to maps of the area, which can be downloaded.