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Your wedding ceremony & photography
  • Exclusive use of your ceremony location for three hours, including set-up and pack-down time.
  • Reserved parking for four standard size cars at a fixed location for the site for 3 hours.
  • Permission to take wedding photos in any other area of Centennial Parklands during your booking times, pending availability.
  • Signage reserving your ceremony area.

You can book additional time (maximum of 4 hours in total), please refer to the rate card for details. 
  • Permission to take engagement or wedding photos in any area of Centennial Parklands during your booking times, pending availability.
We have selected twelve breathtaking locations suitable for wedding ceremonies of all sizes. We encourage you to take a walk through the Garden during our opening hours and using this map to choose your favourite location.

Alternatively, you can watch this short video or check our website for more details.  

The following table is a summary all locations with their maximum capacity.
  
You can have a maximum of 300 guests, except at The Rose Garden where the maximum number of guests is 150. We recommend that you inspect the sites to ensure you are comfortable that your preferred area is well suited for the size of your group.
  • Up to two tables.
  • Seating for up to 50 people.
  • Cut flower displays and columns, no soil is to be brought into Centennial Parklands
  • Carpet or runner (no rubber backing).
  • A bridal arch, chuppah, mandap or similar ceremony cover. Please note, marquees or tents with sides are not permitted. Structures must be weighted (not pegged) and the maximum size is 3m x 3m. No shade structures are Permitted in the Rose Garden.

No decorations can be attached to trees, buildings, heritage features or other structures. Pegs or spikes are not allowed in the ground and all items must be weighted. Stage, podiums, balloons, party streamers, sparklers, fireworks (any form), fires (including kerosene lamps) and bamboo torches are not permitted. 
We do not have equipment for hire, but we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in Centennial Parklands on a regular basis.

Vehicles are not permitted off-road therefor all furniture and equipment must be carried to the ceremony location. It is your responsibility to notify your suppliers of these conditions. 
No, stages and podiums are not permitted.
Dogs are permitted at all of our wedding sites and must be kept on leashes at all sites except for the following three wedding sites that are within off-leash areas:
  • Paperbark Grove
  • She Oak Grove
  • One More Shot Pond
Petals are permitted and must be collected afterwards. The throwing of confetti (including biodegradable confetti) and/or rice is not permitted.
Fire and/or flames are not permitted.
Yes. All caterers must comply with statutory health and WH&S (Work, Health and Safety) requirements. Food must be cooked off-site and the caterer’s equipment is included in the furniture allowance. No food or drink can be sold.
Yes, you can engage a company that is licenced to serve alcohol, or serve your own alcohol (BYO) and follow the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) principles outlined below:
  • not serving alcohol to minors
  • not serving intoxicated persons
  • providing enough food and water
  • ensuring the quiet and good order of your party

Our Rangers will ensure RSA principles are adhered to and will remove any intoxicated persons.
Yes, you can use a low-volume, battery-powered portable speaker or amplifier for the wedding celebrant. Please position speakers towards your area to minimise impact on other visitors. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
Yes, you may have a live acoustic ensemble of up to four people or low-volume pre-recorded music. Bagpipes, drums, pianos or other amplification systems (such as electric guitars or keyboards) are not permitted. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
Power is not available in Centennial Parklands and generators are not permitted.
Each wedding ceremony site has a designated wedding car parking area of approximately 22 meters (the length of four standard car parking spaces) which is close to the site. This area will be reserved for you on the day. Upon confirmation of your booking you will be emailed a map showing the designated parking area and a Wedding Parking Permit. All wedding cars must display the Wedding Parking Permit.
Free car parking is available throughout Centennial Parklands and is available on a first come first serve basis.
No, Centennial Park closes to all vehicles each night.

If a car has broken down, or cannot otherwise be moved due to mechanical fault, your guests should notify a Parklands Ranger on 0412 718 611 in order to avoid a fine.
Taxis regularly pass along Oxford Street and Moore Park Road (near Paddington Gates). There is a taxi rank at the Entertainment Quarter off Lang Road (near Robertson Road Gates). 
pening times vary seasonally. Please refer to the opening times on our website.

Bookings must finish 30 minutes prior to Centennial Parkland closing times so you and your guests and suppliers are able to exit before the gates are locked.
Yes, Centennial Parkland is a public space and other events may occur at the same time. However, your chosen ceremony location will be reserved for your exclusive use. Should you encounter any problems on the day including occupation of your reserved site, please contact the Rangers on 0412 718 611.
We accept payment for wedding bookings via credit card (MasterCard or Visa) and electronic funds transfer. 

Please note that a booking is only confirmed once we have received payment in full and you have received a confirmation email. We reserve the right to make the site available to another party if we do not receive payment following written request for immediate payment.
 
Yes, all cancellations unrelated to wet weather must be made in writing to: info@centennialparklands.com.au.

Fees and conditions apply. Refunds are applicable within certain timeframes:
  • Cancellations received in writing more than 10 working days prior to the boking date will be refunded minus an administration fee. Please see weddings rate card.
  • Cancellations received in writing between 5-10 working days prior to the booking date will receive a 50% refund minus an administration fee. Please see weddings rate card
  • Cancellations received in writing within 5 working days of the booking date will not be refunded.
If you wish to cancel your booking on the day due to wet weather, please contact the Rangers on 0412 718 611 before midday. In this instance, your booking will be refunded minus a processing fee. Please refer to the rate card for details.

When cancelling on the day of your ceremony due to wet weather, please also ensure that you follow up your phone cancellation with an email, within 14 days of your booking date, confirming your cancellation in writing to info@centennialparklands.com.au

Please note, if the phone call is made after midday on the day of the booking no refund will be given.
 
There is no permanent shelter for wedding ceremonies in Centennial Park. If you have booked your reception at The Homestead in Centennial Park, you may be able to use their Restaurant space for your wet weather option. This option must be discussed and tentatively held during your event coordination stage.  

Please note that if there has been heavy rain, Lily Pond, Rose Garden and Column Garden can retain moisture for several days.
 
We accept bookings for up to 18 months in advance. Please contact the Venue Bookings team for further information on these sites and how to secure them earlier.

You can submit your application on our website.
Your outdoor marquee wedding
  • Exclusive use of the venue for your booked time period, including bump-in and bump-out (minimum 3-day hire).
  • Signage reserving the area.
  • Vehicle access for bump-in and bump-out. 

Please note you will need to build your own marquee and hire an experienced event organiser to coordinate all your suppliers (marquee construction, toilet, caterer, decorator etc.). You may use suppliers of your choice, alternatively we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in the Garden on a regular basis.
 
You are able to bump-in and bump-out between 7am and 6pm daily. Event times can be anytime between 7am and midnight. All guests and staff must be offsite by midnight.

No vehicles are permitted on site after 6pm.. Prior to your event, a schedule of your access requirements will need to be submitted to the Venue Bookings Team.

Driving or parking on grass is not permitted. Authorised vehicles may be approved to drive over and/or be positioned on protective covering with previous approval from the Venue Bookings Team.
There are two ideal locations in Centennial Park for an outdoor function. You will need to work with your event organiser on design and capacity however both are very large sites which can allow for large marquees. These are: 
  • Brazilian Fields
  • Church Grounds
  • All furniture and decorations are the responsibility of the hirer to arrange. 
  • Cut flowers only, no soil is to be brought into the Garden.
  • Candles are permitted but must be enclosed to prevent exposure of naked flames and leaking of wax.
No decorations can be attached to trees, buildings or other structures. Pegs or spikes are not allowed in the lawns and all items must be weighted. Stage, podiums, balloons, party streamers, sparklers, fireworks (any form), fires (including kerosene lamps) and bamboo torches are not permitted. For fireworks, please contact the Roads and Maritime Service.

We do not have equipment for hire but we can provide you with a list of suppliers who operate in the Garden on a regular basis.
  • All structures need to be submitted on a site map and require prior approval by the Venue Bookings Team
  • Marquees must not impose on any garden bed, sit within the tree protection zone impose on any pathways.
  • All temporary structures must be floored.
  • Freestanding structures must be erected in a manner which complies with Australian standards and does not damage the ground or turf. Structures must be loaded off delivery vehicles using a hi-ab or crane. The use of tilt trays is not permitted. 
  • Marquees of 50sqm are required to have a safety sign off by a Buildings Regulations Consultant.
Yes, you can provide your own catering, use a caterer of your choice or our onsite caterer Centennial Homestead.

All caterers must comply with statutory health and WH&S (Work, Health and Safety) requirements. Only Gold Licence caterers may be engaged, and you must provide a copy of their licence. 
Yes, you can engage a company that is licenced to serve alcohol. You must provide the Venue Bookings Team with a copy of the Alcohol Licence from the supplier and ensure that the conditions of that licence are complied with.

The Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) principles outlined below must be adhered to:
  • not serving alcohol to minors
  • not serving intoxicated persons
  • providing enough food and water
  • ensuring the quiet and good order of your party

Our Rangers will ensure RSA principles are adhered to and will remove any intoxicated persons.
Yes, a Public Liability Insurance of $20 million is required.
Yes, there is power available on the site for outdoor function bookings. Generally, additional generators are not required. Hirer to provide all extension leads. 
Yes, access to mains water is available. The Hirer is responsible for supplying a tap key and all hoses are required to fit a 19 mm standard tap connection. 
There are no permanent toilet blocks at the outdoor marquee locations. Temporary toilets must be arranged by the Hirer. 
Waste management is the Hirer’s responsibility. Recycling procedures are mandatory. A waste management plan is to be submitted for approval 1 month prior to your event.
Yes, you can use low-volume, battery-powered portable speakers or amplifiers. Please position speakers towards your area to minimise impact on other visitors. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.
Yes, you may have a live acoustic ensemble of up to four people or low-volume pre-recorded music. Bagpipes, drums, pianos or other amplification systems (such as electric guitars or keyboards) are not permitted. Please note sound must be contained within the boundary line of your site.

 
Free car parking is available throughout Centennial Parklands and is available on a first come first serve basis.
No, Centennial Park closes to all vehicles each night.

If a car has broken down, or cannot otherwise be moved due to mechanical fault, your guests should notify a Parklands Ranger on 0412 718 611 in order to avoid a fine.
A 50% deposit is required to secure the venue. The balance, bond and security costs are due 1 month prior to the event date.
We accept payment for wedding bookings via credit card (MasterCard or Visa) and electronic funds transfer.
A site representative are required during bump-in and bump-out. A security guard is also required during event times at a ratio of 1 to 100 guests. Overnight security is not mandatory however strongly recommended.

Security guard will be hired the Venue Bookings Team based on your event’s requirements and at the Hirer’s expense. 
We accept bookings for up to 18 months in advance. You can submit your application on our website.