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The Royal Botanic Gardens

Ruby & James - ceremony taxodiumphoto: bianca virtue

Lush green lawns, beautifully landscaped gardens and exotic plants. You can only be one place in Melbourne: the Royal Botanic Gardens. Without a doubt, it’s one of city’s most stunning and exclusive locations for weddings and events.

And we’ve got a range of packages and locations within the gardens to suit weddings of all sizes. Have your event on a secluded lawn, such as Dog Flat Lawn or Princes Lawn. Consider a romantic pavilion ceremony, like the Rose Pavilion. Or, enjoy the gardens from inside the Old Observatory Building.

Melbourne’s best location deserves Melbourne best catering and event management. And with 12 years’ experience within the gardens, Blakes Feast delivers every time.

A brief history

The Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe. Once the site of a swamp, the gardens have been thoughtfully transformed and maintained over the years to become the world-renowned space you see today.



Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Parking around the gardens is limited, so we recommend asking your guests to arrive half an hour beforehand. This gives them time to park the car and walk into the gardens.

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  • Pavilions can accommodate up to 60 people.
  • Lawn areas can hold up to 350 people.

Ruby & James - ceremonyphoto: bianca virtue

Wedding ceremonies

Our wedding packages include the following:

  • 2 hours site hire (inclusive of set up & pack down)
  • 1 wedding vehicle permit
  • 1 photography permit
  • A small outdoor table with two chairs to sign the register
  • See below useful links for pricing

Useful links:

Wedding walk brochure

Wedding ceremony booking form

Winter wedding ceremony booking form

Royal Botanic Gardens approved suppliers

1-hour wedding package

Drinks on consumption menu

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A marquee in the gardens is a sight to behold: It’s like your own private venue. Whether you’re after a lavish wedding or a corporate event, we can construct a marquee that is sure to impress.

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Contact us to learn more



Suitable for weddings, corporate events and private parties, the all inclusive December Marquee still has key dates available between Saturday 1st December till Sunday16th December.

Appropriate for 120 guests or more, the December Marquee is a great venue for your wedding reception or end of year celebration.

Please contact our office on 03 9885 2777 or email to check what dates are still available.


For an event space with a difference, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect destination to host your next party, corporate event, Christmas party or even a family picnic.

Pavilions can accommodate up to 60 people, while lawn areas can hold up to 350 people. Bookings for lawns and pavilions are for a minimum of two hours.

Check out our Lawn and Pavilion all-inclusive catering packages for a taste of the exciting things we have to offer.

To make a booking, please return the Lawns Pavilions 2018 – 2019 v2 with a deposit of $110 to secure the area. Please note surcharges apply for public holiday bookings.

We are able to tailor our packages to suit your requirements; for a customised catering quote, please contact a Blakes Feast consultant on (03) 9885 2777

Lawn & Pavilion Packages

Royal Botanic Gardens

Meetings and conferences

The Old Melbourne Observatory is a unique Melbourne space. That’s because it’s the only venue in Melbourne where you can step outside and instantly find yourself amid some of the most beautiful gardens in the southern hemisphere.

With three distinct rooms ranging in capacities, it’s the perfect space for workshops, meetings and events.

9-5 by Blakes Feast Catering provides healthy, high-quality food designed to keep your participants satisfied. We can also customise our menus to offer something special, or to accommodate specific requirements.

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Barrachi room booking form

Ellery suite booking form

Eastern Transit room booking form

Wet weather contingency

One of the things, we get asked about all the time is: What happens if it rains?

In the event of wet weather, you have the option to reserve the Eastern Transit Room or the Ellery Suite, both of which are within the Old Observatory Building.

The Eastern Transit Room holds 80 people seated or 120 people standing. The Ellery Suite can hold up to 40 people seated, 60 standing.

The cost to secure the Eastern Transit Room is $350 + gst; payment is non-refundable.

Fill out this form to book: Wet weather backup form

Alternatively, you can contact one of our ApprovedSuppliers 2018 to arrange outdoor shelter for your event.


Wedding photography and videography requires a permit. See the Photography Booking Form for more information and pricing. For commercial photography, please contact Lola Makdissi on (03) 9252 2342.

Want to know more?

For further details, please contact our events consultants on (03) 9885 2777


  • The cost is $650 + GST for a lawn area & $800 + GST for a pavilion.
  • To confirm your booking, please complete the booking form and return to BF via fax (03) 98852722, email or post with a non refundable deposit of $110 + GST.
  • A photo permit is included in the ceremony package. If you choose not to have your ceremony at the RBG and wish to enter just to take photos, the fee is $170 + GST. Please see the photography booking form.
  • Any lawn/pavilion that is outlined on the Wedding Walk Brochure.
  • Yes we include 1 entry permit in the ceremony fee. The car must be LESS than 6m in length and 2.5m in width to enter the RBG. Stretch vehicle are not permitted nor are horse & carts.
  • We allow one 15 minute window for cars to enter the RBG per booking. Two cars is the maximum but only 1 permit time per booking. The additional permit cost is $115 + GST.
  • No, the pathways are only single lane and we must have through access at all times. Cars must depart immediately after dropping off the bridal party and park on the street. Please contact the City of Melbourne to reserve car parks on Birdwood Avenue.
  • No, Blakes cannot reserve parking for guests on the day. Please contact the City of Melbourne to reserve car parks on Birdwood Avenue.
  • Yes, please see the terms and conditions of the booking form.
  • No we don't. We provide one signing table & chairs x 2 with each booking. For quotes on hiring of equipment please contact one of our approved suppliers.
  • You can walk in your own tables & chairs if you wish ( vehicle access not permitted), however you are not permitted to bring your own market umbrellas into the gardens. For quotes on hiring of equipment please contact one of our RBG Approved Suppliers.
  • We suggest that wheelchairs are hired for elderly guests as we are not permitted to buggy them in and there is limited access for wedding vehicles ( 2 maximum per booking) .
  • They are all beautiful, the best thing to do is visit the gardens at the time of the day you wish to hold your ceremony and decide which lawn best suits your needs. Eg. size of lawn, proximity to gates, any surrounding noise and toilets.
  • Anywhere within the outlined area – please see map in the Wedding Walk Brochure.
  • This is up to you, the ceremony package includes 2 hours but you can extend this (subject to availability) by paying the additional hourly rate (see hourly rate on the Lawns and Pavilions Booking Form.
  • Yes please see our list of RBG Approved Suppliers. Please book directly with the supplier and notify us so we can arrange their entry and exit.
  • Prevention is better than a cure. It’s very important you have a wet weather plan. Pop up marquees give ample cover for light rain/wind or shade from the sun on a hot day, but you need to also keep in mind if it’s heavy rain where you will move to. We offer a room on site called the Eastern Transit Room which can be pre-booked for a rate of $350 + GST (non refundable paid in full at time of booking). The ETR can cater for 120 maximum.
  • Cancellations need to be made up until 7 days prior in order to receive a refund less the $110 + GST booking deposit which is non-refundable.
  • You are permitted to provide non-alcoholic beverages however any alcohol must be purchased by Blakes Feast and served by a Blakes Feast staff member to RSA laws. For our beverage options please view the Drinks on Consumption Menu and the Beverage Packages.
  • No confetti, rice or any other decoration can not be thrown within the RBG. If this occurs a $500 + GST bond will be deducted from your credit card.
  • See the lawns/pavilion booking form for rates.
  • No, due to the sensitive nature of the RBG, no ball games are permitted.
  • No.
  • You are permitted to provide non-alcoholic beverages however any alcohol must be purchased by Blakes Feast and served by a Blakes Feast staff member to RSA laws. For our beverage options please view the Drinks on Consumption Menu and the Beverage Packages.
  • You can bring your own food from home (eg picnic lunches, sandwiches, chips), but Blakes Feast are the only caterer permitted to cater within the Old Observatory, Lawns and Pavilions of the RBG.
  • Blakes Feast can cater a BBQ menu in the RBG, see out BBQ packages PDF. There are no BBQ’s onsite for general public use as they are not permitted.
  • Yes there are several types of marquees - either pop up style or a built marquee if allowed. Please speak to your coordinator for a quote.
  • During the open hours of the RBG it must be acoustic only. Outside of the public open hours you can have amplified music.

To obtain a tailored proposal for your event, please email or phone Blakes Feast Catering on 9885 2777