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Frequently Asked  Questions

We know that planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and you probably have tons of questions. That's why we've put together this list of the most frequently asked questions about our venue and what we offer. But don't worry if your question isn't on this list - just reach out to us and we'll be happy to help!

  • Are you a DIY venue?
    Yes! We can't wait to see how you bring your unique style to your wedding reception! Feel free to arrange tables and décor as you wish, just remember to keep open flames away and avoid attaching decorations to the walls. To ensure a safe and secure event for everyone, all vendors, including those responsible for electrical and floral installations, must have a valid ABN and appropriate insurance coverage. Please confirm compliance with these requirements before securing their services.
  • Do you have a bar and provide alcohol and bar staff?
    We do, indeed. All you need to do is choose from our drinks packages! That’s one less thing to worry about.
  • Do you allow BYO?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to allow BYO drinks due to our licence restrictions. However, we have a variety of drinks packages to choose from, including cocktail hour and spirits add-ons!
  • What's included in your Premium Styling and Tableware inclusion?
    Some of our package include a Premium Styling and Tableware inclusion, which are below: Per Guest: Dinner + Entrée Plate, 4 piece Cutlery set, Cloth Napkin Choose from: Various plate options, Entrée + Main Silver, Black or Brushed Gold Cutlery 40 Muslin Cotton Napkin colours Centrepiece Styling: White Muslin Table Runners, Clear Ribbed Glass tealight holders + 9hr burn white tealight candles (Allowing room for florals) Choose from: 15 Muslin Cotton Table Runner colours White (ceramic), Gold (Metal), Black (metal) or various Glass colours/shaped candle holder options 45 25cm Taper Candle colours (can choose up to two colours) Also includes: 2 x extra table runners + candle to use on guest book/gift table or cake table/plinth
  • Can we bring our furry loved one/s to our wedding?
    Absolutely! We're delighted to welcome your furry friends to your special day. While we understand that your pets are part of the family, we kindly ask that you consult with your vendors to ensure they are comfortable with their presence. Additionally, we require a pet security bond to cover any unforeseen cleaning or damage costs at the venue and the Homestead if you're staying overnight.
  • What if it rains?
    While we hope for blue skies on your special day, Mother Nature can sometimes surprise us! If rain is in the forecast and you've chosen the Courtyard or Grand Tree for your ceremony, rest assured we have contingency plans in place. We'll consult with you the day before the event to discuss the weather and your preferred alternative option: The Pavilion: A spacious and elegant marquee, the Pavilion offers a serene and sheltered setting for your vows. Umbrellas: If showers are light and you still prefer the ambiance of the Courtyard or Grand Tree, we'll gladly provide stylish umbrellas for you and your guests to stay dry and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Remember, our top priority is to ensure your comfort and safety, and we'll work closely with you to create a memorable ceremony no matter the weather.
  • Would it be possible to extend our wedding celebration time?
    We would be happy to extend your wedding celebration time (at an extra cost), depending on your wedding style (full or micro) and the availability of our venue on your wedding date. Please contact us for more details.
  • Are heating and cooling options included in the price?
    Yes, at Leonards Hill Estate, gas heating is provided in the Pavilion, and heating and cooling are available in the Shed for no additional cost. These options ensure that your guests are comfortable throughout the day, regardless of the weather.
  • Are taxis & Ubers available?
    Taxi availability might be limited, and Ubers won't be operating in the area, so please encourage your guests to plan their transportation beforehand, and we're happy to suggest a handy shuttle service if you need one.
  • What about gifts?
    Please ensure you nominate someone to take responsibility for your gifts at the end of the night.
  • Is there on-site security?
    Yes, a security guard will be present from 7 PM to 11 PM.
  • Is smoking allowed on the premises?
    Smoking is strictly prohibited in the whole property, except for the designated smoking area in front of the Shed and at the Homestead's verandah.
  • Are there noise restrictions?
    Yes, there are noise restrictions in place for all weddings held at Leonards Hill Estate. As per council regulations, all music and noise must cease by 11 pm. This ensures that neighbors are not disturbed and that the peaceful nature of the estate is maintained. We kindly ask all guests and vendors to cooperate with these regulations to ensure a successful and enjoyable event for everyone involved.
  • What are the restroom facilities like?
    Our modern, spacious and clean facilities include two women's restrooms, two men's restrooms and one accessible restroom. Our accessible restroom is fully equipped with all the necessary amenities to accommodate guests with disabilities, and we are always happy to discuss any specific needs or requirements you may have.
  • Can we have a wedding rehearsal?
    Of course! We can offer a one-hour wedding rehearsal, subject to availability.
  • Are vendor meals included in your packages?
    The vendor meals are only included in our Big Little Wedding and Mighty Mini micro wedding packages. They are usually $40 per vendor meal.
  • What is a micro wedding?
    Micro weddings offer cosy ceremonies and receptions for 30 to 50 of you nearest and dearest, filled with laughter, delicious food, and genuine connection – all within a relaxed timeframe. Less stress, more magic!
  • Why choose a micro wedding?
    Micro weddings offer a host of heartfelt and practical reasons to celebrate your love in a beautifully simple way: Intimate celebrations: Share meaningful moments with up to 50 of your loved ones, creating lasting memories in a cosy, relaxed setting. Budget-friendly bliss: Prioritise what matters most, whether it's a dreamy venue, gourmet catering, or a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, without the financial strain of a large-scale wedding. Stress-free planning: Micro weddings mean less logistics and more joy! Streamlined logistics and fewer moving parts mean you can enjoy the planning process without being overwhelmed. Eco-conscious celebrations: Micro weddings often have a smaller environmental footprint, with less waste, repurposed décor, and local sourcing – a win for your love and the planet. Ready to say "I do" to a wedding that's truly yours? Micro weddings could be your perfect happily ever after!
  • Who are the micro wedding packages right for?
    Our Your Day, Your Way Package is perfect for: couples who crave creative freedom and want their wedding to reflect their unique story. Our Mighty Mini Package is perfect for: Budget-conscious couples who want the essentials such as food and drinks, and would like to handle the rest and already have some vendors in mind. Our Big Little Wedding Packages is perfect for: Couples who seek a seamless and unforgettable experience with everything taken care of.
  • What are the prices and inclusions of your wedding packages?
    Your Day, Your Way: Embrace your vision: Starting at $7,995, this budget-friendly package provides the essentials: drinks, tables & chairs, and a beautiful venue. Imagine it as your blank canvas, ready to be personalized with your unique touches. Create an unforgettable celebration that truly reflects your story. The Mighty Mini: Delicious foundation for your dream day: Starting at $12,495, this package offers a solid base of delicious food, refreshing drinks, stylish décor, and elegant tableware. Build upon it with your own creative elements and craft a personalized, memorable celebration. The Big Little Wedding: Stress-free elegance, all-inclusive: Starting at $16,995, this comprehensive package takes care of everything: mouth-watering food & drinks, a professional celebrant and photographer, stunning floral arrangements, premium styling, and even a two-tier cake! Relax and enjoy your special day while we handle all the details.
  • How can I learn more or book a visit?
    Ready to dive deeper into your perfect micro wedding? Here are your options! 1. Learn More by clicking here: Fill out our Micro Wedding Packages form. Get all the juicy details delivered straight to your inbox! Explore inclusions and pricing options. 2. Book a Venue Tour by clicking here: See our space in person! Experience the magic firsthand with a guided tour of our stunning venue. Chat with our team about your vision and let's brainstorm ways to make your micro wedding unforgettable.
  • Are vendors meals included in the Mighty Mini or Big Little Wedding packages?
    Yes, vendors meals are already included in these packages.
  • How many guests can you accommodate?
    Our minimum guest number is 30 and maximum is 120.
  • Where can we have our ceremony?
    There are a few ceremony options that you can choose from: The Courtyard Imagine saying your vows in our enchanting Courtyard, surrounded by loved ones as the sun filters through the trees. This delightful space, nestled in front of The Shed, can also host post-ceremony drinks before the reception begins. Lush landscaping with wooden arbours, feature trees, and charming garden beds create a picturesque backdrop for your special day, while vintage lighting and 100-year-old wood beams in our portico add a touch of warmth and magic. The Pavilion In addition to our Courtyard and Grand Tree, our Pavilion provides another stunning ceremony option. Nestled amidst natural beauty, the Pavilion boasts clear walls that offer unobstructed views and allow natural light to illuminate your event. The Grand Tree Our venue features a majestic and whimsical eucalyptus tree that provides a perfect backdrop for your ceremony.
  • When do you need our final numbers?
    We will need your final numbers a month before your event.
  • Can we have confetti or glitter? 
    Traditional confetti and glitter are prohibited. Organic confetti made from natural materials (rice, petals) is allowed during the ceremony.
  • Who organises ceremony music?
    For outdoor ceremonies at the Grand Tree and Pavilion, we recommend working with your celebrant or trusted audio professionals to ensure perfect sound. In our Courtyard, music is a breeze! Whether you prefer the intimacy of your own playlist or the curated variety of our Spotify collection, simply connect to our amp, and we'll handle the rest.
  • What music entertainment can we have at the reception?
    Make your wedding music truly your own! From lively bands and energetic DJs to intimate acoustic sets and your own personalised playlist, the possibilities are endless. We'll work with you to create the perfect soundscape for your special day. but it must comply with local noise restrictions and end by 10.30 pm.
  • Can you provide a Master of Ceremonies (MC)?
    Finding the perfect MC can be crucial for your event. While we do have a network of talented MCs we can recommend, their availability depends on your chosen date and any specific needs you might have. We'd be happy to connect you with some options and discuss their availability closer to your event.
  • Can we bring our own caterer and other favourite vendors? (full weddings)
    Absolutely! We know your wedding is all about you, and you deserve to have your dream team there. Just a friendly reminder: check if your favourite caterer and other specialist vendors have an ABN and insurance. We'll also share some of our trusted vendors, so you have plenty of options!
  • Do we have to use your recommended vendors? (full weddings)
    Your vendor team is entirely your choice! We believe your wedding should reflect your unique style and preferences. Choosing your own vendors lets you personalize every detail and create a truly unforgettable experience. If you'd like some guidance, we're happy to share our list of recommended vendors that we trust, but the decision is ultimately up to you.
  • Can we bring our own caterer and other favourite vendors? (micro weddings)
    Depending on which micro wedding package you choose, you may be able to bring your own vendors. For the "Your Day, Your Way" package, you are more than welcome to bring your own vendors. If you choose "The Mighty Mini" package, a caterer is included, but you may bring any other vendor of your choice. However, if you select "The Big Little Wedding" package, the food, photographer, celebrant, premium styling and tableware, flowers, and cake are already included in the package, so bringing in additional vendors may not be necessary. Just a friendly reminder: check if your favourite caterer and other specialist vendors have an ABN and insurance, as we require this if they are present on the day of your wedding.
  • What's the bump-in and bump-out time for vendors?
    Bump-in is from 11 am on the day, and bump-out is from 11 pm to 12 am after the event, or from 8 am to 10 am the next day.
  • Who cuts and serves our wedding cake (if we have one)?
    Cake cutting is the ultimate sweet celebration, and your caterer is the mastermind behind making it go smoothly. They'll know just the right way to slice and serve every piece, along with plates, napkins, and any extra cutlery you might need. Don't hesitate to chat through all the details with them – they're pros at making every slice perfect! We'll even provide a cake knife for you to use, just to add that extra touch of special.
  • How far in advance do we need to inform Leonards Hill Estate of our chosen vendors for our wedding?
    We ask that you inform us of your chosen vendors at least 3 months prior to your wedding. This allows us to provide them with all the necessary information about our venue,including: Layout and facilities: Sharing the venue layout and available facilities helps your vendors understand the space and plan accordingly. This could include details like the size of the ceremony and reception areas, access points for equipment, and any limitations or special considerations. Logistics and permits: Some vendors, like caterers or entertainment providers, may need additional permits or insurance specific to our venue. Letting us know who you've chosen allows us to connect them with the right person to handle these logistics. Vendor access and setup: We can provide your vendors with clear instructions on access points, parking, and setup times to ensure they can arrive and prepare seamlessly without disrupting other wedding preparations.
  • What accommodation is available?
    Our Homestead is a stylish and luxurious accommodation option that offers a homely feel. It can accommodate up to 8 guests and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one with a full-size bath), as well as a lounge, kitchen, dining area and an outdoor area. It is conveniently located on the property itself, making it the perfect spot for your wedding party to stay in comfort and style. You'll have access to the Homestead from 2 PM on your wedding day and the check out time is 10 AM the next day.
  • Can we book the Homestead for more than a night?
    Certainly! Depending on availability, you can stay at the Homestead before or after your wedding day. The charge is $595 per night.
  • Do we have to book the Homestead if we book the venue?
    Of course not. Staying at the Homestead is optional.
  • Can we use the Homestead to get ready in?
    If you've booked the Homestead for your wedding, you'll have exclusive access to prepare for your big day in this charming space. Your wedding day access starts at 2 PM, and if you book the Homestead for the night before (subject to availability), you can even enjoy an early morning start in this serene setting.
  • How do I secure my date? 
    An initial, non-refundable deposit of $3,000 is required to lock in your date.
  • What's the payment schedule? 
    After the deposit, 50% of your total balance is due 12 months before the event, and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before, along with your final guest numbers.
  • What happens if I cancel? 
    The initial deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel less than 12 months before, all previous payments are forfeited unless you find a replacement couple.

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