Weddings are one of those very personal affairs, where desires differ so greatly from one couple to the next. So many decisions to make, with often very little choice. And catering is one of those oh-so-important decisions. Sometimes it can be the difference between choosing one venue over another.
There are great benefits to choosing a venue that offers flexible catering arrangements – hello food trucks! You really can have your cake and eat it. What about that burrito van you’re always banging on about to your friends? Or your fiancé’s favourite gourmet hot dog van? We say YES!
Sometimes, you can even supplement a venue’s main catering services – we’re thinking fresh fried donuts, or strawberries and ice-cream (or both)!
Below is a list of our favourite venues that offer the flexibility for you to add that edgy element to your catering.
Whilst wine is available in house with a very reasonable minimum spend, Fleurieu Cherries are flexible and allow you to supply your own beers, soft drinks and accompaniments as well as selecting your choice of caterers or even food trucks.
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This VENYU exclusive property on the skirts of the Clare Valley is an absolute stunner and offers couples in-house catering through a preferred supplier, as well as the option food trucks.
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Offered as a dry-hire facility, Kuitpo Hall allows you the freedom to confirm your own beverages and caterer, or alternatively they are also happy to make a recommendation from their fabulous network of suppliers. With a full kitchen and bathrooms on site, there really aren’t any hidden extras to worry about.
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One of Australia’s most awarded boutique wineries this 90-hectare property is a couple’s dream, Lake Breeze allows you to customise your day, including your catering options.
Tent on a Hill is offered as a dry hire venue, so your options are entirely your own in terms of set-up, catering and beverages. Bring in that seductive clear marquee, big open tipi tent, or simply have a beautiful unplugged dinner under the stars. Roll in the food trucks or lock in a remote caterer to serve you a gourmet plated menu, that’s entirely your choice.
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While most people wouldn’t turn their nose up at in-house wood fired pizzas, Smiling Samoyed allows food trucks as well, so you can have the best of both worlds. Think multiple food trucks, vibrant spaces, craft beers and ciders on tap, live music and a great celebration.
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A dry hire facility, White Hill Estate leaves you complete control over your experience. We love that Oliver’s partner with a variety of preferred caterers offering everything from gourmet plated menus to wood fired pizza. Of course, you can also source own alcohol, stylists and event planners. There is no cookie cutter here, only unique celebrations fitting of your personality and budget.
Offering 800 sqm of manicured lawn surrounded by gardens and ocean views Aldinga Bay Bungalows truly is the perfect blank canvas for those wanting a DIY wedding. 100% BYO access allows you the option to bring in all your own catering (including food trucks), decor and alcohol.
The layered garden provides many different intimate spaces for guests including a wide gravelled laneway which is wrapped by large hedges and seasonal foliage. Venue hire of Aldinga Secret Garden is extremely affordable and allows you complete flexibility over catering and beverage selections and with great rear property access lends itself well to fun alternative food truck selections.
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As a VENYU exclusive this private property allows you full flexibility to make your own alcohol and catering arrangements. All spaces offer good vehicle access allowing food trucks, mobile bars and large equipment hire to all be strong possibilities.
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This cool New York loft style hire venue in Willunga is a dry-hire dream, with plenty of space for you to bring in a food truck or two (did someone say spit roast?).
If you’re on the search for a self-contained Riverland gem, with all the space and flexibility you could hope for, look no further – The River Block ticks every box. You can just about BYO everything to this venue, including your caterer or food trucks.
From food trucks to pizza ovens, Fox Gordon is a venue that will happily allow you to pair your choice of caterer with their award-winning wines at their beautifully picturesque venue just a mere 5 minutes from McLaren Vale.
Well known for being the left-handed vintners, Mollydooker Wines are another McLaren Vale venue to pop on the byo-catering shortlist. No need to worry about beverages though, they have got that covered!
Villa Vineyard is a country vineyard owned by a family with a long history in the area, and the venue itself is located on 60-acres of beautiful green space. The dedicated reception space, the Tractor Shed, is ideal for hosting an evening wed-fest with your own food trucks dishing out the goods.
A private hobby farm set on 22 acres of land, this venue, with its provincial style barn, La Grange Estate a great blank slate to bring in catering and beverage suppliers of your choice.
If the gum-studded amphitheatre wasn’t enough to get you excited about this venue, how about the fact the owner is also an event manager and stylist? Werner Vineyards is another venue that allows you complete catering freedom – wheel those food trucks on in!
Another exclusive VENYU property, the Barns of Freeling is a wide-open Barossa beauty with both space and views. You have complete freedom when it comes to your catering supplier.
VENYU’s own exclusive Yorke Peninsula venue, Redwing Farm offers couples a piece of quiet farm life for their special day. Being a completely dry hire space means that you can bring in both your own choice of catering or food vans as well as beverage suppliers.
Standing amongst the candlebark gum forest at Sinclair’s Gully you’d think you were in the heart of the Australian bush, but this epic venue is only a 20 minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD. If that’s not the best bit already, they allow you to BYO caterer, alternatively they are happy to make a recommendation from their own network of amazing suppliers.
Mt Beare Station is fully flexible dry hire venue with its historic wool shed and 500 acres of open space, offers all the flexibiliy when it comes to catering (and beverages too). Even the caterers get to join in on the fun – the kitchen facilities are located within the Blacksmith shop!
Tucked away behind Willunga, 47 Quarry is another of VENYU’s exclusive properties. This a beautiful dry hire venue with green spaces as far as the eye can see, and plenty of room. They too are happy for you to supply your own caterer or food truck.
Dreaming of an island wedding? Dudley Wines has got to be one of those locations that will leave you awe struck. Even better that they offer the option to supply your own catering!
Vine Shed venue is brand spanking new, has been specially built for weddings and functions, and is of course in keeping with the rest of this list – super flexible when it comes to catering and food trucks. Amen to that!
*Header image credit – Els Morgan