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10 Reasons why you shouldn’t rule out a winter wedding.

From the number of inquiries we receive its obvious that spring and autumn weddings are the most popular with couples.  However, after experiencing a recent “wow” wedding at Eleven Eighty on a cold winters like day, I’m wondering if we have it all wrong.  Put simply, the venue looked stunning and the winter styling created the most unbelievable atmosphere:  From crackling outdoor fire pits to artfully placed velvet couches I can confidently say that a winter wedding at Eleven Eighty is a spectacle to behold.  Not convinced?   Here are my top 10 reasons to not rule out a winter wedding on the South Coast:

  1. The joy of no humidity. I talk from experience on this one. I was married 18 years ago on a 40-degree day.  One guest passed out during the ceremony and the humidity was so bad that I was literally stuck in my dress.  Not to mention our poor Scottish groomsmen wearing thick woolen kilts…it was a n uncomfortable experience all round.  A winter wedding is much more pleasant for men wearing suits and the ladies in their finery.
  2. More availability and much shorter lead times. Wedding venues on the South Coast book out well in advance.  Not wanting to wait over 12 months for your preferred venue or vendors?  Instead of waiting for a peak season date, you will find that a lot of venues have more availability in the winter.  We have recently taken bookings for winter weddings only 2 months away.
  3. The light is better for photos. Photographers love the flattering and less harsh light. They don’t have to deal with the issue of squinting.  With twilight coming earlier if you have a venue with lots of moody lighting, festoons and tree lights (like at Eleven Eighty) you can capture some amazing shots.
  4. You can remove the weather worry by hiring our bespoke marquee which has been designed to fit our courtyard perfectly. With the clear roof paneling you do not lose out on feeling of an alfresco wedding but you are protected from the elements.  For smaller sub 50 guest weddings you can hold your reception inside the Old Coolangatta School Hall which oozes character and ambiance.  Think vintage chandeliers hanging from the rafters, heaters in place and cozy rugs.  You can create an unforgettable experience.
  5. Think ahead to your anniversary. I speak again from experience on this one.  Planning a winter wedding means that your anniversary will be at a quiet time of year.  We were married the day before New Years Eve meaning that with parties organised for the next day, we are never in the mood to properly celebrate our anniversary.  Unfortunately it seems to slip by unmarked each year.
  6. Planning an overseas honeymoon? The weather in Asia and Europe is often best during the Australian Winter.
  7. Your guests will thank you for it. The wedding fatigue won’t be real.  Peak season can be hectic and you will find that your event will be something your guests really look forward to during a period where they have fewer events on rather than being just another thing on their to do list during busy times.
  8. Your wedding will look amazing. As noted before, think deep vibrant velvet lounges,  your guests chatting around the fire pits, lots of candles flickering in the moody lighting.
  9. Cheaper accommodation for your guests. With destination weddings on the South Coast becoming extremely popular, the financial strain on those who are at an age where they have multiple weddings to attend each year is real, particularly in this current economic climate.
  10. Its something out of the ordinary. This fits so well with our vibe at Eleven Eighty.  How do you distinguish your special day?  The couples that choose our venue are searching for something different.  They want to wow their guests with a stunning venue but they don’t want their big day to feel just like every other wedding they have been to.  They want to stand out in the crowd.  They want an intimate feel, and for their guests to have a unique experience……..welcome to Eleven Eighty…..The Venue with a Twist.

Have I persuaded you over to the winter side? 
Presumed you had to wait over a year to secure a date for a South Coast Wedding Venue?   Not so, if a winter wedding is something that you might now consider.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Eleven Eighty………a winter wedding could be a matter of just a few weeks or months away!

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We just had the most magical wedding here – 10/10 venue!!! We cannot speak more highly of our experience! Amazing hosts and team, with exceptional attention to detail. There are so many incredible places for photos (but also the photos don’t do it justice!) and the whole ambience really contributed to our wedding. It was amazing being able to stay at the property for the weekend. We absolutely loved it and could not recommend it more!

Jess D

The unique venue catered for our family requirements and beyond with many personalised details. Every part of the venue was utilised from the train carriage, the on-site accomodation, through to the beautifully decorated bar and iconic tree swing.

Our wedding getaway consisted of 3 days and 2 nights surrounded with loved ones onsite. We enjoyed great company, good food, fun lawn games, and created many wonderful memories. The venue was perfect for our needs. It was kid and dog friendly, spacious, clean, offered many entertainment spaces, and felt like a home away from our home.

We cannot thank Reanah enough for her support and recommendations. We are so grateful to have engaged such talented vendors who went out of their way to make our day special, thank you so much!

Stacey and I highly recommend Eleven Eighty.

Paulina Acuna

I am in love with Eleven Eighty! Such a great DIY venue with accommodation, a well thought-out layout with different spaces hosting such an eclectic vibe to truly bring out your personality. The Owners & staff are so incredible to work alongside and we love planning & coordinating there. The courtyard is to die for!

Jess – Planned By Page

What a stunning venue, the way the light filters through the surrounding trees into the courtyard in the afternoon is just something else. They have thought of everything here you will need to make your wedding day perfect. Beautiful spaces to get ready in, the most divine settings for your reception and stunning photo opportunities, Eleven Eighty has it all.

Lean and Lens Photography

From the moment you enter Eleven Eighty you will be swept up by its character and charm. It really is a wonderland of the unexpected, every turn you take leads you to something more to be discovered. So many incredible options within this special property. The team have worked tirelessly to restore this historical venue with so much love and care.

Candice Seymour

Eleven Eighty has to be the best venue on the south coast for a funky lux wedding or to be honest, any event that you need to be seriously special. The place is like a treasure trove filed with beautiful thoughtfully curated objects and super styled so that every different area is truly unique. There are so many gorgeous settings all just perfectly put together. The vintage train carriage blew me away.

Gaynor Tracey

We fell in love with Eleven Eighty because it’s a super unique venue. We knew we wanted something a little less traditional with a cool, relaxed party vibe and felt that Eleven Eighty really delivered on this. We especially love the courtyard and alfresco dining aspect of the venue and the rustic vibe of the bar.

Rachel Appleby

WOW! An absolute sensory overload from the moment you pull into the driveway, there’s is sooo much to take in! Interesting, eclectic, full of character, it’s almost too much! It’s FANTASTIC! Love it! Just spent 3 nights there for New Years celebrations and what a brilliant time was had, the venue is perfect stage to have an incredible gathering.

David Annett

After visiting Eleven Eighty I was amazed by the effort that was put into every detail to truly capture the unique character and beauty that it has. The owners and manager were very friendly and went above and beyond to accommodate our upcoming event. We are all super excited!!!!

Kylie Brown

Love this beautiful property! Ticks all the boxes for an ideal wedding venue and such a lovely space to style, the courtyard is magical at night to dine and dance under. We love it!

The Wedding and Event Creators

I went to an event at Eleven Eighty, I felt like I was transported back in time. Full of character and history with all the different parts to explore and have fun. It was an unforgettable experience and I look forward to the next time.

Lucy Brown

The most idyllic, tranquil setting that makes you feel relaxed the minute you get there! The property is tastefully decorated, the team are so friendly and the facilities are awesome. Highly recommend it!

Michelle Rubinstein

Grounds of Alexandria meets Soho House meets Alice in Wonderland…… Wow! How did we not know about this place? So incredibly beautiful with hidden treasures and unexpected plot twists around every corner. Riddled with character, old world charm and modern luxury, I really can’t think of an event space that has as much wow factor as this did.

Angie Laxton

We have booked our special day here. We were looking for a venue that could show our personalities, and Eleven Eighty has plenty of that! It is so cute wherever you look. Reanah is super friendly and easy to talk to. She has taken our special day as hers and was super helpful with info and suppliers. I’m so excited about our wedding and spending it here with our families!

Vanessa Vernazza

“We had our wedding at Eleven Eighty in November and it was truly the most magical experience for us and also for all of our guests. The grounds and venue are simply beautiful. Everything is so well maintained and the attention is second to none!”

Phil & Sue - Sydney

“I facilitated a corporate away day for a Sydney-based team, and found the historic and quirky venue was a great experience, with all we needed for a productive and creative day included – even lawn games for brain breaks and team building!”

Anthony - Berry

“An out-of-the-ordinary South Coast getaway with lovely hosts Richard and Clare. They were extremely welcoming and ensured we were well looked after, helping us arrange a private chef and visits to the local attractions.”

Liat Gould - Sydney

“There are some amazing quirks on this property that we absolutely loved; the converted train carriage was fantastic! The house was immaculate and Clare and Richard are amazing, down to earth hosts – we felt well looked after from start to finish.”

Mark Hatnean - Sydney

“Fantastic, a touch of class with an oldy worldy feel. Perfect to escape the city, do nothing at all or go all out and fill your weekend with wineries, ziplining, kayaking and more. Did I mention there’s a train carriage in the garden?!”

Jay Hobson - Sydney
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