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Picturesque Ceremony Locations

Included as part of the wedding package, you can make use of nine picture-perfect onsite locations for your wedding ceremony.

At Markovina, only one wedding is hosted per day. You will have exclusive access to the venue to ensure you have the choice on any of these beautiful locations.

Utilising most of the areas around the Estate, you may choose a ceremony area, capture those amazing memories with your photographer and then move to another location for your family photos before you explore the grounds for those special moments with your bridal party. All the while, music is played through the gardens compliments of our house PA system and range of garden speakers.

Chestnut Tree

The Chestnut Tree is situated in a beautiful open space surrounded by vines and trees within our gardens. It provides an incredible backdrop for your ceremony.

Standing out from the rest, this ceremony area is a true statement piece and a destination once you walk through our aisle of Jacaranda trees, 

Blooms in December and green through late Spring to Autumn. The Chestnut Tree is also an outstanding photographic opportunity in Winter. 

Two Kauri Trees

Towering above the surrounding gardens, Two Kauri Trees perfectly frames the aisle and altar in front of our jetty and large pond.

The trees set the scene for outstanding memories, creating a stunning background for an outdoor ceremony location all year round.

A beautiful stone signing table sets the scene for a
perfect photo opportunity.

Barrel Waterfall

Experience pure serenity in front of the Barrel Waterfall while your guests watch on in comfort, seated amongst the olive trees.

The trees provide great shade for your guests, perfect for weddings on hot, sunny days. In front of the original barrel from our winery, you are able to say your wedding vows to each
other in front of the waterfall, on a picturesque small jetty.

The barrel waterfall also has a beautiful stone signing table and pillars nearby which can easily be decorated.

Cherry Blossom Round

The newest ceremony location, the Cherry Blossom Round is a truly unique setting to recite your vows.

With a dedicated aisle gradually rising up to the round,
choose to have your ceremony in an enclosed circle,
a spiral, half-moon, or traditionally forward facing toward
the beautiful Cherry Blossom Trees.

The trees blossom in spring, then becoming leafy and green in summer lasting until Autumn when they turn amber before losing their leaves for winter.

Book your private viewing to explore the venue, meet our dedicated team, and envision your perfect day!

Pebble Beach

Located on the opposite side of our largest pond, across from the Two Kauris, the Pebble Beach provides a small, intimate location surrounded by large trees and manicured gardens.

Recite your vows overlooking the pond, with a beautiful stone feature and Two Kauri Trees in the background.

The Palms

Located just to the left of our Pebble Beach, a beautiful garden of magnificent palm trees provides the perfect backdrop for a garden wedding.

Nestled in nature and with a pond nearby, The Palms are serene location all year round to say, “I do”.

The Barrels

Celebrate your love in front of the beautiful barrel display
featuring 11 barrels, superb for a vineyard wedding.

As a great location all year round, The Barrels provide a shaded seating area for your guests in summer or a sunny spot receiving all day sun in cooler months.

The barrels are a perfect bridal party and group photo backdrop.

Fireplace Ceremony 

Our Otago schist fireplace provides the perfect back drop for a winter wedding or a wet summer's day. While still being surrounded by the beautiful gardens.

Positioned at the end of the foyer, the large glass sliding doors
can be easily opened and closed, making the fireplace
a great ceremony location all year round.

After the ceremony, the area can be seamlessly
transformed into a cozy lounge setting.

Pergoda. A Special Love.

Standing out from the surrounding gardens, the small white Pergoda provides an intimate ceremony location for smaller weddings.

Beautiful without decorations, or easy to add, the Pergoda is a classic selection for a garden wedding.

Perfect for unity candles, tea ceremonies, or just a private
quiet moment as newlyweds.

Kind Words

"Markovina estate was a stunning venue for our wedding especially with its lush gardens, spacious hall and its hanging vines, and so many amazing locations to have your wedding ceremony."



Do you provide a 'ceremony only' option?

We don’t offer a venue hire only option to just use our ceremony locations, as we only hosting one wedding per day all our bookings include a food package and have a minimum food & beverage spend.

Do you provide chairs for the ceremony?

As part of the inclusive wedding package, white celebration chairs are provided for your ceremony. Enough seating is ensured for all guests, and the chairs are set up at your chosen ceremony location.

Do you provide a signing table?

Yes, the Barrel Waterfall, Two Kauri Trees, and Chestnut Tree have beautiful stone signing tables nearby. A signing barrel or small table can also be provided at any ceremony location.

Can we invite guests for the ceremony only?

Yes, guests are welcome to attend the ceremony only. There is a charge based on the number of guests and specific requirements. Typically, ceremony-only guests stay for the ceremony, canapés, and beverages until the main guests move inside for the reception.

What if its raining on the day?

The Indoor Stone Fireplace area is perfect as a wet weather option. If rain is expected in advance of your wedding day, the ceremony location can be changed to the indoor area a few days prior. Alternatively, if there is a chance of rain and you prefer to proceed with an outdoor ceremony, the experienced staff can set up the ceremony location on the day, depending on the weather.

Do you provide a microphone and music speakers?

Yes, a portable speaker and microphone set is available for your ceremony music, included in the wedding package. The set includes two hand-held microphones and an AUX cord to connect a phone, tablet, or laptop. The staff will set up the system, but you will need to allocate a guest to be in charge of playing the music.

Do you allow confetti to be thrown after the ceremony?

If you would like confetti to be thrown after the ceremony, real and dried rose petals are allowed at outdoor ceremony locations only. Artificial rose petals or biodegradable confetti are not permitted.

Can we get ready onsite?

Unfortunately, facilities for bridal parties to get ready onsite are not provided. However, there is a small bridal room featuring a couch, dresser, and small toilet for the bridal party to use throughout the night. It is a good space for storing bags and touching up hair and make-up.

What other facilities do you have?

Also located onsite is a newly built bridal room available for up to an hour prior to the ceremony (or guest arrival time if the ceremony is offsite). Unfortunately, the room is not available for getting ready, but it is a great place to store bags and touch up hair and make-up throughout the day.

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