Wedding Venues Canberra | Weddings | Rydges Capital Hill Canberra


Host your ceremony or reception surrounded in the elegance afforded by our wedding venues in Canberra

The tranquil and inviting atmosphere offered by our Canberra wedding venues provides the ideal setting for your intimate and romantic wedding ceremony and reception.

The grand entrance at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is alive with gorgeous auburn foliage in the autumn and vibrant cherry blossoms in the spring. The enchanting beauty flows across the foyer and expands into the mesmerising atrium, an ideal wedding venue in Canberra for your special ceremony or cocktail reception.

Our passionate and dedicated Canberra wedding team is here to help you create your dream day. With access to some of the best wedding resources in Canberra, our professional staff can assist you with planning the special day you have always dreamed of.


'JUST MARRIED’ – FROM ONLY $99* per person

Our new three-course, all-inclusive package features the following from only $99* per person.


♥ Chef’s selection of canapés & drinks on arrival
♥ Three-course set menu
♥ Tea and coffee
♥ 4 hour beverage package*

*Includes pre-dinner drinks. House white and red wines, sparkling wine for toast, beer, soft drinks and orange juice.


♥ Dedicated wedding coordinator
♥ Room hire
♥ Complimentary menu tasting for bride & groom*
♥ Personalised menus
♥ Sparkling wine for the toast
♥ Service of the wedding cake
♥ Cake table, knife and gift table
♥ Dance floor (unless specialty floor is required)
♥ One night’s accommodation for bride and groom in bridal suite
♥ Complimentary breakfast for the bride and groom
♥ Complimentary parking for the bride and groom
♥ Late check out
♥ Special accommodation rates for guests
♥ Special parking rates for guests (or complimentary where available)

*Menu tasting on confirmation of booking. Additional menu tasting $59 per person.
**Minimum number of 50 guests


Children's meals are available for those age 3-12. Please discuss your requirements with our team


Our wedding team would be delighted to assist should you require help with any finishing touches. We have a list of preferred suppliers we could recommend in any of areas of theming, musicians, hire cars and much more.


If you’re after a cocktail-style event, we can discuss your needs and tailor a special package to suit.

Terms and Conditions

Subject to availability and for new event bookings only made between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015 and consumed between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. Offer applies to wedding events only, block out dates may apply and a minimum numbers of guests are required – see each Hotel for required numbers. Offer and inclusions subject to change at the discretion of the providing hotel.

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Wedding Rooms

Two elegant Canberra wedding venues await your big day celebration

Event Room 1 at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is nestled in the scenic hotel atrium and affords guests the feeling of being outdoors without the worry of bad weather. As twilight sets in, you and your guests will enjoy beautiful, warming rays from the setting sun.

Forrest Suite can accommodate up to 150 guests and opens out onto an expansive terrace, which is open to your guests throughout the festivities. The terrace is the perfect place for an outdoor ceremony or for family and friends to celebrate your special day by dancing the night away.

Wedding Planning

We’re here to make sure that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. One of the most important elements in making sure your Big Day is all you've ever dreamed it up to be is in the planning. Of course, planning might seem obvious but we’re going to help you create the perfect wedding checklist.

  • Magazines, magazines, magazines! Magazines are a treasure trove of ideas for creating the perfect wedding day.
  • Create or find a check list. These can be found almost any wedding magazine or online. Find the ones that break it down into months, weeks and days. You will not miss a thing
  • Working out your budget. This is a pivotal step in your wedding planning because you need to know where you’re going to allocate your resources.
  • Start the guest list. Pick your bridal party first and give your parents a number of guests they can invite. Doing these first will save embarrassment down the line.
  • Book your date! Ensure your church and reception venue are available. We find it always best to be flexible with your date and go to your reception venue first – having a set date limits your chances of getting the space or venue you want on that specific date and to also avoid disappointment.
  • Time to get creative! Start a folder or a binder of the things you would like to bring along to your meetings with your planner. We are very visual people and the more you can show us the better chance you have of getting exactly what you want.
  • Ask your venue if they can organise the decorations or if they have preferred suppliers you contact directly. Use your venue planners as much as you can, they have done this before and know what works and who to use.
  • Honeymoon time! Brides often pick an exotic destination because they have always wanted to go there. Hello Fiji! However make sure you do your research. This is absolutely pivotal; for example you do not want to go to Fiji between December – February due to it being hot humid and raining. Ladies we know what humidity does to our hair remember that Friends episode with Monica’s hair in Barbados?

Wedding Speeches

Plan your wedding speech ahead of time so you don’t get cold feet!

The venue at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is booked. The food has been ordered. The champagne's on ice. But a small number of the party is just beginning to panic. They are the ones giving the wedding speeches! From my experience, they may right now be desperately surfing the Internet hoping to find an instant cure for the speech they have been dreading since the date was set.

After many years of hearing wedding speeches, I have picked up a tip or two on what works and what doesn't. Here are just a few ideas to help you best prepare for delivering a knockout wedding speech:

  • Do some digging: Ask friends and family for extra insights and anecdotes. They will give you new ideas and ensure you’re providing a wedding speech relevant to your whole audience.
  • Avoid rambling: There is no perfect shape or style for a speech. You may want to take a thematic or chronological approach. But the key is brevity. Stay away from long paragraphs in favour of short, punchy, deliverable sentences.
  • Location, location, location: Find out where you’ll be standing, whether there will be a microphone, and if there will be somewhere to rest your notes. This will avoid nasty surprises that might keep you awake the night before.
  • Practise makes perfect: Rehearse it out loud over and over again, reading very slowly and emphasising key words. You want to know your wedding speech so well that you only need to glance at your notes to remember what comes next.
  • Slowly does it: When your big moment comes, speak slowly and pause between sentences. Your audience need time to digest the story before they get the punch line. So give them time to get it.

Many happy wedding speeches.

Elizabeth Notting – Rydges Capital Hill Wedding Planner

Wedding Planners

Meet our dedicated Canberra wedding planners

Elizabeth Notting

After being the matron of honour at her sister’s wedding, Elizabeth has fallen in love with ensuring that every bride has a wonderful smile on her special day. During her short time at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra, Elizabeth has been an integral part of the successful execution of the summer and autumn wedding season, researching the wedding market from elegant, past-century styles to contemporary, mint-fusion flairs. Elizabeth is one of the most trend-setting, up-and-coming wedding planners in the area.

Brad McMillan

Brad has worked with Rydges Capital Hill Canberra for two years, during which time he has been the operational brains behind numerous weddings. His hard work has benefited countless brides and grooms, recently earning him a spot on the Rydges wedding planning team. He and Elizabeth make a formidable pair and are dedicated to creating the perfect wedding to match any bride’s style and flair.

To organise a meeting today to start planning your unforgettable wedding, please call 02 6232 0318.

Weatherproof Wedding

Don’t leave your Canberra wedding weather entirely to chance

he Atrium is filled with growing trees and foliage with a tranquil water feature to create a romantic garden feel. Sun-filled with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Acacia Lounge is another ideal indoor option for your wedding, boasting great views into our front gardens.

Seating Chart Help

Seating Planning may be one of the most boring parts about planning a wedding, but, alas, it’s also important. We’ve put together a cheat guide to planning your seating allocations as quickly and effectively as possible.

  • Know your table size, layout and shape: this is a pretty important factor in decided how many people can sit at an allocated table. You don’t want people to feel cramped!
  • RSVPS: make sure that you’ve received all of your RSVP’s before you start planning your seating. This will save you a massive headache later.
  • Make sure you have Escort Cards.
  • Make sure you have Place Cards.

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Room/Space Area Ceiling
Square Metres Banquet Capacity Banquet With Dancefloor Cocktail Capacity
Acacia Lounge 200 2.8m 200m² 140 n/a 160
Atrium n/a n/am 100m² 70 n/a 120
Event Room 1 n/a 2.8m 170m² 120 80 120
Event Room 2 n/a 2.4m 40m² 30 n/a 40
Executive Boardroom 1 n/a 2.4m 35m² 12 n/a 25
Executive Boardroom 2 n/a 2.4m 20m² 8 n/a 15
Executive Boardroom 3 n/a 2.4m 20m² 10 n/a n/a
Executive Boardroom 4 n/a 2.4m 12m² n/a n/a n/a
Executive Boardroom 5 n/a 2.4m 20m² 10 n/a n/a
Figtree Cafe n/a n/am 300m² 150 n/a 200
Forrest Room 1 n/a 3.1m 60m² 40 n/a 60
Forrest Room 2 n/a 3.1m 100m² 80 50 110
Forrest Room 3 n/a 3.1m 40m² 20 n/a 30
Forrest Suite 17.65m x 12.97m 3.1m 280m² 180 150 200