Create the most memorable day of your life within the surrounds of the willows on the banks of the Yarra River, where the culmination of riverside surrounding, restaurant-style cuisine and exceptional service will ensure all aspects of your special day are perfectly realised in one of Melbourne’s leading elegant wedding reception venues – Leonda By The Yarra.
A truly great wedding venue caters to every guests needs, including the special needs of the bride and groom. When you choose Leonda By The Yarra as your wedding venue you can rest and refresh in our bridal suite before your wedding reception commences, capture your special memories in a stunning garden setting and to farewell your guests descend an elegant staircase to the waterfront to depart by boat from our private jetty. You can also greet your guests as they enjoy canapés and pre-dinner drinks on the balcony overlooking the Yarra River.
Our reputation as one of the leading elegant wedding venues in Melbourne has been earned by our commitment to your total satisfaction – this means that we will not only provide you with one of Melbourne’s best wedding venues, but will also work to create your perfect night and meet your personal needs.
Contact us now and we would be happy to help you organise your special occasion.
Weddings and Ceremonies
When you meet your partner at the end of the aisle to get married you want to be in a beautiful setting. A space that will signify the beginning of your joining and a new journey unfolding. Leonda By The Yarra offers 3 picturesque spaces to suit anyone’s needs. Two indoor ceremony options and one outdoor option with the gorgeous Yarra River as a backdrop.
Here at Leonda we are extremely flexible and can tailor our space to suit your needs. Whether you want an elegant ceremony in our courtyard followed by a fully catered event in our Garden Room or you simply just want to walk down the Leonda aisle and then move your event elsewhere after, we are here to support and offer you anything and everything to make your special day memorable! After your unique ceremony, your guests can relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés while you and loved ones are off taking photos in the exquisite settings.
If you wish to conduct your wedding ceremony at a church or park, Leonda recommends a list of various churches and famous parks such as the Burnley Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Alexandra Gardens or Fitzroy Gardens to hold your ceremony.
For couples expecting between 150 and 400 guests for their special day, our large Ballroom provides an idealistic wedding reception location.
Imagine your guests arriving into our stylish Marble Bar for pre-dinner drinks and canapes, before a curtain is drawn back to expose its vast, pillar-less and elegant interior. A large dance floor sits centrally in the space, with floor to ceiling windows framing picturesque views of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River.
Enjoy a lunch or evening wedding reception with Leonda’s experienced team of chefs serving up dishes of outstanding quality which can be tailored according to your preferences.
Allow us to create an exceptional atmosphere by managing everything from intricate details such as room decorations to a customised menu with flare. Our committed and experienced staff will work towards creating your perfect day and will ensure the smooth flow of your event while meeting your personal needs and budget.
With Leonda, you can relax knowing that your wedding experience will be nothing less than exceptional.
70-130 seated capacity
All inclusive lunch + dinner package options available
Situated only 4 km away from Melbourne’s CBD
Arrive or depart via boat from our private jetty
Pillar-less event space
Floor to ceiling windows offering picturesque lush views
Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
The perfect combination of an intimate indoor reception, with the luxe feel of a private outdoor courtyard, Leonda’s Garden Room caters for a wedding reception of 70 to 130 guests.
Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surrounds by beginning your event in our courtyard. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River surrounded by Willow trees and native Australian fauna.
Allow us to create ‘exceptional’ by ensuring every detail is beyond your expectations. Your Event Coordinator will work with you to ensure the smooth flow of your event, and our team of highly qualified international chefs will be sure to delight and impress the taste-buds.
With tables dressed in crisp white linen and the pillar-less room offering 180 degree exquisite views of lush surrounds, Leonda By The Yarra’s Garden Room is an elegant and unique wedding venue that you deserve on the biggest day in your life.
All The Love
What’s included in our Wedding Packages
At Leonda we have thought of EVERYTHING (and we mean EVERYTHING) to ensure that your special day is everything you dreamed of and more. From the moment you first visit us, all the way through to the Big Day, nothing is too big or small for our team to handle to ensure that your wedding journey is seamless.
Umbrellas for parking attendants to escort your guests to cover
Guest liaison to welcome guests and direct them to your wedding
Door man to greet your guests and add a touch of elegance
Sugar fix in bridal suite
Canapés and drinks served in bridal suite
Safety deposit box available in bridal suite for monetary gifts and valuables
Plentiful bridal suite with drawers of amenities including bobby pins, hairspray, Hollywood tape and anything you may need throughout your event
BYO spirits available
Unlimited canapé service on arrival
Choice of menu for parents & bridal party
Alternating menu for all courses
Personalised bridal attendant
Lectern and microphone
Raised stage for bridal table (Ballroom only)
Raised stage for band (Ballroom only)
Bouquet vases add that extra floral touch on the bridal table
Tea-light candles to decorate the venue
Outdoor lanterns with candles on our private jetty
Cake bags, so your guests can take a piece home
Classic white venue flowers
With our team of highly qualified international chefs at Leonda By The Yarra, your wedding is sure to delight and impress the taste-buds.
Leonda’s kitchen caters for a diverse range of weddings and offers an array of cuisines to suit your needs. Our menus provide a selection of cocktail and banquet dining options. At Leonda you can expect:
Quality dishes prepared in Leonda’s in-house kitchen
Head chef who has extensive experience working in renowned Australian and Melbourne dining institutions (including the award-winning Atlantic Group and Stokehouse)
Focus on quality seasonal and regional produce
Versatile dining options including themed food stations
Experienced kitchen team of Australian and international chefs, each skilled in the cuisine of their heritage
Flexibility in accommodating your tastes, budgets and dietary requests
Fully organic menus available
Extensive wine list and fully serviced bars
Reviews from our happy couples
Leonda by the Yarra is the best wedding venue. In the time that we have been dealing with the team nothing was too hard or too much trouble. The day went off like clock work and everything was perfect. Our wedding Coordinator Jemma Halls was a absolute pleasure to deal with. Will have no hesitation in recommending Leonda to any bride.
Leonda by the Yarra is a stunning venue. Nothing was too hard or painful when planning the finer details of our wedding with Jemma. She was totally accommodating to all of our requests and the night ran smoothly with Tayla there to help us. Highly recommend this venue. Such professionalism shown by all the staff and a beautiful high quality venue. The food is also amazing!
Leonda is hands down the most beautiful reception I have ever been to. So when we set a date for our wedding, I knew exactly where I wanted to get married! Kylie was our wedding planner, she was awesome, very very helpful. We had a big wedding in the ballroom and everything was set up and presented absolutely perfectly. Leonda’s time management is spot on. They made sure everything ran smoothly and as it was supposed to. The food was also very delicious with lots of yummy options to choose from, my favourite.. the Mushroom Gnocchi! I am yet to visit Leonda and thank everybody for their amazing service.
Beautiful venue! We were in the larger room and it’s very stunning with the big mirror wall. We held our ceremony in the adjacent bar which was also stunning. The Leonda staff are very professional and efficient. Very helpful and always happy to answer any questions!
We had our reception at the Ballroom at Leonda. Tom was the Operations Manager for our wedding and he was amazing, going above and beyond to make sure we had a great night – which we did! All of our guests mentioned how great the food and service was as well. Given it was a 43 degree day it cannot have been easy for the staff so thanks to everyone who was working the night of our wedding! We will recommend Leonda to everyone for their special day also 🙂
We had our ceremony in the Garden Room at Leona By the Yarra. The staff were friendly and so proffessional! They ensured our night ran smoothly and to schedule. They even gave me some bandaids for my battered feet. The food is incredible, its up there with the best food I’ve ever been served at a wedding. It’s right on the Yarra which is lovely and at night they uplight all the tress which just looks beautiful. No regrets having my wedding there.
The staff at Leonda by the Yarra were outstanding from the first time we saw the venue, right up until our reception. The organisation of our reception was simple, efficient and clear and fun thanks to their level of dedication and their experience in the industry. Since our wedding we have had many guests comment on the quality of the food (AMAZING!) and the wonderful and attentive service given to each table on the night. Big shout out to our Wedding Co-ordinator Jemma Halls for all of her work in the lead up, and to Tom who managed our reception on the night. Thanks so much for your hard work guys! Leonda by the Yarra exude elegance, class, and quality, and are the best choice in Melbourne wedding venues!
Leonda was fantastic on the big day. The event staff were all very professional and proactive. Venue looked great and food quality was outstanding! Pre-event coordination was could have been more active/facilitative. Overall, would recommend as wedding venue.
We loved our wedding reception at Leonda by the Yarra, the venue, the staff everything was perfect! The food is amazing and service is the best we have seen at a wedding yet. Highly recommend Leonda by the Yarra
WORDS cannot describe how happy I was we booked this reception. By far the best staff, food and atmosphere! Leonda helped make our night what it was – absolutely wonderful! Every staff member was an absolute joy! Can’t recommend this reception more highly! Thanks you, thank you, thank you!
As the name would suggest, Leonda By The Yarra is located right on the banks of the Yarra River! However, if you’re not quite up to a dramatic water ski arrival, then we’ve collected the best ways to arrive in style.
If you choose to drive to Leonda then we have a complimentary guest car park on site that can accommodate up to 150 vehicles! For larger events, when this becomes full we suggest parking along Yarra Boulevard. Should you be required to park along Yarra Boulevard you may need to delve into those coins normally saved for a sneaky cheeseburger.
If you are travelling by train, we suggest getting off at Hawthorn Station. After exiting at Hawthorn Station, walk for approximately 630m down Evansdale Road towards Wallen Rd. The path will veer left slightly at Glan Avon Rd and go under bridge. Before you know it we will appear in front of you!
Leonda’s successful history began in 1970 during the year that John Gorton was Prime Minister and seatbelts became compulsory in cars throughout Victoria. Previously known as the Hawthorn Tea Gardens, the property that Leonda now occupies was a popular destination for boats to dock and ladies to socialise whilst sipping on teas and nibbling on scones, gazing over the beautiful surroundings. When the Hawthorn Tea Gardens fatefully burnt down, partners Leon Jolson & David Walker bought the land and built Melbourne’s leading reception centre. The name bestowed upon the stunning reception centre was Leonda, a fusion of the names Leon and David.
Leonda was originally built as a large 500 guest function room with an adjoining room called the ‘River Club Restaurant’ which catered to 132 guests.
Since it’s founding days, Leonda has been in the hands of few fortunate Melbourne based entities, including:
Qintex (Christopher & Pixie Skase)
Vi & Bernard Greenhalf (Vi was a flamboyant socialite who was both a radio and TV personality)
Horst & Anne Niece
Whilst there have been countless memorable occasions held at Leonda, there are a few that stand out above the rest, some of which include:
A public riot took place as the Governor General arrived at Leonda after sacking Gough Whitlam in 1975
The Dalai Lama was a keynote speaker at a conference held at Leonda in the 1980’s
Brownlows and Logies have both been held at Leonda
In the mid 1980’s a Romanian heavy weight lifter was competing in the World Heavy Weight Lifting Championships in Melbourne and came to a function at Leonda. During the night he disappeared. There was a huge police search as it was believed he was seeking refuge here in Australia. This was publicised heavily in the media.
A grand lunch was held for one of the Popes Cardinals in the mid 1990’s in Leonda’s grand ballroom. He was being groomed to be the next pope but did not get the top job.
On separate occasions both Prince Phillip and Prince Charles have dined at Leonda.
As we celebrate our incredible history as a true landmark of Melbourne city, we urge you to celebrate with us by browsing through our archive of images to see how Leonda has transformed, while at the same time remained loyal to its roots.To truly formulate our timeline, Leonda is searching for couples that were married at the venue around 1970, during its early years of operations.
We are also curious to hear of any interesting or amusing stories that have taken place at Leonda over the years. We love our history and ask you to celebrate with us with your personal stories and memories.