Customs House Brisbane wedding

Brisbane’s best riverside reception venues

Receptions // by The QB Team

When a city is affectionately dubbed ‘the river city’, you’d not be surprised to find some extraordinary waterside wedding reception venues gracing the banks of the meandering Brisbane River. If you’re in search of the ultimate option to host a city-chic wedding celebration with style and sophistication, these are the Brisbane Riverside reception venues to add to your shortlist. 

Customs House

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Customs House is one of Brisbane’s iconic venues, fusing old-world glamour with contemporary style. It provides an elegant setting for wedding receptions with grand reception rooms, expansive balconies, and heritage architectural features (like stately columns and a dome ceiling. Built right on the Brisbane River, Customs House is about as ‘riverside’ as you can get!

p.s. See more of Kylie & Nick’s beautiful celebration at Customs House in Queensland Brides magazine here

Picture this: marrying in a world-class art gallery, right on the river, and celebrating an exquisite reception surrounded by loved ones and stunning artworks. This fabulous scenario comes to life at Brisbane’s iconic Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA): two of the most exclusive and utterly spectacular wedding venues around. QAG opens its Watermall for just one wedding group at a time to enjoy the gallery’s shimmering water feature and epic ‘chandelier’ installation, while GOMA offers its Roof Terrace and Restaurant, both with incredible river views. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for art lovers, architecture buffs and anyone looking for a unique architectural backdrop for ‘we do’.

p.s. See more of Eliza & Joe’s magical wedding at QAGOMA in Queensland Brides magazine here

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Elegant, luxurious, and perfectly positioned, Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel delivers the ultimate romantic riverside setting — including five-star accommodation! With sweeping views of the river, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and beyond, this beloved CBD destination is also a bouquet throw from the City Botanic Gardens (perfect for your photo call). The indoor and outdoor event spaces include the magnificent Grand Ballroom overlooking the river and private riverside gardens. Bonus points go to the gorgeous accommodation options (252 rooms, including newlywed-approved suites), ALL with river views. Enjoy a super relaxed night-before and morning-of with your crew, then retreat to your sumptuous suite when the confetti settles. Perfect.

Waters Edge Weddings & Events at Portside

Waters Edge Weddings & Events at Portside Brisbane ceremony and reception venue

Waters Edge Weddings & Events at Portside is a breathtaking Brisbane wedding venue perfect for intimate and grand-scale weddings. Located alongside a sparkling river vista just 5 kilometres from Brisbane’s heart, the 1500 square metre space combines both style and sophistication to offer adaptable indoor and outdoor areas where you can seamlessly transition guests from open-air ceremonies with sunset cocktails on the terrace to indoor receptions for dinner and dancing. From the delectable cuisine crafted by acclaimed chefs from award-winning caterers, The Fresh Collective, to the attentive service provided by the staff, couples can expect an extraordinary experience.