Great for an autumn wedding...the Summerlees Estate is in the Southern Highlands.
Country houses on estates covered in beautiful gardens coloured with the rusty hues of the season offer richly romantic settings.
"The kinds of venues that look amazing this time of year are generally out-of-town affairs, places where you can cosy up by a fireplace and admire the outside from the inside," says the director of wedding planners Girl Friday Weddings, Sarah Johnston.
The Summerlees Estate in the southern highlands is one of many great venues for autumn weddings, she says. "The pebbled mile-long driveway to the property has beautiful overhanging trees and leads you up to the ballroom. An inviting fireplace keeps guests warm inside.
"This property has gorgeous locations for photography and the trees are amazing."
Johnston's other recommendations include the Milton Park Country House Hotel in Bowral, the Terrara Estate near Berry, Petersons Champagne House in the Hunter Valley and Centennial Parklands Dining.
But there are practical considerations for autumn celebrations. As the days are shorter, there is less time for daylight photos, so it's a good idea to save time by having the ceremony and reception in the same place. And as the weather can be unpredictable, it is also worth having heaters on standby.
Other benefits of an autumn wedding include cost: it may be less expensive than the peak of summer, says the director of Couture Wedding Planning, Fiona Deans-Dundas, whose recommendations include Curzon Hall in Marsfield, the Sergeants Mess in Mosman and Taronga Zoo. "Those places can be easily transformed into any kind of setting."