Frequently asked questions

How long does the reception go for?
Luncheon’s and cocktail receptions are a duration of 4 hours and a dinner reception lasts for 5 hours.

When does my ceremony/reception have to start if my function duration is 4 or 5 hours?
Your Ceremony and Reception times are separate, so the 4 or 5 hour reception time would start from the commencement of pre-dinner drinks and canapés. An example would be; Pre-dinners starting at 6:30pm and the reception concluding at 11:30pm.

Can we have a longer duration than 5 hours for our reception?
Yes, you can pay for extra reception time.

Do you ever have any more than one Wedding Reception at a time?
No. At Mist we only have the single reception venue so there are no other weddings on at the same time as yours. There may however be another ceremony going on in another part of the garden prior to 4pm. After 5pm your reception is totally private along with the gardens.

Can you hire out the Gazebo/Gardens for a Ceremony only?
Yes. If you already have a reception venue booked, but would like to hold your Ceremony here at the Rhododendron Gardens, your can hire the Garden’s  for a small fee.

Do you cater for specific Dietary Requirements?
Yes we do. All guests who have allergies or specific dietary requirements can be catered for. We just need the information 2 weeks prior to your wedding date and an alternative meal will be provided.

Can we book a rehearsal prior to our wedding day?
Yes you can. We encourage couples to make use of the Gazebo or Gardens usually in the week before your wedding day. It helps your bridal party and guests who are doing readings/music to understand their role on your big day. This must be booked with Parks Victoria.

How many guests can fit inside the Gazebo?
There is seating for approximately 20 guests outside the Gazebo. With standing room for as many as you like.

Can our guests throw Rice/Confetti?
No, unfortunately rice and confetti is quite damaging to the gardens and native birds that live in the area. A great alternative, which we encourage are rose petals or bubbles.

If we book a Garden Ceremony along with a reception, and it rains on the day, can we change to the reception venue?
Yes, as there are no other receptions booked at the same time as your ceremony, you can rest assured that if the weather does not permit, we can change your ceremony to the reception venue. This may delay the start time of the reception slightly.

Can we have a date set aside whilst we decide?
Yes, if you would like to secure a date you are interested in, we can hold it for you, for two weeks.

Can I bring my own catering / alcohol?
Unfortunately, we do not allow own catering or alcohol. As we control all food preparation in accordance with Food & Health safety we do not allow outside caterers to provide meals for your guests. To ensure your guests are monitored within Responsible Service of Alcohol regulations, we do not allow any alcohol to be brought onto the premises.

How many car-parks do you have onsite?
We have onsite parking for 100 Vehicles, with road side parking available just outside the premises.

Do you have disabled access?
Yes we do. We have access to the building through the beautiful gardens and disabled toilets and facilities.

When do we need to meet with you to organise and plan our final details?
We will meet with you approximately 6 weeks before the big day to discuss menu’s, decor, event schedule etc. But you are more than welcome to contact our professional staff with and queries you may have in the months leading up.

What if I need to cancel or change my function date?
If you need to cancel your function date, the deposit may not be refunded. Please read our terms and conditions at the back of our wedding and function packages.

Can you recommend any wedding suppliers? Eg: Photographers, Florists, Celebrants, Transport etc?
Yes, we have a long list of well known and local wedding suppliers who we would happily recommend. We do not receive any commission from these suppliers, we recommend them as we constantly see the quality of the service they provide. View our recommended suppliers list.

Do you have accommodation for guests who need to stay overnight?
We do not have onsite accommodation, but we do run deals with local hotels/motels/bed and breakfasts with shuttle bus services to and from the venue. Some conditions apply.

What if my questions haven’t been answered here?
If we haven’t covered any questions that you may have, please feel free to contact our friendly staff. Our staff are dedicated in taking the stress out of planning and organising your big event. Feel free to email us at or phone our office on 9751 0937

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