Weddings

The Apple Farm is a 2 hectare property of grapevines and 1000 apple trees just 6kms south of Mt Gambier. With the onset of spring the property has a serene outlook with apple blossoms and much loved grapevine foliage. By February the Mt Gambier apple season begins lasting until May. By then, the vines start losing their stunning deep red leaves and start carpeting the grounds. The Apple Farm is a gorgeous venue – summer, autumn, winter, spring.

The Apple Farm is a uniquely gorgeous setting, providing a low–key, rustic, casual vibe – but also capable of creating a more elegant affair. The Apple Farm is a very popular choice for weddings and functions, celebrating birthdays for all ages, engagement parties and social club events.  Learn more about booking a wedding with us below, watch our wedding video or download a brochure:

The Apple Farm is a fully licensed venue for up to 200 guests. There are 4 ways you can provide alcohol to your guests.
FULL TAB – You pay for everything, but you can make up your own rules as to what you are willing to provide {eg spirits and certain wines}. Wine is purchased by the bottle instead of by the glass.
NO TAB – Everyone pays for their own drinks.
SUBSIDISED – We split the cost of drinks {according to your rules}. The way it works is everything costs your guests $5. We split it so that a beer or wine that costs $8 – you pay $3 – they pay $5. Spirits that cost $9 – you pay $4 – they pay $5. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are generally provided free for your guests but we can discuss this}. Over time we have found that generally people don’t mind spending $5 on a drink.
MIX IT UP – for example with a $2000 budget you provide $1500 full bar tab – $500 subsidised – then after that full price drinks.
We have a wine and beer list that you can choose from – or we can help you select your drinks menu. If you have a particular drink of choice we can source that for you. We like to make up punches, cocktails & mocktails. We allow you to provide your own bottled water for your guests – in fact we encourage it.

Because of licensing restrictions BYO is not available at The Apple Farm. If guests are found bringing in their own alcohol our license is breached and your bond may be forfeited.

The most popular option at The Farm would be our alfresco style parties. Where we have seating available, but it’s a more casual stand up, roaming, cocktail style party. The room gets set up differently for every event that we host. We have lots of different ways to set the room up to ensure that there is adequate seating for your guests. However, our beautiful tearooms can seat 110 people comfortably if you wish to have a sit-down meal. If this is your preference it’s best that you come and have a look around and we can chat about your options.

The Apple Farm Caters – we have been developing our menu for a few years now and we proudly provide as much paddock to plate options as we can. Our food is hearty, uncomplicated, home-style, real food that caters for all food tastes and dietary requirements. Our menu ranges from canapé style, to woodfired pizza, to sit down shared table banquets. Teamed up with our FAMOUS grazing tables, our event food is hugely popular and appealing for all taste buds. We don’t mind altering our already popular menus to cater for any dietary requirements to suit the style of your event. Download our catering brochure here.

BYO Caterer – any food that is provided to guests at the farm is a reflection on our business, so we are very select with caterers that are bought onto our premise. We have a list of caterers that are ‘friends of the farm’, that we allow to come work and represent our farm. If you have someone else in mind – we are always looking for new friends of the farm.
There is however, a $300 surcharge on BYO caterers to cover our costs for having them use our facilities.
We have been working extremely hard on creating an image for the Apple Farm Grazing Tables! For this reason, we insist that you provide your guests with an Apple Farm Grazing table – not a platter provided by your caterer and the same goes for our woodfired pizza.

$250 Booking Fee (Payable after inspection)
This booking fee secures your date. Once you have made contact with the Apple Farm and chosen your available date a $250 non-refundable ‘booking fee’ is required to secure your booking. This booking fee however is credited to you after your event providing that there is no excessive mess or breakages, or can be used to pay your final drinks bill.

$700 Function Room Hire Fee (Payable 6 months prior to wedding)
This includes planning and assistance {up to 6 meetings} leading up to your day. It includes assistance in setting up the venue mostly the day prior and final touches on the day of. All Apple Farm plates, cutlery and glasses, bathroom supplies, power, furniture, firewood, clean up and any required staff are included. Any other special requests will be open for negotiation for your occasion.

$500 Ceremony fee (Payable 3 months prior to wedding)
This includes all Apple Farm furniture, seating, an arch/alter/stage, power to the site {for music/microphones}. It also includes the morning set up of basic decorations as advised for the day. All other pre-arranged decorations and enhancements are at your own cost.

The tearooms will be made available the day before your wedding to set up decorations. Collection of your items must be the day after or your bond may be forfeited unless negotiated prior. All extra costs {ie grazing table, bar tab deposit} are due 2 weeks prior to wedding. Download our booking agreement forms here.

No bookings are available in December unless by special circumstances.
Public holiday weekends incur a 20% surcharge in hire fees.
An indoor fireplace and an outdoor chimaera and a fire pit are provided {weather permitting}. Wood is provided by The Apple Farm. If guests are found using wood that is not provided by venue, your bond will be forfeited.
The Apple Farm now charges $1pp for ‘cakeage’. We will provide bio-degradable plates and cutlery for your guests. We will also cut the cake and serve it on platters. This is typically walked around at first, then displayed on the cake table for people to help themselves. 50% discount applies if you provide your own paper plates and cutlery. But please – NO PLASTIC! Cake is served after food has finished {including pizza}, and after speeches.
The room is available the day before your wedding to set up decorations. This is a good opportunity to have your bridal party and celebrant come along for a rehearsal. We recommend doing it at the time of your wedding so you know where the sun is etc.
There is music available to suit the occasion but generally it’s BYO. We have a sound system with an AUX lead available which suits most phones and ipods {new iphones need an adaptor}. It is possible to hire a band, a DJ or even some live music. Please ask if you would like any recommendations.
Last drinks are called at 11.45pm with a midnight curfew. It may be a good idea to contact local bus companies for a midnight drop off in town. We recommend contacting Frank’s Mini Bus Service or Leeroy’s Mini Bus for pre-ordering buses.
The Apple Farm highly recommends you contact It’s a Celebration if you would like extra decorations like fairy lights, balloons, greenery, or arbour decoration. They can help achieve really beautiful night lights such as fairy lights, materials and candelabras to create a lovely ambience. Shane knows the property well and can advise accordingly.
Setting up a marquee attracts an extra $150 set up and pack down time management fee. Please note that this is NOT the price for a marquee. This fee is ‘our’ fee ON TOP of your hire fee.
We allow you to use paper biodegradable confetti on our farm and to bring in your own bottles of water to provide to guests.

In the event of a cancellation greater than 6 months prior to the wedding the $250 booking fee is forfeited.
If wedding is cancelled within 6 months prior to wedding a $500 cancellation fee as well as the $250 booking fee is forfeited {totalling $750}.
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