Mona Vale wedding ceremonies

Hold your wedding ceremony at the Mound Lawn, Lily Pond or Mill Stream Lawn at Mona Vale.

Bride standing on bridge

For all bookings, please contact us. You will also need permission to film and photograph.

Bookings can only be confirmed with payment. Find out more about wedding fees at Mona Vale.

Bookings are limited to a maximum of three hours, includes pack-in and pack-out time. Other ceremonies may be booked before or after your event. Allow at least 30 minutes either side of your ceremony.  Rehearsal times are not included in your booking arrangement.

When booking Mona Vale you must read and agree to the terms and conditions.

Choose from three different garden locations for your wedding ceremony at Mona Vale

Location name Description Capacity Parking
Mound Lawn A large, open, sunny area at the centre of the gardens, sheltered and surrounded by large trees. 150 Mona Vale Avenue
Lily Pond Lawns framed by graceful maples encircle a large formal water lily pond complete with a romantic fountain.  75 Mona Vale Avenue
Mill Stream Lawn Surrounded on two sides by water, this peaceful lawn is accessed by a picturesque bridge over the gentle Mill Stream. Daffodils complete this romantic picture in spring. 100 Mona Vale Avenue

Mona Vale wedding location Map

There is no charge for wedding photography at Mona Vale but you must make a booking. Printed confirmation of your booking must be carried by your photographer on the day.

To make a booking for your wedding photography contact us.

Some areas are off-limits for photographs. These are:

  • Rose garden
  • Bath house
  • Fernery
  • Areas booked for other wedding ceremonies.

When taking photos, please remember Mona Vale is a public place so the rights of all visitors must be respected. Photo sessions should not obstruct visitors, for example when people move across bridges and along pathways.

Conditions for the use of facilities and/or grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale apply to wedding and civil union ceremonies and photos.

  • No vehicles are permitted beyond the public carpark.
  • No amplified sound or music unless authorisation is sought and approval given.
  • All ceremonies are limited to 12 chairs and a small signing table only.
  • No decorations, balloons, rice, birdseed or confetti are allowed.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures.
  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • At the Botanic Gardens, no photographs are to be taken in the Conservatories, the central Rose Garden or other sites in the Gardens which have been booked for other wedding ceremonies.
  • At Mona Vale, no photographs are to be taken in the Fernery, Rose Garden, Bath House or other sites in Mona Vale which have been booked by other wedding ceremonies. 
  • Christchurch City Council bylaws apply across the the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale under all conditions.

Important information

  • We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.
  • Please note that as the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale are public gardens, no part may be hired exclusively.
  • As a site hirer or user, the organiser should be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.
  • Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.
  • Last minute bookings may mean that the area booked might not have been recently maintained. 


  • If your event is cancelled due to bad weather you must call us on (03) 941 8999 the next working day to let us know. We can either re-book, cancel the invoice or refund if payment has already been made. If you do not contact us by the next working day you will not be able to get a refund.
  • The Christchurch City Council also reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control. In the event of severe weather conditions – particularly high winds, the Botanic Gardens or Mona Vale may be closed at short notice.


Phone (03) 941 8999 or email

Printable version of the terms and conditions, plus map of bookable area [PDF, 1.6 MB].