Glasshouse NZ
Wedding Venue

Glasshouse is an industrial wedding venue in Morningside – 10 minutes from downtown Auckland, NZ. It burst onto the wedding scene in 2018 and has been popular ever since.

When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m running my other businesses – NZ Venues (a venue guide), Auckland Weddings (a wedding guide), and Smoke (an event photography company).

So I’ve seen a lot of venues.

In this article, I’m going to share why Glasshouse is one of the best wedding venues in Auckland.

NB: all photographs by yours truly.

About Glasshouse

Glasshouse has the best of both worlds. It is a high stud, architecturally designed space in Auckland’s city fringe, yet boasts lush flora and mature trees.

Natural light floods in, making the photographer’s job a breeze.

For couples who want to be surrounded by greenery on their wedding day without asking their guests to travel too far from the city, Glasshouse is a perfect choice.

Glasshouse Capacity

For a seated dinner, Glasshouse has a capacity for 160 people.

For a standing cocktail reception, which is a popular choice for couples in 2020, it has a capacity for 350 people.

For couples who choose to have both their ceremony and reception at Glasshouse, 120 would be the maximum number of guests.

Glasshouse Wedding

Wedding Ceremonies at Glasshouse

With such a large space, the venue can accommodate both the ceremony and reception. After the nuptials and whilst your guests are mixing and mingling, the catering team can rearrange elements of the room, removing ceremony chairs and replacing them with dining tables.

Small Weddings at Glasshouse

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how many people couples choose to have at their wedding. 

In response, I have collaborated with Glasshouse, La Lumiere, and other wedding vendors to show some of the wonderful ways this venue can be utilized for small weddings.

Have a look:

Spanish Evening: A Tribute to Small Weddings

Glasshouse Luxe: Light It Up

Winter Weddings at Glasshouse

Choosing a venue that accommodates the possibility of a rainy day is an important consideration in winter, and Glasshouse has you covered. 

Nature is appealing year-round, but in winter in Auckland, it’s simply too cold to be outside. Glasshouse allows you to have the best of both worlds.

One advantage of having a wedding in winter is that popular vendors like Glasshouse are more likely to be available on your preferred date. Saturdays in summer are usually booked more than a year in advance for most venues and photographers, so if you’re keen to get married on the weekend in the next 12 months, an off-peak wedding date could be a perfect choice.

Catering at Glasshouse

Glasshouse is very careful to ensure that their clients have a seamless experience, so self-catering isn’t an option. Only a handful of catering companies have earned the trust of Glasshouse to serve their clients.


Glasshouse-approved Catering

Little Wolf

The Great Catering Co.

Urban Gourmet

Jess’ Underground Kitchen

Glasshouse Vendors

Glasshouse is an excellent canvas to customize to your specific taste. Once you have secured the venue, you’ll need to hire a few things.

This is the list of vendors recommended by Glasshouse.

Lighting and Draping by La Lumiere

Florals by Branch & Bloom

Furniture by Darby & Grey and Arkade

Cocktails by Black Pineapple

Bands & DJs by Find A Band

Audio Visual by Oceania and Spyglass

Tableware by Click for Hire and Insphire

Photography by Zahn

What does Glasshouse cost?

The venue’s fee includes the following:

Venue hire, including 8 hours of time, with set up as early as 10 am, and receptions as late as midnight

Chairs and Tables for up to 160 people

Catering Kitchen


Cleaning (before and after)

Sound system and microphone for speeches and background music

Alcohol license

Venue coordinator

Glasshouse venue prices

These prices are indicative. For up-to-the-minute prices, visit this page and click pricing.

Friday and Saturday’s hire fee is $5600.

Other days are variable:

Monday or Tuesday – $1600.

Wednesday – $3000.

Thursday – $4500.

Sunday – $4000.

Price available on application for public holidays and ceremony-only arrangements.

Glasshouse Wedding

Wedding Planning Advice for Glasshouse

The venue is only 10 minutes from the CBD and doesn’t have its own parking, so Uber is a perfect solution for your guests.

Consider having a standing wedding reception, without a traditional dining setting. You get to spend much more time with your guests, and they get to mix and mingle with more than just whom they’d otherwise be seated with. This style is often called walk-and-fork or cocktail style.

If you do choose to have a standing wedding reception, Glasshouse can accommodate this perfectly. Be sure to get some extra furniture from Darby & Grey and create a couple of lounge areas for the comfort of your older guests.

The magic of an evening wedding ceremony is elusive in New Zealand since the temperature drops so quickly after sunset. Glasshouse is perfect for evening wedding ceremonies, so consider breaking the mold and exchange your vows after dark.

Glasshouse Wedding Photography

Glasshouse is a photographer’s dream venue, with natural light during the day, spectacular evening light, a tastefully designed space, and a carefully curated team of vendors ensuring that every Glasshouse wedding looks incredible.

I’m lucky enough to be the recommended photographer for Glasshouse.

Check out a couple of recent Glasshouse weddings:

Annabelle and Mark’s Glasshouse wedding

Ally and Matt’s Glasshouse wedding

Book Glasshouse Morningside

Contact Glasshouse on to book a site visit.

To learn more about this incredible venue, visit Auckland Weddings or their website.

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