Wedding Reception Venue Mount Gambier

Your wedding reception at the Southgate begins the moment you enter our opulent foyer with its sweeping staircase, hanging chandeliers and the stunning grand piano. It makes the perfect arena for both the greeting of your guests and also a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos.

As you make your way through to The Gates Restaurant you will be greeted by our professional team, who’s every aim is to ensure your first evening together as newlyweds will be both an enjoyable and memorable occasion.

The Southgate Motel caters comfortably for a reception between 10 and 130 guests and also includes a superb timber dance floor and band area. As an added feature to your evening we can also provide a professional musician to play our grand piano during your pre dinner drinks.

We trust that you find this package helpful in your decision on where to hold you special occasion, and please if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us and arrange a personal meeting to discuss this further.

Large round tables with white linen

Complimentary inclusions courtesy of Southgate Motel

  • Large round tables to seat 8-10 guests comfortably
  • White linen table cloths
  • All cutlery and a cake knife if needed
  • All glassware
  • Bridal table with white linen table cloth and lace trimmings
  • Cake table with white linen table cloth and lace trimmings
  • Up to 3 high chairs
  • Cordless microphone and speakers for speeches
  • List of guests names for board on arrival
  • Menus in gold or silver (paper supplied by bride and groom if not gold or silver)
  • Soft paper serviettes in a color of your choice or white linen serviettes can be hired for $1.00 each
  • Full food and beverage service and room hire.

To be supplied by bride and groom

  • Name cards for each place setting
  • Table decorations
  • Room decorations
  • Entertainment
  • Chair covers
  • Flowers
  • Pianist if required

Accommodation for wedding guests

Any guests who chose to stay with us at Southgate Motel will receive at 15% discount off their room rate for the night of the wedding. The bride and groom will receive a free night’s accommodation and fully cooked breakfast to be used on the night of the wedding in one of our luxurious executive suites when you have 60 or more guests at your wedding.

Our room types include standard, deluxe (with a single person spa bath), family rooms, interconnecting rooms, a 3 bedroom apartment and our luxurious executive suites (strictly for 2 people only).

All our guest rooms include queen beds, king beds or queen and single beds, AUSTAR, DVD players, flat screen TVs, mini bars, separate ensuite, tea and coffee making facilities, sofa and free hi speed internet. During the warmer months we have a heated outdoor swimming pool and spa set amongst beautiful gardens for guests to use free of charge.

Guests must say that they will be attending the wedding when making a booking to receive this great discount. Flybuys and Qantas frequent flyers cannot be accepted with this discounted rate.

Our restaurant serves a delicious breakfast each morning. Your guests can choose from a continental buffet or for a few dollars extra a freshly cooked hot breakfast and the continental buffet as well.

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Terms & conditions


Your wedding date is secured once the $500.00 deposit is paid. This ensures the date you have chosen remains yours. They payment of your deposit will be deducted from the final payment of your account. The deposit is strictly non refundable if the event is cancelled. If booking is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event, the bride and groom will be charged the equivalent of up to 50 guests and forfeit the deposit also.


A detailed menu with various options is available in the package. We are more than happy to vary the menu to suit your needs where possible. Just call to make an appointment with Kim to discuss. The menu must be finalized at least 10 days prior to the wedding, including dietary requirements. Any dietary requests given on the night cannot be assured of being filled. Full payment of the menu is to be paid 10 days prior. The number of guests confirmed at this time is what will be catered and charged for regardless of whether numbers decrease. **We do not allow guests to pay for their own meals. If you would like guests to pay for their own meals they need to send payment directly to you and then you pay Southgate when your account is settled. We do not accept cheques from guests. Any cheques must be made out to the bride and groom and cleared before payment is given to Southgate.


All accounts are to be settled for food 10 days prior to the wedding. If paying for drinks by consumption, 60% of the tab is to be settled 10 days prior and the other 40% on the night when the bar tab is complete. Credit card/eftpos payments over $1000.00 will incur a 2.5% surcharge. If it is more convenient to pay in installments, or to avoid the credit card/eftpos surcharge, this can easily be arranged. We also accept direct bank deposit.


Set up for DJs or bands is between 11am and 2pm on the day of the wedding. Entertainment must be finished by 12 midnight on the night of the wedding.

All entertainment providers are to do their own setting and packing up.


Your cake can be delivered between 11am and 4pm on the day. We have a cake knife that can be used for your cake cutting or you can use your own. We are more than happy to slice and bag your cake for your guests to take home. Bags need to be provided by you.


As we are a licensed function centre, any wine bottles brought onto the premises will be charged to your account at $10 per bottle. Spirits, beer and soft drink are not to be brought to the reception. Any of these drinks found will be removed.


Southgate Motel is entirely a non smoking building. Any smoking is to be done in front of reception where ashtrays are provided. Any guests found smoking inside will be removed.

Children 3

Any children attending the reception are to be supervised at all times by an adult. Children are not to play in reception, on the stairs, in the lift or walk the corridors as we must respect other guests staying in house.

Wedding Package and Menu