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Whitsunday Destination Weddings
Choose a destination wedding in the Whitsundays and you can expect white sandy beaches, tropical palm trees and lush gardens. Regardless of where you have your wedding, the Whitsundays will guarantee you spectacular water views.
Whitsunday wedding venue options
Vanessa Bye from I Do Events Whitsundays says there are a multitude of Whitsunday wedding options.
Woodwark Bay: “For those with an extravagant budget, Woodwark Bay could possibly be the most stunning venue in Queensland, if not Australia. It is an amazing property on a secluded beachfront location with individual bungalows that can accommodate up to 20 people in total. Miles from anyone with the property completely to yourselves to enjoy, you are spoiled with lush tropical gardens, a Moroccan themed pool and endless activities.”
Villa Botanica: Vanessa also suggests Villa Botanica, a new and exciting venue designed solely for weddings and functions. “It’s a sprawling paradise of amazing architecture and graphic gardens perched right on the water’s edge, just minutes from Airlie Beach, yet totally private and exclusively yours.” Villa Botanica has a unique ceremonial area featuring a mosaic stone bridal walk lined by palm trees and leading up to an exotic hand carved wedding pavilion, with magnificent views over the waters of the Coral Sea.
Hamilton Island: Hamilton Island is another one of Vanessa’s favourite options. “It’s definitely the most popular wedding destination here in the Whitsundays,” she says. While having all the luxurious benefits of being on a tropical island, you also have the conveniences of a small town. A major attraction is the diverse range of options available, from a barefoot beach wedding, to a quaint chapel or up on the hill with breathtaking views over the Whitsunday Islands and brilliant aquamarine water.
The Coral Sea Resort: The Coral Sea Resort is the most popular venue in Airlie Beach, Vanessa says. Ceremonies are held on the lawn directly backing onto the aquamarine water, with a quaint wedding gazebo for signing of your certificates. “My favourite reception venue would be the jetty for a true Whitsundays wedding, however they also have a function room for a more traditional wedding reception.”
Tips for a destination wedding in the Whitsundays
- Have a winter wedding. With average temperatures of 22, and low rainfall, June, July and August are the perfect climate for your special day. Other popular times are April/May and September/October.
- Check tide times. If you’re having a beach wedding or beach photos, make sure you check tide times (your wedding coordinator should be able to assist in this) and try to time your wedding around high tide.
- Be careful with your invitations. If you want 40 people, don’t invite 80. Many bridal couples assume that people won’t come because it’s a destination wedding but in our experience most weddings get a high quantity of guests confirm - who wouldn’t want a Whitsundays holiday!
- Combine your wedding and honeymoon. Remember, if you are keen for privacy, consider exploring another area or island of the Whitsundays, to avoid your wedding guests who may also extend their stay.
- Take the advice of local wedding professionals. The Whitsundays’ unique location can have unique requirements. For example, some flower types may not last well in the humidity. It’s better to have a beautiful fresh bouquet of your second floral preference to a wilting bouquet of your favourite flower.
- Arrive early. Arrive at least two days prior to your wedding so that you have time to reconfirm everything and, most importantly, relax, before the big day.
- Slip, slop, slap! Don’t sun-bake before your wedding, or you may find yourself with unattractive tan lines or a peeling nose on your big day! And if it’s going to be a scorcher, consider handing out personalised sunscreen as favors to your guests.
- Think about your feet. Barefoot on the beach is great - just not in the summer. Remember, it can be quite hot on your feet (except Whitehaven Beach, whose silica sand never gets hot!) Also, heels can be difficult on the beach. If you really want to wear heels on your wedding day, perhaps take along some flats or flip flops for when you are on the beach and change in to heels later.
- Work with nature. Enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings with twinkling fairy lights, hanging paper lanterns and tropical table settings incorporating earthy tones and elements such as stones, vine and tropical flowers.
- Theme it up. Pink Frosting has a large range of beach wedding decorations and beach wedding favours to choose from to allow you to match your wedding theme to your beach destination.
Vanessa from I Do Events Whitsundays says having your dream wedding in a tropical destination like the Whitsundays doesn’t need to be a luxury you can’t afford. “There are so many options for wedding and reception venues, and you can even start on your honeymoon straight away.”
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