Marriage trends are constantly evolving, but one concept that is here to stay is the dream destination wedding. Most people associate destination weddings with tropical beachside ceremonies, such as a Whitsunday beach wedding, or getting married in a remote, European location that is full of culture. Truth is a destination wedding doesn’t have to be thousands of mile away from home or overly expensive, and this option for tying the knot is more common today than it has ever been before.
A destination wedding is a ceremony and reception hosted outside the couple’s hometowns and it requires travel for most guests and people involved. Many Australian couples have chosen this option over the traditional ceremony, but only a small percentage actually ventures as far as travelling abroad to get married. Many couples prefer to opt for a Queensland-based, Whitsunday island wedding due to benefits such as:
Offering a personalised, memorable experience for your guests
There is a common saying that all weddings are the same, but we disagree. A destination wedding planner will show you that getting married away from home can make your day unforgettable both for you and your guests. Instead of spending your day at a traditional venue that everybody is very familiar with, picture yourself in a tropical, luxurious, holiday atmosphere with happy friends and family having the best time of your life.
Having a casual, relaxed wedding
Heavy brocade wedding gowns and stiff tuxedoes have been wedding fashion for decades, but couples are increasingly looking for something else. A Whitsunday beach wedding can be the perfect opportunity to opt for lace and linen, kick of the heels and heavy shoes, just go barefoot and dig your toes into the sand.
Starting your honeymoon immediately after the wedding
Many couples give up on or postpone their honeymoon because they lack the energy, time or money after the wedding. On the other hand, when you are already away from home for your wedding, nothing can stop you from spending at least a couple of days more at your destination wedding resort and really enjoy and extend that milestone moment of your life. Whitsunday island accommodation is extremely diverse and can suit all budgets and preferences; you definitely deserve spending your first days as a married couple in a beautiful spot, relaxing and making great memories.
Did you know that a Whitsunday island wedding venue that hosts the ceremony and the reception can actually save you money? Getting multiple services from the same provider is more cost-effective and many destination wedding venues have at least one destination wedding planner. He or she can organise your nuptials from A to Z, saving you the stress of sourcing local vendors.
That elopement feel
If you want to experience some of the thrill that newlyweds had when starting their marriage away from home, a destination wedding is one of the closest experiences to old days elopement.
So if you are taking the plunge and opting for a destination wedding experience the next step is deciding where your dream destination wedding will take place. Here are the most popular options for destination weddings:
An option if you are looking at having a smaller wedding as general costs of hosting an international wedding tend to be higher so you’ll want to cut back on the guest list and other expenses. On the downside not all friends and relatives will be able or willing to travel internationally due to budget restraints and other obligations. Another issue with getting married abroad is bureaucracy – if you want to get legally married outside the country you will need to abide by the nation’s wedding requirements and provide all necessary documents. For instance, some Caribbean Islands require residency prior to the ceremony and proof of citizenship.
Although less adventurous, this option is chosen by many couples considering a wedding away from home, as ships already have elements of a wedding in full supply and the ship’s captain can be deputised to perform weddings on sea.
Australian Destination Wedding Resort
By far the most common for Australian couples, this solution is a fortunate mix between exoticism and convenience. Travelling to a desirable location within Australia means no international travel issues. A Whitsunday beach wedding will provide you with all the advantages of getting married away from home but without the headaches of actually leaving the country. Whitsunday island wedding options are extremely diverse, with one of the most exquisite venues being Villa Botanica.
How can a destination wedding planner at Villa Botanica help you craft your dream destination wedding?
Here are the main reasons why Villa Botanica is the place to get married at the Whitsundays:
The Whitsunday island wedding is the dream of many Australian couples due to the wonderful weather, access to the best beaches in Australia with sand as white as the bride’s dress, spending the day at a luxurious waterfront property, all with tranquil mountains in the background.
Enjoying a private love nest
Did you know that Villa Botanica was not built as a wedding venue? Its owners have developed the estate for years to match their exquisite tastes and love of nature. The owners Ralph and Janet Hogan thoughtfully decided to share their love nest with other couples from Australia and abroad by transforming their home into the exclusive, boutique wedding venue it is today. Villa Botanica has the natural feel of an exquisite retreat as opposed to a commercial wedding venue, and at the same time, the dedicated team takes care of everything to ensure your dream destination wedding becomes a reality.
Hosting one wedding at a time
Villa Botanica only hosts one wedding a day and the entire 5-acre estate is yours to enjoy for the day.
Landscaped gardens and super architecture
You will be amazed by the diversity of flora, which will allow you to enjoy a mix of garden and coastal wedding themes, with the cactarium being one of the main attractions for nature lovers. The natural setting is perfectly complemented by the Balinese-inspired architecture, accented by the beautifully hand-carved details.
Perfect dancing floor
The marble ballroom is prepared to host your first dance as a married couple and also as a plan B in case the weather is bad (a rare occurrence for a Whitsunday beach wedding).
Different packages to choose from
Villa Botanica provides a variety of packages to choose from. A chat with our friendly staff will reveal the most suitable options based on your preferences and budget – even if you are not sure about where to start with planning, we will advise and gently guide you on your journey until your dream destination wedding slowly reveals itself.
A team that will go above and beyond to give you your dream destination wedding
“Amazing venue and incredible wedding planners! You just can’t go wrong at Villa.”
“Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine such a perfect wedding; not only that so many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to as well! Thank you again, we truly are indebted to you.”
“Cannot thank the staff enough for their hospitality, support and beautiful comments on the day.”
These are just a few reviews from happy couples who have planned their Whitsunday island wedding at Villa Botanica; you too can have that experience that will stay with you forever as our team of dedicated wedding planners will go above and beyond to craft your dream destination wedding. Getting in touch is the first step to planning your dream wedding. Contact us today with any questions you might have about a Whitsunday beach wedding at Villa Botanica!