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Memorable Ideas & Tips for Your Garden Wedding Queensland

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A garden wedding is a wedding ceremony/reception taking place in a garden – they are generally preferred by couples who like being outdoors and want a more relaxed feel for their wedding. Garden wedding Queensland inquiries have multiplied in the last months as holding an event outdoors makes it easier to comply with recent social distancing requirements. 

Planning for a garden wedding reception does not mean you will have to get married in your backyard, of course, as there are many wedding ceremony venues offering this type of service all over Australia. 

If you like the idea of planning a garden wedding Queensland for your big day, here are some ideas on how to start your garden wedding planning Qld:

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Consider your venue setting

The backdrop of your wedding ceremony will be the canvas on which you plan everything else. From floral arrangements and gardens to coastal views and rustic buildings there are endless options for outdoor garden weddings. 

Pick a welcome sign

Most wedding ceremony venues will already have at least one type of welcome sign available and you should be able to personalise it with your names or a funny message like “pick a seat, not a side, as we’re all family once the knot is tied”. A garden wedding is the perfect excuse to add some creative flair with your welcome sign – floral and shabby chic are both styles to think about.

Add creative flair to your garden area

Make your garden wedding reception stand out from the crowd by using beautiful styling and decorations, such as flower bars, lights hanging from tree branches, flowers in vintage bottles, or wine barrels bursting with fresh flowers. Garden weddings suit rustic details and a simplistic approach to décor and styling.

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Relax your approach to wedding food

Traditional and more formal catering options are still popular, but many couples are now opting for a more relaxed approach on wedding food, such as food trucks, gelato stations, wine and cheese stations, gourmet barbecues, and cocktail stations. A catering company that offers a food selection to compliment your venue is ideal. For example, with a coastal venue garden wedding venue consider fresh local produce, seafood, beautiful edible flowers and tasty minis for your guests.

How will the garden look at the time of your wedding?

Consider the seasons and the weather, and how they will affect your chosen venue. Wedding planning qld makes this a bit easier though, as the weather is nice all year round and many couples opt for a Whitsunday wedding venue when planning a winter wedding. At this time of the year, the heat of the tropical summer is gone and popular tourist spots are less crowded. Queensland also offers tropical flora that thrive in the heat, unusual plants such as cacti make for a great décor option.

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Garden Wedding Styling

Garden wedding styling can range from boho chic, to a simple, pure and classic white wedding. Lace and vintage dress styles compliment garden wedding venues. Pure white gives a classic and traditional feel to any venue, the contrast between greenery and white detail makes for great wedding photos.

Choose an all-in-one ceremony and reception venue

Venue changes can be quite an inconvenience and cause disturbances such as downtime between ceremony and reception, having to provide instructions to guests on how to move from one location to another, having to arrange transportation, etc. A venue offering everything from ceremony to reception areas is highly recommended because it will allow you to save on time, stress and money. All-in-one garden wedding venues also create an atmosphere of calm as you and your guests organically move from one are to the next as the day progresses. 

Make sure you have a plan B you are happy with.

The Whitsundays are known for excellent weather throughout the entire year, but Mother Nature can be very unpredictable in Australia. When the weather is not really suited for a garden wedding, your destination wedding venue should provide the option of moving everything inside as your Plan B. Make sure you are also happy with your plan B if plan A doesn’t quite work out.

Consider off-peak times for your wedding date

Wedding vendors operate both during high and off-peak times throughout the year, so if you are working to a strict budget, you can look for wedding ceremony venues that are available during the off-peak season – winter weddings are very popular in Australia and it is even possible to have a garden wedding Queensland during what is technically the coldest time of the year, as the Queensland weather will still be enjoyable enough to celebrate outdoors.

If you are looking for a destination wedding venue that is the perfect setting for a garden wedding look no further than Villa Botanica. This stunning Whitsunday wedding venue is located right on the edge of the Coral Sea, a Balinese inspired estate has countless features that make it an ideal garden wedding qld venue. This unique and exclusive venue has a timber, hand-carved pavilion to host your wedding ceremony, features an impressive ballroom for your first dance or to retreat to in case of bad weather (don’t forget that plan B), and provides an idyllic background for a garden wedding Queensland due to its Cactarium and lush landscaped gardens spread throughout the incredible 5 acres of the estate. 

The story of how Villa Botanica was founded is a truly romantic one. Owner Ralph Hogan and his wife Janet left their ad agency Oddfellows in Sydney to build their dream family home here in 1996:

Villa Botanica owner Ralph Hogan with wife Janet Hogan and their children“It was about 18 years ago when we fell in love with this small, ramshackle coastal strip of Airlie Beach, sandwiched between brilliant aquamarine water on one side and deep green mountains on the other. We found this land by tinny as there was no road access, and when we stepped ashore we knew this is where we wanted to live.”

The estate gradually developed until its owners had the idea of sharing it with other couples by turning it into an unforgettable boutique wedding venue. Villa Botanica offers:

  • Exotic landscaping including Madagascan triangle palms line on the driveway, cactus gardens, and a cactarium featuring rare species grown over the past 50 years by local lady Anne Camilleri;
  • An in-house wedding planning Qld expert that will keep in touch permanently with you throughout the wedding planning process and create a custom reception according to your requirements;
  • A unique mixture between turquoise Coral Sea views and Balinese inspired antique backdrops that complement the lush palm forest and the majestic mountains;
  • A beautiful palm lines and mosaic tiled walkway serving as the perfect backdrop to make your entrance before taking your vows;
  • The sea deck offering a spectacular display of tropical pinks and purples reflected across the Whitsunday Bay;
  • Complete privacy – Villa Botanica was not built with commercial wedding planning in mind; actually it is a private, exclusive retreat that hosts only one event a day, with the entire estate being yours to have your perfect garden wedding Queensland there and enjoy it to the maximum!

Is Villa Botanica on your short list for garden wedding Queensland? Don’t hesitate to contact us today on our website or by phone at 0749483025! We have planned hundreds of weddings and we are here to help. At Villa Botanica we put our heart and soul into every wedding, and together we can make your garden wedding reception one of a kind!

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Unique Wedding Venues in Australia: How Villa Botanica Is One of Them

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When we ask couples what they want from their venue and wedding day, we frequently hear the word – “unique!” When there are so many options out there for almost any product or service, it’s understandable that you’ll want your wedding to be personal and custom-made for you. Your social media feeds flood you every wedding season with wedding pictures from friends and family, showing you what everyone else is doing and providing inspiration.  At the same time, you want to differentiate your big day from everyone else’s event. You don’t believe in the old adage “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all!” when it comes to weddings and neither do we.

So how do you start your journey towards your unique and beautiful wedding day? The first step is looking for unique wedding venues Australia. Many couples opt for beach wedding venues Queensland, as outdoor weddings offer natural beauty and simplicity, natural light also makes for great wedding photos.

Why Villa Botanica Is One Of The Most Unique Wedding Venues in Queensland, Australia

In your search for the best wedding venue Australia you will come across many Queensland wedding venues and one that will definitely attract you attention is the stunning Villa Botanica, located on the Whitsunday coastline. What makes this place so special? Here is what you need to know!

Villa Botanica’s Romantic Beginnings

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The man who founded Villa Botanica is Ralph Hogan, who has been passionate about the beauty of exotic nature his entire life. After spending many of his childhood years at a boarding school in the cold highlands of Southern NSW, Ralph made a promise to himself that he would change his life when he grew up. His plan was to find a princess, marry her, and build a palace in a warm place where they could live happily ever after.

Ralph found his princess, Janet, and 25 years later he managed to build her a palace, Villa Botanica. The estate expanded and in 2007 Ralph and Janet decided to share Villa Botanica with other couples by transforming it into one of the most unique wedding venues Australia has to offer. Today Villa Botanica serves as a beautiful boutique venue catering to couples from Australia and all over the world.

The most exquisite materials such as teak and merbau wood have been used to make this estate truly unique, with spectacular attention to detail. Having your wedding at Villa Botanica will definitely make a day that you and your guests will remember forever, down to the tiniest detail!

The Venue

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Luxe and tropical are the terms that best describe Villa Botanica, a hidden gem among Queensland wedding venues. Imported marble floors, antique furniture, and ornate timber features complement the natural beauty of the estate perfectly. There is no need for excessive decor or preparing the scene for a photo session as the five acres of lush gardens, palm forest, and secluded beach are all you need for the perfect tropical wedding backdrop. The estate gardens are home to an extraordinary array of cacti and succulents. Highlights of the estate include the Cactarium, the intricate mosaic-tiled walkway for making your ceremony entrance, the hand-carved timber chapel, BlackRock which is located on the adjoining beach and the elegant restaurant-style reception space consisting of a veranda overlooking the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Coast.

Complete privacy

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Villa Botanica is located at the end of a private road and consists of 5 acres of magnificent waterfront gardens with 180 degree panorama views of Pioneer Bay. To ensure both the intimacy and privacy of your event Villa Botanica only hosts one wedding per day, offering complete privacy from tourists and onlookers.

Award Winning Venue

Villa Botanica has been nationally recognised by ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) as one of the top 3 wedding ceremony venues, and top 5 wedding reception venues (2019). Vogue Australia listed Villa Botanica’s Instagram page as one of 30 wedding venues to follow on Instagram to inspire your big day; not to mention countless other recommendations, listings and awards accumulated over the years.

Tailored approach to your wedding

At Villa Botanica we think that no two weddings are the same, so our customised approach begins from the moment you contact us. We listen to your wedding day desires and even if you are not sure about your expectations we can come up with the best ideas for you and eventually create a tailored quote. Your life together will start in the midst of romance and classic grandeur and you will enjoy a unique and unforgettable wedding experience as we are dedicated to making your wish come true!

Taking care of everything

Villa Botanica provides professional in-house wedding planners to take care of the entire organisation of your event and manage even the smallest details. You’ll be surprised to find out we can take care of you and ensure absolute comfort through a variety of other services: Professional childcare for guests under 14 years including meals, drinks, activities and movies;  Wedding Coordinator present throughout your ceremony, as well as uniformed, professionally trained wait and bar staff. Villa Botanica also offers that if you or your guests stay at one of the 7 preferred accommodation providers, not only do you receive a 10% discount off their lowest online rate but we will also provide complimentary transport to and from your accommodation on your wedding day.

Hundreds of happy couples

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A top choice among Queensland wedding venues, Villa Botanica has already organised hundreds of unique weddings for the most diverse couples – check out our Real Weddings page to see how others have celebrated the most important day of their lives at Villa Botanica. You can draw inspiration from our past events or you can create something totally unique and different with help from our wedding planning experts.

We know it all when it comes to unique wedding venues Australia and we will make your experience unique too, due to our extraordinary location and unrivalled quality of service. Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding!