2020 brought with it many challenges and many industries were affected in some way or another due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Villa Botanica recently spoke with stunning jewellery retailer Blue Nile, who approached them about why couples should say ‘I Do’ to a destination wedding. So we got together and shared our own tips and tricks for couples the world over planning a destination wedding in Australia.
So, why should overseas couples get married in Australia?
Australian couples are not the only ones who opt for destination wedding packages in the land down under. People from abroad also consider Australia for its unique scenery, with some of the most popular destinations being Sydney, Gold Coast and the Whitsundays.
But what makes it so desirable to travel long hours and organise an Australia wedding?
A landscape unlike any other
There is no other country in the world where you can see such a vast and interesting combination of landscape types – beaches, cities, mountains, rain forests, desert and even snow, Australia is like lots of little countries rolled into one! The gorgeous, rugged nature is perfectly complemented by stunning cities dotted throughout the whole country. The coastal regions are the most highly populated areas. Cities like Brisbane and the Gold Coast offer a diverse range of cultures, and then as you go further north you get to enjoy an altogether more laid back and tropical environment. If you’re keen to travel and want your wedding day to be unique and unforgettable, you can’t go wrong saying ‘I Do’ in Australia.
A variety of experiences
Stunning vineyards, incredible dive locations, breathtaking climbing experiences… The list of experiences that are on offer in Australia is simply endless! No matter what you are passionate about and how crazy your wedding plans are, you will find something that suits you. Whether you love nature and can’t wait to hold a koala or you are the shopaholic, city-loving couple that loves a bit of retail therapy – Australia has it all to keep you thrilled at every step.
Home to the unbelievable pristine Whitehaven Beach and known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – the Whitsunday region if you want a stunning coastal wedding. Places such as Airlie Beach offer unparalleled natural beauty that creates the perfect feeling for a destination wedding in Australia.
No need for wedding decor
Keep you suitcases light, with an extensive range of natural beauty and comprehensive vendors in country there’s little need for shipping décor and unnecessary extras. Australia has an exceptional combination of scenery, which works as the perfect backdrop for any kind of festive event. At the Whitsundays we are lucky enough to boast stunning greenery and beautiful oceans all together in one stunning wedding backdrop!
Destination wedding experts
Looking for a stress-free wedding? A Villa Botanica destination wedding planner will ensure your wedding is the stress-free dream you’ve always wished for.
The wedding industry is rapidly recovering from Covid-19 and our wedding planners and vendors are keen as ever to make your day simply incredible. The huge competition means that every service provider is working hard to get their chance to feature in your wedding. In Australia you will find the best venues, caterers, florists and stylists, for all budgets and tastes. Villa Botanica are proud to offer destination wedding packages to accommodate our lovely couples, these can be adapted according to each couples personal preferences.
Even winter weddings are popular in Australia in those states and territories where the climate is warm. The Whitsunday region is a particularly popular spot for planning an Australia wedding because weather is stunning all year-round.
The perfect destination for seaside holidays, the Whitsundays are located at the equivalent tropical latitude of Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the southern hemisphere. The average temperature is 27.4 degrees Celsius. While summers have the highest rainfall recorded, winter is preferred for being slightly cooler and having the lowest rainfall. Villa Botanica deliberately closes from January to April to avoid those rainy day weddings in the wet season. If you are not used to warm climates it is advisable to have a winter wedding. The summer months can be uncomfortable for some.
You’ll enjoy the cuisine
Embrace the culture and enjoy some different flavours! Australia offers lots of original dishes for all tastes. The most famous dishes are Chicken Parmigiana, Lamingtons, Meat Pies, Grilled Kangaroo, Barramundi, and the famous Vegemite on Toast. Australian seafood is undoubtedly some of the best in the world and local, fresh produce is in abundance.
Why are the Whitsundays so popular for destination weddings?
The pleasant weather year round is not the only reason to choose a Whitsundays destination wedding; tourists from Australia and overseas come here for many other reasons, such as:
We think that the Whitsundays provide the closest picture to paradise with its 74 islands and tropical coastline. Imagine the vivid colours of the reef, the blue coves, the unforgettable white sand beaches, and the deep green rain forests!
Lots of activities to keep you entertained
It is impossible to get bored in the Whitsundays. Choose between dozens of things to do: diving, snorkeling and swimming the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the underwater observatory, sailing, jet-ski experiences, crocodile tours, island hopping by helicopter, sleeping under the stars on board a luxury yacht, or getting a bird’s eye view of the islands on your very own private scenic flight.
Having luxury at your fingertips
Some of the most amazing resorts offering total relaxation with spa treatments, access to your own beach, and fine dining with the best seafood and produce in Queensland can be found exclusively in the Whitsundays.
What Villa Botanica has to offer as a destination wedding venue
There are several exquisite benefits that make Villa Botanica the perfect venue for your dream destination wedding in Australia:
The 5 acres that Villa Botanica stretches on are exclusively yours to enjoy for the day. Villa Botanica proudly hosts only one wedding at a time.
By getting married at Villa Botanica you can experience the natural beauty of a garden wedding while enjoying stunning Coral Sea views. A stunning cactarium, marble-floored ballroom, Balinese architecture and a beautiful sea deck – perfect for cocktails and canapes at sunset.
Our hand-carved timber wedding pavilion
Make your grand entrance via our beautiful palm lined, mosaic-tiled walkway and take your vows under the one-of-a-kind hand-carved timber wedding pavilion.
The perfect reception
We are a reception venue and ceremony in one so you can seamlessly move from to the other. Dance the night away with your nearest and dearest in the ballroom after a beautiful sit-down dinner on the veranda.
Expert wedding planning services
You will be assigned a dedicated and experienced wedding planner from the moment you choose Villa Botanica. They will make sure to plan the perfect experience for you. If you have any doubt, questions or issues, you can rest-assured that your wedding planner will be there to look after your every concern.
What you need to know when planning a destination wedding in Australia
Got your heart set upon a destination wedding? Don’t forget about legal aspects and implications for getting married abroad when planning. Chat with a destination wedding planner or do a little research online to find out information such as:
- You have to lodge a Notice Of Intended Marriage. Must be lodged at least 1 month and 1 day and no more than 18 calendar months before you marry;
- Hosting your wedding ceremony outside of a church or synagogue? You will need an authorised wedding celebrant or civil marriage celebrant.
- Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 2017;
- You need two witnesses present at your Marriage Ceremony who are over the age of 18;
- Legal documents and paperwork must be submitted in English by a recognised/registered translator;
- Spring is the most popular wedding season. October is the most popular month to get married in Australia.
If you are ready to say ‘I do’ to a destination wedding in Australia; take the first step by getting in touch with one of the expert planners at Villa Botanica today.