13 of the most romantic Whitsundays wedding venues
When it comes to destination weddings, The Whitsundays set the bar pretty damn high. That water. Those islands. That gorgeous weather!
And whether you’re tying the knot on the best beach in Australia (with sand as white as your dress), walking down the aisle alongside a waterfall, celebrating with your nearest and dearest in a luxurious waterfront property, or taking over an entire island, one thing’s for sure… it will be impossible to go home with a bad photo.
Start checking availability at these Whitsunday wedding venues now.
1. Villa Botanica
Villa Botanica takes every young girl’s wedding fantasies, mashes them up with the laidback vibe and decor of a Balinese retreat, and lavishes its bride and groom with attention.
This five-acre private property was built as a private love nest so it’s not surprising it grew into one of the region’s top wedding venues. The people behind it take care of EVERYTHING, meaning once you’ve popped the question and picked the dress, you can spend all your time picturing yourselves lolling about in that turquoise sea.
Usually booked for the whole shebang, Villa Botanica now also offer ceremony-only packages, too.
2. Daydream Island
Could you possibly take home any bad memories from a place called Daydream Island? We think not.
This picturesque island resort offers a buffet of wedding options. First, choose your ceremony location – the cute Endeavour Wedding Chapel, Lovers Cove or Mermaids Beach – then decide on one of the seven reception venue options, from an intimate table at Lovers Cove to a function room seating 160 people, or step outside the ordinary with their outdoor cinema.
The onsite Daydream Rejuvenation Spa will help you prep for the big day and accommodation discounts are available to your wedding guests, depending on numbers.
3. One&Only Hayman Island
There are a few times in life where you deserve to really go all out, and we reckon your wedding day has to be one of them.
One&Only Hayman Island makes ‘uber exclusive’ the theme for your big day. Whether you’re holding a small intimate ceremony or booking out the entire island (yep, that’s right!), you’d be hard-pressed to find a more iconic Whitsundays location to make things official.
There are several gorgeous indoor and outdoor venue options, from the chapel overlooking the Coral Sea to lush tropical gardens or the beach, and receptions can be held al fresco or in one of the first-class restaurants.
Having the One&Only Spa at your beck and call also doesn’t hurt. Ocean massage, anyone?
4. Hamilton Island
If grandma is threatening to disown you if you don’t walk down a (real) aisle, in a chapel, The All Saints Chapel at Hamilton Island solves all your (potential) dramas while still allowing you to hold your wedding at one of Australia’s most stunning island locations.
This non-denominational chapel sees over 400 couples declare their commitment to each other each year, but if you’re adamant about an outdoors wedding, there are eight other locations on the island to choose from (or you can even zip over to Whitehaven Beach and return for your ceremony).
You have a choice of 10 locations for the reception – from the beach to the golf club, one of the island’s restaurants, or onboard the gorgeous 107-foot cruiser, Denison Star.
Hamilton Island Weddings also now offer Trash the Dress shoots the day after your wedding, so you can lighten that luggage load for your honeymoon.
5. Whitsunday Pavilion
You couldn’t ask for a more stunning backdrop than the waters beyond the Whitsunday Pavilion at the Whitsundays Sailing Club, sitting pretty at the tip of Airlie Point.
Book the Pavilion for ceremony only or stay on in the indoor/outdoor reception space for up to 120 guests.
6. On a boat
You’re in the Whitsundays so it’d be crazy not to get out on the water and enjoy that piercing blue landscape. Providence V Sailing and other charter cruisers, such as the Phoenix One (pictured) do intimate celebrations in the ultimate style.
Say your vows on board or make your way to that famous seven-kilometre stretch of white silica sand for a Whitehaven Beach ceremony. Tough choice, we know.
7. Whitehaven Beach
You can’t get much more rock star than taking off in a helicopter (a red one, at that) and landing smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef on one of the world’s best beaches on your wedding day.
Heli Taxi roll out the red carpet (literally) for your high-flying adventure into marriage and oversee proceedings with a celebrant and someone to pop the bubbly for you! Take the scenic route over and have a few pinch-yourself moments before you touch down on that crazy white sand to say “I do”.
You can chopper over with just the two of you, or Heli Taxi will take their entire fleet to the skies to transfer 17 passengers at once until your entire guest list is barefoot on the beach.
Seaplane more your style? Air Whitsunday Seaplanes team up with The Wedding Planners Whitsundays to offer an all-inclusive package.
8. Coral Sea Resort
There are so many picturesque ceremony and reception location at Coral Sea Resort, you’ll wish you were getting married at least five times. Are you more of a manicured lawn couple? Private jetty? Oceanfront gazebo? Take it from us, there are no bad choices here.
If you’ve got a guest list as long as the merging of two abbreviated surnames, you’ll be pleased to know cocktail functions for up to 200 people are easily done here.
All-inclusive wedding packages, including three nights’ accommodation for the bride and groom, take all the hassle out of planning a destination wedding.
9. Mirage Whitsundays
Mirage Whitsundays is one of the newest drop-dead-luxury properties in the Whitsundays neighbourhood and are offering up their spectacular front lawn overlooking Abell Point Marina for intimate weddings for up to 80 guests.
With plenty of tropical landscaping – think big ginger plants, flowers, palm trees – the private property is also set back on the hill, in a gated community, away from the threat of the local running club photobombing your pictures.
10. One Oceanview
Looking for a little B and Jay Z glamour in your big day? This luxurious private property teams up exclusively with The Wedding Planners Whitsundays to offer both an elopement package and wedding packages for up to 40 guests (either cocktail or sit-down).
And as fabulous as the main event will be, the added bonus of booking a wedding package here gives you and up to eight guests exclusive use of One Oceanview for a three-night stay.
11. Peppers Airlie Beach
With sprawling views of the Coral Sea and your choice of reception venues, plus the on-site Endota Spa for pre-wedding primping and preening, Peppers Airlie Beach takes the stress out of wedding planning.
Opt to marry on Boathaven Beach or take a quick scenic flight over to Whitehaven Beach and return to celebrate in style with up to 120 of your nearest and dearest. Being part of the Peppers portfolio, you know the food is going to be top notch.
12. Cedar Creek Falls
With all that blinding aquamarine ocean around, it’s easy to look past the hinterland that hides behind Airlie Beach, but Cedar Creek Falls provide a romantic alternative for your wedding ceremony (and a temperature drop, to boot!).
You’ll need to arrange a permit through Whitsunday Regional Council, or go through a capable local expert like The Wedding Planners Whitsundays to hold your ceremony here.
13. Shingley Beach
Just around the bend from the main strip of Airlie Beach, and overlooking Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach in Cannonvale has the perfect waterside park for your dream lawn wedding.
Call in The Wedding Planners Whitsundays to help out with everything from hair and make-up to vehicles and celebrant, or DIY (don’t forget to book a permit through Whitsunday Regional Council!).
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Some of the businesses listed above have been impacted by recent weather events in Queensland. Please make contact with the operator or visit their website for information regarding bookings and travel plans.