Livin’ the dream wedding venues
Tying the knot is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a chance not only to prove your commitment to your partner but also to throw a seriously amazing party. Before you toss off your shoes and dance on the tables, though, there are plans to ponder and preparations to make. (No pressure, of course.)
As financiers, we’re sadly of no help to you in choosing a dress, securing a florist, or culling a guest list, but we have stepped a little outside our comfort zone to share five of the most aspirational wedding concepts you may just want to steal.
The luxury beach wedding
Jonah’s, Palm Beach, NSW
For those looking for a wedding on the coast with the most, look no further than Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel. Nestled on a cliff overlooking Palm Beach in New South Wales, Jonah’s will throw you a wedding to tell the grandkids about.
Start with a scenic ceremony in the cliff-top garden with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Then treat guests to pre-reception cocktails and canapes on the lawn before moving into the restaurant for a delicious degustation menu designed by celebrity chef Logan Campbell.
As the sun sets around you, join guests on the dance floor before ending your night in one of Jonah’s luxury hotel rooms. Settle in to your first night as a married couple amid the sumptuous furnishings, enjoy a private jacuzzi on your balcony with 180-degree views over the Pacific, and wake up to breakfast by the pool. Ah, marital bliss.
The overseas wedding
For family and friends who make the journey abroad with you, spoil them with a fairytale wedding that starts with a stroll along the cobbled streets of Sorrento to the San Francesco Cloister. Built in the 14th century, the cloister and its walled garden boast a range of architectural styles, making it a fascinating setting for a romantic wedding ceremony. When it’s time, walk down the aisle to the melodic sounds of the harp and meet your partner under the shade of a willow tree to exchange your vows.
After you’ve said your “I dos”, treat guests to a reception at one of Sorrento’s oldest restaurants: Restaurant O’Parrucchiano. Steeped in history, this venue was established in 1868 and is famous across the world for inventing cannelloni, the popular tubular pasta dish.
In a Romeo and Juliet setting, guests can dine beneath grapevines and lemon trees as they sip limoncello and taste a classic Italian meal served by hearty Italian waiters. Afterwards, keep the celebration going by whisking your guests away to one of Sorrento’s many hotel rooftops, where you can finish your night with prosecco and dancing overlooking the breathtaking bay of Naples.
The rustic wedding
Looking for nuptials with that special kind of country charm? Barn weddings have recently made a comeback. Turn a low-key venue, such as an empty barn, into a glitzy country affair with ease. Such spaces make great alternatives for couples on a budget.
If you aren’t holding the purse strings too tightly, check out our top barn pick: the Inglis Newmarket Stables. Heritage-listed, this impressive venue in Sydney’s Randwick suburb features a long, elegant dining space in the traditional stables, which were built in 1880. Deck out the space with glamorous chandeliers, or keep it more pastoral with hay bales and cheese stations.
The island wedding
Double Island, Queensland
Always wanted to run away to your own private island?
Double Island in Queensland looks out onto tropical Palm Beach and is accessible by boat. Easily one of the most romantic and exclusive wedding locations in Australia, it features lush gardens, jaw-dropping sunsets, and white sandy beaches.
Savour your ceremony with the sand between your toes before heading to the open-air waterside deck for bubbles and canapes. Book the whole island if you’re keen – it guarantees that you and your wedding guests have exclusive use of its facilities. Your booking also includes overnight accommodation – with a private plunge pool or outdoor spa – in a stunning villa overlooking the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.
The white-winter wedding
Snowy Mountains, NSW
Throw away the wedding season rule book and head to the snowy region of southern New South Wales for a destination wedding that’s off the beaten path from your typical Australian wedding experience.
Unlike most parts of Australia, the Snowy Mountains enjoys all four seasons, which means you can opt for a colourful autumn union overlooking the bushy Kosciuszko National Park or a wedded winter wonderland amid the region’s snow-capped mountains. Think log fires, dimmed lights, and mulled wine at one of the local resorts: Perisher, Thredbo, or Charlotte's Pass.
Of course, a lot goes into creating any of these perfect days. For more advice to help you plan your perfect wedding at the perfect price, check out these great wedding day hacks.
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