Planning a destination wedding in a location such as the Whitsundays requires some thought and consideration in regards to the type of ceremony, location and reception venue and how you will get your guests to the dream destination hassle free and within budget.
To help, Daydream Island Resort and Spa has come up with a list of frequently asked questions that will assist in preparing you and your partner for that special day.
Before the Big Day
What ceremony venues does Daydream Island Resort and Spa offer couples?
Daydream Island resort offers a range of ceremony venues, one of which is a gorgeous glass backed Endeavour Wedding Chapel, spectacularly located at the water’s edge with panoramic views of the Whitsunday Passage.
Another popular ceremony and reception venue is the romantic Lover’s Cove, a private sheltered inlet featuring a large deck and white coral beach. Couples can exchange their vows as the sun sets and the waves lap at the shore. Decorated with flaming bamboo torches, bag lanterns and tea lights, Lover’s Cove makes for a truly memorable wedding location.
The Resort and Spa also offers other stunning reception venues that include formal inside venues and beautiful outside locations next to Azure Ocean.
There are three different wedding packages on offer which are suitable for Elopements and larger weddings of up to 160 guests.
When’s the best time to hold a wedding at Daydream Island, why?
Different times of the year have different advantages in the Whitsundays. Its tropical climate means temperatures range from a pleasant 23 degrees Celsius throughout the winter months, to 31 degrees in the summer months.
Throughout the months of January to March, the days are hot but the heat can be broken down during the day by tropical showers. The lowest rainfall occurs from August to October.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa advises brides to take the heat into account when deciding upon their dream wedding dress, to ensure they are comfortable and enjoy the day.
The Resort and Spa also suggests that couples keep in mind the seasonality of flowers, as flowers are shipped into the Whitsundays and the availability of particular flowers is dependent upon the month of the year.
How should couples plan a destination wedding? (How many times should they visit, should they book an event planner or do it themselves?)
Daydream Island Resort and Spa has a group of extremely experienced wedding co-ordinators who will organise all details for the big day from afar via email and phone, to ensure that not even the smallest detail is overlooked.
A special accommodation rate is offered to couples who are lucky enough to visit Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the lead-up to their wedding, to assist in making their visit more affordable.
What should couples do to accommodate guests in the lead up to a destination wedding? (I.e. should they provide accommodation? How far in advance should they be told?)
Once a wedding is confirmed at Daydream Island Resort and Spa a personalised accommodation brochure is sent to the bride and groom to pass onto wedding guests.
The brochure explains how to book accommodation and the rates for different room types so guests can individually contact reservations and book and pay for their accommodation.
As part of the confirmation process, the Resort and Spa also holds rooms aside to ensure that there is accommodation available for every guest.
It is recommended that couples send out a save the date as soon as their wedding has been confirmed to allow guests who have further to travel, the opportunity to plan and save for the wedding.
What should couples be wary of in the lead-up to a destination wedding?
Daydream Island Resort and Spa suggests that couples take into account luggage allowances when planning to bring any of their own décor or other wedding items. Often it is a lot cheaper to use the Resort and Spa’s suppliers due to excess baggage and freight costs.
The Big Day
Top tips for a smooth wedding ceremony
First things first – comfortable shoes are a must! And if brides aren’t willing to choose comfort over beauty, make sure a pair of flats is readily available to change into, particularly for photography at the end of the ceremony.
Having a contingency plan is vital if couples have chosen an outside venue. Daydream Island Resort and Spa will have a wedding co-ordinator speak to the bride and groom the day prior to the wedding should rain be predicted, to explain wet weather options. This gives couples the opportunity to adjust their décor to suit their back-up venue and ensure their wedding is as beautiful as they imagined.
Relax and have fun! A wedding co-ordinator will be with the bride and groom throughout the course of the journey to ensure everything is perfect!
Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Nestled among the sapphire seas of the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is alive with romance.
Year-round warm weather, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful views makes Daydream Island a perfect romantic location.
The Resort and Spa offers a range of relaxing activities designed to bring you and your partner closer together. Couples can enjoy a private four-course dinner by Mermaids Beach or Lovers Cove with special dining options available.
Complete the experience with a visit to the world class Rejuvenation Spa where packages are specially designed for two. Situated on the northern end of the island, the Spa provides a holistic approach to wellbeing and offers naturopathy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and massage, along with beauty therapies and salon services. Many of their treatment rooms include private balconies with views across the Whitsunday Passage.
For the adventurous couple, Daydream Island offers diving and snorkelling off the fringing coral reef, plus a wide range of water sports including jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and kayak adventures.
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