Destination Weddings – Everything You Need to Know
When it comes to choosing the right destination wedding venue, you want to select something stunning from both a wedding set up and a location perspective.
There’s no point in heading overseas for your perfect wedding and having something with less WOW factor than what’s in your backyard. Which is why heading anywhere to our neighbours in the Pacific will be perfect for your day. Boutique events group is your perfect wedding venue in Melbourne delivering fairytale weddings for the bride and groom.
Destination wedding venues aren’t hard to find a short flight away from Australia’s capital cities. From Tasmania, QLD and international locations, we have the most coveted destination wedding venues all on one list, ready for you to drool over.
Are you somebody that doesn’t half do anything? Have you been dreaming of jumping on the plane and saying ‘I do’ among your nearest and dearest at a completely foreign – and often beautiful – location? Here’s everything you need to include to create the ultimate destination wedding.
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Dreaming of a Bali wedding? While a wedding close to home is appealing, what’s stopping you straying outside of your comfort zone and jetting off somewhere special for your big day? Let us tempt you! Here are our favourite Bali destination wedding locations, and why you should (seriously) consider packing your bikini, sunscreen, and saying ‘I do’ in paradise.
Australians are still looking at weddings overseas to get married in peace, as well as celebrate their honeymoon at the same time. From the gorgeous weather to a stunning island or resort location, not only will you find a magnificent spot to celebrate your wedding, but you’ll also find a fantastic place to stay and relax with your family and friends.
So if you’re thinking about crossing the water for your wedding, then look no further. We’ve put together our list of the best destination wedding setups to inspire you for your big day.
The destination wedding theme
The quintessential destination wedding focuses on the marrying couple’s chosen destination, rather than themselves or their personalities. It’s all about exchanging vows in a beautiful location rather than the extravagance that often comes with traditional weddings hosted in couples’ hometowns.
While a destination wedding is not among the ten most popular wedding themes (rustic, elegant, traditional, romantic, garden/outdoors, vintage, contemporary and glamorous, beach, vineyard, and boho-chic), those who choose to host a destination wedding often also pick a theme to drive the style and overall aesthetic of the day.
Villa Botanica, QLD
Villa Botanica is a stunning venue set on the water on a secluded beach called Vila Botani. The acres of lush gardens -and even a bacterium- will ensure you have beautiful wedding photographs that will capture the beauty of this setting and your perfect day for a lifetime.
The immaculate food and drinks and luxe accommodation will be sure to wow your nearest and dearest who have travelled to spend this momentous day with you. This venue is like having your private slice of paradise to host the most important event of your life.
The Royal Pita Maha
Expect to be treated no less than Royalty at The Royal Pita Maha in Ubud, Bali. Built by the King of Ubud, this venue promises stunning views and endless photo opportunities, right beside the sacred Ayung River. Taking immense pride in delivering a Bali wedding couple will cherish for years to come, The Royal Pita Maha offers the opportunity for the venue to be decorated traditionally or especially to what you envision for the day. Take it from us: this high-end wedding venue is sure to impress guests, and get everyone talking! Too busy with life to really plan your wedding in detail? Have someone else do it for you and check out our list of Wedding Planners in Melbourne to help take the stress away.
When you think of a destination wedding, you think of something by the beach, and a beachside wedding is a beautiful way to celebrate your day.
Best of all, the waterfront location overlooking the Coral Sea is exclusively yours for the wedding, with an exquisite marble dancefloor and hundreds of amazing places perfect for taking your newlywed portraits. This is a venue you will not be able to forget. Weddings at Villa Botanica start at just $10,000 and go up to $50,000 depending on guest numbers and time of year.
Couples who choose to host a destination wedding do so for a variety of reasons. Firstly, a destination wedding can be seen as a two-for-one deal. While you get a wedding – you also get a fantastic holiday! Couples may even turn their destination wedding into their honeymoon, and sometimes guests are asked to stay on, making the wedding/holiday/honeymoon an event for all to enjoy!
Secondly, some international couples choose to have a destination wedding closer to their home countries. This makes it easier for family and friends who still live in those countries to attend, rather than having to travel to attend your wedding.
But what’s included?
Well, everything! The fantastic package comes complete – so you can have your dream wedding day at Mollymook!
Simply pack your dress, shoes, groom and the bridal party and let the team at Mollymook Beachside Weddings work their magic.
As its name suggests, The Edge sits perched on a clifftop in Uluwatu, Bali. Famous for its 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean, The Edge offers five-star facilities and the wedding venue of your dreams. Specialising in Western destination weddings, The Edge caters for groups from 10 – 250 guests. The Edge has won a plethora of awards including 2016 Best Hotel View and Best Destination Wedding Retreat Indonesia. It is sure to leave all guests with memories to last a lifetime.
Whether you go with a traditional beach theme, tropical style, or beach boho vibe, hosting your wedding on the sand with gentle waves lapping behind you as you exchange your vows will make for a beautiful and romantic ceremony.
A lot of locations will also let you celebrate your reception on the beach, meaning a stunning and fun party for the night to come!
Take some inspiration from this stunning traditional beach set up at the Fiji Marriott Resort in Momi Bay, south of Nadi. The white decor with a touch of greenery gives a gorgeous and clean setup that won’t take away from the natural beauty of the bay. Plus, the resort is home to some stunning overwater bungalows to spend your wedding night in!
The Royal Pita Maha, Bali
The stunning Royal Pita Maha in Ubud, Bali is set in the luscious jungle. The stunning pavilion, perfect for your ceremony was built by Balinese royalty and overlooked acres of tropical foliage and the beautiful Ayung River. The venue also boasts incredible, luxurious accommodation for your first few nights as a married couple, allowing you to swim in the infinity pool amongst the jungle paradise that is Ubud. This truly is a wedding venue fit for royalty, and your guests will agree. Considering this stunning location, why not combine your wedding with a honeymoon and enjoy Ubud for a week or two, living it up at the Royal Pita Maha?
Thirdly, a destination wedding can help keep your guest list intimate. Likely half of your expected guest list will not attend due to travel costs, and this can be seen as a good thing for couples who want to exchange vows in the presence of only their nearest and dearest. Those who genuinely care will attend, no matter the cost.
And finally, as Australia lags behind the rest of the world in regards to marriage equality, some same-sex couples may decide to host a destination wedding in a place they can legally marry.
Mollymook is located in NSW on the picturesque South Coast, only 2.5 hours South of Sydney and 45 minutes North of Bateman’s Bay.
Mollymook Beach is the perfect venue for a beach wedding and a seaside escape, an ideal way to spend a post-wedding mini-moon on the beach with your new spouse and family. The site offers a unique beachfront location where you can hear the waves lapping the shore from the function room courtyard.
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Nusa Dua, Bali
What better way to celebrate your love and commitment to one another than a topical beach party at Taman Bhagawan? This carefully landscaped venue has been cleverly designed to be both impressive and intimate. With endless photography opportunities including a monumental Balinese temple, fountains, statues, and the beach itself, this location offers the quintessential Bali wedding. Catering for small groups of 10 to larger soirees of 250, this Bali wedding venue does have something for everyone.
Do you want to make your wedding the most relaxing it can be? Then pamper yourself before and after the big day!
The benefit of hosting a destination wedding is that everything is generally planned before you hop on the plane. While you might have a few bits and pieces to finalise when you arrive at your venue, then chances are you’ll be able to spend days leading up to your wedding day relaxing, pampering yourself, and spending the time with family and friends.
The Edge – The Ultimate Clifftop Venue, Uluwatu, Bali
The Edge is one of our favourite venues here at Easy Weddings. This incredible clifftop location boasts views of the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing beneath. The historic place is both romantic and incredibly picturesque, enabling you to have unbeatable wedding photographs.
Your reception will be held under the stars in this luxury estate, with endless chilled champagne and world-class food.
Things to consider
Couples toying with the idea of hosting a destination wedding have a lot to consider before sending out their invitations and booking their flights. For instance, you must understand that not every guest who receives an invite can attend a destination wedding.
For instance, you must understand that not every guest who receives an invite can attend a destination wedding. Unless you are willing to fork out travel and accommodation expenses for every one of our guests, some of the people you invite may not have the monetary means to attend your wedding. When you consider travel expenses, accommodation, food, outfits, and gifts, your guests are forking out an arm and a leg just to attend your wedding in the location of your choice! Because of this, you have to expect many to RSVP no – meaning your wedding may end up smaller than you initially hoped.
Nusa Dua, Bali
Occupying 11 hectares, this impressive beachfront resort is the perfect location for the quintessential barefoot wedding in Bali. Imagine saying ‘I do’ among your closest family and friends beneath shady palm trees, and dancing into the night beneath fairy lights and paper lanterns. The actual wedding location is separated from the rest of the resort, so Ayodya offers the privacy and intimacy you crave for your special day. Ayodya offers something for everyone – even fireworks at the end for the bang!
A spa resort is a perfect place to do this. Not only will you be able to find a stunning location for the actual wedding itself, as well as accommodation for you and all your guests, but you’ll be able to spend some time in the peace to help settle your nerves before walking down the aisle.
Take a leaf out of The Bachelor Australia’s book and celebrate at the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa, whether it’s around the infinity pool, outdoor terrace, or hiding out in their Deep Nature Spa.
The Ayodya – 5 stars Bali beachfront resort
Fancy getting married on a stretch of endless white sand in Nusa Dua, Bali? Then the Ayodya, at gorgeous resort destination wedding venue in Bali, is perfect for you. Get married by the sea, with swaying palm trees and blue skies framing your ideal wedding photographs.
Also, the resort has plenty of room for your entire guest list, with plenty of rooms available at the resort itself to make planning easy for your guests who are travelling from overseas.
Their talented chef offers a wide selection of Balinese and Western dishes to choose from.
Another thing to consider is that you may not receive everything you’ve ever dreamed of for your wedding, because of the sacrifice you make to wed in the destination of your choosing. For instance, you may have to forgo certain traditions depending on the country you choose to marry in. Some states only recognise certain religious ceremonies, so this might be something worth considering before booking your destination wedding. We have created the ultimate list of Hens Party Ideas for you and the girls to create a day and night she’ll never forget.
Tropical forest vibes
Want something a little different for your destination? Then why not make the most of the diverse landscape and have a more forest-y look for your big day?
There’s nothing quite like having different plant species around to show you’re in a new location, and we love the draping style of trees with hanging roots, or the fun and tropical feel of a traditional palm tree. Whatever it is, greenery is the trend and making the most of the natural greenery with a clean wedding setup will look gorgeous.
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort offers the perfect tropical garden setting. Consider transforming the classic wedding style into a relaxed tropical outdoor environment.
Creative Events Asia, Thailand
Original Event Asia are experts at planning Thailand weddings and honeymoons for couples. They will take care of everything, whether you’re after a luxurious or affordable wedding. The choices are endless. Their incredible expertise will ensure your day is truly unforgettable; whether you opt for a large wedding or a small elopement, their wedding planning skills will ensure your day is impeccable down to the most exquisite detail.
As every wedding is different, it’s hard to put an approximate amount on how much a destination wedding would cost. As destination weddings often have fewer guests, this may save you some money. On the other hand, as you might be planning your wedding somewhere incredibly popular, even a small wedding may cost around the same as a larger one back home.
If you’re going to get married on an island, then why not opt for an actual island resort? There’s something so beautiful about being able to walk around an entire island with long stretches of stunning beach coastlines.
Nothing quite says island like the movie Castaway, so heading to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji where the movie was filmed in the perfect island getaway for you and your future spouse.
The islands themselves are surrounded by crystal clear water, white sand, and green mountainous peaks, so there are plenty of places to explore when you’ve got time after the big day.
Taman Bhagawan, Bali
Escape to a slice of paradise in Nusa Dua, where you can marry just metres from the ocean in the sea-salted air.
The giant coconut palms will frame your arbour perfectly, and your reception can be held under the stars on the beachfront or around the stunning water fountain. The menu features the culinary genius of an Australian chef, and the canapes and degustation menu will delight your lucky wedding guests.
As said above, guests are a big deciding point when it comes to destination weddings. While not every guest you invite will be able to cover travel, accommodation, and food expenses that come with your destination wedding, the ones who do attend are usually the only ones that truly matter. Even if you have an intimate guest list, you’ll still exchange vows in a completely foreign and often stunning location – and that’s all that matters when it comes to destination weddings.
Tokoriki Island is home to the picturesque Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji, located amidst the famous Mamanuca Islands. If you’re seeking a luxury resort, then consider this remote retreat that ticks all the right boxes.
South Pacific Bridal, QLD
South Pacific Bridal encompasses two of Australia’s most stunning ceremony venues, The Alamanda Great Barrier Reef Chapel on absolute beachfront at Palm Cove, and the Hilton Blue Horizon Chapel on the Cairns waterfront.
The Alamanda Great Barrier Reef Chapel features 180-degree panoramic views along Palm Cove, and the Hilton Blue Horizon Chapel features glass walls set on a reflecting pond, allowing the couple to look out over an infinity waterfall. It truly is an experience like no other.
Those who are planning a destination wedding must think long and hard about their wedding date. If you’ve chosen a destination that is famous for its summer days, it won’t make sense to hold your wedding during the winter months. Similarly, you may have to consider when popular tourist destinations are likely to be swarming with tourists, and therefore vendor pricing may increase.
You’ll need to book vendors well in advance to secure your wedding date and let your guests know with enough time to plan their travel to attend your wedding. There’s no use springing a destination wedding on guests with only a few months to spare – likely only a few of them will attend