Getting Married Guide Sunshine Coast Wedding
Considering a stylish beachside celebration or a glamorous hinterland event?
Welcome to our regular feature on getting married on the Sunshine Coast, where we enlighten you with inspiration and useful advice for planning a wedding in this beautiful region. We reveal the hot-spots and uncover the hidden locations located in the area and offer you advice on everything from popular wedding months to average rainfall, sharing with you an information-packed feature to get you started with your Sunshine Coast wedding planning.
The date is chosen and you are ready to get started on planning the big day. You may have been contemplating a Sunshine Coast wedding celebration but would like to find out more information on the area and the wedding choices associated with the locality. Look no further, settle back, and immerse yourself in the abundance of options available. The region offers a diversity of settings to consider for ceremonies and receptions, and is one of Queensland’s most popular holiday destinations, so it’s not surprising that the Sunshine Coast is also a sought after destination for wedding celebrations.
Where is the Sunshine Coast located?
The southern end of the Sunshine Coast region begins at Caloundra which is just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane city, and extends north to Cooloola, located close-by to Fraser Island. An expanse that covers over 100 kilometres of beaches and includes the Blackall Range – a hinterland area which is perched high above the coastline, the Sunshine Coast is an attractive location to hold a wedding or event.
Boasting an average of 300 days of pure sunshine, it’s no wonder how the region got its name! Recorded average temperatures range from 21 to 29 degrees Celsius, giving locals and tourists plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sunshine.
From pristine coastline, with sandy beaches and seaside resorts, to charming hinterland towns boasting panoramic views and breathtaking landscapes, the Sunshine Coast is a perfect mix of coast and country and an ideal location to celebrate your wedding day.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is centrally located just five kilometres north of Maroochydore and is open for daily flights from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
When to get married
The Sunshine Coast provides weather conditions that are appealing for weddings all year through, and a beach wedding in June is as popular as a hinterland wedding in November. The popularity of Sunshine Coast weddings throughout the year proves it offers tempting weather conditions making these months attractive alternatives to the traditional peak times. While autumn spring and summer are very popular times to get married here, the Sunshine Coast also boasts attractive weather conditions for a winter wedding. The months of June, July and August are fantastic months for weddings, and who doesn’t love winter inspired wedding day style!
Winter weddings have recently surged in popularity and many couples are choosing the Sunshine Coast at this time of the year to say I-do. Here, the winter months, which last from June until the end of August, generally offer ideal weather opportunities with lower than normal rainfall, crisp mornings and moderately warm days.
Outdoor wedding ceremonies
One of the most appealing factors of the region is the opportunity to hold an outdoor ceremony, and the Sunshine Coast has a multitude of outdoor options available including seaside and rural country locations, and most beach, foreshore areas, reserves and parks are also available for ceremonies.
If you would like to hold your wedding at a beach, a reserve or parkland area you are required by Council to apply for a permit. By visiting the Regional Council website you can view the most popular areas to hold an outdoor ceremony, and get a better understanding of the fees, booking protocols and conditions set down for these areas. You can even download the wedding ceremony application form from the same website to confirm your booking.
Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for further information.
Noosa lays claim to offering the most outdoor ceremony locations available in one specific area. Beach accesses, national parks and river locations make up the varied positions on offer to couples considering a Noosa wedding.
The map below shows popular outdoor ceremony areas available in Noosa Heads and for more information on permits and fees associated with an outdoor ceremony on the Sunshine Coast visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
Indoor ceremony options
Many Sunshine Coast venues will offer dedicated covered ceremony area options within the property, which also gives you the opportunity to host all your wedding day festivities in the one location. There are also dedicated church ceremony venues located on the Sunshine Coast, giving you the option of a traditional ceremony and then a reception close by.
Sunshine Coast Wedding Venues
Choosing the right venue to celebrate your wedding day and entertain your wedding guests is often one of the most difficult decisions an engaged couple will make. Whether you prefer a stylish restaurant, specialised wedding venue, an elegant hotel or a boutique style reception lodge, the Sunshine Coast has a wedding venue that will suit your style.
Visit our website, www.loverslikeus.com.au to find out more information on the choice of wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast.
Make it a weeklong celebration!
Many of the weddings held on The Sunshine Coast are destination style events, and as your guests often travel to help celebrate your day they often take the opportunity to extend their stay into a holiday and enjoy the location after the wedding celebrations are over.
Think about planning various social gatherings and post wedding get-togethers for your guests to give everyone the chance to get to know each other, relax and unwind.
Turn your wedding day celebrations into an extended occasion of planned festivities and events, and give your guests a weekend they will find hard to forget!
The Sunshine Coast boasts some of Australia’s best architecture, including luxury beach properties, river front residences, lavish bed and breakfasts, and magnificent resorts.
The Hot Spots
Noosa is located approximately two hours from Brisbane city, and if a beach wedding is your style, then look no further than Noosa Heads. Beachfront ceremonies and waterway hot spots provide stylish settings and stunning inspiration for wedding celebrations.
Noosa’s natural environment featuring pristine beaches, canals, waterways and rivers offer something for everyone, and proves why it is a sought after and popular wedding destination.
Sample the extraordinary scope of the Noosa gourmet food scene with endless culinary delights awaiting couples wanting contemporary style receptions and sophisticated beach weddings.
Noosa has an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, and a sub tropical climate with humid summers and drier months during winter.
Riverside wedding venues, Noosa Boathouse, Rickys River Bar + Restaurant, RACV Noosa Resort, Sofitel Noosa Resort & Spa and beachside wedding venues, Sails Beach Restaurant Noosa and Bistro C are located in Noosa.
For more information on Noosa visit www.visitnoosa.com.au
This beautiful coastal town located between Noosa and Marcoola features a popular shopping and restaurant precinct that runs parallel to the beach.
The grand volcanic dome, Mt Coolum oversees the beaches and back streets of Coolum, and is a popular landmark for hikers and adventure events. Coolum is renowned for its surfing and sporting events.
Approximately 100 kilometres north of Brisbane is Maroochydore, known as the heart of the Sunshine Coast and the central business district of the area. The area surrounding Maroochydore has over 2000 hectares of national parkland and over 25 kilometres of golden sand and surf beaches. With the added attraction of the Maroochydore River, renowned for an elongated stretch of parkland and picnic spots, the area offers a diverse choice of ceremony and reception locations.
Caloundra stretches across 1102 square kilometres and is the southern gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Caloundra is a seaside escape, boasting an original beach style ambiance. The quaint township with timeless appeal has grown up somewhat in recent years and now offers a perfect location for wedding celebrations. The region with an abundance of natural grace and charm has year round temperate waters and daily sunshine.
Caloundra experiences calm dry winters and semi-tropical warm summers. Featuring a beachside boardwalk that showcases an array of alfresco dining opportunities, the main precinct of Caloundra also provides a multitude of choice for accommodation and restaurant options.
Caloundra is a perfect choice for a beach style wedding celebration.
Mooloolaba is located centrally on the Sunshine Coast, close to Maroochydore and is a fashionable blend of sophistication and style while portraying a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Sunshine Coast and features a curve of north facing sand almost entirely surrounded by shady parklands and grassed picnic areas.
Southbound along Mooloolaba Beach you can see the lighthouse at Point Cartwright and the esplanade provides sweeping views of the northern beaches, Mudjimba Island and Mount Coolum. An impressive list of dining options and reception choices are for the taking in Mooloolaba. Specialising in seafood restaurants, the esplanade also offers a range of alfresco venue options for wedding reception alternatives.
For more information on Mooloolaba visit www.mooloolabatourism.com.au
Montville is famous for romantic getaways and luxury couples retreats, and well-known as being the creative centre of the Sunshine Coast. Located on a ridge, Montville is situated on the Blackall Range and is positioned close to Kondalilla National Park where visitors are invited to experience scenic walks, waterfalls and lush rainforest.
Montville boasts premium wedding venues and outdoor ceremony options and is well known for its eclectic shopping boutiques, diverse cuisine and an abundance of accommodation options.
Recently Montville has seen the arrival of a selection of dedicated wedding venues catering for premium weddings and events presenting the location as an impressive choice for a hinterland wedding celebration.
Popular wedding venue and luxury retreat Spicers Clovelly Estate is located in Montville.
For more information on Montville visit www.hinterlandtourism.com.au
Nestled in the hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is magical Maleny, a charming country escape for wedding celebrations. Just 25 minutes from Caloundra and 55 minutes from Noosa, Maleny is the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and a popular destination for weddings.
The town, framed by the historic Glass House Mountains, lays claim to breathtaking landscapes and magnificent mountain views while the serene countryside of the region provides a picture perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
With an average elevation of 500m, the fresh mountain air is around 3 to 5 degrees cooler than the nearby Coast, and the Hinterland region has four distinct seasons each offering unique landscape attractions.
Boutique style lodges and specialised wedding venues are located in Maleny, providing a world of choice for the perfect country wedding celebration.
Beautifully appointed wedding chapel Little White Wedding Chapel is also located in Maleny.
For more information on Maleny visit www.hinterlandtourism.com.au
Flaxton is located between Montville and Mapleton and boasts spectacular sweeping views from the Blackall Range to the coastline. The popular national park and rainforest Kondalilla Falls is widely used for picnics and family get-togethers, and is a great location for post wedding gatherings.
Planning your wedding on the Sunshine Coast
You are about to embark on the journey of planning your Sunshine Coast wedding but where do you begin? Creating a list of what needs to be done can be overwhelming, particularly as most couples choose the Sunshine Coast as a place to not only get married, but also to honeymoon or stay ‘a little longer’. It can become exhausting, and can prove to be a difficult feat to accomplish especially if you are already committed to a fast paced and demanding job.
The Sunshine Coast has some of Australia’s best wedding planners who specialise in co-ordinating every aspect necessary to achieve the wedding of your dreams. Whether it’s a beachside celebration or a country styled event, a wedding planner can provide you with integral local knowledge on suppliers, venues, and reception choices, and will offer invaluable guidance in planning a destination style wedding.
Using on-line resources to plan your Sunshine Coast wedding
Many couples prefer to plan their own wedding day but spending time researching your wedding on the internet can be a frustrating process.
Sifting through the mammoth amounts of information on the world wide web can be an overwhelming experience and take up a lot of your valuable time. We recommend taking a look at the following websites when planning a wedding on The Sunshine Coast.
Of course you can also find a wealth of information on our own website,
www.sunshinecoastbrides.com.au, which features recent weddings, articles and information about wedding suppliers and helpful facts on planning your big day.
Booking Wedding Suppliers
The Sunshine Coast has some of the very best wedding suppliers in the business but when planning your Sunshine Coast wedding remember that most suppliers can be booked out 12 – 18 months in advance, so it is important to make sure you take the necessary steps early to book your favourite professionals for your wedding day.
Certain suppliers such as photographers, videographers, and wedding planners can only take one wedding per day; many other categories are also limited with the amount of weddings they can take each weekend.
The Sunshine Coast is a sought after wedding location attracting many couples from interstate and overseas. With so many beautiful weddings taking place each week it is important to make sure you get your desired wedding expert all locked in for your wedding day!
How do I choose the best from the rest!
When you have an area as captivatingly beautiful as the Sunshine Coast you naturally have a comprehensive selection of wedding suppliers available to you, and many of them are the very best in the business!
Like everything you choose for your wedding day, decisions of who you engage are based on personal choice, budget, styling and your individual vision for your wedding day. Do your research and look at which suppliers appeal to you, investigate their websites, ask the important questions and make sure you are confident they will deliver the goods on your wedding day!
Many of the suppliers on the Sunshine Coast work together regularly, and this assists with scheduling and timing for your day, which is helpful and can take the pressure off things if you aren’t engaging a wedding co-ordinator.
Our magazine gives you a wonderful insight into the talented wedding professionals on the Sunshine Coast and you can find out more about these specialised suppliers on our website, www.loverslikeus.com.au.
Helpful information for your wedding guests
Many weddings on the Sunshine Coast are destination events, and the bride and groom often travel from other areas in Queensland, interstate and sometimes from overseas to celebrate their wedding day. So it makes sense to include some specific details for your guests to be included with your invitations.
Many of your guests may have never been to our beautiful Sunshine Coast, so a little bit of information to help them navigate their way to your ceremony and reception locations could prove to be beneficial.
With many of the groves located on Noosa’s famous beach boardwalk, a map included in your stationery elements could be a cute way to add some additional styling to your day while also ensuring accessible information.
Think about winding back the ceremony time by 15 minutes for your invitations to make sure all guests are in place before you start to walk down the aisle. It’s a great idea to make sure you send out save the date cards also, allowing your guests to confirm accommodation and travel itinerary as early as possible. Consider providing guests with accommodation links and a list of potential choices for places to stay nearby.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most popular locations for weddings, so it’s always a great idea to prompt everyone to get organised as soon as possible!