If your big day is coming up, you have probably been thinking about the perfect place for this immensely important day in your life. In recent years, more and more couples are opting for destination weddings as the availability of traveling grows and borders disappear between countries. Indeed, there is nothing more special than tying the knot in a faraway place, surrounded by beautiful nature and the most important people in your life. If you too want such a memorable wedding, perhaps it is time to leaf through the list of the best destinations for a destination wedding.
You have probably heard tons and tons about Australia and how it is one of the countries with the most diverse landscape and certainly a favorite in terms of tourism. And it is exactly its diversity that makes it a great spot for your destination wedding as well. Whether you prefer an exotic beach wedding on one of the small islands that dot the coast or you’d like to book a luxurious venue with a view to have a picture-perfect garden wedding, it is no exaggeration to say that you can find everything in Australia. But since there is just so much to choose from that you might get overwhelmed, we collected some of the top places in Australia that could serve as the destination of your big day. Read on to get some inspiration!
Before we jump into it, there are a few basics to know about this continent. Australia is on the other side of the planet, so it’s no surprise that there are a few things that you should keep in mind. For instance, what you must not forget is that seasons are the opposite in Australia. That being said, if you’re planning your wedding between June and August, that is actually wintertime in Australia, which means you might want to beef up your skincare routine, paying special attention not to skip sunscreen as the UV rays can be ruthless on this continent. At the same time, you should be aware that winters do get rather chilly here, so you won’t be bathing in the sea during those months.
It is also of crucial importance to get informed about the legal aspects of marriage in the intended country of your destination wedding. One thing to note here is that you must fill in a “notice of marriage” form at least one month prior to the ceremony – but you can do it earlier too, so don’t forget to do this well in advance.
Without further ado, though, here are some of the best places in Australia to get married at.
Lord Howe Island
This little gem of an island off the coast of Sydney is a true paradise on Earth. While it might not be the most accessible place in the world, as it is 700km out in the Tasman Sea, you can rest assured it would be a perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding. Only 400 people are allowed at a time on this World Heritage Site, so you will feel like you are the only people in the world, all the while being surrounded by a marine park on all sides that is home to over 500 fish species. After the wedding, you can take a dip in these mesmerizing waters and explore the underwater flora and fauna because, honestly, it would be a shame to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. So, if you want a truly relaxed wedding in such a beautiful place, Lord Howe Island is a great choice.
A little more accessible but no less beautiful location for an Australian wedding would be the Blue Mountains National Park. With quite a few wedding venues to choose from, you stand a better chance of booking one for your preferred date. For absolutely picturesque views, seek out Echo Point, while for a romantic wedding adorned by flowers on all sides, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden has got you covered. Having your ceremony in a botanic garden can hardly be topped by anything else if you want to have fairytale-like photos of your big day. If you really like the Blue Mountains, you can even book unique accommodation there and spend a few days with your loved one, relaxing among the greenery.
Australia boasts quite an outstanding position on the list of top wine exporters worldwide. Thus, you can assume how charming the wine regions are in the Land Down Under. If your dream has always been to have your wedding reception on a lavish, idyllic estate overlooking a vast valley and vineyards as far as the eye can see, perhaps Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, would be the perfect choice for your big day. Weddings in Hunter Valley involve a picturesque setting without exception, not to mention that wine lovers are to have the time of their life, tasting some of the best wines of the region and even taking winery tours in between the celebrations. It’s truly a world of decadence in Hunter Valley.
You might be surprised to hear that Uluru is an option on this list, however, you should know that you can, indeed, say your vows while overlooking the iconic Ayers Rock in the middle of the desert and the Australian continent. The red scenery of this setting will turn your entire ceremony into something truly unique, and your guests will be mesmerized by the view, giving them an unforgettable memory. Just looking at wedding photos taken at this place is likely to convince you to choose Uluru for your ceremony and boast some of the most interesting wedding photos for the rest of your life. In the meantime, you can also learn about the Aboriginal culture and art that is such a crucial part of Australian history that it’s really worth taking the time getting to know it.
Taking quite a big leap from our previous destination all the way to the coast of Queensland on the northeastern part of the continent, another great destination wedding location is Hayman Island. This island is actually part of the well-known Whitsundays, and it has everything you might want from a white sand beach wedding featuring turquoise waters and perhaps a beautiful sunset in the background. What makes it even more exciting is that it has gone through quite a change and is going to open in July, bringing a new era of luxury in the form of a private island resort. So watch out for the grand opening and secure yourself a spot as soon as you can if you want to experience a whole new level of luxury.
Finally, a charming location, especially for nature lovers, would be Daintree Rainforest, also in Queensland. Being the oldest rainforest in the world, Daintree is nothing short of an iconic destination that will make you see Mother Nature in a different light and perhaps even appreciate it more after your ceremony. The photo ops in this rainforests are incomparable to your generic outdoor wedding photos, and on each photo, you two will look like you’re on an adventure of a lifetime far away from civilization. Moreover, what’s also great about Australia is that it’s such a vast territory of amazing destinations that you can very well have your honeymoon right there after the ceremony. Adventurous couples can embark on an unforgettable road trip of a lifetime as their unconventional honeymoon, and if you are thinking about something like that, Queensland has plenty of road trip options for you to choose from.
As you can see, Australia certainly has many faces, so no matter your style and preferences, your perfect wedding venue is out there, you just have to go and look for it. Planning and organizing a wedding is a big endeavor in itself, but when we’re talking about a destination wedding, you’re going to have a lot on your plate. Whether you prefer to do things yourself or outsource responsibilities to others, it is best if you go for a wedding package as it will spare you nerves and time – two things that you’re going to need in your wedding preparation later on. Thankfully, there are plenty of packages to choose from in Australia as the wedding industry is thriving, so your hardest task will be choosing just one of the many beautiful spots.