Top spots to tie the knot
WHILE Prince William and Kate Middleton take the plunge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, give your own wedding the royal treatment with these top spots to tie the knot and great wedding deals in Queensland.
1. Abbey of the Roses, Warwick
Built in 1891, Abbey of the Roses is a magnificent, gothic sandstone venue that sits among beautiful green gardens on 0.8ha of land – the perfect setting for your traditional royal wedding.
The Abbey's wedding reception venue is stylish and sophisticated with a bit of old-world charm.
The venue can cater for small weddings of 24 guests to gala events of 180.
Formerly a convent, Abbey of the Roses is also a boutique guest-house that can accommodate up to 23 guests in 11 rooms. Visit www.abbeyoftheroses.com.
2. Paronella Park, Mena Creek
If you want to tie the knot surrounded by lush rainforests and soothing waterfalls, look no further than Paronella Park in Mena Creek, 15 minutes from Innisfail.
In 1935, a Spanish cane farmer made his dream to build a castle for his wife a reality.
Over the years, the Spanish-style castle has been ravaged by natural disasters, but today its ruins stand opulently against the rainforest background and are the highlight of Paronella Park.
Paronella Park is heritage- listed and remains an eco-friendly wedding location where history and romance combine, featuring a grand staircase, the Tunnel of Love, lakeside bridges, winding walking paths and gardens. Visit www.paronellapark.com.au.
3. Underwater wedding, Great Barrier Reef
Share your love for the water and each other with an underwater wedding on the Great Barrier Reef.
Have a truly unique wedding amongst tropical fish and beautiful coral.
The entire ceremony can be held under water with the help of speaking and listening devices. Visit www.fantaseaweddings.com.au.
4. Undara Volcanic National Park, Tropical North Queensland
Invite the spirit of the outback to your wedding by celebrating your marriage at Undara Volcanic National Park in Tropical North Queensland, about 300km south-west of Cairns.
The park features the remains of one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Visit www.undara.com.au/groups/an-outback-wedding.
5. Our Lady on the Sea, Gold Coast
Exchange your vows aboard Australia's only floating chapel.
One of two floating chapels in the world, Our Lady on the Sea is a quaint chapel that caters for about 70 people and features locally-designed stained glass windows and an authentic timber interior.
Guests board the chapel at Main Beach on the Gold Coast and can be dropped off at any navigable spot on the Broadwater for the ceremony.
A Regal Cruiser is included with the hire of Our Lady on the Sea so the bride can arrive at the ceremony in style. Visit www.celebrationsafloat.com.au.
6. Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, Daintree
The Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa in tropical North Queensland offers individually designed rainforest weddings set within the beauty of the world's oldest living rainforest.
Couples can exchange vows at the base of a centuries-old waterfall or on a garden deck by the glistening pond, enjoy exquisite dining, an award-winning spa treatment and sleep in an opulent tree-house styled suite.
Three rainforest wedding packages are available – nature, nurture, or culture – but couples can mix and match elements from each to create their own individual experience. Visit www.rainforestwedding.com and www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au.
7. SkyPoint, Gold Coast
Experience the ultimate wedding celebration at the Gold Coast's highest point, SkyPoint, on level 78 of the iconic Q1 Resort. Say “I do” with spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold Coast, from the surf to the hinterland and beyond.
The SkyPoint offers experienced staff, high-quality food and a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere.
SkyPoint can cater for any kind of wedding, from a formal sit-down function for up to 100 guests or a modern cocktail party for 150 guests. Visit www.skypoint.com.au.
8. Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton
Walk down a different kind of aisle at Sirromet Wines, a short drive from Brisbane.
Exchange your vows by the water at Sirromet's Laguna with a backdrop of waterlilies on a beautiful lake or nestled within picturesque vineyards in the Arbour.
Mark the occasion with some of Queensland's finest cuisine, expertly matched to Sirromet's award-winning wines. Visit www.sirromet.com.
9. Maleny Manor, Maleny
Enjoy an elegant country-style wedding in the delightful, picture-postcard town of Maleny.
The Maleny Manor is a grandiose, white cottage estate nestled among rolling, green lawns and dramatic mountains.
Make an entrance down the manor's spiral staircase and take your vows in the hilltop pavilion.
The manor offers award-winning catering and accommodation. Visit www.malenymanor.com.au.
10. Endeavour Wedding Chapel, Daydream Island
Put a subtropical twist on your royal wedding at the Endeavour Wedding Chapel on Daydream Island.
Right on the water's edge, the chapel is an idyllic setting for a traditional ceremony with its floor-to-ceiling glass wall and spectacular panoramic view across the Whitsundays.
Guests can arrive by short helicopter flight or romantic sailing vessel. Visit www.daydreamisland.com/weddings_wedding_chapel.