Tuesday 26 August 2008

Dreaming of a Tropical Whitsundays Wedding?

With 74 glorious islands making up Queensland’s spectacular Whitsundays, there are just as many reasons to tie the knot in this perfect piece of paradise.

Located in the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s little wonder the region hosts more than 1,200 weddings a year.

Whether couples are seeking a formal ceremony or a relaxed gathering, the perfect wedding venue is sure to be found somewhere amongst the scenic beaches, clear waters and tropical rainforests of the Whitsundays.

A new website is making the most of this wedding wonderland; and is designed to take the hassle out of planning wedding ceremonies with inspirations and ideas conveniently located in the one online directory.

From a barefoot harpist on the beach to a cellist in the rainforest, the site features over 60 of the best local businesses in floristry, marriage celebrants, entertainment, makeup, photography, decorations, music, cake and catering so couples can plan every detail for their special day in a one-stop shop.

The website also has a list of 74 tips – one for every island - to help couples plan for a ceremony in the Whitsundays. Practical tips to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch include researching tide times, staying hydrated, dressing for the tropical climate and remembering sun safety in the days leading up to the ceremony to prevent a sunburnt bride. The tips also offer handy solutions to gift management, local attractions, relaxation, accommodation and weather conditions.

With a selection of resorts and services spread over eight of the islands and mainland, there is an experience to suit any style of wedding. Framed by lush rainforest gardens, pure white sand and absolute ocean front, many choose to tie the knot with the beach as the background.

The region also features a range of churches and chapels to accommodate the more traditional ceremony. Many resorts and reception venues also have areas suitable for a ceremony. Or visitors may even chose to combine the service and reception on board one of the many ocean cruises available.

As one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, the Whitsundays is one region where couples are choosing to celebrate their marriage by spending a number of days with family and friends.

With idyllic warm weather and sunshine throughout the year, wedding guests can immerse themselves in a variety of exciting and relaxing pre or post wedding activities such as boat cruises, snorkelling, sky diving, golf, four wheel driving, sailing and winter whale watching.

The region also offers a range of fantastic options for hens and bucks parties. Whether you’re planning a wild night on the town, intimate sunset drinks or a day spa and catch-up with close friends the Whitsundays is the ideal location to celebrate the last few days of single life.

The perfect setting of the Great Barrier Reef combined with the ease of Weddings Whitsundays is sure to create a dream wedding experience.

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