Planning your nuptials is meant to be an exciting and joyful experience, but doing it during a global pandemic can feel a bit daunting, especially if you have your heart set on travelling somewhere exotic.
Thankfully, many couples are still bringing their dream wedding to life, just a little closer to home. Australia has so many breathtaking natural wonders, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing a location here for your destination wedding.
We spoke to Blue Nile, the world’s leading online retailer of diamond engagement rings, to share our best tips for planning a destination wedding in Australia.
The first thing a couple should consider is the type of destination Wedding they’re wanting to have: coastal, regional, wine-country, lakeside, countryside — the list goes on! The cuisine, ambience, style and vibe are all set by the location. This is why you’ve travelled, right? So you want to get it right and make the most of this with family and friends.
Local destination Weddings are definitely on the rise with ambiguity around international destination opportunities due to COVID restrictions.
Do Your Homework
During these challenging times, the most important thing is the safety of yourselves and your guests. Considerations must be made for guests travelling interstate ensuring borders are open. Considerations around proximity to facilities, suppliers, home base, dates, and weather all come into play with destination weddings.
You’ll also need to stay abreast of the current restrictions on indoor vs. outdoor wedding numbers and keep your guests informed of any changes in the lead up to the big day.
Our Favourite Australian Wedding Locations
Australia has so many incredibly unique attractions and destinations, it all comes down to what locations have the wedding facilities available and really what you need access to.
The “underrated” option would definitely be the Northern Territory. With so many incredible resorts, epic backdrops, unique flora and fauna, it definitely is a memorable place- and opportunity to take your guests somewhere they’ve never been.
Byron Bay, NSW
Byron Bay is one of the most popular local destination spots, with limitless opportunities in style and design, access to some of the world’s top wedding stylists, planners and boutiques, as well as beaches, Boho-vibe and iconically Australian setting.
Our third option would be to consider wine-country, with each state boasting its own unique vineyards, wines, of course, chefs and more. This is definitely our pic for foodies who like to wine and dine their guests, and particularly for Winter weddings.
Keep Calm and Marry On!
Wherever you choose to say “I do”, remember why you’re there — to celebrate your love and commitment to another in front of your closest family and friends. While an overseas wedding might be off the cards right now, there are so many incredible places right here in Australia, it’s sure to go down as one of the most romantic and memorable days of your lives.
Feature Image via Whitewall Photography