Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant 0438 144 269
Overlooking the Scenic Rim hinterland, this spot is just made for wedding ceremonies and is close to some of the best wedding reception venues in south east Queensland
The Knoll, Mount Tamborine
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Lamington National Park has several ceremony areas, including a wedding chapel. If marrying at the Moonlight Crag, your guests need to arrive early to be ferried to the lookout.
Moonlight Crag, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
This wedding chapel is well presented and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Tamborine Wedding Gardens Chapel
A ceremony location on top of the world, this led back to a picnic area where the couple had a BBQ picnic wedding reception.
Purlingbrook Falls Lookout, Springbrook
This couple had their wedding ceremony on the wooden deck then made their way to this beautiful Gold Coast beach afterwards for photos.
Broadbeach north of Kurrawa, Gold Coast
This venue in the Scenic Rim area and Gold Coast hinterland has beautiful vineyard areas for your ceremony and a marquee set up too.
Sarabah Estate Vineyard, Canungra
This beautiful property was close to O’Reilly’s, another amazing wedding venue. Home weddings offer you the chance to decorate with your own style and get all the guests involved in your celebration.
Country weddings at home
Near Greenmount and also the Captain Cook Lookout marking the border of Queensland and New South Wales, there are lots of ceremony areas and reception venue options here.
Rainbow Bay Beach, Coolangatta
Sea World is a popular venue for destination weddings on the Gold Coast with great photo opportunities and close by to beautiful beaches as well
Sea World, Gold Coast
A popular wedding spot, with a fairly long walk along a park path first before getting to the beach. The outlook at the top of the rock cliffs is great for photos.
South Nobby Beach, Gold Coast
This Scenic Rim wedding venue has wonderful friendly hosts dedicated to making your day thoroughly enjoyable. They put up a plaque to commemorate your wedding.
Always Loved Wedding Gardens, Kalbar
This is quite a distance from Mullumbimby so a kind option for your guests is to hire a bus to bring them all to the hall for your ceremony.
Kohinur Hall, Upper North Arm, NSW
With the Botanic Gardens close by as well as Mt Coot-tha Lookout, there are great photo opportunities and wedding reception venues close by.
JC Slaughter Falls Park, Mt Coot-tha
Yes, it was pouring but Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club had it covered!
Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club
This beautiful historic estate is one of many wonderful venues on the northside of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Glengariff Estate, near Dayboro
There are some beautiful locations for ceremonies in Toowoomba, along with private farms and properties. Yes, I do travel to Toowoomba if you really want me to!
Toowoomba wedding ceremonies
Kangaroo Point along the cliffs has a few different ceremony locations - be sure your celebrant’s PA is multi-channel as there are sometimes a few ceremonies on at the same time and you don’t want to hear the other wedding ceremony instead of yours
Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
There are a couple of options for your ceremony on this beautiful property
Peppers Ruffles Lodge, Willowvale
This is an amazing place but can be cool all year round in the evenings so bring something warm.
The Mouses House, Springbrook
The park has a rotunda for your wedding ceremony and wonderful river views
Newstead Park, Brisbane
Broadbeach is a popular spot for beach weddings but make sure there are no surf events planned for the same day!
Kurrawa Beach, Gold Coast
One of the main reception venues on the mountain
Springbrook Mountain Manor
On the Brisbane River and close to many options for your reception in the Brisbane CBD and surrounds
Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point
There are a few spots to hold your wedding ceremony at the end of the Currumbin Valley on the Gold Coast, from rainforest to waterfall settings.
Mt Cougal National Park, Currumbin Valley
Beautiful river views and big enough for a really large wedding
Orleigh Park, West End, Brisbane
Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland has many areas to hold your wedding ceremony and reception options such as DIY catering at the Community Hall or wedding reception venues.
A beautiful chapel, filled with light and love
Private chapel, Beechmont
Riverside Receptions wedding venue is near New Farm Park, a great option for wedding photos. Your guests can catch the River Cat ferry to your wedding.
Riverside Receptions, New Farm
Some couples rent a holiday home for their ceremony, staying there with close family and friends over the weekend. Tallai, Tamborine Mountain and some areas of Northern New South Wales like Byron, Broken Head and the hinterland are popular options for this.
Private home Mount Tamborine
This hill close to South Nobby Beach and Miami is fabulous for photos and close to Mick Shamburg Park which is popular for wedding ceremonies
Miami Beach lookout, Gold Coast
Sirromet Winery at Mount Cotton, Brisbane, has a number of wedding ceremony areas available, including a vineyard chapel and the laguna area.
Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
A beautiful private setting for your civil wedding ceremony, alongside the main clubhouse with a wet weather option.
Palmer Colonial Golf Course, Robina
This venue has several areas for your ceremony and is not far from Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast
Polly’s Country Kitchen
Ceremony areas include the wedding chapel and a grassed area near the river.
Historic Rivermill Chapel, Mt Nathan
A park setting overlooking the Spit on the Gold Coast. Help your guests find your spot by telling them the nearest cross street and marking it with bali flags or similar. Some parks along the Broadwater area can be a bit more private as less crowded than the more popular beaches and parks.
Labrador, Gold Coast
This venue offers a wide choice of areas for your wedding, including a chapel and several garden areas and always looks green and well maintained
Tamborine Wedding Gardens Resort
Golf clubs are a popular option for civil wedding ceremonies ceremonies with a large choice of clubs in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Redland Bay Golf Club
If you love the idea of a beach wedding but don’t want to take off your shoes, marrying on a wooden deck could be a good option for you.
Currumbin Beach deck
A popular park for celebrations, including weddings and handfastings. There are houses close by so lawn mowing can be a background sound on occasions.
Syd Duncan Park, Lower Beechmont
Many couples choose to marry on one of the many wooden decks along the Gold Coast beaches before heading onto the beach for photos. This is a good option when you have elderly guests too who might find walking on the sand difficult.
Broadbeach deck, Gold Coast wedding
A beautiful rainforest backdrop for your wedding ceremony.
Cedar Creek Lodges ceremony area
Cedar Creek Lodges are located close by to Cedar Creek Falls and have an undercover rainforest amphitheatre for your wedding ceremony, which looks magical whether raining or sunny.
Cedar Creek Falls and Lodge
There are photo opportunities at the Currumbin Rock Pools opposite the Farm and a lovely country atmosphere on the farm, perfect for DIY decorations and country weddings.
Currumbin Creek Community Farm
A beautiful country residence or farm can provide some wonderful memories and photos for your wedding. There are some “country” venues around as well if you don’t know someone with a property or live in the country yourself.
The foreshores of Manly and Wynnum on the bayside of Brisbane offer many options for your wedding ceremony. The northern bayside suburbs of Redcliffe, Shorncliff, Sandgate and Suttons Beach, among others, also offer great locations.
Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, Manly
There are many hotels on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads areas that offer wedding ceremony and reception areas, some with direct access to the beach for photos (such as the Sheraton Mirage) and some just a short drive away.
Outrigger Hotel, Surfers Paradise
There is plenty of seating for your guests and the area is closed off for your wedding ceremony.
Ceremony area, Cloudland, Brisbane
The spectacular Cloudland is a great setting for your wedding and the river is close by for more photos after your ceremony. You can hold just your ceremony here or also your reception.
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
There are several spots at Burleigh Heads that are great for your ceremony but sometimes there is more than one wedding ceremony going on at a time, so make sure you claim your spot and ensure your celebrant has a multi-channel PA system so it doesn’t pick up that other ceremony!
John Laws Park, Burleigh Headland
Remember to let your neighbours know what’s happening so they don’t start mowing in the middle of your ceremony!
Bribie Island has some beautiful parks and beaches for your wedding ceremony and plenty of reception venues as well, or you could set up a picnic reception at the park.
Bongaree, Bribie Island
This is a civil wedding ceremony venue only and you need to plan your reception at another location
Bartons Rose Farm, Kalbar
The Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens can be booked or reserved for your wedding ceremony.
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Marrying aboard an anchored house boat without worrying about guests missing the boat
Coomera Houseboats wedding
Located on Oxenford-Tamborine Road, this hotel has a wonderful outlook over the Gold Coast and a wet weather option for your wedding ceremony too.
Eagle Heights Mountain Resort
This lookout is located on Main Western Road at Tamborine Mountain and has spectacular views out over the western hinterland and Scenic Rim area
Hang-gliders Lookout, Mount Tamborine
Most local councils now charge a fee to hold your wedding in a local park or on a beach. There are some amazing locations for your ceremony. Councils often have restrictions in the number of guests and the activities you can include. Some parks and beaches have wet weather options close by such as a rotunda or beach shelter but many don’t. When marrying outside, a back up plan in case of bad weather is very important. You can browse some of the local council websites in Queensland and northern New South Wales for spots to hold your ceremony. Some parks are in National Parks and you need to obtain a permit direct from the National park authority in the relevant State.
The not so good:
Queensland and Northern New South Wales wedding parks, beaches and lookouts:
Currumbin Beach, Miami Beach, South Nobby Beach, Mick Shamburg Park, Cascade Gardens, The Pass Byron Bay, Belongil Beach, Wategos Beach, Underwood Park Brisbane, Bribie Island, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Mount Tamborine Botanic Gardens, Laguna Park, Rosser Park (Gold Coast Botanic Gardens), Burleigh Heads (headland and beach), Greenmount, Froggy’s Beach Coolangatta, Kingscliff, Hastings Point, Suttons Beach Redcliffe, Moora Park Shorncliff, Marine Parade Labrador, Broadbeach, The Spit, Springbrook National Park, Mt Cougal National Park, Currumbin Rockpools, The Knoll Tamborine Mountain, Kangaroo Point cliffs, Orleigh Park West End, Captain Burke Park Kangaroo Point, South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane, New Farm Park, Roma Street Parklands, Paradise Point Gold Coast, Forestglen Park Logan, Cedar Creek Falls, Southern Skies Park Reedy Creek, Syd Duncan Park Lower Beechmont, Lancaster Park Logan, Riverdale Park Logan, Chris Cunningham Park Tweed Heads, Newstead Park Brisbane, New Farm Park, Evandale Park Gold Coast, Warrie National Park Springbrook, Pat Fagan Park, Guyatt Park St Lucia, Mowbray Park, The Jetty Park Bribie Island, IndigiScapes Redlands, Kamarun Lookout Cainbable, Purlingbrook Falls Lookout Springbrook, Camp Mountain Lookout Mt Nebo, Mt Coot-tha Lookout, Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Queens Park Ipswich, Captain Cook Lookout border Queensland and New South Wales…
There are many non-denominational chapels in south east Queensland. Some venues also have beautiful grounds for weddings, with the chapel as a back up option in bad weather.
The not so good:
St Margaret’s Chapel The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Braeside Chapel Gold Coast, Albert River Wines Chapel, O’Reilly’s Chapel, Beenleigh Historical Village, Broadway Chapel, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Chapel, Tiffany’s Wedding Chapel Maleny, Macarthur Park Wedding Chapel, Latrobe Chapel, Darling Street Chapel Ipswich, Caboolture Historical Village Chapel, Henzell’s Chapel, Petrie Historical Village Chapel, Kholo Gardens Chapel, Historic Rivermill Chapel Mt Nathan, The Gold Coast Floating Chapel, The Old Church Mount Tamborine, Pioneer Wedding Chapel Tingalpa, St Andrews Chapel Palmer Gold Coast, Woodlands Lakeside Chapel Cobaki Lakes, Sirromet Winery Vineyard Chapel, Coolibah Downs Chapel Nerang, Crowne Plaza Chapel Surfers Paradise, Royal Pines Resort Chapel, Palmer Avica Wedding Chapel Merrimac, Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort Chapel…
Theme parks can be used for weddings, along with other venues such as the Haunted House or Draculas on the Gold Coast. These can add an interesting twist to your wedding and your photos.
The not so good:
Theme parks and quirky wedding venues:
Sea World, Dreamworld, Draculas, Haunted House Surfers Paradise, Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia Zoo, Crystal Castle Mullumbimby, Woodford Folk Festival, Sunshine Castle Bli Bli, Castle Rumble Waterford, Coomera Houseboats, Kookaburra River Queens Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse, BrisVegas Cruises, Peace Pagoda South Bank, Imagine Cruises Gold Coast, Witches Falls Cottages Tamborine Mountain, The Mouses House Springbrook…
With dedicated wedding venues, you often have a range of packages to choose from and an events co-ordinator who is experienced in weddings. There are a huge range of options to choose from.
The not so good:
Tamborine Wedding Gardens Resort, Historic Rivermill Mt Nathan, Coolibah Downs Nerang, Riverside Receptions New Farm, Polly’s Country Kitchen Neranwood, The Boomerang Farm Mudgeeraba, Always Loved Wedding Gardens Boonah, Bartons Rose Farm Kalbar, Joncia Gardens Logan Reserve, Cedar Creek Lodges Mount Tamborine, O’Reilly’s Vineyards Canungra, Sarabah Estate Canungra, Walkabout Creek The Gap, Glengariff Estate Dayboro, Amore Gardens Currumbin Valley, Royal on the Park Brisbane, Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens, Oxley Golf Club, Redland Bay Golf Club, Palmer Colonial Golf Club Robina, Twin Waters Golf Club, Twin Waters Resort, Burleigh Heads Surf Club, Bangalow Guest House, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, Peppers Ruffles Lodge Willowvale, Sheraton Mirage Main Beach, Silk Pavilions Mt Burrell, North Shore Cafe Hamilton, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Mt Barney Lodge, Southport Yacht Club, Hilltop on Tamborine, Arundel Hills County Club, Bearded Dragon Hotel Tamborine, Springbrook Mountain Manor, Mango Hill Farm, Eagle Heights Mountain Resort Mount Tamborine, Sirromet Winery, Cherbon Waters Burbank, Cloudland Fortitude Valley…
You can hold your wedding at home, or a luxury home rented for that purpose, a farm or a hall can be a challenge but gives the opportunity to have fun with DIY and also involve friends and families in decorating, catering and helping to organise your wedding.
The not so good:
Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Kohinur Hall North Arm Mullumbimby, Springbrook Community Hall, The Panorama Tallai, PCYC Bornhoffen Natural Bridge Numinbah, Opulence Mansion Tallai, Lightspace Fortitude Valley, Mt Sampson Hall, Junction View Hall, Currumbin Community Farm Currumbin Creek, Boomerang Farm, Wings Hinterland Retreat...
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