Hamilton Island is the largest of the inhabited Whitsundays islands, situated off the Queensland coast along the Great Barrier Reef. With spectacular views, superb beaches, and a vast amount of experience in planning truly memorable weddings, it’s hard to find a reason not to hold your destination wedding on Hamilton Island.
Inviting Guests to Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is far enough from the mainland for you to feel like you’re having a destination wedding, but close enough that a large number of your guests should be able to make the journey. There are facilities on Hamilton Island for anything from intimate weddings for just the two of you, to grand affairs with two hundred friends and family.
However many guests you bring along there is certainly plenty for them to do. The island offers tours of the Great Barrier Reef, diving, snorkelling and other water sports, a top class golf course and yacht club, a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants, a relaxing spa, and even activities to keep the kids entertained.
Ceremony Locations on Hamilton Island
You will be spoilt for choice for ceremony locations for Hamilton Island weddings. If you want to exchange your vows barefoot on the beach there are a variety of sandy possibilities including the beautiful Catseye Beach. The inland All Saints wedding chapel is a popular option, or you could use one of the immaculate gardens such as the Whitsunday Garden.
If stunning views are important in your choice of location, check out the One Tree Hill pavilion which offers unrivalled views over the Whitsundays. If you are staying at the luxurious Qualia resort you can even hold your ceremony on their spectacular heli pad. The ceremony location that you choose will depend on the number of guests you have, the time of year, and your personal preferences, so talk to your wedding planner about the possibilities.
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Reception Locations on Hamilton Island
The possible venues for a reception on Hamilton Island are even more numerous than for a ceremony. For a tropical vibe hold your reception alongside the pool in the main resort, or if you’d like exquisite views across Catseye Bay you could hire a beachfront marquee.
The island’s yacht club has just opened as a new reception venue, providing a location for a luxurious and sophisticated gathering. On the other hand you may prefer a more relaxed reception at one of the island’s many restaurants, including an Italian and a seafood restaurant. You can even hold your reception aboard a yacht for something a bit different.
If total luxury and relaxation is the aim of your wedding, you might want to check out the exclusive Qualia resort, an area of outstanding natural beauty at the northern tips of the island that can cater for your ceremony and reception, as well as providing accommodation. The island guide describes the resort as follows: “Qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses”.
Whatever combination you choose for your Hamilton Island destination wedding, it is bound to be a unique and memorable occasion. The dedicated wedding planning team on the island have many years experience and host around five hundred destination weddings every year. Let them take care of all the details while you relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
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