Are you ready to plan your dream Destination Wedding in Casuarina NSW? We have put together our top tips for your Destination Wedding to make your day as special as you are!
Casuarina NSW is the perfect location for your Destination Wedding. With unspoilt beaches right along the coast and easy access from Brisbane (90 mins), the Gold Coast (30 mins), Gold Coast Airport (20 mins) and Byron Bay (30 mins), and down the road (less than 10 minutes) from Cabarita Beach and Kingscliff, the location is perfect, yet still maintains its exclusivity and privacy.
Why Choose a Destination Wedding?
There are many great reasons to choose a destination wedding – it might be budget limitations, preference for a small, intimate wedding rather than a large traditional wedding, or it might be for a second wedding or renewal of vows. Destination weddings held in Casuarina NSW could be that perfect way to combine your wedding and a fabulous getaway for close friends and family.
Selecting your dates
During off peak times, minimum stays for holiday homes (such as La Maison Pacifique) are 2 nights on weekends. During peak school holiday periods, this increases to a minimum 7 night stay. Many guests may not want to stay the full 7 days, so take this into consideration when selecting your dates.
Choose your guests carefully
Who are your absolute must-have guests? Think about how many of these guests are likely to want to enjoy a special getaway with you. Make a list of your guests and think about how many you feel will actually come. This will help determine your venue – but have a back up plan just in case numbers increase as the thought of a weekend getaway takes hold with your guests.
Use a local wedding planner
A Casuarina wedding planner will be a fantastic resource to enable you to plan all the details of the wedding. They will have access to their preferred (and trusted) suppliers – from venue to flowers to the little extras (like soy candles) that will enhance your special day. Local knowledge is invaluable when planning your destination wedding!
Plan well in advance
To ensure that you have the best range of choices and options for your special day, think well in advance and choose your suppliers as soon as you can. Have some key themes mapped out (vintage, retro, relaxed, traditional), and armed with these, work with your wedding planner to plan your day.
Traditionally, many brides think that staying at a hotel may be the best option for their guests. However, think outside the square – a luxury holiday home which can accommodate a number of couples or families may work out not only cheaper, but more fun! Holiday homes may have stipulations about the wedding or reception not being on site, but they also have arrangements with local wedding planners as to a range of great options for accommodating both you and your guests. La Maison Pacifique “the Peaceful House” – a luxury beachfront holiday home – may suit your needs. La Maison Pacifique (as featured in Ocean Road Magazine) accommodates up to 10 people and has 4 bathrooms. There is plenty of room for everyone with three living areas and all the mod-cons and entertainment options you could wish for. Again, booking in advance enables you to ensure your preferred dates (and venues) are secured!
Combine to save cash
There is a lot to be said about the destination wedding becoming your honeymoon location. Many families think this is a great way to enjoy their yearly holiday and will use a wedding as their jump off point for a longer break. Additionally, they might be keen to undertake some local activities, markets or attractions while they are there. Think about group bookings for popular activities. Think about this when planning not only your wedding, but also your honeymoon!
Do your weather research
At Casuarina, the “wet” season can be more likely during the summer months with late summer storms, but this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful weather from April – October (and generally savings during the off-peak season for rates). With days around the mid 20s, but cool nights to snuggle in front of the fire, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. So choose your weather timing carefully – and rely on your local wedding planner to have options available in case of a late weather change.
Follow the Law
This is probably more applicable to our overseas guests, but it is always worthwhile to double check that your celebrant has all the legal side in hand for you.
Use reputable vendors
This is where your wedding planner is key! Whilst many brides search for “deals” on the web, often such deals (or similar) may be available through your personalised wedding planner – and you have peace of mind that these vendors/suppliers have been tried and tested, reducing any risks for your day.
Be sensitive to your guests
Your guests may have spent some serious cash to share your special day. Think about the little things you can do to make it easier for your guests – maybe do a map, showing how to get to the venue; or think about providing a list of accommodation options (or at least websites/links to some options for them); and also think about your gift registry – you will have to transport those gifts back home after all.
Lastly – don’t forget to thank everyone personally for their special commitment to your day. A great idea is to give each guests their own soy candle (consider local Jaabay candles) – personalised with your own chosen scent with a beautiful label with your names and wedding date. Your guests are what has made your day unforgettable and a little thankyou will always bring a smile to a guest – be it on the day; through a lingering, beautiful https://www.facebook.com/jaabaycandles/ when they return home; or via a handwritten thankyou note.
But most of all, look forward to your day with excitement, not trepidation; plan, plan, plan and if you follow all the above tips, your day will be that special, memorable event you have dreamed about and which will always make you (and your guests) smile when you think back.
…and… if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for your family holiday, romantic break wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), or a girls getaway contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote…. Remember, our rates compare really well with local 5-star resorts – and La Maison Pacifique is private – on the beach – walking distance to cafes at Cabarita Beach – perfect spot for whale watching (June to November each year) – children optional!
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