Gold Coast Wedding Venues
Gold Coast wedding venues
When you picture a Gold Coast wedding venue, you probably picture something big and opulent. The Gold Coast does have a reputation for ‘go big or go home’. And, to some extent, you’d be right.
There are some amazing choices for big, fat weddings on the Gold Coast. But that’s not the whole story. This article brings together some very different but all wonderful venues you can find on the Goldy – some huge, some intimate and even a farm!
“”You’ll be spoilt for choice, but here are some of my favourite venues to help you out””
Behind a white picket fence on Gooding Drive is the loveliest little chapel hidden away on the Gold Coast. Braeside Chapel is perfect for intimate wedding receptions on site. It seats 90 guests, so it’s relatively small. It’s got gorgeous white, high ceilings, air conditioning, a PA system and a timeless charm. I love this chapel for ceremonies.
The chapel is located on 2 acres of gardens. I found the grounds great for photoshoots. And, just across the road, you can catch a fantastic sunset in the long, swaying grass venue also has a sense of fun with The Lawn Bar, where guests can mingle and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (beside fire braziers in winter) and even play lawn games.
There is also the Shed Bar, which the owners describe as ‘an eclectic mix of rustic country charm and urban chic’. Another fun place to enjoy drinks before heading to the marquee reception area. The marquee itself is a sight to behold with white-draped walls, chandeliers and fairy lights! It also has tiled floors, air conditioning and a bar area – so this is no tent. For a smaller, elegant wedding, it’s worth checking this one out.
If you’re looking for choices, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort has every choice you could want, including an award-winning wedding chapel, and 15 indoor and outdoor venues across 4.2 hectares. So it’s fair to say they’re good at weddings.
I truly believe this is one of the most stunning chapels on the Gold Coast, starting with the floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the Coomera River. You can even watch a video about it. This backdrop is incredible for the ceremony.
But you could also hold the ceremony at a fountain terrace, on a lawn on the river or on a lagoon beach. It’s another venue where you don't have to leave the place to get married. Preparation, photoshoot, ceremony and reception all happen here. And plenty of accommodation for guests. If you’re after something a bit grand, you could never be disappointed with Sanctuary Cove.
If you’ve always imagined an outdoor wedding, this could be it! As Parkwood is a golf club, it’s all about the picturesque grounds, lovely overhanging trees and waterways. They provide a pretty pavilion for your ceremony that takes in all o these features, and you can choose from a cocktail-style reception or something more formal.
Though I do like Parkwood International Golf Course as a venue, be aware that you’ll hav to hold your wedding later in the day – as the ceremony location is exposed to the full sun. But I can’t fault the fabulous staff. They’re always very attentive and friendly.
RACV Royal pines
RACV Royal Pines Resort
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Royal Pines Resort is an another golf-related, Gold Coast wedding venue – and I love, love, love it! Everything you need is here. The chapel fits a good 100 guests, and is quite opulent with its Italian marble floors and stained glass windows.
The grounds by the lake are also lovely for a ceremony and perfect for photographic opportunities. (I recommend hiring a bridal buggy for some wedding photos with a difference.) And it’s hard not to be distracted by the view of the Gold Coast from the large windows up in the reception venue, the Royal Poinciana Room. Of course, the resort has enough accommodation for all your guests so they can make a vacation out of it. You can get the girls together for a spa while the guys ride around in golf buggies and get in a round of golf on the green.
I’ve left it till last, but Cowbell Creek is possibly my favourite venue on the Gold Coast. There is just something special about this place. The owners describe it as a venue with ‘Moos, views and I do’s’ and they’re not joking. If you love animals, open fields and beautiful surroundings, this is the place for you.
The owners, Darren Megan and Tracey, go out of their way to look after you. Four generations of their family have lived on this 170-acre working cattle farm, so it means a lot to them. It’s only 15 minutes from Robina Town Centre – but it feels like you’re out in the country.
For your ceremony, choose from the retracting roof pergola, hilltop fig tree or creekside verandah. Then you can take photographs among the rolling hills with farm animals and stunning sunsets, while your guests enjoy a garden party. You’ll return to a reception in a renovated barn with pretty lighting, cosy fireplaces and a dance floor. The owners have put their heart into providing a memorable experience for you– and you won’t be disappointed.