When you think Whitsundays the images that are conjured up are those of white sandy beaches, tropical islands, year-round warmth, sunshine, palm trees and a relaxed holiday vibe. The Whitsundays is certainly all this and more. The vibrant tourist hub of Airlie Beach offers the perfect base to explore this stunning region. With 74 tropical islands forming the Whitsundays, it is the perfect location for a honeymoon or destination wedding.

There is plenty to keep guests busy with sailing trips, jet skis, helicopter tours, day spas or simply relaxing by the pool with a cocktail. For dining and entertainment, the region is abundant with great cafes, restaurants and bars to spend a few hours and if it island life you are dreaming of, then catch a ferry over to one of the islands and relax with only the sounds of the wind in the trees.

There is something incredibly relaxing about being by the ocean. It is therefore easy to understand why weddings by the water are a popular option and nowhere more so than in the Whitsundays. With guaranteed aqua water, balmy tropical temperatures and blue skies for miles, the big draw card for this region is weddings by the water.

Many options are available to couples to embrace the waterfront wedding, none more stylish than on the deck on a luxury yacht. Imagine an intimate group of family and friends, ceremony on the deck, photos on a secluded beach and sunset cocktails and canapes on the deck to celebrate your big day.

Beach weddings also are a popular option in the Whitsundays. Imagine sand between your toes, boats bobbing in the background and that gentle tropical sea breeze drifting onto shore, as you say “I do.” For those who spend a lot of time at the beach and by the ocean, this could be the perfect ceremony option for you.

Don’t forget the perfect photo opportunity for your special day. Whilst you may decide a beach or waterfront ceremony option is not for you, the seascape they provide certainly offers some great potential for a unique and stunning wedding photos. Choose that time of day where the sun sets and the shades of pinks and oranges light up the sky and you won’t be disappointed with the result.

Finally if you are a true water baby and you can think of nothing better than gazing out over the ocean for your entire day, choose a venue with ceremony and reception spaces on the same site. Bask in that waterfront setting, watch the twinkle of yacht lights as day turns into night and enjoy the sounds of the water lapping on the shore, as you sit on the deck and reflect on your magical day.

Images courtesy of Lure Abell Point Marina