Hitched and honeymooned in the same spot – yes, it’s definitely doable! At times like these we might be forced to stay closer to home for the big day and the fun stuff afterward so here are two spots where you can play and stay for your special day.
Image via Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
Always dreamt of getting married with the sand between your toes? Or the sea breeze in your hair? Who needs wind machines or international borders to have a special day by the beach. Make a beeline for the beachfront Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, where they’re fresh from a pretty extensive facelift and they’re helping couples tie the knot on the coast. The hotel doesn’t have its own private beach but never fear, the wedding coordinators are on hand to help organise a ceremony just across the road – with the aid of a Council permit. Once the official duties are over, it’s not even a hop, skip, and a jump back to the hotel where you can kick off celebrations with up to 260 of your loved ones. You can actually get married right on the grounds of the hotel – say your vows from the Seaside Terrace where the sea breeze will still catch your tresses, or tie the knot indoors in the Shutters restaurant. When it comes to the party, you can do sit down, cocktail, or canape events, there’s plenty of different options. And at the end of the day, you’ll head upstairs to stay in one of the refreshed rooms; the work of Sydney-based Studioaria. There’s a pared-back colour palette that’s perfect for those who like their beachy whites, and coming soon a mini-bar that’s all about local influences. For the next few days, spend your time between the beach and the ‘Estate’, the hotel’s very own entertainment precinct where you can have margaritas and tacos one day in the Taqueria, go fancy with a seafood feast at Kitchen or test your vocals in Confessional, the on-site karaoke space.
Images & Header Image via Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
Image via The Langham Melbourne
She stands tall along the Yarra River, with commanding views and the status of one of Melbourne’s most glam spots to do it all. You can be pampered, wine and dine, take the family to high tea, you can even bring the pets to stay at The Langham Melbourne. Whether you’re after a small affair, where you and your guests might sit down for Wedgewood Afternoon Tea, or the whole shebang with a three-piece band, a dance floor and some seriously extensive wedding menus, there’s a wedding for just about every type of couple. There has even been a pet wedding or two. Many of the wedding packages include a night’s stay where all you need to do is catch the elevator upstairs at the end of the night. Why stop there though? You’re already sequestered in one of the top spots around Melbourne-town. Settle in for a few more days – make the most of the rooftop pool, work your way through the wellness menu at Chuan Spa and dive into the smorgasbord on offer at Melba Restaurant. If you’d rather hide away in your room, go all out and book into The Residence by Kerrie Hess, a two-bedroom suite styled by Australia’s oh so chic illustrator that will make you feel like you’re in a very modern fairytale, or perhaps a pied-à-terre in Paris.
Image via The Langham Melbourne
Whether you want to pretend you’re in France, sipping bubbles overlooking the Seine, or skip straight to the beach for a faux island adventure, the play, stay, and celebrate combo can be done!
About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade traveling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines, and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.