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Gold Coast Ceremony Venue – Bridesmaids Duties

Have you been given the most wonderful honour of becoming a bridesmaid?

If so, congratulations! This is not just an exciting day for your friend and bride but it is now going to be a day that also consumes you. You are one of the most important parts of the day and can have a huge impact on how things run from start to finish.

Our fantastic team at our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue, An Island Hideaway have come up with a few tips to help you be the best bridesmaid ever!

Tip #1 – Make sure you ask questions the right way so you don’t stress her out.

Instead of simply asking, “What do you need help with?” offer to do something more specific so she doesn’t then revert to the endless list of tasks inside her head and get flustered. For example, ask the bride if she would like you come shopping to help her buy stationery for the invitations. See the difference?  Your bride may not even know what she needs help with yet so suggesting ideas is great!

Tip #2 – Make sure that you make yourself as available as possible. These days it is nearly impossible to get everyone together at the same time so you need to try your best because decisions can’t be made if all of the important people aren’t there to help.

Tip #3 – Don’t complain. This is a major point to remember! Don’t be that bridesmaid that complains about the little details you have to do as part of your duties. Think about how much the bride has to organise herself and embrace the fact that your bride wants you on her big day and all of the days before hand.

Tip #4 – Provide all of the emotional support that your bride needs before and on the wedding day, have tissues and touch up make on standby at all times!

Our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue sees just how wonderful bridesmaids truly are and why they are part of weddings so hopefully these tips can help you be the best bridesmaid possible.

Feel free to contact our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue destination.


Island Wedding Venues Queensland – Bride of the Year!

Alright ladies if you haven’t heard about this then please make sure you check it out! We love all of our brides that we get to know and spend time with and be a part of their big day at our Island Wedding Venues Queensland destination so we have given you the chance to be a part of this great competition!

True Bride is an online wedding guide that gives ideas and supplier information and has a Bride of the Year 2015 competition that allows you to hold onto your memories and relive them for that little bit longer. This year marks the fifteenth annual bride of the year competition and we can’t wait for the winner to be announced.

Our Island Wedding Venues Queensland destination is a truly magical place and we like to ensure that our brides and grooms are treated like royalty so this is that extra step.

So what happens you may ask? To enter you must upload your unique story of your wedding day and then get your friends and family vote for you!  The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and be able to wear the prestigious 2015 Bride of the Year Crown. Your story will also be shared online for 12 months with the web-world.

This competition is all about the real life brides and their stories! There are no glamorous models, set up locations or fabricated stories. We already have a few of our amazing brides that have entered already so we can’t wait to see the outcome and are sending our good luck wishes to them xx

For more information on our Island Wedding Venues Queensland destination or to enter the True Brides competition contact us or go directly to their website.

These are our gorgeous Bride of the Year Winners from the last couple of years.


Australian Beach Weddings – Happy Anniversary, Jessica & Troy

Earlier in the week, we were contacted by the beautiful Jessica who was married at our Australian Beach Weddings destination two years ago with some flashback photos and some current ones of their gorgeous little family so I thought we would say a huge HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jessica & Troy from the team at An Island Hideaway.

Two years ago on the 24th of August 2013, Jessica & Troy decided to take the next step within their family and get married on our beach landing with 66 of the most important people in their life. Jessica walked down the aisle to the lovely sound of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Aleesha Darke from A Fashionable Hair Life and Sally R Makeup Artist were to thank for how stunning the girls looked. Their beautiful makeup, bouquets, dresses and even nails tied in with the colour theme for the day. Our Australian Beach Weddings reception room tables were decorated with black bamboo table runners and white sand from our beaches but it didn’t stop there; there were shells scattered over the sand with the flame of the tea light candles giving the room a warm glow and red napkins to tie back in with their theme. Our wonderful recommended photographer Diana Wakeham Photography was there capturing all of these wonderful moments.

We get so excited when our past brides contact us to fill us in on what has been happening with them and to still make us feel like we are a part of their lives. Every single one of our couples are so important to us and we can’t thank you enough Jessica and Troy for sending us these gorgeous photos. We know that you two are enjoying your married life together with your gorgeous little one and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for your future!

Contact us here to find out more information on our Australian Beach Weddings destination.


Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue – Sarah & Jake

YAY! We have finally received the photos from Sarah and Jake’s magical day at our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue and they were well worth the wait.

Mr & Mrs Barros were married on the 15th of March 2015 with the sun shining down through the palm trees and the white glistening sand beneath their toes. These high school sweethearts definitely won our hearts over and were the sweetest love birds ever.

They had such a great group of friends and family surrounding them for their big day and we can understand why. Sarah and her three bridesmaids looked absolutely flawless with their hair and makeup done by the fantastic Kasey Smallwood. Sarah was rocking the gorgeous purple look which tied in so elegantly with her theming for the day.

Our beach landing was set up and ready to go with chairs, an aisle runner, teepees and our bamboo arbour. All we were waiting for now was Jake and their wonderful guests to arrive on the guest boat, Spirit of Gold Coast. Once everyone had arrived, they were gifted with custom made fans and seated for the ceremony.

The wonderful celebrant, Gary Taylor, had the honour of marrying this lovely couple. They even incorporated a sand ceremony with the pouring of two different coloured sands to symbolise their lives becoming one. After a kiss they were pronounced husband and wife! The newlyweds and their guests all gathered together for a photo on the beach before it was celebration time and boy did they celebrate! Sarah & Jake finished the night off at our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue in style with all of their guests down on the beach watching the beautiful fireworks that lit up the sky.

We absolutely loved working with this couple and wish them all of the happiness in the world!

Sarah’s bouquet and the boys’ buttonholes were supplied by the talented Wedding Flowers by Keren.

Photography by Ryder Evans Photography.

Contact our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue to find out more information on how this could be you.

Gold Coast Garden Wedding – Gbemie & Mene

WOW! This Gold Coast Garden Wedding was something that you would see in a movie. Gbemie & Mene were married on the 1st of August 2015 and it was one of the most colourful and energetic weddings that we have ever experienced.

Gbemie’s gorgeous bridesmaids were lighting up our chapel with their bright yellow and orange bridesmaid’s dresses and we were completely blown away but then Gbemie walked out of the bridal change room and we couldn’t keep our eyes off her. She looked like an absolute goddess and brought Mene to tears! The vibe around this Gold Coast Garden Wedding was pure happiness and excitement.

From the moment that Gbemie & Mene said their I do’s in our chapel it was party time. Everyone made their way down to our Bali hut and we had them signed, sealed and delivered. The music was pumping and the guests were up dancing all night long.

I am sure, when I say this that I speak on behalf of all of the staff here at An Island Hideaway, that Gbemie & Mene’s guests had some of the best moves we have ever seen! It was like we were surrounded by professional dancers the whole time. Once the reception started, the entrance of the bridal party had the whole room up and dancing and our unbelievable recommended photographer, Leah from Follett Photography, captured all of it.

It wasn’t just the vibrant colours, the beauty of Gbemie and the dancing that had us captivated… Their wedding cake was an amazing sculpture of a magical sand castle with swans taking the newlyweds for a ride. The one metre high masterpiece was designed by Mene himself and made by Yener’s Cakes. It was a fantastic feature in our Gold Coast Garden Wedding reception room.

Thank you so much Gbemie and Mene for allowing us to be a part of one of the biggest days of your life, we thoroughly enjoyed it xx

If you would like more information about our Gold Coast Garden Wedding venue, please contact us here.

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Gold Coast Function Venue – Tips for walking the aisle

This hot topic is probably something that may not be considered as a major thought when you are planning your wedding but it should definitely but up there.  All eyes are on you in that moment when you take to the aisle so the last thing that you want to do is trip up. As I am sure you are all aware our Gold Coast Function Venue, An Island Hideaway, is located on South Stradbroke Island hidden in the National Park with the beach at your fingertips so you need to be well prepared for the big moment.

Our 3 top tips to walking the aisle perfectly for your special day;

  1. Comfort! – Make sure that you pick comfort over style. You are only walking the aisle and at that point (depending on your dress) no one will even see your shoes. Most of our brides like to go barefoot at our Gold Coast Function Venue purely for the comfort factor. It’s so nice to be able to feel the sand and earth beneath your toes. You can always put on your stunning heels after the “I do’s”.


  1. Overthinking – Don’t overthink the walk. Make sure that you just walk how you would any day of the week. If you overthink it and are focusing on putting one foot in front of the other you are most likely to stumble so just go with the flow.


  1. Think about your Bridesmaids – It’s not only you walking down the aisle it’s also your lovely bridal party. Make sure that you have practice runs with your girls to the music you have chosen so they know exactly what they are doing. There is nothing worse than having one bridesmaid run down the aisle and the other one walk so slow that the song finishes.


Hopefully this has helped all of you lovely brides to prepare for the moment you walk down the aisle. For our brides and grooms getting married at An Island Hideaway, rehearsals at our venue are available. Contact us for more information about our Gold Coast Function Venue.

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Beach Weddings – 10 Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

Are you a beautiful bride that is getting married at our Beach Weddings destination?

Are you a bride that isn’t very traditional and not afraid to be different?

Are you a bride that is having mismatched bridesmaids wedding dresses?!

If the answer is yes, we love your style!

A few years ago this new tradition wasn’t really seen at weddings but it is definitely growing and growing at a very fast pace! At our Beach Weddings destination, An Island Hideaway, we know only too well what the relaxed and non-traditional vibe can look and feel like. Are you one of those gorgeous brides that is just surrounded by far too many best friends thus making the decision on who to have as your bridesmaid that little bit to hard? Our suggestion is to have mismatched dresses! Have your lovely friends wear the same colour but whatever dress they want so they feel as though they are part of the wedding and can be in photos with you! This is such a fantastic idea and a way to keep everybody happy when you just can’t decide.

I have found some fantastic images of mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses to give you some inspiration if this is the path you are choosing.


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We can’t get enough of this trend at our Beach Weddings destination and hopefully we have inspired you a little to step out of the box and to not be afraid to be creative… after all it is your big day and you are entitled to do and have whatever you want <3

Contact us to find out more about our destination.

Wedding Venues Gold Coast– Vintage Photoshoot

Finally we can let you all in on what we have been working on here at our Wedding Venues Gold Coast, An Island Hideaway!

We absolutely love the vintage theme at the moment and we don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon so we have decided to launch our new vintage package to help make things a little easier for our bohemian brides. At our Wedding Venues Gold Coast destination we are lucky to have an extremely versatile landscape with both the beach and the lush gardens. If you want a beach wedding then we can cater to that however we also have such beautiful gardens and a rustic rainforest feel that we think is perfect for those vintage style weddings.

So what is our little secret you ask? We have a new vintage package! Our vintage package includes 5 x glass jars with twine wrapped around the centre, babysbreath, hessian table runners and lace to top it off… The perfect finishing touch for your tables. This means that we now have something to suite every bride’s style which is pretty exciting <3

We recently went out and spent the day embracing the natural beauty of the national park and dressed our venue up for the perfect vintage photoshoot. We had the gorgeous Kylie and Monica from KM Studios Photography behind the lens, Keren from Wedding Flowers by Keren making our gardens blossom, Goldyluxe Vintage Glassware putting a little vintage spin on things with her beautiful glassware, Made With Love Bridal showed off with their gorgeous wedding gowns and Sally R Makeup ensured that our stunning model Jayde looked unbelievable.

There were so many photos that we loved which made it very hard to choose what to post but check them out.

Contact us here to find out more about our Wedding Venues Gold Coast x