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Gold Coast Island Wedding – FAQ’s

Here at our Gold Coast Island Wedding venue, An Island Hideaway, we get asked a lot of questions regarding transporting your guests, accommodation and so forth, I thought I would answer them for you on this blog so you have a better idea of what to expect when getting married at our Gold Coast Island Wedding venue.

Question: Is there accommodation on the island?

Answer: There is only one place on the island that offers accommodation and that is Couran Cove. However the way that we work is by having all of your guests meet in the one place and travel together to and from the island this is why we have really great connections with our suppliers such as Mantra, Xanadu and Oscar on Main who offer you and your guests a special discount rate.

Question: Can the bride arrive before the guests?

Answer: Yes! You can choose to arrive to the island an hour and a half before the ceremony to have a practice down the aisle, relax and enjoy some champagne with your bridesmaids and of course slip into your amazing dress. There is also the option of making a grand entrance on a luxury catamaran, seaplane or helicopter.

Question: Does the bride get her hair and makeup done on the island?

Answer: No, we suggest that the bride and bridesmaids have their hair and makeup done on the mainland as they arrive an hour and a half before the ceremony starts. So once you arrive to the island all you have to do is put on your dress, then sit back and relax. Another reason why is so you don’t have to worry about transporting your hair and makeup artist back to the mainland.

Hopefully these answers have helped any of you that had some queries about the behind the scenes of An Island Hideaway. If you would like more information about our Gold Coast Island Wedding venue then please contact us here.

Gold Coast Island Wedding

Gold Coast Island Wedding

Gold Coast Island Wedding

Gold Coast Island Wedding


Gold Coast Beach Wedding – Winter Expo Update!

Well what a successful weekend we have just had. Our Gold Coast Beach Wedding venue was full of engaged couples wandering our beautiful landscape as they took in the serenity of An Island Hideaway.

We had been looking forward to our Winter Expo for months so once the time finally came we were thrilled to be able to showcase our Gold Coast Beach Wedding venue to the people who hadn’t seen it and of course to the people who had. The main focus of the day however was to have a group of our recommended suppliers available for everyone to chat with and help make the decision making process become a little easier, which in some of our bride’s cases did exactly that! Seeing as we are such a unique venue and are on an island, our suppliers are a really big part of An Island Hideaway and help to make sure that our brides and grooms have the most unbelievable wedding imaginable.

A huge shout out to:

  • Amanda Higl Hair & Makeup
  • Sally R Makeup
  • Yener’s Cakes
  • Deanne Keefe Photography
  • Wedding Flowers by Keren
  • Serendipity Gowns
  • KM Studios
  • Leah Follett Photography
  • Fisheye Studios
  • Let’s Craft Stationary
  • Oscars on Main
  • Diana Wakeham Photography
  • Photobooths Australia
  • DJ NikNat
  • Just Grooves

It was a wonderful turn out on both behalves and we were extremely happy to meet and mingle with all of our guests, you guys were great!

If you would like to know more about our suppliers that couldn’t make it then please feel free to check out our suppliers list.

Contact us to find out more about our Gold Coast Beach Wedding destination, An Island Hideaway and how we can make your dreams a reality without the stress!

Until next time <3


Gold Coast Beach Wedding

Gold Coast Beach Wedding

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Gold Coast Beach Wedding

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Gold Coast Beach Wedding

Gold Coast Function Venue – ABIA Awards Night

Our Gold Coast Function Venue attended the Australian Bridal Industry Awards at Cloudland in Brisbane on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 and what a lovely evening it was. The highlight was being able to catch up with everyone from the industry because at the end of the day we are all there for the same reason and that is to make our Brides and Grooms happy and to play a massive role in their life.

Our amazing Gold Coast Function Venue was recognised in the following categories; Ceremony Venue, Function Coordinator and Reception Centre.

We are so blessed to be able to be recognised for all of the hard work that we do and to have the support and love from our voting brides. It really is inspirational for us and makes everything we do that much more important.

Not only did we place extremely well in the above categories but we were able to enjoy an unforgettable night as the whole AIH team was treated to a night in the penthouse suite at the Meriton!! Thank you very much boss’s!

None of this would be possible without our incredible staff and of course our clients. We can’t thank you enough for your support throughout this whole process it really does mean the world to us and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

Our Gold Coast Function Venue is about to hit an extremely busy period so make sure that you keep updated with all of the work and adventures that we are going to be having.

All of the team here at An Island Hideaway are looking forward to the next six months of the year and of course to CHRISTMAS! If you haven’t heard about it yet we are holding two massive Christmas Events!

Contact us here to find out more information about our Christmas Functions.

Gold Coast Function Venue


Gold Coast Function Venue

Gold Coast Function Venue

Gold Coast Function Venue



Gold Coast Beach Wedding Venue – Vintage Photo shoot

Made With Love Bridal, KM Studios Photography, Sally R Make- Up, GoldyLuxe Vintage Glassware, Wedding Flowers By Keren… These are the names of amazing people that know exactly what they are doing when it comes to their job! We were lucky enough to work with all of these fantastic souls last week in creating the ultimate vintage garden photo shoot at our Gold Coast Beach Wedding Venue! We had gardens, beach, hanging flower jars, arbours, lace, and a vintage theme. But none of this would have been possible without the help of two incredibly good looking people, our models, Jayde and Civi. They made this photo shoot an extremely easy task.

Not only are these people our recommended suppliers but they make our little Island Hideaway family one and are always so excited when we come up with tasks like so it certainly doesn’t feel like work when you are with them!

Keren from Wedding Flowers By Keren travelled over earlier in the morning with myself and the lovely Bec to transform our Gold Coast Beach Wedding Venue into a flower wonderland which is exactly what she did! If you have ever worked with her before I am sure you will agree that she is incredibly talented. While we were all in the gardens making our boho vision become a reality with the glassware from GoldyLuxe… Kylie, Mon, Jayde and Civi were travelling over to the island to meet us and get this photoshoot underway!

Let me tell you, we had so much fun once they arrived at our Gold Coast Beach Wedding Venue and my visions quickly became a reality. We have a little secret here at An Island Hideaway on what this actual photoshoot was for so you will have to stay tuned to see the photos. Let’s just say if you love vintage themes and you love gardens then you will be very, very excited for what we are about to unveil!

Contact us for more information.

Queensland Beach Wedding Venue

Sneak peak of what’s to come!



Beach Weddings – Viewing Cruises

As we are such a different and exclusive Beach Weddings destination located on an island which is only accessible by boat, we realise that it is not possible to just walk in and view your potential wedding destination, this is why we offer viewing cruises!

Our viewing cruises are an opportunity for you and your partner to come over to the island and hopefully fall in love with our 4 acres of secluded paradise. We offer you the peace of mind that you aren’t going to have to book the venue without seeing it first. We allow you every opportunity that we can to be able to come and visit our Beach Weddings destination.

An Island Hideaway truly is a destination wedding without the destination and we get so excited when we are able to whisk away newly engaged couples to show them the beauty that surrounds us and makes us so unique.

Our viewing cruises are not just for couples that haven’t yet booked their venue…This weekend we had three couples that went over and for two of them it was the very first time that they had seen our venue so the excitement was definitely in the air! The other couple that travelled with us were a gorgeous pair that is getting married at our Beach Weddings destination in three months’ time.

If viewing cruises aren’t enough for you we also hold Open Days twice a year where you are given the opportunity to travel on Spirit of Gold Coast, one of our main guest vessels, and are able to see our venue all set up. The other option is to come to one of our Mini Island Expo’s where you get to meet our wonderful suppliers…In fact we have one next week!

There are so many endless possibilities for your wedding day so make sure you contact us for a visit at our Beach Weddings destination so we can make your dreams become a reality.

Beach Weddings

Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue – ABIA Awards!

Guess what?! We will be attending the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards (ABIA) again this year as we have been nominated in four categories! Our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue, An Island Hideaway is nominated in the categories for the best Reception Centre, Ceremony Venue, Function Coordinator and lastly for Special Services. The ABIA awards night for us is not just about the awards, it is also a great time for our team to be able to sit back, relax and celebrate another year’s worth of hard work.

The Australian Bridal Industry Academy website is the perfect destination to see the awards history and bridal ratings of ABIA suppliers. The ABIA directory is a listing that has over 30,000 Australian wedding suppliers and allows you to feel safe when choosing which supplier you are going to go with as you know that if they are listed here then they have specific credentials that need to be met.

Our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue has been an ABIA member for many years and in that time we have won numerous awards. The reason for these awards being so important is because of our wonderful brides and grooms who have been married with us, as they are the ones that nominate and vote for us based on their wedding day experience. To be able to uphold such a wonderful reputation and have brides from many years ago wanting to vote again is really something special.

We can’t thank you all enough for being a part of ensuring that we are in the ABIA Awards and will hopefully be able to win again this year.

Our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue and staff are extremely dedicated so to be recognised for it at a major awards night is inspirational. We are truly humbled to be nominated for so many awards and our fingers are crossed that we can come home with a win!

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ABIA 2014





Gold Coast Weddings – 10 years!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the lovely married couple Leah and Paul who were renewing their vows at our Gold Coast Weddings destination. Well now I have some photo’s to show you exactly what their day looked like.

Leah and Paul are one of the very lucky couples who were actually married at our exclusive Gold Coast Weddings destination venue 10 years ago and are able to go back and renew their vows with the same celebrant at the same place but with their children as witnesses.

At our destination we pride ourselves on being able to deliver weddings and events as an experience to be remembered forever. Our mission is to surpass expectations and create memories for our clients and their guests that will last a lifetime. We feel as though this is definitely something that we have done for Leah and Paul considering that 10 years later they were able to stand in the exact same spot that they said their I’do’s initially. Not only is this something that would have been amazing for them but to also have the same celebrant that married you all those years ago, renew your vows now is pretty special.

Here at An Island Hideaway we really do ensure that we have the best working relationship with all of our recommended suppliers and that is why we are able to offer relationships like this and recommendations to our brides and grooms. Gary Taylor has been with us from the beginning of time so to be able to ensure that he could do this for Leah and Paul was the icing on the cake :)

Contact us to find out how you could have an unbelievable relationship with us and your suppliers to ensure a perfect day at our Gold Coast Weddings destination.

Photography; Deanne Keefe



Gold Coast Weddings




Gold Coast Weddings

Gold Coast Weddings

Gold Coast Function Venue – Our Home Away From Home

Our Gold Coast Function Venue, An Island Hideaway is truly our home away from home. South Stradbroke has an amazing history so I thought that I would share a little bit of that with you!

Once upon a time North Stradbroke Island and South Stradbroke Island were connected and were completely protected from the full force of the Pacific Ocean.

So how did Stradbroke Island become two completely separate islands you ask? Well in 1894 Stradbroke was pretty much cut in half with a massive breakthrough of water from the ocean that started at a place called Jumpinpin.

Unfortunately there was a shipwreck that took place off the ocean and broke through the islands. The ship was carrying alcohol and explosives on board. Luckily the explosives didn’t go off and that isn’t what caused the separation in the two islands. All of this activity that took place plus the storms and the tides changing dramatically made our island what it is today! It is a sad history but one that made a massive impact on the Gold Coast now.

Our Gold Coast Function Venue is situated on four whole acres of this glorious island that is about 22 Km’s long and 2.5 Km’s wide. There aren’t many places that you can get married where there is a history like this so close to home. South Stradbroke is a very popular destination to visit during the weekends and even to camp at. People are so shocked by how preserved and natural it is with all of the wildlife that inhabits it and it continues to make people impressed and excited.

There are many reasons that we chose to buy the land there and make it an amazing Gold Coast Function Venue but the main one is that it is just so unique and private and it is our perfect home away from home! We love sharing our special place with all of you <3

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Gold Coast Function Venue

Gold Coast Function Venue

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