How to create a coastal cool wedding

Receptions // by QB

Aren’t we the lucky ones? Queensland is a veritable goldmine of gorgeous beach locales, so the style that celebrates sun, sea and sand is a natural fit here.

Thinking of a celebration by the water? Go boho with scattered shells and driftwood centrepieces or give it a preppy twist with a more nautical flavour. Seaside soireés and riverside receptions are all about the water and that relaxed holiday mood, so this style also lends itself to a wedding weekend. Your guests will love sneaking in a mini beach-break!

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The venue…

Arrive by boat to your toes-in-the-sand ceremony then get the party started at a nearby beachfront hotel, yacht club or riverside restaurant.


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The details…

Go coastal but keep it contemporary by swapping well-worn motifs for beach-inspired colours and textures. You can’t go wrong with navy and white but consider a pretty update with a pop of soft coral pink. Or get your sunset on with washed-out blues, dusty pinks and pastel peach. Need a symbol? Try to choose just one (we’re suckers for a classic anchor or scallop shell) and stamp your stationery, seating chart and gift bags.


From the wedding of Krystle + Adrian

Create an arbour or backdrop of greenery, decorate with pebbles and hurricane vases, provide woven palm-leaf fans for guests, and serve up a fresh seafood buffet at dinner. And for dessert? An ice-cream truck for a relaxed beach vibe or a sorbet tasting plate for a more formal do. And if you want to try an all-white dress code, it works a treat at the beach.



The honeymoon…

Find paradise on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast, Bali or the islands of the South Pacific.

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