Featured Image: Elle & Corey’s 2020 wedding at the Depot was a cracker. Photo: @fennelandfernphoto
Looking for a true original to host your Gold Coast wedding? These attention-grabbing venues smash the brief in three very different ways.
1. The Supermodel: Palazzo Versace
No one does luxe quite like the Italian fashion house of Versace. Which is why this glamazon hotel casts such a dazzling spell with its palatial architecture, iconic Medusa-emblazoned mosaics, and sumptuous European aesthetic.
The original vision of legendary designer Gianni Versace, the fashion-inspired opulence of Palazzo Versace completely redefined ‘five-star’ on the Gold Coast. And with an event experience as polished as the ginormous 750-kg chandelier which graces the lobby, this waterfront beauty can serve as your own wedding catwalk. Choose from a range of reception spaces including the La Medusa ballroom for pure glamour or hatted restaurant Vanitas for a more intimate feel. We can’t go past the Med-inspired Water Salon (love those Versace gold cabanas) where you can celebrate a cocktail soirée on the Fountain Terrace overlooking the 65-metre lagoon pool. So chic.
Consider the dreamy day spa, indoor pool, private marina (for your yacht, darling), and plush accommodation, and you know you’ll want to stay and play at this superstar escape.
2. The Big Kid at Heart: Village Roadshow Theme Parks
One name, but three coast locations guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of movie buffs, animal-lovers, and kids big and small. Village Roadshow Theme Parks offers the gift of choice with a wedding at Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World or Paradise Country.
Channel those superhero vibes and pledge your love within the walls of the Justice League Hall at Warner Bros Movie World or escape to the country for a rustic-luxe celebration at Paradise Country where baby animals frolic and reception magic happens beneath wagon-wheel chandeliers in the charming timber Farmhouse. Want waterfront? Head over to Sea World Resort & Conference Centre where the Gold Coast’s only absolute waterfront venue, The Presidential Room and Terrace, awaits or Sea World where you can party with the dolphins at Dolphin Beach or even underwater in the Shark Bay aquarium.
After the fun and games of “we do”, newlyweds can retreat to the Sea World Resort for a free night’s accommodation. Just another reason we love this option for a memorable, you-don’t-see-that-every-day wedding experience.
3. The Double Agent: Mobile Barber Shop Depot
Insta-ready barbershop by day. Super-cool venue by night. The intriguing double life of the Mobile Barber Shop/Depot has brought a rock & roll edge to the GC wedding landscape and we love! An industrial-chic warehouse space (think exposed brick, bulbs, and beams, reclaimed timbers, and copper piping) with a vintage twist, the Depot is a cut above. The raw, intimate space is layered with antique furniture, chandeliers, props, and games ready to style up your event and keep your guests entertained while the BYO catering policy means plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing your nosh and designing your day.
Modern-lovers, gather your dearest around the Cut Throat Chapel, where an awesome floral installation and neon signs set the scene, then kick back on the leather chesterfields, kick up your heels on the polished concrete dance floor, or sneak out to the courtyard where Surfers Paradise skyline views are an unexpected bonus. The clincher? Your groom and his crew will be looking razor sharp after a pre-ceremony visit to masterful barber and owner Joey D’Adderio.
p.s. If you want to see the Depot in action, check out Dilhara & Zachary gorgeous nuptials.
Special mention: If you’re heart-set on the sand, see our recent article on the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, the only five-star venue to enjoy a true GC beachfront position. One of a kind? Absolutely!