The gorgeous Gold Coast is one of Australia’s loveliest destinations for a wedding or any celebration. With some of the world’s best coastlines and beaches, rainforest hinterland, leading golfing resorts, sailing clubs, and one of the world’s only six star resorts, this is a location offering varied options for creating a wonderful wedding day. For the next in our Destination Wedding Australia special, we interview Kristy Marek, the couture wedding stylist behind Imbue Weddings, a wedding planning and styling company located on the Gold Coast. Kristy started Imbue Weddings with the intention of filling a gap in the bridal industry of Queensland, providing a service to couples which shuns the ordinary. Her vision for the company is reflected in her eye for detail and style and ensures that the personal service Imbue Weddings offers is second to none. Kristy also writes the wonderful blog, Be Imbued, which is definitely worth a daily visit.
Q. Please tell us a little about yourself, your company and your experience in the wedding industry.
Imbue Weddingswas created with the desire to offer something to couples in Queensland beyond the norm. The company has evolved since to provide a service to couples with the “couture” wedding in mind. We believe every wedding should be an expression of individuality.
My philosophy in life is to live with all five senses everyday and I try to keep this in mind with all our weddings, making sure each event is a sensory delight to everyone involved. I absolutely love my job. I get to meet some wonderful couples and share in a time in their life which is so much fun. After months of hard work I just love the moment when I see the bride and groom turn to their guests and are pronounced husband and wife.
Q. You organise weddings all over southern Queensland . What are your favourite wedding destinations and why?
There’s such a multitude of options for locations in this little corner of Queensland. We’re blessed with stunning coastline, a vibrant city as well as an oasis of sub-tropical calm in the hinterland. If I had to pick a favourite in each they would have to be as follows:
Beach – Burleigh Headlands
City: Hillstone St Lucia
Hinterland: Mt Tamborine
Q: For each of your favourite destinations, can you tell us your favourite venues, ceremony sites and anything special about the locations?
In Burleigh Headlands (image below by Xes photography) there is a great bit of parkland which borders the beach with a stunning view of the ocean. In Queensland the council regulations for a beach wedding are quite restricting. For beach weddings there is a maximum limit on chairs which is 10 and guests which is 50. For parks the chair limit raises to twenty and there is no maximum number for guests. Burleigh Headlands gets around this by having a bit of parkland right on the beach so it’s perfect for couples wanting a beach wedding with more guests.
Hillstone St Lucia is lovely. I love their ballroom which has white French doors that open onto a wide verandah overlooking the gardens. It’s a gorgeous venue.
Mt Tamborine is a quaint little village sitting on top of a plateau mountain. On the main street there are restaurants, tea houses and antique stores with stunning views of the hinterland. There’s also many little boutique wineries at the base and on the top of the mountain. Avalon Gardens(pictured below) is a lovely little wedding venue providing perfectly manicured gardens for outdoor cocktail style weddings.
Q. Do you have any tips for couples contemplating a Queensland wedding?
Check the average temperature for the time of year you plan to come in. Also buy some skin care products suitable for this climate whilst you’re here, as the humidity tends to be quite a shock for some people and you don’t want to break out before the day. A lighter wedding gown may be the way to go if you are planning to have your wedding during the warmer months and a reception venue with air conditioning would be ideal for those from cooler climates. Oh and flowers in Queensland tend to be a tad more expensive than in other states, so if you stick to tropical blooms rather than cottage style flowers you’ll save money and they won’t wilt as quickly.
Image: White Pearl Photography.
Q. What are your best tips for a destination wedding?
Hire a professional to make the necessary arrangements on your behalf. Also arrange for transport from the airport to the accommodation for your guests or include an information pack on the area with your invitations. You may also like to tell your family and friends where you’re planning to be married before asking them to be a part of the bridal party so that they have the chance to politely decline if they can’t afford the ticket.
Q. For 2009 and 2010, what are the trends on the horizon for weddings?
Printed or floral bridesmaid’s dresses and wedding gowns with striped detailing using embellishments like ribbons or pin tucking are becoming more and more popular. I have noticed a trend toward embracing things that are quintessentially Australian and giving them a new twist. Australian natives like Eucalyptus and Geraldton wax create stunning bouquets which contrast well with a vintage lace. Colour wise, blue is huge for 2009, especially when complimented with neutrals and metallic colours.
Image: White Pearl Photography.
Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
I know it sounds like very biased advice, and well it is, but hiring a wedding planner and stylist can help you bring your vision to life. It’s very hard to work full time and plan a wedding. We work full time planning weddings so we know our stuff. If you do plan the wedding all by yourself try to get all your loose ends tied up one week before the big day. That way you have one whole week to just relax and enjoy anticipating the moment when you say “I do”.
And, here are our favourite accessories for a Gold Coast wedding from Australia’s online wedding shop, Pink Frosting: