The first Scenic Rim Wedding Expo at Tamborine Mountain in the Scenic Rim will be held on Sunday 16 July, featuring over 60 suppliers
Plus – hear from newly weds Anabelle and Grant Rogers about their incredible wedding by Cedar Creek in the mountains – how it happened and where!
The business of love is booming, and Queensland’s Scenic Rim has established itself as the ceremony capital, complete with stunning natural beauty, insta-famous vow moments, dance-the-night away venues from vineyards and rustic barns to flower and alpaca farms, garden estates and luxury, boutique lodges, breathtaking landscapes and a list of world class suppliers who couples turn to, to curate perfect moments.
Put simply, weddings in the Scenic Rim are going off! As a result the first Scenic Rim Wedding Expo at Tamborine Mountain in the Scenic Rim will be held on Sunday 16 July, featuring over 60 suppliers from world class venues, to celebrants, acclaimed florists, stylists, makeup artists, designers, alpaca farms and musicians. IMAGERY HERE of a recent stunning wedding in the region.
The numbers tell the story!
“The wedding industry is excellent business, and brings significant revenue to the Scenic Rim which has over 35 registered venues across the region. Currently the region is hosting two to three weddings at each venue each week. This in turn generates overnight stays of at least one to two nights for guests – extrapolate this out, and overnight stays can equate to 3000 visitors per day to the region for weddings alone,’ said Scenic Rim Wedding Expo organiser and CEO of Destination Scenic Rim, Christelle Moller.
“The demand for local wedding venues, accommodation, catering, photography, florists, event planners, transport providers, stylists, musicians and other related services stimulates business activities and in turn, supports a network of local vendors and suppliers. Plus we are seeing such a spike in couples asking for locally sourced menus, which is wonderful.”
“Not only that, weddings create a sense of wonderful nostalgia, with many couples returning for anniversaries each year,” she said.
At the stunning Cedar Creek Lodges at Tamborine Mountain, weddings are a booming business. Last year alone the property hosted 216 weddings. Since re-opening after COVID, they have hosted 539 weddings and over the past five years, 698 weddings.
“Currently, we have 199 weddings booked for 2023 – we’ve hosted 60 weddings in the last three months alone – and are still taking calls and looking to 2024, we have 119 booked,” said Tamara Gray from Cedar Creek Lodges.
“We are set in an ancient rainforest on a mountain by a gorgeous creek, and we’ve created ceremony locations across the property, what’s not to love? Plus, we are a one-stop shop – multiple ceremony and reception venues, multiple accommodation options from luxury and five star glamping, to campsites, and we can accommodate 200 guests, with an onsite restaurant that caters for after-wedding breakfasts, or pre wedding dinners. This is what couples are searching for in 2023,” she said.
Gold Coast couple Anabelle and Grant Rogers were married at Cedar Creek Lodges in April of this year and said it was the perfect destination.
“We wanted to keep it intimate with elements of an elopement, amongst the forest, with running water nearby. Neutral tones and a boho theme was the vibe. My dress was all lace and Grant wore a tan coloured suit and all the flowers were white, blush and toffee colour,” said Anabelle.
“While we both grew up by the beach, we’ve always been drawn to mountains, lakes and greenery. It’s so beautiful and calming in the Scenic Rim. It’s a perfect destination for our wedding.”
“I used to joke with Grant about getting married by a waterfall, so when we saw Cedar Creek running beside the ceremony and reception areas, and being amongst the forest we were sold! Cedar Creek Lodges was also well priced with so much included – the food and beverage packages, DJ, multiple spaces to use as well as a wedding planner and on-the-day coordinator! This was amazing as it kept us on track and we could sit back on the day and not worry. It was perfect ! And the backdrop was stunning!”
“Having so much already looked after meant we could share those little moments together, just us. From the first look and walking down the aisle to the dance floor and checking in with each other throughout the day/evening. Sharing our day with people we’ve known most of our lives (we met at 13 years old and are now 33!) was so special!”
COUPLES LOOKING TO WED, COMMIT OR JUST EXPLORE THE POSSIBLITY OF A CEREMONY IN THE SCENIC RIM MUST COME TO THE WEDDING EXPO ON SUNDAY JULY 16!
Scenic Rim Wedding Expo at Tamborine Mountain
Hosted by Destination Scenic Rim
Sunday 16 July from 10am to 3pm at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre, 2-4 Knoll Rd, Tamborine Mountain
FREE entry, simply arrive on the day or register via the Scenic Rim Wedding Expo Facebook Event page to go in the draw to win fabulous prizes …. the first 200 registered couples through the door receive an Expo Bag on arrival.
Explosive Entertainment – ENTERTAINMENT DJ/Photobooth
Glamour Red Carpet Hire – Aisle Decor Package Hire or Buy
Bohemian bride collective – BEAUTY Hair and make-up
Amanda Higl Hair & Makeup – BEAUTY Hair & Makeup
LipSense by SeneGence – BEAUTY LongLasting SmudgeProof KissProof LipSense Lip Colours Lip olour
In Season Catering & Events – CATERING Catering
Robyn Wagner Celebrations – Celebrant and Wedding Planner
Marc Hackenberg Creative Projects – ENTERTAINMENT DJ, Sound, technical support, Event planning
BE Entertainment Co – ENTERTAINMENT DJ Entertainment & Photobooths (2 categories)
Osmic Productions – ENTERTAINMENT
RJ Unplugged – ENTERTAINMENT Musician/ DJ
Mountview Alpaca Farm
Wedding Ceramics by PJ Pottery – FAVOURS Wedding favours, wedding gifts
SM Floral Design – FLORALS Wedding Florist
Caroline Jackson Marriage Celebrant
Marry Me Amanda – MARRIAGE CELEBRANT
Christelle Marriage Celebrant
Rebecca Kelby Marriage Celebrant
Karen Miles Celebrant – MARRIAGE CELEBRANT
Vagabond Foods Pty Ltd – Mobile Food Truck
Jonathon Ginn Violinist – Musician
PHOTOBOOTH 360 booth
Gold Coast Photobooths
Bec Pattinson Photography
LM Images photography and Film
Claire Elise Photography
Doe + Deer Photography
Samuel Parke Photography
Dusty road design & print – SIGNAGE Event signs
Memorable Memories Pty Ltd – STYLING FLORIST PLANNER Wedding Styling – Florals – Planner
Tic Tac Tours & Our Wedding Cars
Boonah Golf Club
St Bernards Hotel – VENUE Ceremony & Reception Venue
Plunkett Villa Tamborine – VENUE Function Venue
Verandah House Country Estate – VENUE Luxury Accommodation and venue
The Kooralbyn Valley – VENUE Resort
Shambala Estate – VENUE Wedding & Events Venue
Cedar Creek Lodges – VENUE Wedding Venue
Pethers Rainforest Retreat – VENUE Wedding Venue
Providence Farm Hall – VENUE Wedding Venue
Starlight Weddings Pty Ltd – VENUE Wedding Venue
WILLIDEA PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY STUDIO
Dream Arches – Wedding Arch Hire
The Infinity Collective – PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Photography & Videography
Donna Gibb Artist – LIVE PAINTER
Peak Australiana – VENUE Wedding Venue & Mobile Food Van
Ann’s Unique Cakes – CAKES
The French Garden – Theming and Retail
Gold Coast Pop Up Weddings – HIRE
Beech Mountain Distillery – MOBILE BAR and DISTILLERY
Empire Revival Experiences – GIFTS, FASHION, VINTAGE
Woods & Boo – GIFTS
Sip & Create Tamborine Mountain – WORKSHOPS
Cuppa-licious Mobile Coffee – MOBILE COFFEE
North Stores – CAFÉ
Dead Posh – FLORIST
Bearded Dragon Hotel – VENUE
Glamour Red Carpet Hire – HIRE