Keep cool at your tropical Summer Wedding in the Whitsundays

January 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Ideas & Inspiration,Whitsunday Wedding Planning


Queensland is not called the Sunshine State for nothing and the Whitsundays are the perfect place to come for a tropical, summer wedding.

Whether you choose to wed on an island or on the mainland, on a beach or in a canefield, the warmth of the Whitsunday people is equalled only by the gloriously sunny, warm weather.

Here is our guide to getting married in the tropics in summer. If you follow our tips, you’ll keep cool and comfortable, and the only time your temperature will rise is when your new husband kisses you after the ceremony.


Brooke Miles Photography


Think about the time of day for your ceremony

Early morning or late afternoon are the best times of day to marry in the tropics, when the sun is at its most gentle and you can take advantage of cooling breezes. So if you’re not an early bird – and who wants to get up early when you’re on holiday – think about holding your ceremony at about 4pm or even 5pm in the afternoon.

Sunsets in the Whitsundays are amazing and if you time it right, you can have your photo tour as the sun sinks down behind the Coral Sea, while your guests enjoy canapes and pre-dinner tropical cocktails.



Summer Weddings in the Whitsundays at Earlando Resort
Earlando. Tropix Photography


Villa Botanica



Choose your venue thoughtfully

If if you plan on dancing the night away, consider hiring a reception venue with air conditioning.

There are many air-conditioned venues in the Whitsundays but do check if this is something that’s important to you.

Also, check what time you will need to vacate the venue. If you are starting slightly later to take advantage of cooling sunset breezes, you will want a venue that allows you to party late into the night.

The Whitsundays offer a wide choice of venues, from casual “beach shack” to formal elegance and everything in between.



Whitsunday Wedding Venues with air conditioning
Peppers Airlie Beach


Coral Sea Resort Whitsunday Weddings Venues with airconditioning
Coral Sea Resort


Whitsunday Wedding Venues with airconditioning
The Palm House



Have fun with your wedding outfits

A tropical summer wedding is a great opportunity to dazzle your groom in something a little out of the ordinary when it comes to your dress.

Take it up a notch and be bold in a short creation, or go for one of this season’s hot trends with a slinky cami and accompanying floaty dress or overskirt.

And be sure to get that spray tan a few days beforehand, so you won’t get fake tan marks on your dress. A spray tan is also a great way of ensuring you don’t have bikini tan lines on the Big Day if you have ventured out in that gorgeous summer sunshine (and don’t forget to also wear sunscreen even if you have a spray tan).

For the men, short-sleeved shirts are very on trend and if you are going for a casual, beachy wedding theme, think about putting the groom and groomsmen in shorts. Anything goes in the friendly, laid-back tropics!



Brooke Miles Photography


Summer Weddings in the Whitsundays
Brooke Miles Photography


Brooke Miles Photography



Consult a local about the menu

The Whitsundays are home to an abundance of fresh produce and wild-caught seafood, so be sure to tap into the expertise of locals when it comes to planning your menu.

Whether that’s the owner of the restaurant, the resort’s Food & Beverage manager, or one of the excellent catering companies in the area, be sure to ask about the many local, in-season options available.

Fresh, local seafood is a speciality, as well as all kinds of vegetables and fruit from the ‘Salad Bowl of Australia’ in the region’s north. Be sure to sample a Bowen Mango – they taste great in a cooling cocktail too!



D’Vine Catering


Villa Botanica. Iconic Bride Photography



Keep your guests cool

Summer in the Whitsundays is beautiful and if a tropical beach wedding is what you’ve always dreamed of, it is the perfect place for you.

If you are exchanging your vows outdoors, bear in mind some guests, especially older ones, might not be quite as tolerant of heat. So think about the shade provided for guests – whether that’s the natural shade of a palm tree or big old fig tree, or shade provided by outdoor umbrellas.

Parasols add a pretty, whimsical touch and can be given to guests as they are seated for the ceremony. Providing cold water for your guests is also a good idea for summer weddings.



Summer Weddings in the Whitsundays at Earlando Resort
Earlando. Tropix Photography


Teepeevents Whitsundays. Tropix Photography


Bowen Botanical Gardens. Le Sorelle Florist


Whitsunday Garden WEdding in Summer
Total Weddings


Earlando. Tropix Photography


Villa Botanica


Villa Botanica



Consider a week-long wedding in the balmy tropics!

Week-long weddings are in vogue in the Whitsundays, with guests more than happy to jump on a plane for the chance of a holiday in paradise.

Just a couple of hours’ flight from the eastern capital cities, the Whitsundays are a tropical holiday haven with a myriad of activities to indulge in, both on the islands and mainland. The summer months can also see great accommodation deals once the Xmas and New Year rush is over.

Combine your wedding with pre and post-tours for you and your bridal party including snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, diving and sailing amongst the 74 island wonders dotted throughout the Coral Sea.

Or keep cool by lying next to one of the many fabulous resort pools in the area, taking in the views. Another mango cocktail anyone?



Whitsunday Jetski Tours


Whitsunday Honeymoon Venues
Coral Sea Resort


Daydream Island Resort & Spa


Air Whitsunday


Daydream Island Resort & Spa





Be sure to check capacity numbers for your style of reception (seated/cocktail) and things like air conditioning, sound system etc. and what time you will have to vacate the venue.




Featured image by Brooke Miles Photography