News

Range rides a wedding boom

Photo: Calli B Photography
Photo: Calli B Photography

RUSTIC elegance is delivering millions of dollars as the popularity of the Sunshine Coast hinterland as a wedding destination soars.

With the "vintage country theme" now particularly chic, couples are flying from London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi to marry their sweethearts in Maleny and its surrounds.

As the dollars flow in, Range businesses are angling their wares to cater for the extra customers.

Bookstores are stocking books filled with wedding theme tips and newsagents are building sections dedicated to wedding stationery and cards.

Marlene Murray, the president of Maleny Montville Wedding Professionals, said the region was not only enticing the most meticulous brides but also had the credibility to provide for them.

"We are probably having the busiest year of the decade," Ms Murray said.

"We have suddenly become trendy.

"There is the demand and we have the professionals who can service the weddings, from all the themeing and furniture to major decorating.

"It's not just a little chocolate on a table anymore, it's whole outdoor rooms."

Ms Murray, who is the manager of the prestige wedding venue Maleny Manor, said that of 120 current bookings only about two were from Sunshine Coast couples.

"The visitors are dining out, staying a few nights and eating at the ice-creamery," she said.

"We've scared ourselves a little with the numbers."

The 14 booked weddings to be held at Maleny Manor in September alone will inject at least $476,000 into the region through guests' accommodation, meals, stationery, hair styling, cakes, flowers and transport.

Maleny Chamber of Commerce president Nathan Arrowsmith said the wedding industry was now one of the biggest in the hinterland.

"They spend money on food and tell their friends how great it is here," he said.

"It's actually invaluable to our economy having this industry here.

"The whole formal wedding idea is going through a resurgence."

Topics:  hinterland, maleny, montville, range, sunshine coast, weddings


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Demolition crew tears woman's home down while she's inside

A Coolum resident has found herself stranded in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio-hazard suits worked just outside her back door.

Workplace Health and Safety investigation into demolition site

Treasurer supports plans for medicinal cannabis hub

Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Curtis Pitt has positive response

Bomb scare accused to face drug trial in Supreme Court

DISPOSAL: A bomb squad officer investigates the discovery of a device at Peregian Beach on April 20.

David John Ogden was allegedly found with 28g of meth in July

Latest deals and offers

Dog squad and POLAIR helicopter assist in Coolum arrest

AROUND 3.15pm on Sunday, May 22 officers from the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad located a stolen Toyota Camry in the Coolum Beach area.

Demolition crew tears woman's home down while she's inside

A Coolum resident has found herself stranded in her own home after demolition crews arrived at her unit block and started tearing down the asbestos filled building around her. She was told to stay inside as men in bio-hazard suits worked just outside her back door.

Workplace Health and Safety investigation into demolition site

Treasurer supports plans for medicinal cannabis hub

Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Curtis Pitt has positive response

Bomb scare accused to face drug trial in Supreme Court

DISPOSAL: A bomb squad officer investigates the discovery of a device at Peregian Beach on April 20.

David John Ogden was allegedly found with 28g of meth in July

Aggression the wrong expression

News

A series of forums will be held educating against violent behaviour.

City’s most eligible bachelors go up for auction

Australia's favourite redhead twins and celebrity bachelors Stevie and Andy Mac will perform and be auctioned off at the Pink Hope Charity Male Auction Gala.

All women need to do is bid for the man who catches their eye

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago