News

Sunshine Coast a wedding Mecca

WEDDING BELLES: Bec Martin, Brittany McLeod and Amber Morgan wear Elizabeth de Varga dresses, with hair and make-up by La Bella Brides at the Maleny Montville Wedding Professionals Bridal Showcase.
WEDDING BELLES: Bec Martin, Brittany McLeod and Amber Morgan wear Elizabeth de Varga dresses, with hair and make-up by La Bella Brides at the Maleny Montville Wedding Professionals Bridal Showcase. Iain Curry

THE booming Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding industry is building momentum, injecting an average of $4 million into the local economy each month.

Industry professionals say it is time for all Sunshine Coast wedding industry businesses to work together to maximise the potential of the niche market.

The calls came after the launch of the inaugural Maleny Montville Wedding Professionals Bridal Showcase last weekend.

The two-day event offered couples a look into the best of vintage country-themed weddings in the hinterland, across 10 venues.

Maleny Montville Wedding Professionals president Marlene Murray said 2013 was set to be a record year for the industry.

The manager of Maleny Manor said it was mainly Brisbane, interstate or international guests choosing to marry in Maleny.

"We are booked out for weddings in 2013. We have just two dates left," she said.

"People are now catching wind of Maleny and Montville. We are suddenly becoming trendy."

The wedding professionals group calculated in September 2012 the wedding sector brought $4 million to the hinterland.

Working on an average of 60 weddings a month each, the House of Laurels and Maleny Manor averaged almost $1 million during September.

Autumn and spring were recognised as the peak periods but Mrs Murray said winter weddings were becoming more popular.

"The flow-on effects are huge and there is so much potential," she said. "Each couple visits their venue about four times before their wedding, so they are coming back to the region and telling their friends.

"We don't know where the wedding industry is heading but we need to work together across the Sunshine Coast and work under a tourism body and chambers to really make the most of this booming area."

Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd has identified weddings and romance as niche markets for the area and 11 industry leaders have joined a committee to encourage a united Coast effort to nurture wedding tourism.

"There is no doubt that the wedding industry is growing on the Sunshine Coast," SCDL chief executive Steve Cooper said.

"Locals have known for many years that the wedding industry is one of the unsung heroes of the tourism industry and especially during difficult periods like during the GFC, the industry has been crucial in providing for our sector."


Stay Connected

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

Life as a Muslim in a Catholic school

SHARING BELIEFS: Abdul Malik has been helping people on the Coast understand Islam since he arrived in 2008.

"The more questions they asked me, the more I became energised.”

'It's the best thing I've done': Buddhist nun

FOUND HER CALLING: Lozang Lhagsam said Buddhism helped her identify what was important in life and how to live a meaningful existence.

Follow one woman's journey into Buddhism.

Local Partners

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

THE process of applying for and obtaining a job can be challenging for any teenager, but for Brianna Grice it comes with extra challenges.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Wonder Woman is a kick-arse superhero romp

WITH so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn’t fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors.

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

Orange Is The New Black returns for another season.

Find out what's being added to our streaming services in June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!