5 reasons to ditch Bali for a Bribie destination wedding

5 reasons to ditch Bali for a Bribie destination wedding

Bali weddings are a thing of the past. These days, it’s all about destination weddings - close to home.

By Lucy Stephens | 27th February 2015

Gone are the days of traditional weddings. Today, it’s all about the destination wedding.

Whether it’s the salty air, the stunning ocean backdrop, or the chilled-out vibe it offers, the beach is a popular choice for saying 'I do'

Sure, there’s always Bali, but with some of the of the most beautiful locations right on our doorstep, why wouldn't you celebrate it here?

So if you’re thinking of an island wedding, here are 5 reasons to ditch Bali (and the belly that comes with it) and stay close to home with a destination wedding in your own backyard - on Bribie Island.

IT’S LOCAL

One of the greatest things about having your wedding at Bribie Island is its location. Having your wedding location close to home – it’s just 45 minutes north of Brisbane – allows you to have more control over what happens on your big day. No having to organise accommodation for the whole family, or worrying about whether Gran can handle the international flight. No passports, no having to pay for the extra luggage – no worries!

THE PRICE

No matter what way you slice it, a wedding is going to cost a bucket load of cash. Add on a destination to that wedding, and it really will cost you an arm and a leg. But at the Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club located on Bribie, wedding packages are provided to help minimise price and stress, and start at just $99 per person. There are a range of options to suit your budget and taste, and packages include things like ceremonies, function rooms, food and even transfers. There’s also an on-call function manager who on hand to assist with every part of the day.

THE SETTING

If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’ll know it’s not particularly well-known for its picturesque beaches, and getting between destinations requires haggling and some serious wits about you. Bribie boasts pristine beaches, tranquil waters, superb views of the Glasshouse Mountains and a Championship Golf Course – all within an easy couple of mintues drive from each other. If you’re after sand between your toes, a stunning mountain or lush golf course as a backdrop, Bribie Island really does have it all, and Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club is one of the most picturesque venues you will come across. Their Marquee Terrace offers the perfect setting for any wedding ceremony, with two function rooms both featuring views of the award-winning golf course and tropical surroundings, seating up to 120 guests depending on room layout.

THE FOOD

The cuisine in Bali is delicious, and compared to food in Australia, it's also considerably cheaper. But, the onset of dreaded Bali belly after the consumption of food in Bali (whether from a street stall or in a fancy restaurant) is  all-too common – and in recent times has even been known to lead to death.

At Pacific Harbour, the wedding menus showcase premium, local, produce sure to satisfy even the fussiest foodie, with menu items including delicious sounding dishes like pan fried spiced snapper cake, shitake mushrooms, spinach, pickled ginger, tangy onion sprouts & chili oil. The venue offers two function rooms, seating up to 120 guests depending on room layout, with an option of plated, cocktail or buffet style dining.

PRIVACY

Unlike other popular beach wedding destinations, Bribie Island provides a private location for wedding day – one where you can ensure that only your invited guests show up. But if an uninvited guest in the form or rain or hail does arrive, there are always options for wet weather events at the Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club.

Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club
141-159 Avon Avenue, Banksia Beach
P 3410 4001 www.pacificharbourgolf.com.au

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Article by Lucy Stephens

Lucy Stephens is a Senior Digital Journalist and Content Strategist at Style Magazines. She's a travel addict, considers gelato an appropriate meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner (salted caramel, preferably), and suffers from a moderate to severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out).