The venue: Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Location: Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia.
Enjoy the relaxed elegance of an island “I do” at this breathtaking one-stop location for your wedding and honeymoon. You’ll find island bliss with a choice of four picture-perfect ceremony locations, ten reception locations, a world-class rejuvenation spa, and onsite accommodation. Casual and contemporary or steeped in tradition, Daydream Island Resort and Spa will deliver a dream day.
Name of wedding planner: Belinda Letts
After eight years of event planning (including five years at buzzing Flemington Racecourse and three years as a wedding planner in the Yarra Valley) Belinda was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. A move to the magical Whitsundays as a Wedding Sales Executive for Daydream Island Resort and Spa meant a chance to explore her passion in paradise. From intimate elopements to guest lists of 200, Belinda says she is “privileged to turn people’s dream day into reality, at a place that’s like heaven on earth.”
Describe Daydream Island Weddings in five words
Vibrant. Alluring. Breathtaking. Romantic. Tropical.
What are the main reasons people choose Daydream Island for their destination wedding?
Working in traditional wedding venues, I found that couples always commented “the day has been and gone so quickly”. With a destination wedding, you really can make a holiday and honeymoon out of it, catching up with the most important people in your lives, all in the same magical place. They are there to celebrate with you.
Post wedding activities on the island are also amazing, with over 20 free activities for island guests, including the unique Living Reef lagoons on island and the surrounding fringing reef plus many Great Barrier Reef group tours available. There is no other ‘island wedding’ quite like a Daydream Island one. Plus for Australian couples, your local guests won’t need a passport. For our international couples – everyone needs to tick the Whitsundays off their bucket list, so why not take advantage of discounted wedding guest rates.
Where’s your favourite spot on Daydream Island for a gorgeous wedding photo?
Our ceremony locations all have the vibrant blue Coral Sea in the background. What a backdrop to capture the smile on the bride and groom’s faces, and the first kiss as husband and wife, to take home and cherish forever.
And what’s the most Instagrammable spot at the resort? One sure to make people back home jealous!
Under the Jetty. It mixes the rustic decking and vibrant blue ocean to create an unforgettable scene.
What’s the best room or suite for the wedding night and why?
We have five bridal and honeymoon suites on the island including The Daydreamer Suite and Ocean Paradise Suite.
What’s one thing you get at Daydream Island and nowhere else on the planet?
There are so many places to ‘wow’ on the island. Lovers Cove is the standout. There aren’t too many places around the world where you can hire your own private decking and bay for your ceremony or reception. You and your guests will have it all to yourselves. And, did I mention the sunsets are spectacular? The Endeavour Chapel features floor-to-ceiling windows and a stunning Whitsundays sparkling Coral Sea backdrop. The chapel also boasts red carpet down the aisle, a built-in sound system and webcam technology to stream the ceremony over the internet to loved ones.
What are some of the chef’s specialities for a wedding menu?
Seafood… okay, maybe that’s my favourite food group! I really like that Daydream offers sit down, cocktail or buffet options, including roaming buffets, with a variety of cuisines. They really do customise and tailor menus from wedding to wedding. From our chefs to our wedding coordinators, we all have a passion to deliver an amazing dining experience for each and every wedding guest.
What’s the strangest wedding request you’ve ever had – and did you deliver?!
A fireworks show. Of course we pulled it off, and the guests and bride and groom we’re thrilled. Now it’s becoming a trend and we offer this as an option for our Daydream Island couples’ special day.
What’s the one thing wedding couples always forget to bring or do?
Flat shoes for the photo shoot around the island! But that’s all taken care of as our team is on hand to remind you the day before, and carry them around for you!
What’s the most glamorous/luxurious thing couples get to do at Daydream Island Resort and Spa?
Private romantic dinners, with your own wait staff in some amazing locations on the island, create an intimate and romantic setting that gets rave reviews from our bridal couples and honeymooners.
Daydream’s superb Rejuvenation Spa means beauty therapists, make-up artists and hair stylists are all on hand to tend to the bridal party.
What’s your best piece of advice for a couple planning their destination wedding?
Utilise your wedding planner! They live on island, and know all the Whitsundays wedding suppliers. Make sure you communicate exactly what you want to your fabulous wedding planner, get ideas off social media — we’re all guilty of screenshotting Instagram and Pinterest when we should be sleeping — and send them your photos and wedding ideas. We will do everything in our power to bring that vision to life.
What’s the most memorable feedback you’ve ever received from a happy bride and groom?
I feel really blessed to have partaken in so many amazing weddings all over Australia. It makes my heart melt when couples say they wouldn’t have booked Daydream Island Resort and Spa without my help and putting their dream day in a special wedding package. Even more so – I love seeing the photos after their special day. Daydream Island is picture perfect, and I feel so lucky to work for this remarkable wedding venue.