Business: Total Weddings
Location: Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
A dream wedding needs a dream destination… and, naturally, a dream wedding planning team. The leading and most experienced wedding planning company in the Whitsunday, Total Weddings knows all there is to know about saying “I do” in this tropical paradise. What really makes the team stand out is the way they tailor everything to their clients’ needs and budgets, plus their flexible wedding packages. Whether you live in the area or you’re planning a destination wedding, Total Weddings are the locals you need to know for the perfect Whitsundays celebration.
Name of wedding planner: Kasey Vella
With a pride in creating couples’ perfect days, Kasey just loves Whitsunday weddings. Having worked in the wedding industry for several years, she’s passionate about her job and helping those from out-of-town discover the beauty of her local area.
Describe Total Weddings in five words:
“Friendly, professional, experienced, industry leaders.”
What are the main reasons people choose Total Weddings?
“The Whitsundays is a world-famous destination, located right here in Australia. With award-winning venues and suppliers at couples’ fingertips, the location makes for the perfect week-long wedding celebration.”
What’s the most Instagrammable spot in the Whitsundays?
“Anywhere in the Whitsundays is set to make people green with envy – we #wishyouwerehere!”
What’s the best room or suite for couples to spend their wedding night in the Whitsundays?
“You definitely have to get a rooftop or penthouse apartment to take advantage of the Whitsundays’ azure blue waters.”
What’s the one thing Total Weddings offers couples that they won’t be offered anywhere else?
“The experience of a lifetime! From the venues through to suppliers, you’ll have your coordinator by your side ensuring your day is everything you want it to be and more.”
What local specialities do you recommend couples add to their wedding menu for a Whitsundays wedding?
“Fresh local seafood is a popular choice and many Whitsundays chefs have created amazing signature dishes with the array of seafood available.”
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had for a wedding – and did you deliver?!
“The strangest request would have to be a groom wanting to skydive to his own wedding ceremony. Not only was this enough of a challenge, it also was to be his first skydive! At TW we pride ourselves on giving couples the wedding of their dreams, so after working out all the logistics with the local skydiving company we made this groom’s dream a reality and watched on (with butterflies in our stomachs!) as we saw our groom in his wedding suit parachute down into his ceremony.”
What’s the one thing wedding couples always forget to bring or do?
“Being a tropical location a lot of couples don’t think to check the tide times, but that’s what they have us for – to think of all these things for them.”
What’s the most glamorous/luxurious thing couples want to do in the Whitsundays?
“Luxury is something the Whitsundays does well. Our most popular packages include a private helicopter transfer for the couple from the airport to the helipad, followed by a privately chauffeured luxury transfer to their five-star accommodation with sparkling wine and a cheese and fruit platter on their arrival. It also features all the usual wedding inclusions, two private his-and-hers helicopters to the ceremony location, followed by a private dinner with their own waiter.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give a couple planning a destination wedding?
“Hire a wedding planner! Let the professionals who know the area, know the best suppliers and just have a wealth of local knowledge help you make the best decisions for your day.”
What’s the most memorable feedback you’ve ever received from a happy bride and groom?
“We receive so many beautiful emails and gifts, but the one that blew us away was when a couple included a picture of myself with them in their wedding album. They said I was more a part of their wedding day than the guests and that, to them, I was now family. This couple often come back to the Whitsundays for holidays and always made a point of contacting me for a catch-up.”