Rate of knots rising on Rotto
ROTTNEST Island is being marketed as a destination wedding location, with a dedicated co-ordinator and wedding suites.
In 2012, 25 couples tied the knot on the island and this year there are 40 weddings booked, 15 per cent up from last year. There were recently three weddings held on the same Saturday night.
Rottnest Island Authority events and weddings co-ordinator Deone van der Westhuizen added ‘wedding coordinator’ to her title about nine months ago.
“So many people want a destination wedding and this destination is so close, it’s the perfect location,” she said.
“It’s always a great time for the whole family and friends to get away.
“There’s so many multicultural families travelling from overseas and interstate and making a holiday out of it.”
Two villas in Longreach Bay renovated as part of the Rottnest Reno TV show last year are designed for wedding couples, with one bedroom, a dressing room and ocean views.
“I love seeing happy clients… the end result is what they really want and they’re happy and relaxed on the day,” Deone said.
Rottnest Island Authority events and weddings co-ordinator Deone van der Westhuizen.