Whitsundays a true wedding destination
THE azure blue water of Pioneer Bay glittered in the afternoon light of a magical Whitsunday winter day for the Grandest Wedding Expo at Coral Sea Resort on Sunday.
The event was planned ahead of Cyclone Debbie, which hit small business suppliers hard, so it was decided by the general manager of the Coral Sea Resort, Greg Waites, to bring in wedding traders free of charge.
Many prominent local businesses got on board and Coral Sea Resort wedding event and sales manager Sharon Gregory said without them the venue wouldn’t have the wedding industry it currently did.
“It’s a massive industry for us and a very large percentage of our business,” she said.
“We do a minimum of 85-100 weddings a year and during the peak season it’s crazy here.”
Ms Gregory said there was a growing phenomenon of destination weddings whereby guests would want to stay a while before or after the big day.
She said this in particular was boosting the wedding and tourism industries in the Whitsundays.
“Instead of one day, it turns into a multi-day celebration and that is why people are really interested in doing destination wedding venues in the Whitsundays,” she said.
IN VOGUE: The fashion show at the Grandest Wedding Expo 2017 at Coral Sea Resort