Will there be other people there on my wedding day? Nope! Apart from all of us that make your day happen, all Wedding & Reception Packages offer exclusive use, so there won't be another wedding party there on the same day. We are open for private events and functions only, not to the public, so unless someone can't read the signs on our gates, it's just you and your guests for the day!
What happens if it rains? Our brand new undercover Pavilion provides an option if it rains (but it won't... touch wood).
Where does the reception happen? At our Pavilion - it's an undercover, open air space with incredible views overlooking the bay.
How many people does the reception space seat? Go for 100 - that's a comfortable, not-too-squishy amount, although we can seat up to 120 guests.
Can guests attend the ceremony but not the reception? Unfortunately not, sorry!
What's the deal with drinks/BYO? You drop the drinks to us at your weekday rehearsal (the week of your wedding), we'll get them chilled for you, and then we take care of the rest! Ice, glassware & bar staff are already included in the packages.
Do you cater for dietary requirements? Yes! You'll fill out an online venue brief 2 months prior and let us know who can't eat what, and our caterer will choose a suitable alternative for those guests.
Can we bring in our our caterer? We have our own exclusive caterers, so we don't allow external catering. This also includes Mum making platters and bringing them along.
What time should we start the ceremony? We judge timings by the sun. For example, if your wedding is in late November, chances are it will be fairly hot and you don't want your guests sitting in the sun melting away, right? So for those warmer months, we suggest a 3.30pm or later start, but if you're looking at the chillier months, you're welcome to start at 3pm. Put '3pm for a 3.30pm start' (gates open 45 minutes prior to your ceremony start time) on your invites so your Aunty Helen doesn't show up when the ceremony finishes. We recommend these times because the ceremony area will be shaded, and it works in with having your main meal at about 6.30pm, so it will feel like dinner time as it will be dark!
What time should we start the reception? Again - take your cue from the sun! Do you feel strange sitting down to eat dinner when it's still light outside? We recommend serving your main meal when it's dark outside (about 30 minutes after actual sunset time).
Are there any other sneaky costs we should know about? We lay it all on the table so you know what you're paying, and what you're getting for it. The only extra costs are your drinks (which you organise), and a refundable security bond. No additional ceremony or venue hire costs, no corkage, no other boring, annoying add-on costs. Simple!
Min & max guest numbers? Sit down packages: Minimum 60, Maximum 120 Cocktail package: Minimum 40, Maximum 150 OR Mid-week (Mon-Thurs): Sit down packages: Minimum 40
What happens if at the time of booking I think there will be 90 guests, but once RSVP's come back, there's only 70? We'll just adjust your invoice accordingly.
Do you have any rules about noise or music? Yes! We don't make them, but here they are: no amplified bands of more than 2 members, no drum kits, and noise can't exceed the background noise by more than 10db. Essentially, we aren't a nightclub - sorry!
How does the flower stuff work within the packages? You'll send an email to our florist with any photos/inspiration/colours/flowers/words/ideas, and she'll let you know what she can do within the package. Easy! Check out @rainforestgardensflorist on Instagram for some inspo.
If I don't book the Wedding Coordinator Package, do I have to organise someone to set my decorations/table settings? Yes. If you don't want to put that burden on someone, then the Wedding Coordinator Package is the way to go. We're super easy to work with and the Wedding Coordinator Package offers a whole lot more than just setting your tables; you get a personalised wedding checklist, a couple of meetings to vent/organise/chat, a wedding day run sheet so you know what time your wedding starts, and your Wedding Coordinator is your go to person for the whole day - they'll put buttonholes on, direct guests, calm your nerves before you walk down the aisle, make sure the groom looks spiffy, hit play on your ceremony music and just be an all round cool cucumber.
What should I put on my invites? Our address: 196 Mount View Road, Mount Cotton, QLD 4165 Wedding time: 3pm arrival for a 3.30pm ceremony start time Parking: There is a carpark on site - entry through Gate B Tips: Wear flat shoes(!) as there is a short walk to the ceremony area. If you require disabled parking please let us know prior.
Do you allow pets? We love animals! We have some of our own here on the property and completely understand that you'd like yours to be a part of your day. We just ask that A) we know about it in advance, B) your pet is well behaved, C) you pick up any droppings and D) they stay for the ceremony only and remain in the ceremony area for that duration.
Is there parking on site? Yep! There's a car park in the lower area of the venue which holds roughly 50 cars (if people can park in a straight line... harder than you might think!). It might be nice to include a note on your invitations about the parking area, and let your guests know there is a small, enjoyable walk through the gardens to the ceremony area (and also that exercise is good for you).
My wedding is going to be in winter - can I hire in chiminea's? Sorry, but no! We don't want to re-tell a horror story of that one time a chiminea fell over and our entire venue burnt down... But the good news is that we have gas heaters, which are included in your package (no nasty extras, remember!)
Is the venue wheelchair accessible? If you have any guests in wheelchairs, we suggest using the drop off area at the top of the cul-de-sac, or pre-arranging a disabled parking spot for your guest/s. The ceremony area is wheelchair accessible via two pathways - one grass, and one concreted. Please take into consideration that we are situated on a mountain (go figure!), so the pathways are not flat and could be referred to as 'wheelchair 4WD'ing' in some areas.
Do you charge a surcharge on Sunday's? Yes. We have to pay our staff accordingly on Sunday's & public holidays, so there is a small fee to cover these staffing costs. If you're concerned, shoot us an email.
Do you do weddings on every day of the week? Yep! Your wish is our command. Although, we are closed during December and January for a maintenance period and a bit of freshening up.
A picturesque wonderland nestled amongst the trees, with views sweeping the coastline Experience exceptional service in a laid back and intimate setting