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. Please note, BYO does not mean that your guests can bring their own alcohol on the day. The only alcohol permitted on site is that which is served by our staff.
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. You don't have to worry about making your menu selection based on them, as we'll take care of them no matter your selection.
can we bring in our own caterer?
We have our own exclusive caterers, so we don't allow external catering. This also includes Mum making platters and bringing them along.
how do we know how much alcohol to buy?
Head to the Dan Murphy's website - they've got a handy calculator to help you.
do we need to provide water?
We provide a water station at the Amphitheatre and Pavilion, and carafes on the tables for sit down receptions. Some people like to provide bottled water for us to put on the bar for guests to help themselves towards the end of the night.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
For your ceremony: the ceremony is relocated to the chapel, so the bride and groom will stand underneath our beautiful chandelier, and your guests are sheltered by the sail area. For the reception: our Pavilion is undercover, and the sides are fitted with blinds to keep out 95% of rain.
does it get cold in winter?
Is the sky blue? If you feel the cold in winter, bring a jumper!
do you provide gas heaters?
All of our packages from 2018 onwards include the use of our gas heaters in winter to keep you cosy.
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. If you've got more guests, our cocktail package caters for up to 150 guests.
Min & max guest numbers
Sit down packages: Minimum 60, Maximum 120 Cocktail package: Minimum 60, Maximum 150 OR Mid-week (Sun-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. Just keep in mind that if there was a minimum guest requirement for your date (e.g. 60 guests on a Saturday, that minimum will remain and you would have to pay for the 60 guests, even if you only have 50 guests attending.
Can guests attend the ceremony but not the reception?
Unfortunately not, sorry!
Parking & Accessibility
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).
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 have disability parking?
We reserve some parking spots closer to the ceremony area for any guests with disabilities.
who can park inside the venue?
There is NO parking inside the venue, apart from the designated car park area. The bridal car can drive up the driveway, but the car must be moved prior to or directly following the ceremony to allow access to our caterers and other suppliers.
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.
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).
do we get help with our timeline? we don't even know where to start?!
We will send through a timeline template when it's getting close to your wedding date. You can alter it if you like, but it gives a good reference point for you. If you've selected the Wedding Coordinator Package, we'll make suggestions on your timeline for you, and sit down and talk you through it.
when do we do our cake cutting?
Cake cutting happens prior to your speeches, as you'll cut the cake, then we take it away for the Chef to cut while your speeches are happening. Or, if you want to get it out of the way, you can do your cake cutting after the bridal party entry.
what's your curfew?
10pm Monday-Saturday and 9pm on Sunday's.
can we extend the curfew?
No, sorry - those are the rules. And no, you can't pay more to extend the curfew either - it's part of our council permit.
what time does the carpark open?
45 minutes prior to your ceremony start time.
Noise, Music & Microphones
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! Music stops 30 minutes prior to the curfew time to give your guests a heads up to start saying their goodbyes.
Can i have a dj?
You sure can!
can i just play my music from an ipad?
Yep! You can plug in to our sound system via our AUX cord. For the reception, the device will be locked in our soundbox to protect our whizz-bang equipment.
Do you have a microphone?
Yes, we have a wireless microphone at the Amphitheatre and Pavilion - your celebrant is welcome to use it, and you're also welcome to use it for speeches.
How does the florist credit work in your packages?
It goes towards your total florist bill. 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.
can i use an external florist?
No sorry, we have an amazing in house florist and we even include a credit towards your floral styling in your packages. She's super reasonably priced, pretty incredible, and you'll find it's actually more cost effective to order all of your flowers through her, rather than using 2 different florists.
can i just get my flowers from the flower market?
Did you know that the flower market actually sells flowers to you at a RETAIL cost, and our florist gets her flowers at a WHOLESALE cost? Yep... so it's actually cheaper for you to buy your flowers through her!
do we pay the florist directly or is it just added to our bill?
It's added to your bill so you have less to worry about!
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!
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.
how much are your packages?
Head to the packages tab above and download our packages - the pricing is all detailed in there for you.
is there a price difference for a mid week wedding?
We keep our prices the same throughout the week, because we give you exactly the same level of service, no matter what day it is. The only difference for mid week packages, is that our minimum guest number is 40 - so it's perfect for the more intimate celebrations.
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.
do we get to take photos with the alpacas?
Yes! It's all part of the experience!
Wedding Coordinator Package
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 does the wedding coordinator do?
You'll have 2 meetings prior to the day to go through everything from menu selection, itinerary, venue brief and ask as many questions as you want. We're there to be your handbook for everything wedding related.
On the day, we set up your decorations/flowers/place cards/favours and make it all look pretty. We're there keep you calm, make sure you've got a drink in hand, and tag along for your photo session to hold your veil/hand/drink. We'll make sure everything runs to schedule, and coordinate your MC and other suppliers.
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.
A picturesque wonderland nestled amongst the trees, with views sweeping the coastline Experience exceptional service in a laid back and intimate setting