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Kawana Beach Backyard Wedding

1st December 2011


Andrea and Trent dreamt of a private, secluded backyard wedding… And also a beach wedding, and the one thing they were sure of was that they wanted their ceremony and reception in the one place. Their solution? Rent a house on Kawana Beach with a big backyard for their Sunshine Coast wedding on October 16, 2010. 

They say their venue was perfect for the relaxed and unique wedding day they desired, and allowed complete seclusion, as the backyard not only had a gorgeous bunch of trees, giving the ceremony site a bush feel, but said trees lead out to a private beach access, where they were able to relax, have a picnic and get some beautiful (and fun) bridal party photos.

As a graphic designer, Andrea’s other major concern was the styling of her wedding. Being able to have complete creative control of the wedding designing and decorating was made easy with the choice of venue.

The other big pro to hiring a beach house was that it really helped keep costs down. Their 60 guests were able to relax and enjoy the canapes Andrea had catered by a friend, help themselves to the well-stocked bar, play pool and listen to playlists the couple had put together themselves and played over a hired sound system. The entire affair came in at around $11,000.


My earrings and bracelet were Monet and came from Myer, heels from Forever New, my mum made my veil and I also wore a rose gold cuff that has been passed down through the family.”

The best moment of the day was straight after we were married and we turned to share the celebration with our excited family and friends.”

Trent and I were introduced by a mutual friend at university, at the pub! We make each other happy every single day regardless of what might be going on in our lives.”

Andrea & Trent’s Wedding Secrets Revealed

Biggest splurge: 5-star honeymoon in Fiji

Biggest bargain: The venue, because it was reasonably priced and allowed them to buy their own alcohol, choose their own caterer, decorate themselves and it doubled as wedding night accommodation.

Andrea’s dress: Nicolina label from Brides of Brisbane

Andrea’s shoes: Forever New

Andrea’s accessories: Monet brand from Myer and family jewellery

Bridesmaids dresses: Myer, embellished by the girls using a pulled apart and sewn back together Equip headband

Groom and Groomsmens’ suits: Roger David

DIY: Flowers, stationery, music, and decorating. A friend did the catering, and another provided the boys’ transport to the house, and yet another did the photography.

Total cost: Approx $11,000, shared between both sets of parents.


Wedding Dream Team

Makeup Artist: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry

Hair Stylist: Michelle Owens

Rentals: Nomadic Tents and Perry’s Hire

Celebrant: Kate Whitton

Photography: Alex Ball

  • Anonymous


    Your backyard wedding reception venue is exactly the type of wedding and location for what I want for my wedding reception. Ive been searching for this type of house along the beach between Kawana and Caloundra for a rental that allows weddings! This is the first I’ve seen in this area.

    Are you able to advise what the no. on Oceanic Dr this house is and which holiday rental company you went through??

    Thanks :)

  • http://Www.thebridestree.com.au The Bride’s Tree

    Hi Jane! Thanks for your comment and your email. When I saw your email, I immediately thought you would love this wedding venue. I emailed this bride yesterday and I am just waiting to hear back from her with the exact house number. As soon as I hear back from her, I will let you know. I would also suggest looking in our wedding planners section of our supplier directory as these guys would have a whole stack of beach houses they would be able to recommend to you. Here is the link: https://www.thebridestree.com.au/supplier-directory/wedding-planners?t=22

  • Anonymous

    This is an absolutely stunning location! I have been looking for a house to rent on the sunshine coast for our wedding and reception and being on the beach is a must!

    If possible, can I please have the address so I can enquire and hopefully book this beautiful house?

    Thank you so much, your site is proving to be the most wonderful resource in planning our special day!


  • https://thebridestree.com.au The Bride’s Tree

    Hi there!

    It really is the perfect beach house wedding location, isn’t it! This wedding was at a stunning beach house along Oceanic Dve, however the lucky bride has told us that unfortunately this house is no longer available
    for weddings.

    We have searched quite extensively for venues like the one you are after because it is something we are asked quite often. We have spoken to several Real Estate Agencies, Holiday House Agencies and home owners and time after time we have been told that they will not rent their houses out for parties or weddings. There are a few reasons why they don’t allow weddings in these houses. The first is due to licensing laws and restrictions and the second is because in the past the houses have been left in such poor condition with parties so the owners now no longer allow any type of events. The beautiful couple in this blog post left the house in top condition, it’s just that the owners have decided to not rent it out anymore. This is such a shame because there really is such a big calling for this type of service.

    I do know of a few mansions up in the Montville/Maleny region, however we haven’t come across another beach house like this one. I do have a few suggestions for you though. Have you tried calling a Wedding Planner? Wedding Planners often have special arrangements with local suppliers and can often secure deals that you wouldn’t normally be able to obtain yourself. We would strongly recommend you give them a call – we have a few listed in our Supplier Directory here: https://www.thebridestree.com.au/supplier-directory/wedding-planners

    One venue that did come to mind was “Surfair” at Coolum. It’s not a beach house as such, but it is a lovely venue overlooking the ocean. You can rent out the penthouse for weddings and the view from the rooftop is incredible!

    We were so happy to hear that The Bride’s Tree is proving really helpful with your wedding planning. Please keep us updated with your wedding plans – we would love to hear all about it!

    We wish you the best of luck with your wedding planning and we look forward to providing you with more daily ideas and inspiration!

  • Anonymous

    Hi! Would you mind providing a list of the places in Montville and Maleny you were referring to earlier, or any other places on the Sunshine Coast who will allow a similar event on their property – doesn’t have to be beach related? We have already checked out Montville Mountain Lodge which is lovely, but we have nothing to compare it to. Thanks for you help.

  • https://thebridestree.com.au The Bride’s Tree

    Have you viewed Vue De Lumieres: http://www.vue-de-lumieres.com.au/ If you are after a garden wedding theme I would also suggest looking at Yandina Station:http://www.yandinastation.com/ or Kenilworth Homestead: http://www.kenilworthhomestead.com.au/Kenilworth_Homestead/Home.html

    Make sure you keep checking back to our Supplier Directory over the coming weeks because we will be adding more and more venues all the time.

  • Anonymous

    Hiya! I too have been searching for a house to rent to have my wedding at. Can you please let me know the details as well!? :)

  • Anonymous

    Hiya! Can you please let me know the details for the property and agent as well!? I’ve been searching for ages! :)

  • admin

    It really is the perfect beach house wedding location, isn't it! This wedding was at a stunning beach house along Oceanic Dve, however the lucky bride has told us that unfortunately this house is no longer available
    for weddings.  It has since been sold to a new owner who doesn't rent it out for weddings.

    However we do have a few suggestions for you!  Try contacting the girls at Beedazzled Events. They are wedding planners and have access to a lot of properties that many people have not heard of before.  We visited one of them today and it is only minutes to the beach and has a perfect rainforest setting, is large and you can have a massive marquee set up if required.  The Beedazzled Events team are an absolute pleasure to deal with and we are constantly emailed by brides telling us how wonderful they are.  Their website is http://www.beedazzledevents.com.au

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  • Kristel Sy

    Hi may i know where about in kawana beach they found the house with a backyard? thanks! :)

  • Mariska Meszaros

    I would also like to know where the house is? I’m trying to find a house to have my wedding in, however so far have had no luck, none of the houses on the Sunshine Coast will allow functions. Does anyone know of a beach house that allows functions?