Warwick is a top destination for weddings / Photo: Natalie Hope
Warwick is a top destination for weddings / Photo: Natalie Hope Natalie Hope

Something about Warwick woos new brides

WHEN it comes to weddings, the Warwick region is a premier destination. 

Figures from the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages reveal 467 couples tied the knot at locations across the Warwick region in the past three years and 155 of those were in the past 12 months.

In the five years since taking on the Abbey of the Roses Sonia Hunt has done more than 100 weddings - 90% of which she estimates the bridal party have come from out of town.

Cost, intimacy and practicality she said were the main attractions for modern brides.

"Warwick is a lot less expensive than other areas, it's more intimate with the country town feel and people use it as a weekend getaway," she said. "They'll often stay the night here and make the trek down to Stanthorpe on Sunday for a wine tour."

Mrs Hunt does almost 25 weddings a year for the season which runs from August to October and then from March through to April.

Stephanie and Ian McCartney were one of those March couples.

Born and raised at near Wheatvale, Stephanie McCartney who now lives with her husband north of Rockhampton at his family's cattle property Roselea, returned to her home town to wed on March, 21 this year at the Abbey of Roses.

"Warwick is such a lovely place, and all of my immediate family live here," she said.

Not much time had passed between Ian's proposal on the verandah of their future house overlooking the north Queensland cattle property, and her decision to host her wedding in the Rose City.

"I was pretty set on Warwick from the get go, It's something really special I can share with my mum," she said.

But not just for family reasons, price and a scenic backdrop were also on Stephanie's wish list.

"It's such a beautiful little town and there was enough accommodation for all of our guests to stay in town," she said.

Warwick marriage celebrant Erica Bailey said the region attracted couples looking for the quintessential country wedding.

"Most of the people who get married here travel to the region from other parts of the state," she said. "I would not imagine there would be too many locals in those figures."

In a break away from tradition Ms Hunt said 75% of her weddings were hosted by civil celebrants.

"I would say 25% of our clients are second marriages and the rest are first-time weddings," she said.

"The ceremonies are becoming more intimate."

The top five Warwick wedding locations on the Southern Downs last year were;

  • Warwick: 93
  • Stanthorpe: 34
  • Killarney: 10
  • The Summit: 7
  • Ballandean: 6

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