Warwick wedding venue vote best in Queensland
WARWICK is great value for money and offers a country atmosphere just hours from the city - that's also why it's on the bridal map, according to Abbey of the Roses owner Sonia Hunt.
The Locke St wedding venue was voted the number one wedding venue in Queensland by a Facebook group with half a million followers.
Stay at Home Mums described the Abbey as, "a refined and dignified adults-only bed and breakfast with magnificent gardens and rooms that will make you think you have gone back in time”.
Ms Hunt said the survey results came as a surprise.
"We were rapt,” she said.
"Initially I thought it was a scam, but then I saw they have 500,000 likes on Facebook.”
The survey was conducted by Facebook, with the 1891 manor house beating out venues in Maleny, Marbourg and Toowoomba.
Ms Hunt said there was a charm to Warwick that had brides and grooms flocking from the cities to experience their perfect country wedding.
"It's a destination,” she said.
"It's a beautiful town with sandstone buildings and it's in the country still, so it's close enough you can drive, but not that far you have get on a plane.”
She said current trends were pushing people out of the hustle and bustle of the cities and into the country.
"People won't mind travelling to put on their wedding,” she said.
Abbey of the Roses hosts about 20 weddings a year, alongside their Murder Mystery nights, Christmas in July, high teas and other events.
"We don't normally book brides in January, as it's too hot,” Ms Hunt said.
She said the number one title was a credit to all who helped them.
"I don't think this is just a reflection on the Abbey - although we are chuffed - it is with the help of our local suppliers too,” she said.
"There is some great talent in Warwick with the Four Bows String quartet run by Mike Spiller.
"Some of the suppliers we have used recently are Helen from Top Beat as a fantastic wedding DJ, Peta from Weddings and Events, Eric Turner as a marriage celebrant, Just Because for flowers, Debbie Hughes from Sweet Petals Cake Decorating and two amazing sandstone churches that our couples sometimes use for their ceremony - St Mark's and St Mary's.
"Local produce from the Lyons St markets and Lyons St butchers all help make it happen.
"Warwick is lucky to have a lot of amazing contacts.”
For more information, phone 46619777.