We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the launch of our newest weddings and events space at the Island Gold Coast – the Glasshouse. We do hope that you enjoyed the venue, installations, food stations, drinks and entertainment. We would also like to that all of our wedding vendors that made the night possible – a full list of the vendors is included below.
Whether you were able to join us for the launch or not, we would be thrilled to discuss your plans for your big day. You can view our wedding packages here and view more of our spaces here. We would also love to hear from you – phone our Wedding Team directly on (07) 5538 8000, email us at email@example.com or submit an enquiry via our contact form here and we will be in touch so we can help you create a personalised vision to suit your needs, taste, style and budget.
At the Island you can expect dedicated service and the very best the Gold Coast’s wedding industry has to offer, from the people in-the-know. Be guided, while creating a day that is truly unique to you.
Vendors: Floral, planning and styling: Main Event Weddings | Photography: Todd Hunter McGaw | Videography: Forever Features | Styling and hire: AVIdeas | Music: Hamilton Band | Staging: Staging Creations | Roaming entertainment: the Rush Group | Photo moments: Luxe Designs & Events.
In a world where Covid-19 is the enemy, love will prevail!
For this entry of “A letter from our Wedding Manager”, I’ll take you through a wedding recently held at one of our Brisbane venues, the Warehouse. Even though this wedding was in Brisbane, I feel that the common theme of Covid-19 causing havoc on wedding plans is all too familiar to many couples – and one worth sharing!
I knew the minute I met Ben and Lauren in late 2019 that I’d remember them for some time. These two have shared quite the journey over the past year…
Ben and Lauren’s story began long before we met. They had already lost their initial wedding venue well before COVID-19 was a word any of us knew, so it wasn’t surprising their spirits were a little deflated at our first meeting.
We met at The Warehouse for a viewing and as soon as they reached the Loft door I knew our wedding ‘friendship’ would evolve beyond a simple meet and greet.
They fell in love with the history and heritage features — 4-metre-high arched windows, the rustic brick work and Tuscan-inspired rooftop and from there our design journey began.
Ben and Lauren gave me the pleasure of meeting their beautiful little girls Peyton and Audrey, while explaining they wanted to keep things relaxed but stylish. We were able to design and create a wedding that involved sharing a meal with friends and loved ones, but also reflect their relationship. We worked together right up until April 2020, and had all but the final wines selected, when our dear friend Coronavirus came knocking.
From here, we played the game I know only too well now (having excelled in re-scheduling dates, vendors and numbers more times than I care to remember over the past eight months) of postponing their wedding.
Once we found a new date, we settled into the waiting game, for when restrictions would ease and life could go back to ‘normal’ promptly in September. Then Covid-19 reared her ugly head again and when Ben and Lauren’s business was suddenly affected by the virus, the wedding planning experience became a little bit ‘too hard basket’, particularly with venues still being restricted from ‘vertically drinking’, mingling and dancing. Having to make the difficult decision to then cancel their Warehouse Wedding (remembering this was the third attempt), Ben and Lauren then made the finite choice to bring their wedding back home and be married under a century old Moreton Bay fig at Ben’s parents home in Samford.
I assisted them with this transition and we created a new wedding concept together — one where dancing, mingling and relaxing was on the cards (and one where COVID-19 was not invited). So, on we went — picking up where we left off with re-designing, re-booking, re-shuffling to a new date in October.
Nevertheless, it was not to be. COVID-19 again showed up and gathering in private properties was now restricted to ten guests. If you have been paying close attention, you may note this was now the fourth interruption to their wedding plan. I’m pretty sure at this point Lauren would have been happy to call it quits and be done with ever getting married!
Fortunately for Ben and Lauren, the 3rd October became available at their beloved Warehouse and with a few adjustments we were able to create their dream wedding — again. By this stage restrictions were lifted in and guests could move freely throughout the venue. The bride and groom could even share their first dance and enjoy time with loved ones.
True to my nature, I couldn’t let it end there. That fig at Mr and Mrs Sippels’ home was a beauty and the plan to light it up like a (with taste, ambient toned light and well styled) Christmas tree was now defunct with version #5 of their wedding planning experience. So, what do you do in this situation?
You bring the tree to the venue, that is what you do! Filling the room with cascading branches, maple leaves, autumnal floral tones and creeping greenery, we created a little bit of Autumn within the rustic, Tuscan walls of The Warehouse. The room was magical and the ceremony was the most beautiful, emotional experience I can remember in over twelve years of wedding planning. Audrey and Peyton created a path for their beautiful mother Lauren, and the rest is history.
Hosting your wedding at The Warehouse is more than a ceremony and reception. It tells your story. It creates an experience, expressing parts of yourself and weaving that into the day, into everything we do.
Just like the best love stories, Ben and Lauren’s journey didn’t run smoothly, but they had their happy ending and love prevailed! View a gallery of their day, below.
And from B&L themselves….
“Thank you so much for everything you did for us over the last year or so. You’re patience and ability to steer us through the COVID s**t show was amazing. You kept us calm and moving forward when we felt like giving up. And then to have it all come together as it did on Saturday was amazing. So many people have commented on the styling and how it was the most beautifully styled wedding they have been to. And Lauren and myself certainly agree.
Bianca and the staff of The Warehouse were just as amazing on the day/night. Their service was second to none and we have received just as many positive comments in relation to that. We feel so lucky to have had all of you involved in our wedding and truly don’t know the words to express our gratitude. All we can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”
If you would like Cassie to help bring your special day to life, contact her at:
The Island Gold Coast – Meet. Gather. Celebrate New Year’s Eve. Kicking off the new decade in style, in glamour, in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
The Island Gold Coast’s New Year’s Eve party will be like no other. Partying across three levels and six exclusive spaces, our guests will be spoilt for choice of how to ring in 2020.
Can you see it? Delicious food, innovative drink packages, spectacular live entertainment and immersive visual displays!
Want more? You got it… photo moments, pop-up performances and some very special guests!
We’ll be meeting, gathering and celebrating with one of the hottest parties on the Gold Coast – get your friends together, get dressed to thrill, get in a nanna nap so you’re ready – we will be partying until the sun comes up on a new year and a new decade. We have two very special experiences this New Year.
Guests will party under the stars as well as having full access to not one, not two, but three exclusive bars – The Island Rooftop, Goldie’s and the all new Island Pool Deck. But there’s more – a raft of live bands and DJs, including ‘Band 42 by the Hanlon Brothers’, immersive pop-up displays, roaming performers and very special guests.
The VIP Experience Cocktail Party is happening at The Island Penthouse on Level 12. This exclusive access floor includes the super-lush Ocean View and Mountain View Rooms, plus the super-luxe open-air Penthouse Terrace Bar! You will be dazzled with a 360 degree birds-eye view of the Surfers Paradise CBD, coastline and hinterland – not forgetting the traditional fireworks to ring in the new year.
Both options are all inclusive and feature a food and drinks package like no other, – think premium drinks and delicious canapés – live bands, DJs, roaming performers, dazzling pop-up displays and very special guests.
“The Island Gold Coast New Year’s Eve party is going to be the place to celebrate the new year and the new year decade. We have worked really hard to ensure that it ticks all the boxes – food, drinks, location and, of course, entertainment. This event will sell out so I’d implore people to book now so they don’t miss out – no one should be disappointed on New Year’s Eve.”
The party commences at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. Don’t forget you can also book and stay with us in one of our 98 recently renovated boutique hotel suites. Bring your sunnies – you will see the first sunrise of the new year since we’re partying until 5am!
The Island Gold Coast – Meet. Gather. Celebrate 2020.
A place where friends become family.
The Island Gold Coast is proud to announce the opening of their new look, destination cocktail bar, Duke’s Parlour. A place where everyone is treated like family.
The father of modern surfing, ‘The Duke’ Kahanamoku, was one of the first to promote wave riding in Australia so, where better to honour his legacy than in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Duke’s Parlour at The Island Gold Coast is THE new destination for amazing cocktails and an ever-changing, fresh live music lineup.
Duke’s Parlour, open on this Friday, is a place to be yourself, to let your spirit shine, be immersed in live entertainment and enjoy innovative cocktails. Duke’s is edgy yet comforting, different yet familiar, and always guaranteed to lift your spirit and give you an epic night to remember.
“Created on the basis of old fashioned hospitality, Duke’s is a cocktail bar in the heart of Surfers Paradise – a destination bar with a difference.” explains Duke’s Manager Tim Cerche.
Think mid-century Californian bungalow vibe encompassing all the warmth and spirit of goodness, generosity and doing things from the heart. A place where you feel unhurried, welcome and at home.”
Kick back, chill out, and enjoy bold, generous cocktails and inspired entertainment. Duke’s Parlour, open until very late. Find us on the ground floor of The Island Gold Coast, next to the hotel and pool deck.
As the Gold Coast’s premier party destination, The Island Gold Coast will host the most colourful, vibrant and entertaining Melbourne Cup event this year – and the theme is ‘where colour reigns supreme’.
The Island’s General Manager Scott Iliff said that guests will be swept up in the colour and excitement of Melbourne Cup racing – one of the most anticipated social calendar events – and the party atmosphere.
“From the race-day fashions to the immersive entertainment and premium food and drinks, Melbourne Cup at The Island will be a party unlike any other,” explains Scott.
“It will also be one of the first events in our new Glasshouse – a 400-metre square marquee-style space that can host up to 650 guests.”
“The space has been designed to make the most of the Gold Coast’s beautiful weather with a 12-metre-long alfresco bar, huge deck and extra high ceilings – and this Melbourne Cup it’s going to be party central!”
“Or guests can choose to party in the open-air on The Island’s Rooftop which will have an energetic and dynamic race-day vibe.”
The Island Gold Coast is close to public transport and parking, making it easy for partygoers and hotel guests.
Tickets will sell fast so reserve yours now here.
From November, The Island Gold Coast will change the future of functions forever with the launch of the Glasshouse. Like its namesake, this new and innovative marquee-style functions space will provide an optimum environment for growth – but rather than growing greenery it will be the perfect setting for growing new partnerships, new business, new memories and more.
Holding an enviable ground-floor location in the heart of Surfers Paradise, close to transport and secure parking, with over 600 square metres of space on offer and catering for up to 700 guests cocktail style and 350 guests banquet style, the Glasshouse will be the destination of choice for larger celebrations. These include exhibitions, conferences, galas, award events, lunch and dinner events, cocktail parties, brand launches and weddings.
“There’s nothing else quite like the Glasshouse on the Gold Coast,” says Scott Iliff, General Manager. “It’s a very versatile and beautiful event space in a privileged location – everything has been considered to ensure it delivers beyond expectations, regardless of the event.”
With its glass-panel walls and extra-high ceilings, the Glasshouse has been designed to make the most of the Gold Coast climate and the beautiful surrounds, bringing the very best of the outdoors in. Overlooking Bruce Bishop Park, it seamlessly connects guests with the neighbouring green space.
Inside, the Glasshouse features a state-of-the-art banqueting kitchen, capable of catering to the most diverse tastes and the largest groups.
The dedicated 12-metre long alfresco-style bar with adjoining deck will delight with its drinks menus, and the space and opportunity it presents to event hosts to bring people together. The space also features full state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities and offers direct access to all hotel facilities, including boutique rooms and suites.
The Glasshouse will be available from early November, just in time for the Melbourne Cup. It is open for bookings now.
Presented by Corona SunSets: this Summer, the Island Rooftop hosted one of our favourite dance commanders Boo Seeka. Check out the recap of the night below and stay tuned for a very special announcement, with the next Corona SunSets tour coming to the Island Rooftop this April.
Just in case you need more reasons, we have assembled the top 10 list of why the Island is the perfect destination for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Island Gold Coast, not just a pretty face:
- Out with the old and in with the new! – We all love saying goodbye to another year. A new year brings the prospect that the next year will be better, with new habits, more potential and an over-all better you. We say kick those old habits and celebrate your NYE at the beautiful NEW Island Gold Coast.
- We are not afraid to sparkle! – The Island is getting glammed up and so should you! NYE is all about glitz, glamour and a whole lot of fun. Grab your crew and ‘sparkle’ in ultimate style and sophistication at The Island Gold Coast.
- This is the beginning of anything you want! – Our cocktail NYE package includes a 4.5 hours of spirits, beer, wine and a variety of delectable canapés. Choose your poison and bring in the New Year with a drink in one hand and a canapé in the other.
- So baby, can we dance? – With live entertainment over multiple levels including roaming performers, live bands, DJs and some surprise pop-up installations, your feet are not going to want to stop moving. Dance the year away and boogie into 2019 at The Island Gold Coast.
- Capture the moment! – Make sure you capture your NYE moments with many insta-worthy backdrops and a snapchat filters to rival them all! Shout it from The Rooftop that you are partying it up at the hottest venue on the coast, right in the heart of Surfers.
- The best is yet to come! – The party doesn’t stop until the early morning! We have got the golden ticket to open our doors till 5am, so you and yours can continue the party well into the early hours! After the high of midnight only the best is yet to come.
- Well, why not? – What have you got to lose? Drinks and food included for 4.5 hours, choose to party high in the sky at our Level 12 Gala or dance the night away under the stars on our Rooftop. No line-ups, no mood-dampeners and only an amazing night to be had.
- A night to indulge – We all want the best things and life, so why not indulge and spend New Years Eve in our brand new Level 12 Penthouse. Extensive views of the fireworks, premium 4.5 hour beverage package including premium spirits such as Belvedere Vodka and Mumm Champagne. Start 2019 in luxury at our Level 12 Gala – only $199 per person.
- Celebrate with those you love – With so much room, there is a slim chance that your whole crew won’t be able to join you bring in the New Year. No need to spend half the night meeting up with people. Why not all come and celebrate together at The Island all night long!
- Do something today your future-self will thank you for – Don’t start the year with regret or fomo! Get your tickets now to be apart of The Island Gold Coast’s New Years Eve celebrations!
If there’s one thing the Gold Coast is world famous for, aside from swooping coastlines and good looking weather, it’s what happens when the sun goes down on Australia’s gilded town.
As part of the city’s make over, a new bar scene has taken growth throughout the Gold Coast with everything from roof-top beauties to micro breweries, and complicated cocktails served in laneway bijous that are rivalling all the big cities. Food, and more importantly drink, menus have grown creative and complex thanks to the easy access to phenomenal fresh produce, and big names in the restaurant business are making the sea change to set up bar.
Is there anything better for a weekend away than a hot new hotel with the perfect rooftop bar on top like a shining beacon of hope and good times? Check in, drop your bags, wash the plane off you and head straight up to your first new-GC bar. The Island rooftop looks out over the famous Surfers Paradise skyline. With live music and DJs, and an army of Acapulco chairs to sink into, you can be sipping your favourite drink within an hour of arrival and watching the sky change colour over the sea. Welcome to Surfers.
Drink of choice: The Ocean Breeze: Hendricks Gin, lemongrass and smashed cucumber shaken, then served over ice and topped with soda.
Finding somewhere that’s comfortable and stylish is a dime a dozen, here at The Island our boutique hotel will tick all your accommodation boxes.
We have 98 boutique hotel rooms available, giving you plenty of options to chose from for your stay.
It’s no hidden secret that locals try to stay away from Surfer’s Paradise, but we have something special that you might just like. Our renovated King Suites are perfect for if you’re having a weekend of popping bottles, some much needed R&R or needing somewhere for the visiting relatives to stay. Our King Suites boasts beautiful views from our wonderful glitter strip, Surfer’s Paradise Beach or the glorious Gold Coast Hinterland. The best thing about The Island is you don’t even have to leave if you don’t want!
Oh-la-la! Looking for somewhere special to take your significant other, look no further. Organise a bottle of champagne on arrival, and enjoy some bubbles while taking in the beautiful ocean views. Wine and dine your loved one in our wonderful restaurant,, enjoy our Italian inspired menu while relaxing in relaxing ambiance.
Heading to the Gold Coast for work or a conference? Lifeless rooms are so yesterday! Retire from a long day of wheeling, dealing and slaying in boutique comfort.
The Island is located on the G:Link which will be able to get you to the exhibition centre and most hubs in 15 minutes.
BOOK NOW and enjoy a stay at The Island Boutique Hotel.