The Gold Coast has an abundance of wedding planners, beautiful venues, skilled photographers and other wedding supplies. We recently interviewed Carmen the daughter of the owners of Riverwood Estate, a wedding venue located in the beautiful scenic Gold Coast hinterland, at the base of Mt Tamborine that has been an idyllic wedding venue over the past few years hosting tipi weddings.
Hidden at the base of Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland is Riverwood Estate, an exquisite wedding venue with an idyllic setting, they have made themselves known for hosting tipi weddings, customised uniquely to you!
We talked to Carmen from Riverwood Weddings, the daughter of the owners of Riverwood Estate, in which they hire out to those looking for a gorgeous background to their nuptials.
The natural surroundings also act as the perfect setting to wedding photos. She has given us a peek into this beautiful venue, the history, more on tipi weddings, and everything they offer to couples looking to wed.
1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR VENUE AND THE AREAS YOU HAVE AVAILABLE FOR WEDDINGS?
Riverwood is a little bit different as a private residence “blank canvas” wedding venue meaning we’ve built a flat, elevated reception space for you to book and have your choice of structure set up – a tipi, clear marquee, nomadic tent or mongolian yurt – the choices are endless and suit your taste, style and budget.
We allow 5 days access to the venue for set up and pack down and are full riverfont for beautiful ceremony and canape locations along our riverbank.
2. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU INCLUDE/ OFFER YOUR GUESTS?
We include hiring in deluxe portable bathrooms, a large cool room onsite, bon fire pit with blankets and marshmellows, all ceremony decor for seating and Arbour and a really cool Vintage Kombi “Benni” for photos. We also offer additional on the day coordination, set up and styling if you are looking at arranging a DIY type wedding.
3. WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE WEDDING SITES ON YOUR VENUE?
We are Gold Coast City Council Approved to operate as a private residence wedding venue so we can host events up to 100pax. We have Public Liability Insurance and are BYO for Alcohol, you have to have an RSA person onsite for the event.
It is really important that venues are approved as unfortunately alot of properties get shut down and have to cancel future wedding bookings at the last minute which is a really unfortunate position to be put in months or weeks out from your wedding date. Don’t get caught out if you are looking at private properties – ask if your venue is approved!
4. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HOLDING WEDDINGS AT THIS VENUE?
Riverwood held it’s first wedding back in 2014 for the Owner’s daughter Sophie, that’s what actually made Riverwood become a venue as once photos got out online and social media there was no stopping couples from all over Australia wanting to book Riverwood as a venue.
Our first public wedding was in mid 2016 for a Melbourne couple who booked Riverwood sight unseen based off photos!
5. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAVOURITE WEDDING HELD AT THIS VENUE?
Sentimently of course Sophie’s wedding will always be our favorite as she is our family and it was such a large scale, epic wedding!
Sophie had a vision of a bohemian luxe wedding with tipis as she had heard they had just come into Australia from the UK in 2013, so she insisted on booking them from Sydney and they took a week to get here and be set up as there were no QLD or northern NSW Tipi vendors at the time.
Needless to say it cost twice as much as it does now with so many tipi suppliers but Sophie was well ahead of the trend, she was one of the trend setters!
6. WHAT OTHER EVENTS DO YOU HOST?
We can host daytime picnic weddings which we feel will become a bit of a trend for more budget consious couples who still want a beautiful wedding but are after more than an elopement and less than an all night wedding reception.
7. WHAT THINGS ABOUT THIS VENUE MAKE IT FEEL SPECIAL FOR THOSE HOSTING AN EVENT?
Riverwood has been our families home for over 24 years and it is such a special spot, quiet and peaceful on a beautiful river with birds chirping and we just simply love sharing Riverwood with our couples now and seeing the joy they and their guests get in experiencing the property for such a special day.
Their weddings are very relaxed and fun and guests feel very welcome and at ease, like they are apart of the family and we welcome all our couples to our Riverwood Weddings Family. It’s like a beautiful, fancy backyard wedding that you would have at a relatives house!
8. WHEN IS THIS VENUE ABLE TO BE BOOKED?
We can host full weddings on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 days access either side of the event date. Daytime picnic weddings can be mid-week.
9. CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH THE PROCESS OF BOOKING A WEDDING AT YOUR VENUE?
We are here to assist as much or as little as needed so typically our couples have a site tour then get some quotes from suppliers they like then if everything is going to fit within their anticipated budget they book us as their venue.
Because each of our weddings are so unique to each couples individual taste, style and budget we do not offer packages, we put our couples in touch with our trusted industry suppliers, our Riverwood WedTribe, and let them have the flexability to book who they like. That way they are tailoring a wedding unique to them!
10. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Riverwood Estate is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, underneath Tamborine Mountain, on the Coomera River. Approximately 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise, 40 minutes from Broadbeach and 1 hour from Brisbane.
Riverwood Estate is a beautiful setting for a wedding, and with the many options available you can customise the place so that your wedding can be perfect for you. Starting with her own sisters tipi wedding, she has hosted a number of weddings over the past few years at the estate, and has really built it into an exquisite wedding venue.
Riverwood have links to a range of local businesses to help you find everything you need for your wedding, help with planning if needed, tipi hire and set up, and even options that allow your precious fur-babies to attend your wedding.
They really are not only a visually idyllic place to host your private wedding, but with so much customisation available, they will make sure that the wedding is uniquely yours and full of unforgettable memories. Get in quick to ensure you can book your preferred wedding day!
If you would like to have a tipi wedding and/or want your wedding to be held at this beautiful estate, you can contact Carmen through their website at:
or via their facebook page at:
Check out their instagram at: www.instagram.com/riverwoodweddings/ for more stunning visuals of weddings held at this magnificant venue.