My husband and I held our wedding reception and ceremony here in November 2013 and absolutely loved everything about this venue! We looked at about a dozen wedding venues from Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay, the freedom of choice, the setting and also the hosts Sue and John is what led us to choose Silk Pavilions as the spot we wanted to hold this special day.
Silk Pavilions is not your average wedding venue and should not be confused with a Hotel chain wedding complete with round tables and chair sashes. It’s not the kind of venue where a wedding coordinator will prepare everything and you literally turn up. My husband and I were involved every step of the way (including setting up the morning of the wedding) which made it that much more special.
Like I said Silk Pavilions as a wedding venue or a B&B style accommodation should not be confused with a hotel, it is set in the middle of lush sub-tropical rainforest and national parks. You simply cannot expect to have the peacefulness and views on offer without sharing it with the creatures that live here. Yes – you will have spiders and mozzies in your room and even see wallabies! IF A HOTEL IS WHAT YOU ARE AFTER THEN BOOK ONE!
John and Sue were fantastic hosts, right from the first time we visited the venue, their relaxed nature is what drew us to Silk Pavilions as a wedding venue. They gave us the freedom to have the wedding we wanted and never once told us we had to have canapés at this time, or cut the cake at this time. Nothing was a problem for them and they always went out of their way to make not only my husband and I feel welcome, but also our extended family and friends. They are the type of hosts you hug before you leave! They are so passionate about what they do and I think people sometimes forget that this is their home. They open up their lives to guests and should always be respected for doing so.
The accommodation at Silk Pavilions is simply magical; the Thai Villa was our room for the weekend. We loved its rustic charm and amazing views. Our bridal party (from the UK and Dubai) stayed in the Eco Villas and absolutely loved them! It is something different that not many people have seen before. We also had the chance to utilize extra accommodation onsite which is usually home to Silk Pavilions caretaker Tony. This was fantastic for us as we had over 100 people needing accommodation in the surrounding areas! The ‘Hilton’ as it is known was obviously not as luxurious as the villas, but served a wonderful purpose of us being able to have the special people stay onsite with us for the weekend. We were extremely grateful for him to give up his room!
The food was simply to die for – as a bride I am only upset I couldn’t sit there all night eating! We had a cocktail reception with noodle boxes and fish and chip cones. Sue and the chef Hussein were extremely flexible in menu choices and sourced the best local produce for our special day.
I could rattle on forever about Silk Pavilions as a wedding venue and a B&B. Many guests have told us that this was the best wedding they have ever been to and we owe a huge part of that to Sue and John and the wonderful place they have at Mt Burrell. Simply amazing people with a passion to show others this amazing part of the world. We are so lucky to have been able to hold our special day at Silk Pavilions, a memory that will never be forgotten!
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