REVEALED: Wedding trends across the shire
BRIDES and grooms in the Banana Shire are chasing a more personal touch for their special day.
That is according to those in the wedding planning and catering industry who have seen a big push away from using commercialised venues in Rockhampton and Gladstone.
Leah Brosnan from Biloela Party Hire said more couples are taking a DIY approach to their wedding in the past few years to make their wedding day more personal and cheaper.
"They aren't using wedding planners or going to venues in Gladstone, Rockhampton or Bundaberg and the results are still stunning," Mrs Bronson said.
"Some of the rural properties and farms out here are gorgeous and you shouldn't underestimate how beautiful it is.
"We have a wedding that we are servicing at Cania Gorge in two weeks time for example."
The Kilburnie Homestead has hosted a couple of weddings since opening its doors to the public in 2017.
Homestead manager Fiona Hayward said her venue is the perfect fit for couples wanting a relaxed, country and flexible wedding.
"Because we are flexible with bumping in and out, people can start setting up early on and they don't have to be there up and early packing up," Mrs Hayward said.
"Having the historical homestead and the shed buildings makes it great for wedding photographs.
"Even a small, intimate ceremony in the homestead is a great bet."
Mrs Hayward said she has another wedding at the Kilburnie Homestead booked for January 2021 and a few tentative bookings in 2021 as well.
"If you go to a commercial venue and a lot of people have had good weddings there, you're limited in what you can do," Mrs Hayward said.
"The trend for the do it yourself and personalised wedding, that trend is growing."
Statistics from the Queensland Government's Marriages by Suburb shows that Biloela has seen the biggest decline in weddings between 2010-2019 in the Gladstone area.
Biloela had 25 weddings in 2010 and only eight in 2019, a drop of 68 per cent.
"The trend of getting married is not as important these days and some people are not bothering at all," Mrs Hayward said.
"The drought has meant that people are cautious with what they spend money on and people from a rural background may not want to tie the knot until the drought is over.
"There is also a trend as well that people don't wanna get married in the local area and would prefer a beach wedding for example."
Biloela wedding celebrant Jessica Harney has worked weddings in the area since 2017 and she said she has averaged two weddings in the Biloela area year-to-year.
"A lot of bookings are based in Rockhampton and Yeppoon," Mrs Harney said.
"I've heard great things about parties and events at the Golden Park Retreat in Goovigen and I have a wedding there in May.
"The Civic Centre had a nice outdoorsy green grass feel and the ones I've done at the Queensland Heritage park have been great as well."
Mrs Harney also agreed that there's a growing trend of people electing to hold weddings on rural or farm properties.
Mrs Bronson said peak wedding season in Biloela and the surrounds is March-April and September to October.