History

Stradbroke Weddings is a family-owned business that was established in 2002 by Director, Jeannie Sheppard.  It is the original and only complete wedding and event styling and coordination service.

Growing up in the ‘Redlands’ area just across the Bay from North Stradbroke Island, Jeannie has been a regular visitor to the Island since 1972.

It was her love for the natural beauty of the Island which resulted in Jeannie’s decision to move to North Stradbroke and begin Stradbroke Weddings, so that others might celebrate one of the happiest of life’s occasions on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

A multi-award winning business, Stradbroke Weddings has quickly become one of Australia’s premier wedding and event styling and coordination companies. Jeannie and the Stradbroke Weddings’ team of family and Island locals have styled, coordinated and assisted to plan hundreds of gorgeous weddings and events on the Island during those ten years, and look forward to many more years of sharing the Island’s natural wonders with clients and their guests from all over the world.

Stradbroke Party Hire and Stradbroke Flowers were established under the umbrella of Stradbroke Weddings, making Stradbroke Weddings truly, a complete event service.

Recognising the need for clients to meet with coordinators without necessarily travelling to the Island, Stradbroke Weddings established an inner Brisbane where staff are available for consultations. In addition, due to overwhelming demand, wedding and event services are now available to couples and corporate clients within the Brisbane region through our sister .

In 2007 Stradbroke Weddings was proud to become a fundraising supporter of the National Breast Cancer foundation to assist with their life-saving work. In addition, in what we believe to be a world first, Stradbroke Weddings began offering our clients carbon-neutral weddings and undertook to achieve carbon neutral office operations.

We also service elopement clients through our ‘Wild Weddings’ Elopement and Proposal adventures which allow couples to escape the stresses of a large event and run away to paradise. For more information, just click on the Wild Weddings logo on our home page or visit us at www.wildweddings.net.au

Our Philosophy

Stradbroke Weddings has achieved a reputation for excellence through a strong focus on integrity and clear communication.

We understand that an event needs to be as individual as our client and that a wedding is not just about one day, it is the beginning of a marriage and partnership in life.

We therefore respect and support our client’s rights to individuality, creativity, privacy and financial control over the entire process of planning and coordinating their wedding or event.

Environment Policy

Stradbroke Weddings recognises that it is the Island’s natural beauty which makes it the perfect place to celebrate a wedding or event. The majority of our staff live on the Island and also have a personal desire to ensure the Island’s environs are cared for appropriately.

Therefore, we are committed to creating low impact, environmentally friendly events. This includes meticulous cleaning of areas after events, recycling of glass, paper and plastics wherever possible, daily checks of beaches used for marquees after the event and metal scanning of the area post-event.

Our policy also extends to bans on the following products which resist biodegradation and can harm sea life, including turtles, which inhabit the waters around North Stradbroke Island and nest on the Island’s beaches; balloons, metal tables scatters, plastic serving items wherever possible, plastic bags except for those used in rubbish disposal and all confetti with the exception of flower petals.

Stradbroke Weddings is proud of its excellent record with local Council in maintaining sites used for weddings and events and has the support of the Island’s Sustainable Tourism Committee. Stradbroke Weddings is currently undertaking green-accreditation.

In June 2008, Stradbroke Weddings celebrated its first year as a carbon neutral business – a world first! In addition, we are also proud to offer our clients the opportunity to host a carbon neutral wedding.

Stradbroke Weddings – Planning for a sustainable future

Awards

WINNER 2005 – Australian Bridal Industry Awards
BEST INDEPENDENT WEDDING CONSULTANT

FINALIST – Runner-up 2006 – Australian Bridal Industry Awards
BEST INDEPENDENT WEDDING CONSULTANT

FINALIST 2005 – Australian Bridal Industry Awards
BEST FLORAL DESIGN

FINALIST – Runner-up 2006 – Australian Bridal Industry Awards
BEST FLORAL DESIGN

WINNER 2005 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST GENERAL TOURISM SERVICES

WINNER 2006 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST GENERAL TOURISM SERVICES

WINNER 2007 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICE

WINNER 2007 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST OVERALL TOURSIM BUSINESSREDLAND SHIRE

WINNER 2007 Queensland Small Business Champion Awards
STATE CHAMPION WEDDING SERVICES

FINALIST 2007 Australian Small Business Champion Awards
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION WEDDING SERVICES

FINALIST 2007 Best Specialised Tourism Service
QUEENSLAND TOURISM AWARDS

WINNER 2008 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST SPECIALISED TOURSIM SERVICES

WINNER 2008 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
HALL OF FAME: BEST SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES

WINNER 2008 Queensland Small Business Champion Awards
STATE CHAMPION WEDDING SERVICES

FINALIST 2008 Australian Small Business Champion Awards
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION WEDDING SERVICES

FINALIST 2008 Redland Chamber of Commerce
WOMEN IN BUSINESS

WINNER 2009 – Redlands on Moreton Bay
BEST NEW TOURSIM DEVELOPMENTWILD WEDDINGS

Associations and Accreditations

ACCREDITED MEMBER: Australian Bridal Industry Association

ACCREDITED MEMBER: Australian Bridal Service

MEMBER: Redland Chamber of Commerce

ACCREDITED GOLD MEMBER: Aussie Host Accredited Gold Business

ACCREDITATION: MASTER WEDDING PLANNER: Australian Association of Wedding Planners

NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION: Official Fund Raising Supporter

MEMBER: Redlands Tourism Association. Level One

MEMBER: Queensland Tourism

ACCREDITATION: Film@Redland. Workshop Two

MEMBER: Professional Conference Organisers Association of Australia & New Zealand

APPROVED BUSINESS: Caring for Straddie. Sustainable Tourism