A million dollar wedding at a run of the mill price? A wedding that' s both breathtakingly beautiful and affordable? The two don' t go together, right?
Well according to Janet Hogan, co-founder with partner Ralph of Botanica Weddings, now you really can have your wedding cake, and eat it too.
Not content with taking the wedding industry by storm in Australia with their legendary Villa Botanica, these very cluey operators have now turned the once shambolic wedding industry in Bali on its head.
In just two years, they have become the gold standard for dazzling, well run weddings on the Island of the Gods. One of the secrets of their success, says Janet, has been the creation over the past three years of a real "world first": POPPY.
"POPPY stands for ‘ Personal Online Planner' and is most the advanced, interactive tracking system ever devised for weddings. For the first time ever, couples can relax and chill out completely along what is normally a very stressful journey, one which can last up to two or even three years. They know exactly where every detail of their preparations are at any point in time, 24/7."
Says Janet: "That' s how we have been able to achieve such major economies of scale. We still have the biggest staff complement of planners, on the ground experts and client service team of any venue in Australia and Bali...but Poppy has taken care of everything else.
What this means is couples can now get married somewhere really special, as Janet puts it: "for less than a very ho-hum affair at the local function centre. I believe those dreary cookie cutter weddings are really falling out of favour. Today's couples know how easy it is to travel and there are much more exciting, and cheaper options."
We are an all-Australian, service obsessed and very trusted organization. Our vision is to become the number one destination weddings company in the world by providing exactly what young couples want - something and somewhere - really different, full of meaning and connection for them and their friends and families, without it costing them the earth.
And on that subject, it' s well worth checking out their flagship venue, Villa Botanica in the Whitsundays. The multi-million dollar venue is constantly on the winner' s podium as the best venue in Queensland according to the industry standard setter, ABIA. Once viewed as only catering to the very top end, Villa Botanica is now opening its gorgeous old iron gates to ceremony only packages from $5,997, as well as design-your-own weddings where you only pay for the inclusions you really want.
Janet believes they' ve got it right. "We give our couples the chance to make a real statement about who they are and really spoil their family and friends with an experience they will never forget."
Not surprisingly, there are only a handful of dates left for 2016 and their 2017 calendar is filling fast for all venues. Head straight to Botanica Weddings.