The one thing I love about venues with accommodation onsite is that you and you’re guests can spend lots of quality time together for pre, post and wedding day get togethers.
International, interstate and elderly visitors are looking to you to recommend places that are suitable and easy for them to enjoy their stay.
When I think of guests coming to a region my top of the mind considerations are: some people may not be familiar with the area, don’t know other wedding guests and don’t have transport to get around. So staying together can help solve these three concerns.
Below I have given you some suggestions of places in the Southwest of WA that can accommodate large or small guest lists.
If your venue does not have guest accommodation facilities on site and you have to look elsewhere just peruse over these few additional tips when booking block accommodation.
1. When it comes to booking guests in for accommodation if it is on the day of the wedding, what time is check in. The last thing you want is guest check in at 2.00pm and the bus is scheduled to pick them up at 2.00pm or the wedding is at 3.00pm and there are 80 guests all trying to check in at the same time. These two things can’t be done at once otherwise all will run late.
2. If you are giving guests a choice of accommodation houses to stay, please don’t choose any more than three. Try and keep the choices at a close distance to one another especially if you’re having a bus company picking up guests to take them to and from the wedding. This will make it easier for pick up and drop off later in the night.
3. Check for what events or holidays are on that time of year for booking as well. Peak months means peak accommodation rates. Some guests may not have $300-$400 per night to stay at some places.
Otherwise let’s get started.
Busselton 595 Bussell Hwy, Broadwater WA 6280
The resort has 312 rooms and can sleep over 600 people. Abbey Beach Resort offer's a range of accommodation, from Studio Spa Suites all the way up to Three Bedroom Apartments. All the apartments have fully equipped kitchens.
The facilities on site include two restaurants (Atrium Restaurant’s opening days and time vary depending on seasonality; however, Reflections Restaurant is open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day for dinner but open for Breakfast). ABR have two bars, three pools (one is indoor and heated), BBQ area (6 bbq in total) new children’s playground, gym, sauna, tennis and squash courts, bocce, cricket & bike hire.
ABR have a ‘common area’ but guests are welcome to use the BBQ or the lawn at the beachfront to gather with the ABR permission as they don’t want a double booking. ABR also have other function rooms, besides the Ballroom, available for private dinners, lunch or breakfast.
Benefits of staying at Abbey Beach Resort – directly on the beachfront, Busselton is a 10-minute drive and Dunsborough is a 15-minute drive. Broadwater shops within walking distance with chemist, bakery, food outlets and hairdresser
Margaret River - 8113 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup WA 6284
Taunton Farm Holiday Park can accommodate 100 + guests depending on whether some guests will be camping. They have 18 cottages that can accommodate 4-6 people in each cottage. With 80 powered sites you could use local businesses that can set up ‘glamping’ experiences for guests or alternatively guests can bring their own camp set up.
A barn and function centre are best suited to approx. 70-120 guests with quite a large and flexible out door space that can comfortably host a vast array of events. Taunton Farm do recommend local furniture and décor suppliers to make the venue as you would like it. A 2 night minimum stay for all wedding guests.
Taunton Farm have a playground, large jumping pillow and barn style camp kitchen. The barn style camp kitchen is a casual, rustic open fronted building suitable for guests to get together. Onsite is this beautifully restored historical function buildings (old school and old church).Large lawned spaces and the cottages have decked verandahs and lawn space surrounding them for additional get togethers.
This is a rural, farm stay in the heart of the Margaret river wine region, with walking distance to Margaret River Dairy Co and only 5 minutes drive to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and beautiful wineries. 5 minutes drive to the popular little town of Cowaramup. We offer peace and tranquility in a rural setting without being too far from popular attractions.
Please note Taunton Farm can not accommodate weddings in the peak season’s (basically school holidays) and depending on the event and whether the bride/s and groom/s want exclusive hire of the park we would usually recommend they begin chatting with us 9-12 months in advance to avoid disappointment. However if you are flexible with their dates and don’t require exclusive hire Taunton Farm can certainly accommodate a shorter time frame.
Bussell Highway, Busselton
Did you know that these two properties are owned by the same owners, great for you if one is full they can help you make accommodation arrangements at their sister accommodation.
At the Busselton Villas Accommodation this can accommodate a total of 100 guests (various bed configure options)
At the Busselton Motel Accommodate 100 guests (various bed configure options) - 25-31 Bussell Highway, Busselton WA 6280
At the Busselton Villas: Sml 1 Bed villa, Sml 2 Bed Villas, Large 2 Bed Villas, Studio Queen + Bunk - 163 Bussell Highway, West Busselton WA 6280
At the Busselton Motel: family rooms, superior queen, standard queen, superior twin, standard double +single.
The facilities onsite:
At the Busselton Villas: Outdoor pool, games room, vending machines, barbecues, grassed areas, childrens playgrounds, Laundry. (serviced weekly)
At the Busselton Motel: All our guests can use all the facilities at our sister property 3 min drive away at the villas, as above.
Also has barbecue, grassed areas, Laundry – rooms serviced daily at the motel
Common area's for guests to get together are:
At the Busselton Villas: Grassed areas with tables+chairs, pool, games rooms can be changed and hired out for events.
At the Busselton Motel: Grassed area around barbecue, currently have large function room that could be used for events – usage being considered at the moment.
Benefits of staying at these two accommodation places are:
Busselton Villas: Beautiful surroundings, back gate access to the beach, convenient for bus stop, shopping centre across the road with bottle shop, IGA, Pharmacy, Post office, café etc..
Busselton Motel: Location, Location, Location. Walking distance to restaurants, beach, Jetty, bus stop and the main bus stop from Perth.
In regards to how far in advance for booking it all depends on how many guests and requirements at least 12 months for peak and as little as 1 month for off peak.
To make a booking at either of these places please view the Website for Busselton Motel and Busselton Villa or over the phone, email. Busselton Villas and Busselton Motel offer great deals for groups and wedding guests etc when booked direct.
15 Earnshaw Road, Busselton
At Amalfi Resort there are 45 self-contained Villas (both 2 x bedroom and 3 x bedroom Villas) with their own patios/balconies. Amalfi has it's own heated outdoor swimming pool and spa pool. After the big day what better thing to do than relax with your guests around the pool and enjoy a social time at the BBQ- make it breakfast or brunch, just relax- indulge – enjoy!
Amalfi is located only 100metres to the crystal blue sea of Geographe Bay and 500m down the road to a convenience store with fish n chips, bakery and liquor store for last minute items that guests may need.
Contact the Amalfi Team for your special Wedding plans. Phone (08) 9754 3311.
I hope this information has been helpful. To find more accommodation choices for weddings in the Southwest here are some more suggestions - Margaret River Region | Bunbury Geographe Region | Southern Forests Region.