STANDING PROUD: Janet and Ralph Hogan with their award for Best Reception Venue at the 2015 Australian Bridal Industry Awards in Brisbane.
STANDING PROUD: Janet and Ralph Hogan with their award for Best Reception Venue at the 2015 Australian Bridal Industry Awards in Brisbane.

Villa Botanica’s got the goods

IN A major coup for the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach's very own five-star wedding venue Villa Botanica, tucked away in Woodwark, has been awarded 'Best Reception Venue' at the 2015 Australian Bridal Industry awards.

The glamorous awards event at the glittering venue of Cloudland in Brisbane attracted more than 200 of the industry's movers and shakers from all over the state, including six businesses from the Whitsundays.

Villa Botanica owner Janet Hogan said she was thrilled with the win.

"Why this award is so important is (because) it's based on surveys completed by couples themselves after their wedding day, so it's a true indicator of how they feel about the service and value for money we deliver," she said.

As if that wasn't enough, the whimsical wedding setting almost scored a perfect score, notching 99.75%, and was up against 10 other nominations in the prestigious Queensland reception venue category.

They then went on to score 99.82% in the Ceremony Venue Category to place second out of 18 state ceremony venues.

Ms Hogan said the only downside to running a five-star venue was that many couples perceived it to be out of their budget.

"The fact we deliver such amazing value is the main reason we won."


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