Wedding Venue Guide: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove resort

As a wedding videographer with over 15 years of experience, I’ve had the pleasure of filming weddings at some of the most beautiful venues in Australia. One venue that consistently stands out is the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast.

Set amongst 4.2 hectares of tropical gardens, the resort offers a variety of stunning indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception options. From the award-winning on-site Glass Chapel to the unique design of The Grange.

This article is a visual guide to the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort as a wedding venue and includes:

  • A look at the resort’s incredible ceremony and reception spaces
  • A video tour of The Iconic Glass Chapel and The Grange
  • A recent film that highlights a wedding day at the resort
  • First-hand feedback from brides who have been married at the resort
  • Frequently asked questions about the Intercontinental
Photo by Luke Middlemiss Photography

The Iconic Glass chapel

The glass chapel at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast is a stunning and contemporary wedding venue that offers couples the opportunity to exchange vows in a truly unique and unforgettable setting.

The chapel features a floor-to-ceiling glass façade that overlooks the picturesque Coomera River, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty. The interior of the chapel is equally impressive, with its sleek contemporary design, soaring atriums, and ivory pews.

The glass chapel is a non-denominational venue, making it suitable for couples of all faiths. It can accommodate up to 80 guests, making it ideal for both intimate and larger weddings.

Take a video tour of the Sanctuary Cove Wedding Chapel

The chapel is also equipped with a mezzanine level that provides photographers and videographers with an idyllic angle to capture the ceremony. Additionally, the chapel has outstanding acoustics, ensuring that your vows will be clearly heard by all guests.

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Kobi and Michael during their ceremony in the glass chapel

My team captured Kobi and Michael’s wedding at the resort and I asked them what made them choose the Intercontinental to host their special day.

“Wedding planning started pretty quickly for us after we were engaged. We were both very excited and were planning on a short engagement. We started scouting locations first, looking at several venues before settling on the Intercontinental at Sanctuary Cove.”

“I had never been to the Intercontinental before and because it was so close to our home we booked an appointment to meet the wedding coordinator and have a look around. The grounds and venue were beautiful and the chapel absolutely took my breath away.”

“I remember looking at Michael as we walked in through the chapel doors, my eyes teared up and I was speechless! Goosebumps don’t lie! At that moment, we knew this was where we would get married.”

Want to watch a full wedding ceremony in the chapel? Click HERE.

Ben & Hope Photography

The Fountain Terrace

The Fountain Terrace at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is an elegant outdoor ceremony and reception space that is perfect for couples looking for a stunning and romantic setting for their wedding day.

  1. Stunning backdrop: The Fountain Terrace offers stunning scenery for wedding photos. The lush tropical gardens, manicured lawns, and lagoon provide a variety of beautiful backdrops for wedding photography.
  2. Cascading fountain: The cascading fountain on The Fountain Terrace is a popular spot for wedding photos. The fountain adds a touch of elegance and romance to wedding photos.
  3. Natural light: The Fountain Terrace is bathed in natural light, which is ideal for wedding photography. The natural light helps to create beautiful and flattering photos.
  4. Variety of locations: The Fountain Terrace offers a variety of locations for wedding photos. Couples can choose to have their photos taken on the terrace itself, in the gardens, or by the lagoon. This gives couples the flexibility to choose the locations that they like best.

The Grange Reception room

The Grange is a stunning wedding reception room at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. It is located in the resort’s Manor House, which reflects the grand and graceful architecture of a Queensland estate. 

The Grange can accommodate up to 300 guests and features a dedicated private dining room, a pre-arrival/reception foyer, a self-contained bar area, polished timber flooring, a sandstone fireplace, a grand piano, and a large outdoor terrace. 

The Grange offers romantic architecture and signature rustic motifs, making it an ideal venue for couples who want a cozy and elegant atmosphere for their wedding celebration.

Take a video tour of The Grange reception room

“The Grange was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. It had a rustic charm and a spacious layout that suited our style and guest numbers. The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort staff were very professional and friendly, they made sure everything was taken care of and we had a wonderful time.”

Ben & Hope Photography


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort:

The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is conveniently located in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia, making it a prime destination for travelers. The resort is in close proximity to several notable attractions in the area. For those seeking thrills and family fun, popular theme parks like Dreamworld and Warner Bros. Movie World are just a short drive away. Sanctuary Cove also boasts its own marina, known as Sanctuary Cove Marina, which is easily accessible from the resort.

Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the resort’s proximity to two championship golf courses, The Pines Golf Course and The Palms Golf Course, both of which are within walking distance.

The general rule of thumb is to book at least 12 to 18 months in advance, especially if you have a specific date or season in mind. However, this may vary depending on the availability and demand of each venue, as well as your budget and preferences.

In Australia, including the Gold Coast, the most popular time of year for weddings tends to be during the spring and autumn months.

Spring: September to November is a popular time for weddings because of the mild and pleasant weather. Spring offers comfortable temperatures, blooming flowers, and lush greenery, making it a beautiful backdrop for outdoor weddings.

Autumn: March to May is another favored season for weddings on the Gold Coast. During autumn, you can expect pleasant temperatures, less rainfall, and the added bonus of colorful foliage as the leaves change color.

As a wedding videographer, I have been recommended by the resort for over 10 years, and I have developed a great relationship with their staff and coordinators. They are always professional, friendly, and helpful, and they make sure that every wedding runs smoothly and flawlessly.

The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is a stunning wedding venue that offers a variety of options for your special day. Whether you prefer a romantic garden ceremony, a glamorous ballroom reception, or a relaxed waterfront celebration, the resort can cater to your needs and preferences. You can also enjoy the resort’s luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, and world-class facilities during your stay.

If you are looking for a wedding venue that combines elegance, charm, and convenience, you should definitely consider the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. It is one of the best wedding venues on the Gold Coast. To see more of the videos and photos that I have taken at the resort, please contact me for more information. I would love to hear from you and help you create your dream wedding video.