Wedding planning guide
Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, and while the planning process is full of exciting decisions many women dream about for years, it is a time that can often be fraught with stress if you don’t know where to start. But never fear – we’ve taken the hassle out of your planning process with the best advice and inspiration from our expert vendors.
When it comes to selecting a venue, you can’t go past an historical building that will not only look stunning on the day, but will remain timeless in your photos. Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre explains why the Eumundi Historic Hall is the perfect pick.
When it opened in 1912, the Eumundi School of Arts Hall was considered one of the finest buildings in the region. Now heritage listed, the hall still retains an old world charm and ambiance that makes it perfect for special events and particularly weddings, with its large main room, wide polished floor boards, soaring ceiling and large theatre-style stage with poppy red curtain.
This grand old lady has seen many wedding receptions over her 100-plus years and continues to be a focal point in the Eumundi community for many and varied events, including a monthly cinema, live music, conferences, meetings, workshops, bush dances, the occasional ball and more. You can’t go wrong with a classic.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
• Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first and most important decisions you should be making, as it can influence every other wedding idea you have.
• Book your reception venue early as the best dates are typically booked up to a year ahead – especially during the most popular time of year, spring.
The styling of your wedding makes a huge impact on the atmosphere of your big day. Nicole from Splash Events explains how hiring a wedding stylist could be the difference between a great wedding and an amazing one.
A wedding stylist is a person or team that works with you to design the theme and decor for your special day. We listen to your ideas, unravel your visions and turn the bride and groom’s dream for their wedding day into a reality, setting the scene by tying in the floral design, furniture, decor, props, lighting and table centrepieces to complement their theme.
A stylist is great if you are stuck for ideas, have too many or don’t know where to start, and while it is possible for DIY styling, you need to be super organised, know exactly what you want and have plenty of time to make it happen. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, from the initial design concept to preparing every little detail and liaising with other suppliers and venues – not to mention the setup and pack down – and wedding stylists can take the stress out of your day so you can just sit back and focus on enjoying this special moment.
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STYLING TIPS FOR BRIDES
1. Lighting is key to creating mood and ambience.
2. Have a central theme, be it coastal, rustic, boho, glam, vintage or something unique to you.
3. Keep it simple and create prominent focal pieces that draw the guest’s eyes for the right reasons!
4. Hire an experienced stylist, like Splash Events, who have the ability to take your ideas and create something beyond what you could’ve ever imagined.
Engagement and wedding rings are a symbol of the eternal love of marriage and those who share it, so it’s important to choose a design you’ll love and cherish forever. Underwoods Fine Jewellers Sunshine Plaza’s general manager Tracye Burch explains what you should consider when ring shopping.
While true love is priceless, this year the major factor Tracye says to beware of is actually economy related. With the US Dollar forecast to rise, the closer it gets to parity with the Australian Dollar, the higher diamond prices will become – and that will translate to a more expensive trip to the jeweller when it’s time to pop the question.
The solution? Buy now. If you’re thinking 2017 may be the year you will propose, prepare now and purchase the ring earlier on in the year.
As for choosing the ring itself, Tracye says it’s hard to go wrong with an 18ct gold or platinum band with diamonds for the ladies, while a 9ct gold band is usually a winner for the men.
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Buy quality: If it is going to be worn every day for the rest of your life, you want it to be made to last.
Try before you buy: Try the rings on to ensure they fit.
Do your research: Find out the factors that influence price and quality so you know what you’re paying for. Pay close attention in particular to the difference between carat weight and total carat weight. Total carat weight refers to the number of carats in all the stones on the ring, so it’s worth checking.
Deciding how to wear your hair on the big day can be difficult and should be influenced by a number of factors. Liz from Kooshka Hair shares their tips for finding a style you’ll love.
At Kooshka, we are all about preparing you for your special day by focusing on the key aspects of your wedding to meet all of your hair requirements.
The first thing you should do is lock in appointments leading up to the wedding date. Book your hair appointment at least six months before the big day and work back so you have plenty of time to ensure your colour and cut is perfect while maintaining its condition.
When changing your colour, look into creating more depth by contouring the colour to suit your face shape and features. Go lighter or darker in shades and choose a colour that works with your skin tone.
Think about the hairstyle you want on the day and keep this in mind before getting any haircuts. Also consider extensions, as they can add fullness and volume to your style.
Finally, share the details of the day with your stylist so they can help you choose a style that works best. From the theme and location, to the dress style and headpieces, these are details that should influence your choice.
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DON'T FORGET THE GROOM!
Often brides can get so caught up in wedding preparations that the groom gets left behind. Getting the groom into the salon means we can maintain his style for him – whether it’s a man bun or sharp and dapper.
Your photos are meant to be a beautiful preservation of the memories from your wedding day, so you want them to be perfect. Paula from Paula Brennan Photography shares her tips for narrowing down your list of potential photographers to the best one for you, and getting the best results.
Personality: Next to the bridal party, your photographer is the person you will both spend most of your day with. It is super important to meet the actual person who will capture your day early on, to make sure you get on well.
Portfolio: Be sure you see complete coverage of at least five different, full and real weddings to make sure that the photographer can consistently produce great quality under the pressure of real conditions – not just styled shoots.
Digital copies: Make sure that when the package includes digital copies, it means printable high resolution files, not web sized or watermarked images.
Hidden extras: Some photographers give a low entry point price and catch you after the wedding with emotional up-sells. Ask upfront about potential up-sells you may encounter, along with price lists.
Contracts: Make sure any contracts you sign clearly outline copyright, deposits, payments, emergency, cancellation and lost images/file resolutions, at the very least. Do not hand over a deposit without first seeing and signing something that covers you for all of the above.
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A wedding should be all about celebrating the love between the happy couple and the day should reflect both of them. We at The Orangery Maleny are committed to providing the perfect reception for your special day no matter how big or small it may be.
The Orangery Maleny has been built in a traditional Queenslander style, where breezy verandas and open spaces create a relaxed setting. Imagine your wedding reception at the beautiful Maleny venue, your guests sipping champagne with canapés on the long verandas, gazing at the glorious coastline to the east and a magical mountain sunset to the west.
The hilltop venue features a large chic and elegant interior with a beautiful fireplace for those cooler months, and can cater for up to 100 guests for a sit-down reception or 120 for a cocktail party. Their wedding co-ordinator, along with the help of a dedicated team will work with you from the beginning to bring your dream wedding day to life, and the happy couple can choose from a selection of inclusive packages or can tailor the package to suit your taste and budget. They can even recommend an array of local suppliers to assist in the planning process.
The Orangery also has a gorgeous garden gazebo for a romantic wedding ceremony, along with an undercover area for guests, and there is no shortage of beautiful photography locations in the area.
The Orangery is open for couples to view six days a week, and with no request too difficult to accommodate, you can be sure your special day is in safe hands.