Your wedding day is all about one thing, you and the emotional and spiritual connection with your man. There is nothing sadder than a bride on her iphone so frazzled by things going wrong that she can’t be truly present on this unrepeatable day. Even worse, a wedding that becomes a disaster zone simply because she thought she could save money by doing everything herself.
Planning your wedding on your own or by calling on help from family and friends is the biggest cost saving mistake you can make. In fact, in many cases you will end up paying more because vendors see you coming. You know the old cliché, as soon as you mention the word wedding, everyone sees dollar signs.
Use a wedding planner, they get the best rates...but check that they don't mark up the prices then cut them back a little so you’ll think they’re really looking after you.
Avoid solo operators who may have only put out their shingle in the last 6 months. Make sure the planner you work with has a full time back up planner and request some recent testimonials, undoctored if possible.
If getting married overseas, check their level of English. So much gets lost in translation. For example, the bride who had ordered pink roses but was shocked on the day to find the flowers that turned up were bright yellow. “No problem” said the organizer who simply pulled out a can of paint and sprayed them pink!
Choose a planner who specialises in weddings but who isn’t based within a hotel or resort. The job of an in-house planner is to really fill hotel rooms so they won’t be as proactive or unbiased as an independent planner.
Ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more money you’ll save. And the better organised you’ll feel as well.
Here are some great ones for starters:
How long have you been in business?
Will you quote me everything up front and stick to that quote?
What is the ongoing planning schedule: how often will you contact me.
Will it be by phone/email/skype?
How do you get paid: commission/fee?
How are payments processed (be aware that multiple bank transfers to overseas accounts can really add up.)
What systems do you have in place to ensure everything runs smoothly?
What sort of database do you keep, how will you be recording the details of my wedding?
To find out how you can have a seamlessly run, stress-free destination wedding that your friends and family will be raving about for years to come, contact Botanica Weddings.
Weddings at the Manhattan Ballroom - a trendy location to hold your Wedding Reception with two modern well equipped private wedding spaces. The largest room, The Manhattan Ballroom features elegant décor, elevated ceilings, and a long cocktail bar, catering for up to 400 guests. Their flexibility allows them to accommodate almost any requests and provide your wedding with that innovative and unforgettable edge.
Rivers Edge Events delights with exquisite sweeping views of the Yarra River and city surrounds. The formal entrance to Rivers Edge is marked by a grand stair case with feature lighting. The room extends further toward the river with two stunning Juliet balconies, perfect for a cocktail and canapés upon arrival. With seating for up to 250 guests and standing room for 600, Rivers Edge is ideal for large cocktail parties or lavish seated celebrations.
Picture this.. an authentic chapel or manicured English gardens for your ceremony.. picturesque lake, gazebo, weeping willows, waterfall, and LOVE letters for your photos.. and an elegant chandelier lit ballroom with dance floor. What more could you want for the perfect wedding venue? You'll find all this and more at Ballara Receptions.
Baton Rouge is located in Melbourne's South Eastern Suburbs at the gateway to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. A multi purpose venue with a newly renovate ballroom that's perfect for wedding celebrations of 60-150 guests. The Bride and Groom will enjoy a complimentary night's accommodation in the Honeymoon Spa suite including champagne and chocolates. Plus enjoy a cooked breakfast and late checkout in the morning!
Then you'll want to consider Quat Quatta for your celebration. This stunning Victorian mansion is rich in elegance and history. With many original features, parquetry dance floor, lead light windows, beautiful gardens and a reputation for fine cuisine and service. This will be an simply stunning occasion.
Couples are certainly looking for value and ease of planning. We all lead such busy lives so if we can book a reception venue like Maison that has both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces the day is made so much easier.
Winter weddings are also increasing in popularity. Whereas only a few years ago we would struggle to fill dates in winter, this year we only have a few weekend dates left! We attribute this to more people looking for a bargain and choosing to have their wedding in winter and honeymoon in Europe or tropical regions, and have a winter break at the same time!
Larger functions are still popular. At Maison we seat up to 330 guests, right down to as little as 100 with the use of our partition wall. You still get the ambiance of being in the main ballroom with the benefit of exclusive use of the venue, and also being in a more intimate space.
Simply stunning! The ultimate in flower preservation. Enclose your gorgeous wedding flowers in a beautiful crystal clear orb. Hand crafted by Everafter these stunning mementos are the perfect way to display your wedding flowers forever more.
Selecting a wedding reception venue can be tricky. Firstly, you need to pick a venue before you can send out your wedding invitations. But, how do you know how many people will be able to attend? and therefore pick the perfect reception venue?
The perfect solution is a flexible function centre. The good news is that the Bayview Eden Melbourne can cater for the most intimate wedding reception, to a celebration of up to 450 seated guests! They pride themselves on the flexibility of their rooms, and will work with you to create a truly unforgettable event. Plus, they'll offer you complimentary accommodation every year on your wedding anniversary! How awesome.
Contact them for all the conditions. Happy wedding planning!
Every Bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. I Can Change can help you achieve total inner and outer glowing beauty. From glowing skin to weight loss and special bridal packages to leave you looking and feeling fabulous.
What are you looking for in the perfect reception venue?
+ central location
+ flexible function room to accommodate possible changes in guest numbers
+ great food and value for money packages
+ onsite accommodation so you and your guests don't have to worry about after reception transport.
Well, good news Bayview On The Park ticks all of these boxes. Plus, they offer complimentary accommodation for the bridal couple on their wedding night, and for their first wedding anniversary! Sounds like a fabulous deal to me.
For lovers of vintage, glamour, or sophistication check out the fantastic Red Scooter venue. There are four flexible event spaces, each with their own unique look and feel. From chandeliers and velvet draping to Parisienne inspired lounges, you'll find something gorgeous for your wedding reception venue. They have award winning food, and pride themselves on creating the perfect unique event for your fabulous celebration.
There are lots of benefits in choosing an all-in-one wedding venue. My top 3 are:
1. No spending half your wedding day stuck in traffic.
2. Easier for your guests - less chance they'll get lost between venues, or less money they need for taxis!
3. There are both indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and pre-dinner drinks should the weather be sub-optimal.
If these benefits are ticking your boxes, then you'll want to check out Bell City. They have a gorgeous grand ballroom, sun-filled garden terraces, stylish restaurant and plentiful accommodation. Sounds perfect really.
If you're looking for a Melbourne marriage celebrant who is experienced, devoted, and friendly, then consider Margaret Barwell. She specialises in personalised, stress free ceremonies. Her background allows her to draw on a wealth of knowledge and skills to recognise different cultures and customs in this multicultural society. Plus, she will travel - Melbourne, Eastern and South Suburbs, Dandenong Ranges and Regional Victoria or Interstate!