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Wedding Venues – Finding The Perfect One

by | Inspired Plans, Weddings



Pete and Joanne

I had waited so long to be engaged (seven years and six days to be exact) and to actually be able to properly start planning my wedding (and not just dreaming about it), it was so exciting! I didn’t know where to start…

After setting a date that was meaningful to us and writing the guest list, we started the search across Tasmania to find the perfect place to tie the knot. If you have been to Tassie you will understand just how many beautiful places there are to choose from. Including Heritage buildings, lush vineyards, stunning beaches and breathtaking mountain tops that are dotted throughout this little ‘natural’ state.

So after racking our brains, trawling the internet, attending expos and flipping through magazines, my then fiancé and I came up with a short list of about six venues that we thought suited our ‘outdoorsy’, non-traditional nature, but would also have that ‘wow’ factor since 98% of our guests were travelling from interstate or overseas. We then contacted the venues individually to ask for their Wedding Compendium so that we could look into the finer details of cost, menu options, ceremony and reception locations and so forth. We were able to rule out a couple of places due to minimum spend requirements and music restrictions not being to our liking.

We then contacted the Wedding Coordinators of the short listed venues to arrange a meeting and viewing, and that’s when it got interesting…. One lady was just too busy to meet us on a weekend and told us to go and look around for ourselves, needless to say we didn’t bother. If they couldn’t be bothered to put in any effort at this early stage then what was the rest of the process going to be like? Another lady was telling us exactly how the day was going to happen, down to the number of steps I would take and when I was allowed to use the restroom – I thought it was supposed to be my day, not hers! The third venue was lovely, but was a bit plain and just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor we were after. And then there was one…

We had explored the Cradle Mountain area many years ago when we first moved to Tasmania, and we fell in love with the place! In our hearts we had actually already chosen this area to get married but didn’t think it would work. We arranged a meeting with Cradle Mountain Chateau and travelled up. Well, how lovely it was to deal with a venue that would bend over backwards to meet any request that you had! We came away thinking immediately that yes, this is it, we have found our perfect place!

I had always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony in front of the beautiful mountain and lake view, but in Tassie, having four seasons in one day is not uncommon.

We hoped for this.

Photo by Peter Harrison

But we ended up getting this.

Photo by Steve Lovegrove

But that’s ok, the photos turned out great!

Photo by Steve Lovegrove

Over the many months of planning, Alarna and the rest of the team at Cradle Mountain Chateau were fantastic, from helping to arrange accommodation, menu tasting, setting up on the day and making sure we were pampered. It goes to show that no matter where you have your heart set to say ‘I Do’, you can make it work and there are people and wedding venues out there willing to make the day all about you!

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Ms Gingham says: It astounds me that people supposedly in customer service have no concept of what that means! Good on you Joanne for standing your ground!

Joanne says: “I’m Jo a 27 year old Radiation Therapist living in Hobart, Tasmania. I moved from England when I was 10 to Sydney, where I did High School and University and met the love of my life Pete in 2004.”

Inspired Words – Elyshe

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Herringbone

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Creating a day that reflects the individual natures of you and your partner goes a long way to ensuring you walk away with memories that you will cherish for years to come. After her Rustic Barn Wedding to Brody, Bride Elyshe shared the following advice for those in the midst of planning.

“The thought that you put into your wedding is what you get out of the day and the memories. Focus more on the big picture and plan the wedding so that it is about you…not the “event”. It’s the little unique and meaningful things that people remember about a wedding and enjoy the most. The day does fly by so remember to stop and take it, remembering what the day is truly about and just enjoy the experience together!”

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Queensland Rustic Australian Wedding

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Dale and Alana

Dale and I always spoke about wanting our wedding to be intimate, simple and fun. I never wanted to be a bridezilla and spend what should be an enjoyable time organising the day being stressed. So, from the get go I made myself a promise to not let the little things bother me and remember the real reason this day was happening: for Dale and I to share our love in front of family and friends. We held the wedding at my parents property in Chandler, QLD and this certainly added to the intimacy of the day. It also made it logistically easier as both the ceremony and reception were at the same place.

Wanting to avoid the traditional strapless dress (which lets face it ladies, only makes the more petite of us look amazing), I chose my dress from Mignon because it was flattering, easy to walk in (having to gather up the many layers of a complicated bridesmaid dress at a friends wedding was treacherous), and unique. It was also very reasonably priced. The dress will most likely be worn only once so why not save your pennies for an amazing honeymoon or house deposit?

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The bridesmaids dresses were purchased from Ally fashions (yes, I know! who would have thought!) and were comfortable for the girls and are something they can wear again.

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I remember trying to arrange flowers for the day and what a stuff around it was from many florists. Then I came across Nina from Carina Florist, who not only provided exactly what I was after from only an emailed picture she also provided the arrangements at a very reasonable price (without compromising quality) and was extremely helpful and friendly. Nina was also able to provide greenery for our wedding arch (some cost $500 for the day to hire) which we opted to purchase from Bunnings, and the upside is we get to keep it.

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Since we were holding the event on private property, we hired the services of a wedding celebrant, Michelle Walmsley. Finding a suitable celebrant can be confusing, but we made our choice based on efficiency of communication and the level of friendliness shown. Michelle could not have made the day more beautiful. She tailored the ceremony to our specifications and did not fret when Dale and I shared a few jokes together during our exchange of vows.

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We were lucky enough to have my fathers’ Audi to use for the day, although be careful when doing this as I have heard of people being fined for lending a vehicle to friends for their wedding day and being accused of using it for commercial purposes.

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Every decorative detail in the reception area was hand picked by myself, including the table runners which I cut out myself. I spent many hours in IKEA and spotlight deciding what items would best suit our vision, but it was worth it in the end because we have treasure trove of lasting memories to scatter around our home. In keeping with our laid back, rustic theme, I wanted a plain Hessian aisle runner. These can cost around $150 to hire for the day or $70 to purchase online. I found this one from Spotlight for $30, and we get to keep it!

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Dale and I have been to a few weddings and usually felt underwhelmed by the food provided, so we decided to go with a BBQ catering company. Also adding to the laid back feel of the day. BBQ2you were fantastic to liase with and provided everything discussed for a reasonable price. The staff were professional, friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious.

The last aspect of our day, but certainly the best, was our photographic and video graphic team. Jez, Storm and Tristan from 7000degrees photography could not have done a better job of not only capturing our day, but also being a part of it. We felt like we had known these gentlemen for a long time simply because they were able to appreciate who Dale and I are as a couple and what we are about. We all shared countless laughs together and I feel blessed that I had them there to capture our beautiful day.

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Ms Gingham says: How lucky you are Alana to have access to such beautiful land to hold your wedding on. The scenery is breathtaking!

Alana says: “I had amazing wedding suppliers who became part of our day in the most positive way.”

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Michelle Walmsley / Flowers: Carina Florist / Bride’s Dress: Mignon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ally fashions / Catering: BBQ2you / Photographer: 7000degrees / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Walmsley
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