from some of our past couples
A little insight from others
It's always good to hear from those people who have also planned a wedding and ended up having an incredible day. Although, every wedding is unique, most weddings have similar aspects and timelines. Hearing what others have to say can really help and give you an insight into things you may not have thought about.
STEPHANY & BEN
Pick a few non negotiables
For us it was a great photographer to capture memories, delicious food and wine and quality wedding bands because we are wearing them for life!
Don't overcomplicate it
do you really need bonbonnieres or a flower arch? I had grand ambitions but in the end, flowers in vases and some wine barrels did the job for our ceremony.
Don't be afraid to ask friends for favours
People are happy to help! Some good friends made Ben's wedding ring and we had another friend help us with flowers. Those hours spent setting up the reception make the moment even more special.
Not everything needs to be brand new
We snagged some second hand candles, flower girl baskets and wishing well boxes. Little things like that can really add up and purchasing something that was used once for half a day really helped us keep our costs down.
Katelyn & kurt
The one piece of advice Kurt and I would give is that lighting is everything!
If possible, time your wedding to make sure you can capture the “golden hour” for your portraits, and to sneak one more piece of advice in... pick a photographer that suits your style, not just your budget.
Lucinda & Richie
We had a DIY, destination wedding - and we wouldn't do it any other way - but looking back, it was a huge amount of work, and a lot of time and dedication went into bringing it all to life. This can be very personally rewarding, as long as it's manageable. What helped us was doing practice runs, not underestimating the amount of time we would need, and making sure we did the pieces we enjoyed ourselves, outsourcing the ones we didn't like (or that were too tricky) to the local vendors. They knew the area so well, they had relationships with the other suppliers, and we didn't have to pay for travel and accommodation.
Our other piece of advice would be to not feel tied to tradition if you want to do something a little differently. It can be really tough juggling everyone else's expectations, but when we did vary from tradition everyone loved it. They recognised that it was very 'us', and doing things our way meant that we felt a lot more comfortable getting up in front of all of our friends & family. We could just be ourselves, and enjoy the day.
GLENN & MARNIE
It's important to enjoy the actual process of planning the wedding.
Marnie & I found that locking down the big ticket items that were most important to us early on in our wedding planning journey gave us piece of mind and plenty of time to make good choices on those vendors.