Have A Fairy-Tale Wedding – At A Third Of The Price Tag

According to recent statistics, an average wedding in Sydney is estimates to cost around $70,000. The national average spend is at least $36,200 (according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission), and $53,000 as quoted by the wedding industry.

So how does city compare to country? Weddings in Mudgee can cost around $10,000, which is one-third of the city pricetag, according to Central NSW Tourism. But that’s just one of the reasons the region is a hot-spot for tying the knot.

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Central NSW Tourism has launched its first wedding website showcasing Mudgee’s growing appeal as a wedding destination with gorgeous historic venues, boutique accommodation and stunning scenery.

Lucy White, executive officer at Central NSW Tourism, said:

“Mudgee weddings are much less expensive than formal city events, are a fun adventure for guests to getaway for a few days, and there is a variety of venues in beautiful vineyard settings.

“The region is renowned amongst foodies and with a culinary and creative passion that runs deep, our professionals can cater for an intimate gathering of 20 guests through to a large celebration of up to 850 people.

“Domayn Events can create a vintage-inspired Marquee among ripening vines, try food from the paddock at hip new restaurant Pipeclay Pumphouse, or dine at long candle-lit tables at Wild Oats Pavilion, our oldest winery.”

Perfect for busy brides, the new website features inspirational imagery and a directory of venues, caterers, photographers, celebrants, accommodation, churches, event planners, suppliers, florists, hair and beauty and activity ideas.

Stay at the luxurious and architect-designed Horizon Mudgee, in a historic home at Cawarra on the Park, or in a spa suite at Parklands Resort.

The Mudgee region is a four-hour drive from Sydney with a historic town centre, wine bars, cafes, restaurants, shopping and activities such as golf, winery tours and bush-walking.

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October 20, 2014

4 Of The Best Dream Wedding Destinations

Out of control guest list? Check. Spiralling costs? Check. Know-it-all mother-in-law? Check. There’s a reason why destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They allow you to do the wedding your way, and combine a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience at the same time. Here are four dream destinations to inspire your wedding wanderlust.

Hôtel Sezz Paris, France
Designed with love in mind, Hôtel Sezz Paris boasts a spacious Suite Eiffel with exquisite views over its namesake (above) and a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar. The 26-room hotel designed by Christophe Pillet – a protégé of Philippe Starck – is decorated in a palette of slate, blue-grey and red and oozes elegance.

The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Exuding minimalist harmony in the picturesque setting of Thailand’s Koh Samui Island, The Library is the perfect beachside wedding venue. With a team of advisors to assist with all elements of the planning, and a choice of three packages to choose from, weddings at The Library are second to none. The hotel – featuring 26 sleek studio cabins – can handle everything from the ceremony to the reception, ensuring the happy couple have a stress-free stay.

Zash Country Boutique Hotel, Sicily

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As a converted 1930’s manor house, Zash Country Boutique Hotel ticks every box when it comes to romance. Not only does the ten room hotel radiate the elegance of the original building, but recent renovations which include an extension of glass-walled bedrooms, add a glamorous twist to the country retreat. The Sicilian ‘home away from home’ will not only help plan the big day, they will also keep guests entertained, activities available include sailing trips, wine tastings and excursions around the island.

The Surin Phuket, Thailand

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With unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea The Surin Phuket provides a secluded waterfront setting with a flourish of traditional Thai grace. Sheltered under a canopy of coconut palms and linked by a series of jungle walkways, the hotel’s 103 hillside and beachfront cottages and suites, each with a private veranda sun deck, are luxury defined. Be it a romantic ceremony for two or a friends and family affair, the hotel’s personalized service and hospitality will leave a lasting impression.

Where is your dream wedding destination?


April 11, 2014

Top 5 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are an amazing way to host your special day; you get friends, family, fun and a holiday packed in to a week-long intimate event that will create amazing memories for everyone who is able to join in.

And while more and more couples are choosing the destination wedding route these days, what most don’t realise is that there is serious planning required around the logistics, coordination, shipping and overall vision. When it comes to local weddings we’re pretty much set with a standard to do list, but there’s tons that destination brides don’t even think about when it comes to planning their weddings, especially those after the DIY look – for example who’s supplying the fairy lights and mason jars? How do you get the bonbonnieres to your exotic destination?

Narelle Williams, destination wedding expert and director at Global Weddings shares her top 5 tips to plan the ultimate destination wedding.

1.    Thinking ahead
A destination wedding doesn’t just mean jetting off to said destination and forgetting about the to-do list! As well as the wedding plans and your own travel arrangements, you need to remember your guests are travelling a long distance too. Don’t forget to think about their travel, accommodation and giving them all the necessary information about the local area. The best thing to do is sit down and write a to-do list of all the arrangements that need to be made for travel, shipping, decor (including sourcing, logistics and shipping of these items) and your dress and groom – to name a few key headings. Next, assign responsibilities and deadlines to each task. This way, you’ll banish that bridezilla and make the day stress free!

2.    Budgeting
From the onset, decide what’s important to you to take and what’s not. Get familiar with what items your resort can supply you with as part of the cost, what is outside of the package and what you’ll need to bring yourself. Trying to lug everything across the world is a hassle and not to mention expensive – especially if you have to pay excess baggage fees just to get your dress and veil across. So look into what is light and easy to send (think DIY faves such as fairy lights, jam jars, origami cranes and chalkboards), and decide what is most important to you and really adds to your vision for the day.

3.   The dress
You’ll need a special dress box to have freighted to your destination – check with your dress maker to see if they have one or you can discuss your boxing needs with your shipping company. Otherwise, full service airlines will allow you to take the dress on board and hang it in their business class cupboard even if you’re flying economy but you do run the risk of it getting squashed.

4.    The location
Do your research into the customs policies for your destination. Some countries don’t allow fruit, wood or other items, so make sure the DIY items you plan to take are allowed in the country.

5.     Shipping
No bride should have to give up on the details – they’re the bits that everyone remembers! Excess baggage fees can be ridiculous, so do your research and cost comparisons and find a shipping company that suits you. If you’re going to an exotic location in the middle of nowhere, check out PACK & SEND, which will send absolutely everything and anything anywhere. Anywhere? Yep, anywhere.

Did you have a destination wedding? Share your experience in the comments!


October 2, 2013