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Brisbane wedding venues you need to see

Customs House

With magnificent architecture and a view of the Brisbane river, Customs House offers a wedding venue you and your guests are unlikely to ever forget! With their expertise, impeccable cuisine, high-quality service, and great attention to detail, the event coordinators at Customs House will ensure you receive everything you envisioned for your day.

Glengariff Historic Estate

Dating back to 1876, Glengariff Historic Estate proudly hosts over 150 weddings per year – and yours could be next! With endless wedding photography opportunities, this venue features garden rooms, vineyards, a lake, a jetty, a waterfall, a rustic barn, and classical stone arbours. Check out their gallery and read why so many couples are in love with Glengariff Historic Estate!

Cloudland

With several exclusively designed ceremony and reception locations to choose from, Cloudland offers something truly special for your wedding. Featuring a lush indoor garden, a waterfall, glistening chandeliers, hanging love seats, and an industrial stair case, Cloudland is something that usually only exists in your wildest daydreams! Check out their gallery and reviews today!

Villa Botanica

Set on the edge of the Coral Sea in the Whitsundays, Villa Botanica offers a truly unique experience for your wedding. With its gorgeous tropical gardens and architecture, this five acre estate boasts breathtaking views overlooking the sea. And, with a sparkling marble ballroom for your reception, you can expect great things fromVilla Botanica.

Factory 51

With its outstanding character and visual appeal, Factory 51 is perfect for the quintessential rustic or industrial wedding. Featuring red brick walls, steel beams, a dazzling chandelier, polished concrete floors, and a private terrace, Factory 51 is something worth having a good hard look at!

Melbourne’s most sought after flight attendants

Triple R Luxury Car Hire

A family-owned business operating for over 35 years, Triple R Luxury Car Hire offers the choice of 34 classic European cars to create that spectacular entrance on your wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. Providing cars to over 21,000 happy couples over the years, Triple R is Victoria’s largest range of classic European cars. And, if you’re getting married on a weekday or during winter, you can even get a discounted rate on your wedding transport! Check out Triple R Luxury Car Hire’s fleet today!

Always Classic Cars

Offering a range of prestige vintage cars including Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar wedding cars, Always Classic Cars ensures you arrive in style to your special day. All vehicles are government licensed and driven by professional chauffeurs, so you can expect impeccable service on your wedding day. Check out Always Classic Cars‘ extensive range today, and arrange to view the gorgeous vehicles in person!

Enrik Limousines

Winner of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy award for ‘Best Customer Service’ in the Wedding Transport category for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, Enrik Limousines prides itself on delivering a high level of professional and reliable service when it comes to wedding transport on your special day. The chauffeurs are fully licensed, safe, and punctual, so you can rest assured everything is taken care of! Arrive in style with Enrik Limousines – check out their fleet of Chrysler 300C stretch limousines today!

Caddyman Cadillac Car Hire

Striving to make your wedding day as exciting, relaxed, and memorable as possible, Caddyman Cadillac Car Hire offers a range of 1959 Cadillacs, pink and red convertibles, and white coupes and sedans for your big day. And, with experienced and caring chauffeurs, you can expect red carpet treatment with Caddyman Cadillac Car Hire. Check out their storefront and book an inspection today!

How to beat the post wedding blues

Just as a large number of mothers feel postnatal depression so too do a number of brides feel the post-wedding blues.

You are no longer spending every spare moment ironing out details, calling suppliers, visiting bridal party members, shopping for items, and making sure you have ticked everything off your to-do list in a timely fashion.

Instead, you have all of this free time on your hands. And while you are happily married, sometimes too much free time can make the mind wander to places it wouldn’t ordinarily go.

It is completely normal to pine for the loss of pre-wedding excitement – you are most definitely not alone – but there are a number of ways you can combat the post-wedding blues and climb out of the slump to embrace this new phase of your life.

Take some time

If you haven’t already set off on your honeymoon, plan to have a few days after your wedding to spend with friends and family before you go.

An immediate change from a room full of people in full celebration mode to isolation with just you and your new spouse can be a little too abrupt.

Similarly, when you return from your honeymoon, take a few extra days to spend together and continue to revel in newlywed bliss before you go back to work and fall back into the same old routine.

Find something else to plan ahead for

The thrill of anticipation of a wedding and the accomplishment that follows once you’ve had the best day of your life is hard to replicate, but having something else to look forward to can help to ease the post-wedding blues.

Think of some of the things you might have wanted to do while wedding planning but didn’t have the time and organise to do them after the wedding instead. It could be something like taking your new spouse out to a new restaurant or enjoying a weekend away with friends.

Connect with your guests

Whether you had a wishing well, gift registry, or left it up to luck what your guests gifted to you, you will have some thank you cards to write.

Take extra time and care with this and write some handwritten notes that share some special memories you have of that person or people from your wedding day.

Reliving these funny and heart-warming moments will help you to feel good about the connections you have with the people who attended your wedding, who are still in your life no matter what.

Time to tidy up

When you feel mentally ready to do so, start to clean up all of the wedding paraphernalia in your house. Pass on or recycle those wedding magazines and archive your planning notes to keep as a memento for years down the track.

This is a big step, but when you are ready you can look at what you’d like to do with your gown. It might be to have it dry cleaned and preserved for you to keep, or list it for sale so another bride-to-be can enjoy it.

Taking care of these activities might seem painful, but will be paramount to your healing process and help you to work through your feelings about the wedding day being over.

Join a social or sporting group

You have created a big group for yourself when planning your wedding – your bridal party, family, guests, and a team of suppliers. Now that the wedding is over, it seems like they have all moved on.

To regain that special sense of belonging, you can seek out a new club to join. It could be a social meet-up group, a book club, a cooking workshop, or sporting club, even an online group of newly married women who will be going through the same transitional phase as you are.

Focus on your marriage

Remember the whole picture of your wedding. It wasn’t just the outfits, the flowers, the atmosphere, and the location – it was all about the man or woman that you married.

They are the center of your universe now and you need to keep that in perspective. Channel some of your time and energy into planning your future life together, whether that be settling down or jet-setting to tick of bucket list items.

People are freaking out about proposals at other people’s weddings

My husband’s best friend, “John,” was the best man/officiant. The setting was beautiful, everyone seemed happy, our families were overjoyed. My mom may have used the phrase hallelujah a few dozen times.

The entire atmosphere felt moving. So moving in fact that John stopped mid-ceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend, “Jane,” and reveal her pregnancy.

I couldn’t even hear the vows my husband wrote or the rest of the ceremony over the noise of Jane’s happy sobs, her very surprised family who were also guests, and people seated nearby congratulating her.

Even the videographer cut to her frequently during the ceremony, and you can’t hear anything over the chatter. When John gave his toast, he apologized for being caught up in the moment and then proceeded to talk about he and Jane’s future with nary a mention of us.

During the reception, John and Jane became the primary focus of our guests. John even went out of his way to ask the band for a special dance for just him and Jane on the dance floor.

I’ve never been an attention hog, and I wouldn’t even have minded if he’d proposed after the ceremony, but weeks later I am still seething. I am so shocked and angry that I keep asking myself if this is real life.”

The online backlash

This is seriously not a situation you would come across at your average wedding, so everyone is weighing in their two cents on the situation… with sometimes hilarious comments.

Some of the best comments against John’s actions include…

I see your petty retaliation and raise you, by stealing the secret name, (that you wrote over and over in your diary), you wanted to give your first child and bestow the name to my dog.”

I would broke that shit up like Kanye did Taylor!! And No I ain’t gonna let you finish. Security would’ve been escorting them out. That’s beyond rude & tacky.”

While he did actually have some supporters…

“Seriously? People are really that shallow that someone getting engaged at their wedding is seen as some sort of insult? Wouldn’t you be happy for them?”

To each their own, I’m not that petty or stingy for shine, that it would bother me. If one of my girls got engaged, that’s even more of a reason to celebrate.”

So we’ve gone through a fair few chat forums and social media pages dedicated to this dear John to see what the acceptable etiquette is. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority decided it was a BIG no-no.

But, for the purposes of balance, we will present arguments for both sides.

Can I go wedding dress shopping by myself?

The dilemma

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never even been given the chance to try on a wedding dress. I couldn’t tell you if I look better in a fishtail gown or a princess dress, and I’m sure a lot of brides out there can relate.

Most of us simply have no idea what kind of wedding dress style would suit our body shape, and therefore have no clue where to start. And, if we’re going to bring our closest family and friends to possibly spend hourswatching us try on wedding dress after wedding dress, we’d prefer to at least have a running start on the whole process.

But is it a done thing to go wedding dress shopping by yourself?

Why we think this way

Pop culture television shows and almost every recently released wedding movies show brides taking their entourage to their wedding dress appointments. It’s become a tradition, almost, that brides enlist the help of their family and friends to collectively choose her dream dress.

Because of this representation in film and television, we now think it’s normal to take your bridesmaids and family members, even if you’d usually prefer clothes shopping by yourself.

Shopping by ourselves

As an adult woman, I actively avoid shopping with others. There’s something relaxing about milling around clothes racks and making decisions alone. I understand it CAN be helpful to have a friend there to tell you what looks good and what looks absolutely awful on you, but usually I can make those calls for myself. And I’m sure a lot of brides out there would feel the same.

Among the many great things about wedding dress shopping by yourself, is the fact that you can go anytime, anywhere. There’s no hassle surrounding ‘when everyone’s free’, and you could even pop round to the local bridal boutique during your lunch break!

Additionally, bridal boutiques are usually quieter midday on weekdays, meaning more time and more one-on-one help from staff! This is a great time to ask professionals what style and fabric really suits you, and get a feel for what style goes with what you envision for your day.

Your entourage will cloud your judgement

While some might call it encouragement, I’d call it peer pressure. There’s nothing like a team of excited family and friends crying and cheering and saying “This is the one!” to make you say yes to the wrong dress.

Brides often end up with wedding dress regret because they picked a dress everyone else said they looked great in, but perhaps didn’t particularly reflect their personality or suit their style. If they’d gone shopping by themselves, perhaps their judgement would not have been clouded by the opinions of others.

Adelaide’s most popular wedding car

Classic Jags

Winner of the ABIA Hall of Fame 2016 for Jaguar Wedding Transport, Classic Jags offers four vehicle styles to choose from for your special day. Adelaide’s oldest 1949 MKV Jaguar specialist, you have the choice between 1949 Mark V Jaguars, Royal Daimlers, a 1970 XJ6 Series 1 Jaguar, and a MKV Convertible. All chauffeured vehicles are air conditioned, have luxurious red or gold leather, complementary drinks, and include a red carpet, ribbons, and tulle. Check out Classic Jags’ fleet today, and begin planning your statement arrival!

Cloud Seven Limousines

Promising nothing less than red carpet service, arrive in style to your special day with Cloud Seven Limousines! These vehicles are driven by fully uniformed and courteous chauffeurs, and the service includes complimentary sparkling white wine or non alcoholic wine, a red carpet, and the ability to decorate the car to your liking. And, specialising in making your day run smoothly, you’re sure to have a relaxing, stress-free ride with luxuriousCloud Seven Limousines.

Kombis4u

Voted Best Wedding Transport in South Australia at the 2014 ABIA Awards, Kombis4u offers a stylish, timeless, and fun way to travel to your wedding day. Providing a high level of service, these chauffeur driven Kombis are fully renovated for your wedding transport needs. Check out their gallery and reviews, and read what happy couples have to say about their experience Kombis4u!

P&K Limousines

With a choice of luxury White 11 seater Chrysler 300C Limousines, and new white Holden Caprice Sedans, P&K Limousine offers to make your special day as memorable as possible. Their fully chauffeured luxury limousines are complete with ribbon, tulle, and a red carpet, and come with complimentary champagne and soft drinks on the day. Check out P&K Limousines today and view their fleet in person!

Baileys Limousines

An established professional limousine business, Baileys Limousines offers a choice of three different limos for your special day. A fully accredited and licensed company, these limousines provide a chauffeured service, complete with complimentary drinks, wedding ribbons of your choice, tulle, child seats for flower girls and page boys, and red carpet service on the day. Check out their fleet today, and allow Baileys Limousines to deliver that extra special something for your wedding!

Wedding venues in Melbourne with something special

St Andrews Conservatory

With 20 years experience and a multitude of Australian Bridal Industry Awards for Best Hotel Reception, St Andrews Conservatory offers a iconic historic venue for your special day. This venue caters for 60 – 120 seated guests, and 60 – 160 guests cocktail. With its glass roof, natural light simply pools in and illuminates the venue, and gives it an overall sense of romance. And, with a cosy fireplace and the option for a dancefloor, St Andrews Conservatory is perfect for your wedding.

Tatra Receptions

Situated on ten acres of magnificent gardens in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Tatra Receptions is the perfect setting for your wedding. With easy car access and ample parking, the venue also offers exclusive use of its extensive facilities including its chapel and gazebo. Tatra has everything you need in one delightful venue, with professional and friendly staff to cater to your every wedding need.

Mon Bijuo

Boasting 270 degrees of spectacular Melbourne City views, Mon Bijuo offers its exclusive penthouse for your special day. Set high among the clouds, this simply stunning space is iconic for its gorgeous jewel-inspired interior. Check out their gallery and customer reviews, and find out what other happy couples have to say about Mon Bijuo.

Metropolis Events

Situated at the Southgate precinct, and overlooking the Yarra, Metropolis Events offers a New York loft style venue with spectacular Melbourne City views. Exuding luxury, this venue can accommodate up to 300 seated guests. And, with an on-site ceremony space for up to 200 guests, there’s no need to jump between venues with Metropolis Events!

The Willows

Boasting timeless interior, The Willows offers a wedding venue for couples seeking elegance, simplicity, and distinctiveness. Featuring a restaurant, a full glass conservatory, high ceilings, a licensed granite topped bar, and a dance floor, The Willows caters to both intimate and large soirees. Check out their gallery today!

Brisbane wedding car is the most popular

Golden Gate Limousines

Aiming to make your day as special and easy as possible, Golden Gate Limousines offers a fleet consisting of White Chrysler 300C Super Stretch 11 seat limos, and the newest Ford 13, 11, nine, and seven seater super stretch and stretch limousines to ensure you arrive in style. Promising the utmost luxury at affordable prices, these vehicles are always in immaculate condition, and deliver the red carpet treatment you deserve on your big day. Check out Golden Gate Limousines today – you won’t be disappointed.

Limoso Luxury Transport

ABIA Transport Winner of the Year 2013, Limoso Luxury Transport prides themselves on delivering the best possible service and a large range of vehicles to choose from for your special day. Taking extra car with the car of your choosing, Limoso takes the cars off the road before the wedding and gives them a full detail – inside and outside. No wedding is too big or too small, so trust Limoso Luxury Transport to ensure you arrive in style!

Kenz Classic

Operating since 1987, Kenz Classic offers a choice of white 1950s Mark VIII and IX Jaguars, and a 1936 Dodge six passenger limousine for a statement arrival to your wedding day. All cars are Queensland Transport licensed limousines, and all driven by trained, uniformed chauffeurs for a five-star experience. For something extra special for your already special day, check out Kenz Classic today!

Tic Tac Tours & Premier Limousines

Proud winners of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) for Best Wedding Transport provider in Queensland for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015, Tic Tac Tours & Premier Limousines offers to help create a memorable occasion of your already special wedding day. Priding themselves on offering a high standard of professional service, all vehicles are immaculate, and driven by impeccably dressed chauffeurs. And, with the flexibility to tailor their basic package, Tic Tac Tours & Premier Limousines has everything you need to ensure your day is truly unforgettable.

Question of wedding planning asked by real partner

How do I match a bridal hairstyle with a particular dress neckline?

The most helpful answer to this question came from Faces Makeup and Hair who wrote:

“When choosing a bridal hairstyle, it is more important to consider what suits your face shape rather than what goes with your wedding gown.

That said, if you would like your gown’s neckline to show, consider an updo.

Always have a trial with your hairstylist beforehand to make sure both of you are on the same page.”

Can we ask the celebrant not to say ‘Mr and Mrs’ if I’m not taking his name?

The most helpful answer to this question came from Stephanie Bromley – Marriage Celebrant. She wrote:

“Of course you may!  I always ask my couples how they would like to be presented to their guests.

It can be as simple as “please join me in congratulating John and Jane on their marriage”.  I hope this is helpful.”

When I enquire with a celebrant, what should I be asking them?

The most helpful answer to this question was given by Michael Pratt Celebrant. He wrote:

“This is a great question because celebrants love to answer what you want to know.

I am presuming that you have had a bit of time to chat and feel comfortable with everyone and feel that you could make a connection and work together with your celebrant.

Apart from the obvious first question about being available on your chosen day (otherwise a lot of the questions to follow this one might seem a bit of a waste of time.. lol), you might like to ask your celebrant about what might happen in the very rare chance that they are unable to be your celebrant on the day (ie What is your Plan B?)

Celebrants will always have a Plan B, and C up their sleeves – it is in their nature to be this organised and also to ensure that you, as their client, receive the most professional service possible at all times.

The next topic for questions would center around the financials, and please do not be shy in asking – is to enquire about the celebrant’s fees and what is included (ie a rehearsal, travel, etc) deposit, final payments, cancellations etc.

Most celebrants will have prepared a set of frequently asked questions that they can provide for you to assist with the answers to questions that you may not even have thought of yet.. lol.

I always like to remind my clients…there is no such thing as a dumb question (only dumb answers…usually from me!)”

Melbourne celebrants with something special

Benny Roff Fun Weddings

Striving to have you and your guests “in stitches”, Melbourne celebrant Benny Roff promises to make your ceremony about the marrying couple, instead of just repeating formalities that may have no personal relevance to you. Liking to roll between fun and serious, Benny Roff Fun Weddings promises to keep your guests genuinely entertained and engaged throughout the ceremony. And, as he says, “I’m not sure if it’s a testament to my story telling or an indictment on my professionalism, but I seem frequently to be mistaken for somebody the couple knows… I like to think it’s the former.”

Example review: “This guy! Absolute legend. Benny made this wedding everything we wanted and more! From the awesome introductions and jokes, to recognising the importance of the bond between us, mixing us a cocktail to cement this and symbolise it, to making us feel at ease through the whole lead up, and enjoy the ceremony to the max. We loved it and wouldn’t change a thing. His tone, humour, and use of music was spot on. Could not have lucked out with a better celebrant.”

Zena Lythgo

Working with you, Melbourne celebrant Zena Lythgo promises to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests, and to properly celebrate the love you share and the life you’ve created together. Striving to make your experience fun and easy, calm and enjoyable, and organised and authentic, Zena Lythgo shares your story – shaped by you, for your people.

Example review: “Zena was an absolute delight to deal with. She made everything easy, we felt comfortable opening up with her to share our story. Everyone commented on how real and beautiful the ceremony was, and that they felt the love in the room. It was exactly what we wanted.”

Paul Bonadio – A Stand-up Celebrant

Promising to deliver a “ceremony so fun even your mother-in-law will smile”, Paul Bonadio stands for fun, laid-back ceremonies with lots of chuckles and a dose of sentimentality. “I want your favourite uncle to choke on his chewy with laughter,” he says. He also offers a ‘Pimp My Celebrant’ feature, where you can choose what you want him to wear!

Example review: “Paul made us feel relaxed and made us feel like old friends straight off the bat! He made the whole process so easy and so relaxed, and produced an amazingly funny and genuine ceremony for us. Paul Bonadio – Stand up Comedian. Stand up Man. Ten stars out of five.”

Benn Stone Celebrant – Melbourne Cityside Celebrant

Describing himself as a ‘new age celebrant’, it’s Benn Stone’s mission to be the finest purveyor of modern, fun, people-orientated ceremonies “on planet earth.” Creating something truly unique and individual for your special day, Benn Stone promises to create a fun, memorable, and moving wedding ceremony, that accurately reflects the values and experiences of the couple.

Example review: “Excellent! Exactly what we wanted – someone modern, fun, and happy for us to say what we wanted! Benn helped us make the things we love about each other into personal vows that weren’t too gushy or boring. Our grandparents absolutely loved his style and all the guests commented how engaging he was and how he made the ceremony suit us perfectly. Would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a fun and vibrant ceremony.”