General Advice planning wedding in Adelaide, Aust – Sorry for it being long!!

posted 3 years ago in Australia
Post # 4
2341 posts
Buzzing bee

@Starletise:  first up – you need a budget. A concrete budget to know what you are dealing with. You need to know how much you have now & how much you are still wanting to save. This should give you an idea of WHEN you can affrod your wedding.

When you have the above info you need to split the budget into categories – how much are you willing to spend on the venue / recpeitons / dress etc.

When you know how much $$ you have to play with that’s when i’d be contacting venues to see their availability for your preferred dates / months…

Hoping this helps somewhat!

Post # 5
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Serafino Wines

@Starletise:  Hello! We live in Adelaide and we are getting married in McLaren Vale in November. If you have any idea of a budget for the venue, I could maybe recommend some in your price range because we looked at sooo many places. I know how hard it is to come up with a budget and how overwhelming planning can be. You obviously haven’t set a date yet but my biggest bit of advice I can give you is not to get lazy about planning. We have been engaged for a year now and apart from the venue and photog, we have done nothing. I am starting to stress now haha even though I have 10 months still which everybody keeps telling me is plenty of time!

As for the venues you’ve been looking at, we were seriously considering St Francis Winery. It’s a really nice place, the food is great and they are also renovating their accommodation. We really liked it but we changed our minds once we went to meet with the Wedding Coordinator and actually saw the grounds. I’d been there previously but years before. The area where you would get married is lovely with the lake and everything but there were two main things that put me off. One is that it’s next to a supermarket and small shopping centre. As such, there is a big car park and I noticed people had dumped things in and around it. For example, there was an old, seemingly mouldy couch in clear view of the ceremony area. The other thing (and this was the bigger issue for me) is that it backs onto South Road and there is no barrier whatsoever. Not sure when you left Adelaide but you probably know that South Road is a main arterial road and gets pretty busy. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and while the traffic was minimal, it was still very noisy and a lot of trucks use that road as well. I could not get past the noise and it’s just all you see when you look out that way. The Wedding Coordinator did say that when everything is happening and you have music going etc, that you don’t really notice it but I just couldn’t get past it. These things may not bother you but just letting you know my experience 🙂 The place itself is lovely, including the function rooms.

As for budgeting, most of the major stuff like venues, photogs etc will want a $1,000 deposit to secure your booking and won’t hold it for long without one. So you’ll want about that set aside before you book or set your heart on something to make sure you don’t miss out. After the deposit is paid, most of them don’t need to be paid until a few weeks or so before the wedding. Of course they are all different but it’s something to keep in mind and it also may help. Other things like DJ and decorations I’ve found to be a lot more flexible. Our DJ only requires a $100 deposit and most decorations are included in the venue’s package if you shop around.

I know you have a small budget but it may be an idea to look into hiring a wedding planner. I only briefly looked but it seemed that most of them charge for their services as a percentage of your whole wedding spend so it may be do-able if you do keep a small budget! It would definitely help to plan a wedding from abroad!

I hope this helps you somehow. Feel free to PM me if you like and I’ll try to help as much as I can. Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
7019 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Starletise:  I’ve spent some time Adelaide. I’ve never been to any of these but some thoughts on the venues:

St Francis – no idea sorry. 

Adelaide Royal Coach – the photos of the grounds on the web site are of the parklands across the road, not the hotel itself, I think. So if you want photos there you then need to cross Dequetteville Terrace which is fairly wide. The hotel may be nice inside but from the outside it’s pretty plain cream brick.

Rydges – looks nicer from the outside, for what it’s worth. The 6th floor view would be good. The parklands outside are pretty plain but it’s a very short drive to Veale Gardens if you want photos there.

Pavilion – a big bonus is it’s inside Veale Gardens, and those gardens a popular place for wedding photos.

Can I just toss a suggestion in? Whalers Inn in Victor Harbor. The prices on the web site look similar to Rydges and Pavilion, and the views outside are spectacular. I’ve been to a wedding there. One bee posted photos of her wedding there a while ago too. EDIT: here it is

Whatever you do, take a look in Google maps and street view, and get someone to check them out in person.

As for general wedding planning, usually just a deposit is required initially. Be careful with wedding planning web sites because they are usually American and not everything American is done here. In particular, Australia doesn’t usually do rehearsal dinners or wedding favours, so that’s two expenses you can forget. “Save The Dates” aren’t usually done either, though if you have a lot of travelling guests they might be a good idea anyway. A DJ seems to be essential at American weddings, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding which had one here.

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