Post # 1
Help! I am marrying an Australian in the UK next April (I’m British) and I am trying to wrack my brains to incoroporate something Australian into the wedding. We are having a vintage theme (he wanted to wear a top hat and tails as they dont do that in Oz) so ideally I want it to tie in with that. I did originally think of having a didgerydoo player for the drinks/canapes but i dont think it would work. Does anyone have any ideas I can use, even if its decorations etc. (I had thought about getting those little Koala clip on teddies to hide in amongst the flowers)? I would love to suprise him with something!
Post # 3
Can you serve Australian wine? barbecued shrimp(actually prawns) as an appetizer?
VB (short for Victoria Bitter) beer?
Incorporate wattle into your centerpieces?
Post # 4
I studied in Queensland Australia for a year, the main aussie foods/drinks I remember are Vegemite, Bundaburg rum, Lamingtons (so yummy!), tim tams, meat pies. Maybe you could find some aboriginal art work to use as decor… or pictures of aussie cities/landscapes? Instead of table numbers you could use city names? or famous aussies?
Post # 5
Australian flowers? Although they may be difficult to get a hold of… those clip koalas are very cute, you could use them as place cards / favors – a koala for each person at the table holding a small card with the guest name?
Wine would also be great (if you have any australians at the wedding, stay away form VB or fosters – purely gimmical). Which state is he from?Happy to give you ideas on some amazing wines form his home state – love my wine 🙂
Post # 6
I can’t urge you enough to stay away from VB (for some it stands for vaginal backwash) and fosters is no longer Australian…. it is owned by Heineken, in the UK.
Coopers beer is loved by south aussies, then there is also XXXX, Hahns, Tooheys, Swan (western australian) blonde (tasmania) broo, draught, carlton (victoria)
There’s a few to give you an idea. It really all depends on what part of Australia he is from.
Hope this helps some
Post # 7
lamington favours or serve them with tea and coffee? might go well with the vintage theme.
Post # 8
I wouldnt do the didgerydoo idea unless he is aboriginal. I do like the idea of lamington wedding favours. or a pavlova dessert?
Post # 9
@Toastymama: Oh my gosh….VB I just almost fell off my seat! I hadn’t heard that one.
I would try get your hands on some native flowers if you can, or gum leaves or something like that, or perhaps name your tables as Australian cities or something like a PP suggested?
And I’d totally go for Australian wine over the beer!
Otherwise I think our Aussie weddings are pretty much the same as in UK or USA….
Post # 10
What are you doing for dessert? You could incorporate some tim tams, pavlova (though known as NZ really), lamingtons, milo, anzac biscuits, (You could have a tim tam/milo flavoured cake! YUM!)
As for decoration touches, what about Australian natives like banksia flowers, wattle, gum nuts, eucalyptus leaves? Or a little glass ornament of a different furry friend on each table….koala, kangaroo, emu, wombat?
Post # 11
Otherwise any aussie flowers would be lovely if you can get them, like wattle or banksia
Post # 13
@Toastymama: Agree- whilst I am Victorian I wouldn’t recommend VB!
I agree with using flowers- wattle can be lovely but there are some really gorgeous Australian Orchids as well. Others include- golen wattle, the waratah, and sturt desert rose.
You could serve Australian Boutique beers or Aussie wines- there are lots of great varieties out there.
Wines: Brown Brothers, Lindemans, coldstream, Wynns coonawarra, penfolds, seppelt.
Beers: Matlida Bay, Hahn, Cascade, Southwark, Hemp, James Squire, Murray’s craft brewing Co (they won best light ale last yr at the Aust beer awards)
You could serve an Australian dessert- pavlova comes to mind!
And you could include some aussie songs in your playlist for the reception. INXS, Kylie Mnogue, youthu Yindi, Edward Kutcher Band, Troy Casser-Daley etc etc
Post # 14
Agree with PPs. Decent boutique aussie beers may be hard to come by in the UK, but some nice Australian wines (e.g. a nice shiraz) would be a good idea.
My instant thought was also the dessert table. Pavlova and lamingtons would be great & work well with your theme.
Sorry, but definitely stay clear of the VB if you’re having a classy wedding haha. And the didgeridoo would only really work if he’s indigenous (hard to explain, but I think most aussie guests would find it a bit weird).
Post # 15
Love the idea of Tim Tams or Lamingtons for favours… if you’re doing vintage, you could maybe incorporate vintage ads for Aussie products like Arnotts, Vegemite etc http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorryx3/2780028298/ or http://img2.photographersdirect.com/img/16398/wm/pd691011.jpg into table numbers or something? And it’s not very vintage, but Ken Done artwork is a bit iconic?
As PPs have said, I’d probably steer clear of didgerido or Indigenous artwork etc unless it’s part of his heritage. It can be considered a bit insensitive.
Post # 16
Do not, whatever you do, serve VB or Fosters. They are a source of national shame lol. For beer stick with the ales from the UK, you have a really good selection of craft beers over there.
You might be able to get your hands on dried Australian flowers (being a hot dry country our natives preserve very well), when I was in the UK Australian wine was everywhere so maybe you could serve some nice wine from some of our very numerous wine regions.
Some good aussie music can easily be incorporated (google should produce some good options depending on what type of music you want) and you could always have the cliche dessert items of lamingtons, pavlova and tim tams.
Have you asked him to see if he has any ideas?