There are several options for places to stay to in Adelaide, and Adelaide is the city of churches, however, this church is 50 minutes south of the city. There is a hotel nearby http://www.victoryhotel.com.au/ , it doesn’t look like the Hyatt (which is where we will stay) but it seems like it might be a good way place to have guest stay and they will have no excuse for being late to the wedding.
Also, keep in mind that the US dollar is pretty strong against the AU, about $0.75 US to buy $1 AU. I was kind of excited about this. Also, you can use http://www.weddingssa.com.au/ as it provides a good deal of information. We hired a bagpiper, but not from this site, I did a ton of looking around and finally found one that would be available. Remember, we planned our wedding with six weeks to go. We are now about 2 weeks away from our departure for AU.The cakes on saw on this site were also amazing, same with flowers and even make-up artists.
We are are doing our wedding alone and then will have receptions in Houston and Oregon this winter. The idea was to keep our wedding really intimate and honestly, I didn’t want conflicts of family telling us what we should do, or how to do it. The receptions will be fine enough for this.
To marry in Australia you will need to file your paperwork with the Australia Embassy and then find a celebrant no later than 1 month and 1 day before your wedding. I’d recommend getting the embassy stuff done about a month before you need it and then find a celebrant in the months before that. That way, once you have the embassy stamp you can just fax the documents to the embassy. I can certainly help if you are looking for a christian celebrant as I learned how to track down pretty much all of them.
We will honeymoon on a great white shark adventure starting the day after the wedding. But we are constrained because FH only has two weeks of vacation and it pretty much takes 17 hours from LA to Sydney so that eats 2 full days, plus the houston and adelaide legs take about 2 more. So, we have about 5 days of diving, 2 days of Adelaide and Sellicks Beach and a day on each side of all this to see his family and then allow for him to head back to Kuwait (he spends a day coming and going).
Our travel will go like this, I fly to Houston from Oregon. FH comes from Kuwait to Houston. We pack our things together. Then fly to LA, from LA to Sydney (we are going on virgin because it was the cheapest but I think United had tickets for less than $800 per person just recently) from Sydney to Adelaide, we rent a car here. Stash our things at the Hyatt. meet with our photographers http://www.sweetbluephotogrqaphy.com.au and http://www.sweetchilliphillyphotography.com.au to have our prewedding photos done….mostly because we haven’t had time for engagment photos and this will act as such. Check them out, they are great and totally affordable.
I can post photos when I get back, that will likely be June 30th or there about.
Also, summer time there, that is our summer is their winter and the weather is like Seattle in December or November, AND lots of things will have discounts because tourism isn’t high. Something to consider when trying to make arrangements for rooms or services.
Also, The Hundred Eaves does receptions too.
How large of a wedding party are you having and guests? Just curious. I have no idea your budge, but I can say if you keep it small you can have a blast here and not cut corners on flowers or dresses if that is important to you. Also to keep in mind, you’d be planning from afar, so you have to be okay with just letting somethings happen as they will. But you’d have wonderful memories and a beautiful wedding certificate.