Without doubt a marriage ceremony on the Sunshine coast and Noosa is among the most desirable places on Earth to say your marriage vows but does it really need to cost the Earth?
It is all too easy to get quickly carried away and the meaning of the entire event can get lost in translation while trying to please respective families and not follow one’s heart or budget.
I interviewed beautiful bride Kirstie Wallace at whose marriage I had the pleasure of officiating in Sir Leslie Wilson Park, Dicky Beach, the beauty of ocean and nature behind, as her and fiancé Geoffrey exchanged their vows. A Sunshine Coast council permit was the only requirement to secure the location as theirs for 2 hours.
People think “Wedding……..B-I-G dollars and it really doesn’t have to be that way” says Kirstie
From the first moment Kirstie and I spoke on the phone she had a clear idea in her mind of the budget she had allocated to her wedding day and was determined not to go over it. Her occasion was fabulous in every way; in fact it was pure elegance.
I asked Kirstie to share some of her thoughts:
The help of friends was enlisted to decorate the area using a natural arbour…….an overhanging tree which was adorned with hearts and mini mason jars with candles which looked spectacular against the ocean backdrop. She abandoned her initial idea of providing guest seating for a reasonably short ceremony, instead guests stood close by for an intimate occasion and the signing table and chairs were included in my Celebrant package. Kirstie was not persuaded to stray from her initial list of invitees as is too often the case, and only immediate family and closest friends were present.
Kirstie looked a million dollars in her dress but through smart shopping she managed to find her dream dress on sale locally. Her groom and the rest of the bridal party looked equally stylish.
One cost area that Kirstie was not prepared to compromise was hair and make-up. Besides wanting to look her best she felt that the photographs would be enhanced with professional makeup and hair artistry.
Tayla at Sublime Lens photography who also happened to be family friend was delighted to be asked to be in charge of the digital memories and has done a more than commendable job producing some absolutely divine images to capture Kirstie’s theme.
A roving dinner reception (without the usual minimum number of guests required) at The Birdcage within Parklands Tavern at Meridan Plains, provided a huge selection of tantalising menu items while guests were able to mingle freely in the backdrop of lush greenery provided indoors and out.
Having a clear idea from the outset allowed Kirstie to relax and enjoy the anticipation and not lose the true meaning of the occasion and the whole process was in her words ‘plain sailing’. The only factor outside her control was the weather however having a pre-arranged solid Plan B in case of inclement conditions ensured this concern was taken care of as well.
In Kirstie’s words words her day was unforgettable, much less stressful and without the angst of worrying that soon credit card bills would be looming and the true meaning of the momentous occasion was preserved. This was a personal achievement to pull off something that many couples aspire to, secure in the knowledge that they have extra funds to spend on their overseas honeymoon or to keep as savings.
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