TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM: Hi again fromDiana at Noosa Wedding Ring. I hope you’re having as much fun planning your Noosa wedding as I am writing blogs for you.
Especially if you’re planning a beach wedding, you might like to schedule your ceremony so that the end of your beach photo shoot coincides with one of our beautiful Noosa sunsets. Makes for stunning photos!
Noosa Wedding Ring recommends that, in scheduling your Noosa beach wedding date, you check not only the availability of the ceremony venue, reception venue and Wedding Professionals of your choice but also the Noosa Events Calendarbelow.
Calendar of Events 2010
Noosa Festival of Surfing: 14 – 21 March, 2010
Noosa May Fiesta: 1 – 31 May, 2010
Noosa Riverfest Regatta: TBA 2010
Noosa Blue Water Swim: Sun 16 May 2010
Noosa Long Weekend: Fri 18 – Sun 27 June, 2010
Noosa Half Marathon: Sun 23 May, 2010
Noosa Jazz Festival: Thu 2 Sept – Sun 5 Sept, 2010
Noosa Triathlon: Wed 27 Oct – Sun 31 Oct, 2010
Because Noosa is such an attractive place, at peak tourist times such as Easter and Christmas, accommodation can be not only booked out but also twice as expensive. And, as you can see above, there are festivals and events through the year which also bring lots of extra visitors to town.
So it’s best to carefully choose your wedding date and then reserve your Noosa accommodationas soon as you’ve booked your wedding ceremony and reception venue if you have definite ideas about where you want to spend your honeymoon. You’ll find our Noosa Wedding Ring Accommodation Directory helpful as it divides up Accommodation Houses by geographic location in a very user friendly way.
And it’s also worth passing that URL onto your guests when you send out the wedding invitations so they can make their own accommodation bookings early too.
For your Noosa beach wedding, you have quite a few options with respect to ceremony venues.
In capital cities, the majority of weddings still take place in a church setting and this option is also available to you in Noosa. The Noosa Wedding Ring website details your major options with regard to a church ceremony here.
But Noosa is a stunningly beautiful place to make your vows to each other and perhaps this is why the majority of Noosa weddings take place outdoors. To hold a ceremony in a public place you need a Wedding Permit from Council and you can see Council’s map of offerings here.
Council’s list of available areas includes Little Cove, First Point, Beach Access 11 and 14, Noosa Woods, Maison la Plage, Seahaven Grove, Sandcastles Grove, Casuarina Gardens, Hidden Grove and Laguna Grove. And you need to take into account that, while Little Cove Beach is very attractive, the ceremony timing depends on the tides and access is difficult for both vehicles and many guests.
Another possibility is to make your vows on private property and you might like to check out Culgoa Point Beach Resort in this regard.
Noosa’s weather is idyllic but just the same it does rain here sometimes so if you plan to marry outdoors, you need to choose both a ceremony venue and a backup wet weather venue. If you plan to engage a Wedding Planner on the other hand, you can leave your wet weather plan in her capable and experienced hands.
Noosa Wedding Ring’s Diana Playford says ‘Your Wedding Budget can be as individual as you are but it’s vital that you establish the upper limit early so you can plan in terms of this.
In order to arrive at your budget limit, you need to find out who’s contributing to the kitty and then get estimates of costs. In the past, it was customary for the bride’s parents to pick up most of the tab for a wedding but these days there are all sorts of budget models – Both sets of parents split the costs, the couple and each set of parents cover the costs of ‘their’ guests (This works wonders in keeping down the guest list) or, in many cases, the bride and groom opt for a smaller, more personalised wedding (Even an elopement!) and pay the costs themselves.‘
It’s important that everyone feels a part of things so, having agreed on who’s contributing to your budget, you next need to prioritise – Have each contributing party make a written list of their top 2 or 3 priorities which you need to keep in mind in planning your wedding. You should file these lists away against the day when you need to juggle your wedding expenditure ideas to fit the budget.
During the planning process, you need to remember that, while a wedding is a very special occasion, it shouldn’t send either you or your parents into long term debt and it certainly shouldn’t cruel your chances of owning your own home. If your initial wedding plans can’t be realised within the agreed budget, you then need to trim the budget. Perhaps you could:
Reduce the guest list as the per head costs will be your greatest expense. A destination wedding in Noosa, for example, often makes it easier to reduce guest numbers;
Schedule your wedding on a Sunday or a weekday when costs are lower especially for reception venues;
Schedule your ceremony earlier in the day as a lunch or even brunch reception costs less per head and guests will drink less then too;
Plan to follow the bridalwear sales to purchase your wedding gown there as these sales can save you a lot of money;
Be more restrained in your choice of attendants. Each additional bridesmaid/groomsman couple adds considerably to the flower, hair, makeup and perhaps transportation costs;
Wedding packages are often more cost effective than one off plans.
You’ll find that having the priority lists written in advance will have made the cost cutting process much less emotional for all concerned.
So now you have a wedding plan with an estimate of what each item of wedding expenditure will cost and you’re ready to set up an Excel spreadsheet or its paper equivalent to monitor expenditure as you go along and help you stay within your budget. On the other hand, you can save yourself all this trouble by having our professional Wedding Planner do the job for you.
Happy planning! Noosa is not only a beautiful place to make your vows to each other but also an especially memorable wedding experience for your guests’.