Photo Credit Artography at Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo
your guide to attending a wedding expo
The Sunshine Coast’s most anticipated wedding expo is only 3 weeks away!
The Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo will be held on Sunday 4th November 2018 at Maroochy RSL Events Centre between 11am to 3pm.
Every ticket purchased increases your chance of winning the $5000 prize to spend towards your dream wedding day.
Tickets are now on sale!
Have a girls day out with your girls (mum included)
Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo has been putting together these exhibitions since 2016 and are held biannually, one in May and one in November.
Showcasing some of the most recognised wedding vendors on the Sunshine Coast.
Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to talk with many brides and grooms about their wedding day plans and I love watching all the excitement the expo brings where they see ideas on something or they are talking to you and their eyes light up and then to see that on their wedding day, being part of it all is a great feeling!
Hopefully a few of these tips below will help you enjoy the wedding expo experience and not overwhelm you too much.
Bring your ladies with you!
Chances are your going to be overwhelmed by everything you see at the expo, especially if it’s the first one you have attended. Bring your ladies with you so they can help with the planning and take some of the information for you!
It’s an exhausting day for everyone involved and last thing we want is for you to go home totally confused and stressed about the whole experience of planning your wedding day!
Its supposed to be fun and joyful, so let others help you!
Also its a good excuse to catch up with your girls for a lunch or dinner to help you go through all the information you have collected and narrow down who you would like to talk with further.
Have an idea of your wedding date and guest numbers.
This is most likely the first question suppliers ask to make sure they’re available and able to cater for your wedding. It also helps them tailor their package and pricing information.
Popular wedding months are booked months and even years in advance with some suppliers, the earlier the better to avoid missing out on who you love to be helping on your wedding day.
Don’t forget to create a dedicated wedding email address.
Make it easy for yourself and create a wedding email address thats kept seperate from everyday emails to avoid them getting lost!
Easier to keep it all in one place, and you can keep updated with competitions, exclusive specials and giveaways.
Do take the time to chat with suppliers.
You want to choose suppliers who are not only fantastic at what they do, but also great to work with!
You need to click with them, after all you will be talking/spending a lot of time with them leading up to the wedding and last thing you would want is awkward moments or not being on the same level of what you want.
Striking up a conversation is the best way to find people you click with and get a better idea of what they offer.
Ask them questions, that’s why they are there.
Look at their products and see if it is something you would really like to have at your wedding or after. Photographers always have albums of weddings they have done for you to look through.
Watch a video at a Videographers display, I can guarantee you will love to have one of your own after watching it.
There will be someone who will suit your budget and style, and you will know from the get go when you start to talk with them.
Enter competitions if they have one or if you are interested take their flyer/card to contact them at a later date to discuss more.
Don’t try to plan your entire wedding in one day.
What do you want to achieve from the wedding expo.
What is the most important part of your wedding you would like to get started with?
If you can have a meeting with a supplier you like to discuss a booking soon after the expo then thats great, bonus even if you manage to do it on the day!
Keep track of your favourites.
Take photos of displays that catch your eye, separate out the business cards of suppliers who are a good fit and jot down notes as you go.
When you go back through the cards and see the notes, you will remember who you liked to talk to again.
Specials and competitions.
Make sure you fill in competition tickets, raffles, look at specials and whats included.
As the saying goes “got to be in it to win it” and why not!
Wedding expos are a great way to save big $$$ on your wedding if you take advantage of what vendors have to offer, just make sure you check their T&C’s.
Don’t feel pressure to commit on the day.
It’s okay if you need some time to weigh up the different options and come back to suppliers with any questions you might not think of on the day.
Look through the information as soon as possible after the event.
The earlier you debrief with your partner, the better! Chat about which suppliers stood out most and why, check out their work online and decide who you’d like to follow up with.
And just like that you are starting to check things off your wedding planning list!
Remember to have fun it’s an exciting time
Photo Credit Artography at Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Samantha + Jarrod’s Wedding
Pelican Waters Golf Club
Thankyou to Samantha and Jarrod’s dream team who all as a team to bring their dream day together
VENUE – PELICAN WATERS GOLF CLUB
CELEBRANT – CELEBRANT SUNSHINE COAST – PAULA KODA
FLOWERS – Samantha and bridesmaids made themselves
STYLING – CLOUD NINE WEDDINGS
DRESS – JACK SULLIVAN BRIDAL
SUITS – CONNOR
MAKEUP – MAKEUP BY CANDICE JACKSON
HAIR – COASTAL STYLE MOBILE HAIRDRESSING
CAKE – JAZMYN GALLEN (friend of Bride and Groom)
September 7th 2017 couldn’t arrive quick enough for these two, it was pretty obvious from our first meeting at a cafe that Samantha and Jarrod had a beautiful connection and it showed at the engagement session! They are completely comfortable with each other, no awkwardness in their photos, just pure adoration for each other!
Samantha and Jarrod’s wedding was a real family affair, Jarrod and his groomsmen were getting ready at his parents place with all his family there, and Samantha and her bridesmaids were at Samantha’s parents place with Samantha’s family getting ready. They had Aunties, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Parents, Grandparents, Nieces and Nephews.
Paula Koda Sunshine Coast Celebrant wrote their ceremony which was beautifully written and special just for Samantha and Jarrod!
After the ceremony we were taken to a spot on the golf course by the event coordinator of Pelican Waters Golf Club and as we were running behind schedule we got through photos fairly quickly.
It took a little bit for Jarrod and Samantha’s Nephew to join in on the photos but once he did there was no stopping him, he wanted photos with the big boys!
Oh and I need to mention an outstanding speech from Samantha’s MOH which she surprised everyone with by turning it into a rap song, so good and very clever!
One thing I always ask my couples to do is fill in a questionnaire for me, it gives me a bit of an insight into their relationship and I was totally blown away by some of their answers, so I am going to share one from each of theirs.
I asked Samantha ” What is one of the sweetest, most romantic things your partner has done for you?”
Her reply ” I’ll never forget our 1 year anniversary , where he came to my house dressed in a suit with a beautiful bunch of flowers and took me out for an amazing romantic dinner! “
Jarrod’s question “Describe your memories around the moment you realised your partner was more than just a friend?”
Jarrod’s reply ” I knew she was never going to be just my friend, so I stayed persistent. She has the best personality and is the most kind hearted woman I have ever met! “
These too were supposed to meet and become soul mates!
Congratulations Samantha and Jarrod and all the best for your future together and new adventures as Mr and Mrs!
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Amberly + Phil’s Engagement Session
One Tree Hill, Maleny
Bliss Photography by Leah
When I meet my couples I like to get to know them a little bit and I ask them how they met, a little about their relationship and how the did the proposal happen. Let me tell you there are some romantic guys out there!
We decided to head up to One Tree Hill, Maleny, they wanted something a bit different for their photos as their wedding will be at Noosa North Shore Retreat and wanted a completely different look and feel to the beach wedding.
As I hadn’t met with Amberly and Phil before their engagement session I didn’t know a whole lot about them, we had a quick chat before we started, I watched the way they interacted with each other. You can tell alot about a couple when they are in a session together feeling a little vulnerable in front of the camera.
During the shoot I was talking to Amberly and Phil asking them questions about each other, guiding them through the session with lots of laughs and smiles and they nailed their session.
Phil proposed to Amberly while in New York. They made their way to the Empire State building first thing one morning. They went all the way up to the 102nd floor. Amberly’s Dad was distracting her whilst Phil got down on one knee and Amberly’s Mum got into position to take photos. Once Amberly turned around there was Phil with a huge smile on his face, holding her gorgeous ring, asking her to marry him! So very romantic, what a beautiful surprise and something they are able to share with their children in years to come.
I cannot wait for their fairytale wedding next month when we get to do it all over again!
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Bliss Photography by Leah
Halee and Matt Elope | Maroochydore Botanical Gardens
It’s not always necessary to have a big huge wedding! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
Halee and Matt have already been together for a long time, have three gorgeous children and expecting their fourth in 2017, they were after something low key with the people that matter to them most. They spoke with Toni Collett Celebrant who wrote them a gorgeous ceremony, Toni recommended me to do their photos and that was it! No decorations, no fancy dresses or suits.
They wanted little fuss as possible and it was completely perfect for them.
There were many many laughs and tears and very relaxed.
It was a very small intimate gathering, and I just loved it.
After the ceremony and signing of the papers we did a few photos and then Halee, Matt, their children and guests went out for lunch to celebrate!
CONGRATULATIONS Halee and Matt!
I wish you both all the happiness for you and your growing family xxx
SUNSHINE COAST WEDDING VENUES
BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEAH
SUNSHINE COAST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
We have some of the most amazing wedding locations here on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Since December I have been seeing alot of questions about venue locations here on the Sunshine Coast, some for DIY, some for wanting to splash out and some who just wanto to do a bit of both, so I have put together a little list of some of our fantastic wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast!
- Maleny Manor, Maleny
The most loved wedding venue in Australia.
Capture the essence of your new journey in life with the dedicated team that are Award Winning Maleny Manor. Check our ratings each year for a decade of quality service at ABIA. Awarded #1 Reception Venue Australia 2016. Voted #1 Ceremony Wedding Venue In Australia 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015, delivering truly personal signature weddings in your private estate venue. Adding the love and quality where you know you can totally relax and enjoy your day with a genuine group of people caring for your every need.
We are fondly known as Australia’s most loved up venue! We are a little different, we love fun but are dedicated, adding the professionalism and infusing every wedding with as much love and care as we possibly can in a sophisticated but also relaxed Maleny Style.
- Weddings at Tiffanys, Maleny
A beautiful boutique wedding venue in Maleny
Tiffany’s is located in the majestic surrounds of Maleny Queensland. A prime location as your wedding venue, offering guests unsurpassed views across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and an opportunity to capture stunning photos to remember your day.
- Spirit House, Yandina
Set in lush tropical gardens nestled around a tranquil pond, bubbling waterfalls, tinkling wind chimes, the sounds of nature — the Spirit House is a delight for all senses.
The unique courtyard layout makes Spirit House the perfect place for small weddings, parties and corporate functions. A party of 4 to 30 people can reserve their own private area for easy weddings.
- The Old Dairy, Maleny
Weddings are such a beautiful moment and Maleny is a very romantic place to celebrate your special occasion. The Old Dairy at Maleny is ideal for weddings with its gorgeous, uninterrupted valley views and amazing sunsets.
The Old Dairy has sprawling acreage of picturesque green landscape that becomes a unique canvas for you to personalise your magical day. The perfect location to tie the knot may be found on the rolling vistas surrounded by lush rainforest, under the age-old trees or in our very own Bell Tower or a custom marquee.
- Maison La Plage, Noosa
Maison La Plage Grove: Located in front of Maison Noosa Resort on Hastings Street
- Evans Farm, Maleny
Evans Farm was first established in 1944. Originally a working farm, Evans Farm has more recently been transformed by the youngest generation of the Evans Family and is now a sanctuary for rescued farm animals and land for wildlife. Nestled between Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and the national state forest, Evans Farm’s rolling green hills and dense forests are teeming with wildlife and the exquisite beauty and serenity of the Australian bush. A sanctuary for animals and people alike, this extraordinary space offers a unique option for environmentally conscious friends, looking to celebrate an important event, while helping create brighter futures for rescued farm animals and local wildlife. To ensure the continued preservation of the property a portion of the profit is invested in further restoration of native vegetation for local wildlife and creating forever homes for the farm animals.
- Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Sunshine Beach
Hold your special occasion celebration or business seminar at The Surf Club Sunshine Beach. We have packages to suit all types of functions from a casual cocktail setting to a full sit-down dinner with table service.
Entertain your guests on the lawn with a fabulous ocean backdrop ideal for wedding ceremonies, or relax on our spacious deck with million dollar views, indulge in Ocean View Room dining, party on the West Deck with views of the park or get down to business in the Ross Bartlett room ideal for meetings and small gatherings.
- The Rocks, Yandina
The Rocks Function Centre is a charming and secluded venue to host both your ceremony and event, overlooking the beautiful Maroochy River.
Your guests will be greeted on arrival by our dedicated wedding coordinator and directed to your stunning ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river. Following on from the ceremony, your guests can admire the breathtaking views from the River Terrace as the sun sets, whilst cocktails and canapés are served.
- Maleny Retreat, Maleny
Maleny Retreat is one of Australia’s most inspiring and breathtaking locations for Ceremonies and Marquee Receptions.
Here you have the freedom to create your dream wedding, with unsurpassed views of the Glasshouse Mountains as your backdrop. You have exclusive use of 100 acres of dramatic mountain scenery, rolling green hills, sprawling flat open fields and avenues of majestic trees.
- The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, Mountain Creek
Surrounded by acres of established gardens and parkland and overlooking the surrounding promenade and timber pontoon, The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast is a beautiful destination for your Sunshine Coast wedding day event.
Let your journey of exchanging vows begin on the Waterfront Lawn. This beautifully landscaped space overlooks Brightwater Lake. A majestic fig tree takes centre stage and the space can be reserved exclusively for your nuptials.
- Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel, Ilkley
AnnaBella is a privately owned, non-denominational wedding chapel, located in Ilkley on Wilson Road, just a short drive from Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Maroochydore beaches. When you arrive, your first impression will last as you drive through the antique French wrought iron gates and catch your first glimpse of the stunning property, riddled with gorgeous locations for photographic opportunities.
As you drive down the long tree-lined drive to the AnnaBella chapel, passing luscious paddocks, pretty gardens and lily pads in ponds along the way, you will feel as though you have entered another world. Beautifully manicured lawns with lovingly tendered gardens provide countless opportunities for stunning photos on your special day.
- Noosa Boathouse, Noosa
Uniquely located on the stunning Noosa River and boasting spectacular water views and amazing sunsets, the award winning Noosa Boathouse offers a truly unique setting for your magical Noosa wedding. Cross the fairy-light lined boardwalk and amongst the three level floating boathouse you will discover three waterfront wedding spaces available to choose from. Our private jetty also allows guests exclusive direct access by boat to the venue from your ceremony location.
Noosa Boathouse showcases a modern Australian menu that lets seasonal produce shine and offers a strong emphasis on locally harvested produce, fresh seafood and quality beef, combined with a great wine selection and award winning service.
- Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa
At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort you’ll experience a coastal wedding to remember, from our irresistible position on prestigious Hastings Street at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, to our premium function space. Whether you dream of intimate cocktails in the River Lounge overlooking Noosa River, a fairy tale dinner in our Noosa Ballroom, or a casual gathering on the River Lawn, we’ll ensure your wishes come true.
From the moment you arrive there is a sense of tradition that offers complete privacy for you and your guests. Experience bespoke Sofitel service dedicated to ensuring your day is one to remember and turn your dream into a romantic event. And with the luxurious AQUA Day Spa, 176 guest rooms to choose from, share your perfect day with friends and family…we’d like to welcome you to experience Magnifique weddings.
- Pelican Waters Golf Club, Pelican Waters
Pelican Waters Golf Club is a truly romantic wedding venue blending classical style with the breathtaking beauty of the Australian bush. We specialize in highly personalized weddings & our goal is to work with you to create the wedding of your dreams. Pelican Waters Golf Club provides plenty of photographic opportunities & places for simply enjoying the relaxing view. Our committed and experienced Events Team will work towards creating your ideal wedding experience – Beginning with the night before, the ceremony, photographs through to the reception & wedding night, we ensure the smooth flow of your event. We will meet your personal needs and work within your budget to make sure you & all your guests have a memorable time.
These are just a few of the amazing places on the Sunshine Coast for your wedding day! There are so many to choose from and lots of research is needed and make sure you check out your venue to see if its what you love