Planning a wedding is hard. There, we said it. It’s hard and expensive and difficult and costly, and if it wasn’t for the whole everlasting love thing, no-one would bother doing it at all.
This is the typical millennial attitude towards weddings, and with the price of the average Australian wedding sitting at a deposit-sized $65,482, you can kind of see their point. But if you’ve still got your heart set on a magical day, we’ve pulled together a no-fuss guide to doing it right.
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The Winery | Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
For those stunning vineyard photographs that seem to go on and on into the sunset, check out The Winery at Milawa. Brown Brother's fully restored Historic Barn is a blend of rustic charm and glittering elegance, perfect for couples looking for a unique venue to tie the knot. But it doesn’t end there—just outside is the dainty English style cottage garden for a sweetly intimate ceremony or a moment to soak in all the love. The Winery offer packages for weddings, engagements, and hen’s nights.
The Industrial Florist | Glasshaus
Inside or outside, Glasshaus will guarantee you an Eden. Foliage hangs from the ceiling and tons of unique plants and flowers fill the space from up to 70 suppliers. The Glasshaus also has a dedicated catering space, a bar, and packages if furniture is required. They also provide an all-inclusive package for food and drinks or feel free to choose your own. Decorative plants are obviously already provided. #winning
The City Club | Kelvin Club
Celebrating its 151st year, the Kelvin Club has some serious manly history to it. A private men’s club ‘til 1997, the club has evolved from a v Kingsmen vibe club to a chiller Kingsmen club with a billiards room, fine dining, a bar for drinking and gigs, and a function room. For weddings, the Dining Room is a classically grand space for our history lovers out there…or couples who just love Kingsmen.
The Cinema | Astor Theatre
The Astor Theatre with its auditorium, golden curtains, and theatre magic welcomes couples to declare their unyielding love to each other where our favourite on-screen couples have too. The people at Astor are also more than happy to help transform the theatre into whatever setting you want it to be.
But if you’ve always wanted to get married at the zoo, check it and other awesomely different wedding venues here.
Fred & Ginger | North Melbourne
Design your own menu with the help of some major specialists at Fred & Ginger. The catering and events powerhouse can offer you the very best of elegant and chic food with just enough Melbourne thrown in to make it a memorable day for everyone. With a dedication to social responsibility in the food business, the team over at Fred & Ginger are all about local and sustainable produce.
To get an idea of just what they create, Fred & Ginger’s banquet menu offer dishes like “Poke” bowls, slow cooked wagyu, and an expresso mousse tart with coffee syrup and chocolate for that extra punch to boogie into the wee hours of the morning.
Spitting Image | Blackburn North
If you’re a hearty meat eater through and through then Spitting Image is for you. Here, you have the choice to either spoil your guests with a six course degustation menu or keep it simple with your own personalised main course. Whichever it is, you’re definitely in for a night of meat and greet with family and friends new and old.
The wedding menu includes a BBQ or spit roast buffet, and plated services of entrees like pulled pork on Asian slaw, chicken chio sum with ginger and oyster sauce, and traditional Italian tiramisu for dessert. #winnerwinnerchickendinner
Creative Hunger | East Kew
Creative Hunger is all about keeping it simple yet sweet. They offer canapé functions, grazing tables, and formal sit-down meals anywhere across Melbourne and Victoria with seasonal produce for all to enjoy.
And if you’re still unsure of what cake you want then sign up to Creative Hunger’s Cake Mail for literal samples of cake delivered to your front door. That’s double chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting, red velvet cake with chocolate crumb and creamy vanilla frosting, and six more to try. #cakecathon
Damn Fine Food | Abbotsford
Confit pork belly entrees with crackling on the side, 12 hour beef cheek mains, and butterscotch brioche pudding desserts—the folk at Damn Fine Food event catering don’t play around. Headed by food and culture goddess Georgina Damm (hehe), Damn Fine Food are all about delivering the best and seriously Instagram worthy-looking food and events.
Artistic Catering | Richmond
Straight outta the kitchen of Church364 in Richmond, Artistic Catering has your wedding day down pat with food, styling, and theming guaranteed. Keen loved-up couples are welcome to test run their complimentary menu tasting just to make sure the compatibility is at 100%.
Led by Head-Chef Darren Lourdes, their spring/summer menu has delights like herbed ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers with a smoky tomato sauce. And it’s summer on a plate for dessert with warm black figs served with vanilla goat cheese and rum and raisin syrup.
Flower Bird | Northcote
For the lovers of all things rustic and vintage, Flower Bird creates gorgeous designs that stray away from the traditional rose arrangement. Instead, you can expect succulents, seedpods, and gumtree pods and leaves amongst soft pastels for a dreamy enchanted garden look complete with fairy lights.
Flower Bird also creates pastel-toned confetti for flower girls ready to make it…florally rain.
Desflora | Hallam
Wedding flowers you can keep forever!? Look no further than Desflora. I know you might be thinking of that tacky fake plant in the corner of your office, but Desflora’s about to change that. In fact they’re more than happy if you come down and visit them, picking, touching, and creating a mock bouquet.
Realer than Melbourne’s shitty weather, Desflora’s artificial flowers not only look the part but with an added perfume, they smell just like the real thing. And they don’t just create bouquets; there are uniquely designed flower crowns, and arrangements to transform your reception into a flowery wonderland.
Katie Marx | Northcote
With a nose for floral trends and deliciously smelling flowers, Katie Marx will make all your Insta-wedding dreams a reality. Think hanging installations of fennel and bloomin’ huge Star Wars Magnolias. A part of the dream team at Newstead’s Butterland, Katie Marx has a distinctly earthy aesthetic that’ll hit you right in the fairy tale feels.
Thrive Flowers & Events | Collingwood
Thrive Flowers & Events have spent the last sixteen years creating modern and contemporary floral looks for every bride. With the first two consultations free, you’ll be able to share ideas and sift through their portfolio for the latest trends and past creations.
They also have your hen’s night covered with workshops to explore their creative side. Sip at some tea while creating either a bridal bomb (pomander) or a floral crown because we know popular those are. #pinkiesout
Juliet Louise | Ascot Vale
Whether it’s a hanging installation of pretty peonies, foliage of green and pink, or a classically beautiful bouquet, the florists at Juliet Louise want to make your dream wedding happen. Their qualified team will work with you closely to design a theme and choose from specialist local growers.
The sweethearts at Juliet Louise will also deliver to both the bride and groom at your chosen location for no additional charge.
Benny Roff | Elsternwick
In short, you can expect a lot of fun from Benny Roff. A natural performer and storyteller, a wedding with Benny as your celebrant means you’ll be getting a very personal marriage ceremony mixed in with some quality entertainment.
Charis White | Northcote
Dogs welcome in the ceremony? Tick!
With numerous five-star ratings up her sleeve, Charis White adores a love story. Passionate about all things love, Charis takes the time to get to know every couple to provide the most personalised ceremony possible. This can include family traditions, furry friends as ring-bearers, and guidance with the ever so daunting vow-writing.
Jacklyn Cimino | Rowville
Jacklyn Cimino knows how intense the stress levels are on your big day so she’s all about keeping it as chill as possible. She’ll walk you through the entire day and take care of all the paperwork and even when you’re off on your honeymoon, Jacklyn will finish off the paperwork and send it to the registry for you.
She’ll even bring along her own speaker and signing table to the ceremony if needed.
Jacklyn is all about the love and can be your celebrant for weddings, commitment ceremonies, or a renewal of vows.
Anthony Cribbes | Cremorne
With #noboringweddings all over his insta, Anthony Cribbes is keen to take your wedding to the next level. He’s a purely “NO CLICHÉ, RUN OF THE MILL, HEARD IT BEFORE” type of wedding celebrant so prepare to be dazzled. But Anthony isn’t just all fun and games; he’ll be the professional expected and the corny jokester when appropriate.
He’ll also probs grab a selfie with you afterwards. #noboringweddings
Monique Duggan | Hampton
Want your most embarrassing couple stories read out in front of friends and families? Then Monique Duggan’s your celebrant. With more than ten years of experience under your belt, you can expect a smoothly run ceremony with all the personal details that’ll make it your special day.
A popular celebrant at many of Melbourne’s leading wedding venues, you know you’ve picked the best to walk you through your ceremony and all that damn paperwork.
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Indi Event Management | Pasco Vale
With Indi Event Management, you can dance around in Rangoli powder (you’ll know it when you see it) because who says who need to keep the day black and white? The team want you to celebrate your day your way which means no packages to stick by and no minimum hours.
Styled by Varu | Melbourne
For couples that want a wedding planner and still a lot of control over their big day, Styled by Varu is your perfect match. Or maybe you do want the wedding planner to do everything for you; either way Styled by Varu’s founder, Lucy will make it happen.
In the DIY package Lucy will be the guiding light at the end of the tunnel while you sieve through suppliers, caterers, and the whole shebang. Or you can select the DIFY package which literally means ‘Do It For You’. It is the more expensive option but if you’re looking for the no-stress life, it’s time to crank out the bank account.
Will & Jac | Hawthorne
will & jac are all about the classic vintage and sparkling elegance. The brains behind the name are Catherine Williams (will) and Clare Jacobsen (jac) who have a combined forty years of wedding experience. The big guns, will & jac offer eight packages ranging from venue scouting to a completely bespoke wedding to meet your every need.
The lifesavers even have an SOS package fort those weeks away from their wedding and suffering a breakdown. Maybe you’ve forgot dietary requirements or vows, whatever it is will & jac will fill all the gaps and take the stress away.
Space Crush | Frankston
Whether it’s a fabulous marriage proposal, a wedding, or a commitment ceremony, Space Crush can help make it happen for you without cashing out the average $65,000 or so big ones. Negotiable, Space Crush is the perfect choice for budget conscious or fuss-free couples trying to minimise on all the stress.
Their short and sweet wedding package offer the much needed photography package, celebrant, a bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole, and a choice of diverse venues. Also a part of the package is the sit-down reception with your choice of courses.
The Super Styler | Avondale Heights
If you find yourself stuck in the middle of solo-wedding planning The Super Styler can lend a helping hand. Whether it’s full or partial event planning, The Super Styler also provide styling and packages for everything from invitations to a whole lot of flower power.
Neon lighting spelling out “love is all you need” and “best day ever” are also up for hire for some super cute snaps on the day.
Image credit: Glasshaus Florist