From rustic barns and hashtags to coloured wedding dresses and sneakers for the bridal party, millennial weddings are a thing of complete cringe-worthy beauty. Millennials are copping a fair bit of criticism for their increasingly digital, Instagram-friendly weddings—if disconcerting parental stares aren’t enough, there’s the media chorus singing ‘millennials are ruining weddings’ in unison. But while millennial weddings are increasingly digital, they are also becoming more and more personal and unique, with less tradition, less formality, and more fun.
But it’s not easy planning a wedding: there’s a lot of strings to pull together, and a whole lot of pressure for the big day to go just right. Well sit back and let us do the talking, because your wedding is about to be more organised than Phoebe Buffay’s with this millennial guide to throwing an epic wedding!
It might seem so totally vapid that you want to stop reading now, but hashtags actually serve an incredibly practical purpose at weddings. It’s undeniable that everyone is on their phones taking photos, Snapchats, Insta stories and selfies all the time. It’s no different at your wedding. So why not keep track of all these memories people are capturing by asking them to use your hashtag? We all know the fun of retracing your steps via other people’s Snapchat stories after a standard Saturday night out—imagine doing this the day after your wedding! Talk about a blues remedy. The wedding hashtag phenomenon is so serious that there are even businesses who will come up with one that’s unique and witty for you as a service—try Happily Every #Hashtagged or I Do Hashtags.
Perth City Farm
Despite what you might think, the refurbished warehouse wedding hasn’t been overdone, and probably never will have been (because, warehouses). The Perth City Farm barn offers all of the rustic, DIY, secret-garden-meets-urban vibes you could dream of, complete with some pretty special graphic art and your fairy lights to map out the D-floor. Exposed steal beams on the inside offer a great base for the hanging of artistic floral arrangements and greenery.
Old Pickle Factory
If you’re looking for a true blank canvas, you’ve found it in the Old Pickle Factory. Apparently, people used to line up here to get their pickle fix back in the early 1900s, while complaining about the smell of the very product they were there to buy. Now, people can line up for your wedding (and hopefully they’ll have nothing to complain about!). Think high ceilings with sky lights, exposed beams, polished concrete floors and white brick walls. Take it any way you want—rustic and lush, post-industrial or super sleek!
Fremantle Town Hall
Vintage peeps and lovers of all things old and beautiful, the Fremantle Town Hall is the wedding venue for you. Steeped in old-school grandeur and the throws of architects past, the Hall is simply stunning—not to mention incredibly spacious. There’s the atrium, the main room and the upstairs gallery, all of which offer relatively clear, open space for personalisation.
Cottesloe Civic Centre
It’s popular for a reason, folks. The views from the Cottesloe Civic Centre Main Lawn are pretty much unparalleled in Perth—the tops of the famous Cottesloe pine trees, the spanning Indian Ocean and lowering afternoon sun set the scene for a seriously special wedding. There’s several spaces scattered around the Centre, so you can pick and choose what’s right for each different part of your big day.
Villa Kula Tent House
Step your wedding up into absolute, pure white luxury at Villa Kula Tent House, a stone's throw from Coogee Beach. It’s 400 square metres of floor to ceiling white on white on white, fitted out with a ‘royal canvas villa’ (basically a massive luxury marquee) as the centrepiece. It comes gloriously furnished in an aesthetic of your choice, including options like cabanas, long table dinner set ups and lounges. The best part? The crew at Villa Kula are like, extremely well seasoned event planners and stylists, so they can basically take care of everything for you if that’s what you're after.
If an outdoor wedding is your thing but you don’t want to be overexposed to the elements, the Somerville Auditorium could be just right. They set up a beautiful, clear marquee that allows full view of the towering pines you’re surrounded by, not to mention for 250 people if you couldn’t quite keep the guest list in check. Complete the vibe with fairy lights strung through the trees and gorgeous a long table setting, and you’re ready.
These all booked? Don’t worry, we’ve already got you covered with a complete list of Perth’s most beautiful wedding venues.
Relatively new on the scene, Rhythmkeeper is the brainchild of yoga and meditation teacher Anna Balston. A quick follow on Instagram will give you a good idea of her style: she loves love, and wants to help people celebrate life’s most meaningful rites of passage with unique and completely bespoke ceremonies. Rhythmkeeper offers the whole package—starting with an obligation free ‘get to know you’ catch up, and complete with all your paperwork, PA for the ceremony, help with your vows (if you want it!) and, of course, a ceremony that’s written by Anna just for you. If you want to go full millennial, you can even book Anna for pre-ceremony yoga and meditation to keep things cool on the morn’ of your big day!
A creator of modern wedding ceremonies based between Albany and Perth, Sarah Thompson is a young celebrant passionate about conducting unique, warm ceremonies that reflect the two people standing in front of her. People love her for her seamless conducting of personalised ceremonies that set the tone for the day ahead. She’ll go above and beyond to make sure the whole thing goes off without a hitch!
Based in Margaret River but a lover of travel, Donna from Confetti Days has conducted more than 200 civil ceremonies; each one unique and dear. She's your go to for a down south wedding! Donna’s website reads like a bride’s dream: she’s that person who has all the answers, always carries around hankies and band-aids and safety pins, and doesn’t mind being bombarded with concerns—she’s known for being uber calm.
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For uber cool wedding photos that you’ll never stop looking at, go straight to Varga Murphy. These guys capture emotion like no other, and what could be more important than that on your wedding day? They are known for making the wedding VIPs comfortable in front of the camera and immersing themselves in the fun of the day; while still focusing on capturing all the many moments that make your day what it is.
Sarah Tonkin loves capturing slightly left of centre weddings: think inner-city boho or intimate forest elopements. Her shots (and accounts of taking them) reflect the fun-loving spirit that weddings and our memories of them should be full of! If it’s up close and relaxed you want from a photography, Sarah’s your girl.
Love Her Fine Art Photography
If you want authentic imagery from your wedding that’s got soul and takes you right back to specific moments of joy on your wedding day, you need to check out Love Her Photography right now. Made up of two passionate storytellers, Love Her is all about documenting the day in a way that’s honest and unique to the couple.
Video is the way of the future, and if you want one of the best wedding videographers in Perth, give Orris Films a call. Duane is an all-round legend and will go above and beyond to make sure you get the very best of your day on film. You'd just better pray he's available!
If you want a video that’s upbeat, fun and born of enthusiasm for your love, go no further than Auburn Hour. They take wedding videography to a whole new level and create cinematic masterpieces that will tug on your heart strings ‘til death do you part. Whether it’s a short story, highlights reel or full feature film you're after, they've got you covered.
Producing equally as beautiful, aesthetic cinematography with a documentary-style twist is Til Death, who specialise in more slow-moving features that are reminiscent of those old-school home videos that stand the test of time and trend. If you want something that gets right in behind the scenes and captures your day in a really unique way, this is it.
Soul Flora Studio
Any good bride knows that the right blooms can set the whole wedding off! Wow your guests with Soul Flora Studio's incredibly artistic floral installations that drip from the roof and define table settings. Soul Flora Studio will have your floral needs covered from start to finish, whether that be perfect bridal party bouquets or lush installations that decorate the alter.
The Wildflower Perth
Alicia Lowe from The Wildflower Perth is a self-dubbed ‘floral engineer’, so you know she means business when it comes to creating spectacular floral masterpieces for your special day. Her pieces are moody, emotion-driven, and true works of art. She’ll take care of anything from pins for grooms and bouquets for brides, to table centrepieces, wall art and hanging installations.
Fox & Rabbit
For seriously premium blooms that have huge personality and a sense of fun, Fox & Rabbit are your peeps. Offering everything from dreamy, fluffy and romantic blossoms to bold and bright punches of flora, not to mention dark and moody cascading installations or foliage that drips from the roof, Fox & Rabbit are known for their attention to detail and love of making every wedding unique!
For seriously beautiful cakes that will tantalise both the eyes and the tastebuds, check out the cake menu from Hello Sukar. You may be needing multiple cakes! Sukar does everything from chocolate fudge to peaches and cream to pistachio, rose and chocolate chip, and they are all seriously stunning! This one woman show won’t be able to cater for you all, so luckily we’ve already hunted down all of Perth’s best cakes of Instagram.
The ol’ Black Forest is out, okay? Instead, it’s in with layer upon layer of decadent, gourmet cheese from Fromage Artisans, topped with honeycomb, fig and pear. Make all your cheese dreams come true with one of their epic cheese-stacked cakes—truffle pecorino, drunken cheese and a soft, crumbling triple cream brie on top? Select your cheeses after a tasting in the Fromage vault, and then leave the rest to them: they will build and style a seriously stunning and incredibly delicious cheese tower for you! P.S. You could also just get married at their romantic venue, surrounded by all of the cheese. Tempting!
Roho Bure Vegan Ice Cream
Skip the sit down dessert and get Roho Bure to pull up their ice cream cart instead! Theirs is a stylish little cart that’ll fit right into your Pinterest-planned wedding day, and their ice cream is seriously delicious! Plus, guests will be able to grab ice cream as they feel like it, and experience the joy of eating ice cream from a cone! The best part? Being vegan, no one has to miss out, and it tastes no different to full cream! If their cart’s busy, you could also check out Chicho Gelato or La Paleta!
If an epic grazing table is what you’re after, look no further than our picks of Perth's best grazing tables. Your guests will think they’re in heaven, and they will be! Think incredibly beautiful spreads of cheese, cured meats, olives, berries, figs, honeycomb, crusty bread and all the dips, pastes and garnishes you could dream of. We’re not salivating, you are. Some of these guys also offer more substantial options that still don’t spell six-course-dinner—think glazed hams and middle eastern style salads!
Heyder & Shears
If you do want to go down the canapés and sit down dinner route, Heyder & Shears is pretty unparalleled in Perth, and they’re the exclusive catering partner for lots of Perth’s best wedding venues. They offer menus that span cocktail, ‘stand up substantial’, sit down and banquet style, so you can’t really go wrong.
Eat No Evil
For something slightly more casual but still incredibly tasty, bring your guests the feast that is Eat No Evil catering. They can either roll up their food truck, set up a custom built taco bar or offer a full bespoke catering service for your wedding. Their food sets the scene for a unique, relaxed day with non-fussy food that satisfies tastebuds and hunger!
For brides wanting the full package, Sophia Monique is all things weddings. She’ll plan the event, coordinate vendors to style it up a storm and make sure everything goes swimmingly on the day, too! She’s done a lot of weddings, but she’s known for nailing the bride’s brief every time. What more could you want?
Offering just styling and wedding management or the full service wedding planning option, White Events allows you to select the service level you want. Their Events Director Lara White personally manages every detail of the wedding’s White Events takes on, and she is known for absolutely killing it. Words like ‘seamless’ and ‘exceptional’ tend to pop up when her name’s thrown around.
Tp And Co.
For something seriously unique, Tp and co. are the only providers of the beautiful Sperry tents in Perth - these are stunning alternatives to marquees, providing spaciousness and air flow underneath, not to mention an incredible atmosphere for your wedding. To top it all off, Tp and co. also offer full service wedding management and styling for all things ‘tipi’-esque—think matting, Kilim rugs, mood lighting, long timber tables and traditional Swedish fire pits!
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