Throwing a wedding is one of those ‘adult’ activities that sounds like a whole lot of fun but actually quite often leads to tears, screaming and total rage. But don’t let that stop you from making your day truly special guys, cause’ we’re here to help with a few handy hints and connections from our pals on the Sydney wedding scene.
Breath. Relax. And read on. Your wedding is about to be as organised as Khloe Kardashian’s home cookie collection. Here is the ultimate millennials’ guide to throwing the most epic wedding ever.
It’s 2018 which means you legit can’t have a wedding without your own personalised hashtag. We don’t want to sound ridiculous, but during the busy period of organising your big day, the last thing you want to stress over is whether your hashtag should feature both your first names, nicknames or initials—someone send HELP! Luckily for you lot, companies like The Wedding Hashers and I Do Hashtags can sort out your wedding hashtag like pros.
If you went HAM on the invites and are expecting people in the hundreds, a venue that would look #incred in your insta snaps would be Carriageworks. With heaps of spaces to hire, the polished wooden floors and the tall ceilings of the Elston Mezzanine are the perfect location for the occasion. Fitting 300 people standing and seating 200, it’s a bang on location for literally any part of the wedding. Enquire here for more specific deets.
Dennarque Estate is for the bride and groom who want a little less pomp in their ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, but still want a beautiful day. Located in the Blue Mountains, the estate has rare and exotic gardens to say your vows, and even dine under the stars. So, like, still totes romantic. Whether you bring your own wedding bits and bobs or allow them to create a bespoke package, one thing’s for sure, you’ll find yourself plotting planning a vow renewal just so you can have another go ‘round.
Barangaroo is THE spot for picture-perfect wedding ceremonies with 5 different water view locations to choose from. The best part of all is that it’s only a short stroll away from the abundance of Barangaroo bars and restaurants like 12-Micron, Banksi and Anason. Be the envy of every bride to be by choosing the most picturesque wedding location possible—enquire here if this floats your boat.
The Grounds of Alexandria
There’s a reason the car park is always full at The Grounds of Alexandria and it’s not just because of Kevin Bacon (the pig). Or at least, not solely. The Grounds are a multitude of well-designed, well-run spaces that practically scream, “we’re verdant AF and you should get hitched here!” There are a number of wedding spaces to choose from but we love The Grounds Garden, consisting of the Gazebo, Arbour and Patio. The latter of which has a fairy light arch Urban Outfitters could only dream of.
Three Blue Ducks
Are you a converted warehouse lover who thinks rooves under four metres are plain ol’ scum? We got you friend. Everyone knows about the beauty that is the Three Blue Ducks restaurant but, in a brilliant case of having your sustainably sourced cake and eating it too, these clever folks also put on weddings. Smart. Relaxed and modern, the space works well for brides in search of a contemporary wedding with a little less froufrou and a little more choice tucker. Oh, and an exposed brick feature wall for posin’.
National Art School
This one goes out to brides and grooms who are unabashedly ~extra~. In fact, the Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School might just be the grand and historic venue of your dreams. The space, which used to be the women’s wing of the Darlinghurst Gaol, is adaptable as anything with 10-metre high sandstone walls and adjacent courtyards that give it a cathedral feel. Listen up if you’re big on flowers, the Cell Block Theatre is ideal for those looking to ‘go hard or go home’ with arrangements. We’re talking BIG.
Mrs Jones The Baker
For those getting hitched in the Northern Beaches, your official go-to wedding cake and petit fours destination is the cosy bakery, Mrs Jones The Baker. If you manage to get past the OTT window display (drools everywhere), chefs will run you through the endless wedding options: multi-tiered naked cakes with meringue, gold dusted raspberries and honeycomb and the petit fours like lemon meringue, raspberry cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. If giant salted caramel and Nutella donuts are more your style, there’s always that option too. Either way, you and your guests are in for a good time, like reeeeally good.
The legends at Grandmas are known for their insanely delicious menu (proof is in their Insta), so you’ll know your food is in the very best hands on your special day. With canapes like Portobello mushroom schnitzels with chilli oil and Peking duck rolls, your guests will probably claim the highlight of the wedding was the canapes, the damn canapes. Oh, and your dress was alright they suppose too.
The menus at Butcher’s Daughter centre around quality and being damn tasty, ranging from marquee dining to luxe feasts, with options for brunch and canapes too. They double as a florist as well, so you could easily get all your florals and food done at the same location—see weddings CAN be easy breezy!
No matter what vibe your wedding is: slow paced and chill, or formal and luxurious AF, Catering Project accommodates and finds the perfect style of service to suit. Food stations are a super fun and cute addition to weddings, with options like slider stations, oyster bars and even (wait for it) cheese (praise be). If your wedding party is missing, there’s a strong chance you’ll find them at the cheese station… Is this a risk you’re willing to take?
Petals and Leaves
Wedding flowers are what Petals and Leaves do well, like oh so well. You can pick from the many wedding packages including florals for the whole wedding party, with seasonal arrangements of bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and hair arrangements. Get some more info here.
You won’t need much convincing after you see the photos of wedding florals done by Chanele Rose. This florist specialises in Sydney weddings, knowing what’s in season, what works and what doesn’t. Your entire wedding will be poppin’ with petals with options for bouquets, centrepiece displays and floral arching.
Petal Met Sugar
The cutest florist and patisserie (winning combo if ever we saw one) can be found tucked away in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo. The small team of florists works hard to personalise your entire wedding experience, making sure all your floral wants and needs are met.
Mason & Pride
The folks over at Mason & Pride know their stuff. They know that the needs of every bride and groom are totally different and unique, which is why their wedding planning is totally flexible and can be as luxe or lax as you like. They also offer individual services or can arrange the entire shebang, cake and all.
The Style Co.
After a brief 10 second scroll through The Style Co.’s Instagram account, you’ll soon find out why they’re so popular. Their seamless wedding planning makes having a wedding look fun and stress-free, an almost impossible concept, we know, yet somehow The Style Co. continue to deliver the wedding goods.
Audrey & Angus
If you’re a bit of an anxious type, best leave your entire wedding planning to the meticulous Audrey & Angus, who can plan your important day with incredible detail and finesse. Whether you have 40 or 350 guests, Audrey & Angus have you sorted with wedding planning, on the day coordinating and hiring of equipment and decoration.
Kashaya & Co
Go have a look at Kashaya & Co’s website and tell me you’re not obsessed. Just looking at their flower arrangements and whole wedding vibes is making us all want to suddenly get hitched. Kashaya & Co have been in the business since 2009, so they get weddings oh so well. With cake decorators, florists, planners and stylists, your entire day could look like a spread in a wedding magazine – literally all of our dreams.
Love 2 Love
Trying to plan a wedding on your own may seem daunting with all the damn options out there on the world wide web. The owner of Love 2 Love gets that, taking it upon himself to take the reigns on your wedding, leaving you chilled out and relaxed leading up to your big day.
Picking a wedding celebrant doesn’t have to be like picking an ice cream flavour you instantly regret and still have to pay for. There are plenty of online sites to help make the decision easy like Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc and Easy Weddings, where you can see celebrant’s ratings, reviews and overall vibe. You want to be certain that you and the celebrant are on the same page, and if that means you want a stand-up comedian celebrant, you’re going to get a stand-up comedian celebrant.
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