Not everyone gets married close to where they live. Couples might choose to elope, choose to have a destination wedding, they might travel home to their families to get married, or just decide that the venue they want is in a different state.
Bec and Michael planned their beautiful Serafino Wines, McLaren Vale wedding from Sydney, and I spoke to them about the planning process and their tips for planning a wedding at a distance.
What tips would you have for other brides and grooms planning their wedding at a distance?
“Choose suppliers who you have 100% confidence in. This will make it so much easier and less stressful. Choose suppliers who have great reliable communication, whether it be reliable with emails/text messages/phone calls. If a supplier doesn’t respond to your initial email within a reasonable time, I would probably give them one friendly follow up and then move onto another supplier. Choose suppliers who have been recommended by fellow brides or people that you trust. If you are putting out a supplier recommendation call be mindful of who is replying to you.”
What was the hardest part of planning your wedding from interstate?
“With social media and the internet planning an interstate wedding wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting. The most difficult part was the distance between Sydney and Adelaide and that we couldn’t just pop over to do a makeup trial or meet the florist to see her work in person. We relied A LOT on photographer’s blog posts, other bride’s recommendations and even more Facebook stalking.”
When choosing your suppliers, what was the most important thing that you looked for considering that you couldn’t meet them face-to-face?
“Most of my suppliers were picked with hours of research so I was usually pretty confident with them by the time I was contacting them. Most suppliers will give you a vibe from their Facebook page/emails/phone call and this was usually the deciding factor (along with price and product/service). I wanted suppliers that I felt comfortable with and got excited about their work. You spend an incredible amount of money on your wedding day, so you want suppliers who are professional, easy to contact and great to get along with. Particularly with your suppliers that you are going to spend all day with like your photographer, videographer and of course celebrant.”
What were the most helpful things your suppliers did throughout the process to ensure you felt that everything was under control?
“Communication was the biggest thing for me. I am currently in the busiest year of my life work and study wise, so I needed suppliers who I could rely on to reply to my emails in reasonable time frames and answer my questions without having to send multiple emails back and forth. I also needed to have suppliers that I was confident in them providing or supplying the work agreed on. I put on the table from our first email/phone call that I was an interstate bride, and I found majority of my suppliers made sure they could fit themselves into our busy schedule when we made trips to Adelaide. Everyone was so organised in the few weeks leading up to the big day, I actually didn’t feel any stress with my suppliers which made it a lot easier.”
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it all again?
“There is only one supplier that gave me trouble, but I think if that is the only issue we had them we did well. Our day was everything we could have asked for. Our suppliers were all great and would recommend every single one of them to future brides. I have no regrets about getting married interstate! It is a little more work but was worth it to have the day that we did.”
- Be upfront, and let them know you are an interstate couple
- Look for suppliers that are professional, easy to contact, and make you feel comfortable
- Choose suppliers you feel 100% confident with
- Choose suppliers that respond to your questions and communications
- Choose suppliers that have been recommended by other brides or people you trust
- Research using blogs, recommendations and social media
VENUE: Serafino Wines
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Evoke Company
VIDEOGRAPHY: Infinity Films
CELEBRANT: Kate Browne – Blissful Wedding Ceremonies
STYLING: Elly and Elm Events
FLOWERS: Red Door Flowers