I'm new to the forum. I've read all 60 pages! You guys have been really helpful.
I'm still in the midst of finding a ceremony venue and hopefully a reception that can be done at or near the ceremony venue.
Let me share with you one of the venues I had a look at.
Kiama Country House at Spring Creek Retreat. http://www.kiamacountryhouse.com.au/
This place is gorgeous for those looking for a garden wedding. We had a tour of the place and I loved it. My only problem is that it's waaaaay out of my budget! Very disappointing that we can't afford it but I thought some of you might be interested.
The lady that runs the place is friendly and quite helpful and made suggestions to us when we told her we couldn't afford it. We were hoping to hire the Country House for the wedding night accommodation ($1500) and get ready there during the day before the wedding but there's a 3 night min stay during the weekend! Plus $1000 hiring fee. Then we would also need to add the cost of hiring a marquee, decorations and a caterer. Also, for weddings she says that normally you have to hire the whole property including the cottages which are $250 each per night and there are 3 cottages. If our budget was double of what we have then sure, it'd be affordable but I feel a little taken advantage with the extra $1000 hiring fee when I'm already being charged 3 nights stay when I only want to be there for 1 night, maybe 2. Not sure if the prices were hiked because it's for a wedding, although I know normal accommodation rates are correct ($1500 for house and $250 per cottage per night).
So anyway, if this is in your budget then I really think it's such a beautiful place.