A Community for Brides Planning their Wedding in Australia

 
Ohana
Member
Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:47 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 02, 2012 4:32 pm

Hi girls :D

beckstar2012 wrote:
When we were looking at photographers I found that so many of the photos were digitally fiddled with and I didn't want that at all. I wanted a photographer who wouldn't be right in our face and making us pose for serious photos as that isn't us.


That's exactly us! Although I understand and respect the 'art' type shots, its not us - we just want someone to capture the fun and excitment (and love :heart: ) on the day! I don't want too much posing, except maybe for family shots! I might send you a PM for the photographer you recommended - I'd love to look at her site/blog if she has one.

One of the photographers I'm thinking about is Snow Gum - has anyone had any experience with them? I love one of her wedding shots were there are about 5 little flower girls sitting on a bench at Lanyon Homestead - its absolutely gorgeous!

beckstar2012 wrote:
One thing I will say to you about dress shopping is go in with an open mind! I had a bit of an idea on what I wanted and didn't want but wasn't too fussed (not like some people who know exactly what they want) and the lady at Angelic Inspirations pulled out a dress that I almost refused to try on becuase I didn't like the look of it...I am so glad I did try it on becuase I fell in love with it and ended up putting the deposit down then and there! I know a few people have had problems with Angelic Insprirations but I would highly recommend checking them out too as they did nothing but bend over backwards for me.

Yeah, I have gone into it pretty much with this view - open to trying anything on. However my Grandmother has made it pretty clear that I should not get a strapless gown as they "show off far too much skin" 8O can't please everyone though! I think in most dress shops the assistants have a pretty good idea what will look good on what body shap. Thanks (and Sharali) for the info on Angelic Inspirations - I hadn't considered them but will put them on the list!

How is everyone elses plans coming along? I still need a photographer, and now the florist I wanted is unavailable, so I need to find another florist. I managed to find out the email of a letterpress in canberra so I will contact her this week!
 
Sharali
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 189
Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:21 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 02, 2012 9:39 pm

With flowers, shop around. I saved over $400 by doing this. I didn't have a specific idea of what flowers I wanted, just a look. The florist I went with is picking the flowers to go with the look (& I'm getting roses in it). They are also delivering them on the day, so that's one less job.

You might be better using the florist the Resort uses. They should have a list of preferred suppliers and may even be able to get you a discount if they order them on your behalf.

It's exciting finding the dress, I was disappointed though, first store & third dress that I tried on was the one.
 
misteri82
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 371
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 02, 2012 9:50 pm

Remember that you can always add straps if you find the perfect dress but it's strapless. I might add some to mine, I'm waiting to see how it looks at my first fitting. I'm very short, so they could make me straps from the off cuts if I want.

Which florist were you hoping to get Ohana? We wanted to meet with Tara from the Shire Florist, but she's away for our date. We've now decided to go with origami flowers for something different.

Our planning is going really well I think, we have all the big things sorted already - venue, celebrant, photographer, DJ. Our cake is under control, and we've decided what we want for decorations. 7 months to go!
 
Ohana
Member
Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:47 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Tue May 08, 2012 12:57 pm

misteri82 wrote:
Which florist were you hoping to get Ohana? We wanted to meet with Tara from the Shire Florist, but she's away for our date. We've now decided to go with origami flowers for something different.


Yeah I spoke with Tara and she is away for our date as well. Its sad because out of the three florist available in the snowy mountains, I like the examples on her website the best :cry: Did you talk to any of the other florist before you decided to go with origami flowers? Tara recommended Kath from Cooma - she's on my list to call.

I really like the idea of origami flowers (especially some of the examples I've seen on Etsy!) but this isn't really an option for us as I want flowers on the cake and florial centrepieces (like these http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/272498/centerpieces#/231101)

I kind of wished I could do the flowers myself and just buy up big from capital flowers in oaks estate.

Canberra forum is quiet... how's everyone's plans going?
 
alycebride
Full Member
Full Member
Posts: 91
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:39 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 09, 2012 9:55 am

Ohana wrote:
Hi girls,

Just hoping I could join in!

We are getting married in Feb 2013 at Lake Crackenback Resort (we live just outside Canberra). We had a look around at a couple of canberra venues. In particular I LOVED the boat house (and the event coordinator there was lovely - James I think?). I was quite disappointed when we went to Grazings - there minimum spend was quite large, and the room lacked atmosphere, there was also smelly garbage and the gardens haddn't been cleaned up - this is about 3 hours before a reception was suppose to start 8O

We also loved poacher's pantry - but there were a few obsticals. Mainly being transport, minimum spend, wet weather options for the ceremony and the set up of the room. I really love it there though. I might have may hen's party lunch there (the civilised one anyway lol!)

We have so far booked our reception, celebrant and cake. I'm currently in the market for a photographer. We want a photographer that takes great family photos (as opposed to completely arty??) The problem being that most photographers post arty photo's but no family oriented photos on their websites. While I'd love some special photos of us, family is also really important so I want to know that they'll capture that too. Has anyone had any experience with O photography?

I'm also trying on a dress this week (have appointments booked at Annabel's, Qbn and Manuka) - just wondering if you girls could provide any hints or tips for when I go (other than wearing nice underwear) :wink:


I'm using O'Photography for my wedding, shes really professional and lovely and I love her photos! :heart: :heart:
I got my dress from Angelic Inspirations as well, they bent over backwards untill I purchased my dress and then they were just super rude. One of the ladies there is lovely though so if you get her its ok and the prices are good so its worth it if you find your perfect dress there.
 
misteri82
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 371
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 09, 2012 10:42 am

Ohana wrote:
Yeah I spoke with Tara and she is away for our date as well. Its sad because out of the three florist available in the snowy mountains, I like the examples on her website the best :cry: Did you talk to any of the other florist before you decided to go with origami flowers? Tara recommended Kath from Cooma - she's on my list to call.


Tara recommended Kath to me as well, and I would have stopped in at her store on our way back to Canberra, but they close at 2pm on Saturday so we were too late. I tried to visit Snowy Flowers of Jindabyne while we were down there, but they were shut too. So no, I didn't get a chance to talk to any florists!

I wanted flowers on our cake too, but the design that we're going with has a branch going up the side of the cake, and it would look weird with flowers on top. For our centrepieces I am just going to make origami flowers and put them in old glass jars. We'll also have candles, and red and clear crystal scatters.

Our planning is going well, I've been using a spreadsheet to keep track of the stuff I need to do, and I've already completed a lot of tasks that I've marked for April to August! I ordered a bunch of things over the past few weeks and have been coming home to lots of parcels at my door :) I got my photobooth props last night, which look really awesome! I also got my shoe clips, and some pearls and rhinestones for my flowers. My paper arrived last week, and I'm a little worried that I didn't order enough paper for the flowers, but I have tons of time to order more if I need to. I just need the floral wire I ordered from Perth to arrive and I can start making my flowers... also I have no idea how to store them, so I need to figure that out too.

I'm actually having a lot of fun planning our wedding, which is a little surprising to me because I've never been a very girly girl. I hope everyone else is enjoying it too!
 
rice_bun
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:51 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed May 16, 2012 10:05 am

Hey ladies,
Any ideas for a good florist at a good price? Also what are your picks on using artifical vs. real? Real flowers are lovely but so expensive yet fake are more affordable but I just can't shake off the whole thing about using "fakes" in a wedding.
 
alycebride
Full Member
Full Member
Posts: 91
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:39 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Thu May 17, 2012 9:56 am

I'm not personally a fan of fake flowers but i understand the appeal, they last forever, you can get them way in advanced but im having a spring wedding and i just can't get past having real flowers! I'm using "Flowers with love" she works from home so the prices are really reasonable and she specialises in weddings. :heart: :heart:
I'd definitly recommend her :)
 
Ohana
Member
Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:47 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Thu May 31, 2012 10:29 am

alycebride wrote:
I'm using O'Photography for my wedding, shes really professional and lovely and I love her photos! :heart: :heart:
I got my dress from Angelic Inspirations as well, they bent over backwards untill I purchased my dress and then they were just super rude. One of the ladies there is lovely though so if you get her its ok and the prices are good so its worth it if you find your perfect dress there.


We met with Candice from Ophotography last night and she seemed really lovely! I'm so torn now - Snowgum photography was great, Leonie was easy to talk to and we hit it off with her. But now I really loved Ophotography, and it worked out cheaper (i.e. the package would have two photographers instead of one, and for $800 more I can get the album I want). My heart says Snowgum, but my head tells me Ophotography.

I went shopping for my dress on the weekend - we started at Annabel's but they felt a bit pushy really and I only got to try on about 4 dresses. After that we went across to Qbn and they were sooo busy, so although I got great service they didn't really have time to order my dress for me :cry: I ended up choosing a Martina Liana no 377 http://www.martinaliana.com/#/collection2012/377.

We are thinking about hiring the Baker Boys Band for the reception - they are having a rehersal night next Wednesday, so we are taking my sister (bridesmaid) and her partner out to see them. Really looking forward to it! Does anyone have any recommendations for bands (I find they have better atmosphere than a DJ)? I'm really struggling.

Anyone heading to the Bridal fair this weekend? Might see you there :P
 
misteri82
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 371
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Thu May 31, 2012 10:46 am

Wow what a gorgeous dress!

I didn't know there was a bridal fair on this weekend... but we have most stuff organised now so I won't be going. I would probably just find a million new things that I simply must have, and our budget will not be happy!
 
Ohana
Member
Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:47 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Thu May 31, 2012 2:09 pm

misteri82 wrote:
Wow what a gorgeous dress!

I didn't know there was a bridal fair on this weekend... but we have most stuff organised now so I won't be going. I would probably just find a million new things that I simply must have, and our budget will not be happy!


Thanks I think its preettttyyy :heart:

Yeah, when I was speaking with Candice from Ophotography she mentioned it - I had no idea either. Apparently its at the AIS. I went to the one at Albert Hall, but it wasn't particuarly good. I'm just hoping I can find a wedding band there!

I also want a jumping castle, but I don't think i'll be able to find that there.... :wink:
 
hoshizora
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:30 am

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:33 am

Looks like the Canberra forum has been inactive for a while, so hopefully someone will see this!

I'm looking for a videographer for my wedding in Canberra next year. I've done a bit of research and most of them seem to cost about $1,500, so I'm just wondering if anyone knows of a more budget-friendly option? We don't really want fancy editing and effects, just want to document important things like the vows and speeches on video, but on the other hand we don't want to just have a relative film them on a camcorder. Any ideas about how I can find an "up and coming" videographer who might be willing to do it cheaply?
 
misteri82
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 371
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:40 pm

Slow reply, as you said this thread is pretty dead so I don't check it very much.

How about contacting the film school at ANU and seeing if there's a student looking for that kind of work?
 
hoshizora
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:30 am

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:02 am

Thanks misteri82, I think I will do that, and maybe post an ad on gumtree :)
 
alycebride
Full Member
Full Member
Posts: 91
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:39 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:10 pm

ANU is a good idea! $1,500 seemed pretty standard when I looked around, so hopefully you can find something a bit cheaper!
 
User avatar
BuzzyBeeDee
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 298
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:39 am

Self catering venues

Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:48 pm

Hi all,

It's not actually for my wedding, but my husband's 30th birthday, but I figured some of you gals might know. I'm looking for a self-catering venue for the party (I.e. I want to make the food myself), preferably with bar service of some sort. I'm guessing anywhere between 30 and 50 guests. I've thought about community and scout halls, but aside from being fairly ugly many (all?) don't allow service of alcohol and there are various other restrictions that would make those venues pretty difficult to fit the bill. So...any ideas? I want to have an awesome Havana nights themed party but it will also be winter so outdoors won't work. I'm seriously out of ideas and sad that I might not be able to do something great for DH :(
 
magpieC
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 115
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:14 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:24 pm

Try All Saints Church hall in Ainslie, it's prettier than most basic scout halls and having alcohol at your event has never been a problem when we've hired it. If you wanted to sell alcohol you would have to get an appropriate liquor license, but if you're just having the bar as a single spot for serving alcohol you'll be fine.
Depending on denomination most church halls will be fine with you having alcohol (Uniting churches are often quite anti alcohol)
 
User avatar
BuzzyBeeDee
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 298
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:39 am

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:14 am

Oh, thanks magpie, I'll check it out :)
 
User avatar
BuzzyBeeDee
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 298
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:39 am

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:22 am

Follow-up question, does anyone know what's available in terms of mobile bartending services and how much it would likely be?
 
User avatar
chelle7
I survived and got married
I survived and got married
Posts: 647
Joined: Wed May 27, 2009 5:20 pm

Re: Canberra - Part 3

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:27 am

I've heard the community hall in Bonython has been done up and is very nice.
GZIP: On | Load: 0.12