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Hands up those who would love some FREE wedding advice from an industry expert? Don’t worry the expert is not me. Just for the record, I am not an expert by any means.
This wedding guru has been officially planning weddings for three years and has admitted the majority of weddings she plans are country weddings.
Which, my rural brides, is right up our ally.
And guess what?
She gets you.
She knows what makes a rural bride different to a city bride- having told me “a rural bride has to take more into consideration when planning a wedding- weather, distance between places, booking accommodation for out of town guests, transport for guests, providing brunch the next day etc.” Ladies, are these not some of the exact logistics you as rural brides have been scratching your heads over?
So WHO is this wedding planner? Well… This planner is savvy, realistic, and approachable (and actually one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of working with). The fabulous wedding planner I am gloating about is non-other than Melissa Bowman (Mel) of Melissa Bowman Weddings and Events.
(Mel is the woman to the left)
Mel has kindly offered up some advice for you, my ever so lovely rural brides (Which I guess is the point of this post).
So advice from the wedding planner:
1. Prioritise your list. Work out what is most important to you and splash out on that. Save on things further down the list.
2. Stick to your budget. You’ve set it at that amount for a reason exceeding it will add unnecessary stress to your life.
3. Employ a wedding planner to take the stress out of it all.
4. Enjoy the process because (all things going to plan) you will only get this day once.
Here are some photos from a couple of weddings Mel has planned in the last year or so.
If any of you are interested in speaking with Mel or learning more about her services, head over to her website www.melissabowmanweddings.com.au where you can find testimonials from past clients and contact information.
Mudgee is known for its trendy cafes and elaborate cellar doors that draw in tourists by the thousands each year. To capitalise on this accommodation providers seem to have increased costs, meaning for basic accommodation you can pay anything from $80 plus for a basic ensuite room at a below average motel.
But tell me this- Why would you want to pay for a less than impressive room when you can stay in luxury for the same cost? That’s right, I’ve done a little searching and found you all a great deal.
Introducing Cawarra Guesthouse!
This guesthouse exudes luxury which is the perfect way to compliment your Mudgee experience. Built in 1866, this historic home boasts generous king sized beds, a divine kitchen and gorgeous gardens.
Cawarra Guesthouse is owned and run by Mudgee locals, John and Karen Guest. Karen is a true believer in the charm of a good country wedding and has an amazing offer for readers of The Rural Bride- a discounted rate for guests booking for 3 nights or longer!! So, those of you on the hunt for wedding accommodation in Mudgee, I strongly suggest you make the most of this offer and extend your stay.
For more information visit www.cawarramudgee.com.au
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 428 482 198
It’s one of the obstacles anyone planning a wedding must face… where to accommodate guests? The answer depends on your location and the options available.
Out of town guests staying in the one motel is going to make things easier for guests who want to carpool to the wedding and for those catching a bus to and from the wedding.
If motels aren’t available in close proximity to the wedding, why not hit up your local Bed and Breakfast or guesthouse? These are a much better option for guests who have never been to the region before as B&B owners are usually full of local knowledge and will provide guests with a stay experience far less commercial than a motel. It really is at the hands of the community as to where guests stay based on what’s available.
Farm stays are also a fabulous option. Let’s think outside the box a little people! Farm stays will generally be far more flexible with guest numbers per room or cottage and most offer activities for guests to make the trip worth it.
My personal opinion is that if guests are travelling over 5 hours to the venue the host should arrange accommodation. The host should not necessarily pay for the accommodation, but choose something nearby within a decent price range and make reservations for any number of out of town guests who’ve travelled over 5 hrs. Its’ important to ensure the accommodation is easily affordable because… while yes, weddings are expensive for the hosts, they are also expensive for guests. Guests face a number of costs from outfits, presents to travel.
Next week I will recommend fabulous accommodation for those of you off to Mudgee for a wedding. Stay tuned.