Now I thought I'd do a bit of a summary of my suppliers including recommendations now that I'm feeling more motivated lol
Both engagement and wedders were purchased from Michael Hill Jewellery at Riverlink. DH had my e-ring customised in white gold and was happy with the service so we decided to use them again. The staff were always friendly and helpful and they do interest free offers which helped us avoid as many upfront costs with the wedders.
Venue Central Bardon Conference/Wedding Venue http://www.centralvenues.com.au/central-venues-conference/bardon/weddings.htm
This was perfect for us as it had a ceremony gazebo on site, the choice of different sized reception rooms, and accomodation all in one. The co-ordinator was helpful and patient with my frequent emails. The room does up fabulously and the food was amazing. The staff on the night were really helpful and we heard only positive reviews from guests. We also got the bridal suite free of charge, which was a nice room, complete with wine and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Celebrant - Amanda Thorpe http://amandaathorpe.vpweb.com.au/
Family friend who did a fantastic job. She has been a celebrant for only a couple of years but is great at it.
Limo Golden Gate Limos http://www.gglimos.com.au
They come highly recommended and its not hard to see why. We had a lovely driver, who was very helpful and friendly. He even carried parasols during our photo shoot lol He poured us bubbly while waiting to head to our location shoot and everything was exactly as it should be.
Hair and Make up – Perfect Reflection http://www.perfectreflection.com.au
Kerry, the owner, did our make up and did a great job on each of us girls and mum. She matched to my inspiration pic wonderfully both on the wedding day and at the trial. Glenda was our hair dresser. I was not overly happy with the end result of my trial so had a lot of doubts after that, but on the night before the wedding, I picked a new hairstyle that was quite drastically different from the original and she copied it perfectly, as well as doing a lovely style like our inspiration pic for each of the bridesmaids.
DJ - GM Solutions http://www.gmsolutions.com.au
The ease of planning our wedding reception music was great with their online software and we were able to be very specific with our playlist, which meant we had only music we liked on our wedding day. However the DJ allocated to us was very young and lacked confidence, so while we requested someone who could interact with the crowd and do a few special tasks instead of our MC, he did not really do these well. He also failed to make a couple of dedications we had on a certain songs and just played them, as well as failing to start the smoke machine during the bridal waltz. It started 5 songs later. He also showed my young niece and nephews how to operate the smoke machine which might have been a fun thing if he didn’t leave it unattended later so they smoked out the room for a few minutes towards the end of the night. I plan to send them an email letting them know of our concerns, but I think we would use them again in future, but being very specific that we want a more experienced, interactive DJ if the event warrants it. I did state in our online planning form that it would have been good to have been able to meet our DJ. I realise now more than ever we should have arranged this.
Backdrop – Miss Weddings http://www.missweddings.com.au
We organised a fairly light back drop behind the bridal table for our reception. This was to just add a little bit more of a special touch to the room. Unfortunately on the night, the back drop did not have fairy lights. It was disappointing but thankfully still looked nice with the white curtain draping. We never asked the venue on the night so we’re not sure as yet if it did and they just didn’t turn it on or if there really weren’t lights, so I’ll email The Bardon Centre first. It didn’t look like there were lights under it though but in the craziness of the night, we didn’t really think to ask someone.
Photographer – Peter Williams from Turning Heads Photographer http://www.turningheads.com.au
Peter has been in the business for a long time and we were very happy with his work from the start. Our E-shoot turned out fantastic so we have high hopes for our wedding photos. Unfortunately there was a bit of conflict between Peter and the videographers, as they too wanted still shots of the accessories and got in the way at times. That’s fair enough. We also missed a few of the photos we really wanted on the day due to it just flying so fast, but we have high expectations our photos will be amazing still. Unfortunately we might have to wait until January due to it being a busy time of year.
Videographer – Scott Thomas from ST Videography http://www.stvideography.com.au
Scott seems to be relatively new to the wedding scene but his brother runs ST Photography. His package was better priced than most others we saw and included right up until 10:30, which we liked. He has recently purchased new equipment which is likely to have increased the quality of the video even more and there were two cameras going all the time so we are excited about seeing our video when the time comes. We also get all the raw footage to keep on an external hard drive we provided him at our last meeting. Will give better reviews on our media once we receive video and photos though.
Wedding Dress – The Bridal Centre http://www.thebridalcentre.com.au
I was very happy with the process of purchasing my wedding dress. The staff were helpful and the dress came after about 4 months so sooner than expected. I felt stunning in it on the day and got so many lovely comments on it.
Bridesmaid dresses – http://www.ebridalsuperstore.com
We purchased these online for less than $200 each, as they would have cost $495 from the supplier here in Australia. They were direct from the manufacturer, but an odd fit of a dress with the zippers being a bit problematic and one busting on the wedding morning and needing to be sewed in. They are Barijay brand.
Suits – Strictly Formal http://www.strictlyformal.com.au
The suits cost around $200 each with a $20 deposit that is returned. The fittings are done in your own home, via mobile service, but had to be dropped back to the warehouse in Milton. They were good quality, but did not have as many colour varieties or styles of tie and vest as I’d have liked. They do have a great deal where if you hire 5 or more suits, the groom gets a free suit to keep. Its different to the wedding day one and more versatile. Definitely a great offer.