In November 2017 we were lucky enough to be a part of Amy and Dan's wedding day held on a property in Duri, NSW (just outside of Tamworth). Hello May magazine has recently published details on their amazing wedding day and their choice of vendors.
Amy was a pleasure to deal with the entire way through the planning process. Amy and Dan fell in love with our marquee and paired it with our timber banquet tables, and bentwood chairs. A match made in furniture heaven! The couple chose to use our Halo lighting in the tent and textured greenery was attached to create a focal point within the ceiling of the marquee.
The couple undertook all the styling themselves with a little help from Tall Poppy Florist. Amy's creativity was seen everywhere throughout the ceremony and reception styling. Hints of copper paired with lush greenery and florals adorned the reception reflecting the perfect country setting surrounding them.
Further details will be provided on their wedding soon within our blog!
Here is the link to Hello May's article on Amy and Dans epic day:
Ivory Lane was lucky enough to be a part of an amazing wedding in the Byron hinterland in September last year, and this amazing wedding has now been featured in Vogue Australia.
Jane our director met Lara at university back in 2005 and have been friends ever since. Starting out in the Art Teaching realm together, Lara eventually decided to take a leap and pursue her passion and moving to study Photography full time whilst Jane continued to pursue Visual Arts teaching. Years later they both have aligned again running businesses in the wedding industry (Lara being the boss lady at Milenko Weddings). It was such a pleasure to not only attend, but also be able to bring Lara and Brett's dream to life for their stunning wedding at Deux Belette, nestled in the Byron Bay hinterland.
The property itself transports you to provincial France - a site to behold and such a amazing venue which only allows an exclusive amount of weddings and events per year. Here at Ivory Lane we feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of the styling and hire component of Lara and Brett's wedding day.
Vogue Australia has published a collection of stunning images from Lara and Bretts wedding day and we are so happy to be able to share them with you.
Please follow the link below to the story.
Lara and Brett had an amazing list of vendors who all played key roles in ensuring their day was perfect:
Photography: Milenko Weddings and Bayleigh Vedelago
Venue: Deux Belettes
Brides Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Headpiece: Viktoria Novak
Florals: The French Petal
Coordination: Byron Bay Luxury Weddings
Catering: 100 Mile Table
Hire and Styling: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire, Hampton Event Hire
Makeup and Hair: Amelia Axton and Maria Rivera
Bridesmaids Dresses: Pasduchas
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Chrissy and Bryce Stoltenberg
Wedding Date: 11th November 2017
Venue: Tangaratta Vineyards
Like every other iconic couple throughout the Tamworth area Chrissy and Bryce met at the now closed Imperial Hotel seven years ago. Bryce decided to pop the question while on a family holiday at the Whitsundays. After dinner Bryce asked Chrissy for a walk along the beach. While Chrissy was snapping away at the breath taking sunset she turned to find Bryce on one knee and the rest is history.
From our very first meeting with Chrissy back in 2016 we knew they both had envisioned a very relaxed environment for their guest to enjoy one big party. Formalities were kept to a minimum to suit the very low key couple, with clear ideas of crisp whites and greenery flowing throughout.
The Venue selection was an easy one for Chrissy and Bryce, with Tangaratta Vineyards ticking all of their boxes. Having one location for all activities was high on their list and Tangaratta Vineyards provided just that. With the large task of finding a venue out of the way Chrissy could now focus on making her vision come to life. Opting for our classic White Tiffany chairs paired with touches of timber from our Wagon Wheel lights adorned with varying coloured foliages. With a rather larger bridal table taking pride in the centre of the room the mood was set for an unforgettable night.
Chrissy was lucky enough in having some guiding girlfriends help her in choosing the right vendors. The couple knew they wanted approachable vendors who are passionate about what they do and after following both Ivory Lane and Kait Photographer for some time, the rest just fell into place.
The one bit of advice Chrissy has for all brides still in the planning process is 'Don't expect everything to be perfect - which I struggled with. Everything works out in the end how it was suppose to. Make sure you enjoy it and have fun!'
The end result was breath taking with beautiful photos from Kait Barker, just as their journey started.
(Keep scrolling to find Chrissy and Bryce's list of experts)
Chrissy and Bryce's list of experts
Lisa and Will Childs
Wedding Date: Saturday 28th October 2017
Venue: Tangaratta Vineyards
Guest Numbers: 95
Lisa and Will met through a mutual friend who did all that she could to convince Lisa to go out on a date with Will. She eventually gave in and they were wed 7 years later. Will proposed whilst the couple was on holiday in Hamilton Island. The proposal took place on the famous Whitehaven Beach after a helicopter ride, picnic lunch and a swim in the crystal clear waters of Far North Queensland.
We met with Lisa early in 2016 to help assist with some hire items for their wedding.. Newly engaged, excited, and with clear ideas for her big day, we couldn't wait to help bring it all together to ensure their day was absolute perfection. Lisa envisioned a fun, relaxed atmosphere, executed in a timeless and effortless way.
Lisa and Will chose our dark wenge coloured Bentwood chairs with our feature vintage ladder lighting adorned with textured foliages and gold footed vases complete with antique coloured roses - we knew this young lady had a vision. We met with Lisa multiple times throughout the planning process, tweaking and changing details as the months went on.
Will and Lisa chose Tangaratta Vineyards to hold their wedding day festivities. They always knew they wanted an outdoor ceremony with lush lawn for the guests to mingle and relax with a wet weather backup plan. Tangaratta Vineyards offered all this and more and after their first visit to the venue they knew it was the perfect location for them.
Lisa and Will chose their vendors based on how their ideas aesthetically matched theirs. They wanted vendors who were fun and easy to work with who also made the whole process of planning a wedding as stress free as possible!
Lisa has some advice for all of you still planning your wedding day "Find you style and stick to it - Pinterest was my best friend, try not to worry about the little things and enjoy the day because it goes way too quickly!"
Our journey with Lisa has been more than a pleasure and we are so glad to share Lisa and Will's amazing wedding day with stunning photos by Jason Corroto.
The end result was flawless, and we couldn't be happier.
(Scroll down to see Will and Lisa's Wedding Dream team)
Will + Lisa's Dream Team:
Brides Dress: Madison James Dress from Brides of Sydney Parramatta www.madison-james.com/ http://www.bridesofsydney.com.au/
Brides Shoes: Windsor Smith www.windsorsmith.com.au/
Groom attire: Joe Black from David Jones www.joeblack.com.au/
Grooms Shoes: Florsheim www.florsheim.com.au
Bridesmaids: Portmans www.portmans.com.au
Groomsmen: Rodger David www.rogerdavid.com.au
Flower Girl/Page Boy: Myer www.myer.com.au
Jewllery and Accessories: Wedding Rings from Baguleys Jewelers www.facebook.com/baguleys.showcase.jewellers/
Brides and Bridesmaid Earrings: Samantha Wills www.samanthawills.com
At school, moving from class to class like a zombie is my entire day…and the next one, and the next one. When the opportunity for work experience came up, I jumped at it, a welcome break from my usual routine. Picking where to do work experience is no small decision, but Ivory Lane seemed like the right choice, not only because I was interested in the industry, but because I do not speak lightly when I say their Instagram game is strong.
“It’s not the glamourous job people think it is,” Courtney, Business Manager of Ivory Lane told me as we drove to her workspace on day one of work experience with the highly esteemed event stylists. When I stepped into the office, I had to disagree, more than impressed by the pretty furnishings. It seemed pretty luxe to me.
Throughout the week, Courtney took me under wing, showing me the ropes of her job. Just as she warned, the glamour of the job soon wore off, probably around the same time we packed a truck full of furniture in the heat of the day. Despite the sore muscles, I was keen to continue discovering this new door I'd opened.
Day 1: Creating mood boards for up and coming wedding trends, setting up at a venue
Day 2: Collecting furniture and flowers for the styled shoot before heading out to set up. Set up ceremony and reception and assisting the photographer with the shoot.
Day 3: Developing and creating conceptual wedding ideas, writing a blog post about the styled shoot for the blog. Consult with bride.
Day 4: Setting up for an upcoming wedding at a venue, before heading back to finalise blog posts and mood boards.
Throughout the week I have experienced first hand the diversity within the job, the workspace being in the office, the shed, the truck, in venues, and everywhere in between. I was privileged enough to be a part of a styled shoot, which we did on day two, involving putting together a ceremony and reception, complete with a model and photographer. It really was the whole shebang. You easily become somewhat invested in the project, wincing at every bump on the road that threatens the floral arrangements in the back, every chair that isn’t in line, every napkin that isn’t folded evenly, wanting to create the perfect space. There’s nothing quite like seeing someone’s idea becoming a reality in front of you, and the feeling when you’re part of making it happen. The satisfaction that comes from contributing to creating a beautiful space is indescribable. I lucked out with such a great photographer on the site, who was generous enough to lend me one of her cameras and an abundance of wisdom, extending my work experience to not only events, but photography as well. It truly was a day to remember, the chance to try my hand at putting together something amazing.
The finished piece that people see on the big day is not the only part of the job however, which seems to be a common illusion. While I helped put together blogs and mood boards, more of the fun side of things, behind me Courtney dealt with the work that constantly flows in, patiently fixing every problem that arises.
I had so much fun during my week at Ivory Lane, and learnt a lot. Needless to say, it is a tough gig, but one that the crew at Ivory Lane put in many hours and much passion to pull it off seamlessly. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see the ins and outs of the industry, and gain a newfound appreciation for the work that goes on behind the scenes. The business of styling events is a complex one, involving everything from styling, packing trucks, keeping clients happy, managing emergencies, and being 100% on your game at all times. After all, there is no room for error when it comes to your happy ever after.
In wake of the off season of weddings over the hot summer, we at Ivory Lane styled a shoot to keep you up to date with fresh styles all year round. Collaborating with tried and trusted vendors from around the Tamworth area, we pulled together quite the vision.
Surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills, Kumbogie Woolshed was the ideal venue, a quaint location perfect for both ceremonies and receptions. With its rustic charm, the shearing shed out the back has been restored better than new, opening out to beautiful gardens on one side, and a view on the other. With the perfect place, creating the perfect space for a bride and groom was a cinch, but there was still work to be done to pull of our vision.
The theme of the day was Bohemian Romance, inspired by dark wood, dark and pale pinks, deep plums, with a finish of gold details. The ceremony featured a beautiful triangular arch, a refreshing, simple variation of the square arches that often feature. The dark stained wood was complimented by beautiful arrangements created at Tall Poppy, which were set in front of each side. Complete with a persian rug, the look provided a romantic, yet relaxed vibe.
Into the woolshed for the reception setup, the beautiful dark wood table was etched in romance. The team wrangled the pendant lights to hang directly above the table, which was lined with a blue table runner, a gorgeous Tall Poppy arrangement, and plenty of foliage. Finishing touches included tapered candles in gold candle holders, gold cutlery, matte black plates, fine detailed wine glasses, and and our Bella Sofa resting to the side.
More than satisfied with the look we had created, we were able to temporarily wash our hands from responsibility as the marvellous photographer, Rachel, from Finishing Image did her thing. Blessed with a beautiful model sporting a dress by Grace Loves Lace, jewellery by Samantha Wills and hair and makeup by Glamour Empire, Rachel worked magic with the camera, capturing spectacular moments of light, style, and emotion coming together.
Perfection takes time, but after a long day, we came out the other side victorious. A huge thank you to all contributors for helping to make this vision a reality. Stay tuned for more pictures in the coming weeks, until then, we've featured some behind the scenes shots.
The Dream Team
Photographer: Finishing Image
Florist: Tall Poppy
Venue: Kumbogie Woolshed
Styling and Concept Development: Ivory Lane
Hair and Makeup: Glamour Empire
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Model: Ashleigh Rose
Amelia & Brenden – 22nd April 2017 – Attunga
Amelia & Brenden’s wedding was an intimate autumn marquee wedding with a breathtaking ceremony view! Whilst they live in Newcastle, they wanted to hold their wedding at Brenden’s family farm in Attunga. Brenden walked the family property to find the perfect ceremony location and we think he nailed it! The guests enjoyed a 20 minute scenic bus ride up to the location where they were greeted with a custom made ceremony arch and an amazing view of the surrounding areas (see the stunning pics below).
Brenden and Amelia had a very clear vision of what they wanted for their reception, which included our romantic Hampton style event tent, long timber tables, gold tiffany chairs and greenery mixed with beautiful autumn florals. Pillar candles and a sweet heart bridal table for the bride and groom completed the romantic feel of the reception! Amanda, our resident wedding planner, was also there to ensure the day ran smoothly and allowed Brenden and Amelia could relax.
Amelia and Brenden were such a lovely and laid back couple to work with who clearly only have eyes for each other. It was also so refreshing for us to see so much involvement by the groom! Take a look at some of the beautiful pictures captured by Matt Briggs Photography and the advice that Brenden and Amelia have given to other couples planning their big day – we especially love their last point about not pleasing other people!
How did you two meet?
We worked together in a Restaurant/Bar in Newcastle. We became friends, and then we realised we were totally in to each other!
We were travelling in the USA and Canada on a month long trip, and after several thwarted plans, we checked into our beautiful hotel in Ottawa, and we were getting ready for a fancy dinner. After taking far too long to get ready, I came out of the bathroom to a bottle of champagne, a diamond ring and Brenden on bended knee!
Unfortunately, after calling family and getting giggly with champagne, we missed any hope of a nice dinner as it was a Monday night. The concierge instead directed us to a diner, where we had burgers, chicken and waffles and shots of tequila. Perfect.
What did you envision for your wedding day?
We both wanted something fun, special, and a little bit different to other weddings that we had experienced. We definitely had the luxury of being able to tailor every detail to be exactly what we wanted!
Why did you choose your wedding location?
Having an outdoor wedding with a marquee has been on our mind for quite a few years, and since we had the opportunity to have it on Brenden’s family property, we couldn’t have picked a better spot. Having enough space and time without worrying about the restrictions of a venue, and allowing our guests to see the farm we’ve talked about for so long!
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?
We chose vendors based on two things; how their ideas and aesthetic matched our vision of our wedding, and a relaxed attitude and approach! I left a lot of organisation until the final few months, and it was really great that there wasn’t too much pushing from our vendors for decisions too early!
Best advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Pinterest is your friend; but once you have your inspiration, take a step back!
I also think the most important thing is making the day about you and your partner. While family and friends are obviously important, don’t get too swept up in pleasing other people.
Brendan and Amelia’s Dream Team
Suppliers – (please include website/social media contact if applicable)
Brides Dress: Helen Rodrigues @helenrodriguesbridal
Brides Skirt: Atelier Rose @atelierrose www.atelierrosebridal.com.au
Brides Veil: Laura Cavallaro Millinery @cavallaromillinery www.lauracavallaro.com.au
Brides Shoes: Modcloth
Groom attire: Anthony Squires, David Jones
Grooms Shoes: Florsheim
Groomsmen: Spurling www.spurling.com.au
Jewellery & Accessories: Earrings– Two Mrs Grenvilles (David Jones)
Bracelets- Samantha Wills @samanthawillsofficial
Thank you for choosing Ivory Lane xo
Here at Ivory Lane HQ when we meet with clients they are often getting married on their family property and are having a marquee wedding - or sometime at a venue that provides a marquee wedding option. We consider ourselves to be at the forefront of marquee wedding expertise! There are so many things to consider when organising and planning a marquee wedding so our founder Jane has put together responses for our most FAQs regarding marquee weddings with a few of our past marquee weddings featured throughout.
1. ARE MARQUEE WEDDINGS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A VENUE?
In short, yes. The reason being marquee weddings are significantly more difficult, take more time, require more components and vendors to pull the day together. People often don't consider things such as additional hire equipment, catering equipment, power sources, access to the venue, prepping the area for the wedding - this all costs $$$$ and often isn't taken into consideration when deciding on a marquee wedding. Venues tend to provide all inclusive packages and you don't need to hire in a catering tent for your caterers or organise a bar area for your bar staff - the list goes on. We LOVE a well-organised and well-executed property wedding. They are our favourite type of wedding/event to do as there is so much more freedom in a number of areas rather than adhering to a venues terms and conditions.
2. HOW DO I PICK THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR A MARQUEE?
We have visited so many picturesque locations for marquee weddings over the years. Often the couples first choice is definitely the most awesome - with the best view, however, it often isn't the most practical for vehicle/truck access, power access, water access etc. These are all components that will be needed throughout the wedding setup, preparation, and on the day and will help everything run as smoothly as possible so there are no "Uh oh - we didn't think of that." moments which is what needs to be alleviated as early on as possible.
The ideal location is completely level area with more than enough room for the size of your marquee, room for toilets/bathrooms, close access to water and power (if a generator isn't an option), and has ease of access for the arrival and unloading of vendors, equipment and guests. No one wants their guests traipsing through an overgrown paddock for a few hundred meters in their best outfit and heels, no matter how nice the location may be.
3. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO HIRE OTHER THAN A MARQUEE?
The marquee is the bare bones of the event - and is always a MUST have option - even if you are having an open air wedding. Open air weddings are amazing and beautiful but the weather literally needs to be absolutely perfect. It is not only rain that can ruin the day, but also wind. Wind is way more destructive than rain - centrepieces don't stay on tables, things blow over etc. Being able to lock the elements out as much as you can in the case of inclement weather is a very SMART option.
For additional hire you will need to bring in absolutely everything you will find in a venue. The main things is obviously furniture, including; chairs, tables, bar tables, stools, lounges, a bar - the list goes on depending how far you would like to go. Lighting is also an important aspect of a marquee wedding. Obviously lighting is needed in the marquee (feature lighting is very on trend at the moment), but it will also be needed outside the marquee. Some examples of additional lighting are; lighting around the outdoor canapé area, lighting leading to the bathrooms, lighting leading to the carpark or the drop off/pickup point for guests and lighting in the catering tent. You will need to hire a tent for you caterers to prepare and cook food - unless they are using a kitchen in a nearby building.
Hiring a flooring in your marquee isn't a necessity, but is a good option, in case of bad weather to keep everything and everyone dry. Most hire companies have a number of flooring options to suit their marquees. Be prepared to pay nearly as much for flooring as you do for the marquee. It is a very time consuming and expensive product to purchase and install - so definitely weight up the pros and cons of flooring for your particular marquee site.
Along with this you will need to provide your guests with glassware, cutlery, crockery, table linen, napkins, and water jugs etc. Sometimes catering companies will supply these items within their services so always ask the question - otherwise you will need to hire them. Another important item needed is a cool room to keep your alcohol cold and your caterer may request one as well to store food.
Power sources are always good to have as a backup even if you are running power from a nearby building or shed. Generators are worth their weight in gold particularly if you are running a lot of things that draw significant amounts of power, like cool rooms, band equipment, lots of lighting, and power tools during setup. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring a generator for your wedding to avoid the power tripping mid-way through dinner and being left in darkness (this has happened). Having the power trip is not uncommon and it is a good idea to spend the extra couple of hundred dollars to run the bigger items from different power sources to ensure there is no hiccups with power and keeping your alcohol cold! It is far better to over compensate and have more power than what you will need to avoid any power mishaps.
4. DO I NEED A COORDINATOR?
When you hire a venue, most usually come with a coordinator to ensure you event runs to plan and on time. It is the coordinators job to liase with and ensure every vendor you have hired (catering, celebrant, photographer, bar staff, videographer etc.) know exactly what is happening (bump in and bump out) in days leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day and understand how the venue runs and the processes they have in place.
At a property wedding - this does not exist. No one is there to sort out who does what, and what goes where. Amongst the business of setting up a wedding and the emotion during the lead up to the day, it is very hard to ask a family member (who may have little to no experience in this sort of thing) to ensure absolutely everything runs according to plan for your wedding day.
If you don't plan on employing a coordinator, we hope your day runs perfectly and according to plan with no hiccups or complications along the way. Professional coordinators are ready and prepared for the hiccups, know how to deal with them, and alleviate the issues with little to no fuss and also prevent the parents of the couple, or the property owner, running around like a mad person trying to rectify the issue.
For property weddings we HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring a coordinator to be a point of contact for both family and vendors throughout the wedding day process. A coordinator is there to help you ensure everyone (vendors and guests) knows what is happening, where they need to be and what time things need to happen. It is virtually impossible for the Bride or Groom to do this on their own wedding day - believe me we have had people try and it usually ends in disaster or tears. This is one of the most significant days in your life and you want it to go to plan right? - Hire a Coordinator!!
5. HOW DO I DRESS THE MARQUEE TO FIT MY THEME?
In the realm of Pinterest the DIY images seem so achievable right? We have seen some amazing marquee weddings some completed on tiny budgets and some completed on very healthy budgets. The trick here is to know your concept, and know your budget. The two run very closely alongside each other. Most marquees are adaptable to incorporate many different styles and themes. The traditional clear span marquee is perfect for anything from a traditional white wedding, to a bohemian themed fiesta. The more contemporary marquees such as the Hamptons Style Tents (like our Ivory Lane Event Tent) are all the rage at the moment and can be adapted to suit almost any theme or concept. The Tipi tents that are around work fantastic for bohemian or festival type weddings that have a casual lady back vibe.
We do recommend hiring professionals to install lighting and any hanging pieces from the marquee. It is always good to check with your hire company what they will and wont allow in terms of DIY installation - as you do not want to lose your security bond through making an uneducated decision.
Choosing the right furniture for your concept is also vital to nailing the look and feel of your event. Make sure you have enough seating for your guests both in and outside the marquee is always a smart move.
Touching base with hire company to ask what they would recommend from their ranges to bring your ideas to life is a good option, or hiring a stylist is a good option if you are not the hands on type. A stylists job is to bring your vision to life and then add a touch of flair and elegance with pin point accuracy and attention to detail. Stylists want to get to know you both as people and bring that into your overall concept to ensure your wedding day and the look of it reflects who you are as a couple.
6. WHAT LOGISTICS NEED TO BE ORGANISED TO ENSURE EVERYTHING GOES TO PLAN?
Booked your caterer, marquee company, furniture hire company, DJ? Great, good work! So now you have booked everyone in you can relax right? Well sort of…. It is imperative that you have your vendors arriving in consecutive order to make the bump in (and bump out) process run as smoothly as possible.
Your job as the property owner is to have the ground prepped, level and the surrounding areas clear, with good vehicle access for the hire companies (which usually have decent sized trucks/trailers) so they can easily get as close to the marquee site as possible. It is not ideal to make your vendors walk a long way to get to the site as most lifting on site is done by hand and this will only slow the process down. The marquee is the first thing that should be erected approximately 3-4 days before your wedding. Following on shortly after with other items such as portable toilets, catering tents, cool rooms etc.
Secondly, the hire company with furniture, lighting and other large pieces should be delivered and placed in their locations (if you have a stylist/coordinator they may be on hand to supervise this part). This is usually done the day before the wedding or in extremely circumstances the morning of.
Tables then need to be set, decor needs to be placed and the florist should be then given access to the marquee to undertake installations and placement of centrepieces etc. This can be done the day before if the weather is cool, however, in the hotter months the floristry work should be completed on the day of the wedding ideally.
The DJ/Band should have access the morning of the wedding to setup and be shown their area, and then you will find your coordinator/stylist/florist fluttering around placing place cards, menus and completing final touch ups as needed to ensure it is absolutely perfect for the entrance of your guests.
This all then needs to be done in reverse for pack down. This is why marquee weddings can take up to 5 days or more!
7. WHAT CAN I DO IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
HAVE. A. BACKUP. PLAN. We aren't joking. Marquees are temporary structures and can withhold a bit of rain and wind, but if the weather you are experiencing in days leading up to the wedding is flooding, cyclonic weather, fire etc. it is always good to have a backup location or venue in case you cannot physically hold the wedding at your desired place.
Don't think this wont happen to you as we have had this happen at least once a year since starting Ivory Lane - access to the location had been cutoff due to torrential rain and flood 2 days before the wedding - an empty marquee was left sitting on the property and the wedding was moved into town, the wind was too severe so the marquee couldn't go up, the property had a bushfire rip through it weeks before and the location was destroyed. (Yeah, you're actually thinking about this now aren't you?)
Most people think that if they have an outdoor ceremony they will need a backup location in case of rain (you definitely do!) - we recommend having a backup reception location as well. Hire companies will not compromise their equipment or the safety of guests if there is inclement weather - so don't be surprised if you are told that your marquee wedding may not happen as you envisioned. We always ask our clients what their backup plan is - so make sure you have a plan in place so we can ensure you wedding day goes off without a hitch.
8. WHAT OTHER VENDORS DO I NEED TO BOOK FOR A MARQUEE WEDDING?
Other than you marquee hire company and furniture hire company vendors that you should definitely consider are:
- A celebrant or minister
Someone to legally marry you would be a wise investment!
- A Photographer
Someone to capture the most memorable moments of your day.
- A videographer
Someone to capture the words spoken, the body language and loving moments throughout your wedding day.
- A Florist
Someone to create amazing arrangements to adorn your Marquee and ceremony location. #musthave
- A Caterer
This is pretty obvious really. Your wedding is likely to be the biggest party you will ever throw in your life and you want to ensure your guests are fed and watered. Whether it be cocktail or sit down, make sure there is more than enough food as people who are drinking tend to get hungry again at around 10:30-11pm.
- A Coordinator
Please see Q.4. If this doesnt convince you that you need one, nothing will.
- A DJ/Band
So you can dance the night away under the stars or in the marquee. Investing in a good band/DJ is always a promising dance floor starter so we recommend finding a fab one that can suit your music tastes and budget.
- Bar Staff
This is probably one of the most underestimated roles of the wedding day. Many people think 'Oh we will just get old mate from the RSL down the road to do the bar.' Ok, good luck to you and the 100+ parched guests all wanting a drink at the EXACT. SAME. TIME. with one bar guy behind the bar.
Investing in a professional bar service and bar tenders should be on the top of the priority list for most people - a lot of couples say to us "We want good food and heaps of alcohol." If that is on the top of your priority list make sure you hire people that do this sort of thing for a job to ensure your table service is professional and prompt and your walk up bar has quick service with a smile and a bit of wedding day banter. Over estimate the amount of staff you will need. You will be surprised how adding an extra bar person will allow people to sit an enjoy their dinner without having to run to the bar every time their drink runs out. Good bar staff are worth their weight in gold and will ensure your beverage needs are met with professionalism and satisfaction.
- A Stylist
Stylists are the people that bring the Pinterest wedding to life! They do this week in week out and live and breath textures and cute decor items that will really bring a space together. They also have a clear idea of spacial awareness and how much space is needed for different components of the day. They do this every weekend, and will ensure that your many hand written notes, magazine cutouts and drawings are taken into consideration when the final product is created. Hiring a stylist will alleviate a lot of stress and decision making. Once they have a few ideas of what you are after, they will fill the gaps with their knowledge and expertise and make the space look as beautiful as the bride on her wedding day.
9. DO I NEED INSURANCE?
Wedding insurance has come in and out in the past few years. If you can afford it, we think insuring your wedding is a very smart option. Not many times throughout life will you drop this amount of money on anything - unless it has wheels or you can live in it.
The property the wedding is held at should at least have standard public liability cover, and the vendors you hire should also have public liability insurance and equipment insurance in the case if anything were to happen throughout the event process. Feel free to ask your vendors if they have insurance and how it will cover you.
Adhering to each company's T&Cs will also cover your butt if anything were to happen. Terms and Conditions are there for a reason people, to protect you the client and to protect the business. So be smart, read through them and ask questions where necessary.
10. HOW CAN I MAKE THE SURE THE EVENT RUNS TO PLAN AND I DON'T BLOW MY BUDGET?
One word. PLAN. Plan every component of the day well in advance - don't underestimate the time taken to have a thorough and well developed wedding plan. Write it down. If you aren't a planning person and flow by the seat of your pants, hire one or confide in a close friend who is super organised and may have done this sort of thing before.
Know your budget before you start booking things! Booking things sporadically is a sure fire way to blow your budget. Most property marquee weddings fall between the $30,000 - $60,000 bracket. There are ways to save money, but it is about being savvy and investing where it is needed and where it is important to you as the couple.
Having a spread sheet of what you have budgeted for each component, and what it is actually costing you is a good way to stay on track with wedding budget spending. It is very easy to go over your budget in some areas, but getting second opinions or employing a planner to do the wheeling and dealing for you is a good way to save some $$$.
I hope this has helped those of you planning a marquee wedding! Feel free to ask any questions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new year, clean shed and a team ready and waiting. There was only one thing to do and that was to show you, our clients, first hand exactly what Ivory Lane and the companies we admire can do. We were lucky enough to feature some amazing vendors from our local wedding industry including: Glamour Empire, Day One Films, HappyBooth, Finishing Image, Sweet Things By Sarah, and Tall Poppy.
Set up began on Thursday and rolled into Friday. We worked into the night to make sure we had finished every last detail.
10Am came and the gates opened. After meeting the Ivory Lane team our guests strolled around the corner where they laid their eyes on our impressive 13m x 19m Oyster Twin Pole Event Tent, completely styled for luxurious wedding seating 120 guests.
The look and feel of the day channelled 'Luxe Hamptons'. We kept the the colour palette simple with whites, greys and a touch of gold. Our white tiffany chairs set the scene for the tables which featured our gold cutlery, clear beaded charger plates with a mixture of gold tealight votives, and clear cylinder vases with pillar candles. There was not a table, wall or Halo that hadn't been touched by our florist Tall Poppy.
We would like to thank everyone we met at our Open day. We are blown away and so humbled that you gave us the opportunity to do what we love.
Again we could not have done it all without the help and support of Glamour Empire, Day One Films, HappyBooth, Tall Poppy Florist, Finishing Image and Sweet Things By Sarah. The day would not have been as successful as it was without them.
If you were unable to make it to the Ivory Lane Open Day but wish to discuss your own creative ideas for your wedding day, please contact us using the details below
for an over the phone or in-house consultation.
We can't wait to hear from you.
Courtney: 0427 199 144
The Ivory Lane Team x
We met with Lacie and Josh a few months before their wedding date and our first impression of this couple is that they were meant to be! These two really wanted to be a part of every component of their day, so took on (and mastered) the task of their own setup and styling. The results are magnificent and we love the finished product! Quirang Country Gardens was their venue of choice and we believe it was definitely brought to life by such a talented couple with a keen eye. Lacie and Josh hired a selection of items from our inventory and pieced them together beautifully! Who says DIY weddings have to be hard?!
Thanks again Lacie and Josh for choosing Ivory Lane!
Please have a read of Lacie's advice, her wedding planning processes and browse the gorgeous shots by Milah Studio below.
Couples names: Josh and Lacie Launders
Wedding date: 12 November 2016
Wedding Location (both Ceremony & Reception):
Quirang Country Gardens, 230 Pullaming Road, Gunnedah.
Guest numbers: 112
How did you two meet?:
A night out in Gunnedah in August of 2011 led our paths to cross.
Christmas day 2015, our son surprised me by wearing a tee shirt saying 'mummy' on the front, and 'will you marry my Joshy' on the back. Josh had told me that Ollie was going to his room to get his preschool present he made us, and came back wearing the shirt. The ring was hidden in our kitchen for a few months, Ollie knew about this the whole time and didn't spill the beans.
What did you envision for your wedding day?:
We always wanted to ensure everyone at our wedding would have a great memorable time. During the early stages of planning we thought of having an open aired reception, and rolled with that until the week of the wedding when we finally knew what the weather would have installed for us, which was 70% chance of rain so at the last minute we had to book a marquee.
I have a love for succulents so I always knew that the plants I had been growing for years would make an appearance. They ended up being used as our table decorations, and looked absolutely perfect, just how I imagined! We have attended a couple of weddings at Quirang and loved the atmosphere, so knew very early into the planning process that we would try to get a booking at Quirang.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?:
I guess we wanted to support local businesses where we could. A lot of our ideas came from Pinterest and we just actioned our ideas the best way possible. Sometimes this meant doing things ourselves to save a bit of cash.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you stated planning your wedding?:
Wedding dress fitting - try on all different styles of dresses, as you might just surprise yourself on how good a dress you think you don't like actually looks really good on! Then take a break to think about all the different styles you just tried on. Dont go in thinking you have the exact style in your head, be open to trying on different dresses!
Advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Just to enjoy the little things. I was sure I was going to loose weight before the big day, but then thought pfft, my soon to be hubby loves me for who I am, so I'm pretty lucky for that, and make no attempt to do anything to change the way I looked for our special day.
Try not to stress over little things. Your big day will always be perfect, and your bridesmaids are there to ensure that! When people ask to help, let them, they are trying to make things easier to you.
Don't go trolling Pinterest over and over again, you will never be able to pick a style you are going for, have a look early on, pick something you like then roll with that, but most of all enjoy yourself. The day goes so quick!
Lacie and Josh's Dream Wedding Team:
Catering: Relish Catering, 15 Doyle Street, Narrabri. www.relishcatering.com.au, phone: 67924178
Hire: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire, and Peel Valley Party Hire 667 Moore Creek Road, Tamworth. www.peelvalleypartyhire.com.au. phone: 67608188 - also on facebook.
Stylist - Lacie & Josh
Photography: Milah Studio Gunnedah. www.milahstudio.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram
Florist: Stockholm Florist, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. www.stockholmflorist.com.au. phone: 67423333. also on facebook and Instagram.
Stationery and invites - Lacie & Josh
Wedding planner - Lacie & Josh
Celebrant: Carrie Frith 0427 621 972. email: email@example.com - also on facebook.
Entertainment: Michael Bryers.
Makeup: Rochelle Peeters, 0410 469 870 - Tamworth
Hair: Soni Walker and Soph Smyth, Gunnedah 0438 420 456 (Soni).
Cake: Tracey Neilson - Owner of 'The Verdict' Gunnedah phone: 0431 542 036.
Brides dress: The Ivory Lounge Exquisite Bridal Gowns, Newcastle. 444-448 Hunter Street, Newcastle. www.theivoryloungenewcastle.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Flower girl dresses: Dollcake Vintage in Melbourne. www.dollcake.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Paige boy attire: 'Next' Ezibuy - online.
The Ivory Lane Memoir
This is the blog of weddings and events Ivory Lane has been a part of and beautiful, unique ideas for your big day.