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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
We first met Paolo and Joanna last year. These two drove the five hours from Sydney just to meet with us and we are so glad they did. Paolo and Joanna are one of the sweetest couples we have ever had sit down with us in our four years at Ivory Lane. The love between them was real, the type that radiates from their faces and their interactions between each other. The excitement and creative vibes we felt when sitting with them was contagious and it was then we decided that their wedding was going to be one of our favourites from 2016.
Paolo and Joanna wed in the stunning Hunter Valley (yes we do travel down there!) and their reception was held in the courtyard at Lindemans Wines. A perfect venue for the young couple, and we absolutely loved styling this unique space and working alongside some brilliant vendors.
Joanna had a distinct vision for their wedding reception, a romantic and textured palette featuring deep green foliage, paired with gold, timber and hints of blush throughout. This combination got us very excited here at IL HQ and we started piecing together signature items to bring Joanna and Paolo's vision to life.
The end result was breathtaking, which you can view in the images below by the talented James Bennett. You will also find some very sound advice from the couple below on planning their wedding which is definitely worth a read.
Scroll down below to see a list of Paolo and Joanna's dream team.
Thank you to Joanna and Paolo for choosing us to be a part of your absolutely breathtaking wedding day. We wish we could do it all again!!
Jane & the IL Team xx
Paolo & Joanna
How did you two meet?
Young, silly and 15 years old! We had milkshakes and donuts in the morning, before getting the latest possible bus to our different high schools. We grew up together.
A weekend stay at Pier One Hotel at the Rocks in Sydney. On our way to dinner. Paolo made me wait for him outside our hotel room, while he went to get 'his wallet' that he forgot. I got impatient waiting for him and went to find out what was taking so long, only to find him holding an engagement ring.
What did you envision for your wedding day?
Something that represented us entirely, timeless and a day nobody would forget.
Read on below..
Why did you choose your wedding location?
We wanted to have a bush band and bush dancing. We also loved the idea of a night sky and twinkling lights. Lindeman's Courtyard was the perfect match.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?
We picked our vendors based on if their aesthetic matched us and vendors who were able to put in their creative input to really complete our vision.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started planning your wedding?
To start planning as early as possible.
Best advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Don't worry about what other bride's are doing. Put together a day that completely represents you and your partner's story. And don't leave it to the last minute!
Paolo and Joanna's Dream Team:
Brides Dress: Babushka Ballerina @babushkaballerina
Groom attire: Brent Wilson @brentwilson25
Grooms Shoes: R M Williams
Jewellery & Accessories: Twigs and Honey @twigsandhoneyofficial
Alexandra and Alex, a match made in heaven! Alexandra first visited us at Ivory Lane HQ early in 2015. Her excitement and organisation in her planning was undeniable. She had a clear vision for what there day would look like and we were more than happy to be a part of such a perfect day for the perfect couple. The couple chose to use our team for styling of the Ceremony and Reception and also used our fab wedding planner Amanda for On the Day Coordination. We loved working alongside other local vendors for this wedding bash.
Gorgeous photography featured below by Carissa from Image Photography.
See below for their tips and tricks for planning the perfect wedding day:
Wedding Location (with websites and contact details of venues if applicable)
How did you two meet?
We have known each other since we were young; Steiny had played rugby for Pirates alongside my brother, in a team my Dad had coached.
Under the guise of ‘checking troughs’ on our property at Piallaway, Steiny proposed in the middle of a paddock at sunset with our daughter at his side.
What did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted our wedding day to be a day all about love, our children and our family.
Why did you choose your wedding location?
We knew we wanted to get married on the farm, so we chose a spot beside the join of the Peel River and Dungowan Creek.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?
Glamour Empire was my choice for hair and makeup, they came out to us and were absolutely brilliant on the day and I can’t thank them enough!
Ivory Lane was recommended to us by a lot of people, and knowing Jane personally I knew I could trust her and the team.
We chose QHP for catering as we had been to previous weddings they had catered and the food and service was flawless!
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started planning your wedding?
That there is so many options available, e.g ‘On the Day Planning’ from Ivory Lane, we didn’t have a wedding planner but Amanda from Ivory Lane was available to run the day for us to ensure nothing went wrong, and if it did, we didn’t know about it!
Best advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Alex and Alex's Dream Wedding Team:
Brides Dress: BHLDN
Brides Shoes: Betts
Groom attire: Ed Harry
Grooms Shoes: Betts
Bridesmaids: For Her & For Him
Groomsmen: Ed Harry
Flower Girl/Page Boy:
Jewellery & Accessories: Veil & Hair Comb – Ammeg Designs Tamworth
Jewellery – Sorrelli
Please enjoy the stunning mages from Karissa at Image Photography below.
When we had the pleasure of meeting for our first consultation with Sam and Clint, we knew this was the real deal... So in love and made for each other. Their wedding was held on 14th May, the theming was simple and elegant, held at the Narrabri Racecourse with 116 of their closest friends and family. Sam and Clint met in high school and started dating in Year 9 when they were just 14 years old. They had been together 13 year when Clint proposed, and as they say, the rest is history.
Sam and Clint envisioned a simple, no fuss, easy going and fun wedding, mixed with fresh flowers and highlights of timber. The Narrabri Racecourse was their choice for the festivities. The couple wanted somewhere out of town, that was private, low cost and had all the amenities needed so they didn't need to hire a marquee, toilets, generators and everything else that goes with a 'non venue wedding'. SMART!
Sam and Clint had the luxury of knowing most of their vendors personally which made the wedding planning process very easy! The couple chose the talented Edwina Robertson as their photographer as they loved her unique and natural style, which from the images below, we think they definitely chose correctly! The couple met us (Ivory Lane) at the Tamworth Wedding Expo in 2015 and appreciated what we had to offer and our styling which we were pretty chuffed about!
Sam and Clint had many personal touches included throughout their day. Sam's garter was made by her Mum and had two sentimental charms sewn into it. A gold heart shaped sapphire that Clint had given her when we had been together for 6 months, and a gold wish bone pendant that Sam's Aunty had sent up to her as she couldn’t make the wedding. Their 7 1/2 month old son Harry was their page boy and was carried down the aisle by the Maid of Honor. These are the things that really MAKE a wedding day.
We asked Sam after the wedding what she wished she knew before planning the wedding and she said SET A BUDGET! They had a loose idea of what they wanted to spend but went a little bit over which a lot of couples we meet tend to do. Her advice is to have a checklist with the amount you are spending with each vendor, and keep on top of the costs.
Some other advice She passed on for other couples also included: HIRE IVORY LANE!!! (this is not deliberate self promotion!)
"Our wedding was stress free as didn't have to source any decorations or worry about how to put any of it together. It was great not to have to worry about setting any of it up on the day!"
Thanks so much for choosing us Sam and Clint. We thoroughly enjoyed your day and coming over the 'Bri'. Please find a list of Sam and Clint's Dream Team below as well as the beautiful images by the talented Edwina Robertson.
Sam & Clint's Dream Team.
* Venue: Narrabri Racecourse, Narrabri
* Catering: Connie Smith, Wee Waa
* Hire: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire and North West Marquees & Events
* Stylist: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire
* Photography: Edwina Robertson Photography
* Florist: Peppertree, Narrabri
* Stationery/Invitations: Ivory Lane
* Wedding Planner: Ivory Lane in conjunction with Sam
* Celebrant/Minister: Barbara Murphy
* Entertainment: Gilly Goddard
* Makeup: Bianca Hall Endulge Beauty, Narrabri
* Hair: Courtney Ryan, Salon Panache, Narrabri
* Cake: Janice Smith (family friend)
* Transport: 2 x white Mercedes Benz Gold Mustang – hired from Peter Godden
Those other little details...
Brides Dress: Stella York from Belles and Beaus, Newcastle
Brides Shoes: Wittner
Groom attire: McDonalds Fashions, Narrabri
Grooms Shoes: his own black dress shoes
Bridesmaids: Review, Charlestown Square, Charlestown.
Groomsmen: McDonalds Fashions, Narrabri
Flower Girl/Page Boy: Ivory lace flower girl dress with navy bow from Etsy, Gray vest and pants with navy bow ties from a little shop in Charlestown square
Jewellery & Accessories: Brides pearl drop earrings and pearl and diamante hair clip from Etsy. Bridesmaids earrings - their own, necklaces - personalised pearl and gold necklaces from Etsy.
We are so lucky to have access to this lovely couples beautiful photos from they intimate wedding day. Ebony and Heath were married on 19th March 2016 and partied with sixteen of their nearest and dearest.
Heath and Ebony met through mutual friends at a uni party six years ago. Heath decided Ebony was his Mrs Forever and proposed on the top of an enormous hill along with a delicious picnic and their pet dogs at his family farm. Ebony did not suspect a thing!
The location of their wedding was soon to be at Belltree's Station, Scone. A beautiful 1830s historical property spanning 22,00 acres and framed by the Barrington Tops National Park. Belltree's has such a beautiful surrounding landscape so they wanted their wedding to complement the natural surroundings of the property. An outdoor wedding was the perfect option for Ebony, Heath and their guests.
Ebony dreamt, designed and styled the wedding herself, hiring a few bits and pieces from us here at Ivory Lane. The tables were adorned with lush greenery and a mixture of white flowers, paired with timber tables and bench seats. Perfection. As the afternoon went on our festoon lights lit the reception area in a soft beautiful light. No detail was left unturned on this intimate day.
The couple chose Kait Barker from Kait Photography to take the stunning images pictured below. The couple wanted a natural light photographer who would capture the fun and frivolity in the beautiful surrounds of Belltrees. We think they have definitely chosen the right person for the job!
Please enjoy the stunning images below and feel free to leave a comment expressing you love for this amazing wedding.
Congratilations Heath & Ebony, and thank you of choosing Ivory Lane. x.
Heath & Ebony's Dream Team:
Venue: Belltree's Station
Photography: Kait Photography
Dress: Bo & Luca
Groom Attire: Roger David
Jewellery & Accessories: Samantha Wills
Hair: Jess & James Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Chic Artistry
Flowers: Hello Blossom Bouquets
Stationery: The Whistle Press Stationery Co
Cake: Swan Fine Foods
Catering: Swan Fine Foods
Hire: Ivory Lane
Courtney was the dream bride. She knew what she wanted and was so easy going and wonderful to deal with. Rachel (from Finishing Image Photography) and I met Courtney and Mathew last year at the Happily Ever After Bridal Fair in Warchope. Courtney, Matt and their family sat down with us in our stand for almost an hour; chatting and discussing their dreams for their big day.
We were so blessed to be chosen to undertake the styling for their reception at The Estate - Sherwood out the back of Kempsey. A small intimate venue that reflected Courtney and Mathew to a tee. Which brings us to the amazing photos below by Rachel Deane from Finishing Image Photography. Rachel has a wonderful knack for nailing every shot and this wedding is no exception. We will sure miss her while she takes a break to have her second baby!
We loved travelling over to Kempsey as it allowed our team to have a bit of a break and a swim in the ocean too!
Thank you Courtney and Mathew for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day. We wish you a lifetime full of bliss and happiness.
Now immerse yourself in this beautiful wedding below, and take note of the coolest bridal shoes we ever did see!
Jane, Joel & the Ivory Lane Team.
Photography: Finishing Image Photography
Styling & Hire: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire
Ceremony Venue: All Saints Catholic Church - Kempsey
Reception Venue: The Estate - Sherwood
Florals: Touchwood Flowers
Jannah and Michael, what a dream couple!
We absolutely loved styling their wedding and ceremony. Jannah was such an easy and efficient bride to work with which made our job a breeze!
The always stunning Tangaratta Vineyards was the perfect venue for their big day.
The weather decided to mess with us a little and left Amanda and I scrambling to move their ceremony into the Chapel onsite at Wangaratta. We don't think it mattered! Such beautiful moments captured by JSG Photography!
JSG Photogrpahy - http://jsgphotography.com.au
Who can resist a delicious dessert buffet. Dessert bars and sweet stations have become common place at many weddings and events, and for good reason. They offer guests a variety of options to satisfy any sweet tooth and can work out to be more economical for the event host. Not to mention how cute they look.
The Ivory Lane team not only love sweets but also love helping our DIY brides! Our stationery designer has created some cute designs that you can print at home, to either serve your sweets in at your dessert table or use as a take home lolly bag.
Perfect for any event like a wedding, kitchen tea, baby shower or party.
All you need is a standard household printer and some white or brown paper lunch bags available at your local supermarket.
Download our free printable template below.
Change your page size on your printer to fit your bag (A5 or similar) and select “fit to page”.
Pop your bag in the paper tray with the closed end in first.
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.