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YARRA RANGES

wedding guide

2017

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The Perfect Backdrop

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Accommodation

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Beauty, Hair & Make-up

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Bridal Gowns

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Catering

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Celebrants

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Chapels & Ceremony Venues

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Entertainment

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Florists

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Hire & Rentals

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Jewellers

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Photographers

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Reception Venues

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Transport

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Videography

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Top Tips

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Wedding Checklist

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To appear in the 2018 edition of the Yarra Ranges Wedding Guide please call the Mail News Group for more information. Ph: 5957 3700 244 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Victoria

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The perfect

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FROM spectacular gardens and dewy fern gullies to verdant rolling hills and vineyards, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region offers spectacular choice for wedding ceremonies and celebrations. With specialist venues located within an hour or two from Melbourne, the region offers exceptional convenience for local, interstate and international wedding couples and their guests. Hundreds of venues, from wineries and resorts to intimate restaurants and dedicated wedding venues, offer amazing choice for weddings of any size, and to suit a range of budgets.

And, for your guests? Accommodation from rustic cottages and charming B&Bs to luxury, large-scale resorts – many of them also providing a night-to-remember bridal suites. A dedication to providing the most perfect ‘Day of Days’ for each and every couple is driven by a personal and professional pride in being part of a world-standard region that is among Australia’s most sought-after wedding destinations. The four seasons offer opportunities for outdoor ceremonies amid rainforests, glorious gardens and mountain tops ... yes, even a wedding in the snow!


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AMANI HOUSE amanihousehealesville@gmail.com Amani House is truly magnificent, a turn of the century hill station with equal parts opulence, comfort and history. The elegant home accomodates 8 guests in its three double bedrooms plus 2 singles in the games room. Amani (‘peace’ in Swahili) is substantial with dining for 10 either inside or step out the vast French doors onto the generous verandah for alfresco dining for a dozen. There are 3 open fireplaces (wood boxes always full) in the selection of reception rooms, a well equipped

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gourmet kitchen/breakfast room and two and a half bathrooms. Indoor games compliment the tennis court and pool outside, making this property perfect for a break at any time of the year. The 6 acres of gardens ensure you and your guests enjoy total privacy in this hilltop retreat. It is the ideal base for wedding parties, or groups attending any of the many events in the Yarra Valley.

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AURA B&B 1 Railway Parade, Menzies Creek P: 5968 6350 www.aurabnb.com.au popular wedding venues. Enjoy our covered deck with BBQ facilities, sunny lounge/dining area, lovely green surrounds and the gentle burbling of the Mistletoe Creek that runs through our garden. We invite you to relax, and enjoy your stay.

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Anne and Steve welcome you to their home in Menzies Creek, Aura of the Dandenongs Bed and Breakfast. Self contained accommodation for couples or families in the Dandenong Ranges and a perfect base from which to explore all our beautiful region has to offer and close to many

ALLARA HOUSE 13 McGrettons Rd, Healesville, 3777 P: Ph: 0409 018 055 info@allarahouse.com.au | www.allarahouse.com.au Allara House is a boutique 3 bedroom selfcontained home, within walking distance of the quaint township of Healesville. Winner of the “Brides Choice Awards 2016” for Best Wedding Accommodation in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, an award we are extremely proud of. Sleeping 6 guests in 3 queen size beds, it is perfectly suited for wedding and honeymoon accommodation, with luxury bathrooms including private master ensuite with rainfall shower-

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head, beautiful bedding, and a quiet and private outdoor area. Large bridal suite with walk-in robe. Allara House won’t disappoint if you are looking for a light-filled, clean and contemporary home to prepare for your special day or as a base for a relaxing honeymoon in the Yarra Valley. Tariff includes free wifi, all linen & bathroom amenities, full kitchen facilities and secure offstreet parking. Visit www.allarahouse.com.au for more information or phone Jackie 0409 018 055.

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SHEAR OBSESSION 2 York Rd Mount Evelyn E: shearobsessionmtev@gmail.com P: 9736 2526 www.shearobsession.com.au Offering Bridal work and styling at the comfort or your home or on site location. With eleven years experience and many awards, your day will be just perfect, complete with your beautiful hairstyle. It’s your day to look and feel beautiful. Hair & Makeup Packages available YARRA RANGES WEDDING GUIDE

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BLUSHIN BRIDES

RAYVE HAIR, BODY & SOUL

www.blushinbrides.com.au Email: blushinbridesinfo@gmail.com P: 0401 325 250

37 Bell St, Yarra Glen 3775 P: 9730 1660 www.ninegrange.com.au

Blushin Brides is a mobile hair and makeup

Gorgeous make-up looks, must have beauty products, stunning bridal hairstyles & essential bridal packages which include complimentary hair & make up trails & a complimentary lash lift, all for the bride on her special day!

service with 10+ years experience. Offering our clients a fun and relaxed experience, making sure you and your bridal party look and feel fabulous on your special day.

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NINE GRANGE HAIR & BEAUTY Shop 9, 38-40 Bell St, Yarra Glen

Nine Grange Hair & Beauty for all your hair and beauty needs! Specialising in weddings, bridal hair & makeup.

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PRETTY WOMAN BRIDALWEAR 56 Main Street, Croydon, Victoria 3136 P: 9725 9711 www.prettywomanbridalwear.com.au Pretty Woman Bridalwear is Australia’s leading stockist of UK’s leading Bridalwear designers being, Veromia, Crux and Moir. We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking exquisite gowns from American designers “Sophia Tolli” and “David Tutera.” Pretty Woman Bridalwear offers a stunning collection of Wedding Gowns, Debutante Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Evening Wear and Flower Girl Dresses. We also have an extensive range of veils, jewellery, hair combs

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and shoes. All dresses are altered in-house. With over 20 years experience in the Bridalwear industry, Linda and her team at Pretty Woman Bridalwear continue to shrive for excellence in both customer service and professional advise! We offer quality gowns-whatever your budget may be!

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TREVOR DUDLEY’S FORMAL HIRE 168 Main St Lilydale P: 03 9735 1136 E: peterruscitti@bigpond.com.au Follow us on Facebook for more information Whether ballroom setting, beachside or country location, TREVOR DUDLEYS can attire from black tie tuxedo to relaxed linen or cotton menswear. For OVER 50 YEARS in the

YARRA VALLEY the EXPERTISE in outfitting MENSWEAR, whether OFF the RACK, HIRE or CUSTOM MADE, TREVOR DUDLEYS WILL DELIVER..

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Catering CHEFS 2 U P: 0430 631 198 E: catering@chefs2u.com.au

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Chefs2u in a business built on 26 years of cooking and Hospitality experience. Based in the Yarra Valley we use local ingredients to create menu’s to suit any menu style. We specialise in outside catering to produce the highest quality of food, with the service to match.

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celebrations for all occasions. Julie Kowalski, Civil Celebrant. Emerald, Vic “Bluehaze Ceremonies” celebrations for all occasions. Julie Kowalski, Civil Celebrant. Emerald, Vic “Life is a flower of which love is the honey” - Victor Hugo – Registered Civil Marriage Celebrant As a celebrant, I work with couples to create a ceremony that is unique, meaningful and fun; that speaks from the heart and reflects commitments, hopes and dreams. “Such happiness I find in celebration – family and friends together ; love, laughter song and dance; food, wine and more laughter; words shared about the occasion – whatever occasion it may be. Meaningful and heartfelt words and sometimes gestures to express who we are, what we strive for and what we have achieved and most of all the occasion at hand.” - Julie’s words on celebration. Melissa Casey - October 4, 2016 Julia you did such an amazing job of putting together our life long story to present to everyone on our wedding day, your a hard worker and such a beautiful person with a great bubbly personality. Considering the nervous person I am I felt very comfortable you being with me and guiding me through all ceremony. Thanks again I would highly recommend Julia to do your service for your wedding, she puts in 100%.

D’VINE OCCASIONS P: 0418 585 962 www.dvineoccasions.com.au Welcome to D’Vine Occasions, my name is Sue Curnow Civil Marriage Celebrant. No matter what season you choose for your wedding, the Yarra Valley has its own special charm. From the beautiful Autumnal colours of harvest, to the crisp misty Winter afternoons or the soft hues of summer evenings – there is a special magic in the Valley. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to develop a ceremony that truly reflects the uniqueness of your relationship – elaborate or simple as you wish.

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Celebrants CATHLYN WOOLLARD CELEBRANT

ELKIE WHITE CELEBRANT

P: 0408 102 065 E: cathywool@bigpond.com www.yarravalleycelebrants.com.au www.facebook.com/yarravalleycelebrants

The ceremony is an important part of your wedding day and I can help you to create a beautiful ritual that you will cherish forever.

•฀Comprehensive฀interview฀•฀Legal฀Documents •฀Personalised฀Ceremony฀•฀On฀site฀rehearsal •฀P.A.฀system฀including฀microphone฀and฀your ฀฀฀choice฀of฀ceremony฀music •฀Signing฀Table฀and฀chairs •฀Professionally฀conducted฀ceremony •฀Over฀30฀recommendations฀on฀our฀website

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Robyn Rodda Civil Marriage Celebrant P: 0439 886 695

It’s my job to make sure your wedding flows smoothly. It’s your job to enjoy the day!

BRUCE SHAND JP CELEBRANT

KAYE MCGRATH CELEBRANT

P: 9879 6726 E: shand1@bigpond.com.au www.bruceshand.com.au

P: 0407 257 282 www.kayemcgrath.com.au

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I have a charismatic approach to weddings, My easy going approach provides couples with a unique opportunity to experience a memorable wedding. As an experience civil celebrant, I officiate wedding ceremonies all over Melbourne. I will guide you through the legal process, and help you to create your ceremony, vows, readings and music. Whether you are looking for a wedding ceremony that is light hearted and traditional, or a ritual ceremony, I will deliver the style and theme you require. Please give me a call if I can assist you getting married.

For a professionally conducted, relaxed and enjoyable wedding please contact me. I offer a high standard of meaningful wedding ceremonies for you to choose from and can assist you to design your ceremony. I will arrange the documentation and can assist with a ’Letter for a Prospective Spouse Visa’ if required. My fee is reasonable and affordable. I perform wedding ceremonies throughout Melbourne City and Metropolitan Suburbs, Yarra Valley, the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Healesville and Warburton Areas.

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Celebrants ANNE ALDRIDGE CELEBRANT

P: 0402 065 819 www.barbarabeames.com.au

P: 0410 020 610 annealdridge.com.au

A warm, relaxed and bubbly wedding celebrant who will delight in making your wedding perfect – stress free! Barbara is a very passionate, warm friendly person who loves everything about weddings. She will make sure that your wedding is exactly what you are both after, she will give you the best wedding you could only dream of. Together you will plan your wedding service, she will guide you every step of the way. She will make the process of getting married a lot of fun and stress free! I would be thrilled to hear all about your wedding plans and to be a part of your wedding day. Have a look at the lovely reviews on my website and facebook.

Congratulations on your engagement. Now to the exciting and busy time of planning your wedding! I am a Celebrant who gets as excited and passionate as the two of you about your very special wedding day. I will support you, listening to your dreams and your ideas for the ceremony and your future life together. Your ceremony will be happy, meaningful and personal for you both. So - Let’s do it!

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BARBARA BEAMES CELEBRANT

ANNETTE FITZGERALD CELEBRANT

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

I want you both to have the best possible Wedding Day. To remember forever. I work closely with you both to get your ceremony exactly the way you both want.

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ST CUTHBERT’S WEDDING CHAPEL 196 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Menzies Creek P: 5968 6350 www.weddingchapel.com.au St Cuthbert’s Wedding Chapel is the perfect venue for your small, intimate wedding ceremony, St Cuthbert’s will give you the experience of a traditional wedding ceremony with its charming timber interior, stained glass windows and the aisle for the bride to make

her entrance. St Cuthbert’s also gives you the freedom to have your day as formal, informal or relaxed as you choose. Your day - your way! Photo: Magenta Photography

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Wedding Entertainment LAURA TANATA

TASMAN TALENT

P: 0414 421 272 www.facebook.com/vermilionmusic

P: 0414 754 750 www.tasmantalent.com.au Tasman Talent has a large selection of quality wedding entertainment for your special day. Ranging from a Pianist, Acoustic Guitarist or String Quartet for your ceremony through to a Dance Band, Duo, Jazz Combo or DJ for your reception, we will have an act just right for your specific needs.

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Laura Tanata Harpist Harp music for all conceptualised events

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BENNY MARTIN bennymartin.com.au P: 0433 217 666 Benny Martin is Melbourne’s premier award wedding pianist specialising in playing beautiful background music for weddings ceremonies, canapes and receptions. Awarded No 1 Victorian supplier by ABIA for Best Ceremony Music artist (2016)

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VALLEY BLOOMS Ph: Jess 0400 428 822 Valleyblooms@hotmail.com Valley blooms is not just your average florist. We provide high quality flowers at whole sale prices. This allows each and every bride-to-be to be able to get what they want for their special day and so much more. Based in the heart of the Yarra valley we hand pick flowers and foliages straight from our back door. From our very own 20 acre flower farm. With over 10 years experience in the industry we use a creative and highly skilled approach when bringing all of our clients visions to life. We have the ability and willingness to travel to almost any destination. Our work has taken us throughout the Yarra valley and Dandenong regions, Mornington Peninsula, the CBD and rural Victoria. Call or email us for an obligation free quote. Check out our hiring items such as custom built arch ways and more during an instore consultation with Jess and the team.

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Florists WANDIN FLORIST

CLASSIC BOUQUETS

P: 5964 3840 www.wandinflorist.com.au

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Looking for a wedding florist with artistic passion located in the Yarra Valley - Wandin Florist love to create beautiful wedding and event flowers. Wandin Florist has a solid reputation for high quality blooms, interesting foliages, gorgeous design and great service. We have endless creative ideas and look forward to working with you!

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Hire & Rentals

PRETTY DIAMONDS EVENTS P: 0429 008 111 prettydiamondsevents@gmail.com Pretty Diamonds Events create a unique additions to your special day weather that be weddings or birthdays Pretty Diamonds Events has magical styling’s. Love Letters (both in

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lights and flowers) Flower Wall, Ceremony chairs, Furniture Lolly buffet, Initials in flowers, Flower words Styling, Packages, Welcome boards.

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LITTLE WHITE BOX TODAY,TOMORROW, ALWAYS 1702 Burwood Highway, Belgrave P: 9754 8809 SH23, 190 Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill P: 9560 1550 Little White Box Jewellery is a friendly, family business established in 2012. Although we are a new company, we have links to the jewellery business dating back over 30 years. We are a unique jewellery store providing niche

items at great value. They are sourced by our experienced buyers or designed to your requirements. All designs are prepared in-store, made in our workshop and are a great way to remodel that dated piece into a new hierloom.

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NIKZ PHOTOGRAPHY P: Nik 0408 675 764 E: nikzphotographymelbourne@gmail.com www.nikzphotography.com Every wedding is special and unique in its own way. We love to photograph those moments of your very special day that will cherish your new journey for the rest of your life. We also make an extra effort so that details are not missed, which make it such a special day. We are quiet flexible with our work. Our main

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goal is to capture the story behind your special relationship with each other. Our wedding photography packages are fully tailored to match your requirement. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation session, we would be more than happy to address all your questions.

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KMACK PHOTOGRAPHY P: 0400 182 245 E: studio@kmackphotography.com www.kmackphotography.com Kmack is Fun & Fresh , we will capture your Wedding day UNIQUELY you! Capturing those little details as well as the big ones, photo-

journalistic style recording your whole story and Presenting these moments as beautiful timeless artworks.

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MAGENTA PHOTOGRAPHY Meagan Goodes฀•฀P:฀0409 080 741 www.magentaphotography.com.au Australian Bridal Industry Award finalist in 2017 specialising in Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges weddings. Meagan is an award winning and published photographer that captures emotions and connections in love and life, making you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Her high quality, attention to detail and professionalism are what sets her apart in the industry. Liasing with your other wedding professionals to ensure a beautiful day is part of the package. Capturing all the

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little details from a bride’s jewellery to special moments like the single tear that rolls down the groom’s cheek as his bride walks towards him…..and every special moment in between. Capturing permanent memories for the future. Candid…..fun…..relaxed. Capturing life….. Capturing love….. Capturing precious moments…..

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YERING MEADOWS GOLF CLUB 178-180 Victoria Rd, Yering P: 9738 9000 www.yeringmeadows.com.au Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Yering Meadows is the perfect location for that special occasion. With a romantic, intimate setting and spectacular views from any vantage point, and only 45 minutes from Melbourne. With immaculately maintained grounds, an historical homestead, beautiful vistas of the Yarra Ranges and Walnut grove, your photo opportunities are endless. This is your day so flexibility on our part

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enables you to create the wedding of your dreams. You name it, we will endeavour to make it happen. Whether you would like a formal wedding for 140 guests in our spacious function room or an intimate cocktail affair for 50, we have the ideal room to suit your needs. Yering Meadows – the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Please contact our Event Coordinator for a personal tour.

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Reception Venues SALADIN LODGE

Mont De Lancey Wandin North

1188 Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong P: 0429 699 969 saladinlodge.com.au

Suzanna Hibgame Email: homesteadweddings@outlook.com P: 59 619 171 or 0417 141 278 www.facebook.com/ homesteadweddingsmontdelancey

Saladin Lodge is a luxurious and picturesque venue, nestled in idyllic natural surrounds with endless photographic backdrops. Specialising in country elegant weddings, ideal for ceremony, reception, catering and accommodation. We welcome you to experience the magic of Saladin and tailor your wedding day.

THE ORIGINAL ST. MARTINS CHURCH 127 Colby Drive - Belgrave Heights P: 9754 3866

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Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley is this hidden Historical Homestead called Mont De Lancey. Set on 4 acres of established gardens and old rustic buildings. Make this the place for your dreams to come true. Breath in the fresh air and be amazed at the endless beauty this place has to offer. We have many different Ceremony and Reception options to suit all. 71 Wellington Rd Wandin North

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Reach the Heights! The Original St. Martins Church, nestled in the Dandenongs, is perfect for an intimate wedding. This charming 1920s country church comfortably seats 40-plus guests.

love

is not about how much you say I love you but how much you prove it is true...

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RACV HEALESVILLE COUNTRY CLUB 122 Healesville-Kinglake Road Healesville Victoria 3777 Australia P: 5969 9402 racv.com.au/weddings Where your fairy tale begins... Situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley, The RACV Healesville Country Club features stunning landscapes and panoramic views, combining personalised service to ensure your Yarra Valley wedding is truly unforgettable. From small intimate gatherings to romantic ceremonies and spectacular receptions for up to 220 guests, the Country Club provides you

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with a selection of breathtaking choices. RACV Healesville Country Club offers an impressive suite of facilities including the convenience of an on site day spa and accommodation for the bride and groom and their guests in our 80 spacious, well appointed rooms located on site. Our experienced Wedding Coordinator is also there every step of the way to ensure your day is everything you dreamed it would be.

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GLENBURN STATION 270 Break O’Day Road Glenburn Vic 3717 P: 0425 753 300 E: michael.weinmann@glenburnstation.com.au www.glenburnstation.com.au A long elm-lined driveway leads to this stunning garden. On completion in 2003, it was opened to the public and showcased on Burke’s Backyard. Located in Glenburn Victoria, a little over an hour from Melbourne, Glenburn Station is perfect for a unique wedding, offering

packages including: •฀Exclusive฀use฀of฀the฀Glenburn฀Station฀Garden •฀Use฀of฀the฀18m฀x฀9m฀‘Old฀Hayshed’,฀in฀which฀ 150฀ people฀ can฀ be฀ comfortably฀ seated฀ on฀ supplied seats & tables •฀ A฀ Glenburn฀ Station฀ Wedding฀ Planning฀ Partners฀list

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WILD CATTLE CREEK ESTATE 473 Warburton Hwy, Seville VIC P: 5964 4755 www.wildcattlecreek.com.au Offering a purpose built venue lending itself to the ultimate in Weddings within a Vineyard environment. Set amongst landscaped gardens and vineyard, with onsite ceremony options from our custom built gazebo, in the manicured gardens by the Lotus Pond or on The Deck overlooking the vineyard. Having onsite accommodation adds that extra dimension

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making Wild Cattle Creek Estate the perfect venue for your most important occasion. Our menus specialise in Yarra Valley produce and feature the freshest seasonal produce prepared by our Chefs onsite with unique menu options that are guaranteed to give your very special day the “WOW� factor it deserves.

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FERGUSSON WINERY 82 Wills Road Dixons Creek, Vic. 3775 P: 03 5965 2237 E: info@fergussonwinery.com.au www.fergussonwinery.com.au Situated approx 55 kilometres from Melbourne in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Fergusson Winery and Restaurant boasts an award winning, historic vineyard which was originally planted in 1968. To this day the property remains a Fergusson family operation. With executive chef Louise Fergusson consistently delighting guests with her delectable menus. Have your ceremony in our gorgeous storybook

chapel, just one of the many locations on our property. We have three different reception rooms on our property, our rustic restaurant up to 150 guests, our barrel room up to 80 guests and our Lou lous for up to 20 guests. Fergusson Winery and Restaurant, “Real Food, Real People�. Mention this ad when you book your wedding with us and you will receive added benefits.

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THE YORK ON LILYDALE 138 York Rd, Mt Evelyn, Vic P: 9736 4000 www.yorkonlilydale.com.au Set on 11 Acres of natural and landscaped grounds with English courtyard and picturesque lake. With everything in one location, the York on Lilydale resort is a perfect wedding venue. We can cater for small intimate weddings or large grand affairs. Our property is complimented with beautiful gardens for your ceremony that will ensure memorable photos.

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Guests may like to enjoy a drink after the ceremony in our Lodge bar whilst you use the grounds for your photographs. The Bridal lounge and dressing room is exclusively available for the bridal party. We can tailor packages to suit your individual wedding plans. Completing our ‘all-in-one place venue’ We can offer 40 onsite accommodation suites.

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TOKAR ESTATE 6 Maddens Ln, Coldstream P: 5964 9585 tokarestate.com.au Create your dream wedding in a picturesque location. Our idyllic gardens, with views over the vineyards to the mountains, provide a romantic setting for you to pledge your vows. As the sun sets over the valley, guests can be treated to drinks and canapĂŠs on the deck. Then move inside the restaurant, where you

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continue to wine and dine against a backdrop of insurmountable views. The Tokar Estate function coordinators work with you to plan a personalised and unforgettable experience for you and your guests. We offer a variety of ceremony locations, catering options, and additional services.

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AVALON HELICOPTERS P: 0447 500 126 Make a stylish and grand arrival by helicopter creating a unique atmosphere to commence your wedding day. Your wedding is one of the most significant days in your life, a helicopter wedding charter will make it even more glamourous and exciting! The memories from your special day will be ones that you will cherish forever so allow us to create a

tailored wedding package designed to your individual needs. We will coordinate with your wedding venue and photographer to ensure your special day is captured from an unforgettable and unique aerial perspective ….with a variety of helicopters available don’t hesitate to contact us today for personalized options.

FLEETWOOD CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES P: (04) 12 418 133 E: fleetwoodlimos4@gmail.com www.fleetwoodlimos.com.au

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Fleetwood Limousines are based in the beautiful ‘Yarra Valley’ We offer you a unique chauffeured experience which can be tailored to suit your requirements. From winery tours, hens parties, Yarra Valley sightseeing, bucks brewery tours or simply a girls day out to your Wedding or Anniversary celebrations. We can cater for groups up to 14 and we offer a very competitive per person rate for Weddings in the Yarra Valley...

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Videography DANIEL & SHANNAYA FILMS E: shannaya@live.com www.danielandshannayafilms.com

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We are a duo creating beautiful short wedding films. We don’t believe in directing or posing you awkwardly, we simply document your day as it happens. This is how we capture all those magic little in-between moments! Instead of the long, traditional wedding films that get watched once, our signature short films are an exciting overview of your day, that are easy to watch and share with your friends and family.

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Videography

NIKZ VIDEOGRAPHY Melbourne Ph: 0408 675 764 E: nikzphotographymelbourne@gmail.com W: www.nikzphotography.com Wedding Videography for us is not only filming your very special day, but also telling the story behind your chemistry with each other, in a very artistic and cinematic way. It’s also about capturing the way you hold your partner’s hand, the way you look at each other. We try to keep our work as natural and simple. Our wedding

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videography packages are very affordable and fully customizable according to your needs. We provide free consultation for all our customers. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for booking free consultation session.

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THE love of your life is just a breathless moment away ... that’s all you need to focus on on your special day. But before the big day there’s still plenty to be done. Here’s our list of tips for dealing with the stresses. · Everyone is an expert, and they will give lots of well-meaning advice. Accept it with a smile, take what you will, and do your homework. That will ensure the perfect day. · Start at least 18 months ahead of your preferred date and visit three or four wedding expos. With everything from the invitations to honeymoon ideas under one roof, you have the experience and diversity of a wide range of wedding professionals at your fingertips. · Start with a realistic budget and be prepared to compromise rather than stress about future finances. · Don’t rule out a mid-week wedding. Prices from everything from the venue, catering, marquee hire, hair and beauty, wedding cars, flowers and guest accommodation are all at a premium on the weekend, and there can be real savings mid-week (more to spend on a fabulous honeymoon). · With most people owning a digital cameras, not to mention mobile phone cameras, a bride and groom can find themselves feeling like movie stars surrounded by paparazzi, when they really should have eyes only for their photographer. Smile for everyone, but keep your eyes on your main photographer. · Always make time to meet well ahead of the

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day with your photographer for a chat to make sure you are compatible. If you are camera-shy, ask for a pre-wedding shoot, or engagement shoot to put everyone at ease. If your life is already busy, take the stress out of the process by engaging a wedding planner who you can rely on to make it all happen just as you dreamed it would. If a wedding planner is out of your budget, call on a friend, could be one of your bridesmaids, who is well organised, unflappable and reliable, to deal with any of the little, or big, things that can take your focus of having a great day. Have a realistic timeframe for getting your make-up and hair done, getting the dress just right, and having a few pre-ceremony photos done. Time will fly, so keep it real and arrive at the ceremony just late enough to keep up tradition! Pack a pair of flattish shoes for the photos if you’ll be walking on lawn or you have to walk any distance. Get enough sleep the night before, keep it fun with your bridesmaids as you get ready, have a good supply of nibbles and easy finger food and water to keep your energy up – avoid any foods that could stain. Plan to take a weekend or two free of any wedding chores to be the person you were before you started planning. Love being together on the day. Chat together as a couple, and chat with your guests as a couple. And remember, it’s not all about the photos – live the experience.

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Wedding Checklist ■ THE ENGAGEMENT ❏ Tell all your family and close friends first ❏ Announce your engagement to everyone else and, if desired, place announcements in newspaper ❏ Arrange engagement party ■ SOON AFTER ❏ Set the wedding date and time ❏ Establish who is paying for what and set the budget for the wedding ❏ Open a separate bank accound for your wedding ❏ Discuss the style of your wedding and reception (religious, secular or a theme) ❏ Keep a scrap book or diary of ideas and samples ❏ Set a limit on the size of the reception ❏ Appoint officiant and book ❏ Decide on Maid of Honour and bridesmaids ❏ Decide on Best Man and groomsmen ❏ Decide where the wedding ceremony is to be held and book ❏ Write up a guest list and establish numbers ❏ Select where the reception is to be held and book ❏ Book caterers, if required ❏ Make a list of necessary hire equipment ❏ Commence shopping for a gown or dressmaker and accessories ❏ Shop for groom’s suit or tailor and accessories ❏ Look for suits, dresses and accessories for bridal party ❏ Shop for florist and flowers you want and book ❏ Decide on transport (cars, horse and carriage) and book ❏ Search for a photographer/videographer that suits your requirement and book ❏ Plan accommodation for wedding night and book ❏ Set your honeymoon destination (contact travel agents, etc.) ❏ Organise passports, visas and vaccinations ❏ Arrange leave from work ❏ Start to think about ceremonial vows ❏ Consider pre-marital counselling ❏ Consider wedding insurance ❏ Organise travel insurance ■ 6 MONTHS ❏ At the 6-month mark you should have all your major services confirmed, contracts signed, deposits paid and a good idea of what you would like for the rest of your wedding. ■ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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3-6 MONTHS Order wedding stationery Select wedding rings Choose your MC Register with a bridal gift service and select gift choices

❏ Decide on wedding cake and book ❏ Innoculations for overseas travel ❏ Finalise guest list ■ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

2 MONTHS Give Notice of Intention to Marry – Registration Mail wedding invitations and registry lists Confirm menu and drinks with reception venue/ caterers Book accommodation for out of town guests Discuss your photographic requirements with photographer/videographer Confirm honeymoon Select a hairdresser and make-up artist and arrange a trial for 4 weeks from your wedding day Start thinking about wedding vows Start having regular facials Book in for regular hair treatments with your hairdresser

■ 1-2 MONTHS ❏ Finalise Order of Service booklets if you are having them ❏ Finalise wording on your ceremonial vows ❏ Buy a guest book ❏ Start to prepare your bomboniere ❏ Make final decisions on all items that need to be ordered and booked if haven’t done so already ❏ Book your hire equipment ❏ Have fitting for bride, groom and bridal party ❏ Purchase all your wedding accessories (tiara, veil, necklace, lingerie) ❏ Consider taking dance lessons ■ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

4 WEEKS Confirm all booking and arrangements Arrange bucks night Arrange hens night/bridal shower Have wedding rings engraved Have hair and make-up trial Buys gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers Buy gift for finance Plan seating arrangements for the reception

■ 3 WEEKS ❏ Make sure everyone in the wedding party is aware of what is required of them ❏ Select music for the ceremony ❏ Choose the music for the first dance, father and bride dance etc. ❏ Provide a list of music that you would like/not like to have played ❏ Ensure that all honeymoon travel documents are in order ie: passport, visa, insurance, travellers cheques

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Wedding Checklist ❏ Finalise vows ❏ Schedule wedding rehearsal ❏ Wear your wedding shoes in by wearing them around the house ■ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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2 WEEKS Have bucks night Have hens night/bridal shower Wedding rehearsal Final fitting for bride and groom Make sure all wedding attire for bridal party fits properly Check that you have all your accessories in order Confirm that all legal documents are in order ‘marriage licence’ etc. Pack bag/luggage for honeymoon Confirm final numbers with reception venue and caterer Collect wedding rings Confirm MC has his speech finalise Final consultations with officiant, photographer and videographer Enjoy a massage and take some time to relax Write down a schedule for your wedding day, make copies and distribute to bridal party and anyone helping 1 WEEK Pick up or arrange delivery for all wedding attire Ensure that all in the bridal party have what they need Confirm roles and responsibilities for the day Confirm all services are booked and all delivery times are established Have your hair coloured Pack for your honeymoon and include passports, tickets, etc. Finalise seating arrangements at reception Pack an emergency kit for your wedding day bandaids, safety pins, tissues, lippy, needle and thread, headache tablets, extra stockings, eye drops, perfume, etc.

❏ Finalise outstanding payments for wedding services ❏ Have a massage, facial and fake tan ❏ Organise someone to return all the hire items after the wedding ❏ Give the reception venue the running order of the day, expected arrival times, etc. ❏ Ensure reception venue/caterer is awarer of anyone with special dietary requirements ■ 2 DAYS BEFORE ❏ Give the emergency kit that you packed to your Maid of Honour to bring on the day ❏ Touch base with everyone so they are prepared, organised and know the schedule ❏ Confirm when flowers and cake are arriving ❏ Confirm hair and make-up ❏ Clean your engagement ring ■ THE DAY BEFORE ❏ Prepare healthy snacks for your and your bridesmaids ❏ Have a manicure and pedicure (have some touch-up polish on standby) ❏ Manicures and pedicures for bridesmaids ❏ Pack last minute items for your wedding night ❏ Pack last minute items for your honeymoon ❏ Lay out everything you need for your wedding day including your marriage licence ❏ Ensure Best Man has rings ❏ Get a good nights sleep ■ WEDDING DAY ❏ Relax and enjoy your wedding day AFTER THE WEDDING Name change (driver’s license, passport, etc.) Organise legal documents Wills, bank accounts, etc. Send thank you letters for gifts Make an appointment to see the photographer and videographer ❏ Have wedding dress dry cleaned and preserved ❏ Have flowers preserved ■ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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