A Country Wedding
Your wedding is a special event to be remembered forever for all the right reasons. It can be a stressful and expensive time but here I share some ideas on how to make sure your wedding or event does not cost you the earth.
Here in the Lockyer Valley, the owners of a local garden allow weddings to be held on site. It is a special place where beautiful memories and photos can remind you of your special day forever.
Cost for the garden – minimal day use/garden hire fee.
Since opening here at Stockton Rise Country Retreat, we have been host to wedding parties who have chosen to stay here to prepare and get ready for their special occasion. They plan memorable events and these weddings have all the special things that they are wanting in their day. Some guests choose to have the bridal party get ready at Stockton Rise while the groom and his men have used Glencoe Cottage to prepare. Hairdressers can come to the house while the photographer/s can capture the preparations. Some beautiful photos have been captured in these surrounds.
Cost – normal accommodation fees for number of guests staying.
Some guests have chosen to marry in one of the local churches, the aforementioned garden or even here at Stockton Rise in the grounds. Our area is filled with some beautiful historic church buildings and many of these are available on contacting the minister or church office. There are many other special vistas around the local area that could be that special place to hold your wedding ceremony. Many people are now having their wedding in their back yard or a friend’s farm.
Cost – minimal church fee, minimal cost for backyard or friend’s venues.
Occasionally we are asked if guests can hold their wedding here at Stockton Rise.
Whilst we do not pretend to be a wedding venue, for the occasion that the couple prefer, this small setting may suit. We enjoy the opportunity to help couples decide on where they can hold their ceremony and reception if deciding to choose Stockton as their venue. Couples love the rustic nature that surrounds Stockton. We have also collected some lovely rustic memorabilia that can be hired to make your day look unique. We have a couple of flat areas where a marquee or tepee can be set up.
Cost – A day use fee for extra visitors + refundable bond, as well as needing to hire a portaloo and lighting.
Some of our bridal guests have had their ceremony at the Wayval View Garden I mentioned earlier. The receptions were then held in local community halls.
The Mulgowie Hall is a beautiful setting for an event with a beautiful camphor-laurel tree and a backdrop of the Great Dividing Range with the cricket ground in the foreground. Another perfect local location for a country wedding is the Blenheim Hall (just down the road from this garden) as well as the Forest Hill Hall – all idyllic country locations. These venues allow for caterers to come in and use the facilities. Tables and chairs can be provided by the venue or if you prefer, you can use it as a blank slate and hire your own or use an event hire organisation to help.
Cost – minimal charge of the venue.
Of course, with any wedding there are the hidden costs of photographers, caterers, event planners, wedding dress and bridal party outfits, cars, drinks, decorations, flowers, hair dresser etc. The venue you choose to use need not be another of these large expenses. With the options outlined above, I’m sure your wedding can be brought in keeping with your budget without being a budget wedding. (These particular venues and facilities do not have a ‘wedding’ charge put on top of their normal fees.)
You can use your extra savings for the next stage of your life’s journey with your special person.
Local venues close by to Stockton Rise Country Retreat for a wedding reception:
Mulgowie Hall (Phone Mulgowie Hotel 5465 9127)
Forest Hill School of Arts
Blenheim Hall (Phone 5466 4224 or 5466 4313)
Glenore Grove Hall
University of Qld (Gatton campus) Dining Hall Phone: 07-54601489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Qld (Gatton campus) Foundation Building Phone: 07-54601489 or email@example.com
University of Qld (Gatton campus) catering Phone: 07-54601489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Planners and hire:
Wayval View Garden Ph. (07) 5466 4222
Stockton Rise Country Retreat
Local parks and gardens (contact LVRC)
Laidley Uniting Church Ph. (07) 5465 1162
Laidley Anglican Church Ph. (07) 5465 1453
Laidley Catholic Church Ph. (07) 5465 3131
Local Hair Dressers:
MCM Hair Studio (Laidley) 5465 1434
Fusion (Gatton) 5462 2286
Hair With Soul (Gatton) 5462 3065
Fusion Hair and Beauty, Gatton 0422 190 185 (Mobile hairdresser)