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.

Wayval View Garden What a spectacular arrival for father and daughter.

A local Garden What a spectacular arrival for father and daughter.

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.

Getting ready at Stockton Rise

Getting ready at Stockton Rise

Local Area venues

Some guests have chosen to marry in one of the local churches, a local 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.

The Mulgowie Hall

The Mulgowie Hall

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 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.

Stockton Rise as a venue

Occasionally we are asked if guests can hold their wedding here at Stockton Rise.

At Stockton Rise Country Retreat

At Stockton Rise Country Retreat

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. Accommodation costs.

Other costs

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:

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

Laidley Cultural Centre

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

University of Qld (Gatton campus) Foundation Building   Phone: 07-54601489 or


Bayside Catering, Hatton Vale

Annie Makim Catering

Dalton Catering

University of Qld (Gatton campus) catering   Phone: 07-54601489 or

Event Planners and hire:

Toowoomba Party Hire

Beautiful Weddings

Lockyer Valley Event Hire   

Chairs with Flair   

Ceremony venues:

Stockton Rise Country Retreat

Local parks and gardens (contact LVRC)

Laidley Uniting Church  Ph. (07) 5465 1411

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)

Local Photographers:

Grace Ploetz Photography

Voice Photography