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Gabbinbar Homestead offers one wedding package called the ‘Gabbinbar Experience’. Included in this package is:
The Wellcamp Airport is located an easy 25 minute drive from Gabbinbar Homestead and has direct flights from Townsville, Sydney and Melbourne.Gabbinbar Homestead is located at a 90 minute drive from the Brisbane Airport. Regular coach services operate to Toowoomba from Brisbane with an easy air-train link from the Brisbane Airport.
There are taxi and uber providers available in Toowoomba and they all service Gabbinbar Homestead. Most accommodation is available in Toowoomba City, which is close to numerous food and drink outlets.Guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight in our carpark.
If guests have a vehicle, they are welcome to leave it overnight in our onsite car park (we have space for up to 150 cars) for collection the following day.Taxi and uber services are readily available at the end of the reception for guest collection right at the front steps of the Homestead.
A number of our closest neighbours make their homes available on Air BnB for guests attending Gabbinbar Homestead weddings. Alternatively within a 10 minute drive of Gabbinbar Homestead, there are thousands of rooms of accommodation catering to every budget.After confirming your wedding with us, our Wedding Planning Team can provide a curated selection of accommodation.
Once you have booked your wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead we provide you with your personal online login to our bespoke web application, ‘MyGabbinbar’, which allows you to stay connected and have all the information for your wedding at your fingertips.
You can have online discussions with the Wedding Planning Team and our Accounts Manager, upload inspirational photos, update your planning checklist and view information relevant to your wedding day.We also understand that face-to-face and phone conversations are important and therefore once you have booked a wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead we offer unlimited phone support and site visits by appointment.
We believe that every wedding should be unique, however, as a general guide, we suggest that you plan your wedding around the sunset. This is because it is beautiful for guests to experience the gardens in the afternoon and to enter the reception area while it is still light, while allowing the Bridal Party to capture stunning photos outside.We would suggest that the ceremony starts 2.5 - 3 hours prior to sunset, please ask the Wedding Planning Team for exact recommended timing for your wedding day as sunset times change throughout the year.
Rehearsals can be scheduled by appointment prior to your wedding day. These appointments are for one (1) hour and often scheduled around the same time as the ceremony so that you can see the angle of the sun and shading. Sometimes this is not possible due to other appointments previously scheduled. Often it is a challenge to get all the Bridal Party together for the rehearsal, however, the most important thing at a rehearsal is for the Bride and Bridesmaids to practice walking down the aisle with the processional song.It is nice if the Groom and Groomsmen are there but not essential. It may be more suitable to have a quick rehearsal on the morning of the wedding with the Bridesmaids so that the timing of the processional song is fresh in their minds. A Wedding Planning Team member will be available to coordinate the rehearsal.
Your Wedding Planning Team are the hosts of your wedding and will keep a keen eye on every detail. They are highly motivated to deliver on the plan you have decided together prior to the day. You can relax with confidence for the entire day knowing that you have a Wedding Planning Team that are going to give you cues and support for every important moment.Our dedicated Wedding Planning Team members are your personal assistants on the day of your wedding. We set everything up for you, including your decorations (within reason). We even assist with attaching flower pins on the Mother and Father of Bride, etc., and we even have a sewing kit.
Before the ceremony start time, the Wedding Planning Team will assist with moving guests to the ceremony location and let your ceremony officiate know when the processional will commence to start the ceremony.At the time of the all important ceremony processional, the Wedding Planning Team will collect the bride and her maids at the Bride’s Retreat and co-ordinate the processional as practiced at a rehearsal.
Due to food and liquor licensing regulations, no BYO food or alcoholic drinks are allowed on site.We make an exception for your wedding cake, but please note that any other food (including cheese wheels and dessert bars) is not permitted to be brought onto the estate. Remember our chefs love customising your menu if you are seeking options that are not included on our standard menu.
Choose anywhere in our gardens for an outdoor ceremony or inside The Pavilion. In the event of unfortunate weather conditions (e.g. raining or windy) on your wedding day, we will liaise with you on the morning of the wedding to discuss the plan for the ceremony. If the weather looks unpleasant we will setup The Pavilion, however if the weather is inconsistent we will setup both the outdoor and undercover ceremony for your peace of mind. Our team assist with ushering your guests to The Pavilion and then up to the Homestead at the ceremony conclusion.
There are multiple locations on the estate that are suitable for photography if poor weather occurs. Our wait staff will still serve drinks and food to you and your guests wherever you are on the estate.The Homestead offers the large front verandah with the two front sitting rooms and overflow option into the Ballroom for the pre-reception locations when there is unfortunate weather. Additionally, if there is cold weather the fireplaces will be on in the front sitting rooms and heating will be on in the Ballroom.
The Wedding Planning Team will cue all music for your reception, including if you provide playlists to run through our professional sound system.Alternatively, live music can add a great atmosphere to your wedding, whether it is a jazz piano player during dinner or a band playing your favourite songs to dance your night away.
Bands or DJs normally set up in the Ballroom, but subject to your Seating Plan you can also have them perform in the Conservatory. It is the responsibility of the musician/DJ to provide their own sound system, however, we encourage them to plug into our professional sound system in order to distribute the sound more evenly throughout the Conservatory and Ballroom, they will remain in control of volume levels. Gabbinbar Homestead is required to comply with some regulated noise restrictions.The Wedding Planning Team will be in contact with the musicians/DJ in the week of your wedding to arrange the suitable set up time, they are welcome to setup on the day of your wedding.
We welcome outdoor receptions; there are two locations most popular:
If wet weather occurs on your wedding day, a decision at 7am on that day will be made by the Wedding Planning Team if the reception will be set up in the Conservatory instead of the planned outdoor reception area. If you have chosen an outdoor reception location that is not covered, we make the decision to move the reception into the Conservatory at 9pm on the day before if there is any chance of rain predicted. This doesn’t apply to marquee receptions, as it is a suitable wet weather option.
After dark, a band, DJ or other playlists cannot be played in the gardens, except for music softly playing on the Gabbinbar gardens sound system and not loud enough for dancing. The only exception to this is for the first dance if it is held in the gardens, however, still no band or DJ is permitted.
Gabbinbar Homestead was recently awarded best wedding caterer in Queensland.
At Gabbinbar Homestead we understand that the quality and presentation of food at a wedding is a vital part in making your special day exceptional.
We like to offer country hospitality with generous portions to ensure your guests are content after their ‘Gabbinbar Experience’.Where possible our food is sourced locally. We offer menu trials in the lead up to your wedding to give you confidence - and allow you to make any changes you wish.