Our top tips for planning a destination wedding

Our top tips for planning a destination wedding

Gabbinbar Homestead helps takes the hassle out of planning a destination wedding

24 January 2018

Some newly engaged couples put planning a destination wedding in the ‘too-hard basket’ usually because they think it’s a logistical nightmare. However, little do they know if you follow these few simple tips, planning a destination wedding will be the best decision you’ve ever made. At Gabbinbar Homestead, we ensure all brides receive ‘The Gabbinbar Experience’ whether they live around the corner, interstate or even overseas.

Choose your location carefully.

It’s important to make the decision about your destination wedding venue with your heart and your head. We know it’s easy to visit a venue and instantly fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line, have you answered these questions, ‘Is there enough accommodation at this destination for all of my guests?’ or ‘Are there suppliers such as florists, stylists and hair and makeup artists to help bring the vision of your wedding day to life?’ If your suppliers or guests have to travel hours from surrounding towns to attend your wedding, this can be a logistical nightmare. At Gabbinbar Homestead, we will help you narrow down the sometimes-overwhelming number of vendors in the wedding industry. We will talk to you about your requirements and put together customised vendor lists for each couple.

Embrace the setting and save big.

It goes without saying, destination wedding venues are no doubt ‘pretty as a picture’. Usually boasting exceptional views and breathtaking scenery, destination wedding venues take the wow factor to the next level. Gabbinbar Homestead is no exception; we are surrounded by 25 acres of lush green gardens which are stunning all-year-round. We have numerous historic buildings across the estate which ooze charm and beauty. Make the most of the beautiful surroundings and save on your styling. You won’t need to go overboard with flowers and styling accessories, let the natural beauty of the venue shine through.

Don’t forget about your guests.

When you visit the destination wedding venue for the first time make sure you have a look around at what accommodation options are available. Take note of a couple of affordable hotels which are ideally within a 10-minute drive from the venue. Booking accommodation in a foreign town may be a little daunting for some of your guests so make it as easy as possible for them and recommend accommodation and transport options. Our team of wedding planners at Gabbinbar Homestead are happy to help recommend accommodation options in Toowoomba which are in line with your budget.

Visit the destination wedding venue a couple of times.

Make sure you plan to visit the venue again 3 to 4 months before your big day to finalise everything. This will give you the opportunity to finalise the smaller details and make the lead up to your wedding less stressful. When it comes to the small details, Gabbinbar Homestead has it covered with our ‘My Gabbinbar’ virtual wedding planning software. ‘My Gabbinbar’ is available to all Gabbinbar Homestead couples and helps you and your fiancé manage your wedding, keep in contact with our Wedding Planning Team and provides immediate access to important information about your wedding. On ‘My Gabbinbar’ there is a special section to keep track of all your key dates when planning your wedding. For example, your planning meeting, your finalisation meeting and your rehearsal etc.

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