Last updated 6 months ago
When it comes to wedding gifts, many couples are left wondering whether they should go the registry route or just wing it. In this video, expert wedding website The Knot outlines the easy rules of wedding gift-giving.
Register as soon as you’re engaged, ideally seven to nine months before the wedding. This will give your wedding guests plenty of time to check out your registry, and make their purchases.
Create a Large Registry List
The bigger the list of items, the more your guests have to choose from. A good rule of thumb is to have at least twice as many items as guests.
You no longer have to stick with just the one registry. Choosing a couple of registries is ideal. That way you can select an expensive retailer, as well as a more affordable option.
Get the Word Out
Use your wedding invite, announcement cards, or an email to remind your guests about your chosen registries.
What About Cash?
It’s perfectly fine for guests to give cash. Cheques should obviously be made payable to the bride or groom.
Skipping the Registry
For guests, be cautious about purchasing a gift that’s not on a couple’s registry. Usually only family or close friends can get away with this, so for everyone else, stick to the registry to ensure that you end up giving the couple a gift they will love.
You’ve got the registry, now what about the venue? For a spectacular waterside wedding reception, contact The Waterfront Function Centre on (02) 9529 7276.
Last updated 6 months ago
The all-important wedding seating chart can be an overwhelming who-sits-where puzzle. However it doesn’t have to be hard – just follow a few simple etiquette rules for a harmonious seating plan and wedding reception.
Whether you’re having a large or small sit-down reception, a formal seating plan is a necessity. Not only do you get to control the seating mix, you’ll minimise any fuss on the day and waiting staff will appreciate the forethought.
Research your venue’s layout to help you decide on table and seating numbers. You may also want to work in any significant venue views into the layout, such as seating guests to take advantage of water views at a waterfront venue.
The bride and groom should traditionally be visible from all tables, as your guests will want to be able to see you during speeches and toasts. Usually this means placing the bridal table at the front or centre of the venue.
It can be tempting to seat a group of colleagues or family friends on the one table; however, this approach can restrict mingling. Try to balance tables with a mix of new and familiar faces.
The good old kids table is a great way to keep children happy and entertained, as well as minimising any disruption to adult guests.
To avoid confusion on the day, display a formal seating plan at the entrance of the venue so guests can seat themselves. Alternatively, distribute copies to waiting staff and ask that they personally seat guests on arrival.
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Ultimately your seating plan is about creating an ideal setting for your special day. If you’re looking for the perfect waterside setting for your wedding reception, take a look at The Waterfront Function Centre in Sydney or call (02) 9529 7276.
Last updated 7 months ago
Even the most gorgeous wedding venues need a few decorative touches to take a wedding from sweet to spectacular. In this video, event planner Barbara Esses explains the dos and don’ts of choosing your wedding décor.
Choose wedding décor that speaks to you. If you or your husband love a certain colour, work it into the decorations. Or look to your wedding venue for inspiration – perhaps those incredible waterfront views could work with a blue cocktail party. Your options are endless, just make sure your references aren’t too obscure so that everyone ‘gets’ it.
It’s All About the Lighting
Flowers are fabulous, but lighting is crucial. Your room should feel inviting so think white light, amber light, or even fuchsia. Just stay away from unflattering green light.
Tables are a great place for huge arrangements. Tall centrepieces can be very dramatic, but make sure they don’t obstruct people’s sightlines.
Don’t Forget the Candles
Your decorations will soak up about 20 to 30 per cent of your budget, but it’s worth every penny for the mood they create. If you’re looking for costs to cut, flowerless weddings are perfectly fine, but don’t skimp on the candles. Try to work in candle light across all areas of the room; one candle will have more wow than a bunch of flowers with no mood lighting.
Choosing the right wedding venue is at the top of every bride’s to-do list. For detailed wedding advice and priceless waterfront views, visit The Waterfront Function Centre in Sydney or contact them on (02) 9529 7276.
Last updated 6 months ago
It’s the big night out before the wedding, so what are the options for an unforgettable buck’s party that won’t end in debauchery? Here are some ideas for the modern man’s buck’s party:
Get your mates together, pile into the car and hit the road for a classic road trip. The only essentials are good driving tunes and a tank of petrol. You don’t even need to have a destination, just do as Jack Kerouac does and get out on the road.
For something a bit more gentlemanly, tee up for a round of golf. After your eighteen holes are up, spend the afternoon in the clubhouse and toast the buck with whiskeys and cigars. Even better, make it into a long weekend at a golfing retreat and sleep off the hangover.
Leave the land behind and rent a houseboat for the evening. You can get some fishing in before sundown, then when the stars come out it’s time to open some top-notch champagne and party in style.
Go bush with a boys-only camping weekend. Pack in some fishing and surfing, roast up a meat-feast, and then settle in around the campfire – complete with beer keg and guitars.
Vegas might be a flight too far, but bring the betting to you with a Swingers-style poker night. Mix up some classic cocktails, and settle in for a night of laughs.
All it takes to plan a memorable buck’s party is a bit of organisation, a bunch of great friends, and some time to kick back and have some serious fun. If you’re thinking of having a waterfront wedding in Sydney, talk to The Waterfront Function Centre and start planning the ultimate wedding day. Call (02) 9529 7276 for more information.
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Today’s brides may not have to stick with tradition, but with so many wedding styles to choose from, where’s a girl to start? From classic to quirky, here are four wedding styles that will accompany a waterfront wedding venue beautifully:
For the couple who wants a laid back vibe, this is the perfect waterfront wedding theme. Dress code is anything goes, from bare feet to sweet summer dresses. Go for relaxed, nature-themed décor that can swing happily in the sea breeze, and a beach bonfire for post-ceremony drinks and partying.
Why not highlight your wedding date with a seasonal style focus? Spring and summer weddings suit glorious outdoor venues, with décor in sunny colours and seasonal flowers like jonquils, sunflowers and tulips. For autumn and winter weddings, choose cosy, warm colours and a venue with winter comforts like a fireplace, rich rugs and deep armchairs.
A waterfront reception will be the perfect backdrop when teaming country colours and rustic finishes, such as cheery gingham bunting and handfuls of flowers in vintage vases
Maybe you don’t need the sand and seasons and cityscapes. In fact, most of us end up having very classic, traditional weddings, complete with the white dress, the tux and the church. It’s not a default, but a tried and true style choice that guarantees an elegant, formal wedding.
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If you’re still thinking about a style that suits you and your partner, start your search with a special wedding venue like The Waterfront Function Centre. Call (02) 8999 8502 to begin planning today.