Advice and Inspiration
- Nat and Arash
- 4 July 2015
- Brisbane, QLD
- Medium wedding (50-100 people)
- 6 – 9 months spent planning
Wedding Planning Experience
What was the most enjoyable aspect in planning your wedding?
Everything was amazing. For both of us, it was a second wedding so we did absolutely everything that we wanted to do.
I wore a black dress and hand-painted Disney shoes, and walked down the aisle to Chiptunes from the ‘Wreck It Ralph’ soundtrack. The aisle was lined with Minecraft blocks as we are both gamers and animators.
We wrote our own vows, our celebrant did the Princess Bride introduction and we had readings from Disney. At the reception, we had LEGO mini-fig favours, a lolly buffet with all our favourites and each table was decorated lanterns featuring games and films we love.
It was a great day.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your wedding?
We had our photographer pull out at the last minute. Thankfully, we were able to get a booking with Lionheart Photography and they were fantastic.
First 3 vendors booked...
- Food and beverage
Top priority when choosing vendors...
- Aesthetic/ appeal
How did you keep costs down?
- My husband is quite arty and I like to do arts and crafts so we did a lot of the stuff ourselves.
- Anything that we couldn’t get from a local business we sourced online via sites like Etsy or Ebay.
- Spend money on the stuff that really matters to you as a couple. We didn’t want a band so we loaded up our own device and rocked the night away to all our favourite songs. We didn’t want lots of staged formal photos so we had natural photos and then for the reception we had an open photo booth that was a lot of fun.
Wedding planning advice, from one bride to another...
Nat says, “Go with word-of-mouth and recommendations, support local businesses, don’t be afraid to ask every single question you can think of and always secure a booking with a deposit.”
Wedding Day Details
On the morning of my wedding, I...
- Ate a good breakfast
- Got my hair and makeup done
- Was with my bridal party and family
Nat's top tip for the day is...
“Once the day starts, don’t stress, just let it roll out. Whatever happens, happens, and it will still be an amazing day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure you have some personal time with those closest to you and, of course, your Mr or Mrs.”
Honeymoon & Post-Wedding
We went for a week and stayed in a five star hotel. We love the cold and we love Melbourne for all it’s culture, shopping and food so it was perfect for us.
Factors that affected our honeymoon decisions...
- Room features/ amenities
- Location – beautiful surrounds
What advice do you have for couples when it comes to choosing and booking their honeymoon?
Nat says, “It’s your honeymoon, so do it your way. Don’t lay on a beach if you’re not a beach person. Choose what you like to do as a couple and avoid putting stress on yourself. The honeymoon is time to take stock, enjoy being a married couple and relax after the hectic build-up of the wedding.”
What we did post-wedding was...
- Opened gifts and cards
- Sent thank you notes
- Ordered a wedding album from our photographer
- Posted photos to social media
A special shout-out goes to...
Nat says, “Lionheart Photography were brilliant.”
Final words from Nat...
- Take advice from family and friends, but at the end of the day it’s up to you and your partner as to what you do or don’t do on the day.
- Set up a shared Pinterest board with your partner. It’s interesting to see what you both put on, given that it is essentially a digital vision board. The look and feel of your day will emerge from there.
Nat and Arash’s individuality and joyfulness really shines through in the photos and in Nat’s responses to our interview questions. Such an important message was an undercurrent throughout – just do you!
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