We’ve found a venue!

And so wedding preps have finally begun in earnest – and not quite in the organised fashion we had anticipated.

We had originally planned to have the wedding early next year, but have brought it forward to December 10 so more of our friends here in Melbourne can attend, and because of the venue we will be using.

To be honest, the Stones of the Yarra Valley was the first venue we came across, and we loved it so much, we didn’t really bother looking anywhere else.

This is the sweet little chapel we would love to be wed:

And here’s a sneak peak inside “the barn” where the reception will follow (we’re planning on a luncheon):

As it turns out, settling the venue and paying the deposit was the easy part. But there’s plenty more yet to do as I’ve discovered. I followed Sam’s advice and made us of Martha Stewart’s online planning tools to help me get organised, and it is really good. So ladies, take note.

That’s all from me now, and I promise to post soon about my wedding dress shopping experience and other stressors.



The wedding checklist

I have been looking around for a wedding checklist/planner to get us organised, and came across this one by Bride Online which I’ve found rather helpful. It’s a month-by-month countdown to the day with tick boxes to check off. They assume you are planning about a year in advance, by the way, including the engagement.

There’s a more comprehensive list available in Excel format, but you’ll have to join (free) their “Bride to Be Club” to be able to download that.

Does anyone have a better checklist/timeline that we can use?

Anyhoo, this is the 11 months checklist, and what we have or haven’t done so far.

  • Arrange for both families to meet and celebrate if possible. OMG, this didn’t even cross my mind! We live in Melbourne, and our families are in Malaysia and Singapore, so this will have to wait.
  • Purchase a wedding organiser and some magazines for some inspiration. Check, except the “purchasing” a wedding organiser bit – who needs one when you have awesome girlfriends and a great community you can rely on for help? Also, see Oh-so-cute wedding blogs.
  • Plan the engagement party for no more than 3 months from your announcement. Set a date, choose a location and decide on a guest list. Create invitations and send to guests. Record cards and gifts received and send personalised thank you notes.

Stuff I will have to get going on:

  • Decide on a wedding budget
  • Start guest list
  • Determine time frame for your wedding date. Choose a few dates that don’t conflict with other events taking into consideration that some guests may need to travel long distances.
  • Choose a colour scheme. Collect ideas and create an inspiration board including colours, themes and styles.
  • Shortlist your venues for the ceremony
  • Shortlist your venues for the reception
  • Book ceremony venue and record payment in your budget planner
  • Book venue and record payment in your budget planner