Tina and Shayne’s Wedding

“A Beach House was our Wedding Venue”

The cost was the absolute best bit, with the whole wedding costing us
less than $5000. That is very good considering that also included our
honeymoon.

Wedding Date: 16 October 2010
Written by: Tina Donnelly, Toowoomba, Queensland

My husband Shayne and I were married on the 16th October, 2010 at Sunshine Beach House, Swan Ave, Noosa. This being our second time around we wanted to keep things very simple and make sure we included our three wonderful children in our day. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend either so we were looking for an affordable option.

We started by emailing about 10 different Beach Houses on the Sunshine Coast, asking if we were able to hold a small wedding for about 30 guests at their locations. We had several turn us down, but the lovely people at Stayz.com put us in touch with the owners of 9 Swan Ave, Sunshine Beach, Noosa. They were happy for us to hold our wedding there, so we booked the place for 7 days.

We arrived on the Friday, married on the Saturday, kicked the guests out on the Sunday after a big BBQ breakfast, and we stayed on for the week for our honeymoon.

The house is 3 stories high, has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen. Downstairs there is a large tiled kitchen/lounge/dining area that opens right up onto the quaint luscious green front yard with a divine inground swimming pool.

We set up the ceremony in the front yard with the pool as the backdrop. I hired tables and chairs from Perry’s Hire Sunshine Coast. We set up for the reception in the downstairs area inside.

Things I have learnt…
I am a perfectionist, I took on a lot of the work myself. Would have been a lot easier and probably just as affordable to have a caterer come in to do the food. I should have allowed more time to set up as I was running around all day. Lucky the ceremony wasn’t until 4pm.

Overall though, the day was perfect. We had just our closest friends and family making it a really intimate setting. Each of our daughters were involved in our ceremony, which I wrote myself. My husbands daughter Kirra-lee, aged 10 years, was a flower girl and sang a Micheal Jackson Song. My eldest daughter Tyhla, aged 13 years, was a bridesmaid and read a beautiful poem, and my youngest daughter Jade, aged 10 years, was also a flower girl and also read a lovely poem.

The cost was the absolute best bit, with the whole wedding costing us less than $5,000. That is very good considering that also included our honeymoon.

Wedding Suppliers and Tips:
Catering – I catered myself, and had some friends put the food out for us when it was time to serve; cold nibbles, platters of cold chicken, ham, prawns, salads, and Wedding Cake for dessert.
CelebrantLinda Scholes (Noosa Celebrant), A truly lovely lady, nothing was too much trouble.
Flowers – Toowoomba local 5 star fruit dept for $55. I arranged them myself.
Hair & Make-upMakeup 4 Brides Sunshine Coast. The ladies were brilliant, airbrushed make-up just looks amazing.
Hire Companies – I hired tables and chairs from Perry’s Hire Sunshine Coast.
Music – Our own selection on a stereo.
Photography – Abducted Light Photography, Brisbane.
Wedding Attire – My Dress – $150 ebay, Bridesmaids – $35 Temt, Flower Girls – $30 Best and Less, Boys Shirts $20 each Rivers (who could tell).

Tina

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