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Questions for your wedding photographer

Your wedding day comes and goes so quickly, and looking back on cherished photos will become something that you and your partner continue to do for many years to come.

It's really important that you communicate with your photographer to ensure that you get all of the wedding photos that you have dreamt of on your big day.

Here's a great checklist to help you get started.


Styling hints and how to

Styling tip from the team at Pretty Little Lane

'Our number one tip for styling a wedding is to pick a style that reflects who you are so your personalities shine through on the day. Take the time to get to know your decorator and have plenty of communication with them so they can portray exactly what you envision. Or if it’s a DIY wedding keep it simple yet effective to minimize stress on yourself. It's your day so make sure you shine!'

How to plan a beach wedding ceremony…




How to plan an amazing Beach Wedding Ceremony


Beach weddings are still the most popular option for the Sunshine Coast area.  Whether you are on the beach itself or on a spectacular lookout overlooking the amazing coast line there are some details that must be considered when planning your beach wedding.



Eight simple steps to planning the perfect beach ceremony



Choose your location wisely. Beaches are usually breezy. Try to pick a cove or area protected from direct winds for your ceremony. If you are on the beach itself….check the tide times.  Check out your ceremony location a couple of days prior to your big day to make sure that nothing has changed too much. 



Image by Images by Lou O'Brien

Decide how many guests will be attending. All Sunshine Coast Beaches require a permit. Check with local council for details and booking forms.  Make sure that the area that you select can fit the number of guests and also that there is plenty of parking near by for  your guests.

Find a local wedding celebrant to perform your wedding ceremony. By selecting a local celebrant they will know the area and can advise you on the best options available.  


Image by Velocity Images


Remember your guest's comfort and safety. Provide seating for the elderly and remember if anyone has issues with getting around.


  • If some of your guests have mobility impairments, recognize that it's nearly impossible to push a wheelchair in the sand, and it's very hard for people who have difficulty walking to negotiate sand  or rocky stairways as well. Many beaches have walkways or platforms. 


Image by Adore Photography


When it’s hot it’s hot!  When selecting your beach wedding remember that there generally is not a lot of shade, so if your wedding is in the hotter months please arrange some large market umbrellas or a cute bucket of parasols for your guests to shade themselves.




Picture perfect…  When selecting the decorations for your beach wedding keep in mind if you are going to be getting friends and family to set up or if you are hiring a wedding stylist / decorator.  It can be cheaper to hire the items and set up yourself but with beach weddings they are generally a long way from carparks and once your wedding guests are all dressed for the wedding – I am sure the last thing you would want them doing is lumping all those decorations back up the beach in all the heat.  Sometimes it is just better to pay the professionals.




Let the celebrations begin…Remember that public beaches do not allow alcohol to be served and rangers or police may become unwanted guests.  It is a good idea to have a drinks station for your guests, fill eskies with mini bottles of water or even have a sparkling fruit punch to quench guests thirsts.


“Plan B” – wet weather planning… We all went the best weather for our wedding days but sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  Have a wet weather option so that on your wedding day the stress of the rain doesn’t consume your entire day…




Image by Andrea Sproxton



Just keep in mind no matter what happens on the day of your beach wedding ceremony… by the end of it you will be the new Mr & Mrs!


Planning & Packing for your Sunshine Coast Destination Wedding

Are you planning a Sunshine Coast destination wedding? Congratulations! Before you head off to your dream wedding, don't forget the packing for the wedding itself. Often you will buy things leading up to the wedding and in the days leading up to coming away you forget to put them into your luggage.  Plan ahead put a plastic storage box by the front door and each time you purchase something put it straight into the box.  When it comes time to pack everything is in one place. 

If you're getting married in a formal wedding dress, be sure to carry it with you – don't trust your dress to checked luggage. Most airplanes have coat closets and will allow passengers to hang garment bags. Check with your airline to be sure there is no additional charges.

Grooms should also carry the clothing needed for the ceremony. If you're hiring a suit on the Sunshine Coast – book your appointment for your final fitting as soon as you arrive this way if anything needs to change you have time.

Also, carry all original documents–including birth certificates and divorce papers, if applicable–in your hand luggage. Don't pack these in checked luggage!

We have some of the best hair & make up companies right here on the Sunshine Coast to make sure you look picture perfect on your wedding day.  You may have a number of events around the wedding day and you will be looking after hair & make up yourself – depending on where you are coming from, be sure to check first on the electrical current and plugs at your destination. You may need to bring converters for hot rollers and other appliances.) Many resorts also have on-site spas which can pamper the two of you with a massage to work out the kinks from your flight.

For the wedding, you'll want to pack some of these items, depending on your plans:

  • wedding dress
  • special hosiery or undergarments
  • shoes (if you're planning a beach wedding, remember that high temperatures and humidity, coupled with a long flight, can make feet puffy)
  • guest book
  • wedding rings
  • groom's tux or suit
  • groom's shoes
  • address book
  • thank you cards if you'd like to write them on the way home
  • special decorations, wedding music

You may have a few other things on your list…so write it down now!  Create your own check list and it will make it one less thing to keep in your head.