Welcome to the Buzzing Events Wedding blog!

This page is updated regularly and will feature:

  • Real weddings with plenty of tips from brides of the past for all the brides to be.
  • Our much loved series of "The Thrifty Bride" Styling shoots
  • Interviews with some other amazing, like minded, affordable wedding vendors
So grab a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly and sit back and enjoy! Happy reading everybody! xo

//Wedding Styling Shoot: The Thrifty Bride, "Berry Chic". The Old Dairy, Maleny//

Wedding inspiration you can actually afford!

On a bright sunny September day the Buzzing Events team along with some amazing local wedding vendors made their way to The Old Dairy in Maleny for this epic styling shoot. I had never been to The Old Dairy but after a brief stroll around the property it quickly jumped to the top of my list of favourite hinterland wedding venues. The Old Dairy is unique in that it has an amazing ability to be both stunningly glamorous and charmingly rustic and laid back all at the same time. Many brides struggle when it comes time to decide on their bridal style for their wedding day: Elegant and classic vs chic and carefree. Well we say why not choose both! With a versatile wedding venue like The Old Dairy you can get married in your show stopping formal gown then let your hair down, throw on a flower crown and show off those pins in a little lacey number for your reception! As with all of our styling shoots we also wanted to make sure that this shoot provided realistic, affordable wedding inspiration for couples planning their wedding on a budget. All suppliers were carefully chosen as they offer their products/services at prices that are accessible for every day couples. A massive thank you to all of the amazing the suppliers involved, would recommend you all in a heartbeat! It was such a fun filled day and I wan't to do it all over again. Also a special thank you to our model Nicole, you handled the dress changes, hours of hair and make up and getting around in the thick grass in your heels like a boss and the shoot would never have turned out as amazing without you! xoxo Lisa

Meet the budget friendly team

Styling and Coordination: Buzzing Events. Photography: Dream Bella Photography. Venue: The Old Dairy, Maleny. Florist: i-blossom. Wedding Dress: Lilly Bridal. Robes and Accessories: Little White Couture. Caravan Bar: Wilson, The Vintage Pop-up Bar. Hair Stylist: The Fox and Dandelion. Make-up: Lisa Gilbert make-up artist. Cakes: Wildchild Cakes. Stationary: Bluebird Invitations. Videography: Graeme Passmore Photography. Model: Nicole Alexzandra, Mystique Models.

//Wedding Styling Shoot: The Thrifty Bride and her $10 dress, Montville Country Cabins//

Wedding inspiration you can actually afford!

Buzzing Events have collaborated with some amazing, like-minded, affordable wedding vendors to put together a styling shoot filled with ideas and inspiration for everyday couples getting married on a budget. "We wanted to create a simple but STUNNING styling shoot where everything you see is exactly what you can have and you can have it for a reasonable price. With so many extravagant, unrealistic styling shoots flooding social media it is easy for couples to get swept up in the madness and forget that keeping things simple can be just as beautiful." Oh and see this gorgeous, little lace wedding dress...was a $10 bargain from Valley Girl! What! A thrifty bride knows that looking and feeling drop dead gorgeous on her wedding day has nothing to do with the price tag on her dress. Lisa xo

Meet the budget friendly team

Styling and Coordination: Buzzing Events. Photography: NAK Photography. Venue: Montville Country Cabins. Florist: i-blossom. Wedding Dress: Valley Girl. Robes and Accessories: Little White Couture. Caravan Bar: Lani and Lola. Hair Stylist: Lawdy Miss Claudy. Make-up: Sammy Kurtz Makeup. Cakes: Confetti Whip. Stationary: Bluebird Invitations. Videography: Jo and Co Multimedia

//Real Wedding: Adena and Dean, Mooloolah Valley, 24/09/2016//

A Rustic, Rockabilly, Country style wedding was a perfect fit for this vintage loving couple!

Choosing the picturesque Mooloolah Valley Riding Centre as their wedding venue was an easy choice for Adena & Dean. "We wanted it to be a laid back atmosphere where everyone could relax and really enjoy what the day was about and not let the nerves and pressures of having a wedding get to us". The couple kept their guests thoroughly entertained throughout the day/night with a Rockabilly band, a huge bonfire and polaroid cameras. The talented bride performed a song with the band which she dedicated to her brand new husband ("Bright" by Echosmith) before the couple shared their first dance as Mr & Mrs to Ed Sheerans "Tenerife Sea". Adena's wedding dress was something out of a fairytail but we have to admit we loved her wedding shoes even more! Brand new Red Converse Sneakers allowed this beautiful, bold bride to dance the night away, a night that this adorable couple and their family & friends will never forget!

Now lets hear it from the Bride!

Wedding Budget: $10,000

How did you two meet?: It all started when both Dean and myself were secretly eyeing off each other at a Religious convention. I still remember thinking to myself "Wow, who's that tall, handsome, bearded fella". After meeting we then met up at a car show called "Cooly Rocks On" on the Gold Coast and we spent the entire day together. We both work on vintage cars and bikes as well as dress in that 50's/60's era so it was really cool that our first date was somewhere we both loved. After that we just couldn't get enough of each other, I lived on the Sunshine Coast at the time and Dean lived in Kingaroy. That's about a two hour drive one way to see each other. We saw each other most weekends and our love for each other as well as our friendship grew so fast and so strong. Whether it be going for coffee dates, picnics in fields or night picnics, drives in Dean's vintage cars, dancing in the rain, going to rockabilly concerts to dance the night away together, racing in shopping trolleys or simply strolling along the beach together, it was the best time. That's the thing I remember about our time dating, our adventures and how much fun we had. Neither of us had ever been in love before and to me, that is so special. That I've gotten to marry my first love.

What was the wedding dress search like? How did you know you had found the one?: I think I always knew the dress that I wanted since I was little. Small things changed in my mind of what I wanted but when I saw my dress I knew straight away that was the dress I'd dreamed of. To be honest choosing my dress was probably the least stressful part about planning our wedding, using the Still White website was really helpful and saved us a lot of money!

Any advice for future brides: The smallest things seem like a really big deal at the time but at the end of the day you don't remember them. Don't stress about things not working out exactly the way they're meant to be or if the table runners are not the right shade of pink, because no matter what, when you walk down that aisle you won't be thinking about the seats or the table runners but rather your partner, your best friend, your soul mate. THAT is what the day is about. So basically, be in the moment. Don't let any mishaps take away from your happiness, ruin your mood, or stress you out. I had a little girl at our wedding step on my dress by accident and tear it a little. To be honest I was just too happy to care. Lastly, don't be afraid to speak your mind. You don't have to invite your mother's aunt's father's grandmother and her pet turtle. We invited those that have really been a big part of our life and who we wanted to share in our day.

If you’ve had a particularly great experience with any of your suppliers, please let us know what made them so special: Buzzing Events! Lisa and Ben were such a gigantic help, it was the best thing we invested our money in for our wedding. They took so much stress out of the planning stages and worked with our budget. They are wedding HEROS, wedding SAINTS. I couldn't possibly recommend them enough. Also, Amanda and Mike Chopiany from Dream Bella Photography. We could not recommend these two love birds enough. Whether it be helping you calm your nerves in the morning, or acting out poses together they were superstars on our wedding day. We are in love with our photos and at the end of the day our memories and these photos are what we have to remember the day by. They captured our love for eachother and the fun and happiness of the day so perfectly. They just made it all so fun!

All the pretty details

Styling: Buzzing Events. Photography: Dream Bella Photography. Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mooloolah Valley Riding Centre. Music: Rocking Revolvers. Florist: Ginger Lilly & Rose. Wedding Dress: Still White. Suits: Roger David. Hair & Make-Up: Pura Vida Hair. Cake: Tome.

//Real Wedding: Adrienne and Troy, Noosa, 01/10/2016//

One thing is for certain, Adrienne and Troy sure know how to throw a great party!

The fun-loving couple arranged lawn games, a champagne bar and a sunset cruise to keep guests thoroughly entertained after the ceremony while an incredible first dance, choreographed by the bride herself (to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud”), had all their friends and family up and out of their seats clapping and cheering for their favourite newlyweds! Troy was understandably nervous about the dance and with his new wife being an experienced dance teacher we can’t say we blame him! Thankfully the bride happily reported afterwards that “He nailed it!” All of Adrienne’s dance students attended the wedding ceremony and formed a guard of honour for her walk down the aisle. It was such a unique and special moment and there was not one dry eye in the house.

Now lets hear it from the Bride!

Number of guests: 88.

Wedding Budget: Our budget started at $30,000 but I think it ended up closer to $40,000.

How did you two meet?: Troy and I first met when he was working with my PT but we never really spoke until I drove past him one day and waved and he completely ignored me! The next time I saw him I confronted him about it and we got talking from there and then he took me out for coffee to make up for it. The rest as they say is history.

Favorite part of the day: That's a tough one, I have so many favorite moments, having dad walk me down the asile and seeing Troy standing there with tears in his eyes as well as all of our friends and family there to share the day with us. Our boat ride to the photo location was amazing and we all had a lot of fun getting photos taken. Dancing our first dance was everything I had dreamt it would be and ended with all the guests up on the dance floor having fun and busting a move!

Best money saving tip: Shop around and get lots of quotes. I found smaller businesses (like Buzzing Events) to give much better service at a much better price. Don't let anyone push you into anything, take your time and be sure that you are happy with how much you are paying and what you are getting for your money.

Would you have changed anything: I don't think so. There are a few family/frineds photos I wish we had got but it was very hard (even with a list of people helping).

All the pretty details

Styling: Buzzing Events. Photography: Images by Lou. Celebrant: Jay Flood. Reception Venue: Noosa Waterfront Resturant. Music: Chris Flaskas/Chris Reynolds. Florist: Flax Flowers and Co. Wedding Dress: Maricel by Pronovias. Bridesmaids Dresses: Online from For Her For Him. Suits: Suits Direct, Mooloolaba. Hair & Make-Up: Samantha Kate Hair & Make-up. Cake: Ideas in Icing. Bridal Boat: Noosa Dream Boat.

//Real Wedding: Elly and Paul, Noosa, 27/05/2016//

Describing Elly & Pauls big day in 3 words was easy: Unique, quirky and hilarious!

One of our most memorable weddings of 2016 and judging by the photos I don’t think the smile left Elly’s face all day! The ceremony took place in the amphitheatre at the Noosa Botanical Gardens with the stunning backdrop of Lake Macdonald on a picture perfect, clear, sunny day. Millie, Elly and Paul's adorable daughter stole the show as the cutest little flower girl complete with a crown of daisies to match Elly’s bouquet. The couple kept things simple with just a best man and a maid of honour making their bridal party complete. Posing for wedding photos is not often anyone’s favourite part of their wedding day but judging by the laughter and silliness captured in these wedding photos its safe to say that this bridal party had an absolute blast! When it came to their stand up cocktail reception the bride and groom could not go past their fave local bar and Noosa’s hidden gem, The Village Bicycle. Although the owners had never hosted a wedding before they were all too happy for Elly and Paul’s to be their first. The venues funky graffiti wall, neon signs and mismatched coloured stools created a chilled, casual vibe where guests were free to mingle, chat and dance the night away.

Now lets hear it from the Bride!

Number of guests: 80.

Wedding Budget: $25,000-$30,000

Favorite part of the day: The look on Paul's face when I walked down the Aisle and walking in to the reception and catching up with friends and family that we hadn't seen in a long time

Best money saving tip: We were lucky that we had a few friends who were in the bridal industry, they provided their services for free or at a very discounted rate (they were also guests at our wedding). Also a time saving tip (time = money) we used Buzzing Events to set up and decorate our ceremony and reception. It was a relief to know that both spaces were taken care of (and looked amazing), so we could just focus on what we needed to do on the day.

Would you have changed anything: I wouldn't change a thing, it was such a perfect day.

All the pretty details

Styling: Buzzing Events. Photography: Emma Naylor Photography. Celebrant: Christine Sharp. Caterer: The Village Bicycle, Noosa. Hair: Shannyn Cameron-Smith, Smyths Inc. Makeup: Jess Kelly, Flutter Noosa. Wedding Dress: Sketch Noosa, Dress designed and crafted by Gabrielle Hudson (owner). Suits: Johns Formal Wear. Music: Couple provided their own music. Cake: Kellie McCord (Friend)

//Real Wedding: Hannah and Brett, Noosa, 27/11/2016//

Just 3 words perfectly sum up Hannah and Brett's big day: Relaxed Beach Party!

We were so so happy that Hannah and Brett asked us to to provide a coordination and styling package for their wedding. They are one of the most easy going, laid back couples we have ever worked with and these traits set the theme for their special day. Their shared passion for the beach and surfing was obvious with the yellow surf board that Brett gave to Hannah when he proposed creating the perfect seating chart. The effortlessly gorgeous bride, fresh from an early surf, spent the morning in her towel and bikini right up until it was hair and make up time. The couple choose Noosa's secluded Hidden Grove for their ceremony with lots of shady spots on offer that were just perfect for pre-ceremony drinks and mingling. The reception, set under a beautiful clear marquee on Hannah's grandfathers property, had a chilled, fun vibe with polaroid cameras on every table allowing guests to capture their own special moments for the bride and groom.

Now lets hear it from the Bride!

Number of guests: 104.

Wedding Budget: $26,000

Favorite part of the day: The ceremony!

Best money saving tip: Negotiate with vendors and let them know what you're able/prepared to pay- usually they will be able to accommodate your request if it's reasonable.

Most stressful part of the day: The seating plan and having to re-turf half of the yard due to people installing a solar panel and using a crane which tore up the yard, 2 weeks before the wedding!!

Would you have changed anything: No. It all went really well and it looked amazing. I was lucky that I had my sister (Sam) to do the reception table flowers and some amazing greenery installations for the roof of the marquee.

Honeymoon destination: No immediate honeymoon plans, we really wanted to hang out at home while both our families were around.

All the pretty details

Styling: Buzzing Events. Photography: Candi Photography. Celebrant: Jackie Erickson. Caterer/bar staff: Spoon Feb/Bottle Fed. Bouquets and Boutonniere: Corine Roesner (From The Medows Flowers). Hair: Costal Mobile Hair. Makeup: Sally Townsend. Wedding Dress: Isabella Longginou (a good friend from school). Bridesmaids dresses: JoJo dresses. Suits: Shirts from H&M, pants from Uniqlo. Videographer: Jaden Dickey (Marc Media). Dj: Karlos Dickey. Cake: Sandie Eames, Grooms aunty (Fancy That Cake Design). Marquee: Perry's Hire

//Introducing Ashlea Jensen, the bright and bubbly owner of The Vintage Bondwood Bar//

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Please tell us a little about yourself and your business

Sure thing! My name is Ashlea and I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for pretty much my whole life. I am 28 years old, I am a bird and nature lover and I also have the nickname 'SMILEY'. I love the outdoors and traveling, so having both of my loves come together in my business is actually a dream come true. My business is a vintage caravan bar which you will find travelling the Sunshine Coast and its surrounds. We LOVE to party and service weddings, events, birthdays, gatherings....anything where there is booze involved! We offer a BYO service, so all that needs to be provided to us is the selection of drinks and then we cater the rest.

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How did you get started in this business?

The idea to start a caravan bar based on the Sunshine Coast came about during research for my sister's beautiful wedding. I realised the Sunshine Coast had such a massive industry for a mobile bar and that there were no local bars of this kind on the Coast. Within a week I had purchased our vintage caravan and she was beginning to be transformed into a mobile bar the very next day! There was so much EXCITEMENT watching her become the gorgeous caravan bar that she is, and within only weeks she was ready to hit the event scene!

What is it you think sets you and your business apart from other wedding vendors on the Sunshine Coast?

Probably my smile and my personality. I am a very happy and easy going person and I tend to give off that energy to others.
I also have great attention to detail. I get very excited when it is time to setup my caravan bar and provide our services and I strive to go above and beyond for each and every booking that we are honoured to be a part of.

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What's the best part of your job?

Definitely getting to meet such beautiful people at every wedding and event whilst travelling the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland. We love it when we get to know the guests and their drink of choice. We can usually spot them coming back to greet us for another and we will have their drink in hand ready to go for them. This is the personal service we pride ourselves on.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I absolutely love camping and exploring new areas with my fiancé. We tend to camp ALOT when we have some free time, it's just so relaxing and there is always somewhere new to discover here on the Sunshine Coast. I also like to try my luck at fishing, although I have never quite caught a decent fish to rave on about just yet but I do enjoy being out on the boat and on the water. Then there are my pet birds, a cockatiel and lovebird! When working from home I will always have one of them cuddling up on my shoulder keeping me company.

What is your favourite part of a wedding?

My favourite part of a wedding would be the expression on the Groom's face the moment he lays eyes on his Bride for the first time.
I get tingles and can't help but have the biggest smile on my face...this never ever gets old!

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What tips do you have for couples on their wedding day?

Checklists! I am a massive fan of checklists. They help me feel organised and less like my head is swarming with ideas, deadlines and dates. Hiring a great wedding coordinator makes everything run smoothly, as I feel there are so many little things on the big day that can be overlooked and having the outside perspective of a professional is key to enjoying your day. Knowing you can truly relax because EVERYTHING is being taken care of certainly makes it more spectacular!

To get in touch with Ashlea, please visit her page at www.thevintagebondwoodbar.com.au

//Interview with a Marriage Celebrant: Margarita Priori-Smith of Get Married in QLD//

Please tell us a little about yourself and your business

I am a female Civil Marriage Celebrant and I live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. I love being married, I love sharing my life with my Husband, we have been together more than 25 years, and I love that I found someone with whom I can truly be myself.
I love that we have cried together, overcome difficult times together, shared in our successes, brought life into the world; we share interests, and we also have been able to keep true to ourselves by accepting the others differences as being no more nor less important than our own; and we have laughed together, a LOT. Which is my favourite thing of all, laughing with my loved ones, even if it is at my own expense, which it often is (and I love that too).
I love to travel, I love all the diverse cultures in our world and I embrace positive change. All that said, it felt very natural for me to become a Marriage Celebrant where I get to share in such diversity and I am taken on a different journey with each couple, for every couple has a unique story to tell. Some like to share their story with everyone and others prefer to keep it private, which I totally respect.
My Ceremonies are personal, well as personal as you want them to be. And my Ceremonies are as diverse as the couples I meet; many of whom come from Overseas. I mostly perform Ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterland, however, I have also travelled interstate and Overseas to perform Ceremonies (the OS Ceremonies are not Legal; Marriage Celebrants are only recognised here in Australia. These Ceremonies are more of a symbolic nature).
Apart from the Legal aspects of the Ceremony, which are included in every Marriage Ceremony, the rest of the Ceremony can be however you want it to be, there are no restrictions, it really is your choice as to the type of Ceremony you want; and I am happy to deliver the perfect start to your Special Day.

How did you come to be a marriage celebrant?

I was (am) a Glass Artist for more than 25 years. I would teach and also make commissioned pieces of Glass Art in the form of Stained Glass. I love creating, and given the certain restrictions within the art form, I love the challenge. I became a Marriage Celebrant in 2010, after completing a lengthy Study and Enrolment process as required by the Attorney General.
As Registered Marriage Celebrants, we must adhere to the Laws governing Marriage here in Australia; I love the challenges I am, from time to time, faced with. Indeed I embrace the challenges as a means to broaden my knowledge. I think it helps to make me a better Celebrant. (And really I love creating personal Ceremonies).

What is it you think sets you apart from other marriage celebrants?

Thats a tough question because in my business it can be quite personal. I guess, my diversity. My ability to set your mind at ease; my easygoing nature; my ability to empathise. I'm calm and considerate. And I don't judge. My moto is 'anything different is good' and I truly believe that.

What's the best part of your job?

Thats easy, meeting all the lovely couples I work with, the young and the young at heart. Listening to their journey thus far and sharing this part of the journey with them.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I love spending time with my friends and family. I love to travel. I enjoy going motorcycle riding with my Husband. I enjoy eating out and going to the movies.
I love my pets; we have two dogs Moxy (the Foxy), Izabel (our new puppy, she is a furball); and our two cats, Puss Puss and Sophie (both Tortoiseshell).

What is your favourite part of a wedding?

Another tough question.
I have many favourite parts, or moments, of a Wedding. Sometimes its when Dad hands over his daughter to the groom, for this is not just a 'nice thing' that Dads do, it's so much more than that. Dad has looked after, and cared for his little girl growing up and he wants only the very best for her. And now he must entrust all this to her, soon to be, husband. Thats quite a pivotal moment.
Sometimes its when the Groom sees his gorgeous Bride walking towards him, their favourite song playing in the background, it can be a very emotional moment for them both.
Then there is the exchanging of the vows. To hear the joy and love in the words being spoken by the Bride and Groom to each other, is very moving, sometimes funny, and always heartwarming.
Sometimes it's when I am telling a funny part of their story and everyone laughs; because, you know I love laughter.
Then there is the end of the Ceremony, when the guests are gathering around the couple to congratulate them.
There is so much love on a Wedding Day it's hard to choose just one favourite moment when there are so many to choose from, it's like asking someone 'which one is your favourite child', they are all your favourite, for each has their own sort of specialness.

What tips do you have for couples on their wedding day?

Don't get hung up on the little things that may not go completely to plan, let it go, enjoy each moment, breath deeply, laugh often and get it all on film; whether it be a professional photographer and/or professional Videographer.
We didn't have a professional photographer when we were married, and it is the one regret I had of the day. Therefore, when we renewed our vows in June 2016, in a 'We Still Do' Ceremony, we ensured we had the best professional photographer and Videographer capture our special day.
My favourite part was seeing my sons face as he walked me towards his Dad, like he had when he was 9. Thats something I couldn't possibly have seen for myself any other way. And for that reason it was a favourite moment of mine, when looking at the video, it brings a smile to my face every time.
The Ceremony seems to go so quickly (who was my Celebrant you ask, well it was me, of course; sounds tricky, not at all, but thats a story for another day), it was nice to watch it back on the video and really take in what my husband had said to me on the day, especially as he hadn't written anything down, there was no way I would remember every little thing he said. So for me, a Video was a must.
The other thing of course, is your Celebrant, whether you want all the bells and whistles or just a quick Elopement, just for the two of you. Choose the Celebrant you want to remember on your Special Day, someone who instills confidence and who can deliver the type of Ceremony you want.
Much of my work comes from referrals, and for that, I am truly grateful. For it means I am delivering on my promise, and thats a great compliment to me and instills confidence in the couples who choose me to be their Marriage Celebrant. Thank you.

To get in touch with Margarita, please visit her page at www.getmarriedinqld.com.au