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Welcome to The Bride's Tree, the ultimate guide to planning your Sunshine Coast Wedding. Whether you are planning your wedding in Noosa, Maleny, Coolum, Caloundra or anywhere in between, The Bride's Tree is full of ideas and inspiration.

Weekly Round Up

March 28, 2015 | Filed in

Just in case you missed it... 

Our review of a definite must-see lakeside Sunshine Coast wedding venue

A hinterland wedding with next-level dreaminess... 

Our galleries of coastal outdoor wedding ceremony locations on the Sunshine Coast

Engagement rings celebrity-style

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Engagement Rings, Celebrity-style

March 26, 2015 | Filed in

Come brides, let us indulge in a little oggling at the mass amounts of money some people in the world - namely celebrities - spend on engagement rings! Woohoo! 

Now my lovely little Sunshine Coast brides, I'm sure you'll agree, it's certainly not expected that your man go into debilitating debt to get you the biggest rock in the shop. Just so you know, traditionally the man would save up and spend the equivalent of one month's salary on your engagement ring. His salary - not Jay Z's.

The average amount spent on an engagement ring is $5,200 for us mere mortals. The average spent on a celebrity diamond ring? Significantly more... 

This little bit of fun was brought to us by Simply Bridal, and the pretty thumbnail image is by amazing Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, Chesterton Smith Photography. Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend! 

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19 Sunshine Coast Wedding Ceremony Spots

Have you seen our pin board galleries dedicated to hot spots for Sunshine Coast wedding ceremonies

There are 19 different locations for you to admire and consider, and let me tell you brides, this is only a drop in the ocean. There are an outstanding number of beautiful ceremony spots here on the Sunshine Coast.

Most of these are beach locations, but let us know if you find these galleries useful and we will work towards creating more! Comment below or connect on our Facebook page

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Real Wedding: Michaela + Daniel in Maleny

March 24, 2015 | Filed in

A destination wedding was the destiny for this lovely couple from Mount Isa. Bride, Michaela, took her time finding their perfect wedding venue. It's not at all a surprise she landed on Maleny Manor, which has consistently been named Australia's most popular wedding venue in the ABIA Awards. 

Once that very important detail was in place, the rest of the wedding planning was put in the very capable hands of the team from Rustique Wedding Designs  to actualize Michaela and Daniel's dream garden wedding. 

Enjoy a little oggle at these images by the always inspiring White Images

"Daniel understands my love of shopping and I understand his love for his car and making it faster. It doesn’t mean we necessarily like that part about the other but it means we accept it and love each other no matter what."

"It took me seven months to decide on a venue and once I did, it was full steam ahead. I didn’t have a specific theme, I just wanted our wedding to have a elegant country garden feel to it."

"Our main concern was that all of our guests enjoyed the experience and had fun so music was a big part of that. We worked closely with our DJ to tailor a playlist that would make sure every guest, of every age was dancing. I wanted everyone to at some point in the night hear their favourite song so we asked every guest to write down their favourite song on the back of the RSVP card – such an amazing idea! A DJ was the way to go; he was AMAZING! Everyone was on the dance floor ."

"We chose a celebrant who was really fun and involved the guests in the ceremony. She would get them to cheer and whistle, while never taking away from the sweet moments that were just for Daniel and I. We wanted our gusts to feel they were just as much a part of it as we were."

"We chose a celebrant who was really fun and involved the guests in the ceremony. She would get them to cheer and whistle, while never taking away from the sweet moments that were just for Daniel and I. We wanted our gusts to feel they were just as much a part of it as we were.

"During our vows Daniel surprised me with adding in the Celtic Tie The Knot. I had no idea. But the most special part was that he used one of my late nannas winning ribbons from when she used to compete on her horse in gymkhanas. He used the ribbon to tie us together and to include my nanna, which absolutely meant the world and still brings a tear to my eye."

"Maleny Manor had an amazing selection of food and it didn’t stop coming. We had canapés and cocktails constantly flowing out to our guests during cocktail hour, canapés on our tables throughout the night, an alternate drop for the entre and main, cheese boards for each table, a candy bar, cup cakes with our initials on them and then our cake."

"The weather was perfect! Blue skies all day. Im not a superstitious person but I kept thinking all day about the saying that if it rains on your wedding day it means you will live a long and happy life together and well, the moment we were all walking out the doors to head home, it poured down. I breathed a little sigh of relief."

Wedding Secrets 

Biggest splurge: Probably our rings. After all, they are what you will have for the rest of your lives.

Best bargain: Definitely the bridesmaid dresses. I wanted the Twobird bridesmaids dress but they retailed for about $400. One of my bridesmaids found the exact dress on Light In The Box for about $160 and they were on sale - bargain! Also, the flowers. I was really lucky that the venue included the flowers in their package so that was one less thing I had to worry about. 

Bridal gown: Veronica Al Khoury Couture, $4000 including the veil

Accessories: Samantha Wills teardrop shaped stud earrings and headpiece by Bo & Luca

Bridesmaid dresses: Light in the Box version of the Twobird bridesmaids dress. $160

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Samantha Wills ring and customised charmed necklace and matching earrings from Etsy 

Groom & Groomsman’s suit: Suits Direct in Mooloolaba 

DIY: Strawberry jam in little jars for the wedding favours.

Honeymoon: Thailand

Number of guests: 80

Wedding budget: Approx $50,000

A-list Vendors 

Photographer: White Images 

Wedding Planner: Rustique Wedding Designs 

Florist: Mondo Floral Design

Makeup & Hair: The Beauty Case

Decorators: Rustique Wedding Designs 

Entertainment: Cut a Rug DJ

Celebrant/Other Officiary: Lynette Maguire 

Caterer: Maleny Manor / Cake: Sunny Girl Cakes / Transport: Mystic Mountain Tours

View Michaela + Daniel's full wedding album

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Venue Review: The Lakehouse

March 23, 2015 | Filed in

The Sunshine Coast’s newest absolute waterfront purpose-built wedding venue is centrally located at Brightwater, overlooking the lake. Inside, the décor promotes warmth and stylish nautical opulence.

Inside The Lakehouse you will find beautiful interior styling, which has two key elements – stag heads and antlers, and a hint of the nautical. The little touches, like oars and a cow hide rug beside the fireplace in the welcome area give you an instant feeling of warmth. 

There are two gorgeous ceremony locations on site, making this venue perfect for those couples wanting a carefree wedding day, where everyone can relax from start to finish with no travelling. And thanks to the function coordinators, no fuss. However, even if it's your dream to be married on a beach or in a pretty chapel, there are both options but  a 10 minute drive away. 

Turning towards the majestic lake, the weatherproof deck offers sweeping views of the surrounding estate and is the ideal location for your guests to enjoy pre-reception canapes. 

The main function space is a mix of plush deep carpet, luscious wallpapers, antler chandeliers and an eclectic mix of classic and country furniture with a slightly distressed finish. With tones in grey, charcoal, slate, black, white, ivory and pewter, this beautiful room provides the perfect backdrop for your own décor and style and will fit with any colour scheme.

The Low Down

Minimum number of guests: 60 on a Friday and Sunday and 80 on Saturdays.  Other days by agreement.

Maximum number of guests: 160 seated, 300 standing

Operating as a wedding venue: Brand new purpose-built wedding venue,  opened in November 2013.

Wedding days available: 7 days per week, every day of the year!

How many weddings in a day: One

Air conditioning: Fully ducted air conditioning and heating

Adequate parking: Underground parking for 120 vehicles plus street parking and bus area

Wheelchair accessible: Yes, and a disabled bathroom.  The venue is all on one level.

Operating hours: 9am – 12 midnight, 7 days

Ceremony locations: The Pavilion, a central waterfront courtyard or The Pontoon, a timber and steel structure next to The Lakehouse which is suspended over Brightwater Lake.

Reception locations: The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast.  Also for smaller weddings we can offer “Pontoon”, our function room at Brightwater Hotel.

Music: Full AV installed in the venue.  Musicians can simply plug in, and play.

Bring own cake: Yes, we serve the couples cake with fresh raspberry coulis and vanilla cream.

Fully staffed bar onsite: Yes

BYO: No, we are fully licensed.

Dance floor: Yes, large dancefloor.

Room for a band: Yes, with prior agreement.

Audio equipment with speakers and a microphone: Yes

Wet weather ceremony back up plan: Yes

Acccess to rest of venue: When booked, couples and their family and friends have exclusive access to the venue.

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Weekly Round Up

March 21, 2015 | Filed in

Just in case you missed it... 

A great guide to formality barometer of groom fashion

A wedding film with the funkiest fashion

Gorgeous warm engagement shoot in Bli Bli

One more for the grooms! This time it's Secret Men's Business (and maybe there's some eye candy for the ladies, too... Maybe.) 

Do you think we should do another One Dress Three Ways on The Bride's Tree? 

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