Earthy Garden Wedding on $10,000 Budget


Your first love may not end up being the man you marry. However, he may be responsible for you meeting the man you marry, as was the case with Tammy and Mark. Who would have known that quiet, well-mannered, mysterious fellow she met 11 years ago would end up being the love of her life?

Tammy says she had a crush on tall, dark and handsome Mark from day one, but it was not until many years later that she found out the feeling was mutual. Their contrasting personalities work splendidly together with Tammy’s bright and bubbly ying complimenting Mark’s more reserved yang. This, coupled with a mutual love for music and sport, is what makes their relationship so successful.

After a year of careful planning, Tammy achieved her dream garden Sunshine Coast wedding with 50 guests within their $10,000 budget by paying off parts of the wedding throughout the year and being very organised in her planning.

Take a look at their beautiful wedding ceremony and reception, both held at Clio’s Palmwoods, which has recently moved and is now Clio’s on Rosemount. These lovely photos are by Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, Tim McIvor Photography.

Tammy and Mark’s Wedding Secrets Revealed

Best money-saver: Using hired artificial flowers instead of fresh flowers from MiDesigns

Biggest splurge: Nothing was a huge splurge, but the biggest cost was the wedding reception food, which Tammy’s mum kindly paid for

Bridal gown: Marc Jacobs, $900 from Forever Bridal & Formal Wear.

Accessories: Necklace and Earrings from Myer, Sunshine Plaza – $150.  Bracelet was by one of Tammy’s bridesmaids.

Shoes: Suna Shoes in Caloundra – $110.

Bridesmaid dresses: Forever Bridal & Formal Wear, $180.

Groom’s suit and shoes: Forever Bridal & Formal Wear, $400 for the suit, shirt, tie and shoes.

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Forever Bridal & Formal Wear, $200 to hire each suit & shoes.

DIY: Tammy’s kind wedding coordinator at Clio’s made her wedding stationery for a very modest price.

Total cost of wedding: Approx $10,000, paid for by Tammy and Mark, and Tammy's Mum.


The Hand-picked Team that Made it All Happen

Photographer: Tim McIvor Photography

Florist: Mi-Designs Artificial Floral Arrangements, Pelican Waters

Caterer: Clio’s Palmwoods (now Clio’s on Rosemount)    

Cake: Kate’s Cakes n' Cookies

Bombonnieres: Heart-shaped cookies in a sweet little bag, Kate’s Cakes n' Cookies

Makeup Artist: Kim Image Specialist

Hair Stylist: Rolling Scissors

Celebrant: Maree Sutton



So tell us below in the comments, what do you think of Tammy's money-saving idea to have artificial flowers instead of fresh ones. Would you consider artificial flowers for your wedding day? Or are you married to the idea (scuse the pun!) of having a fresh bouquet? 

Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.