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We asked our Wedding Venues for their Number One Tip

If you’re currently engaged and beginning to plan your wedding celebrations, you already know how overwhelming it can all feel! The styling, the catering, the flowers, the guest list… with so much to think about, it can be easy to get caught up in your to-do list without thinking about the bigger picture.


When it comes to organising a wedding, there’s always plenty of well-intended advice floating around – from great aunts to neighbours and everyone in between. But when you’re after some genuinely helpful wedding planning tips for your own big day, it’s best to talk to those in the know.


With so many incredible local venues on our Tweed Coast Weddings directory, we thought – who better to ask for insightful wedding tips than the professionals themselves? After all, it’s the behind-the-scenes team at the venue that usually have the most colourful stories and the most valuable advice to share, as a result of so many years spent living and breathing weddings.


These are the industry professionals who have well and truly seen it all, with hundreds of weddings under their belt, each one completely unique. So we reached out to ask our 10 Tweed Coast venues, based on their experiences:


What would be their number one, can’t-live-without, wedding tip or trick?


From practical planning advice to styling tips and your mindset on the day, here’s what our venues had to share!


Ancora, Tweed Heads

“Delegate, delegate, delegate! Taking lead on the planning side of things is all good and well, but delegating jobs to reliable family and friends on the wedding day will free up your time so you can sit back and actually enjoy the day. Also helps the people left out of the bridal party to feel included.”

View more from Ancora on our venue directory here.


Babalou, Kingscliff

“Your wedding day is going to be one of the best and most memorable days of your life. Don’t forget this. It’s easy to get caught up in silly things, and there’s sure to be stressful parts along the way, but it’s really important to make sure you enjoy and savour every second of every moment in the planning and lead up to the actual day itself and just have fun!”

View more from Babalou on our venue directory here.


Osteria, Casuarina

“Ask your venue for their genuine recommendations on local suppliers that are familiar with the space. Working with suppliers that have previous experience at your chosen venue is such a huge help both before and during the day – they’ll know the ins and outs of the space and will be able to make recommendations based on this knowledge!”

View more from Osteria on our venue directory here.


Fins at Plantation House, Duranbah

‘Rain, hail or shine, your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life. Make sure you take time together throughout the day and evening to sit back and look at what you’ve created and everyone enjoying themselves because they are all there to celebrate the love of you both.’

View more from Fins on our venue directory here.


Taverna, Kingscliff

“Trust your suppliers! From your florist to your planner and celebrant, these wedding suppliers are true professionals and are 100% dedicated to making your day as special as you had envisaged. So don’t be afraid to hand over the reins to your suppliers, trust in their abilities, and spend those final weeks relaxing and preparing for your wedding!”

View more from Taverna on our venue directory here.


Summergrove Estate, Carool

“Embrace it and enjoy every single moment, the day will fly by!”

View more from Summergrove Estate on our venue directory here.


Ardeena, Carool

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, what will be will be. At the end of the day, it all becomes part of one of the best memories of your life!”

View more from Ardeena on our venue directory here.


Santai, Casuarina

“My main suggestion for the bride and groom-to-be is to define a theme for their wedding. I usually suggest to do some research and collect inspiration to help them think about the overall decoration of their big event. What are their favourite colours? Is the wedding being inspired to happen in an open or closed place? Will it be during the day or night? Is it a more modern or rustic tone?

Another tip is to buy a planner or notebook and fill it with pictures that inspire the bride and groom. Selecting inspiration and thinking early on about how you want the wedding to look will make the process easier. And above all, enjoy! Many brides and grooms associate the process of planning a wedding as something extremely stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Do everything within your limits and enjoy every detail from the organisation to the big day!”

View more from Santai on our venue directory here.


Salt, Kingscliff

“The wonderful thing about wedding’s today is that anything goes. Allow yourselves the freedom in all your selections to reflect the beauty and uniqueness of who you are as a couple. Trust your suppliers as they are true professionals who are committed to bringing your desires to fruition and at the end of the day…. Just let go and be present in the moment, enjoying each other and your guests on the day.”

View more from Salt on our venue directory here.


We couldn’t agree more with the words of wisdom shared by our ten venues above, with a resounding theme being to just embrace the journey.  And it’s so true – your wedding day should be an opportunity to celebrate your love with family and friends and enjoy every single moment! So if you’re currently planning your own big day, simply keep these “can’t-live-without” tips in mind and you’ll be sure to have nothing but beautiful memories to look back on.


A huge thank you to our incredible venues for their insight and expertise. With so much passion for what they do and helpful advice to share, it’s easy to see why these are ten of the leading venues on the Tweed Coast. You can check out more from our venues and get in touch with them directly through our Casuarina Weddings directory here.

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