Monday, April 30, 2012

Illawarra Wedding Cars

Bliss Wedding Cars
1/150 Industrial Road, Oak Flats NSW 2529
Phone 02 4257 7553

Instyle Wedding Cars
Phone 9728 9794 or 0404 046 046

Clipper Limousines
4233 1456 or 0422 254 773

Blue Mountains Classic Autos 
Phone 0433 226 349 or 02 4757 3002

Limousines Instyle
9728 9794 or 0404 046 046

Australia's Own Bridal Car Co.
Phone 0402 207 825

Unique Wedding Car Hire
Phone 02 4296 2488 or 0416 175 873

Wedding Bikes

Prestige on Two Wheels
02 4647 9718

Celebrants in the Illawarra

Celebrations by Cari
Phone 02 4233 2443


Suzanne Clift Celebrant
By Appointment Only
Phone 02 4234 0799

Margaret de Vere Celebrant
Address 10/42 Cliff Rd, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone 02 4228 5946

Jamie Borg Civil Celebrant
Address 40 Denise St, Lake Heights NSW 2502
Phone 02 8212 9520

Carolyn Vaughan
Servicing the Illawarra region
Phone 0418 480 690

Narelle Murray Celebrant - Shoalhaven Wedding Celebrant
Address Sanctuary Point
Phone 02 4443 2746 or 0417 651 658

Follow That Dream
Phone 1300 559 188

Terrie Baxter JP CMC
Address PO Box 547, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone 0413 059 140

Sharon Campbell
Address 180 Osborne parade, Warilla NSW 2528
Phone 0437 575 375

Linda Gregory CMC
Address Figtree
Phone 02 4229 5498 or 0418 222 177

Informal Formalities
Mhairi Clark JP CMC
Address 4 Foldgarth way, Bowral
Phone 02 4861 1388 or 0416 098 908

Dr Trish Vezgoff
Address 68 Lawrence Hargrave dr, Austinmer
Phone 02 4267 2305

Lorraine Lehman-Jones
Address 21 Broughton ave, Tullimbar
Phone 0417 412 998

Vanessa McDonald
 Address Dapto
Phone 0422 600 247

This is the lovely lady that did my wedding, she is very profession but personable as well!
Carol Clews JP CMC
Address 4/6 Murranar rd, Towradgi
Phone 02 4284 2950 or 0412 090 497

Beach and Garden Weddings in the Illawarra

Beaches in Wollongong Please contact the appropriate number below to find out any regulations or anything you need to pay. 02 4227 7750

The following Illawarra beaches are listed from the North to the South.

Stanwell Park Beach
Lower Coast Rd, Stanwell Park

Coalcliff Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coalcliff

Scarborough / Wombarra Beach
Monash St, Scarborough

Coledale Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale

Austinmer Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Austinmer

Thirroul Beach
The Esplanade, Thirroul

Sandon Point Beach
Point St, Bulli

Bulli Beach
Farrell Rd, Bulli

Woonona Beach
Kurraba Rd, Woonona

Bellambi Beach
Morgan Pl, Bellambi

Corrimal Beach
Lake Pde, Corrimal

Towradgi Beach
Murranar Rd, Towradgi

Fairy Meadow Beach
Elliotts Rd, Fairy Meadow

North Wollongong Beach
Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

Wollongong City Beach
Marine Dr, Wollongong

Port Kembla Beach
Olympic Blvd, Port Kembla

Windang Beach
Fern St, Windang

Beaches in Shellharbour

Please contact 02 4221 6111
Warilla Beach
Osborne Parade, Warilla

North Shellharbour Beach
Junction Road, Barrack Point

South Shellharbour Beach
Boollwaroo Parade, Shellharbour

Killalea Beach
Killalea Access Road, Dunmore

Minnamurra Beach (Mystics)
Killalea Access Road, Dunmore

Beaches in Kiama

Please contact 02 4232 0444
Jones Beach
Cliff Dr, Bombo

Bombo Beach
Cliff Dr, Bombo

Black Beach
Kiama Harbour, Kiama

Surf Beach
Manning St, Kiama

Kendalls Beach

Easts Beach

Marsden St, Kiama

Werri Beach
Pacific Ave, Gerringong

Walkers Beach

Seven Mile Beach
Riverleigh Ave, Gerroa


Garden Weddings in the Illawarra region

Glennifer Brae Manor House
Gleniffer Brae provides the ideal venue for weddings, business meetings and exhibitions. Function facilities include dining, meeting and lounge rooms to accommodate a maximum of 80 people together with a fully equipped kitchen.
Functions for greater numbers can be conducted within the courtyard or grounds (weather permitting). On-site parking is also available.
Contact 02 4227 7499

Pioneer Park
This park is located in Wollongong at the corner of Kembla and Bank Streets.
Originally a pioneer cemetery, it now provides a picturesque setting for weddings.
Its flourishing garden comprises 1600 rose bushes which flower from late November to March. Bookings are available for private functions.
Contact 02 4227 7750

Wollongong Parks
Stretching along 60km of beautiful coastline, Wollongong's Foreshore Parks offer some of the best recreational areas along the coast. Featuring BBQ and picnic areas, regional playground facilities, large grassy open space areas and spectacular coastal view, the variety of park facilities ensure an enjoyable visit to the Illawarra. Whether it be a picnic with the family or a lazy afternoon in the sun, Wollongong's Foreshore Parks are the ideal place for any occasion. Major foreshore parks include:
Stuart Park - Bottom of Cliff Road, North Wollongong;

Bulli Park - Park Road, Bulli

Wollongong Botanic

Thomas Dalton Park - Carters Lane, Fairy Meadow

King George V Park - Military Road, Port Kembla

Fred Finch Park - Hooka Creek Road, Berkeley

Reed Park - Bong Bong Road, West Dapto

Rex Jackson Oval - Fletcher Street, Helensburg

McCabe Park - Church Street, Wollongong

WA Lang Park - Marine Drive, Wollongon
More Information contact: 02 4227 7750

Churches in the Illawarra region

Baptist Churches in the Illawarra region

2 Jubilee Ave, Gerringong
02 4234 2751

251 Lawrence Hargrave Drv, Thirroul
02 4268 1595

475 Princes Hwy, Woonona
02 4284 8069

69 Smith St, Wollongong
02 4228 3767

81 Illawarra St, Port Kembla
02 4274 1663

82 Burke St, Dapto
02 4261 1753

9 Augusta St, Corrimal
02 4285 5014

Cnr William St & Antrim Ave, Warilla
02 4297 1236

Cnr Ashburton Dr & Terry St, Albion Park
02 4256 1647

69 Smith St, Wollongong
4228 3767


Anglican Churches in the Illawarra region

1 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow
02 4285 5011

121 Princes Hwy, Corrimal
02 4284 4113

33 Churchill St, Jamberoo
02 4236 0136

40 Fisher St, Oak Flats
02 4256 6464

429 Crown St, West Wollongong
02 4225 8622

51 Moore St, Austinmer
02 4268 3444

66 Park Rd, Bulli
02 4284 3021

7 Blackwood St, Gerringong
02 4234 1069

74 Church St, Wollongong
02 4225 2800

77 Parkes St, Helensburgh
02 4294 1024

Gibsons Rd, Figtree
02 4272 1322

Moombara St, Dapto
02 4261 1001

Terralong St, Kiama
02 4232 2066

Tongarra Rd, Albion Park
02 4256 2103

Cnr Towns & Wentworth St, Shellharbour
02 4295 1321

St.Michael's Cathedral, Wollongong
02 4228 9132

St Johns Anglican Church, corner of Eastern Street and Moore Street, Gwynneville
02 4226 4411


 Catholic Churches in the Illawarra region

1 Bruce Rd, Warrawong
02 4276 3565

157 Stafford St, Gerroa
02 4234 1315

2 Powell St, West Wollongong
02 4229 1074

211 Northcliffe Drv, Berkeley
02 4271 1946

24 Jerematta St, Dapto
02 4261 1315

3 Wilson St, Shellharbour
02 4296 3939

325 Lawrence Hargrave Drv, Thirroul
02 4268 1910

36 Harbour St, Wollongong
02 4228 6511

48 Park Rd, Bulli
02 4284 3000

48 Princes Hwy, Unanderra
02 4271 1068

82 Parkes St, Helensburgh
02 4294 1009

94 Manning St, Kiama
02 4232 2081

99 Princes Hwy, Corrimal
02 4284 4065

Bradman Ave, Warilla
02 4296 3939

Cabbage Tree La, Fairy Meadow
02 4229 4133

Gipps Rd, Gwynneville
02 4226 1992

Kembla St, Port Kembla
02 4274 1192

Tongarra Rd, Albion Park
02 4256 2038


Lutheran Churches in the Illawarra region

15 Burelli St, Wollongong
02 4228 1348

47 Lake Entrance Rd, Oak Flats
02 4256 5325


Presbyterian Churches in the Illawarra region

15 Maynes Pde, Unanderra
02 4272 9407

7 Gray St, Woonona
02 4284 4057

Terralong St, Kiama
02 4233 1554

Kembla St, Wollongong
02 4226 1725

7 Cheffins Pl, Albion Park
02 4257 9188


Uniting Churches in the Illawarra region

116 Crown St, Wollongong
02 4229 2117

14 Irwin St, Kiama
02 4232 2069

147 Belinda St, Gerringong
02 4234 1044

19 Bong Bong Rd, Kiama
02 4232 1677

191 Princes Hwy, Bulli
02 4268 2111

2 Lachlan St, Thirroul
02 4267 1444

75 Uralba St, Figtree
02 4229 5291

Fisher St West, Wollongong
02 4229 2303

Cnr Russell & Terry St, Albion Park
02 4257 7043

Sunday, April 29, 2012

What to do when????

So after a chat with a lovely friend of mine who was in a bit of a panic over things she may have forgotten, here is a little list of things that you need to do as soon as you start the preparation for your perfect day.  I suggest giving yourself as much time as possible to plan (trust me, I know this from experience. I don’t recommend planning a wedding in 5 Lists can be your best friends so take a peek below ladies-

* This is an obvious one but pick your wedding date
* Work out if you want to have a civil or religious ceremony and contact the appropriate person, celebrant or priest
* Work out your budget and find out if you’re going to get any help from parents
* Look at and book venues for your ceremony and reception. I suggest doing this as early as possible as some popular places can get booked out 12-18 months in advance
* If you’re having a theme now would be a good time to look at what this would entail. Also pick your colours, if you’re basing your wedding around them
* Another thing that needs to be booked early is your photographer and/or videographer. These guys can also get booked out 12-18 months in advance
* Start working out your guest list and give overseas guests notice of your wedding date so they can start making plans. There is nothing worse than giving overseas family and friends a couple of months notice. People need to save money!
* Start thinking about who you’re going to have in your wedding party, keep in mind they need to be supportive people in your life!
* Go shopping! You need to start looking at and hopefully order your wedding dress as early as you can, most dresses will need to be ordered in and you don’t want to leave that till the last minute and if your short like me, you will alterations and these take time
* If you want to lose a few kilos before your wedding, now is the time to work out your fitness plan. Also a beauty plan, if you’re doing that as well
* Start looking for a hairdresser, if you have a regular one that you use then speak to them. If your using someone different, look around and book them in so you can start talking about styles etc
* Book a makeup artist. Hair and makeup are very important. After the day is over all you have left is the photos so making sure you look your best is a must
* Book a caterer if you need one and start looking at menus, food is major. You can’t have a reception without food!
* Find and book a florist that you trust will give you what you want
* If you’re using a reception venue, find out who are your bakery options. Most reception places give you options, so meet with the bakers to discuss your cake
* Start looking for your wedding bands, if they need to be made then make sure you give the jeweller plenty of time
* If you’re lucky enough to be going on a honeymoon, start looking at where you would like to go. You can save heaps if you book months in advance
* Wedding cars, some people save money on these by using cars owned by friends and family
* Save the dates and invites, if you’re doing this yourself look at buying paper, ribbon etc. There is nothing wrong with having these ready ahead of time
* If you need to have pre-marriage counselling, look at which places in your area off these services
* Once you have decided on your bridal party, have the talk about who’s paying for what, it’s good to get this out of the way early so you can go out and start the shopping

Well this should keep you busy, remember to spread this out over a few months. You don’t want to give yourself a heart attack trying to get it all done. Stay tuned for the 6 month list! Happy Planning ladies and try not to get too over whelmed, it will all get done so remember to always make time for yourself!

K & C


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wedding Horror Stories and how to avoid them !

What happened?
Sam Brooks says 
Not really a horror story but we did our own balloons and they failed. We bought a tank of helium, weights, ribbons, and a special chemical called high float to keep the balloons going longer. We spent hours doing them late the night before, only for them to have deflated by early the next morning! They were supposed to last much longer. Luckily, a near buy party place stepped up and decorated our venue last min, but we wasted a ton of money on the balloons!  

What would you recommend to stop to do avoid this happening?
What I would do differently is I should have just gone with the party place anyway! Then we could have kicked back and relaxed the night before, and there wouldn't have been a mad panic on the morning.


Married on 04/14/12 Nicki Tucker Upton says 
I hired a photographer who was quite expensive and then she decided to change the contract on me because I never paid her a deposit! Also my reception wasn't even an hour long because my new sister-in-law was upset that people were leaving so she made everything back to back. The Intro, cake cutting, mom/son dance, .mom/daughter dance, Garter toss, Bouquet toss and last dance. One right after the other and when she announced the last dance she mentioned it was time to leave!!! And she rushed my photographer and wasn't even able to get the photos I was wanting.

How to prevent this from happening?
I would have hired someone else that cared more for what we wanted. Someone who cared whether there were people there to watch everything and let US have our perfect day! And I am still really upset about since. It is very important to talk to your photographer and make it clear what you want. Sign a contract and make sure you stick to it. The last thing you want is to end up paying extra money


Carol Croft says 
My youngest daughter's wedding was very interesting to say the least. The matron of honor was 8 3/4 months pregnant, bridesmaid no 1 was 5 months pregnant, bridesmaid no 2 had her arm in plaster. During the reception bridesmaid no 2 slips and breaks her ankle.......but at least I didn't have to listen to the speeches

What happened?
Connie Johnston says
Almost four years ago my Daughter was married to our wonderful Son-in-law. We rented the beautiful Dunnaway Gardens in Newnan, Ga. and prepared to have the most fabulous wedding ever. The only problem with having a wedding in the gardens is that on this one day, after not raining at all for months, it poured all day long. My baby would not yield to the idea of having the ceremony under the tents and insisted on going down to the falls in the garden where we planned to perform the ceremony. Well it rained, we had no music but it was so beautiful. Then, wet and bedraggled we went back to the tents and had another ceremony for those who did not want to go out into the rain. It was such a wonderful day. I can't imgagine how it could have been more so. The only thing I would suggest to someone wanting to marry outside is to have an alternate plan and stick to it and don't give in to a breaking heart's desire to be married in the wet garden. The vows took very well. They have been married almost four years and now we have Alyssa who is almost 9 months old. Praise God for all His wonderful blessings, even though we don't always understand why He sometimes lets things go differently than we plan.


Just Call Me Skittles says
 Its actually my 3 year wedding anniversary today! so i was just talking about this. The planning was GREAT till 2 days before the wedding when i show up to the rehearsal dinner to see that the table linens didn't fit and get a call from the florist to find out the lilies aren't fully in bloom yet and the dance floor was put in the wrong spot so i had to pay an extra $90 to have them come and move it to where it should have been! Oh and then wedding day although perfect to me, was pretty windy so the Huppah didn't want to stay up right and my veil was flailing everywhere and then right after the ceremony the photographer broke his flash! so I don't have any professional photos of the reception and all the wedding family photos we were all squinting cause we had to stand in the sun hahaha. O WELL that's life! and I got to marry my wonderful husband and best friend.

If you could redo your wedding twhat would you change ?
I probably would have taken our best friends and family to Hawaii and save the rest of the money haha.

Ashley Dare says
I married a wonderful military man. On our wedding day, his 4 best friends flew in from out of town. The airport is a little over an hour away, and add they got to our house, realized they left their tuxedos (they were IN the wedding) at th...e airport . We had to send a friend to pick it up. As the evening went on and the reception ended, one if the pity if town groomsmen decided to help himself to the use of our Cadillac escalade. Ten minutes later he calls to say he totaled it. my husband and I arrived on scene in time to witness him being read his rights. The next morning, I have to go post $500 bail to get him out. Needless to say, its a day we won't forget for many reasons!!!!!!!!
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