Ideas For A Wedding in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is made up of the city centre and a number of precincts and inner-city suburbs, each with their own character and charm. Renowned for its art and culture, live music, varieties of dining and amazing shopping, Melbourne has a wealth of opportunity for you and your guests when you choose this wonderful city for your wedding location.

The city ‘Laneways’ are famous for their back street corridors of walls covered in graffiti this would make an awesome backdrop for your wedding photography creations, and there is nothing stopping you from saying your vows in front of your favourite graffiti.

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With parks and gardens in abundance this city welcomes the garden wedding trend and offers a huge selection of intimate settings for your nuptials. From the rotunda in Alexandra Gardens to the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick, there are hundreds of beautiful spots in Melbourne for your garden ceremony, and hotels and venues of all different styles to carry on into the evening for your reception.

Docklands

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In the early 90s this disused port and rail area was transformed into a modern urban waterfront. In the Docklands, where the city of Melbourne meets the water you will find the perfect location for your inner-city wedding.

You can choose from a heap of function venues to suit your wedding, from cocktail packages to formal sit down receptions you will find all that you could wish for, all with this wonderful city as your backdrop.

Yarra Valley

This picturesque area surrounding the Yarra River is known as one of Australia’s leading wine producing regions, with wineries in abundance you can discover a whole world of beauty from art galleries to restaurants, markets and more.

If you are looking for a winery for your wedding then you have certainly come to the right place, the Yarra Valley has some amazing venues to choose from including the Yering Station Winery and Rochford Winery. If you’re looking for an intimate venue for your closest family and friends then you could try Stones of the Yarra Valley, they offer a stunning Chapel, Dairy and Barn combination wedding all intertwined with paths and luscious green gardens making a perfect setting for your wedding photographs.

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Mornington Peninsula

To the east of Melbourne and past the eastern suburbs you will find the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, this picture perfect piece of land is covered in rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves all within a stone’s throw of the ocean.

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With the pretty seaside villages from Mornington and Dromana along Port Phillip Bay and down to Sorrento if you are planning a beach wedding then these beautiful locations will certainly fit the bill, in the summer months you can expect gorgeous weather, blue skies and sunshine offering some stunning backdrops for your wedding. Perhaps you would prefer to take in the views from higher ground; Arthur’s Seat is one of the most popular locations on the peninsula for hilltop weddings!

Phillip Island

Connected to the mainland by bridge from the town of San Remo to the Island town of Newhaven, Phillip Island is located less than 2 hours away from the city and is easily accessible from across Victoria. Tempered by the ocean breeze the island tends to experience milder weather all year round, making it a wonderful place for a summer wedding that is not too hot!

Great Ocean Road

Travelling the Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s greatest highlights, from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula all the way along to Warrnambool you will see some spectacular sights and take in some breathtaking scenery.

Planning your wedding in this part of the country leaves everything to the imagination; you could consider Apollo Bay as a central point, or beautiful Lorne where you could marry in the gorgeous settings of the Lorne Beach Pavilion, this is in the perfect position to allow a beach ceremony followed by a sit down reception or cocktail event in the cafe or restaurant location right on the beach front.

If you are looking for somewhere completely different then why no rent the famous Pole House, in Fairhaven, it could be a place to retreat to as your bridal suite or perhaps as a location for your actual wedding, ideal if you are only having your close friends and family.

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Check out some of our location based designs by clicking on the design below, don’t forget that you can tell our design team where you’re getting married and we will see if we have an image of style of wedding stubby holder that fits:

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Happy Planning!

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Getting Married in Tropical Queensland

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With sunny days in abundance and a year round temperate climate, QLD really does have so much to offer and countless places to visit! No matter what type of adventure or queensland wedding you are seeking you will be sure to find something in North East Australia! With a variety of terrain from rainforest to ocean, outback to reef you can be sure to tailor a fantastic package to suit you and your guests anywhere in QLD!

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

This is Queensland’s tropical North where you will find thousands of locations for a wedding and discover a place that is full of natural wonders and beauty! Cairns City is a gateway some spectacular scenery from rainforest to the great barrier reef with the village of Port Douglas offering a more sophisticated, low-key escape! This is an extremely popular place for couples looking for a more intimate wedding to elope to and there are so many amazing deals available in this part of Australia.

Perhaps you are looking for a unique spin on your wedding, and well this is one of the most re-knowned places in the world for scooba diving … check out these couples as the say ‘I do’ amongst the coral … what a magical way to get married!

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The Daintree forest is a must see, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth is home to an astounding amount of plants and species of animals! You can get an indigenous guide to give you a tour around the Daintree to find out more about the culture and history of the surrounding area and its people.

Townsville

This beautiful coastal region has such a diverse terrain, with the ocean reefs in the east and the outback in the west the opportunities for ecpolring are simply endless. The town of Townsville is at the centre of all that is on offer, you should take a trip up Castle Hill to take in the views of the city and the near by Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island, offers some outstanding tropical resorts and is a wonderful destination for a beach wedding with the perfect setting for a unique escape! Getting to the island is only a short 25 minute cruise across the bay, what a beautiful way to begin our journey.

Be sure to think about our honeymoon in this area too, perhaps the more adventurous might take the Great Tropical Drive, a self-driving route that will take you from Cairns and Townsville to some amazing places in Tropical Australia! Check out http://www.greattropicaldrive.com.au/ for more details!

Take in Charters Towers and sample outback life at a cattle station farm stay or see the historic gold milling site at Venus Battery. Ravenswood is another old gold mining town well worth a look!

The Whitsundays
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The 74 Island Wonders that make up the Whitsundays are mostly uninhabited and provide the perfect setting for a day of exploring or simply relaxing on the secluded beaches and coves.

Airlie Beach is the gateway to these stunning islands and the epitome of a beach town, with a carefree vibe and packed full of palm-fringed beaches, waterfront parks, restaurants and bars. The after dark backpacker and travelling vibe is full of energy and most will party to the early hours before embarking on a party boat or organised cruise.

Be sure to take in Whitehaven Beach, this 4 mile stretch of pure white silica sand has been voted one of the best beaches in the world. If you have a little more budget to play with then why not take a romantic flight over heart reef, a stunning collection of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart and looks amazing from the sky above.

The resort Islands include the Hayman Island, one of the top luxury destinations for weddings and honeymoons! Hamilton Island, this is the largest inhabited island and has an airport making it easily accessible for both families and couples. Daydream, Lindeman, Brampton, Long, Hook and South Molle Island are scattered across this beautiful ocean, all offering an array or resort accommodation to suit your personal preference.

Fraser Coast

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This wonderful region is filled with some of the world’s most unique attractions and beautiful scenery. If you can plan your wedding between June and November then the perfect honeymoon treat or trip for you and your guests would be to venture to Hervey bay and take a trip on the water to see the humpack whales that frequent this water during this time.

Just a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay is the outstanding Fraser Island. You can arrange your own way across or join a tour to take you along the highway of sand and the tracks that lead you to some spectacular lakes and waterholes including Lake Mckenizie with its crystal clear freshwater!

You will also find the eco-friendly resort of Kingfisher Bay, if you are planning a wedding with them then they offer discounts on guest accommodation, advise about hens and bucks nights on the island along with a special wedding package and honeymoon visit all in one!

Brisbane

This cosmopolitan city has some top-notch restaurants, cafes and bars. From the river to the coast this green city has the perfect climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year you would be unlucky not to have the sun shining on your wedding day. From the Brisbane river to views of the Storey Bridge there are so many places to visit Brissy.

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If you are looking for something alternative, then why not hop on board The Kookaburra Queen from Eagle Street Pier, this beautiful paddle wheeler boat is an icon of the Brisbane River and will offer you an experience you will never forget! You can also check out the Brisbane Powerhouse, with their rooftop terrace offering a unique space for a memorable event. Or the XXXX Brewery have a wedding package to suit any beer lover and their guests!

The Sunshine Coast

Just north of Brisbane, this beautiful stretch of beach from Caloundra to Noosa has so much on offer with sparkling water and breathtaking scenery what more could you wish for to create your perfect wedding. Noosa Heads is one of the most popular destinations for a wedding in Australia. With pristine beaches and stylish settings making it the perfect spot for a beach ceremony or your wedding reception.

Often weddings held in the region will bring family and friends from all over Australia and the globe to help you celebrate in style. After the wedding celebrations are over, your guests may wish to extend their stay and take advantage of this holiday haven. With resorts like Oceans Mooloolaba and Outrigger Noosa you will be spoilt for choice!

Check out some of our beach designs that you can customise to suit your wedding day and add a personal touch for all of your guests…

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Ideas for celebrating the Chinese New Year!

When is Chinese New Year?

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Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar calendar systems. Because the tracking of the new moon changes from year to year, the Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February

Spring Festival, Lunar New Year or commonly referred to as just Chinese New Year will begin on Sunday 10th Feb 2013 with celebrations running for as long as 15 days until Sunday 24th Feb 2013.

Chinese Lanterns

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The fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated as Yuanxiao Festival or the Lantern Festival. Candles are lit outside houses and families will walk the streets carrying lanterns. This day marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

Traditional Chinese lanterns are usually red in colour and oval shaped, however at the Lantern Festival you can expect to see an array of bright and bold colours, elaborate designs and patterns, characters, dragons, animal and all different shapes and sizes!

Chinese Cuisine

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Chinese Food can be found at all celebrations from rice to noodles and in a number of styles from Cantonese, Szechuan and even Mongolian cuisine! When celebrating the Chinese new year there will traditionally be a New Years Eve dinner that will be packed full with amazing foods and flavours including dishes of meat such as pork and chicken, and often include a hot pot to signify a family reuinion.

Chinese Zodiac

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There is a 12-year cycle of the animal zodiac which relates a different animal to each year. Chinse Year 2013 is the Year of the Snake.

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Previous Years and their symbolic meanings…

1972,1984,1996,2008 Year of the Rat

The RAT is the first sign of the zodiac. Typically people born under this sign will be a creative problem solver, imaginative a hyperactive worker respected for resourcefulness. Intuitive and with the ability to hold onto all things of value.

1973,1985,1997,2009 Year of the Ox

The OX is said to be an inspiring person that is easy-going and will possess a parent-like nature. They also have a tendency to have a bad temper, be quick to anger and very stubborn. They are however good listeners, yet don’t like to ask for help themselves. Most comfortable around Roosters.

1974,1986,1998,2010 Year of the Tiger

The TIGERs are contemplative, emotional and sensitive. Although they can have a short temper, quick tongue and may startle their inferiors. Widely respected for their courageousness, power is their natural gift. Compatible with Horses and Dragons.

1975,1987,1999,2011 Year of the Rabbit.

The RABBIT is often a private individual, a little introverted and sometimes withdrawn. People born to this sign would rather work behind the scenes and try not to be the centre of attention. With that said the rabbit is a friendly individual and enjoys the company of good friends.

1976,1988,2000,2012 Year of the Dragon.

The Dragon’s personality tends to be that of a free spirit. Everything that dragon’s do will be on a grand scale, they naturally express big ideas and offer ornate gestures. Dragons’ generous personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart.

Years to come…

1978,1990,20002,2014 Year of the Horse

The HORSE is a popular person, cheerful and quick to compliment others. They are also hard working, bursting with energy an extrovert. Entertaining and humourous around all people born under this sign tend to be quick-witted and intelligent.

1979,1991,2003,2015 Year of the Goat

The GOAT tends to be a great artists. They will ask many questions, they like nice things and will be very wise, they do tend to like a bit of peace and quiet and can be very calm, easygoing and relaxed.

1980,1992,2004,2016 Year of the Monkey

MONKEYs tend to be very funny and can run circles around other people. Both curios and clever, they will catch on quickly and are able to accomplish most tasks. They appreciate difficult or challenging to stimulate and make them think.

1981,1993,2005,2017 Year of the Rooster

The ROOSTER can be flamboyant, feisty and obstinate in personality. Also an extrovert, proud of who they are and outwardly confident, the rooster is also trustworthy and hardworking.

1982,1994,2006, 2018 Year of the Dog

The DOG has a giving, compassionate and supportive personality. Is a good listener, always available to a friend in need and are incredible attentive.

1983,1995,2007,2019 Year of the Pig

The PIG can be fun and enlightening, while having patience and understanding. People born under this sign will enjoy life, their family and friends. Honest and thoughtful, they belive it is better to give than receive.

As well as the 12 year cycle of the animal zodiac, there is also a 5 year cycle of the chinese elements, each phase has a complex series of associations with different aspects of nature and the best way in which to remember the order that the phases take place are as follows…

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1. Wood feeds Fire 2. Fire creates Earth (ash) 3. Earth bears Metal 4. Metal carries Water (as in a bucket) 5. Water nourishes Wood.

For Chinese New Year celebrations in other countries there may be some additional ways that you can add to your celebration. This year in Melbourne Australia there are a number of places that you can enjoy the festival. With displays of the traditional Chinese Lion Dance, firecrackers, folk music, martial artists and much more…

… To blend Australian culture with the Chinese New Year why not create party favours and gift ideas to give to your guests and visitors. Coolaz Stubby Holders can be designed with chinese characters and symbols, colours and photographic images to not only brighten up your event and match in with the theme but also they are practical for this summer time celebration in the southern hemisphere as they will keep your drinks cold! Here are some of our latest designs …

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Happy New Year!