Top 8 x Boho Bridal Accessories - Byron Bay Edition
This one is for our wild at heart, free-spirited brides, who are dreaming of a bohemian wedding for their special day. Boho weddings have been growing steadily in popularity for the last few years, and it’s no surprise really. Who doesn’t love earth tones and organic linens combined with overflowing florals and abundance of greenery to transform your wedding day into a bohemian wedding.
Whether you are totally wild at heart or just love the eclectic mix of a classic wedding with casual sophistication of a boho theme, there are some definite bridal must haves. From swoon worthy bridal gowns to personalised jackets to glistening jewels to delicate flower girl dresses and accessories we have sourced some of our favourite boho must haves.
Images by Lady Bella Photography – Byron Bay
Don’t you just love it at the end of a romcom when they throw confetti at the happy couple getting married as they leave the church!? Well now it doesn’t just have to be in the movies! The Whole Bride has created an eco-friendly confetti that guests can add to the celebrations and create that magic just married moment on your wedding day!
Velvet Ring Boxes
The Whole Bride is a space where you can complete your wedding day with all of the beautiful products that you need to tie your wedding story together. Their velvet ring boxes are to-die-for and really add a touch of elegance to your wedding day photography and help little hands (or the best man!) keep those all-important rings safe.
Wearing a veil (or not) has been a hot topic for brides in recent years. While wearing a veil isn’t going out of fashion any time soon, we are seeing some other really cool alternatives to wearing a veil at your wedding, many boho brides are choosing to wear wide-brim hats. But, choosing to wear a hat doesn’t mean you can’t wear a veil. If you want to include a little touch of tradition, add some tulle to the crown, back or inside of your hat. Hats acting as headpieces — even big ones — look stunning. So the answer is yes. Wear both!
If hats are your thing and your rocking a boho wedding dress why not see if a hat works with your style? If you’re looking for a super cool hat Lack of Colour is a great place to start.
Lawd knows your wedding day is a long day, and the last thing you want is to be standing with your lover about to say I do and your feet cramp up! Every boho bride needs a pair of fashionable but comfortable shoes you can stand, walk and bust a move in. Shoes are often overlooked by brides, as they are so often hidden by your gown. Your shoes like any other accessory can be the ultimate statement piece, like these gorgeous velvet “Passion Heels” from Foreversoles.
If you’re totally crushing on the boho vibe chances are you want to wear jewellery that reflects your personal style and is as unique as you are. Pieces that are relaxed, nature themed, and has elements of the earth and the universe. Something with stones, feathers, shells, beads and made of sterling silver, copper or brass. Jewels that are worn alone, or in layers letting your effortless style shine bright on your wedding day. Some of our favs for dazzling luxe jewels are Celeste Twikler, Salita Matthews and Frankly My Dear.
@homebodii + @thewholebride
Bridal robes are another wedding trend that is growing in popularity in 2021. When you’re busy planning your wedding it’s easy to forget those ‘getting ready’ moments are just as precious. Those quiet moments in the make up chair or a sneaky glass of bubbles with your bridal party. Photographers are usually around to capture these moments so it’s nice to be wearing something that makes you feel beautiful and why not go all matchy matchy with your bridal party for a bit of fun? Our friends at Homebodii have some truly beautiful options for everyone.
Custom Bridal Jacket
Your wedding should be all about you and expressing your personalities. What better way then by adding custom touches to your special day that truly reflect who you are? Being a locally owned business we have developed relationships with our amazing wedding community in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. I am Poppy Designs is an award-winning local artist who can create so many beautiful things from wedding stationary, to a live painting of your wedding ceremony to this custom jacket she made for one of our brides recently. I am Poppy Designs can help you to make your wedding day a true expression of you.
Flower Girl Dresses – @Arabella Rose
Including little people in your wedding day can be the most precious memories for a lot of couples. Finding that perfect dress for your flower girl can be difficult, something that matches your boho style but is still suitable for a young child or pre-teen can sometimes be a challenge. If you’re looking for a stunning dresses that are perfect as flower girl dresses that are suitable for the little boho princess in your life we recommend Australian designer Arabella & Rose.
Our Ceremony Cheat Sheet!
So, you’ve been dreaming about that beach wedding you’ve always wanted. But where? Hawaii, Bali, Thailand… nope those are out (Thanks COVID!). But don’t worry we have some of the most amazing beaches right here in Australia. Byron Bay and the Tweed Coast offer some of the most insta worthy locations in the world. There’s a reason the Hemswoth’s and Zac Effron call Byron home.
Whether you’re planning a beachside ceremony or an intimate beach elopement, we are here to help get you find the perfect place to say your I-do’s. We’ve put together this list of our top 6 best ceremony locations dotted across Byron Bay or Tweed Coast.
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1. Broken Head Beach and Headland, Byron Bay
- Away from Byron Bay tourists
- Private with only locations around
- EPIC headland for portraits 1.5km round trip (not suitable for kids)
- Secluded beach cove for wet-portraits
- Plenty of parking
- Nature Reserve: Not dog friendly
- Council permit: FREE
This is one of our favourite locations for a Byron Bay wedding ceremony, protected by the headland and offering unbroken views of the Cape Byron. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay, its secluded bush nature makes it feel like you’re miles from anywhere. Surrounded by a literal rainforest, the Broken Head Nature Reserve extends to the headland and the Three Sisters Lookout, an easy to medium walk that is a 1.5km round trip. The walk made totally worth it when you take in the panoramic coastal vistas. The beautiful location creates a dramatic backdrop for your wedding portraits.
The Tweed Coast – a hidden gem!
What about the Tweed Coast? It’s a hidden gem so many couples overlook. Tucked in between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay the Tweed Coast has as much, if not more, to offer that Byron Bay for your wedding or elopement (Tweed Coast Guide).
Say goodbye to tourists and hello to the number #1 rated beach in Australia – Cabarita!
Why not avoid the “Byron price tag” and elope to the Tweed Coast instead at any of these great locations. Kingscliff is the main beach town surrounded by Cabarita, Casaurina, Hastings + Fingal.
2. Cabarita Beach and Headland, Tweed Coast
- Voted number 1 beach in Australia
- Ceremony options: in the middle of black rock circle or Pandama trees or headland
- Easy boardwalk for sunset portraits (kid-friendly)
- Plenty of parking
- Dog friendly
- Council permit: $110
Cabba, as the locals call it, has recently been voted the number 1 beach in Australia. Cabarita Beach and Headland or more specifically Little Cove is one of our absolute favourite spots for a Tweed Coast elopement. Hold your ceremony with the amazing black rocks or under the Pandanus trees or make the easy trip along the boardwalk to the top of the headland for your sunset portraits.
3. Hastings Point, Tweed Coast
- Easy access: great for elderly and prams
- Ceremony options: headland on the grass with the ocean behind you, rock pools or in the sand
- Easy walk around the headland for portraits
- Plenty of parking
- Dog friendly
- Council permit: $110
This gorgeous spot offers so much variety to couples looking for more than a beach wedding or elopement. Hastings, has three grassed areas that are perfect for your wedding ceremony and are pet and child friendly. There is plenty of parking and you can drive right up to the ceremony location. Hastings also is the perfect location for a beach ceremony with pretty rockpools for photos and portraits as the sun sets.
4. Lovers Rock, Tweed Coast
- On the literal border of QLD (Coolangatta) + NSW (Tweed)
- 2mins from Gold Coast airport
- Ceremony on the grass, easy access + parking
- Our couples love portraits at Lovers Rock followed local spots at The Pink Hotel, Froggys Beach or Fingal Headland
- Council permit: $110
Lovers Rock is a hidden gem, located only 2 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport it is truly a beautiful spot with breathtaking ocean views, rugged cliffs and pandanus trees. Following your ceremony take the easy walk down to Froggy’s beach for your newlywed portraits. This location is also conveniently close to local accommodation options like the iconic Pink Hotel and just a stones throw away from the beautiful reception venue Ancora (see our venues and accommodation blogs for more).
5. Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach, Tweed Coast
- Crown Land – need permission for a ceremony
- Don’t need permission for portraits
- Drive to Fingal, 5min walk to headland or beach
- Headland can get windy but it’s worth it!
- Not kid friendly at the headland
- Dreamtime Beach is below + kid and dog friendly
- Council permit: $110
With a name like Dreamtime Beach you know it’s going to be an amazing spot. Known for its natural beauty Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach is a stunning location for your beach wedding. This area is rich in Aboriginal history, the headland is an amazing basalt rock formation that contrasts strikingly with the ocean and sand. We’ve had some amazing moments here, even getting to take portraits with a local pod of dolphins as they swam by. Although this location is on Crown Land we can request a permit to hold your ceremony here.
ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT: Killen Falls, Byron Bay
This couples only location will have you feeling like you’ve entered another world. Only a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay Killen Falls is a magical spot, however it is not for the faint hearted. The rocky path down to the falls can be a little treacherous, a handrail has recently been installed which helps to descend the uneven path, which is why we recommend this location for elopement couples only.
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Our core Luxe Elopements team is included in your package: Celebrant, Photographer, Florist, Hair and Makeup artist… but eloping should be fun, unique and give you the extra moula to splash out. Here is a guide to our partnered Luxe Elopement brands:
Videography is one of those things that get “cut” from big wedding budgets. Every single couple I have ever spoken to who invested in a video has NEVER regretted. A 2min highlights video is something you will watch over and over and over again. If you are eloping a beautiful video or live stream should be a MUST HAVE investment to share with loved ones who weren’t there on the day. There is something magic about movement and music…
Elopements videography packages are $1200 + GST which includes:
- Ceremony and sunset portraits
- Audio and music license
- Drone (if legal)
Elopements videography packages are $1200 + GST which includes:
- Ceremony and sunset portraits
- Audio and music license
- Drone (if legal)
Poppy is an award winning local artist who offers a range of wedding services: Live wedding painting + custom bridal jackets + stationery
Our absolute favourite service she offers is LIVE CEREMONY PAINTING! Yes, you read that correctly. Poppy will come to your ceremony and paint live in front of your guests. It’s such a fun way to capture the moment and definitely a conversation starter.
Custom bridal jackets – you choose and buy your jacket and she will hand paint it! “Wifey”, “Mrs”, Mrs *YOUR NAME*… endless ideas!
Custom bridal jacket = $400
Live wedding painting = $900 (on location for the wedding + 6hrs studio time)
MAY THE EK HOLDEN
@may_the_ek_byron_bay is exclusively available in Byron Bay. May The E.K is a very special 1962 EK Holden Special Sedan, her dusty pink and chrome highlights add glamour and bring a smile to everyone’s face that sees her! She looks epic against our Byron Bay backdrop.
Pricing from $550 for 2 hours.
Kombi Van is the ultimate transport! Kick back in style with old school tunes pumping. Great photo opt!
“FOREVER” Cream (Byron + Tweed) @foreverkombis
“NIMBIN” Pale blue (Byron Only) @byronkombilimo
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp
A live musician will set the vibe of your ceremony, whether it is just the two of you or a handful of guests at your elopement. There is something special about background music to fill the space, no awkward moments when there is music.
1 hour Ceremony, $350
STYLED BOHO PICNIC
@klarashouse and @theonedayhouse offer styled picnics for 2-10 x people. Prices from $600-$1250 + GST. Add your favourite grazing platters, cob loaf or dessert platters by @plattersmebeautiful. The perfect way to enjoy the “space” after your ceremony!
Imagine having your ceremony and then heading back to your Airbnb to a private chef team who serves you dinner! @2cooksintheakitchen
We are lucky to be surrounded by many talented creatives in Byron Bay. Pictured are a few of our favourites:
Bridal Gown @oscarandivybridal
15% DISCOUNT = “LuxeTWB” Code
@thewholebride have all those little accessories that you haven’t thought of yet: Silk ribbon for your bouquet, eco-confetti and velvet ring boxes.
Luxe Elopements Styling Guide
Luxe Elopements has put together a styling guide to get you started! Styling trends change year to year!
About 10 years ago the “Boho Bride” started off with a Grace Loves Lace dress, a flower crown and jeweled barefoot ankelts. Now you might see her in a sequined One Day Bridal gown with a blush bouquet filled with orchards and dried flowers.
We saw a rise in bright and vibrant themes inspired by a Mexican Fiesta with bright florals, neon signage, and a bold lip.
Baby blue was a hit in 2020. We find most trends follow the Pantone Colour of the Year. Cinderella wore a baby blue dress and Princess Diana’s Engagement ring was a Saphire.
In 2021-2022 we are seeing a lot of Terracotta colour palettes and dried palms.
Our advice: stick to your personal style and taste!
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Moodboard @ Orchids
Moodboard @ Terracotta
Moodboard @ Dried Palms
Moodboard @ Blush
Moodboard @ All White
Moodboard @ Green + White
Moodboard @ Natives
Moodboard @ Poppies
Moodboard @ Peonies
Moodboard @ Tropical
Moodboard @ Blue
Moodboard @ Black + White
Moodboard @ Moody
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sarah-Jane created the Luxe Elopements process to be effortless and fun. Our team handles ALL the coordination behind the scenes so you aren’t bombarded with a million vendor emails. Your time will be freed up so you can focus on the FUN stuff – like creating a Pinterest board and finding the perfect dress.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Chose your Luxe Elopements Collection
- Chose your ceremony location – venue fees or Council permits may apply
- Reception: Book into a local rest/bar or book a private chef at your Airbnb
We have done the hard work for you and negotiated vendor discounted fees with no minimum spend, these are built into our packages! To put it into perspective, our packages on a Friday or Weekend would START at $8000 – crazy hey! You are getting award-winning and high-end vendors for a fraction of the price. But please don’t see us as a “cheap wedding”, we are a Luxury Elopement brand.
Our packages have strict guest limitations. You can view our packages here
We are strictly only available on Monday – Thursdays. We can offer Fridays in June or July with a 25% surcharge on the final bill. Public holidays and long weekends will incur a 25% surcharge and subject to availability. We book up to 12 months in advance.
Our ceremonies are performed 2 hours BEFORE sunset or 30mins before sunrise. This is Golden lighting and the most flattering time of day. It means you and your guests won’t be sweating, squinting or have unflattering shadows across your face. It will lead perfectly into sunset portraits for you as newlyweds.
Please note we have daylight savings in Summer. The sunsets around 7-8pm NSW time and in Winter around 5-5.30pm.
We service elopements in the Nothern Rivers (Byron region), Tweed Coast, Tweed Hinterlands and South Gold Coast (Coolangatta to Burleigh). You can choose between a council-approved beach, garden or headland or private property. You can choose one of our approved Airbnb or find one yourself. We must have written approval from the Airbnb or private property due to strict council regulations.
These are our favorite ceremony spots
The Australian Government requires an “Intent to Marry” legal documents lodged at least 1 month BEFORE you can legally marry. This is your responsibility as per our contract. Your Celebrant will guide you through the process.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
Important note: we have an automated email and online wedding planning process. You are not paying a traditional “Wedding Planner”, they start at $1500-$2000 JUST for wedding planning. We keep the cost down by having this unique process. After your booking, there is nothing left to do until we reconnect 6 weeks before your wedding.
Key wedding planning milestones:
- book via our online portal
- allow 7 x business days for us to process your booking with our entire team
- your Celebrant gets in contact to process your legal documents
- you create a Pinterest board with your styling inspiration
- no contact until 6 weeks before your wedding – unless you book a phone consult or reach out
- we reconnect 6 weeks before your wedding with our final questionnaire
- you will receive an email with a final questionnaire to complete
- our team will work on your final requests, styling guide and your Wedding Day Timeline
- the final invoice is due 30 days before your wedding
- you will receive your Wedding Day Timeline 2 weeks before your wedding
A lot of couples prefer a quick chat. You can book a 30min phone consult with Sarah-Jane on our website contact page.
You can read our Covid Safety Plan with Terms and Conditions here
Byron Bay or Tweed Coast, beachside or hinterland Micro & Intimate Weddings – Where should we get married?
Take my hand darling, let’s go exploring. When planning your perfect celebration, there is much to consider, with so many incredible locations through Byron Bay, Tweed Coast, the Hinterland and Gold Coast. We want to inspire you with some of our favourite locations and venues to make the process a little easier.
What is a Micro Wedding?
A Micro Wedding is an intimate ceremony with you and up to 20 x guests. At Luxe Elopements we have created an affordable solution without compromising quality. This isn’t a “cheap wedding”, its a Luxury Micro Wedding. There are a few conditions to make this happen:
- Mon – Thursday bookings only
- Luxe Elopements packages are 2hr ceremony with all of your vendors
- You simply book your accommodation
- You simply book a local cafe, rest or bar for your “Reception”
- You can upgrade any of our vendors for your “Reception” ie: reception styling, floristry or extended photography
Belongil Beach + The Belongil Café
Let’s start our journey at Belongil Beach – we love this beach for a myriad of reasons. It’s quiet and picturesque, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspot that is Byron Bay Main Beach and wait for it, it’s dog friendly *swoon*. Belongil Beach is perfect if having your fur baby play a part of your nuptials is important to you. Right opposite the beachfront, you’ll find The Belongil Café, a stunning café by day, wedding venue by night. This versatile space works beautifully for a sunrise ceremony with a breakfast reception or a sunset celebration followed by the whole shebang, dinner, drinks and DJ.
Welcome to Tooraloo Farm, a charming all-in-one DIY farmstay venue nestled in the hills just minutes from Byron Bay township. Previously a working dairy, now an idyllic accommodation and wedding venue boasting both a country and beach lifestyle. This rustic venue features romantic ceremony spaces and loads of options for your reception as you watch the sunset over the lush, green valley. With all you need for a weekend long celebration, including tastefully restored accommodation for you and your guests, a pool and cabana for soaking up the Byron Bay sunshine, BBQ pavilion and fire pit to gather around and of course, the farm animals!
Hastings Point Headland + Babalou
So, we’ve now travelled about half an hour north of Byron Bay to the beautiful Kingscliff area of the Tweed Coast. Our favourite beachside ceremony location is the stunning Hastings Point Headland, where emerald green waves crash onto the dramatic backdrop of volcanic rock and quintessential white sand of Clarkes Beach. We won’t lie, it can get a bit windy up there, so it’s best to consider your ceremony and hair styling options with this mind, but you are guaranteed some of the most spectacular ceremony photos you can imagine. To complement your beachside ceremony, we suggest none other than the contemporary wedding reception venue, Babalou. Situated in prime position on Marine Parade in Kingscliff, Babalou features sweeping panoramic views of the ocean and stylish interior to help you create a magic celebration.
Lovers Rock + The Pink Hotel Rooftop
As we move closer to the Queensland border, you’ll find Lovers Rock Park, as if the name alone isn’t enough to draw you in as the perfect spot to say ‘I Do’! The moniker originated in the 1900’s because lovers found the secluded area of the Tweed Coastline perfect to escape in peace and it has remained so until this day. Lovers Rock Park offers a comfortable grassy ceremony option with spectacular ocean backdrop, while sheltered by the sea breeze thanks to the rock formation the space is named after. With ease of access and plenty of space, it’s one of our favourites. For a boutique party space nearby to continue the celebrations, we suggest the Pink Hotel’s Rooftop Bar, Santeria Rooftop. Modern and artistic furnishings in the accommodation rooms and unparallel views of Coolangatta Beach means your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.
Burleigh Beach + Burleigh Pavilion
A hop, skip and jump over the boarder into Queensland brings us to the new artisan heart of the Gold Coast, Burleigh. Home to trendy cafes, chic restaurants, accommodation options galore and of course, the idyllic beachside lifestyle the Gold Coast is famous for, making Burleigh an excellent choice for a jampacked and energetic wedding holiday. Our pick of the ceremony locations in the area is John Laws Park, offering sweeping views of the bustling Burleigh Heads beachfront and Gold Coast skyline. Located right next door, is Burleigh Pavilions, featuring absolute beachfront luxury dining, and the perfect spot to spoil a small group of loved ones to a fancy feast or book out the whole venue for a night of revelry.
Wedding Planner VS Wedding Coordinator
Unless you’ve been living under a rock most of your life, you’ll have likely heard about the stress of planning a wedding, so once you got engaged, you expected some of that stress to creep up. What you probably didn’t expect is the need for a dictionary to navigate through all the wedding terminology and industry specific lingo! One of the most important things to stave off wedding related stress is to know and understand the important roles of your wedding vendors and the crucial responsibility they will have in helping you create the perfect atmosphere. At Luxe Elopements, we want to take the guess work out of your journey, so here’s a little detail on the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Coordinator and how you can expect our team to operate while bringing your dream wedding to life.
The Wedding Planner
The wedding planner is a unique individual who thrives on pressure, creativity and timelines, (think of Jo-Lo with the headset and clipboard) and their role is longer in nature than most of your other vendors, because they are a couple’s main point of contact throughout their wedding journey. A wedding planner is responsible for helping you PLAN and EXECUTE all elements of your wedding day, from offering vendor recommendations, to contract negotiations, determining and maintaining your budget, offering styling and design concepts, coordinating travel and accommodation, to implementing all of the planned elements of your wedding day. According to Brides.com a wedding planner may spend anywhere between 80 – 250 hours organising and implementing your celebration and wedding planners on the Tweed Coast generally charge $5000+ for this service.
The Wedding Coordinator
The wedding coordinator, whilst just as savvy on the organizational and creative front, has a shorter-term, but just as crucial role in your wedding. They allow you the freedom to do the bulk of the planning for your wedding and will generally swoop in around 6 weeks before your big day to take over the reins and help you finalise the finer details of the day. A coordinator will bring all your hard work together, starting off with a run sheet of the day, reconfirming vendors bookings and requirements, become the point of contact for enquiries in the immediate lead up and with their keen eye and professional experience, ensure that there is no hiccups on the horizon for you. They take the pressure off you and your love one, ensuring things happen as they should, so the two of you can relax and make the most of your day. Brides.com estimate a coordinator clocks up around 25 hours per wedding and the standard pricing for a coordinator in the Tweed Region is $1000 – $1500.
Your Luxe Elopements Wedding Guru – Planner or Coordinator?
In true Luxe Elopements style, Sarah-Jane, owner and organizer-extraordinaire, has taken much of the guess work out of planning your wedding celebration. Through fostering relationships with quality vendors, to traversing beaches and parks all across Byron Bay, Tweed Coast and Gold Coast, she has handpicked a team of wedding creatives and crafted a fabulous directory of locations to bring your wedding dreams to life. So, you can say she’s already done lots of planning on your behalf. Knowing our Luxe Couples are searching for a luxury celebration at an affordable price tag, we include a wedding coordinator with all our collections, giving you the opportunity to liaise with our packaged vendors while planning any other elements to the day you wish to incorporate (like the perfect dress, rings and sparkling wine). After locking in your chosen package with us, Sarah-Jane will introduce you to your included vendors, you’ll get to know them as you get creative together and they’ll guide you through the process of their specific component to the day. As the celebration approaches, Sarah-Jane will connect with you and your Luxe Elopement vendors to reconfirm all the details of the day bringing it all together with a run sheet and making sure everything runs smoothly for you on the day.
What does our team do?
To keep your packages affordable without substituting luxury we have a streamline process to booking, planning and executing your elopement or micro wedding. Our packages include the following:
Wedding Co-ordination inclusions:
- Lead up – 1 hour phone or Face Time consultation
- Lead up – Our team will work together behind the scenes and lodge council permits, legal documents, mood boards etc
- 6-12 weeks out – Final consultation by email + delivery of your wedding day timeline + vendor coordination
- 6-12 weeks out – Vendor booking, contracts and payment coordination
- Wedding day – 3hrs x “On the day” wedding day coordinator
- *Times may change during peak and off peak times
THE BEST CEREMONY TIME FOR YOUR BEACH WEDDING
If you are planning an outdoor beach, garden or hinterland wedding in Byron Bay you need to consider you ceremony time. This is often an after thought but the decision can make or break your day.
Choosing the best ceremony time for your outdoor wedding or elopement all comes down to beautiful light. Most people have a camera phone now and are a little more savvy about good lighting. Good natural light will create the perfect selfie! Same goes for your wedding day. It’s all about good lighting.
Some wedding venues will offer a midday wedding so they can book 2 x weddings in one day! This is terrible advice. Opt for a mid-week wedding or elopement to avoid this!
ADVICE: ceremony 2 hours before sunset or 30mins before sunrise.
- Softer lighting for photography
- You and your guests are comfortable – avoid sweat, squinting and fainting!
- These timings lead nicely into your reception
Golden light is that magic time at sunrise and sunset. This is when your photographer will schedule your portraits. It’s soft and flattering. You can download our Golden Light Guide with visual examples of real couples in SOFT v HARSH lighting!
We avoid midday weddings like the plague. In fact, we refuse to do them. The sun is at its highest point in the sky casting directly down your face. This creates really harsh shadows across your face: hollow eyes, unflattering nose shapes and this light will show every detail in your skin. Skin texture can’t be fixed with makeup. Texture is a nice way of saying: pimples, acne scars, wrinkles and so forth. These will be highlighted in midday sun.
Your photographer can battle this by using a flash to fill in the shadows. Honestly, who wants a flash distracting you throughout your ceremony? Nothing beats soft, flattering light for your wedding photography.
You will find 99% of all wedding photographers portraits were shot at Golden hour. These are the hero images you will share, print and frame.
THINK ABOUT YOUR GUESTS
You will likely have a wide range of guests at your wedding elopement that may include babies through to the elderly. You guests will be outside for over an hour. They are all dressed up. You want their experience to be positive, not counting down the minutes until they can find shade.
I have seen many people nearly faint waiting outside in heat waves!
My pet peeve is sunglasses! As a wedding photographer I think I repeat the words “Please take off your sunglasses” a million times throughout family portraits. Sunglasses might look “cool” but they date VERY quickly. You don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and see sunglasses on faces, heads and pockets. Especially if they are out of date… think about the types of sunglasses that were cool in the 80’s or 90’s? How will you feel looking back at your photos in 5, 10 or 20 years?
Sunglasses cover people’s emotions. We can’t capture people’s authentic emotions when they are hiding behind sunnies!
- Have a table with refreshments and a small grazing platter for guests
- Ask your Celebrant to make an announcement before you arrive to ask everyone to turn off their mobile phones AND remove their sunglasses
- For the Bride/Groom – don’t wear sunglasses at all on the wedding day so your eyes adjust and you aren’t squinting
BEAT THE SWEAT
Ugh, sweat. It’s humid, you are nervous and wearing a lot of layers! It really doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, it is hot and humid all year from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. You want to feel comfortable during your ceremony not worrying about sweat patches.
If you are prone to sunburn a Golden Hour ceremony will save you from turning red during your vows!
Majority of people have an afternoon ceremony followed by sunset portraits as newly-weds and then their reception. This timeline has worked well for many decades!
The only potential issue is Summer when the sunsets around 7-7.30pm.
We recommend a 5pm ceremony time, this works fine for elopements.
If you have a wedding it means dinner will be served a little later than usual. An alternative option is to start your reception around 6pm and then duck out for sunset portraits. A professional photographer should be able to capture you on location within 15mins.
Daylight savings: Sunday 6th Oct 2019 to Sunday 5th April 2020
TIPS: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS + BYRON BAY WEDDINGS
Byron Bay is set in the Northern Rivers in New South Wales (NSW). It is 40mins south of the Gold Coast, Queensland boarder (see map). To make life extra annoying…
Queensland doesn’t have daylight savings and NSW does!
This means you will fly into Brisbane or Gold Coast airport on ONE TIMEZONE (QLD) and then cross the street heading to Tweed Coast + Byron Bay and be in a SECOND TIMEZONE (NSW).
If you are travelling from Brisbane / Gold Coast you need to allow an EXTRA HOUR or you will be an hour late. This can be very confusing for non-local vendors and travelling guests.
If you tell your guests your ceremony is at 3pm QLD time, it means it will be 4pm NSW time:
Write both timezones on your invitations ie: Ceremony Time 3pm QLD / 4pm NSW
Tell guests the ceremony time is 30mins before it actually starts
Have a wedding website and include information for travelling guests
Recommend travelling from Brisbane / Gold Coast the DAY BEFORE. This reduces stress on the wedding day. It reduces an daylight savings mishaps or guests getting stuck in traffic.