Best Bali Wedding Regions

Bali is one of the most exotic and sought after wedding destinations in the world. The rich culture, spectacular locations and scenic beauty make the island a popular holiday spot for domestic and international tourists alike, and a highly anticipated honeymoon destination for newlywed couples. But it is Bali’s stunning wedding ceremony and reception venues, their unique architecture, unique chapels and breathtaking location that make the island one of the most sought after wedding destinations on the globe. 

With a large number of domestic and foreign couples electing to marry in Bali, there are literally hundreds of wedding venues to take your pick from. Most couples jetting in for their wedding narrow down the choice of venues by deciding on a preferred region on and around the island. Bali is a large island (it takes around 12 hours to drive around it without stopping) and has a diverse cultural and topographic landscape that provides very unique wedding experiences depending on the region you choose.

The 6 regions below offer the best of Bali’s wedding experiences. If you’re looking for a destination wedding location in Bali, these are the regions where you’ll find the island’s best wedding venues and services.

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Batu Karang Nusa Lembongan Resort

Nusa Lembongan Island

At a small island lying off the Southeast coast of the main Island Bali, you’ll find the paradise utopia more commonly known as Nusa Lembongan. Quickly becoming one of Bali’s most popular attractions, this idyllic island is a world away from the frenzied pace of Southern Bali. Nusa Lembongan is a wedding destination for romantics, with breathtaking panoramic views across the Indian Ocean and luxurious accommodation and venues to host the most intimate occasion with your loved ones. 

With a high density of 5-star resorts and villas, Nusa Lembongan’s serene landscape and flawless facilities are perfect for those couples who desire all the comforts, complemented with friendly and attentive service. Nusa Lembongan is commonly the likelier choice of couples who wish to have a fancier, grander or more of a formal wedding, with the focus on an overall high-end guest experience. Accommodation at the island's best wedding resorts ranges from AUD $90 to $260 per night on average (via booking sites) and you could expect to pay around US $100 per person for an all-inclusive wedding package with catering and drinks.

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Sunset at Nusa Lembongan Island. Image: Gold Hat Photography

The island is equally famous for its iconic sunrises & sunsets, and its pristine white beaches that offer views to mainland Bali and the magnificent Mount Agung. There's a great choice of wedding venues at Nusa Lembongan island, from eco retreats to thatch villas and resorts that you can hire exclusively for your extended wedding. Finding your perfect destination wedding venue in this region won’t be an issue at all.   

Nusa Dua 

Beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels, seclusion, minimal crowds and a rich culture is what you’ll find in Nusa Dua. Being in its own Bali bubble, weddings in Nusa Dua are all about luxury experiences, beautiful beaches and local traditions. Whether visiting quiet and secluded beaches is your preference, or kicking your feet up poolside Nusa Dua is a guaranteed relaxing experience for holidays, weddings, honeymoons or simply a romantic break for two.

Being on the less commercial side of Bali (despite the convenient 30 minutes drive from bustling Kuta), daytime activities are a little more low key here. You can visit small shopping centres and daytime markets, browse the wares of many local talents, enjoy authentic street food or simply stroll along the shoreline. Swimming and snorkelling are popular daytime activities, Pandawa Beach offers kayaking and other water sports rentals and the area also has some challenging surf beaches.

There's loads of places for wedding guests to explore in Nusa Dua too. From beaches with huge limestone cliffs and impressive carved statues, to water blow holes, to fishing spots and golf courses.

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Bali culture. A destination wedding in Bali offers a rich cultural experience.

Temples are a prevalent feature of the landscape in Nusa Dua and add to the rich culture of the region. There's also several galleries that display valuable artwork from across Asia and the Pacific Islands. Cultural events include the Nusa Dua Fiesta held every October which includes street parades and live performances of music, dancing and arts.

Nusa Dua is a popular location for small weddings and elopements with many wedding ceremony packages on offer. Prices range from approximately $1,500 to $7,000 depending on your venue choice and the type of ceremony you choose. Options include culturally sacred ceremonies, Hindu or Buddhist weddings, cliff top ceremonies, beach nuptials and waterfall weddings. 

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The Ungasan Resort

Ungasan

Seamlessly blending into the greater Uluwata area, resting on the southernmost tip of the island -  Ungasan is notoriously known as one of the most scenic areas in Bali. She offers majestic clifftops with views for as far as the eye can see. The area combines peaceful rural surroundings with some of the most élite luxury resorts and clifftop villas the Island has to offer. 

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One of the many architecturally spectacular ocean view wedding venues in Bali

Ungasan is also home to some of the most spectacular beaches on Bali Island, with pristine white sand shores and clear blue waters. Weddings are all about elegance and comfort here. Ungasan is the epitome of a seaside wedding sanctuary, offering discrete privacy and intimacy as well as world-class cuisines and luxurious accommodation and facilities.

Wedding guests will enjoy exploring Ungasan by the many tour options available. There’s a popular half day ‘hidden secrets’ jeep tour and a busy industry of private drivers that will escort you to less touristic spots in the region. Adventure lovers can explore the area from above by booking a paragliding experience.

Ungasan is a picture perfect setting for chilling out with a specially crafted beverage in hand, while watching the sun disappear behind the ocean line. It is a dream setting for a tropical and exotic wedding celebration, although it is not as cheap as other areas in Bali. 

The going rate for an all-inclusive wedding for 10 people in one of Ungasan's exclusive resorts is around AUD $16,000. For 70 people you could expect to be quoted around $50,000. The list of inclusions offered at these resorts is impressive, with accommodation and spa treatments for all guests included, a private butler, driver and nanny, wedding ceremony and reception and a host of smaller ticket items.

Ubud District

Ubud is a place where traditional Balinese culture infuses every waking moment and where colourful offerings decorate the streets. The area is a showcase of sustainable design, culinary inventiveness, mindfulness and a celebration of culture. Ubud is an inland destination without the beaches or cliff top views, but it is as visually spectacular in its green finery, as its coastal neighbours are with their ocean outlooks. 

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The stunning inland waterfalls of Bali's Ubud District

A scenic hour drive from Bali’s coast and beaches, you will find the vibrant “one with nature” Ubud District. With blends of local tradition and contemporary style hidden amongst enchanting lush valleys, flowing waters and green foothills – Ubud lends its beauty to couples to make an oath and begin life together as one in an awe-inspiring intimate and romantic inland wedding ceremony.

Ubud offers plenty of exciting things to see and do before and after your wedding. From exploring ancient temples, palaces and archaeological sites, to visiting the local museums and galleries, to taking photos at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces and visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest. Nature lovers will enjoy the 9km Campuhan Ridge Walk, shoppers will love the Ubud Art Market and the Bali Agung Show is a must see experience for those who enjoy the theatre.

Many couples choose Ubud for their destination Bali wedding for the unique inland tropical location. The green countryside and rice terraces make a stunning backdrop for wedding photos as do the waterfalls and pools. While most couples head to seaside resorts to celebrate their Bali wedding, there’s something magical and especially intimate about weddings in Ubud. 

With its natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere Ubud provides a sense of divine spirituality and connectedness. Planning a wedding is easy here too, with many wedding venues connecting you with experienced industry professionals to do all your styling and planning for you.

Simple ceremonies at Ubud's waterfalls are popular and usually cost between AUD $2,000 - $3,000. Traditional Balinese ceremonies start at around AUD $500. And a wedding ceremony and dinner for 20 people at one of Ubud's treetop venues with stunning valley views starts at AUD $3,600.

Seminyak 

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Alila Seminyak in Bali

Often characterized as Bali’s most sophisticated and upscale beach resort, despite humble beginnings – Seminyak is now a very modern part of Bali. This world renowned beach resort area at the southern end of Bali, is home to many luxury villas, hotels, spas, restaurants as well as high-end shopping malls.

Compared to Ubud, there’s fewer things to do in Seminyak. But if a relaxed, casual beach setting in which to exchange your vows is what you’re after or an ultra-glamorous celebration with all the glitz and glams – Seminyak will be your ideal wedding destination. It’s the ideal location for couples who are in quest of a unique and relaxed location to celebrate love, be it a legal wedding or a commitment ceremony. 

Sunbathing is the popular sport in Seminyak. If you can muster the energy there’s also some wonderful boutique shopping on offer and the fine dining is some of the best in Bali. The region also has a chocolate factory, several escape rooms, surf beaches, temples and cooking classes on offer.

There is no more luxurious location to say “I Do”, set on a tropical island, in earshot of the Indian Ocean waves and with breathtaking sunsets than Seminyak. To give you a rough idea of the cost of a wedding ceremony in Seminyak, a well known international hotel chain offers ceremonies attended by up to 50 guests including two nights accommodation for up to 4 couples from AUD $5,000.

Sanur 

Sanur is the oldest, original beach resort destination on the whole island and yet, it never failed to lose its unique personality, tranquillity nor the traditional Balinese feel. The coastline of Sanur spans 8km of sand and includes several popular beaches that don’t get quite as congested as those in the tourist centre of Kuta.

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Villa at a Sanur wedding venue

Away from the hordes of tourists, in Sanur people enjoy bicycle rides to the local markets or strolls from the villa to the beach. Lining long stretches of the clean shore, traditional jukung fishing boats rest in colourful arrangements on the sand. The beaches are perfectly safe for swimming and if you’re after the thrill of action there are plenty of water sport activities including the unique Bali Seawalker where you can walk underwater and experience the beautiful reefs and tropical marine life. 

Sanur’s coastal strip has a wonderful selection of resorts and hotels that offer a range of wedding packages which are on average, cheaper than in Seminyak. Connected by a paved footpath and cycle track, the Sanur beaches with the best wedding venues include:

  • Keramas Beach
  • Sanur Beach
  • Sindhu Beach
  • Mertasari Beach

Off the beach, villas in the area offer well-tended lawns, luxurious pools and traditional thatched-roofed pavilions. Perhaps the world’s most spectacular wedding pavilion is also situated here, providing an all-glass-enclosed, spectacular setting for weddings of up to 60 guests overlooking Sanur beach.

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Ulu Cliffhouse, Bali

Bali is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations for many great reasons. The island is a tropical paradise with its stunning beaches and ocean views providing a picturesque backdrop against its lush greenery. The architecturally stunning chapels and glass pavilions. The impeccable landscaping and poolside lounges at its villas and resorts. And the culturally rich and diverse people and services. 

Bali is also one of the most affordable wedding destinations on the planet. Luxury weddings are not expensive in Bali and flights into the country are affordable too. For couples with guests travelling into Bali from a variety of places around the world, the island’s location and accessibility to flights is especially convenient.

If you’re planning on having a destination wedding or elopement, you’re all but guaranteed to find a stunning wedding venue in Bali, that fits well with both your budget and your preferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Wedding Photographers in NSW

NSW has a wonderful selection of affordable wedding photographers that offer quality photography at budget friendly prices.  The 40 photographers listed in this article offer wedding packages that start at under $2,500 or between $2,500 - $4,500. These packages generally include at least 5 hours coverage (up to 12 hours) and a copy of all high resolution images.

Couples looking for an elopement package will find that many of the photographers below offer tailored smaller packages of between $500 - $3,000. Pricing depends on the volume of hours booked and a minimum number of hours is usually required. Bear in mind that photographers sometimes reserve weekend dates for larger wedding bookings - so it's worth enquiring about availability if you're wanting a smaller package.

In this list of affordable wedding photographers you'll find some truly exceptional creatives. They all come highly recommended, have their own unique styles and are experienced in capturing weddings in a diverse range of cultures & traditions.

Table of Contents:

Sydney Photographers
Byron Bay Photographers
Hunter Valley Photographers
Illawarra Photographers
North Coast Photographers
South Coast Photographers
Southern Highlands Photographers
Riverina Photographers

Affordable Photographers in Sydney

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1. The Paper Fox
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: South Sydney
  • Info: Inspired by all things wild, romantic and perfectly imperfect. Video + stationery design

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2. Mr Wigley
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Redfern
  • Info: Ridiculously fun & colourful images. Darren is easygoing, relaxed and fun.

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3. Jason Corroto
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Northern Beaches
  • Info: VIsual and intimate storyteller for the effortlessly in love. Featured in Magazines. Will travel.

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4. Vincent Lai Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: South West Sydney
  • Info: Honest & simple documentary style wedding photojournalist. Award winning images.
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5. Yasmina Nadine
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Northern Beaches
  • Info: Relaxed & unobtrusive with no awkward posing. Experience in Hindu, Jewish, Islamic & Chinese weddings.

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6. Florent Vidal
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Randwick & Port Stephens
  • Info: French photographer with two studios servicing weddings in Sydney, Hunter Valley and North Coast.

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7. Sophie Granger Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Artarmon
  • Info: Captures the in-between moments that celebrate life, love and people.

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8. Perfect Moment Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Ryde
  • Info: Jeffrey Wang & the team offer both photography and video including same day edit.

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9. Fuzzy Pear Studio
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Sydney
  • Info: Highly experienced in Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern weddings. Illawarra to Hunter Valley.

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Affordable Photographers in Byron Bay

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10. Sheri McMahon
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: North Coast
  • Info: Timeless, intentional, natural, soft and elegant images. Elopement & intimate wedding specialist.

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11. Ben Wyeth Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Northern Rivers
  • Info: Easy going, adventurous photographer with preference for candid images. 

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12. Nina Claire Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Byron Bay
  • Info: Honest, natural and meaningful images. Magazine front covers. 

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Affordable Photographers in the Hunter Valley

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13. Stories with Mel
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Info: Natural light photographer who specialises in relaxed weddings.

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14. Popcorn Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Info: Authentic, elegant, natural and timeless images with a little spontaneous fun.

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15. Bryce Noone Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Hunter Valley
  • Info: Only ever seen wearing tan shoes. Musician. Candid image specialist. Well published.

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16. Cavanagh Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Central Coast
  • Info: Adam is calm, relaxed and a fun person to hang out with. Natural images being yourself.

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17. Keegan Cronin
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Central Coast
  • Info: "I want you to look back on the day and feel what it was like in any given moment". Multi award winner.

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18. Willow & Rose Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Central Coast
  • Info: Rosie's Mum was a painter, her brothers are musicans and she's a dancer. Creative & candid images.

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19. Idlewild Creative
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Central Coast
  • Info: Bobby is a one woman army who blends in and goes mostly unnoticed on the day. Will travel.

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Affordable Photographers in the Illawarra 

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20. Jon Harris Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Gerringong
  • Info: Long time wedding photographer and fine art landscape specialist. Small weddings & elopement packages.

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21. Margan Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Wollongong
  • Info: Husband & wife capturing stories filled with warmth, light, truth, joy, silliness, laughter & always adventure.

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22. Alex Jackson Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Wollongong
  • Info: Captures the connections between people, the love & authentic moments. Bring your quirky old self.

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23. Gavin Cato Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Shellharbour
  • Info: Drone specialist. Works well with couples who don't like having their photo taken.

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24. Translucent Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Wollongong
  • Info: The laughter. The goosebumps. The tears. The warmth of hugs. The gentle touch. Fun & easygoing.

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25. Matt Ashton Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Shellharbour
  • Info: Captures the moments when you are laughing so hard you snort. Quit his building career to capture your happy tears.

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Affordable Photographers on the North Coast

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26. Mary Faith Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Info: Cinematic photos, filled with emotion and a hint of retro. Adventurous & fun.

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  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Coffs Harbour
  • Info: Immortalising special moments in people's lives with stylish, creative and emotionally rich photos.

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28. Spirel Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Taree
  • Info: Elisabeth loves to capture people being happy, excited, in love, nervous and teary.

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29. Tatiana Rose Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Port Stephens
  • Info: Photography that makes you feel. Raw and authentic moments.

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30. White Boda Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Coffs Harbour
  • Info: Be relaxed, be silly, be lovers. Scott is a pet friendly, fashion savvy wedding photographer.

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31. Sarah & Gee Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Port Macquarie
  • Info: Sarah has a warm personality that helps couples feel relaxed in front of the lens.

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32. Under a Treehouse
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Central Coast
  • Info: Chris is an adventurous wedding & elopement photographer who loves to travel.

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33. Little Black Bow Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Info: Dea captures natural, real emotions with some creativity thrown in. She's relaxed & fun.

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Affordable Photographers on the South Coast

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34. Peter Izzard Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Jervis Bay
  • Info: Natural, unobtrusive, fearless & fun wedding photography. Also an expert pet photographer.

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35. Beth Fernley Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Shellharbour
  • Info: Emotive imagery from an emotive person. Beth will cry, laugh and get excited alongside you.

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36. Nora Devai Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Jervis Bay
  • Info: An expert in the South Coast's secret photo locations. 

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37. KLD Photography
  • Price Guide: <$2,500
  • Location: Nowra
  • Info: Bungee jumping, dirt bike loving, campfire & outdoor wedding specialist.

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38. Jason Valler Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Wollongong
  • Info: Fine arts photographer with a creative eye for location, light, composition & style.

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Affordable Photographers in the Southern Highlands

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39. Emma Marie Photography
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Mittagong
  • Info: Flexible & easy-going. Great communication & clients feel comfortable in front of lens.

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Affordable Photographers in the Riverina

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40. Peppermint Studios
  • Price Guide: $2,500 - $4,500
  • Location: Wagga Wagga
  • Info: Tina is described as having great energy, lighthearted and compassionate.

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Couples who are getting married in NSW have access to a diverse range of affordable wedding photographers. And while most photographers describe their imagery as natural, candid and emotive their individual styles can differ remarkably. To find your ideal wedding photographer, we recommend enquiring with those on this list whose work resonates with you most. 

Gone, but not forgotten

Weddings are one of the biggest days of your life, and probably one that you’ve imagined since you were a kid. When you pictured your wedding day in your mind, you always expected that certain people would be there at your side, smiling and laughing with you, and making happy memories. 

It may sadly be the case, though, that that special person is not able to be there in person on your wedding day because they have passed away. Instead, they’ll be there in spirit and if you want to make their inclusion in your wedding all the more special you can pay tribute to them throughout the day. 

Knowing how to include them, however, can be a little tricky! You don’t want to make the day feel sad, or take away from any of the happy memories you’ll be making. So - how do you pay tribute to them in a way that has meaning, but also feels appropriate for such a joyous occasion?

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Grandma's hanky and pearls. Image: Bec Essery Weddings

How to include loved ones who have passed in your wedding day 

One of the first things to ask yourself is whether you’d like to create a private moment just for yourself to remember and celebrate with them, or whether you would like to make a public celebration in their memory, that your bridal party and guests can share in. If the person was well known to your guests and their absence will be felt strongly, it could be a lovely touch to add their presence in a more public way, which not only celebrates and honours them, but encourages your guests to share that memory and celebration with you.

Here are some suggestions on how to include a loved one who has passed in your wedding day celebrations.

Ceremony Ideas

  • A locket can be a long-lasting token that you can keep with you even after the wedding finishes. Lockets allow you to carry photos of your loved ones close to your heart. Grooms can thread this onto a pin, and pin this inside their suit jacket. Brides can attach this to their bouquet as a charm, and feel that they are walking down the aisle with the support of their loved one, who walks alongside them.

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    Heirloom jewels can be incorporated into your wedding day. Image: White Wedding Photographers

  • If your loved one had an accessory or outfit that you always associated with them, this could be incorporated into your wedding day attire. It could be a vintage hair comb to pin in your hair, Mum’s pearl bracelet on your wrist, or you could have an old wedding dress recut to a more modern shape. It could be Dad’s original wedding suit tailored to suit your own measurements, or using Grandpa’s Sunday-best tie.

  • If you love the idea of using one of your loved ones’ outfits to include them in your special day, but the style of the garments don’t really match the style of your wedding, consider using leftover material in a clever and more discreet way. A piece of lace from your grandmother’s wedding dress could be used to wrap the bouquet stems. Dad’s favourite checked shirt could be used to line the inside of your suit jacket. 

  • Did your loved one use handkerchiefs? Having a handkerchief embroidered with a special phrase or a saying that they were known for and tucking it close to your heart is a lovely way to feel close to them on your wedding day. Adding a spritz of their perfume or cologne onto it will make you feel they aren’t so far away, every time you breathe it in.

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    Favourite florals are a great way to give the nod to loved ones

  • Did your loved one have a favourite flower, or were they an avid gardener? It could be particularly meaningful to you to add a rose from Grandad’s garden to your bouquet, or use a sprig of lavender for the groomsmen’s boutonniere, in honour of a friend who liked the fragrance so much.

  • It can be a very touching gesture to set aside a seat for your loved one at your wedding ceremony, out of respect of where they would be seated if they were there in person. You can place a framed photograph of them on the seat, or a card with their name and a short message about why the seat has been saved.

  • Consider setting aside room for a small table where you can place a framed photograph and a candle, which will burn for the duration of the ceremony all the way until the end of the reception. 

Reception Ideas

  • After the ceremony while you and your partner are taking photographs, it’s often a nice touch to have a cocktail hour for your guests. Why not add a signature drink to the drinks service which is a nod to your loved one? On arrival to the reception, you could ask guests to have a sherry in Nan’s honour, or serve Dad’s favourite whiskey. If you wanted to create your own signature cocktail, you could name it in honour of your loved one, either in a subtle way, with a nod to something they loved, or in a more overt way, using their name.

  • If your loved one was a keen baker you could use one of their recipes as part of the meal service (with the help of your caterers or venue). Perhaps you could serve Nonna’s biscotti with tea and coffee at the end of the night. Or even choose something they would have loved as one of your choices – you might know that your friend would have loved any dessert with chocolate in it, for example.

  • Were they always at you to learn something? Maybe Mum always teased you about your two left feet, so you could get a wedding dance lesson as a private joke between the two of you. Maybe your auntie always complimented your natural curly hair, so you could leave your curls out, as she would have loved to have seen it that way. Maybe your brother was always a natural public speaker, so you could put extra effort into delivering the perfect speech.

    The Vintage Stylus AustraliaIncorporate your loved ones' favourite music in your wedding day

  • Was there a favourite book or song that your loved one had? You could do your wedding dance to a song from their favourite band, or use a tune that had special meaning to you both. If they had a favourite book, could you include a quote from their favourite author in one of the ceremony readings or reception speeches.

  • Was there somewhere they always wanted to go? Maybe your uncle always talked about finally going to Europe, or making a trip back to their birthplace. This could be wonderful inspiration for your honeymoon destination, and would allow you to tick off something that was on their bucket list.

  • Instead of a wedding favour for each of your guests, you may like to do something charitable in honour of your loved one. Consider making a donation per person to a charity you hold close to your heart, instead of giving out bomboniere. This could be a cause that they held dear, or it could be a charity connected to the way they passed if this was due to illness. This can be a very practical way to honour a loved one’s memory, as instead of spending money on a gift which may not be wanted or needed by your guests, it instead can make a big difference to a charity who will gratefully receive your donation, and put it to good use.

  • An easy way to add a nod to a departed friend or family member is to raise a glass to their memory, during the champagne toasts and speeches. If you feel that you can handle the emotions, this could be a really poignant time to speak freely about your memory of that person, and what you think they would be thinking as they watch down on you today.

When your loved one is a pet

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Image: Folk + Follow 

We haven’t forgotten about your beloved pets – the death of a pet can be no less heartbreaking and there are ways you can include pets who have passed away in your wedding day too.

  • In lieu of wedding favours, make a donation to an animal charity in your pet’s name. You can add a card to each place setting advising that instead of receiving a bomboniere, that an animal shelter or charity has received a donation in honour of your pet.

  • If your pet had a collar with an identity tag, you can thread the tag onto a safety pin and pin it inside the groom’s suit, or add this to the bride’s bouquet as a trinket.

  • Set aside room for a small table at your reception with a photo of your pet and a burning candle. If you wanted to make a positive contribution, add a small collection box, or even your pet’s water dish, with a note advising that you will be accepting guest donations to your favourite animal charity.

It can be very upsetting to know that someone who should be there on your wedding day, will not be. But by incorporating some of these small personal touches into your ceremony and reception, it may make it feel like your loved ones’ memories are still at the top of your mind. They may not be able to be with you in body, but their memory will be in your heart as you make that special trip down the aisle.

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This article was written by wedding planner Nicky Oliver from White Magnolia Events.  Cover Image: Olguin Photography

 

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