Thursday, 28 March 2013

Apologies but the host for our website is migrating servers and we're offline atm. Hopefully back soon! Have a great Easter everyone!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Country Weddings Part 2 ~~ Maldon, Vic, Australia

In part 1 of our country wedding special, we suggested a great way to host a country wedding would be to 'borrow' a friend or relative's rural property for the day. However, of course, not everybody knows someone who owns or has access to a farm. So, if you have your heart set on a country wedding, what to do, where to go?

Last week I wrote that the main attraction for couples who want a country wedding is the homespun, natural feel that country weddings provide. The rustic charm of being surrounded by leafy country lanes, wandering farm animals, rusty old sheds, hay bales and cosy farmhouses with lots of character often carries with it the most unique ingredient of all: history. That particular element isn't something you can easily find in city venues.

   The historic town of Maldon, Victoria, Australia, is both an ideal, and idyllic location for a country wedding.


So yes, look to the country for some historical, full-on charm. Nothing beats the idyllic location of a 100 year-old heritage-listed farmhouse, but why not go one step further and look for an entire heritage-listed town for an even more unique experience? Maldon, which is an old gold-mining town situated in central Victoria, Australia, not only has historical charm, but historical authenticity. Located about 130 kms northwest of Melbourne, it offers an ideal weekend away for city dwellers, but its unique atmosphere also offers an ideal location for a country wedding. Your future wedding will become part of your own family's heritage for future generations, so why not go for an authentic heritage location for your big day as well?

The picturesque main street of Maldon   


First settled in the 1850's as one of Victoria's boom towns during the Australian gold rush of the mid 19th-century, Maldon has the unique distinction of being named Australia's first Notable Town in 1966. This classifies it as a historical precinct, which means it is protected from unsympathetic development. It's a town preserved in all its historical glory, and this makes it a very special destination indeed.

   Rustic charm abounds in Maldon (picture courtesy of www.maldon.org.au)


It's not a theme park, it is a real, thriving community which offers all the essential prerequsites: history (tick) beautiful scenery (tick) charming accommodation (tick) great dining, restaurants and hotels (tick); convenience (tick - the town's main attractions, B & B's and heritage guesthouses are all within walking distance of the picturesque main street); transport (tick - Maldon boasts not only a railway station, but a perfectly restored historical one for the train buffs). Maldon's main street is itself worth the drive up from Melbourne - it was awarded a National Trust Award in 2006 for having the most 'intact historic streetscape in Victoria'.

Beautiful Fairbank House, Maldon.   


One of the best (if not the best) guesthouses in Maldon, is the magnificent Fairbank House. This grand old lady dates back to 1895. Ideal for weekend getaways, this beautiful old country house would also be an unforgettable location to hire for your wedding. It offers lots of possibilities - especially for smaller wedding parties. Depending on the weather and time of the year, you could get married in either the beautiful front garden, or inside in the lovely old drawing room (see below). You could hire local caterers to set up tables either inside or out (again, this would be most suitable for smaller wedding parties) or, another suggestion would be to use Fairbank as the location just for the ceremony, and hold your reception at one of the many heritage-listed local hotels or restaurants nearby. One suggestion is the delightful Penny School, a heritage listed old school house which has been converted into a restaurant/art gallery. It caters for both large and small functions, and is a stone's throw away from the main street, and a two-minute drive from Fairbank.

The possibilities are truly endless for a weekend away in Maldon staying at Fairbank. It would also make a great venue for a girls' weekend away or overnight accommodation for a hen's night or bridal shower, being within walking distance of the main street's excellent country pubs. It would also make a wonderful venue for an engagement party weekend. One thing's for sure, you and your guests will be guaranteed an unforgettable experience packed with vintage charm and Victorian elegance, and a stunning location everyone will be talking about for a long, long time afterwards.



I hope you enjoyed reading about beautiful Maldon. Next week, our theme will be Steampunk weddings, which should be a lot of fun!

In the meantime, once again here are some suggestions for creating your own country wedding, with customized country-themed and vintage wedding invitations and favors from Zazzle, to give you some inspiration ~~







Our Vintage Wedding Postage Stamp
Our Vintage Wedding Postage Stamp by GeekInk
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Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation
Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation by Trifecta_Designs
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Rustic Country Wedding Invitations Horses Wagon
Rustic Country Wedding Invitations Horses Wagon by OldCountryStore
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Vintage Modern Typography Ticket Wedding Invite
Vintage Modern Typography Ticket Wedding Invite by samack
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

We're up and running again!

All is back to normal again at www.the-elegant-wedding.com after our recent technical issues! Because of this, please look out for our new blog update next week, Monday 18th March. Thank you for understanding and your support. :)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Urgent Message about our Web Site

Apologies, but all of our websites are down for the count at the moment. This affects www.graphicallusions.com and www.the-elegant-wedding.com. Not only is there a seriously bad bug at the server side end at Zazzle (We use their Zazzle Store Builder feed for both websites) but of all times, our hosting ISP has decided to take today to migrate our websites to another server! So, apologies again, but this is something sadly out of our control. Fingers crossed everything is back up and running asap!! In the meantime thank you all for your support! Needless to say, there will be no blog update this week for the Elegant Wedding. :-( However, please return next week for our country wedding special, Part 2: Maldon, Victoria.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Country Weddings ~ Part 1

Country weddings are a great idea not only for country dwellers, but for all those who love the down to earth, natural, organic feel of the countryside. All bride and grooms are different of course, so one couple's idea of a country wedding will be vastly different to another couple's. Some people will think, 'ah, country', and immediately envision vintage, homespun wedding favors, a farm setting with rusty old tractors in the fields and old farm equipment hanging on barn walls and horses and cows roaming around freely in the paddocks in the distance. They'll think of outdoor trestle tables with vases of fresh flowers and gingham tablecloths, hurricane lanterns hanging from surrounding trees, dogs running around everywhere and so on. Other couples may envision grand old country manors with magnificent gardens, fairytale horse and carriages, spectacular marquees with metres upon metres of tulle hanging from every corner, quaint English-cottage style garden furniture that looks like it came straight from the nearest croquet club - and more.

Whatever your preference (and the budget allows for), one thing's for certain: a country wedding can be as homespun, or as grand, as you can make it. The first thing to consider though, especially if you're a city dweller, is exactly where you'll hold your country wedding. If you know someone or have a relative with a rural property, and they are willing to let you host your wedding there, then that's great; you're a step already. However for those of us not fortunate enough to know someone, then it's time to hit Google and see what's out there. Depending on what country you're in, you'll find country wedding planners and country wedding venues will be your first stop. Of course, you don't have to actually sign up with any of these people just yet - at this stage just use their websites for information and advice at first. You may find you can plan your own wedding by going directly to some of these business recommended by these websites yourself - thereby saving yourself some money in the process, which is never a bad thing! However, if you'd love the idea of having it all organised for you, then look no further.



Another thing I would recommend, is to ask everyone you know, work colleagues, friends of friends, neighbours and anyone else you can think of, if they know of someone who got married at a country venue and would they recommend it? Hit the bridal magazines, travel and rural tourism websites and brochures (perhaps a trip the local library may also unearth a lot of great information). Also, if you've already made some preliminary enquiries about bridal gowns, photography etc. or met with any other wedding professionals yet, ask them what they know about country wedding venues also, and ones they can recommend.

If you're holding your wedding it at a location which is a considerable distance from the nearest town, then you'll need to give serious consideration to the travel and accommodation requirements for your guests. Is your location handy to any form of public transport? Are there enough hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in the district to accommodate all your guests? Do the hotels run a shuttle service to the nearest railway station or bus stop? Perhaps hiring a minivan for the weekend would be a good idea for those guests who don't have cars or easy access to transport?

Important note here: do your research properly when it comes to dates, and possible clashes with other local festivities that may be taking place in the district at the time. You don't want the annual begonia festival or the local agricultural show which only comes to town once a year to clash with your weekend!

Sunflower Rustic Barn Wood Wedding Invitations
Sunflower Rustic Barn Wood Wedding Invitations by printcreekstudio
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If you can (and let's face it, it will be much handier for you in the long run, especially when it comes to transporting food and fresh flowers, etc.) support the local businesses in the area, such as the bakeries, florists, caterers, photographers, and so on. They're bound to give you excellent service, as for them it's great exposure to a large group of potential customers from out of the area. They'll want to make a good impression, and will be going those extra yards for you, so it's a win-win situation all round.

If holding your wedding outdoors, take into consideration the weather, and time of year. Familiarise yourself with the history of the local climate for the time of year you're looking at. Find out if, and when there's a rainy season, or when it's unbearably hot for that month or if the area is going to be covered in six feet of snow. Insects and other wildlife could also pose a problem - so be sure to check that out, too. I've heard a few horror stories in my time (which I'll have to blog about one day!) about weddings and wildlife - they're never a good mix! For instance, flocks of cockatoos can pose a problem in certain parts of the Australian countryside, and it's probably not the wisest move to hold a dusk wedding near an orchard if there's a local population of fruit bats nearby. The bottom line: whatever rural location you choose in whatever country you live in, always remember to research EVERYTHING about the area first.



Next week I'll be blogging about a lovely location in the heart of Victoria (Australia) which is a perfect location for a country wedding - Maldon. So, look out for part 2 of my Country Wedding blog then. In the meantime, here are my suggestions for some great country wedding themed invitations, and country wedding favors.







Sophisticated Elegant western vintage wedding Announcement
Sophisticated Elegant western vintage wedding Announcement by ThemeWeddingBoutique
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Daisy & Barnwood Wedding Invitation
Daisy & Barnwood Wedding Invitation by thepinkschoolhouse
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Rustic Boots Country Wedding Postage Stamp
Rustic Boots Country Wedding Postage Stamp by loraseverson
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CUSTOMIZE IT! Make YOUR OWN KEYCHAIN
CUSTOMIZE IT! Make YOUR OWN KEYCHAIN by RanchLady
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Burlap Candy Bar Wrapper Favor Personalized Flyer
Burlap Candy Bar Wrapper Favor Personalized Flyer by happygotimes
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Mason Jar and White Daisies Canvas Bags
Mason Jar and White Daisies Canvas Bags by labellarue
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Cowgirl and Sunflowers Country Wedding Invitation
Cowgirl and Sunflowers Country Wedding Invitation by loraseverson
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