Weddings And Places: Top Wedding Venues In Brisbane Australia

Happily ever after starts with the perfect wedding venue and where is the best place to start to find the perfect venue? Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and if you happen to be planning to hold your wedding there, then Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, might be the right site for you.

Glengariff Historic Estate

Nothing makes a wedding perfect than experiencing a nostalgic one. Glengariff is the oldest family estate in the city having been a dairy farm for over a century and recently renovated into a vineyard and winery. It is now considered as one of the best venues for special events. From an outstanding view of the mountains, the Dayboro Valley, to formal gardens and stone arbours, one can have their ceremony and reception at the same place.

New Farm Park

Garden weddings are quite popular in this subtropical country and one of the popular wedding sites is the New Farm Park. The park boasts of horticultural delights that your eyes will certainly feast upon. Bright purple flowers from the Jacaranda tree during spring time cover the park with its splendor. Get to enjoy your reception overlooking the river or enjoy it surrounded by beautiful and breathtaking Jacaranda and Poincianas.

Castle in the Rainforest – Paronella Park

Hidden within a lush tropical forest is an old Catalonian-inspired castle, a waterfall and a hydro-electric plant is the Paronella Park. The park was built as a private home for Jose Paronella. The Park includes the castle, the Tunnel of Love, a Museum, a Café, tennis court and cabins. Many consider the place as one of the most romantic places on Earth.

Waterfront Wedding – Harrigan’s Drift Inn

If you love a panoramic view of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Harrigan’s Drift Inn offers a breathtaking view of the marina and the Calypso Bay. Harrigan’s offers several packages starting from an affordable price for a Fireplace and Garden reception to a tailor-made marquee that can cater up to 120 guests. The inn has its own wedding coordinator and as such they can take care of all the preparations for your special day. From table decorations to the menu, music and entertainment, one only needs to stay back and relax for their special day.

Custom House

Right in the city’s downtown area is another romantic place that can serve as your wedding reception. The Custom House is a premier heritage facility overlooking Brisbane River and the Story Bridge. Behind the grand Corinthian columns that flank the exterior of the facility, one would also find a stunning ballroom inside. The place not only serves as a wedding venue but also caters to corporate events.

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Becoming a Balanced Bride – 6 Tips to Prevent Wedding Planning Stress

So the ring is on your finger. You’ve set a bunch of the plans in motion, found the perfect gown, asked your girls to stand up for you, chosen the flowers, and booked the venue. Suddenly, you notice that you’re a little distracted- jumpy, touchy, snarky and snippy… just, off balance. There’s still so much left to DO and you’re starting to feel a little overwhelmed. How are you supposed to stay on top of these details, deal with the sudden influx of in-law issues (I know, your future mother in law was *totally normal* before you got engaged! She’ll probably settle down, I promise), manage your social life AND oh yeah, work full time? It’s surely enough to drive a girl batty!

Maybe a mini-bridezilla is about to rear her ugly head. Or maybe we can head that all off at the pass with a few simple stress-relieving tips.

1) Eat well and drink PLENTY of water. I know, you’re busy! But eating a well balanced diet filled with plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein helps keep you properly fueled, and the right amount of energy helps with the natural stress response. Make sure you’re staying hydrated as well. Drink water, iced tea, whatever you need to stave off thirst. Avoid empty calories though- your body and your skin will thank you!

2) Get enough sleep. What “enough” is of course depends on the person, but it’s probably safe to say that staying up until 3am every morning reading wedding blogs is not going to help your stress levels. 7-9 hours a night is a good range. A tired bride is an unhappy bride, and your psyche will thank you for getting enough shut-eye!

3) Get up and exercise! Do a little yoga, Pilates, go for a jog, head to the gym and take out your frustration in a kickboxing class (imagine that bag is your latest annoyance), shake your booty in Zumba, walk, dance, whatever gets you moving! Research has shown that the chemicals released during exercise help boost mood and improve brain function. I know I always feel better after a nice workout.

4) Don’t give up your social life. Keep your girls’ night out dates- spend time with your besties talking about everything EXCEPT the wedding. Shop, go dancing, have a spa day- do something fun that will take your mind off the many decisions that will need to be made. Goodness knows they want to stop hearing about the wedding just as much as you’d like to stop thinking about it!

5) Get away from it all. Take a break from the planning. Turn off the laptop, put the iPhone on silent, and go out with your fiance and just spend time together. Talk about something OTHER than the wedding. After all, you’re planning your life together- not just a wedding. Go out to eat and catch a movie, head out to people-watch, or just stroll along holding hands. Reconnect! Really enjoy each other and remember why you’re going through all this stress in the first place!

6) Ask for help and delegate. In my opinion, this is the best stress reliever! I know it’s hard, but it can take a huge weight off your shoulders if you hand over a few wedding related tasks to a responsible friend or family member. Planning a wedding can take up to 300 hours (depending on size and such)- why would you want to go it alone? Of course it’s your day but you should enjoy this process- not strain under the burden of it all! So hand a few things over and breathe a sigh of relief!

Bonus Tip: If you’re still feeling the pressure and feel like you might pop, it might be time to call in the big guns! A huge part of a professional planner’s job is to help you de-stress, take on what you’d rather not, and even talk you through those joyous in-law issues. Their goal is to get you down the aisle calm, cool and fabulous, with your sanity intact.

The stress that comes with wedding planning is about more than just the size of the event. It’s more than just the cost. Marriage is a huge life-changing event. The engagement period needs to be more than just the buffer between being in a relationship and being permanently attached. It’s really designed to help you adjust to the idea of being married. Following the steps above will help create the space you need in your life to process that adjustment.

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