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Wedding planning: A step-by-step guide

Wedding planning list

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. As the bride or the groom, you’ll have to make about a hundred decisions yet you’re still constantly terrified of forgetting any of the most important aspects of your big day.

To simplify your wedding planning and make sure that you don’t miss anything, here are five things that you absolutely must plan for.

Wedding Budget

Budget is a significant consideration when planning a big event like a wedding. It matters to know exactly how much you can spend on each part of the event. It may sound uncomfortable to sit with both your families to talk about how much they can contribute to the wedding expenses, but this is a smart thing to do. Knowing exactly how much money you have in the purse will allow you to plan your wedding with better precision.

For more tips on sticking to a budget, also read our blog on how to plan an affordable wedding.

Wedding Dates

The moment you say "yes" to your partner's wedding proposal, your family and many of your friends will begin asking when the wedding will be. Don’t let the insistent questioning pressure you into hastily picking a date. There are other matters that you need to consider first, like the wedding venue.

Usually, the average period of engagement for couples is 14 to 15 months. Within this duration, you should work on a systematic plan. A timetable will also help you organise the different preparations you need to settle along the way.

Wedding Venue

Envision your perfect wedding and its vibe.

Do you want to tie the knot by the beach with your toes buried in the sand or in a garden surrounded by waiving colours and scents of various flowers?

Do you want to say "I do" in front of a large audience or do you prefer only the closest of your family and friends to witness the exchange?

Would you like it indoors or outdoors? Modern, classic, romantic, fancy, casual? Do you want the reception in the same place as the ceremony?

Asking yourself these questions will help you decide on a venue for your big day. And at no other place on the Gold Coast can you find better wedding services than at Tamborine Gardens.

We have a wide range of wedding venue options, whatever size, vibe, or design you have in mind. We can also assist you in creating and designing your perfect wedding plan with our professional, friendly, and experienced staff and wedding coordinators.

Wedding Guest List

Compiling and finalising the guest list is a complicated part of wedding planning because guests can affect your budget and choice of venue. Being honest about the people that you really want to be there will help you achieve a wedding that you can truly be happy with. So sit down with your partner, and other key family members if needed, to decide. Put every name on paper to make sure you don’t forget anyone you decided to invite and to avoid conflict.

Creating your guest list on a spreadsheet can also help you keep track of everyone after you’ve started sending out the invites.

Wedding Vendors

Wedding vendors pertain to the different people or teams that will provide the products or services needed for the wedding. Dress designers, entertainers, photographers, caterers, florists, etc. Finding the right ones will help you achieve the exact vision for your big day.

Admittedly, it’s a lot of work to find a wedding vendor for each product or service. This is when a wedding planner comes in handy. Or you can look for venues that offer an all-in-one service like Tambourine Gardens! 

Let us take away some of the stress in planning a wedding with our range of packages for your Hinterland ceremony or reception here on the Gold Coast. This includes venue or catering options, decorations, entertainment, accommodation and more.

Enchanting Weddings at Tamborine Gardens

Tamborine Gardens Wedding And Function Resort is one of the best wedding venues on the Gold Coast. It is home to magical gardens, comfortable cottage accommodation, stunning reception centres, and friendly staff to help you create your dream wedding.

Call Tamborine Gardens today at (07) 5545 2544 or email us at and let’s work together to make your dream wedding come true.

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Love Notes From Our Couples

Thank you Tamborine Gardens for making our son and daughter in laws wedding such a magical day. From the amazing staff that went out of their way to make sure everything went so smoothly, to the beautiful chapel and grounds and the stunning starlight room. We will be highly recommending your venue to others

Wendy Tindall

I have never been more impressed by customer service then on our wedding day with the team at tamborine mountains garden resort. The food was incredible (all my guests complimented the food) and the whole process was seamless and so easy. Love them!


I just had my wedding here and I can not recommend it enough. The team were so fantastic, flexible with whatever we needed, the grounds are stunning, there's accommodation right here, and the price was incredible - and they included so much! Just perfect.

Britney Johnson

Hayley and Beck were great! Excellent customer service! Very friendly staff. Venue, food and drinks were amazing. We attended our friends daughter's wedding. Highly recommended.Our cottage was very beautiful and spacious with lovely view, they let us check in early!!

Uma Nath

Absolutely fantastic. It was such an amazing day. From the beginning of the planning process to the day all the staff were wonderful and made our day the absolute best it could be. We are so grateful to everyone for giving us the perfect day.

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