Think outside the square and design your dream wedding
By Lisa Monk
We all know that times are a little tight at the moment, but that doesn't mean that your wedding plans need to suffer. There's no need to elope to keep costs down… all it takes is a little lateral thinking and looking at options that offer a one-stop solution to all your wedding needs.
Perhaps the big waterside venue is no longer an option, or perhaps you have realised that numbers need to be pruned - but of course you still want your day to be perfect and fulfil your wedding dreams… or perhaps you are just looking for a special place that is a little out of the way and well out of the ordinary.
More and more people are choosing to have smaller, more intimate celebrations and there are some creative ways to achieve that, as venues become more flexible and allow you to design your own wedding and save money in a variety of ways, such as bringing your own alcohol.
Instead of looking longingly at wedding magazines, turn your sights to TakeABreak.com.au where you will discover hundreds of properties around Australia that can help you keep the stars in your eyes and your budget in the black, like the Glen Davis Boutique Hotel.
The hotel is just 3.5 hours from Sydney and yet a world away as it transports you to an amazing enclosed canyon (second in size only to the Grand Canyon), with astonishing views, privacy and all the special touches you want for your special day.
The setting is amazing - deep in the Capertee Valley and close to the Wollemi National Park. The hotel originally serviced the bustling town's shale oil mine and various visiting dignitaries and was considered to be the finest hotel west of the Blue Mountains.
The historic hotel has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is the perfect venue for weddings large and small. Book out the hotel and know that everyone staying there has come to share your joy, and it allows you to make your special day last longer, as guests can linger to celebrate with you.
There are a variety of rooms from family suites to queen and single rooms. Some have ensuite facilities, while some have shared facilities, reminiscent of traditional old hotels. The shared facilities are convenient and modern, yet in keeping with the style of the hotel. The rooms are art deco style and very welcoming. There is also a suite catering to guests with a disability.
This is the perfect place for an intimate wedding. Make your entrance down the grand staircase and take your vows in the garden, where the only thing that could eclipse the views of the escarpments coming to the valley floor is the beauty of your ceremony. Your wedding can be as casual or formal as you like... a ceremony in the beautiful grounds, followed by a high tea to celebrate, or perhaps you would rather have a banquet for up to 80 guests, or a cocktail party for more.
The Glen Davis Boutique Hotel is the perfect way to enjoy your wedding in a place of unparalleled beauty, that needn't break the bank.
If you want some ideas for your upcoming honeymoon, turn to Holiday Inspirations where you'll find hundreds of articles about fabulous places to visit in Australia.
TakeABreak.com.au is the only independent online holiday site specialising in boutique accommodation in Australia. Over 12,000 hotels, B&Bs and guest houses are listed on the site complete with in-depth information and guest reviews. The properties are easily searched via experience - pet, family, seniors, gay and lesbian-friendly and geography. The booking process is quick and simple with a "Best Deal" guarantee to ensure guests are receiving the cheapest price for that stay.
About the Author
Lisa Monk is a marketing communications writer with a diverse background that includes experience in travel, hotel, finance, public relations and advertising. She has worked with Club Med, the Holiday Inn group and on a number of other travel projects on a freelance basis. Lisa has travelled throughout Asia Pacific, North America and England.
Lisa now works with TakeABreak.com.au as editor of the Holiday Inspirations newsletter and other publications. She lives in Sydney with her husband Andy, and sons Joseph and Nicholas.