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The Barossa Valley

As Australia's best known wine-making region, the historic Barossa Valley and nearby Eden Valley offer many suitable wedding venues.

With only a 60-90 minute drive from the heart of Adelaide to various locations within the Barossa Valley, this beautiful district is receiving much attention as a favoured location for a country wedding.

The Barossa Valley offers something different for a country wedding. You may like to combine your wedding day celebration with your honeymoon and spend more than just a night in the area. With dozens of world class vineyards within this visually spectacular district, you may decide to spend a relaxing honeymoon in one of the top class accommodation facilities, and enjoy days spent meandering through the vineyards. You will have the opportunity to taste the wines, dine on fresh local produce and experience the charm that is the Barossa Valley.

If you wish to be more adventurous there is excellent bushwalking available in the nearby Barossa Ranges, spectacular conservation parks and wonderful bike-riding opportunities. You'll be surprised that there is so much to see and do!

There are golf courses, vineyards, wine museums, art and craft shops, galleries, nurseries, book shops, restaurants and much, much more.

Your wedding guests may also like to make a weekend of your celebration and take a short-break enjoying all that this wonderful area has to offer.

When it comes to organising your wedding we advise that you speak to the professional wedding service providers below. They are only too happy to offer their local knowledge and assist in any way possible to help make your wedding completely perfect.

Whilst you contemplate your country wedding just imagine the photo opportunities the Barossa Valley has to offer!

Or alternatively should you decide to hold your wedding in the spectacular Adelaide Hills you will be delighted with the range of wedding service providers, the choice of venues and the level of service you will find available to you.

An increasing number of engaged couples are discovering that country venues have many attractive features to offer them, more than enough, in fact, to move these venues from "too far away" to "well worth a visit".

Country venues, in general, take the time to pay extra attention to the customer's needs and you will receive a more relaxed and unhurried style of service that is typical of country life and reflects a genuine wish to deliver a unique style of service that is the trademark of so many country reception houses.

One of the greatest motivators may just be the quality of food and wine on offer. Fresh local produce innovatively prepared and delightfully presented will ensure your guests feel totally satisfied.

Many venues are, in fact, wineries and can offer you the unique experience of a wedding reception in an actual working vineyard. Rows and rows of carefully tended vines will delight your guests and create a unique backdrop for the wedding photography. You may even like the labels on the wine bottles offered to your guests personalised with your wedding details.

When organising your country wedding there are some practical considerations that should be given your attention in the planning stages. The most obvious being where you are holding the event. We suggest that you organise an excursion to the area and immediately visit the local tourist information centre. Here you will be provided with a wealth of local information enabling you to familiarise yourselves with all of the options available.

Many country areas have scheduled annual events, fairs, celebrations, and so on, that may interfere with the choice of date you would particularly like for your wedding day. Should your wedding co-incide with a major local tourist event you may not secure the accommodation bookings necessary and your guests could be left stranded. You must consider accommodation options especially for city guests who may wish to stay the night or the weekend.

So if you are unsure as to whether a country wedding is feasible for you, take your time to look around and speak with some of the locals.

A lovely idea is to put together a small compendium (A4 sheet folded in half) with information your guests would find not only useful but a wonderful memento of your special country wedding. This may include a small map of the area, local attractions and accommodation options, as they may like to make your wedding a short break for themselves as well. They will sincerely appreciate your efforts.

Many accommodation houses will offer discounts to their standard rates for group bookings, so don't forget to make such an enquiry and inform your guests of this option. You may wish to stay in the same location, taking the opportunity of creating a party atmosphere that could go on for days!

A country wedding can be a unique, experience with an ambience unlike any other. To make your country wedding truly memorable put your effort into the planning phase with gusto.

You will find that attentive service coupled with a uniquely Australian outdoor setting will ensure that your guests remember your special day for years to come.

We suggest you visit the Barossa Visitors' Centre, which is located at 66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda and is open from 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week, except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

There is also convenient Toll Free telephone number: 1800 812 662, or telephone: 08 8563 0600, or facsimile: 08 8563 0616. Here you will be provided with a wealth of local information so you can begin your planning.

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