Our Guide To Finding Your Wedding Vendors

From planners and celebrants to entertainers and transport specialists, vendors are there to help you create your dream wedding, so choose them carefully. Read our tips on how to select the ten most important services.

1. Wedding Planner

1. Wedding Planner

To make your wedding celebration come to life with out a hitch, begin by contacting someone who will help you organise the whole event. A professional wedding planner will save you time, maximise your budget and ensure everything runs smoothly on the day without a glitch.

OUR TIP: If you are still not sure if you need a wedding planner, read our article on why you should hire a wedding planner, and if you need some recommendations see our list of vendors providing wedding planning services throughout Australia here

2. Celebrant

2. Celebrant

Whether you want to tie the knot on a beach, in a beautiful garden, in a tropical rainforest, or in any other setting, you will need a marriage celebrant. Finding the right one can be a time consuming task. You need to find a celebrant who really understands you and your partners needs and wants to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

OUR TIP: This article is full of useful tips on how to choose your celebrant, and here you will find an extensive list of celebrants in all regions of Australia.

Deciding where to host your big day is one of the most important steps in planning a wedding. Before you start searching for a reception venue, make sure that you have the guest list ready and know what the theme or colour scheme you want to create is. From the cosiest and most intimate venues to the most glamorous of ballrooms, we have a huge selection of reception venues across Australia, as well some hand-picked destinations overseas.

OUR TIP: You can search our list of reception venues by state, region or keywords here, so get started!

4. Caterer

4. Caterer

If your reception venue doesn’t provide catering or if you want a special menu, you will need a wedding caterer. From those who specialise in classic wedding menus and can create a fabulous buffet or multi-course meals, to those who will deliver something special like a grazing table, a fantastic high tea repertoire or a mouth-watering dessert table, you can find many different options so don't limit yourself to just one.

OUR TIP: Read our article on catering your reception and see our list of caterers across Australia.

And we can't forget about the cake! Our wedding cake glossary will help you get started, and decide which style and flavour you want. It can be anything from a classic tiered wedding cake with ornate frosting and lots of embellishments, to something utterly chic and modern like a naked cake adorned with fresh flowers and fruit or drizzled icing, a cake made of artisan cheeses or a organic raw cake.

OUR TIP: Browse our recommend list of Australian cake makers to find a vendor in your area.

6. Florist

6. Florist

Wedding flowers are really worth splurging on! You will need bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, boutonniere for the groom and groomsmen, ceremony flowers and, of course, the flowers for your reception and cake. However, you can also bring in some additional elements like hanging arrangements, a flower arch for the ceremony, floral canopies or potted plants scattered across the tables.

OUR TIP: Read our article on the top 10 wedding flowers and our list of Australia's leading florists acorss Australia.

7. Decorations & Party Hire

7. Decorations & Party Hire

If you have already sorted out the venue and the flowers, you can start thinking about other decorations and props. Whether you are working with a blank space or you have a fully furnished venue, choosing the right event hire company is going to help you perfect the styling. You can even hire a company to create a personalised bar, set up light boxes, deliver chalk board signs or provide a few stylish vintage pieces that will add a special touch to your venue.

OUR TIP: Go through our list of decorations and party hire specialists to find the perfect vendor for your wedding, be it a vintage-style tea party or a glam marquee wedding.

8. Photography & Video

8. Photography & Video

Every bride and groom wants great photos and a video that really encapsulates and preserves those important memories. This is why it is really important to invest in the right photographer and videographer. Go through the portfolios and contact only the professionals whose style you love.

OUR TIP: Read our wedding photography tips and start discovering our preferred Australian photographers and videographers.

9. Music & Entertainment

9. Music & Entertainment
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To make your wedding reception truly memorable and entertaining for you and your guests, think about different entertainment options. Music is of course the most important element. Whether you want a band or DJ, there are so many different options, so make sure that you choose entertainers who will really add something to the atmosphere. Awesome lighting, a great photo booth and other elements will also enhance the whole experience.

OUR TIP: Be inspired by our article on types of wedding entertainment, and see our list of entertainment specialists

10. Transport

10. Transport

Your wedding transport can really boost your wedding photography and make you feel like a superstar for the day. Just imagine the joy of riding in a stylish car with a glass of Champagne and having a red carpet rolled out for you in front of your ceremony venue! Or opt for something unexpected like a helicopter, sea plane or a yacht!

OUR TIP: Find some quirky ideas in our article on fun wedding transport options and have a browse through our list of preferred transport specialists.

Use our Wedding Services Directory

In addition to these ten you might also need some other vendors such as hair and beauty professionals, bridal fashion designers, dry cleaners, gift registries and honeymoon experts, and you can find all of these and much more in our Wedding Services Directory. Here you can view their work in the image gallery and also visit their social media pages as well as contact them directly!

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