Welcome to Hunter Events NSW Blog
Hi there I’m Louise Manning welcome to my blog hoping you check in here often for the latest information and my opinions on anything and everything Wedding & Event Planning, Styling, Design & MC. My aim is to post a new blog every week or 2 so be sure to follow my social media accounts for tips and inspiration. You can find the links on my contact page via the link below.
Warmest Event and Wedding Wishes
Louise Manning - CWEP
Event Planner, Designer, Stylist & MC
7th May 2019
Sweet Caitie is blessed with a beautiful kind hearted Mum who engaged our services to create a winter wonderland fantasyland and that's exactly what we delivered. We outsourced all the required props from our amazing suppliers including Party Mumma, angelic events and Beyond lighting and arrived at the venue The Whistler in Maitland to bring this beauty together. What a joy to create and design this fantasyland and how amazing does Caitie look Hair and Make up by the talented Stacey Hipwell Makeup and Devine Hair.
the amazing willows really set the theme off and were created by Caitie's talented Mum & Dad (Stacey & . the theme wouldn't of been the same with out those amazing blue up lights. We loved styling this 21st and simply cannot wait for the wedding one day.
By Louise Manning
The kind words sent to us by our beautiful clients...
Where do I start!
Louise and Cassie were wonderful people to deal with. They grabbed our crazy thoughts and turned them into a cohesive and beautiful fantasyland for Caitie’s 21st. They sourced supplies, found the best prices, set up and packed down. I barely needed to lift a finger myself other then to enjoy it all.
When a hitch arose (which they weren’t party to organising), they stepped in and went way beyond what I could expect and made it happen, and made sure I got it for free for the trouble. 🙌🏻 two hands up guys!! Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Steven, Stacey & the Birthday babe Caitie
17th April 2019
van Loon Wedding - 29th March 2019
The ever so lovely Mark and Karen tied the knot on the 29th March 2019 there ceremony took place the Cockfighter's Ghost Vineyard in the picturesque Hunter Valley followed by their reception at Hunters Quarter. Mark and Karen engaged my services a mere couple of day prior to Christmas with a 12 week lead time, they asked whether or not I could create their wedding from top to toe and coordinate their wedding day, of course I obliged we set a date and I was off, they were inundated with choices and we planned their perfect wedding. The ever so talented Leighsa Cox from Leighsa Cox Photography was engaged and she did not disappoint the emotions captured in her images are amazing (see more images on our Gallery Page). Mark & Karen chose an abundance of amazing vendors including but not limited to Lisa Fowler H & M, Jason Thomas as their celebrant, Kim from Hunter Valley Bouquets did a stunning job on creating the floral arrangements, Matt McLaren as their wedding soloist / band OMG wasn't he amazing the tunes were endless the dance floor was always full, cheese tower by the team at Hunter Belle Cheese and the Epic BIL Andrew as their entertaining MC. what a day what an even better night. So to paint a picture Mark is a pilot and probably one of the funniest introduction to a speech I've ever heard he had me in stitches. it went something like this "Good evening Ladies and Gentleman this is your captain speaking, beside me is my Co-captain in life the beautiful Karen" presented in the most perfect captain tone that the room was is laughter. The highlight of this wedding would have been the speeches whilst they went a bit over time they were worth every minute they were an emotional roller coaster of tears and laughter. Mark & Karen have both been though a lot in life and met though a dating site and are destined for an amazing life together they were an absolutely awesome to work with couldn't be more proud of how their wedding came so perfectly together. They deserve nothing but the absolute best in life. A huge shout out to my amazing suppliers couldn't have done this with out you.
By Louise Manning
Mark & Karen were lovely enough to send me these kind words....
We asked you to plan our non-traditional, modern minimalist wedding in 12 weeks of which 5 of those we were both out of the country and you delivered beyond all our expectations. You made our dream a reality. Your professionalism, persistence, patience and thoughtfulness is a true testament to you Louise, and your team at Hunter Events NSW. We couldn’t have done it without you and highly recommend Louise and Hunter Events NSW.
Mark & Karen
13th April 2019
Classic or Traditional Themed Weddings & Events...
A classic or traditional wedding or event is often, quite a formal occasion which includes a sit-down three-course dinner at a reception.
Markers of such a wedding or event, typically, include the couple marrying in a church; although nothing is stopping the couple or clients for opting for an outdoor ceremony. The bride wearing a classically styled, usually princess ballgown-style wedding dress, in white, of course, as well as formal celebrations following the ceremony. The groom will wear a classic black tuxedo, and the groomsmen will generally wear a tuxedo also or a formal suit. The bridal party will usually consist of many members including flower girls, page boys, junior bridesmaids/groomsmen, ushers and ring bearers.
Formal celebrations that are prevalent in a classic or traditional wedding include professional wedding photos, the cutting of the cake, speeches, first dance, father-daughter and mother-son dances, and the garter and bouquet toss. If the couple are married in a church, there may be further religious or cultural traditions that are incorporated into the ceremony also. For example, in some cultures, once the ceremony has commenced the bridal party will wait in a receiving line at the alter so that each and every guest present can come past one by one and congratulate the bridal party.
Other classic or traditional functions and events generally grasp the same concept as weddings like baptisms, christening etc...
Photos speak a thousand words ask for our styling guide for inspiration and many classic or traditional themed weddings and event ideas.
By Louise Manning
28th March 2019
What to expect...
A mother and event planners perspective of the Hunter Valley Airshow & Festival of 2019.
What a day out we have in store for you this epic event is not just an Airshow! Hell NO its so SO much more, as you arrive at the carpark with a group of family and friends you emerge from the car the kids are screaming with excitement, you attempt to calm them down but little to no hope as they just spotted the static aircraft at the entry as the kids begin jumping up and down in anticipation for what lies ahead you find your selves immersed in our neighbouring hangers and their aircraft displays and soon after you’ll arrive at the ticket booths if you’re a clever parent you’ll already have your tickets in hand previously purchased online to avoid queues and the kids nagging endlessly to get through the gates, so on through the gates you’ll go and as your progress though the entry gates. You’ll continue along the path, past out sponsors signs and flags and soon even your heart will be pumping for what’s install as your inner child emerges because boom the helicopters are in full motion as their blades cut through the air and they head off on a scenic flight. But you glance to you right and wow it just goes on for what seems like for ever. So you find yourself at a cross road do we take a helicopter joy flight now or do we head right and explore everything else the event has on offer, well let me tell you what ever direction you choose the whole family is in for a treat.
Right it is! As we progress along we are immediately greeted with a bunch of quality street food outlets it will leave you questioning just what will you decide on for lunch well aren’t we in for a treat but hang on the kids are pulling you further along trust them to discover the car show displays, military vehicles, antique aircraft and you glance over and the men are just as interested as are you. But then while all this is happening an echo of screams and excitement ripple through the crowd as the Airshow display has just begun so we stop and all just look up in awe WOW what a show as the air entertainment continues with flips and roaring entertainment though the skies all your worries have left and your imagination is running wild and guess what the kids are quiet, then… mum, mum, dad, dad look look they repeat endlessly tugging at our arms, ‘that in itself is worth every penny’ they have noticed this rides so off we head to the kids zone but on our way the mums notice a bunch of markets and wine tasting stalls and start shopping, with such a large selection there is a little something for everyone to enjoy some of the finest local produce and homemade goods.
But the kids zone is far to inviting where there is entertainment for every aged child with an unlimited ride pass the kids can enjoy festival fun for hours, you watch as they head down the giant slide for what seems like the 100th time, hop between the mechanical rides, and your littlest ones enjoy the soft play area. The kids need a break from the rides and they discover the colouring in competition, paper plane making competition, face painting, balloon sculpting and the jumping castles all while you enjoy a good cup of coffee and morning tea the kids are so intensely entertained and with all the adrenaline pumping action from the skies you won’t miss a beat and the exhilarating noise from the F18’s is sure to please everyone in absolute awe of their power speed and precision.
Before you know it its already time for lunch and with so much air entertainment going on the family finds a comfortable spot to sit down and enjoy the sky shows above while you all enjoy a family lunch from an abundance of quality food vendors and endless street food choices.
As you progress a little through the day you head off for a drink or two in the alcohol zone while the kids sit and enjoy all the surrounding entertainment maybe their watching kids or adults get bucked off the mechanical bull, then you decide to head off for more exploring. Some 6-7 hours later you wonder where you day has gone, you’ve managed to experience a hot air balloon ride, a helicopter scenic flight, got behind the wheel in a couple of our simulator exhibits and you realise your just in time for the competition announcements toward the end of the day regardless of the result the kids are over the moon and are physically exhausted walking out with faces painted and sculpted balloons, paper planes, foam planes (if they were the lucky first 1000 children) and begging to come again plus a whole lot of family memories and priceless photos.
An absolutely well done day for all 😊
A complete fun filled family festival for all ages, come and discover endless entertainment for absolutely everyone.
We can’t wait for you to experience all of this with us on the 6th & 7th of April at Cessnock Airport. Get your tickets via www.huntervalleyairshow.com.au
By Louise Manning
19th March 2019
A wedding or event that takes place in a garden or outdoors is generally a relaxed affair, however, they can range from requiring a smart-casual to a formal dress code.
Some couples choose to continue the celebrations outdoors and create a festival-inspired setting with the inclusion of food trucks and outdoor games, whereas other couples may choose to move the wedding to an indoor reception for a formal sit-down dinner and evening of formalities.
Whilst garden weddings and events can be ever so beautiful there is also a real risk with weather, you MUST always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Always ensure you have a suitable back up for poor weather.
You may have the perfect vision in mind of a perfect day but always be comfortable that their is every possibility that your wet weather option may very well be your actual event. If your not completely comfortable with your indoors option consider hiring a marquee to protect your guests from all weather possibilities. Also spear a though for heat in the summer months and plan accordingly.
Gardens events and weddings are generally styled with an abundance of greenery and often highlight a punch of colour throughout the flowers but often clients also opt of the white and ivory flowers with greenery styling, regardless of how you style a garden event you are almost always guaranteed a beautiful event no matter what as your amongst a beautiful setting and backdrop.
Photos speak a thousand words ask for our styling guide for inspiration and many garden theme ideas.
By Louise Manning
13th March 2019
Industrial weddings are weddings that incorporate an industrial aesthetic. This is usually achieved through the choice of venue and the way it is styled. Industrial characteristics include raw textures and materials such as polished concrete, aged timber and exposed brick. A beautifully created master piece can be easily created with a industrial back drop through in a punch of green and wow amazing from top to toe.
Industrial weddings can be both sit-down and stand-up cocktail affairs, depending on the venue and the couple’s preference. An industrial wedding may be traditional in nature in terms of formalities and the bridal party, but is set in a non-traditional context. with endless options to explore and many industrial venues to consider do shy away from an industrial theme it can be pleasantly surprising.
Photos speak a thousand words ask for our styling guide for inspiration and many industrial ideas...
By Louise Manning
4th March 2019
Over the next few months I will post blogs where I touch very lightly on each of the most popular styling themes and one of my favourite themes is the rustic styling theme which is inspired by the simplicity of country life and references nature and outdoors. A rustic event usually incorporates rustic elements such as timber (lots of timber), metal, hessian and natural more unstructured bouquets and flowers.
Rustic events are usually held, and tend to work best, in venues like barns, sheds, vineyards and outdoors under a marquee or a grand tree, and the reception will usually consist of a sit-down dinner but doesn't have to. Most rustic weddings may have the ceremony and reception at the same location, or on the same property, which is simply beautiful and logistically pleasing.
Some formalities may be present, however, a rustic wedding is typically quite relaxed and laid back, as opposed to being very formal. Couples may choose to have many bridal party members, just a few or even none.
Photos speak a thousand words ask for our styling guide for inspiration and many rustic event ideas…
By Louise Manning
24th February 2019
Wedding Gown Guide...
Choosing the perfect wedding dress is usually one of the first things on your mind after becoming engaged, and sometimes this is easier said than done with all the choice on offer. It’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed when there are so many different wedding dress styles on offer. When you enter the wonderful world of bridal design the terminology can get very confusing. If you’re unsure about which style or neckline to opt for then stress no more, our handy guide will tell you everything you need to know! We’ve rounded up the most popular wedding dress styles and necklines for you to learn, but always remember what you think might suit you body type might be completely different in reality so don't get so caught up in one style that you don’t consider others at you first fitting try on a few styles until you find the right style that suits your body type then try on different design in that style. The most popular and know styles are A-Line, Ballgown, Empire, Mermaid and Sheath. While our extensive guide will help to get you started, don’t be afraid to branch out and give different designs a try when you are on the hunt for your perfect gown. You might be pleasantly surprised to find a style you would never have imagined would suit you is actually the perfect gown for you. But most importantly enjoy your shopping experience after all you’re on the hunt for the most important dress of your life for the most important occasion of your life. Want to learn and know a lot more about each gown type please send us a message and we can email our complimentary guide across.
By Louise Manning
17th February 2019
Many many times our clients ask how do you possibly remember and handle absolutely everything and create successful events so here’s a little secret. Whether we are planning a sweet 16th for 50 guests, a wedding for 100 guests, a 500 guests corporate event or even a 20,000 people public event we follow check lists for each and every part of the event planning process these checklist are crucial in ensuring no part of planning is missed. Plus their our saving grace we’d be completely lost without them. Our extensive checklists make sure every aspect of your event is covered without getting to the day and realising an important part hasn’t been covered or no one was appointed to handle a certain aspect on the day. For example I was a guest at a wedding once and discovered no one was controlling the ceremony music it hadn’t be thought about and certainly hadn’t been organised, this left guests and the priest in a flurry about who or what was organising and handling this aspect. Our checklists are extremely comprehensive so no part, no task no important component is missing through each and every one of our 4 stages of event planning. With a backend check list for each and every planning stage plus a further complete event checklist shared with our clients you can rest at ease knowing your event day will come together smoothly with out mishaps, confusion, missed components & poor planning. We also ensure absolutely each and every boxed is ticked and actually completed no point creating and using check lists if the individual tasks are not being completed. So if your set off to create a big and beautiful event yourself or even a small intimate luncheon create a check list for each stage of your planning process and I can assure you that you’ll thank me later and you'll find your way to complete event success. All sounds like too much to worry about then send us an email or message we’d love to help you create absolute event planning success completely stress free.
By Louise Manning
10th February 2019
My three Key’s to an entertaining event...
Whether your planning a Wedding, Private Function, public event or corporate event there are three major keys to create the right vibe right and feel for an entertaining day or night for your event. Often my clients tell me they just want a great party awesome night and every one having have great time and dancing the night away so here’s my advise.
The first key is music whether you have contracted a DJ or a band a quality DJ or band should work the crowd and accommodate music to your crowds interests no point performing or playing all night for an empty dance floor, if a style of music is not sparking interest that should be charged immediately. the right entertainers will work your crown and engage their interest in dancing the night through.
The second key is your master of ceremony (MC) they play a huge huge role in ensuring your guests are engaged in the formalities, that they are interested in the evening events. The verbal presentation of your reception is equally as important as your ceremony when thinking about weddings. Don’t make the mistake so many do and have an inexperienced family member or friend MC your evening. If there experienced then awesome go with that if there not you should carefully consider the impact this may have on the verbal presentation of your evening. For example will that say something your not completely comfortable with or very out of line? Will they address your guests with respect and diligence? Will they be engaging? Will they work your crowd? Will they verbally present your event the way you want and lastly will they even enjoy the night their a guest after all. The role of an MC is a night long commitment not a few words here and there. So choose your MC wisely a great MC will bring a professional edge, add personal touches, engage your audience and work your crown the night through.
Lastly and my final and quite possibly the most important key is YOU!!! What are YOU doing all night whether your the boss, CFO, or management of a corporate event, or the newly weds, or even a band performing on a huge stage in front of hundreds and thousands of patrons, your guests will follow your actions and guidance. If your dancing the night away so will they, if your sitting all night too afraid of an empty dance floor so will they, or if a band wasn’t dancing wasn’t engaging then your guests WILL replicate your actions if your parting they WILL too. So a lot rests on your actions and your direct ability to fill a dance floor is extremely powerful don’t regret your actions, don’t complain of sore feet remove those heels and just party! With the addition of the above two keys I can assure you that your night will be an epic success that your guests are talking about for years to come.
By Louise Manning
3rd February 2019
With so many modern day catering styles the endless choices can me be even more challenging to make however let me simplify this for you.
Your catering should completely reflect your absolute personality. No point having a five course formal affair with perfectly paired wines if your personality and style would far better suit relaxed shared platters or buffet or maybe even a food truck. Further your complete event and the type of guests on your guests list should help you in making your decision E.g. will you & your guest much prefer a beer and a burger or 3 course alternate drop service. Will you start the night with a glass of champagne and delicately presented canapés or a grazing table? Most venues offer multiple menus to accommodate all budgets, event styles & personalities. The best factor in making a decision on your style of catering is the feel and vibe you want for your event, are you seeking a relaxed, chilled, low key event with no seated tables venue styled with relaxing lounges and high top tables and stools? Then I’d suggested menus like grazing station, full canapé service or food truck service. Having seated tables but not wanting an overly formal vibe then shared platters & buffet service with generally cake for dessert would suit you. Or maybe you like the finer and more formal luxuries of life and a 3-5 course alternate drop meal is just want you what and know suits you, your personality and vision best.
However one things for certain you should always book and ensure you taste your menu regardless off your menu and service choice, picking a menu without knowing how it presented what it’s plated or served with can make all the difference to what you do or don’t expect on the night. Your caterer may have used an ingredient your not enjoying during your tasting and you might like to make specific changes to a certain dishes look and taste. Maybe you’d prefer a mash over roasted potatoes or broccoli over green beans. There are so many choices with endless possibilities and any quality Caterer should happily make menu modifications within reason to a certain dish or service to perfectly satisfy your wishes. If your catering supplier gives you limited choices to taste then make a wise decision to taste dishes that will be served to the majority not minority’s no point tasting a vegan dish if only 1 of your 100 guests are vegan you should get a idea from the other items you’ve tasted to know roughly what your vegan dish might be like. If menu is most important to you I’d highly recommend you taste your menu prior to booking any catering company or venue, always check and question volume you do not what your guest going home hungry with any type and style of catering.
By Louise Manning
27th January 2019
Ever seen a wedding bouquet and though wow I love how that’s shaped, presented and bunched. Well let me tell you I’m no florist or flower expect but I know enough to share a little knowledge. They are many many types and styles of wedding bouquets from Hand tied bouquets to pageant bouquets and everything in between. Picking and having your florist design the best style to suit your body shape is highly important to obtain the perfect overall look on your special day. Here's a little more light on some of the most popular bridal bouquets.
The absolute most popular is the Nosegay, more commonly named the Posy. These are round clusters of flowers and a very trendy style of bridal bouquet. This style of bouquet dates back to the 14th century where they were used to mask unpleasant odours hence the name ‘nosegay’. Nosegay’s can vary in sophistication and therefore a great choice for any wedding.
A hand tied bouquet, also known as a posy, is one of the simplest styles of bridal bouquet. As the name suggests, it is a bunch of flowers with stems grouped together in an unstructured way and tied; usually with a ribbon. Minimalist hand tied bouquets are popular, with many brides choosing to carry just three or four of the same long-stemmed flowers.
The cascade or shower bouquet is a very traditional and stylish form of bouquet. The flowers are arranged to look as if they are flowing over the bride’s hands and down towards her feet. This style of bouquet can be extremely large, but the smaller modern versions are often known as teardrop or trail bouquets.
Think of the gorgeous flowers draped along the forearm of Miss World and you’ll know this style! The pageant bouquet, or ‘arm sheaf’ is very different to the classic round posy, it is an elegant longer line bouquet where the flower stems are kept at a long length and tied loosely around the blooms. Designed to rest along the bride’s arm with the flower heads resting just above her elbows, the pageant bouquet can be made formal or informal depending on your style.
Simple single-flowers bunched into a wedding bouquet in a round or dome shape complements most wedding gowns. Generally hardier flowers like roses, which are easier to arrange and can endure a little manhandling.
An unusual choice for a bridal bouquet, the pomander is a sphere or ball of flowers carried by a loop of ribbon. Although the pomander, also known as a kissing ball, can look very romantic and youthful for a bride, it is more often used for bridesmaids or flower girls.
The Victorian posy is a traditional hand-tied or wired bunch where the flowers are placed in ascending rings around a central bloom, usually a rose. This design was very popular for weddings back in the mid 19th century, but lost favour to the cascading shower bouquet in the late 20th century.
Single stem bouquets, much like the single tier wedding cake, create a look that is both effortless and edgy. More than that, they allow us to see the beauty in the detail of your chosen flower, and they really let your wedding dress shine!
Basket Flowers are perfect for a sweet little Flower girl or perfect to hold rose petals ready for confetti throwing. With so many options and styles you really can tie this in with any theme. Add a little sign for an extra touch.
Complete the men’s and boys looks with a small or large boutonniere to complement the girl’s bouquets, theme it to match and use identical flowers and greenery.
Perfect for the Mum’s and grandma’s, a sweet and beautiful corsage whether big or small will also make them fell part of the bridal party or simply special involved and though of. Order them to suit your complete wedding flowers and theme.
With so many choices decisions can be more challenging generally as soon as you see our graphic loaded floral guide you’ll get a feel for what you love and what might suit your style and vision best.
By Louise Manning
19th January 2019
With temperatures soaring well into the 40's please always consider the comfort of your guests, if your having an outdoor ceremony or an outdoor wedding or event there is lots to consider. Ensure you have a hydration station filled with replenishing beverages, wet, cold and/or frozen towelettes, offer plenty of water, with loads of ice to keep it cool, electric fans are a must and add a mister to really cool down your guests, find shady locations if your venue has or allows, or start your event much later in the day but always protect your guests, have sunscreen available, offer umbrellas and hand held fans if there is no shade or cover available. At all costs you must avoid any of your guest getting dehydrated, sunburn or heat stroke. Be extra mindful of children and babies as well as the elderly they are less likely to be tolerable to the heat.
If your location is near a dam or a lake or creek, consider an mosquito and fly replant station as well. Spend a little on the added comfort of your guest and it truly will go along way and allow everyone to actually enjoy your day and not be hot, bothered and anxious towards the outdoor event longing for it to wrap up as they eagerly await the comfort of air conditioning. Think about how you can be best comfortable for your event and at your venue and replicate this for your guests.
By Louise Manning
Blog 15 - Part 1
15th December 2018
Five Reasons to Choose the Hunter Valley for Your Destination Wedding...
Well where do I start there are hundreds of reasons to choose the Stunning Hunter Valley as your wedding destination in fact there is something magical about a Hunter Valley wedding with a timeless backdrop where elegance and class meets breathing taking country and vineyard landscapes. Having the majestic Hunter Valley as part of our service area is one of the main reasons I established my business, visiting the Hunter Valley and enjoying everything it has to offer in the eventing world on a weekly sometimes on a daily basis, is like a trip away almost each and every day. So here’s my top reasons…
Reason 1 - The feels
As soon as you begin your to drive into the Hunter Valley you instantly get a feel of complete sense of relaxation, good vibes and tranquillity it’s as though all your worries and stresses of life have been left behind, as you continue driving around and discovering the endless attractions the valley has on offer you’ll soon find yourself enjoying the finer things in life. This is the sense and feel you can create with your wedding and have your guests experience just the same. This also offers endless photography opportunities at almost every vineyard, attraction, estate and resort depending on the style of photography and backdrop your seeking you’ll be sure to find the perfect countryside awaiting you and your wedding party. Not a local? Have a Hunter Valley wedding and your guests will stay the complete weekend making your wedding feel more like a three day event not just one. Plan the complete weekend make the most of everything the Valley has to offer.
By Louise Manning
Blog 15 - Part 2
23rd December 2018
Reason 2 - Your spoilt for choice
The choices are endless. I work directly with at least 20-30 Wedding and event venues across the Hunter Valley and each and every one is completely unique in their own way. I can assure you whether you have 10 guests 100 or 1000 there are venues of every scale, every size, every style and every budget to accommodate your needs, wishes and Vision. There are multiple extremely prestigious venues and many simple but stunning and affordable venues. Offering a broad range of culinary options and service styles when It comes to food Hunter Valley has you covered, whether you want canape service, alternative drop service, shared plates, 5 star decadents or a simple Buffet you’ll find you have endless choices. There are also several chapel’s throughout the vineyards so again your spoilt with choice for your ceremony or choose one of the hundreds of garden, grounds, vineyards or orchards for outdoor ceremony. But almost most importantly is accommodation, again your spoilt with choice, depending on your nightly budget but you find even your most budget conscious guests will easily afford accommodation in the valley. With multiple major venues offering 50 plus rooms you’re sure to find accommodation to suit all your guests in one location.
By Louise Manning
Blog 15 - Part 3
29th December 2018
Reason 3 - The Wine
Oh the wine. The biggest tourism draw card are our internationally award winning and famous wines distributed on a huge commercial scale for many of our wineries, then there are many family owned boutique wineries that welcome guests with open arms for wine tastings sales, tours etc... The beauty of a hunter valley wedding is you can at most wineries host your wedding in their venue or hire in a marquee and obviously serve their wine range or host your wedding at a BYO venue that will allow you to bring in your own wine from any of our wineries. Regardless of your taste in wine whether sweet, dry, red, aged, sparkling etc... you’ll be sure to find the perfect drop in our vineyards to suit the palate of you and your guests. So if wine is the most important factor of your wedding then the Hunter Valley is the destination wedding location for you.
By Louise Manning
Blog 15 - Part 4
5th January 2019
Reason 4 - Suppliers
Working with over 120 local suppliers from every aspect of your wedding we can assure you that there is no need to spend a fortune in travel costs by employing Sydney based suppliers, there are hundreds of quality and highly recommended and even award winning suppliers. From DJ’s to photography, stationary to entertainment, florals to transport and any and every other aspect of your wedding. Our suppliers are either nestled directly in Hunter valley or based a short drive away in Newcastle the great news is that the hunter region is flooded with amazing suppliers to pull together your dream wedding regardless of your vision, style, budget, personality, needs and numbers, plus each and every one of our suppliers offers our clients exclusive industry discounts not available to the public saving you dollars. Most good quality local vendors also know all the Hunter Valley venues well, they know the best ways to layout your wedding perfectly, the best areas and locations for the perfect photography and the best shots. Don’t waste hours and hours researching out of area suppliers allow us to bring you the best locals to suit you and your wedding.
By Louise Manning
Blog 15 - Part 5
13th January 2019
Reason 5 - The attractions
With so many daily, monthly and annual attractions like food and wine festivals, stomp festival, cheese festival, Lovedale long lunch, air shows, wine tours, markets, the wineries, the vineyards, day spas, luxury outings, wine tours, helicopter rides, hot air balloon rides, horse and cart trips, and many more attractions there is no reason you can’t plan your wedding around one of these major public event attractions or create a private day out and plan for your guests. Make the most of what’s available book a tour, add a unique dimension to your wedding and arrive in a helicopter or a horse and cart. With so many resorts offering so many luxury and also affordable tours and trips you’ll find yourself struggling to decide on what suits you and your guests best.
Hoping these 5 reasons entice you to consider the majestic and beautifully stunning Hunter Valley for your destination wedding, have no idea where to start drop us a line and we can handle absolutely everything and give you a Hunter Valley tour of the top most suitable venues for you and your wedding. Along with significantly reducing the amount of time you need to travel in the lead up to your wedding.
By Louise Manning
8th December 2018
Before popping the question or walking down the isle I bet the thought had crossed your mind is he really my Mr Right? or is she really my Mrs right? Maybe you have all the right feelings and there’s no question you have the Man or woman of your dreams and that’s awesome. But others may question their feelings and decisions so here’s my story.
Last week after being admitted into hospital for a few days I had the pleasure of sharing a room with a very dear old sweet man named Trevor and every morning he would call his wife and have the ever most sweetest conversation with his lovely wife. His concerns for her and what’s going on at home whilst he’s not around well exceeded his concerns for him self and his recovery. He would comfort her and guide her around the household jobs she was handling for him. Like watering the fruit trees, turning a pump on and off. She would continue each conversation with comments like how are you today have you eaten, have you walked today. (He’s recovering from a knee operation)
The back and fourth conversation was honestly one of the most loveliest and heartwarming conversations I’ve ever heard. He always ended each conversation with you take care my love, and make sure you rest, I love you and she would reply in similar context, to the point of bringing a little tear to my eye. They have been married for 65 years what an amazing journey and life they must have had and continue to have whilst they enjoy growing old together. Thank you Trevor for sharing your story with me.
Well this got me thinking and here’s my opinion, ask your self can you envision your self growing old with your fiancé? If you can can that's all I think you you need. Yes love, trust, loyalty, companionship, happiness etc... all pay a major part in getting to a ripe old marriage but 65 years is a true testament. I honestly believe if you look ahead 40-60 years and know you’ll still love your spouse more then you do now then your marriage is destined for great future. Yes all marriages understandably have ups and downs but getting through them together makes your marriage and bond so much stronger. Marry the special one you know you’re looking forward to growing old with. Wishing you all life long marriages and everlasting love with your Mr or Mrs Right.
By Louise Manning
30th November 2018
Engagement Ring Buying Guide...
So the age old rule or myth states any partner intending to propose should invest a complete three months value of wages on the ring.
But that’s all just a myth/ story what should you really invest? This all comes down to you and your fiancé to be situation. Are you saving for a home? Are you paying off debts? Entering in another debt is something you should consider carefully. But also it should really be something you discuss with your fiancé. Maybe she wants a simple and petite ring, maybe she what’s a huge diamond, also what style ring suits her?
One suggestion is discuss the style of rings with her if she’s not already dropping hints. Ladies give your partners some guidance and suggestions walking around at the shops show your fiancé the styles you love. Generally you would get the vibe or hints from your fiancé when their considering popping the question work with them help them out.
Here’s a quick guide either way.
Decide your budget what can you afford, are you taking out a loan to cover the costs? Once you have a budget you can progress to the next step.
What ring size is your fiancé to be, maybe her mother or friend can help you out here or trace an existing ring of hers and take it too your jeweller to measure the size. Rings can always be resized so if it’s not perfect it’s not the end of the world.
Decide on a style try to get your fiancé input here. Most common styles are Halo, Three Stone, Solitaire, Vintage, Fancy. Or create a custom design. Once a design is chosen your ready for the next step.
The metal colour, so general way to work this out is what your fiancé wears most. The most common choices are platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, palladium and silver.
Decide on the 4 C’s the diamond’s Cut, Clarity, Colour, & Carat Budget will have a huge impact on your choice of diamond.
Decide on the diamonds shape, your options here are Round, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Pear, Heart or Cushion.
Once all this is decided head to your chosen jewellery shop or visit a few and compare prices and get shopping.
If your a girlfriend reading this and you need your fiancé to know this info send him a link to my Blog. Most people have no diamond or ring knowledge what so ever. If your lucky and the proposal is a surprise generally you can go shopping with your fiancé and pick their ring, where together you can decide the metal, shape, width, pattern, texture and engraving in 6 easy equally easy steps.
Hoping you find this Engagement ring Buying guide Helpful, happy ring shopping.
By Louise Manning
24th November 2018
Events & Seasons...
When booking and planning any type of function or event the seasonal weather should most definitely be considered. For example thinking a barn wedding steer very clear from summer it will most likely be far too hot and your guests won’t enjoy them selves or the event and there’s simply no real effective way to cool a barn, alternatively winter weddings should also be considered with caution again to control the cold, while you can bring in heaters and it might make a significant difference you need to cautious of elderly and there ability to handle the cold. For a barn style event I’d strongly recommend a spring or autumn wedding. If your thinking a summer or winter event choose your venue carefully. Either fully heated or air conditioned for the comfort of you and your guests. Also think about the photos you’d like to capture, you can take amazing photos year round but winter you’ll see less green, spring you’ll see lots of new fresh greens summer full green foliage and autumn months you’ll see an array of different shades in leaf colour as the leaves start dropping off. Also bear in mind what time and what day light there is available all year round, don’t forget daylight savings too. As you know the sun sets significantly earlier in the winter months and having a late wedding ceremony for example will leave little time to capture the amazing photos you want, so time management and carful planning here are critically important. There any many aspects to consider when choosing the most suitable venue and creating the perfect day schedule and with thoughtful planning and strategically selecting the most suitable venues you can be blessed with the most perfect event any time of the year.
By Louise Manning
17th November 2017
When thinking about The Kiss as you become newlyweds and to seal your marriage there’s a few things you need to consider. Firstly your guests want to see a real Kiss with a lot of passion and love don’t result to a quick peck on the lips or cheeks this simply won’t cut it. If your embarrassed or nervous simply imagine that no one else is around and your about to make love to the man or woman of your dreams standing in front of you, be passionate and gently and delicately place your hand behind his or her head bring them towards you and go for it, get the tongue action happening make it romantic. Secondly your Kiss must be long enough for photography and videography to capture it. A quick peck will result in the golden shot being missed. It should last at least 20-30 seconds. Also consider swapping your head positions mid Kiss this will allow your photographer to capture both faces. If your worried about your lipstick consider using smudge less lippy or simply reapply or touch up after your ceremony your maid of honour can also fix it up directly after your Kiss so don’t let your makeup be the reason you opt for a quick meaningless Kiss, there a many ways around this. But lastly and most importantly discuss this with your fiancee come up with a Kiss plan your both happy and comfortable with practice lots. On the day express your intense love for one another through the most important Kiss of your life don’t rush it if you want a minute long Kiss go for it this will also get your guests going crazy with excitement you’ll hear shouts like “get a room” as the clapping begins. It’s a opportunity you will simply never ever have again so do it right make it perfect and you be delighted with the end photography and videography results.
By Louise Manning
11th November 2018
Why Hire a Wedding or Event Planner?
The question you should ask your self is why not? A qualified professional wedding planner is equipped with a huge bank of carefully selected vendors and venues. They will only recommended highly qualified suppliers that are recognised for their work in the industry. They will know everything you could need to know about anything and everything Wedding and Event planning. They will also know the ins and outs of pricing and should have a exceptional negotiation skills to obtain the absolute best deal without a compromise on service and quality. The benefit a planner has over clients is generally there a one off client where planners are repeating clients giving us greater negotiating power. This is only the tip of the iceberg on what you can expect from us as professional and passionate planners.
By Louise Manning
3rd November 2018
An Events Verbal Presentation...
The verbal presentation of your event or wedding can be just as important as the presentation of your styling, theming attire, food etc... if the verbal presentation is sloppy or boring and not engaging then your audience simply won’t engage in the formalities that are taking place. You’ll find they’ll be wrapped up in their own conversations rather than paying any attention. In order to have the best verbal presentation of your evening we recommend having a professional emcee that can’t add personality, fun, engaging content and make it a great night and one your guests will remember. Having a family member whilst they may be terrific you also hold the risk of them drinking and potentially ruining the evening by saying inappropriate content or bringing up unnecessary past experiences. Also carefully choose who you want to speak for your speeches getting extend family members sometimes results in talk way off track from the couple at hand. Try to limit the numbers speeches more than 6 speakers can become boring for guests or consider breaking speeches up into two sections over the course of your formalities. We are proud to offer an extensive MC service to our valued clients that we have worked with and gotten to know well through our planning journey to ensure the verbal presentation is the best it can be. We strive to always engage and captivate our audiences with an emphasis of the couples personality and creating a fun and uplifting vibe.
By Louise Manning
26th October 2018
What do guests really want?
So recently I was guest at a couple of weddings and decided to observe the event’s as a guest to get a real understanding of what any guest really wants. Here’s my observations, if your starting your wedding or event at say 5pm if guests are not welcome to sit or enter the reception area for 30-45min then always have drinks an canapes served so your guests can relax and be able to mingle and have a few nibbles to satisfy their hunger. Always make sure your pre-dinner drinks and canapes are served in a large enough space for your guests to enjoy them without being packed in like sardines. Once guests are welcomed and find their table or seat don’t have huge periods of nothing, organise your run sheet so at all points of the night the guest are entertained and something is physically happening. Don’t drag out the formalities forever considering braking up the formalities. Don’t create a boring wedding or event mix things up add a little fun and personality into the night leave with the guests talking about unique and fun your wedding or event was. Do something different get your guests involved. More importantly guests want quality food and an impeccable service, waiting 30min for a drink request is not acceptable, receiving burnt, cold or dry main meal is not acceptable, having finished plates siting on the table waiting to be removed for 45min is not acceptable. Ensure your venue or catering company has the accurate staff to guest ratio for both food and beverage services, we spend thousands and thousands creating perfect events so don’t cut cost where it matters most. However my biggest observation was the couples and the bridal party, they can single handily ruin the vibe of a wedding or event. If there mingling with guests and having an amazing time then so will your guests the bridal party should be on the dance floor almost all night, then your guest will replicate and your event will be a smashing success that you and your guests will remember forever.
By Louise Manning
21st October 2018
There are NO rules in weddings...
Often my clients ask for advise and of course I’m always here to provide my advise and my opinions but I always tell my clients when there unsure about a decision that may not be a common choice. That there are simply no rules in weddings. For Example a groom to be and his mother recently asked my opinion of whether having his father as a groomsmen was ok? Whitest is not a common first choice as most would normally select mates or brothers I reassured my client that there are “no rules in weddings” and if you wanted to choose your dad and/or you don’t have brother or brother in law to be then why not! Or maybe you do have many other options but it’s dad that you value most! You know what It’s your wedding and it should be everything absolutely everything you as a couple want. whether that be you wear your sneakers and get an amazing cliff shot or you have 15 bridesmaids and groomsmen it is completely and utterly your day your wedding these changes generally bring out the best in couples and making your wedding super unique and personalised for any number of reasons and will have people raving about your wedding for years to come. So don’t be afraid ever, please I encourage all my clients to bring out the best in your wedding by adding your personality in unique choices in anyway shape or form. creating visions and bringing unique ideas to life is my passion.
By Louise Manning
12th October 2018
Sometimes More is More!
Styling a plain and boring venue often needs more in these events more is often more. Opt for bigger bolder taller floral centrepieces along with furniture and furnishings to breakup what may be a lot of white walls. Consider hanging draping with colours to suit your theme or invest in a lot of hanging greenery and florals add a touch of soft lighting both hanging and waterfalls and you’ll transform something boring and plain into an amazing masterpiece of romantic, style and class. On the flip side if your venue offers amazing architecture and décor then don’t hide it and don’t make the venue appear to busy keep your styling very minimal to compliment and let the existing décor and venues true features shine.
By Louise Manning
5th October 2018
CASE STUDY $5,500 saving just on the venue.
Current wedding clients of mine engaged my services to plan, design, style and MC their wedding whilst we are still at Stage 1 of planning them a perfect wedding just on the reception alone I saved them an excessive $5,500 by simply looking at the venues packages, options and choosing the best value for their wedding along with negotiating in a passionate and professional way. Often clients don’t have the industry knowledge to ask certain questions and don’t have the negotiation power to obtain any discounted or reduced costs. I am hugely passionate about finding any and every way to create savings for all components of all events. Here’s what they had to say...
"Hunter Events NSW has made the start of our wedding planning an easy process. Louise is easy to communicate with and sets my mind at easy when i become overwhelmed. Louise made us feel comfortable like we were talking to a friend and reassured us that she meant business when dealing with the venue. Louise got us an excellent deal and strategically saved us a huge $5,500, on the venue and accommodation alone. She offered suggestions to get the best deal the venue was offering plus negotiated further to obtain free venue hire and discounted accommodation. Directly dealing with the venue we would not have obtained these offers or had the negotiation power Louise has. This saving has made a significant impact on our budget and we can now afford a lot more in other areas of our wedding. So far we rate Louise’s service 10/10." - Tim & Bronwyn
Let us make you our next success story.
By Louise Manning
30th September 2018
A Marriage Not Just A Wedding
I know that it can be hard to see past the day itself, and you’re just doing whatever you can to craft a beautiful event, but there is often so much wasted expense that goes into a wedding and so many strategic ways to save costs for the same wedding vision and outcome. Often engaged couples forget that it’s just one day in your life together, but the environmental toll can continue long after the day is done, begging your marriage with a significant debt or overdrawn credit cards can put unnecessary stress on such a young marriage. We all want the perfect day and as professionals we can make that perfect day become a reality with simple and strategic steps to ensure we have an affordable budget and a affordable wedding knowing the marriage we are planning is begging on the right financial foundations.
By Louise Manning
24th September 2018
When creating your wedding or event run sheet drawing attention to sunset is so important if your wanting daylight lawns game your run sheet should reflect that, creating the perfect run sheet is imperative consider all factors for example if you want twilight/sunset photos then ensure adequate daylight remains. Your run sheet should start from the day before your event so any deliveries and initial setups are included. A professionally created run sheet will ensure minimal issues and everyone engaged in the event will know where to be when, what to set up and where and be given specific and clear logistical information.
17th September 2018
Can i afford a Wedding or event Planner...
REAL STORY some ten years ago my husband suggested as we began planning our wedding that I should hire a wedding planner and I promptly said no we don’t need one nor can we afford it, to be honest I had no idea what a Wedding Planner even did. Truth is I couldn’t afford not to hire a planner the extensive amount of money and time I could of saved I will never forgive myself for. We were a busy young couple, building our home and running a business we selected the very first supplier in every aspect and had no time to shop around and compare, but even if we did we wouldn’t have had any ability to negotiate. Its amazing what extensive study in this industry has taught me and what I’d love to teach you all, there are hundreds of benefits to engage the services of a wedding planner saving Time & Money are just a start. I’m crazy passionate about sticking to budgets, creating amazing events and bringing vision to life.
By Louise Manning
9th September 2018
Budget Budget Budget...
Everyone has a Wedding or event budget whether it’s $1,000 for a small private function $10,000 for acorporate event or small wedding or an extravagant corporate affair or wedding at $100,000 it’s imperative you stick to it. Why because there’s no award for the best wedding or event even in corporate world!
Did you know the 2018 Australian average wedding spend is $55,000. Wow! For a lot of couples that’s simply not affordable, but maybe you have financial help of parents or family but even still, there’s no need for you or family to be left with thousands and thousands of credit card debts well beyond your event date.
There are hundreds of ways you can selectively choose the right vendors and suppliers to bring your event or wedding together within your set budget. I'm hugely passionate about ensuring we do everything possible to work within budgets and negotiate and recommend the right venues and suppliers to bring it together. For example selecting the more affordable season for your wedding, changing your corporate event to a week day, keep an eye out for venue & suppliers specials or promotions, just to name a few. You’ll be surprised what you can save and what an expert that lives and breathes weddings and events can outsource, let us know if this was helpful. Sign up to our newsletter below for the latest information and news.
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