Tamborine wedding venues

Tamborine wedding venues are  so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. As a Marriage Celebrant, I really enjoy marrying couples in  these delightful Mount Tamborine wedding venues. With all popular venues, don’t leave your decision too late or you’ll miss your preferred date.

Here’s several venues I enjoy visiting as a Marriage Celebrant at Tamborine:

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: Cedar Creek Estate Chapel with
Deb and Paulo’s Wedding Day with me, Michael Janz Celebrant

Cedar Creek Estate 

Cedar Creek Estate is a beautiful Tamborine venue for  your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a delightful wedding chapel adjacent to a lake or in the manicured gardens or Arbor for your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of perfect garden settings for you to  say, “I do”.

Several reception options are available for intimate celebrations through to up to 120 guests.

You’ll be assisted by a highly experienced wedding coordinator. I’m always happy to help as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards Hotel

St Bernards is an historic venue of Tamborine Mountain. Day visitors are impressed by the stunning views.  However, the stunning garden wedding setting is a wonderful surprise.

The hotel is set in beautiful rainforest gardens. The breath-taking views of the hinterland and Gold Coast are a great  backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Receptions can be held a few steps away from the Ceremony. Choose from  either  The Grand Marquee or Siganto Room.

An experienced wedding coordinator will help your wedding day go off without a hitch. 

I’m always happy to help a no extra charge as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards  offers the Bride and bridal party a new luxurious lodge.  Edges has 3 double rooms.  What a great way to  enjoy the night and  your wedding night! Check out Edges.

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

The Old Church offers both a charming Chapel as well as well-established gardens on a 2 acre property to celebrate your wedding day.


Dating from the early 1900s, the Old Church seats 60 people. It has been kept in excellent condition. The fabulous, well established garden have several options for an outdoor ceremony.


The adjacent Old Church Restaurant can seat 90 guests. I had the pleasure attending a reception as a couple’s Tamborine Wedding Celebrant. The food, service and wines were fabulous.

It is walking distance from several accommodation options.  Mount Tamborine has limited public transport options. As a result its important to pre-plan transport for guest at Tamborine wedding venues.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Rainforest Retreat is set in a superb rainforest setting. This is an ideal setting for elopement style or intimate weddings of up to 70 people.
There are 10 individual and private tree houses.

The balcony of a private treehouse can be an intimate setting for an elopement style wedding ceremony. It is gorgeous and private Tamborine wedding venue.


The newly created Wedding Garden features a manicured lawn and wedding gazebo.  It comes complete with red carpet and white fold out chairs. This area is enveloped by a rainforest.  It is a perfect place for your wedding ceremony with a larger group of guests. Other ceremony options include the balcony of the Main Lodge or beside their pond and water fountain.


The stunning restaurant can cater for a reception up to 70 people banquet style or up to 100 people cocktail style.


The onsite Event Manager can assist you celebrate your wedding.

Other Mount Tamborine wedding venues worth checking out:

Albert River Wines nestled at the base of Tamborine Mountain. It has multiple ceremony venues and 3 reception venues. 

Cedar Creek Lodges can host your ceremony, reception, wedding party and guest accommodation in one rainforest Tamborine wedding venue. 

Hampton Estate Wines(previously Heritage Wines) is surrounded  by beauty of the landscape, mountain views,and the history of its majestic old building.

Tamborine Mountain Garden Weddings is home to magical gardens, comfortable cottage accommodation, stunning reception centres and friendly staff.

There are many more terrific Mountain Wedding venues, feel free to share the details.
If you’re looking for a Tamborine Marriage Celebrant, contact me, Michael Janz Celebrant.

8 Helpful Tips for a Stress Free Wedding

Here are 8 simple tips to maximise the enjoyment and reduce possible stress. Your wedding day should be one of enjoying one of the most important days of your life… not stress!  More detail tips are included below …

  1. Keep yourself hydrated and nourished 
  2. Hair and makeup: ensure the bride first
  3. Flower Care: take care refrigerating… don’t shock them on a hot day
  4. Groom’s arrival: arrive at least 30 minutes before
  5. Bride’s arrival: it’s no longer fashionable to be late
  6. Transport to the wedding venue: do a practice run, be prepared and reduce risks
  7. During the ceremony: practice how you will stand
  8. Other Useful Stuff: for brides and grooms

 

1. Keep yourself hydrated and nourished

Sometimes couples get so wrapped up in making the day perfect, they forget to eat and drink. They become de-hydrated and their blood sugar levels can drop, making them dizzy and feeling faint. Mix that with a hot day and nerves, and you could end up with a wedding ceremony that is aired on Funniest Home Videos (but won’t be so funny to you).

2.Hair and makeup tips

When arranging your appointments with hairdressers and makeup artists,  ensure that you as the bride get done first. Have your own transport in case you have to leave before the bridesmaids are finished. This will ensure that you will be dressed and ready when the photographer and/or videographer arrive.

If you are having makeup professionally done, ask them for a sample of the product you are using. Most places have samples and are happy to give them to you. They are a convenient size to put in a small bag to re-apply as needed after the ceremony and throughout the reception.

3. Flower tips

Only put the flowers in the fridge if you are getting married in winter or where the outside temperature is quite cool. Flowers don’t take kindly to be thrust into a furnace after they have sat undisturbed for some hours.

Queensland brides should leave the flowers wrapped in wet paper towels (around the stalk end) at room temperature. This prevents the flowers go into ‘shock’ when they go outside.

4.Groom’s arrival

Both the groom and his attendants should be on site at least a half hour before the ceremony start time to be able to greet the guests, and to be ready for the photographer.

5. Bride’s arrival

Contrary to popular belief, it is no longer fashionable for the bride to be late. This may have been the case in a time when churches or venues only booked one wedding per day.  These days sites can be booked for another wedding, and you don’t want to be hurried along by the arrival of the next bride and groom.

Also, late arrival of the bride can cause undue stress for the groom and his attendants, and your guests; especially the elderly and young children.  These people have already been ‘standing around’ for some time, and tend to become tired and unsettled. In the interests of all concerned, you should aim to be on time.

6. Transport to the wedding venue tips

Close to your wedding date and at approximately the same time and day as the wedding, have a practice run from where you are getting dressed to the venue.  This will cater for about the same type of traffic conditions. Obeying all traffic lights, directions, speed limits etc, note the time it took to get there, then add 15 minutes to it. Use this practice run to calculate the time the bride should be in the car and on her way, taking into account that you may need to allow an extra 10-15 minutes on arrival at the venue for the photographer.  This extra time ensures that she will be able to be taken around any traffic diversions, accidents, RBTs and so on, so that you arrive cool, calm and collected.

If using limousines or hire vehicles, contact the company a few days before the wedding date and go over all transport requirements, particularly timings of arrival at the bride’s home, departure from there and arrival time at the wedding venue, allowing for the photographer who may take up to 15 minutes to take shots of your arrival.  Ensure that the driver will know the location and directions to the wedding venue.

In the event of any accident, flat tyre or vehicle breakdown, it is a good idea for the bride (or father of the bride, if in the same car) has at least $40-50 so that if worst case scenario means that you have to call a cab, you have the money to pay for the fare.  Do not wait for help.

7. During the ceremony

While you are standing for the ceremony, you should never stand continuously on the balls of your feet, as this can close off part of the circulation and result in an eventual faint. Equally, never stand entirely on the front of your feet. This may be a little hard for brides with high heels, but the best way to avoid cutting off circulation is to discretely rock back and forwards, or wiggle your toes. No-one will see!

 

8. Other Useful Hints

Tips for grooms

  • Buttonhole flowers are worn on the left lapel, with the flower facing up. Flowers are usually worn by the groom and his attendants, plus the fathers of the bride and groom.
  • The pleats in cummerbunds are worn facing up.
  • For best photographic results, shave 2-3 days before the wedding and then wait until the morning of the wedding to shave again.

 

Tips for brides

  • Pack an ‘emergency kit’ and ask a friend to hang on to it until needed. Include things like lipstick, make up touch ups, nail varnish (to fix a run in stockings), safety pins and/or needle and thread, aspirin, spare hanky or tissues, band aids.
  • Consider packing some comfy shoes that you can change into after the photos and formalities are over.
  • If you are spray tanning for your wedding, trial the product or professional service first, to be certain you are going to like the end result. A bad spray tan can look tragic, whereas a good one looks fabulous.
  • Do not apply any hair removal creams or waxes within a day or two of your wedding unless you are certain that you won’t have a reaction to it.
  • Clean your engagement ring (and any other jewellery you will be wearing) so that it will match your shiny new wedding ring.
  • If you are wearing a strapless gown, take your bra off at least three hours before the photographer’s arrival on your wedding day. Bra strap marks stay embedded in the skin for a long time and look unsightly in photographs.

For more wedding tips and ideas, check out :https://www.michaeljanzcelebrant.com.au/faqs/

Changing your name through marriage in Australia

So, you are now married, and you would like to change your last name … what do you do?

Many people choose to use their spouse’s family name once they are married—it’s a custom and not the law.

If you were married in Australia, you don’t need to apply formally for a change of name with Births, Deaths or Marriages in your local State.

Usually personal documentation, such as your driver licence and passport, can be changed to your married name when you provide a standard marriage certificate. This is not the Certificate provided at your wedding. A standard marriage certificate must be applied for through Births, Deaths or Marriages in the State where you were married.

When I marry a couple, I ask if they would like me to request a standard marriage certificate when I register the wedding.

How to change your name through marriage

If you choose to change your name when you get married, you’ll need to tell various government agencies, banks, utility suppliers and other businesses your new married name.

You may be asked to:

  • send a letter or email
  • complete a change request form (online or one they send out to you)
  • visit an office in person.

Organisations will also have different requirements on what proof they need, some may want:

  • to see your standard marriage certificate
  • a certified photocopy of your standard marriage certificate for your account file with them
  • evidence of updated photo ID
  • a combination of identity documents

For more information go to: https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/changing-your-name/changing-your-name-through-marriage or Births, Deaths or Marriages in the State where you were married.

There are so many gorgeous wedding venues

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Seventeen gems of advice on marriage

1. Manage your Expectations

“My parents always say relationships are all about communication and expectations.”

2. Never Assume, Ask

“My dad told me, ‘never assume.’ You will never really know what your partner wants unless you communicate”

3. Remember To Always Say “I Love You” and “Thank You”

“I’ve been married 21 years and we got married young — at 19 and 20. A couple things I think have helped us. Anytime we say goodbye, we always say, ‘I love you’; and we make sure to thank the other for all the things we do. Like if he takes out the trash, I say ‘thank you.’ If I wash the dishes, he says ‘thank you.’ It just makes sure you never take the other for granted and they know it.”

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Wedding Music Ideas

There are so things to consider when planning a wedding! As a Celebrant, I find most couples like to have music at the beginning, when the signing is taking place and at the end (recessional). I provide recorded music and a separate sound system with copyright protection as part of my service. Here are a wide range of ideas.

General

All of Me by John Legend
Amazed by Lonestar
Annie’s Song by John Denver
At Last by Etta James
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Best Part of Me by Busby Marou
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
Everything by Michael Buble
Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah

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Wedding Ceremony Readings

Readings are are great way to help tell a story about you as a couple or to illustrate things you value. It’s also a great way to enable family members or friends to be engaged. Here are some special examples:

Maybe – Author Unknown

Maybe…We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift

Maybe…it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives

Maybe…the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way

Maybe…the best kind of love is the kind you can sit on a sofa together and never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had

Maybe…you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Maybe…you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy

Maybe… Love is not about finding the perfect person, it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.’

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