How to Plan the Best Wedding in Adelaide or Regional South Australia If you’re newly engaged and wondering where to start when it comes to planning a wedding, then read on! We’ve compiled a handy how-to guide of wedding planning resources to help you get started.
You can start planning your wedding in 13 easy steps. Wedding SA has everything you need to plan a fabulous wedding in Adelaide and South Australia. Browse affordable Adelaide wedding suppliers, real weddings, wedding inspiration and unique ideas, wedding package info, special offers and more. Follow our social channels for all the latest tips, specials, offers, and open day info. We look forward to helping you make your Adelaide wedding fabulous! xx
Enjoy being engaged!
Be in the moment and enjoy this special time together. Start storyboarding your ideal wedding day. Discuss it together. What do you picture? Casual or Black Tie? Rustic or Fairy tale? Local or Destination? Wedding SA has real weddings you can browse for inspo.
Tell your family and friends
Announce your engagement and discuss your wedding plans with your family and friends. Find out if any VIPs (parents, potential bridal party members) have commitments that would rule out certain dates for people you really want attending your wedding.
Decide on the style of wedding
Your wedding style will narrow your venue choice. Venues often book many months, or years in advance. Once you have your wedding style, then it becomes easier to pick your venue. The most popular styles are: Fairytale = city ballroom Rustic = country or winery Beach = coastal or water views DIY = community hall, sporting venue, private home Destination = somewhere with great views and accommodation. Check out the Wedding SA venues or catering companies and make some enquiries as to availability and pricing.
Set your budget
Once you’re received info on potential venues, you can think about your budget. Talk to your parents and see if they plan on contributing towards your wedding. Think about how much you can save and afford to spend on your wedding. You might like to open a separate account for wedding savings and spending. Once you have a rough budget you can consider how many people you can afford to have at each venue. Of course, it’s also an option to ask people to donate cash in lieu of a gift to help off-set the cost. Wedding SA has a budget planner you can download to help you out.
Typically it is the reception venue selection that set’s the date. Then couples consider their ceremony venue – which may be at the same venue. Wedding SA has some great ceremony venues to consider – gardens, beaches and churches.
Photographers, video and cars!
Wedding photographers and cars can also be booked out many months, or years in advance. Don’t forget a video! Many couples skip the video, but it’s an gorgeous way to relive the forgotten or never seen moments. Have a browse through Wedding SA to find your preferred suppliers.
Your choice of celebrant can make or break your ceremony. Meet with a few and make sure they make you feel relaxed and confident. This will help with any nerves on the day.
Flowers, Decoration, Decor, Hire, Cake
What are you going to need to make your venue fabulous? Do you need to hire chairs and crockery for a DIY wedding? Will you have floral arbors and centerpieces? Some venue packages will include decorations – check what is included – it may be centerpieces, chair covers, etc. They may also include a wedding cake. Consider a floral theme – it could be colour or style based. Remember that you’ll be holding your bouquet throughout the ceremony and photos – they can get heavy! Will your wedding cake be used as dessert? This will determine what size your bakery will recommend. You can also get different tiers with different flavours! Heavenly! xx
Music and Entertainment
Musicians at your ceremony can set a lovely mood for your wedding. Other entertainment options are endless – DJ, swing band, jazz singers, band. Photobooths can be fun too!
Work out your guest list. Select your bridal party. It can be less stressful to select your bridal party closer to your wedding date, eg 3 months before. It’s easier to not select someone, than have to un-select them. Wedding SA has a guest list and seating planner you can download to help you out. Invitations! Send out invitations for your hens or bucks party, and then the wedding. Typically wedding invitations are sent 3 months in advance. Although this is flexible, and sometimes a save-the-date is important especially for friends or family that might need to travel a long way, arrange time off work, or save up to attend!
Yay! This can be any time you like. Soon after your wedding day, or some time later. Many travel agents offer a honeymoon registry and can be an easy, but fabulous gift from your guests. If you are planning on changing your name, ensure you have your passport and travel documents in the same name! It might also be necessary to have a credit card in this name too, especially when confirming bookings or collecting tickets.
The last details
Maybe you’re looking for something unique to finish off the day? Or a dance studio to WOW your guests with a special routine? A thank-you gift for your bridal party and / guests.
How to choose your perfect Adelaide wedding photographer
Browse wedding photographer’s portfolios. Look at their different styles.
How many photos are you looking for? A couple dozen amazing shots to build an album, have printed and displayed? or hundreds or thousands? Some photographers take less photos, but they might be more to your liking. Other photographers may take many images and many may be quite similar.
Create an action plan. Will you require photos of you getting ready? travel to and arrival at ceremony venue? Ceremony (obviously)! Then groups – how many? Photo-shoot of newlyweds on location? Reception coverage? How many hours do you think this might be?
Once you have selected a shortlist of photographers send them an enquiry!
Meet with your shortlisted photographers and ask them to show you completed albums, or a large range of photos from a single wedding. This will help you double check that they’re going to be able to deliver they style and quantity of photos that you’re after.
Make sure your personalities match! Will you be comfortable with them on your wedding day?
Compare packages and inclusions.
Get post production details. Will you expect every image to be art-worked? or just a few hero images?
Once you’ve settled on a photographer, check their contract and look for additional costs like overtime, printing, supply of digital images, and cost for special effects.
Adelaide has some super talented wedding photographers. No matter what type of style or wedding coverage you’re after, you’re sure to find something to suit your requirements. Sit back, relax, and browse these popular Adelaide wedding photographers.
Jodie Pope Photography-Overview Hello, I am Jodie and I am an emerging photographer and current student with two years of experience working with many different people in the community. I have recently stepped into the wedding industry to provide photographic coverage for weddings with a focus on elopements. I am based in Woodcroft and cover weddings and elopements from… Continue Reading
Anke Photography-Overview My approach to your session is authentic and documentary, I love to capture your day as the story unfolds allowing you to relive every moment all over again. As a photographer with more than 8 years’ experience and over 100 weddings, I’m honoured to experience vulnerable and priceless moments in people’s lives. Nothing excites me… Continue Reading
Rexvil Photography-Overview Your wedding is such a special occasion. There can be laughs, happy tears, sad tears for those who are no longer with us, rushes of adrenaline, extreme nerves and just moments where time seems to stop still. No matter the moment, I will be right there with you feeling it, soaking it in and… Continue Reading
Vinnie Miranda Photos-Adelaide Wedding Photographer Overview Hi there, Vinnie here!I am an Adelaide, South Australia based photographer. I am so glad you’re visiting my website. Welcome!In the years that I have been in this profession, the joy of capturing one of the happiest days of my clients’ lives has never run stale for me. Every couple I… Continue Reading
Photography By Sarah D-Overview Hello there,Sarah here, your story snapper. You'll soon realise, once we meet that I'm originally from the UK but have been settled here in beautiful Adelaide since 2008. I have 2 gorgeous girls Kayleigh and Miah who amaze, entertain and of course drive me a lil crazy most days. Shared with my Hubby and soul mate "Darbs".Photography has ALWAYs… Continue Reading
STILLS by Donna-Overview STILLS by Donna is a skilled photographer who is passionate about capturing the most precious moments of your life. Beginning her venture into photography in 1999, she became obsessed with the fundamentals that make a great photograph: light, shadows, composition, but most of all EMOTION!!STILLS by Donna will capture your poignant and sometimes crazy… Continue Reading
Embrace Photography-Overview CREATIVE, FUN & SOULFUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHYThis is one of the most important days of your life. You deserve to have your special day captured in beautiful photographs that you will cherish. As your photographer, Fiona aims to capture those special moments with a friendly, relaxed and professional approach. With an Advanced Diploma in Commercial Photography and over 10 years experience shooting weddings… Continue Reading
Just Believe Photography-Overview I am an Adelaide based AIPP Accredited photographer with more than 3 years of wedding photography experience, and I have captured over 50 weddings. As a true romantic, I believe in the beauty and romance of love and in happily-ever-afters, having found my own in my amazing husband and our 4 wonderful children.Although I… Continue Reading
Professional Photography and Video-Overview At Professional Photos and Video by Eye Dropper Designs, we truly do live and breath photography! Michelle Forte is our lead photographer and videographer, with more than 10 years experience in the wedding industry. Our unique ability to capture photography, videography and aerial footage means that we can cover your day completely - from… Continue Reading
Mezzino Photography-Overview Hey... just a few words about me... My name is Mark, I am an Adelaide wedding photographer and I love it… even after all this time I still get a buzz out of the click of the shutter button and recording of an image… a moment in time caught forever… never to be repeated… Continue Reading
pRIOnts Photography-Overview Hi I'm Rhiannon, but you can call me Rio! Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. I'd love to be a part of it by capturing memories that will last a lifetime. I can document your wedding day as it unfolds naturally. Full of candid moments and natural light creating… Continue Reading
Renée Photography-Overview Renée Photography specialises in documenting weddings through the art of photography. Sharing her artistic flare by capturing your special moments and the people closest to you with high end images. Renée Photography’s photo style is simple, classic, elegant, beautiful and full of colour. Her goal is to show you the beauty in not only you as… Continue Reading
My Little Light Photography-Overview Hello and welcome to My Little Light Photography, my name is Kimberley and I'm the lady behind the lens. Photography has always been my happy place and I am so excited to be able to share with you my passion finding the little moments that make life BIG!My approach to photography is relaxed, authentic… Continue Reading
One plus One Photography-Overview Hello there! We are Mish and Sasha, husband and wife, from One plus One Photography. We based in the stunning Adelaide, South Australia, but we also love to travel interstate to capture weddings. Sasha is a lead photographer in our team and she is an AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) accredited photographer. We… Continue Reading
Studio Shubin-Overview True-colour palette, stunning B&W - documentary and lifestyle images, modern heirloom quality art, beautifully natural photography.Capturing the real, unposed story of your wedding day with attention to your style, the details and emotions, combined with fine art portraits with your loved ones.Then we take you on a romantic photo-shoot.Studio Shubin is Allen and Melissa… Continue Reading
Run Wild Photography-Overview Hello there!We're Drew and Maddy! We are a husband and wife team.Since opening our studio in 2011, we've dedicated ourselves not only to our craft, but to the best possible experience for our lovely couples.We understand the tremendous amount of effort that goes into planning the most memorable day of your live (we've been… Continue Reading
Panache Photography-Overview Our VisionOur vision is to provide you with the ultimate experience in wedding photography! We will help you to create the wedding photographs you, your children and grandchildren will cherish for ever.Our ServiceIn our no obligation consultations we listen to your desires and work with you to create your own unique personal images. We… Continue Reading
Michelle Cohen Photography-Overview Naturally beautiful wedding images that are surprisingly affordable.Michelle Cohen Photography has been capturing SA weddings for 15 years, and provides a boutique service that truly listens to what couples want from their photographer - refreshing and naturally beautiful images that tell the story of their day at a sensible price.Michelle's passion is to create… Continue Reading
Karyn Kent Photography-Overview Hi! Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering Karyn Kent Photography. I'm a wedding and portrait photographer with 16 years experience working in one of Adelaide's top wedding studios. I now specialise in short wedding packages.Shorter PackagesFor those couples only wanting 3 to 5 hours of photography on the day this package… Continue Reading
Jason Wong Photography-Overview Jason Wong Photography (JWP) is an Adelaide-based creation inspired by the lives and stories that have been captured and remembered through history. Be it family portraits to remember loved ones, wedding or couple shoots to commemorate those unforgettable events, or just a fun enjoyable experience to capture your best moments, JWP will deliver only… Continue Reading
Impressions Photography Studio-Overview At Impressions Photography Studio we take pride in our presentation and offer clients a friendly personalized service in a comfortable environment. We have a team of young and creative professionals able to create innovative images with a touch of class. We do more for you than simply take photographs. We help with planning, timing… Continue Reading
Evermore Photographics-Overview 27 years and 780+ happy couples. We would be delighted to be part of your special day. We specialize in intimate weddings over 2 to 3 hours. We service all of SA and do not charge for travel. Trust in experience.Recent Testimonial“If anyone is looking for an excellent photographer who can work within a… Continue Reading
Alayna de Graaf Photography-Overview I have been concentrating on wedding photography and family photography for the last ten years and I have some beautiful images and experiences (plus testimonials) from this period of my photographic journey. I provide my customers with unrivalled customer service and beautiful memories to treasure.If you are looking for someone who can capture the… Continue Reading
How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Celebrant for your Adelaide Wedding
The ideal wedding celebrant will be someone who makes you feel natural and relaxed. You should be able to pick up on their friendliness and organisational skills at your initial meeting. They should show genuine interest in crafting an unique wedding ceremony for you that will incorporate aspects of your romantic journey along with the necessary legal requirements. Reach out to a few celebrants, have a chat with them about your wedding ideas, and see whom you feel most comfortable with.
You might also like to check and see if your short-listed celebrants will be conducting any other weddings in Adelaide on your chosen date, and see how they plan to accommodate the timing of the ceremonies. You don’t want them stuck in traffic when they should be at your wedding!
Some celebrants will also offer a PA system or microphone to ensure your guests can hear you well. This can be particularly important if you plan on having a video taken on your day. Be sure to give your videographer your celebrant’s details so they can plan the best way to capture your wedding.
Similarly, some celebrants can provide a signing table along with special pens and more. Be sure to ask what extra touches they provide as part of their wedding service.
Best wishes for finding your perfect Adelaide wedding celebrant. Here’s a list of some of Adelaide’s most popular wedding celebrants.
Happy wedding planning. xx
Weddings by Karen-Overview Hi, I am Karen, it's great connecting with you via Weddings SA. I love the sentiment of intimate affairs held in a place that is meaningful and memorable for couples and their guests. I specialise in smaller weddings and registry style weddings as well as the more substantial wedding groups. Every ceremony is personally crafted… Continue Reading
Lovelly Weddings-Overview My name is Lynn Lovell and I am a Commonwealth authorised civil marriage celebrant, based in Adelaide’s east, servicing the metropolitan region and SA country areas by arrangement.I offer different styles of ceremonies with reasonable fees and it would be my pleasure to help you with your wedding whether it be barefoot, black tie… Continue Reading
Haidee Swalue-Overview Unique and awesome you... I would love nothing more than to create your fun, deep, luminous, quirky, classic, wonderful, ceremony with all the feels! I would be absolutely honoured to be your celebrant.My name Is Haidee, I am a Certified Marriage Celebrant, and I love my job.I have always been infatuated by the magic… Continue Reading
Sarah Warwick-Overview Fun, relaxed, authentic yet beautiful ceremonies are my core business. Organisation is key to planning a fabulous ceremony that you will remember for the rest of your life. Let me take care of the organisation so that you can be gently guided through what can be an overwhelming process. Let's do it with heart,… Continue Reading
Jacqui Leopardi-Overview Hello! My name is Jacqui Leopardi and I am lucky enough to be a full time marriage celebrant, based in the Adelaide Hills since 2015. I absolutely love what I do and I would be honoured to be a part of your wedding day. Being chosen as your celebrant is an incredible honour and with… Continue Reading
Ann Gant-Overview Hello my name is Ann and I would love to be a part of your wedding day!! I have been a celebrant for 14 years, and I put my heart and soul into every ceremony. I pride myself on a professional ceremony every time. I am a fun, relaxed, and calm person so my ceremonies… Continue Reading
Joelie Moncrieff Celebrant-Overview I'm Joelie, and I'm hoping we can work together for your sacred event. My approach to ceremonies of all types is free from traditions, open, honest, vibrant and inclusive of all lifestyles and circumstance. I love to write and I happily design ceremony scripts that work for you and your situation with intimate and unique… Continue Reading
Celebrations By Penelope-Overview Winner of the South Australian Civil Marriage Celebrant of 2018 & Runner-up 2019 Congratulations on picking your human for life, you're getting married! Hi, I'm Penelope, I've been a full-time Adelaide marriage celebrant for 8 years, and I've been involved with over 400 ceremonies. I know I don't look old enough right! I'm outgoing, experienced,… Continue Reading
Shelley Dover-Overview About You: It's All About You. No really - today is all about you!I consider my role in your wedding day as a privilege. It is an honour to work with your wishes, provide thorough support and attention to detail - to ensure that your ceremony is joyous and as individual as you. Friends and family… Continue Reading
Jen Attard-Overview Hi, I’m Jen Attard. As your marriage Celebrant I will work by your side to create you unforgettable memories of one of your most exciting life celebrations! If you’re reaching for the moon, stop and I’ll take you to the stars!I will write you a personal, relaxed ceremony which will incorporate welcoming your guests,… Continue Reading
Sherri Dawson Marriage Celebrant-Overview I want to marry you! I am a qualified marriage celebrant located in the north of Adelaide (servicing all areas). I will bring enthusiasm, passion, fun and energy to your wedding ceremony. I will work with you to design your perfect ceremony. I love what I do and I consider it be both an… Continue Reading
Sandra Sullivan-Overview My name is Sandra Sullivan and I am a marriage celebrant with over 10 years of experience. I live in Gawler and I conduct wedding ceremonies in and around the northern and north eastern areas of Adelaide, including the Barossa Valley and beyond. I have a good quality PA, which is important so that… Continue Reading
Patrick Frost-Overview cer·e·mo·ny: n. /sermni;A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom; [Middle English: ceremonie, from Latin: caerimnia, [religious rite.]Your wedding day will be one you'll want to remember.You want everything to be just perfect and your love for each other to be portrayed with the best possible ceremony. I… Continue Reading
Michelle Ware-Overview CeremonyYour wedding ceremony is important to me, I will ensure to make it a beautiful and unforgettable day, for you both, and your family and guests. I am very passionate about every ceremony, and give a professional, personal, and individual service, which can be simple, formal or informal. Every ceremony is unique and reflects… Continue Reading
Maureen Gwiazda-Overview Hi my name is Maureen. I love my profession, and delight in working with couples to achieve their dream weddings. No day is more memorable than your wedding day. There are many special days in your lives and moments to cherish, but your wedding day, you plan together. It is the beginning of your… Continue Reading
Mary Fieldhouse-Overview I love this profession and am committed to providing a service that is tailored to suit your individual style and personality. You will find me easy going and able to make your wedding ceremony preparations enjoyable and stress free, while giving you the opportunity to contribute as much as you wish to create your… Continue Reading
Marisa Wilson-Overview Your wedding day should be something to enjoy. It should be as unique and quirky and wonderful as you are. It should reflect who you are and who you want to be as a couple. While it can be a little confronting to stand in front of your loved ones, it's also the one… Continue Reading
Adelaide Marriage Celebrant-Julie Beaton Overview Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage - what an exciting time in your lives!Your wedding ceremony should reflect your own values and personalities. It can be simple, formal or informal. Most importantly it should be special and memorable for you and in the lives of all who witness and celebrate with you.No matter… Continue Reading
Ceremonies with Joy-Overview Congratulations!! You're getting married. What an exciting time in your life!Choosing a Marriage Celebrant is very personal. It's really important to feel comfortable with your Celebrant and feel confident that you can communicate your dreams and ideas honestly. Your wedding ceremony should be all about you and your partner and helps to create the… Continue Reading
Joanna Tsalikis-Overview Congratulations on your decision to marry and welcome to another of life's rich journeys. As a celebrant with over 10 years experience, I am actively engaged in the community and have a background in performing arts, education and public speaking. At this joyous time my aim is to bring a fresh, creative and innovative… Continue Reading
Joan Wilson CMC-All About You Celebrant Service Overview Let me make your special day "All about You"Together we can create a memory that will last a lifetimeDreams really do come trueNo two ceremonies are alike. Each one is unique and individual because every love story is different. That is why officiating at your marriage would be such… Continue Reading
Ceremonies Just for You-Overview My name is Gillian Potter and I am an Authorised Civil Celebrant.I believe that your wedding day is a very special event in your lives so I will bring to your ceremony a sincere sense of celebration, joy, fun and romance. I will work with you to create a unique, memorable and perfect ceremony… Continue Reading
Gerrelyn Glico-Wong-Civil Marriage Celebrant Overview As the years go by, you'll look back upon your wedding day and recall a joyous feeling, a passionate vow and a momentous kiss. This is a day to remember which gives you the memories that will live in your heart forever. With this, it is my great pleasure to help… Continue Reading
Elaine de Wit-Overview A JOYOUS CELEBRANT for your Joyous CelebrationThis is a special day as you share your love for each other, make your vows, and celebrate with family and friends.Your wedding ceremony should be a reflection of you and can be as formal or as informal, as you wish. It would be my privilege to help… Continue Reading
Colleen Higgins-Overview Congratulations! You are soon to be married with many fun filled adventures ahead. This is one of the most exciting times in your life and as your Celebrant I would be privileged to get to know you and perform your wedding or ceremony.I am a modern and fun Celebrant with 4 years experience performing… Continue Reading
Christine Trenwith CMC-Overview My weddings are elegant and classy but conducted in a fabulous, relaxed, fun, down to earth way, which all my couples and guests love!Your ceremony will run smoothly with absolutely no 'hiccups' so you can relax, have some fun and enjoy your special day along with all your guests!I will put you at ease… Continue Reading
Aldgate Ceremonies-Overview Aldgate Ceremonies offers two fully qualified and registered celebrants, father and daughter team, Len Rolfe and Felicity Lawley-Sinclair. It would be our honour to officiate your ceremony.Whether your dream is to have a grand affair or a private gathering, your desire is traditional, modern or just plain quirky, it is our wish to provide… Continue Reading