Congratulations on your engagement! What a wonderful feeling it is. Let us guess, you’ve probably already hit up social media in search of beautiful wedding locations (and who can blame you?). Have you been researching like mad on Pinterest? Started trawling magazines for the ultimate wedding inspo? There’s no doubt that you’ve probably already come across some seriously beautiful South Coast wedding spots. Whether you’re looking at seaside towns like Jervis Bay for your big day, or a tree-lined nature haven like Kangaroo Valley, the South Coast offers the best of the beach and bush all in one region. Not only is the South Coast home to an abundance of stunning venues, but there’s also an array of talented florists, photographers and everything in between.

Why we’re celebrating love on the South Coast

Have you seen the way the water sparkles on the South Coast? There’s a reason why the region has long been a favourite for holiday seekers from all over NSW and beyond. Depending on where you choose in the South Coast, it’s just a two or three-hour drive from Sydney and Canberra, making it an easy weekend getaway for your guests. Once you arrive in the South Coast there is an immediate feeling of relaxation that is sure to get the destination wedding vibes flowing. The combination of glistening ocean with stunning bushland is a hard-to-beat backdrop for your wedding photos.

The stunning wedding venues of the south

The beauty of the South Coast in encapsulated by its seaside, cliffside and bush surrounded venues. From Terrara House Weddings & Events, an exclusive private wedding venue with the finest historic mansion on the South Coast, to the stunning German custom-built marquee of Figbird Cottage, the DIY haven that is Banquets at the Bower and expansive ocean views of The Pavilion Kiama, there truly is a wedding venue for everyone.

And, of course, if a venue is not really your style and you’d rather bask in the glory of nature or have a private property that is close to heart, White Top Venues provides incredible full-service marquee weddings. You could also engage Katalane Marquee & Furniture Hire for a tipi styled wedding, while Avant-Garde Camping Co, Sydney’s largest and most experienced glamping hire company, provides romantic luminescence and Hamptons-inspired marquees.

Image courtesy of Avant-Garde Camping Co.

Capture every moment in picture and film

You’ve probably been told by all of your married friends and family that your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and that it’s over in the blink of an eye. Thankfully couples can relive the best day of their lives as many times as they wish with wedding photography and videography. For South Coast wedding photography, we recommend Sally M Photography who is focused on bringing magic and quality photography together. Carmen Hickey Photography has more than 300 weddings under their belt so you can trust they know exactly what they’re doing. We also recommend Ben Yew Photography for his attention to detail and passion for capturing the love in marriages. And, when it comes to videography, we recommend White Parrot and New Black Studios for capturing those special moments like your first dance.

Image courtesy of Sally M Photography

Our top picks for South Coast wedding planners

Wedding planning is a daunting task to say the least, especially when you’re not used to planning big events. Not to mention the never-ending to-do list that seems to keep growing faster than you can tick items off. When it doubt, let the professionals help. That’s where wedding planners like Darling Don’t Panic, It’s Your Day Weddings and Wildflower Weddings and Events come to the rescue. They’re our top picks for South Coast weddings because they’re prepared to plan your wedding from start to finish so you can get back to enjoying your engagement.

Wedding stylists help make planning your wedding on the South Coast much easier to manage. Add a boho touch to your wedding with the bespoke arches of Light It Up Event Hire, or the handcrafted signs and decor of Ashdown & Bee. If you’re after something extra chic, we recommend Simply Beautiful for a unique, inspired and elegantly designed wedding.

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Image courtesy of Ashdown & Bee

Wedding flowers to make the bees jealous

One of the most impressive and delicate wedding decorations is, of course, the flowers. And in the South Coast region, there’s definitely no shortage of fresh foliage! From the soft pretty palettes and wild wondering forms of Poppies and Lace to the bold and colourful arrangements of Petal & Fern and the fragrant bouquets of The Ivy League, our favourite South Coast florists can help you choose the best buds in season to decorate your wedding, no matter your colour palette.

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Image courtesy of Poppies and Lace

Comfort that doesn’t compromise on style

Filling your wedding space with stylish furniture that suits the decor and wedding theme doesn’t have to compromise on comfort. If you’re going for a rustic theme, we recommend the handmade wooden furniture hire from Timberbill. We also love the thoughtfully creative and enchantingly beautiful designs from George & SMEE and the vintage recycled decor of Crab Apple Hire and Style.

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Image courtesy of George & Smee

Look and feel the part with South Coast hair and makeup artists

Now to the star of the day… you. The South Coast is home to fantastic hairstylists and makeup artists, so you can be sure to look your glowing best. For hair that won’t budge, regardless of the weather, trust Emma McGill and Monique Lawler (these talented stylists are both hair and makeup specialists). And, when it comes to makeup that won’t run in the heat, smudge in the rain, or falter under all the hugs, kisses and tears of friends and family, we trust Primrose Playfair Makeup, Ash Quinn Makeup Artistry, Makeup by IVD and LuLu Makeup.

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Image courtesy of Monique Lawler

Sharing your wedding deets

How will you spread the word that you’re getting married? Through gorgeous wedding invitations of course! But don’t worry about knowing exactly what details your wedding guests need to know, you can leave that to the experts. For effortless invitation designs, we recommend Paper Bliss and their one-stop online shop. For invitations and wedding stationery with a feminine touch, you can’t pass up Miss Poppy Design. And, trust Julia Jacque Graphic Design for wedding stationery designed from scratch, from save the dates to place cards and menus.

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Image courtesy of Miss Poppy Design

Get the wedding party started!

Florists, photographers and invitations aside, arguably the most exciting part of the wedding is the reception – no doubt you and your guests are pumped for the d-floor! Entertain your guests with a selection of you and your partner’s favourite songs. And no, we’re not talking about your Spotify playlists on repeat, get a pro in to spin the decks. No one knows how to get your wedding guests moving on the dance floor like Duke Music. But if live music is more your thing, you can’t go past Ben Fox Band. Looking for something a little softer for the ceremony? Mimosa Duo is a guitar and violin duo who can play anything you’d like to walk down the aisle to. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

Not all entertainment has to be so loud either. Photo booths allow your wedding guests to capture the moment. Darkroom Days lets your guests show off their goofy side with a stylish Instagram printer – a fun alternative to the traditional photo booth. If you like collecting polaroids, we recommend Undisposable who can print pictures with customised borders that act as a keepsake for your guests. If it’s something a little more playful you’re after, the customisable suite of photography by Social Playground is just what you’re looking for.

Image courtesy of Undisposable
Image courtesy of Undisposable

Ready to plan your South Coast wedding?

It’s safe to say that the South Coast is a dreamy wedding location, right? So, what are you waiting for? If you’re in need of a wedding venue, make the most of our complimentary Venue Concierge service. Simply let us know your vibe and we will find you the perfect venue for your big day. Or if you’re ready to book the rest of your suppliers, head to wedBooker to start planning these too. Happy planning!