It’s time to get planning your happily ever after! We recommend starting by picking your wedding location – but that can be easier said than done, right? Thankfully, the Hunter Valley region is home to a plethora of wedding, well, everything. From some of the best wedding reception venues to florists, caterers and stylists and everything in between, the region is a self-catering hub where the only thing you need to worry about is who to choose. Plus, one of the main things we love about the Hunter Valley for weddings, is that it provides your guests with a great destination to explore. They can fill the rest of their stay by visiting some of Australia’s best wineries, vineyards and restaurants.

Why are Hunter Valley weddings so popular?

Let’s start with the region’s proximity. The Hunter Valley is just two-hours from Sydney and an hour from the Central Coast and Newcastle, removed enough from the hustle and bustle, but close enough that your guests won’t have to board a plane to attend. That brings us to the scenery. The region is beautiful with lush gardens, spectacular vineyards and vast fields aplenty providing jaw-dropping backdrops. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a stunning location for your wedding photos.

Speaking of wedding photography, you can’t get married without capturing every single moment and, for that, we recommend Perfect Moment Photography and Video and Jac and Heath. But don’t stop at still photos! We’re also loving the moving memories captured in film by White Parrot and Tall Tree Film Wedding Videography

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Image courtesy of White Parrot photography

Amazing wedding venues from Wollombi to Pokolbin

Whether you’re looking for a blank canvas or you’d rather a venue that includes everything, there’s a Hunter Valley wedding venue for everyone. From the adorable Lovedale Wedding Chapel & Reception (pictured in the feature image) to venues that celebrate the very thing the region is celebrated for (wine, of course) Dark Horse Vineyard and Calais Estate. Maybe you’re after an outdoor reception under the stars provided by the magical wedding marquees of Katalane Marquee & Furniture Hire and The Party Hire Company. Are you after the ultimate boho wedding? Then let  Avante-Garde Camping Co set you up with the most whimsical, fairy-like reception. Glamping wedding anyone? You’re sure to find what you’re after in the Hunter.

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Image courtesy of Dark Horse Vineyard

Our favourite Hunter Valley wedding planners 

If you’re not in the mood to tackle all the planning on your own, let the professionals take care of the details so you can enjoy the lead-up to your wedding and the big day with bubbles in hand. Our top picks for wedding planners in the region include Events with Distinction, Windwood Events and Wildflower Weddings and Events. And, decorating a wedding venue is no easy task either. That’s why wedding stylist Darling Don’t Panic provides modern-minded and creative planning, styling and coordinating services. Or, take creative control over the entire process with wedding stylists It’s Your Day Weddings

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Image courtesy of Darling Don’t Panic wedding stylists

Florals to dream about 

We are loving the amazing florals trends that have emerged over the last few years for weddings. Having the right wedding florist can help you to create your dream ceremony and reception space. Between the floral arrangements of Down the Garden Path Floral Studio, Littlest Leaf Floral Design and Poppies and Lace, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful blooms. Plus so many of the Hunter Valley venues have lofty high ceilings and big spaces, making them the perfect canvas for spectacular hanging floral arrangements that are sure to wow your guests.

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Image courtesy of Littlest Leaf Floral Design

Wedding styling and furniture sorted

Having the right furniture to keep your guests comfortable and fill the space is an essential part of your wedding event, and can add a pop of personality to the atmosphere. Trust Crab Apple Hire and Style, Event Hire Services or George & SMEE to provide your guests with comfortable and decorative furniture for both day and night.

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Image courtesy of Crab Apple Hire and Style

Everything you need to party the wedding night away

What’s a reception without hitting the d-floor? When it comes to wedding music, there’s a whole ‘scale’ of options – want a DJ to remix the latest hits? What about something a little more chilled like a solo artist? Or perhaps a live band will get your guests up to dance. We love the entertainment of Maple Creek Music, DJ Tom O’Dwyer and Christie Lamb Band. With these talented musicians to choose from, your Hunter Valley wedding is sure to be a hit. Plus, how about setting up the dancefloor under the stars with fairy lights for some extra special wow factor?

If you want to end your wedding with an extra special bang, Finale Fireworks Australia and Dazzlefx Fireworks  provide spectacular and boutique pyrotechnics.

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Image courtesy of Dazzlefx Fireworks

Be your beautiful self with Hunter Valley hair and makeup artists

Dress? Check. Shoes? Check. Veil? Check. But, don’t forget to make sure you’re looking (and feeling) the part on your special day – ensure you find a wedding makeup artist and hair stylist that you absolutely love. Some of our top picks for hair stylists in the Hunter Valley are Blanc Hair Studio and Emma McGill Makeup Artist. And for makeup that won’t run when you shed tears of joy, trust Makeup by IVD. At wedBooker, we definitely recommend doing a trial with your chosen hairstylist and makeup artist – it’s a great way to try new looks and styles and also gives you an opportunity to get to know them better before the big day.

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Image courtesy of Emma McGill Makeup

Don’t forget the most important detail!

All of this isn’t possible without a celebrant to help you tie the knot. Perhaps, you’re more of a traditionalist and want to keep things classic, or you might want to go with something  more personalised by writing your own vows. Either way it’s important to pick a celebrant who you have a connection with, so you’ll want to chat with them or meet them before the big day. You can get started by checking out some of our favourites, Marry You Sydney, Samuel Miller Celebrant and Dare to Love Ceremonies.

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Image courtesy of Dare to Love Ceremonies

The who, where and when

You’ve picked the date. How exciting! But no one is going to know where to go without a detailed invitation, right? Make sure you include important information on your invite – everything from the date, time, venue, dress code, how guests can RSVP and gifting options. You can even recommend accommodation if you’re having a destination wedding in the Hunter Valley. And why do it yourself? Take the stress out of designing invitations with Grey Rabbit Design, Lava Stationery and Terrace Press. Another thing ticked off the list.  

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Image courtesy of Grey Rabbit Design

Say thank you to your guests with wedding favours

Last but not least, there’s no doubt that your guests will leave your Hunter Valley wedding with amazing memories, but you can also send them home with a gift of thanks. Check out Beach Road Naturals for the most beautiful soaps made by a boutique Australian body company. We love their Organic Rosewater and Pink Clay Body Bar, and their Paw Paw Extract Body Bar, but we’ll let you enjoy choosing from their array of delicious products.

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Image courtesy of Beach Road Naturals

So tell us, are you ready to plan your Hunter Valley wedding? 

We love the Hunter Valley region for so many reasons – the rolling landscapes, gourmet produce and spectacular wines. It’s a magical region and perfect for your special day. Head to wedBooker to start planning your dream Hunter Valley wedding today.