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Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tipi Wedding

Jordy and Cam are Sunshine Coast locals, so we met up at the Mapleton Tavern with their little girl Elsie for an informal chat and catch up. We hit it off straight away.

Jordy told me from the get-go she takes ages to make decisions and is very indecisive. Challenge accepted! She also said she found the planning overwhelming as she works full time and with a toddler in tow was making it challenging for her, so they opted to book our pre planning middle package. Jordy and Cam had the freedom to book some suppliers and looked after their RSVP’s whilst Maple Weddings took care of the rest. Oh, what fun we had.



Initially Jordy and Cam’s vision and dream wedding was to be under the stars of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with a very relaxed vibe and LOTS of fairy lights. They chose the Mapleton Hall as their venue as this offered a space to have both ceremony and reception, it was easier for guests & transport, they had a backup plan with hall and they could have their entire wedding outside as they dreamed.

Maple Weddings was not only their wedding planner but also their wedding stylist in conjunction with the lovely Fiesta Flora on florals. We all met up on site to discuss options and to work with Jordy’s vision. She couldn’t decide if she wanted what was ‘trending’ or to go the classic white and green. A huge decision to make for someone who struggles with decision making! Eventually she had to decide and what a fantastic choice it was. Classic white. Timeless and elegant. The ceremony would comprise of Maple Weddings timber bench seats with the 2-piece arbour plinths adorned with playa blanca roses, banksia hookeriana, white carnations, white alstroemerias, white lisianthus, snow berry, magnolia, eucalyptus and wattle by Fiesta Flora.




The reception would compromise of fairy lights, cable reels with stools and 2 horse floats! The Tipsy Mare on bar and Parma Street Food on pizzas. Chilled. Outside under the stars. Lots of fairy lights. No fuss. Their absolute dream wedding.




Well, the week of their wedding arrived and bam we were in full throttle mode to sort their wedding with torrential rain all week and C19 wreaking havoc with new govt rules and regs around square metre rule. This meant their 100 guests could not fit in the hall (their back up plan for wet weather) and their vision of being outdoors under stars and light tarnished.



The Sunshine Coast wedding community are all legends in rallying together to make weddings happen. Tipi Luxe came on board last minute to erect one of their gorgeous Tipi’s which would play host to the ceremony and reception. Having already booked furniture, lights and dance floor through Equip4Hire  for their under the stars wedding both companies rallied together and got the job done without fuss. True professionals. 



Needless to say, the entire day was wet! Like super wet! Thank you, Sunshine Coast Hinterland!! However, it was seriously the best wedding. These guys were troopers and were just so happy they could get hitched and have all their family and friends with them in March. The rain didn’t worry or deter them and we were all prepared. By the end of the evening Jordy was quite literally carrying mud around on her dress and was grounded with no shoes! True bride style!!!




When booking your wedding planner there must be a level of trust. These guys trusted me through the whole wedding planning process which meant I was able to recommend suppliers to them in which they had as part of their amazing team. Having a team, we knew and trusted meant the week of the wedding in our scurry all fell together nicely and everyone was so professional. Having recommended the photographer was huge. Photos are such an integral part of a wedding day and are lifelong memories. When I suggested Bec from Ash and Stone Photography I knew she wouldn’t let me (Or the couple) down and was just so fun on site and even got a bit dirty herself! We love a dance on the dance floor, and I just knew she was the perfect fit for Jordy and Cam. The pics speak for themselves.




We asked Jordy to give her version of events and here is what she had to say-


  1. You live on the Sunshine Coast and married on the Sunshine Coast. Did you find this a lot easier being in the same place?

Things were easier in the sense we have a little one and we didn’t have to travel. Mostly I looked at vendors social media to view their style etc. I also liked the fact that I could meet with vendors including Kristy face to face.


2. You booked Maple Weddings middle package with Pre Planning help and assistance as well as on the day coordination. How did you find this experience? Would you recommend to couples to book a wedding planner as well as on the day coordination?

I have recommended Maple numerous times online and in person. Having a wedding planner made the whole process seamless and I wouldn’t change a thing. Maple was worth every cent and if I got married again I wouldn’t change a thing.


3. Did you stumble across any hiccups during the planning process?

The only hiccup in wedding planning was the unpredictability of Covid and possible lockdowns. This was a challenge and all we could do was hope for the best and put some plans in place in case we had to postpone. Kristy was great in that she stayed up to date with Covid Safe Plans and what was needed with regulations etc. With the planning process and generally I struggle with making decisions as I am indecisive person. I also think there is this narrative around weddings that everything needs to be perfect. I don’t think that is realistic and if you change your perspective, I think that allows you to be more flexible in your planning and on your wedding day.


4. What is the fondest memory you take away from your wedding day?

 I cant pinpoint one moment. The whole day was so much fun! It was more than I could have imagined. Worst moment was when I lost our room key haha. But again Kristy’s team were there to sort out it out!!


5. Your wedding week and day was very wet. How did you feel about this?

I didn’t mind about the rain. At first I was disappointed as we had so many guests travel and make a holiday out of it. I continued to tell myself that you cant control the weather and there is no use worrying about something you cant control. Life is messy, you just have to go with it. In the end I loved that the rain added a whole other dimension to our wedding! We all (friends and family) still laugh about it to this day.


6. What was the most important part to you both in terms of your wedding? Food? Photos? The ceremony? Flowers?

I love flowers and plants and have a strong connection to the natural environment. This was one of the most important factors for me. We also wanted to ensure that the vibe was a big celebration which meant that entertainment, food and drinks were also important. I felt like the atmosphere of a wedding is so important and all of my vendors nailed this and that was thanks to Kristy and her team.




7. In terms of styling it was to all be outdoors with lights and a casual feel. In the end a Tipi had to be booked and the style changed at the last minute. Did you still feel with Tipi, the rustic furniture booked with us and and Fiesta Floras flowers, you still accomplished the look and feel you wanted- even with the rain!?

I surprised myself that I didn’t have too much input into the styling of the day, normally I’m a bit of a stress head and prefer things done a certain way. I expressed what I liked and didn’t like but overall I had little input and the day turned out perfectly! The rain was great in a way because it meant everyone couldn’t spread out too much which was nice because of the open space. It made it feel intimate.

8. Did you find booking a stylist and florist that work closely together a much easier process to navigate?

So much easier! I think one of the things that made my day so successful was the already established relationship between the stylist and florist. It felt like everyone was on the same page. It felt like luck it all fell into place so perfectly but I know it was due to the very hard work behind the scenes.



9. What is the one piece of advice you would offer any couple?

Get a wedding planner or someone from the industry who can assist with making the big decisions. They will pay for themselves!!! So many of our guests commented about how amazing all of our vendors were.


10. What was the approx spend  on your wedding?

In the end I think we hit 30k. There were a few last minute items that were only needed due to the wet weather. We were happy with how much we spent.


The A Team of Vendors

Venue- Mapleton Hall

Wedding Planner- Maple Weddings and Events

Celebrant- Ricky Lapham

Photographer- Ash and Stone

Styling – Maple Weddings and Events

Florist- Fiesta Flora

Tipi- Tipi Luxe

Hair Stylist- Sass and Niki Hair

Makeup Artist- Sunshine Brides

Catering – Parma Street Food

 Bar Service- The Tipsy Mare

Musician – Aaron Hamilton Music

Dance Floor, Cable Reels & Festoons- Equip4Hire

Wedding Dress- Luv Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses- Esther & Co

Bridal Transport- Suncoast Transfers

Guest Transport- Maleny Coaches


Noosa Shines for Corrine & Richards Wedding day




I still recall my initial conversation with Corrine last year. We chatted for quite some time and on speaker with Richard to talking all things Formula 1, as my husband is obsessed too like Richard! Then Corrine drops the bomb shell………….I was a wedding planner and have done events for quite a number of years! Well now the pressure was on!




Having worked in the industry herself Corrine knew exactly what she wanted and that was to ensure she had a stress-free day, so the first thing booked when speaking with me was a wedding coordinator for the day. Corrine and Richards wedding reception was at a well-known Noosa restaurant- Noosa Waterfront Restaurant. Being in a venue establishment meant they could book our half day wedding coordination package as the MC and venue would be able to take over for the evening proceedings. This is exactly why we opted to offer a half day coordination package so we can help throughout the day and get you to reception.



With 3 locations for guests to navigate Corrine and Richard both wanted to know their guests would be in safe hands. There lies our job as a Sunshine Coast wedding planner. Meeting and greeting guests on arrival to Hidden Grove Noosa, onto the Catalina Boat for canapes and drinks before disembarking and heading onto reception at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant.




When speaking with Corrine and Richard they needed styling for their special day. So why not book it all with one supplier! Especially as Corrine and Richard are from interstate, they wanted everything to be seamless and convenient. So they booked Maple Weddings and Events wedding styling services.

When we are styling one of my first questions, I ask is have you booked your florist yet. The reason we ask this is so we can then work with the florist to tie the florals and colour palette into the styling. Corrine hadn’t yet booked a florist so of course I recommended our friend Courtney over at Fiesta Flora, a local Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding florist. Corrine adored Courts work so that was easy!



Courtney from Fiesta Flora spoke with Corrine about all thing’s flowers and one of the things was the colour palette. Corrine couldn’t decide if she wanted pastel tones or bright and vibrant. As you can imagine 2 very contrasting styles. After much discussion and deliberation Corrine chose to mix the 2 .



Vibrant flower tones against the blue ocean at Hidden Grove Noosa was picture perfect. As soon as guests arrived there was the wow factor. Everyone was beaming with excitement and so many conversations about the beautiful colours. We opted to go a mix of white and timber using our most popular timber rustic arbour with white seating and the vibrancy of the flowers.




As always, working with Fiesta Flora we are mindful of couples spend and like to reuse where possible. Fiesta Flora used glass vessels for the blooms which we tied on the chairs at the ceremony then relocated to the reception as table centrepieces along with the gorgeous arbour piece to be displayed on the bridal table.




The Noosa Waterfront Restaurant is just that. On the waterfront. With the glass doors open and beautiful breezes it certainly had a coastal vibe. Against the dark furnishings in the restaurant meant the bright floral colours stood out yet the dinner mood was set with pillar candles and timber name placements for final touches.




Everyone had a fun night dancing the night away with live tunes from the most well-known duo on the Sunshine Coast The Famos.




The gorgeous images are from the talented Tara Lee whilst working alongside her husband Jayden from Sunshine Coast Video creating the lifetime of memories and moments for Corrine and Richard.




Ceremony Venue- Hidden Grove

Noosa Venue for Canapes- Catalina Noosa

Reception Venue- Noosa Waterfront Restaurant

Wedding Planner – Maple Weddings and Events

Celebrant- Natalie Skye Marriage Celebrant

Photographer- Tara Lee Photography

Videographer- Sunshine Coast Video

Florist- Fiesta Flora

Styling – Maple Weddings and Events

Hair Stylist- Beauty On The Move

Makeup Artist- Beauty On The Move

Florist- Fiesta Flora

Cake- Chocolate 2 Chili

Reception Musician- The Famos

Bridal Transport- Old Skool Kombis Noosa

Wedding Dress- #designsbymelanieford B

Bridesmaids Dresses- White Runway

Grooms Suit- Institchu







Wedding Bells for Sunshine Coast couple Kate Bradshaw & Ethan Lowe

I felt so sad for Kate Bradshaw and Ethan Lowe when she told me this was their 3rd time to plan and organise a wedding- thanks to Covid. So, I had to do my utmost to ensure they had a perfectly styled wedding. Kate came to us to help style their wedding at coastal Sunshine Coast wedding venue Pier33 in Mooloolaba.

I called Courtney from Fiesta Flora; a budding local Sunshine Coast florist based right here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with me. Court felt the same as me, so we wanted to make sure their wedding was on point.

We met with Kate and Ethan at Pier33 where we may have indulged in some fine cuisine and a cocktail because that’s how we roll! Fiesta Flora and Maple Weddings are 2 of the cruisiest and easy-going suppliers you will meet! We chatted for ages talking colour palettes, revising ideas & styling concepts and of course a suitable layout.

Luxe elegance with a hint of coastal vibes using soft tones is what we were wanting to achieve for this beautiful couple. Fiesta Flora provided an abundance of beautiful florals featuring Rhoslyn Roses, Pink Mondial roses, Playa Blanca Roses, White Clustar Roses, White Phalaenopsis Orchids, White Singapore Orchids, White Dahlias, White Disbuds, Quicksand Roses,Cappuccino Roses, Banksia Integrifolia Foliage, Camellia foliage and White ruscus.

Complimenting the beautiful blooms, we utilized our blush-coloured French linen napkins, our latest table numbers using pearl acrylic and of course candles. Candles always offer romance and sophistication, perfect for the ultimate dining experience.


The ceremony was equally as impressive with these blooms having been relocated to the reception space. Using our very own white triangle arbour which suited Kate and Ethan as Ethan is very tall! It was floral heaven thanks to Fiesta Flora with the coastal views of the jetty and boats as the perfect backdrop.


We were stoked when we saw all our of vision come to life and even happier watching on from the deck above as Kate and Ethan FINALLY said ‘I do’ at Pier33 Mooloolaba.


Its always nice to get some feedback and perspective from couples so having worked with Kate a lot I asked her some questions in which her responses are as follows-

You were living in NSW. What prompted you to get married in QLD?

We are both originally from Queensland, however moved to Sydney in 2019. That is why we originally had planned a Sydney wedding (Palm Beach), our original wedding date was 18th October 2020 but postponed due to covid.  Our second date was 24th January 2021 at Palm beach, however, we completely cancelled 4 weeks prior due to the big Northern Beachs outbreak. By this stage, we had moved back to Queensland to be closer to our family. We started looking at venues around Sunny Coast in February and we fell in love with Pier 33 so we booked it.  😊

How has Covid impacted your wedding plans?

It took us three attempts, unfortunately, each time we rescheduled we lost money and guest numbers and to be honest, it really took the fun out of planning it. Coivd made it feel like a hassle and pretty stressful, I don’t think I was excited about the 3rd date until the day before the wedding because I was worried we would have to cancel again.


What was the funnest part of planning your wedding?

Finding a wedding dress. Having the girls there, champagne and dressing up – it was the best

What was the standout from your day?

Our day was perfect, but just having our closest family and friends finally be able to celebrate together was amazing


How did you find and book your vendors?

Mainly Instagram and Google. Some vendors recommended other vendors (thank you Kristy for recommending Court)

What was the most important part to you both in terms of your wedding? Food? Photos? The ceremony? Flowers?

Although I (Kate) wanted everything to be perfect we both always said the three things that we have to have is – a venue that suited our personalities, great music so people will dance and amazing food – we def got all three.


In terms of the styling being beachside at Pier33 you opted for more coastal sheik elegance using soft hues and candles. Did you feel the brief was met and complimented your personalities as well as the venue?

100 % yes.

The styling, flowers and set-up was exactly what we wanted and more. We received so many compliments on how beautiful everything was.



Did you find booking a stylist and florist that work closely together a much easier process to navigate? 

Made everything so much easier and reassuring that everything would flow together and be set up properly.


What is the one piece of advice you would offer any couple? 

Don’t try and please everyone, remember the day is about you and your partner and how much you love each other.


What was the approx. spend on your wedding?

About $50k – this includes the money we lost from our first 2 dates.



Vendor List

Venue- Pier33

Florals – Fiesta Flora

Styling- Maple Weddings and Events

Photography- Daniel Jay Photography

Cake- Choc2Chilli

Celebrant- Steph the Celebrant

Musician- John Veloso Music

Videographer- R Van Films

Wedding Transport- Black Bow Chauffer

Hair Stylist- Evalyn Parsons

Makeup Artist- Louise Henzell Makeup

Bridal Gown- Karen Willis Holms

Grooms Suit- MJ Bale

Stationery- Love and Paper



Italy meets the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Italy meets the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Take 2! The Hinterland Tourism Summer Showcase was to be held in January 2021 however Covid put a quick stop to this. Everyone rallied and take 2 happened in February 2021.


We were fortunate to showcase at two beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding venues – Mali Retreat and The Old Dairy Maleny.


The Old Dairy Maleny is an iconic Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding venue with a beautiful barn, picturesque hinterland sunsets and overlooking the sprawling hills, that is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.


Having already set up and creating a photo shoot from take 1 of the showcase we needed to reset and come up with a new concept and design to showcase to the 1000 plus visitors.

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We love all aspects (well majority!) of our job as Sunshine Coast wedding planners and wedding stylists and nothing more so than collaborating with other creatives. Courtney from Fiesta Flora is a dream to work with. After we got over the disappointment of not showcasing the first time we regrouped and remained positive. We wanted to bring something to the barn that was inspiring and something with some wow factor. After tossing around some ideas, we started our mood board with colour palettes, layers and textures and came up with an ‘Italian soiree’.

Italy meets the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Old Dairy Maleny was transformed into a mecca with terracotta tones, candle spheres, gorgeous lighting from the team at Out of the Dark event lighting and not to mention the olive grove. The beautiful soiree was aligned with terracotta pots and olive trees with sprinkles of olives and herb gardens on the table.



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The Crew

VenueThe Old Dairy Maleny

PhotographyAngela Cannavo Photography

Concept, Planning & StylingMaple Weddings and Events

Concept & Florals

LightingOut of the dark event lighting

StationaryBluebird Invitations


JewelleryUniqueness Jeweller

Bridal Gown & Grooms SuitWhen Freddy Met Lilly

Bridal MakeupBoudoir Blush

Brides Hair StylistEvalyn Parsons

Grooms HairMegan M Hair and Makeup




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As you enter the barn of The Old Dairy Maleny you feel like you are transported to another country. Something we felt was important now with Covid. Many people are missing traveling the globe, or not being able to have their wedding abroad or guests missing out on their wedding due to travel so what better way than to bring Italy to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and be mesmerized by what you see.



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We are so fortunate to work with so many beautiful people. All who supported each other and set up not once but twice to create such beauty and not to mention being able to meet and greet so many amazing couples who are dedicated to their wedding planning journey.A special thanks to Sunshine Coast Hinterland for supporting the annual event and ensuring the showcase did happen not only for the Sunshine Coast wedding venues and vendors but more so for the couples so everyone can keep planning their wedding day.

grazie e ci vediamo più tardi
Thank you and see you later.


10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Stylist

Choose your wedding stylist with an unequivocal YES! The most compatible stylist for you and your partner will give you both a confident feeling that they will deliver exactly what you want for your special day.

Your consultation with them is very much an interview, so you should come prepared with a list of questions for them. A well-rounded list of questions will cover all of the bases, and the answers should fill you with excitement, plus lift a burden off of your shoulders.

Read on before you meet with your stylist.

1. What Is Your Experience Level as a Wedding Stylist?

Ask what your wedding stylist’s experience level is to get a grasp on topics like these:

  • How many weddings have you planned
  • What was their budget
  • How elaborate was their wedding
  • Which was your favourite wedding to plan and why

The answers to these questions are a great way to get to know them professionally.

2. Is Our Wedding Date Available?

Your wedding date was probably chosen for a very specific reason. Inquiring as to whether the stylist’s calendar is open for your chosen date could be a deciding factor as to whether you will hire them or not. If they were highly recommended to you, they may be willing to work with your schedule to accommodate you as best they can.

3. What Is Your Rate?

Budget is a factor for many weddings. Yet it is quite a freeing feeling to be able to say that budget is no issue. This gives your wedding stylist the freedom to create exactly what you envision for your special day with no restrictions.

What are the different packages your stylist offers? The “budget is no issue” wedding may not need to nail down which package is best suited for the couple whereas weddings that are on a budget may wish to choose their package.

Packages may range from having the wedding stylist’s assistance only on the wedding day to orchestrate the event, to a mid-range involvement on their part, or to giving them full control over the planning process.

Choosing which package best suits you and your needs may come down to budget or could depend on how much time you personally have to put in and how much you desire to be a part of the planning. Sometimes it is a relief and blessing to just leave it all to the professionals. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming to some people.

4. How Much of the Process Do You Handle?

What are you personally looking for in a wedding stylist? Are you hoping to hand over as many responsibilities as possible? Or, would you rather have them there as a professional guide as you choose your own wedding fleet of worker bees?

Choosing a stylist that takes care of everything might cover hiring people like these:

  • Florist
  • Photographer
  • DJ or Band
  • Venue

Unless you already have a special florist, photographer, entertainment, and venue in mind, your stylist may be able to guide you as you choose one rather than leaving it all in their hands.

5. Do You Have a Full Staff?

Planning every detail of a wedding can be a lot for one person. When the stylist has reliable staff members, they can delegate responsibilities from the to-do list so that they are not carrying the full burden on their shoulders.

Having staff also gives them a back-up plan in the unfortunate event that they fall ill or become injured during the planning of your wedding.

6. How Do We Communicate?

As a couple who is getting married knows, communication is key! Confirming how/when you will communicate with your wedding stylist will let you both know which route of communication is expected and acceptable. Otherwise, ideas could be lost, missed, or start to get overwhelming.

When you wake up in the middle of the night wondering about the details of your wedding, such as the following, you will want to talk to your stylist about them:

  • Wedding flowers
  • Wedding colours
  • Wedding tables capes
  • Wedding trends

Being able to communicate your questions and concerns through e-mail is great because it can be a quick and easy way to convey things that are on your mind. But, speaking over the phone or in-person gives a more immediate response to your queries. Both have their place in planning a wedding.

7. How Many Weddings Do You Work on at Once?

Every couple wants to know that their big day will be pulled off without a hitch and that they will be made to feel extra special on the day of the wedding, knowing that your stylist has enough time to dedicate the necessary attention to your wedding.

8. How Organised and Thorough Are You?

It takes an incredibly organised individual (and staff) to pull off a faultless event. Asking a pointed question such as this will either have them bragging up their skillset or fumbling over their words. Either way, you will know if they are the stylist for you, or not.

9. Have You Ever Planned a Wedding at Our Venue?

Though it is not a requirement for your stylist to have previously planned a wedding at your venue, it can be a helpful bonus. Being familiar with the venue gives them the upper hand on knowing the staff, venue layout, what they do (and do not) provide, measurements of the room, etc.

Some wedding stylists prefer to only work with specific venues because they have formed a relationship with them, and working with venues that they are not familiar with can bring a negative experience on their behalf and yours.

10. What Is Your Vision for Our Wedding?

Towards the end of the meeting with your stylist, ask what their professional vision is for your wedding day to drive home whether they are a good match for you and your partner or whether you should move on to the next stylist if their vision is not inspiring enough for you.

Big Plans for the Big Day

Has this article helped you become more confident about meeting with your wedding stylist? Write your questions down before meeting with your stylist to help you stay on track and make sure that all of your concerns are covered.

If you are still searching for stylists, reach out to Maple Weddings and Events to schedule a meeting with Kristi and Naomi. This dynamic duo and their team will help you turn your dream wedding into a dreamy reality!


6 Tips on Choosing the Perfect Wedding Entertainment in Brisbane

Planning your wedding day can be overwhelming, but you don’t want the details of your entertainment to get left out. After all, you must dance the night away with your new spouse.

Choosing the right wedding entertainment can help your wedding day run smooth and stress-free.

Will you choose a live band or DJ? There are tons of factors you need to consider before making your final decision.

Be sure to keep reading for our guide on the six tips you need to know for choosing the perfect wedding entertainment in Brisbane.

1. Think About Your Venue

One of the first things you must do when thinking about wedding entertainment ideas for your wedding in Brisbane is to consider your venue. The size of your venue can help determine whether you want to have live entertainment or would rather hire a DJ for your wedding.

For example, a small venue could be challenging to accommodate a full-size band. It might even create a noise level that is too powerful and overwhelming for your guests. Instead, you could hire a single musician for a more intimate gathering.

If you are having a larger wedding, you might even prefer the ease of a DJ. You can choose your music, and the DJ can help be the voice to move you and your guests through the night.

2. Don’t Choose the Most Inexpensive Option

While choosing wedding entertainment to fit your budget is smart, don’t choose the first thing that comes your way. Your wedding music and entertainment shouldn’t be something you look for to help trim your budget.

Looking for the most inexpensive option will typically result in a less than satisfactory outcome. You get what you pay for is always the case.

Instead, make sure you do your research and talk with each vendor before making your final decision. Be sure that they offer the services you want to have at your wedding.

Looking for bands or DJs that already have wedding experience is essential. While a local band could cost much less, they aren’t going to know how to play for a wedding crowd.

3. Consider Wedding Dinner Music

Dinner is a huge part of any wedding reception, and you don’t want too much awkward silence. Instead, you want there to be music in the background of your reception to help fill the space.

One thing couples consider doing is hiring both a DJ and a live band for their special day. The live band can come for an hour to welcome your guests and play while they eat a delicious dinner. Live entertainment is exceptional for background music because it can be soothing and gives people something enjoyable to listen to while eating.

After dinner, the DJ can move the reception along with some more upbeat and popular songs that your guests will recognize. Doing this can help to get your reception party started.

Be sure to talk with your wedding planner and see what they recommend about hiring multiple forms of wedding entertainment for your special day.

4. Watch a Live Act

Are you stuck choosing between different bands or DJs for your big day? One of the easiest ways to choose your wedding entertainment is by seeing them perform live.

On paper, a live band or DJ might seem like the best option. They could check all the boxes you’re looking for to fit the needs of your wedding day. Yet, when you see them in person, they might not be what you thought they were.

By seeing potential wedding entertainment in action, you can judge how they interact with the audience, how they excite a crowd, and their overall stage presence. Doing this will help to see who the best fit for your wedding entertainment will be.

5. Craft Your Wedding Music Playlist

A primary difference between a DJ and a live band is that you can have more freedom with your wedding music. A DJ can help you craft the perfect wedding music playlist. You can work on choosing songs that you and your guests will want to listen to throughout the night.

While a live band can play songs that you enjoy, their playlists can be limited.

Once you’ve decided on your wedding entertainment for the night, you should work with them to figure out your wedding dance music. Your guests will love busting a move on the dance floor, so pick some songs that get everyone up and moving.

One of the best things to do is to create a “do not play” list. Doing this will help your DJ or live band know which songs you don’t want to hear on your special day.

6. Scope Out Reviews

The last tip in choosing the best wedding entertainment for the most magical day of your life is to scope out reviews. Whether you decide to go with a live band or DJ, be sure to look for reviews from other people who have worked with them.

The company can tell you how great they are, but can you take their word for it? Do an online search for them and see what reviews you can find regarding their services.

It is crucial to make sure that other wedding parties had a good time with their wedding entertainment services before making your final decision. You want to be sure that the vendors are on time, upbeat, listen to requests, and so much more before working with them.

Choosing Your Wedding Entertainment

As you can see, a lot goes into choosing the perfect wedding entertainment for your big day. Whether you prefer a live band or a DJ, it is up to you and your taste preferences.

Either way, you and your guests will be having a blast dancing the night away and creating lots of exceptional memories together.

If you’re looking for a wedding planner that can help manage all the details of your special day, look no further. We are ready to take on any wedding, no matter the size. Be sure to check out our packages to see which ones will fit your needs for your big day!


The Summer Showcase

Sunshine Coast Hinterland – The Old Dairy Maleny


Brought to you by – Hinterland Tourism and Maleny Wedding Festival

Well, COVID-19 has done it again. Shut Brisbane down along with our annual Sunshine Coast Summer Showcase by Hinterland Tourism Sunshine Coast which was scheduled for the 9th and 10th Jan 2021.


It is the biggest showcase on the Sunshine Coast for weddings. It is the perfect opportunity for couples to head to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a weekend full of love. Being able to view 10 gorgeous Sunshine Coast venues across the Sunshine Coast hinterland and meet all the many wonderful suppliers we have based on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane regions.


After a very, very rough year for those in 2020 with small business, which is what the bulk of our wedding industry here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is, we were ready for a HUGE weekend. Ready to meet all these newly loved up couples and meet and greet those who were revisiting again after postponing their weddings in 2020. Suppliers and couples alike were all overly excited for this weekend.

The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography

Personally, I saw tears and many tears. I may have shed a tear or 2 myself once it was decided to postpone the event. Tears were shed for the loss of not meeting couples, the opportunity to book in weddings and keep businesses afloat, for the hours that go into preparing such an event and lastly the money spent. Those with perishables such as florists and catering teams who spent literally thousands to showcase their gorgeous works and to say they could not, was heart wrenching.


To say it has been a heartbreaking and soul-destroying weekend is an understatement. I am feeling for everyone. With so much sadness we need to flip this and make it good. So, we managed to work with the 2 venues we were at and pull off 2 STUNNING and quite different photo shoots. We were going to be sharing our love at the iconic ‘The Old Dairy Maleny’ inside their beautiful, elegant barn and over at brand new Sunshine Coast wedding venue Mali Retreat owned by Lisa Curry and Mark Tabonne which is a rustic styled barn set amongst the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland landscape.

The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo

One thing I have learnt is those who I did get to work alongside are ALL incredible people. The Sunshine Coast wedding community banded together to ensure all our works were displayed and did not all go to waste. With some Brisbane suppliers in lockdown, they were not able to make it up so we used our Sunshine Coast wedding supplier contacts and used locals to get the job done. I have always said for any dream to work it needs teamwork and that we did.

Our first shoot we were so fortunate to have worked alongside not one but 2 incredibly talented women who photographed our works. To have 2 photographers work alongside one another was amazing. Just shows if you get married on the Sunshine Coast you know we all have your back when it is wedding day.

Thank you to both Angela and Shae for your beautiful sneak peek galleries and sharing them so quickly.

This blog features all the love at ‘The Old Dairy Maleny’ in Maleny.

The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo

The First Crew

PhotographyAngela Cannavo Photography

VenueThe Old Dairy Maleny

Planning and StylingMaple Weddings

FloralsFiesta Flora

LightingOut of the dark lighting

StationaryBluebird Invitations


Bridal GownMarilyn Crystelle

Hair & MakeupMegan M Hair and Makeup

JewelleryDM Jewellers


The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Shae Estella Photo

The Second Crew

PhotographyShae Estella Photo

VenueThe Old Dairy Maleny

Planning and StylingMaple Weddings

FloralsFiesta Flora

LightingOut of the dark lighting

StationaryBluebird Invitations


Bridal GownMarilyn Crystelle

Hair & MakeupMegan M Hair and Makeup

JewelleryDM Jewellers


The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography
The Summer Showcase
Photo Credit: Angela Cannavo Photography

The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a Sunshine Coast Wedding

One of every ten weddings in Australia is a Sunshine Coast wedding. The large number of couples holding their big day here is no doubt due to the world-famous beaches and hinterland, which provide the perfect scenery for a dreamy wedding. 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Planning

Before you start planning your Sunshine Coast wedding, we’re here to give you some helpful tips. Of course, there are some essential things that you should do when planning a wedding, but also somethings you’ll want to avoid. In this article, we’ll help you plan your wedding so it can be just as you’ve always imagined it. 

Do: Find Your Venue Right Away

Although your wedding is an exciting time, there are thousands of other brides looking for Sunshine Coast wedding venues too. Venues are usually first come first serve, meaning that if you don’t plan ahead, you’ll have to postpone your wedding or settle for any available location. 

Also, you should make a practical list of what you want out of your venue and the number of guests you’ll invite. Having your checklist in mind will aid you in choosing a wedding venue that is not only beautiful but also one that works for you and your budget. 

Don’t: Forget to Follow Council Rules and Get Permits

Many couples opt for outdoor weddings on the Sunshine Coast, especially since the weather is appealing all year round. If you choose to get married on council property, such as a beach or park, make sure to get the proper permits. Just as if you were booking a venue, you will need to do this with time as they book out quickly. 

After you have the proper permits, make sure to ask about the council rules you will need to follow. Some things to keep in mind are the volume of the music, lighting, and cleanup of the property. Knowing these rules in advance will help you to plan your wedding so that it is in accordance with them. 

Do: Book Wedding Suppliers in Advance

As with booking a venue, you can book your wedding suppliers for up to 18 months in advance. It is vital to do research about potential suppliers and start contacting them as soon as you can. If possible, book your suppliers 12 months before your wedding. 

These days, the internet has plenty of resources for brides and grooms who want to plan a spectacular wedding. Wedding websites often feature reviews of venues and suppliers from past brides. Many times, you can contact suppliers directly from wedding websites to check their availability and get estimates for their services. 

Don’t: Book Your Suppliers Without Meeting With Them First

Although wedding planning can be tiring, it’s essential to make sure the suppliers you choose live up to your standards. If you aren’t happy with the DJ, photographer, or caterer, it can put a damper on your wedding day. For this reason, it is crucial to make sure you have investigated your suppliers thoroughly and that you are on the same page. 

One way to avoid disappointment is meeting with your suppliers beforehand and talking to them about your expectations. For example, explain to the photographer what you would expect the day of the wedding, the types of photos you would like, and extra services that will be needed, such as a videographer. Your clarity will help them to understand and fulfil your expectations on the wedding day, and you can be sure that they are a good fit for your wedding. 

Do: Be Considerate of Your Guests

On the day of the wedding, you will surely be too preoccupied to make sure that each guest is comfortable and having a good time. However, there are steps you can take to prevent your guests from feeling uncomfortable, especially if you have an outdoor wedding. Some practical tips include the following: 

  • Make sure to have refreshments for guests throughout the entire day, especially if you’ll be married on a hot day. 
  • Provide shaded areas and sunscreen for all 
  • Have mosquito repellent on hand, so they don’t have to feel itchy and irritated.
  • If there will be grass or sand, provide a safe place for guests to put their heels. 

Don’t: Try to Plan Your Wedding Alone

Wedding planning is an overwhelming task, and it’s hard to do it alone if you haven’t previous experience. Nowadays, hiring a wedding planner is possible with even the modest of budgets and can take a load off the bride and groom. An experienced Sunshine Coast wedding planning team can help you coordinate your big day and make the process much more successful. 

Do: Think of A Backup Plan 

When planning on an outdoor wedding, remember to have a plan B in case of rain. If you’re renting a venue, make sure to ask what their backup plan is for unfavourable weather. If you are having a wedding at the beach or park, make sure to rent a tent that fits all your guests. 

Although a backup plan may mean expanding your budget, it would undoubtedly be well worth it if it did happen to rain on your big day. With a little advanced planning, your wedding will be beautiful, come rain or shine. 

Don’t: Forget to Have Fun!

With so many things happening in one day, it can be hard to take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. However, your wedding celebration is one of the most memorable days of your life, and you want to make sure that it doesn’t disappoint. Preparing ahead and having others who can help and coordinate the day for you gives you much more time to take in the moment you waited so long for—your wedding! 

If you would like help planning or styling your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us. With our experience and expertise, we can convert your dream Sunshine Coast wedding into a reality!


A Bride’s Guide to How to Pick a Wedding Venue: 10 Essential Tips for Ensuring It’s “The One”

How to Pick a Wedding Venue: 10 Essential Tips

Planning a wedding is tough. There is so much involved, and sometimes you don’t even know where to begin.

Choosing the right place for your wedding is usually the first step yet, one of the hardest ones. Either they all seem perfect, or none of them seems to match your needs.

No need to panic. Here is your complete guide on how to pick a wedding venue by following 10 simple steps. 

How to Pick A Wedding Venue

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing your ideal wedding venue. So, we’ve broken down the process into 10 steps that can help you choose easily.  

Don’t Procrastinate

There is so much involved when it comes to planning a wedding—the centrepieces, the flowers, the invitations, the guests, and so much more. Clearly, you want to get a jump start on things as soon as you can.

The wedding venue should come first. Don’t leave it for the last minute. Wedding venues can quickly get booked up even a year in advance.

The sooner you get started looking at places, the sooner you and your fiance will make a choice.

Look at Your Budget

Weddings are expensive, and one of the most expensive things out of the entire wedding is the venue.

Once you and your fiance have your budget figured out, research potential venues that fit within your price range and make a list, by doing so, it will help you narrow down your options and make your decision simpler.

Think About Your Guests

Keeping in mind who will be attending your wedding can help you choose the right venue.

For example, if you decided to invite a lot of people, look at venues that have enough room capacity for all your guests. The same thing applies if you choose to go with a more intimate wedding and fewer guests. In that case, a smaller venue would probably be best.

If most of your guests are flying in from out of town or if you decide to plan a destination wedding, then look into venues where your guests can have easy access to get there. Maybe look into a venue where there is plenty of hotels nearby so that the experience can be less of a hassle for your guests.

Your Wedding Theme

The theme of your wedding plays a big part when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. If you decided to go for a rural/country theme, it wouldn’t make sense for your reception to occur in a hotel, for example.

The theme of your wedding will always tie together, depending on the setting. Look into places that match the decorations, flowers, tables, and so on.

Under the sea theme? Look into venues near the beach. Maybe you want something more bohemian. If so, perhaps a garden or an open field will be the best fit.

Don’t Push Aside Your Dream Wedding

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important and memorable days of your life. Who knows how long you’ve been planning for this day. So, naturally, you want this wedding to be exactly what you dreamed of.

Try not to forget that. Even if you’re on a tight budget, it’s still possible to make your dream wedding come true. So, when choosing a venue, try to picture if this venue will exceed your desires.

Yet, Be Flexible

Like we discussed before, it’s your wedding day, and it should be special regardless. That being said, there’s no such thing as perfect.

You might get frustrated because perhaps everything single little thing you wanted in your dream venue isn’t available in any of the venues you’ve looked into so far. Be adaptable and try to adjust to small changes. This will increase your options and make it easier for you to make a final choice.

Make Sure It Meets Your Needs

In other words, if there are certain services that you want at your wedding, such as an open bar or a DJ, be sure that the venues you have listed as options offer these services.

Call up the venues and ask. Take into consideration other small details that might be very important such as the curfew or noise restrictions. If you want to be dancing all night with your guests, you want to be sure you won’t have any problems arising during your wedding day.

Is it Available?

It would be such a pain to finally find a venue you like only to realise then that they don’t open the time of year you want to get married or that they’re already booked.

Once you have your list of possible wedding venues, call each one and ask for their availability. Bear in mind the month your wedding will be held and the season too. Once you find out which venues will be free for your wedding day, you’ll be able to cross out venues from your list.

Visit Them in Person

You’ve now got your options narrowed down, and you’ve called up all the venues and made sure they have all the services and provisions you’re looking for. Now, all you have to do is make a reservation and visit the venue in person.

One thing is how the venues look in photos, but another thing is to actually be there. Get to the venue and have someone give you a tour and try to visualise your wedding.

Can you see people dancing on the dance floor? Can you picture yourself cutting your wedding cake with your future spouse in that venue? Is the vibe what you wanted?

Call a Professional

Weddings are hectic and very overwhelming to plan. There’s already so much to do, and the stress of it all can be a lot to handle.

Hire a wedding planner. They have different perspectives when it comes to organising events, and they know how to scan the layout of a venue depending on the kind of wedding you want. An expert’s opinion can always make it ten times easier to make a choice.

Let’s Get Started

Follow these suggestions on how to pick a wedding venue, and we guarantee that process will be easier for you. You’ll end up finding the right venue in no time.

Don’t hesitate any longer and contact us today! We have helped many couples achieve their dream weddings according to their budget, needs, as well as desires. We would be thrilled to help you out too!


Mali Retreat Crohamhurst | Sunshine Coast Hinterland

With 2020 being such a strange and ever-changing year we felt the need to add some light and colour and bring a smile to people’s faces. Considering the events from 2020 Sunshine Coast weddings are still happening. Nothing will stand in the way of love!


Maple Weddings and Events organised a team of A grade Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers to bring our vision of colour and happiness to life.


Starring brand new Sunshine Coast wedding venue Mali Retreat based on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, owned by Lisa Curry and husband Mark Tabone, we team of creatives thought big, bold, and beautiful and just in time for the Spring season.


Sunshine Coast wedding venue Mali Retreat is open for business and taking bookings now! Mali is open to all weddings so when we say we went big, we did! We essentially shot 2 collaborative shoots in one with Lindsie and Brittany our beautiful rainbow couple and our gorgeous Nyssa and Mitchum who are local Sunshine Coast couples.


Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers

With a huge team it really was a production but also a day for Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers to have some food, drinks, catch up and have some much-needed fun!

We wanted to share Mali Retreat with Sunshine Coast wedding couples ready to plan their wedding day. Mali Retreat, Sunshine Coast wedding venue, is a beautiful barn equipped with an inside and outside bar area, beautifully landscaped grassed ceremony area, toileting facilities not to mention the acres of land for the most amazing photo opportunities. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland has so much to offer.

Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers
Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers
Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers
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As a team we are delighted to share our gorgeous couples, Mali Retreat and all of our creativeness with you.


We hope you enjoy, and these colours bring a smile to your face and look forward to heling you plan and style your up coming Sunshine Coast wedding.

Sunshine Coast wedding professionals
Sunshine Coast wedding professionals
Sunshine Coast wedding professionals
Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers
Sunshine Coast wedding professionals
Sunshine Coast wedding professionals

Photo Shoot Collab Crew

Venue Mali Retreat

Photography Life and Love Photography

Videography Artography Weddings

Planning & Styling Maple Weddings and Events

Florals Fiesta Flora

Linen Hire Stellar Hire

Stationary Berry and Peg

Favours/Giftboxes Paloma Candy

Wedding Cakes Zo and Co

Photobooth iShoot Photo Booth

Glamour Tents Glama Camp

Celebrant Brooke Carlyon Ceremonies

Celebrant Lisa Brereton Celebrant

Bridal Gowns Marilyn Crystelle Bridal

Tailored SuitsPete Sews

Musician Dressed byPete Sews

Hair StylistEvalyn Parsons

Makeup ArtistMegan M Hair & Makeup

Jewellery Vanessa Nock

CateringThat Pizza Guy

ServiceThe Tipsy Mare

MusicianJohn Veloso Music

Furniture and LightingFairy Tale Events & Equip 4 Hire/

HelicopterOcean View Helicopters

Cadillac Care of Mali Retreat




Model Brittany

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