IT'S exactly one year to the day until Lauren Bell walks down the aisle.
The Sippy Downs resident will actually have two weddings, one in Sydney for her partner's family and one here for her family, but will get married here on the Sunshine Coast on September 24, 2017.
Lauren had chosen one of Sunshine Coast Council's most popular wedding spots to get married. She'd planned to tie the knot amongst the trees at Wirreanda Park in Buderim before heading to the Maleny Community Centre for the reception.
Despite planning a wedding in the busiest time of the year for weddings on the Sunshine Coast, Lauren said things hadn't been too hectic just yet.
"It's been pretty smooth so far but I have a year to truly get overwhelmed,” she said.
Lauren was opting for a "classic and garden party themed” wedding and said she'd decided on a spring wedding in peak season on the Coast because it was more convenient for her guests.
"I grew up here and my family lives here,” she said.
"I've planned it to coincide with school holidays so it's less stressful for my sister and friends.”
Lauren said while she hadn't personally struggled with any of her preferred places booking out, she knew some certain spots on the Sunshine Coast were extremely hard to get in to.
"The really expensive venues are booked out,” she said.
"Some have even opened dates for 2018.”
Because she was planning to have two weddings, Lauren wasn't looking to hugely blow the budget by hosting it at an expensive venue, although she did admit that it might cost a little more than initially expected.
"We've got a budget of $10,000 but I am pretty sure we will go over,” she said.
"Sarosh, my partner is naively thinking we won't.”
She said she definitely wasn't turning into a bridezilla throughout the process though and was just a good level of excited for the big day.
"Of course I'm excited,” she said.
"Not meeting Barbra Streisand excited, if that were to ever happen, but excited.”
Couple get in early to secure their dream venue
JENNIFER Nettleton has only 14 days until her wedding.
Jennifer and partner Dave will hold their ceremony at The Little White Wedding Church in Maleny and follow it with a reception at Montville Bar and Grill.
The Maleny residents said they couldn't imagine getting hitched anywhere else but the Sunshine Coast.
"We are Maleny locals and have always said we would get married in Maleny,” she said.
"The weather is perfect in October, not too hot and not cold so we both agreed this was a great time to get married.”
Jennifer said she knew how busy the Sunshine Coast could be for weddings in spring so she made sure she booked well in advance.
"Dave proposed to me in November, 2015 in Fiji,” she said.
"I know The Little White Wedding Church was a prime location on the Sunshine Coast so I emailed the owner straight away and started planning for our big day.
"They could only give me two dates in October that were available so I bounced on the 8th of October.”
She said apart from the wedding venue being extremely busy, she hadn't had any problems organising anything else and keeping it within her $20,000 budget.
"I've loved planning my wedding,” she said.
"I have had a pretty good experience with my wedding and I'm so thankful everything has gone to plan with only 14 days to go.
"I know a few people in the wedding industry which has helped me organise our wedding cake and flowers and has made it a breeze.
"My most favourite part of the whole planning process has been that my mum and my beautiful bridesmaids have been able to be apart of this journey to marry the love of my life.”
Pair ensure their wedding is fun and affordable
KRISTY Fellows is keeping her Sunshine Coast wedding super simple.
She and fiancee Brent will get married next year on January 14, holding their ceremony at Shelly Beach with a far from normal reception at Aussie World.
"We are going for the vintage look with a fun twist,” she said.
"We're having a Krispy Kreme donut cake, Mr Whippy at the ceremony amd a ride pass at the reception.
"I have my own lolly buffet and photo booth business which was handy as well.”
Ms Fellows said she's tried to do and plan as much of the wedding herself and as a result it's saved her a lot of money.
"I'm doing a lot myself,” she said.
"I love feeling organised and being creative and completing a lot of DIY.
"I have mostly got everything done which is a big relief and I have had so much fun so far.”
Ms Fellows said she chose to stay and have her wedding on the Sunshine Coast because she loved home so much.
"Wouldn't get married anywhere else but this gorgeous place,” she said.
"We are living in the Sunshine Coast so thought we would have it all on the Coast.”
She said after she chose the location the weather then played a big role in setting a date.
"It'll be great warm weather and still school holidays for family and friends,” she said.
Ms Fellows couldn't wait for the big day.
"I'm over the moon,” she said.
"Brent and myself couldn't be anymore excited.
"We also have three boys under four years. The eldest one is calling it a 'wetting'.”
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