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25 June 2013

~Currumbin SLSC Vikings Room~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

Here's the next in the series of "Preferred Vendor Interviews". I love working with THE best of the best and I know you will too.

With all the unpredictable weather we have had the last several years...why not have the best of both worlds? Is there a more beautiful beachfront wedding venue? I think not! The views are just stunning! And the staff there are friendly and helpful. What more could you ask? Contact Jenny to come along to the Bridal Open Day Saturday, 7th September 2013. Remember, if you find this helpful, please share.

xo Martinia

Please introduce yourself
Jenny Wood
Wedding Coordinator
Currumbin SLSC

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?
We are a Beach Wedding Reception venue from cocktail to sit down wedding. We also manage “poor weather” in room ceremonies

How early do you accept bookings? 
12 months

What is important for couples to be aware of?
To find the perfect place for your wedding, go and view some venue. You will know right away, once we walk into the room, if it is your wedding venue or not.

Why should couples book with you?
Our location is the #1, we are one of the few venues right on the beach and with spectacular view.

What special advice do you suggest?
Choose people that know the area for ceremony set up, photographers, cakes, florist. People that know the area and can offer you the best the area has to offer, easy delivery, great service & fresh product. Wedding items don’t like to travel!

How can they get in contact?
Jenny Wood
Ph: 0428 451 579

18 June 2013

~Tarnya Bennett, Celebrant~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

Welcome to the first of many in my series of 'Preferred Vendor Interviews'. I have a collection of FABULOUS vendors that are amazing at what they do and offer so I wanted to give you some very important info to help you choose the very best team of professionals for your special day. If you find it helpful, please share. After all, everyone deserves THE best of the best!

xoxo Martinia


Please introduce yourself
Hi !!...My Name is Tarnya Bennett, I am a Civil Marriage Celebrant based on the beautiful Gold Coast …and service not only here but Australia wide!

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?
I do what I love and love what I do. And to me being chosen to be a part of a couples special day is truly an honor and a privilege. It is so important that each couple have their own unique and personal wedding ceremony…..not a carbon copy of someone else’s !! Every couple have their own special dynamic, so too should every wedding.
My promise to you, is that I will help you… and guide you, and most importantly 'listen to you… so that I can create the wedding ceremony that you both want….after all, it is all about you !!
Your wedding day should be a day full of love and magic moments…that will remain locked in your hearts and minds forever….a day to be remembered for all the right reasons !

Every ceremony I do….is personal….so if it’s a Wedding, Renewal Of Vows, Commitment Ceremony, or Baby Naming Ceremony……I give it my all….because I am simply in love with what I Do !

How early do you accept bookings?
2013 has proven to be a busy year thus far and 2014 is looking to be fantastic !
I have enquiries and bookings already for 2015…so it’s fair to say the I take bookings 2 years ahead
The Notice of Intention To Marry Form can be lodged no earlier than 18months  your Wedding…. and no later than one month before your Wedding
Your Celebrant will explain all the appropriate forms that are relevant to complete the Intent To Marry Form

What is important for couples to be aware of?
Please Please Please….do not ever book anyone that you don’t feel comfortable with ! You should never feel like you are being pressured into anything.
Ask suppliers to show you a portfolio of the weddings they have done.
When meeting with suppliers for your Wedding, make sure that they have a genuine interest in you and what you are looking for.
When you have a great team of people working on your special day….the day will be run like clockwork and be everything you wanted.
Especially when that team of  suppliers have worked together before.
Those that care about you…..well, it shows on the day , believe me !!
A little tip when booking a Celebrant…ask them their registration number? ….how many weddings they have done? What is BDM ?….and what is a NOIM ??
A qualified professional Celebrant will be able to answer those 4 questions in a heart beat. And a final little tip, make sure you receive an invoice and a receipt….with any supplier you decide to book with.

Why should couples book with you?
Hmmmmm, I hope couples would want to book with me because I will always go that extra mile for them.
It’s not only about the destination…’s also about the journey as well, and I want that journey to the Aisle to be full of exciting times and great choices.

I don’t work on a one phone call one meeting policy….we meet, then email text talk as much as needed…and we have a Rehearsal before the day, just to make sure it’s all come together as planned.
I take the time, to get to know you as a couple…to know what you want and certainly what you don’t want !!
I pass no judgments and I certainly have no specific religious beliefs or opinions that I would push onto you.
However….I am a very open person and if you have some religion or belief or cultural ceremony that you would like incorporated into your Wedding….then I am all ears !
I genuinely care about all my couples and want to give them the very best of everything I can.
If I didn’t really care…..I wouldn’t get up at sunrise on the day of your Wedding and take photos of “the sunrise of your wedding day “ and send them to you…especially in winter !!!... lol.

What special advice do you suggest?
 Ask yourself these questions, when booking with suppliers for your Wedding

Do I feel comfortable?
Was I rushed?
Did they answer all my questions?
Were they really interested in me or was I just “a number”?
Were they attentive to our needs ?
Did they offer anything unique or personal ?

And finally…if it feels that ”yes” this is the person for us, then please book us! There have been times where people have procrastinated then a few weeks later gone to book and that day is taken.
I will never ever pressure you…..and if you need some time then please take it…but if you are 100% sure, …then please book, you only need to pay a deposit to lock in your booking.
And I am more than happy to organize a payment plan…talk to me. !! Weddings can be very expensive. So to help make it easier for you along the way with a payment plan is not a problem at all

So….if you are on the way to becoming Husband and Wife…Congrats to you both….many exciting times Ahead….I would love to hear from you

Tarn   xx
How can they get in contact?
Ph: 0439764405

03 June 2013

And the winner is...Expo Giveaway! ~ {Gold Coast Wedding Photographer}

WE HAVE A WINNER!...well, 4 actually! I had such a GREAT time yesterday meeting lovely couples and terrific vendors at the inaugural wedding expo held by Gold Coast & Hinterland Weddings. It was a very busy and enjoyable four hours with 110 (yes, 110) entries to 'Win A Free E-Session' with Life, Love & Light Images. So you can see why I just HAD to pick more than one winner. Thank you all for your interest.

So Bob, tell 'em what they've won:
  • Candice Maxwell & Mitch Wilson
  • Danielle Brewer
  • Stephanie Perry
  • Racquel Hunter
 ...have all won a FREE Engagement Sessions ~ 90 min portrait session (Gold Coast locations only) with a disc of edited high res images. Congratulations, Ladies (and Gentlemen)! I will contact you via email to schedule our time together.

xoxo Martinia