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THE FIGTREE GUIDE // Advice on finding the perfect accomodation for your wedding day preparations

We want to give you some words of wisdom, and tips on how you can go about setting the tone for your entire wedding day. It’s something that is generally overlooked as an added ‘expense’, but we are here to tell you that it is an investment into the overall vibe of your big day. Your getting ready accommodation is such an important piece of the wedding puzzle, and getting it right will not only have you arriving to your ceremony chilled and zen, but it will also provide you with some beautiful preparation photos.

When looking at accommodation for the morning of your wedding day, these are are go-to tips for our Figtree couples.

 

1. Book a space that is light, bright and white.
We can’t stress enough how much a beautiful space with streams of natural light, and white walls will instantly make you feel relaxed, fresh and organised. Not to mention it is a photographers dream to have that ‘white wall’ to use for portraits and detail photos. If you end up with a rainy day, at least you know you will have some beautiful spots for photos indoors before you head to your ceremony too.

2. Make sure your space is close to your ceremony location.
There is nothing worse than getting in a car and having to navigate traffic, especially on your wedding day. Pick a location that is close to your ceremony spot, and do a couple of test runs the day before to time the travel. 

3. Look for accommodation styles that flow with your wedding day.
There are so many options out there now, from AirBnb to Stayz to Wotif. Research all of the different types of homes and locations, and elect something that suits your vibe and day. If you are having a relaxed, garden wedding look at a modern cottage. If you are having a beach style wedding, look at a beach house with beautiful views. 

4. Look at making the space clean and tidy, it will go a long way in setting the tone for the day.
Something as simple as having a clean space, can really effect the look the look of your preparation photos and also set a relaxed tone for your day. It’s best to try and keep the main living area and master bedroom as tidy as possible, as these will be your main ‘getting ready’ areas.

5. Extra people hanging out with you in the morning is fun, but keep a limit on numbers.
When researching accommodation options make sure there is adequate space for everyone who is going to be there on the day. We recommend limiting this to your bridal party and immediate family, or you might like to invite family over once you are dressed for some family photos before the ceremony. Also consider your suppliers on the day and that your hair/makeup artists and photographer have enough room to work comfortably. P.S You can NEVER have enough bathrooms 🙂

6. House vs. Apartment, the space debate.
That brings us to our final tip, if you are tossing up the option of a house or hotel room for your preparations, we would recommend a house. A house is more spacious, giving your bridal party more room to spread out and get comfy. As well as giving your photographer to opportunity to utilise the different rooms and backdrops that a house offers. Having more space is also so beneficial if there is wet weather, as it means we have the room to capture those beautiful portraits without getting wet. A massive bonus if there are any outdoor spaces e.g. a verandah or balcony, garden, courtyard or even a pool area.

Below we have collected some of our favourite accommodation images from our wedding mornings, and quite frankly we think they speak a thousand words.


Cottonwood Farm, Gleniffer NSW


The Hamptons Holiday House, Kingscliff NSW


Halcyon House, Cabarita NSW


The Bower Cottage, Byron Bay NSW


Byron View Farm, Byron Bay NSW


Bencluna, Byron Bay NSW


Bodh Gaya, Byron Bay NSW


Chic Beach House, Kingscliff NSW


The Grove, Byron Bay NSW


The Chalet – Byron Beach Abodes, Byron Bay NSW

 

Chanel + Callan // Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms Ewingsdale Wedding Photography, Byron Bay Wedding Photographer

“AMAZING – so many people have commented on our photos and our guests from the day could not stop raving about their ability to be everywhere. Figtree pictures were amazing and I would definitely recommend them to any couple getting married.” – Chanel + Callan

Venue + Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms
Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings
Furniture + Styling: The Wedding Shed
Florist: Alstonville Florist
Hair: Clare Moriarty
Makeup: Rebecca Brien Makeup
Dress: Made With Love Bridal
Celebrant: The Champagne Celebrant
Lighting + Audio: Byron Audio
Cake: Elles Cupcake Cartel
Tranport: Magic Bus
Music: Misty Optic

Tell us a little about your day…
Our day was amazing! The weather was perfect and we even had a full moon during the reception!

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
Seeing each other down the isle, it was such a big moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
Everyone says this but really take it all in, it goes so quickly. Don’t stress! You can spend so much time stressing about the weather, the cake etc but all that really matters is the love you have for one another.

THE FIGTREE GUIDE // Wet weather advice for a rainy wedding day

A rainy wedding day… it’s probably the one thing that we hear our couples stress about the most in the lead up to their wedding day. We are here to tell you that we LOVE the rain, and we have compiled some of our best tips to embrace a rainy wedding day, and ensure you nail the photos in the process.

Not only does rain provide an overcast background (which is great for eliminating shadows and unflattering light), it provides beautiful moody tones, and romance to your wedding images.

Check out our tips to make the most of it, like our recent wedding couples below that embraced the elements and rocked their rainy days.

 

DO YOU HAVE A PLAN B FOR YOUR CEREMONY?
If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, we would definitely recommend organising a wet weather option with your venue. Although for many couples an indoor ceremony can be a “Plan B”, it can be just as incredible as your Plan A! Transform your indoor ceremony space by adding lighting and candles to create the most beautiful ambience. You might also want to add some florals or foliage to the space to bring the outdoors in.

 


Osteria Weddings


Summergrove Estate – Chapel


Mavis’s Kitchen – Barn


Byron View Farm – Clear Marquee

 

EMBRACE IT + BE BRAVE!
If rain is predicted for your wedding day, don’t stress! It can honestly create the most romantic and beautifully moody images. We can capture some stunning photos out in the rain, if you’re happy to be brave and embrace the elements. We promise you won’t regret it!

 

 

UMBRELLAS
That brings us to the next tip – umbrellas! If there is a chance of rain, it’s a great idea to purchase enough umbrellas for you and your bridal party (or check if your venue supplies them). Clear umbrellas are the best options for photos to allow as much light in as possible.

 

 

SHOES
When venturing outside to capture those dreamy rainy day photos, its likely that your feet might get a little wet. We would recommend bringing a change of shoes for after the location shoot, or possibly bringing a different option for the location shoot e.g. gumboots!

 

 

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
Another ridiculously amazing benefit to rain on your wedding day – night photos! With the use of lighting, we can capture some incredibly unique photos in the rain.

 

 

Lastly, remember what your day is about. It’s about the two of you, hanging out with your favourite people, having an amazing party, and saying ‘I do’. No amount of rain can take away the reason you are there. So let’s embrace and rock it!

Haili + Cohen // Byron View Farm Wedding Photographer, Byron Bay Wedding Photography


“These girls are out of this world amazing!!! Alice had to put up with me sending her a million inspo pics and location messages prior to the wedding, they ran around in torrential rain and howling wind, We filled their car with a beach full of sand and these 2 poor cold drenched beautiful woman still managed to get amazing photos!!! 🙌🏼 The whole process was a breeze and I’m currently having dramas deciding which photo to enlarge and put on the wall. Thanks for sharing our amazing day.”
– Loads of love Haili and Cohen Salt x x

 

Venue: Byron View Farm
Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings
Dress: Made With Love Bridal
Hair: Aleesha Darke
Makeup: Keeora Makeup Artist
Florist: Alstonville Florist
Celebrant: Clarah Luxford
Music: Chris Hutchison Music
Videographer: Rabbit & The Bear
Wedding Cake: Sweet Obsession Cakes
Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant
Marquee: Byron Bay Pavilions
Lighting: Byron Audio
Furniture & Styling: The Wedding Shed

Tell us a little about your day…
We had dreamt of this day for almost 10years. An outdoor wedding, dining under the stars on a balmy spring evening, perched high in the byron hinterland. Our day arrived, the wind howled, the rain set in but the sweet flavours of rose water and elderflower cocktails tickled tastebuds and set the tone for a cosy, laughter filled evening. The grass was greener than We’d ever thought possible and the contrast of colours popped against it. The raw linen pouches with hand calligrapheried feathers, the glistening gold cutlery against speckled stone plates, the natives hanging from the rafters with glowing edison bulbs peeking through, the rain pattering lightly on the cottage tin roof, the light from the byron lighthouse sweeping past like clockwork….the stuff of Fairy tales! Our day was far from what we had imagined but is was complete magic.

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
There was not one single moment that was a favourite. All of them linked together with teeth on show all day is what fills your heart with joy. We still have people telling us about parts of the day they enjoyed and moments that felt magic to them, so the stories that continue are truely heart warming.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
I’m a perfectionist and one major lesson I learnt that day was every is perfect if you don’t have a vision of what perfect should be. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff. The day flashes by like it never happened. Go with the flow whatever that may be! Ohhh and don’t drag you wet train through sand! It becomes so heavy your dress stretches 😂

Phoebe + Damon // Byron Bay Surf Club Wedding Photographer

Venue: Byron Bay Surf Club
Stylist: Lovestruck Weddings
On The Day Coordinator: The Events Lounge
Bridal gown: Pallas Couture
Florist: Bower Botanicals
Make up: Mia Connor
Hair: Jarrah Hustler
Celebrant: Benjamin Carlyle
Hire: Lovestruck Weddings + Byron Bay Wedding & Party Hire
Lighting: Byron Bay Audio
Ceremony music: Tom Francis
Cake: Dot + Roy
Catering: The Larder
Transport: Byron Bay Kombis
Videography: Yellow Bull Media