There’s so much to organise for a wedding, that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fortunately, there are lots of handy resources to help your planning go more smoothly. Here are my top 5 ideas.

1. Local knowledge

The rustic wooden tables and wine barrels and peacocks make a great setting

Good old Facebook groups comes to the rescue. If you haven’t already joined check out Adelaide Weddings Buy / Swap / Sell.

I check in regularly for ideas and er, when I need to upgrade stuff for you know, the portrait studio!

You can also join your local Buy Swap Sell group on Facebook and ask your community for ideas on wedding venues.

Pictured: Willunga Peacock Farm

2. Choosing a reception venue

Silvestris Clarendon has gardens for the ceremony and reception venue all in one


Choosing your reception venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make and there’s more to it than just picking up the phone and calling them. The best list I have found is on local Adelaide wedding planning blog, Brides of Adelaide. Click here for a helpful list of things to ask your Adelaide wedding venue before booking. Eg. 

  • Does the reception venue offer “off-peak” rates?
  • Are there any special extras such as slide show facilities?
  • Are there any hidden costs?
  • Where will you take photographs? Is there space for candid guest photographs?
  • Is there adequate guest parking nearby? 

3. Best online wedding store for decorations

This cake is perfect for a rustic themed wedding. The semi-naked cake, decorated with native flowers.

Most couples do some degree of the decorating themselves these days, whether its for the engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding day itself. The best online shopping resource I have found and personally use is Wholesale Wedding Superstore in Queensland. I buy flowers and fabric there for the studio and the service and delivery are great.

4. Instagram and Pinterest

Use instagram to find ideas for planning your adelaide wedding

This may well be a thinly veiled attempt to get you to follow my new Instagram account Deb Smith Weddings haha!

That would be great! But seriously, Instagram is a great source of inspiration and community. Doing a simple hashtag search eg. #adelaideweddingvenues #adelaideweddingflowers and so on will produce some good results. You can ask questions and comment on posts, and most people love to help out and make suggestions.

Pinterest is more for visual inspiration but BE WARNED. It is rather addictive!

5. Friends and family

A group family portrait taken at Carrick Hill on a beautiful sunny day. You can see the view of Adelaide and the green lawns.

We all know someone who’s been to a wedding recently or been married themselves in the last 12 months. Buy them a coffee and hit them up with a list of questions! Chances are they’ll remember some hurdles they faced and what they did to solve problems. 

And finally, once your planning is done, make sure you have a back up plan in place! Have a “go-to” person you can fall back on if things go pearshaped on the day. It might just be someone you can call to pick up an undelivered item on the day of the wedding. But trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Let me know if you have any great weddings planning ideas, and write them in the comments below. I’d love to hear!