Have you recently gotten engaged? If so, congratulations!
Now it’s time to choose all of the essentials; the rings, the flowers, the venue and the dress! There is a lot to decide on, but visiting a wedding showcase is a great way to discover your options.

Brisbane Marriott’s Wedding Showcase is a free event taking place on the 31st of January and will bring to life the venue’s beautiful ceremony and reception spaces, whilst featuring workshops from well-respected Brisbane Wedding vendors.

In preparation for the day, here are some top wedding planning tips from Brisbane Marriot Wedding Planner Aly Damant.

Start by crunching the numbers

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when planning your dream day, so it’s super important to set out a clear budget and guest list before making any grand plans.


DIY details are cute and all, but they can add a lot of unnecessary work to your already long to-do list. Don’t worry, there are other ways to customise your wedding, why not just Make Others Do It For You? By having your ceremony and accommodation at the Marriot, the wedding party and guests don’t have to travel far from ceremony to reception to bed and even better, to a buffet breakfast the next morning.

Stick to that budget!

In doing this, it’s best to choose one thing that is most important to you which you can splurge on and keep everything else nice and simple. It could be your favourite photographer, a great band for the reception or the menu! Once that is sorted and budgeted for, work out where you can save money or do things yourself (if they are not too time consuming).

Remember the most important part…

Aly’s most important piece of advice to brides is this; “you need to remember who the day is all about! Your wedding day is about the two of you coming together to celebrate and share your love in front of your close friends and family. Couples always try to think about their guests and please them but that is my job! A bride’s job is to focus on herself and her groom.”

For the chance to have a one-on-one chat with Aly and a panel of wedding experts, come along to the Marriot Wedding Showcase.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

11:30am – 12:00pm: Xennox Diamonds
“The Ultimate Wedding Ring Guide”

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Bouquet Boutique & Amini Concepts
“Ceremony & Reception Styling workshop”

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Fiorenza Bridal Gowns and Evening Wear
“Design your dream gown” with the Pina Fiorenza

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Decibels Entertainment
“A workshop for the Grooms” with Brent Officen.

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