Timing is everything for your wedding!

By Jocelyn Watts

With so many superb ceremony, photography and reception sites offering on the Fraser Coast, choosing the best for your wedding can be difficult.

Among the myriad things to consider, you will also need to think about timing. You might want a traditional church wedding in Maryborough and have a favourite restaurant in Hervey Bay but when it comes to timing, the travel distance between the two cities will impact on your overall plan for the day. And getting from one venue to the next during wet weather is not only uncomfortable, it’s hazardous.



Barbeler wedding

If time is short, the places where you and your family dress, the ceremony site, choice of photography locations and reception venue should all be short distances apart.

Without much traffic to worry about, you’re more likely to get to ceremony on time and you’ll have more time between that site and the reception venue for photography. Plus, the day will run more smoothly for family and guests if they can walk from their motel rooms to the ceremony and reception, and enjoy a few drinks, without worrying about their cars.

In terms of convenience, my top choice for Fraser Coast weddings is Susan River Homestead, located halfway between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The adventure resort has a number of stunning outdoor spots ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography but if Mother Nature delivers rain on the day, the bride can be driven directly to an undercover car park and arrive totally dry.

The ceremony can also be held undercover just outside the restaurant and photos taken inside. Not only that, with motel rooms onsite, the groom, his attendants, family and guests can all dress and simply walk about 100 metres undercover and arrive dry at your wedding.

Popular close-by combinations on the Fraser Coast include:

Fraser Coast
Susan River Homestead Susan River Susan River Susan River
St Paul’s Anglican Church Town Hall Greens Carrier’s Arms Hotel Carrier’s Arms Hotel
St Mary’s Catholic Church Queen’s Park Brolga Theatre/Gusto Kimba Lodge
Mary River Parklands Wharf Street Brolga Theatre/Gusto McNevins Motel
Queen’s Park Queen’s Park Brolga Theatre/Gusto McNevins Motel
Hervey Bay
Pier Park, Urangan Urangan Pier Pavilion by the Pier Akama Resort
Dayman Point, Urangan Urangan Pier Waterfront Restaurant Mantra Hervey Bay
Quota Park, Urangan Urangan Pier Bayswater Hotel Peppers Pier Resort
ESA Park, Pt Vernon Beach Gatakers Landing Rest. White Crest Apartments
Fraser Island
Kingfisher Bay Resort Sunset Beach Seabelle Restaurant Kingfisher Bay Resort

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Wedding date easy to remember

 Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Story by Carlie Walker, Fraser Coast Chronicle

Twelve will always be a lucky number for Leisa Olsen and Damien Youngberry.

Twelve days and twelve months before what would be their wedding date, Damien popped the question with the intention he and Leisa would be married on December 12.

Leisa said yes and the two started making plans to be married on the special date.

If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday the two were married at 12.12pm on the dot.

“We both liked the idea of it being the twelfth of the twelfth,” he said.

It was a date that he wouldn’t see again in his lifetime, Damien said.

Damien described the day as “awesome” as he and Leisa confirmed their love in front of their three children and family and friends on the beach at Urangan.

Damien said he heard on the radio that the number 12 was the number for completeness, which was completely fitting to him after he married the love of his life.

The couple didn’t plan to get married at 12.12pm on the dot, but somehow it just worked out that way.

Damien, who met Leisa 14 years ago when they were both studying at TAFE, said any time about noon would have been fine but that had made it extra special.

Damien said the date would make remembering his anniversary much easier.

“There will be no excuse if I ever do forget,” he said.

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Etch marriage vows in sand

By guest blogger TONI McRAE, Australian print and broadcast journalist.

Imagine exchanging your marriage vows in sand, billions of years old and rock solid.
Rock solid? Yes, because sand comes from rock, coral, shells – and the beginnings of time itself.
The Sand Wedding Ceremony symbolises unity and is growing in popularity as couples start their new life’s journey together.
In early sand ceremonies the couple tossed handfuls of sand together into the wind. The grains combined and could not of course be separated, thus symbolising unity and eternity.
Many of today’s sand celebrations honour both families and the vases are kept as a treasured reminder of eternal togetherness.

Here’s one way of tying the knot in and with sand:

Choose three beautiful glass vases. Place one coloured sand into one vase, a second colour into another vase. This is designed to represent the couple.
At the right moment in the service, the groom or male partner pours a portion of his sand into the third vase. The bride or female partner then pours a portion of her sand on top of the groom’s and into the third vase.
Finally, the couple jointly pours the remaining sand into each of their vases and into the central vase. Two symbolically then become one.

Here is an original selection of special words each and both can say at the combining of the coloured sands.

I wish for us these sands of time to unite, inspire, and heal.
I wish for us the continuity of the billions of years represented in these sands.
I wish for us the smoothness of these sands as we too move across the waters of life, together.
May our commitment, our love be as ever-lasting as these sands of endless time.

You can also include children in this beautiful ceremony by using more sand colours.

Why not engrave the vases with initials, names and the wedding date making them a moving keepsake for years to come?

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