Can I have a ceremony rehearsal?
Rehearsals can be scheduled by appointment prior to your wedding day. These appointments are for one (1) hour and often scheduled around the same time as the ceremony so that you can see the angle of the sun and shading. Sometimes this is not possible due to other appointments previously scheduled. Often it is a challenge to get all the Bridal Party together for the rehearsal, however, the most important thing at a rehearsal is for the Bride and Bridesmaids to practice walking down the aisle with the processional song.
It is nice if the Groom and Groomsmen are there but not essential. It may be more suitable to have a quick rehearsal on the morning of the wedding with the Bridesmaids so that the timing of the processional song is fresh in their minds. A Wedding Planning Team member will be available to coordinate the rehearsal.
Do you provide meals for our vendors?
Yes, we include meals and drinks for your photographer and videographer teams. The cost of this is included in ‘The Ravensthorpe Experience’. Additional charges apply for other vendors such as band members.
Who coordinates vendors on the day of the wedding?
We coordinate with vendors throughout the entire time they are required to be offering you a service. Even though they have a run sheet relevant to what they are contributing to your wedding day, we let them know of important timings like cake cutting, speeches, first dance, etc, so that they don’t miss those important moments due to eating their meal or taking a break.
DO YOU OFFER RECOMMENDATION LISTS OF ACCOMMODATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, HAIR AND MAKE-UP, ETC?
Yes! Once you have booked a wedding with us please ask us to customise a list for you. We recommend vendors who have proven to be fabulous, reliable and local and with your budget in mind. Ravensthorpe regularly hosts Open day.
DO YOU CATER FOR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
Yes! We cater for all dietary requirements individually for each course, as every wedding has some guests that have special diets. Normally, you do not need to choose your menu around any special diets as we modify or create separate meals for your guests. Our Executive chef is able to design a menu to be entirely gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and for specific cultural preferences.
WHAT TIME SHOULD MY CEREMONY START?
As a general guide, we suggest that you plan your wedding around the sunset for the best lighting opportunities for photographs. From experience at least 2 hours before sunset works well. So if it is a summer wedding ( in daylight savings time) a 4pm or 4.30pm ceremony would be perfect. If it is winter, then 3pm or 3.30 will allow 2 hours of dusk for stunning light for photos This is because it is beautiful for guests to experience the gardens in the afternoon and to enter the reception area while it is still light, while allowing the Bridal Party to capture stunning photos outside.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?
Our Wedding Planning Team will assist you with every aspect of your wedding that is held at Ravensthorpe. Our wedding planners work most days of the week and are available for support over the phone, and in person during planning meetings.
WHAT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ARE THERE NEAR RAVENSTHORPE?
Within a 10-minute drive of Ravensthorpe, there are multiple accommodation providers catering to every budget. After confirming your wedding with us, our Wedding Planning Team can provide a curated selection of accommodation.
GUESTS WITH CARS, WHAT DO THEY DO?
If guests have a vehicle, they are welcome to leave it overnight in our onsite car park (we have space for up to 150 cars) for collection the following day. Taxi and uber services are readily available at the end of the reception for guest collection right at the front steps of Ravensthorpe.
WHAT TRANSPORT OPTIONS ARE THERE IN ALBION PARK?
There are taxi and uber providers available in Albion Park and they all service Ravensthorpe. A wide variety of accommodation styles is available in Shellharbour village just 8 minutes away. Wollongong is a regional city centre 20 minutes north with major hotels and numerous dining options.
WHERE IS THE RAVENSTHORPE HOMESTEAD LOCATED?
Ravensthorpe is a destination wedding venue hosting weddings from across Australia and around the world. Our estate is located in the south coast region of New south WalesAlbion Park. Situated adjacent to the Illawarra.