Our Inside The Wedding Planner series features newlyweds that had planned their special day with our An Organised Life x Together Journal Wedding Planner. This week we take a look inside the Wedding Planner of Lauren Hung. We chatted to Lauren about what she was glad she invested in & what she could have saved on, her favourite moment from the day & much more.
Name: Lauren Hung
Date of Wedding: 22 | 09 | 2022
Photographer: Brendan Back
A macadamia farm in the Byron Hinterland - Tides Estate, Tevan. As it was an intimate wedding ceremony with just our immediate families, we were married in Tides Villa.
Favourite memory from the day:
It was such a special day I don’t know if I can narrow it down! From walking down the aisle to James Blakes’ Godspeed and having the rain falling softly around the intimate deck we were married on to reading our vows to one another through happy tears — our ceremony was such a beautiful, moody affair that perfectly captured Jordan and I as a couple. Our celebrant Pip Best (She’s incredible!) also incorporated three surprise elements that we love about each other into the ceremony and it was so moving to have that surprise on the day.
Another favourite moment would have to be when Jordan and I gave a speech together before dinner and individually highlighted to each guest, couple or family what we love and appreciate about them and what they mean to us as a couple. It was one of the perks of having such a small intimate wedding and resulted in lots of laughs and happy tears.
But really the whole day was one huge whirlwind of highlights!
Black or Ecru Wedding Planner: Black
x3 favourite pages or sections of the Wedding Planner:
1. Budget; this was so helpful when we were trying to work out rough costings and then tracking actual payments. What I didn’t realise in popping my initial quotes into the budget was that these would continuously change as things were added or subtracted so the budget section helped me keep track of all the changes.
2. The tips & tricks at the beginning of each section; they continuously prompted me to book appointments, ask questions of our suppliers’ or consider elements that I might have overlooked.
3. Our Big Day; we had a wedding planner which helped significantly but the Our Big Day section helped us stay on track with the elements that we needed to consider to make the day go smoothly. It was also really good for a top level overview of the day we were planning.
What were you glad you invested in:
This is more about time investment than money investment, but I’m glad we invested in ‘Wedding Workshop Wednesdays’. Jordan coined it early on when we were finding ourselves juggling work and wedding planning; and weren’t doing the latter particularly well. On Wednesday evenings, for a couple of hours, we’d pull out our AOL Wedding Planner and update our mood boards and respond to emails / update budgets. It made the wedding planning feel really collaborative and meant we were making considered decisions together. It also allowed us to cut a lot of the traditional things that didn’t make sense to us as a couple. As a result our wedding day was such a joyous celebration of who we are as a couple; and I’ll always be grateful that we both carved out the time and created it together.
Something you could have saved on:
Going with my gut from the start and purchasing the earrings and shoes I wanted the first time around. I ummed and ahhed about whether I should get the Staud Sloane Mules and Agmes Baroque Bodmer Earrings and ended up wasting time and money on other options before circling back to them. If you know you love it, just buy it.
A polaroid camera with lots of film! We had an amazing photographer capturing our day but the polaroids allowed our guests to capture fun moments when we were off with Brendan. And the best part was waking up the next day to the stack of polaroids and reminiscing and laughing over moments captured with guests.
Discover our An Organised Life x Together Journal Wedding Planner HERE