George and Amal Clooney did it. So did JT and Jessica Biel.
These celeb couples celebrated their nuptials by throwing bashes that were as extravagant as their star-power; they both had the weekender wedding. We’re talking a solid three days (or even longer if that’s your thing) of feasting, dancing and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Sound good? Of course it does, and you’ll be (pleasantly) surprised that it doesn’t take the salary of a movie mogul or pop singer to fund this sort of do. Mudgee has a host of venues available for hire for an entire weekend, which will be yours exclusively and have you feeling like a part of the flashpack.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself latching onto the furniture, just so you can stay a little longer. On the 50-acre property, you can expect panoramic views of Mount Frome, fireplaces, a library and a sleek infinity-edge swimming pool. With four king-size bedrooms, there’s plenty of room to get ready with your bridal party (and make sure your groom doesn’t get a glimpse of the dress before your grand entrance). To throw a bash befitting your digs, have Domayn Events create a chic marquee; call on Jane Endacott to officiate the ceremony and Rachel McCarthy to ply your guests with delicious canapes. And the best part? When your feet become weary from cutting shapes, it’s only a few barefoot steps to bed.
If you’ve ever wanted that fairytale-perfect wedding, straight from the scene of your favourite rom-com, this is it. Here, there are 30 acres of impeccable grounds, a Chelsea-worthy rose garden and a pretty white gazebo. Oh, did we mention the indoor swimming pool, tennis court and stables? Parklands Resort can cater for (paparazzi-free) gatherings of 20 guests or extravagant blow-outs of 850; inclusive venue packages mean you won’t have to lift a perfectly manicured finger.
Cawarra on the Park
This stately Victorian pile is located in the heart of Mudgee and sits opposite Lawson Park. The self-contained house has four king-size bedrooms and three bathrooms, a formal lounge area and a sun-drenched verandah. There’s also a lush, private garden. From the property, it’s only a short stroll to Mudgee’s cafes, eateries and boutiques.
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You’ve arrived in Mudgee from the city and you make a beeline for the Ultimate Care Skin & Body Centre to be pampered, cosseted and indulged before you say ‘I do’. If the thought of foot scrubs and facials has your man turning up his nose – he obviously doesn’t know what he’s missing – the driving range is close by.
You emerge from your pamper session feeling as fresh as a daisy, and now it’s time to seek out Roth’s Wine Bar for sundowners and tapas.
Walk down the aisle – grassy, red carpet-lined or otherwise – at your ceremony, which is officiated by Mudgee local wedding celebrant Jane Endacott.
It’s party time. If you’ve opted to celebrate at Horizon Mudgee or Cawarra on the Park, Rachel McCarthy offers on-site catering for groups as small as five to bashes with 500 guests. At Parklands Resort, newlyweds and guests are treated to a sumptuous menu of seasonal and local produce.
It’s the wee hours and you’ve spent the night eating all the wedding cake you could muster, singing (read: belting) along to your favourite tunes, carving up the dance floor and having the time of your life with those you love most. Anywhere else and you’d be facing a weary trek your accommodation; in Mudgee, the only journey you have to take is a few (barefoot) steps to bed.
To thank your guests, you invite them around for a post-wedding barbecue. If you feel up to it, take the troupe out to one of Mudgee’s wineries; more adventurous groups may be tempted to try their hands at a dune buggy.
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