Our Edmonds Wedding FAQ

As with every wedding, I’m sure you all have a million questions. So we’ve put our heads together to come up with every possible question you could ever want to ask us, to create the ultimate wedding FAQ!

Q: Where is Edmonds?

Edmonds is located a short drive north of Seattle on the shores of the breathtaking Puget Sound.

It is located close to Everett Airport and Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

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Bellingen Wedding Weekend Itinerary!

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We know many of you are coming from far and wide to attend our Bellingen wedding, so we want to make sure there are as many opportunities to actually see us (and each other) as humanly possible. Chris and I have been to our fair share of weddings, and there’s just never enough time to see everyone, especially the people in the wedding party.

So with many of you booking your flights and hotels, we figured now would be a good time to give you all a rough itinerary of all the events we’ve planned for the wedding weekend! Of course, any of the extra weekend events are purely optional, but if you’re in town for the three-day weekend, or you’ve planned an international trip, here’s what we’ve got in store for you!

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Friday, October 4th: Pub Meetup

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm | Location: The Federal Hotel (77 Hyde Street)

We know most of you will be in town by Friday night, so why not meet up with us over some beer? The Federal Hotel is just a block or so away from Cedar Bar, so if you’re in the area, please feel free to stop by and see us! This bar has great beer, as well as a good selection of wine, mixed drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

It’s also child-friendly, so if you have your kids feel free to bring them!

The legend, Rob, has booked us out the entire top balcony from 6 pm onwards, so come on by and have a few cheeky bevvies!

If you don’t already have dinner plans, the Federal has a full restaurant on-site offering up a bunch of delicious meals.

Cedar Bar

 Saturday, October 5th: Wedding Ceremony

Time: 3pm – 3:45pm | Location: Cedar Bar, 8 Church Street Bellingen 

You’ll have the morning and early afternoon to relax, grab lunch in town, and get ready for an awesome day of festivities! Starting at 3 pm we’ll have a little welcome reception where you can sign our guestbook and say your hello’s before the ceremony, which will start soon after. We highly suggest arriving between 2:45-3:00 pm so that you don’t miss the start of our ceremony! Once most of the guests have arrived and you’ve all had a chance to say hello, we’ll be opening up the doors to ceremony space where you can all grab a seat.

The ceremony will be indoors and will last for approximately 30 minutes. Chris and I are requesting that the ceremony remain “unplugged” so that we can see all your beautiful faces and not the backs of your phones. Don’t worry, we’ve got an awesome photographer there to capture everything, and we will have a little altar photo op at the end of the ceremony where you can take as many photos as your heart desires! #RichelleGoesBush #CWBdidit #RichelleLovesBush

There is some parking in front of the venue, as well as street parking on the streets surrounding. However, many of you staying in Bellingen may find that your hotel or BnB is actually within walking distance of Cedar Bar. If you can walk, we highly recommend it! Just bring some flats to change into for the walk if you’re planning on wearing heels!

Cedar Bar

Saturday, October 5th: Cocktail Hour

Time: 4:00 – 5:45 pm | Location: Cedar Bar

After the ceremony, Chris and I will be busy taking a million photos, but don’t worry, we’ve got plenty planned for you all in between the ceremony and reception! Lounge on the outdoor patio and grab a beer or glass of wine at our open bar. Play a game of giant Jenga, sign our guestbook if you haven’t already, or mingle with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

In addition to drinks, we’ll also have a pretty epic antipasto grazing table! If you do need to head back to your hotel or grab a fancy coffee down the road, now is the perfect time to do it. Just be aware that we may want to steal you for a photo or two during this time!

Saturday, October 5th: Wedding Reception

Time: 6:00-10:45 pm | Location: Cedar Bar

After a cocktail hour… and a half, we’ll head back into the event space for the wedding reception! As many of you already know, Cedar Bar is actually one of the best restaurants in Bellingen, so we’ve got an amazing meal planned for you! The wedding dinner will be share-style with giant platters of mains and sides for you to choose from. This is why we didn’t ask you to choose a main: you can eat both!

If you do have dietary restrictions, please let us know when you RSVP or message us privately and we can make sure you get your own main or sides that meet your needs!

During the meal, we’ll have some fantastic speeches to keep you all entertained before an evening of drinks and dancing! We’ll be providing an open bar of beer, wine, and sparkling wine to keep the party going until the end of the night, along with plenty of fun surprises to keep you on your toes. Oh, and cake. Chris’ cousin Sarah is making our wedding cake and if you haven’t had one of her professional cakes before, you’re in for a treat!

At the end of the night, we’ll need to start heading out around 10:45 to do a final sendoff!

Saturday, October 5th: Afterparty

Time: 11 pm – Late | Location: 5 Church Street

Want to keep the party going all night? Head right down the road to 5 Church Street (seriously, it’s only a few doors down) where you can keep drinking until the early morning hours. If you’re lucky, they may also have live music!

Chris and I make no guarantees that we will attend the after-party, especially since Richelle’s hair and makeup people are arriving at 7 am that morning… Just plan on us NOT coming and if we do show up you can all be pleasantly surprised.

Sunday, October 6th: Hangover Brunch

Time: Whenever you wake up | Location: Pick Your Favorite!

First thing’s first, Bellingen has AMAZING cafes and brunch spots that you’ll need to check out. Whether you’re nursing a hangover, or just want a nice morning coffee, be sure to check out one of these amazing options:

Sawtell Beach from above

Sunday, October 6th: Beach Day!!

Time: 12 pm – 4pm | Location: Sawtell Beach 

It’s a 3 day weekend, why not enjoy it and soak up some sun on the beach with us! For those of you who are still in Bellingen on Sunday afternoon, Chris and I are planning a beach day hangout!

We figured the beach day would be a nice chance to actually get to relax and hang out with everyone since you NEVER get enough time to talk to the bride and groom at the actual wedding.

Sawtell Beach is about a 20-25 minute drive from Bellingen on the coast, and it’s the perfect place to have a beach day. Not only is this a beautiful white sand beach, but it also has a nice cafe where you can grab brunch or lunch until 2:30. There is a small parking lot nearby along with plenty of street parking. If you do want to grab brunch in Sawtell beforehand, we recommend Cafe Trio which is just a short walk away!

BYO swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and hat! Seriously, the Australian sun is NO JOKE.

See You in October!

If you have any questions about the itinerary, be sure to let us know or leave us a comment below. Be sure to also check out our Wedding FAQ and our Quick Guide to Bellingen. We’re super excited to see you all in Bellingen!!

A Quick Guide to Bellingen

Where is Bellingen? What is Bellingen? Why is Bellingen?

If you’ve come here looking for our regular wedding FAQ, you’ve come to the wrong place.

This post is all about how to get to Bellingen, where to stay, and how to navigate this adorable, sleepy little town that straddles the rainforest-shrouded mountains and the beautiful beaches.

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You could have stayed here if you’d booked it earlier!

Where to Stay in Bellingen

We’re not going to mince words here. If you’ve not booked something in Bellingen yet, you might be shit out of luck.

We’re one of three weddings taking place in Bellingen over the long weekend, which means accommodation is at a premium on sites like Booking.com for our dates.

You may still have some luck with Airbnb, however, as several of our bridal party have picked up gorgeous places in and around Bellingen as recently as this week. If you’re booking on AirBnb, be sure to use this link to get a $37 credit towards your first stay.

Finally, you might want to cast a broader net to include nearby towns such as Coffs Harbour, Mylestom, and Urunga. You’ll just need to leave a little early for the wedding and get back a little late from the festivities.

Waterwall Way scenic drive, Dorrigo National Park
Don’t worry, this road is on the other side of Bellingen. Only Chris’ family has to deal with it.

How to Get to Bellingen from Coffs Harbour

If you’re flying in from interstate or abroad, you’ll be landing at Coffs Harbour Airport. The airport, while small, is serviced by affordable flights through local domestic carriers such as TigerAir, QantasLink, Virgin Australia, and FlyCorporate.

Coffs Harbour is also serviced by a daily train service from Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a number of bus connections.

There are three ways to get from Coffs Harbour to Bellingen:

  1. There is a regular Coffs Harbour – Bellingen bus service (Route 361) with multiple transfers per day. You can find the schedule here. Tickets will be around $4 – 6 AUD.
  2. Both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen have taxi services that can arrange the transfer for $60 – $90 AUD.
  3. Uber operates within Coffs Harbour on weekends. Prices are cheaper than taxi fares, but availability will be limited.
  4. If you’re renting a car, it is a relatively straightforward 20-30 minute drive from Coffs Harbour to Bellingen.

If there is sufficient demand, we can also look into arranging a courtesy bus to get people home after the reception. Please let us know if you might be interested in this so we can get an accurate number!

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If you don’t have smashed avo while you’re in Australia, did you even really visit Australia?

Where to Eat in Bellingen

Bellingen is a small town, but it has a great Bohemian environment that means you’ll find terrific coffee and delectable brunches at virtually every turn.

In addition to the amazing food at Cedar Bar (our venue), you’ll also find terrific Sunday brunches at Black Bear Cafe, The Fennel Seed, Old Butter Factory, Hearthfire Bakery, Hyde Bellingen, and The Purple Carrot.

Feeling a pub lunch? The Federal Hotel, Diggers Tavern, and Bellingen Brewing Company all have terrific pizzas, burgers, and other hearty fare.

What About Late Night Food?

We’re quietly confident that you’re not going to be hungry after the massive spread Cedar Bar is putting on for us, but we understand how excessive libations can lead to a little late-night gluttony.

We’ll be making sure everybody leaves with a little goodie bag of drunk snacks to tide them over, but we would also recommend stopping at the local IGA (grocery store) to grab some snacks and water for your hotel rooms.

As a small town, there isn’t much open late at night in Bellingen, but No 5 Church Street (located right next to our venue) stays open until late on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Dangar Falls is one of many gorgeous spots near Bellingen.

Things to do in Bellingen

One of the reasons we chose Bellingen as our wedding venue was because we wanted a place that people could include as part of an Australian holiday, rather than some out of the way place with nothing to see or do.

Bellingen’s location halfway between Sydney and Brisbane makes it a great stop on an east coast road trip, with the beaches of nearby Coffs Harbour and the rainforests of Dorrigo National Park both being a huge selling point.

Bellingen itself offers up a hippie town with plenty of boutiques to browse, as well as canoe experiences on the Bellinger River. The nearby Promised Lands is a truly gorgeous place to do some hiking or take a dip in the ice-cold, crystal clear river water.


Questions?

Feel free to ask us!

Our Honeymoon Plans (and how you can help!)

railay beach krabi thailand

Destination: Southeast Asia

It seems only fitting that Richelle and I start the next chapter of our lives together in the same country it began.

While we won’t be revisiting the dingy Bangkok gay bar (seriously) in which we first crossed paths, we’ll be returning to Thailand for three and a half weeks of sun, scuba, hammocks, and digital detox.

(Chris will, of course, still make his required 7-12 Facebook posts per day)

Getting Off the Beaten Path (Mostly)

Since both of us have been to Thailand a bunch of times (including once already in 2019), we’re not going to be treading the usual tourist trail.

There are no ping-pong shows in Bangkok, no elephant experiences in Chiang Mai, and no self-discovery under the influence of psychotropic drugs on Koh Phangan.

Instead, we’re focussed on great scuba diving, gorgeous beaches, and WiFi dead-zones.

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Not bad, I guess.

Koh Yao Yai (October 8th – 13th)

We’re starting our digital detox with five days on gorgeous Koh Yao Yai, where we’ll be pampering ourselves at the Santhiya Spa & Resort.

While it is close to Phuket, Koh Yao Yai has managed to avoid being overrun with tourists, so we’re both excited for a few days of eating delicious food, getting massages, and just relaxing after what will have been a hectic, fun wedding weekend.

It also puts us close to Koh Yao Noi, where we can go on some truly awesome mountain biking adventures through rice fields and sleepy little Thai villages.

railay beach krabi thailand
I’m slightly obsessed with karst rock formations. And saying karst rock formations.

Krabi (October 13th – 16th)

While we wanted to avoid being too touristy on our honeymoon, neither of us has ever had the chance to explore the breathtaking karst rock formations of Krabi and Railay Beach.

With that in mind, we’re going to spend a few days relaxing at Deevana Krabi Resort on Railay Beach and taking a few tours to see the nearby mangrove forests and hidden beaches.

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Paradise

Koh Lipe (October 16th – 22nd)

This is the part Richelle is most excited about, as Koh Lipe is at the heart of a marine reserve. That means plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving!

While we’re on this isolated island, we’ll be splitting our time between eco-friendly Castaway Resort and the more luxurious Serendipity Resort.

We’ll also be doing as much scuba diving as humanly possible, so it’s my job to not break my arm this time.

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Bring on the overwater villa experience!

Langkawi (October 22nd to 27th)

We bid Thailand farewell and make our way to the Malaysian island of Langkawi next, as we’re following in Richelle’s parents’ footsteps with a visit to the gorgeous Berjaya Langkawi Resort.

We’ve got five nights here, but I’m most excited about spending two of them in a romantic overwater bungalow. It’s Richelle’s first time!

(In an overwater bungalow)

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I doubt all of Malacca looks this colourful…

Malacca (October 27th – 30th)

Things get decidedly less romantic and more business as we head to this gorgeous corner of Malaysia.

After nearly three weeks without working, we’ll both be itching to reply to a few hundred emails and eat as much laksa as humanly possible. With that in mind, we’re in the Wayfarer Guesthouse for the WiFi and the location.

I intend to eat all of the laksa. Our firstborn may be 33% spicy Malaysian soup.

gardens by the bay
It’s not a trip to Singapore without a second mortgage

Singapore (October 30th – November ??)

It’s not cheap to fly from Southeast Asia to LA, so we’re finishing with a little time in Singapore – a country Richelle’s never visited!

We’ll base ourselves in the deliciously delightful Rabbit Carrot Gun, explore the colorful Katong area of the city, drink $25 Singapore Slings at Raffles, and finish it all off with some time at Gardens by the Bay.

Super touristy. Super fun.

We don’t have a definite end date for our honeymoon yet, so we may yet end up extending and taking some time to chill in Bali until it’s time to brave a Seattle winter.


Sounds Expensive!

It really isn’t!

We had originally planned to spend our honeymoon exploring Tonga, Fiji, and Vanuatu, but between the humpback whales not cooperating and the costs, we decided to take a trip of twice the length for 2/3rds of the price in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Of course, if you’d like to help make our honeymoon dreams a reality, you can always make a donation to our honeymoon fund.

We don’t need homewares or ‘stuff’, as we’re planning to be on the road for another few years yet, so a donation to our honey fund would be amazing!