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!
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.
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!
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:
- The Fennel Seed – 7 Church Street, Bellingen
- Black Bear Cafe – 7F Church Street, Bellingen
- 5 Church Street – 5 Church Street, Bellingen (wow, really??)
- Old Butter Factory Cafe – 1 Doepel Street, Bellingen
- Hearthfire Cafe – 73 Hyde Street, Bellingen
- The Purple Carrot – 105 Hyde Street, Bellingen
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!!