Daniel and Melissa on their wedding day.
Daniel and Melissa on their wedding day.

Ipswich wed up the garden path

FORGET traditional wedding venues – Ipswich romantics are increasingly opting to say their “I dos” at home.

The backyard is proving a popular spot for modern nuptials as couples try to cut costs and find an intimate setting for their special day.

Ipswich celebrant Jane Payne said it was a trend she was seeing more and more.

“Cost is the big thing,” Mrs Payne said.

“It is also very convenient.

“Lot’s of people enjoy organising the whole thing and finding decorations for the backyard.

“There is an extra level of cosiness having it at home.”

Celebrant Eve Sirigos from Ceremonies by Eve at Leichhardt agreed and said budget was a key consideration.

“Budget is a big thing these days,” she said.

“Generally people are budget-conscious and don’t want to spend a fortune on the venue.”

Fellow celebrant Dawn Louise said people relished the thought of having their ceremony somewhere familiar and comfortable.

“I think people don’t want to go through the expense of hiring a place,” Ms Louise said.

“They feel comfortable at home.”

Among the couples she has wed are Melissa and Daniel Nebe.

After 11 years and two children, the Springfield couple made it official on January 3.

Mrs Nebe said having the wedding at home had meant she was able to add her own personal touches, such as heart-shaped balloons and purple candles and tablecloths to match her chosen colour scheme.

There was even a tent pitched in the backyard to enable wedding guests to stay the night.

She said having both the wedding and ceremony at home had meant she and her 28 guests had been able to feel more comfortable and relaxed in familiar settings.

The 36-year-old said it had been the best day of her life.

“We have always had a special bond, this was the icing on the cake,” Mrs Nebe said.

“We have known for many years we wanted to be together.

“It is not always roses, we have our ups and downs.

“We are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together and growing as a family.”



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