Getting to know our Newcastle & Northern NSW Wedding Planner, Elizabeth

Name: Elizabeth Blyth
Area/s serviced: Newcastle Port Stephens area

How did you get into wedding planning?
I have been in the hospitality industry since the age of 18. I fell in love with customer service, great food and the thrill that came from being a part of exceeding expectations and making someones day. I was first introduced to the wedding industry when working in Queenstown NZ at Matakauri Lodge and Amisfield Winery, 2 very iconic and high end venues.

I worked as a part of teams of passionate people who went above and beyond to achieve the end result of a beautiful event and I have since loved being a part of couples special day. I also continue to be blown away by love at each and every wedding. (I might wipe away a tear to two!)

What is it you LOVE about wedding planning?
Having worked in the industry for over 15 years I love being able to point couples in the direction of great suppliers. There are So. Many. Options out there that it can he incredibly difficult to find the right person/price who delivers what they promise. It’s really rewarding to help couples skip the bulk of the research part, sifting out hundreds of suppliers who don’t fit what they are looking for, and connect them instead immediately with awesome suppliers. 

To me, wedding planning is about allowing the couple to focus on what the day is about, and allowing someone else to worry about the details, run around in the rain changing set up requirements, ushering guests to the spots they need to be – etc. It’s about taking the stress off you, and I love that

Favourite wedding trend?
Trends come and go and I’m a big believer in going for a look that you LOVE. I personally adore the lush green look – overflowing bouquets, hanging greens and garlands – *swoon*! 

Greenery can be paired with natural wood or vintage items or can be glammed up with a hint of gold. Beautiful! 

Top tip for wedding couples: 

  1. Be really clear about what YOU want. Is that a beach wedding with 20 of your nearest and dearest, or is it a ballroom fit for 400 of your friends and family. Create a vision board for it so you can look back at the feel of what you are going for when you get stuck.
  2. Know what you can afford. The 400 person event or the horse and carriage or the drone footage might be on the wish list but are they going to fit your budget? what can you edit without it impacting on the end result? Or, do you need another 6 months of savings to make the dreams happen? Wedding planning is stressful enough.  Don’t add money issues to it or the pressure of this on your relationship.