A Wedding Planned In Secret By The Groom

Rustic Wedding Ideas

Yup … you read that correctly. A wedding planned in secret by the groom. Yes, our bride knew they were getting married, but she was in the dark on all the details. Allowing her groom-to-be along with CL Weddings and Events design the entire day for her. Would you be game for letting someone plan and execute your wedding in secret? If our day turned out like Alysha and Cameron’s Byron Bay wedding we surely would be on board.

In case you might be curious, we have also included their budget breakdown, so click the read more tab below to see it all. Before you leave be sure to check out the full gallery to see even more of the surprise wedding day captured by Ryder Evans Photography.

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words from the vendor

From CL Weddings and Events:
The bride is part of the CL Weddings and Events team from Noosa, Australia who left the planning up to her boss and groom to work together so she could worry about the fun stuff and be more surprised on the day, she had no idea what the flowers, cake, ceremony, or reception was going to look like until she walked in, which she said added to the excitement.

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exchanging rings and kissing the bride

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The couple wanted the day to be a fun, relaxed weekend for everyone so decided on a mid point along the east coast of NSW (New South Wales) where most guests spent the weekend. A highlight from the day was the bride and grooms vows they wrote and the groom surprising the bride at the reception with them hand written in calligraphy for them to frame and cherish forever.

use a special pen to sign marriage documents

bride and groom style

cocktail recipe

Lemon Drop:
Yields: 1 cocktail

1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Lemon twist for garnish

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well
3. Strain into a chilled and sugar rimmed cocktail glass
4. Garnish with the lemon twist.

refreshing wedding cocktails

We love the idea of sprinkling poufs around your reception area. Not only will guests love lounging on them, but you can take them home afterwards. Genius … right?


cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvre

from the bride

There are always little things you would do differently or change if you had it all over, but I think the main thing was to have a second shooter at the wedding especially because our wedding was out of town and the parties were getting ready so far away from each other.

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wedding dance

Check out the wedding film from Wild Bunch Weddings below to get a closer look at this surprise wedding!

Event Designer & Coordinator: CL Weddings and Events

Photography: Ryder Evans Photography
Venue: Gurragawee
Stationery: Love and Adore Event Statioionery
Flowers: Cottom Blossom Studio
Cake: Ideas in icing
Caterer: Anisie Event Catering
Hair: Hunt + Hair
Makeup: Makeup by Jess
Dress designer: Jennifer Gifford Designs
Bridesmaid dresses: Finders Keepers
Shoe designer: Kurt Geiger
Groom’s attire: Wil Valor
Entertainment: Speakeasy

Read on to see how much this surprise wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Budget Breakdown:

Venue: $5000
Catering: $13,000
Entertainment: $3000
All hired items incl. marquee, supplies and decor: $6 500
G suit, B dresses, BM dresses/shoes and hair and makeup for all: $6 500
Photo and Video: $5000
All printed stationary & signage: $1000
Cake: $400
Florals: $3,500
Honeymoon 10,000

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  1. -100. @JosABankTuxedo says:

    Grand Prize for Awesome: #Groom surprised wife by planning all the wedding details http://t.co/C4aGDIi5iF via @weddingchicks

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  4. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Unique cake and you’ll have to check out the full budget of this wedding and how it was planned (as a surprise)!! http://t.co/3GJQEqJacL

  5. OMG, I can’t believe how well the groom manage to pull it all through. Must have been a nail biting experience for the bride but it looks like she’s one very lucky lady :-)

  6. -100. @TheFinalTouch12 says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Unique cake and you’ll have to check out the full budget of this wedding and how it was planned (as a surprise)!! http:/…

  7. -100. Steph says:

    That’s SO beautiful! And romantic. And precious. And just plain awesome.


  8. -100. Janina says:

    This wedding seriously looked so perfect and amazing! I love the venue, looked so romantic!
    XO Janina

  9. -100. Angela Forkiner says:

    It may be a year later. Congrats♡

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  11. -100. Naomi says:

    Where are the flower girl dresses from? They are adorable!

  12. -100. Ashley Baker says:

    I planned my wedding in secret of my groom!!! It was wonderful! Here is the video! https://vimeo.com/90625818

  13. -100. David Lynne says:

    Single shot make a difference in life all these was nicely captured in our digital camera, emotion, joy and romance of wedding day. By seeing your images it will bring back all your memories joys and definitely give you also joyful tears to your eye.

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