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Getting started with your wedding at

The Wedding Shed,

Kookaburra Hideaway.

Don't be scared...  we are here for you :)


Thankyou for booking your wedding with us at The Wedding Shed, Kookaburra Hideaway.

Having made your decision for your Wedding location, I know that most couples are feeling very relieved that they have found their special venue and are very excited about planning ahead, but in some cases, this can be quite daunting, even with all the help that we give you.  
So, to help you plan and put your mind at rest I have put together a guide for you and outlined what we will be doing to assist you along the way.

What needs to be remembered above all is that we are here to help you with anything you need. Please just let us know if you need help... no matter how small and silly it might seem.

You have already made the biggest decisions, so give yourselves a pat on the back.


  1. You have decided to get married to the person you love

  2. You have decided on a date, a location and a venue

  3. You have decided on the size and budget for your wedding


Those are huge steps… 

So what comes next ?

If you haven't already done so please  click on this link and enter your information. 


This is a double check that we are on the same page regarding your booking dates and to make sure you have access to all the information you need, it also forms a booking contract with us.

Please make sure you are aware of legal requirements regarding your marriage and our Terms and Conditions.


If you have any questions regarding Covid 19 Restrictions click below.


We also have a page on our website is updated regularly outlining what we need to do to comply at The Wedding Shed and Kookaburra Hideaway.


Q & A regarding Covid 19 affecting your Wedding and what we can do to help.

Covid 19 assistance for affected weddings

Your Wedding To-Do’s

Send out “Save the Dates” / Invitations and Choose your Bridal Party if you haven’t already done so.


Send email link (provided by us) for guests to book their own accommodation (do not become a Travel Agent, you have enough to do).


Accommodation near The Wedding Shed


In Old North Road there is accommodation for at least 100 persons and more accommodation on Hermitage Road.


The nearest guest accommodation other than Kookaburra Hideaway and the Woodcutter’s Shed, is – “Amani Retreat” at 336A Old North Road.. (not a typo that is how you spell it)… this is at the gateway to Kookaburra. It’s a 5 bedroom house… very handy.


The next closest is Lacuna Retreat, next door to Amani Retreat, this is another 5 bedroom house…


Then next door to that there is The Olive Retreat… a 3 bedroom property… So that’s accommodation for at least 30 people altogether in 3 houses.


Other properties close by… North Lodge Cottages, 1 and 2 bed apartments, Beltana Villas, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, Brokenview Estate, Brackenridge Estate and La Vigna Estate and Deja Vu.  All of these are easily bookable.  Look for accommodation on Old North Road and Hermitage Road within a 5 km distance from Kookaburra Hideaway.   

Use our Suppliers list as a guide and asking our advice at any time…

Book ASAP… Click here for our latest suppliers list..


  • Photographer / Videographer

  • Caterer

  • Celebrant

  • Accommodation

  • Florist for bouquets/buttonholes and corsages

  • Hair and Makeup

  • Cake Maker

Other things to do:-

Buy/Hire Wedding dress and suits
Buy accessories for bridal party if needed
Set up a gift registry and/or we will provide you with a Wishing Well
Organise any table favours if you are having them, not compulsory, don’t feel that you have to do this… a lot just get left on the table.


Be on top of everything... don't be overwhelmed, you have achieved more than you think.  Here is your Running Sheet for you to fill in along the way and keep track of your suppliers and timings.

Acknowledgement of Country

This is optional, however, if you wish to acknowledge country, this wording can be included in your Ceremony or Reception announcements.


"We acknowledge the Wonnarua People as the Traditional Custodians of the Land within The Hunter Valley.   We pay respect to all Aboriginal Elders past, present and future with a spiritual connection to these lands".


If you have any questions look at our Frequently Asked Questions... everything you need to know about your wedding, your suppliers, accommodation, transport and more.


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions


Timing for your Ceremony


Please note, to fit in with your reception package and pricing Marriage Ceremonies are either 3pm or 4pm depending on Daylight Saving.  General rule - Hotter months with longer days

​4pm, Cooler months with shorter days 3pm.  


You can change to a different time; however extra charges may apply...


If you want to contact us directly you are most welcome to do so.... just email we are happy to help.. 


Click here for a Sample Ceremony


Legal Requirements

If Val is Marriage Celebrant, you will need to get your Notice of Intent to Marry lodged with her no more than 18 months prior to your marrying date and no less than 30 days.   If you are within the 18 month time frame, just get it done and tick the box.  This requirement applies to all Celebrants.

Fill in your Notice of Intent to Marry and have your Celebrant sign and witness or get a JP/Police Officer or other qualified person to witness your signature.  Then lodge with your Celebrant.  Your Notice must be received no less than 30 days prior to your Wedding date, your celebrant will remind you wherever possible, but it is your responsibility to ensure that it is lodged on time. No Notice = No Wedding!  Not a good place to be.


Click here for your Notice of Intended Marriage:-   Very, very important. 


As of September 1st 2021 there is a new Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM) and this must be used as of this date.   All previously received NOIM’s will be valid, however any new notices after on or after 01/9/2021 must be on the new style form.

Closer to your wedding you will be meeting with your Celebrant and discussing your ceremony and preparing your personal vows… this is usually 4-6 weeks prior to your ceremony.  This is usually the time when you are all organised and have your "romantic" head on so as to enable you to compose your vows and decide on ceremony details.

Think of your wedding lead up as a tapestry…we will be adding to it piece by piece and the picture will become clearer and clearer as we add more and more threads to it.

Most importantly, don't forget we are here to help you..   We will oversee your running sheet and manage your day for you, so that you can relax and enjoy yourselves...

You will never walk alone :)

If you are affected by Covid restrictions, as we have said in previous communications, Marriage is all about a whole lifetime together… so postponing your wedding or altering the sequence of events won’t be the end of the world.

Love has no boundaries… The most important thing is that a couple who love one another are able to show their love in whatever way they can and that we can make it special.

In 3-6 months time all of this may well be behind us, but in the meantime we will do anything we can for you to have your perfect day.. even if it comes in stages… 

Thankyou for sticking by us…  We won’t let you down.

Val and Andrew


The Wedding Shed @ Kookaburra Hideaway

Save your wedding day and your venue.


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