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We have met up with Emilie from Dalmore Farm, located in Bridgetown. The venue is home to 250 acres of tranquil creeks, magical forest and picturesque rolling hills. The property is your ultimate bespoke wedding venue with numerous ceremony locations, a beautifully restored reception area, as well as accommodation for you and your guests.
Read on to find out more about Dalmore Farm, as well as Emilie’s tips and advice for booking your wedding venue. Thanks Emilie!
Firstly, describe Dalmore Farm.
Dalmore is a heritage property in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley. A fully working farm, Dalmore blends country character with old-world elegance- boasting a beautifully restored shearing shed and reception complex, numerous idyllic ceremony sites and 250 acres of creeks, forests and gently rolling pastures. Dalmore can accommodate bridal party guests in two of its uniquely beautiful houses and a further 30 guests in bell tents onsite.
How long has your venue been open for and how long has your venue been hosting weddings for?
Dalmore hosted its first wedding, our wedding actually, in the restored shearing shed in 2013. However, it has only been in the past two years that Danny and I made the decision to really open the front gates to public weddings. Dalmore had hosted quite a few for family and local Bridgetown residents in the years between 2013 and 2019, but we really hadn’t made any effort to build our brand or advertise in the wider market. However, the overwhelmingly positive response of the couples and guests at the events we had hosted encouraged us to take the plunge and extend our offerings to the wider public.
What’s your favourite part of your venue?
I don’t know how to choose! Dalmore is our home and we love every part of the farm, from the lush creek lines to the amazing views from our elevated paddocks. I suppose the restored shearing shed and adjoining reception area would be an obvious answer, but to be honest, as beautiful as the buildings are, I love the natural landscape the most. My favourite spot is nestled up amongst the enormous granite boulders in our back paddock with a view in every direction as far as the eye can see- I often sneak up there on one of my horses. It’s just so beautiful- it is the most peaceful place I know.
What makes your venue the perfect location for a wedding?
We can offer so much in the one location. From beautiful ceremony spots and a reception complex unlike any other in the SW to amazing accommodation to suit every taste (we have a luxurious hilltop estate that sleeps up to 6 and a rustic restored workman’s cottage that sleeps 6 as well)- I think being able to be a bit of a one-stop shop makes Dalmore really special. We can also accommodate up to 30 guests in bell tents through one of WA’s amazing bell tent providers. And Bridgetown is a wonderful spot for guests to spend a few days- with a wide range of accommodation and fantastic shops and restaurants, it really is a terrific wedding destination.
What are some important things to think about when choosing a wedding venue?
This depends so much on the couple and their specific needs. I think that convenience is a big one for most people- being able to have your ceremony, photos, reception and bridal party and extended family accommodation in one spot is a big bonus. Is it a BYO venue or will you be asked to use in house catering and bar services? Venues with in-house catering and licensing can be terrific but they can also be very costly and limit your choices, so that is a consideration for many couples. If your venue is BYO, do they offer a range of packages and a preferred vendors list (for those choosing a DIY option) to assist you, as we do at Dalmore? That can make planning your day so much easier. Is there a curfew or, as with Dalmore, do you have the chance to make your own hours? If there are going to be children at the wedding, is your venue kid-friendly? Is it likely to appeal to your older guests as well as your younger guests? And as funny as it sounds, can you picture yourself getting married there? That’s essential! The venue should inspire you. If it doesn’t, there will be another one that does- it’s a bit like picking a wedding dress.
How far in advance would you recommend a bride or groom to book a wedding venue?
We are currently taking bookings 2 years in advance, so please don’t hesitate if you are looking at 2022-2023!
PHOTOGRAPHER// Carter & Rose
Whats the best part of your job?
I love getting to know the couples and seeing everything come together perfectly on their big day. We put so much time and energy into each wedding that we host, the couples feel like extended family by the time they tie the knot! Having the chance to be a part of something so important in peoples’ lives, it’s a huge honour and a role we cherish.
PHOTOGRAPHER// Carter & Rose
Best advice for future brides and grooms.
Be true to yourselves. What is it that you really want for your day? I meet so many couples who are trying to cater to the needs of those around them, which is wonderful, but if you have always dreamed about a beachside wedding, then, by all means, do it! If a rustic farm wedding is top on your list, do that! I tell couples, at the end of the day, this is a one time deal- you have to listen to your heart. And be mindful of the budget that works for you- there are so many ways to save money with weddings, and we work really hard to help our couples create their perfect celebrations without overextending their back accounts. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of planning a wedding, but at the end of the day, what people remember from weddings they attend is the joy of the couple, the beauty of the venue, the food and how much fun everyone had. If the couple has a brilliant time, so will their guests!
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