I registered on easyweddings.com.au, which has been surprisingly helpful. This site provides checklists and listings of venues and other service providers.
We had save the date magnets made on VistaPrint. I highly recommend it if your wedding budget is limited, or if you're not too fussy. You choose your design (ours is Bistro Lights, if you like it), fill in your information, and click order. It couldn't be any simpler than that. The price was unbeatable as well $10/10 magnets+free envelopes. I ordered 40 magnets and after a sale, coupon code, and eBates rebate we paid only $24. My order arrived in just six days. I was super satisfied and am going to order my invitations through VistaPrint as well.
We've decided we're just going to get married in court. Its cheap and fast. My very religious mother had a few protests, but its definitely the right choice for us. Dean and I aren't religious, and really its just one less thing to fuss over.
We've been looking at reception venues as well, but we haven't settled on anything. Please let me just say that looking at venues has been one of the least enjoyable things I have EVER done. Wow, it was painfully dull. There are three venues that we're thinking bout - AquaDining, the Castlereagh Hotel, or Queen Victoria Tea Room. We just want a short two or three hour cocktail and hors d'oeuvre thing or afternoon tea. Something quick and simple.
We'll be putting my visa application in very soon, by the end of July! After that its just a waiting game. Its supposed to take between 12 and 15 months to process, so I should be in Australia by November 2016! I'm nervous, but confident - and excited to start my new life in Sydney.
I'll update yinz again after our reception venue is booked and my visa application is lodged!