Answers to frequently asked questions can be found below, but if the answer to your question is not to be found on this page, or elsewhere this site, please contact us.
Q. How do you say "Laloli"?
Haha! The answer is simple: "La - Lo - li", rhyming with "me". The name is an extended acronym of the words Laugh Love Live - our motto for a happy marriage.
Q. What is the history of Laloli?
Garry and his family came first to the property in 1961, and they worked incredibly hard to establish a productive sugar cane farm here. Laloli was established when Jeneve arrived in 1991 with gardening tools, and a wish for a stately yet relaxed country garden. Family and friends married here, and we experienced the pleasure of sharing the property with others for the most romantic and special day of their lives, and the delight of their guests as they explored the property and got the feel of a traditional North Queensland sugar cane farm.
Q. What does it cost to hire Laloli?
The basic Venue Hire Charge is $3,500, which provides exclusive access to the property to our hiring couples for the whole of the day, along with a whole raft of other benefits. Click here for more information on pricing.
Q. Can we come and see the garden?
Yes - of course! We welcome inspections from couples who are looking for an exclusive, all in one, unique and private event venue, with lovely relaxed gardens, plenty of space and magnificent views, great photo opportunities, and wet weather options, where you will feel like you are part of our family.
We are very happy to have you bring parents or others who will be involved in your event, and we prefer that you bring them with you the first time you come to see the garden, so we can use the rest of our precious weekend time working in the garden and making it prettier for our couples.
Q. Where is Laloli located?
Laloli is located at Little Mulgrave, Far North Queensland, in the middle of our family’s 300 acre working sugar cane farm, which is on the junction of the Mulgrave and Little Mulgrave rivers. Laloli is just 37 kilometres from the city of Cairns – a easy and pleasant 40 minute drive mostly through beautiful cane land and rainforest.
Q. Where is the closest airport to Laloli?
Cairns Airport is located an easy 45 minute drive from Laloli. Cairns Airport has direct flights from all over Australia, and from many international destinations.
Q. What have other weddings done with regards to travelling after the wedding? Do you have any suggestions? Will Gordonvale Taxis drive out to Little Mulgrave?
Yes - Gordonvale taxis do come out to Laloli. Gordonvale taxi services include Paradise Buses & Taxis 4056 6666 and Pyramid Taxi Service 4056 1777.
We also recommend the two Gordonvale bus companies (Gordonvale buses 4056 6177 and PJ Rayment Bus Service 0400 899 566), and the many other bus hire options in Cairns such as Cairns Bus Charters www.cairnsbuscharters.com who are familiar with the property.
Bus transport is convenient for your guests, and buses move people very effectively and affordably. In addition to afternoon pick-ups in the city for set-down the Laloli car-park prior to the ceremony, we recommend a bus pick-up from the Sugar Shed at 10.30-11.00. This has worked very well for our past events, and we recommend this option as a thoughtful option for your guests.
Q. What about guests who want to drive their own vehicle?
We have on-site parking for 30 vehicles. Additional parking can be facilitated by prior arrangement.
Guests with mobility issues are welcome to park at the Sugar Shed carpark.
Q. What accommodation options are there near Laloli?
Cairns city offers extensive accommodation for every budget. At Little Mulgrave and Gordonvale there are various BnB and pub-style accommodation options. See who we recommend.
Q. I am assuming the house is occupied? If not, do you hire out?
Yes - the house is occupied: it is our home, so we do not hire is out. We are here throughout the hire period.
Q. Is camping at the venue an option?
No - but there are numerous other options, including informal camping elsewhere in the Little Mulgrave Valley, local BnBs, and other accommodation options nearby in Gordonvale and Cairns. Click here to see who we recommend.
Q. What about catering? Do you have any recommendations?
Yes - it depends upon your budget, and the style you want. A number of caterers have mobile wood fired pizza ovens - that is very cool - nice and casual, tasty, and quite affordable, and other cool options like paella stations and taco trucks. And there are so many other available options that you might consider. Click here to see who we recommend.
Q. How many guests can we have?
You can have up to 150 attend your event at Laloli. This includes your bridal party.
Q. What time should my ceremony start?
We suggest that you plan your wedding around the time of sunset on the day of your wedding. We suggest that the ceremony starts about 2 ½ to 3 hours prior to sunset. We will advise you of the exact sunset time on your date when you book your wedding at Laloli.
By choosing to hold your wedding and reception in the one venue, you have more time between ceremony and reception for photographs and garden party, and there plenty of beautiful afternoon light opportunities later in the day as the western lawn glows with the afternoon sun.
It is beautiful for your guests to experience the gardens in the afternoon, and to enter the reception area while it is still light, while allowing the Bridal Party to continue with capturing stunning photos outside prior to the reception.
Q. We had planned to have our dogs involved in the ceremony and photos afterwards, would this be possible at Laloli?
Yes, of course. How could you leave your fur family out of your special day? But this is strictly by prior arrangement, so you must ask about this before booking the venue. We also require that the dogs stay for the ceremony and photos, but go home after that.
Q. What support will I receive?
We can assist you as much or as little as you choose with your wedding function. We welcome you to visit us for a planning visit closer to the date of your event, and we can assist with suggestions regarding options and observations about what works, in addition to recommendations for suppliers.
We will also be available thoughout the day to provide general support to you and your suppliers, and to your guests, and to assist if anything goes wrong.
Q. Do you offer recommendation lists of accommodation, photography, hair and make-up, etc?
Yes! Click here to see who we recommend.
Q. How do my suppliers know what to do on the day of the wedding?
You choose your suppliers, and the services and supplies you require for your event. You should provide your suppliers with a detailed run sheet so they know what is expected. We will give you a basic run-sheet that you can modify to suit your needs.
Please give us a copy of your run-sheet prior to your event. This will assist us to problem-shoot, and to assist you in ensuring a trouble-free event.
When you provide us with your run-sheet, we will liaise with your suppliers prior to your event and throughout your day. If you choose suppliers from our recommended supplier list, you can be confident that you have engaged the services of competent and experienced suppliers who know their job, and who know Laloli well. Click here to see who we recommend. As always, you must communicate your particular wishes to ensure that anything you are particularly wanting is provided as arranged.
Q. Can we access Laloli prior to our wedding for a rehearsal?
We strongly recommend that you have a rehearsal of the bridal walk prior to your wedding day. A rehearsal will help you to conquer nerves, and to ensure that you are aware of the timing and pacing required to achieve a special and memorable entry. It will take you about an hour to run through your ceremony rehearsal. It can be a challenge to get all the bridal party together for the rehearsal, but the most important thing to rehearse is the bride’s and bridesmaid’s walk down the aisle, preferably with your chosen music.
It is not essential that the groom and groomsmen take part in the rehearsal, although if that can be accommodated we recommend that you do so.
If a rehearsal cannot be arranged, we can assist on the day with advice and tips to assist with carrying off this most important part of your event.
Q. When can I drop off my personal items and decorations for my wedding day?
You are welcome to drop off any special items during the week prior to your wedding day. This can be in conjunction with your rehearsal, or at other times.
Q. Who looks after all the little details on my wedding day?
If you engage a wedding planner, she or he will be responsible for the little details. Otherwise, we can help with a range of support, particularly if you use our run-sheet to list out your requirements and identify the person responsible for each item. Let us know if we can help you with this.
Q. Can we get ready onsite?
Whilst we do not have facilities for you to get ready here at Laloli, our couples are welcome to have ‘getting ready’ photos taken on the grounds and in Laloli House. Please let us know in advance if you wish to access the house for this purpose.
Q. Who coordinates the ceremony to start?
Before the ceremony start time, we will assist with ushering your guests from the car-park to the ceremony location. We welcome you and your bridal party into our home prior to the ceremony, and we will assist with the commencement of the bridal walk.
We will be there to ensure everything runs smoothly for your ceremony, including cue-ing music and managing the radio microphone for the ceremony officiate.
Q. Who ushers our guests for the reception to start after the in-between party?
That’s up to you: we are happy to do this for you, or to assist, but we think it works best if your MC takes charge. We can assist with coordinating the Bridal Party entrance to the reception in conjunction with your MC. Please tell us how much involvement you want from us.
Q. What happens with all our outside ceremony and garden party decorations and items?
While your guests are enjoying the reception, we will be putting away our pews, and pulling down the ceremony and garden party set up. We will move any items that are to be re-used in other locations or pack away items no longer required for the reception.
Q. Do I have to arrange for my family and friends to pack up after the reception concludes?
At the end of the evening we will pull down and put away any items of furniture you have hired from us.
We will pack-up all your decorative items (within reason) and place them in storage for pick-up in the following days.
If you hire off-site furniture hire or styling, we require you or your suppliers to pull down, clean up and remove and equipment, furniture, decorations or other supplies.
We also require your catering waste to be removed by you or your caterer.
Q. When can I access Laloli?
We welcome you to Laloli for a planning visit prior to your wedding day to plan your event, choose ceremony or decoration locations, to have an engagement photo shoot or to show a third party supplier (such as a photographer). Please note that site visits are strictly by appointment and, because of our work commitments, can be accommodated only on weekends. If you wish to show family or friends, please coordinate your family to attend with you on your planning inspection as we do have limited availability.
Q. Who sets up my ceremony decorations?
We will setup our gorgeous white painted wooden pews in your ceremony area of choice unless you prefer to bring in other furniture for your ceremony. We can assist with setting out other decorations – within reason. The garden is so beautiful we think that other decorations should be minimal, but it is your wedding, so if you do wish to decorate our garden, you can make arrangements for additional decorations provided, of course, that no damage is done to our garden and intrastructure.
Q. Who provides the ceremony sound system for the ceremony?
Your officiant may provide an amplified system for the ceremony, although some do not use amplification. We can arrange to have a power supply available in your chosen ceremony area.
Q. Do you provide a signing table for the ceremony?
We provide a signing table matched with two suitable chairs in your choice of ceremony location.
Q. What do my guests do in-between the ceremony & reception?
The time between your ceremony and your reception is your opportunity to show off your hospitality to your guests, and to get the party started, by offering a garden party or, as we call it, “the in-between party”, where we recommend that you provide a modest menu of drinks and canapes, or something more substantial such as a grazing table or catered cocktail service.
Your guests are welcome to explore the grounds, and you are welcome to supply garden games or activities for your guests to do, during this period.
The in-between party is the ideal time for you to spend casual time with your guests and, because you can get your photos onsite, you will be able to join your guests for celebratory drinks and photos.
Q. What do we do for music during our Garden Party?
You can provide live entertainment for your guests, or arrange for prerecorded playlist and speakers to be set up. Please check with us about options as we may be in a position to offer further options in time.
Q. Who provides food and beverage for our in-between party and reception?
You do! You choose your caterer according to your taste, desired style, and budget. We are more than happy to make recommendations for excellent suppliers who have supplied to our couples in the past, and who have provided excellent food and service.
You also supply your own beverages, and you organise wait staff for your beverage service, or you can have your caterer supply wait staff for your bar service. This has obvious cost savings, and gives you complete freedom to choose your own beverage list.
We strongly recommend that our couples engage a bar service, as this provide hassle-free hospitality for your guests, including glasses, ice, and bar waste clean up. Our preferred caterers can provide full bar service to you at relatively minimal cost, and your bar service will also dispose of your bar waste.
You also choose and arrange for your own wedding cake, if you wish to have one and, again, we are pleased to recommend those suppliers listed on our website.
If you wish, we can assist as much or as little as you require with your choice, and liaison with, your suppliers for your event.
We suggest that you develop our Laloli Run-sheet to provide a clear guide for your event, and that you provide a copy to each of your suppliers, and to us too of course. Again, we are more than happy to assist with this, and to forward the final run-sheet to your suppliers if you request this service.
Q. With regards to alcohol, is glass ok (for toasts etc)? Or would you prefer cans and plastic?
Glass is not ok. Unfortunately glass often gets broken, and is very difficult to clean up on the lawn or in the middle of your awesome party, and very dangerous when your partying guests kick off their shoes. That is why glass is not welcome. It is usually best to try to have can or plastic options where possible. Of course, glass wine bottles is fine, and beer stubbies should be served in protective coolers.
Q. What lighting is there in the Sugar Shed?
A. The Sugar Shed has fairy lights on each truss, chandeliers, and festoon lights along the open side. And that is plenty of light for your reception. It is gorgeous! The lights can be adjusted down later in the evening if you want less light for dancing or other shenanigans. Our already installed lighting in the Sugar Shed makes it a lot easier for our couples to use the shed because the lights are already set up. The Bamboo Chapel has fairy lighting on a arched framework that runs the length of the grove. The framework can hold other decorations.
We also have additional lighting packages available for hire for the Bamboo Chapel creating a fairy light wonderland, and a modular, demountable festoon light "marquee" for hire on the Western Lawn, which can be expanded to provided overhead festoon lighting over 160 seated and dancing guests. These packages are in addition to the basic Venue Hire Charge but are convenient and cost-effective options for our couples.
We have flood lights up-lighting our beautiful established trees, and other lighting throughout the garden, and this creates an amazing sense of romance and adventure in the garden. Our on-site carpark is also lit at night.
Q. Do you have a hot water urn for tea and coffee?
Sure do! We have a 20 litre Birko urn which is big enough for the largest of parties. You can set up your own self-serve tea/coffee station for your guest's convenience.
Q. I noticed those beautiful white pews in your photo gallery and am wondering if they can be used for our ceremony? If so, will they be included in the venue hire?
Yes - our fourteen handcrafted white painted wooden pews are included in the venue hire. They comfortably seat 56 guests. We will set them up for you in the Wedding Garden, or wherever you decide to you have your ceremony in the garden. We then pack them away after your ceremony.
Q. What happens if the power supply fails?
We have installed a massive 25kva power generator that powers the whole of Laloli so that in the event of power supply interruption we can quickly have power restored for your event. This ensures that power supply is secured on-site throughout your event.
Q. Are children allowed at Laloli?
We welcome children at Laloli. Children generally delight in the space and the freedom offered by our fabulous venue. They will be intrigued by our chickens, and enjoy playing in the garden.
Q. Will there be a cut off time? If so, what time?
Yes - we ask that your reception wind up at between 10.30 and 11.00pm. We suggest you hire a bus to assist your guests with transport towards the end of the evening. This has worked really well for our past events.
Q. Can I setup payment plans?
We welcome personalised payment plans that suit your individual circumstances. This is a convenient way for you to manage your wedding budget and ensure that you do have sufficient available funds to pay for everything you want for your wedding. Please discuss this with us.
Q. We wanted something spectacular, like a helicopter entry, or fireworks. Is this possible?
Yes! We have a fabulous, grassed "meadow" just beyond the Western Lawn, where there is space for helicopter landing, and plenty of room for fireworks displays. Please ask us about arranging these options before you go ahead and make your arrangements as it is absolutely essential that we approve your plan.
We reserve the right to refuse such supply in the event that we are not satisfied statutory requirements have been complied with. Naturally, fireworks must be presented by qualified and licenced operators such as Xplosive Art or similar.
As you would expect, Laloli has local council permission that is essential for the conduct of all our future wedding events and we must ensure that events do not jeopardise our permit.