What’s this initiative?
As a way of assisting Australian farmers struggling with the effects of drought, we’re offering any families battling these conditions the opportunity to list their property on WedShed for free for a year if they would like to diversify and explore weddings as an alternate income source.
As featured on the Today Show’s special drought broadcast – watch here.
So what’s WedShed?
WedShed is a platform that brings together unique wedding venues from across Australia and New Zealand. We use the term ‘venue’ loosely – our partnered spaces range from woolsheds and warehouses to wildflower farms and whisky distilleries. We’ve even got some ex-gaols, old schools and a cave in our portfolio. Basically, any space that allows couples the flexibility to create a day that reflects what they’re all about.
WedShed has been described as the ‘Airbnb for weddings’, which is a simple way of explaining it, however we don’t take a cut from any bookings: all revenue made goes directly to the venue owner. We simply charge an annual subscription to our venue partners (however, we’ll be waiving this if you’re a drought-affected farm).
And why should drought-affected farmers consider taking up the offer?
Because there’s a market of couples looking for authentic, unique, Australian properties that they can create their dream day at while building a real relationship with the owner.
Weddings have changed a lot in the last five years. A. Lot. Increasingly, couples are choosing to steer clear of traditional function centres that have strict timings, limited personality and cookie-cutter packages. No thanks.
Instead, more loved-up folk are opting to say those ‘I do’s’ at beautiful spaces operated by real people with pride in their property. And these are the kind of couples we attract on WedShed (50,000 like-minded individuals every month).
Many properties have working farm sheds that are only used for a number of weeks per year or are currently storing farming equipment that may be able to be moved. These undercapitalised spaces have oodles of potential as a wedding venue, due their unique character and charm. We’re currently already working with several drought-affected farms that are making the most of an outbuilding that they hadn’t previously considered as a ‘venue’.
We recognise that weddings won’t be the answer for every drought-affected family or the solution for what we recognise is an extremely desperate and heartbreaking situation. But it might be an avenue that can provide some financial support. And a back-up revenue stream for the future.
In fact, many of our venues have seen weddings overtake the traditional primary purpose of the property (e.g. cattle or sheep farming, wine-making, accommodation). So it can be an option worth exploring that may help keep a farm in a family for future generations.
Righto. I’m drought-affected. But how would I even get started?
We’ll give you some guidance on setting up. For some properties, we’ll even be able to help get a bunch of wonderful wedding vendors that have donated their time and talents to pull together a styled shoot at your place so that couples can see what’s possible. But at the very least, we’ve got some tips, templates and tried-and-tested advice to give you a helping hand (we turned a farm into a thriving wedding venue before we launched WedShed, so we understand what’s involved).
As a first step, fill out this expression-of-interest form with as much detail as you can provide. One of our team will then be in touch.
I’m a couple. And I want to help drought-affected farmers by considering their property for my wedding. How do I find them on WedShed?
Great stuff and congrats on your engagement. Not only will you be enjoying one of the great days of your lives together but you’ll also be helping some fellow Aussies in the process.
You can find drought-affected properties on our directory right here. We’ve just launched this initiative so check back in regularly to watch this space.
Terms and conditions for drought-affected properties here.
Terms and conditions for couples using WedShed here.