Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is a stress busting, budget savvy thing to do and here’s the reasons why!
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Reasons Not to Use Social Media to Plan Your Wedding

With most couples and vendors having some form of social media these days, it seems like a natural place to connect and begin wedding planning research, however, relying solely on it to plan your wedding isn’t recommended and here’s why. More

Adelaide Wedding Fair

Just under 2 weeks to go and we’re finalising details for our Adelaide Winter wedding fair on July 10th at Norwood Concert Hall.

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How To Organise a Wedfest

 All rise the Wedfest. A fun festival of love where friends and family gather to celebrate a new marriage.  They’re down to earth, heaps of fun surprisingly easy to organise! More

Honeymoon Checklist

The build up to your wedding and of course the day itself is intense and magical all rolled into one. What’s exciting though is that after your wedding day, you can get away from it all as newly weds and spend some time together – just the two of you. More

Planning Your Wedding Day Schedule

An insightful guest post from Sarah at Little Car Photography (who is also one of our awesome directory vendors) who shares her extensive experience as one of Adelaide’s leading wedding photographers on how to schedule your wedding day.  Wedding photographers typically spend the whole day with couples so they see it all if you know what I mean!  Over to Sarah with her awesome tips….!

Planning a wedding can be a very daunting thing, and often people have no idea where to start with planning let alone scheduling their day. Every single wedding is unique and every single wedding day will run slightly differently. That is more than ok! Your day is yours, and it can be anything you want it to be. To help you make the most out of your day, I’ve put together these scheduling tips that I’ve collected after shooting more than 100 weddings. I hope this helps you when planning your special day!

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Plan for things to run late

Most weddings will fall behind schedule at some point during the day, with not all of them catching up again. The biggest culprits are makeup, congratulations, speeches and food, these are the most underestimated in the time it can take to get things done right. Anything can run late on a wedding day, so I always recommend keeping your schedule a little bit relaxed. You can aim to have things happen at a certain time, but make sure you plan to have a little leeway just in case. So there’s no need to stress on your wedding day if makeup takes longer than expected or entree comes out 30 minutes late. Things you can do to reduce the stress of running late are:

  • Shoot bride preparation photos after groom preparation photos, guys generally don’t have make-up done or big difficult dresses to put on, so there is less chance they will be running behind schedule.
  • Consider giving yourself an extra 30 minutes between the end of your ceremony and the official start of the reception (this can be filled with extra pre-dinner nibbles and drinks). At the very worst, you’ll run on time and have more time to spend socialising with your guests.
  • Don’t schedule your photography to finish 10 minutes after your first dance or speeches. I recommend having 30 minutes leeway again, so you don’t have to stress if things fall behind a little bit.
  • Ask your MC to not just make announcements but to keep on top of your schedule. Give them permission to ask the band or photographer etc to stay late if needed (at their pre-determined costs) up to a pre-discussed amount of time if your budget will allow it. If things are falling behind, you can ask them to help get things back on track too.

 

Spend time with your photographer just before sunset

As a photographer, I can tell you my favourite time of day to get absolutely stunning photos is the hour before sunset. In winter, the sun can set at 5:30pm or earlier! Which means you could plan to finish your wedding portraits at 5:30pm or 6pm, just in time for a gorgeous sunset and getting the party started with your guests. However in Summer, the sun can set at 8:30pm or later. In this case I recommend putting aside 20 minutes of your reception time to sneak away and capture some stunning sunset photos as your guests party on. (This can also be a great way to break up what might otherwise be a long photo session).

Plan for your guests

I think that formal family photos and bridal portraits are super important, but I also understand that you want to spend time with your guests and you don’t want them waiting around with nothing to do while you sneak away to have some beautiful portraits taken. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your guests never get bored, and you get to spend some quality time with them:

  • If you want to have a group photo, ask your celebrant to make an announcement after the formalities that a group photo will be taking place directly following congratulations and to please not go anywhere.
  • If you’re not having a group photo, it can still be beneficial to ask your celebrant to make an announcement that immediate family should please stay close by as we’ll be taking family photos directly following the congratulations.
  • Pre dinner drinks, canapés and even lawn games are a great way to keep your guests entertained while you have your family & bridal party portraits done. Having these in a separate area to your ceremony can keep things moving smoothly, as any guests not required for photos can move on leaving family members undistracted for their photos.
  • Have a plan for your bridal party and couple portraits. You can ask your photographer to visit your venue/s with you to figure out the best timings for locations and how to keep things short and sweet if you’re eager to get straight into the party yourself.
  • If you want to keep times as short as possible between the ceremony and you joining your guests for the party (and don’t mind going against tradition) you could consider having your bridal party and couple portraits before the ceremony.

Plan around the light

If you are able to, I recommend asking your photographer to help you plan your wedding around the best possible lighting for you and your guests. I include a visit to the venue with every package, not just to find the best spots for portraits, but also to give feedback on the light and the best positions to take advantage of this. If you’ve booked with me and want to lock in a time to visit your venue and get some help with your schedule please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m more than happy to help. xx

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The Secret to Successful Wedding Planning

Let etiquette professional Alana Lenart from Etiquette for Success  guide you through how to avoid the stress of dealing with multiple vendors in the lead up to your big day. The good news is that managing it all doesn’t mean you have to morph into a Bridezilla so take a deep breath and read on!

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How To Be A Great Wedding Guest

By Alana Lenart of Etiquette for Success

The postman has delivered a letter that is clearly not the gas bill. Your excitement builds as you anticipate what it may be… It’s a wedding invitation! How exciting! Being invited to share in a couples wedding is an honour. The bride and groom have chosen you to be apart of their special day and it is important to the couple that you enjoy yourself. Here are some Wedding Etiquette tips to ensure that you are a gracious guest and that you enjoy the day just as much as the bride and groom.

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Stationery: Magnolia Press

RSVP

There will be a specific date in which the couple have requested you RSVP by. It’s important that you RSVP by the set date. If you know that you can attend then let them know. They’ll be very excited to hear back quickly! Similarly, if you cannot attend then it’s courteous to give them quick notice as this may enable them to invite another guest. If you are waiting on confirmation of work commitments then advise the couple of this and keep them up-to-date. A LOT of planning goes into a wedding and it’s time consuming for the couple to be chasing up guests that haven’t replied. Be a great guest and RSVP!

Bringing a last minute guest

In my opinion once you have RSVP’d then, barring exceptional circumstances, it’s not appropriate to arrive on the day with an additional guest, particularly if the guest will be attending the reception. If you have RSVP’d without a guest and would then like to bring someone, call the couple and ask them if it is ok. Be prepared that they may say no depending on how close to the day it is.

Respect the dress code

When a couple plans their wedding day they will envisage what it will look like. This includes their friends and family dressed to compliment their vision. Ensure that you understand what the dress code is and wear an appropriate outfit. If you’re unsure, then ask! The couple would prefer that than have you feel out of place for not being dressed appropriately.

Be on-time!

Wedding days are timed to precision. The church may be booked for another service and the photographer is on a strict schedule. Don’t rely on the bride running late. More than likely she’ll be right on time. If you do run late and arrive once the ceremony has commenced then stand back, or outside, until the ceremony is over. You don’t want to distract the couple whilst trying to sneak to your seat.

Honour the Unplugged request

In the case of the bride and groom requesting that their wedding be unplugged then it is your duty to ensure that this is met on your part. Sit back, relax and be totally immersed in the moment. Wedding ceremonies are such a special moment. Absorb the love and watch the faces of the couple as their dream comes true. There will be plenty of professional photos that the couple will share.

Dining etiquette

The post ceremony reception is the time for the couple to dine with their guests and celebrate their marriage. It’s a lovely time to spend with family and friends. Ensure that you sit in your allocated seat until the dinner service is over. Be considerate and thoughtful when enjoying the food and drink. You don’t want to be remembered as the guest that was drunk or who ate half the buffet.

Remember that you are a part of a really special day. Think about how you would like to be treated and behave in a way that emulates that. If you have questions or are unsure of what is expected there are plenty of available resources online or ask the couple. Have fun and be a great guest!

For help with a specific query feel ask Alana from Etiquette for Success.
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Find Your Wedding Style

Defining your wedding style is quite important as in many ways it’s a reflection of you both as a couple.  The good thing is there’s a whole range of wedding styles you can look to incorporate into your day. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

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Photo credit: Bridget Quain Photography

Your Style & Look

First up think about you as a couple and you’re half way there to choosing a style that helps to tell the story of your union. Your day to day style, your passions and hobbies along with your heritage may play a big part in this.  Are you glamorous city loving couple or perhaps you share a love of the outdoors?  Maybe travel is your thing or you’re crazy for boho style?

The key from here is to keep it all consistent so that it flows right through from the stationery, the flowers and the reception styling but without being too matchy matchy.

For inspiration, wedding magazines, blogs and fairs are an obviously great place to start getting some ideas along with Pinterest to create a board to share with your key vendors.  Pinterest does come with a little warning though as it’s hard to guage the local availability of certain items and also the cost of creating them here in SA if you need to import anything.

Colour

Choosing a colour scheme compliments your wedding styling and can help to carry everything through.  Remember too that it doesn’t have to be just one colour either, it can be a combination of many.  I love this website by Adobe which creates a gazillion colour combinations however it’s pretty addictive! Have a play and see what you come up with.

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Hire

For some people, nailing wedding styling can be pretty overwhelming and that’s ok because there’s help at hand! Maybe consider hiring a stylist or wedding planner to help you out. They’re trained to know what goes well together which kind of vendors work well to acheive your desired look.

The great thing is that once you’ve got your style sorted, you’ll find choosing your venue a whole lot easier!

Why hiring is better than buying

You can’t fail to notice that Facebook, Ebay and Gumtree are full of listings of previous couple’s styling props and vessels, some even listing them BEFORE they even get married as being available after their big day.

Whilst it’s quite fun to browse through all of the items, buying your own styling pieces in this way can come at a price.

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With all the excitement of planning your wedding you can easily be seduced by the idea of buying everything you need thinking that you’ll be saving yourself a bundle of money. I hate to break it you however that isn’t necessarily the case.

I’ve observed that some of these items are quite over priced for what they are plus before you know it you’ve spent heaps of time in your quest for the perfect props which of course is fine if you have all the time in the world. If you’re working full time I’d say your weekends, evening and spare time are quite precious.

You may then find yourself having to drive to the other side of Adelaide and back again to collect your purchases and store them before the big day. And then what happens?  You’re left with a whole load of wedding styling pieces you no longer need so you then spend more time on the net putting them up for sale and corresponding with interested Brides to be (with varying degress of success).  If time is money then you’re on a losing mission here.

Hire

To keep it short, sharp and shiny, here’s the reasons why hiring is better.

  • Save time sourcing, collecting and selling
  • Save money as hiring is cheaper than buying plus you’ll save delivery costs
  • Save your home and garage turning into a storage facility

 

 

The Perfect Kitchen Tea

Some call it Kitchen Tea, while others will call it a Bridal Shower. Which ever you choose to call it, this is the event typically organised by the Bridesmaids which is centred around food and drink in celebration of the impending wedding.  It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate love and friendship before the Bride begins the new chapter of her life as a Wife.

If you’re a Bridesmaid to be and you’ve never organised one before, here’s a few tips to get you started.

Invites

You may want to think about getting a cute invitation organised.  Local designers may have a template available at an affordable cost. Here’s a lovely sample by local designer Akimbo.

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Invite: Akimbo

Since kitchen tea’s aren’t as raucous as a hen’s party, it’s a good idea to invite the bridal party, the Brides closest friends and female members of both the Bride and Groom such as the Mother of the Bride and Groom, Aunties and Grandparents.

Food & Drink

High tea type food is a good place to start with including lashings of tea, cake and champagne if you fancy!

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Gifts

There’s no strict rule as to what to buy however household kitchen type items are a good choice. Maybe a snazzy apron, some sophisticated glassware or simply a beautiful vase.

Games

There’s a few games you could look to arrange.

Wedding charades  – Act or sing out something wedding related

Pass The Parcel – To open a layer you need to answer a question about the Brides

Pin The Bouquet – Arrange a poster sized picture of the Bride, blindfold and spin each guest around, give them a flower with a pin on it and get them to pin it as close to the Brides hair as possible.

Decor

Dependent on the look you’re going for,  the basics you’ll need are flowers, signage and pretty china.

If you’re time poor you could always enlist a stylist or planner to take care of everything for you!

Kitchen Tea Vendors We Love

To make your planning a little easier, stop by our online directory for a list of stationery designers, florists, stylists, caterers & gifts to make your kitchen tea planning a breeze!

Let’s Talk About Cake!

We’ve come a long way from 1980’s when wedding cakes were pretty standard.  A choice of fruit cake, white icing and a Bride and Groom Cake Topper. I found a few pics on pinterest but honestly they were too hideous to post here!

These days anything goes thankfully so you can incorporate your theme and personality into your day.  Different colours, metallics, naked cakes, small cakes, big cakes, hand painted, there’s so many influences out there.

As far as the cake itself, there’s so many flavours you can choose from and most good cake designers will give you a sample or 3 to try before you commit.

And don’t forget a stylish cake topper. Bluebelle Studio is a great local creator of toppers of all kinds.

Over this year there’s been a number of gorgeous cakes exhibited so I thought I would give you some ideas to get inspired by.

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Above: Qween of Cakes

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Above: Qween of Cakes

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Above: Sugar Sugar Cakes

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Above: Caitlyns Cakes                                                        The Sweet Tooth Factory

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Above: Sugar Sugar Cakes

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Above: Caitlyns Cakes – topper Bluebelle Studio

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Above: Le Pink Petite Patisserie                                   The Sweet Tooth Factory

The best part of deciding on which cake to choose is of course the sampling process!  Save some for me…..