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…..

Adelaide Hills Winter Wedding Inspiration

So this is a bit different…….a cosy Winter inspired shoot featuring dark hues, rustic textures and warm cosy blankets. Some vintage touches and the romantic setting near Montacute in the Adelaide Hills sets the scene along with real couple Thelda and Ben who were the perfect models for this beautiful shoot.

Put the kettle on, make yourself a hot chocolate and enjoy some whimsical Winter wedding inspiration.

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Stationery: Bluebelle Studio

Hair & MUA: Gemma VenDetta Styling,

Photography: Deb Saunders Photography

Floral Art: In Bloom Floral Art

Styling: Vintage Scene Hire

Gown & Accessories: The Vintage Bride Boutique

Horse & Carriage: Classic Carriage Drives

Wedding Planning with Bel Nation Celebrant

The gorgeous Bel Nation, wedding Celebrant extraordinaire writes a post about why it’s good to take a step back and take time to think about what your wedding day means to you and why your ceremony quite rightly is a big part of that.

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Are you planning a wedding or for a marriage?

So the question has been asked and you said yes! Congratulations! Awesome times ahead….. Now before you have even had time to enjoy being engaged your head is buried deep in bridal magazines (which is definitely putting a dent in the wedding budget), liked every post of bridal bouquet’s on Instagram and that Pinterest board you started years ago is in overdrive.

But whilst you are busy planning for that one day of your life where you are hoping that everything will be perfect just take a step back for a moment and ask yourself ‘what is this day all about?’
I have met some amazing couples lately and as a celebrant I love hearing all the details about how they met, what they love about one another (and maybe not so much!) and what getting married means to them and I have to say I have some pretty switched on couples. You see, I am definitely noticing a trend lately where couples are more focused on what the wedding day is all about and what that celebration means.
Yes, ok, we know it’s one big party with a whole lotta booze and cake (yum!!) but more than that as cheesy as this may sound it IS a celebration of your love for one another and the promises that you will make to each other surrounded by the people that you love. I am seeing couples do away with the red carpet aisle, 5 bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides, string quartet (well maybe it was a violinist) and all the gloss of a la de dah wedding. They are bringing it back to basics and letting the union of becoming husband and wife be the biggest statement that they can make. They are sitting down and thinking about what it is that they want said in their ceremony and how their vows will reflect the tone for their marriage. They are not getting caught up in what a wedding should look like be but more focusing on what a marriage should be; and that starts with your ceremony.
The ceremony doesn’t have to be long, preachy and crammed packed with all the rituals and readings you could google but a good celebrant will listen to your ideas and who you both are as a couple and help you stay true to who you are. They will steer you away of the direction of doing ceremony things, just because you saw it in your cousins wedding two years ago and you thought that was the way things were done!

So don’t plan for the perfect wedding day, plan for an amazing “start of marriage day” and the rest will just fall into place.

Bel

t: 0420 995905

w: www.belnation.me

Choosing Wine for your Wedding

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 Photo credit : Tomek Photography

 

When we were planning our wedding I could not get over how many decisions there were to be made! It seemed as though I had chosen everything and then I’d take a breath and there’d be another very important question with the success of our wedding apparently depending on my answer! Luckily choosing the wine for our wedding was simple because of my day job as Mrs Wine Please. And today via the lovely team at Love Cherish Adore I’m able to share some of my knowledge to help make this task much easier for you!

When the venue asks you “And which wine will you be serving?” You just need to tell them the following… A simple and suitable selection for your wedding should include one Champagne or sparkling wine, two white wines and two red wines.

Bubbles

Champagne from France is always best, but it is also expensive. If serving French Champagne is not a priority for you that’s perfectly fine – there are plenty of other bubbles for your guest to raise and toast to your happily-ever-after. In particular there are lots of fabulous Australian sparkling wines available and I highly recommend the sparkling wines from Tasmania. Alternatively you could choose a Prosecco from Italy as a delicious alternative.

Red + White

During the reception both white and red wines should be served continuously. White wines will be more popular if it is hot weather and red wines if it’s cooler. A fresh, crisp white wine such as a Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will always be popular. If you’re only serving one white wine, this is the wine that we’d recommend because they’re very versatile with food and an excellent aperitif. A second more intense white wine such as Viognier, Chardonnay or Riesling will complement lots of different dishes and impress the guests who prefer something a little fancier.

It’s most important to serve two red wines. A lighter style such as a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Tempranillo and a heavier style such as a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The lighter wines won’t overpower your carefully chosen dishes and are particularly important in cocktail receptions where smaller lighter dishes are served. The bigger reds such as the Shiraz or Cabernet will be a good match for red meat dishes, cheese platters and late night conversations about how fabulous your wedding has been!

We highly recommend you taste each wine before you decide to make sure that you’re happy with your choices. If you’re not a wine fan then involve one of the bridal party or a close friend who is a wine lover. This is one wedding task that won’t be hard to recruit for!

If you need any further advice on choosing wines for your wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hello@wineplease.com.au

Happy Planning!
Mrs WP x

Little Tiny Wedding Regrets

Looking back I was a pretty cruisy Bride taking most things in my stride.  My main mission was to get married to my wonderful Fiancé with the least fuss as possible which I’m glad to say I pretty much pulled off (with only a couple of tiny moments of wedding planning drama!)

Our wedding day was magical in everyway however there’s a couple of things I didn’t do that I now regret….

Video

I’m so lucky that my Cousin did a mini film of the wedding using mostly stills with music.  It’s a beautiful montage of our day and a complete surprise that he did it for us.  I do wish though that we had arranged a videographer to capture the whole day. It’s an added cost however for me personally it brings the day to life and is something that can be watched a million times over.

Stationery

Why oh why oh why did I decide to DIY our stationery?! Whilst they weren’t a complete disaster I would have saved myself heaps of time and stress if I’d had them designed.

Photography

Our wedding photos are one of my most precious treasures and I quite often sit down have a look through them.  I do however regret not organising an engagement shoot though.  The reason for this is that I hadn’t realised our photographers were going to take us away to do some styled shoots and I felt a bit awkward while they were taken.  If we had arranged an engagement shoot I may have felt a bit more relaxed infront of the camera.

Shoes

Oh how I wished I had worn my shoes in a bit more before the big day.  It would have saved my toots from getting a couple of nasty blisters that’s for sure!!

Got My Teeth Straightened

I’m not a fan of cosmetic procedures being sold to Brides however when it comes to your teeth, a winning smile is a healthy choice to make.

It was actually my wedding photos that prompted me to eventually decide to get my teeth straightened and my regret is not doing it sooner. I chose invisalign to straighten my teeth and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great smile not just on their wedding day.

The one thing I don’t regret doing of course is marrying my Husband.  My bestfriend, my rock, my everything. x

Honeymoon Planning Advice

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[Chair styled by The Queens Quarters]

Your Honeymoon offers the perfect opportunity to tick off a bucket list destination and you pretty much deserve that after planning a wedding.

My Husband and I travelled to Mexico for our honeymoon which was totally amazing. A private villa set away from the main resort, soft white sand with our own cabana, 10 a la carte restaurants plus on demand delicious cocktails that I couldn’t sample as I was pregnant! Hubbie got stuck in to those though. Oh yeah. No sympathy for his pregnant Wife!

When it comes to planning your honeymoon, it can often feel like a difficult task since at the end of the day, it’s another thing to do on the never ending list of things to do! In these situations it’s best to delegate to a professional.

You’re in luck! Lisa from Clarke & Turner Travel Associates in Tanunda is on hand to give you some awesome advice abaut planning your honeymoon.  Over to Lisa…..

Many honeymoon couples dream of lazing in an overwater bungalow, with the only decision being which cocktail to order while you watch the sunset. But, increasingly couples are opting to combine their honeymoon with an all-inclusive touring holiday for a hassle free escape or even a luxury cruise to some exotic ports. However if you’re looking to break the mould altogether, you could follow the path of more intrepid honeymooners whose photo books are adorned with adrenalin-filled adventure or even moments shared together doing some life-changing volunteer work as part of the experience.

Read on to discover some of the most idyllic honeymoon destinations we’ve sent clients to and also some more unusual choices, which may inspire at truly unforgettable experience.

Barefoot Luxury Close to Home

For a relaxing and carefree tropical island getaway, the South Pacific and Queensland’s stunning Whitsundays are perfect honeymoon choices. The South Pacific, including Fiji, the Cook Islands and Vanuatu offer honeymooners clear waters, long white beaches, sun-filled days and romantic nights. Whether you want to do a little or a lot, this intimate collection of islands is an ideal escape. The jewel of Queensland’s crown is the Whitsundays. Boasting one of the world’s seven natural wonders, The Great Barrier Reef, this tropical haven is the perfect close-to-home honeymoon destination.

When to go: The best time to visit the South Pacific depends on the island national you visit. Ask your Clarke & Turner Travel Associates consultant for more information. Summer in the Whitsundays means hot wet days and ocean stingers. Winter offers milder weather and better swimming conditions.

Luxe Options the Indian Ocean

Free from noise, except for gentle water lapping at a nearby shore, the Maldives and Mauritius offer brilliant white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Boasting 1190 coral islands, The Maldives is a natural first choice for a tropical getaway; a stunning honeymoon destination will be sure to delight and romance. Not far from The Maldives is Mauritius, with its fascinating cultural history, turquoise lagoons, bustling markets and gardens of tropical delight. More than just beautiful beaches, Mauritius also offers a majestic landscape of hills, mountains and trees which will appeal to walkers and hikers.

When to go: There is no bad time to visit The Maldives, but keep in mind that from May to November storms are more likely. Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate all year, but the summer months of December to April can be extremely humid. The best months to visit are May to early December.

Exotic Experiences in Asia

From isolated beaches to tropical rainforests and bustling cities, Asia promises a unique experience for honeymooners. There are more than 20 countries to select from and an infinite number of experiences to be had. For lazy days by the beach, Thailand’s Phuket or Indonesia’s Bali are a good choice. For a cultural indulgence, Japan or Vietnam will amaze with their mix of ancient tradition and modern day hustle. Singapore makes an ideal stopover destination and Malaysia’s bustling capital, Kuala Lumpur, and stunning string of islands offers a bit of everything.

When to go: The seasons of Asia, from the sub-tropical beaches of Thailand to the powder snow of Japan, vary as much as its countries. Speak to your Clarke & Turner Travel Associates consultant for more information.

Options for Intrepid Honeymooners

European river cruising offers the opportunity to see the continent from a different view with ‘unpack once’ convenience and ever changing scenery. Luxury cruises through Asia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean are also popular choices. Rail journeys mark an era of classic travel luxury. As much a step back in time as a journey through destinations like India, Asia, Africa and Europe, this is a truly unique honeymoon option. Or for an experience that won’t soon be forgotten, get up close and personal with the Big 5 of Africa. Game safaris by day and luxury bush lodges by night await you on this dramatic continent. The only limit on a couple’s honeymoon is their imagination.

Tips for Choosing Your Honeymoon Destination:

1. Choose a destination that reflects your unique interests and personalities
2. The right destination can maximise the time you have to escape together
3. Look into the weather before you book as your dream destination may be seasonal
4. Think about what memorable moments the destination setting could provide

Contact Clarke & Turner Travel Associates on 1800 467 494 to arrange an appointment or drop by in person at 39 Murray Street, Tanunda. Travel Associates is Flight Centre Travel Group Limited’s premium travel brand, bringing together the most knowledgeable and well-travelled consultants across Australia.

Key Tips when Hiring a DJ

David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance has some great tips to consider when hiring a DJ. From someone who has hired DJs for over 15,000 gigs, he’s more than experienced! Entertaining your guests well ensures your big is a day remembered by all so it pays to use someone experienced like Dave.

Use an agency that has a rating system

Ensure that the agency you use has an independent accountability and rating system that allows you to personally score & review your DJ after the wedding in a way that gives them more work or higher pay in the future if you give them a high rating. A system like this aligns the DJs interests with yours since you both want a 10 out of 10 performance from your DJ.

Pay about $700 to $1200

I’ve now placed over 15,000 DJs at gigs ranging from childrens parties to raves, to huge corporate shows and, of course, weddings. We don’t want to spend a cent more than we have to to get the job done right, but also we would rather spend just a little to much and make 100% certain that it goes off without a hitch. What we have learned from over 5000 returned customer surveys is that if you want to supply a DJ that will get a wedding right, don’t go below $700. We have also learned that once $1200 is spent, more money doesn’t lead to a better feedback score.

Book about 20-12 months out

This is simple supply & demand. Myself and the other top 10 DJs in Adelaide can only DJ 52 Saturdays a year. That’s 520 weddings that we can do. There are about 6000 weddings every year in SA along. We book out about 6-12 months in advance. So if you want the best, get in first.

Make sure they take requests

If they don’t, don’t book them. It means one of 3 things and all are bad. Either they are inexperienced and don’t know what songs to say no to, they are a club DJ who only pays one style of music and can’t be versatile for all your friends & family, or they are lazy and just want to play generic party winners all night and not make the wedding special.

w: www.griffinalliance.com

t: 0417819553

How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

There’s no getting away from the fact that South Australia like any other state in this beautiful country hosts a very large number of supremely talented photographers. Whilst some couples choose not to have their big day photographically documented, the vast majority do. So how to you begin to sift through them all and decide on which one is for you……?

To the untrained eye, photographers may at first glance all look the same however you can’t compare apples for apples when it comes to a photographer nor any other type of wedding vendor come to think of it.  There’s a number of distinctions between them all and actually, they are actually all as individual as you and I.

Style

Let’s start with style. Each photographer will have his or her own signature style which is reflected in the composition of shots and editing techniques. Some are very modern and contemporary, some more classicaland timeless.  Some are more edgy with a masculine and industrial feel, some alot more soft and romantic plus everything else inbetween.   Your own interpretation of a style is up to you but it’s really important that you really connect and fall in love with one. To highlight this I’ve added a just few shots from some of LCA’s amazing directory listings.

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Above:  Fiona Thurlings Photography

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Personality

You’ll be spending up to 12 hours with your photographer/s so it’s important that there’s a personal connection again with you and them. This is why meeting your photographers before you commit to booking them is particularly important. Some may be very direct and extrovert whilst others will be quiet and discreet.  Go with your gut on this one. A good place to meet a photographer is a wedding fair. Just sayin’!

Price & Package

Each photographer will have his or her price structure and package dependent on many things with experience being something you should expect to pay for. Avoid where possible just booking the cheapest in your budget though and consider both personality and style before just booking.

I recently asked a few Brides why they decided to book their photographer and the answers were interesting and also validate my points above.

Sammie:

Personality! Our photographer was there when I cried putting my dress on (swore I wouldn’t cry at all!) And there for every other moment of emotion on the day. I couldn’t imagine having someone capture those intimate moments if we didn’t ‘click’ with them.We also looked through lots of portfolios to make sure we liked their style of photography which definitely differs between photographers

Liv:

He seemed to understand us and our vintage theme. He made me feel that he wouldnt miss any special moments of our day which with everything else sealed the deal.

Kylie:

The reason I chose our photographer was because even though I looked through many “pretty” portfolios of other photographers, her photos made me feel emotion. I didn’t just see her photos, I felt them.

 

Some great advice from some real Brides there who have recently booked their photographers. Good luck finding the right photographer for you.

Unplugged Weddings

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The 21st century has given us many wonderful things with ipads and smart phones becoming such a big part of our day to day lives. Social media too gives us the opportunity to share special moments via videos and images on to Facebook and Instagram with a swipe of a finger.

When it comes to weddings though, more and more couples are opting for an unplugged wedding and I can’t say this isn’t a bad thing at all.

Recent Bride Sammie says:

One of the first decisions my husband and I made when planning our wedding was to have an unplugged wedding. I remember discussing this with our celebrant and photographer who were both ecstatic at the decision as happy snappers can make their jobs that little bit harder. It was a decision that we made as we had had numerous friends who would only ever see a wedding through their screens and some even live posting to facebook during the ceremony, we wanted our guests to be present in the moment and enjoy it without trying to get a better photo than our professional photographer and getting in their way.

Before I arrived to our ceremony our Celebrant announced to our guests that we were having an unplugged wedding along with letting them know the bride was on the way! Our florist also supplied a gorgeous sign with a pretty quote that our guests saw as soon as they entered the garden. Our guests were very respectful of our decision with no one trying to take any sneaky shots!

One of my favourite aspects of the day was that our guests were present and in the moment rather than trying to capture it. I also noticed that once they had put their phones away they were engaged, they interacted, they enjoyed the day and made new friends. Most of our guests kept their phones away for the day and danced and mingled the night away, I attribute this to many guests saying our day was the most fun they have had at a wedding.

So, be nice and turn off your device!!!! Sit back, enjoy and let the professionals get on and do their job. #unplugyourphone Amen.