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Seaside Inspiration: Beach Wedding Ideas to Make Your Guests Feel Extra Special

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Seaside Inspiration: Beach Wedding Ideas to Make Your Guests Feel Extra Special

When you’re planning a wedding, you want to ensure that your guests are as comfortable as can be. Easy to do, if your wedding is in a classic cathedral and you hold the reception at a nice comfy venue. Keeping your guests comfortable and at ease at a seaside wedding may take a bit more creativity. Here are some of our favorite inspiring ideas that will make your beach wedding guests feel (almost) as special as the bride and groom.

Guest comfort from toe to head

When you hold your wedding on a sandy beach, there’s an excellent chance your guests will want to take their shoes off. Provide some sort of “shoe station” along the path where guests will approach the beach wedding. A simple grass mat held in place with heavy pebbles can suffice. For a larger wedding with more guests, consider a portable shelving unit with legs planted firmly in the sand. Make a sign that invites guests to go barefoot and offer three baskets of brand-new flip flops in small, medium and large sizes. Somewhere at the shoe station, offer a new soft painter’s brush that guests can use to whisk sand from between their toes before putting their shoes back on, recommends Exclusively Weddings.

 

Daytime seaside weddings can be bright, sunny events, especially on hot summer afternoons. Provide an assortment of cheap sunglasses that guests may use to deflect ocean glare and take home later as a beach wedding favor. Go all out and offer cute straw hats and woven fans, too. Thoughtful brides and grooms want their guests to feel the love, not heatstroke.

 

 

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Take a tip from the Tradewinds Island Resort, and present individual servings of crudites and dip. Peel carrots and cut them lengthwise into five-inch sections. Do the same with stalks of celery. Poke a peeled, halved radish with a toothpick and place an assortment of veggies into unbreakable cups with an inch or so of ranch dressing inside. Individual servings of shrimp or crab cocktail are always welcomed at beach weddings and offer a taste reminiscent of the nearby sea.

Decorate a picnic table with white linens. Hot-glue metal washers every few inches along the hem of the tablecloth to prevent it from flapping in the beachy breeze. Lay a pretty spread of beach-friendly foods such as sushi, iced oysters on the half shell, coconut shrimp and sliced crusty bread, and don’t forget the napkins.

Have a canoe? Scrub the inside, haul it to the beach and fill it with ice and canned beverages or drinks in plastic bottles. Many beaches disallow glass containers, so you might have to keep the champagne in a bucket in the car and serve in plastic glasses. Be sure to have a recycling receptacle handy, too.

Of course, the most important part of a beach wedding is the love and delight you share with your beloved, your families, and your friends. Make everyone feel as special as you do on your once-in-a-lifetime day.

Rebecca Francis works in a bridal boutique and has been a bridesmaid 5 times but is not a bride herself yet! She writes about wedding dress choices online.

Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

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Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.    					Pixabay   Who will be able to travel to the wedding?    Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.   Where would you want to hold the wedding?    Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!   Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?   As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.   Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

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Who will be able to travel to the wedding?

Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.

Where would you want to hold the wedding?

Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!

Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?

As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.

Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

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5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

We have a wonderful guest post today from the talented Cassie, a lifestyle blogger. Thank you for sharing with us this great tip Cassie! 

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5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

Planning a destination wedding is a very exciting process for both the wedding party and wedding guests. As much preparing as you have to do for yourself and your big day, you also have to get your guests ready for their experience abroad. Here are some important tips you should give your guests as soon as you receive their RSVP.

“Don’t feel obligated to bring a gift.”

Whether a wedding takes place locally or at an exotic location, it is standard for couples to register for wedding gifts. We understand that sending your registry details to destination wedding guests can rub them the wrong way, so remember to remind guests it isn’t necessary for them to bring a gift. If you do create a gift registry, make sure it spans a wide price range so guests can pick presents that will suit their personal budgets. Alternatively, you can request guests donate to a honeymoon fund, so they are given much more freedom with how much they spend on a wedding gift.

Another option many brides and grooms are choosing is to reverse the gift-giving process. Certainly, having guests travel around the world to attend your wedding is a gift in itself, and you could prepare welcome gifts that double as a thank you for coming such a long way.

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“Pack appropriately.”

While destination weddings normally take place in hot and sunny locations, it is still important guests are made aware of exactly what they need to pack. It would be a great help for any guest if you provided some guidance. For example, let your guests know it may get chilly at night or if they should bring any rainwear. Offer up a short checklist to ensure your guests pack exactly what they need to enjoy themselves fully at your wedding.

“Here are ways to stay entertained.”

At any exotic location, there is sure to be a wide range of activities your guests can take part in during their downtime. Provide them with a list of various events, hobbies and tourist destinations they might want to check out. You can even go one step further by planning a group outing before or after the wedding. A day tour or a day at the beach together is a great way for guests to get to know one another.

If you know some of your guests aren’t fans of the outdoors, you can always cater to their interests. Some guests would prefer to hang out in the hotel lobby rather than going surfing, so be sure to inform them that they have options. Let them know how they can get online to watch their favorite television shows outside the USA using this Netflix guide by Secure Thoughts, or give them a list of the best vacation reading material so they can relax however they please.

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“Consider travel insurance.”

Did you know only 21 percent of people purchase travel insurance? In many cases, travelers doubt they will ever need to take out a claim, but you can never predict exactly what will happen. A guest may need to cancel after purchasing a plane ticket or may fall ill while abroad. Travel insurance will ensure that he or she can recoup some of these expenses, so it is certainly worth the small price. You can even do the legwork for your guests, and provide them with a list of the most affordable travel insurance providers.

“You have accommodation options.”

The cost of accommodation can be the deciding factor for potential guests. While you may be given a discount for booking a block of rooms in a certain hotel or resort, you might want to scope out several options. If you book rooms at a few hotels that are close together that vary in price and rating, guests can choose to stay somewhere that suits their budget. You can cater to a wide range of guests this way, and help to encourage some friends and family with smaller budgets to attend.

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These tips will help ensure your destination wedding guests are prepared to have a great time at your big day overseas! They will certainly appreciate the advice.

Where is your destination wedding taking place? Are you and your guests all set? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Author Bio: Cassie a lifestyle blogger who is currently in the process of planning her wedding. She’s learning loads from the experience and wants to share her advice!

Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

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Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

We are happy to share this lovely real wedding with you. Joanarc and Brian had a winter wedding and we love how elegantly they planned it. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

“For our wedding, which we planned for more than a year, we wanted to keep it simple and elegant since it is a celebration of our marriage witnessed by close friends and family. We limited the colors to black, white, and champagne, to create a modern feel but we filled the venue with flowers and lights to evoke a feeling of coziness – we wanted everything to be chill, for the guests to feel relaxed and for everyone, including us, to have fun.

We met in college. We’re both taking up Journalism at the University of Sto. Tomas. We were friends and hang out with the same group but we became close during our last year in college. We were both in problematic relationships and commiserated with each other. We stayed close until after graduation, getting coffee and drinking after work but it wasn’t until three years after graduation when we first kissed. We’ve been together ever since. 🙂 We had a year and a half to prepare so it was relatively easy. Also, I think we had an advantage because I work in PR so I handle a lot of events. My mom helped with the venue, I looked for our florist, wedding coordinator, the photographer, and the videographer. Brian looked for the band and handled the technical stuff.”

They were also kind enough to send us a video from their wedding day. Click here if you’d like to see it.
Wedding Details:
Venue: Midlands Clubhouse, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Church: Madre de Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Date: February 27, 2016
Theme: Simple and Elegant
Motif: Black, White, Champagne

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A list of their vendors:

Photographer Toto Villaruel http://totovillaruel.com/blog/home/
Videographer Dreamechanics http://dreamechanicseventfilms.com/
Ceremony Venue Madre de Dios Chapel http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Reception Venue Midlands Clubhouse http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Bride’s Dress Vania Romoff http://www.bridalbyvaniaromoff.com/
Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin www.christianlouboutin.com
Bride’s Robe Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Bridesmaid Dresses Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Groom’s Attire Felipe & Sons https://www.facebook.com/felipeandsons/
Hairstylist Jan Edrosolan https://www.instagram.com/janbenj13/
Makeup Artist Gery Penaso https://www.instagram.com/gerypenaso/
Bouquets Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Flowers & Decor Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Event Stylist Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Cake Baker Sweet Solutions http://www.sweetsolutionsbakeshop.com/
Catering Tagaytay Highlands http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Invitations & Stationery Katrina Tapang and Tefiny Tulod
Band The GoatCake https://www.facebook.com/The-Goatcake-103237513198948/
Ceremony Musicians Iris Gonzalez
Host
Cece Nicolas- Mariano of Kiss The Girl Events
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Lights and Sounds JS Mina http://jsminasoundsystem.net/
Female Entourage Favors Oliver and Maude http://www.oliverandmaude.com/
Male Entourage Favors Gouache Bags http://www.gouachebags.com/
Principal Sponsors Favors Oliver and Maude http://www.oliverandmaude.com/
Wedding Planner/Coordinator Kiss The Girl https://www.facebook.com/KissTheGirlEvents/
Photo Booth Party Smarty PH https://www.facebook.com/PartySmartyPH
Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

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Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

You are in for a treat. Kristi and Steve had an opulent wedding day. She had three outfit changes! The long ruffled train detached and the gown was then sexy & beaded. For the reception she changed into a gold strapless gown perfect for partying in. How amazing is that? Besides the stunning gowns the decor at their wedding reception was beautiful. From the five tiered gold cake to the cascading center pieces with orchids, roses and tulips we want to be transported there now! The deep red, gold with black accents really made for a modern and decadent backdrop. What about the individual bottles of Moet Champagne for each guest? That’s an idea we can support. Sit back, grab a cup of tea and view a fairytale wedding that is truly one to remember. Thanks again for the couple so kindly sharing their images with us and to Blumenthal Photography for taking all the great images. Enjoy!

Vendor Info:

  • Ceremony: Ivy Merivale, Sydney
  • Reception (if different)
  • Wedding Dress: George Elsissa – georgeelsissa.com
  • Bridesmaids dresses: Sweethearts Bridal – sweetheartsbridal.com
  • Shoes: Stuart Weitzman – stuartweitzman.com
  • Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations – adorninvitations.co.uk
  • Flowers: Sydney Wedding Flowers
  • Groom(smen)’s suits: Hugo Boss
  • Accessories: Jewellery: Nader Jewellers – nader.com
  • Cake: Sweet Passion – sweetpassion.com
  • Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au
  • Make Up & Hair: Natalie Anne Hair – natalieanne.com
  • Film: Untitled Film Works

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How did the two of you meet?

Steve and I were childhood sweethearts… We started dating when we were just 15 years old after meeting at my friend’s older brother’s 17th birthday party. We may have been very young at the time but we were absolutely smitten with each other, and spent as much time together as our parents would allow. We decided to move in together when we start university, that was a true test of our patience, but perfect none the less!

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How did the proposal go?

For Valentine’s Day last year Steve surprised me by taking me hot air ballooning (I’d always wanted to go). We were watching the sun rise and absolutely freezing, luckily I had Steve to keep me warm. At one stage though he had stopped cuddling me, by the time I turned around to see what he was doing he was down on one knee with my stunning engagement ring gleaming up at me.

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How would you sum up your wedding in a few sentences?

Our wedding was definitely glamourous! The fact that I wore multiple different dresses on the day probably showcased that. We also focused our wedding décor around the contrast of gold and different shades of red. Our reception included over 2,000 individual flowers which really popped again our clear glass furniture and gold detailing. I really do think that glamourous is the best description!

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What was important to you about your wedding?

I really wanted our guests to be blown away, by everything! With this in mind we really had no limits set; the more glitz the better! Thousands of flowers and hundreds of candles, we wanted every element of our wedding to be incomparable and unforgettable. My dresses were also very important to me; I couldn’t decide between having a big princess dress, or having a more sexy fitted dress… So in the end I decided to combine both! I also wanted to wow our guests with ANOTHER dress for the cutting of the cake, so I chose to literally match my dress with the cake and have gold detailing throughout.

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What made your venue “the one”?

We needed a big venue to comfortable house all of our guests, we also wanted something quite neutral that we could fill with all of our chosen wedding décor. Steve and I did a lot of research and visited a lot of different venues; when we finally stumbled upon the Ivy I knew it would be the perfect canvas for what I had in mind!

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What made the day really special to you?

Definitely Steve and my first dance together as a married couple! Neither of us had much ballroom dancing experience, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I made Steve take private dance lessons with me for a few weeks leading up to our wedding. After cutting our amazing cake our wedding song came on, it was quite nerve racking to start with but Steve made it fun and I soon relaxed.

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?

On your wedding day; take a deep breath and enjoy yourself! Your whole day goes so quickly so you really don’t want to spend it stressing about minor details that may or may not go wrong. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you, take advantage of that! If there’s anything that they can do to help, ask them so that you have one less thing on your mind and you can really embrace the day!

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Steve and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We spent two weeks at the Hilton in Honolulu, sipped on cocktails every day and did way too much shopping! The two of us hadn’t been on a proper holiday together for a few years before that so we really made the most of our time away together, finally able to relax without needing to stress about any wedding details.

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How You Can Make Your Wedding Personalised and Unique

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How You Can Make Your Wedding Personalised and Unique

You want your wedding to be one, if not the, best day of your life. So you will want it to be perfect and memorable. You may have imagined it a certain way and want certain things to happen. You might be a bit more relaxed in your ideas and are looking for a little bit of inspiration. It is a good idea to make your wedding personal and just about the two of you. It will make the day just that extra bit special for you to look back on. Knowing that you had the day exactly as you wanted will make such great memories. It makes it even more special for the guests too. Not all guests will know both of you well. But when you personalise the wedding and show your personality, it helps them to get to know you better. It is much better than a flat, impersonal and generic wedding. So what are some of the things that you can do to make your wedding personal? How can you make it unique? We’ll share with you today a few ideas of how you can do just that. Then just tweak the ideas to fit your style and budget.

Think about things that the two of you like to do together, or hobbies that you each have. For decor, you could incorporate those. If you are an avid reader, for example, you could have stacks of books as decorations. You could have a pile of hardback books in the centre of the tables and then put a vase of flowers on top of each. The guests that know you will know that this is something that is ‘so you’. It will make them smile and would be a completely unique touch. If the two of you enjoy cycling, you could get some vintage bikes to display, if you were having a shabby-chic outdoor style wedding. The possibilities are quite limitless with this. Just get creative and think outside the box.

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You could get together as many family photographs as you can. They could be of the two of you when you were younger. Put together in a timeline; this would make a fun talking point, that doubles up as decorations. You could even go one step further and get as many family wedding pictures as you can. This would be fun to see everyone’s style and it would add such a lovely personal touch to the wedding.

If you are a bit of a foodie, think about having a menu to incorporate that. It could be your favourite dishes or some more unusual options. Having a fine dining experience at a wedding will be such a fun and memorable experience for the guests. If you are both big chocolate fans, you could have all chocolate everything for dessert for example. Chocolate cake, chocolate fountain or even something like chocolate milk. All these kinds of things are so fun and unique. If you were mega chocolate fans, you could even do your invitations in a Willy Wonka golden ticket style. How exciting would that be for your guests to receive through the mail?

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Think about how you are going to travel to the wedding or the reception? Do you want a classic car or something a bit more funky? You could even choose a horse and carriage! You could hire a limousine or a stretch-Hummer, for example. There are a lot of options that you could go for. So view American Limos for more ideas and options. It would make some awesome photographs being in your wedding dress by a fun and unique car.

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For the table names or numbers, choose things that are specific to the two of you. Instead of having generic table numbers, could you name the tables after places or dates? It could include each of your birthdays, and then significant dates for the two of you. At each table, it could have a little description of each date to explain the significance. It helps guests get to know your love story and learn more about the two of you. A truly personal touch. When choosing the table settings and seating plan, you could use people’s nicknames. Rather than using their ‘normal’ names, it will make them laugh and add a touch of personality to the day. It makes it fun for the guests at the table too. They can all ask about each other’s nicknames and how those came about. You could write personal notes or each guest and leave them wrapped up in the napkins. You could write something funny or simply thank them for being there. It is something that is going above and beyond for your guests and will make it so special and memorable.

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Other ideas for the reception include making an out of town package for those that have travelled far. It could contain things like a map of the area, things to do and a few little gifts. You could even give out hangover packs to guests at the end of the night. It could have a bottle of water, paracetamol, comfy socks and a sleeping eye mask, for example. Just fun little ideas that will make your guests smile. You could even set up a craft area for those that aren’t interested in the dancing. They can make something that they can take home. Something like a bracelet or brooch would be a cute idea. It is perfect if you are inviting children to the wedding too. These are the kinds of thing that everyone will tell their friends about as they loved it so much.

The guest book is always an area that is easy to make personal and unique. There aren’t many people that have a traditional guest book anymore. Could you have a tree that people could hang notes on? How about getting them to sign their names inside a picture frame? Then you can hang the frame in your home. You could ask people to sign mugs or plates. If they are then set in an oven, you could use them in your home.

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There are plenty of things that you can do to make the wedding party individual and unique. Do you have any pets that could be included in the wedding day? They are part of the family after all! You could have your bridesmaids all wear different styles or colour of dresses. They could all have the same dress but all be wearing different shoes. There are a lot of options to choose from. So you can pick them to suit your bridesmaids. A nice idea is to get them all a piece of jewellery that they can all wear on the day. You could even write them a note on the bottom of their shoes so they can always have it to remember. The groomsmen could all wear brightly coloured socks or belts. Something fun that will make for some great pictures.

As the bride and groom, you can do anything that you want to! Would you rather be in comfortable shoes on your wedding day, rather than heels? How about wearing your favourite pair of converse or even flip flops. Are you getting married in winter? Will there be the chance of snow? Grab a bright pair of Hunter boots and have those on under your dress. All fun ideas that show your personality and will help you to remember the day. Is there a family piece of jewellery that you could wear? Is there a brooch from a grandmother that you could have one your dress? You could even attach it to your bouquet. It will make it that extra special. It can count as your ‘something old’ or ‘something borrowed’ too.

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During the ceremony, would you prefer to write your vows? I think that this is the ultimate way to personalise your wedding. Your guests won’t be expecting it and it will be such a nice surprise and lovely thing for them to hear. If you do this, it is a good idea to have someone record it or write them down. Then have them typed up and printed out. It would be such a lovely thing to have displayed in your home. Do you have any friends or family that play musical instruments? Do you think they would consider playing at your wedding as you walk down the aisle? You could choose to walk down with any style of music that you would prefer, though. It could be a Disney song, classical piece or even rock song. If it is your style, your guests will completely understand and probably expect the music to be a little bit different.

The final suggestion I have could be the wedding cake. It doesn’t even need to be cake! You could opt for a tower of cupcakes or even a tower of macarons. If you prefer doughnuts, then why not go for those instead? A wedding cheesecake would be pretty amazing too (just a little trickier to keep fresh). There are quite endless options so make sure you choose something that the two of you will love.

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Good luck planning your wedding. I hope the day is perfect.

 

 

 

Real Wedding – Luke & Madeleine

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Real Wedding – Luke & Madeleine

When a real wedding comes into our inbox we get giddy. There is so much beauty and love in weddings which is why I think we heart them so much. When we saw the images from Luke & Madeleine’s wedding day we were swooning over her stunning gown, glam shoes, soft lilac bridesmaids dresses, and the absolutely gorgeous flower wall for the ceremony! This couple is so pretty you can’t take your eyes off of them and we take take our eyes off of all the beautiful details from their wedding day. Grab your tea, sit back and enjoy!

Below is a list of their vendors from their wedding day.

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What’s your love story? How did you meet originally and get together?
Luke and I are high school sweethearts! We’ve had eyes on each other since we were 15 years old and we’re each other’s best friends, we know absolutely everything about each other and we’ve shared so many amazing memories growing up together. I remember sitting in class with him (he was always the class clown) and he would just make me laugh so much! I suppose nothing much has changed though. To this day, I don’t go a day without him putting me in hysterics.

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How did the proposal go?
We absolutely love travelling and being in the outdoors, and we were in Bali when the proposal happened. I remember he took me down to the beach for a sunset stroll and I didn’t really think much of it. It was a gorgeous evening as well; the weather could not have been more perfect! The tide was out and the sun was almost setting behind the water and that’s when he surprised me by getting down on one knee and taking something out of his pocket. It completely caught me off guard! I had tears welling up in my eyes the whole time, and even now when I look back on it I can’t help but tear up a little.

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How did you choose your dress?
I knew that I wanted to have some input when designing my gown. I had a really clear picture of what I wanted so I didn’t want to buy a gown off the rack. Luckily, I found Jane Hill and it seemed like we were absolutely perfect for each other! She loved my ideas for the dress and I also completely agreed with all of her input. It was my idea for the extravagant and billowing pleating at the bottom but Jane recommended that we make the bottom pleats completely detachable and this was the most perfect idea because I was actually able to move and dance at the reception!

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Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences – how would you describe the look and feel of the day, the vibe:
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. It was timeless, elegant and classic with just a touch of glamour. Ever since I could remember – I had always envisioned having a traditional wedding with an understated but elegant and romantic theme.

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What was important to you about your wedding- what were your priorities from the very beginning?
The most important thing to us was having a wedding that would survive through the decades. We wanted a ceremony where we could look back on the photos in years’ time and not cringe at any of our choices from the wedding dress to the décor! Hence why we kept the theme timeless and classic. I really think that when we’re flipping through our wedding album, we’ll be able to look back on these photos and still adore them!

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What made your venue “the one”?
As soon as I walked up to see the Luminare Skydeck – the view of Melbourne city completely took my breath away. The skyline of the city was absolutely stunning and the gorgeous décor inside only complemented the stunning views outside. We also loved that the venue was so private, and guests weren’t restricted to their table as there were bars situated around the dancefloor where everyone could mingle. The sky deck had a beautiful colour theme of neutral greys and whites which I knew would be perfect as I could add my own special touch with the décor but the style was also very modern with hints of art deco just adding that little bit of a special touch.  The staff were also amazing and so helpful, and the food was done by the Big Group who I know have the most delicious catering!

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What made the day really special and personal to you?
My bridesmaids were absolute angels and really made sure that everything went smoothly! I literally did not stress throughout the whole day because of how well they handled everything. My mum and sisters kept me sane and calm the whole day so I could just enjoy myself. My mum also made the day so special for me. In the morning, whilst I was getting ready, her and dad gave me a little white box. Inside were the most beautiful pair of earrings I’ve ever seen. I want to give them to my little girl on her wedding day, and hopefully this can be a new tradition for my own family.

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?
The best advice I could give to brides and grooms would be to take some time out for yourself right before the big day. It can get so stressful with all of the planning and finalising the smaller details so it’s important to remember why you’re doing it – to share a lifetime with the one you love! Go for a dinner and have a nice stroll with your partner and don’t mention the wedding, this will help to ground you both and de-stress you.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luke and I both share a love for travel so we’ve visited some amazing places together, but our Honeymoon has truly been our favourite holiday together. We took a month off and went travelling Europe from London to Paris to the warm beaches of Croatia. Stunning night time dinners and strolls through Paris would have to be my favourite memory though. The city truly is for lovers.

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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

With so much choice around these days, where do you even begin in the pursuit of the dream wedding venue? If you’ve recently got engaged or you’re thinking about potential venues, here are some tips to help you select the perfect location.

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Draw up your guest list

Before you even start thinking about booking viewings, it’s essential to have a rough idea of guest numbers. You don’t need a set figure, but the size of your party may result in some venues being unsuitable. If you have a large party, for example, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to book a boutique hotel.

Do some research

There may be countless wedding venues in your local area, which you’ve never even heard of, so do some research. Search online and have a look at different websites. Read wedding blogs and go to some wedding fayres. Draw up a list of venues, which you like the look of and suit your budget, style and party size.

Before you look at any venues, draw up a list of questions. When you’re marvelling at stunning decor or beautiful views, you may forget to find out all the important details. You may wish to ask about catering options, drinks packages and closing time. Ask about availability and payment options. Most places will take a deposit to secure your booking.

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Book some viewings

This is the exciting bit! Arrange to have a look around a number of venues. Book a range of different styles. Even if you have a theme or venue in mind, it’s always best to have an open  mind. You may change your mind when you see places and get a feel for the kind of wedding you could enjoy in that specific setting. Once you’ve completed the first round of tours, make a list of the contenders and arrange some second viewings. If you would appreciate the opinion of others, take members of the bridal party or relatives with you.

At your second appointment, make sure you tailor the viewing to your wedding. Ask about prices, room capacity and additional extras, which will make your day memorable and unique. Some venues, such as a banquet hall, will give you more scope to put your stamp on the design and presentation. Others, such as country houses or golf clubs, may be more limited when it comes to individual touches.

Weigh up your options

Think about what each venue offers. Consider the pros and cons and write down a list. Use your head and your heart, but ultimately, trust your instinct. Choose the venue that gets you excited and gives you butterflies. It’s your big day and you’ll only do it once, so don’t make a decision you’ll regret later on. If you’re unsure after two viewings, go back as many times as you want.

Once you’ve made your decision, it’s time to get booking and pay a deposit. With your venue sorted, you can then start planning dresses, catering and rings and the fun really begins.