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How To Design The Wedding Cake Of Your Dreams

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How To Design The Wedding Cake Of Your Dreams

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Planning a wedding can be bittersweet. There will always be elements that you love and some that you find more frustrating than anything else. You might not care an awful lot of some of the details, but we will all probably agree that the cake is one of the most fun parts to plan.

Not only to you get to design this incredibly beautiful feature that holds a special place in ceremonial wedding traditions, but you also get to eat it too. As your wedding planning comes together, you’re going to want to make sure that cake it up to scratch. If you’re unsure of where to, these easy to follow steps should help.

Pick Your Bakery

One of the first things that you’re going to want to do is pick out the bakery or caterer that you’re going to use. It’s likely that you have a design in mind. When that’s the case, you need to be able to find a designer that will be able to recreate it. But, it’s also important to consider your options when it comes to budget (you can often find pricing online using sites like http://www.allcakeprices.com/publix-cakes-prices/).

Stick To Your Theme

Now that you have your baker picked out, you’re going to want to work on a design that fits with your theme. You might find that some bakers provide you with a bunch of incredible designs, none of which work with the style of your wedding. So, at this point, you need to work with what ideas you have. Different cake trends could tempt you, but you have to make sure that the cake sits naturally at your wedding.

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Choose A Filling You Love

Sometimes, a wedding cake is a show pony. It looks great, but it might not have a lot of substance. If you’re a sweet tooth, this could be your worst nightmare. So, what you’re going to need to do is work on your filling options as early as possible. This is where the cake tasting will come in. Not only will it be a lot of fun, but you’ll be able to pick a cake style that tastes incredible too.

Go To Town On The Decor

When your choice of cake is chosen, you can then go to town on the design. The bakery you work with should be able to guide you on what will work. You’ll find that some cake fillings and sponges won’t work as well with certain frostings, but they’ll talk you through the options. Whether you want a showstopper or something classy and understated, make sure you get the decor right – you only get one wedding, so make your cake count.

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Don’t Forget Practicality

As you plan, you can often find that you get wrapped up in the finer details. But, that can sometimes be dangerous. Although it needs to taste good and look incredible, it’s also important to make sure your wedding cake is practical. It doesn’t have to be huge to be impressive either; smaller cakes (like these http://apracticalwedding.com/small-wedding-cake-ideas/) can really wow. As you design, make sure you think about how it can be transported and whether or not it will melt!

 

Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

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Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is never an easy task. You have to rent a venue, look for the perfect gown, choose a cake, and so much more! There will always be this pressure to have a perfect wedding. Choosing your wedding menu is also going to be an important and challenging part of this.

It’s perfectly natural that you’d want to impress your guests. However, you must keep in mind that there are a lot of other factors you should consider in planning your wedding menu.

For instance, you must take note of the time when you will be serving the food to your guests. Is it going to be around lunchtime or dinner? How many guests will you be serving? How much is your budget for wedding food? Are you planning for a seated-plated, a buffet, or a food station?

For more info on how to cut your wedding food costs. Here are some ideas as well:

Wedding Menu: Asia vs. Europe

When looking into versatile wedding menus, you can look into European or Asian cuisines. If you’re looking for a light and fancy dinner food, you might want to look into European food. But even though European food is light, it can still satisfy your taste and appetite.

However, if you are looking for a hearty lunch with an oriental twist, the Asian cuisine is a good place to look into. Being a large continent, Asia can surely offer you a wide array of cuisines that will fit your and your partner’s preferences.

Heading West For Your Wedding Food

The European Cuisine is mostly popular for Italian, Greek, and French dishes. This is also probably why most buffets and restaurants avoid missing out these particular themes. Unlike other continents like the American or the Asian continent, European Cuisine has a quite definitive identity because of their drinks, cheese, herbs and spices.

Italian Wedding Menu

Pasta, cheese, herbs and seafood are staples in Italian food. This is because Italians are very conscious about what they take and particular with the quality of the ingredients in the food that they cook.

Greek Wedding Menu

Surrounded by bodies of water, Greek food has a lot of similarities to the Italian cuisine. However, Greek cuisine emphasizes on the color. You might notice that Greek food involves a lot of flavor and color going on by adding fruits and vegetables together. Their dishes are also more on dairy products than meat.

French Wedding Menu

The French on the other hand are famous for their pastries, meat and drinks. Spirited drinks, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks are a usual especially during dinner time for the French. This is also why classic champagne or signature cocktails are always present during a wedding, most especially for the symbolic toast.

Choosing Among Asia’s Best

Since Asia is a very big continent, it is quite challenging to sum up its cuisines in one definitive line. There are a lot of ideas that may come to mind when we say Asian cuisine. However, we can categorize Asian cuisines as East Asian, South/Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern (as known by most people) or West Asian.

Japanese Wedding Menu

Ramen, sake, and sushi are some of the most famous Japanese dishes. Like most other cuisines, the Japanese are known for using unique ingredients only common in their country like the bonito flakes, mirin, dashi and miso are some of their well-known food ingredients. However, the Japanese are not very keen on drinks.

Indian Wedding Menu

Curry and turmeric, those are some of the things that come to our minds when we hear about Indian cuisines. However, curry based dishes aren’t the only dishes you can serve on your wedding day. Indian cuisine is also known for Buddhist and Hinduist influences. This is also why vegetarian dishes play an important role in Indian dishes.

Don’t Sweat It – It’s Your Day!

At the end of the day, your wedding itself is the most important thing, and not just the food. Fortunately, nowadays you can go for a food tasting with caterers before you book them. That way, you won’t be making decisions out of thin air.

Stressing yourself about the smallest details might actually just lead to a bad wedding day. Remember that choosing the perfect wedding menu for you and your partner is not all about impressing your guests. More importantly, it should embody you and your partner’s tastes and preferences.

Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.


How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.


Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

Thank you for your submission. You too can submit your real wedding for a chance to be featured on our blog. For info on how to do so CLICK HERE. Here are all the fab vendors that made their day so special.

Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Dress: 
Cristiano Lucci http://www.cristianolucci.com/gallery.php?i=122
Makeup:
Shopgirl Beauty
Hair:
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Shoes: 
Badgley Mishka
Accessories: 
LOVEON Jewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore  Jadore.com.au
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Photographer:
Keepsake Photography http://keepsakephoto.com.au/
Cake:
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food:
ANU House
Flowers:
Silk Florahttp://silkflora.com.au/
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever http://www.sayhellotoforever.com.au/
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

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Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

You are in for a special treat. The real wedding of Jess and Jeremy has rustic charm mixed with elegance written all over it. We love the combination and special details they added to make their day their own. Take a moment to enjoy images from their beautiful day. Thanks for sharing with us!

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The proposal. Details please!
Jeremy surprised me with a holiday at Binna Burra when he came back from a 4 months’ overseas deployment. He took me for a hike to a lookout and clearing over a mountain stream, and proposed on the rock ledge in front of the stunning view. We celebrated with champagne and a delicious dinner at the mountaintop restaurant.

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How did you and Jeremy meet?
Jeremy and I actually met at the gym!

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The Gown! Where from and why?
I chose my wedding gown at Belladonna Bridal in Brisbane. I was looking for really beautiful and intricate classic detailing but still wanted something I could dance and party in and feel comfortable in all day.

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The Style of the wedding day?
Classic, timeless and elegant. We let the venue speak for itself. We splurged on our venue, photographer and dresses. We also paid for guest accommodation so they could stay the night in a gorgeous lodge and celebrate with us the next morning for breakfast. After all, they are some of the most important parts and it was our venue that created the elegant atmosphere we were after. We saved on transport, with the ceremony and reception at the same place.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Remembering to take my engagement ring off before the ceremony! I completely forgot and had to quickly take it off and put it on the other hand.

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Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Keep your perspective centered. A wedding is just one day, and things do go wrong; embrace it. The weather on our day was absolutely crazy but as a result, some of our best photos are swirled in fog and rain!

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How about your favorite moment?
We played the shoe game and cried with laughter. The crazy weather was also memorable. We had sun, rain, storms and fog. It made the view even more incredible and cosy inside.
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Meet the vendors that made their special day happen.

Photography: Studio Impressions http://www.studioimpressions.com.au/
Ceremony + Reception Venue:
Spicer’s Peak Lodge https://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/
Bride’s Dress: Watters gown from Belladonna Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses:
Custom Made
Hair + Makeup:
Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Artistry
Groom + Groomsmen Suits
: Custom Made
Coordinator:
Chloe Douglas of Spicers Peak Lodge
Flowers:
Blooms Bridal http://www.bloomsbridal.com.au/
Cake:
Special Moments Cakes Made with Love
Stationery:
Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Music: Matt Fasso and String Ensemble
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au
Engagement Ring:
Xennox Diamonds
Bride’s Wedding Ring:
Saleras
Groom’s Wedding Ring:
Michael Hill

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Five Ways to Display Your Custom Cake Topper After the Wedding

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Five Ways to Display Your Custom Cake Topper After the Wedding

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Many brides wonder what to do with their wedding décor once the big day has passed. There are decorations, extra favors, cake serving set, champagne glasses, and most importantly, a wedding cake topper. A lot of time and thought goes into selecting the perfect décor for your wedding, so why toss it out after the day is through?

Here are five ways to cherish your custom cake topper for years to come.

Home Décor

An easy solution is to display your custom cake topper in your home as a decoration. Use it on a bookshelf as a bookend, on an end table as a decor piece, on a shelf next to picture frames, or on the dresser as a daily reminder of your beautiful day. Make your home reflect the love you share as a couple!

Christmas Ornament

Another way is to incorporate your wedding cake topper into your holiday celebrations by using it as a Christmas ornament. Attach some ribbon or string to make your own personalized ornament to use as a focal point on your Christmas tree for years to come. This idea works especially well for more traditional wedding cake toppers and winter weddings.

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Pass It On

Nothing is more special than incorporating something your parents used on your wedding day. Save your wedding cake topper to give to your child for their wedding day, as the future bride’s “something old”. Choosing a classic wedding cake topper will ensure it never goes out of style!

Flower Arrangement

Another way to decorate your home using your wedding cake topper is to add it to a flower arrangement. Display the arrangement on your dining room table, a bookshelf or an end table as a conversation piece. A monogram wedding cake topper is so versatile, your guests may not even know it was from your cake!

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Drop It In A Fish Tank

A beach wedding cake topper, especially one with shells or sand, can make an easy addition to the bottom of a fish tank. Simply display it inside the tank and let your fish play around it.

Wedding cake toppers have many more uses than just décor for the top of your wedding cake. Find one that fits your style and treasure it for years to come! Contact Wedding Collectibles today for help finding your perfect wedding cake topper keepsake.

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Questions You Need To Ask At The Wedding Reception Venue To Know It’s Right For You

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Questions You Need To Ask At The Wedding Reception Venue To Know It’s Right For You

Trying to find the perfect wedding reception venue can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere that you can both imagine getting married in. Don’t just choose a venue because you haven’t seen anywhere else you love yet. You need also to make sure it’s ideal for your guests and will fit your wedding theme. Here are some questions you need to ask at the wedding reception venue to know it’s right for you.

Trying to find the perfect wedding reception venue can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere that you can both imagine getting married in. Don’t just choose a venue because you haven’t seen anywhere else you love yet. You need also to make sure it’s ideal for your guests and will fit your wedding theme. Here are some questions you need to ask at the wedding reception venue to know it’s right for you.   				Image Source  Will anybody else be able to come into the venue?  One thing you need to ask at the reception venue is whether anyone else outside of your wedding party will be able to get inside the venue. It’s so important to have privacy on your wedding day. If you feel uncomfortable with other hotel guests being around, you need to choose somewhere else to have the reception. Ask the venue if any other events are occurring at the same time. If you still want the venue, ask them to make sure no stray guests come into the room. You can sometimes pay a hire charge so that the venue will be exclusive to you and your guests that night.  How many people can you hold here?  Another thing you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how many people can come along to the reception. Before you choose a venue, you need to have a good idea of how many people you want to come along to the wedding. You can then give them an estimate of numbers and see if they actually could hold that many people. If your number is at their max number, it might be wise to pick somewhere else. You don’t want the room to look too full, as no one will have room to move around, and will have to head outside. You need to allow a lot of space for people to be able to watch the first dance. Choose somewhere with adequate space to hold your wedding reception such as the Taglyan Ballroom.   					Image Credit  Are you free for a wedding on the chosen date?   You also need to ask the reception venue whether they are free on the chosen date when you are deciding if it’s right for you. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue and then find out they are already booked for your date. Some venues will only hold weddings on certain days of the week. If you have a specific date in mind to have your wedding, you need to say straight away. As this feature reveals, if you can be flexible with dates, you may be able to choose a day where you can have the venue at a lower rate. A lot of venues do discount for weddings on a Friday. You should also check if they have a specific time you need to leave the venue by in the evening. You don’t want to move your wedding somewhere else as they will stop the disco at 10 pm!  Do you have any accommodation?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether or not they have any accommodation. They may have a bridal suite where you and your new husband can spend your wedding night. It can be frustrating if they don’t have bedrooms, and you have to leave the venue to find other accommodation. The same goes as well for your guests; they won’t be able to drink if they have to drive home later. Also, guests with younger kids will have to leave early too, so they can get them to bed at home. Therefore, check if they can set aside rooms for you and your guests. It will be nice in the morning to catch up with your guests for some breakfast before you head for your honeymoon.  Where will people be able to park?   An additional question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is where will people be able to park. If you have a lot of guests coming in cars, they need somewhere to leave them when they attend the wedding. You don’t want them having to hunt for parking and getting lost on your big day. Therefore, check how many spaces they have for people to be able to eat.  How much will it cost?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how much will it cost for the venue. You need to have a good idea of how much you can afford before you go venue hunting. You don’t want to fall in love with somewhere that is way out of your budget. Therefore, ask them straight away to go through figures so you know whether it’s in your budget. You need to make sure you don’t get you and your fiance into debt before you even have started your married life!  What food will you be able to make for the wedding?  You need also to ask the reception venue what food they will be able to make for the wedding. They might have a few different set menus that you will have to choose from. Or they might be able to create a custom menu with your food choices. They may not be able to provide you with any food, and you will have to find outside caterers to come to the venue. Make sure you check this out so you can see what the extra cost would be for caterers.  Have you got any grounds outside?  Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether they have any grounds outside. You will get some amazing photos if you can take them outside in the sun. If there isn’t space outside, you need to know where you can take pictures inside.    					Pixabay  You should also check how many weddings the venue hosts a year. You want to ensure they don’t hold that many so that your wedding is unique.

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Will anybody else be able to come into the venue?

One thing you need to ask at the reception venue is whether anyone else outside of your wedding party will be able to get inside the venue. It’s so important to have privacy on your wedding day. If you feel uncomfortable with other hotel guests being around, you need to choose somewhere else to have the reception. Ask the venue if any other events are occurring at the same time. If you still want the venue, ask them to make sure no stray guests come into the room. You can sometimes pay a hire charge so that the venue will be exclusive to you and your guests that night.

How many people can you hold here?

Another thing you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how many people can come along to the reception. Before you choose a venue, you need to have a good idea of how many people you want to come along to the wedding. You can then give them an estimate of numbers and see if they actually could hold that many people. If your number is at their max number, it might be wise to pick somewhere else. You don’t want the room to look too full, as no one will have room to move around, and will have to head outside. You need to allow a lot of space for people to be able to watch the first dance. Choose somewhere with adequate space to hold your wedding reception such as the Taglyan Ballroom.

Trying to find the perfect wedding reception venue can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere that you can both imagine getting married in. Don’t just choose a venue because you haven’t seen anywhere else you love yet. You need also to make sure it’s ideal for your guests and will fit your wedding theme. Here are some questions you need to ask at the wedding reception venue to know it’s right for you.   				Image Source  Will anybody else be able to come into the venue?  One thing you need to ask at the reception venue is whether anyone else outside of your wedding party will be able to get inside the venue. It’s so important to have privacy on your wedding day. If you feel uncomfortable with other hotel guests being around, you need to choose somewhere else to have the reception. Ask the venue if any other events are occurring at the same time. If you still want the venue, ask them to make sure no stray guests come into the room. You can sometimes pay a hire charge so that the venue will be exclusive to you and your guests that night.  How many people can you hold here?  Another thing you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how many people can come along to the reception. Before you choose a venue, you need to have a good idea of how many people you want to come along to the wedding. You can then give them an estimate of numbers and see if they actually could hold that many people. If your number is at their max number, it might be wise to pick somewhere else. You don’t want the room to look too full, as no one will have room to move around, and will have to head outside. You need to allow a lot of space for people to be able to watch the first dance. Choose somewhere with adequate space to hold your wedding reception such as the Taglyan Ballroom.   					Image Credit  Are you free for a wedding on the chosen date?   You also need to ask the reception venue whether they are free on the chosen date when you are deciding if it’s right for you. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue and then find out they are already booked for your date. Some venues will only hold weddings on certain days of the week. If you have a specific date in mind to have your wedding, you need to say straight away. As this feature reveals, if you can be flexible with dates, you may be able to choose a day where you can have the venue at a lower rate. A lot of venues do discount for weddings on a Friday. You should also check if they have a specific time you need to leave the venue by in the evening. You don’t want to move your wedding somewhere else as they will stop the disco at 10 pm!  Do you have any accommodation?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether or not they have any accommodation. They may have a bridal suite where you and your new husband can spend your wedding night. It can be frustrating if they don’t have bedrooms, and you have to leave the venue to find other accommodation. The same goes as well for your guests; they won’t be able to drink if they have to drive home later. Also, guests with younger kids will have to leave early too, so they can get them to bed at home. Therefore, check if they can set aside rooms for you and your guests. It will be nice in the morning to catch up with your guests for some breakfast before you head for your honeymoon.  Where will people be able to park?   An additional question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is where will people be able to park. If you have a lot of guests coming in cars, they need somewhere to leave them when they attend the wedding. You don’t want them having to hunt for parking and getting lost on your big day. Therefore, check how many spaces they have for people to be able to eat.  How much will it cost?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how much will it cost for the venue. You need to have a good idea of how much you can afford before you go venue hunting. You don’t want to fall in love with somewhere that is way out of your budget. Therefore, ask them straight away to go through figures so you know whether it’s in your budget. You need to make sure you don’t get you and your fiance into debt before you even have started your married life!  What food will you be able to make for the wedding?  You need also to ask the reception venue what food they will be able to make for the wedding. They might have a few different set menus that you will have to choose from. Or they might be able to create a custom menu with your food choices. They may not be able to provide you with any food, and you will have to find outside caterers to come to the venue. Make sure you check this out so you can see what the extra cost would be for caterers.  Have you got any grounds outside?  Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether they have any grounds outside. You will get some amazing photos if you can take them outside in the sun. If there isn’t space outside, you need to know where you can take pictures inside.    					Pixabay  You should also check how many weddings the venue hosts a year. You want to ensure they don’t hold that many so that your wedding is unique.

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Are you free for a wedding on the chosen date?

You also need to ask the reception venue whether they are free on the chosen date when you are deciding if it’s right for you. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue and then find out they are already booked for your date. Some venues will only hold weddings on certain days of the week. If you have a specific date in mind to have your wedding, you need to say straight away. As this feature reveals, if you can be flexible with dates, you may be able to choose a day where you can have the venue at a lower rate. A lot of venues do discount for weddings on a Friday. You should also check if they have a specific time you need to leave the venue by in the evening. You don’t want to move your wedding somewhere else as they will stop the disco at 10 pm!

Do you have any accommodation?

Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether or not they have any accommodation. They may have a bridal suite where you and your new husband can spend your wedding night. It can be frustrating if they don’t have bedrooms, and you have to leave the venue to find other accommodation. The same goes as well for your guests; they won’t be able to drink if they have to drive home later. Also, guests with younger kids will have to leave early too, so they can get them to bed at home. Therefore, check if they can set aside rooms for you and your guests. It will be nice in the morning to catch up with your guests for some breakfast before you head for your honeymoon.

Where will people be able to park?

An additional question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is where will people be able to park. If you have a lot of guests coming in cars, they need somewhere to leave them when they attend the wedding. You don’t want them having to hunt for parking and getting lost on your big day. Therefore, check how many spaces they have for people to be able to eat.

How much will it cost?

Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how much will it cost for the venue. You need to have a good idea of how much you can afford before you go venue hunting. You don’t want to fall in love with somewhere that is way out of your budget. Therefore, ask them straight away to go through figures so you know whether it’s in your budget. You need to make sure you don’t get you and your fiance into debt before you even have started your married life!

What food will you be able to make for the wedding?

You need also to ask the reception venue what food they will be able to make for the wedding. They might have a few different set menus that you will have to choose from. Or they might be able to create a custom menu with your food choices. They may not be able to provide you with any food, and you will have to find outside caterers to come to the venue. Make sure you check this out so you can see what the extra cost would be for caterers.

Have you got any grounds outside?

Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether they have any grounds outside. You will get some amazing photos if you can take them outside in the sun. If there isn’t space outside, you need to know where you can take pictures inside.

Trying to find the perfect wedding reception venue can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere that you can both imagine getting married in. Don’t just choose a venue because you haven’t seen anywhere else you love yet. You need also to make sure it’s ideal for your guests and will fit your wedding theme. Here are some questions you need to ask at the wedding reception venue to know it’s right for you.   				Image Source  Will anybody else be able to come into the venue?  One thing you need to ask at the reception venue is whether anyone else outside of your wedding party will be able to get inside the venue. It’s so important to have privacy on your wedding day. If you feel uncomfortable with other hotel guests being around, you need to choose somewhere else to have the reception. Ask the venue if any other events are occurring at the same time. If you still want the venue, ask them to make sure no stray guests come into the room. You can sometimes pay a hire charge so that the venue will be exclusive to you and your guests that night.  How many people can you hold here?  Another thing you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how many people can come along to the reception. Before you choose a venue, you need to have a good idea of how many people you want to come along to the wedding. You can then give them an estimate of numbers and see if they actually could hold that many people. If your number is at their max number, it might be wise to pick somewhere else. You don’t want the room to look too full, as no one will have room to move around, and will have to head outside. You need to allow a lot of space for people to be able to watch the first dance. Choose somewhere with adequate space to hold your wedding reception such as the Taglyan Ballroom.   					Image Credit  Are you free for a wedding on the chosen date?   You also need to ask the reception venue whether they are free on the chosen date when you are deciding if it’s right for you. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue and then find out they are already booked for your date. Some venues will only hold weddings on certain days of the week. If you have a specific date in mind to have your wedding, you need to say straight away. As this feature reveals, if you can be flexible with dates, you may be able to choose a day where you can have the venue at a lower rate. A lot of venues do discount for weddings on a Friday. You should also check if they have a specific time you need to leave the venue by in the evening. You don’t want to move your wedding somewhere else as they will stop the disco at 10 pm!  Do you have any accommodation?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether or not they have any accommodation. They may have a bridal suite where you and your new husband can spend your wedding night. It can be frustrating if they don’t have bedrooms, and you have to leave the venue to find other accommodation. The same goes as well for your guests; they won’t be able to drink if they have to drive home later. Also, guests with younger kids will have to leave early too, so they can get them to bed at home. Therefore, check if they can set aside rooms for you and your guests. It will be nice in the morning to catch up with your guests for some breakfast before you head for your honeymoon.  Where will people be able to park?   An additional question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is where will people be able to park. If you have a lot of guests coming in cars, they need somewhere to leave them when they attend the wedding. You don’t want them having to hunt for parking and getting lost on your big day. Therefore, check how many spaces they have for people to be able to eat.  How much will it cost?   Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is how much will it cost for the venue. You need to have a good idea of how much you can afford before you go venue hunting. You don’t want to fall in love with somewhere that is way out of your budget. Therefore, ask them straight away to go through figures so you know whether it’s in your budget. You need to make sure you don’t get you and your fiance into debt before you even have started your married life!  What food will you be able to make for the wedding?  You need also to ask the reception venue what food they will be able to make for the wedding. They might have a few different set menus that you will have to choose from. Or they might be able to create a custom menu with your food choices. They may not be able to provide you with any food, and you will have to find outside caterers to come to the venue. Make sure you check this out so you can see what the extra cost would be for caterers.  Have you got any grounds outside?  Another question you need to ask a reception venue to know it’s right for you is whether they have any grounds outside. You will get some amazing photos if you can take them outside in the sun. If there isn’t space outside, you need to know where you can take pictures inside.    					Pixabay  You should also check how many weddings the venue hosts a year. You want to ensure they don’t hold that many so that your wedding is unique.

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You should also check how many weddings the venue hosts a year. You want to ensure they don’t hold that many so that your wedding is unique.

Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

We always get excited when a real wedding comes into our inbox and this one doesn’t disappoint. In the style of a “Big Greek” Wedding this couple wows us from start to finish. Rochelle’s gown is stunning and you can see how happy they both are together. Enjoy the images below and thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for the submission.

Vendors
Dress: Jason Grech http://www.jasongrech.com/
Shoes: Ninewest
Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish http://swishclothing.com.au/
Accessories: Just Me Jewellery justmejewellery.com.au
Photograph: Eye to Eye Photography http://www.eyetoeyephotography.com.au/
Wedding Movie: C2 Films http://www.c2films.com.au/
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Reception Venue: Crown Towers
Makeup: Martina
Hair: Hue’s Hair
Flowers: Kitsa’s Flowers
Cake: Abfab Cakes

How did we meet?
Nathan and I have actually known each other since our early twenties, however didn’t really get together until a few years later. We both worked for the same company out of uni and we’d always chat (even though I remember him being so nervous around me) however at the time I was in a long-term relationship with a guy from high school, who I was certain that I’d marry. When that didn’t pan out and we broke up, Nathan and I spent more time together and started getting a lot closer.
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It’s still crazy to think that Nathan has been in my life for so long and I could have easily missed out on something so special. I was so devastated when I broke up with my previous partner as we’d been together since we were 15 years old, but there really is a silver lining to every cloud! I couldn’t imagine my life without Nathan now.

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How did he propose?
Being the hopeless romantic that he is, I don’t think Nathan could help himself with going all out on the proposal.

Nathan said that he had a work conference at Melbourne’s Crown Towers (If you know Crown Towers, you’d know that it’s the most glamourous building in the city!) So he recommended that we book a hotel room and go stay over for the night. I remember we were sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for dinner when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. As it turns out, there was of course no conference and we woke up the next day to a gorgeous brunch on the waters of Southbank and later just dawdled around the city in pure bliss.

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How did you choose your wedding dress?
Every bridal gown I’ve ever seen at a wedding that had made my jaw drop was a Jason Grech design, so I knew that as soon it was my turn, I’d know exactly which designer to turn to! All of his pieces are so elegant and classic, and when I saw my gown – I knew it was the one. I couldn’t believe how well it fit me even before alterations, and because it was silk, it was so comfortable to wear all day. It also had gorgeous embellished detailing down the sides which matched with a stunning Capulet that could be removed. So comfortable and functional!

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What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Nathan comes from a traditional Greek family, so it was a given that we incorporate his family’s traditions into the ceremony. However, I still wanted to inject some modernity and a bit more glamour into the event. This is largely why we chose Crown as our venue space (amidst the fact that our proposal took place there.) The views from our reception venue were absolutely stunning and we loved the fact that it overlooked the skyline of the city. When choosing my bridesmaids dresses, my own dress and the ceremony décor – I wanted to go for a timeless glamour feel to contrast against the modernity of our reception décor and to still tie in with the traditional Greek elements of the day.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luckily, we both managed to take quite a bit of time off for our honeymoon and we fit in two trips! We headed to Bali for ten days to relax, came back for a week (possibly the hardest working week I’ve ever done) and then we jetted off to Europe. We met up with Nathan’s family in Greece and met up with a couple of my sisters as well. Afterwards we also travelled through Spain, Italy and Croatia. 

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Thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for submitting their elegant and beautiful wedding day photos. What an amazing day the two of you had! I hope they inspired another couple planning their big day.

What to have your wedding day featured on our blog and social media? Just click here for the info we need to feature your wedding day. It’s as easy as that! Cheers – Alexis