Wedding Planning

  1. Winter wedding trends we’re totally crushing on

    Winter wedding trends we’re totally crushing on

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    For the 2019/2020 season, winter weddings are in vogue, but hosting your celebrations in the cooler months can seem a little tricky… how do you make the winter chill a hit, rather than a hinderance, on your big day?

    We look at the trendy (yet budget-friendly) additions that can bring some warmth to your winter wonderland wedding.

    ‘Twas a dark and stormy night…

    Play up to the long nights of winter by drawing deeper tones into your colour palette, and then feature them throughout every element of your wedding décor.

    Gold, black and silver accessories will be the order of the day, whether in your wedding invitations, on your personalised and engraved placec

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  2. Saying ‘I do’ on your birthday: will it be twice the fun, or double the trouble?

    Saying ‘I do’ on your birthday: will it be twice the fun, or double the trouble?

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    Whether it’s a summertime wedding in a boathouse by the bay, or a chilly mid-June celebration on a sprawling estate, for some of us, our major wedding plans were locked in before we even knew who our fiancé would be.

    But imagine this scenario: the venue of your dreams only has one date available in your preferred month, and by coincidence, it happens to be on your birthday. Would you choose to lock it in, or try your luck elsewhere?

    Depending on your perspective, getting married on your birthday could be a party that’s twice as nice, or end up causing you double the headache – here are the pros and cons of a hybrid celebration.  

    CON: Your gifts might end up MIA 

    Our birthdays assure us the chance to be a shining star for a day, and to be showered with love (and fabu

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  3. Plan Your Perfect Winter Wonderland Wedding

    Plan Your Perfect Winter Wonderland Wedding

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    Gone are the days when wedding season began in September and was finished by May. Winter weddings are all the rage – picture cosy, candlelit nuptials filled with mulled wine, rich winter décor and bold colour palettes – and you can see why winter weddings are so on-point.

     For anyone hitting this oh so cool wedding trend – either this year or next – we share with you insider industry secrets on how to plan your perfect winter wonderland wedding, and put you on the path to wedded winter bliss.

     5 secrets to create a wedded winter wonderland

    Winter weddings stand out because of their elegance, their uniqueness and their ability to use the stark contrast of the chilly conditions and bare landscape to emphasise the warmth and beauty of the celebrations within.

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  4. Create the perfect love nest: insider tips for newlyweds

    Create the perfect love nest: insider tips for newlyweds

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    You’re married! You’ve tied the knot, celebrated your special day and been hungover on your honeymoon. Now it’s time to return home to married life. But the secret to a happy marriage doesn’t end with your wedding day. Here we share with you insider tips for newlyweds on how to create the perfect love nest and keep that ‘just married’ spark alive for all eternity.

    Keep the spark alive: 7 insider tips for newlyweds

     1.    Keep up the effort

    The secret to maintaining a happy and healthy marriage is keeping up the effort. This doesn’t mean you won’t disagree, or at times take your partner for granted, but putting in the effort to make them feel special and celebrate the good times goes a long way.

    Surprise your spouse by setting the dinner table for a romantic meal for

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  5. Spring Engagement Parties: Your guide to hosting the perfect engagement event

    Spring Engagement Parties: Your guide to hosting the perfect engagement event

    The ring is on your finger and the news is out! You're engaged and it's time to PAR-TAY. Spring is the perfect time to celebrate, so we're sharing with you our guide to hosting the perfect engagement event.

    Who to host?

    If you're planning an engagement celebration, it's important to think about who will host the event. Traditionally the bride's parents were responsible for playing host to engagement festivities, however these days it's completely up to you. Who hosts the event will determine important elements including venue, budget and theme, so best to get this settled before you progress any further.

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  6. You're Engaged. Now What?

    You're Engaged. Now What?

    So, the love of your life has bent down on one knee and you've got the new bling on your hot little hand, but what happens next?

    While a lot of saving, plotting and planning goes into the perfect proposal, not many of us give much thought to the steps that come afterwards. In fact, most people just fly by the seat of their (tuxedo) pants , which can cause unnecessary stress for everyone. Before you start blowing up balloons for the engagement party, we've put together a step-by-step list of pre-wedding protocols to help guide you through this busy time.

    1. Family comes first

    It's vital that the first people who find out about your impending nuptials are those nearest and dearest to you. Usually, this is

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  7. Mother's Day Special: how to make your mum a part of your wedding

    Mother's Day Special: how to make your mum a part of your wedding


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    In continuing our celebration of all things mum in the lead-up to Mother's Day, we thought we'd share some special ways to incorporate your mum into your wedding celebrations. Here's how you can say “Thank you and I love you", by giving mum an important role and making her a VIP guest on your wedding day. Mum's the word As your lifelong supporter and most likely your biggest fan, your mum will play a very special role on your journey down the aisle both beforehand and on the day itself. For many couples, involving mum in special ways in their wedding celebrations is a way of saying thank you for all of the effort, energy and love she showers on you each and every day.

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  8. Extreme weddings: how to survive extreme weather on your wedding day

    Extreme weddings: how to survive extreme weather on your wedding day

    No matter where you are in the world, February will most likely see you experiencing extreme weather conditions. In the northern hemisphere, you may be battling blizzards or avoiding artic air blasts. Down under it's a different story, with heat so hot it can melt even the coolest of facades. For all of you extremists planning to marry in the coming month, we share our expert tips on how to keep it cosy or beat the heat and survive extreme weather on your wedding day.

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    Summer shockwaves - playing it cool

    If your ideal beach wedding isn't exactly going according to plan due to exceedingly high temperatures forecast, don't panic: help is at hand. Save guests from burning their toes

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  9. Getting married in 2018? Read this first

    Getting married in 2018? Read this first

    Love is well and truly in the air as we launch into 2018, with a raft of prominent celebrity couples planning to tie the knot before the year is out. If you're joining the ranks of Game of Thrones super-stars Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, WWE heroes John Cena and Nikki Bella, or uber power couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, first up: Congratulations. But now that the excitement of your engagement and the sparkle of your diamond has somewhat faded ­- it's time to get down to the serious business of planning your wedding. Don't worry - we're here to help.

    STEP 1: Have an honest conversation with you partner about the wedding you both want

    Sitting down with your partner, without the interference of feisty friends

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  10. How the holiday season can help (or hinder) your wedding planning

    How the holiday season can help (or hinder) your wedding planning

    When you are planning a wedding in the near to not-too-distant future, the holiday season can be either a help or a hindrance. For some of us, it offers the ideal opportunity to test-drive different family dynamics and crowd combinations before the main event. It can also provide a much-needed break away from your usual schedule to dedicate to planning your big day. But for others it can be a source of frustration - suppliers are busy or closed and it may prove a stumbling block to your wedding planning momentum.

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    We examine how to use the holiday season to your advantage on your journey to the aisle.

    Road testing crowd combinations

    You don't get a lot of opportunities to get friends and family together before the big

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  11. Top wedding trends for 2018

    Top wedding trends for 2018

    As the world holds its collective wedding breath for what will undoubtedly be the nuptial event of the new year - the much-anticipated marriage of Prince Harry to his all-American princess-in-the-making, Meghan Markle - we forecast the top wedding trends for 2018.

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    In the meantime, we'll continue to speculate on which of these trends will be included in the royal wedding celebrations, which no doubt will set a few trends of its own.

    Increased customisation

    Industry insiders predict weddings will become increasingly personalised and more intimate. Gone are the days of the mass-produced, one-size-fits-all, assembly line, standard wedding. In 2018, couples will be looking at increased localisation including unique locally-sourced produce,

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  12. Fancy a festive season wedding? Read this first.

    Fancy a festive season wedding? Read this first.

    So, you've decided to host your wedding in the holiday season? While the halls are decked with boughs of holly and Santa begins appearing in the stores, you're shopping for bridesmaid dresses and attempting to book catering staff at Christmas time. Was it momentary madness that led you to book your wedding date during arguably the most hectic time on the social calendar? Or in fact a stroke of genius that allowed you to capitalise on Christmas cheer for your nuptial celebrations?

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    We examine the pros and cons of hosting a wedding during the holiday season to find out.

    Pros of hosting a festive season wedding: More time for prepping and partying

    For couples who enjoy extra time away from the office at Christmas, getting married

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  13. I (Still) Do: your complete guide to renewing your wedding vows

    I (Still) Do: your complete guide to renewing your wedding vows

    We all know weddings can be a hassle. So, what makes couples want to relive the experience by reaffirming their commitment to one another in front of their family and friends? Here we explore the best ways to renew your wedding vows and investigate what makes couples want to say "I (Still) Do!"beach wedding

    Reasons to renew your wedding vows

    The reasons for renewing wedding vows are as personal and individual as every couple. Some couples use this opportunity to celebrate a milestone in their marriage - others may renew their vows to reaffirm their commitment to one another after a rocky patch. There's no right or wrong reason to renew, but here are seven that inspired us:

    1. Celebrating a big (or small) anniversary - the 1
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  14. 10 wedding traditions that will never go out of style

    10 wedding traditions that will never go out of style

    Weddings are seasonal affairs, with trends coming in and out of vogue as sure as winter becomes spring. But some wedding traditions never go out of style. Here we bring you the ten wedding traditions that have withstood the test of time - and we predict will stay with us for many years to come.

    Lace

    A seemingly obvious one, but what wedding is complete without this romantic, feminine fabric appearing somewhere throughout the celebrations? From bridal gowns to designer décor, weddings and lace are a perfect match.

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    Flower crowns

    From flower girl staples to bridal fashion statements, the flower crown never gets old. While your choice of blooms may vary depending on what's

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  15. Mother-of-the-Bride Style Guide

    Mother-of-the-Bride Style Guide

    While the bride and groom are the centrepiece of every wedding, there are several important players that hold an important role in the proceedings. Enter stage left: Mother-of-the-Bride (MOB) and Mother-of-the-Groom (MOG). The MOB's and MOG's form an integral part of any nuptial event, and as a guest of honour, we pay homage to the role they had in raising, shaping and doing their best to keep out of trouble, the person that the bride or groom is today. Here we share with you the ultimate Mother-of-the-Bride (or Groom) Style Guide, so this special guest can be dressed for success on your special day.

    Colour

    Colour is an important consideration for MOB's and MOG's, as they want to fit with the overall theme - but not too much! Consider tones that complement the bridal party, but still stand out from the crowd. Avoid ivory or white, as this is too close to bridal couture and don't go for anything that will clash with the bridesmaids or

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  16. Band vs DJ: the eternal wedding debate

    Band vs DJ: the eternal wedding debate

    Forget sweetheart vs halter neck, carnations vs chrysanthemums, or emerald vs square cut: the one true eternal wedding debate is which entertainment is going to work best for your nuptial event? These days it can be as easy as plugging your iPhone into an amp and sharing preferred playlists with your dearly beloved, but is this a best fit for your individual celebrations? Here we tackle the age-old wedding debate: band vs DJ ­- so you can decide what will best complement the day you say "I do."

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    Considerations for your ideal musical accompaniment

    Whatever your own personal preferences, there are limitations with both options , band and DJ , that need to be factored into your decision making. These include:

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  17. 5 Wedding Favours People Will Actually Use

    5 Wedding Favours People Will Actually Use

    Wedding favours add a personal touch to your celebrations and express your gratitude to guests for being a part of your special day. These days wedding favours are both practical and personal, offering guests a keepsake that can continue to be used long after the last remnants of butter-cream frosting have been devoured. The good news is it is no longer necessary to break the budget showering guests with precious stones, as was the custom of the European aristocracy. Today there is a range of inexpensive personalised gifts available for guests that reflect the unique personality of your union and help them share in the memories of your special day. Here we investigate the top five wedding favours people will actually us

    1. Flip-flop bottle opener

    If you are planning a destination wedding to an island paradise or hosting a nautically-themed event, your wedding

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  18. What we love most about spring weddings

    What we love most about spring weddings

    From baby animals to blossoming blooms, there's so much to love about spring. And with spring being the most popular season to get married in Australia last year (37% of couples said, "I do" in Spring 2016*), we decided to share with you what we love most about spring weddings:

    1. Symbolism

    The season of new beginnings presents a perfect time to mark your new beginning as husband and wife. Spring is also associated with new life, fresh starts and fertility, so if babies are high on your agenda, there may be no better time to tie the knot. Mark your new beginning with a white freestanding joined names wedding sign set to highlight your new married couple status.

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  19. The before-the-ceremony wedding trend that has turned tradition upside down

    The before-the-ceremony wedding trend that has turned tradition upside down

    Weddings are about tradition. But they are also about trends - an evolving ritual that changes with the values, customs and habits of each new generation. Having your photos taken before the ceremony is one such trend gaining a cult following in weddings across the globe. Here we explore how this wedding phenomenon is turning tradition upside down and may just be a wedding evolution that is here to stay.

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     A time-honoured tradition in the new age

    The tradition of a groom not seeing his bride until the ceremony originates from the custom of arranged marriages - where virgins were sold to the highest bidder in exchange for cows and other productive livestock. Not letting a groom see his bride until after the marriage

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