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  1. Real Weddings: Mr and Mrs Smith

    Real Weddings: Mr and Mrs Smith


    Photographer: Leiafae Weddings

    Meet Hayley and Brady. They met five years ago, got engaged in November and were married last month in a beautifully intimate ceremony in rural NSW. We'll be joining them throughout 2018, as they navigate the ups and downs of their first year of marriage and share with us what life is really like once you've walked down the aisle. Having just returned from a whirlwind honeymoon tour of Europe - in which they had no idea of any of their destinations until they arrived - we caught up with them to get the lowdown on their first month of married life.

    PF: Welcome home lovebirds. So, let's start at the beginning. How did you two meet?

    Hayley: We met through friends, but our first one-on-one get together was a weekend

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  2. If you're thinking of eloping, read this first!

    If you're thinking of eloping, read this first!

    The emotional stress and financial strain of hosting a wedding makes some couples think about eloping as an easier option than walking down the aisle in the big white dress. But what might seem an easier option at the time can have its own set of pitfalls if not handled correctly.

    For every bride and groom-to-be who consider running off and tying the knot in secret when it all gets too hard, we play Devil's Advocate to decipher if this is the best decision for you.

    1. Both parties need to be committed

    Just like a happy marriage, the idea of eloping requires commitment from both sides of the fence - the bride and groom. If one half of the happy couple loves the idea, but the other is dragging their well-manicured wedding toes, then you need to examine both

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  3. Getting married? 13 shrewd ways to save money without sacrificing style.

    Getting married? 13 shrewd ways to save money without sacrificing style.

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    If you're planning a wedding and your budget is starting to resemble the Gross National Deficit of a small nation, then it's time to get smart about ways you can save money without sacrificing on style. Here we offer 13 shrewd ways to help you get hitched without your debt going global.

    1. Do your research

    When contemplating a trip down the aisle, it definitely pays to do your research. Explore different venues and options that are a good fit for your personal preferences and investigate pricing for different seasons, sizes, and wedding styles.

    1. Plan your timing

    Getting married on a weekday, or either side of peak season can almost halve your wedding venue costs - not to mention that certain wedding suppliers

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  4. Indoor vs. outdoor wedding

    Indoor vs. outdoor wedding

    It can be a big decision for many couples planning a wedding - do you take a chance on Mother Nature and plan your perfect day outdoors or search for an indoor venue that suits your needs? Here we investigate the pros and cons of both options to help you decide what is going to work best for your big day.

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    INDOOR WEDDINGS - ADVANTAGES

    No weather worries There are many advantages of an indoor wedding; most of all not having to worry about the weather. Murphy's

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  5. Top song playlists for weddings

    When selecting your ultimate wedding playlist, it's important to pick a mix that will not only appeal to your possibly eclectic assortment of guests (think Aunty Edna to your cousin's bikie boyfriend), but also choose a range of tunes that showcases your unique identity as a couple. Here we take a look at some factors that might influence the musical persuasions for your big day and recommend some wedding favourites for every genre.

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  6. Asking the Father in Law's permission - how to do it and why it is still important in 2016

    Asking the Father in Law's permission - how to do it and why it is still important in 2016

    These days the majority of couples find themselves in the 'try before you buy' scenario. Most people live together to test out how the relationship survives under one roof before even contemplating the notion of marriage. Before the distant sound of wedding bells begin to chime, many couples have bought a house together or made other significant financial investments, and may even have a couple of kids together before making it official.

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  7. Top 5 destination wedding locations

    Top 5 destination wedding locations

    These days everyone wants a destination wedding. Why make the fun end after only one day, when you can gather your nearest and dearest together for a week-long celebration of you and your betrothed? We have scoured the country and a little further abroad, to bring you our top five destination wedding locations for 2016.

    Destination wedding considerations

    When choosing the perfect destination for their impending nuptials, many couples choose a location that is close to their hearts - a place of great sentimental value or that symbolises key elements of their relationship. Others are guided by more practical concerns; will it be easy for my guests to travel to and from this location, is there ample accommodation, can we be legally married in this part of the world? Whatever your motivation or practical considerations, our top five destination wedding locations have something for everyone:

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  8. What do you love most about your fiancée?

    What do you love most about your fiancée?

    We recently ran a competition and asked the question: what do you love most about your fiancée? We had such an overwhelming response with over 1000 fabulous answers; we couldn't possibly keep them to ourselves.  We had a number of entries from females, AND MEN telling us what they loved most about their other half.

    Here are some of the best ( and funniest ) answers we received from our lovely customers and facebook followers:


    What do you love most about your fiancée?


    He gave me the most precious thing in my life - my daughter !! Better than diam

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  9. Tips to ensure you will get RSVPs back from your guests

    Tips to ensure you will get RSVPs back from your guests

    RSVPs can sometimes be a hard thing to get back from your guests. Everybody is very busy in their lives and trying to get your guests to send back cards can sometimes be a bit of a tricky task. Here are 5 tips that can help you get your guests to respond to your invite!

    1. Have a deadline!

    Let your guest know exactly how to RSVP for your wedding and have a deadline! If you require your guests to post back their response, include a stamp already on the card, allowing your guests to tick YES or NO and then send it back.
    A little tip - make sure you get your guest to send back the RSVPs TWO weeks BEFORE you actually need the responses to arrive.

    2. Give options on how to reply.

    Allow guests to RSVP in a way that is easy for them. Via text, email, or snail mail. Make

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  10. Top 15 ways to Personalise your Wedding

    Top 15 ways to Personalise your Wedding

    Personalise your wedding from start to finish to create a more intimate and special experience. Have your family and friends feel important to you throughout your wedding with these simple and handy tips:

    1. Create a unique wedding sign welcoming your guests to your wedding.

    2. Include guest names on your invitations.

    3. Sand ceremony - Personal moment between bride and groom. It symbolizes bringing together two families or two lives into a single stream.

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  11. Colour Crush: Purple & Gold

    Colour Crush: Purple & Gold

    Choosing the right colours for your wedding or engagement party can be a difficult task. There are so many combinations to choose from and it can be a little bit overwhelming. To give you some inspiration, here is one of my favourite colour combinations: Purple and Gold!

    Some examples for you to draw inspiration from:

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    Stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a beautiful engraved GOLD ACRYLIC invitation

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  12. Personalised Wedding Vows

    Personalised Wedding Vows

    Your  personalised wedding vows reflect the essence of your relationship and direct what happens after the wedding. They state what actions you commit to doing to create and grow your marriage.

    Your wedding vows should come from deep inside, it should make your heart flutter, beat faster and emit beautiful emotions toward your partner.

    Your friends and family will witness you being venerable, strong, beautiful and completely in-love.

    Take a moment in your mind and enjoy these words. Enjoy the reactions, tears and smiles as you speak to one-another through your heart.

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  13. Real Engagement of Alex and Kate

    Real Engagement of Alex and Kate

    Congratulations to our friends on their fantastic news!

    Alex had us make a wooden puzzle and each piece represented a special occasion or event in their lives together.

    Kate was met at each location with a piece of the puzzle and Alex was at the end to meet Kate down on one knee. Here are some photos form their magical engagement..

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  14. Tips to help your search for the perfect wedding ring!

    Tips to help your search for the perfect wedding ring!

    It is said a wedding band has no beginning or end, which represents the boundless love and devotion that a marriage provides. With such massive responsibility tasked to a tiny ring, it’s no wonder shopping for the perfect ring can be stressful for bride and groom. Below you will find six tips from WeddingBands.com that will help your search for the perfect wedding ring.

    1) Know your size!

    This will not only save a lot of back and forth sizing and resizing but it can help cut those costs. Knowing your correct size is the first piece of information needed when buying your wedding bands. A proper fit for a ring is for the ring to go on with ease, and come off with some resistance. The ring should be comfortable on your finger, but if you've never worn a wedding band before, it may take a couple of days to get used to the ring.

    2) Comfort fit vs. Non-Comfort Fit.

    The differences between comfort fit and non-comfort fit rings are minuscule in features but

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  15. Real Wedding: Mitch & Anne

     Real Wedding: Mitch & Anne

    Personalised Favours were lucky enough to attend the beautiful wedding of Mitch Braund and Anne Patterson over the weekend. Take a sneak peek how the creative pair enjoyed their big day and see if it'll ignite some wedding ideas of your own!

    Mr & Mrs Braund - 22.03.2014 - Always & Forever

    The gorgeous couple created a spectacular day, with their wedding taking place on the beautiful Avoca Beach, NSW. The setting provided a stunning backdrop, and was a delight to be a part of.

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  16. Would you let loose and trash the Dress?

    Would you let loose and trash the Dress?

    Trash the dress is a style of wedding photography where the bride creatively destructs her wedding dress (generally with water or mud) to achieve an artistic photo.

    "Trashing the Dress" shoots are becoming more popular, with brides jumping at the opportunity to put their wedding dress back on after the wedding and let loose.
    Some brides may choose to have their photos taken in locations such as beaches, waterfalls or farms however some have also been known to choose locations such as busy city streets, rooftops or old abandoned buildings - the opportunities are as creative as you allow yourself to be.

    FIRE BALL BRIDE

    This bride married a fire fighter so she decided to light her dress on fire to achieve this amazing "joan of arc" shot. I hope her husband was standing by with a fire hose after the shoot!

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    Image by John Michael Cooper

    WATER MAGIC

    I really love the trashing of the dress in water. You can achieve beautiful water reflections and textures in the photo.
    Here are a few of my favourites!

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    Image by Debbie Daanen

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    Image by Gonzalo Nuñez

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  17. Welcome to Personalised Favours

    Welcome to Personalised Favours

    Welcome to Personalised Favours!

    We have created a blog dedicated to inspiring you to design and create a beautiful wedding day which is uniquely yours and reflects your personality.

    Our team at Personalised Favours understand that your wedding day is your special day and you want to make it perfect for your friends and family. Our aim is to make this process a little easier for you by keeping you updated on our new product arrivals and posting some interesting wedding ideas and products found in our travels.

    You may ask, what makes our products so unique?
    Well most of our products can be personalised with you unique design or message. Our team of graphic designers are always creating funny, cute, romantic cartoon characters to give you and your guests a unique remembrance gift of your special day.

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