wedding advice

  1. They spent what!? Inside the average cost of an Aussie wedding (and how you can bag a bargain)

    They spent what!? Inside the average cost of an Aussie wedding (and how you can bag a bargain)

    Are you planning a wedding and wondering if you’re coming in under – or over – the budget of a standard Australian bash? According to a recent survey by WeddedWonderland.com, the average couple is spending $53,168 on their wedding.

    While this might seem like a bit of a staggering number, the survey also showed that couples’ priorities are shifting, with a new wave of savvy shoppers bagging their bargains online. Here, we give you a sneak peek into what other betrothed couples are spending on their big day, and share some tips and tricks to help you get big style on a smaller budget.

    Cost 1: The stationery and invites    

    According to the WeddedWonderland.com survey, the average couple is spending about $784 just to get the word out about their celebration.

    When you think about the fact that

    Read more »
  2. 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?

    kiss

    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

    Read more »
  3. I Do Take Two: when your parent marries someone new

    I Do Take Two: when your parent marries someone new

    mature age wedding

    You'll attend all kinds of weddings in this lifetime. Perhaps among the most confronting is when one of your parents marries a new partner. Here a member of our PF family shares with us her recent experience of her father's journey down the aisle, second time around:

    My phone beeped, signalling a new text message. As I looked down, a grainy photo of my beaming father and his girlfriend sitting on a gondola came into focus. It wasn't until I zoomed in on the image that I realised my father wasn't trying to show me the splendours of the Venetian canals at all. Instead, he was gesturing toward the sparkling new ring that seemed to have sprouted  ­- as if miraculously ­,

    Read more »
  4. The average cost of an Australian wedding - and how you can save big bucks

    The average cost of an Australian wedding - and how you can save big bucks

    According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)'s latest data, the average wedding in Australia costs $36,200, with the bulk of funds going towards food and alcohol. Results indicate that most couples use their savings to cover wedding costs (82%), with more than half (56%) relying on contributions from their parents to pay for their big day. 60% had to take out a loan to afford their entry into marital bliss, while 18% used their credit card - no doubt accruing interest on their "I do's."

    Survey results also revealed that only 43% of newlyweds stayed within their wedding budget, while 18% didn't even have a budget to begin with!

    Wedding spend sacrifices

    What these findings indicate

    Read more »
  5. Watch out! 6 hidden wedding costs that can blow your budget

    Watch out! 6 hidden wedding costs that can blow your budget

      Budgeting for your wedding can be a stressful experience, as unexpected costs seem to occur at every step. To avoid being out of pocket after your big day, we uncover six hidden wedding expenses to watch out for:

    1. Wedding entertainment

    Clearly communicate with your wedding entertainers about what exactly their quote covers. Many bands and DJs will quote for their time and expertise, but leave out extra costs including hiring of specific music, sound or electrical equipment. Be clear on what they provide and you supply to avoid unexpected extras.

    1. Dress alterations and accessories

    Your dream dress may have just scraped in under your desired dress budget, so don't get caught out by forgetting to factor

    Read more »
  6. How to survive the week before your wedding

    How to survive the week before your wedding

    bride and groom photo

    Your wedding day is allegedly one of the happiest days of your life. In the crucial pre-wedding week, with all the last-minute preparations, conflicting opinions, and multiple personalities (and we're not just talking Bridezilla) to contend with, how is anyone expected to still be smiling on their wedding day? Here we share with you our expert survival guide for making it down the aisle intact.

    Communication and connection

    It's normal and more common than not, for both the bride and groom to feel a mix of nerves, anxiety, stress and excitement in the lead-up to their wedding day. To survive your pre-wedding week, communicate clearly with one another about how you're feeling and be mindful of the pressures on both of you. It might help to take some time out from the wild ride of wedding

    Read more »
  7. How to include your fur babies in your wedding day

    How to include your fur babies in your wedding day

    For some couples, no nuptials would be complete without including their favourite four-legged, furry member of the family (and no, we're not talking about Aunt Edna -- think instead the one with the waggly tail). If your pampered pooch, feisty feline, or even precocious piglet is a must in your wedding day celebrations, we offer the following tips to make sure you don't go barking mad.

    1. Propose with your pooch

    Some grooms say they included their furry friends in their proposal because they thought it would increase their chances of getting a positive response! They don't call them man's best friend for nothing. All jokes aside, if your furry sidekick helped your groom pop the all-important question, chances are this may reserve them a spot in

    Read more »
  8. 5 ways to decide the best month to get married

    5 ways to decide the best month to get married

    Like most aspects of your wedding day, choosing the right month to get married comes down to your individual personality, desired theme and preferences as a couple. According to Business Insider, March is the busiest month for couples to tie the knot down under, closely followed by November. Choosing the best month to get married depends on a number of individual factors. Here we share with you our top five tips for timing it right.

    1. Is the price right?

    When planning a wedding, do your research about when is considered 'peak season' for different destinations. As a general rule, spring through to autumn is peak wedding season, with the exclusion of mid-summer due to extreme temperatures in certain areas. Planning a wedding in the off-season (July being the quietest month for weddings in Australia), may help to reduce your costs and give you free range on venues that may be booked during

    Read more »
  9. Getting married? 13 shrewd ways to save money without sacrificing style.

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

    wedding saving

    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

    Read more »
  10. Forecasted wedding trends for 2017

    Forecasted wedding trends for 2017

    Wedding trends are like flowers. They grow, bloom and die out every season. Some return the next year with a fuller crop, while others only maintain a scattering of blooms. We look at which blossoms are expected to reappear in 2017 and those that may have had their day in the sun.

    Colours

    Metallics are still tipped to be the front-runners for wedding colour palettes in 2017. However popular opinion is moving away from the glittering golds and sparkling silvers to softer, more muted metallic tones. Experts are also tipping khaki to make a comeback in wedding colour schemes in the new year.

    Invites

    Continuing with the metallic trend, couples due to tie-the-knot will be setting the scene with

    Read more »
  11. Planning a wedding on a budget

    Planning a wedding on a budget

    wed-bud

    There's nothing that will pop your engagement buzz faster than the realisation that your dream wedding and your wedding budget are not in fact aligned. Or even really remotely in the same universe.  

    So before you give up your dreams altogether (or threaten elopement), let's look at some ways you can save when planning your big day.

    What is your dream wedding?

    First of all, you need to decide as a couple the kind of wedding you want. This includes the major elements such as size, style, theme and timing. Then consider how this relates to the amount of funds you have available. Whether it be barefoot

    Read more »
  12. 4 Top Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Dress

    4 Top Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Dress

    Just like finding the perfect partner, finding the perfect wedding dress can sometimes take a little time, and for some brides can prove a major source of stress before their big day. We offer the following four top tips for picking the perfect wedding dress, to help take the strain out of shopping and put the fun back into fittings.

    8c8f340d1c312eda4a45455c6c1cda4629787548afcdd0a51c736f159fa9fe9f

    Read more »
  13. How to handle difficult bridesmaids

    How to handle difficult bridesmaids

    The happiness of any bride in the lead-up to her big day can sometimes rest solely with those she has asked to stand by her side for the most important day of her life. We share some tips on how to prevent bridesmaids becoming a burden, before it is too late.

    d1b523f0868cb0024db211c931f67fc3

    1. Choose wisely

    While this sage advice may be too late for some, bridesmaid selection is crucial to your overall happiness and level of drama in the lead-up to and during your big day. Choosing someone due to a misguided sense of responsibility (just because you were their bridesmaid several years back or because you promised your cousin Chloe when you were six) is a recipe for disaster. Think about the friends in your life that have celebrated

    Read more »
  14. 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

    Read more »
  15. How to Survive your Daughter's Wedding

    How to Survive your Daughter's Wedding

    Planning a wedding is not an easy feat. There are so many things to consider and more often than not, it can be a stressful experience. As the Mother of the Bride, the best thing to do is to acknowledge how hard it can be planning a wedding and to be as helpful and supportive as possible.

    Here are some helpful responsibilities Mums can take care of:

    • Help find & get quotes on ceremony locations
    • Help the bride choose her wedding dress
    • Assist the bride with the guest list.
    • Determine what the bride wants you to wear on the special day. Then consult with the mother of the groom so you can both coordinate your elegance.
    • Attend and help organise the bridal shower/hens night
    • Assist with preparing and organising wedding
    Read more »
  16. Trending: Classic Monochrome Wedding

    Trending: Classic Monochrome Wedding

    A Parisian style monochrome wedding is a beautiful theme to coordinate with and one that can be easily carried out throughout your entire wedding. Not only is black and white a classic theme, it is also timeless and will be forever popular.

    The Key

    The key to pulling a monochrome wedding off it to be mindful of the black to white ratio. You want the white to be the dominating colour, with pops of black thrown in to compliment. After all you don't want a dark and gloomy wedding!

    Invitations and Stationary

    Start by setting the tone of your wedding and think ab

    Read more »
  17. How to 'POP the question' to your Bridal Party

    How to 'POP the question' to your Bridal Party

    Now that you have been swept off your feet by a beautiful proposal (or you did the sweeping) it's time to amaze your closest friends and family! Make "popping the question" to your Bridal Party extra special by giving them a unique gift specially made for them. We have a range of different products to help do just that! Your bridal party will always remember the special way that you asked them to be part of your Bridal Party on your Wedding day!

    Here are 5 Creative ways to get your Bridal Party to say "Yes!"

    1. Send them an engraved
    Read more »
  18. 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

    Read more »
  19. Wedding Traditions / Rituals and what they mean

    Wedding Traditions / Rituals and what they mean

    When planning one of the most important days of our lives we often just take on the run of the mill wedding traditions and rituals but never give much thought on what they mean, represent or where they came from. Today, most couples seem less focused on strictly adhering to tradition, expressing their individuality and creativity through different elements of their wedding.

    Below are some common wedding traditions and rituals and their meanings:

    Ritual: Sand Ceremony

    Unity ceremonies have been around for many years now. It is a method for the couples to display the joining of the two lives to a single bond hence the bride and groom each have a sand pourer with a different colour and the sand is poured into the one vessel symbolising unity. If you fancy taking part in this tradition then you can purchase a sand ceremony jar or unity set from our website. You can even

    Read more »
  20. Making your Wedding Last Longer

    Making your Wedding Last Longer

    Making your wedding days last longer - Seemingly impossible perhaps?

    It seems almost unfair when you spend countless months planning every detail and investing so much time, energy and money into 1 day that seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Only photos and film show a small part of the day but never the less they are precious keepsakes to remind you of how wonderful your day was and how much your guests enjoyed their time celebrating with you. After the Hens and bucks celebrations are over then are heading for the finish line. It almost seems unreal.

    Often friends and family of the bride and groom who have travelled from integrate or overseas tend to join your celebration or pre-celebrations earlier than the rest of your guests. They may be of assistance to help prepare last minute items and often gathering are had as everyone catches up before the big day.

    If you want to sway from tradition, have a quiet dinner with your fiancé and your bridal party the

    Read more »