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
Posted: June 04, 2019||Tags: woodland , winter wedding , wedding trends , wedding theme , wedding styling , wedding style , wedding stationery , wedding planning , wedding invitations , wedding inspo , wedding inspiration , wedding ideas , wedding favours , wedding blog , unique wedding , rustic wedding , rose gold wedding , personalised products , personalised favours
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
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?
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 ma
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.
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.
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
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
If you are planning a destination wedding to an island paradise or hosting a nautically-themed event, your wedding
Giving a gift that marks the beginning of a couple's married life together is no insignificant task. So, what can you offer that is personal yet practical, and appropriate to commemorate such a milestone life moment? Or more importantly, what should you avoid at all costs? We countdown the ten worst wedding gifts of all time, to help you avoid these present pitfalls and bestow on every bride and groom a gift worthy of their special occasion.
Everyone is guilty of a re-gift at some point in their lives. But for a wedding? C'mon! The fact that you are never going to use the three-in-one kitchen appliance Aunt Marge gave you last Christmas, probably means the happy couple wont either, and obvious re-gifts such as this scream thoughtless-ness and poor taste.
We all know about the usual stuff that comes with planning a wedding. Book the venue, draw up a budget, compile your guest list and send out your save-the-dates. Not to mention organising flowers, food, entertainment and well, you get the picture. But what about a few home truths that aren't featured on the standard bridal checklist? We explore some of the lesser known facts every bride should know before her big day.
Try before you buy
And we're not talking about your groom! Make sure you taste test every morsel of food and drink that will be served on your wedding day. This way you know it's up to scratch and gives you a chance to enjoy it all - as you may not get to do so on the night.
Practice makes perfect
Just like your hair and makeup trial, there are a few elements of your big day you may want to run-through before the moment arrives. Decide with whoever is giving you away which side they will stand and how yo
Wedding favours are a way to say thank you to your loved ones for the part they have played in not only your nuptial celebrations, but your life to date. Rather than impractical, impersonal favours that will be left on the table when the festivities have faded; we show you five ways to create unforgettable wedding favours that sincerely express your gratitude and are guaranteed to go home with your guests.
1. Use it
Wedding favours that can be used in the world beyond the wedding are always a big hit with guests. If you're getting married in the middle of summer, items such as Hangover Kits, wooden wedding fans, customised beach thongs or stubby holders to keep your beer cold go a long way. Similarly, winter weddings may see you providing wraps, gloves or even slippers for tired, post-dancefloor feet. Personalise these presents with your own special message, artwork or design to provide a practical gift with a personal touch.
There are several essential elements that make a wonderful wedding: love, laughter, and a suitable life partner usually top the list. Once these big-ticket items are taken care of, it is the delicate details and personal touches that truly make a wedding memorable for the bride, groom, and their guests. Here we take a look at seven simple and inexpensive wedding details that take your nuptials from standard to stunning help create wedding-day memories to last a lifetime.
Start off on the right foot with customised wedding invites that reflect your unique identity as a couple and your personal sense of style. Choose from monogrammed wooden pieces to royal style acrylic cards. Personalise your invites with guest names and special messages to set the scene for what's to come.
You've been invited to the wedding of the couple that has it all. Successful in both love and life: they are financially astute, have already taken a sizeable chunk out of the mortgage for their tastefully furnished abode, are escalating upward on their respective career ladders, not to mention being irritatingly gorgeous and crazy about each other. Sigh. So the question is; what do you get the bride and groom who already have everything?
Make it personal
This couple is clearly not going to settle for your standard run-of-the-mill wedding gift. Chances are they probably already have it anyway. So before you thoughtlessly toss some cash in a card (they don't need your money), or hand over the standard DJ's voucher, why not purchase somethin
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.
INDOOR WEDDINGS - ADVANTAGES
No weather worries There are many advantages of an indoor wedding; most of all not having to worry about the weather. Mur
When you're still bubbling over with excitement like a freshly popped champagne bottle at your newly engaged status, friends and well-wishers may begin to enquire if you're planning an engagement celebration. This is no cause for alarm. Before you launch into full swing Bridezilla panic mode (save this for the wedding), we have a few tips and tricks that will help you host a successful engagement soireé.
The ideal time
The ideal time to host an engagement party is shortly after you've said yes - when the excitement is still fresh and you are just bursting to show off that diamond dazzler strapped to your digits. As a general rule of thumb, engagement parties shouldn't be any closer to the wedding than six months out.
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.
Considered by many to be the centrepiece of your wedding celebrations, wedding cakes today are big business. Whether it be fondant or frosting, rich chocolate or red velvet, tiered, stacked, layered or ruffled, we clue you in to everything need to know about wedding cakes in 2016.
Originally baked as a symbol of success and prosperity for the happy couple, wedding cakes have been involved in the union between two souls from the earliest of days. Traditionally, it was said that the larger and grander the cake, the more elevated the social status of the couple (so remember this when you place your order for the 14-tier fondant deluxe!) The white colour of the cake was supposed to symbolise the purity and virginity of the bride, and the traditional fruit-cake flavour was said to enhance the bride's fertility for her future husband.
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.
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.
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 celebra
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.
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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Your wedding reception is a unique room that you can style to reflect the love and personality of you and your new husband or wife. Whether it be extravagant, simple, modern or rustic, the theme of the room will be you. Styling your wedding tables can often be tricky. You don't want to 'over-style' and clutter the space your guests have, but your don't want them to look bare either. What you really should be doing is opting for a simple, but unique look. Think innovative, engraved and and fresh - your guests will appreciate the artistic side to your wedding decor. Wood Vs Mirror - Check out our top tips for styling your wedding tables:
While summer months remain the most popular time for couples to get hitched, don't overlook getting married in winter. In Australia, we have mild wintery days. Temperatures average around 12-15 degrees in the middle of the day (depending on location).
Winter weddings ooze glamour and style (and gorgeous long sleeve wedding dresses!). They are timeless and opulent showing off gorgeous lodges, country estates vineyards, ballrooms and/or intimate restaurants.
If I order Acrylic Invitations, am I able to carry this theme throughout my wedding / Birthday or Christening?
Definitely! Impress your guests with a coordinating set of acrylic wedding invitations and Save the Date cards. Our Acrylic Save the Dates are available in different sizes and shapes and can be view here.
Posted: March 04, 2016||
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 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 thin
Posted: February 18, 2016|Categories: Invitations , Wedding Theme , Glassware , Favours & Bomboniere , Wedding Tips & Budget , Cake Topper|
This week we have been focusing on Rustic Wedding Favours. If you dream of getting married in the countryside, on a farm or in a beautiful garden - this post is for you! We have put our thinking caps on and compiled a list of our top favourite ideas you should consider when planning a Rustic Wedding.
Floral Ceremony Structure
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you will be spoilt for choice when choosing the best location. Florals structures, combined with natural timber, lace and lanterns are the perfect décor to have at your wedding ceremony.
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!"
This year was a massive year for weddings and the wedding industry. We saw so many mixed styles, creativity and opulence. Some of the most memorable trends for 2015 were:
- Metallic and copper
- Floral displays and structures
- Geometric shapes and patterns
- Naked cakes
- Gold crowns - But what can we expect for 2016?
With the year almost gone, many couples would be gearing into planning mode and searching for that "wow" factor element to ensure their day is unique, full of personality and love. Your wedding will comprise of colour, theme, feel, location and design elements. The year of 2016 is to be daring, fun-loving and completely true to yourselves. Listen to each other and ask yourselves "what do we want" and don't be afraid to be creative and unique. If you want to steer away from the textbook traditional, then see below some fabulous trends to expect in 2016.
Feel free to mix and match t
Halloween is fast approaching, October 31st!
At Personalised Favours we get into the festive spirit, celebrating Halloween with a dress up party in the office followed by a scary movie! Some activity ideas for Halloween include trick or treating, costume parties, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted houses, carving pumpkins, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
Checkout our website for all our products. How will you be spending Halloween? If you plan on having a scary movie marathon, here are this year's top 5 scary movies to add to your list!
- Insidious: Chapter 3
- Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
- Crimson Park
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 ev
Posted: July 03, 2015|Categories: Wedding Favours , Invitations , Glassware , Favours & Bomboniere , Personalised Favours , Wedding Tips & Budget|
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.
Posted: June 23, 2015||
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:
Stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a beautiful engraved GOLD ACRYLIC i
2015 and into 2016 will be the year for individualism. Couples are seeking to infuse all elements of their wedding with unique and personal touches (and I don't just mean adding fireworks to your dance floor). I mean injecting real personality and symbolism that reflects the couple and their unique love.
Couples want to communicate who they are and this is done so by including unique and otherwise out of the ordinary features. 2015 has witnessed a surge in personalisation and with the endless ideas and continuous evolving ideas readily available within the industry, it is no wonder how some couples can become carried away. After all, it is an exciting process which allows couples to be involved in the process and express their creativity.
Here are some of our hand-picked ideas that brides can't get enough of.
So what is Rustic? Is it a trend or a style? There is something lovely about a rustic style wedding that remains ever so popular with our brides today.
Rustic weddings are not a trend but in fact a style and one that is diverse, heart-warming and so very creative. Not to be confused with a vintage style wedding, but Rustic can branch off into many style niches such as Rustic Chic, a small amount of rustic but with that elegance we love at weddings.
There is Rustic Country, Rustic Vintage and so many other variations. Rustic is all about the textures, fibers, natural beauty, handmade and raw aspects of our world.
So what are the fun and characteristics that define a Rustic wedding? If you have been living on Pinterest then you will know that burlap hessian and mason jars rule them all. You may have also seen handmade recycled timber signs, native flower bouquets, garlands,
Posted: May 07, 2015|Categories: Wedding Favours , Invitations , Favours & Bomboniere , Personalised Favours , Behind the Scenes at Personalised Favours|
We are often asking Brides where they get their inspiration from or what inspires their wedding style. With an abundance of sources out there to tickle anyone's fancy, it's no wonder Brides have such a difficult time deciding whether they like a,b or c!
Sources such as Pinterest have come a long way with providing endless streams of wedding amazingness for women to gush over and sometimes only dream of (damn budget!) The more traditional sources of inspiration are the humble (and heavy!) wedding magazines. Still as popular as ever and always a nice companion when sipping a cup of tea in your pj's.
Where ever you live and whatever your style, the wedding industry will cater for you and it is with our pleasure that we do so. So when it comes to looking for that beautiful Bonbonniere or that perfectly personalised invite, we are there for you waiting with open arms and ready to help you on your journey to wedding bliss.
A fantastic source of wedding suppliers, r
Congratulations you're getting Married! Now its time to start thinking about your wedding date and letting your guest's know when they will be sharing your special day.
Save the Dates make a great first impression and are a great way to get your guests organised and prepared for your day.
If it is a destination wedding, Save the Dates are a great way for your guest to let you know early on if they can make it, and even secure accommodation or time off work as soon as possible.
If you're looking for some inspiration and ideas for your save the dates, you've come to the right place. We have a variety of Save The Dates for many wedding themes.
1. The Beach Wedding
With breathtaking views, sand between your toes and the beers on ice, a beach wedding is an Australian Favourite.
After a lengthy office discussion, we have decided speeches can be either funny or sentimental. We all know that even for the best of us, speeches aren't easy. Wedding speeches especially, take a lot of preparation and thought. You have been given the honour to say a few words at your best mate's wedding, it better be good.
To make sure your next speech is remembered and talked about for years to come (in a good way) We have complied a list of points to think about when preparing for a wedding speech. Therefore, in order to shed some light on the etiquette of speeches and give you some inspiration, here are Personalised Favours do's and don'ts, when making a Wedding speech.
Attention: Best Man, please stand up!
Lets start with the Best Man, after all, once he is out of the way everyone in the room is able to relax. Generally, it is the best man who's sets the bar and pulls out all the jokes. So if you're not that funny, breath a sigh of relief. The Best Man
Finding the perfect gift can often be a difficult task. Majority of couples these days, prefer to have a wishing well for their big day rather than a gift registry. A great idea, but sometimes a personalise gift adds a nice touch. If you're like me and you love giving a gift as well as contributing to the wishing well, then here are our top wedding favours or gift ideas for the Mr & Mrs to be.
1. An Adventure or experience.
Do something different and give the new couple a gift they will remember forever. An experience. This of course will depend on what you're loved ones are in tune to. It might be a Harbour Yacht dinner voucher, or an adrenalin experience such as a circus ropes course or a hot air balloon ride. Another great idea, is getting in touch with their hotel, where they are staying on their Honeymoon and paying for a night's dinner, allowing the couple to spend some time togethe
One of the hardest things is choosing a style that reflects you both. With so many styles and design options out there it can be very overwhelming but also a fantastic source of inspiration.
If you're more of a sophisticated classic kind of gal then maybe a white styled wedding would be just the style you are after.
You can't go wrong with classic whites and because white is more of an undercoat, you can even add pops of colour or complimenting shades to your décor. Think of it as layering.
White is pure, simpl
With our new range of glassware currently being released, including water glasses, mason jars and soft drink glasses, we decided to feature some pretty cool drink ideas for your little ones. If your wedding theme is modern and sleek then our Water glasses or Soft Drink glasses are a great idea to have for the kiddies.
Our modern and stylish water glasses are a new addition to our glassware family. They can all be engraved with your personal message and we can add individual guest names to each glass at no extra cost.
Recipe: Homemade Strawberry lemonade
We are excited to announce we have a new product hitting our store later this year!! VINTAGE KEYS!
The idea of having rustic keys as a feature piece at your wedding is so meaningful - 'you have the key to my heart, the keys to a happy marriage, the keys to our future'.... Just beautiful!
We are very excited about our upcoming release of our vintage keys and we wanted to show you 5 reasons why:
1.Your presence is Key!
A beautiful save the date idea, incorporating the key motif to let guests know your wedding day - and for them to lock-in your date in their diary! Our wooden gift tags would be a perfect match to have with these.
When Josh & Megan contacted us to place an order for their wedding favours, I was instantly excited as I have known this couple for a few years now.
This lovely June wedding was held at Lake Macquarie at the popular Rafferty's Resort on the water. The weather was showing signs of on-going rain, but as the wedding commenced the sun showed itself to the party and made for some spectacular photos. The detail and love that went into planning this wedding was evident to all their closest family members and friends, who all had such a memorable time.
When: 14th June 2014
Where: Mecure Lake Maquarie Rafferty's Resort
Photographer: Jodie Reardon
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kyla
Wedding Stationary: Creative Escapade
Wedding Favours: Personalised Wedding Favours
Bridal Part Gifts: Personalised Wedding Favours Josh & Megan chose