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  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. 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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  3. 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

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  4. 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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  5. Why Rain is Good News for Your Wedding Day

    Why Rain is Good News for Your Wedding Day
    They say a wet knot is harder to untie, so why worry about a little rain on your big day? You've chosen your flowers, the menu is locked in, and your hair and makeup styles are ready to the last curl and eyelash. But there's one thing you really can't plan for: the weather. And while predictions of rain might seem like a disaster, don't despair - it could actually be the greatest gift you receive.
    1. Rain symbolizes cleansing and renewal, and is actually good luck!
    In a large number of cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes a fresh beginning and the 'washing away' of anything negative in your past, and in the Hindu tradition, it's said to foretell of a strong marriage. Because of this, many people actually pray for rain on their big day. If kids are in your future, you can find comfort in the fact that a little wet weather is said to mean new life and healthy children for the bride and groom. You may have also
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  6. Bridal Money Bonanza - Part 2

    Bridal Money Bonanza - Part 2

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    Wedding couple and coin rolls. Making a wedding budget and sticking to it can be the most stressful part of your wedding preparation. That's why we've compiled this two-part Bridal Money Bonanza. If you missed Part 1 last week, never fear you can still find all the info here. (Link to last week's blog). If you're up to the second chapter, read on to discover financial wedding advice to suit every bride and every budget.

    BRIDAL MONEY BONANZA: PART 2 Get real about the Guest List

    The number of people you invite to your wedding will have one of the biggest impacts on the budget for your big day. More guests = more money, so make

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  7. How to get your wedding budget 100 per cent right

    How to get your wedding budget 100 per cent right

    Weddings are expensive. Some more so than others; however how hard your upcoming nuptials are going to hit your hip pocket is up to you. Effectively budgeting for a wedding is a matter of percentages. Here we show you how to get your wedding budget 100 per cent right.

    Figure out your total spend

    The first step in creating an effective (and realistic) wedding budget is figuring out the total amount of cash you can spend. This includes contributions from parents and other generous relatives, as well as your own personal savings (or loans)! Be honest here, as getting this wrong will throw your whole budget out of whack. If you're including a projected savings figure, don't be unrealistic about what you and your partner can put away before the big day. (Eating baked beans on toast every night for the next 18 months may be great for your wedding dress diet, but probably unsustainable in the scheme of things).

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  8. Social Media Wedding Etiquette: Essential Bride and Groom Guide

    Social Media Wedding Etiquette: Essential Bride and Groom Guide

    From the second that ring is slipped onto your finger, you're faced with the daunting task of sharing your nuptial news with your family and friends, as well as your wider social networks. And news travels fast in this hyper-connected world of ours, so it's easy to understand how your journey to the altar can be tracked, tagged and tweeted via social media every step of the way. To make sure you do it with dignity, we share with you the secrets of this modern-day minefield and help you successfully navigate social media wedding etiquette.

    Engagement Announcements:

    • Tell your immediate family first.
      While it's tempting to immediately shout your engagement news to the world via your socials, a phone call
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  9. 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

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