Bringing together two families - with two very different sets of expectations for what the big day should entail - can be a tricky part of anyone’s wedding planning. And that’s even beforeyou throw in a difference in cultural backgrounds! Being raised in two different cultures means that, as a couple, you might have different ways of communicating, a different understanding of family dynamics, and a different way of looking at the world. So how can you make your union work, when you’re also uniting two different cultures? To celebrate National Harmony Day, we’re delving into the world of cross-cultural wedding planning, and sharing the top six tips to ensure your celebrations are a rousing success.
- Say it with a sand ceremony
Firstly, you’ll need to decide whether your wedding is going to feature two distinct ceremonies, or if you’ll host a combined ceremony that celebrates elements of both cultures. Budget and logistics might help
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.
- 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
The season of rebirth and new beginnings, there is little wonder spring is still the most sought-after wedding season in Australia. Picturesque scenery and pleasant weather continue to make spring our most popular wedding season. But that's not all, We explore all the reasons why spring is the best season for weddings and celebrate the start of this Spring Wedding Season with the launch of our exclusive Rose Gold Luxe Collection.
- New beginnings
From Bambi to flower buds, spring is the season for renewal, fresh starts and new beginnings , the perfect time to begin your new life as a married couple. Spring is also associated with fertility, so any couples making baby plans straight away might want to consider a
- New beginnings
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
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.
- Tell your immediate family first.
While it's tempting to immediately shout your engagement news to the world via your socials, a phone call
- Tell your immediate family first.
Ever wondered what it would be like to get married in the Historical Queen Victoria Building? It would be amazing right?! With soaring ceilings, magnificent Baccarat crystal chandeliers and timeless design, The Tea Room is a grand open planned space, perfect for a wedding! Our friends Beth and Tom, recently had their dream wedding in this very place on the 7th of May, 2016.
Located in what was once the original Grand Ballroom of the landmark Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room epitomises style and quality. Beth described it as 'very "us", a mix of tradition and fun, history and colour.'
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 the