I see a lot of debate online about who pays for what, in terms of dress, shoes, hair, etc, and sadly I also see a lot of women falling out over it. If it’s true that money is at the root of most arguments for married couples, then it seems the same can also be said of you and your besties.
Congratulations! You’re about to get married, and in a beautiful venue to boot! You’ve spent all this time finding the perfect dress, booking your favourite photographer, and coming up with the best wedding hashtag (which is a feat to be celebrated all on its own!) and now you need to be sure your guests can make the most of it, particularly those who have travelled to celebrate with you.
If you’re planning your wedding and there are kids in your life, it’s really a no-brainer to invite them into your bridal party, right? It’s an honour to be asked, and it makes their family super-happy, proud and even more excited for your big day.
Emma + Josh met seven years ago when they both worked at Woolworths. Josh took Emma on a date to Zapata's Mexican Restaurant to catch up after he left Woolies. Emma had no idea they were even on a date, and she hates Mexican food, so she suggested they head to Elephant Walk next door for dessert (she has a HUGE sweet tooth).
Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my fave Adelaide celebrants, Michael Elwood. When you consider that the celebrant you choose will perform the most important task of your entire wedding day (getting you legally married!) you realise how vital it is that you find someone who understands your vibe, who makes you feel comfortable, and will make the journey easy and stress-free.
Continuing on in our quest to showcase some of the best wedding vendors in town, today I'm so happy to introduce you to Mel at Paper Halo. What an absolutely beautiful soul she is, I felt I'd stumbled on one of Adelaide's best-kept secrets when I found her.
Look, we're all modern women here right? Online shopping is awesome - it's convenient, easy, and so much fun when that little gift to yourself arrives promptly on your doorstep! But we can probably all admit to having been caught out on occasion by a few of the pitfalls too. The sizing is wrong, it doesn't look like the pic online, and all of a sudden there's no way to contact the site for help.
Today I am so happy to announce the first in a series of blog posts featuring some of my favourite wedding vendors around Adelaide. I get to work with the best people in town and thought it was only fair that I share them with you!
Ladies (and Gents, if you're reading), I ask you now to consider the dress code you'd like followed by guests on your wedding day. Do not brush me off, or decide that it's a boring and un-necessary detail, maybe too formal for the day you're planning. It's important, and I'll tell you why...
Set on the bride's family vineyard in South Australia's Fleurieu region, Zoe was so dedicated to her vision for the wedding that the day before I found her up a ladder, getting her arms all scratched while hanging gum tree foliage from the ceiling of the clear marquee. When she was finished she took a look at the effect and we both knew the sacrifice had been worth it!
I have found that while many people think a wedding planner's life must be super-glamourous, they don't often have a clear idea of exactly what we do. Yes, I have seen the movie 'The Wedding Planner' starring the fabulous Jennifer Lopez (in fact I love it and often pull out my battered DVD copy on a rainy Sunday afternoon for yet another viewing). Very occasionally my job does look like that, and that's awesome. But not often.
Sarah & Adrian are both doctors and as you'd expect they first met at work. With such high-pressure careers they both felt they wanted to take a step back from the usual hustle of their day-to-day lives, and create a wedding day that was intimate and relaxed.
If you're planning your wedding right now, I'm sure you've got a to-do list a mile (or two!) long. You've probably chosen your dress, designed your invitations, and booked your dream venue. Although you're focussed on the things you need to do for the event itself, a lot of brides are not aware that they need to be prepared for things to get a little cray-cray during the 'getting ready' phase of their wedding day.
Firstly, coming up with a business name is H.A.R.D. I know all you business owners out there will agree that it's no picnic coming up with something that's easy to spell, easy to remember, not already taken, can be married (ha! see what I did there?) with a recognisable logo, and all the other considerations that go along with it.
Natasha & Chardon had an Adelaide destination wedding on Chardon's parents property just outside of Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills. A lovely old homestead with a carefully tended cottage garden for the ceremony, followed by a large marquee reception for one hundred guests on the rolling lawns.
When we first got together to discuss the direction we wanted to take this one in, Sasha & Jason spoke of their love of travel, and together they have a very impressive list of destinations they've ticked off the list! In particular they have enjoyed time in Bali recently, and together with the generous offer of friend's lovely home with it's tropical gardens, a Tropical Bali theme seemed the natural choice.
At our first meeting Catey told me she wasn't sure what colours she wanted to go with yet, but she knew she wanted the whole design to fit in with the Victorian setting. She also told me that she loved fairy lights, flowers, greenery, lace, and simplicity overall. A little further into the design process we decided on neutrals, white/ivory/cream with a touch of blush pink, which suited both the venue and Catey's own personal style.
Setting up a wedding registry has to be one of the most fun parts of planning your wedding, maybe second only to choosing your dress. You get to wander around a department store in a happy daydream, picking and choosing household items and décor at will, and building your perfectly styled home in your mind as you go along. It’s like a pre-internet version of ‘adding to cart’ when you’re fantasy shopping online (come on, I know you do that too!). Let me give you a few tips to make the whole thing run smoothly...
Still with me after the last blog post on Traditions? Right, let’s move on to answering some of the common questions regarding etiquette, and handling some of those more delicate situations.
Ever wondered how all those traditions associated with weddings came to be? Couples have been getting married for thousands of years, and many traditions associated with the ceremony began as ancient rituals to bless the marriage with fortune and children, and to guard against evil forces. Taking a look at ancient traditions helps to explain some of today's accepted practices, and when it comes to thinking of what style your wedding might take, looking to the past might even provide some inspiration to let your imagination run free.
Our first wedding for the busy spring season is over, and it was a goodie! Fiona & Carl asked us to coordinate their wedding and it was a real privilege to do so. A gorgeous sunny day, one of the first after the chilly Adelaide winter, that went off without a hitch (except the right kind, pun intended!).