6 June 2016
Your bridesmaids usually are the girls that have seen by your side and seen it all with you; the bad boyfriends and breakups, the hair colour mishaps and bad eyebrows to the most embarrassing moments of your life – they know you better than anyone! Everyone worries about the best man mucking up the speech, but us girls have a tendency to ‘over share’, so maids listen up, these are the things you should NEVER ever mention in your speech to the happy couple.
We thought she was going to marry her last boyfriend but…
News flash!! Never, ever, ever bring up an ex-boyfriend in a wedding speech – no one, especially the groom, needs to or wants to hear all about the brides ex.
We can’t believe she finally got the ring…
Yes, some grooms take longer than others to propose, but don’t mention it in the speech, you don’t know the reasoning behind it.
If I had a dollar for every time they broke up…
Big no, no! Don’t discuss the trouble they have had as a couple, no relationship is perfect so stick to the good times and even share the good times you’ve had with them as a couple.
We never thought she was going to find anyone…
As girls we have all gone through a man-drought period, but mentioning your bestie’s single life will most likely get you in the bad books with her – so avoid it.
Remember when/ This one time…
There is no doubt that you girls had your fair share of fun and memories but take it from us, Grandma doesn’t need to know about the time you skinny dipped or those crazy nights.
Don’t steal the show. A wedding speech about the bride and groom isn’t your perfect opportunity to announce your engagement; this day is about them, not you!
I’m almost finished, just one more thing…
Keep it short, sweet and simple – if your notes are starting to turn into the novel of the century then cut it short. The bride and guests will thankyou for it
4 June 2016
ANGELA + REX: 30 YEARS
One Sunday evening in the early eighties, Rex decided to pop in to the old Windsor Hotel in Sydney before returning to HMAS Watson where he was under training for the Royal Australian Navy. Angie was also at the hotel with a friend to see a band with little clue she was going to meet her soul mate that evening. Angie initiated the conversation, asking Rex if he was in the navy, “It was pretty obvious, as next to me I had a large duffle bag with Royal Australian Navy written on it!” laughs Rex. “We were both young, Angie seemed fascinated by men in uniform and I was fascinated that Angie was fascinated with me! We were in fact the exact opposite of each other”. c, the pair fell in love and according to Angie, Rex proposed two and half years later on bended knee over Sang Chow Bow at their favourite Chinese restaurant. Their engagement was an extended one, as Rex was on sea-posting and soon deployed to Africa.
The pair later married on September 21st 1985 in front of sixty guests during a particularly dreary day at the HMAS Watson Naval Chapel. “There was torrential rain, so overlooking the sea through the glass windows of the chapel there were dark, dark storm clouds”, they recall. The weather did not dampen their day or their beginning of their marriage and they were soon blessed with a beautiful baby girl Jessica, now twenty five.
So, what does marriage mean to the couple that have twenty nine years of marital bliss under their belts? “Marriage is a lifetime commitment,” explains Rex “a journey with someone who knows the best and worst about you but is still prepared to go along for the ride and love you regardless”. The couple have seen the best and the worst, including when Angie was diagnosed with terminal cancer when Jessica was a young girl. “My favourite thing about Angie is her ability to fight against seemingly insurmountable odds and win”, explains Rex, “She was determined to live to raise her daughter. Sixteen years later, her mission is accomplished.” Angie says it is Rex’s humour that she enjoys the most, “I laugh the hardest at his funny jokes. He doesn’t come up with too many but when he does they make you laugh so hard you end up with tears streaming down your face!”
To couples endeavouring to create a marriage that stands the test of time like Rex and Angie’s, Angie advises that it is important to support each other, communicate, to not be selfish and to understand that sometimes you need to work to make a marriage work. Rex adds that forgiveness and acceptance are the keys to a successful marriage.
Rex and Angie spent their most recent wedding anniversary enjoying a quiet dinner for two in Mawson Lakes and agree that they hope to spend their retired years travelling. When asked what he would you do if he won the lottery, Rex’s response sums up the reason why his marriage has stood the test of time; “I have already won the galactic lottery by being born in Australia in the latter half of the twenty first century, meeting Angie and enjoying the life together that we do, so I guess I’m already doing what I would do if I won the lottery”. Romantics eat your heart out.
3 June 2016
Pop princess Madonna might not be a fan of them – but we sure are, alongside with just about every bride-to-be. Hydrangeas are the perfect classical summer flower and a quite popular wedding day bloom. Not only are the fluffy flowers perfect for creating a romantic, garden vibe, but they also come in tons of colours from bright white and cream to pale blue and antique green to nearly every shade of pink. A truly versatile flower, they stand out bunched on their own or look absolutely fantastic mixed with other blooms.
A dramatic focal point is the perfect accessory to your vow exchange, like this gorgeous wooden arbour that’s decorated in foliage and white hydrangeas. Alternatively, place bunches of hydrangea in vases along the aisle with lit candles for a romantic feel as you walk down the aisle towards hubby-to-be. Lush hydrangeas look incredibly elegant when used en masse; elevate them on pedestals for extra height and drama or wow your guests with amazing tables runners made entirely from fresh hydrangeas.
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