27 July 2016
Your typical cookie cutter, pre-packaged weddings are becoming a thing of the past – something you’ve probably noticed if you’ve been to a wedding in the past year or two. As millennials grow up and start tying the knot they are creating something one-of-a-kind, something that’s totally sharable on social media and something that actually stays pretty budget-friendly. And the wedding planning industry is paying attention.
NEW SPINS ON OLD TRADITIONS
Millennials aren’t afraid to take chances. It could be anything small like a colourful gown to a surprise wedding, but the biggest trend is infusing the couples personality into the wedding. A book loving couple might get married in a library or list certain quotes on their décor or read a paragraph during the ceremony, anything is possible. Finding unique and personal ways to celebrate your special day, without breaking the bank, is at the top of every Millennials mind.
Have you attended a wedding recently where there hasn’t ven the requisite #hashtag? Yeah, we didn’t think so either, it’s almost impossible these days, but its not an issue since its all about the sharing experience. Couples are using various apps to enhance the experience, like having Instagram images with the wedding hashtag printed there and then on the spot. Whether you’re sending a spontaneous wedding sing-along video on Snapchat or showing photos via Instagram hashtag a few weeks after the big day, spreading the joy has never been so easy.
EXPERIENCE OVER EVERYTHING
Although the reception may be the big event, its all about the journey for the millennials. Gone are the days where weddings lasted just one day, these days they are two and three-day weekends at a destination of some sort.
Couples these days have one agenda, and hats to make their wedding pretty, pretty, pretty! Creating Pinterest boards and print screening from instagram for all things inspiration is somewhat of a pastime for millennials who have access to almost unlimited resources when it comes to conjuring up their dream wedding. Amazing locations, incredible décor, and fabulous fashions, it all comes down to the detail of the event itself.
13 July 2016
We know it’s the most important dress you’ll ever wear, and you want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect! So because of this, we have narrowed down 6 quick tips that will make the experience a breeze and ensure that you have no regrets later down the track…
LIMIT YOUR ENTOURAGE
Reality shows always show the bride bringing her whole bride tribe dress shopping and usually ends in major drama. Having 10 different opinions makes it much harder to come to a consensus- and it can bring you further away from what you actually want. Two people who honestly have your best interests at heart is the best option – whether it be your mum and sister or best friend! You can always bring your girl gang to the final fitting!
BRING YOUR PHONE
When it comes to trying on a dress, bring an iPhone with you and take photos of the dress as well as videos. It is important to see how the dress fits from all angles, what it looks like when you walk around, sit down and so forth.
STICK TO SOMETHING CLASSIC
We love a bride who does her own thing when it comes to making a fashion statement, but for a majority of brides it’s not the case. Stick to dresses that are timeless and classics; don’t follow trends because 30-40 years down the track, you don’t want to regret your choice.
Your wedding dress is something you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl – you know the exact style, cut and fabric you want – but don’t let it cloud your judgement. We have heard so many stories of brides who search for a particular style of dress and end up with something completely different once they try it on. So if you’re a bride looking for something simple, trying on a princess style dress may not be such a bad thing…
It’s the one dilemma brides everywhere face – do I or don’t I wear a veil on the day?! There is no harm in trying one on with your gown selection, you never know, you just might surprise yourself!
Buy two pairs of shoes - one pair for the ceremony and a comfortable pair for the reception, so you can party all night long. Bring both pairs plus any accessories to your fittings.
4 July 2016
It’s the final stretch, as you begin the countdown to the most important day of your life, there are a few things you need to remember. Before you immerse yourself fully into the excitement and whirlwind of the day, here are 7 things you should do 24 hours prior to your wedding day [you’ll thank us later]…
EAT A HEALTHY MEAL
It is important to fuel your body with the right foods the night before your wedding. We understand that the greasy pizza and the block of Cadbury chocolate are screaming your name but it is essential to stick to fruit and wholegrain. Eating a meal that wont bloat you is best, try some steamed veggies and grilled chicken instead.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Keep a bottle on you at all times during the day. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and last minute running around can often cause, and not to mention will keep your skin looking fresh and those dark circles away.
GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
Or at least try to tuck yourself underneath those covers at a decent hour and turn off your thinking cap.
PUT TOGETHER YOUR SURVIVAL KIT
Be prepared for any outfit or beauty related mishaps with an emergency survival kit. Include items like deodorant, bobby pins, safety pins, lipstick, mascara, hairspray, face powder, shoe inserts, tissues, panadol, Band-Aids and so forth. You never know what could go wrong.
DESIGNATE A MORNING AFTER PERSON
This person's role is simple, collect all the gifts at the end of the wedding and do one final sweep of the venue when the party is over to make sure you didn't leave anything behind.
TURN YOUR PHONE ON SILENT
It is time to disconnect from the outside world – meaning say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and stop replying to those text messages. Put your phone on silent and hand it to a responsible adult who will not give it back to you until the right time.
FOCUS ON YOU
We understand that your wedding day can be very stressful, so make sure that you also take a little bit of time for yourself and relax. Indulge in a spa treatment or massage, listen to your favourite music and just take some time to really focus on yourself.
27 June 2016
Its better to know this from the start: being a bride might not be as fairytale-like as you thought it would be! Not even all those times you snuck into your mums closet to try on her dress or the scrapbook that’s turned into a Pinterest board of flowers and cake can prepare you for the surprises of planning a wedding…
“What wedding fund?”
That is pretty much what you might hear from your parent’s mouths. All along you’ve assumed that your parents have set aside funds for your wedding when in fact they had used all their money to keep you clothed and well fed while you were growing up.
Things are pretty expensive
Once you explain to someone that you are planning a wedding, things start to get really pricey and the more conversations you have, the magic number somehow keeps getting higher! It is very likely you wont be saying I do in the lavish way Pinterest mislead you to believe…
Bridesmaids can get a little irritating
You’ve asked your nearest and dearest girlfriends to be your bridal tribe on the big day but it isn’t all sunshine and flowers! Every decision you make that affects them, from the neckline of their dresses to the shade of colour on their lips, will be met with complaining, criticism and a whole lot of debating.
You and hubby-to-be will fight
You are honestly going to think to yourself that someone has invaded the body of the man you thought was your fiancé during the planning process. All of a sudden the man of your dreams has an opinion about the reception tables and who should sit next to who at the reception; we promise, tension will rise! Never mind though, it is just the stress and it will calm down after the wedding.
22 June 2016
The wedding etiquette rules of the bride and groom are often discussed quite openly with everything from the wording on the invitation to the guest list. Consider if you are purely just a guest at a wedding – does etiquette apply to you? Well believe it or not, there are a number of rules that you should keep in mind as a guest in regards to what is and what isn’t appropriate! Here are a few…
RSVP BY THE DEADLINE
Being the best wedding guest that you can be starts from the moment you receive the invitation in the mail. A pet-peeve that we have all experienced at some point is having half your guest list not rsvp to your event leaving your catering and seat numbers in limbo – don’t be that person! In most cases, you have plenty of time to get your RSVP in so there are no excuses for sending it in late. If you are forgetful or tend to loose pieces of mail easily, make an effort to send your response the same day you receive the invite.
DON’T BE LATE
The bride is allowed to be late, you are not! Even though you know that this is common practise in weddings, you should still trying your absolute best to be there at the time advised on the invitation. There isn’t much more embarrassing then stumbling into the ceremony while it is already underway, and not to mention disrespectful to the couple.
WHITE IS A NO-NO!
You would think that this is one rule that would not need repeating, but here we are. Almost every wedding we have attended has had one or two guests break this cardinal wedding guest rule. If you aren’t sure whether your outfit is considered white or not, go with the latter and avoid wearing it. Don’t take any shine away from the bride; this is her day to stand out.
KEEP CHIT CHAT TO A MINIMUM
Keep your congratulatory chitchat to a minimum and don’t take offense if you don’t spend much time with the couple of the night. We understand you are excited to congratulate them but remember to keep in mind that they have many guests to greet and thank.
DON’T BE FOOLISH
Being on your best behaviour goes hand in hand with drinking responsibly for many. The bottom line though is to not do anything that would draw attention away from the couple. We are saying a major NO to any loud, attention seeking and obnoxious behaviour – which includes your impromptu speech that no one really wants to hear. Always be polite, well mannered and gracious, it’s the better option than never being invited to one of your friends weddings again.
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
11 May 2016
Ever wonder where the idea of “something old, new, borrowed and blue” came from or why its bad luck to see the groom before the wedding? Some wedding superstitions and traditions are so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think to question them. We explored SIX and these are the results...
SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE
It’s a rhyme many of us have heard tie and time again when someone is getting married, but what is the reasoning behind it? “Something old” represents the brides past, while her “something new" symbolizes the couples happy future together. The brides “something borrowed” is meant to be something from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of the good luck in that person’s relationship rubs off on her. And lastly, “something blue” denotes fidelity and love for one another.
RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
No bride likes the thought of a torrential downpour running her wedding day, but in some cultures it is deemed good luck and symbolises fertility and cleansing.
CARRYING THE BRIDE OVER THE THRESHOLD
Beginning in medieval Europe, this superstition had many believing that it was scandalous for a woman to show too much enthusiasm about losing her virginity, so the groom carried her to avoid looking too eager. It was also believed that the bride was vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. Today the groom carries his bride over the threshold not to ward of evil spirits, but as a romantic way to welcome her into his life.
SEEING EACH OTHER BEFORE THE WEDDING
This one dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the wedding, it would give them a chance to change their minds. Although arranged marriages are no longer common, most brides still choose not to see their groom before the wedding. Many believe it makes the day more exciting and memorable. However, some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony.
TOSSING THE GARTER AND BOUQUET
In medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a fragment of the brides clothing – often resulting in the brides gown being torn apart, so they looked for alternatives, resulting in bouquets being tossed. When the bride and groom made it to their wedding chamber, the groom would throw the garter to the crowds of people waiting outside as a way of saying he was about to “seal the deal.” In time, the garter came to symbolize good luck and today the practice usually involves the throwing the garter and bouquet to a group of single women and men; whoever catches it is believed to be the next to marry.
SAVING THE TOP TIER OF THE WEDDING CAKE
It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. As the time between weddings and christenings widened, the two events became disassociated and the reason for saving the top tier changed. Nowadays, couples enjoy saving the top layer of their wedding cake to eat on their first wedding anniversary as a reminder of their special day.
4 May 2016
Mums play a huge roll in your life, and that doesn’t change when wedding planning comes around but they do have an uncanny way of zapping all the calm out of wedding planning. Whether she is obsessing over where your cousin twice removed is sitting or something as simple as what she is going to wear, you’ve got to find a way to get mum to seriously chill.
FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM
Talk to your mum and figure out what has her going crazy. She’s a mum, she has spent your whole life worrying and fixating on a seemingly small, silly issue while trying to express something totally different. Work through it together.
Consider if your mum is feeling left out of the planning process. She has probably been dreaming of your wedding day as long as you, if not longer which means there are probably certain expectations involved. Involve your mum in some decision-making so she feels like her ideas and opinions matter, or even bypass your maid of honour and talk to your mum about an issue you are facing. Involving her in the process will most likely calm her nerves,, at least she has some idea as to what is going on.
TAKE HER MIND OFF THE WEDDING
This is a good one for both of you. Wedding planning and decision-making can take a big toll on stress. Take some time out with your mum and go out and enjoy an activity together, preferably something that isn’t related to weddings. A winery tour, cooking class or even a day at the spa are all good places to start. Alternatively, find something that she loves to do and do it together, it will show her that you are still around to chat about things other than the wedding.
ASSIGN HER A PROJECT
If your mum is eager to jump at the chance to help you and your bridesmaids with something, then don’t hesitate to gibe her a project. We aren’t just talking about the DIY favours you’ve decided on, it could be something like arranging invitation addresses or picking up the desserts for your bridal shower. An extra set of hands never hurt anyone!
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