WHY THE BEST DAY EVER WEDDING FESTIVAL IS FOR YOU!

30 August 2016

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South Australia’s most exciting and refreshing alternative to the 'traditional' wedding expo is back. The BEST DAY EVER Wedding Festival being held on September 11th just may be the kick-start you need to get your creative juices flowing! And if you’ve never been to one, then you are in for a treat.

Aside from being surrounded by numerous wedding supplies to suit every taste, bride and budget [where you could quite literally choose your gown, cake, venue, photographer and DJ all in one day] here is what else you can expect to see at Septembers BEST DAY EVER:

THE NEW ISSUE OF BRIDES OF ADELAIDE

This is an exciting one for all the gorgeous brides-to-be! You will be the first lucky ladies in Adelaide to get their hands on the BRAND NEW issue of Adelaide's favourite wedding planning and styling guide, Issue 13 of Brides of Adelaide magazine!

A FLURRY OF EXHIBITORS

Mingle with exhibiting partners about everything wedding! Be inspired by the creative flair and styling elements on offer; live entertainment, interactive installations and much, much more. Bridal fashion houses, exquisite cakes - and tastings-, artistic photographers and creative hair, beauty, decor and event stylists to enchant and delight – its wedding planning heaven!

FASHION PARADES

The fashion parades showcase dozens of spectacular gowns from amazing Adelaide couturiers, to some of the best ready to wear stockists in the state, as well as outfits for the entire bridal party and groom! Oh, and you’ll even be treated to some stunning getting ready bridal robes thanks to The Bridal Space.

A TON OF INSPIRATION

The festival will be stylishly decorated in inspiring themes that are sure to get your ideas flowing; table settings, floral chandeliers and a whole lot more. Head down for the day and find out about all the endless opportunities on offer.

Come on down and say ‘hi’ to us, we’d love to meet you!

DATES AND DETAILS

WHEN: Sunday September 11th 2016
WHERE: National Wine Centre of Australia | Cnr Hackney Rd + Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
HOURS: 10am to 5pm
COST OF ENTRY: FREE! Get your tix here: http://bit.ly/joinbde

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THE THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT BEING A BRIDE!

27 June 2016

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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.



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BOA STYLE: WINTER WEDDING TRICKS

22 June 2016

Brrrrr, it's chilly outside! Winter weddings are some of the most deeply romantic, however they can have a bite in the air during the cooler months. Keep your guests cosy, warm and enjoying your special day with these delicious winter warming tricks...

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Pashminas!

Have pashminas handy for your guests to drape over their shoulders when chilly. They could be cute wedding favours, used as chair decor or displayed in boxes that encourage guests to take one to keep warm. They look super cute and all it takes is a pashmina to take the chill off the air.

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A hot chocolate bar!

You heard us, a hot chocolate bar! Set up a station at your event complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows for guests to warm themselves with from the inside out. A fab idea for guests to enjoy while you're off enjoying your photography session, or for a late night cap.

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Gloves!

Your guests may have dressed for the wintery weather and worn their snug coats, but often cold hands can creep up on you and put a little damper on the festivities. Provide a gloves station for guests to warm their fingers if the need be.

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Bridal sweaters!

It's definitely sweater weather, and just because you're a bride doesn't mean you have to stay cold too. Incorporate a chic angora sweater into your bridal style (and for the bridesmaids) for a cute-as-punch look that will keep you warm AND stylish.

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Hot choccy wedding favours!

Send guests home with a little something to enjoy after the celebrations. These hot chocolate kits in jars are a fab way to ensure they spend the day after the wedding with their feet up by the fire, sipping a cup of deliciousness and thinking fondly of your special day.

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Spirit wedding favours!

Nothing warms the belly more like brandy, rum or a little champagne. These miniature sized wedding favours are definite winter warmers.

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Wedding bonfire!

If your venue restrictions allow, create a wedding bonfire. Some of our fondest memories are around a fire, swapping stories and toasting marshmallows. Provide some treats for your guests to melt and let them warm their faces by a charming open flame.

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Rainy photography session!

Instead of allowing the weather to dampen your spirits, take advantage of mother nature. A rainy day means you can create some gorgeous wedding photos, just like these couples have with romantic umbrellas. Too cute!

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Slipper wedding favours!

Send guests home with a pair of warm slippers for their tootsies and they'll be your best friends forever, we promise.

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Blanket wedding favours!

Blanket wedding favours are cute AND practical. Guests will be able to keep warm on the evening of your wedding, and use them for a long time after. They'll think of you every time they whip their blanket out on a winter's night or during summer for a picnic.

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WHAT NOT TO DO IN A WEDDING SPEECH

6 June 2016

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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.

IM ENGAGED!!...

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



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6 WEDDING DAY SUPERSTITIONS

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4 WAYS TO CALM YOUR MUMS WEDDING STRESS

4 May 2016

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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.

INVOLVE HER

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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8 THINGS BRIDES FORGET TO DO POST WEDDING

20 April 2016

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Your big day is over and you’re officially Mr & Mrs – congrats! Your marriage is officially starting but there is still a little more work to be done, and no we aren’t talking about updating your Facebook relationship status and profile picture. We’re talking about these 8 post-wedding to dos – in no particular order of course:

ENJOY THE HONEYMOON

Relax and enjoy time with your new hubby, make the most of your time as newlyweds before you get back to reality. Speaking of honeymoon, make sure your passports and ID are up to date and packed safely in your carry on luggage before your big day.

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SEND THANK YOU CARDS

Thanking the people who attended your wedding and supported you through the day is a big must! Send a short, personalised message to each guest or couple, thanking them for their attendance and gift no later than three months after the wedding. Space out your note writing over a few weeks to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the whole process.

DRY CLEAN YOUR DRESS

The chances are your wedding dress is going to be the most expensive item of clothing that you will EVER own! It is also a high possibility that you will never wear it again and might chose to hand it down to your children or even sell it but the longer you wait, the more stubborn your cake stains and alcohol spills become. Aim to have your dress cleaned within a week after your wedding.

GIFTS

Who doesn’t love receiving gifts, but lets be honest, there are only so many Egyptian cotton sheets and kitchen sets a couple can have. It’s time to pick your favourites and send the rest back to the store.

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CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOS

Your wedding photos are momentum's that you will keep forever and cherish in years to come, so you should definitely take your time to select the ones that you love. Keep in mind however depending on what was discussed in the contract with your photographer there is probably a deadline for photo selections.

INSURE YOUR RING

What is worse than having your wedding ring stolen? Not having the funds to replace it! If you haven’t done so already, review your home and contents insurance policy to make sure it covers your wedding rings, if not, a quick call to your insurer may be needed.

REVIEW YOUR SUPPLIERS

A wedding takes a whole talented team of vendors to make it go off without a hitch! Appreciation goes a long way, especially word of mouth, so you should definitely take some time out and write some reviews for your vendors after all, how many reviews did you read while in the selection process.

SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES

It’s time for the money talk, if you haven’t already had it. How will your money be spent, will you have joint accounts or separate? Visit a lawyer and discuss your future security, make changes to life insurance, superannuation beneficiaries and wills. This is the least exciting thing to do on the list, but one of the most important!

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WAYS TO INCLUDE YOUR KIDS IN YOUR WEDDING

1 April 2016

Blended families or couples who already have children together are somewhat the ‘norm’ these days rather than the exception, so it’s a no-brainer that you want to include the kids in the wedding. It is important to find a special way to incorporate them involve them wedding so they feel like they are an actual part of the marriage. Of course it is lovely to have the as part of the wedding party, but it isn’t your only option - here are some of our favourite ways to include your children into the wedding…

Have them as part of the bridal party

If you’re having a traditional wedding then there is no reason to find an alternative way to include your kids – the kid friendly role of flower girl and/or ring bearer is simple, fun and always a crowd-pleaser. If that’s not your style, why not have them open the ceremony by walking down the aisle holding a sign, banner or whatever you want to include.

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Include them in the ceremony

Why not include your children in the ceremony itself. If you’re having a sand ceremony, why not extend it to include some sand for your kids and let them pour some into a bigger jar – it will look perfect on your mantel place in your house. If your kids are old enough, let them have a say in the ceremony with a super adorable “we do” vow moment – what a super cute way to seal the deal.

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Family dance

Halfway through your first dance, why not have the kids cut in and join?! Not only does this include them in the reception, but it is such a special moment and makes for the perfect photo opportunity. Add a few of their favourite jams to the DJ’s playlist and watch them boogie with excitement.

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Family cake topper

A quirky and super adorable way to include the kids is to have a family cake topper rather than a bride and groom. If it’s a larger family, why not work with your cake supplier to create a wedding cake that involves everyone and shows off the family.

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Wedding décor

its time to get crafty! This is the perfect fun way that kids can contribute to the wedding – DIY craft projects. Have them help you create wedding favours, place cards, kids activities or even centrepieces – it doesn’t matter if its not perfect, it makes them feel like they were part of creating the big day. If DIY projects aren’t on your wedding to-do list, than have kids take part in the decision-making process, why not have them choose the cake flavour or even take part in the design process.

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WHO PAYS FOR WHAT?

23 March 2016

So you’ve said yes to your man – congrats! But it's time to get down to the gritty stuff - like “who will pay for what?”.

The traditional division of wedding expenses between the bride and groom's sides has changed significantly over time, with many of today’s brides and grooms paying for their own wedding expenses. To help kick start your conversation, we have put together a list of the 'traditional' breakdown of the major wedding expenses [still followed by some couples]. It is important however to remember that there are only guidelines and every couple is different.

So mix and match this list to best suit your personal needs and preferences and deep your expenses under control with the help of our wedding Budget Tool...

The Bride / Bride’s Side pays for…

  • Engagement notice and any other newspaper announcements
  • Engagement party
  • Wedding consultant / planner's fee
  • Wedding invitations & stationery (printing & mailing)
  • Wedding dress, veil and accessories
  • Lingerie
  • Ceremony / reception decorations
  • Ceremony / reception flowers
  • Programs
  • Transportation to the ceremony and reception venues (for mother of the bride, the bride and the bridesmaids)
  • Wedding cake
  • Wedding flowers (bridesmaids bouquets, all corsages, ceremony, reception)
  • Reception costs (venue, catering, beverages, entertainment, rental items)
  • Bombonniere
  • Wedding photography and videography
  • Guest book
  • Groom's wedding ring
  • Groom’s wedding gift
  • Bridal attendant’s gifts
  • Beauty treatments
  • Wedding breakfast

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The Groom / Groom’s Side Pays For…

  • Groom’s clothing & accessories
  • Groomsmen’s accessories (excluding tuxedos)
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Flowers for the mothers and grandmothers
  • Boutonniere for the groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers and groom
  • Transportation to the ceremony and reception venues (for the groom & the groomsmen)
  • Bride's engagement & wedding rings
  • Bride’s wedding gift
  • Gifts for the groom's attendants
  • Rehearsal dinner (optional)
  • Marriage license
  • Officiate's fee
  • Honeymoon


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Bridal Attendants / Groomsmen Pay For…

  • Wedding attire and accessories
  • Bridal shower gift
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom

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WEDDING COLOUR STYLE - PEACH + GREEN

2 November 2015

There is no better time to use the colour peach than in the warmer months – it is just one of those colours that was made for them. Wild floral's and sweet colours are the inspiration for today. Let’s steer away from a perfectly pristine setting and create a moody + romantic atmosphere where plants grow in their own design – natural, wild + utterly breathtaking. Dinner underneath an arbour overgrown with foliage + vintage chandeliers or a table runner made from vines + florals overflowing with taper candles + vintage lounge armchairs - the possibilities are endless, let the natural beauty of peach + green inspire you…

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JUST IN CASE

6 October 2015

It’s true – the world is always out to get you on your wedding day, from wedding dress fashion mishaps to that pimple you’ve woken up to! While we hope none of our fellow brides suffer through this, it is better to be safer than sorry which is we have compiled a list of the “just-in-case” items for your very own wedding day survival kit.

BOA TIP: pocket size is always fun and a lot easier to carry on the day, so we recommend that you purchase as many of these as you can in a “mini” fun size. If you really love it, it makes for the perfect bridal shower gift for your engaged friends + family.

FASHION

Safety pin
Hollywood fashion tape
Stain remover
Sewing kit – string in 3 colours + needle

PERSONAL CARE

Lip balm
Mints
Tampon/ Pad
Deodorant
Pain Reliever
Band-Aids
Snack [for those peckish brides]

BEAUTY

Clear nail polish
Mini hairspray
Nail file
Mini perfume
Tissues
Folding comb
Blotting tissue
Cotton tips
Bobby pins

BRIDAL

Wedding day checklist
Straw [to keep that lipstick in place]


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WEDDING COLOUR STYLE -FEMININE FUCHSIA

21 September 2015

Spring is here lovelies and we are so excited! Fresh, edgy + ultra-sexy, we have re-vamped your typical fuchsia for a vivaciously playful modern affair. Working best with a blank canvas [white, white + white], eye-popping fuchsia accents fashion fresh femininity and quirkiness to your usual pink shades. Oh, and bold lips are a must! Prepare yourselves for a serious case of fuchsia fever…
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WEDDING PLANNING TOOL - BUDGET

19 September 2015

As women, sticking to a budget is never easy! Our heart is saying, “treat yo self” while our bank account is screaming, “don’t treat yo self” – it’s a constant game of tug a war and we all know who wins in the end! So here at BOA HQ, we have come up with a fab budget planner that is sure to keep you well within your limits – your hubby will thank us later!

What a treasure this tool really is! Estimate your wedding expenses + keep track of all your actual costs + amounts paid under the sections provided, covering everything from accommodation to stationery + decor. Add payments and update items as you go to keep track of all the wonderful wedding suppliers you have paid + to see how much is left for those extra little indulges. This tool couldn’t be any easier if it tried – we have taken the stress out so you can enjoy your planning process! Get started with this FREE interactive online planning tool here...
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WEDDING PLANNING TOOLS - WEDDING TASKS LIST

5 September 2015

Grab your laptop ladies, its time to log onto our FREE online wedding planning tools! Our fabulous ‘tasks’ tool means that you’re in for a easy planning season, with step-by-step lists of the numerous tasks involved with planning your wedding. The hottest fashions, latest trends, helpful articles + much more – get started with your personal planning assistant and new best friend here...

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SAND CEREMONY

26 February 2015

For a sweet and trendy alternative to the unity candle ceremony we are loving the sand ceremony; whether you want to do something different or after an idea leaning towards your beach style… A flame won’t stay alight on a windy shore!

In short, the bride and groom each have a container encasing sand in which they pour into a third ‘keepsake’ container. Choose a vessel (we think giant shells are gorgeous) and perhaps engrave your names, initial and/or wedding date.

The sand used can be different colours, from a sentimental location or simply some that’s easily accessible. At the conclusion of your vowels pour the sand in simultaneously.

For secure keeping at a later date, heat up some candle wax and pour into the mouth of the container to seal the love in forever.

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PIN OF THE DAY - PRETTY PLANNING MOMENTS

30 January 2015

How is your wedding planning coming along brides-to-be? White roses and new diaries making for a stylish situation.

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BEAUTY SPOTLIGHT - IN ESSENCE CANDLE VAPORISER

17 January 2015

Bathing is the most beautiful and nurturing method of use in the practise of aromatherapy and perfect for relaxing or a romantic evening in with your beau. Set the scene with champas, a little Ed Sheeran and an In Essence Aromatherapy Candle Vaporizer to create your personal aromatic environment! Live in the lap of luxury and bring a little ‘day spa’ vibe to the comfort and convenience of your own lounge room. Organise your girls, some dips and vino, facemasks and your In Essence Candle Vaporiser for a wedding planning haven. Our favourite oil option is the In Essence ‘orange’ pure essential oil. Containing essential oil of citrus sinensis fruit peel is it a pleasant uplifting aroma which restores the spirit. Orange is ideal to calm and is beneficial during times of stress. It additionally relieves insomnia, the symptoms of colds and muscular cramps and spasms and provides temporary relief of cough and bronchitis. Pairing perfectly with lavender and Roman Chamomile, it eases tension headaches and mild anxiety. So kick off your shoes, relax and recharge - let In Essence engage your senses and balance your emotions. 

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POLAROID WEDDING INVITE

5 November 2014

We think these Polaroid invites are so cute! Such an innovative idea – get your guests excited to attend a unique and creative wedding by giving them a preview of your potential. An invite that guests will want to show off on the fridge, not to mention the fun you and your beau can have taking some snaps.



Adapt to a vintage wedding with coffee stains and a sepia filter or put a modern spin on the classic camera, taking inspiration from Instagram and inject plenty of bright colours to create a fun invitation.


Vintage Weddings  Wedding Invitations  Wedding Planning  Wedding Stationery 

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PIN OF THE DAY - WEDDING RECEPTION WARDROBE

10 October 2014

 It may be challenging keeping up with Kim Kardashian on her wedding day with five wardrobe changes, however, slipping into something new before the reception is often a popular choice. We are torn between these two beautiful Krikor Jabotian designs- long or short... what is your style?


Wedding Dresses  Wedding Planning  White Wedding Ideas 

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NEXT GENERATION MEMORIAL PARK

20 August 2014

What a gorgeous location for your wedding reception!! Panoramic views over the sparkling Torrens River and lush park lands will be yours as your celebrate in the elegant function room - what a dream! The central city location is convenient, yet you will be surprised to find such a peaceful setting in Adelaide’s CBD. Find out more about this goooorgeous Adelaide locale here

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MCCRACKEN COUNTRY CLUB

14 August 2014

What a venue! Surrounded by the championship McCracken Golf Course with panoramic views of lush green fairways, McCracken Country Club is a fabulous location for your unforgettable destination wedding!! Choose your stunning function room (with ample windows for the amazing views, of course), or alternatively the undercover outdoor pavilion is an ideal spot for your pre-dinner drinks or as a separate alfresco area for the evening. Want to find out more? Contact the McCracken Country Club here...

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MODERN + GRAPHIC WEDDING INVITATIONS

4 August 2014

Colour! Bold design! Graphic prints! It's all happening on today's blog post, where we fuse modern style with wedding stationery. Wedding invitations are guests first impression of the excitement to come, so they should be beautiful and reflect your personalities and style. If you're more contemporary than traditional, you may want to consider these FUN bold ideas that will guarantee pride place on your guest's fridge during the lead up to your oh so special day...

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BRIDES OF ADELAIDE WEDDING PLANNING TOOLS - REMINDERS

4 August 2014

Our FREE interactive online wedding planning tools ensure you won't miss a single beat when it comes to wedding planning! Set yourself a reminder that will prompt you to meet with suppliers, pay deposits and send invitations on time! Think of it as your little personal assistant! Get started here...

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10 THINGS TO DO A WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

30 April 2014

So, it's a week before your wedding. You're nervous, you're excited and perhaps feeling slightly overwhelmed with all the little details - in the midst of it all, it's possible you might forget the important last-minute duties. Deep breaths girls! We've got you covered with these TEN things to consider doing before your wedding (where you'll notice that we loooove lists!).

1.     Go over your timeline for the wedding and triple check everything! It's probably right (you've been organised during the lead-up using our free online interactive planning tools, haven't you!) but this allows time for any last minutes fixes and if anything, will guarantee you peace of mind (and a good night’s sleep the night before your wedding).

2.     Check your reservations for the hotel the night before your wedding and for your honeymoon flight if you’ll be embarking on one – better to be safe than sorry!

3.     Organise your accessories, décor and items needed to be transported. We recommend that you create a checklist or inventory of items and that way NO ONE leaves on the morning of the big day until everything is checked off. We’ve heard some stories of all sorts of items getting left behind and we’d hate for it to happen to you! If you’re staying at accommodation the night before the wedding, ensure everything is checked and with you before you leave home.

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4.     Read through your wedding vows – you’ll feel much more relaxed if you feel well-versed in what you are going to say. Give it the go over in front of girlfriends or the mirror to banish any last minute nerves.

5.     Send out last-minute reminders. If you are relying on family members or friends to bring anything (cake, flowers, a piece of jewellery etc) send out a simple text for ultimate peace of mind. It’s a good idea to have a checklist of these items too, so you know who to send reminders to.

6.     Send an overnight bag to the hotel – if you’re going straight from the wedding to the hotel room, have a friend check you in at the hotel and drop off your supplies. If you can’t check in sooner, have a bridesmaid or friend be responsible for bringing your bag to the wedding and finding a safe spot for it (or keep it in the limo or boot if you have the same car for the day and night). Also ensure there’s a hanger or bag waiting at the hotel to keep your wedding dress safe! Tip: create a checklist before you pack so you ensure all items are included. Yes, we’re a big fan of lists!

7.     Double-check you’ve organised someone to take home your things after the reception, including gifts AND mementos (guest book, cake topper, toasting flutes etc) and leftover cake and bomboniere.

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8.     Ensure you’ve made day-after plans – if you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight from the hotel, make arrangements for a car service to take you to the airport. Make sure you have your PASSPORT or make a checklist (YES). If you’re heading home after the hotel, perhaps park your car at the hotel before the wedding if you’re allowed.

9.     Contact suppliers, double check their arrival times, send them a schedule of the day along with travel information and give them a main point of contact outside of the bridal party so you’re not interrupted during your special day.

10.     WEAR YOUR SHOES IN. By the time you've been wearing them all day and are ready to get down on the dance-floor, we promise you will be thankful.

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Wedding Ideas  Wedding Planning 

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WEDDING COLOUR FILE - ORANGE + PINK

25 March 2014

Splashes of orange and pops of look-at-me pink are brightening up our Tuesday evening! These vibrant hues create a fun and light-hearted atmosphere at wedding - THE palette for couples who are well-known for a good time! Great for the sunny summer months or perfect to brighten up the drearier winter months, these colours will work all year round! xx

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Orange Wedding Ideas  Pink Wedding Ideas  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding DIY  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Planning  Wedding Styling 

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ROMANTIC GREY WEDDING STYLE

4 February 2014

There's something inherently romantic about grey and white - the soft colour palette is dreamy and darling, reminding one of the feeling when they first fell in love, floating high above the clouds. Our romantic grey wedding style is classic and beautiful for all stylish brides...

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The beautiful thing about grey is that you can modernise the hue by simply playing with textures and shapes. For a romantic feel, incorporate soft edges and ruffles, or to create a contemporary feel, grey can look gorgeous in straight lines, geometric shapes and glossy surfaces. To create an even more romantic look, decorate your grey and white palette with a hint of pink or a light green.

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Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding DIY  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Planning  Wedding Styling 

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WEDDING FAVOUR - CANCER COUNCIL SA

28 January 2014

This is a wedding bomboniere very close to our hearts and truly a gift that keeps on giving. Thank guests for attending your special day with a donation to the Cancer Council SA on their behalf. Unique personalised place cards will let guests know that you are thankful for their attendance and that you are contributing towards the fight for cancer. Does it get more special than that? Find out more information from the Cancer Council SA.

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Bonbonniere  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Planning 

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AN AQUA LOVE AFFAIR

22 January 2014

Join us as we an embark on a love affair with fresh aqua and white hues. This light colour combo was made for summer, highlighting the natural beauty of the outdoors and sparkling in the sunlight. Silver accents complement the playful palette, creating an air of elegance with connotations of every gal's favourite indulgence; Tiffany & Co.

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An aqua wedding is perfect for the spring and summer months, when there is an air of freedom and everyone is feeling relaxed and rested. The vibrant colour will lift spirits and remind guests of a tropical island getaway. Aqua and white are a match made in heaven, which is why this hue is a wonderful choice for weddings. Aqua bridesmaid dresses will look stunning against the fresh white gown on the bride. Lovely!

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Don't be afraid to incorporate hints of other light and bright hues, such as the blue flowers mixed into the wedding centrepiece below. Citrus colours will also look beautiful; think a splash of chartreuse here and there. Fresh lime mixed into your aqua cocktails will only highlight the fun freshness of your wedding style.

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WEDDING COOL - SUMMER IDEAS

28 November 2013

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Summer weddings are fabulous - the atmosphere is vibrant, fun and relaxed. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and guests are basking in the warmth of our Southern Hemisphere glow! Australia can get a little hot in the summer months, but don't worry - we've got plenty of ideas that will beat the heat and keep your guests cool enough to enjoy the celebrations!....

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  • We love the idea of using plastic sunglasses as bomboniere! Place a pair on each of your guests' seats, or create a basket full of them for guests to grab. A sign such as 'Don't be blinded by our love!' is a cute touch and the glasses are a fun photo prop too!

  • Take advantage of the plethora of delicious, juicy fresh fruit on offer in the summer months and provide plenty of fruity goodness for your guests. Trays of cut-up oranges and watermelon are great refreshments for post-ceremony drinks, or to even provide while guests wait for the bride to arrive! Yum!

  • It's a thoughtful (and probably vital) idea to provide water for guests if you're having a summer ceremony. Buckets full of ice with water bottles in them are great for family and friends to grab and keep hydrated throughout the day. You can even get personalised labels on the bottles - "Lauren + James' Wedding 2013" is a cute touch.

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  • Mason jars of icy cocktails are also great to provide to guests! Cold beers, fruity slushies and popsicles dipped in champagne will have your guests grinning from ear to ear!

  • SHADE is vital! There's seriously nothing worse than enduring the hot sun with no escape - particularly in your Sunday best. Ensure there either marquees or umbrellas for your guests to retreat to the shade when they need it, or at least provide summer parasols or umbrellas.

  • Fans are also a small touch, but will mean the world to your guests. Place a cute fan on each guest's seat. It could be a vintage fan or a stationery fan that doubles as a program. Either way, please ensure your guests have them to stay cool. They'll make good use of them...trust us!

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  • If you're having an outdoor wedding and you aren't opposed to a super relaxed vibe, provide thongs for your guests with a sign 'dancing shoes'. It's no secret that feet swell up during the hot weather...guests will enjoy kicking off their heels or formal shoes in favour of comfy thongs they can groove in all night.

  • Water pistols! If you're wedding falls on a particularly hot day or night, leave a miniature water pistol as bomboniere for guests. An end-of-the-night water fight will be SO much fun!

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WEDDING CAR SPOTLIGHT - PRO STREET WEDDINGS

20 November 2013

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It is said that a perfect entrance often begins with a perfect wedding car; your vehicle of choice will set a standard of style for your wedding as you make your grand arrival! South Australia’s very own Pro Street Weddings know exactly how to make a statement with their fleet of perfectly restored and maintained white 1968’69 HK/HT Holden Premiers – these cars, with their charming touch of yesteryear, will stand out from the rest!

We love the passion, enthusiasm and personality that the guys from Pro Street Weddings infuse into their family operated business. These all-around nice guys are humorous, professional and understand that choosing a wedding car is a once in a lifetime experience and the significance of your day and their special cargo! We had the opportunity to talk to Danny from Pro Street Weddings to gain a little insight into their business and why it is so important for them to make your wedding day so unforgettable….

What drew us to the wedding car industry…Frank, Phil and I are the owners of Pro Street Weddings with three unique personalities from related families that gel together because we all believe in the same thing; family comes first. We apply those same values to our business because we want our clients to feel like they are part of our ‘family’ (business) and we are part of theirs. We get a real buzz getting involved with each and every wedding that we do and we know when we’ve not only put a smile on their faces but ours as well that we’ve achieved what we set out to. The feeling you get when you have made someone else’s day makes it all worth it.

Our business supplies Adelaide’s only 1968/1969 HK/HT Holden Premier Vehicles for weddings, formals and special occasions. The idea came when the three of us were sitting at a shack at Port Vincent after a day out fishing on the boat (don’t think we caught anything that day, major bummer!). I had bought my HK Premier about six months prior and had used the car in a few mates’ weddings. As a group we were throwing the idea around and as a joke one of us said “maybe we should get a few more cars and do it as a business”. The dream became a reality and in 2009 we officially became Pro Street Weddings with just two cars. In 2010/2011 we added our third and in 2012 our fourth. In just over three years we’ve been a part of over eighty weddings and travelled as far as the Barossa Valley and Victor Harbor.

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Our favourite car industry leader…favourite? There isn’t just one, we love cars in general!

What inspires us…family and friends. They give a sense of belonging and a sense of direction.

Our approach to the wedding car industry…we like to involve ourselves in the wedding as though we're part of it; we are constantly looking out for someone that needs a hand to do something. We’ve done everything from taking photos, being in the photos, suggesting locations for photos, holding flowers, drinks, dresses, umbrellas…you name it we’ve done it!

The one thing though that stands out for us is that we do something so simple but so important to all of our clients - we open and close the car doors for them. We base our service on how we would like to be treated, like if it were us getting married.

The first thing we do when we start work…work for us is on the road so when we step into work we are basically stepping into our cars. The first thing we do is make sure we look presentable, the car looks good and that we have everything we need to make sure the day runs as smooth and successful as it should.

A typical day at work…starts way before the actual day. The cars are detailed for every job, drinks are stocked in the fridge, our uniforms are ready, the cars have petrol, the tyres are pumped and the fixtures and fittings are all tight and secure. On the day of the wedding we do a final check of the cars, stock the esky, make ourselves presentable, drive to the pick-up locations, meet and greet the passengers, take them to the ceremony, wait for them whilst they exchange their vows, setup the cars for photos and take them to photo locations, keep the passengers on time, take them to the reception - all with a big smile on our face and of course while opening and closing the doors behind them. We then take the cars home, give them a clean inside and out and the cover goes on ready for the next time.

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Our favourite wedding story…just one?? Okay if we must! A couple named Nicole and Michael. They were the most warming people we have ever driven for and so unexpected because they were so young. They warmed to us from the moment they made first contact and truly made us feel like part of their family. They invited us into their homes and gave us food and drink whilst we waited at the park, in fact they made us sit with them whilst they ate. They involved us in their photos and even to this day they are the only couple that has taken us into their reception centre and had photos with all the drivers, something that we will never forget.

Our favourite place to shop in Adelaide…Outlaw Speed Shop or any shop to do with cars.

Our favourite place to eat in Adelaide…our places because the food is home cooked and you can’t beat it!

The top of our shopping list…Harley Davidson Softail motorcycles. As part of our service we also provide Harley Davidson escorts but we don’t actually own the bikes….envy is so naughty isn’t it!!

Our idea of a good time…family and friends all together, eating, drinking, talking and carrying on with each other. It’s a time to relax and reflect about things we’ve done together and are going to do together.

When we’re not at work you will find us…at home, fishing or just working on the cars.

We can’t live without…family and friends.

Five words that best describe us…respectful, driven, logical, reflector and all round nice blokes….okay that’s about nine words, sorry…

Our favourite drop…being European, we make our own, so our label!! Although as girlie as it sounds Brown Brothers is not a bad drop (don’t let that get out).

To find out more about Pro Street Weddings, or to make an inquiry, click here...

Wedding Planning  Wedding Transport 

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BRIDAL PARTY COFFEE RUN

31 October 2013

If you're planning on sending a bridesmaid out for a must-have coffee run on the morning of your wedding, use it as a great opportunity for some cute photos! You could Instagram the pic of labelled coffees for your family and friends so they can share in the excitement of your morning without giving too much away! xx

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SPARKLE BAR

31 October 2013

Hosting a bridal shower with your girlfriends and looking high and low for adorbs ideas? A sparkle bar is fun - let each girl decorate their own plainly iced cupcake. Set up bowls of sprinkles, edible sparkles, pop rocks...anything fun and vibrant they can gobble when they're done being creative!  You don't have to limit yourself to just cupcakes - treat guests to frozen yoghurt and ice-cream with an array of goodies, such as lollies, diced fruit and flavoured toppings!

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INSTAGRAM YOUR WEDDING

30 October 2013

The Instagram craze has taken over as one of the most popular social networking platforms! We personally love it (check us out at @boamagazine!)...and it is actually a fab idea for weddings. Create a unique hashtag your guests can use, such as #laurenandjameswedding, to tag their pics at your wedding with. This way you won't miss any of the candid moments and will get to see pics you otherwise may never had known existed!

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HONEYMOON REGISTRY

16 October 2013

We're always looking for cool and quirky ideas AND we're suckers for travelling, so imagine how excited we were when we came across the Paul Hoffmann Travel Registry!! It's a fabulous and personal way for your guests to contribute to your amaaaazing honeymoon. There's no awkwardness, simply include your Phil Hoffmann Travel Guest List announcement cards with your invites and guests will able to make loving contributions online, by the phone or in-store. We seriously think it's a great idea to make the most of your honeymoon and guests will love knowing they've given you a gift that you will never forget.

Find out more about the Phil Hoffmann Travel Registry...

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HIGH TEA BRIDAL SHOWER

14 October 2013

A bridal shower is a fun way to celebrate your upcoming wedding with family and friends. A hens night is GREAT fun (trust us, we've been to enough to know!!), but a bridal shower is a fabulous way to involve family whom might not be as enthusiastic about the hens night madness. It's even a great idea to kick off the celebrations with a gorgeous shower, where the ladies can mingle and get to know each other before the wedding, and then those who want to party can continue the fun into the night. We've put together some gorgeous pastel high-tea bridal shower style. Cute, sophisticated and perfect for spring/summer!!!

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We love a high-tea, there's something so enjoyable and elegant about donning your Sunday best and enjoying tea, champagne and scones with your closest ladies. Raid second-hand shops and your grandmother's kitchen for some mis-matched crockery. Teacups, plates and odd cutlery will create a beautiful tea-party setting. Don't stress if nothing matches, it will just add to the charm!

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Since you will be outdoors and soaking in the sunny rays, dish up some refreshing treats. Ice-cream scooped into cupcake holders, strawberries on skewers to dip in yoghurt and fruit platters are some beautiful options. Collect mis-matched materials from your local craft store to create unique napkins, and provide your girlfriends with some miniature bubble solutions for some fun photos!

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Keep the conversation flowing and things interesting with some fun bridal shower games!! Before the bridal shower, interview the groom and then put the bride in the hot seat!! Ask her questions about her groom, such as his favourite colour, or when they had their first kiss, that he has already answered. She better get them right! For those who are extending the celebrations to the hen's night, make a pass the parcel and in each layer include a dare for the person who unwraps it to complete. Hilariousness is guaranteed to ensue!

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Wedding Planning  Wedding Styling 

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LOVE LETTER

1 October 2013

It's a sweet idea to give the best man a note to slip to your groom right before the ceremony. The note can be heartfelt, or short and simple eg. "I can’t WAIT to be your wife!", but either way, it will get your guy even more excited to meet you at the end of the aisle! If he decides to write a note to slip to you before the ceremony, make sure your photographer is on hand to capture the reaction...there is bound to be a few happy tears. xx

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Wedding Planning 

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WEDDING DRESS PREPARATION

30 September 2013

Fixing an extra bustle hook on your dress prior to the big day is an excellent idea – that way if the original breaks, you won’t miss out on any fun while your bridesmaids attempt a hasty sewing session! Preparation is your sure-fire route to a happy peace of mind...xx

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Wedding Dresses  Wedding Planning 

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SPRAY TAN PERFECTION

12 September 2013

If you’re having a spray tan for your wedding, it's a great idea to get a trial before the big day so you know exactly what shade to aim for. Exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate before you head to your appointment - it is vital for even application and prolonging your colour, then skip the deodorant as it is likely to turn your tan green. Once you've gone for your trial tan, ask someone to take photos of you so you can see exactly how the shade will translate on to camera. Don’t forget to moisturise regularly after the tan to maintain a beautiful even shade. Check out our fav Adelaide wedding beauty experts for the perfect tan Xx

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Beauty  Wedding Planning 

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KIDS TABLES

10 September 2013

Keep the kids in mind! If you are having children at your wedding, set up a designated kids table with fun items to keep them occupied. Create a special little pack for each child, including plenty of paper, crayons, games and food that is child appropriate.  They will have a better time – and so will your guests! xx

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Table Settings  Wedding Planning 

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WEDDING TIP OF THE DAY

4 September 2013

Enlist a trusted friend to oversee the vendors. Make them the ‘go to’ person if the vendors have a question, an issue or something has changed. This will free you up to spend more time with family and friends! xx

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Wedding Planning 

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