Real Wedding: Thomas and Joanne

We love a good surprise wedding at Just as Planned and the surprise wedding of Thomas and Joanne is no exception.

Thomas and Joanne have been together for 10 years and wanted to do something a little different for their wedding, so their chose to surprise their guests!

Guests arrived to their house expecting an engagement party and were floored when they found it was to be their surprise wedding.

The theme was garden party, with lots of florals, food and drinks flowing. Take a look at these stunning photos

Thomas and Joanne

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Dress: Raffinato Bridal Flowers: Moss and Fern Photographer: Alana Blowfield Shoes: Etsy Jewellery: Etsy Bridesmaid Dress: Review Men’s Suits: Connor


Celebrity Wedding: Vanessa Williams + Jim Skrip

At Just as Planned we love a unique and beautiful wedding and the wedding nuptials of Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip on the 4th of July is no exception.  What I personally love is Vanessa and Jim chose an Australian company to design and create their wedding invitations.

The Egyptian-themed wedding was held in Buffalo USA.  The wedding ceremony was held at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and the reception at The grand Statler City. Complete with belly dancers and drummers, this wedding was filled with music and love.

Giant Invitations were personally contracted by Vanessa to design her Egyptian-themed invitations for her wedding that took place in Buffalo on the 4th of July.  Vanessa was so pleased with the outcome of her invitations that she has given Giant Invitations access to her exclusive wedding photos.

I am extremely excited for Just as Planned to showcase these fabulous invitations.

The Briefing:

The team at Giant Invitations first needed to understand the tone in which Vanessa wanted to set for her wedding day. By gaining an insight for this they were able to capture the formality and ambiance needed in order for them to begin our creative processes.

Giant Invitations asked Vanessa to create a Pinterest board where she can pin all her wedding inspirations. The pins consisted of her desired styling, wedding theme, décor, etc. All these elements were essential in contributing to the designing and outcome of her wedding invitations.

After initial communication between Giant, Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip, we finally locked down the colour scheme. Implementing some burgundy with a gold contrast to match their Egyptian floral theme; our designs were set to match their nuptial celebration. Giant came to learn that their romantic Egyptian floral theme was actually a representation of their international love affair where the couple met in Egypt three years prior to their wedding. With this in mind, we were adamant that this needed to be a very special design.

You can read more of the design process here from Giant Invitations.

See the wedding video of Vanessa and Jim from Shutter Dream Studio Cinema here

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Brooke and Paul – Real Wedding Feature

Last year I was delighted to work with Brooke and Paul to create their wedding stationery.

Brooke and Paul’s wedding stationery features a classic design and stunning artwork by Aaron Favaloro.

Just as Planned creates unique one of kind invitations for all occasions.  Contact us today for a free no obligation quote via email

Here are just some of the images from their special day as shared in Bride to Be magazine and on Wedded Wonderland.

Wedding stationery designed by Just as Planned

Wedding stationery designed by Just as Planned

Featured in Bride to Be Magazine

Featured in Bride to Be Magazine

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Top 10 Australian Wedding Dress Designers

I just love showcasing our amazing Australian designers and it was hard trying to pick my top 10.  There is so much talent and I am sure you will have your own favourite.

So in no particular order here are my top 10 favourite Australian wedding dress designers.

1. Elizabeth de Varga

Duchess - Elizabeth de Varga designs

Duchess – Elizabeth de Varga designs

2. Henry Roth

Bliss - Henry Roth

Bliss – Henry Roth

3. Rapsimo



4. Steven Khalil

Jazlyn - Steven Khalil

Jazlyn – Steven Khalil

5. Carla Zampatti

Incandescent brocade hollywood gown - Carla Zampatti

Incandescent brocade hollywood gown – Carla Zampatti

6. J’Aton Courture

J'Aton Couture

J’Aton Couture

7. Mariana Hardwick

Etienne - Mariana Hardwick

Etienne – Mariana Hardwick

8. Wendy Makin

Daisy – Wendy Makin

10. Darb Bridal Couture

Darb Bridal Couture

Darb Bridal Couture

Images are from the designers own websites

A little Sunday delight

Image via Pinterest Owner unknown

Image via Pinterest
Owner unknown

A simple guide on wedding guest attire

You have received the wedding invitation and have no idea of what to wear.  At Just as Planned we know this can be a minefield so we have put together a little cheat sheet for the ladies and our friends at Paul Fredrick have supplied us with a fabulous guide for the gents.

One key details for all the brides to be planning your special day, don’t forget to include any specific attire that your would like your guests to follow on your invitation.  This can be as simple as stating “Dress: Black Tie”.

The invite says….. Black Tie

The invite says….. Casual / Outdoors

A casual dress such as a summer dress.

Here are my suggestions on what not to wear.

  • White. Unless it is stated specifically on the invitation, I suggest stay away and let the bride shine.
  • Jeans, again unless specifically stated
  • Anything too revealing or strapless.  If you are attending a religious wedding you may need to consider covering your shoulders for the ceremony

A little wedding planning advice from Jaime King

OK so this just happened and I am beyond excited.  Today (it’s a Sunday here in Australia), just sitting on the couch looking through Instagram and I see a beautiful post from the ever delightful Jaime King, so I decided to write a comment and ask if I could interview for my little wedding blog.

Not expecting a reply but less than 20 minutes later i get a notification about a reply from Jaime King.  Well you could just pick me up off the floor. This is no ordinary comment but a heartfelt and genuine quote.

It is rare for a celebrity to take the time out of the their busy schedule and family time to comment to fans and also to provide advice for free.

I agree with everything thing Jaime has suggested especially around how a wedding is a celebration.  In my previous blog I talked about how you need to remember why you are getting married.  A wedding is for one day however you should be wanting a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

Wedding advice from Jaime King

“Savor every moment, relax and enjoy, don’t be pressured into doing or inviting anyone that doesn’t uplift you, no matter what tradition states.  It is a day of your dreams becoming reality, you don’t need a lot of money to make something beautiful. 

Choose a place that is naturally gorgeous, with gardens, lake or the sea, or natural flora around to save on flowers etc.

A candy bar is an easy fun way for take home gifts.  buffet, buffet, buffet.  Karaoke machine!!!  The more simple the better

And most importantly a wedding is a celebration of the spiritual union, it is sacred, not an obligation to please others.

Make a list of what is most important to you to spend on and where you can save.  And if you feel cornered by any people pleasing patterns, elope! LOL!!”

Until next time

Happy planning everyone

xo Christine

5 signs you are becoming a BRIDEZILLA

Are you a Bridezilla?

Are you a Bridezilla?

Do you get the sneaky suspicion you are becoming a Bridezilla?

Wedding planning is hard and stressful and can make the nicest, calmest bride to be into a Bridezilla.

Here are five signs you may be a Bridezilla.  If any of these ring true, take a step back and reflect on why you are planning the wedding.

1.  Are your friends and family avoiding you?

The number of catch ups are dwindling.  It maybe you are talking too much about the wedding. Now we do need to face the facts that not everyone will be a thrilled as you about your upcoming wedding and you do need to ensure that you remember there are other important such as birthdays that will still occur.  Take some time out of your wedding planning and reconnect with your friends and family.  You may also consider having a wedding planning free weekend away your with fiancée.

2. Whine, wine, wine

No this is not a spelling mistake.  When you are planning your wedding are you

a. whining and

b. reaching for the wine?

It is time to regroup and enjoy the planning process.  Your wedding day goes by so quickly so the planning process should be an enjoyable time.

3. You have had a fallen out with your bridesmaid

You have sent an email 10 minutes ago and they have not responded.

This is time is also stressful for the bridal party especially bridesmaids.  When you choose your bridal party also make sure you outline any expectations.  I am not saying lay down the rules but it is important that you let them know if they will have any expenses (will they need to pay for their dress, hair, make up, etc).  This will ensure that your bridal party can start saving and will help eliminate any undue stress.

4. You have a checklist for your checklist

I am a huge fan of the checklist and I get great satisfaction from crossing off an item on the list. However you can overdo the checklist and make your wedding be a more like a drill team.

5. Your budget is out of control

You now want a firework display as you leave and you will get it, no matter what.

Your wedding day is to share your love story with your family and friends.  Will they remember the firework display, maybe but you can still have the wedding of your dreams within your budget.  When planning your wedding stick to your budget, otherwise you will find yourself stressing even more about where you will find the money you don’t have or you will start go without (remember those all important catch ups with friends and family) to find the added money.

Just as Planned has created the perfect wedding day checklist and I want to share it with you for FREE


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The story of Rhiannon and Aaron and their journey to planning their wedding.

The story of Rhiannon and Aaron as told by Rhiannon and their journey to planning their wedding.

Aaron and I met through mutual friends when we were in different stages of our life. Both in very different relationships. 4 years later our lives had changed and one night Aaron asked if I wanted to go for a drive and just catch up. From that moment on we have never left each other 3 years on.

Aaron and I have had anything but an easy start in our relationship. We have faced many struggles in our relationship but always together.  Four months into our relationship Aaron and I had moved in together with his parents. For most people they can’t stand their in-laws and many call them their outlaws. But for me they treated me like royalty and still to this day it’s no different.

Six months later an on Christmas afternoon we were sitting around the Christmas tree with Aaron and his niece and my beautiful mother in law. Under the tree there was a box wrapped in princess paper or should I say a box in a box in about another 5 boxes. In the last box awaited a beautiful white gold and diamond ring before Aaron could say anything his 13-year-old niece said ” are you getting married” Aaron looked at me and said so what do you say? All I could think of was umm yeah I guess so. The look on his mums face was one of many emotions all at once and she too did not know what to say. This was the best Christmas afternoon to date. We went to our first bridal expo in our local town of North West Victoria. We had booked our wedding within 2 months of being engaged and started the planning for our celebrations. Everyone was so excited for the two of us. Aaron’s mum was over joyed by her son getting married to ‘thire’ girl as that was what they always called me. She had started offering all this help and getting interested in the planning.

In June of 2013 everything took a turn. My beautiful mother in law started to get sick and wasn’t doing all that well. She started to pick up so we thought. However in August things couldn’t have become worse when Aaron’s beautiful mum had passed away. It shattered our family and made life feel empty. In respect of Aaron’s mother, my mother in law we chose to cancel our wedding and just be there for each other and Aaron’s dad. Try and move forward and deal with life in such tragic time.

Time had passed I won a voucher for a bridal shop where I had found a dress and started to lay buy it. I had half paid off the dress and the bridal shop went belly up and closed down they offered no refund and as we were moving house I couldn’t afford to pick it up so sadly I lost out on that dress. In October of 2014 Aaron and I spoke about getting married again we weren’t in a position to pay for a wedding after everything, but we had promised Aaron’s mum that we would get married in October of 2015.

Aaron didn’t want a big wedding in our local town and I always wanted a beach wedding. We started searching for elopement packages in Adelaide. Through our searches we came across a photographer by the name of Glenn Alderson. We got in contact with Glenn and seen he offered elopement packages with a celebrant by the name of Chris Churchill. Now not being from Adelaide or knowing who was good and who wasn’t we trusted the reviews on Glenn’s page and his work and booked an elopement package with him.

Aaron and I were only going to have an intimate wedding and a dinner for two, however things quickly changed and we decided to make it more of a destination wedding. We got in contact with Glenn once again for his recommendations on where would be nice to stay and to have a small reception.  Glenn suggested we stay with Largs Pier hotel so again we went and done the research and liked what we seen so we booked didn’t compare with anyone else just went with it. Then the choosing of location becomes hard. We knew we wanted a beach wedding and knew we wanted it near Semaphore but weren’t sure where.

One day Glenn shared a post by Set Your Scene who i then contacted about ceremony decorations after seeing exactly what i wanted as a beach setting. I asked Kellie from set your scene on where was the best place and she made her suggestion and we went with it and hoping for the best. As for the rest of our wedding planning was slightly more challenging. As not knowing any one it becomes hard choosing cake makers and florist’s hair and makeup artists and a lady to create amazing invites.

I had one florist make me feel like I was a pain in the bum and didn’t really make me feel welcome with her business and when I said things she would say I thought you wanted this. She became to really annoy me and make me feel stupid. So I then changed florists and have found a lady who is fabulous and has been more than helpful in the planning of my flowers as I am after a special touch to them. As for cake makers I had quote after quote but wasn’t comfortable as they were all home based businesses and I just didn’t trust my instincts and some were rather difficult to work with. Thanks to the Adelaide Wedding Advisor group on Facebook I got a recommendation for Sugar and Spice which is a shop and also offered refrigerated delivery which for me was a bonus being so far away from city. We met with Amanda and she was absolutely amazing and has made me feel as if nothing was too hard or any trouble her work looks beyond excellent and the quality and taste of their products is unforgettable which is what you want.

Everything with our planning has now come together and I must say I am more than happy with all my suppliers and couldn’t thank them enough. One lady who I could never thank enough would be Jo from Style My Event. She has had to deal with me change my mind a thousand times and not once has she made me feel less always felt like a valued client. I’ll never be able to thank her for all her work and help she has given me as she has done such a wonderful job in everything.

Our wedding is not just a wedding though it’s a remembrance and will be one of the saddest yet happiest days of our life. The hardest part of our wedding is not having my dearest mother in law by our side seeing us enter our new journey in life instead she will be watching over us. She is the inspiration behind our wedding and the reason we are determined to have it on October of 2015 as we promised her. Neither Aaron or myself can financially afford to have our wedding and are doing it on an extremely tight budget as we aren’t getting help from anyone else. But we are going without a lot of what we would like to have for our wedding and doing many DIY things because of this such as setting up the reception with my Maid of Honor to cleaning the mess up the next day. We’re having to go cheap as possible where we can and missing out on a lot of things we would like to have such as a DJ and having someone set up our reception or having the cars we want more than ever and dreamed of being able to have. But we’re doing our best to make it a special day and keep the promise we made to Aaron’s beautiful mother and to respect her well wishes she gave us. I never thought planning a wedding in another state where we didn’t know the wedding industry be such a good experience I thank each and every one of our suppliers for all their help.

I hope by sharing our story I have touched at least one reader who is grateful for everything they have and had on their wedding day and that the things you stressed about are minimal compared to what others might have to go without on their wedding day.

If you would like to share your wedding planning journey or wedding day with Just as Planned please email your submission to

Your FREE Wedding Day Run sheet

All of the planning over the page 12-18 months has all lead to your Wedding Day.  By creating a Wedding Day run sheet it ensures your Bridal party (maid of honour, bridesmaid, fiancée, best man, groomsmen), your ceremony, reception venue, florist, photographer and the car hire know when and where they need to be.   Most of all once you have completed your run sheet, print a copy of each of your suppliers and the bridal party.

At Just as Planned we have created a blank template for you to completed your own Wedding Day run sheet.

Click here to download your FREE Just as Planned wedding day run sheet

Below is an example of a run sheet and some hints and tips to make sure your wedding day goes… Just as Planned.

  • 3pm ceremony
  • 30 minute drive from hotel to ceremony
  • 45 minute drive from ceremony to reception

Day before:  If you are leaving for your honeymoon straight away, make sure your bags are packed and don’t forget your passport.

8.30am  Shower and wash your hair

Tip: check with your hairdresser first as you may need to wash your hair the night before and put on a button up shirt or dressing gown so that you don’t ruin your hair and makeup later on

9.00am Hairdresser arrives

10.00am Makeup artist arrives. 
 Tip:  Ensure you have the packed your wedding day makeup for touch ups during the day
 11.00pm Photographer arrives
 Tip:  Keep a list of the photos you would like to have done pre and post ceremony
 12.30pm Photographer departs for grooms house
2.15pm The Mother-of-the-Bride leaves with her escort  and the Groom and the groomsmen leave for the Ceremony
2.15pm Photographer heads to ceremony site
2.15pm Wedding cars arrive
2.20pm Depart for ceremony location
2.50pm Arrive at ceremony location 
 Tip:  If you are having an outdoor ceremony and the groom can see you when you arrive, scout for a location close by for any last minute touch ups
 3.00pm Ceremony begins
3.30pm Ceremony concludes
3.50pm Photographs begins with guests and family
5.30pm Guests arrive at the reception – canapes and drinks are served. 
6.00pm Guests escorted to seats
6.15pm MC to announce bride and groom arrival
6.30pm Entrée is served
6.45pm First toast begins
 Tip:  Ensure you have the set list for the DJ, band or reception venue and test the volume to ensure the guest can hear all of the toasts.
 7.15pm Main meal is served
8.00pm Speeches finish
8.30pm Cake cutting time and dessert is served
 Tip:  this is a great time for the bride and groom to being mingling with your guests before your first dance
 9.00pm The first dance
10.30pm Tossing of the bouquet and garter