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


20 brides-to-be, 20 money saving wedding tips

Getting married is a pricey affair but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways you can slash the cost of everything from your bridal gown through to the bonbonnieres.

Financial comparison site,, asked hundreds of brides-to-be to share their top cost cutting tips for their big day.

From the thrifty bargain hunting tactics through to the cheeky cost cutting methods, here are 20 money savings tips from 20 brides-to-be:


  • “Design your own Save the Date card and Invitations and get them printed from Vistaprint”: Marie
  • “Only invite those who you know you won’t be sorry you invited in 20 years time!”: Kathryn                                                                                                           


  • “Do a pre-wedding shoot. Without guests around, it takes less time (and costs less). On the day itself, get a relative to snap important moments”: Kate
  • “We’ve asked friends to take turns taking happy snaps of our wedding and upload the photos onto our instagram account! Saves on a photographer!”: Candice

Bridal gown

  • “Save on an expensive wedding dress by recycling and buying a retro vintage dress instead”: Seyon
  • “Buy your dress from eBay USA – beautiful brand new designer dresses for under $500!”: Faria


  • “Every bride needs something borrowed, why not be specific and borrow your wedding shoes? Today glitsy heels are very accessible”: Sian


  • “Plan a sunset ceremony on a weekday eg. Friday as this provides a cheaper venue cost”: Liz
  • “We are doing a morning wedding and ceremony for close family and friends only, and making a lot of our own decorations”: Jess


  • “Instead of gifts, ask family and friends to bring a plate and have a picnic in the park after the wedding”: Sarah
  • “Cooking your own meals with your partner will ensure you not only have fantastic food but also at $10 a meal who can go wrong?”: Karley


  • “Our friend home brews so is brewing the whole bar for our wedding saving us hundreds of dollars!”: Hannah


  • “Ask for a ‘celebration cake’ rather than a ‘wedding cake’ and try chain bakers like The Cheesecake Shop or Michel’s Patisserie”: Julia


  • “I am cutting out the middle man and am befriending a flower farmer, creating my own bouquet and supporting a local grower”: Candice
  • “IKEA sells amazing artificial flowers. One shopping trip and a couple of YouTube clips has saved me $600+ dollars. My beautiful bouquets are perfect!”: Toni
  • “For the wildflower look, keep an eye out for flowers that grow along the sideways of the freeway/highway! Also, baby’s breath is cheap too!” : Peta


  • “Make decorations from stuff you can get from op shops. For example I am going to put pebbles and a candle into a jar for the table decorations”: Jacinda
  • “I have spent 3 months folding paper flowers to create a beautiful bridal table backdrop for my reception. Resources have only cost me $6”: Danielle


  • “We spent $40 on a custom-made cookie cutter for gifts for the guests – much better than a corkscrew each or something”: Hannah
  • “Use a free app to personalise and print individual wedding favour gifts for all of your guests!”: Alisa

For more thrifty tips for your big day, head on over to Mozo’s wedding hub.

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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Australia’s first bridal expo for 2014 is January 4-5, the Ideal Bride’s Ultimate Wedding Spectacular, will sashay into Melbourne Crown Palladium for two days, complete with over $1 million dollar giveaways and jaw-dropping bridal exhibitions.

Australia’s first and finest bridal expo will be giving $1,000 “Ideal Bride Money Vouchers” to every bride- to- be that attends this unique wedding expo.

Extra Prizes are valued at over $50,000 as there will be dozens of prizes on offer including a choice of a $13,500 wedding ceremony and reception package for 80 guests for a formal and sit down reception at Bram Leigh Reception in Croydon or a cocktail party for 120 people at Riverstone Estate Wines, Yarra Valley.

Just some of the extra prizes on offer throughout the weekend are:

*  $4900 photography and video from Front Cover Photography
*  $4000 Wedding Gown from Eva Tamala Couture.
*  $1000 Wedding Cake from Montease Creative Cakes
*  $4,900 Photography from Alex Pavlou Photography
*  $1200 Photo booth from OMG Photo Booth 
First Aussie Bridal Show for 2014

First Aussie Bridal Show for 2014

The Ideal Bride Ultimate Wedding Expo Spectacular, on from 4th January to 5th January, will showcase more than 100 exhibitors, four world class fashion parades, featuring world-class fashion designers, Darb Couture, Eva Tamala Couture, Nifi Bridal, Arlene D’Monte Fashion etc. There will be hire car and limousine displays plus a suite of bridal exhibitors, set to whet the appetite of all Melbourne brides and making it one of the largest bridal expo in Australia.

With more than 1,500 brides-to-be expected through the turnstiles, the Ideal Bride Ultimate Wedding Expo Spectacular will simply be a show stopper.

According to founder and Managing Director of Ideal Brides, Mick Bentham, this bridal expo is the ultimate bridal experience, against the backdrop of the luscious grandeur of the Crown Palladium.

“Being the first bridal expo in Australia for the calendar year, we have got to be the best. And with such a premium mix of exhibitors, Melbourne brides will need the two days to get fully ensconced in the Ideal Bride expo in all its glory.”

Mary-Lowe, Managing Director of Bram Leigh Receptions and Riverstone Wineries, and one of major exhibitors of the expo, believes that bridal expos are still loved and needed by contemporary brides.

“Despite the internet being an important information source, brides still crave to wholly experience and research in a more organic and hands-on approach,” she said.

“As a business, it is fundamental to be seen ahead of the pack, so we at Bram Leigh and Riverstone, had to be part of the Ideal Bride Ultimate Wedding Expo Spectacular.”


DATE: Saturday 4th January to Sunday 5th January 2014

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Melbourne Crown Palladium

ENTRY: $15.00 for a two-day pass


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Mid Week Weddings – Why Tuesday is the NEW Saturday

Mary-Anne Low from Bramleigh shares her thoughts on Mid Week Weddings. 

Mid Week Weddings –

Why the Tuesday wedding is the new Saturday

I remember the very first time I was asked about a wedding reception on a Tuesday by a potential couple.  My initial reaction was um, yes.   I guess we are normally not open on a Tuesday but we can certainly have a wedding on that day.

Fast forward a decade and Australian wedding venues, including Bram Leigh, have become a svelte seven day a week operation, catering for the diverse onslaught of bridal couples taking advantage of the midweek wedding.

Long gone are the days of getting all couples automatically getting married in the local church at 2pm on a Saturday and heading off to the venue for a Saturday night reception.  While still very popular, there is a suite of other options available, guaranteed to still make the wedding day polished, sophisticated and memorable.

It seems all of us have become so time poor –  whether it is work commitments spreading over across the week and families participating in hobbies and sports all weekend  It is no surprise that to create a wedding with a relaxed feel and that doesn’t conflict with other commitments, many couples are turning to a mid-week wedding.

The mid-week wedding ticks the boxes for many bridal couples.  Whether it connects to lucky numbers, a special anniversary or simply a couple’s availability, midweek weddings are becoming more and more popular.

Midweek weddings are also an attractive option to couples because of the simple fact that many of the leading wedding venues are booked out on weekends up to 18 months in advance.

Value is another reason why some brides are choosing a mid-week wedding, with suppliers across the industry offering cost effective or bonuses for booking these “off peak dates”.

The dynamics of a bridal couple has certainly changed.   Some couples are choosing to marry later in life, and often have already started a family and have purchase their first home, so an elaborate wedding is still on the cards, but cost is a big issue.

Having a midweek wedding could see the bridal couple save up to 50% – a huge saving when other financial commitments are a priority.

Midweek weddings also is a great barometer on who truly are your friends as there needs to be a sacrifice from their end with work and family to get there on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

A midweek wedding certainly does not equate to mediocre but rather a marvellous occasion that comprises of the same quality and pizazz, minus the weekend financial sting.