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

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French Inspired Wedding Style Look


This week I was inspired by the gorgeous gowns from Anna Campbell in particular this stunning “Trish” Gown from the Gossamer collection.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance and features a classical elegance.   Combined with some Just as Planned style and some beautiful accessories we are sure you will love this French inspired look.

You can view more of the Anna Campbell bridal range here

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish back view

Anna Campbell Trish Gown from the Gossamer Collection

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish

Anna Campbell Trish Bridal Gown from the Gossamer Collection

David Jones Lancome Tresor in Love

Lancome Tressor in love perfume from David Jones

Jodie Florist Sydney Wedding Flowers

Flowers by Jodie McGregor

Badgley Mischka Scarlett shoe

Badgley Mischka Shoes “Scarlett”

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Images from the website of each vendor.

Emerald Green and Gold Style Look


With only a few weeks left of winter I am so ready for the warmer months to come our way and I am looking forward to adding in some colour into the wardrobe. I was inspired by the fabulous gowns from Weddington Way, to style a perfect summer date outfit.

To start I could not go past this beautiful emerald green halter full length dress in lux chiffon featuring a shirred bodice and a set in waistband.  We have added some Just as Planned style and accessorized with dazzling gold.

You can check out other fabulous chiffon gowns and bridesmaid dresses from Weddington Way here

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Weddington Way After six collection

OPI Gold from David Jones

OPI Pineapples have From David Jones

Jimmy Choo from David Jones

Jimmy Choo Louise 85 Glitter Shoes From David Jones

Hardy Brothers Yellow Gold Earrings

Hardy Brothers Yellow Gold Earnings

Gregory Ladner Lucy Glitter Clutch from David Jones

Gregory Ladner Lucy Glitter Clutch From David Jones

Hardy Brothers Yellow Gold and Emerald Ring

Hardy Brothers Yellow Gold and Emerald Ring

Images from David Jones website and Weddington Way

How I turned my passion for sewing into a wedding dress designer dream job


Hi! I’m Jane Yang and I’m a wedding designer and dressmaker in vibrant Brisbane!

The passion for creating beautiful gowns and dresses has been in my family for generations – mine, in particular, handed down to me by my mother.

One of my fondest memories of this blossoming devotion to dressmaking was when I began sewing my father’s trousers at the age of 14. I was a young girl, just learning the trade, but I was quick to make clothes for everyone in my family – as well as the entire neighborhood!

Many years later, I found myself working in the fashion industry. I had an eventful career and moved on as a pattern maker in some of Australia’s most prominent fashion houses.

I thought I was on top of my ambition but soon I realized I wanted to be as hands on as I could… to give my clients a chance to wear couture pieces without the couture prices. And so, Bluejade was born. In my joy to clothe uniquely beautiful women of all shapes and sizes, I finally took the courageous next step in my life and created my very own wedding dress boutique.

Bluejade is my playground where I create elegant wedding gowns that integrate classic and contemporary styles for the bold modern woman.

It wasn’t just THE dream job. It was MY dream job.

And I finally did it because I was inspired and looked ahead.

I never would have expected that little 14-year old Jane would give me the life I wanted. And with her, I am forever grateful.

formal-dress by Blue Jade

Blue Jade

Italian-wedding-dress by Blue Jade

Blue Jade

Wedding dress by Blue Jade

Blue Jade

 

BIO:

Jane Yang, owner of Blue Jade and designer and dressmaker in South Brisbane.

She specializes in elegant wedding gowns and dresses of the highest quality materials and created with the most intricate details. She values each unique client’s personal style and aims to customize each gown to flatter the bride best on her special day.

Blue Jade also offers ready-to-wear formal and evening wear, free wedding consultations, made to order wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride dresses.

 

Website: http://bluejade.com.au/wedding/

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/bluejade.seamstress

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bluejade_89

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bluejade89/

 

All photos are courtesy of Carrie Xu Photography

The Party Planner in You!! Part 2


Budget and saving money

Setting your wedding budget and how to save moneyKnowing your budget is critical to ensure that you know what you have to work with and gives you some idea how creative you may need to get to stick to your budget.

But outlining your budget into each category (see our budget spreadsheet below), helps you understand if you can afford to bring in additional help such as hiring a catering company or if you will need to rope your friends into help you cook.

When you have your budget outlined, consider thinking about how much you are willing to spend on each item. Be realistic. It may also help if you have had a friend of family member who has recently been married to give you an estimate on what they spent. This will help you confirm that you have allocated enough in your budget or that you need trim some of the items.

 

Here is a mock up on a simple budget spreadsheet you can create in word.

To create a table:

  1. Open up a new word document
  2. Click on insert and select table.
  3. A pop window will open. In the number of columns enter 3 and for the number of rows you can enter 2 and then click ok.
  4. When the table is inserted to add more rows, press the tab key in the last column on the last row
Wedding item Estimated cost Actual cost
Dress $1500
Flowers $500
Boys suits $400
Reception venue

($75 per head x 55 guests) does not include drinks

$4125
Drinks $3000
Wedding cars $800
Wedding photographers $2200
Rings $1500
Wedding night accommodation $350
Hair and makeup $450

Once you have your budget locked down, make sure you stick to it!

This is extremely important. It can be easy to get carried away and keep adding more money into the budget, to have the best of everything however remember you are starting a new life together and you don’t want to be drowning in debt before your marriage starts. It also creates additional stress that you don’t need.

Now for the fun part, how you can save $$ on your wedding.

Some people think that as soon as you mention the word “WEDDING” the cost goes up. Well that maybe the case in some aspects but you must also remember that the some vendors specialise in weddings and experience sometimes will cost extra.

However there are a number of ways you can save if you are prepared to think outside of the box.

  1. Consider hiring a student or less experienced vendor

Photographers, florists and beauticians all start learning their craft in school and are always looking for ways they can refine their skills. You can contact your local school such as a Tafe or beauty school and ask if any of the students would be interested. You can always ask for a trial or to see some of their work.

For example by hiring a student photographer you may only have to pay for their transportation costs and other expenses such as editing time. Most students would then use your wedding day photos as part of their portfolio or towards their credits. This could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars

Photo from Pinterest

  1. DIY

Now this can also turn into an expensive trial as you need to take into consideration trial runs and the cost of the materials. I suggest speaking to all of your family and friends and see if anyone has any hidden talents. You can have a working wedding bee and supply some drinks (be careful not to have too many as it may look good through rose coloured glasses) and nibbles and create your own favours or invitations.

There a number of sites and computer programs you can use to create custom invitations. To be even more cost effective consider sending e-invites. Yes electronic invites. It will save you money on the cost of postage and printing.

Making your own favours such as home-made cookies is another great way to save money. You can also consider giving every some seeds of your favourite flower and attach a hand written note “Watch our love grow”.

Image from Pinterest     3. Decorations

 

This is where you can start to think outside of the box and have some fun.

 

When Jaime King wrote some advice for our followers, Jaime mentioned that you can save money on decorations by choosing a venue that has lots of natural beauty. This is such a fabulous idea and I think it is one area that is overlooked that most. If you think of a ceremony venue such as rose garden, on the beach or in the botanical garden. The list is endless. Make sure you check with your local city council as their maybe a small cost involved or require you to book the space.

 

When it comes to the reception you can add impact, and mood lighting with candles. Candles are cost effective and help create some romance. Before you start buying lots of candles, check with family and friends as they may already have some that you can use on the day. You can also use a scented candle which adds to the ambiance.

 

Another option is using old book pages as a table runner. I love this idea as it creates a taking point for your guests and you can find old books from book exchanges and second hand stores. It will require you be a bit creative to put it together but the best part is it can look rustic so you don’t need to be a crafter to make it.

Image from Pinterest

  1. The dress

 

Now before you start to say “there is no way I am compromising my dress” there are still a lot of ways you can save money.

 

Start by contacting the major wedding dress suppliers and find out when they generally have their sales. During sales you can save over $1000 on your dress. You must be prepared to buy an off the rack design and there may also be an additional cost for any alterations. This can also be a great time to pick up the bridesmaid dresses.

 

Think about hiring. This can be a great way to save money. This should also be an option for the mens suits especially if the groom and/or groomsmen don’t generally wear a suit. Save having all the money just sitting in a closet.

 

  1. Pre loved

 

There are a number of wedding buy, swap, and sell sites on Facebook that you can join.

 

Items are either new or used. You can pick up a items from decorations, candy buffet supplies (glass ware etc) to the dress. You must be prepared to check in each day to see what has been added and popular items will go very fast.

 

Make sure if you say you will buy an item you commit to it.

 

Remember to have fun and think outside of the box and the amount of savings are endless.

 

To see more DIY inspiration follow us on Pinterest and Instagram

 

5 things they don’t tell you in the wedding magazines


5 things they don't tell you in the wedding magazines

5 things they don’t tell you in the wedding magazines

  1. You will disagree, upset or not please at least someone during the planning process

This is perfectly natural considering you have to answer a million questions and make a million or two decisions about your special day and everyone will have an option (or two or three).

Advice:  Remember your wedding day is about celebrating your commitment to each other.  Don’t lose sight of this during the planning process.

  1. Check, double-check and triple check your vendors

Having great vendors will make your wedding day go seamless.  Don’t be afraid to check out your vendors by seeing proof of their work or by asking other vendors for their suggestions or testimonies.

  1. Have a backup plan

Always have a backup plan especially if you are planning an outdoor wedding.  You can never predict the weather.

  1. Have a good checklist

Keeping track of all of the to-do tasks is not easy.  Being organised is a key step in ensuring you keep everything on track.  Also don’t be afraid to delegate, planning a wedding is hard work.

Tip:  Have a Wedding Day run sheet. A wedding day run sheet will ensure your Bridal party (maid of honour, bridesmaid, fiancée, best man, and groomsmen) and your vendors e.g. 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 wedding day run sheet print a copy for each of your suppliers and the bridal party.

Download our FREE wedding day checklist here

  1. You don’t get champagne when trying on your dress.

I have watched so many wedding movies and you see the bridal party sitting back and sipping on a glass of champers when in reality this is generally not the case when you are dress shopping.

You will generally only wear your wedding dress on your wedding day, so when it comes to the dress fittings, take your time and enjoy each fitting and show off your dress.

Tip:  When you are dress shopping, take your time and don’t book in too many appointments in one day.  Also allow some time at the end of the day for a well deserved break and a drink or two.

Simple tips to care for your Wedding Dress


We have been searching the archives and this was one of my favorite posts.  Brides spend a lot of money on their wedding dress and it is important that you know how to care for your Wedding Dress.

Hello, I am Rosario Intelisano, my specialty, my passion, the core of my ambition is hand restoring and preserving bridal gowns. With many years in the industry, I am excited to share with you my little black book of tips to help you care for your dream gown.

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As well as tips, I will include some of my personal experiences from working in this industry and the dresses (plus their stories).

Here are some common questions and tips I am asked:

  1. “What do I do if I stain my dress?”
  2. The second best tip is to avoid direct heat. Heat in general weakens material causing the fabric to yellow and age. This is why dry-cleaning is thought to “torture” the fabric and is avoided when it comes to restoring bridal dresses.
  3. Lastly, I would recommend you take the garment to be professionally cleaned within a month of the stain occurring, the more time that passes, the more difficult it is to remove the stain making it harder to restore the dress to its original state.

I hope this article helps you next time you are in a state of frenzy from an incidental stain. Collect yourself and remember to leave the stain, let it air dry and take it to be professionally removed as soon as possible.

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5 Essential Tips for Decorating Your Wedding


With Nathalie from Pillingers Hire

When planning your wedding there is plenty you need to think about. From where to host your big day to how your guests will get from the ceremony to reception – and everything in between. It can be tempting to start dreaming early on about things like lighting, table centrepieces and colour palettes. But before you do, there are some key elements to take into consideration.

Here is a helpful list of the top questions to answer before finalising your wedding day decisions.

  1. Will you have one location, or two?

Have you thought about hosting both your ceremony and reception in the one place? Not only does this eliminate travelling between two places, but it often means you have more freedom in planning the timing of your day. You won’t need large gaps to transport everyone from one place to another. And you won’t need to give time to organising transport, either.

With everything in one location, you can save time and streamline your decorating. Whether you hire a wedding planner to organise the decoration for you, or you go for a DIY approach, decorating one location has to be easier than two! Use statement pieces, unique colours and lighting, or strategic pieces of furniture to separate the ceremony and reception areas, or the cocktail and canapes area from the dinner setting.

 

  1. Outdoor setting, or indoors?

 

When choosing the date and location there is one thing you absolutely must consider first: the season of your big day and the type of wedding that allows. If the location you have your heart set on only suits an outdoor setting, is there sufficient shade for a hot summers day? Does the venue have outdoor heating facilities such as a bonfire or outdoor heaters for winter?

 

If you want the best of both worlds, consider a marquee with a full or partial clear ceiling and walls – allowing you to enjoy the elements of the great outdoors while being protected from any weather.

 

The second thing to consider is the decorations. Does the setting speak for itself, needing little more than some fairy lights, floral arrangements and dance floor? Or is it a total blank space, allowing you to create a completely unique concept that reflects you as a couple?

 

When decorating a blank space such as a marquee or hall, choose items that instantly create a feeling of wedding luxury. Think soft fairy lights strung across the ceiling, classic tiffany chairs, statement table centrepieces, and an abundance of flowers and greenery.

 

  1. Do you want space for a dance floor?

 

Weddings are a fabulous excuse to let down your hair and have a boogie. But some enjoy it more than others. And that is why you need to think about how much space you might need for the all important dance floor – if any at all.

 

The venue you choose may have room enough for a dance floor. However if you’ve chosen an outdoor or marquee wedding, ensure there is an adequately spaced, safe and reasonably flat area for your first dance.

 

A good solution for uneven ground or backyard weddings where a pool takes up extra space is a professionally erected dance floor. These dance floors can come in a range of materials and styles, to be raised like a stage, erected over pools, or put flat on the ground.

 

  1. How should you plan the table layout?

 

What is the one thing a couple always does at their wedding? They walk around the tables to say a friendly ‘Hello!’ to all of their guests. How many weddings have you been to where the tables are squished together, leaving barely any room to get in and out, let alone walk around freely?

 

When planning the shape, size and layout of your tables at your reception space, consider how much room you need. If you have any elderly guests on the list, consider will they need space for a wheelchair or walker to get to their seat? Can they be seated close to the entrance?

 

What about accommodating children at your wedding–is there space near their table for them to play? Whether you opt for long tables placed together, or round tables scattered around the room, ensure you’ve thought about who needs to get where and when.

 

A great rule of thumb is to arrange your tables in a general U shape, with the bridal table at the top and the bar and music at the other end. This will ensure extra space to move in the middle, no one has a bad seat, and even better, no one is seated right next to the music where it might get too loud!

 

  1. Will you make an entrance?

 

How do you want to enter your reception? Will you stroll in from the ceremony alongside your guests, champagne in hand? Or perhaps you want to make an entrance following a romantic photoshoot? Deciding the style of celebration you prefer will have an impact on the decor of your reception room.

 

If you like the idea of a little bit of luxury, and want to make your guests feel special too, consider laying out a red carpet entrance. If whimsical romance is your style, a flower-filled archway also makes for a beautiful entryway. Or if you find yourself throwing an outdoor wedding, an arch alter backdrop could double as your entrance to the reception venue – your guests following you through straight after the ceremony!

 

Whatever style wedding you are dreaming of, considering logistics and space first is an absolute must.

 

You don’t necessarily need to compromise on those hanging planter boxes, or the long tables with church pews your heart is set on. But thinking about your space and how they will fit in with your day will make the rest of your planning decisions that much easier.

 

Get the big decisions out of the way first, and you can start dreaming all you want over table settings and in season flowers!

 

For further advice on wedding decorations and planning you can contact Nathalie at Pillingers Hiring Service. Pillingers specialise in wedding hire, everything from large marquees and flooring to cutlery and table centrepieces.

 

Once upon a time…A real life Cinderella Limo


Most girls dream of their wedding day when they are young.  For me I can remember dressing up my dolls and creating my own wedding ceremony and watching the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella and Snow White over and over again.

I still love the fairy tales and when I look at most weddings I can see so many aspects of fairy tales included in their special day, from the red carpet, the ball gown and the flowers. However in reality there are just some things are just not possible such as blue birds helping with the veil and heart-shaped petals being thrown by mice and blue birds.

Now thanks to Alena and Slava from LuxCars Developments you add in one more fairy tale aspect to your wedding day with their new Cinderella Limo. This limo is dreamy and will make you feel like a princess.

Take the time to read about Alena and Slava story and see the beautiful photos of the Cinderella limo.

About Alena and Slava from LuxCars Developments

Cinderella LimoOnce upon a time, in a land filled with ice and snow, lived a young girl with dreams bigger than the cold, grey skies of Siberia, Russia. Wrapped up warm in her blankets with a book each night, Alena dreamt of a land where the sky was blue and there would be enough money for good food and nice clothes. As she grew into a beautiful, kind-hearted woman, Alena met her ‘’prince”, Slava and they were soon married.

Slava treated his bride as the princess she deserved to be but unfortunately, money was tight and a simple wedding was had to be held to celebrate their love. With not a white gown in sight, Alena married the love of her life in a red skirt and jacket – the best she had at the time – without the extravagance of a bridal procession or party.

But Alena never stopped dreaming of that magical procession.

After migrating to Australia, Alena and Slava turned their fortunes around. With the sun shining on them, Alena and Slava enjoyed worldwide travel with their successful fast food chain of stores. While in England, Alena was blown away by Queen Elizabeth II horse-drawn carriage, “The Britannica”, and thought how beautiful it would be if every day people could add a touch of magic to their special event by arriving in royal style but without the horses))

For two long years Alena and Slava fought the naysayers of government departments and financial institutions, slaying the disbelievers to make their dream of a real life motorised Cinderella carriage come true.

In January 2015, Alena was no longer a Princess; she became the Queen of luxury transport on the Gold Coast when her very own Cinderella™ Limousine (the only one in the Southern Hemisphere) took to the road for the very first time.

Since then their company, LuxCars Developments brings memories to lives of our people and customers, to create the unique experience that will be remembered and treasured forever with the of its kind Cinderella Limo.

Cinderella Limo Alena and Slava Inside the Cinderella Limo

The Perks of an Intimate Restaurant Wedding Reception


Everyone has a favorite part about a wedding; for the bride it may be the dress, for the groom is may be the party, and for the guests it could be the food. Either way weddings are a wonderful celebration and an opportunity to make your guests feel warm and welcome, but with the cost point of large weddings these days, the intimate restaurant wedding reception is gaining a lot of popularity.

Instead of deciding between Chiavari chairs and crisp white linens, couples are looking for a more personal wedding experience, filled with close family, good friends and great food. Restaurants make the perfect venue for an intimate wedding reception since food is often the biggest aspect.

And what do restaurants do best? Food.

“Our team loves creating specialized and prix-fixe menus for wedding receptions because it creates excitement for our team and allows us to get creative with the bride and groom”, says Chef Hart of Riverside Restaurant in the InterContinental Adelaide Hotel.

When couples pick their favorite cuisine or take the time to work with the chef to create a personalized menu they play a part in planning. They are able to share their tastes for cuisine with their guests and it can make the evening even more special.

Chef Hart states, “Surprisingly food costs are lower when chefs have more control”. Since chefs have relationships with vendors and have experience with seasonal meats and produce they can help guide the menu planning and save you money.

Overall the price point for a restaurant reception tends to be substantially lower. Restaurants are well equipped with tables, chairs and dinnerware, as well as fully stocked bars which help with all-inclusive pricing, saving you the costs of rental equipment, service, and bar service. This can help leave money for splurging on other things like that designer dress or premiere photographer.

Couple’s aren’t losing out on the intimate vibe either, by choosing private dining room options or full venue rental the reception is exclusive to those invited. An exclusive guest list can ensure that the stresses of co-mingling are avoided and each guest will get along fabulously. Couples also have the opportunity to talk to their guests in depth without having to do “rounds” throughout the night.

Another bonus is “décor du jour”. Restaurants are often expertly decorated by interior designers which add allure and panache to the space. Many restaurants will allow guests to bring flowers and small centrepieces to customize the space easily by transforming it into the picture perfect wedding.

For those considering a more intimate wedding the restaurant is the ideal wedding reception venue.

Canapes at Riverside Restaurant

Canapes at Riverside Restaurant

Champagne Bucket at Riverside Restaurant

Champagne Bucket at Riverside Restaurant