Aussie Wedding Professionals you need to follow on Instagram


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Just as Planned: @jusasplannedau

Of course you need to follow us on Instagram.  With a mix of inspiration, style and the inside scoop of what hot in the wedding and event industry.

Just as Planned

 

Elyssium Blooms: @eelyssiumblooms_floralstyling

Full of flower crowns and beautiful blooms

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Vesna Grasso Floral Designer: @vesnagrassofloraldesigner

Unique and dramatic creations.

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Oh Perfect Day: @ohperfectday

Wedding and event styling and planning services.

Oh Perfect Day

 

 

 

Hope and Lace: @hopeandlace

Fun wedding and event planners, stylists and floral enthusiasts

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The Style Co: @thestyleco

From wedding and event styling to floral design.

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Beautiful weddings: @beautifulweddingsaustralia

Stunning wedding and event styling

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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.

 

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.

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Wedding traditions may be a thing of the past


Mary-Anne Lowe from The Riverstone Estate shares her advice on getting to the Ceremony.

wpid-img_15003378950191.jpegLong gone are the days where brides were obsessive about having something borrowed or blue, modern bridal couples are creating their own traditions.

Most bridal couples simple do what they want on their wedding day to satisfy their personal tastes and lifestyle.

Weddings are now viewed as a huge party without the rigid order of getting engaged, getting married, buying a house, having children.  Many couples have their order!

Not all bridal gowns are full length or even white, with most brides not wearing a veil.  Traditional fruit cake wedding cakes have been replaced with separate cupcakes or chocolate sculptures.

The traditional weekend wedding has now extended to any day of the week which couples are flocking to.

The only real tradition that seems to stay is the bride changing her name but there is a significant number who keep their maiden name.

Even bouquet throwing at the end of the reception has been tweaked.  The bride often hands over the bouquet to the couple who have been together the longest.

Brides are also opting to have both parents walk them down the aisle.

Whatever the changes, bridal couples are really personalising their big day that makes it right for them.

Wedding Venues – so many choices, so many options….


Mary-Anne Lowe from The Riverstone Estate shares her advice on some great questions you should ask the reception venue when booking your special event

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Often as a reception venue, the first question we get asked is What is your price per person?  This is the worst question you can ask any type of wedding vendor. Sure budget does come into the question, but do you really just want to find the cheapest supplier possible.  What about the service, the quality and above all, the experience and memory of your special day.

Instead of asking the price, ask what packages they offer that provide the best value from the vendor.  Some venues may start with a lower base price, but quickly as extras are added it ends up more expensive with fewer inclusions and all of a sudden, the question about price is an issue when you find extra costs a few weeks before a wedding, often blowing the budget at the last-minute.

Instead of a Saturday night, you may look at off-peak, instead of 100 people for your reception,  look at 80 people instead.

Great questions to ask any venue when shopping

What is the wet weather option?  Are you really going to be happy getting married on the dance floor if it rains?  If you dream of a garden wedding isn’t meant to be, you need to be certain you love the wet weather option.

Do you cater for one wedding at a time? This can be a deal breaker for some brides.

By having only one wedding per day means the staff and management are only worried about you and your guests, not running between the two, and secondly your wedding is never going to be affected by another wedding arrival, or tardiness – no car parking because the ballroom started before you, or the other room runs late so kitchen has to run late for you.  This could simply lead into disaster.

Do you have any past clients we can talk to?  Nothing beats a reference from a past client.  Social media is a powerful thing.  Simply Google the venue add the word reviews – very quickly you will see a pattern of review, and this is a great independent way to really see how a venue stacks up.

Above all, ask yourself – Do I feel like an important person when viewing, if a venue won’t take the time to answer your emails promptly, return a phone call or send a brochure when you are trying to buy something off them, how will they be once you hand over your hard-earned dollars…?

When booking a venue, do your research first.   Check out online who you like the look of, who caters for your numbers and location.  Consider alternatives and a wide variety – just because you pictured a beach wedding, doesn’t mean that the reality is what you will want.  It is a public space, no privacy, windy with sand blowing everywhere, no toilets etc, you may find a venue that you fall in love with which was totally different to what you first dreamed of.

Remember it is your dream so you are allowed to change it along the day, as long as you don’t cross the very fine line into Bridezilla land.

www.theriverstoneestate.com.au

Decorating the Wedding Aisle


Before you make a decision on your decorations (and to save the expense), ensure you speak with your priest, minister or event planner to check if there are any restrictions.
 
 
Here are some of my favourite Wedding Aisle decorations and chair styling photos to help give you some inspiration.

Personalise your Wedding Aisle with our range of Wedding Aisle Runners.

Always & Forever Wedding Aisle Runner

Always & Forever Wedding Aisle Runner

Decorations for a church wedding generally include the aisle, pew decorations, altar decorations & church door decorations.
The classic decoration is Tulle
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Candles add a touch of romance

Candles add a touch of romance

Cascading flowers.

Cascading flowers.

For outdoor weddings, decorations can vary depending on the venue.
 If you are having chairs, consider adding some decorations, or ensure that the aisle is known to your guests.   Be creative and line the aisle with rose petals or create a circular aisle so every guest can see the bride walk down the aisle.
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Accent your chairs or pew with these great and affordable products.  Ribbons and Bows, bubbles, Flowers and rose petals.
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A few of my FAVORITE things


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Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things….

A Little Delight


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I adore this photo.

A Little Delight


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I love this idea for the bridal table ♥♡♥♡