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


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


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

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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Celebrity weddings 2014

There is nothing like a celebrity wedding to help you with some inspiration.

Image from US weekly

Image from US weekly

Lauren Conrad and William Tell tied the knot along the coast of California on Sept. 13. “What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most,” the couple told “Us” in a statement.  Lauren wore a Mark Badgley and James Mischka ivory gown. (details from US weekly)

Image from US weekly

Image from US weekly

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallemn said I do at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., in May 2014 wedding. (details from US weekly)

Image from US weekly

Image from US weekly

Kim Kardashian and Kayne West said “I do”.  After a whirlwind wedding weekend extravaganza in May 2014. The couple had their rehearsal dinner in Paris, France, followed by their formal wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy at the Forte di Belvedere the next day. (details from US weekly)

Image from US weekly

Image from US weekly

Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory actress)  wed Ryan Sweeting (the tennis pro) after dating for six months in a New Year’s Eve Wedding in Southern California. (details from US weekly)
Hollywood’s golden couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married at the family’s magical French home, Château Miraval in a family affair. (details from Hello magazine)

Image from Hello magazine

Image from Hello magazine

Hart of Dixie actress Brandi Burkhardt, 35, donned a stunning tiara at her June 29 wedding to jeweller Douglas Kazanjian in Annapolis, Maryland. (details from Yahoo.com)

Image from Yahoo.com

Image from Yahoo.com

Olivia Palermo married model and fashionisto Johannes Huebl in an intimate ceremony at a Bedford, New York, park on June 28. The bride pieced together an unlikely Carolina Herrera creation for her big day: “a simple cream cashmere sweater with scattered ostrich feathers and chic white shorts with a full tulle skirt overlay that cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk and featured a high slit in the front with floral details along the hem,” she described on her website. She finished off the look with sapphire blue Manolo Blahnik pumps. (details from yahoo.com)

Image from Yahoo.com

Image from Yahoo.com

“The Bachelor’s” Sean Lowe, 30, and his winner, Catherine Giudici, 27, wed in a live television fairy-tale wedding on Jan. 26 at the Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. Lowe teared up as his gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in a Monique Lhuillier gown and as they said their vows in front of the world. Lowe’s father officiated the ceremony. Credit: ABC (details from Yahoo.com)

Image from Yahoo.com

Image from Yahoo.com

Ashley Tisdale, The High School Musical alum knew the look she wanted for her Sept. 8 wedding to French: rustic and romantic. While her groom, a musician, looked sharp in a dark modern suit, Tisdale evoked a fairy tale princess with a flowing white ball gown and flower crown. The idyllic theme continued at the venue, near Santa Barbara, California, where guests were seated at long wooden farm tables covered with lace runners and garden rose centerpieces. “Best day of my life! Introducing Mr. and Mrs. French,” she posted on Instagram the next day. (details from people magazine)

Image from People magazine

Image from People magazine


Neil Patrick Harris: When you wait eight years to marry your love, a simple city hall wedding just won’t do. So Harris and Burtka flew to Italy and, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, including their 3½-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon, wed in an intimate ceremony on Sept. 6. Plenty of friends helped out: Harris’s How I Met Your Mother director, Pam Fryman, officiated, and there was a special musical performance by – wait for it! – Elton John. (details from people magazine)


Image from People magazine

Image from People magazine

Jessica Simpson: It was like something out of a fairytale for the longtime couple during their magical July 5 nuptials at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. The bride wore a custom Carolina Herrera gown and veil, while her groom donned a charcoal gray John Varvatos tuxedo. “It’s so surreal,” Simpson told PEOPLE after the event. “This has been something we’ve wanted ever since we met.” The lovebirds were joined by Simpson’s mom, Tina, and her sister, Ashlee, as maids of honor and Johnson’s father, Stephen, as the best man. But it was 2-year-old flower girl Maxwell and 1-year-old ring bearer Ace that got the standing ovation walking down the aisle!  (details People magazine)

Image from People magazine

Image from People magazine

Putting your best foot forward

Most girls when planning their wedding have already their vision for their dress, colour theme and style, however have you considered what shoes you will be wearing?

Finding the right shoes can complement your dress and most importantly you need to make sure that you feel comfortable and able to walk down the aisle in them.  My biggest fear when I got married was tripping over and forgetting my vows.  Thankfully this did not happen or this would be a completely different story.

So what do you need to know before you go shopping for your wedding shoes? I popped over to one of my favourite sites Shoes of Prey and found some great advice on selecting the perfect style.

Firstly, lets look at the style of the shoe – flats or heels.  Shoes of Prey have the perfect way for you to select the right heel for you.

Flats – If you are like me and clumsy and scared that you will trip over whilst walking down the aisle you could consider wearing flats.

Heels – However if you need a little bit more height, consider a kitten heel.  If you need (or love) the your heels than the 6 inch platform is for you.

No matter what style you choose my best advice is to wear them in as there is nothing worse than on your wedding day to have blisters and be uncomfortable.

Now lets shop!

As an alternative, what about having your shoes to be your something blue?

As an alternative, what about having your shoes to be your something blue? Image by http://www.shoesofprey.com

So devine, Image by www.shoesofprey.com

So divine,
Image by http://www.shoesofprey.com

All that glitter Image by www.shoesofprey.com

All that glitter
Image by http://www.shoesofprey.com


Wedding on a Budget

Cash strapped couples can feel a little left out of the decadent wedding game.  There are so many different ways you could spend a fortune on the wedding of your dreams.  Luckily, having a budget does not mean that you need to abandon all your dreams.  In fact, it can keep you focused and mindful of the things you really want to make your special day.  Here are some tips.


weddingonabudget-inviteBespoke invitations are beautiful but the costs really add up especially if you have a large guest list.

If you print out your invitation on the computer, it will look a bit corporate and dull.  That is until you unleash your creativity (and a bit of pinterest inspiration).  You do not need to be a graphic artist to pick out some cardboard and ribbon and other embellishments to bling it up a little.  Most of us are capable of doing a bit of gluing, cutting and bow tying with a bit of practice.  The benefit is that the choices are endless and you will come up with truly unique invitations.

One of my friends inspired me to handwrite my invitations.  She said that her mother did not like computer generated invitations and so she handwrote all invitations to her 21st birthday party.  I taught myself calligraphy from a book and, after a few practice attempts, I handwrote each and every invitation to our wedding (we had 120 invitees!)  It meant that our invitations looked like they cost thousands when in fact they were less than $1 each.  I would only recommend this for the truly dedicated and organised but I did find it therapeutic after I got into a rhythm and I learnt a new skill I have used on birthday cards since our wedding.


A florist told me when I got married that it is flowers, after the Bride, that draw the most attention at a wedding.  Although all wedding vendors will say that about whatever it is they are selling, I tended to agree with her.

While florists can do truly beautiful arrangements, it is not necessary to have professionally arranged flowers.  We bought enormous bunches of wildflowers from the markets on the morning of our wedding.  My mother tied bunches of them for me and my attendants and put some in large vintage cream cans my parents-in-law had for the ceremony.  They were very striking and cost less than $50.

If you prefer more polished flowers, I went to a wedding where the Bride and her attendants carried a single red rose and there was one on each table at the reception.  Elegant, simple and classy but it would not have broken the bank even with the highest quality roses. weddingonabuget=flowers


To some people food is more important than it is to others.  However, if you have people travelling long distances for your wedding, you will need to make sure that there is enough food for your guests.  Grumbling tummies after spending the day with you does not make for well wishes.

You can save a lot of money on catering by having a cocktail reception rather than a sit down meal.  Many couples baulk at this idea because it seems too informal.  Ironically, the most formal society weddings in England are cocktail style.  You just need to make sure that there is enough food and there are plenty of chairs available for people to sit down if they need a rest.

If you do want a sit down reception, try getting a quote from your preferred reception centre for a “function” rather than a wedding and asking if you can set up the tables yourself.  You may find that the quote is significantly lower.

Wedding cake is often wasted.  The tradition of giving each guest a piece of the cake as they left is well and truly dated.  Most guests just left it in their cab or in their pocket and forgot about it.  Why not get your wedding cake to double as dessert?  You are not limited to fruit cake and you can have more than one type of cake.  Some people now have wedding cakes made out of wheels of cheese.  You can present different cakes with the same icing to create a more traditional wedding cake.  I have seen Brides present their wedding cakes on boxes under satin or velvet to create a tier effect if your cake is too soft to stand on top of each level.  Homemade cakes can look more professional and polished if you decorate them with flowers rather than amateur piping.

The Dress

Specialist wedding dress shops tend to be very expensive.  One of my friends wore a beautiful cream silk designer label dress she picked up in a high end boutique for $600.  Expensive for an evening gown but very cheap for a wedding gown.

If you have been sketching your dream wedding dress since you were a little girl, ask around for recommendations on home based seamstresses.  You would be astonished to find the quality of tailoring available from home based businesses.

Other Ideas

Why not put together a list of “extras” that you would really like if you could only afford it.  Guests will undoubtedly be asking what you want as Engagement and/or Wedding gifts.  If they know that you dearly wanted a string quartet, a soloist, hand crafted chocolate truffles as bonbonniere or a vintage Rolls Royce wedding car they may be able to get it for you.  Your cousin might play in a quartet, your Great Aunt might love to make your bonbonniere and your best friend’s parents might be members of a vintage car club.



Kate Schwarz is the developer of Gift Club – an App for iPhone with an Android version coming soon.

Gift Club is an all purpose fully customisable gift registry on your phone.  You can add anything you like to your wish list – traditional wedding gifts, cash, honeymoon activities, someone to make the wedding cake…

After the wedding, you can use the wish list for birthdays, Christmas, baby showers…  You just keep your wish list current and it is searchable whenever anyone wants to buy you a gift for any reason.  There is no risk of causing offence because the wish list is searchable and people will only look it up if they have already decided to give you a gift.

The App is free and can be downloaded here https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/gift-club/id760018890?mt=8

Check out Gift Club on Facebook here www.facebook.com/GiftClubApp
















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.

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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


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.