The Party Planner in You!!! Part 1


Some people may find planning a wedding or an event overwhelming or they just don’t know where to start.

Over the next few weeks I will writing a series on how to draw out the party planner in you.  Each post will help you feel more confident and help you be more creative with your wedding or event planning and most of all how to save $$$.

I encourage to share you thoughts and journey with us by posting comments below and feel free to ask any questions you may have each week for me to answer I try my best to answer them all.

Part 1

All of my friends know I love entertaining and when I get the opportunity to plan any type of event, you can always count me in.

Sometimes when trying to be creative, I get a bit carried (I say a bit, my friends and family would much more than a that) with thinking of outside of the box and how I can add that extra WOW factor to the event.

I hear so many brides say…”All my friends are engaged or recently been married, how can I make sure that our wedding day is unique?”

If you are like me I am addicted all of the wedding shows, my favourite show is “My Fair Wedding” hosted by David Tutera.

From watching the show (and yes I record every single episode) and by planning events and weddings I have learnt that you need to have a concept.

To start creating your concept, I suggest you start by creating a mood board.  A mood board is a type of collage that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and some wedding planners use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team and clients.

When you start planning an event such as a Wedding, Engagement or Birthday party, creating a mood board allows you to see different colours, textures and ideas all together.  You don’t need to have it over complicated just use some cut out from a magazine or favourite pictures you have found on the internet.

A mood board is also a great way to ensure that your decorators, florists, reception venues or wedding planner has a clear vision of how you envision your special day.

Mood board concept

Example of a simple mood board

As you start to progress in your planning and start to buy some of the decorations, I suggestion you set up a mock-up of your table setting as this will give you an overall concept of the design and feel.

When it comes to adding more, I always remember the Channel quote “Before you leave the house remove one item”. Essentially you can have too much.

Consider taking a photo so you can see the full effect. If you are able to, try to match the lighting that you will have on the day. So many people forget the importance of great lighting.

You can also include your concept and colour scheme into other aspects of your weddings, such as:

  • Invitations
    • So many people forget that your Save the Dates and Invitations are the first glimpse your guests get about the style and theme of your wedding. Make sure you speak to your supplier to ensure that share your concept with them.
    • You can include your colours scheme into your paper colour choice.
    • For the theme, if you are having a rustic country wedding, you could include twine or dried flowers to add that extra touch
Chalkboard Wedding Invitation

If you are a teacher you could consider a Chalkboard Wedding Invitation

  • Bridal party attire
    • If we stick with the country theme, why not include cowboy boots as part of the attire
  • Ceremony and reception venue
    • Having a venue that complements your theme is one of the simplest ways you can add that extra bit of excitement to your wedding day. I highly recommend that engaged couples think outside of the square when looking for venues. Generally every city has an untapped new venue. For example, having your reception in the auditorium of a new high-rise building or on the roof top of a new bar. There are soo many new and funky buildings being completed every year. When you have a venue that matches your concept, you can also spend less on other items such as decorations and lighting.
  • Favour (bonbonnieres)
    • Favours (bonbonniere) are one of the easiest ways you can inject your personality to thank your guests for coming. It could be a card stating you have made a donation to your favourite charity or if you are teachers, you could give everyone a toffee apple. The choices are endless.

Next week we will look at the budget. Don’t get scared as we will also share some creative ways for you to save $$$.

Examples of different and creative favours.

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Vintage inspired bridal gowns


I was delighted to find these stunning designs by Sally Eagle.  Sally is a designer of stunning, vintage-inspired wedding dresses.  The best news Sally’s designs can be found in stores in Australia and also available in New Zealand, UK and USA.

Sally has a sincere passion for creating dresses that capture the romance of a bride’s wedding day.

Sally Eagle - billie detail Sally Eagle - kate top with eleanor skirt, front Sally Eagle - teresa top with bette skirt back Sally Eagle - virginia top with agatha skirt, front Sally Eagle 2015

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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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

 

Destination weddings


Would you choose a destination wedding?

Paris, the city of love would be my all-time favourite choice. What would be yours?2002-12-31 09.57.17-1

Image from Pinterest

Brides for Breast Cancer


Just as Planned is very pleased to share this special announcement from Melinda of Three Colours White who has teamed up with Breast Cancer Care WA to sell a brand new, designer wedding dress online for charity.

www.threecolourswhite.com.au connects buyers and sellers of wedding dresses and accessories and due to the generosity of one very special bride in Western Australia, they are proudly selling the designer wedding dress, with all proceeds being donated to Breast Cancer Care WA.

enzoani wedding dress

One very lucky bride will take possession of the heavenly wedding dress for a fraction of the retail price, in addition to supporting Breast Cancer Care WA.

Click here for more information and images of the dress.

What is Breast Cancer Care WA?

Breast Cancer Care WA is a charity that has been providing personalised emotional, practical and financial support and care to people affected by breast cancer since 2000. Sadly, one in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Support services are extended to include men with breast cancer, carers and family who have their own challenges and needs through the experience.

Receiving no government funding, Breast Cancer Care WA relies on the generosity of the community in order to provide its range of services at no charge.

They are staffed by a team of professional women from various backgrounds, who share a common passion for making a difference in the Western Australian community.

For more information about donating your wedding dress for charity, please contact Three Colours White.