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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Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue


Like most elements of planning a wedding, choosing the right venue can seem like an impossibly overwhelming task. Add in the fact that the location makes a huge impact on the overall tone of your ceremony and reception, and there’s a lot of pressure on one decision.

So how can you make sure you get it right? We’re glad you asked!

Here are 5 of our pro tips for choosing the perfect wedding venue…

1. Enquire about availability ASAP
Spoiler alert for when you start looking at venues: there are a lot out there. Researching and trying to nail down a shortlist can be the source of one inescapable headache.
That’s why enquiring about availability on your special date from the get go can be such an advantage. Most popular venues have quite a waitlist, so knocking out the ones that aren’t going to be practical due to unavailability can make the decision process a lot easier. It also ensures you won’t get your heart set on somewhere only to have your world come crashing down due to a calendar clash.

2. Think about the amount of work involved
A major factor that couples consider when booking a venue is cost, for obvious reasons. What they might not consider is how much that cost can influence the effort you’re going to have to put in.
You’re already busy planning every painstaking detail of your wedding and reception, so chances are you don’t want to be too hands on when it comes to making your venue look great. That’s why sometimes it’s better to resist the temptation of booking a function hall lined with felt walls and white trestle tables under the pretence of “we can spruce this up!”, and go for a venue that’s already established with a décor that you love.
Besides, we all know how those “easy looking” DIY Pinterest projects actually end up in real life…

3. Carefully consider location
This might seem obvious, but there are some really key factors you should consider when it comes to the location of your wedding. It’s not just about where is going to have a beautiful setting for your photographer to capture (although that’s important obviously).
The main thing to consider is how accessible a location is. As in, is there enough public transportation around? Or, if most of your guests are going to be driving, are there enough parking facilities? Can you budget in providing a shuttle bus from a nearby location? Your friends and family enjoying your special day is most likely important to you, so considering these factors ahead of time can really save you some drama and grumbling guests.

4. Visit at the same time that your wedding will be held
Once you’re past the initial research phase and are starting to physically scout out venues, it’s important to make sure you visit at least once at the same time of day that you’ll be getting hitched. Things like lighting, foot traffic, surrounding noise and more will all be different depending on the time.

5. Inquire about other bookings
Some venues will try to fit as many weddings in one day as possible, which means you could have another booking due before or after yours. It’s important to inquire about this and consider the ramifications when you do; what if the wedding before yours runs over time? What if yours is running over? What’s the maximum time you’re allowed to be in the venue?

The better equipped with answers you are, the better you can narrow down the never-ending list of wedding venues there are to choose from.
If you want somewhere that ticks all of these boxes and more, speak to Karyn at Melbourne’s The Manor On High. The Manor is inspired by 18th century French-Georgian styling and has three luxurious rooms to suit events of all sizes.

Manor on High

Manor on High

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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Wedding cake inspiration


They say you eat with your eyes and with these beautiful wedding cakes these will surely make you want to dig in.

Faye Cahill (Image from their website)

Faye Cahill
(Image from their website)

Cake Ink (Image from their website)

Cake Ink
(Image from their website)

From Planet Cake Bec & Lleyton Hewitt (Image from their website)

From Planet Cake
Bec & Lleyton Hewitt
(Image from their website)

Cake This (Image from their website)

Cake This
(Image from their website)

Le Pink Petite Patisserie (Image from their Facebook page)

Le Pink Petite Patisserie
(Image from their Facebook page)

The Cake That Ate Paris  (Image from their Facebook page)

The Cake That Ate Paris (Image from their Facebook page)

 

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

Swoon-Worthy Diamond rings


You have to love a good sparkler and these diamonds are sure to get you thinking about which is your favorite.

Which cut is your favorite – Emerald, Princess, Round Brilliant or something else?

Harry Winston - 27 carat custom designed engagement ring Image from Pinterest

Harry Winston – 27 carat custom designed engagement ring
Image from Pinterest

From Diamond Design Studio - Evonne heart shape diamond engagement ring Image from DDS website

From Diamond Design Studio – Evonne heart shape diamond engagement ring
Image from DDS website

Hardy Brothers - Platinum Engagement Ring Image from Hardy Brothers website

Hardy Brothers – Platinum Engagement Ring
Image from Hardy Brothers website

The classic setting of the Tiffany diamond is timeless. Image from Tiffany and Co

The classic setting of the Tiffany diamond is timeless.
Image from Tiffany and Co

I just love Tacori and this ring doesn't disappoint.  Image from Pinterest

I just love Tacori and this ring doesn’t disappoint.
Image from Pinterest

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