20 brides-to-be, 20 money saving wedding tips


Getting married is a pricey affair but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways you can slash the cost of everything from your bridal gown through to the bonbonnieres.

Financial comparison site, Mozo.com.au, asked hundreds of brides-to-be to share their top cost cutting tips for their big day.

From the thrifty bargain hunting tactics through to the cheeky cost cutting methods, here are 20 money savings tips from 20 brides-to-be:

Invitations

  • “Design your own Save the Date card and Invitations and get them printed from Vistaprint”: Marie
  • “Only invite those who you know you won’t be sorry you invited in 20 years time!”: Kathryn                                                                                                           

Photography

  • “Do a pre-wedding shoot. Without guests around, it takes less time (and costs less). On the day itself, get a relative to snap important moments”: Kate
  • “We’ve asked friends to take turns taking happy snaps of our wedding and upload the photos onto our instagram account! Saves on a photographer!”: Candice

Bridal gown

  • “Save on an expensive wedding dress by recycling and buying a retro vintage dress instead”: Seyon
  • “Buy your dress from eBay USA – beautiful brand new designer dresses for under $500!”: Faria

Shoes

  • “Every bride needs something borrowed, why not be specific and borrow your wedding shoes? Today glitsy heels are very accessible”: Sian

Ceremony

  • “Plan a sunset ceremony on a weekday eg. Friday as this provides a cheaper venue cost”: Liz
  • “We are doing a morning wedding and ceremony for close family and friends only, and making a lot of our own decorations”: Jess

Food

  • “Instead of gifts, ask family and friends to bring a plate and have a picnic in the park after the wedding”: Sarah
  • “Cooking your own meals with your partner will ensure you not only have fantastic food but also at $10 a meal who can go wrong?”: Karley

Alcohol

  • “Our friend home brews so is brewing the whole bar for our wedding saving us hundreds of dollars!”: Hannah

Cake

  • “Ask for a ‘celebration cake’ rather than a ‘wedding cake’ and try chain bakers like The Cheesecake Shop or Michel’s Patisserie”: Julia

Flowers

  • “I am cutting out the middle man and am befriending a flower farmer, creating my own bouquet and supporting a local grower”: Candice
  • “IKEA sells amazing artificial flowers. One shopping trip and a couple of YouTube clips has saved me $600+ dollars. My beautiful bouquets are perfect!”: Toni
  • “For the wildflower look, keep an eye out for flowers that grow along the sideways of the freeway/highway! Also, baby’s breath is cheap too!” : Peta

Decorations

  • “Make decorations from stuff you can get from op shops. For example I am going to put pebbles and a candle into a jar for the table decorations”: Jacinda
  • “I have spent 3 months folding paper flowers to create a beautiful bridal table backdrop for my reception. Resources have only cost me $6”: Danielle

Bonbonnieres

  • “We spent $40 on a custom-made cookie cutter for gifts for the guests – much better than a corkscrew each or something”: Hannah
  • “Use a free app to personalise and print individual wedding favour gifts for all of your guests!”: Alisa

For more thrifty tips for your big day, head on over to Mozo’s wedding hub.

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Celebrity Wedding: Vanessa Williams + Jim Skrip


At Just as Planned we love a unique and beautiful wedding and the wedding nuptials of Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip on the 4th of July is no exception.  What I personally love is Vanessa and Jim chose an Australian company to design and create their wedding invitations.

The Egyptian-themed wedding was held in Buffalo USA.  The wedding ceremony was held at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and the reception at The grand Statler City. Complete with belly dancers and drummers, this wedding was filled with music and love.

Giant Invitations were personally contracted by Vanessa to design her Egyptian-themed invitations for her wedding that took place in Buffalo on the 4th of July.  Vanessa was so pleased with the outcome of her invitations that she has given Giant Invitations access to her exclusive wedding photos.

I am extremely excited for Just as Planned to showcase these fabulous invitations.

The Briefing:

The team at Giant Invitations first needed to understand the tone in which Vanessa wanted to set for her wedding day. By gaining an insight for this they were able to capture the formality and ambiance needed in order for them to begin our creative processes.

Giant Invitations asked Vanessa to create a Pinterest board where she can pin all her wedding inspirations. The pins consisted of her desired styling, wedding theme, décor, etc. All these elements were essential in contributing to the designing and outcome of her wedding invitations.

After initial communication between Giant, Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip, we finally locked down the colour scheme. Implementing some burgundy with a gold contrast to match their Egyptian floral theme; our designs were set to match their nuptial celebration. Giant came to learn that their romantic Egyptian floral theme was actually a representation of their international love affair where the couple met in Egypt three years prior to their wedding. With this in mind, we were adamant that this needed to be a very special design.

You can read more of the design process here from Giant Invitations.

See the wedding video of Vanessa and Jim from Shutter Dream Studio Cinema here

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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

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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Our 5 favorite wedding nails from Pinterest


My guess you have heard of Pinterest and hopefully you all follow us on Pinterest.  After spending hours and hours searching I have listed my top 5 wedding nails.

Nail art is becoming very popular and is another way for you to include your personality on your special day.  From the classic french mani to 3d nail art, take a look at our favorites.

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A classic pink colour with a touch of sparkle Photo via Pinterest

 

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3 d nail art featuring a black tux and glitter and sparkle to represent the brides gown Image via Pinterest

nail art 3

Just as touch of love Image via Pinterest

nail art 4

French mani with a touch of glitter Image via Pinterest

 

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3d nail art featuring pearls Image via 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

Engagement Shoots: Fad or Fab?


Written by Jess from Mapleberry Photography

You may have noticed your Facebook feed is suddenly filling up with photos of your friend’s engagement shoots. This may have you wondering what it’s all about. I must sheepishly admit that when I started seeing “Engagement Shoots” popping up on my feed I felt my friends were all becoming narcissists who loved photos of themselves. I thought to myself, who needs photos taken of themselves cuddling and smooching on some beach? It all seemed a little OTT to me, that was until I myself became that friend clogging up people’s feeds with my engagement photos.

On the surface it can seem manufactured and unnecessary, it’s true, perhaps a money making scheme by photographers. The reality though, is that to ensure your wedding photos are incredible and capture your wedding day as beautifully as you hope you need to have an engagement shoot. You heard right, I said need and here’s why as a professional photographer I strongly recommend engagement sessions:

Your photographer will spend more time with you both than anyone else on your wedding day. They’ll want you to kiss in front of them and be romantic in general. You want to build a relationship with them so when they turn up on your wedding day you feel like they are a friend rather than a stranger who wants to watch you kiss. You want to feel comfortable with the camera pointing at you and the only way to achieve that is by being in front of it. As you might have guessed this is where an engagement shoot comes in. It’s that chance to practice being in front of the camera before the big day.

Often couples can be really tense and find it hard to be themselves when there is a camera pointing at them, so isn’t it better to have those awkward moments at a shoot that means so much less than your wedding day? There is also the advantage that once you get your photos from your shoot you can see what you look like through the eyes of your photographer, talk to them if there are things you didn’t think reflected you as a couple or weren’t flattering. You will save yourself the anguish of getting your wedding photos back and thinking, I look so awkward in that position or I hate my nose from that angle. What might seem obvious to you is not necessarily to anyone else because we are all sensitive about different things that often others can’t see.

When planning for a perfect day you will have many dress fittings to make sure that dress sits perfectly, you will spend weeks debating who will sit next to who, so why not invest a little bit of time to ensure those photos aren’t of you feeling awkward or shy. Your photos are going to be handed down, they are going to be what you look at after hard week to remind yourself of the good times and you don’t want those to be less than perfect.

Perhaps next time you see your friends engagement session posted on their wall you won’t cringe, you’ll simply understand it’s just practice for their big day and who knows you too might come over to the dark side like I did.

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Brooke and Paul – Real Wedding Feature


Last year I was delighted to work with Brooke and Paul to create their wedding stationery.

Brooke and Paul’s wedding stationery features a classic design and stunning artwork by Aaron Favaloro.

Just as Planned creates unique one of kind invitations for all occasions.  Contact us today for a free no obligation quote via email justasplannedau@gmail.com

Here are just some of the images from their special day as shared in Bride to Be magazine and on Wedded Wonderland.

Wedding stationery designed by Just as Planned www.justasplanned.com.au

Wedding stationery designed by Just as Planned http://www.justasplanned.com.au

Featured in Bride to Be Magazine

Featured in Bride to Be Magazine

image from http://www.weddedwonderland.com.au

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

Rapsimo

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