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.

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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

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.

nail art 1

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

 

nail art 2

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

 

nail art 5

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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How to make a DIY flower crown in 5 simple steps


Our good friends from FreshFlowers.com.au have put together a great DIY post on how to make a flower crown.

If you don’t remember the heady days of the 60’s then you might not know what a flower crown is and why in the world you might want to make one. For those of us who were young and flamboyant in the 60’s however, we remember these whimsical and girly flower crowns with affection.

So it was quite a surprise to realise that floral crowns are making a big comeback with young girls today and that just about everyone wants to be seen wearing one of these fabulous floral creations.

They look absolutely beautiful on blushing brides and you can match them to your wedding dress and to the bride’s dresses as well. You don’t have to keep them to weddings though, because they bring a fresh and girly feel to just about any happy event.

Making your own floral crown is really easy if you have a ready supply of flowers in your garden. Otherwise, if your garden is bereft of flowers, then you can simply order flowers online and have it delivered in Melbourne or any other cities across Australia.

So grab your girlfriends and have a wonderful day making these beautiful floral crowns for yourself and each other.

  1. You need to collect your supplies together which includes, flower wire, tape and wire cutters, as well as a selection of fabulous flowers and some greenery.

Measure the circumference of your head and add about 10cm, cut the wire and bend the ends over to form a circle big enough to sit on your head. Then wrap the tape along the wire, making sure that you cover all of the floral wire (you need to wind the tape around the wire a couple of times).

  1. Decide whether you want to make a full crown or a half floral crown, then select the greenery and tape this to the wire, making sure to cover all of the wire where you want to add flowers (half or a full crown design). You will have to tape each of the greenery stems about 3 or 4 times around to make sure they stay in place nicely.
  1. Make small bundles with the flowers and tape them together
  1. Once you have covered the wire with the greenery, select your flowers and trim the stems leaving about 10cms or so to make it easier to attach the flowers to the wire.
  1. Arrange your flowers along the greenery covered circlet and tape each stem in place with the floral tape (3 or four times should do it).

The design of your floral crown is limited only by your imagination – wear them to weddings, parties, family get-togethers and even dates.

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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

A little Sunday delight


Image via Pinterest Owner unknown

Image via Pinterest
Owner unknown