Aussie Wedding Professionals you need to follow on Instagram


Get ready to start double clicking and follow these Aussie wedding professionals on Instagram

Just as Planned: @jusasplannedau

Of course you need to follow us on Instagram.  With a mix of inspiration, style and the inside scoop of what hot in the wedding and event industry.

Just as Planned

 

Elyssium Blooms: @eelyssiumblooms_floralstyling

Full of flower crowns and beautiful blooms

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Vesna Grasso Floral Designer: @vesnagrassofloraldesigner

Unique and dramatic creations.

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Oh Perfect Day: @ohperfectday

Wedding and event styling and planning services.

Oh Perfect Day

 

 

 

Hope and Lace: @hopeandlace

Fun wedding and event planners, stylists and floral enthusiasts

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The Style Co: @thestyleco

From wedding and event styling to floral design.

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Beautiful weddings: @beautifulweddingsaustralia

Stunning wedding and event styling

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French Inspired Wedding Style Look


This week I was inspired by the gorgeous gowns from Anna Campbell in particular this stunning “Trish” Gown from the Gossamer collection.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance and features a classical elegance.   Combined with some Just as Planned style and some beautiful accessories we are sure you will love this French inspired look.

You can view more of the Anna Campbell bridal range here

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish back view

Anna Campbell Trish Gown from the Gossamer Collection

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish

Anna Campbell Trish Bridal Gown from the Gossamer Collection

David Jones Lancome Tresor in Love

Lancome Tressor in love perfume from David Jones

Jodie Florist Sydney Wedding Flowers

Flowers by Jodie McGregor

Badgley Mischka Scarlett shoe

Badgley Mischka Shoes “Scarlett”

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Images from the website of each vendor.

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

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.

5 Essential Tips for Decorating Your Wedding


With Nathalie from Pillingers Hire

When planning your wedding there is plenty you need to think about. From where to host your big day to how your guests will get from the ceremony to reception – and everything in between. It can be tempting to start dreaming early on about things like lighting, table centrepieces and colour palettes. But before you do, there are some key elements to take into consideration.

Here is a helpful list of the top questions to answer before finalising your wedding day decisions.

  1. Will you have one location, or two?

Have you thought about hosting both your ceremony and reception in the one place? Not only does this eliminate travelling between two places, but it often means you have more freedom in planning the timing of your day. You won’t need large gaps to transport everyone from one place to another. And you won’t need to give time to organising transport, either.

With everything in one location, you can save time and streamline your decorating. Whether you hire a wedding planner to organise the decoration for you, or you go for a DIY approach, decorating one location has to be easier than two! Use statement pieces, unique colours and lighting, or strategic pieces of furniture to separate the ceremony and reception areas, or the cocktail and canapes area from the dinner setting.

 

  1. Outdoor setting, or indoors?

 

When choosing the date and location there is one thing you absolutely must consider first: the season of your big day and the type of wedding that allows. If the location you have your heart set on only suits an outdoor setting, is there sufficient shade for a hot summers day? Does the venue have outdoor heating facilities such as a bonfire or outdoor heaters for winter?

 

If you want the best of both worlds, consider a marquee with a full or partial clear ceiling and walls – allowing you to enjoy the elements of the great outdoors while being protected from any weather.

 

The second thing to consider is the decorations. Does the setting speak for itself, needing little more than some fairy lights, floral arrangements and dance floor? Or is it a total blank space, allowing you to create a completely unique concept that reflects you as a couple?

 

When decorating a blank space such as a marquee or hall, choose items that instantly create a feeling of wedding luxury. Think soft fairy lights strung across the ceiling, classic tiffany chairs, statement table centrepieces, and an abundance of flowers and greenery.

 

  1. Do you want space for a dance floor?

 

Weddings are a fabulous excuse to let down your hair and have a boogie. But some enjoy it more than others. And that is why you need to think about how much space you might need for the all important dance floor – if any at all.

 

The venue you choose may have room enough for a dance floor. However if you’ve chosen an outdoor or marquee wedding, ensure there is an adequately spaced, safe and reasonably flat area for your first dance.

 

A good solution for uneven ground or backyard weddings where a pool takes up extra space is a professionally erected dance floor. These dance floors can come in a range of materials and styles, to be raised like a stage, erected over pools, or put flat on the ground.

 

  1. How should you plan the table layout?

 

What is the one thing a couple always does at their wedding? They walk around the tables to say a friendly ‘Hello!’ to all of their guests. How many weddings have you been to where the tables are squished together, leaving barely any room to get in and out, let alone walk around freely?

 

When planning the shape, size and layout of your tables at your reception space, consider how much room you need. If you have any elderly guests on the list, consider will they need space for a wheelchair or walker to get to their seat? Can they be seated close to the entrance?

 

What about accommodating children at your wedding–is there space near their table for them to play? Whether you opt for long tables placed together, or round tables scattered around the room, ensure you’ve thought about who needs to get where and when.

 

A great rule of thumb is to arrange your tables in a general U shape, with the bridal table at the top and the bar and music at the other end. This will ensure extra space to move in the middle, no one has a bad seat, and even better, no one is seated right next to the music where it might get too loud!

 

  1. Will you make an entrance?

 

How do you want to enter your reception? Will you stroll in from the ceremony alongside your guests, champagne in hand? Or perhaps you want to make an entrance following a romantic photoshoot? Deciding the style of celebration you prefer will have an impact on the decor of your reception room.

 

If you like the idea of a little bit of luxury, and want to make your guests feel special too, consider laying out a red carpet entrance. If whimsical romance is your style, a flower-filled archway also makes for a beautiful entryway. Or if you find yourself throwing an outdoor wedding, an arch alter backdrop could double as your entrance to the reception venue – your guests following you through straight after the ceremony!

 

Whatever style wedding you are dreaming of, considering logistics and space first is an absolute must.

 

You don’t necessarily need to compromise on those hanging planter boxes, or the long tables with church pews your heart is set on. But thinking about your space and how they will fit in with your day will make the rest of your planning decisions that much easier.

 

Get the big decisions out of the way first, and you can start dreaming all you want over table settings and in season flowers!

 

For further advice on wedding decorations and planning you can contact Nathalie at Pillingers Hiring Service. Pillingers specialise in wedding hire, everything from large marquees and flooring to cutlery and table centrepieces.

 

Ceremonies within Ceremonies: Rituals to include in your wedding


These days, weddings are so much more fun than they used to be. Gone are the days of having to go through a long and boring ceremony for the bride, groom and guests.
Couples have a lot more input now with as little or as much personal aspects they would like. Another benefit of the modern-day wedding is the innovation of some different ceremonials and rituals such as “The Heart Lock”, where couples use the lock as a symbol of their lifetime love for one another and “Rose Ceremony” with the rose representing the words “I love you”, the bride and groom each present the other with one during the ceremony. While most of these rituals do come from much earlier days than these, they have adapted to modern times and even shortened to be just a short little ceremony within a ceremony. For example, a Handfasting ceremony comes from the Celtic weddings but is now often adapted to suit any contemporary service. But undoubtedly, the most popular of these ceremonies are Sand, Ring Warming and Unity Candles.
Sand ceremony (Image Pinterest)A wedding sand ceremony is very popular. Two vessels of sand are poured together either into a third keepsake vessel, or into the wind to represent the coming together of your lives. It can also be a wonderful way to unite two families if either party has children already from a previous relationship. Each member of the family is represented by different colour sand, and as each is poured into the container, the individual portions of sand will no longer exist on their own, but will instead be joined together as one. Just as every individual grain of sand has its own unique beauty, strength and character…when blended together, they form an entirely new and extraordinary more intricate whole. So marriage also respects the individuality of each person but unites them as one.

 
The Ring Warming Ceremony is one that can include all of your guests or just a handful of them. During a ring warming, the couple’s wedding rings are passed among their guests, who are asked to say a prayer, blessing, or make a special wish for the couple over the rings while holding them. This intimate exchange injects all of the loving energy of the couple’s friends and family into the rings that they’ll be wearing for a lifetime. The rings are visible sign of a commitment to one another. As the ceremony proceeds, we invite family and friends to take part in the warming of the rings. We ask that everyone wish them health and happiness, or may have their own personal wish for the couple. Each guest holds them for a moment, warms them with their hands and makes a silent wish for the couple, and their future together. When they come back the warmth of these precious rings represents all the hopes and dreams from their family and friends.

 
But my favourite is the Unity Candle Ceremony, although not recommended to be done outside as the candles will not stay lit. The flames from the candles represent the “light” and “souls” of the bride and groom. The two smaller candles on either side of the unity candle symbolize the separate lives, families and experiences before the wedding day and these candles are lit early in the ceremony by a member from each family, usually the mother. After the exchange of vows, but before the exchange of rings the bride and groom take each side candle and light the unity candle together, uniting the families and experiences into one.
The beauty of all of these types of ceremonies is that they can be adapted to suit anybody in any way. Changing the core of the ceremony does not necessarily make the service right or wrong but more individual. And by adding one of these rituals, the wedding can be far more entertaining and personal and not tiresome or uninteresting.

Robyn Rodda
Civil/Marriage Celebrant
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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