Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Venue

April 20th, 2015

The wedding venue is the backdrop to your entire big day. Obviously you’ll have an amazing time wherever you get married providing your loved ones are with you, but it’s beneficial to have an awesome venue. You want your venue to make the pictures pop, and help your day to feel even more magical. Consider these things before choosing your wedding venue to ensure you’ve made the right decision:


How Will This Place Look in Pictures?

Assuming you’ve hired a photographer or roped in a friend to help you take pictures, consider how the venue will look. Will the pictures really do the venue justice, or will it look like you’ve got married any old place? You might want to choose the biggest hall out there for your wedding, but if it hasn’t got beautiful gardens and places to take photos, then your album won’t do it justice. That being said, you could get married at your local pub if that makes you happy. Your dress is what will turn the most heads anyway!


Do I Have the Budget for this Venue?

Think of your budget and how much of it you have allocated to a venue. You should take your budget extremely seriously, and stick to it as rigidly as you can. When you fail to stick with it, you can quickly get into debt. Everyone wants the perfect day, but it isn’t these outside factors that make it perfect – it’s you and your partner.


What Features are Included in the Package?

Usually, wedding venues will do packages for couples at different price points. What features are included in the wedding venue, and is it worth it? You might get catering, waiting on, decor, and other things included. You might just get the venue and have to sort everything else out yourself.


Will All of My Guests Fit in the Venue?

You’ve more than likely made a guest list, so consider whether they’ll all fit in your venue. Will the venue be too big? Too small? You might have to cut down on the guest list if the place is small. You shouldn’t expand your guest list if the place is very large, as this can cost you much more money. You might have to upset a few people who thought they were invited if it turns out your dream venue only holds 100 people.


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Does My Other Half Like This Venue?

Brides often make all of the decisions without consulting their other half first. Remember, the day is about the two of you. See how your other half likes the venue. What does he think of the other points listed here? Compromise. It’ll be practice for a long, happy marriage!


Am I Doing This for Us as a Couple?

Your mom might want you to get married abroad, while your nan might prefer a church. Forget them. They’re invited, and that’s all that matters. You and your partner need to pick the venue to please yourselves and nobody else!

Have a wonderful day!

Finding Your Dream Dress: What’s Your Bridal Style?

February 27th, 2015

Planning a wedding can be one of the best experiences of a woman’s life. And, of course, finding the perfect dress is perhaps the most exciting part of planning your big day. Now, you may be the type of bride who knows exactly what she wants, and, if so, good for you! But, for the rest of us, all those options can be a bit overwhelming. With all the designers, styles, colors and details, how are we supposed to choose just one? Well, thankfully, narrowing down your choices doesn’t have to be so mind-boggling. Keep reading for tips on figuring out your bridal style, and choosing the dress that will suit you perfectly.


Is Audrey Hepburn your style icon? Does your everyday wardrobe include clean lines and understated chicness? If classic beauty is your thing, your bridal style could be best described as simple and elegant. A few great classic wedding looks include pretty A-line frocks, strapless column gowns and styles with full skirts and fitted bodices. Also, tea-length gowns are great for classic brides, as they definitely give off a traditional vibe, while still managing to look fresh and modern. And when it coms to hair and accessories, a classic bride can’t go wrong with a strand of pearls and a chic updo.


Do you love romance novels, mushy movies and love songs? If so, a romantic bridal style may be perfect for you. For the best in romantic bridal style, go for flowing silhouettes, lace overlays, ruffles and other ultra-feminine details. For example, the Essense of Australia from Essence Designs collection features the intricate beadwork and stunning lace details that perfectly compliment a romance-inspired bridal style. When it comes to accessories, pair a romantic, ladylike gown with a flowered hairpiece (think flower crowns or headbands) and vintage-inspired jewelry.


If you turn to the pages of Vogue for your style inspiration, you might just be confident enough to rock a high-fashion gown. Definitely not for everyone, couture dresses have a little more flair than your average bride can handle; but, if you’re not afraid to turn heads, you should look for a dress with lots of structure and dramatic lines. And, since couture dresses can be pretty dramatic, keep hair and makeup understated; a sleek bun and simple jewelry will do the trick.


Do you play by your own fashion rules? Can your style be described as funky or eclectic? If so, you might be a nontraditional bride. And you know something? That’s okay. There’s no rule that every bride has to wear a traditional wedding gown. In fact, your wedding is the perfect opportunity to showcase your uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to drape yourself in a less-than-classic dress, a pantsuit or whatever you feel like wearing. Go all out. This is your day.


If you love browsing the racks at your local thrift and consignment stores, a vintage bridal style might be your best bet. For a true vintage look, try off-white shades (cream, champagne and even pale yellow) with lace and beadwork. Top off your look with a wavy chignon, complete with jeweled hairpins and a short lace veil. Or, for a sizzling “Old Hollywood” vibe, opt for a curve-hugging satin gown and dramatic jewelry. And when it comes to hair, this look pairs perfectly with long, loose waves and a deep side part.


Now that you’ve figured out your bridal style, you’re one step closer to finding the dress of your dreams. Good luck!

Sending Flowers to Men: What You Need To Know

February 2nd, 2015

Flowers are a symbol of love and affection and all humans like to feel loved and cared for regardless of their sex. In recent studies, it has been shown that men love to receive flowers as much as women do. The attention indicated by getting flowers regardless of what the event is will definitely put a smile on that special person’s face. Whether it is your dad, brother, boyfriend, husband or friend, flowers are a great gift idea on several occasions. Valentine’s Day, Father’s day, Congratulations, Get-well-soon, Birthdays and Anniversaries are some of the best occasions to get a man flowers. But is giving a man flowers the same as giving a woman? What do you need to bear in mind when buying flowers for a man?

Sending a quality bouquet

Men differ from women in that they are visual beings and tend to judge the quality of things by what they see. The best flowers to get a man therefore are those with vivid colours like yellow, gold, red and orange. Keep away from purple and pink flowers as much as possible unless the man in question is into these colours. Even if so, mixing in with masculine colours would be ideal in ensuring that the flowers are well received. A good bouquet that would suit any occasion for a man is the red kisses available on, which come in a manly black pack enclosing a dozen brilliant red roses.


Don’t be super girly

A flower arrangement that would please a woman could be met with resistance by a man. When sending a man flowers, settle for exotic or contemporary arrangements. Natural styles are better accepted than fluffy and big designs. Choose flower arrangements that exclude ribbons, bows or any other additional fluff. Simple arrangements are just as beautiful but will appeal more to a man. A phalaenopsis orchid in a glass vessel would be an excellent idea as orchids have strong shapes and the design is simple enough with no fluffy additions that would otherwise deem the arrangement too feminine.


Consider a plant

A plant always hits the mark in impressing the recipient, male and female and is perhaps a safe bet for a man. It also lasts a while longer, and can be displayed at work or at home. These make great housewarming gifts too, so opting to have orchids, pines or Poinsettia delivered would certainly be received well by a man. From the boardroom to the home, they won’t look out of place and may be a safer choice for those you’re a little less sure of what flowers to send.


What kinds of flowers appeal to men?

Just like women, any type would do but it is best to stick to sturdy flowers that are full of personality to impress. Authuriums, orchids and birds of paradise are great flower choices for any man but that is not to say that other types will not work. The best way to decide is to consult a florist before making any purchase. State clearly that you are looking for flowers for a man and they will surely help you choose the best.


If you’re looking for cheap flower delivery in Brisbane then shop at where the florists can prepare custom-made flowers for you depending on the types in season. With same day delivery on some options, and flowers for every occasion, you’re sure to be able to find something for the man in your life, whether its your brother, father, best friend or boyfriend, and they’ll be touched you made the effort to send them something special.

4 Apps Every Bride Needs

September 23rd, 2014

Congratulations – you’re engaged! Now the questions start and the wedding planning anxiety sets in. Luckily, in today’s tech-savvy world, your phone can be your portable planner. Search “wedding planning” in the app store and you’ll come up with numerous results. We’ve made it easy for you by listing the 4 apps every bride needs, which cover the 4 most important areas of wedding planning.


Checklist: Wedding Happy Wedding Planner


This free app will help you get organized right from the start by building a customized schedule based on your wedding date, with suggested tasks and due dates. You can assign items to specific vendors and sync your phone’s calendar, in addition to sending the schedule and vendor contact info to friends and family. The app is very simple to set up and has a convenient dashboard overview to give you a quick snapshot of today’s to-do list. With a 4.5 star rating from over 250 users, and ratings titles such as “literally the most perfect app”, “my hero”, and “OMG life saver”, how can you go wrong?


Budget: Wedding Budget Calculator


This app, created by Wedding Ideas Guide, comes with a standard list of over 50 expense items to track your wedding planning progress. You can compare budget numbers to actual amounts spent, and the totals automatically update. Add notes about specific expenses and add/remove budget items as needed. You can also email your wedding budget to friends and family, or send to your computer for printing. This app is $2.99 but well worth the few bucks! With the wedding budget being the number one priority for many couples, this app can keep you on track so you’ll know if you have leftover funds for an ice sculpture or, more practically, a longer honeymoon!


Website: AppyCouple


Once your checklist is organized and your budget is set, you can share all of the important information with your guests by creating a personalized wedding website. Keep everyone informed about the wedding day details and also share fun information like your engagement story. With AppyCouple, a free app with a 4-star rating, you can not only create a wedding website but also send messages to guests, collect RSVPs, check out guest photos, and coordinate your travel plans. There is a one-time website fee of $35, which is a significant savings compared to hosting your own site, plus this app is known for their great customer service.


Inspiration: Pinterest


Now that all of the practical items are done, the fun begins! Pinterest has been around for a few years, but this free app is still the best out there for getting inspired and organizing your ideas. In fact, as of August, there were 70 million users and over 80% were women. If you haven’t yet started pinning, this is a bandwagon worth jumping on! By creating a wedding board, you’ll have a visual of your colors, dresses, tuxes, flowers, décor, and more, all in one place. You can also add friends to your board, so your bridesmaids and other important people can contribute. Most pins will link to websites where you can purchase essential wedding items or get instructions on DIY decorations. This app is amazing for wedding planning, but you should proceed with caution – before you know it, you’ll spend hours searching through pins!


Of course, every bride is different so you may find another app that better fits your needs or style. The good news is that there are several to choose from, so your phone will make wedding planning a breeze. Stick to apps within the 4 above categories to keep those anxiety levels down and those happiness levels UP! You’ve already found a great man, and these apps will let you have a great wedding planning experience as well. Happy planning to you!

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