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Why Should I sell my wedding Dress

inspiration, planning, tips February 27, 2017

Why Should I sell my wedding dress

Why should I sell My Wedding Dress?

It such a big question isn’t it, “why should I sell my Wedding Dress after my Wedding?” It’s also a personal question as well as a practical one.

It brings up mixed emotions, sometimes sadness and of course all the practical reasons. Not all of these experiences match. Do you feel conflicted when you think about selling your Wedding Dress? If you are like 99% of Brides, I bet you do.

So let’s look at some of those emotions and see if we can make sense of this topic, we know it can be a little touchy!

So before the wedding, did you have the conversation with your partner: “I know it’s $5000 ($15,000) but I will sell it afterward and get back a lot of the money” Yep, we’ve heard it many times from Brides who have taken the step to sell their dress.

But that was your practical, logical, voice speaking (and the one that really, really wanted that stunning gown!). Now you’ve worn that dress, you’ve felt the flow of that beautiful fabric; you’ve felt the train behind you as you walked down the aisle.  And most importantly, you saw his face as he looked at you! Wow, could he be any more in love with you than he was at that moment!

For some Brides, it’s a simple as, “Ok, the Wedding day is over, now I’m getting this puppy dry cleaned and it’s out of here to the next Bride.” But for others, it’s a lot more complex than that. I bet some of you are even finding yourselves thinking about your future daughter wearing your Wedding Dress.

Maybe this video will help you let go of that idea!

Fashions change far faster these days.

Did you know that fashion stores now cater up to 52 seasons on their racks, not the 4 that used to cater to the climate! We are demanding new styles so fast and this is even more apparent in the shops that cater to younger clients.

Way back when, Wedding Dresses were saved and passed down to daughters for many reasons, but one of them was the lack of resources and the expense of having a Wedding Dress made. These days, yes I know, Wedding Dresses are still expensive, but the fabrics and dressmaking services are so much more available. We are used to having choices and we expect it. Hey, what if that daughter you are imagining isn’t even the same size or height you are?

How about the Greenie approach?

Let put on our Greenie Hat for a minute. When you ponder the question “Why should I sell my Wedding Dress?” Try this very environmentally aware reason… Did you know one of the biggest items in landfill now is clothing? Second-hand shops are losing business because clothing is so cheap to produce, (yeah I hear you saying, “shame that doesn’t apply to wedding dresses!”) But it really is a problem and you can do your bit by selling that stunning dress and giving it another chance in the limelight. Imagine if that dress actually got used and sold several times. That’s a huge contribution to protecting our environment!

Now the fun one! Money back in your Pocket!

Hey, girl, you’ve got the photos, you’ve got the video. Goodness knows,  you paid a bucket load for them. You really don’t need your dress to remember the amazing day you both had. So why have that dress clutter up your wardrobe or spare cupboard space. Image if you only got 50% back, which is the average. That’s much more than pocket change. We’ve already discussed the cost of Wedding Dresses these days. That’s a new lounge, a new TV or (dare I say it) a nursery set up. It can even go towards a deposit for a house.

If this doesn’t inspire you, start looking in holiday brochures, create a Pinterest board for all the things you could do with that money, think about the shoes, handbags even little gifts for him. But hopefully, with the cash, you will do something amazing that will add long term benefits to your new life together.

how to spend the money from selling my wedding dress

I’m a minimalist that’s why I will Sell My Wedding Dress.

This is a growing trend and a really good one in my opinion. That means less clutter, less consumerism and less need for things. If this is your approach when you consider that looming question… Sell my Wedding Dress… or not? Then consider the clutter.

– How many times are you likely to move in your life?

– How much do you want to take with you?

– Do you really need that extra hassle?

You do know, even with the best preserving strategies, it is still likely to yellow, deteriorate and then what? There’s no point waiting 10 years until you are finally ready to sell. It will be so outdated by then, Vintage isn’t always the best idea! Even if you stay put and don’t move many times, you are still going to be taking up space with that rather large box.

If you list it shortly after your Wedding, it is still current season and likely to fetch more money. If you know you want to sell one day, make it today if you really want to maximize the return on your investment.

So hopefully one of these reasons will make it easier for you to consider selling your dress. I know you wouldn’t even be reading this page if you weren’t considering it. Make it easy on yourself and enjoy the process of moving your dress on. Someone else is going to love it the same way you did!

If you would like to find out a fun and easy way to list and sell your Wedding Dress, check out our simple, fun way.

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Hens Party

inspiration, planning, tips February 9, 2017

fun ways to have a hens party


A hens party is that fun event held for the bride to be and only her female friends attend. There are different terms used to refer to the hen’s party in different countries.

In Australia and New Zealand, it is referred to as a Hens Night or Hens Party while in Canada and United States it’s usually referred to as a bachelorette party. The bachelorette party is traditionally held after the bachelor’s party that is of course for the groom. But these days, they are often held on the same weekend and sometimes even meet up during their separate parties for awhile.

The Hens party is generally organized by the Maid Of Honor and possibly some of the other bridesmaids. If your Maid of Honor is overseas or interstate, the role of organizer may fall completely on to one of the other bridesmaids.

Now, of course, you want to have fun when planning the Brides upcoming hens party?

Here is the thing, we got ideas on the best way to have fun during that day and it’s you to make it great.

If you are the nominated organizer are factors that you need to consider in order to make it the best party possible.

These factors are:

Know what the bride enjoys and prepare the event sooner rather than later, so you have options of venues etc..

Does she want a big bash or just an intimate one? If she loves a big gathering, Invite all her female friends and follow up to ensure they will attend. If it’s going to be more intimate, generally its just her besties she wants there, so it should be easier to ensure they attend.

And finally ensure you are prepared so you can all have fun on the day, it is so easy to get stressed when you have the responsibility to organize this event… so the more prepared you are, the less stressful it will be.

With everything planned in advance, you really should be able to relax and have everything go as expected. It will be a big day for all in attendance and I can guarantee there will be some things that go a little pear shaped. So take my advice and get organized and you will thank me later.

With the stats showing woman are getting married later in life, the idea of a Hens Night or Party is changing dramatically. The idea of a pub crawl with the bride to be wearing a sash saying “I’m the Bride” (with a male stripper thrown in for good measure) isn’t the most popular idea anymore. Women want classier, more memorable Bachelorette parties.

Slumber Party time.

One idea is a simple sleep over at the bride’s house or in one of the girlfriends’ houses.

This resembles the old fashioned slumber parties of our teenage years, with an adult twist. Hanging out like this as a group is fun and inevitably you’ve got that one crazy friend that livens everything and everyone up!.

There can be a fun food to eat and of course nice drinks.To add more fun there are games that you can play such as truth and dare and twister. Act silly and enjoy the night because it’s all about bringing all your female friends together and enjoying this time together before getting married.

Cocktail Party time.

Cocktail making can be fun especially for a bachelorette party. Especially the bride and her friends learn how to make the cocktails… There are some really great services like Magic Hens

They provide packages and cocktail making services so you get to learn to make your own cocktails with the help of a bar tender and have a hoot in the process!

You can do this at home or if the bride to still live at home it could be fun to book an apartment for the weekend to make it more memorable. These catered parties have all different price packages but some start as low as $90 per head. Of course, it is quite appropriate to expect your guests to pay for themselves, so no one ends up with a huge bill for the party.

Hens Party

Adrenaline time.

Depending on the Brides interests, you can engage yourselves in outdoor activities such as a mountain climbing, bike riding, beach activities such as snorkeling, tobogganing, or something as fun as a paint ball session. One little word of warning about Paint Ball sessions, make sure you allow time for any bruises to heal! It is an incredibly fun thing to do, but can be pretty brutal if you are on the losing team!

Adrenaline themed Hens Parties are some of the best ideas if the bride to be loves adventure.

You can get professional services like My Ultimate Hens all over Australia who allow you to pick your event depending on where you live and what level of “crazy” you are after.

Hens Party for the Adrenaline Junkie.

High Tea time.

A High tea Hens Party can be a very sophisticated event. It normally takes place in the afternoon and can possibly be the main event or the warm up. It generally includes champagne as an option but you don’t have to include this. It is fun to play some table games at this event, but keep in mind the feature of this idea is the food. Delightful, elegant samplings of fine cakes, petite sandwiches, and other nibbles. If the bride to be is into elegant, this could be your Hens Party idea.

Pamper time.

Pamper sessions can also make the best hens party. This is a day to relax with your friends and chat and laugh as you are rubbed, scrubbed and massaged. You can sip your cocktail or champagne as you receive the selected services. After all the busy days you had preparing for the wedding day you can all give yourselves time and relax as you wait for the big day. You can do the pampering from home as some companies can come over to your place or even go to a spa and have fun as you relax. As you can imagine this is a very popular choice of hens party, either as the main event or as part of a weekend of indulgence.

Hens Party spa day

Karaoke time.

If the bride to be loves singing, you can take the option for a Karaoke Bachelorette party You can book a private room at a karaoke bar or just join in with the main bar and really let your hair down, it all depends how extraverted the Bride to be is! A word of warning, if shes a quiet sort of person who doesn’t like to sing, she wont appreciate a Hens Party like this as a surprise! But if she loves to get out there and sing and dance with the best (or worst) of them you are on a winner with this idea. Once again there are professional planners that can even bring this experience to your home.

Potluck time

Pot luck dinner is fun and simple idea for a hens party. Just ask all the girlfriends to bring something for dinner and have a great big shared buffet dinner.

It is a fun informal way to share time together, especially if the Bride is a home-bod and loves cooking and sharing a meal with friends.

You can decide on the type of food/theme you want to share and create the appropriate atmosphere, a big table outside to create a French country feel or inside with an open fire if its a winter weekend. Let your friends know what sort of food to bring. Your guests will all have different talents and some might even bring dessert!

This is a great idea for the budget conscious as it cuts the costs for everyone involved and the amount of time needed for preparation.

Above all this is a day to have fun, gossip, play, relax and celebrate with the Bride to be. The bride needs to enjoy her time with her girlfriends and do all the silly things they did together before getting married. You can choose one of our ideas or create your own, just make it fun, relaxed and as stress-free as possible. If you prepare well for that day, the fun and magic memories will be there. I hope you got the idea you were looking for your hen’s party, We’d love to hear if you have any other ideas in the comments.






Getting Married

inspiration, planning, tips April 16, 2015

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Getting Married – Best wedding venues ideas

For most couples, choosing the right venue for their wedding is the first step when starting to organize the big day. Both the bride and groom want to celebrate their union together with family and friends in a special place that can completely represent them and make them feel at ease. Here are some wedding venue ideas to draw inspiration for your dream wedding!

Getting married – traditional wedding venues

Traditionally, weddings were held at the bride’s home and the style and grandeur of the ceremony varied according to the means of the family: wealthy families could afford the expenditure of a grand ball, middle-class families would organize a luncheon, while working-class families would throw afternoon parties with cake and champagne in order to celebrate weddings.

The “wedding at home” tradition still exists and many contemporary couples choose to organize their wedding at the bride’s or the groom’s residence, especially if they have a special connection to a childhood house or access to a grand home with garden and plenty of space to host such an event.

Otherwise, the civil or/ and religious wedding ceremony is followed by a party at a reception hall. Dance halls began to be rented as wedding venues since the beginning of the 20th century, while today typical locations for weddings are hotel ballrooms, banquet halls, community halls, restaurants etc. These classic ceremony venues are a great option for traditional weddings and couples with religious ties and a sizable guest list.

Places to get married – romantic wedding locations

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In a garden.

As long as the weather is “wedding-appropriate”, incurable romantics can choose to celebrate their love in a beautiful outdoor location. Be it a simple garden with a fresh lawn decorated with flowers, garlands and lanterns, a luxurious colourful garden or a charming orchard full of flowers and fruits, outdoor locations are perfect for romantic couples who dream of a fairy tale wedding. No fancy restaurant in the world can compete with nature’s richness and beauty!

On the beach.

Beach weddings are very popular and romantic, not to mention there’s no need for elaborate decorations to beautify the place since the golden sand, glowing sea, blue sky and fresh vegetation will be all around you. Just be careful to choose a place on the beach where you can install some kind of platform, so you can gracefully walk in the sand, barefoot or not. Or you can always choose a hotel situated on the cliff with window walls that deliver a superb view over the sea, sky and the whole beach. This way, you can enjoy getting married even off-season!

At the swimming pool.

This is the urban version of the beach wedding, but it can be just as beautiful and romantic. The still water in the swimming pool can be easily decorated with flowers (water lilies, lotus flowers etc.), floating candles and pomanders, colorful balloons, underwater light shows or above water lights… The possibilities are endless!

In a castle or manor house.

Old historical buildings come with beautiful decorations, gardens and landscapes, so castles, palaces and manors are perfect locations for fairy tale weddings. Usually, castles and manors are located outside the city, in the middle of natural parks or imposing gardens, far away from the urban bustle and noise. The unique architecture, splendid landscape and vintage decorations create the perfect atmosphere and decor for the ultimate romantic wedding.

Where to get married – unexpected wedding venues

Non-conformist couples like to surprise their guests and choose to get married in the most unexpected locations, from museums and art galleries, vineyards, barns and botanical gardens to sports venues. This kind of unique wedding venues usually cost more than the traditional ones, but it’s possible to bargain at these locations to get a better price offer, because weddings are not their primary source of business.

In the woods.

The Eco style when it comes to weddings is to organize your ceremony in the middle of the woods. A natural and relaxed setting, like a forest glade or grove, is perfect for a charming nonconformist wedding. The rich vegetation, natural coloring and fresh air will help you create a memorable event. Just think how beautiful you and everyone else will look dancing under the playful rays of the sun!

At a ski resort.

For couples who love the snow, mountain and winter sports, there is no better place to wed with class and style than a ski slope. Of course, their family and friends must also dig the idea of celebrating the wedding at high altitude, with ski clothing and boots instead of the traditional wedding attire, but the experience will surely be unique! You can organize hikes to a vantage point overlooking the mountain in all its glory, or invite your guests to take a ride in horse-drawn sleighs. There are plenty of outdoor adventures you can plan for you and your guests while celebrating your special day. Not to mention the wedding photos will take advantage of the amazing snowy mountain scenery.

At the theater.

A vintage style wedding or a Hollywood-inspired one will perfectly fit in the magical atmosphere of a theater. The old unique architecture with romantic balconies, heavy velvet curtains and gold leaf furniture offers the perfect setting for a romantic sumptuous wedding. People in the artistic field are usually open-minded, so you could easily reach an agreement, especially if the wedding is off the theatrical season.

In a museum.

There are plenty of museums out there and probably one of them will satisfy yours and your fiancees common passion. Is it music? Painting? Chocolate? Cars? Look for museums and art galleries to find the special venue for your dream wedding. They seem inaccessible and inapproachable, but many of them already use some of their space to organize balls, banquets and different ceremonies. Your wedding could be one of them!

In an Industrial hall.

The perfect place for a hip wedding, industrial halls offer plenty of space for you to organize your dream wedding. Industrial manufacturers are renting these large buildings for a limited period of time in order to conduct various production activities. Therefore, “in between jobs”, industrial halls are available for other rental deals. Since nobody thinks of them as possible wedding venues, you can negotiate a pretty good price. You just need to synchronize the date of your wedding with the factory’s timetable and find some spectacular baroque-style decorations to create an eccentric contrast with the industrial setting. Also, make sure the place is nevertheless functional, with proper toilets, smooth floor and zero risk of injury (no insulated cables, staircases without railing etc.).

The perfect place for getting married is different for each and every couple, depending on your wedding theme, number of guests and budget, but we can all agree that the perfect wedding does not revolve around money and snobbery, but to have the best day of your life and create a memory for life. So have fun and do whatever works for you!


Wedding Invitation Wording

inspiration, Resource, tips April 6, 2015

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Wedding invitation wording – What to write on your wedding Invitation.

The thought of choosing the right wedding invitation wording overwhelms you? There’s no need to panic, think of it as the business card of your wedding. It’s the first thing that announces the big event, (unless you use a “save the date” card), but it also reveals to your guests a little piece of your personality, as well as the theme and atmosphere you are planning to create at your wedding.

Don’t let yourself be intimidated by the myriad of wedding invitation types available out there these days. First and foremost, you and your husband-to-be must decide whether you want to go for a classic, modern or personalized wedding invitation. Once you have established that, you’re almost there! Just make sure you respect the do’s and dont’s of wedding invitation wording – these apply no matter what type of invitation you choose.

Wedding Invitation Wording – the Basic Rules

Make sure you mention all the dates and infos. The who, when and where details must be clearly specified in the invitation text. Write down the exact address for the venues where the wedding ceremony and/or reception will take place.

Don’t use punctuation, except after courtesy titles such as Mr. and Dr.

Use capital letters for courtesy titles and proper names, but don’t use them at the beginning of every line (capital letters on wedding invitation texts are treated as the beginning of sentences).

Include the day of the week and spell the numbers in dates (e.g.: Saturday, the first of August).

Spell the hours and mention the time of the day (e.g.: “six o’clock in the evening”, not 6:00 p.m., “two o’clock in the afternoon”, not 2:00 p.m., “half past two”, not 2:30 p.m.).

Spell contractions and abbreviations (e.g.: use “do not” instead of “don’t”, “street” instead of “st”).

Let your guests know if there will be a specific dress code at your wedding (black tie, semi-formal, cocktail attire, beach party attire, casual, red attire, country chic etc). You can write the attire line on the bottom of the wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation Wording – the Classic Way



Simple, elegant and timeless, the classic wedding card slipped in a simple envelope works great if you are the romantic type and you want your wedding to be traditional. Here’s how the text should look like on a classic wedding invitation:

Mr. and Mrs……… (proper name of the hosts)
request the honour of your presence (if there will be worship services or the wedding will take place in a church) or request the honour of your company (if the service will not be a worship service)
at the marriage of their daughter ……. (bride’s first name only)
to ………. (groom’s full name)
Saturday, the first of August (day of wedding)
at two o’clock in the afternoon
(time of wedding)
at………  (name of the location)

Traditionally, wedding invitation wording is written in third-person and begin with the proper names of the people hosting the event. For example:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Jones (if one set of parents is hosting)

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. John Moore 
(if both sets of parents are jointly hosting)
Ms. Anne Marie Johnson

Mr. Phillip Moore (if
the couple is hosting)
Ms. Anne Marie Johnson

Mr. Phillip Moore
together with their parents

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. John Moore (if
everyone is hosting)

As for the rest of the text, some of the most common lines for traditional wedding invitation wording is:

…. request the pleasure of your company/ presence…

would like you to help celebrate the marriage of…

… would consider it a blessing if you could be present at the marriage of…

  …invite you to celebrate with them at the marriage of…


Wedding Invitation wording – the modern way

These are slightly unexpected, yet not too rampant or theatrical wedding invitations, with semi-formal texts, but non-classical format and materials, such as embossed paper, box wrapped in silk instead of traditional envelopes, lace, ribbons,  pearls, brooches or other small jewerelly used as stylish details to make the invitation stand out etc. If you want a modern wedding that follows the latest trends in fashion and interior design, your wedding card should also be “in fashion”.

As opposed to classic wedding invitations, the modern ones are not so formal and you can personalize them by using the “we” pronoun instead of third person. You can write your full name or just your first names, you can mention your parents’ names or not. The text can also be more relaxed and playful than the traditional wedding invitation wording. Try something unpretentious, but funny and catchy, such as:

We, …….. (bride’s name) and ……… (groom’s name), met each other, liked each other and now we are getting married! As joy can only be complete when shared with the loved ones, we would like to have you by our side on the day of our wedding!

We wanted it, you awaited it. We hesitated, but still… we, ……..  and ………, are getting married! Therefore we invite you to celebrate with us the beginning of our life together on…. (date, time and location).

The rumour you have heard lately is true: ……. and ……… will say “I do” from the bottom of their hearts on…. (date, time, location).

Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy… In order to find out the rest of the story, we invite you to celebrate the wedding of ……. and ……… The ceremony will take place at …. (location, date and time).

Cancel all your plans for Saturday, the first of August 2015, because……… and ..…… are getting married and you are invited to celebrate with them! Come sing, dance, eat and drink at …….. (wedding location and time).

No matter what words and tone you are using for your wedding card, make sure you mention all the “technical data” of the event: date, time, location, whether there will be a religious ceremony, a wedding reception or both, whether there is a dress code or not.

Personalized wedding invitation wording and format:

personalized wedding invitations

If you are not into tradition, nor trends, you can forget about envelopes, fancy calligraphy on embossed paper and formal wedding texts. Let your creativity and imagination go wild and create a wedding invitation that 100% represents your couple.

What passion do you have on common? You both love art? Then create a beautiful wedding invitation using a classic movie poster or a paint palette. Are you into technology and gadgets? There are laptop-shaped wedding cards you can use. If you are rock music fans, go for concert tickets or guitar-shaped wedding invitations. Or you can always use caricatures of yourselves or amusing pics with you and your husband-to-be in order to create funny personalized wedding invitations.

Your wedding theme can also help you find inspiration to announce the big event in your own personal way. For example, if you are getting married on the beach, you can choose message in a bottle wedding invitations. If you have a travel themed wedding, you can use fridge magnets with the cities and places you love. A Spanish inspired wedding can be announced with a creative fan-shaped wedding invitation.

As for the text on your personalized wedding card, just keep it simple and to the point. The unusual format and shape of the invitation is enough to draw the attention, there is no need for over-the-top funny and tricky texts. Use simple and unpretentious words in short clear phrases and use a low-keyed tone that combines humour with courtesy and kindness.  The perfect wedding card is the one that makes you feel special for getting married, but it must also show respect and consideration for the people you want to have by your side when celebrating the big event.

Wedding Ceremony ideas

inspiration, planning, tips March 12, 2015

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Wedding Ceremony ideas

All brides-to-be are excited to make their dream wedding come true and start their happy life with the man they love. But one can get nervous when it comes to decide what bridal traditions and customs to choose for the wedding ceremony.

The wedding is a civil or religious ceremony that celebrates the beginning of a marriage between two people. Fortunately, these days weddings are not as strict and traditional as they used to be. Every couple can personalize their ceremony as they like, they can choose which tradition to follow and decide their wedding’s details. As long as they are united in marriage by an authority figure, it does not matter if the bride is not wearing a wedding veil, the groom does not have a best man or the couple chooses to wed without having a wedding reception afterwards.

Of course, wedding traditions and customs vary from one culture, religion and country to another, but most wedding ceremonies include special garments, music, prayers or readings from religious texts, exchange of wedding vows and rings and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Either civil or religious, the ceremony is usually followed by a wedding reception or party.


wedding ceremonies

Having a civil wedding ceremony does not mean you are bound to accept a short and dull service. You can personalise your ceremony and add special touches to make it intimate and memorable. A religious service, on the other hand, has to follow a prescribed formula set out by your religion. Whether Christian, Catholic or Buddhist, religion will eventually dictate a big part of your wedding order of service. But as long as you respect the church’s practices and you talk to the officiant about the personal details you want to include in the wedding service, you can still personalise your ceremony.

Here are some cute and simple wedding ceremony ideas:


Gift your guests with flower favors

A nice romantic gesture would be to provide flower favors for the guests attending the ceremony: boutonnieres for men and flower hair clips for women. Arrange them on trays at the beginning of the wedding aisle. This way, you will all feel like being part of something special and great.

Have a short pre-ceremony cocktail party

If it’s possible to use the location an hour before the official beginning of the ceremony, organise a short cocktail party to start celebrating as soon as the first guests arrive. Some festive cocktails and simple treats like mini-sandwiches and rolls will give everyone the chance to relax, mingle and chat.

Glam up the bridesmaids’ outfits

Instead of common flower bouquets, give your bridesmaids some stylish accessory that can serve as bridesmaids’ gift as well: a chic clutch, a vintage brooch, coloured silk fans, elegant strings of pearls etc.

Choose the music that defines you

If you have a civil service or if your religion allows you to choose the music to be played in the church, make sure to accompany your walk down the aisle with a meaningful song. Ask the organist to play your couple’s song or a famous love song that can stand as a love declaration for your spouse, like “At Last” by Etta James or “Can’t take my eyes off you”, by Frankie Valli.

Use a nonconformist wedding ring “pillow”

Instead of the classic pillow where the wedding rings should lay, use a small treasure chest with a key one of you will unlock and reveal the wedding rings. Or take a vintage book, cut its cover and some of the pages in the shape of a heart and place the wedding rings inside.

wedding ceremony ideas

End the ceremony with a toast

As soon as you are officially declared “husband and wife”, have the ushers pass around your favourite drink and make your first toast as a happy couple. This way, you will end the ceremony on a celebratory note and the guests will arrive to the wedding reception in good spirits.

Parade your way to the reception

After the ceremony, invite your guests to form a parade and follow you and your husband to the reception. This is appropriate if the location for your reception is not too far away from where the ceremony took place. And, of course, you also need some musicians to accompany the merry procession.


Order of wedding ceremony

The precise order of the wedding ceremony may vary from one culture to another, but usually both civil and religious services follow the same general outline:

Civil wedding ceremony

The civil ceremony is a non-religious legal marriage ceremony performed by a government official or functionary. Usually, the civil ceremony is held at the Registry Office, but as long as the functionary is willing to officiate the ceremony elsewhere, the bride and groom can wed in a less formal location. Also, they can personalise the ceremony with optional rituals beyond the basic requirements. For example, they can read a love poem in the beginning of the service or have a toast with the guests before the ceremony concludes.

Religious wedding ceremony

At a religious wedding ceremony, the bride and groom must accept the church’s wedding practices, but they can still customise some aspects of the ceremony. Here is a typical order of religious service:

Procession: This is the part where guests arrive and take their places for the ceremony. The organist plays prelude music and there can be some ushers standing outside the church to greet and direct the guests to their appropriate seats. Usually, the bride’s family and friends are seated to the left of the church, while the groom’s family and friends, to the right. When all the guests are seated, the groom and best man (if any) take their place to the chancel steps to watch the bride entering the church and walking down the aisle, with her right arm resting on her father’s arm. When the bride reaches the chancel steps, her father withdraws, leaving the bride and groom stand alone in front of the priest.

Opening remarks: The priest begins the service with the famous line: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…” and then says a few words on the importance of marriage and asks if anyone present knows of any reason why the couple should not be married.

Exchange of vows: Some couples write their own wedding vows, some just repeat in turn after the priest the familiar “to have and to hold, for better or for worse…” vows and answer “I do”.

Exchange of rings: Both rings are blessed by the priest, then the bride and groom exchange the rings repeating the words: “With this ring, I thee wed. With my body I thee honour and all my worldly goods with thee I share. In the name of the father, the son and of the Holy Ghost”.

Pronouncement of marriage: This moment is marked by the words: “I now pronounce you husband and wife”, after which the priest speaks a few closing words, gives his blessing to the couple and let them kiss.

Recessional: This is the reverse of the processional. The bride and groom exit the church as husband and wife, followed by their families, friends and guests, while the organist plays recessional music. Usually, the religious wedding ceremony is followed by a wedding reception where guests eat, drink, dance and celebrate the marriage of the happy couple.


Wedding Veils: Are they for you?

planning, tips February 2, 2015

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Wedding Veils: To wear or not to wear?

You are preparing to become a bride and you haven’t decided yet whether to wear a wedding veil or not? This can be quite a dilemma nowadays, since wedding veils are optional. Sure, it’s intense and solemn to wear a veil over your face while walking down the aisle, but nobody can force you to wear it if you don’t feel like it. On the other hand, wedding veils are so elegant and sophisticated and they create such an ethereal, almost angelical look! It would be a shame not to take advantage of the opportunity to experience the “wedding veil sensation” so many queens and princesses experienced before you.

Here are some interesting things to know about this classic gorgeous bridal accessory that can help you make up your mind and decide what wedding veil style to wear on your special day!

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The origin and meanings of wedding veils

Once a bridal garment with supernatural powers, the wedding veil is nowadays considered simply a beautiful form of adornment. It is said to have originated from ancient Rome, when brides wore an intensely flame-colored veil they believed could protect them from evil spirits. Then, in medieval times, wedding veils were used to protect the wearer from “the evil eye” and were also a symbol of the bride’s chastity, purity and modesty.

Some say wedding veils appeared due to the circumstances of arranged marriages that were so popular in days past. Back then, men bargained with the lady’s father for her hand in marriage. The veil on the bride’s face was lifted only after the ceremony, so that the groom could not back out of the deal if he didn’t like how his bride looks like.

Over time, the wedding veil lost its supernatural powers and insidious role and became a symbol of the bride’s modesty and virtue. Today, the groom’s gesture of lifting the veil from his soon to be Brides face means he is opening her eyes and showing her to other people for the first time, and also that he is symbolically consuming the marriage.

To veil or not to veil?

It’s entirely up to you, the bride-to-be! If you don’t like wedding veils or you are not into bridal traditions, don’t wear the veil. But if you want to be a classic elegant bride, you should wear this hair accessory as the final crowning touch of your bridal appearance. It’s a no-lose situation, but you should definitely opt for a wedding veil of you…

… want to continue a beautiful tradition. Traditionally, brides wear white princess wedding gowns, a bridal veil and a bridal bouquet. This is the complete package if you want to look like a fairy-tale bride.

… are a romantic at heart and you have been imagining your wedding day ever since you were a little girl. The mere thought of that special moment when the man you love will lift the veil from your face sends shivers down your spy.

… are having a formal wedding in a large church. In this case, a cathedral style veil will be the ultimate show stopper!

In the other hand, you can skip the wedding veil if you…

… are having an unusual, unconventional wedding. The location is atypical, the wedding decorations are futuristic and your dress is anything but the classic white princess-style wedding gown.

… are getting married on a hot, humid day. To be wrapped around in full layers that could stick to your skin it’s not a pleasant feeling, especially for a bride-to-be.

… are getting married on a seashore, mountain top or any other location where there will be strong breezes that can ruin your bridal look by messing up with your wedding veil.

However, if you decide not the wear a veil on your wedding day, make sure your bridal appearance is as exquisite as it can be. You can glam up your hairstyle with a statement accessory, like a precious tiara, a shiny oversized barrette or a beautiful colored flower behind your ear.

Wedding veil styles

There are several types of wedding veils you can choose from and it’s best to try most of them in order to see which one flatters best your face, body shape and wedding gown style. You must choose the wedding veil when you already have the dress, not before. The veil comes as a final touch of elegance and style to the wedding dress. Here are the most popular wedding veil styles you must consider when going on your “bridal veil shopping experience”:

Blusher. This is the bit of the veil that stands in front of your face when you walk down the aisle and the veil your father or future husband lifts when the ceremony begins. It can be shorter or longer, but either way it adds a touch of mystery and sex-appeal to your bridal look.

Mantilla. Romantic and delicate, this Spanish wedding veil stands out thanks to its elegant simplicity and embroidered margins. It’s a circular piece of veil, usually made of lace or tulle with heavy lace edgings, that frames the face and is held in place with a comb.

Birdcage veil. This is a short wedding veil that covers only the face or the eyes and it’s a great choice if you want a retro-sophisticated bridal look. You can wear the birdcage veil by itself, or mix and match it with a stylish hat.

Pouf veil. This wedding veil consists of a “pooffy” tulle that gathers to a hairpiece, creating height. It’s a bold and beautiful head accessory you can use to add some of the 60’s glam to your bridal look.

Juliet cap. Named after the heroine of the renowned Shakespearean play, the Juliet cap is sweet and delicate, a small open-work crocheted or mesh cap, often decorated with pearls, beads or other jewellery. If you are looking for a bohemian vintage look, the Juliet cap is the perfect bridal accessory.

Drop veil. This veil consists in one layer of tulle that gently sits on the head and is normally made without a comb (although sometimes there can be some hair pins that secure the veil). It can be cut to any length, but normally it’s at least elbow length. Remember how gorgeous Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton looked on their wedding day? They were both wearing drop veils!

Wedding veil styles according to length

Length is another important feature you need to consider when looking for the perfect wedding veil. Short veils are more casual, informal, while long veils are appropriate for formal weddings and can go up to about 177 inches long!

Short veils do not extend past the chin and are the perfect choice for sophisticated or eclectic wedding gowns, especially if they have a high neck detail.

Shoulder length veils end exactly below the shoulders, where the armpits begin. They look great with wedding dresses that emphasize on the bust, waist or back, as long as the dress style is not too formal.

Elbow length veils end where the fullness of the skirt begins, so they can work well with ball gown style dresses or strapless wedding dresses. They are informal veils, but very elegant and easy to handle.

Waist length veils are just a few more inches longer than the elbow length veils and are the perfect option for short brides with any trainless wedding gown.

Fingertip length veils are flattering for all body shapes and dresses, so it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular lengths. “Fingertip length” means that when you stretch your arm out, the veil reaches around your fingertips. It’s a safe bet, but elegant and classic.

Knee length veils are suitable for less formal weddings and mid calf length bridal dresses. They look great with all types of gowns and body shapes.

Ballet-length veils are also known as waltz-length veils, as they allow you to dance without any effort. They fall anywhere between the knee and ankle and are best suited for elegant full-length wedding gowns with no train.

Chapel length veils are usually around 107 inches long (2.7 m). They go all the way down to the ground, where they may drape a little, but don’t have a train. Therefore, chapel length veils look great when paired with formal wedding dresses that feature a train. They are romantic and elegant and can make you look like a princess!

Cathedral length veils and royal length veils are the longest veils you can find, therefore the most formal. The first one is usually around 137 inches long (3.5 m), while the second extends to as much as 177 inches (4.5 m). They both look great with classic full length wedding gowns and make a dramatic superb impression. You will look like royalty and your wedding pictures will be spectacular!

Plus size wedding dress shopping, what best

inspiration, planning, tips August 27, 2014

Plus sized wedding dress shopping, whats best for you?

Hopefully by the time we are getting married we know enough about our body type to know what looks good on us and what doesn’t.  Looking for a plus size wedding dress doesn’t have to be a daunting task. As long as you stick to the rules you’ve taught yourself about what styles make you look and feel beautiful and what is flattering you will be just fine. There’s lots of advice out there about what fabrics to use, what cuts to wear, but honesty, who knows you better than yourself, what if you feel just gorgeous in soft flowing fabric, even though that’s supposed to be an absolute no, no.. if it makes you feel gorgeous, go for it. You are supposed to wear tailored cuts so you don’t add pounds (or kilos). Who cares, are you comfortable in tailored styles, if not….DONT DO IT! You’ve got to live with the memories and the feeling of your wedding day for the rest of your life. So make sure you wear what you love. plus-size-wedding dress However: If you are looking for structure in a dress, ruching is a great idea. It is flattering and will give you the look you are wanting. It is suggested that A-line styles are flattering, but check it out for yourself, you’ll know what works. Plus size wedding dress shopping can be a little daunting if you go to small boutiques,  salon sample sizes aren’t always full-figure friendly. If you want to go to a boutique and feel a little concerned, why not call ahead to make sure they aren’t going to stand you in a sea of size 6 dresses.  You want to know they have some sizes that will work for you, even if the styles don’t fit you perfectly you will start to get an idea of what works.  Make sure you buy a dress which fits your largest “asset” so if your bust is size 12 but your hips size 18, buy the size 18 and alter it to accommodate the rest of your body.

Preparing to visit bridal boutiques.

Wear underwear that makes you feel good and is similar to what you plan to wear on your big day. Bring your wedding shoes so you can try on your dress and check the length and if you have one, bring a strapless bra. I know I can hear you saying, I wouldn’t wear a strapless dress, but you might just surprise yourself, with the right fitting it is one of the most flattering and sexy designs in plus size wedding dresses. You can also shop online for your wedding gown, you can find some great bargains at sites that offer pre-loved dresses. These dresses have only been worn once, for a few hours and are professionally cleaned. Check it out, you’ll be amazed what’s available for a fraction of the price.

If you’ve checked out what styles you want, you can easily find a dress local to you, that some newly married gal is selling. You will be able to try it on. She is going to want her dress to go to someone who will love it as much as she did and she will probably share some wonderful stories about how fantastic she felt in her dress. You can probably even peak at wedding photos to see how it held up in the photo shoot! Your perfect plus sized wedding gown is available, so don’t ever settle for anything other than your dream dress..

I know for me, and I suspect for most brides to be, wedding dress  shopping brought up a whole host of body issues and insecurities. Please don’t fall for the trap that so many of us are guilty of, buying a size smaller in the hope you will lose weight before the big day. Hey if you do lose a few kilos, get the dress altered, but don’t set yourself up with so much pressure. It’s meant to be fun, remember!

Wedding Dress Alteration

inspiration, planning, tips April 18, 2014

Many times when you are purchasing a wedding gown, and it is not custom made, alterations are necessary. The decision to have a professional seamstress do the alterations, is every bit as critical as choosing which dress to buy.

Once you have found a quality seamstress, the next thing is Timing.

Timing is everything – it’s important to time your alterations right. If you bring your gown in too early, you might not end up with a proper fit, as you may lose or gain weight after your bridal gown has been altered. If you bring your gown in too late, you run the risk of not having enough time to have the changes done. It is recommended to allow six to eight weeks before the wedding for the alterations, since they are time consuming and complex work.

Where to go? – Most reputable bridal shops usually offer alterations. Be aware that your local dress maker might not know the intricacies of these wedding dresses. Wedding gowns have so many complex details, from boning to hems and bustles, it’s best to find a professional who has years of experience in restyling and altering bridal gowns. Usually, bridal shops that offer alteration services are the best option since they have the experience and expertise in the field.

What to bring? – When coming to alterations, do not just bring your wedding dress, make sure you bring your undergarments, shoes and accessories to your fitting . You should have your shoes and undergarments on hand in order to obtain the proper length and fitting of your bridal gown. Your veil and accessories will ensure that you have the perfect balance.

As a word of advice: begin looking for your shoes, accessories and undergarments immediately after purchasing your dress.

Who to bring? – It is a great idea to have your mum or friends and family to help you select the dress, and accompany you to the fittings. It is important to have the same pair of eyes telling you how the dress looks after each fitting. And because your maid of honor will need to know how to create the bustle, it is a great idea to bring her to your last fitting so that she can learn how your gown works.

Many brides wonder about the cost of having alterations done, and costs vary depending on what needs to be done, the fabric, the layers underneath, and the complexity of the dress. Make sure you get a quote your happy with before committing to the alterations.






Tips on buying wedding dresses online

planning, tips April 10, 2014

wedding dress by demetrios

Buying wedding dresses online can be the best way to not only find the gown of your dreams, but also a great way to save money.

If you find a style you like, but you don’t like the price, there are hundreds of wedding dress sites online that can help you get a similar look for less. Or you may have found the dress of your dreams, but there isn’t a store near you that sells the dress or has it in your size. This is where the online sites can help. But there are issues with buying wedding dresses online if you don’t know how to do it properly. Knowing how to shop for your wedding dress online will help you get the dress you want without the hassle or stress.

Know your style

Do you want a Mermaid, A-Line, Sheath or Ball Gown dress? What about organza, satin, or lace? How about strapless, capped sleeves, or straps? If you are confused about any of these then you are not ready to shop for a dress, online or in person. Do some research to determine the type of dress you like and what will flatter you the most? For instance, Empire waist gowns like this stunning dress by Essense of Australia are perfect for women who want to hide a little weight on their mid-sections, and the satin material on the Selina by Wendy Makin helps you to have a light-weight, yet sophisticated look you can move in from ceremony to reception. Once you have the style down, then you can start searching. wedding dress by Essential Australia

 Keep Your Budget in Mind

When you shop online, it can be easy to forget the budget you have set for yourself. There are many gorgeous dresses out there and they can range from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand, but if you pay attention to the styles you like and the price you intend to stick to you can go through the dress listings fairly quickly.

Know Your Measurements

Make sure you know your measurements by getting them taken by a professional seamstress or tailor. When you order a wedding dress, whether online or in a store, you will need to know proper measurements because wedding dress sizes are not true to normal clothing sizes. You could be a size 10, for instance, in jeans, but in a  mermaid dress like the stunning Blakely by Maggie Sottero you could be a size 14 because of the fit of the gown. If you are ordering online you won’t get the pleasure of trying on the dress, so you’ll have no way of knowing your true wedding dress size without the right measurements.

wedding dress by maggie sottero

Choose a Buy Date

You may need to get the dress altered, so call local places to see how long they normally take to alter a wedding dress. You will want to buy your dress in plenty of time to have it altered and back at least two weeks before your wedding. Set a date to purchase your dress by and research how long it will take to be mailed to you. This should be a factor you consider when setting your buy date.

Consider Your Accessories

Some people buy accessories after the gown, but some have accessories they need to wear for sentimental purposes or tradition. If you have such pieces, or a veil or shoes that you know you will wear, find a dress that will look great with them. For instance, if you are wearing brightly colored high-heels, you will want to go with a dress like the Ilissa by Demetrios that isn’t too overly detailed so that your shoes don’t clash with the dress.

Research the Seller and the Gown 

Once you have decided on the dress you want, research the seller and reviews by customers on the dresses you like. Also be sure to look at pictures from every angle, and not just the ones offered on the site. Do independent research and find real brides in the style so that you have a firm grasp on what it looks like before you buy the dress.

Wedding Dress alteration – tips and tricks

planning, tips September 20, 2013

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So you have chosen the perfect wedding dress and you are ready to walk down the aisle in the gown of your dreams, marry the person of your dreams..

You want leave a lasting impression with your beauty and Elegance and you will want to know your wedding dress will fit perfectly.

An ill fitting gown will detract from your perfect day, and could make you feel distracted and “unfinished.

Careful wedding dress alteration is a necessity to make it perfect, your the lucky one if your dress fits perfectly from the start…but there is no one set way to have your wedding gown altered. Goodness knows there are some horror stories out there about bad alterations! You may have even heard a few so if the thought of getting your dress tailored to fit you perfectly has your head spinning, check out these tips and tricks to make the process easier.


Have your Wedding Dress retailer alter it for you

If you were buying from a retailer, you could choose to have their seamstress make the alterations. All dress retailers offer this service if you buy in the store with them. Yes, it costs extra, and yes, it can be expensive, but knowing your dress is in the hands of a capable person who will not destroy it, brings peace of mind that you can’t get elsewhere. Retailers know it is worth every cent to have your dress handled with care by someone who has a passion for making brides look beautiful on their big day, and you know the dress will fit properly once they are done.


Hire a separate alteration service

Certain fabrics need to be tailored by someone with experience with that fabric. Don’t ask your aunt or that girl that designs costumes to handle a silk Carmeuse gown if they don’t even know what that fabric is. There is no law saying you must order alterations from your wedding dress retailer, but you should always hire a professional to do any alterations for you. This is especially true of gowns you order online.


Ordering online- here’s how

If you do order online you should have a professional tailor measure you. That same tailor can help bring things in if it doesn’t fit correctly once you get your gown. Check the sizing chart on the gown before buying it and don’t assume that all charts will be the same, even in the same collection or company. Sizes vary per dress so always check out what the manufacturer and other customer reviews have to say about the gown.

Always order a dress one size larger.

Other tips

  • Are you planning to lose weight for the big day?… Hmm….you may want to consider order a dress one size larger than that dream size you have in mind. You can take a dress in, but you can’t let one out and even if you do plan to lose weight, you may not.
  • Buy your undergarments for your dress early on so that you know you have the right pieces and that they fit correctly under the gown.
  • If you love a gown and it is strapless, but you can’t wear strapless, don’t despair! A good tailor can put straps on a strapless dress to make it just what you want it to be. Keep in mind this will cost extra, but If you are willing to pay extra then this is the way to get the dress you want.


Ordering and fitting schedule

Once you have chosen your gown you need to have your ordering and fitting schedule laid out.

Your initial fitting happens when you order the dress. Often this is at least six months before the wedding. Bring all of your undergarments and the shoes you’ll be wearing to this fitting so the tailor knows just what you will be working with the day you put the dress on.

Your next fitting happens about 6 weeks before the wedding to make sure the wedding dress alterations have been done correctly and to ensure you haven’t gained or lost too much weight.

Finally, the week before your wedding there will be a final fitting to tie up any last minute tweaks. When you find your dress, it is important to follow this schedule as closely as you can so that your alterations are done correctly and the tailor is not rushed. And of course you are relaxed and can enjoy the process..

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