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CONTENTS Welcome.............................................................................3 Planner................................................................................4 Budgeting ...........................................................................5 Guest List ...........................................................................6 Seating Plan .......................................................................7 Gift Registry ........................................................................8 Shiralee and Darryl.............................................................9 Choosing a Venue............................................................10 Top Venues........................................................................11 Invitations..........................................................................12 Legislation.........................................................................13 Choosing a Bridal Party...................................................14 Bridal Party Tips ...............................................................15 Hen’s and Buck’s Ideas ...................................................16 Photography.....................................................................17 Food and Drink.................................................................18 Cake ..................................................................................19 Royal Wedding Feature.............................................22-23 Dresses.............................................................................24 Suits ..................................................................................25 Kacy and Mitch ................................................................26 Flowers .............................................................................27 Rings.................................................................................28 Decorations......................................................................29 Hair and Make-up............................................................30 Men’s Hair .........................................................................31 Transport and Accommodation .....................................32 Honeymoon Hints............................................................33 Genieve and Keith ...........................................................34 Social Media and Apps ...................................................35 Things to Remember.......................................................36 Notes ................................................................................38

Journalist: Felicity Ripper Editor: Christian Berechree Published by: The South Burnett 2018 Bridal Guide is published by the South Burnett Times, 176 Haly St, Kingaroy, Queensland 4610. Printed by News Corp Australia, 54 Pioneer Rd, Yandina. Cover: Image by A&F Wedding Photography

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WELCOME Your guide to planning the wedding of your dreams

DREAM DAY: Let us help make your big day as stress-free as possible. PHOTO: A&F WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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Christian Berechree WEDDINGS are supposed to be fun, right? Unfortunately, what should be the most wonderful day of your life can quickly become a source of stress and worry. That’s where we come in. With so much to think about, an endless to-do list and people all around offering their opinions, wanted or otherwise, we want to take some of the weight off your shoulders. So welcome to the 2018 South Burnett Bridal Guide. In the pages of this handy book, you will find everything you need to know to make your special day perfect. Read about how other couples planned their ideal wedding right here in the South Burnett, draw inspiration from some famous brides and grooms, and start to think about those little details that might not have occurred to you yet. Whatever kind of service and reception you are going for, we will have something to get you started and to take you through the process of organising your big day. Congratulations on finding love and good luck with your big day — and don’t forget to send us photos!

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YOUR BIG DAY PLANNER 12 MONTHS BEFORE

● Announce your engagement ● Make sure your families have met ● Determine the wedding budget ● Choose your bridal party ● Book ceremony/reception venues ● Hire a wedding planner (if desired) ● Book a celebrant/officiants ● Make bridal boutique appointments

9 MONTHS BEFORE

● Organise your wedding dress ● Organise your accessories ● Finalise the guest list ● Book a caterer ● Book hair and make-up artists ● Order the bridesmaid dresses ● Order/book the guys’ suits ● Organise an MC for the reception ● Order invitations and stationery ● Start sorting decorations ● If needed, book hire equipment ● Help out-of-town guests organise their accommodation

6 MONTHS BEFORE

● Book a photographer/videographer ● Book florist ● Buy the wedding rings ● Book honeymoon and wedding night accommodation ● Book music for the ceremony

3 MONTHS BEFORE

● Discuss details of the service with the ceremony officiant ● Select wedding day underwear ● Choose something old, new, borrowed and blue ● Buy gifts for bridal party ● Choose the readings and vows ● Organise time off work for your honeymoon ● Book transport for the day ● Post invitations (you’ll need to let overseas guests know earlier) ● Organise your bridal shower, hen’s night and buck’s night ● Complete and lodge your notice of intended marriage form

1 MONTH BEFORE

● Confirm flight bookings and honeymoon accommodation ● Order favours for guests ● Finalise your seating plan ● Organise the bridal party’s final fittings (including accessories) ● Have a hair and make-up trial (take your headpiece and/or veil) ● Ask speakers to prepare speeches ● Write your own speech ● Provide photographer with a photo list ● Finalise rehearsal arrangements ● Finalise the menu including any special dietary requirements ● Finalise order of events for ceremony and reception ● Organise a house or pet sitter for when you’re on your honeymoon

1 WEEK BEFORE

● Gather all necessary documents for honeymoon trip ● Pack for honeymoon ● Go through list of things to do and make sure all bases are covered ● Pack wedding day emergency kit ● Give rings to best man/woman ● Get a good night’s sleep ● Relax

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BUDGETING FOR YOUR WEDDING PLANNING a wedding can be a stressful and expensive experience, so to keep the stress down you should always remember the costs. Break down your budget early to reduce the stress later on. According to MoneySmart, the average Australian wedding costs $36,200. Food, alcohol and the venue take up most of that cost, averaging $18,683. Clothing comes next at $4271, photography averages about $3982, while entertainment, decorations and transport/accommodation all average about $2000 each. Australians use a mixture of methods to pay for weddings, including using savings, loans, contributions from parents and credit cards. MoneySmart offered a number of tips to reduce the cost of a wedding: ● Talk about money early with your partner and both sets of parents (if they are involved) ● Prioritise your dreams and start saving early ● Make a wedding budget based on what you can afford and stick to it ● Shop around, get lots of quotes and haggle ● Don’t tell suppliers it is for a wedding ● Have an out-of season-wedding (in winter or on a Friday, for example) ● Cut your guest list (ask yourself, is this person an active part of your life?) ● Save on decorating costs by doing them yourself or enlisting a friend ● Have a backyard wedding or use a friend’s place ● Spread out your wedding bills across a few months so you don’t get all the bills at once

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DECIDING ON YOUR GUEST LIST BEST FRIENDS: Shiralee and Darryl Adkins had a unique guest list.

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It’s important to set basic rules before you send out the invitations DECIDING on a guest list for a wedding can be a daunting experience. Do you invite that second cousin you last saw when you were 10 years old? What about your best friend’s sister’s boyfriend? Whether you are inviting 30 people to your big day or 300, deciding on who to invite can be hard. Before you begin sending out invitations, sit down with your partner and discuss some basic rules around the guest list. Certain rules could include people you have not seen or had constant contact with in more than three years or no family friends you have not seen or spoken to in more than five years. Here are some tips on coming up with your guest list: ● Set a rough limit: How many people would you like to have at your wedding? Would you like it to be a small, intimate ceremony with about 20 people or a much larger event with 200 guests? Starting with a rough number, which can change, is good for both budgeting purposes and deciding who to invite. Setting a limit can also help with pressure from parents and family members wanting to invite other guests. ● Write down a list of everyone you must have: Think of who you can’t live without at your wedding. Write down as many names as you can as a guide to use in deciding the final list. Page 6.

● Decide whether guests can bring a guest: Generally if other people are married or in a long-term relationship it is polite to allow those people to bring a plus one. Otherwise, if someone wants to bring someone with them, let them contact you about it. ● What about children? Just like people bringing a guest, should you allow children at your wedding? And if it is a child-friendly event, how do you decide which ones? A good way to approach this is to consider how often you see the child. Have you been a part of their life for quite a while? Consider also those children whose parents can’t come unless they do. ● What about co-workers? There are a number of small businesses in the South Burnett, with a number of offices having teams of less than 10 people. Your team has probably been subjected to conversations about your wedding for some time. In this case, it’s probably best to invite your entire team, otherwise things could get awkward once you’re back at work. If you work in a bigger organisation invite whoever you want. ● Ex-friends: Sometimes people fall out. Just because a friend invited you to their wedding a few years ago, if you aren’t friends with them any more don’t feel obliged to invite them to yours. Alternatively, if you feel the friendship could be saved, inviting them could help.


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WHERE TO SEAT YOUR GUESTS ONE of the biggest things brides and grooms stress about on the big day is whether guests are having fun. A key part of guests’ enjoyment is who they are seated with at the reception. To make sure guests have the greatest time possible try to seat like-minded people together and put some space between people who don’t always get along.

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met at school or university, sit your friends from that era together. ● Think about whether you want to assign just tables, or seats as well. ● If your parents are inviting their own guests, let them have a say on where their friends or family will be seated. If parents are divorced and do not get on, seat them apart from one another.

PLAN IT OUT: Think about the seating arrangement that will work best. PHOTO: OMGIMAGES

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● Sit younger people closer to the dance floor. ● Sit people who have a history of fighting on opposite sides of the room. ● Don’t sit the flower girls or ring bearers at the main table unless their parents are sitting with them, otherwise you’ll be looking after them all night while you’re supposed to be enjoying your big day. ● Get creative with how you display the seating plan. Use photo frames with pictures of your guests; use an old window still in its frame and write the list in chalk; use a blackboard, or even bunting. The little flares of creativity add strongly to the atmosphere of the event. ● Sit groups of friends together. If you and your partner

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SHARE THE LOVE: Every couple is different when it comes to gift giving.

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CHOOSING A GIFT REGISTRY, WISHING WELL OR DONATION? GUESTS want to pass on their best wishes to the bride and groom and usually do that in the form of a gift but how do you make sure that gift is something you need or don’t already have? That is where gift registries come in. Gift registries allow couples to lay out what they want and need. There are many registry services available through department stores, services like Amazon Wish List and more.

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● Outdoor equipment: Australians love spending time outside. Portable grilling equipment and barbecues are some of the most popular wedding gifts at the moment. ● Retro appliances: Everyone likes having appliances that are pleasing to look at. Retro appliances can make a great wedding gift. ● Food and wine: From wine subscriptions to ways to serve

cheese, anything food and wine-related is easy and always a winner. ● Experiences: This could include activities or sports the couple wouldn’t usually take part in. Experiences could include things like a couple’s spa day, race car driving, hot air balloon ride or a cooking class. ● Wishing well: Often people might prefer a gift of money to help with the cost of a honeymoon or house deposit. Have a special wishing well set up in the reception area where people can place in cards and cash. Including a short poem about why you are having a wishing well can be a good way to get people to donate. You can find heaps by Googling “wedding wishing well poems”. ● Charitable donations: Sometimes people have everything they need and want to try and make a difference in the world. Create a list of charities you support and ask your guests to donate to them instead of giving you a gift.

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COUPLE TAKES THE REINS AT DREAM CEREMONY AS THE golden afternoon sun washed across her East Nanango property, Shiralee Adkins rode up the hill from a nearby dam and into view of her groom, awaiting her on his horse. She describes the moment as nothing other than perfect; and it’s all because they included everything they loved in their ceremony. “The most important thing for us was to keep it all about ourselves in a very intimate ceremony,” Shiralee said. “And that included the people we are closest to and our pets.” Shiralee said her best advice to couples who were planning a wedding was to forget about trying to please others. “Just make it exactly how you want and if that means it is a little different or quirky then so be it,” she said. Shiralee and Darryl switched up heels and dress shoes for cowboy boots, conventional seats for stumps, and their walk back down the aisle together for the cutting of a cow in the arena; a tribute to how their love story began. The pair got to know each other over two months when they carpooled to work. In that space of time Darryl asked Shiralee to go out with him three times, and was consequently rejected three times. It wasn’t until they went away for a weekend together, to a cutting competition, that Shiralee realised the feelings went both ways. “He was sitting on his horse, about to ride in for his go around and I looked up at him and asked if he would go out with me,” Shiralee said. “He shook his head and laughed then said ‘of course I will.’” From that point forward the couple shared their lives and their love for the country lifestyle in the South Burnett. “The Burnett is a really beautiful area; from the landscape to the climate, everything is just beautiful,” Shiralee said. “Perfect for a wedding.” Shiralee and Darryl had a small ceremony of 32 guests on a classic autumn afternoon. “We chose 3pm because we thought that would be a

PERFECT DAY: Shiralee and and Darryl Adkins’ wedding. PHOTO: A&F WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY nice time weather-wise and scenery-wise,” Shiralee said. “And it would leave enough time for some beautiful photos.” The couple’s most memorable moment was when the ceremony finished and they were being congratulated by their loved ones. “Really take the time to enjoy that because it is something really special that you will remember forever,” Shiralee said. “Don’t stress about the small things because for anything that does go wrong, nobody will remember.”

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YOUR CHOICE: Open air or inside, your wedding venue is key.

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PICKING YOUR VENUE THE magic of a wedding can be made or broken by your choice of venue. Deciding on the venue for your wedding is arguably one of the more important decisions you will make for your big day. It will also be one of the first decisions you make. The choice of venue determines the date of your wedding, the option for themes, catering, travel and accommodation. It’s not a light decision couples have to make and there are a number of things to take into consideration.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Weather can change at any time. What facilities does your venue have in place in case the weather on your big day turns a bit grey? If there is nothing, have a back-up plan for where you could go and have a way of easily communicating that with guests. think of a reception venue close by. ● If you’re not getting married in a church, do you want to combine the ceremony and reception locations? ● If you are needing accommodation, or supplying accommodation to your guests, do you want that to also be a part of your ceremony and reception location?

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● What is your dream wedding venue? Write a list of your venue priorities to help you decide. ● Is the venue you want within your budget? ● Think about what is included with the venue. ● Do you want to get married in a church? If you do you’ll need to

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TOP WEDDING VENUES IN THE SOUTH BURNETT THERE are dozens of venues around the region with stunning views of mountains and ranges, as well as wineries and historic cottages. Here are five great South Burnett venues where you could hold your wedding.

MULANAH GARDENS

Mulanah Gardens offers weddings with stunning countryside views and beautiful gardens. The ceremony can be held in the gardens, while the reception can be held in a modern, weather-proof function room. There are also cottages available on-site for accommodation.

A WEDDING BARN

A Wedding Barn is an old-style barn perfect for vintage weddings. With stunning views of the Bunya Mountains and beautiful local fauna, A Wedding Barn is a perfect wedding photography destination. The venue can also help you in organising every aspect of your wedding.

BUNYA MOUNTAINS

The surrounds of the beautiful rainforest-clad Bunya Mountains also offer an ideal wedding venue. Unique range-top grasslands and panoramic views will make your special day unforgettable.

COPPER COUNTRY MOTOR INN

Situated on five acres with a Shiraz vineyard and rose gardens, Nanango’s Copper Country Motor Inn can provide a romantic backdrop. This venue also has a fully licensed bar, a-la-carte restaurant, and Queen and deluxe suites for any guests who want to stay and enjoy.

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WRITE IT DOWN: Follow these simple steps to sending out wedding invitations.

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HOW TO INVITE YOUR GUESTS ONCE you have decided on your guest list and have the venue locked in, it’s time to send out the invitations. This is your first opportunity to confirm your wedding location, theme and other information with family and friends. The invitation should start with an invite line where you tease people into the rest of the invitation, with phrases such as “the honour of your presence”, “the pleasure of your company”, “you are invited to share their joy as”. Following this should be the names of the couple getting married. You can list full names, first names only, preferred names, whatever you like. The action line comes next. What do you want your guests to do? Do you “request the pleasure of their company at the celebration of marriage” or do you want them to “join us as we exchange vows of love and commitment”? The information line comes next. This should be kept to the basic time, date and location. Following this is the party line, where you explain what will happen after the ceremony. It can be something as simple as “dinner and dancing to follow”. If the reception is at a different location, include the location and the time it starts. As for the invitation design, you want it to reflect the theme of your wedding. There are many online tools, such as Canva, that can help you design the invitations or your wedding planner can help you with that. Source: www.apracticalwedding.com/wedding-invitation-wording-samples/

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Short and sweet

Together with their families, John Smith and Jane Citizen request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their marriage Saturday, June 7, 2018 at 4.30pm Address Address Address Dinner and dancing to follow

Light-hearted

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Traditional

Mum’s name, Dad and step-mum’s name request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Jane Citizen to John Smith son of Mum and step-dad’s name, Dad’s name Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand eighteen at half past four in the afternoon Address Address Address Dinner and dancing to follow


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WHAT LAW CHANGE MEANS

MANY Australians were cheering last December as Australia became the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage. On December 9, 2017 same-sex couples were granted the right to marry after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill 2017, a significant change to the 1961 Marriage Act. So what does this mean for celebrants and same-sex couples wishing to marry in the South Burnett? According to the Australian Government’s Attorney-General Department, the Marriage Amendment Bill 2017 created a new subcategory of marriage celebrants called “religious marriage celebrants”. Religious marriage celebrants are able to exercise their religious freedom to refuse to solemnise a marriage; however, they must still include the new legal definition of marriage as part of a marriage ceremony. Some marriage celebrants in the South Burnett chose to become a religious marriage celebrant when the Bill came into action and, therefore, can refuse to marry same-sex couples. Celebrants who are not registered as “religious marriage celebrants” do not have the right to refuse to solemnise a marriage. Florists, bakers, caterers and anyone else within customer service

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CHOOSING THE WEDDING PARTY

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● Think about the responsibilities. The maid of honour and best man are usually the bride and groom’s right-hand woman and man throughout the entire wedding process. Are the people you choose responsible and trustworthy? ● What about family? It is common to see brothers and sisters included in the wedding party, usually at the choice of the bride and groom. Sometimes parents or in-laws could have certain expectations about who should be included in the wedding party. It could be a good idea to think about the potential impact of not including a certain person you might feel pressured to include – could it cause rifts? ● Don’t worry about gender. Women can stand with men and men can stand with women. Good friendship is not determined by gender. And what do you call them? How about the man of honour and the best woman? ● Are there children in your family or social circle you’d like to be part of the wedding? You can include them by having flower girls throw petals along the aisle and page boys carrying the rings. Remember, these roles aren’t essential and you can leave them out if you can’t think of anyone suitable. ● Don’t be offended if someone says no. They might not have the time or money they want to devote to your big day. Don’t not invite them to the wedding just because they said no to being in your bridal party.


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BACK UP: A successful bridal party works as a team.

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SO YOU’VE been asked to be a part of the wedding party, you’ve accepted and now the real work begins. From organising hen’s and buck’s parties to looking after the favours, there is a lot bridesmaids and groomsmen need to do. Here are some tips to stay calm in this role helping your friend prepare for their big day: ● Start to plan things immediately: Think about your own personal budget. What are you able to afford? When having discussions with other bridesmaids/groomsmen and the bride/groom make sure they know these limits. ● Be a team player: There is a team of other bridesmaids and groomsmen working to make this the most perfect wedding day and celebration for your friend or family member. Always check in with the bride/groom and best man/maid of honour to see if there

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HEN’S AND BUCK’S PARTY IDEAS TO SEND YOU OFF IN STYLE WHEN you’re about to exchange rings and leave your wild party days in the past it goes without saying that you need to go out with a bang. Whether action and outdoors is up your alley or a high tea is more your, well, cup of tea, you can find great ways to celebrate your last day as a single hen or rooster. QUICHE CLICHE If you consider yourself a classy hen then the classic high tea might just be for you. Float around in your favourite floral number while nibbling on quiches, delicate finger sandwiches and cute cakes. Whether you do it yourself or head to one of the Burnett’s finest eateries, an a-la-carte affair is sure to get you in the spirit for your special day. PAINTBALL If you’re looking for a bit more action to let loose and kick off the celebrations, look no further than a game of paintball. The adrenaline-packed day will create a lasting memory of laughter and fun. Word of caution: it might be a good idea to plan this one a couple of weeks out from the big day, in case of any light bruising.

Top Tip Stick to something you enjoy and as long as you’re surrounded by your favourite people, your hen’s or buck’s party will be a day to remember.

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GRAPE ESCAPE Living in Queensland’s largest wine region with more than a dozen wineries on our doorstep, it would be a shame if all those grapes didn’t get a mention. A surefire hit for both bucks and hens, book a coach and tantalise your bridal party’s taste buds. After all, who doesn’t love wine? FOR THE BIG KIDS Nothing quite gets your heart racing like go karting, aside from your significant other of course. Gather your closest rev-heads, unleash your inner child and race toward the finish line at a South Burnett go kart track.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY GET THE PICTURE: Wedding photography is an important part of planning your big day. FOR memories that last a lifetime, you will need a photographer to snap your special day. And when choosing a wedding photographer there are several key considerations you have to make. Firstly, decide on the style of photograph you want. Different photographers specialise in different things. You have documentary photographers who capture the moments as they see it; you really have posed shots of people looking at the camera, the photos tell the story. You have portrait photographers, think classic wedding photos with posed photoshoots (though that’s not to say they can’t be creative as well). You also have more fine art and edgy photographers, for whom the wedding is a blank canvas to create artistic photos, think double exposures, angles and more. It is also good to decide what kind of look you want your photographs to have. Do you want them to be bright, colourful and bounce off the page? Or do you want a more subdued film look? Thinking about these things can mean you can approach

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photographers who fit your style. Once you have decided what sort of photograph you want, it’s a good idea to approach several photographers and have a chat with them about their costs, what they provide for that cost etc. It could also be a good idea to do a practice shoot, such as engagement photos, with them, to make sure they are the right choice. When chatting with them, it’s good to show them some example shots of what they want. Wedding photographers are very experienced, they know what they are doing and generally what to capture. Still, it is good to come up with a shot list for them. Write on the shot list the types of shots you could not live without after your wedding (the first kiss, a shot of you with your grandparents etc). It is also a good idea to have someone who knows everyone on the shot list to be a point person for the photographer if they need help identifying guests. If you would like to have your wedding videoed, it is best to go through a similar process to choose a videographer, or ask your photographer if they also provide a video service.

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TUCK IN: Venues, along with food and drink, are the most expensive costs of most weddings but savings can be made. PHOTO: TREASURE PICS

FOOD AND DRINK FOOD and alcohol, along with the venue, are the most expensive parts of a wedding. On average, Australians spend $18,000 on the three. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep costs low, especially if venues do not allow you to self-cater or bring your own drinks. Here are some tips and things to think about if you want to keep food and drinks cost low.

CATERING ON A BUDGET

If you’re after a formal sit-down meal, it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. There are plenty of professional and affordable caterers available to put together your ideal wedding meal. Do your research to find the best deal and make sure your venue is happy to work with an outside caterer.

DIY FOOD

If your venue allows, why not self-cater some of the food, if not all of the food, at your wedding? Appetisers can be very expensive to organise, so why not hold a cooking session the day before the wedding with some family and friends where you make some nibbles? Making your own will allow you to make some fancy things at a cheap cost. If you don’t have time to make some, buy things from supermarkets, either fresh or frozen. Also, to save even more money, do not have servers.

Just ask a family member or friend to place the appetisers on tables for people to enjoy.

DO YOU NEED ALCOHOL?

Do you and your partner not drink much? If you don’t drink usually then why have alcohol at your wedding? It would just be an extra cost that is not about you on a day that is all about you. If you do want to have a drinks package, consider having an open bar for only two hours instead of four. Or if you venue allows it, bring your own alcohol as alcohol from a bottle shop will be drastically cheaper than from the venue, especially if you buy in bulk.

FOOD TRUCKS

A new trend taking over weddings, food trucks offer a much cheaper catering option for couples. From taco trucks, to wood-fired pizzas and other street food, basically any form of food comes in a food truck these days. Use the internet to search for local food trucks, or ones in close by areas like Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. If you decide to use a food truck, which can bring a unique aspect to your wedding, make sure there is enough room at your venue for guests to easily access the food.

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YOUR WEDDING CAKE WHO doesn’t love to tuck into a nice slice of wedding cake after a wedding dinner? While you can never go wrong with a traditional white vanilla tiered wedding cake, other classic flavours such as chocolate have made a comeback in recent years, as has buttercream icing. Trends have shown people like to decorate cakes with cute, cartoon-like toppers (the figurines that sit atop of the cake made to look like the bride and groom). For those who want a more elegant look with their cake, metallic wedding cakes are the latest trend. Made with a basic wedding cake base, the cake is decorated in edible glitter. For a more rustic, vintage look, a naked cake could be the way to go. A naked cake is a cake that has been reconstructed so everybody can see what’s inside. For those wanting to do a wedding cake on a tighter budget, there are a number of options available. A cupcake tower could be a great way to provide guests with a sweet treat but at half the cost. Red velvet cupcakes or even basic chocolate or vanilla cupcakes always go down well. You could even provide each guest with an extra cupcake to take home as a wedding favour. For those who don’t like cake, a sweets bar could be a good option. Set up a table with as many different kinds of lollies, chocolate and ice cream that you love and you have the perfect sweet buffet for guests to enjoy. The dessert bar can be themed to your preference.

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FOUR FABULOUS CAKE ALTERNATIVES DECADENT DOUGHNUTS

Displayed on pretty platters or stacked into a cake-like formation, doughnuts are a great single-serve alternative. There are endless possibilities when it comes to presentation and fillings and a little creativity can leave a lasting impression.

CUTE CUPCAKES

All the flavour and icing of cake, and a little bit cuter; you can’t go wrong with the crowd-pleasing cupcake. Take the fuss out out of a six-tier gateau and ask your baker about these little handfuls of heaven. You could even personalise them with your theme.

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IF YOU managed to avoid any news of this year’s royal wedding you likely don’t watch TV, or use the internet, or have any monarchy-obsessed relatives. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set up on a blind date by a friend in 2016 before love blossomed. Their wedding, on the other hand, was far from ordinary. On May 19, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Prince Harry married Hollywood actress Meghan Markle with about 600 guests in attendance. But just because the Hollywood star had an unobtainably extravagant production, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a great place to draw inspiration for your own wedding. THE FOOD Table Talk, who also catered for Will and Kate’s reception in 2011, were in charge of a wedding feast. Guests were treated to a hearty banquet with a seafood starter, organic roast chicken and a selection of classic desserts. THE CAKE Infused with lemon and elderflower, the impressive confection was decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers. As guests were anticipated to be full from their impressive feast, slices of the cake were presented in gift boxes at the end of the night.

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HIGH SOCIETY: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Christmas last year. PHOTO: ALASTAIR GRANT THE FLOWERS Incorporating their love for the outdoors in their wedding flowers, the couple chose a florist who’s known for natural-looking arrangements. The display was made up of seasonal blooms and locally sourced foliage as well as peonies, one of Meghan’s favourites. THE RINGS “Yellow gold because that’s her favourite,” Prince Harry said, describing his new princess’s engagement ring. A matching pair, her wedding band is also gold with the royal family using pure Welsh gold to create wedding bands since 1923. THE PHOTOS Although he isn’t a seasoned wedding photographer, renowned fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski was entrusted to capture the momentous occasion. Meghan scouted Lubomirski on social media, checking out his portfolio before having him take their engagement photos. By the time the wedding came around she was sure the photographer was more than capable of capturing everything they wanted. “I could not be more thrilled or honoured to photograph this historic occasion,” Lubomirski said in an Instagram post.

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DIANA’S DAY

MAGICAL MOMENTS: Prince William and his bride Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their wedding in April 2011. PHOTO: TOM HEVEZI

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IT’S been seven years and it’s still hard to forget the moment Pippa Middleton turned heads at sister Kate’s wedding. But it was a beautiful wedding nonetheless, remembered for magical moments just as much as it was for a bit of stolen limelight. Watched live by 36 million people, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

It was important for the couple to include family in their ceremony; Kate wearing Diana’s engagement ring and a song from Diana’s funeral sung at the service. Unlike Diana’s 1980s puffer dress, Kate opted for a timeless and elegant classic with lace sleeves. William and Kate had fun on their special day, despite their esteemed titles, driving away in a balloon-decorated, open-topped vintage car with the registration plate “JU5T WED”.

DOLLED up with a tiara and a very large wedding gown, Princess Diana turned up to her wedding in the Glass Coach. If you were to take a page out of Diana and Charles’ book it would be to go for exactly what you want, and ignore the naysayers. Nothing was going to stop the 20-year-old fulfilling her princess fantasy, complete with the diamond-studded horseshoe she instructed her designers to sew into her dress’s waistband, for good luck. Breaking with tradition, Charles decided the couple were to be married at St Paul’s Cathedral rather than the expected Westminster Abbey, apparently because it was more beautiful and could hold a full orchestra.

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SAY YES: Choose your bridal gown carefully and as early as possible.

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THE GOBSMACKING GOWN DID she opt for modern chic or timeless? Was there lace? Which neckline did she choose? The dress is a huge talking point of a wedding and something most brides are excited to find, but it’s important not to jump the gun on dress shopping before you’re ready.

TIMING

Make sure you have the rest of your wedding details in place before you step into a salon and slip into your dream dress. The venue, decor and theme of your perfect day can influence the style and colour of dress you choose. An extravagant gown with a train may be perfect for a ballroom wedding, but if you later decide on a beachside rendezvous then some simple, breezy tulle might suit the occasion. On the other hand, once you know your wedding details, don’t wait too long to find “the one”. A dress you fall in love with may take months to order in your size or you might need to arrange for alterations. Aim to have your dress altered and ready a few months in advance. Although popular on reality television, having an entourage attend your dress appointments with you can be overwhelming and confusing. Once you are ready to start the shopping experience, call on one or two of your nearest and dearest to help. Taking your mum and sister, or best friend, is a good idea because they know you best and you can be assured they will keep your

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TRYING THEM ALL

So you’ve just made a huge commitment, and now you have to make another commitment to a dress for the day. If you set out to try 50 dresses in the first shop you find you will feel confused and the pressure of committing to a dress will be weighing on you far heavier. You don’t want to become overwhelmed and lose faith in the experience. Have a style in mind before you step into the salon and only try on a handful of your favourite designs. Remember, not every bride will have the teary moment that people talk about. If you like a dress but are lacking confidence then confide in your sidekicks – that’s what you brought them for!

ONLINE VERSUS IN STORE

With the lure of saving some dosh for something else (perhaps the honeymoon) you might be tempted to order off an online bridal store. But taking a gamble on an “affordable online boutique” is risky business and may leave you with a “tacky, imported rip-off”. Although they may specify details, when you buy online you can’t be certain of the quality, fabric or sizing. Your dress may arrive looking completely different to the image you fell in love with and that money you saved will be spent on alterations, or a new dress.

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IT MIGHT seem like the wedding is all about the dress and often grooms are reluctant to splurge on a new suit and some styling. But your man deserves just as much attention and the power of a well-fitted suit should not be overlooked. Here are some pointers to have your groom feeling like a million bucks and, just as importantly, complementing your dress and the theme of the wedding.

Above all else the groom should feel comfortable and like the most polished version of himself.

RENT VS BUY

Suits, especially tuxedos, can be expensive and considering it will only be worn for a few hours it can be tempting to go down the rental route. Keep in mind though, rented suits never fit quite right and you run the risk of looking cheap. For your one special day it might be worth splashing the cash for a tailor-made suit and considering the purchase as an investment for future functions. A cousin’s wedding next year? Ditch the vest and switch up the formal black tie for a pop of colour. Your consultant will be able to help choose the right fit.

CONSIDER THE THEME

If you plan to dazzle with a formal evening function then the occasion might lend itself to a sleek black tux. But if you have opted for a short dress or a bohemian afternoon wedding, a tuxedo can have the groom looking out of place and washed out. Some grooms will look more polished in a dressed-down suit with braces and a bow tie or a blazer and chinos combination.

THINK TIMELESS

We’ve all cringed at an old wedding photo where Dad thought the party should start in the back with his mullet, or uncle Steve was rocking a thick moustache and a thin tie. Keep that in mind if you’re tossing up between timeless or ‘trendy’. Opt for a classic look that would flatter at any time.

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MARRIED AT HOME: Kacy and Mitch Jensen married on their Wondai property.

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SIMPLE, outdoorsy and fun – everything about Kacy and Mitch Jensen’s relationship was reflected in their autumn afternoon wedding. The Wondai couple danced their way into their new life together the best way the knew how; in their own backyard to an easy-listening playlist, with 85 of their dearest friends and family. “That first dance was really nice, even if Mitch can’t dance very well,” Kacy said. Jokes aside, the couple said every moment of their evening was beautiful, even if it wasn’t perfect. “We both kept it pretty casual and simple, just the way we wanted,” Kacy said.

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kept it simple with moleskin trousers, a white button up and a tie. In line with keeping it casual, Mitch and Kacy’s country lifestyle was portrayed in their special day with a rustic theme. And a lot if it was DIY. “Hay bales, hessian, fairy lights and hand made centrepieces was enough to make the area just how we wanted it,” Kacy said. Kacy had her mum and friends help out a lot with the decor. “Which was a relief because that side of things really overwhelmed me,” Kacy said. “To other couples I would say just personalise the wedding, make it unique to you and don’t stress about the small things.”


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COMING UP ROSES SO YOU’VE picked your theme, you have your dream dress in mind and the time has come to choose your floral arrangements. Your petal preference is a personal decision but your florist will be able to help you out with suggestions once you run some ideas by them. Here is a bunch of ideas to help inspiration bloom.

SEASONAL SURMOUNTS

Opting for flowers that are in season is a smart choice. In-season flowers will be fresh and more affordable than ones that need to be shipped in, and you’re more likely to be supporting local business. It’s a win, win, win.

BLOOM BUDGET

Determine your budget and be realistic about the floral arrangements your budget can accommodate for. Hedging around what you can afford with your florist won’t do you any favours, so be honest and a good florist will help you scout beautiful blooms that are easy on the wallet. If you want to splurge on expensive flowers where it counts, go for the bridal bouquet. Wedding flowers are there to add a pop of colour and less really is more.

CUTTINGS OF COLOUR

Keep in mind that the colour of your flowers should complement your dress, your bridal party’s attire and the theme of your wedding. Consider what the flowers will be contending with in the room and choose colours that will catch the eye.

THANKS A BUNCH: Bouquets should have a theme. PHOTO: TREASURE PICS

BUILDING A BOUQUET

Round, trailer, sheaf, crescent, line, and cascade bouquets: you’ve got a lot of choice when it comes to the bouquet. Once again, your florist will be able to help you settle on the right bouquet for you once they get the gist of your theme.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS: Engagement and wedding rings are for eternity.

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THERE are a few ways to go about choosing the perfect ring for him and her. The tradition of wearing the ring on your left ring finger is an old one (we’re talking ancient Rome) and the idea behind it was the vein in the fourth finger on the left hand, supposedly, ran directly to one’s heart. If you plan on wearing your wedding band on the ‘vein of love’ alongside your engagement ring, then you should consider something that is going to complement that ring.

PERFECT PAIR

Most jewellers will offer rings designed to fit together perfectly, side-by-side. Have a discussion with your jeweller about what options are available in terms of matching your engagement ring. Many women like the harmony matching metals, and diamonds of the same shape, can create. While some couples strive for symmetry it’s perfectly okay to do your own thing, even mixing metals and styles. If one of your rings is a family heirloom but you have your eye on a different style for the other, or you simply like the look of yellow gold against white gold, that’s fine too. You can mix and match vintage styles as long as the design is along the same lines and doesn’t clash. Take a page out of Queen Elizabeth II’s book; she wears her

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CLAW VS CHANNEL

With a diamond ring you have a few options in terms of the setting. For ultimate brilliance, a claw setting will allow light into the diamond. If you’re worried your lifestyle might wear on your ring, a channel setting will offer a smoother look as well as protect the diamonds from abrasions.

FOR HIM

When it comes to choosing wedding bands, men have a greater selection than ever with unique detailing, brushed surfaces and accent diamonds customising a ring to suit the individual. The most popular type of men’s wedding ring is the plain metal band. And if both parties are happy with simplicity and want to match, many jewellers offer wedding bands suited for both men and women.

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DECK OUT YOUR VENUE WITH DECORATIONS WHEN deciding on a theme for your wedding, the first thing to do is create a clear vision of what you want for your day. Whether you envision an outdoor reception under the stars, or a formal banquet fit for royalty, it’s good to think about what you want early. While it can be fun to create wedding decorations yourself, there are places you can hire decorations from. Event hire companies and some venues offer items such as place-card holders, props, lighting, cutlery, funky seating, photo booths and more. Going with this option could mean less stress for you. If you are going down the DIY path there are many websites and social media pages where you can sell off your creations once your big day has finished. If you are placing flowers around the venue, it can be a good idea to match the decorative flowers with the bride’s bouquet.

CHOOSING A WEDDING THEME

When you are deciding on what themes and decorations to have at your wedding there are a number of things you should take into consideration. ● What have you always pictured your wedding to look like? Many brides have an idea of what they want their wedding to look like, so base any decorations off that. Also imagine yourself 20 years into the future. What do you want your wedding to look like looking back on it? ● What will work at your venue? Think about your venue. Is your venue inside or outside? Do the decorations you have in mind match the venue? Could they blow away in the wind? ● Use social media to find decorations and themes you like. Chances are you’ll find some similar themes that you go back to every time. Go with that theme.

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THE MAGIC OF MAKE-UP AS WITH your hairstyle, your make-up can do a lot for your overall look. Here are a few tips to get you started

THE BASICS

CROWNING GLORY: Hairstyles should complement dresses. PHOTO: TREASURE PICS

DETERMINE YOUR ‘DO FLY-AWAYS, frizz and flat hair are three things you don’t want to be worrying about on your fairytale day. In addition to making sure your hairstyle complements your dream dress, there is a whole lot to consider when it comes to choosing a chignon or half-up, sleek locks or bohemian curls. To narrow down your ideal ‘do and have your tresses perfectly in place all day (and night) take the following into account.

HAIR TYPE

Just as sleek hair may not hold bouncy curls for hours, a tight up-do might not be the most comfortable option for those ladies with a heavy, thick head of hair. Opting for a style requiring a whole can of spray to hold will result in crunchy hair that looks stiff and fake. Work with the natural quirks you were born with or discuss options with your stylist such as extensions and shaping to achieve your desired result. Make sure you trust that your stylist knows your hair, and have a trial run or two. Getting to know what works best with your hair type and being realistic with your stylist will have your locks flouncing in your favour.

This is your one special day to be a princess and have the moment captured so you want to emphasise your best features. To do this, and have your make-up last a while, you’ll want to wear a little more than your everyday look. For those self-confessed criers out there, waterproof mascara will be your friend. Another tip to keep in mind is, if there will be flash photography at your wedding, steer clear of foundations that contain SPF. You don’t want flashback having you look washed out.

CHOOSE YOUR LOOK

There are a number of ways to choose your make-up for your magic moment. ● Based on style: Natural and soft or glamorous; choose your make-up based on the style you’re going for. ● Based on theme: Will your wedding be dazzling with hints of gold or will it resemble a rosy garden party? Incorporate an element of your theme in your make-up look. ● Based on you: Do you rock a killer winged liner, a bold lip or a dewy highlight? If you have a foolproof signature look that enhances your favourite features, it’s perfectly okay to stick with what you know.

TOUCH-UP KIT ● Dancing, crying and kisses; your favourite things about your wedding day can take a toll on the most perfectly placed make-up. ● Plan to have a touch-up kit on hand at your wedding in case of smudges or smears. ● Include mascara, powder, lipstick, concealer and some blotting papers. ● Setting spray can also help your look stay in place.

LOCATION

It’s not an obvious element but the location and climate should come into play when choosing your ‘do. Wind, heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your perfect style. If you’re having your ceremony in the Queensland summer or atop a hill, a few bobby pins and a travel-size hair spray won’t go astray.

YOUR DRESS

For a dress with eye-catching embellishments above the waist, a complicated hairstyle with all the bells and whistles is only going to overwhelm the look. Your hair should complement your dress, not compete with it. If you do have a high-neckline dress with a lot going on, a classic up-do might do the most justice. For a strapless, sweetheart neckline, wearing your hair down with soft waves can tie the look together. Don’t forget jewellery too! Consider the whole look and show your stylist the dress you have chosen before you start brainstorming.

PREPARATION

Have a trial run. If you’ve never tried twisting your hair into an up-do or keeping big curls in place for hours, you can’t know how the style will hold in your hair. Especially for those of you planning on using extensions, clips, or a veil make sure you have a detailed discussion with your stylist and a few practise runs with your accessories. Page 30.

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GROOMING THE GROOM SO HE’S settled on his suit and his shoes and, tada, your groom is set for the big day, right? Wrong. For the groom to be polished to his ultimate dapper form he needs the right hairstyle. We’ve all heard that a bride should get her last haircut a few weeks before the wedding but what about the groom? Unless you rock a buzz cut, the general rule is to have a haircut around one week prior. This will give enough time for the groom to adjust to the cut and head back to the barber for any adjustments. The groom should wash his hair the night before the wedding so it’s clean yet still has some of its natural lived-in texture. In terms of styling, he should stick with what he knows or if he is trying a new product for his wedding day have a few trial runs to see how it works into his hair. As with suiting-up, stick to a style the groom is comfortable with and avoid trying something crazy. STYLE: Get the groom looking sharp. PHOTO: A&F WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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PIMP YOUR RIDE YOUR wedding car will do a whole lot more than get you from point A to point B. It can set the mood for the day, tie your theme together and even be a photo prop. A vintage car spells romance and will look beautiful amongst the scenery of the South Burnett, especially if you’ve opted for a rustic or classic theme. If you want to begin your special day with your whole girl gang, partying your way to the ceremony, then a limousine will be the way to go. Other popular options, sure to impress, are sports cars, hummers and hot rods. For a large bridal party who will need to travel between the ceremony and reception, having more than one car is a good idea and will also allow you to mix and match if you can’t settle. If you’re not fussed on having a fancy car but you still need to transport your bridal party, booking a coach will be more economic and efficient than everyone trying to flag a taxi. It will also avoid the risk of anybody drink driving.

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YOUR whole family will be flocking into town to attend your big day and no doubt a few haven’t organised more than your couch for accommodation. When they’ve spent a hard few days helping you plan, set up and calm your nerves, you’re not going to give them the boot. But brothers and cousins sprawled across the living room floor isn’t the fairytale wedding night we imagine. Leave the family slumber party to do their thing and book yourself into a hotel for the night. A cute cottage, cosy cabin or a heavenly homestead for the night will be a godsend.


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HINTS FOR THE HONEYMOON

ROMANTIC GETAWAY: A bush treatment might be your honeymoon preference. IF YOU’RE brainstorming the perfect destination honeymoon then you don’t need to look beyond Australian shores, or even the Queensland border. Some of the most romantic, scenic and relaxing escapes can be found on our doorstep. Tropical North Queensland even has some destinations tailored to honeymooners who want a private, romantic retreat (think Orpheus Island). Your honeymoon will be one of the most exciting parts of getting hitched but, in the whirlwind of planning a wedding, it’s easy to forget some important details or not know where to start. Don’t stress, we’ve devised some pointers.

DEPARTURE DATE

You’re going to take a big chunk of time off work and you want every minute jam packed with romance and fun, and that’s understandable. But embarking on your honeymoon the day after your wedding can leave you exhausted, grumpy and possibly forgetting some essentials. Give yourself a few days to unwind and transition into relaxation mode

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or plan your honeymoon a few weeks after your wedding.

ROOM RESEARCH

If you’ve envisioned yourself sitting back with a cocktail on your balcony overlooking the ocean, then taking a gamble on your room choice will likely leave you unsatisfied. You can find room tips, and even photos, on hotel review websites so when you call to book your room you know exactly what you’re after. Think about visiting a local travel agent to get some expert advice. They can research locations, deals and packages and book things in for you, taking some of the stress away.

PASSPORT

It might seem obvious but if you have decided on an overseas getaway you’re going to need a passport. Check the expiry date or head to the post office to get a new one. Depending on where you’re going, some countries refuse entry to visitors with less than six months’ validity on their passports. And remember, your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so soak it all up and enjoy.

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IN HER early twenties, Genieve Groves headed to the Kingaroy Show with her sister. Love was the last thing she thought she would find on the dodgem cars but when she caught the eye of young Keith Sailes her fate was to change. “I worked on the dodgem cars and they have a wire called an isolator, when you pull on it the car stops,” Keith said. “I had to get her attention somehow, so I jumped on the back of her car and pulled the isolator down, telling her the car had broken down.”

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MAKE IT A SOCIAL EVENT SOCIAL media is an incredible tool for sharing your wedding story. But that doesn’t mean your perfect day should be broadcast live. There is something special about you and your guests truly being in the moment together as you share your most treasured moments. Isn’t that one of the main reasons we pay wedding photographers?

SANS SCREENS

If you would rather have your guests stay off their phones throughout the ceremony and celebrations then opt for a blanket policy of no social media. You will still have beautiful shots to share from your day, just after the fact.

#GROUPEFFORT

On the other hand, if you don’t mind a few screens floating around during your ceremony and reception , you can have your wedding documented from every perspective. You may be pleasantly surprised with the candid shots

SNAP TO IT: Let your guests know the social media etiquette for your wedding. PHOTO: TREASURE PICS your guests take. A fun and easy way to do this is to conjure up a hashtag that plays on your new last name to use on Facebook, Instagram or wherever. This way, no matter who posts, you can see everything that unfolded in the one stream; unflattering angles, groggy selfies, and all.

MEET IN THE MIDDLE

You might see the perks of both sharing and shunning social media, so meet in the middle! Maybe that moment you and your groom first catch a glimpse of each other is something you want to keep sacred to you and your guests, but the reception is free game. Choose when you want your guests to share what they’ve captured; after the ceremony, or once the couple have shared their album. Make your wishes clear at the beginning of your ceremony and you’ll get the best of both worlds.

TOP WEDDING APPS Here are some ideas for apps to help make planning smoother and your day more social. ● Pinterest ● Brides Wedding Genius ● Instagram ● WeddingHappy ● AllSeated ● WedShed ● MyRegistry ● Canva ● WedPics ● My Wedding Countdown

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THE LITTLE THINGS: There’s a lot to remember to do before and after your big day.

PHOTO: A&F WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

THINGS TO REMEMBER

YOU are about to embark on a life-changing experience. You are about to legally commit to someone for as long as you both shall live. Along with this comes changes to insurance, tax and superannuation. You also need to decide whether you will have a combined bank account or keep things separate.

YOUR WILL

You both need to update your will, as marriage can make a will invalid unless you specifically make a will in contemplation of marriage.

SUPER DETAILS AND EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Get in contact with your superannuation provider and update the beneficiaries of your account. Also make sure you update any service where you have listed an emergency contact to include your new spouse.

TELL THE TAX OFFICE

Your spousal status will change the way you are taxed. Contact the Australian Taxation Office to find out how you will be affected. Page 36.

10 THINGS COUPLES OFTEN FORGET TO DO ● Notice of Intended Marriage ● Vendor meals ● Favours ● Guest book and pens ● Invitation suite ● Cake knife and toasting flutes ● Technology chargers (for your phone and camera) ● Passport and identification ● Thank you notes ● Online reviews (for your wedding venue, reception and honeymoon)

INSURANCE

Car, health and home insurance providers need to know your spouse’s details. Get in contact with your providers to find out how marriage will affect your policy.


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Gloria Fleming

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Martin Hirsch Religious Marriage Celebrant

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Marriage Celebrant

John Carey Naming Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows

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Civil & Religious Wedding Ceremonies, Namings, Renewal of Vows

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ENTERTAINMENT

• Coppards Kingaroy Ph: 4162 1359 211-217, A: 211-217 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy www.coppards.com.au • Rendezvous Designs Ph: 4162 4608, A: Kingaroy Shopping World, Kingaroy www.rendezvousdesigns.com.au

• Wholehearted / Musicians Oasis Ph: 4162 4523, A: 20 Alford Street, Kingaroy www.wholeheartedmusic.com.au • Pro-Tec Light & Sound Ph: 0427 636 964, e: pro-tec3@bigpond.com www.proteckingaroy.com.au

BEAUTY / MAKE UP / HAIR

FLORIST

• Alicia’s Spa & Beauty Worx Ph: 4168 1684, A: 129 Lamb Street, Murgon www.aliciasspaandhairworx.com.au • Luxe Makeup By Georgia Ph: 0412 011 828 Instagram@luxemakeupbygeorgia

• Jenno’s Florist - Blackbutt Ph: 0400 220 139, e: jenno89@hotmail.com

• JC Catering Ph: 0429 899 538, e: jccatering@hotmail.com • Maidenwell Trading Post Ph: 4164 6166, A: 3-7 Pool Street Maidenwell F: www.facebook.com/thesaucemanqld • Manumbar Meets Catering Ph: 0429 688 193 A: 2645 Manumbar Road, Nanango

COUNSELLING • Ruth Dukes Counselling Ph: 0447 812 789, e: rr.dukes@bigpond.com

DENTISTRY

JEWELLERS • Elray Jewellers Ph: 4163 6005, A: 2/15 Alford Street, Kingaroy www.elrayjewellers.com

PHOTOGRAPHY • Always & Forever Wedding Photography Ph: 0474 947 914 e: afweddingphotography@hotmail.com F: www.facebook.com/alwaysnforeverweddingphotography • Nancy Jayde Photo Booth Ph: 0439 797 222, e: nancy@nancyjaydephotography.com.au www nancyjaydephotography.com.au • Susie McLaughlan Photography Ph: 0428 416 632, e: susiempics@bigpond.com www.susiempics.com.au

• Dental Essentials Ph: 4162 8105, A: 8a Glendon Street, Kingaroy www.dentalessentials.net.au • South Burnett Dental Group Ph: 4162 1088, A: 58 edward Street, Kingaroy www.southburnettdentalgroup.com.au

• Treasure Pics Photography Ph: 4162 3849, F: www.facebook.com/treasurepics www.treasurepics.com.au

CELEBRANT

TRANSPORT

• Carissa Beddows Ph: 0488 024 582, www.carissabeddows.com.au • Rhonda A Callow Ph: 4162 2998 / 0407 756 809 e: racallow.1950@hotmail.com www.callowmarriagecelebrant.com.au • John Carey Ph: 0448 416 327, www.johncarey.com.au • Iris Crumpton 4163 0244 / 0418 741 254, e: keniris@bigpond.com • Gloria Fleming Ph: 0418 720 645, e: gloriafleming@bigpond.com • Martin Hirsch Ph: 4163 3723, e: martinhirsch@bigpond.com • Heather Hirsch Ph: 4163 3724

• Pursers Coaches Ph: 4168 1533, A: 40 Gore Street Murgon e: info@pursescoaches.com.au

DIRECTORY • Cherish This Day Ph: 0407 130 585, www.cherishthisday.com.au

EVENT HIRE

• A Wedding or Event Ph: 0407 130 585, e: aweddingorevent@hotmail.com www.aweddingorevent.com.au • Extra Touch Design & Hire Ph: 0438 721 214, www.extratouchdesigns.com.au

TRAVEL • Pursers Travel & Cruise Ph: 4168 1533, A: 25 Alford Street, Kingaroy e: info@purserstravelandcruise.com.au

VENUE • Copper Country Motor Inn Ph: 4163 1011, A: 14354 D’Aguilar Highway, Nanango www.coppercountry.com.au • Kingsley Grove Estate Ph: 0414 230 128, e: contact@kingsleygrove.com www.kingsleygrove.com • Maidenwell Trading Post Ph: 4164 6166, A: 3-7 Pool Street Maidenwell F: www.facebook.com/thesaucemanqld • Mulanah Gardens B&B Cottages Ph: 4164 3142, A: 736 Deep Creek Road, Kingaroy www.mulanahgardens.com • Pioneer Lodge Motel Ph: 4162 3999, A: 100 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy www.pioneerlodgemotel.com.au • The Bunyas Ph: 4668 3131, www.thebunyas.com.au

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• The Murgon Florist Ph: 4168 1888, A: 107 Lamb Street, Murgon www.themurgonflorist.com

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COMplete pACkAge WHOleHeArted duO Angelina and Brett Chaseling specialise in live entertainment perfect for weddings, special occasions and corporate events. Wholehearted Music is the perfect choice for intimate gatherings and large-scale events. Lighting and PA Wireless Microphone System supplied for MC

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