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South West Queensland

Wedding Planner

Your Comprehensive Guide Towards Helping You Achieve The Perfect Wedding Day


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The Chinchilla Cultural Centre is the perfect place to turn your dream wedding into a reality. With two fully air-conditioned and versatile indoor venues, you can utilise the space that best suits your needs. The centre is equipped with a commercial kitchen, bar facilities and full sound and lighting capabilities to make your event memorable.


Experience the elegance of a country wedding and turn your dreams into reality

Weddings are a specialty of the Roma Explorers Inn Convention & Function Centre. With your own experienced wedding coordinator on hand to ensure your special day is one to remember plus our fantastic ceremony and reception venues are picturesque, spacious and welcoming.

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Our facility has the capacity to host from 30 to 300 guests, onsite accommodation and parking, 5-star catering and restaurant dining, courtesy bus and bar and beverage facilities, Roma Explorers Inn has everything you need to create your special day.


DIY Packages We have a large selection of furniture, tableware, linen, table Decor, Lighting and numerous decorations for hire to create a beautiful atmosphere

Ceremony Packages Bronze Package Ceremony Set Up & Pack Down Included 40 White Pipee Chairs • Decorated Arbour Signing Table with Chairs

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Catering for 50 to 150 Guests. White plastic chairs, chair covers, chair sashes, trestle tables & table linen & decor.

Gold Package Ceremony Set Up & Pack Down Included 40 White Americana Chairs Decorated Arbour • Aisle Runner 2 x Big Milk Cans • Signing Table with Chairs Easel/s for Signage

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Imagine your happiest celebration. Dream, of breathtaking views and welcoming, impeccable hospitality. Envision tasting superb food and enjoying luxurious, state-of-the-art facilities. Find it all at Preston Peak Winery Function Centre, only 10 minutes from Toowoomba in Southeast Queensland.

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INTRODUCTION

WEDDED BLISS

It is the day young girls dream of and a significant life-defining moment for any man; your wedding will be a memory you cherish forever of a day filled with happiness and love. And while planning a wedding can be a lot of hard work, it can also be a lot of fun. And we are here to put the fun in your upcoming wedding function thanks to all of the tips and tricks to ensure your celebration is a resounding success. From the all-important dress to the stunning florals and the best tips for a stress-free honeymoon, we have all bases covered. Boil the kettle, sit back and relax and let us help you plan your special day!

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS Page 8 — Budget and date Page 9 — Wedding themes Page 13 — Bridal party Page 16 — Guest list Page 17 — Wedding apps Page 18 — Venue Page 23 — Celebrant Page 26 — Catering Page 28 — Photography Page 33 — Transport Page 35 — Bridal wear Page 39 — Mother of the bride Page 40 — Planning schedule Page 54 — Invitations Page 55 — Bouquet Page 59 — Cake Page 64 — Hair & Make-up Page 72 — Destination Wedding Page 77 — Honeymoon COVER: 6.10.18 Ben and Megan Nielsen tied the knot along the surat river then moving to the reception at the Surat race course. The cake was made by the talented Susan's sweet arts of Roma. Hair and Make up was done by the talented Haylee Mickelbourgh. Dress was from JJ's House. The amazing Photographer was Barkly at Heart, Sandy Bauer. PUBLISHER’S INDEMNITY: South West Queensland Wedding Planner is published by News Corp Australia. Those who make advertising placement and/or supply copy material or editorial submissions to South West Queensland Wedding Planner undertake to ensure that all such material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, slander or title, breach of confidence, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the Trade Practices Act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the abovementioned, these persons agree to indemnify the publisher and/or its agents against any investigations, claims or judgements. Portions of the editorial content of this publication are supplied under commercial agreement.

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BUDGET & DATE

SETTING A BUDGET & DATE A good place to begin the overall planning process of your wedding is to start by setting a date. Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you'll have to make as a couple. With this thinking in mind, considering the below key aspects before selecting a date can help you ensure you have made a sound decision. Weather: If a gorgeous winter frock is just the piece you’ve had your eye on, then getting married in July is a no-brainer. However, if a plunging neck-line or bare shoulders is more your style, then this is proabably not the best date to go with. Wet seasons and windy conditions are all key areas of consdieration before your big day. An off-season wedding: An off-season wedding can be great for cutting costs however, remember it is off-season for all industries. Consider major holidays: On the contrary, getting married on a major holiday is great in theory however, be prepared to plan well in advance. Give guests plenty of notice for accommodation bookings. Now with the date set, the second most

important aspect of wedding planning is your budget. An average wedding in 2019 costs $30,000. If you’d rather put some of that towards your honeymoon or first home then read on! Budget: Set a budget and stick to it! By being clever and creative you can still have a beautiful wedding that is perfect for you. Sit down with your partner and decide which areas are really important to you and which you could do differently. Invitations: With a little design know-how, you can design and print your own invitations. The Dress: Look on the internet and shop around for a dress that will make you feel beautiful on the day. A second hand dress can be upcycled to create a really unique look. The Venue: You don’t need a fancy venue. You can have your reception at home and spend a bit on sprucing up the garden. You can also get married in a park,or on a beach.

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LET’S GET RUSTIC This much-loved theme is as versatile as it is stunning Mismatching jars with an array of flowers and Hessian table runners are much-loved elements of the rustic wedding. It is important however to keep comfort in mind. Hay bales for seating may look gorgeous but from a practical stand-point, won’t work. Tie practicality and aesthetics together for the perfect rustic-themes wedding.

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There is no denying the rise in the rustic-themed wedding. Versatile and wholesome, the rustic theme is fluid and looks as at-home in a golf club setting as it does on under a marquee in a farm setting. The key to a successful rustic setting is a free-flowing space where the standard design principles of symmetry and straight lines is thrown out the window.

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A MODERN AFFAIR Break with tradition and celebrate your nuptials the modern way BRING A LITTLE COLOUR TO IT Break with the traditional white gown and add your own personal style to your wedding dress with unique colours and designs. Surprise your guests in gold sequins or vibrant reds for a more glamorous wedding vibe, or choose floaty pastels and florals to complement a garden setting. Not only will you turn heads in something a little off-beat, you could essentially save a lot of money. DO A ‘FIRST LOOK’ If you’re not superstitious, getting your photos taken together before you walk down the aisle will ensure you’re both perfectly preened for your dream shoot. In addition, it may even ease those pre-wedding jitters. This option frees up time after the ceremony to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy a champagne or two with friends and

family. START THE CELEBRATIONS EARLY A breakfast or brunch wedding may suit if you’re an early riser or bacon enthusiast. Think custom pancake stations, made-to-order omelettes and free-flowing coffee and mimosas during the reception. You will be able to skip the DJ, opting for a more relaxed atmosphere, not to mention save plenty of money on the traditional open bar at evening receptions. MIX UP VENUES Choose a public garden, art gallery, rustic barn or your grandmother’s back yard for a wedding venue with a difference. Dropping the usual three-course meal for a more casual reception of finger food, noodle boxes or gourmet pizzas can also be a fun and more frugal break from a traditional sit-down affair.

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WEDDING THEMES

IMPECCABLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL

There is no denying the sentimentality of weddings and all they signify. Every element of the day has been carefully considered and toiled over for months, with meticulous planning and childhood dreams coming to life in front of friends and family. And with this thinking in mind, when it comes to selecting a jeweller for your much-treasured engagement and wedding rings, it is imperative you seek the services of someone who is invested not only in their craft, but also their clients. Ewen Ryley of Ryley Jewellery Creations is a multi-award-winning jewellery designer who offers exquisitely hand-crafted bespoke jewellery, creating original pieces with an eloquent eye for detail and commitment to quality. And while his skill is impressive, it is Ewen’s client-first approach and appreciation in business which sets him ahead of the curve. Being entrusted to create engagement rings and wedding bands is a privilege not lost on him, with Ewen stating he is thrilled to be involved in the process. "For me, knowing the pieces I'm creating will be treasured for lifetimes and family heirlooms for the generations to come is Page 12 SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

amazing. "We also love being able to create a token that signifies the love and union between our clients. There's nothing more special than that." Ewen stresses the importance of planning ahead for bespoke jewellery. The design process involves the time it takes to get in different stone options and from there, crafting of a piece can take anywhere between 4 and 8 weeks. And once delivered, the impeccable service by Ryley Jewellery Creations does not stop there. "All of our Ryley Jewellery Creations come with a full lifetime warranty that covers rhodium plating, cleaning and polishing for the lifetime of the piece," Ewen said. And for any grooms looking for a special memento to gift their wife-to-be, a beautiful jewellery box will not only be a nice surprise, but also make for a striking feature in the all-important photos on the day. "We've found our handcrafted wooden ring boxes are usually a delightful keepsake to mark the occasion and feature heavily in wedding photography."

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A SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION As anyone who has ever attended a wedding will tell you, the right music at the function has an immense impact on the overall event. And therefore, ensuring you have hired the services of a consummate professional is of the utmost importance. Boasting close to four decades experience in the industry, Peter Vernon of Muzic-4-U is an expert in every sense of the word. And while music choices for your special day often come down to personal choice, Peter suggests considering 4 key elements when it comes to your wedding music. "Brides and grooms need to take time to think over the four key elements of their wedding music," Peter said.

" Firstly, rhythm for movement, followed by words for meaning, melody for background and the mood and atmosphere you are wanting to create during that specific song." According to Peter, it is his job to take people from one euphoric moment to the next, and he does so thanks to a craft and science he has perfected overtime. “We work on three stages at the wedding, background music, transitioning music and then finally dance music and through every stage we are paying attention to how the audience reacts to each song to help fine-tine the playlist for the evening.� To ensure your special day is a resounding success, call on the experts at Muzic-4-U.

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GUEST LIST

WHO IS INVITED? Finalising your guest list will likely be the most challenging aspect Deciding on a guest list for a wedding can be a daunting experience. 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 about 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 to help you come up with your guest list: SET A ROUGH LIMIT Would you like to have a small, intimate wedding, with about 20 of your nearest and dearest friends and family, or a much larger event with 200 guests? Starting with a rough number, is a good

place to start for budgeting purposes. MAKE A LIST Short–list the people you absolutely must have at your wedding. From your closest friends to your most loving aunts — if you can’t imagine your big day without them at your side, put their names on the list. MAKE SOME CUTS Inevitably, your list will be too long. This is where things get tough, as you decide who to cut and who to keep. PLUS ONES Decide whether your guests can bring a plus one and whether children will be allowed at the wedding. It might seem mean, but feeding and seating the children and plus ones of your guests will cost you extra — can you accommodate them in your budget?

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WEDDING APPS

GET APPY WITH PLANNING There is a variety of apps available to make wedding planning a breeze. From inspiration to planning and fun ideas, there are plenty of apps and websites out there to make your wedding easier and more fun. INSPIRATION Pinterest: Pinterest is a great resource to find inspiration relating to all aspects of your wedding. If you see something online, such as photography inspiration, dresses, invitations or favours that take your fancy, you simply pin that item to a board. Friends and family can also collaborate with you and pin items to the board. Brides Wedding Genius: Brides Wedding Genius is an app where people can browse the latest trends in gowns, bridesmaid dresses, rings and other local resources. Instagram: Use Instagram’s search feature to find photos of weddings by renowned wedding photographers and use them as inspiration to share with your photographer about what you want.

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PLANNING WeddingHappy: This app allows you to organise your budget, bookings, suppliers, guest list, play lists and to-do lists on a day-to-day basis. All Seated: AllSeated is a website where you can create floor plans and seating plans for your big day. The website has the layout for a number of venues already in the system and for those that aren’t there, you can manually create them. WedShed: Labelled the Airbnb of wedding venues by blog Mamamia, WedShed allows you to view stunning wedding venues of many different sizes throughout Australia. MyRegistry: MyRegistry is a mobile app and website that allows people to create a gift registry compiling items from any store anywhere in the world, even ones that don t have a website. You can also create a cash gift fund. FUN IDEAS Canva: Take design into your own hands with Canva. Design whatever you want from invitations, thank-you cards and posters for the big day with templates and easy drag-and-drop functionality. WedPics: While placing a disposable camera on each table and conducting a photo scavenger hunt might be fun, WedPics is the app where guests can share their photos of your wedding in a dedicated photo album kept in the cloud. The app is free to download and you are able to order prints directly from the app. My Wedding Countdown: My Wedding Countdown is a mobile app that provides a clean, smooth and beautiful countdown to your big day. www.suratbasin.com.au/weddingplanner Page 17


VENUE

VENUE CHOICE Consider all elements before settling CHOOSING a wedding venue can be a daunting task, but there are a number of factors to consider. Try to be flexible when it comes to choosing the date for the wedding, keeping in mind Saturday is the most popular day of the week and will consequently be more expensive. It is also important to consider whether your venue fits your theme or if you will have to spend money on decorations. Do they have limitations on things such as the number of guests or caterers you can use? What extra costs might be involved?

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, the venue should reflect this. Historic houses offer grandeur, elegance and sophistication, waterfront locations offer views and garden weddings offer a romantic backdrop. Outdoor venues offer extra freedom and versatility on your special day, but of course always make sure there is a back-up plan in case of rain.

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SEATING SUCCESS Seating plans can make or break the flow of the evening One of the most important decisions you will make on your special day is how you lay out your seating plan. A poor seating plan can be disastrous. Rather than simply placing friends with one another, put some thought into the personalities on the table. Extroverted people are great to incorporate on a table of people who may not necessarily

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all know each other, as it is vital to have that one person confident enough to break the ice and help introduce others on the table. When it comes to family, remember that this is the coming together of two, so seating the bride and groom’s parents close to another is a good idea to help the cohesion of the evening and promote the mingling of all guests.

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TIME TO CELEBRATE A cleverly crafted reception is half the battle in a successful wedding Just as the ceremony is a reflection of you both as a couple and of your commitment, the reception should also continue that theme. It is truly a chance for you to dance the night away with your nearest and dearest, enjoy a delicious dinner, and catch up with relatives you might not have seen in a while. Booking the venue for the wedding ceremony and reception should be one of the first arrangements you make, as they are often booked months (sometimes years) in advance. This will also give you the chance to decide whether you would like to be married on the grounds of the venue of your choice and simply stroll to your reception. YOUR WEDDING VENUE CHECKLIST ● Can I have my ceremony and reception in the one location, if necessary? ●What is the capacity and cost per

person? ●Is parking available (and, if so, is it free)? ●What wet weather alternatives are available to me at this venue? ●Which decorations are provided (if any)? ●How many weddings/receptions are going to be held on that day? ●When can we hold rehearsals? ● What time can the florist set up? ●Can the guests throw confetti (if not, what other options do we have)? ●How long can we have the venue for? ●Are there noise restrictions? It is often important to choose a venue with neutral colours, because this ensures a decorator can use any colour scheme. You also want to carefully select a venue with all the necessary facilities; for example, projector screens, air–conditioning, wi–fi and laptop connectivity, staging for entertainment, CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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adjustable lighting and sound, dance floor, podium and microphones. If you are getting photographs taken as a couple and wedding party following the ceremony, it is a nice touch to have an area where guests can relax, enjoy a drink and possibly some canapés while they wait. When organising a reception, though, one of the biggest things to consider is the menu.

Chicken is always a safe option and be wary of ordering a buffet (plated options tend to be more popular with guests). Industry experts often recommend a sit down, two–course main/dessert option. It is always important to speak with the venue co–ordinator to confirm the budget and their clear schedule.

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GET MOODY

Mood board’s are a great idea for choosing the perfect venue

There is no denying that a stand-out, wow-factor wedding venue is sure to kick your ceremony and reception up a notch. So choosing the perfect place to say “I Do” must be carefully considered. 1. Put together a mood board with your partner on how you want your wedding to look. This will help you to greatly narrow downs the regions that you’d be happy to get married at. 2. Use Pinterest to your advantage. Creating your mood board through Pinterest

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will help with the overall process and give you a clear-cut idea on what venues suit or don’t suit your ideal venue. 3. Be clear on what’s flexible at the venue If you have your heart set on a particular caterer for your big day, there’s probably no point in viewing a venue that works with a preferred company only. Find out before you make time for a viewing what’s flexible.

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CELEBRANT

CELEBRATE WITH THE IDEAL CELEBRANT Choosing the perfect celebrant for your wedding is a decision not to be taken lightly. They are incredibly important and set the scene for the day. Finding the right celebrant for your wedding is no easy task. While there are many options out there, it’s important that your celebrant represents both you and your partner in the fact that you’re comfortable together with similar values. The Association of Civil Marriage Celebrants Queensland (ACMCQ) can assist you in finding a qualified, registered celebrant and advise brides and grooms-to-be to look around for a celebrant early. However, always keep your options open to different celebrants before choosing a

particular one. As a general guideline, celebrants cost approximately $500 for the day. It’s advised that you find an experienced celebrant who lives close to your location. Another good idea is to find one who has the ability to tailor their speech according to your desires. A celebrant should be eloquent, professional and warm. Don’t leave it to the last minute — find someone who will make your day extra special.

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SENTIMENTAL VOWS

Putting great thought into your vows is a nice personal touch

A great way to add a personal touch to your ceremony is to customise your vows. It doesn’t take much work to simply add some special words to the traditional vows, or even create your own vows from scratch. If you decide to take this path, you’ll need to make sure your celebrant allows personalised vows, as some religions will require you to recite all or some of the traditional vows. SOME OPTIONS

Share the same vows or each write your own privately as a surprise for each other Think about all of the times you have shared together and the memories you have made. Include something on the memories you hope to make in the future. State exactly what you mean to each other, why you love your partner and what you promise to give them in your relationship.

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CONSIDER THE LEGALITIES

Your wedding day isn’t all about having fun — there’s paperwork too. Getting married is the single greatest commitment you will make in your life; not just spiritually, but financially and legally too. Your wedding celebrant will discuss the seriousness of a marriage with you before the ceremony and will go through some of the documents you’ll soon come across. One of these, is the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ application form, which you will have to file with your chosen celebrant at least one month before your wedding date. This form is used to ensure you are legally allowed to get married and asks you to declare things like your full names, date of birth, residency status and so on. After the ceremony, you will sign the documents necessary for the celebrant to register your marriage on your behalf. He/she will have 14 days after your wedding to file the registration papers and the process is generally finalised within about five business days thereafter. The wedding certificate you receive from the celebrant on your wedding day is not an official document — you’ll have to apply for a marriage certificate if you want the official

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version for legal purposes, like making a last will and testament. Now you’re married, you should also update your will to include your new spouse, as this is a significant change in your life that you need to prepare for if the worst happens. You can choose to keep two separate wills, or have a joint will, dealing with all your assets and gifts in a single document. If you’re planning on taking your husband’s last name, be aware that this does not happen automatically. Also, it’s not necessary to formally apply for a change of name with the Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, but proof of identity (like your driver’s licence) can be issued under your married name. To do this, you will have to file a change of details form, supported by an official marriage certificate as proof of your name change. www.suratbasin.com.au/weddingplanner Page 25


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CATERING

A CATERED AFFAIR The catering for a wedding reception is generally the most costly item in the budget. Most venues offer a set menu for functions, often what is called an alternate drop is the preferred option for fully seated functions. An alternate drop gives you a choice of two dishes per course that are placed in front of guests alternatively, guests can swap dishes between themselves if they like.

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The biggest decision is often how you will feed your guests. This is an important decision – you will need to consider whether to hold your wedding at a venue that is fully catered, organise outside catering to be delivered at a privately hired wedding venue, or cater yourself.

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CATERING

There is, of course, the option of cocktail-style catering as well. Reception venues usually quote catering prices on a per-head (or per-person) basis so the number of wedding guests invited is really the key to managing your costs. The price you are quoted is usually only held for a short period of time (generally 30 days), largely due to seasonal availability of produce affecting the pricing of menu items. Ensure you know exactly what is covered in the quote so you can make fair comparisons between venues. Tips ★ Think about the foods that will be in season. A good idea is to select a menu that will complement the season. ★ If you plan on having a certain theme to your wedding, why not carry it through with the catering? ★ Caterers can offer great flexibility in both budget and style of food, so ask them for their ideas. ★ Always ask to sample dishes before booking a caterer or venue as you want to be sure the chef is consistent through the different courses. ★ Make sure your wedding menu is well chosen and suitable for all your guests’ dietary requirements. ★ Most caterers require a deposit to secure your booking, which should be deducted from the final bill. ★ The best weddings generally have delicious things not only to eat but also to drink, so ask your caterer about their drinks menu and food and wine pairing.

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PHOTOGRPAHY

SEAL THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS YOUR wedding day will be one of the most memorable of your life, what will you have left to treasure those moments? Photographs and video should be two of your biggest considerations when it comes to planning your wedding, and it’s a decision you don’t want to regret years down the track. It’ll be a special moment when you can sit with your children years from now and not only be able to tell them all about your special day, but show them as well. PHOTOGRAPHY First and foremost, you want to feel comfortable with your wedding photographer. They may have the most stunning portfolio in the world, but if you just don’t click, you’re not going to work well together. You want someone who can direct people to pose in the most flattering way and evoke the warmth and happiness of the event. Here are some tips on how to choose your photographer: Check their work You can do your research online or in person. Check out websites of a few potential photographers, or follow them on social media. Get an idea if they have their own style or if they adapt to suit their bride. Ask around, if you have some recently Page 28 SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

married friends, be sure to ask who they used and have a look at their photographs. Take a good look at your wedding budget and decide how much you’re willing to dedicate to photos before you get your heart set on a particular photographer. If you feel you can’t afford the photographer you want, perhaps approach them and see if there is a way you can structure a package that can bring the price down. Find your style while you’re doing all your research, be sure to start a Pinterest board of photos you like. Once you’ve got a few on the board, the style of photos you’re drawn to will become obvious. Share your ideas board with your photographer so they can see exactly what you want. Package it up: Many photographers will tailor a package to suit you. You need to ask how many photos it includes, if your package includes digital copies of your images and if the price includes enlargements or albums. www.suratbasin.com.au/weddingplanner


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VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY OF all couples who video their wedding, around two-thirds will have a relative or friend operate the camera. Although it may be cheaper to use the services of a novice cameraman, a professional videographer can ensure all the action is captured in focus and in frame, and that it will be fully edited with high-quality footage and sound. Like photographers, videographers should offer potential clients a portfolio of their previous wedding work, as well as references and a price list for comparison.

It is important to find a videographer you are comfortable with and who will be available at the times you need them, be it first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Before the camera starts rolling, you should discuss fully with the videographer exactly what you would like recorded and if they can offer you multi-camera coverage or stills from the footage. As a courtesy, inform your photographer that a videographer will also be present and give the videographer a list of preferred shots and poses.

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GET CREATIVE

Have your guests help in the memory-keeping thanks to fun, creative photography options. In the excitement and magic of a modern wedding, newlyweds can become so caught up in their special moment that it is easy to lose track of the people they’re sharing it with. So, let your guests leave a memento. It can be the candid memories of the guests’ antics that leave you with the biggest smiles after all is done and dusted. Here’s some great ideas to capture the love your guests have for you: DISPOSABLE CAMERAS Place one disposable camera at each table and have your MC invite guests to use the roll of film you provided. The idea is for your guests to try and snap a photo of each other as the night rolls on. This way, you’ll be guaranteed of some beautiful, funny and chaotic photos that the hired professional (probably) never would have captured. After all the excitement has died down, you can relive the magic of your special day from the perspective of your guests. PHOTO BOOTH As an alternative to the

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disposable cameras idea, you can hire a photo booth for the reception. Invite guests to snap as many different photos with as many people as possible. POLAROID TREE This can be a decorative false tree, brown string with pegs strung decoratively, or a piece of beautiful driftwood or dried tree branch. Place a Polaroid camera beside the tree so guests can take a ‘selfie’. Ensure there are pegs for guests to pin their photo to the tree and a jar of pens for people to write notes at the same time. FINGERPRINT TREE Ask an artistic friend to draw a tree on a canvas, ensuring there are plenty of off–shooting branches. Place an ink pad beside the canvas so guests leave fingerprints as tree leaves. This can be framed and hung in your home.

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Get to know your photographer before the big day with an engagement shoot. There are so many decisions when it comes to planning your wedding day. From choosing the date to the bridal party and every big and little decision in between, don’t forget the pre and post wedding plans including engagement celebrations, bachelor and bachelorette parties and of course the honeymoon. So, what’s another decision? To get an engagement photo shoot or not to bother? According to many photographers – this is a great option as it allows you to get comfortable with them prior to the big day. Here are our top five reasons why an engagement shoot is a great idea. 1.First and foremost, it helps break the ice! Wedding photos are so important. You only get your wedding date once, so the more comfortable you are with your photographer, the better. 2. Evaluate the results. Consider it a practice run. Find out what poses you like and dislike and work with your photographer to get the best possible results come the big day. 3.It’s fun.

Most people don’t enjoy getting their photo taken, but with an engagement shoot, you can relax into it and realise the fun side, before adding the stress of the big day 4.Ready made invitation. If you are struggling to find the perfect wedding invitation template, you can personalise your invitations with a beautiful couple shot taken from your engagement shoot. 5.Your engagement deserves its moment in the sun. While the lead up to your wedding can be stressful at times, being fiancés is a special moment in your life you’ll never get back once you tie the knot and it’s great to have those photos to look back on.

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ARRIVE IN STYLE YOU have the groom, the dress, the bridesmaids. The ceremony and reception are booked. But how are you going to get there? Wedding day transport isn’t just about getting from A to B – there’s a lot to consider. While some see transport as a way to cut costs and borrow cars for the day, how and in what you arrive to your big day can really make a statement. You or your groom may have a passion for a particular type of car, or you could hire cars that fit with your wedding theme – perhaps a Kombi for a boho wedding or something vintage for a classic wedding. The style of your dress and the size of your wedding party is also a consideration. Stretch limousines can accommodate brides with full-skirt gowns and can cater for larger groups. Or maybe you want to do something totally different and arrive on a bicycle, horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage? SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

The options are endless. No matter which style you go for, make sure you have all your movements and members of the wedding party covered. The groom arrives first, sharing a vehicle with his groomsmen. Traditionally, the bridesmaids and bride’s mother would share a car, followed by the bride and her father in a second car. You will also need to consider your transport needs after the ceremony is over. If your reception is in a different location to your ceremony, you’ll need to consider how to ferry yourselves and your wedding party there. You’ll also need to consider transport if you’re having photographs taken at another location. If you want to take extra special care of your wedding guests, or if it’s a long drive between the wedding ceremony and reception, you can consider hiring a bus. And don’t forget about the end of the night – it’s your chance to make a grand exit as husband and wife. www.suratbasin.com.au/weddingplanner Page 33


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TRANSPORT CHECK-LIST Getting your party to and from venues on wedding day.

1. Groom and groomsmen to the ceremony venue before the bride’s arrival. 2. Bride/bridal party to the ceremony 3. Bride and groom and the bridal party from the ceremony venue to photo shoot location/s. 4. Bride and groom and the bridal party from photo shoot location/s to the reception venue.

5. Newlyweds from reception venue to accommodation. 6. There is also some consideration for transportation of wedding party family members/guests. 7. Don’t forget to pack some refreshments in an esky for the photo shoot. You want to be feeling your very best, so ensure some drinks and snacks are on hand.

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formality, style or colour. Both outfits should complement the overall colour palette of the wedding, but often the groom’s mother will coordinate with her son’s tie while the bride’s mother will wear a shade lighter or darker than the bridesmaids. And while this may be the traditional means of doing things, remember being comfortable and relaxed is always paramount!

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Planning Schedule 6-12 months before > Choose date, place, time See minister/celebrant. > Discuss wedding budget, type of wedding, number of guests and kind of reception. > Choose attendants, male and female. > Decide on wedding colour scheme: clothes, flowers, stationary, linen etc. > Decide on reception venue, get estimates and book as soon as possible. > If caterers are needed, arrange them now. > Order wedding cake. > Book musicians. > Organise and book wedding cars. > Choose and book photographer. > Choose and book florist. > Choose or start to make wedding dress. > Get sizes for members of the wedding party. > Choose and order attendants’ clothes and accessories, male and female. > Discuss wedding music and order of service with minister/celebrant. > Decide on honeymoon and make reservations. > Draw up tentative guest list.

8-10 weeks before > Order wedding invitations. > Finalise order of service with minister/celebrant and order printed service sheets if needed. > Order wedding stationery, place cards, cake boxes, table napkins etc.

> Agree on menu with some idea of numbers for caterers. > Choose wedding rings. > Plan and organise wedding present list if required. > Check honeymoon destination for need of visas and passports etc. > Shoes for wedding dress. > Experiment with wedding hairstyle. > Initial consultation with beauty therapist to organise beauty treatments. > Dentist — whiten/clean six weeks before. > Finalise guest list, send invitations, mark on list acceptance and unables as they arrive. > Write thank you letters for gifts as received. Keep a list of gifts as received. > Buy presents for all attendants. > Give florist details of the wedding colours and agree on flowers and order. > Arrange when and where attendants will dress and lunch on the wedding day.

4 weeks before > Have final wedding dress fitting (wearing shoes) and check attendants’ clothes. > Check groom and best man have organised clothes, rings, grooms’ honeymoon clothes etc. > Arrange reception seating plan. > Visit hairdresser with veil for dress rehearsal — Book appointment for wedding day.

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> See minister/celebrant and arrange a date for wedding rehearsal. > Notify all concerned.

2 weeks before > Confirm arrangements with florist, caterer, cars and photographer. > Try on wedding dress with all accessories. > Check place cards, table settings, linen etc are in order. > Check honeymoon arrangements and give travel tickets to best man. > Make-up trial.

1 week before > Check decorating of the cake. > Give final numbers to caterer. > Wrap attendants’ gifts. > Have a wedding rehearsal. > Pack going away clothes for the honeymoon and wedding night. > Place wedding notice in The Chronicle

The day before > Lay out clothes ready for tomorrow. > Confirm arrival time for flowers and cake. > Confirm appointments for hair and make-up. > Get a manicure. > Relax, eat well and get a good sleep.

After the honeymoon > See photographer/ videographer. > Send remaining thank you notes.

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Contacts The Bride

The Groom

Matron/Maid of Honour Name............................................................ Ph/Mobile:.....................................................

Best Man Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile:......................................................

The Bridesmaids

The Groomsmen

Name:........................................................... Ph/Mobile:..................................................... Name:........................................................... Ph/Mobile:..................................................... Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile: .................................................... Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile: ....................................................

Name:........................................................... Ph/Mobile:...................................................... Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile:...................................................... Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile: .................................................... Name: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile:......................................................

The Flower Girl/s

The Page Boy/s

Name: .......................................................... Ph: ............................................................... Name:........................................................... Ph: ................................................................

Name: .......................................................... Ph: ................................................................ Name:........................................................... Ph: ................................................................

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Mother:.......................................................... Ph/Mobile: .................................................... Father: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile: ....................................................

Mother:.......................................................... Ph/Mobile: .................................................... Father: .......................................................... Ph/Mobile: ....................................................

Wedding Details Location: ....................................................................................................................... Date: ............................................................................................................................. Start time: ................................................... Finish time:................................................ Minister/Celebrant name and address: .......................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Ph: .............................................................. A/H: ........................................................ Email: ............................................................................................................................ Interview app:............................................... Rehearsal app: ........................................ Ceremony Music: ................................................... Ph: ............................................... Don’t forget to ask about any special rules/conditions of the church (confetti, flowers etc.) Notes:............................................................................................................................ ...................................................................................................................................... Page 42 SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

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Footing the bill It can be tricky deciding who should pay for what. Here’s a traditional look at the subject.

Who pays Price

Deposit

Balance

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$

Attendant’s Attire Bonbonniere Bride’s Dress Bride’s Ring Bride’s Shoes Bridal Transport Celebrant / Minister Church Fees Decorations Drinks Entertainment Florist Gifts for Attendants Groom’s Attire Groom’s Ring Groom’s Shoes Hair Honeymoon Invitations Lingerie Make-up Nails Photographer Reception Videographer Wedding Cake

$

Total Individual Totals:

Bride’s Parents $.................... Groom’s Parents $....................

Key:

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Looking Good Hair, nails & beauty Hairdresser: ................................................................................................................. Address: ....................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Trial Appointment: ....................................... The Big Day: ............................................ Bride: .......................................................... Bride: ....................................................... Groom: ....................................................... Groom: ..................................................... Nail Technician: ........................................................................................................... Address: ....................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Appointment:............................................... Time: ........................................................ Beautician: ................................................................................................................... Address: ....................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Trial Appointment Date:................................ Time: ....................................................... The Big Day Appointment Date: .................................................................................... Time: ........................................................... Est finish: .................................................

Bridal wear Bride & Bridesmaids’ supplier/dressmaker: .............................................................. Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Fitting/s: ........................................................................................................................ Collection date/time: ..................................................................................................... Groom & Groomsmens’ suit supplier/maker: ............................................................ Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Fitting/s: ........................................................................................................................ Collection date/time: ..................................................................................................... Flowergirl dress supplier/maker: ................................................................................ Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Collection date/time: ..................................................................................................... Page Boy suit supplier/maker: ................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Collection date/time: .....................................................................................................

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Fine Details 1 Stationery Company: ..................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Checklist Invitations: ................................................... Placecards: .............................................. Menus: ........................................................ Order of Service booklets: ....................... Thank you cards: ......................................... Collection date: .......................................

Decorating Colour scheme/theme: .................................................................................................. Decorator for church: .................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Decorator for reception: ................................................................................................ Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Bonbonniere supplier: ................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Notes: ...........................................................................................................................

Flowers Company: ..................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: ..............................................................................

Delivery Details Address: ....................................................................................................................... Date: ........................................................... Time: ....................................................... Bridal party bouquets: ................................. Men’s button holes: ................................. Church flowers: ........................................... Reception flowers: ................................... Notes: ...........................................................................................................................

The Cake Cake decorator: ............................................................................................................ Address: ....................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Notes: ........................................................................................................................... SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

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Fine Details 2 Music Songs selected: ............................................................................................................ ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Church musician/s: ....................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Reception musician/s: ................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Notes: ........................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................

Photography Company: ..................................................................................................................... Address: ....................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Photographer’s name: ................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Consultation date: ....................................... Time: ....................................................... Notes: ........................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................

Videography Company: ..................................................................................................................... Address: ....................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Videographer’s name: ................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Consultation date: ....................................... Time: ....................................................... Notes: ........................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................

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Fine Details 3 Transport Company: ..................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Transport details: ...........................................................................................................

The Reception Address: ....................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Deposit Date: ................................................................................................................ Number of guests: ....................................... Guests arrive: .......................................... Bride & Groom arrive: .................................. Speeches commence: ............................. Meal commences: ....................................... Bride & Groom depart: ............................. Caterer: ......................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Master of Ceremonies: ........................................................... Ph: ................................ Hors d’oeuvres: ........................................... Entree: ..................................................... Main: ........................................................... Dessert: ................................................... Drinks list: ..................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................

Hotel for visitors Hotel: ............................................................................................................................ Address: ....................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Cost: Single: ................................................ Double: ................................................... Family: ..........................................................................................................................

The Honeymoon Location: ....................................................................................................................... Travel Agent: ................................................................................................................. Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Wedding Night Hotel: .................................................................................................... Ph: ....................................... Email: .............................................................................. Flight number: ................................. Depart: ........................ Arrive: ............................. Flight number: ................................. Depart: ........................ Arrive: ............................. SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

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Running Sheet Start

Finish

Phone

Breakfast Hairdresser Make-up Bride to get dressed Videography Flower Arrival Photography (pre-ceremony) Bride Groom Transport Arrival at Ceremony Bride Groom Photography (post ceremony) Reception Dinner Speeches Depart Reception Anything else: ................................................................................................................ ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................... Page 48 SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

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paper online and you don’t check the weight of the paper. It’s worth popping down to your local stationers to familiarise yourself. ★ Knowing how many invites you can get out of one piece of card is important. Make sure you design the invitations to maximise the quantity you can get out of one piece. ★ Consider creating a website or Facebook page that you can direct people to and printing that on the invite so you can update the information regularly.

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There’s nothing quite like a beautifully designed invitation to set the tone for an event and get people excited. If it can be placed on the fridge it also functions to remind your guests to turn up, which is always nice, and conveys all the necessary information to get them there. There’s no point creating something worthy of the Louvre if it won’t fit in an envelope to be posted. So pick your envelopes first and check postal costs. Once you’ve chosen your envelope size, you can compare the costs of a variety of envelopes which are available in all sorts of paper weights, textures and colours. These too can add up so remember to multiply your envelope costs by the quantity of guests. Are you going to print them yourself or are you going to pay someone else to do it? These are all costs you need to bear in mind. The invitations can really bring people undone. If you fear this is beginning to happen, delegate the task to a friend of family member who will be able to make more business-like descision. DESIGN TIPS: ★ Know your paper weights. You can find yourself coming unstuck if you are ordering

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FLIRTY, FUN FLORALS FROM a simple posy of roses to an elaborate arrangement of exotic or native flowers, bouquets are an important aspect of your wedding day, but the options are limited to what’s in season. If you are completely immovable as to which flower you would like, you may have to arrange your whole wedding around its flowering season. The vintage look is currently all the rage; pastel colours, soft garden roses, daisies and

hydrangeas – old fashioned flowers, like your grandmother would have grown. QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SELECTING YOUR BOUQUET 1. Will it go with your dress? 2. Will it be heavy? 3. How will you carry your bouquet? 4. Will it be easy to handle and pass to your bridesmaids? 5. Will it hide detail on your dress? 6. Is anyone allergic?

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HOW DO I DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN BOUQUETS? Strike a good balance between the bride and bridesmaid bouquets

If your bridesmaids will be carrying bouquets down the aisle, there are a few easy ways to differentiate between theirs and your own. Most commonly, brides opt to have their ‘maids carry a slightly smaller version of their own bouquet, sometimes designating a certain flower to appear in the bridal bouquet only. You could also choose a variety of blooms

for your own bouquet, then have each bridesmaid carry a few stems of a single variety. Another great option is to play with colour, either adding an additional tone to your bouquet or having one be quite bright while the other is more muted. Most importantly, have fun while doing it there really are no hard or fast rules!

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FLORAL INSPIRATION Blooming personality. Are your blooms soft, gentle or cascading for a traditional romantic wedding or are they bright and textured for a bit of drama and passion? Think beyond colour and flowers in these water-wise times, succulents and herbs are giving blooms a run for their money. Beautifully arranged twigs, vines and driftwood can also be earthy and dramatic. FOREVER BOUQUETS Some florists offer ‘forever bouquets’ which are a collection treasure and jewels that are arranged like a bouquet that you can keep forever. POPULAR BRIDAL FLOWERS, WHAT THEY SIGNIFY AND THEIR AVAILABILITY:

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CAKE CONSIDERATIONS When it comes to deciding on the all-important cake for your wedding day, there are a few key elements you must consider, says owner of Maydennison Cakes and Crafts, Louise Neagle. First and foremost, Louise highlights the importance of researching your cake artist. "You need to be confident they can provide you with what you are wanting," she said. "Can they create a cake within your budget? Are they food licenced and insured? What are their reviews like? How far are they willing to deliver the cake? Do they offer taste testing?""Decide what is important to you, then approach your short-listed cake artists." Once you have settled on the right person, the style, design, colours and flavours are the next biggest considerations. Louise suggests taking some time to think this over and to decide whether you are

wanting to keep the top tier and whether you want flowers on your cake or a cake topper. "Does the cake need to match the invitation, bride’s dress or any other elements? If so, take a sample to your consultation," she said. Lastly, ensure you are not caught out in undesirable circumstances by factoring in the venue and time of year you’re getting married. "If there is no air conditioning and you are getting married in November, you need to consider how your cake is going to be keep cool without the need for refrigeration." "And fresh flowers, although they look nice some of them are toxic, and unless grown organically will have been sprayed with pesticides. "Also, if you are having a topper, let your cake artist know in advance, and get it to them as soon as possible."

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PIECE OF CAKE Enjoy the sweeter side of the reception with a tasty and striking cake. From gilded geometric shapes drenched in colour to whimsical watercolours topped with wild flowers; a couture cake can certainly add wedding wow factor and make for some incredible photos. However, intricately designed cakes can come with a hefty price tag, so getting creative can help you save pennies. Taking dessert off the set menu and serving the cake to finish is always an option. Ordering a smaller cake for that special photo opportunity then adding it to a sweet filled “dessert station” will also ensure everyone gets a treat. If you do choose to take these routes, a taste test is a must. You may be surprised how many variations of a signature cake flavours are available and your delicious “chocolate mud cake” may differ greatly from your bakers. Page 60 SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND WEDDING PLANNER

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Styling your own cake can make for a lot of fun.

Tried, tested and turned to time and time again, tying ribbon around each layer is an easy and effective way to spruce up your wedding cake. You could colour match the ribbon to your bridesmaid dresses or flowers, or opt for different types (think lace, satin, organza…) to suit your theme. While your wedding cake will take pride of place on display for much of the day, you do want it to be eaten after you’ve cut the first slice. For this reason the best cakes are also the ones that invite you to tuck in. Make it simple by decorating your cake table with pretty signs that encourage exactly that. Whether you choose a naked, semi-naked, ganache, buttercream or fondant-covered cake, cascading flowers are the favoured decoration for many.

They can be daintily made from sugar or provided fresh from your florist, but you can also add cascading artificial flowers. Using these will often save you money and means you needn’t worry about keeping them their fresh best on the day. Naked and buttercream cakes can be given a more rustic look, ideal for barn and country weddings, while fondant offers a more traditional style for country house weddings. And to top off your cake in sweet style? Add a cake topper of course! You could attach some of this Mr & Mrs bunting to cocktail sticks to put on top of cake or add miniature sparklers to each tier or cupcake in your tower – venue permitting – for a show-stopping sparkling effect just before you cut the cake. Whatever you choose to run with on your special day, if decorating it yourself - most importantly, have fun and show your style!

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A CHEESY IDEA Jump on board the latest trend of a yummy cheese-wheel wedding cake. Cheese wheel wedding cakes have burst onto the scene in a big way and are a great option for your big day! 1. Order extra supplies of the top (smallest) tiers. Most people buy a cake without realising they’ll have less of the cheeses at the top! As you get higher up the tiers so the cheeses get smaller. That can often mean you’ll get a tiny cheese on the top to split between all your guests. If you want an even selection for everyone to taste, order a few extra of these smaller ‘top-tier cheeses’ to be served once the cake is cut. 2. Make sure you’ve pre-tasted all the cheeses in your cake. Taste is so important – you want people to be amazed by the cheeses in your cheese wedding cake. Good cheese shops will let

you come in and taste the cheeses first. But if you don’t have a great cheese shop close enough, the best ones will allow you to mail-order a sample box of your selection of cheeses. The Courtyard Dairy regularly sends out sample boxes so that their customers can be sure of the quality and amazing flavours on offer. 3. Size and colour matter too. The very best cheese wedding cakes will look stunning, as well as taste amazing – and although it’s not all about the size, choose your cheeses so that the layers go up in nice increments, with at least 2cm difference in diameter between each layer. Add a bit of colour to the cake for an extra-special effect (you can use cheeses like Sparkenhoe red Leicester or Shropshire Blue, but this can also be done with fruit CONTINUED ON PAGE 63

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decorations too. 4. Try to balance styles. A cheese wedding cake shouldn’t contain cheeses that all taste the same and have the same texture! This can be a problem if you simply concentrate on the diameters of cheese rather than the colour, texture and taste. So be careful when you’re choosing. Try to select a range of styles – at least a hard, a soft and a blue – but think about adding a goats’ cheese and a crumbly Lancashire, Cheshire, or Wensleydale too. It’s worth noting that the harder cheeses will probably be the most popular so you’ll want the biggest quantity of those. 5. Serve your cheese at room temperature. Cheese tastes so much better at room temperature – so make sure it’s out of the fridge a couple of hours before it’s cut – not too long though – you don’t want the Brie running down the aisle!

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DETERMINE YOUR DO Wow with striking hair on your wedding day. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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These stunning hairstyle are expected to make a statement in a big way on the 2019 wedding scene. From flowing mermaid waves to the inclusion of baby’s breath in your hairstyle, there are so many unique styles one can choose for their special day Soft Waves and Metallic Hairpiece To make your locks glisten on the special day, use a light-weight shine spray - anything too heavy will make your curls fall toward the end of the night. Loose, Curled Updo Most brides wonder how their hair will last for hours on end at the wedding. With a gorgeous updo like this one, you'll need a stronghold hairspray - but one that won't make your strands literally harden. Baby’s breath bride Incorporating baby’s breath in your hairstyle

shouts romance and isn't all that hard to accomplish. After curling hair with a 1.25-inch wand, loosely pin half of it up and place a Baby's Breath hairpiece along the curls. Braided Half Updo With Curls This wedding hairstyle combines all our favorite trends into one. With loose, soft curls, braids, and a little volume, it's no wonder we've seen brides everywhere trying out versions of this look. We recommend using a good dose of strong hairspray to keep everything where it's supposed to be. Curled Updo With Hairpiece A gorgeous hairpiece can make or break a wedding hairstyle. The best part? You can find them as simple or as elaborate as you want to fit your personality. Braided Chignon Ah, the timeless chignon. For the girl who hates wearing her hair up, CONTINUED ON PAGE 67

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but doesn't want to deal with her curls falling flat on her special day -- this one's for you. Because of how loose this updo is, it's incredibly feminine and romantic. Low Pony Wedding Hairstyle Glam up a low pony with some hair extensions and a hair piece. Mermaid Waves This darling 'do is incredibly elegant. Its

simplicity couples beautifully with any dress, and the jeweled pins add an extra flare. Tip for achieving this wedding look: using the right product is key. Before blow-drying, use a heat protectant and oil treatment. Then, curl with a 1.5-inch iron, wrapping around the barrel (not using the clip). Spritz with a light hairspray, and once it sets, run through with a wide tooth comb to loosen waves.

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WHEN it comes to your wedding make-up, your method will differ depending on what styles or looks you have planned. This is a basic layout of what traditional wedding make-up will entail, to get that flawless, airbrushed look. 1. CLEANSE AND MOISTURISE Giving your skin a head-start is important if it will be wearing heavy make-up all day long. It will also help reduce the amount of sebum on the skin before make-up goes on. 2. PRIME It’s important to use a primer before your make-up, as it will create an even base when applying foundation and help your make-up stay in place throughout the day. For heavier eye make-up, there are specific primers you can use to keep them in place, however it’s often sufficient to use a generic primer all over your face. 3. EYES The placement of this step is optional, however if you tend to smear your eye make-up, it might be better to do it before your foundation so it can fix any mistakes. You will also have the freedom to wipe as much away as you wish. 4. FOUNDATION Use a foundation that matches your skin tone and skin type and

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same idea with combination skin. 5. CONCEAL Use concealer after your foundation, so that it doesn’t smear and smudge. The foundation will also help save you from using concealer on smaller spots that will already be covered. 6. AMPLIFY YOUR FEATURES Contouring, highlighting and using blush are the next steps if you fancy these styles. However be sure to only use what you need in fear of going overboard. Eyebrow powder or pencil will also be involved in this step. 7. LIPS Now that the rest of your face is done, top off the look with some lipstick or gloss (if you’d like). Be sure to use a lip liner first, especially if you are using a red shade. 8. POWDER Once your look is complete, you won’t want to forget sealing it with a powder, especially if you have oily or combination skin. You can find powders that match your skin tone but if you don’t want to dull down your contouring or blush work, then getting your hands on a translucent powder would be ideal.

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STAYING ON-TREND WEDDING make-up should be chosen around what suits your face. Everybody has different face shapes, skin tone and lip shapes. Keeping things natural is a great way to showcase you, the make-up style you choose should come down to personal preference and what you think is best for you. Airbrush make-up and fake eyelashes help to emphasise your face and eyebrows. RECENT MAKE-UP TRENDS: A natural, no make-up look has been one of the biggest trends in recent years. A natural look lets you be you. Make sure your skin is clean and exfoliated and use a light foundation to hide any spots. A matte-brown eye shadow and eye liner can help emphasise your eyes while keeping with the natural look, as can a lightly coloured nude lip stick.

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Berry lips have made a comeback in recent years. From plum colours to burgundy, there are many different shades to chose from. Before picking a colour though, it’s best to test your undertones. If gold jewellery is what looks best on you, you have yellow undertones, if silver looks better you have pink undertones.

People with yellow undertones should wear more burgundy, deep red and maroon shades, while people with pink undertones should wear more deep plum and oxblood berry shades. A light pink eye-shadow has also picked up in popularity over the past few years. A very light pink eyeshadow allows you to look romantic without looking too fake. Keep the rest of your make-up simple, so your eyes are emphasised. It’s also a good idea to match the eye-shadow with a pastel pink lipstick. Always do remember once your make-up is done, it may seem more than you are used to. Take a deep breath, relax and remember it has to last all day and night and if using a professional, they are well trained in the perfect toning for wedding looks.

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DESTINATION WEDDING WEDDINGS should revolve around the bride and groom, yes, but they also require a lot of time, expense and thought from the guests. If you plan on having a destination wedding, where most – or all – of your guests will need to travel to, remember to consider them when making plans. Often guests will need to travel interstate or overseas for weddings and will need some guidance on where to stay when they arrive. Search around for nice places to stay near your venue and offer some suggestions to your guests. If you are well-organised it is nice to send this out to guests along with their invitation. Remember to consider your guests’ costs as well. Travelling can make a wedding a big expense for some people, so include different options for accommodation.

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HONEYMOON TIPS 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.

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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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WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON WHEN you plan your honeymoon, unless you decide to do an out-of-state destination wedding, you’ll be lucky to see there are plenty of locations close to home to help save on your travel expenses. On average, a honeymoon will last at least eight days, according to Trip Savvy. No matter where you go, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed the right amount of everything. But what will this include? Here’s a quick list of necessities for your honeymoon that you’ll want to add to your packing list.

washing machine 4. Reading material 5. Sunglasses and sunscreen (maybe also aloe vera gel) 6. Glasses, contacts and eye drops if needed 7. Prescribed medicines and pain relief for emergencies 8. Phone chargers and adapters 9. Bathroom basics (including deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cosmetics, exfoliants etc) 10. Camera (if wanted)

1. Any tickets, passports, licences, credit cards etc 2. Reservation confirmations 3. Eight days’ worth of clothes and occasion outfits, presuming there’s no

Of course, just because honeymoons are a tradition, doesn’t mean you have to have one. However planning a wedding can be a stressful occasion, so you might want to schedule in the time off work to be wit

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TIME TO GET PLANNING The honeymoon is a much-needed respite after months of wedding prep. Be sure to keep the below information at hand when planning your special getaway 1. Start Early to Get the Best Prices Wondering when to book a honeymoon? The ideal time to book your honeymoon is six to eight months prior, especially if you're planning to go to a specialized resort, as premium rooms book up early. 2. Work Together When it comes to wedding planning, dividing and conquering is often the best approach. But not when it comes to the honeymoon, says Jim Augerinos of Perfect Honeymoons. Too often, if one person handles the planning, you end up with a trip that's more tailored to his or her desires. Unless your spouse-to-be is uncommonly perceptive about your travel wishes and peeves, honeymoon planning should be a

joint effort. 3. Consider Using a Travel Agent If you want extra guidance planning your honeymoon, travel agents can come in handy. They have insider knowledge on deals and discounts and cultivate personal relationships with hoteliers, which can sometimes mean a room's suddenly available in a booked-solid hotel. They also save you endless research time and can offer first-hand destination knowledge. "I like to say our service is threefold," says Augerinos. "We help you choose the perfect destination with the right fit, we do all the planning and researching, and we provide clients service while they're on their honeymoons. My job is not finished until my clients return home." 4. Set Aside an Appropriate Budget for the Honeymoon Weddings can get costly quickly, and it's tempting to take it out of the honeymoon CONTINUED ON PAGE 83

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budget. But think about it: The typical wedding ceremony lasts six hours. How long is a honeymoon, on the other hand? Typically, it's the honeymoon usually lasts 10 to 14 days. Which one do you think you'll remember more? "It always scares me when a couple wants a seven-night luxury stay with an ocean view and can only afford five nights in a twoto three-star hotel. You just know they're going to hate it," says Dancer. 5. Balance Adventure with Relaxation For most couples, a mix of adventure and relaxation makes for the perfect honeymoon. You'll want to explore new lands and take part in exciting activities together, whether that means pony trekking through the rain forest or exploring Paris on foot. But you'll also need time to recharge before getting back to reality. Be sure not to wear yourselves out—or give yourselves an opportunity to get bored. 6. Be Mindful of School Holidays This is one of those honeymoon planning tips that is easily overlooked, but is critical: Before you book your honeymoon, check

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