Brisbane wedding venues you need to see

Customs House

With magnificent architecture and a view of the Brisbane river, Customs House offers a wedding venue you and your guests are unlikely to ever forget! With their expertise, impeccable cuisine, high-quality service, and great attention to detail, the event coordinators at Customs House will ensure you receive everything you envisioned for your day.

Glengariff Historic Estate

Dating back to 1876, Glengariff Historic Estate proudly hosts over 150 weddings per year – and yours could be next! With endless wedding photography opportunities, this venue features garden rooms, vineyards, a lake, a jetty, a waterfall, a rustic barn, and classical stone arbours. Check out their gallery and read why so many couples are in love with Glengariff Historic Estate!

Cloudland

With several exclusively designed ceremony and reception locations to choose from, Cloudland offers something truly special for your wedding. Featuring a lush indoor garden, a waterfall, glistening chandeliers, hanging love seats, and an industrial stair case, Cloudland is something that usually only exists in your wildest daydreams! Check out their gallery and reviews today!

Villa Botanica

Set on the edge of the Coral Sea in the Whitsundays,

Melbourne’s most sought after flight attendants

Triple R Luxury Car Hire

A family-owned business operating for over 35 years, Triple R Luxury Car Hire offers the choice of 34 classic European cars to create that spectacular entrance on your wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. Providing cars to over 21,000 happy couples over the years, Triple R is Victoria’s largest range of classic European cars. And, if you’re getting married on a weekday or during winter, you can even get a discounted rate on your wedding transport! Check out Triple R Luxury Car Hire’s fleet today!

Always Classic Cars

Offering a range of prestige vintage cars including Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar wedding cars, Always Classic Cars ensures you arrive in style to your special day. All vehicles are government licensed and driven by professional chauffeurs, so you can expect impeccable service on your wedding day. Check out Always Classic Cars‘ extensive range today, and arrange to view the gorgeous vehicles in person!

Enrik Limousines

Winner of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy award for ‘Best Customer Service’ in the Wedding Transport category for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, Enrik Limousines prides itself on

How to beat the post wedding blues

Just as a large number of mothers feel postnatal depression so too do a number of brides feel the post-wedding blues.

You are no longer spending every spare moment ironing out details, calling suppliers, visiting bridal party members, shopping for items, and making sure you have ticked everything off your to-do list in a timely fashion.

Instead, you have all of this free time on your hands. And while you are happily married, sometimes too much free time can make the mind wander to places it wouldn’t ordinarily go.

It is completely normal to pine for the loss of pre-wedding excitement – you are most definitely not alone – but there are a number of ways you can combat the post-wedding blues and climb out of the slump to embrace this new phase of your life.

Take some time

If you haven’t already set off on your honeymoon, plan to have a few days after your wedding to spend with friends and family before you go.

An immediate change from a room full of people in full celebration mode to isolation with just you and your

People are freaking out about proposals at other people’s weddings

My husband’s best friend, “John,” was the best man/officiant. The setting was beautiful, everyone seemed happy, our families were overjoyed. My mom may have used the phrase hallelujah a few dozen times.

The entire atmosphere felt moving. So moving in fact that John stopped mid-ceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend, “Jane,” and reveal her pregnancy.

I couldn’t even hear the vows my husband wrote or the rest of the ceremony over the noise of Jane’s happy sobs, her very surprised family who were also guests, and people seated nearby congratulating her.

Even the videographer cut to her frequently during the ceremony, and you can’t hear anything over the chatter. When John gave his toast, he apologized for being caught up in the moment and then proceeded to talk about he and Jane’s future with nary a mention of us.

During the reception, John and Jane became the primary focus of our guests. John even went out of his way to ask the band for a special dance for just him and Jane on the dance floor.

I’ve never been an attention hog, and I wouldn’t even have minded if he’d

Can I go wedding dress shopping by myself?

The dilemma

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never even been given the chance to try on a wedding dress. I couldn’t tell you if I look better in a fishtail gown or a princess dress, and I’m sure a lot of brides out there can relate.

Most of us simply have no idea what kind of wedding dress style would suit our body shape, and therefore have no clue where to start. And, if we’re going to bring our closest family and friends to possibly spend hourswatching us try on wedding dress after wedding dress, we’d prefer to at least have a running start on the whole process.

But is it a done thing to go wedding dress shopping by yourself?

Why we think this way

Pop culture television shows and almost every recently released wedding movies show brides taking their entourage to their wedding dress appointments. It’s become a tradition, almost, that brides enlist the help of their family and friends to collectively choose her dream dress.

Because of this representation in film and television, we now think it’s normal to take your bridesmaids and family members, even if you’d usually prefer clothes shopping by yourself.

Shopping by ourselves

As an adult woman, I actively avoid shopping with

Adelaide’s most popular wedding car

Classic Jags

Winner of the ABIA Hall of Fame 2016 for Jaguar Wedding Transport, Classic Jags offers four vehicle styles to choose from for your special day. Adelaide’s oldest 1949 MKV Jaguar specialist, you have the choice between 1949 Mark V Jaguars, Royal Daimlers, a 1970 XJ6 Series 1 Jaguar, and a MKV Convertible. All chauffeured vehicles are air conditioned, have luxurious red or gold leather, complementary drinks, and include a red carpet, ribbons, and tulle. Check out Classic Jags’ fleet today, and begin planning your statement arrival!

Cloud Seven Limousines

Promising nothing less than red carpet service, arrive in style to your special day with Cloud Seven Limousines! These vehicles are driven by fully uniformed and courteous chauffeurs, and the service includes complimentary sparkling white wine or non alcoholic wine, a red carpet, and the ability to decorate the car to your liking. And, specialising in making your day run smoothly, you’re sure to have a relaxing, stress-free ride with luxuriousCloud Seven Limousines.

Kombis4u

Voted Best Wedding Transport in South Australia at the 2014 ABIA Awards, Kombis4u offers a stylish, timeless, and fun way to travel to your wedding day. Providing a high level of

Wedding venues in Melbourne with something special

St Andrews Conservatory

With 20 years experience and a multitude of Australian Bridal Industry Awards for Best Hotel Reception, St Andrews Conservatory offers a iconic historic venue for your special day. This venue caters for 60 – 120 seated guests, and 60 – 160 guests cocktail. With its glass roof, natural light simply pools in and illuminates the venue, and gives it an overall sense of romance. And, with a cosy fireplace and the option for a dancefloor, St Andrews Conservatory is perfect for your wedding.

Tatra Receptions

Situated on ten acres of magnificent gardens in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Tatra Receptions is the perfect setting for your wedding. With easy car access and ample parking, the venue also offers exclusive use of its extensive facilities including its chapel and gazebo. Tatra has everything you need in one delightful venue, with professional and friendly staff to cater to your every wedding need.

Mon Bijuo

Boasting 270 degrees of spectacular Melbourne City views, Mon Bijuo offers its exclusive penthouse for your special day. Set high among the clouds, this simply stunning space is iconic for its gorgeous jewel-inspired interior. Check out their gallery

Brisbane wedding car is the most popular

Golden Gate Limousines

Aiming to make your day as special and easy as possible, Golden Gate Limousines offers a fleet consisting of White Chrysler 300C Super Stretch 11 seat limos, and the newest Ford 13, 11, nine, and seven seater super stretch and stretch limousines to ensure you arrive in style. Promising the utmost luxury at affordable prices, these vehicles are always in immaculate condition, and deliver the red carpet treatment you deserve on your big day. Check out Golden Gate Limousines today – you won’t be disappointed.

Limoso Luxury Transport

ABIA Transport Winner of the Year 2013, Limoso Luxury Transport prides themselves on delivering the best possible service and a large range of vehicles to choose from for your special day. Taking extra car with the car of your choosing, Limoso takes the cars off the road before the wedding and gives them a full detail – inside and outside. No wedding is too big or too small, so trust Limoso Luxury Transport to ensure you arrive in style!

Kenz Classic

Operating since 1987, Kenz Classic offers a choice of white 1950s Mark VIII and IX Jaguars, and a 1936 Dodge six passenger limousine for

Question of wedding planning asked by real partner

How do I match a bridal hairstyle with a particular dress neckline?

The most helpful answer to this question came from Faces Makeup and Hair who wrote:

“When choosing a bridal hairstyle, it is more important to consider what suits your face shape rather than what goes with your wedding gown.

That said, if you would like your gown’s neckline to show, consider an updo.

Always have a trial with your hairstylist beforehand to make sure both of you are on the same page.”

Can we ask the celebrant not to say ‘Mr and Mrs’ if I’m not taking his name?

The most helpful answer to this question came from Stephanie Bromley – Marriage Celebrant. She wrote:

“Of course you may!  I always ask my couples how they would like to be presented to their guests.

It can be as simple as “please join me in congratulating John and Jane on their marriage”.  I hope this is helpful.”

When I enquire with a celebrant, what should I be asking them?

The most helpful answer to this question was given by Michael Pratt Celebrant. He wrote:

“This is a great question because celebrants love to answer

Melbourne celebrants with something special

Benny Roff Fun Weddings

Striving to have you and your guests “in stitches”, Melbourne celebrant Benny Roff promises to make your ceremony about the marrying couple, instead of just repeating formalities that may have no personal relevance to you. Liking to roll between fun and serious, Benny Roff Fun Weddings promises to keep your guests genuinely entertained and engaged throughout the ceremony. And, as he says, “I’m not sure if it’s a testament to my story telling or an indictment on my professionalism, but I seem frequently to be mistaken for somebody the couple knows… I like to think it’s the former.”

Example review: “This guy! Absolute legend. Benny made this wedding everything we wanted and more! From the awesome introductions and jokes, to recognising the importance of the bond between us, mixing us a cocktail to cement this and symbolise it, to making us feel at ease through the whole lead up, and enjoy the ceremony to the max. We loved it and wouldn’t change a thing. His tone, humour, and use of music was spot on. Could not have lucked out with a better celebrant.”

Zena Lythgo

Working with you, Melbourne celebrant Zena Lythgo promises

How to avoid a wedding vendor disaster (dresses edition)

Pricing

In short, you get what you pay for. If you’re after premium wedding vendors to create your dream wedding, be expected to pay a premium price. Understandably, it’s hard to predict whether businesses are going to declare bankruptcy amid your dealings with them, but it’s more likely to occur to a business that is known for being ‘affordable’, rather than for their professionalism or reputability in the wedding industry.

Read the fine print

When choosing a vendor, take your time in reading their contract and the fine print. Unfortunately, due to the excitement of having found your dream vendor, it’s habit to simply sign the contract without checking the details. This can be potentially dangerous, as you need to know exactly what your rights are should a disaster occur – like a vendor declaring bankruptcy.

Find out what your rights are

This ties in with the above tip – make sure you know what your rights are should the business declare bankruptcy or fail to fulfill your order unexpectedly. If the vendor has no obligation to honour your order should a disaster occur, this should be mentioned in the fine print – and should probably be a

The most popular bridal shop in Sydney

Luv Bridal & Formal – Designer Direct

With eight showrooms across Australia, and over 40 years of experience, Luv Bridal & Formal offers international designer downs at designer direct prices. The highly qualified stylists take a personal interest in the gowns and their clients, and ensure every bride receives that one-on-one experience when searching for their dream dress.

Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal

With stores across Australia and over 20 years experience, Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal offers a spectacular collection of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses from Australian and International designers. And, with a range of formal wear for men for hire and purchase, you can take care of all your wedding attire needs in one store!

Sweethearts Bridal Boutique

rides and grooms for over 20 years, and with multiple awards under their belt for their high quality service, Sweethearts Bridal Boutique offers a range of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, and men’s and boy’s suits to choose from. You’re sure to find everything to suit your wedding party aesthetic at Sweethearts Bridal Boutique!

Grace Loves Lace

Specialising in luxurious wedding gowns handmade in Australia using European laces and silks, Grace Loves Lace has something gorgeous

Mature wedding funding?

Announce your engagement/plan an engagement party

This is your chance to wave the ‘look at me!’ flag and announce your engagement. By having an engagement party, guests will know a wedding is on the way, and to expect to be invited in the next two years or so.

Set your wedding date

Here’s where you put an approximate date you’d like to hold your wedding. This may change depending on venue and vendor availability, but knowing an estimated date will help with the planning time frame and schedule.

Think about your wedding in the grand scheme of things. If you simply cannot afford to have a wedding in the next two years, it’s okay to postpone it until you’re ready. Your engagement duration can be however long you want it to be.

Also, here’s where the consider whether you’d be interested in having a weekday wedding. Weekday weddings and weddings held in quieter months of the year can come with benefits such as discounted rates, or could even mean the difference between securing your dream venue or having to hold off for another year.

Choose the style of wedding

This is where you begin shopping around for

Sydney wedding music providers

Baker Boys Band

Dedicated to filling your dance floor, Baker Boys Band will set the tone for the most important day of your lives together! Playing anything from the current 40, funk, and all the classics, The Baker Boys are for you! Take a look at their reviews, and read what other happy couples have to say about Baker Boys Band!

Mobydisc – Professional DJ Services

Operating for over 30 years, Mobydisc knows how to create a celebration you’ll remember for a lifetime! With a range of music catering to all ages and tastes, you can rely on Mobydisc to fill your dancefloor!

The White Tree

A customisable three to 12 piece band, The White Tree performs everything from 60s rock and roll to Triple J tunes. Exerting high energy, The White tree know exactly when to play specific songs, and can read the demographic in front of them. Check out their storefront today, and read what happy couples say about their experiences with The White Tree!

Impression DJs

Winner of the ABIA award for nine years, Impression DJs offers highly experienced professionals to fill your dancefloor. All DJs have

Simple ideas to enhance your DIY wedding

Bomboniere

While making your own bomboniere can be time consuming, it can save you a lot of money that you can allocate elsewhere to something more important to you – like a venue or a wedding dress, for example.

The easiest DIY bomboniere to create is something edible, so cupcakes, lolly bags, and sugared almonds work best here. Creating a ‘lolly station’ with a pick and mix type of situation, allows guests to make their own bomboniere. It’s still a ‘thank you for coming to my wedding’ without you forking out hundreds of dollars on something you can easily make yourself.

Decor

Though the majority of your decor may have to be hired (tables, chairs, linen, etc) the extra bits and pieces can be collected over your wedding planning duration, and put together as decor for your wedding day.

For example, charity stores and second hand markets are great places to pick up some cheap gems that could add something special to your wedding decor. Glassware sourced from charity stores or perhaps even glass juice bottles or milk bottles collected over time could make for interesting detail pieces for your tables.

Extra dessert

While you’ll have to pay a cake maker

What NOT to DIY for your wedding

Invitations

Unless you’re proficient at graphic design, creating your own wedding invitations might be more effort than they’re worth. While it might be easy to get one invitation looking absolutely perfect, imagine having to do the same 100 times over. This entire process may take away valuable time you could be using on other things. And, when you add up the eventual costs of materials, you might end up spending the same amount making your own invitations as you would buying them from a professional wedding invitation vendor.

Dress

Unless you’re a seamstress or a tailor, it’s probably best to leave your wedding dress to the experts. If you’re used to sewing and altering your own clothes, you might be more inclined to give your dress a go yourself, but your wedding dress is something extremely important, and has no room for slip ups or mistakes. Plus, creating your dress from scratch will be extremely time consuming, and may burn you out before you get really stuck into other elements of your wedding day.

Additionally, the materials purchased to produce your dream dress may end up costing you a similar amount to what a custom dress designer would charge, and at least with a

Melbourne wedding flowers with something special

Thrive Flowers & Events

With over 19 years experience, and winners of the ABIA Floral Design award for 2017, Thrive Flowers & Events offer you something truly special for your wedding day. Passionate about creating works of art, everything this florist creates is designed to suit what you envision for your day. And, with experience creating large floral displays for the likes of Rainbow Serpent Festival, you know to expect something great with Thrive Flowers & Events!

Naomi Rose

Specialising in weddings, Naomi Rose offers unique tailored floral arrangements for your big day. Passionate about creating something that’ll suit your individual needs, you can rest assured you’ll receive something truly special for your wedding. Check out her gallery and reviews today, and read what other happy couples have to say about Naomi Rose!

La Plume de Fleur

Specialising in exquisite artificial flowers, La Plume de Fleur offers bouquets, hair accessories, and decorations created with the high quality of faux florals for your special day. These flowers look and feel just like fresh flowers – only silk and real-touch flowers are used to look as real and natural as possible. Check out what La Plume de Fleur can create

Wedding catering alternatives you need to consider

“Family meal”

The family meal alternative to wedding catering is a more relaxed take on a sit-down meal. For instance, usually the marrying couple has narrowed their menu down to two options: lets say chicken and vegetarian. Depending on what you as a guest has chosen, that’s what will land in front of you when the waiters bring the food out.

The family meal, instead, refers to when waiters place an assortment of dishes in the middle of the table. Usually this is enough to feed all people seated at that table to share among themselves. The family meal alternative

The family meal alternative creates a great sharing atmosphere, and forces guests to interact with one another.

Canapes

Canapes usually go with a cocktail wedding, where there’s no seated meal involved. This means assorted ‘finger food’ is brought around by wait staff and offered to the guests throughout the night. Though it might not seem like a large meal, the little bits and pieces guests eat as the night progresses will leave them full and satisfied. And, this way, they get to try an assortment of different dishes, rather than just the one they would’ve chosen at

Pros and cons of a cocktail vs seated wedding reception

Seated

The typical seated wedding reception includes a seating chart detailing where and who guests sit next to, and a menu consisting of two options chosen by the marrying couple (usually a meat and vegetarian option) that gets placed in front of you by wait staff once everyone is seated for dinner.

Pros

One benefit of a seated reception is that it will appear neater and more organised. The seated dinner gives the event a more formal feel, and will allow for natural-flow of the formalities as they will occur directly after everyone’s eaten.

Also, giving the choice of two menu options gives guests a choice in what they eat for dinner.

And finally, forcing guests to sit beside people they may not have usually chosen to sit next to can really kick off the mingling, and allow groups to mix and match and meet new people – which is never a bad thing!

Cons

Having a seated reception can frustrate guests who only want to sit next to who they want to sit next to. This can create some animosity among guests who may feel forced to mingle.

Additionally, while the two-option menu does allow guests to make their own choice,

Perth wedding cars

Belle Classic Limousines

Renowned for their friendly service and range of classic wedding cars and stretch limousines, Belle Classic Limousines offers to ensure you arrive in style to your special day. Their range of chauffeured vehicles include a Chrysler 300C, Jaguars, and Rolls Royces to name a few. Check out their fleet today – you won’t be disappointed with Belle Classic Limousines!

So Cal Limos Perth

Priding itself on being WA’s largest range of classic wedding cars and modern limousines, So Cal Limos Perth can’t wait to be apart of your special day. This family run business provides immaculate cars, limousines, and exceptional service so you can truly enjoy your wedding day. Check out what real newlyweds have to say aboutSo Cal Limos Perth!

Showtime Limousines Perth

With thousands of weddings experience over the past 15 years, Showtime Limousines Perth specialises in making your special day run smoothly. Choose from their elegant Chrysler 300C’s, Hummers, or the Transformers Bumblebee Camaro for that statement arrival to your wedding day. Check out Showtime Limousines Perth today!

Lavish Limousines Perth

With over 10 years experience, Lavish Limousines Perth offers great attention to detail, warm customer service, and