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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 red flag when considering your vendor options.

You need to go with a reputable vendor who looks after their clients, even when disaster strikes. Your wedding day isn’t one to be toyed with.

Read as many reviews as possible

Easy Weddings has the largest and most trusted review systems in Australia. We collect feedback from thousands of couples to ensure planning your wedding truly is easy.

Every vendor listed with Easy Weddings has a section of their storefront dedicated to their customer reviews. It’s imperative to carefully read these reviews, as they’ll give you an idea of what kind of service to expect from the vendor.

If there’s anything to be concerned about, you’ll be able to identify it in the vendor’s reviews.

And, if a particular vendor has ever had to deal with its worst-case-scenario, you can usually judge a vendor based on how well it’s dealt with the issue at hand, and treated its clients thereafter.

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 for every bride. Check out their amazing range today, and read what other happy brides have to say about their experience with Grace Loves Lace!

Fashions by Farina

eart of Sydney, Fashions by Farina has everything a bride could ever want! Now being supplied with 2018 gowns from their designers, Fashions by Farina urges you to act now, or you might miss out on your dream gown! Book your appointment today, and take the next step toward finding your dream wedding dress.

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 ideas and inspiration regarding your wedding theme. Our Real Weddings section is a great tool to use to find out what you envision your wedding to look like. Pick and choose elements you love, and elements you could go without. This is how you’re left with your eventual theme, and wedding colour scheme.

Decide on an approximate number of guests

Deciding the approximate number of guests you’d like to invite will help with other wedding planning elements. Where you hold your ceremony or reception may depend on capacity numbers, so it’s good to have an estimated number in your head before you begin booking vendors. Use the Easy Weddings Guest List tool to manage your numbers.

Another great idea in this regard is to great two lists: an A list, and a B list. This helps because, if a person on the A list isn’t able to come, you can easily replace them with someone from the B list. Read more on this strategy here.

Set your wedding budget

Your wedding budget could mean the difference between an extravagant affair and an intimate DIY barbecue in your back yard. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend on particular elements is crucial, so you don’t find yourself blowing all your money on a venue, and having no budget left for the rest of the wedding.

Also, here’s a good time to decide what you’re likely to spend more on, because you value it more. For example, some brides will spend $20,000 on a wedding dress because it’s important to her, while only spending $1000 on a venue.

Create and manage your wedding budget with the Easy Weddings Budget Calculator.

Choose, confirm, and pay a deposit for your ceremony and reception venues

Your ceremony and reception venues are crucial when it comes to your wedding. Your overall theme should dictate which venue you desire, and your guest list and budget will decide whether you have enough numbers, and whether or not you can afford it.

When choosing your venue, make sure you actually see the venue in person. Visiting the venue will help you visualise whether or not the venue is for you, and whether or not it looks as great as its photos online showed it to be.

Venues need to be booked ASAP, as they become to centrepiece for the rest of your wedding planning. For example, you may want your catering to tie in with your beach venue (seafood), or your decor might go with a particularly rustic barn house venue, but not with an elegant ballroom.

You also need to get straight onto paying the deposits for these venues. If you’re having a weekday wedding in the middle of winter, maybe there won’t be much competition with other engaged couples for booking your dream venue. However, if you’re hoping for a weekend wedding in peak wedding season (the warmer months), you’ll need to book your venue early to secure your desired wedding date.

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 a minimum of five year experience in the wedding industry, so you can rest assured they know what they’re doing! And, offering lighting tailored to your specific event, Impression DJs have really thought of it all!

Club Band

Providing high energy to every event, Club Band has a reputation built on rocking your wedding. Striving to fill your dancefloor and get the party started, Club Band urges you to check their reviews left by happy couples, and to attend one of their live shows before booking them – so you know exactly what you’re in for!

Vibe Wedding Band

ABIA winner of Best Live Band NSW for 2016 and 2017, and ABIA winner of Best live Band Australia 2017, Vibe Wedding Band offers a full three to six piece group to rock your wedding. Playing genres from pop, funk, and modern rock, and from The Jacksons to Pharrell Williams – Vibe Wedding Band is sure to get your dance floor hopping!

Lark Music

Striving to help a crowd reach its party potential, Lark Music offers everything from acoustic ceremonies to dance-filled weddings. Check out their packages today, and read what other happy newlyweds have to say about Lark Music!

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 to create your wedding cake, it’s a real possibility to ask your vendor to create a smaller cake, and make up the rest of the dessert yourself. For example, whipping up a few batches of cupcakes the day before your wedding isn’t too much of an ask, and can look great on a dessert table beside your wedding cake. Also, ice cream on the side can make a smaller cake feed stretch further!

Macaron towers and donuts walls can also be created yourselves, saving you money that can be used elsewhere!

Photobooth

Ever set up your camera on timer, and stood in front of it? That’s essentially what a photobooth is, without the added extras that make them so special and entertaining. If you were to DIY your photobooth, you just need a tripod, a camera, some kind of fun background, and lots of props and costumes to make the photos fun!

Guestbook

What you do with your guestbook is entirely up to you, though some crafty couples have been known to create Polaroid guest books (where guests take photos of themselves at your wedding, place it in the book, and write a message for the newlyweds), and fingerprint boards (where guests stamp their fingerprint onto a poster, and together create the leaves of a tree).

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 professional you’re safeguarded against mistakes or malfunctions through a signed contract.

Photography

In a day and age where every person and their dog owns a camera and hails themselves a ‘photographer’, it can be tempting to ask one of your family members to take your wedding photography. The issue with this is, your family and friends are invited to your wedding to participate – not observe. Giving a family member or a friend such responsibility can go one of two ways: they can take it too seriously and not join in on the celebrations at all, or they can knock off early and miss all the important moments while they get a drink at the bar.

Also, professional photographers are trained in what they do. They know what lighting to use, how to get you and your guests to pose, and how to keep everyone happy amid tiresome and sometimes boring photoshoots. Your family member or friend (usually) won’t have these skills, and it will show in the final product at the end of the day.

Makeup

There are definitely some benefits to doing your own wedding makeup. For one, you’ll look exactly like you always do. You won’t feel like somebody else under all those layers of foundation, powder, and fake eyelashes. But where’s the fun in that?

The time spent in your hotel room with your bridesmaids getting ready is a time you’ll cherish to years to come! You primp and prime yourself every day – why not allow a professional to do it on the most important day of your life?

Makeup artists are equipped with the skills to create the perfect bridal look. They know what make up looks good in certain lights, and what looks best in wedding photography. Trust them – they know what they’re doing!

Doing your makeup yourself might save you a quick buck, but is it really worth it when your wedding photography (that you paid for) comes back underwhelming, and you look under the weather?

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 for you, and begin crafting what you envision for your day!

Little Posies

Creating personalised wedding bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres, Little Posies offers something truly unique and special for your wedding day. Specialising in handmade button arrangements, these creations are sure to become a cherished keepsake for years to come! Check out Little Posies and their services today!

Oak & Holly Flowers

Working with a range of unique, locally grown and seasonal flower inspired by the Australian bush landscape, Oak & Holly offers to create the perfect floral arrangements to suit your wedding aesthetic. With experience working in bush settings, forests, barns, churches, and city venues, Oak & Holly has something to suit every wedding! Check out their gallery and reviews today!

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 a traditionally catered wedding!

Food truck

Couples that choose food trucks to cater their wedding typically put a large emphasis on great tasting food, rather than what it looks like. For example, some couples may sit down and think about what they’d usually like to eat while drinking, and come up with comfort food that can be served out of a truck.

Food served from a truck typically goes well with festival or outdoor weddings, and can create the relaxed atmosphere some couples crave for their wedding.

And, a food truck providing the catering would become a unique talking point at any wedding. So, if the food’s good – why not?!

Grazing board/table

The trend of the grazing board/table has shot to popularity in recent weddings. Not only does a grazing table look amazing, and give your wedding something extra special, it’ll fill up your guests more than they’ll initially realise!

Grazing boards or tables best suit cocktail weddings as guests will be milling about anyway, and will naturally gravitate toward the food. And, most importantly, it’s a great way to feed your guests without the pricetag!

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, some particularly fussy guests, or even guests with dietary requirements, may be lumped in with the masses and miss out on what they really want/need.

And finally, seated three-course meals are generally more expensive as they charge per head – so this is definitely something to consider when you’re choosing between cocktail and seated receptions.

Cocktail

A cocktail wedding reception is an alternative to the traditional seated affair. It usually consists of waitstaff intermittently offering assorted finger-food throughout the night. Guests’ stomachs will be filled without them even realising it!

Pros

The great thing about having a cocktail wedding is the overall party atmosphere it creates. For instance, there’s no forcing of groups to sit next to each other, and the entire vibe is more relaxed and informal.

Additionally, because tables and chairs aren’t really a thing at cocktail weddings, there’s more space in the function room to accommodate more guests if that’s what you want.

And, because the waitstaff brings out assorted finger-food options, this gives guests the opportunity to turn down anything they might not like, or are allergic to.

Cons

Some opposing opinions about cocktail weddings argue that cocktail weddings feel more like a party, rather than an actual wedding.

Guests may feel uncomfortable with no assigned seat, especially as weddings are typically long days and nights of formalities and speeches. This may cause guests to leave early, as they tire more easily in a standing position.

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 professional and friendly chauffeurs for your special day. Packages include complementary refreshments, wheel covers to protect the bride’s dress, neon lighting, wedding ribbons, and red carpet service upon arrival. Click here to read what happy newlyweds have to say about Lavish Limousines Perth!

Thirties Limousines

With superb attention to detail, Thirties Limousines offers rare vintage limousines to transport you on your wedding day. Fully restored to their original state, these vehicles come with air conditioning, a CD-player, iPod connectivity, and a bar. And, as Thirties Limousines have been operating for eight years now, you can rest assured you’ll receive a service you’ll remember!

Gangsta Limousines

A family owned and operated business, Gangsta Limousines is dedicated to delivering the highest quality service for your wedding day. These chauffeured vehicles come with complementary refreshments, vehicle ribbons to match your theme, and a wheel cover to protect the bride’s dress. Check out their gallery today – you won’t be disappointed with Gangsta Limousines!

Unique Limousines

Offering a professional and reliable limousine service, Unique Limousines strive to ensure your transport to and from your wedding is as enjoyable and stress free as possible. These vehicles come with ribbons and teddys, an esky, and mineral water at no extra cost. To arrive in style to your wedding day, you can count on Unique Limousines.

Richmond Palace RR Limousines

Committed to providing a highly professional service, Richmond Palace RR Limousines offers a range of Rolls Royce Limousines to choose from for your special day. These limousines come with air conditioning, have a CD player, leather seating, and hand-crafted wood interior. And, there’s an esky in the boot with ice and water, and each vehicle comes with ribbons of your choice. Check out Richmond Palace RR Limousines today, and begin planning your statement arrival!

JC Classic Automobiles

Operating since 1994, JC Classic Automobile offers a range of chauffeured classic cars for your wedding day. Their fleet consists of a 1952 Jaguar Mark VII, Rolls Royce Silver Shadows, and a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine. Checkout their fleet today, and read what other happy newlyweds have to say about JC Classic Automobiles!