Tips to make unforgettable wedding vows

So your partner has suggested it might be a good idea to write your own wedding vows and at first, you think it’s a great idea. But then, you have to actually write them! ‘Till death do us part simply isn’t going to cut it, but you are no Shakespeare or Nicholas Sparks. Romantic prose isn’t sitting on the tip of your tongue (or your pen). So what do you do?

Chances are if you were to break out in verses of ye olde English that is recognisably Shakespearean, you would probably get looks of shock and maybe even a few giggles, so looking to the master of romantic tragedies probably isn’t your answer (you do want a happily ever after, after all!)

First things first, it’s best to set the tone with your fiance and see what they had in mind. Are you going for light-hearted and funny? Or more heart-melting and romantic? Will you be writing them together? Or surprising one another with them on the wedding day?

If you need a third party to look at each of the vows and suggest

Gift ideas for your beloved

Valentine’s Day is almost here and now that you are engaged, your relationship is now on another level. But rather than trying to take your gift-giving to the next level, why not consider something more personalized for your fiance and soon-to-be spouse?

Sure, roses, chocolates and a restaurant meal will always go down a treat, but we have put together some ideas that will make your partner go all mushy and won’t cost you the earth if you are budgeting for your wedding. Here are some great valentine’s day present ideas for your partner.

 

Personalised photo book or album

Nothing says “I love you and I want to remember how much” like taking the time to put together a little memory book for your partner.  A photo album with printed photos and cute captions makes a really great valentine’s day gift. Otherwise, you could do a more modern digitally-created photo book, which will go down a real treat. You don’t have to look far for inspiration. You can create one of a holiday, your engagement shoot or weekend getaway your shared, or trawl through your

How to prepare for your big day

You will no doubt be organising beauty specialists to ensure your hair and make-up are perfection on your wedding day, but there are many things you can do in the lead up to your wedding that will make your look more natural and radiant.

We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare to look your best long before you say ‘I Do’, let’s call it, working from the inside out.

 

Luscious locks

While there are mountains of options when it comes to hair masks, serums and conditioning treatments that can revitalise tired hair, if you start incorporating more Vitamin B into your diet in the months before your wedding, you can reignite your hair’s natural shine.

Look to fish, nuts, and eggs to get you on your way.

You can give this a little help with a scalp massage and conditioning treatment about a month before your wedding day. Both will add body to your hair.

 

Face

H20 is your best friend in the fight for clear and radiant skin, so don’t underestimate the power of trading up a glass of vino for an icy cold water in

A quintessential Byron Bay wedding

Want to feel the sand squelch between your toes as you wander barefoot along the tranquil Byron Bay coast, hand in hand with your love, on your wedding day? Look no further. Below are four venues guaranteed to pair that quintessential Byron Bay experience, and the celebration of love and commitment that is your wedding.

The Belongil

Located in sunny Byron, The Belongil boasts the most sought-after wedding venue in the Bay. Step inside the idyllic coastal restaurant, and enjoy a fully catered event to celebrate and welcome your new marriage. Seating up to 150 guests, The Belongil caters to intimate and medium-sized weddings alike. Enjoy the salty evening breeze while you mingle, and as the party comes to a close, step barefoot into the sand just across the road with your love. Bliss.

The Belongil also offers accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, allowing guests to dance into the night, and take a fresh dip in the ocean the following morning. The perfect weekend away.

 

The Deck at Byron Bay

Strike envy into the hearts of family and friends by holding your special day at The Deck at Byron. With panoramic views of the lighthouse and lush greenery that is Byron Bay Golf

Wedding makeup tips

Everyone’s their own makeup artist these days. With a little help of Youtube makeup gurus and their many tutorials, it seems possible to pull off DIY wedding makeup.  But should you do your own makeup on one of the most important days of your life?

 

DIY Wedding Makeup

Doing your own makeup for your wedding has its advantages.

For one, you’ll look exactly like yourself. You won’t feel like a different person hiding beneath layers of powders, creams and fake eyelashes.

You’ve done it thousands of times — how can it possibly go wrong? Nobody knows you better than yourself — you know what works and what doesn’t.

But where’s the fun in that?

 

Makeup Artist

The time spent in the hotel getting all dolled up with your bridesmaids while sipping champagne at obscene hours in the morning is what makes weddings fun!

You spend time primping your face every other day — why not let a talented professional do it on the most important day of your life?

Also, makeup artists who specialise in weddings are equipped with the skills to make you glow in the wedding photos. They know what works and what doesn’t work in certain lights. This kind of expertise and craftsmanship is perhaps beyond

Are you celebrate for valentine

We all know Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to showing the one you love how much you heart them, but here are some things you didn’t know about February 14…

 

Origins

There are many versions of the history of Valentine’s Day and how it came to be. This is largely due to the fact that mystery surrounds its patron saint.

One of the more popular legends says Valentine was a priest who lived in the third century in Rome. This was the time when ruling Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men. For some reason, Claudius decided single men made better soldiers and refused to allow them to have wives and children.

Valentine began to defy the orders and performed secret marriage ceremonies for young couples, but when his actions were uncovered, he was ordered to be put to death.

It is said that hours before his execution, Valentine wrote a letter which he signed “From your Valentine.”

 

The creation of X

Have you ever signed off a letter with an X in place of a kiss? You are probably unaware that you are recreating a tradition formed in medieval times.

When people were unable to write their names, they would sign an X in from of

Couples make on Valentine

It’s almost here. That one calendar day where people around the world declare their love for each other. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and whether you love or hate February 14, there are some common mistakes couples make on valentines day. We’ve compiled a list to help you to have a great valentines day with your love.

 

Pretending it doesn’t exist

You may not be particularly fond of Valentine’s Day, but your partner might be a hopeless romantic, so don’t pretend like it’s any ordinary day. You don’t have to feel pressured to come up with an overly grand gesture every year, but carrying on as usual can be quite insulting to your partner so try to make a little effort.

 

Not booking in advance

If you want to take your partner out to a nice dinner or a movie, pick up the phone and make a reservation or pre-book movie tickets online to ensure you will be able to do what you had planned to do without fear of being left in the lurch when the restaurant or cinema is fully booked. You may end up having an impromptu night in if you forget to plan!

 

Not doing anything at all

You could be a new

Valley wedding venues

Dreaming of a tranquil wedding away? Below are ten Hunter Valley wedding venues guaranteed to offer a peaceful countryside wedding in the fresh air.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Located in idyllic countryside, Crown Plaza is the perfect venue for a destination wedding. Nestled between vineyards and golf courses in picturesque Hunter Valley, Crown Plaza caters for both intimate weddings and larger soirees, with venues seating from 50 to 830 people. And, with accommodation on site, your guests can wholly enjoy the memorable event ahead.

 

Hunter Valley Gardens

Boasting five star reviews, Hunter Valley Gardens is guaranteed to enthral your guests. Offering an all-in-one location, the location includes the ceremony, photography setting, and the reception. Celebrate your love and commitment to one another beneath the leafy backdrop, and dance into the candlelit night. Hunter Valley Gardens also offers a fireworks display, and helicopter transport, for the more gallant newlyweds.

 

Estate Tuscany

Located beside the magnificent Brokenback Ranges, Estate Tuscany offers the perfect vineyard setting. Specialising in summer weddings, Estate Tuscany allows you to exchange vows in the sun, and later celebrate beneath the stars in the courtyard. For wetter days, rustic indoor venues are available for a discounted rate. On-site accommodation offers the cherry

Couples set to get married

Easy Weddings, Australia’s number one online wedding resource site, CEO Matt Butterworth said more than 300 couples were married on February 14 last year, making it a popular choice with engaged couples.

Today, Canberra’s Samira El Haj and Al Walker will be among them as they tie the knot after a five-year engagement in front of an intimate gathering of 30 guests in the backyard of their Canberra home.

 

Samira said the date appealed to them for two reasons. “Al is a very romantic guy and I have always received roses on Valentine’s day, but he has forgotten my birthday in the past, so we thought if we get married on Valentine’s day, he won’t forget it,” she quipped.

“The only downfall was that the flowers were quite expensive due to the high demand associated with Valentine’s Day.” Samira, now 47, and Al, now 45, met at a bar in Canberra in 2008 and enjoyed a whirlwind romance when Al followed Samira to Spain when she intended to move back to her native country.

 

“He came over for six weeks and it was like a baptism of fire for our relationship – it really was make or break as we were with each other 24/7 for

Snapchat wedding geofilter

Wedding hashtags are reaching fever pitch and the creativity of some couples is astounding. But if you have a wedding in 2017, you might want to learn more about Snapchat Geofilters, because they are the next social media craze poised to explode.

If you are hooked on Snapchat, this is the perfect way to add some extra charm to the photos your guests post of your big day.

Geofilters allow you to create personalised filters for your wedding that are only available at a set location. In this case, it would be your ceremony and/or reception venue.

Gold glittery hearts, beautiful doves holding banners or a custom design that captures the essence of you and your partner – the options are limitless.

But, like most great things, there are some regulations. Snapchat needs to approve each proposed Geofilter design to ensure there are no trademarked images, website URLs, phone numbers, usernames or pictures of people in the filter image.

Designs also need to have a transparent background and only cover a small percentage of the screen to allow for the photos being posted to be easily seen.

You can take the bull by the horns and jump onto Snapchat and check out their templates to personalise

Trip to Tokyo Disney

“Ryan and I got together in October 2013 and were together for about a year when I needed surgery to fix my nasal passage. After the operation had concluded, Ryan came to visit me in my hospital room while I was still coming out of my anaesthetic. I was still mildly out of it when he arrived and so I proudly proclaimed “I’m going to wife you at Disneyland!” Ryan looked bemused while I rambled.

Both of us had been planning an overseas trip together for a while, and Japan seemed like an obvious choice, the food, the people, the history, and theme parks! A few months prior to the trip, Ryan asked me to pick out a ring. So while the ring wasn’t a surprise at all, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Proceed to May 2016 to our Japan trip. After spending our first week in Tokyo, we went to my spiritual home, Disneyland, and Ryan proposed to me in front of the castle. It was nice and quiet as the crowds were all lining up for the afternoon parade so there was no fuss from other people. He had considered proposing in front of Ariel, but knowing

Avoid in your best man speech

There is a lot of pressure on a best man speech these days. You are expected to be laugh out loud funny, yet also charming and tasteful and all to a room of sometimes hundreds of strangers. It’s a difficult balance and the truth is, it’s a tough gig. And with all that pressure, it’s no wonder we sometimes hear the guys getting it wrong.

 

Don’t mention the ex

No matter how well-meaning your intentions, this is just a no-no.  If you want to avoid awkwardness and bad memories, just stay away from the ex. Weddings are about celebrating the future, there is absolutely no need to dwell on the past. Stay upbeat and focus on the moment.

 

The bucks party

We all have heard the saying ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’. But time and time again, the bucks party keeps sliding into best man speeches and it’s just not cool. Not only are you breaking bro-code but the audience and the bride especially do not want to hear what happened and what mischief was managed. Leave the imagery of what might have happened alone and keep it on the level.

 

In-jokes

You and the groom might go way back. Way way back. And

How to be a perfect wedding guest

So you’ve been invited to a wedding. This unfortunately is not your day to shine, however following the below steps will lead you to become the perfect wedding guest, who will only make the lucky couples day easier and more enjoyable.

 

RSVP (on time!)

The invitation set a RSVP cut off date for a reason. Seats, drinks, dinner, cake — everything must be ordered and paid for based on number of attendees, and in a timely fashion, often months before the actual wedding date. If you miss the RSVP date, don’t be surprised if the couple have already counted you out.

 

Follow the dress code

Do not wear white. On any other given day, white might suit you best and accentuate your blue eyes and rosy cheeks — but not today. Wearing white, the same as the bride, is a sure-fire way of receiving your meal late or even not at all. There should be no competition on a bride’s special day. Wearing white will only cause unnecessary drama, and forfeit your right to a thank you letter or wedding favour. Not exactly the way to make friends.

 

Put down your iPhone

Don’t post photos until AFTER the wedding. While some weddings disallow photography other than the

Jackets ideas for bridal

Lace, fur, feathers and bolero-style jackets have always been a stylish way for brides to stave off the chill when they choose an autumn or winter wedding, but jackets are now taking an edgier turn since Kimye’s “Just Married” leather jackets.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West rocked these unique jackets thanks to personal friend and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.

Thanks to this, bespoke bridal jackets are becoming more and more unique, with brides experimenting with denim and leather.

Those who want an even more personalised look are having their jackets embroidered with quirky words and statements that are becoming a feature in their wedding photos.

 

Denim jackets

Denim is one of those versatile looks that grooms and groomsmen have been using for rustic, country-style, beach and Boho weddings for years.

Brides are increasingly jumping onto this trend, pairing a dark-stained or washed look denim jacket with their beautiful wedding gowns.

This fusion makes for a stunning combination and adds another level of casual beauty of a ruffled, mermaid, vintage or Boho dress.

The only thing to consider is how the cut suits the dress. Ideally, a princess or a-line dress suits a cropped bridal jacket, while a longer style can be worn with a mermaid or trumpet

Great of wedding venues

Dreaming of a fairytale destination wedding? Below are six breathtaking Noosa wedding venues guaranteed to enthrall your guests, and pave the way to a truly memorable night.

 

RACV Noosa Resort

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Overlooking Noosa’s magnificent natural conservation sanctuary, RACV Noosa Resort offers a truly memorable wedding venue. Complete with panoramic views, the resort caters for 140 guests formal dining, to 240 guests cocktail. Complete with on-site accommodation, restaurant, cocktail bar, gymnasium, tennis court, and day spa, you and your guests have everything you need at your fingertips. What better way to celebrate your love and commitment to one another.

 

Noosa Boathouse

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Strike envy into the hearts of your guests with a quintessential Noosa wedding. Located waterfront on the stunning Noosa River, the Noosa Boathouse is the perfect setting for both intimate and large weddings alike. This floating boathouse offers three unique reception venues, with the largest catering up to 220 guests cocktail. Complete with private jetty out front, you and your love can arrive and depart via boat — and what’s more Noosa than that?

 

Noosa Waterfront Restaurant

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Located beneath magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant offers a shady riverside setting for your special day. This venue caters to weddings of all sizes, with both seated

Tell someone that wont be in the bridal party

You will have a lot of fun and make many precious memories with your bridal party as you navigate your way through planning towards the big day. But choosing just who will stand beside you can be a challenging task, especially if you have multiple close friends or a large family who would all like a coveted role in your wedding.

This can be made even trickier still if there are friends or family members who automatically assume they have the role of bridesmaid or groomsmen – even though they didn’t make your final list.

The important thing is to discuss bridal party size and make-up early on with your fiancé.

You may choose to have all family members or no family members, evenly match friends so there is balance or allow each other a choice of numbers so they can include their nearest and dearest.

Whichever way you go is totally fine, it is your celebration after all.

But if there are some people who are talking like they are on your bridal party and you haven’t asked them to be, here are some tips to let them down easy.

 

Tell them early

There is a school of thought that believes you shouldn’t have to

How to lose weight for your wedding

You may be recently engaged (congrats!) or your wedding day is looming and you want to look perfect for the big day. But let us tell you — a crash diet or depriving your body in any way, shape or form is not the way to go! Here’s why NOT to lose weight for your wedding…

 

Your fiancé loves you as you are

The love of your life either proposed or accepted your proposal, so they are more than prepared to spend the rest of their life with you and love you as you are right now. While you might feel pressure to lose a few kilos, it’s important to remember the reason you are planning a wedding is to celebrate the love between you and your fiancé. The number written on the inside of your dress or suit jacket is irrelevant.

 

You will look hot

No matter whether it reads 6 or 26, no one is going to see the size of your dress or suit, and no doubt you’ve put some thought into choosing a dress or suit in a style and colour that matches your personality and body shape for your big day. This will make you feel super sexy when you say “I Do” and nothing

Classy hens night ideas

Bridal Party High Tea, Hens Parties, and Kitchen Teas

Get your hens clucking with a classy Bridal Party High Tea at Mary Eats Cake. Specialising in vintage class, Mary Eats Cake will cater to your bridal party at their tea house, or at a venue of your choice.

With a selection of savoury and sweet items, scones with jam and cream, flowers, vintage tea ware, silvery and cutlery, artisan teas, and exclusive tea rooms on-site, Mary Eats Cake has everything you need to enjoy a memorable day with your girls.

Sarah from Mary Eats Cake’s favourite items this summer are “Lavender macarons, passionfruit and white chocolate tart and berry cheesecake drizzled with black tea syrup”. Yum
Wild Heart Huntress

Flower Crown Party

Get your girls together and unhinge your creativity! Bond while learning how to build your own beautiful flower crown. Wild Heart parties will arrive at your chosen location and set up all flower crown building utensils, the tools, and of course, the flowers. A truly unique, memorable, and classy way to celebrate with your girls.

 

Last Hurrah Bali

Destination Hens Weekend

Why not grab your girls and jet off overseas for your last hurrah? Coincidentally named ‘Last Hurrah Bali’, they will make sure your hens

Wedding bomboniere

It was the French who began the tradition of giving gifts to guests at weddings. While it originated as boxes of sweets, most notably candied almonds, wedding bomboniere now comes in all sorts of variations that are as unique as the couple themselves.

 

DO: Give them something timeless

A potted flower seedling, herb, or little succulent terrarium, are great ideas for useful bomboniere that can also double as a symbol for how relationships should be nurtured in order to flourish. The best thing is, guests will remember your wedding day every time they tend to the plant or see it around their home.

 

DON’T: Have them just because

If you are going to all of the planning and expense of providing bomboniere for your guests, make sure it’s something they will keep and cherish. Gifts that have little thought put into them and are there “just because” will probably meet with a sad end in the bin.

 

DO: Gets guests to DIY wedding bomboniere

Provide a lolly or cookie jar and a selection of treats, or healthy options if you prefer, at a lolly station and let guests pick and choose their own bomboniere. This way you know they are going to enjoy them later on.

 

DON’T: Feel tied

Cinderella Proposal

Once upon a time, there existed an eligible maiden named Jacquelyn. While she ran her own children’s party business, she also adored all things Disney. And, in the past, Jacquelyn even worked for Disney in America. Read on for more of Jacquelyn’s Cinderella Proposal.

Unbeknown to Jacquelyn, on December 4th 2016, her deceitful (yet lovely and well-intentioned) mother lured Jacquelyn to the Avalon Castle in Cockatoo for a photoshoot. Donned in her grand Cinderella dress, Jacquelyn stood atop the stairs while her sister-in-law took photographs, and her mother watched on. She was given only an hour before — poof! — she returned to normal-clothes Jacquelyn.

Suddenly in the distance, before the hour was up, a group of people began making their way up the hill toward the venue. That’s when Jacquelyn recognised the people as her and her then-boyfriend Adam’s family members.

Then, noble and handsome Adam materialised from within the castle. He wore a suit and carried a tiny red box in his hands. Jacquelyn burst into tears — suddenly realising what was happening.

Meeting her at the top of the stairs, Adam fell to one knee and asked: “Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?”

In shock, all Jacquelyn