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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 while that is really lovely, we don’t know who you’re talking about when you call your friends Boof, Meat and Sweats. We only know them as James, Tom and Shaun. No matter how small the wedding, assume the room knows nothing. We definitely want to hear your stories and history with the groom – by all means tell us something we don’t know! But in choosing stories, make sure they’re relevant to the event and have a relevant link to the focus of the evening. Perfect examples are marriage, love and the future.

 

Swearing

Remember guys, Granny is in the room. Would she approve? Swearing in a speech is not tasteful or necessary. An accidental slip can be forgiven, but swearing doesn’t add value to any story. Bleep it out and move on.

 

Winging it under the influence

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, unprepared speeches and alcohol are a recipe for wedding speech disaster. Alcohol will only give you false confidence and if you choose to wing your speech you need to be prepared for some or all of the above ‘no-nos’. If you want free drinks even after the tab has closed and plenty of pats on the back then prepare, practice and go slow before you speak.

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 professional photographer(#UnpluggedWeddings), others perhaps haven’t given it a thought. As a courtesy, if you do take personal photos at the ceremony, keep them to yourself at least until after the groom has seen his bride for the first time. This moment is about them — not your Instagram followers.

 

Offer to help

And actually do it! No wedding is without its hiccups, but this shouldn’t be a burden on the newlyweds’ shoulders. It’s their day and night to enjoy, and if every guest is being as perfect as you, it will truly be one to remember

 

Don’t over do it

It’s not your wedding, so don’t make everything about you! No crazy outfits or photobombing every selfie. And most importantly, don’t propose at a wedding without the explicit approval of the happy couple!

 

Put your phone on silent

Or even better, leave it in the car! One of the worst things you can do is ruin the couples wedding vows by having your phone ring mid “I do”. Put it on silent or flight mode to ensure the couple have a ceremony free from your ring tone.

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 the lead up to your wedding.

If you are fighting a losing battle with acne, you can consider consulting a dermatologist to help you along.

If you are going to go down this path, do it at least six months before your wedding so your body has time to adjust to any new creams or medications the dermatologist may prescribe.

If your problems lie more with blackheads, you can go for a day spa and have some facials to help improve your complexion. Warning – do NOT do this within 10 days of your wedding as these can bring any festering blemishes to a head right at the very time you want them all gone.

 

Eyes

The eyes are the windows to the soul and although planning, sleepless nights and pre-wedding jitters can lead to dark circles and puffiness.

You can help to keep these at bay by avoiding foods high in salt and using a nightly eye cream or a home-made cool compress once or twice a week. You can use anything from the stereotypical cucumber slices to a wet face towel.

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 dress and relaxed fits.

 

Leather jackets

Edgier brides are donning leather jackets to bring a grunge look to their weddings instead to replace the need for a long-sleeved dress.

Brides who go down this rock ‘n’ roll path often wear the jackets slung over their shoulders, for a more casual style that also allows them to keep warm.

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 and cocktail events available. Meet your love barefoot in the grass beneath the altar, and celebrate into the night beneath the stars. One of the more magical of Noosa wedding venues.

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 tell someone if they AREN’T in your bridal party, because you would have extended an invitation to those who you wanted – and clearly, they weren’t among them.

But it is cruel to let someone continue to build the excitement about their non-existent role and the longer you leave it, the harder the blow is going to be.

 

Meet with them

With news like this, it is best to do it face-to-face as it’s more personal and there is no danger of misinterpretation. Go for a lunch or a coffee date and you can bring it up there.

If the person lives too far away to catch up in person, schedule a Skype or Facetime chat so you can talk things through rather than sending an email or text message. These can come across as impersonal and may add insult to injury.

 

Be honest, but not brutally

There is no doubt this will be an awkward conversation, but there’s no need to beat around the bush when telling them they are not in your bridal party.

You can soften the blow by explaining your reasons why (you wanted to include just family or no family, you wanted even numbers etc).

Let them know this is not a reflection on the strength of their friendship and you still value and cherish them.

 

Be prepared for a potential backlash

People handle disappointment and upset in very different ways. While some may quietly accept the news, others might get visibly upset or even angry with your decision.

Chances are, you know this person well enough to know what kind of reaction they will have, so you can prepare accordingly.

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 screams gorgeous like glowing with confidence.

 

You might not fit your dream outfit

When you know you’ve found the right dress or suit, you just know. And while you think losing weight will make you look better in your outfit, that is not always the case. Not all outfits can be successfully taken in by a tailor and still maintain the cut or style that you fell in love with. Also, alterations for gowns with bead or lace embellishments can become quite expensive and might not be a cost you want to bear if you are on a tight budget.

 

The people who love you won’t care

You might tell yourself that you need to five kilos or 20, but let us tell you, your weight won’t bother the people who love you. There is nothing more powerful than being surrounded by the people who are most important to you.

 

You will minimise stress

Wedding planning can be stressful enough (we can help there!), but throw in painful calorie-counting, fad diets or depriving your body of what it needs to function, and you will discover a whole new realm of stress. This is the last thing you need when you want to enjoy your special day. While going for an extra walk here or there will help you to blow off some planning stress, there’s no need to start working out excessively every day to drop a dress size.

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 weekend is truly unforgettable. With the option of customised or all-inclusive packages, tailor your weekend to suit reflect you as the bride (or Queen hen, whichever suits).

With around the clock cocktails and the option of hair, beauty, and hangover pampering, Last Hurrah Bali will fulfil all your wants and needs.

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 to your theme

You may have fallen in love with the cobalt blue and silver theme for your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to match your bomboniere to that colour scheme

 

DO: Get personal for your wedding bomboniere

There are a lot of wonderful ideas out there if you want a personalised bomboniere. Wine or beer bottle labels, monogrammed gift bags, cookies with your names on. The sky is the limit and you can create keepsakes your guests will cherish forever.

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 could do was nod and cry. “Yes”.

The newly engaged couple’s relatives met them at the bottom of the stairs to cheer, offer their congratulations, and cry.

All family members were in on the surprise, of course. Adam had planned the entire thing perfectly.

The ring was entirely designed by Adam and his jeweler cousin. The ring has a cushion cut sapphire, a band of diamonds, and, on the sides, two sets of three tiny diamonds — arranged in the shape of Mickey Mouse. A proposal fit for a Princess.