Making Your Wedding YOURS: Personalising Your Big Day

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Have you ever noticed that most weddings tend to look and feel the same? Sure, they might have a different venue, different colour scheme, different florals, different wedding date, but there’s nothing that makes them unique to that particular couple. Swap your friend Jill’s wedding with your cousin Kate’s, and they wouldn’t seem out of place. We’re all about making your wedding unique to the both of you, and not cookie cutter, so that from the moment that your guests arrive to the time that they head home they’re saying, “that was so [your name] & [fiancé/e’s name]!”

When designing your wedding to reflect your personality as a couple, you need to first think about what makes you two YOU, and then think about how you could incorporate that into your wedding. What do you two like to do on the weekends? What’s your favourite date night activity? What are your favourite foods? What are you two known for? 

Do you both love the beach? If so, could you see yourselves having a beachside ceremony, dancing the night away at a reception venue with beach views, or just getting those post-ceremony photos taken at the beach?

Are you both big pizza eaters? Could you see yourselves serving pizza to your guests at your wedding? Maybe hiring a pizza truck to feed your guests post-ceremony, or as a midnight snack, or having a pizza bar as part of your reception dinner?

Do you both love creating cocktails for your guests when they come over for dinner? How about a signature cocktail named after the two of you available at the bar?

Are you both big tea or coffee drinkers? How about a coffee van coming post-ceremony during cocktail hour for your guests, or hiring a tea vendor to serve teas to your guests? (Perth brides: we ❤️ The Tea Booth!)

Are you both jazz music lovers? Then why not hire a jazz band to perform for your guests at the reception, or dance your first dance to your favourite jazz song?

Are you both big book lovers? How about having a romantic passage from one of your favourite books read at your ceremony? Or use books as part of your decor- think an arbour made out of books, or stacks of books as your centrepieces?


Do you both love the TV show ‘Friends’? Then why not include quotes from the show in your vows, have quote signs displayed throughout your reception, or even “Central Perk” customised coffee cups for your guests during cocktail hour?

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Your wedding should give your guests a sneak peak of what you two are like as a couple, so inject your personality into it as much as possible- remember, it’s your wedding, so do it your way!

How are you personalising your wedding? Share your ideas in the comments below!





💍 Wedding Morning Playlist 💍

There's nothing better than enjoying a pampering glam sesh with your bridal squad on the morning of your wedding, and this playlist has been carefully curated by our team to be the perfect background music for your big day 👌

 

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5 New Year's Resolutions for the 2018 Bride

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With New Year's Eve and the New Year's day hangovers over for another year, it’s now that time of year when we all start sitting down and thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. For those of you who are planning big day for 2018, you have so many big milestones ahead of you this year, but I have a few resolutions that we think every bride-to-be should make this year…

1. Start Journalling

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Journalling is a fantastic way to keep yourself in a constant state of gratitude, even when the stress of planning a wedding starts to wear you down (I know that wedding planning is like a full time job in itself!). I love the idea of keeping a bullet journal full of special moments, stories and gifts that you’ve received during your time of wedding planning, and reading it back over when the post-wedding blues hit. It’s a gorgeous souvenir of this very exciting time, and one that will help you reflect on how lucky you are to be planning such an amazing wedding, even when the craziness hits!

 

2. Make time for you and your fiancé/e to just be together, without the wedding binder

Wedding planning can be an extremely stressful time for a couple, no matter how long or short your engagement is, and it’s so easy to fall into the trap of spending every moment together talking about your wedding. I suggest taking some time, even just once a week, to put the wedding binder aside and go off and enjoy spending some quality time together doing an activity that you love. Maybe you both love going for bike rides, or playing tennis, or even just walking along the beach at sunset. Spending time together outdoors without looking on Pinterest doing an activity you both love is a great way to feel closer to each other and celebrate this special moment in your lives, plus the exercise will help relieve any pre-wedding jitters and stress!

 

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3. Clean your sparkler regularly

If you just got engaged over the Christmas period (Congrats!!! 💍), your ring is probably still so sparkly that it blinds people, but for the brides who’ve had their rings a little longer and maybe got some ham grease and crayfish juice on them, we recommend that you clean that sparkler regularly. Everyone loves to see your ring, and you don’t want to be showing off that rock with it still covered in rum ball bits.

The best way to clean your ring is to make a mixture in a small bowl of very warm water and a little dishwashing detergent. Soak your ring for roughly half an hour, then gently brush the ring with a very soft toothbrush (a baby’s toothbrush is recommended), and rinse under warm water.

Having a clean ring will make you want to show it off even more, and that’s what being engaged is all about!

 

4. Get your blushing bride skincare routine started

Even the best make-up artist in the world can’t make neglected skin look as smooth as the model in your make-up inspo pin on Pinterest, so we suggest getting onto your skincare plan ASAP. You generally won’t see massive differences in your skin until one to three months after starting a new skincare routine, so if you have acne, patches of dryness, or dermatitis and eczema, now’s the time to get cracking!

If the thought of working out your own skincare routine scares you, we offer complimentary skincare consultations with our trained and qualified artists, who can help identify any skin issues to be cleared up before your wedding, and create a treatment plan for you, so that you’ll have a clear and smooth canvas for your wedding make-up artists.

You can book a Blushing Bride Skincare Complimentary Consultation with us here:  https://byemilygrace.acuityscheduling.com/?appointmentType=5153345

 

5. Take some time out for just you, no wedding planning allowed!

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As I said earlier, wedding planning is a full job in itself, so it does consume your every moment of free time. You find yourself scrolling through Pinterest on your lunch break, trawling through thousands of blogs on the web reading everything that’s wedding related, and talking non-stop to your friends about ivory versus champagne, satin versus chiffon, lace versus tulle. 

It’s so important to take some time out for just you, because it’s easy to forget who you are outside of the ring and the fiancé/e and the white dress when your engagement period revolves around your wedding. Go join that exercise class that you’ve been dying to try (extra brownie points if you wear your “Shedding for the Wedding” tank 😂), maybe try a cooking class, or a crafting class, or just go out for drinks with the girls. I only have one rule for you: no wedding talk!

 

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Do you have wedding resolutions on your list?

I’d love to hear yours, so drop them in the comments below!

Lots of Love,

Emily xx

15 Millennial Pink Wedding Ideas

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If you haven't guessed by all our blush pink accents on our website, we're total lovers of pink. There's something just so soft and feminine and romantic about pink, and so we love it even more when pink is used as an accent at a wedding.

1. These dusty pink chair sashes with posies. 

2. A pink fairy floss for a shabby chic feel.

3. These perfect blush bridesmaid dresses (P.S. blush pink flatters nearly all skin tones & hair colours 💁)

4. This gorgeous & simple wedding cake.

5. These lanterns for a budget friendly pop of pink 👌

6. This beautiful meringue tower.

7. These rustic invitations with just the right pop of pink.

8. This beyond-cute flowergirl dress.

9. These rustic centrepieces.

10. These pink napkins for an injection of pink.

11. These pink converse for the bride who wants to be comfy.

12. This perfect posy bouquet.

Image from: http://www.invitesweddings.com/b/pink-wedding-dresses

13. This pink tie so your groom can join in on the millennial pink fun.

14. This dressing gown so you can be ✨ extra ✨ whilst getting ready. 

15. Finally, this blush pink wedding dress for all of the pink vibes 🙌

Image from: https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/bridalwear-articles/pink-wedding-dresses_721.htm

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Lots of love,

Emily xx

Microweddings VS Pop-Up Weddings: Why More Couples Are Choosing Smaller Weddings

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I often joke to my newly engaged brides that when you first start wedding planning you almost need a glossary just to understand all of the different wedding terms that get thrown about- from boutonnière to bomboniere, to dais to damask, pew bow to pomander... it can make you go WTF! (which is an acronym for White Tie Formal, of course). Now, just to confuse brides-to-be even more, we have different types of wedding ceremonies, so it's not just your standard church-or-park wedding anymore. 

The newest kids on the block are Pop-Up ceremonies and Microweddings, and these are popping up all over Perth at present (please excuse the pun) as an alternative for couples who are looking for something a little more intimate that won't break the budget.

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What is a Pop-Up Wedding?

Pop up weddings are generally arranged by a group of vendors: celebrants, photographers, florists, videographers, stylists; who together perform multiple short and sweet ceremonies in one location in one day. Couples generally have the ceremony site to themselves for up to two hours for a small amount of guests (generally up to 30 at the most). Champagne toasts and canapés are sometimes included as a mini "reception" post-ceremony. Pop-ups are a fantastic alternative for the low-key bride & groom who don't want the stress of wedding planning to over-shadow the excitement of being engaged and planning a future together. The vendors, location, and date are all set for you, so all you need to do is rock up! The vendors also choose the ceremony styling, floral arrangements and other decor, so there's no need for spending endless hours scrolling through Pinterest- they've got it sorted! I've had quite a few brides choose a pop-up wedding for their ceremony, and they've planned a reception for their friends and family at a nearby restaurant afterwards, as you do have to leave the ceremony site fairly promptly so that the vendors can prep for the next couple. 

Pop-up weddings have a set price of roughly between $1500-$2500 in Perth dependent upon the location, vendors involved and the included services.

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So then what is a Micro-Wedding?

Micro-weddings are normal weddings on a much smaller scale- think with the bare-minimum of guests, generally 15 or less. Microweddings have really become much more popular of late, as more and more couples are choosing to shun traditions and make their wedding much more about what they want, not what tradition and society dictates. The result is a smaller, understated and ultra-personalised ceremony and reception that suits you, not your great-aunt Martha. Most couples who choose to go down the microwedding route skip the bridal party, and keep the big day as stress-free as possible.

Microweddings are also a great alternative for those who love the idea of eloping to a unique and exotic destination, but want to involve those closest to them on the big day. The only drawcard to the microwedding trend is that you may hurt some feelings when cutting the guest list so harshly, but the result is a larger budget for the honeymoon!

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What do you think of these new trends of Pop-Up weddings and Microweddings? Are you planning your own Pop-Up or Microwedding? We'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Lots of love,

Emily xx

Outdoorsy Engagement Photoshoot Ideas

To me, there’s no better backdrop for a photo than the great outdoors. Living in West Australia, we are so very blessed to have so much gorgeous scenery just on our doorstep, so I love it when a couple takes full advantage of living in such a beautiful place and has their engagement photo shoot outdoors. 

Having your photo session outdoors gives you both full reign to inject some of your personality as a couple into your photos, and take natural photos of the two of you having fun and enjoying each others’ company, rather than stuffy, posed photos.

I love seeing photos of my clients embracing their inner child at their engagement shoot: piggybacking their partners, crossing over streams, running through the bush holding hands, with the gorgeous Australian bushland as the background, backlit by the setting sun.

What to Wear

I absolutely love the contrast of a flowing white dress against the rugged roughness of the bush- it makes for such a stunning juxtaposition. A natural fabric such as linen or silk plays so perfectly against the bushland, keeping with the natural theme of the photo shoot. A delicate lace also works beautifully, especially when paired with a red or blue flannel shirt tied at the waist, or the classic denim jean jacket. I love a simple flat brown leather sandal with delicate white dresses, or if you want to give the look a little more structure, a pair of black lace up combat boots or gumboots adds a little contrast as well to your outfit.

For him, you can't beat a classic pair of blue jeans, especially if you choose to style your dress with a denim jacket. If you're wearing a flannel, a little matchy-matchy never goes astray, otherwise a simple cream linen shirt will complement your white dress beautifully, without detracting from it's crisp whiteness.

Dress Suggestions from our Designer Dress Rental Collection:

-       Truese Silk Dress in Champagne (Size 6-8)

-       Alice & You Chiffon Maxi in Cream (Size 10)

Hair & Make-up

For outdoor photo shoots, I love to leave hair free in soft waves so that it can flow in running shots, as it looks absolutely gorgeous flowing in the wind, no matter what the length. A simple braided half-up half-down look is perfect if it’s a little windy, as it gently pulls the hair away from your face and adds extra texture to the style.

A natural glowing skin look flatters the surroundings at your photo session beautifully, and I love using bronze shades on the eyes to contour and brighten the eyes without looking too “made-up”. Lashings of mascara and a couple of individual cluster lashes at the outer corners open up the eyes, and a little apricot-coloured blush and a shimmery bronzer to give you a gorgeous, sun-kissed flush to your cheeks.

Lots of love,

Emily xx