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Signing up for a bridal gift registry is a tradition that has become more controversial in recent years. While some people love the idea, others feel less favourably about it. When it comes to wedding gifts and bridal registries, it’s easy to feel at a loss about what to do. Will your guests appreciate the ease of a registry or will they feel limited by your choices? To help you decide what direction is best for you, here are the pros and cons of a bridal registry.


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This is it, the moment you’ve dreamed about has happened! The man you love has gotten down on one knee, popped the question, and you’re suddenly sporting a brand-new piece of jewelry. Now that your status as a bride-to-be has been officially minted, how should you spread the news? Although social media makes it easy to broadcast your recent engagement to just about everyone you’ve ever met, you may want to consider who you’d like to tell in person and in what order you’d like to do so. Standard etiquette tradition is pretty universal on this point, so here’s a breakdown of who to tell and in what order.



Choosing your wedding cake flavour is perhaps one of the most fun parts of the wedding planning process. After all, who wouldn’t look forward to an afternoon sampling sweet treats? That being said, it can also be a stressful decision as you and your future hubby try to settle on just one combination of flavours. If you’re feeling lost in a sea of buttercream, here are three tips for choosing your wedding cake flavour.




Daisy Dress

Tea length gowns are becoming ever more popular these days as millennial brides fall for casual vintage styles. A tea length gown, which ends below the knee but above the ankle, brings a traditional mid-century aesthetic along with the casual flair of a shorter dress that modern millennials love. If you’re thinking about tying the knot in a tea length dress, here’s now to style the rest of your ensemble to achieve that perfect vintage look.




As we move further into the twenty-first century, wedding bells are really starting to chime for the millennial cohort. This generation is forging ahead in all sorts of areas and their independent, entrepreneurial spirit is no less on display when it comes to the planning of their wedding days. While previous generations may have been more reluctant to break from tradition, here’s how millennials are breaking new ground and claiming their wedding days as their own.

They Find Budget-Friendly Options

For the generation that came of age during a major financial crisis, there is no shame in throwing a budget-friendly bash. Millennials aren’t as worried about “keeping up with the Joneses” and are more likely to get creative when it comes to finding ways to save money. Whether it’s getting married in a friend’s backyard or getting hitched over brunch instead of a formal dinner, millennials know that you don’t need to break the bank to throw an awesome bash.

They Favour Personality Over Tradition

Rather than following every single wedding tradition down to the letter, millennials are finding ways to incorporate their unique personalities into their special days. Instead of an expensive traditional wedding cake, coffee-loving couples might opt instead for a doughnut tower or Francophiles might choose to go with a croque-en-bouche. Millennial couples are also likely to think more critically about the symbolism behind entrenched wedding traditions. These days, many young brides are choosing not to be “given away” and couples decide to make the fateful walk down the aisle together, hand in hand.

They Aren’t Afraid To Go Minimal

A lot of millennials are also embracing the current minimalism trend and incorporate that aesthetic into their wedding. Instead of buying overflowing bouquets of flowers, millennials love the elegance and class of more simple arrangements. The generation is shaving off the unnecessarily frills on their wedding days so that they and their guests can focus on what matters most.

While there is something to be said for tradition, times are changing and millennials are leading the way when it comes to new wedding trends. Are you a millennia bride? How are you claiming your wedding day as your own?



Nowadays, more and more budget conscious brides are choosing to do their own makeup on their wedding days. With so many online tutorials and cheat sheets, it’s easier than ever to achieve a flawless face without the unnecessary expense of hiring a makeup artist. Doing your own makeup is also a great option if you’re thinking of planning a destination wedding. Model Miranda Kerr recently made a big splash with her natural, glowing wedding day makeup. If you’ve been looking to recreate a similar look, here’s how you can get that timeless supermodel glow.




When shopping for a wedding ring, there are four things to keep in mind. In the diamond industry, these are known at the “4Cs” and they stand for colour, clarity, carat, and cut. While most people tend to focus on carat, colour, and clarity, cut is just as important—if not more so! The cut of a diamond plays a big role in how the other three characteristics are showcased. If you’re new to the word of diamond shopping, here’s a look at what’s currently trending in terms of that all-important fourth “C”.




If you’re a bride-to-be, no doubt you’ve been gathering beauty inspiration for your hairstyle, makeup look, and nail colour. With the help of sites like Pinterest, there is no shortage of beauty inspiration and trend-alerts available online. But aside from the traditional hair, beauty, and nail obsessions, have you taken the time to consider a holistic approach to your pre-wedding beauty list? As we all know, true beauty comes from the inside out, so taking the time to nurture body and mind together is an essential part of preparing for your big day.


bonbonniere trends


Bonbonnieres are a classic and traditional form of wedding favours that are easy and inexpensive to put together for the DIY or budget-conscious bride. Traditionally, these little boxes of bonbons have been filled with colourful Jordan almonds. In Australia however, the term bonbonniere has grown to include any type of small gift or favour given to guests at a wedding. As wedding trends grow and change, bonbonniere trends have grown and changed as well. To give you some ideas of what you can gift guests at your own reception, here’s what’s trending in Australian wedding favours this summer.


stay cool wedding day


It’s no secret that hot Australian summers can send temperatures and tempers through the roof. When the heat climbs to over 40 degrees, it’s easy to let the heat get to you. Add in the excitement and nerves of your wedding day and keeping a cool head may seem like an even bigger challenge. Here are a few helpful tips to help you stay cool and calm on your summer wedding day.


wedding venue


We’re all about finding great options for the budget conscious bride that don’t compromise on style or quality. As such, we’ve often talked on the blog about ways to avoid the crazy markups of the traditional bridal industry. One area we’ve focused on is unusual wedding venue ideas. If you’ve read that blog post, you know that booking your wedding in a non-traditional space like a museum or national park can save you from those industry markups. However, knowing that many traditional venues bump up their prices when they hear you’re booking a wedding may make you wonder if you should disclose the nature of your event when booking. Can you really save money by telling fibs to the wedding venue?



While some wedding traditions fade with time, one that has endured is the old adage that a bride must wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Even some of today’s most modern and avant-garde brides continue to stick to this time-honoured good luck tradition. It’s also popular for some brides to double-up and find a single piece that can fulfil more than one of those categories. Here are some of the most common blue items that are often lent to brides to double as their something borrowed and something blue.




These days, most women are familiar with online shopping, but you may not have considered the possibility of shopping online for the most important garment of your life: your wedding dress. While it may seem a little daunting at first to make such an important purchase over the internet, there are so many benefits to this style of shopping! Our mission is to make sure that shopping for your dream dress is as hassle-free as possible and brings you benefits you won’t get from a traditional retailer. Without further ado, here are three benefits of buying your wedding dress online.


how to choose wedding photographer


Choosing the perfect wedding photographer is perhaps one of a bride’s biggest and most important decisions. After all, it is the photographer’s work that you will be looking at and enjoying the benefits of for years to come. With the natural desire to snap the perfect wedding memories also comes a lot of pressure in choosing the right person for the job. To help guide you through the process, here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect wedding photographer.


November 21, 2017

Destination Wedding Gowns



Destination weddings give brides the perfect opportunity to combine a thirst for travel and adventure with the love and magic of getting married. Hopping a plane to an exotic destination has all the excitement and romance of an elopement, but inviting your friends and family along for the ride also gives you the chance to include your loved ones in this important occasion. Destination weddings typically call for a more bohemian theme and gown trends for these events usually feature flowy fabrics, boho lace, or maybe even a shorter skirt. If you’re preparing for a destination wedding of your own, here are our picks for destination wedding gowns.


centrepiece ideas


Flowers may be traditional wedding décor but today’s brides are thinking more outside the box when it comes to their table centrepieces. There are plenty of more budget-friendly options available that do a better job of expressing your unique personality through décor. Creating unique centrepieces are also a great option for the DIY bride who wants to get things done in advance and not have to worry about last minute deliveries of fresh flowers on the morning of the wedding day. If you’re looking to avoid the hassle and expense of floral decor, here are some unique table centrepiece ideas.


unplugged ceremony

There’s a lot of hype right now about unplugged wedding ceremonies where guests are asked to leave their phones and cameras in their pockets and purses. In an increasingly digital and documented world, many brides and grooms see the value in asking their guests to unplug and center themselves in the moment. Unplugged ceremonies have their drawbacks and benefits. We’ve rounded up the pros and cons so you can decide if a tech-free wedding is right for you.


incorporate each personality wedding theme


Weddings are all about the joining of two distinct individuals as they make the decision to share their lives with one another. As such, the ceremony and reception should accurately reflect the personalities of both the bride and the groom. Part of what makes a marriage so beautiful and special is the way that two different people find commonality and come together. For that reason, differences in taste and personality should be celebrated and incorporated into your special day. If you’re struggling with how to pair your love of Disney princesses with his Star Wars obsession, here are a few ways to incorporate each personality into your wedding theme.




For brides on the Southwest coast of Australia, Perth offers countless stunning wedding venues. Complete with sandy beaches, riverside parks, botanic gardens, and mountains, Perth is full of natural splendour. For the urban bride, Perth also offers countless cultural attractions for your guests to enjoy before or after the wedding day including ballet, opera, theatre, art galleries, and museums. If you’re thinking of getting married in Perth, here are our top three picks for the best wedding venues in the city.


October 17, 2017

The Magic Of A Barn Wedding


If you’re a bride who spends any time at all on Pinterest, you know about the magic of a barn wedding. Barn weddings have become incredibly popular in recent years as more and more brides favour budget-friendly, less-formal, and more customizable wedding days. While barn weddings are right on trend, they also offer a timeless and traditional down-home feel for the bride who wants to keep it both stylish and simple. If you’re on the fence about this trend, here are a few of the benefits that make a barn wedding truly magical.