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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.




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”.


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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.



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.


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.


July 18, 2017

Alfred Angelo Brides

The sudden and unforeseen collapse of Alfred Angelo Bridal Company this week, has sent many shockwaves to brides and retailers across the globe. As a result many of these once excited brides are now panicking!

No bride should have this stress coming up to their wedding day. The team here at Lilly Bridal would love to offer some relief to brides who may have ordered their gown through a retailer or direct, with a 25% off discount on our entire range of gowns with free shipping.

If your heart was set on a specific Alfred Angelo design, please send through any images you have of the gown and our team of tailors will help recreate your dream gown for under A$1,000.

To take advantage of this offer please feel free to contact us with your receipt and we will have your gown custom made in 6-8 weeks.

It is extremely unfortunate that such a well known designer has gone into liquidation, however please rest assured our team will be able to help you through this.

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Best regards,
Aimee and the team at Lilly Bridal





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Being a bridesmaid is a lot of fun, but it’s also a serious honour and responsibility. When a friend asks you to be her bridesmaid, she is asking for your special help and support on one of the biggest days of her life. The responsibilities of a bridesmaid have changed over the years as wedding trends have waxed and waned so here is a handy list of four things every bridesmaid needs to do.


stress less wedding planning

Planning a wedding is notoriously stressful. There are so many choices to make and so many little details to think about that it’s easy to see how preparing for this happy event can quickly turn into an overwhelming project. For many brides, their wedding is an event they’ve been looking forward to for years and there is no reason why they shouldn’t enjoy every step of the process. Here are three tips to help you stress less when planning your wedding.


Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular. They are a great option for the budget-conscious bride who wants to avoid the surcharges that come with getting married at the height of the summer wedding season. With celebrities and royals like the Middleton sisters donning classic, long-sleeved gowns, it’s easier than ever to envision the romance of a winter wedding. If you’re considering tying the knot in a cooler season, here are four amazing winter theme wedding ideas for inspiration.


selecting a wedding dateChoosing your wedding date is one of the first decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding, and it’s also one of the most important. Your wedding date can affect everything from your event theme, to your guest list and your budget. Before you start the planning process, here are three important things to consider when selecting a wedding date.



Across the bridal industry, June is known as the most popular month to get married and “June brides” have become a modern tradition. You may be surprised to find out that the popularity of June weddings goes back centuries, and is deeply connected to Ancient Roman and Medieval traditions. Here’s why June is the most popular month to get married. It’s Good Luck The Roman Goddess Juno was the protector of women and the goddess of marriage and childbirth. As such, a wedding in her namesake month has been popular since Roman times. A June wedding was said to bring happiness and prosperity, making it a lucky month to celebrate a marriage. The first of June is also Juno’s feast day, making it a doubly lucky date for a wedding. It’s Tradition June weddings have become long-standing traditions because, for centuries, they fit well with the cycle of Medieval life. According to the Celtic calendar, young couples would often begin courting on May Day or Beltane (May 1st). Short courtships among impatient youth led to a surge of weddings in mid-June. Another Medieval tradition thought to contribute to the popularity of June weddings is the “annual bath”. Long ago, bathing was a once-a-year ritual observed at the end of May or early June. With so many couples at their cleanest, June became a popular month to tie the knot. Finally, June weddings became traditionally popular because they fit in well with the harvest cycle. A late summer pregnancy after a June wedding would still allow new brides to help with the harvest in the fall and a spring birth the following year would keep the first-born safe in the womb during the harshest winter months. It’s Convenient In modern times, June weddings have retained their popularity because June is the most convenient month to get married and benefit from the nicest weather of the year. It’s ideal for modern brides to host their weddings in June before their friends and family take off for their holidays in July and August. In some cities, like Paris, businesses shut down in July or August, making it difficult to get your ideal wedding venue or caterer. June is also a great month for brides to enjoy a plethora of fresh flowers in season for their décor. Whether you’re looking for good luck, tradition, or convenience, there are plenty of great reasons to get married in June. It’s easy to see why this month has become the most popular for wedding ceremonies, so make sure you book your special day far in advance if you want to be a June bride! What is your ideal month to get married? Let us know in the comments!Across the bridal industry, June is known as the most popular month to get married and “June brides” have become a modern tradition. You may be surprised to find out that the popularity of June weddings goes back centuries, and is deeply connected to Ancient Roman and Medieval traditions. Here’s why June is the most popular month to get married.



Having a beautiful and memorable wedding doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. According to the Herald Sun, the average cost of a wedding for Australian couples is now over $65,000. With numbers like that, it’s easy to get intimidated by the potential costs of planning your special day. Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to stay budget-friendly without sacrificing your dream wedding. Here are our top tips for having a gorgeous, unforgettable, and affordable wedding.