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What to do when you don’t want alcohol at your wedding?

Trisha Miller • February 22, 2017
What to do when you don’t want alcohol at your wedding? - WeddingWise Articles
When you think of a wedding, do you see champagne bubbles? Toasts with wine glasses in the air? Or maybe you think your family would prefer a keg of beer? If you said “no” to any of the above questions, then you’re in the right place. It may seem unheard of, but heaps of weddings choose not to serve alcohol. It could be because you’ve made a personal choice not to drink, maybe you don’t want the party to get too rowdy, or you just don’t want to spend the extra cash it costs to load up the venue with spirits. No matter the case, there are multiple solutions to your dry wedding conundrum. 

If You Decide Not to Serve Alcohol

Distract from the fact that it’s a dry wedding. Having a dry wedding is nothing to be ashamed of, but traditionally people are used to having alcohol served at these types of functions. So, having a lot of activities planned is always a good idea. This way, you won’t receive too many questions about where the booze is. This option…

How To Choose A Wedding Videographer

Moving Moments wedding video • October 29, 2015
How To Choose A Wedding Videographer - WeddingWise Articles
When you are planning your wedding, booking a good photographer is always considered a high priority. However, little thought is given to getting a good videographer. Video is viewed as a luxury, even though video can actually cost less, and records your big day in a much more three-dimensional way. Video includes movement, plus the added bonus of sound. Photos are like a past record of the event, but elegantly-crafted, high definition movies, married up with tasteful music, can really evoke the emotions, transporting you back in time to your wedding day. It’s like being there. Here is my advice on how to get great wedding video.

1. Research

Search the Internet and quality wedding directories like WeddingWise. View other videos of weddings past. Find out what moves you. Think about what styles appeal to you, and discuss this with your partner. Movie makers are all story-tellers, but some are more of a technician; others are more of an artist. On YouTube you will probably…

Hotel Weddings: The stress-free way to a beautiful wedding!

Marion Bausse • January 15, 2015
Hotel Weddings: The stress-free way to a beautiful wedding! - WeddingWise Articles
Are you planning your wedding day and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the details? A hotel wedding is a great way to ensure that your wedding is the fairytale day you deserve, without the stress! Hotel weddings have some great benefits – they give you access to our trusted, skilled wedding professionals. They take all the hard work out of the equation, leaving you free to enjoy the fun parts of wedding planning, like finding that perfect dress. Top five benefits of hotel weddings:

1. Take care of it all with one phone call

Many hotels have the advantage of offering dedicated wedding executives and planner. There’s no need to spend hours looking through bridal magazines when you can get all the help you need with a single phone call to a specialist who has the best suppliers in the business right at their fingertips. You’ll be put in touch with all the important vendors including stylists, florists, photographers, chefs and cake makers, bands, entertainment, and if…

Top Tweaks and Tricks to Make RSVP’s Pain-free

Amanda Cookson • November 24, 2014
Top Tweaks and Tricks to Make RSVP’s Pain-free - WeddingWise Articles
When I’m working with couples on their wedding invitations, the logistics of sending their wedding invites, setting RSVP dates, and actually getting the responses in becomes a hot topic. I asked some newly married couples for how they got their RSVP’s in, and received some great advice. Here are a few tweaks and insider knowledge gained from this survey, so you too can get your guest’s responses in quickly and stress free:

When should you send out your wedding invitations?

The time between when you send your invites and the date of your actual wedding plays a large part in how your RSVPs go.  The couples who had the best return rates sent their invitations between 3 and 4 months prior to their wedding.  If you send your invites out really early, then your guests will forget, or will think “I’ll get round to that”.  There’s no sense of urgency.  If you find yourself justifying sending them early due to Christmas, holidays, people having to travel… that’s what Save the Dates…

Rapunzel, Rapunzel…Let Down Your Hair

My Wedding Magazine • November 12, 2014
Rapunzel, Rapunzel…Let Down Your Hair - WeddingWise Articles
Deciding on whether to wear your hair up on down for your wedding day can be a tough decision for some. The general rule of thumb is that if you usually wear your hair down, then keep it down, and if you generally wear your hair up then find a soft up-do that works for you. There are a few other things to consider when making your decision ... Your style of your dress plays a big part in how your hair should fall. It can either hide or enhance certain features of yourself or your dress. It’s important to try not to hide appealing features of either with hair. For instance, if the back of your gown has stunning detail, either wear your hair up or pull it to one side. Your hairstyle also needs to suit the theme you have in mind. I always recommend that my clients consider continuity of their wedding day theme – think beach, vintage, country or formal classic. While many hairstyles are adaptable, some are more suited for the occasion than others. You will also need to…

BREATHE and de-stress yourself

Julie Lassen - Celebrant for ALL couples • October 15, 2014
BREATHE and de-stress yourself - WeddingWise Articles

Getting married and feeling stressed?

It does happen! You might have caught yourself holding your breath or taking quick and short shallow breaths as you experience others reactions to your plans. Unfortunately, many people don’t know when to keep their thoughts to themselves when it comes to weddings and planning! Perhaps it was more like a panic attack, which in turn results in even more anxiety and stress. At a course, I learnt that one of the most effective ways to manage stress and prevent those feelings of anxiety is to do abdominal breathing.  Sometimes called belly breathing.  Abdominal breathing is when we are in a relaxed state and it soothes our nervous system therefore giving us a coping mechanism. I recently read an article that gave a number of benefits through deep abdominal breathing.

The benefits are:

Gives you feelings of calm and well-being. Lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Balances your levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the…

Humour – a light hearted approach to your ceremony

My Wedding Magazine • October 07, 2014
Humour – a light hearted approach to your ceremony - WeddingWise Articles
Whilst getting married is a serious undertaking, the couples I officiate for often ask me to encourage fun and to inject humour into the ceremony. There are many ways that this can be achieved. Music is a great way to get a laugh from your audience. Whether your entrance song is the Muppets theme tune: “It’s time to put on makeup, it’s time to dress up right”, or the recessional song is: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours”, music can add humour and a touch of frivolity without being tacky. Couples sometimes choose to add to humour to proceedings by having the bride make a statement entrance, which could involve her and her bridesmaids performing a funky dance routine down the aisle. A great icebreaker within the ceremony is to include the crowd in offering support to the marriage. The officiant could address those gathered as “those whom the couple has especially chosen to stand beside them on this special day to witness and celebrate their marriage”.…

Planning your Honeymoon

Suzanne Teague • July 03, 2014
Planning your Honeymoon - WeddingWise Articles

Planning your Honeymoon

Planning a wedding is hard work and after the excitement of a long anticipated wedding day getting away for a honeymoon is the perfect way to unwind, spend some quality time together and to start getting used to that new surname! After all of the organisation involved in planning your wedding, honeymoon planning may feel like just another chore to be completed. Often this is a good job for the groom who may not feel comfortable about contributing to flower, cake and colour scheme choices but will be happy to undertake the fact finding mission to the travel agent and the resulting travel organisation.

First things first:

Like every aspect of your wedding planning, allocate a budget for your honeymoon If you’ve been living together and have set up house (and Aunty Doris’s generous gift of a new toaster is not required), consider setting up an account with your travel agent for your guests to contribute to. A note on your invitation will send…

Tips from the smiling celebrant

Julie Lassen - Celebrant for ALL couples • May 29, 2014
Tips from the smiling celebrant - WeddingWise Articles
As a marriage celebrant for over ten years you can pretty much say “You have seen it all”.  Big weddings, little weddings; short ceremonies, long ceremonies; expensive weddings, budget weddings.  Here is a selection of tips that I’ve accumulated from different brides over the last decade of marriages. If you chose to incorporate some of them into your wedding planning you will have an amazing wedding day. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  It is all small stuff!! Remember if things aren’t right it is you that notices and no one else – everyone else will be having a great time. If you feel overwhelmed and stressed be sure to get some Rescue Remedy. Surround yourself with only those people that are positive and supportive about your day. Your day will go very fast – so relax, enjoy and saviour every special moment. Even though you may not feel like eating on your wedding day – do force yourself as it will add to your enjoyment of the day. Delegate as much as you can to…

The WeddingWise Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Steff Green • April 29, 2014
The WeddingWise Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Dress - WeddingWise Articles
After finding the perfect partner, choosing the wedding dress is probably the hardest decision any bride faces. You know that on your wedding day all eyes will be on you, and you want to look fabulous. But there are so many dresses to choose from, how can you possibly find that one dress that will make your heart sing? Here at WeddingWise, we’ve compiled this simple guide to everything you need to know about choosing a wedding dress. By using this guide to colours, cuts, fabrics and styles, you’ll soon find the dress that’s perfect for you. Find the best wedding dress designers and shops in the WeddingWise directory, and search for wedding dress inspiration in the Lookbook.

The Colour

The vast majority of wedding dresses sold are white. However, now more than ever, alternative colours are being embraced. When you start looking for a wedding dress, think about whether you want colour or not – it may seem weird after seeing so many white dresses in stores and in movies, but…

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