The average cost of the Aussie wedding

WFML_PreLaunch114With so many reports in news and social media about the cost of weddings it’s hard to know what the average really is. In Bride to Be’s biannual Cost of Love survey we learn that the cost of weddings has nearly doubled in the last ten years. Interestingly the increases are in pre-wedding celebrations, jewellery, the groom’s outfit, beauty and the bridal party.

One element that has seen a 6% decrease is the bridal gown, with the average Australian bride spending $2,914 on her dream gown. In a definite sign of the times, one in ten gowns are now purchased online which may account for some of the decreased average spend. While in contrast, the groom’s outfit cost have increased by 14% to $718. Clearly a long way shy of the bridal attire costs, but that average is a good place to start when considering a quality suit.

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The survey polls over 1000 Australian women who are engaged or have married recently. So, does this fit with your expenditure?

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Old world grandeur with 5-star service

MPV_TreasuryHotel-3If you’re looking for a Brisbane venue simply oozing elegant style and sophistication then it’s hard to go past the Treasury Hotel. With its mix of an unbeatable location, spectacular architecture and niche function spaces this Brisbane icon is difficult to top.

The hotel’s exceptionally professional, friendly and dedicated function staff know how to deliver your perfect wedding day. Our friends at Masterpieces Photography + Video are one of their preferred suppliers and have shared some highlights from the latest showcase at this real treasure of Brisbane.

Wedding trends for 2017

Pinterest have released their latest wedding trends for 2017. The trend report is based on what brides are pinning, liking and commenting about on Pinterest. Definitely worth a look we say. We’ve seen that personalisation is in high demand, with greenery winning over blooms, and the unique lusted after.

See the report here.

We’re adding the glamping, along with teepees to our favourite trends.

See you on Pinterest …

Get your bride tribe kitted out

Make sure your bride tribe look the part on your journey to the altar with our fabulous new range of apparel and accessories.

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We’ve teamed up with the folks at Redbubble to bring you an uber-cool collection of T-shirts, tote bags, mugs and so much more.

We’ve got products that make perfect favours for your bridal party, stationery to plan with, streetwear that gives your Hens party the edge and for the all-important girls-night-in before the big day.

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MBFF is back

After much disappointment last year, we are excited about the return of Brisbane’s premier fashion event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. This event features some of our favourite local designers, naturally the bridal and formal wear is our absolute favourite.

Tickets will be available from 1 June, so make sure you’re where fashion is and get your tickets. Find out more.

Top 4 Wedding Essentials Not to Scrimp on

When it comes to weddings it often seems like there is an infinite number of ways to spend your money, but what are the things you really shouldn’t scrimp on?

The bling that becomes an heirloom

The rings represent your marriage for eternity. The wedding day will pass but your ring will stay on your finger for the rest of your life and pass down as an heirloom to the next generation. 

Bridal prep

Spend that bit more on your hair and make-up and you will look, and feel like a princess for a day.

It’s your day, and thou really do want to look utterly amazing! Having glowing, clear skin and hair that the curls don’t drop out will give you an added confidence on the day that will shine through in your images and video. Even if you’re not into makeup, and decide against false eyelashes, making the most of your features and ensuring you have flawless skin is what a professional hair and make-up artist is expected to do. 

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Images to die

This is the one day on your life that you want to capture every moment. It goes by in such a flash, and the looking through the photos and video in the future is the way you will stir those warm memories of the fantasy day you experienced. 

Dancefloor divas 

If you want your wedding to be remembered by your guests for the right reason then don’t skimp on the entertainment! No matter how much care you put into selecting the tracks a Spotify playlist creates precisely zero level ambiance, whilst a band, or experienced DJ will have everyone on the floor dancing. A band or DJ will also have some lighting and possibly special effects like fog machines that create a much better backdrop for your photos and video.

Images by Masterpieces Photography + Video

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

xennox_wfml002-1You know we love fashion, champagne, and diamonds – I mean who doesn’t? So an invitation to the UNVEILED bridal showcase featuring the sublime designs of Vanessa Hoe from When Freddie Met Lilly in the opulent surrounds of Xennox Diamonds on the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane was an opportunity we simply couldn’t miss.

The event, feeling much more like an elegant party, was in full swing as we arrived, with the champagne and espresso martini cocktails flowing. Xennox has created a fabulous space to showcase their stunning bling and, like most of the ladies there, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to try on a little (OK, $34,000 worth), of it – in my a case a modern cut Pink Argyle diamond ring! Sadly sanity prevailed and it had to go back into the display cabinet … this time.

xennox_wfml009-8With the fashion show a highlight of the night, it was Karl Schwantes himself who launched the show with a rousing introduction before highlights from Vanessa’s most recent collections, together with some teasers from her new range, made their way around the runway. The showstopping start, featuring jewellery against the backdrop of stylish black bodysuits was followed by a selection of stunning wedding and formal gowns, as well as some of the elements from the new two-piece range that can be mixed and matched to create the look you want.

Xennox will be hosting these events at intervals throughout the year so if you get the opportunity you should get along.

Photography and Video by Masterpieces Photography + Video

 

Keeping your wedding cool

belvedere008With the full-on summer weather at the moment, it’s not just the final details of your wedding planning that might be getting you a little hot under the collar.

For anyone tying the knot under these blazing summer skies we’ve got some tips to help alleviate the heat and let you, and your guests, enjoy the bluest skies the season can offer…

Water, water and more water

Make sure that you, and your bridal party have plenty of water on hand throughout the preparation and the photo session. Dehydration is your worst enemy and will rob you of your energy at precisely the time you want to be enjoying things the most.

Provide water and fruit juice stations for your guests, especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony. Having water available will also reduce alcohol consumption and keep things more even-tempered, especially if it is a sticky humid evening.

Don’t forget your furbabies. Make sure that your pets, whether involved in the ceremony or not, are well cared for. It will be one less thing for you to stress about on the day if you are confident that they are being spoilt and totally looked after.

It might help to calm or nerves, or you might think it will help you sleep, but drinking the night before your wedding is not advisable. The thing that makes the heat even more unbearable is a hangover, so make sure you, and your groom, moderate the partying the night before the big day. You’ll enjoy the big day so much more and will have the stamina get to the real party.

Don’t be late

brookfield-shoot_333At any other time of the year it’s always acceptable for the bride to be fashionably late (10 minutes or so), but at the height of summer, with your groom and guests waiting under a blazing sun or inside without aircon, you won’t win friends by keeping people waiting. If you are planning on an outside ceremony perhaps provide sunscreen for your guests  – you can wear foundation and moisturiser with sunscreen but it’s a great idea to make sure your groom takes precautions too – you don’t want a sunburnt partner in your photos, or on the honeymoon.

Having an order of service that doubles as a fan is an ingenious solution that looks great and helps everyone keep their cool.

Keep it shady

kimryanwedding-235The more shade you provide for guests the more they will love you, but the same goes for your bridal party too – they have to be outside for the photo session too. Think about parasols, umbrellas or fans – they make great props as well providing some much-needed protection from the sun.

If you follow these simple rules you’ll be able to make the most of this wonderful summer weather while it lasts, enjoy your day in the sun and have a wedding that everyone remembers for the right reasons.

Photo Credits: Masterpieces Photography + Video

BFF comes to the party

leanne_jess_005-2What do you do when you win a competition and suddenly can’t take the prize? You grab your bestie and head down to New Farm Park for some photos – that’s what you do!

Leanne won our Perfect Proposal competition last year but sadly was unable to take the full prize as her fiancé had urgent family commitments overseas. With Leanne about to jet off to join fiancé Justin in a new life in Cincinnati, we decided to do a going-away photoshoot with her bestie, Jess, at New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Justin and Leanne met and fell in love at a concert in Brisbane a couple of years ago. Since then things have moved at a frenetic pace with Leanne busy planning her huge move overseas, and a wedding at the same time – so just a bit of pressure! To make things a little easier, though, Leanne & Justin have decided to elope to Las Vegas and have planned the full-on Vegas experience – with the obligatory Elvis impersonator at the little wedding chapel – all being streamed live on Skype so both sets of family and friends can be see the ceremony.

We wish Leanne and Justin every happiness in their future together and are glad we could give Leanne a happy send-off with Jess. Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video had a great time capturing these old friends as you will see…