What not to say to a bride on her wedding day

M&D Wedding114-2A bride’s wedding day is an emotionally charged marathon. The bride isn’t just marrying the love of their life, they’ve spent many months preparing and planning for their perfect day. This precious day was likely preceded by a restless or possibly sleepless night, started early with a morning appointment with hair and makeup, involves simultaneous nerves, stress and elation, and usually finishes late, probably under the influence of a glass or two of bubbles!

If you’re privileged to be part of the wedding day preparations or to be attending a wedding then think before you speak. Here’s some hints on what NOT to say:

  1. “Don’t worry but …” No explanation need for this one.
  2. “What a pity …” See point one.
  3. “I told you so …” The phrase most likely to result in wedding day bloodshed!
  4. “I’m surprised you invited … or didn’t invite …” We all know family and friends can be a sensitive issue. A wedding day is the time to forget any past issues, and to enjoy the moment for the happy couple.
  5. And finally, any mention of unhappy endings. We all know the statistics on divorce, but this really isn’t the time or place!

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Bridal Veil 101

Masterpieces Photography + Video at Jimbour HouseMany brides today are forgoing the tradition of bridal veils and choosing headpieces, flower crowns and bejewelled adornments, but we want to champion the tradition of the bridal veil.

Once believed to ward off evil spirits, it was Queen Victoria who popularised veils in the 1800s and since then they have drifted in and out of fashion.

Just like your wedding dress itself though, this is only time you get to wear this dramatic and spectacular article of clothing, so why wouldn’t you?

The one universal fact about veils is that they can flatter your figure, by elongating your body. The length of your veil, your body shape and your bridal gown need to complement each other for the perfect look. Test out a variety of options and see what works best with your gown. You want a veil to complement your overall silhouette, not break the flow of your look.

If you have a daringly low back, intricate cut out or delicate lace detail on the back of your gown, the veil provides some modesty for the ceremony, whilst removing it later takes your gown into party mode in one easy move.

Your veil can be an individual as your gown. If you are getting your gown designed and made for you, the designer may also tailor the veil to you.

We spoke to Linda Brewster from Gowns of Elegance who said that 80% of her brides still chose a veil to complement their dress. Linda said “Brides today are inspired by the spectacular shots they see on Pinterest, with cathedral length veils particularly popular because of the photographic opportunities they present. The veil that will float on the wind, create shimmery movement or drape over people, cars and so on is fantastic for the creative photographers and videographers out there”.

So before you toss away the idea of a veil here are some options for the length of your veil.

Bridal Veil Graphic

So let’s hear it for the humble veil – that flattering, fluttering piece of tulle or lace that can become the perfect photographic prop – and that’s before we add any of the embellishments that make a modern veil so unique.

Illustration by Watermelon and Soda Design
Images by Masterpieces Photography and Video

Tuscan twilight a little closer to home

This coming Sunday, 22nd May, The Bride’s Market will be hosting the next of their highly popular Twilight Market events at their Tuscan inspired courtyard in Douglas Street, Milton.
Offering a significantly different experience to the everyday, run-of the-mill indoor bridal expos, this event, held primarily outdoors under the stars, has a true European marketplace feel, with a selection of gourmet food vans sharing the space with a range of high-quality wedding vendors.
The unique space encourages great creativity from the attending suppliers, with plenty of fairy lights and decorative styling on shows dusk falls.
To secure your tickets for this event, head to the website.

So you’ve taken the plunge …

You’re in the euphoria of engagement. You’ve found your perfect life partner, but now you also have a wedding to plan! So where do you start? Our advice is to enjoy your engagement for a little time! Take at least a week or two, perhaps even a month or more if you’re in no rush to the alter to really enjoy the moment. Let it fully sink in and give yourself some time to ponder the future before you start your wedding planning in earnest.

TWA Wedding Rings smlThe most critical thing is the date. Spring, summer, autumn or winter? All the seasons have their unique benefits and their drawbacks and will influence many of the other decisions about the day. We always recommend trying to finalise your date about a year in advance – this gives plenty of time for planning, but also should guarantee your first choice of ceremony and reception venues and your most critical suppliers. Once you have your date set the next choice is your overall theme or style. This might define your venue too. Are you an outdoor couple that must get married on the beach, or in a stunning mountain valley. Or maybe you are all about luxury and the reception venue and a traditional church is the answer. Or perhaps you (or your fiancé) are a car nut and the transport is the critical first choice (not to mention ensuring you don’t clash with Bathurst weekend).

Whatever you’re into, that’s where to start. Your unique and individual choices are what makes your wedding all about you and where the multitude of options really begins! Don’t be put off too much by other people’s opinions and get inspiration from a range of sources – there’s nothing worse than setting small details in place early and then finding something that you love even more – you don’t have to be impulsive (unless you want to).

Most importantly though is to enjoy the process and don’t sweat the small stuff. Get the big ticket items out of the way early and choose experienced professionals who you trust – they will take so much pressure off you as the day gets closer – and the rest will fall into place as the planning progresses.

Speak to our amazing contributors for professional advise on your wedding day.