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.

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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WFML Glamorous Collection Launch

When Freddie met lilly Collection Launch

Hollywood-style glamour came to Brisbane last night with the glitzy launch of the When Freddie met Lilly Indianna Collection in the Valley. The night was filled with stunning gowns and equally gorgeous people, many wearing When Freddie met Lilly creations.

A full-on red carpet experience greeted the attendees with paparazzi snaps (by Masterpieces Photography + Video) on the stylish media wall (by Watermelon and Soda Design) outside Mirra Private Dining and Events. Attendees could get a wonderful dose of the ultra-hip vintage vibe at the Gathering Events caravan just outside the front door. Inside live music was being played by Savvy, while canapés and drinks were being served at a number of locations around this most flexible of venues, whilst fashion films projected in the courtyard, and guests could have the evening’s fun remembered at one of the two photo booths.

The standing room only parade commenced with a relaxed introduction by the beautiful and ever-so-accomplished Giaan Rooney, setting the scene for an evening of exquisite and sexy gowns.

As the lights came up the runway show was a veritable feast of sexiness with divine lace, luscious fabrics, sparkling embellishments along with lingering glimpses of décolletage, deep splits and low backs, all complemented by the spectacular headpieces from The Little Pack of Five. The luxurious green backdrop of the catwalk was highlighted by sparkling lights and lusciously draped with fresh native foliage by Kate Dawes Flower Design. The guys weren’t forgotten with suits, accessorized with bowties, and in a variety of seasonal colours. As always the flower girls managed to steal the show in the cuteness of frills, feathers and flower crowns.

Designer Vanessa Hoe should be justifiably proud of this collection, elements of which featured strongly last year in New York and at Sydney Bridal Fashion Week earlier this year. The When Freddie Met Lilly brand is an absolute powerhouse that continues to go from strength to strength and with standing room only this year, it’s exciting to think what next year’s collection launch might bring.

Photo Credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

View Social photos on Masterpieces Facebook page.

Event Contributors:
When Freddie met Lilly | Mirra Private Dining and Events | Masterpieces Photography + Video | Watermelon and Soda Design | The Little Pack of Five | Kate Dawes Flower Design | Bella Brides Hair and Make up | Beautiful Wedding Australia | Event Letters | Gathering Events | In the Booth | Cakes by Judy C | Summer and East | Sofi Spritz | Enchanted Empire | We are Twine | Slow Motion Photo Booth | Tracey Moyle

 

Bridal Fashion from NY to Brisbane

WFML_PreLaunch114Coming soon is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the bridal and formal fashion year, with the Brisbane launch of the new collection from When Freddie Met Lilly (WFML).
This exciting and popular showcase has outgrown the WFML studio and this year to be held at the elegant and sophisticated Mirra Private Events and Dining in the heart of Brisbane’s party district, the Valley.
Head designer, Vanessa Hoe, will be showing a brand new range of gowns from the Indianna Collection, as well as giving Brisbane fashionistas the chance to see the full, Hollywood inspired, Hepburnesque collection that previewed to rave reviews at New York Bridal Fashion Week.
The Wedding Alley was lucky enough to have a sneak peek of some of the gowns at a pre-launch photo shoot last week and as you can see from the photos and video, captured by the talented team at Masterpieces Photography + Video, these are spectacular statement gowns with exquisite detailing.
Tickets available online. Believe me, you don’t want to miss out!

 

Photo Credits:
Gowns: When Freddie met Lilly | Headpieces: A Little Pack of Five | Photography + Video: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Hair and Makeup: Bella Brides | Model: Tayla

The wrap party

GoE_Wraps_Blog002-3Last Saturday our friends at Gowns of Elegance hosted an eagerly anticipated high-tea function to celebrate the launch of a new range of fabrics and styles of wrap dresses from designer Erika Coyle, who was on hand to demonstrate some innovative ways to wear these versatile outfits. As usual, Linda, Bella and their team had created a stunning atmosphere with their Chermside boutique stylishly decorated for the occasion by Annastasia from Grande Moments Weddings & Designs. The floral decorations were particularly beautiful, with fresh roses being a distinct theme. We loved the unique “rose ceiling” feature with individual stems suspended in glass tubes. Guests arrived to find the store looking exquisite, with gift bags waiting on white americana chairs and a celebratory glass of champagne on offer, together with a smorgasbord of sweet and savoury treats for attendees to enjoy.

Whilst the event was aimed at Bridesmaids, Erika’s new range includes some stunning white lace and tulle gowns that would be equally suitable for brides, especially those planning a destination or casual beach wedding. The new “uber-bling” sequin fabric range of gown was especially popular with the bridesmaids in attendance who could clearly envisage being able to wear the gowns to formal events as well as to a wedding. Wrap dresses, being so versatile, are extremely popular right now, and are available from a number of sources, but not all are created equal. Erika’s dresses have a wonderful quality and feel. The gowns can be made in different weight fabrics and are made locally in South East Queensland.

Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video was lucky enough to be invited to capture the event and you can see some of the highlights below. If you weren’t able to get to the high-tea on Saturday then you should give the team at Gowns of Elegance a call and make a time to visit their showroom and take a look at their incredible range of both bridal and bridesmaid dresses.

Désir à l’Anglaise – Vera Wang

Discover Vera Wang’s latest bridal film, “Désir à l’Anglaise,” which features the Vera Wang Spring 2017 Bridal Collection. “Désir à l’Anglaise,” celebrates the profound restraint of the British monarchy, the grandeur of English aristocracy, and the drama of real ball gowns within the context of today.

Styling: Vera Wang
Directed by: Gordon von Steiner
Hair by: Akki
Make-up by: Marla Belt
Set Design: Daniel Graff from Mary Howard Studio
Location: Oheka Castle
Talent: Josephine Letutour, Zlata Semenko. Florian Van Bael, Bram Valbracht

Gowns that your Grandmother might not like

Your grandma might not approve but there is a definite trend towards bridal gown designs that might cause blushes amongst earlier generations. Figure hugging sheer fabrics and see-through lace are now no longer the preserve of Hollywood sirens with a daring range of plunging necklines and low backs now de-rigeur in most modern collections. Skin is most certainly in!
Are you confident enough to strut in these stunning gowns from some of our favourite
designers?

 

Backdrop to Romance

An urban industrial background is transformed by an arbour, decorated by lush green foliage and a modern string curtain that provides a soothing, rhythmic flow framing the bride and groom. This is the perfect way to disguise and soften harsh backdrops or bring focus back to the bride and groom on a more open landscape

This is the perfect way to disguise and soften harsh backdrops or bring focus back to the bridal couple on a more open landscape.

Photo Credits:
Backdrop: Sugared Style
Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video
Gown: Darb Bridal Couture
Suit: When Freddie met Lilly
Hair: Whisk Hair
Makeup: Jess Brailak Makeup and Tanning
Venue: Mirra Private Dining and Events
Models: Laura and Billy

 

 

 

Wedding Gown Regret?

Worried about your wedding gown decision? Are you afraid of wedding gown regret? Regret is real for many brides. Many brides look back at their wedding photographs and wish they’d made a different choice. It’s all too easy to find a dress in the moment. One that you love right now, but will you still love it in the years to come?

Here are our tips on making the right choice.

WFML BLogClassic silhouettes never go out of style. Think Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

The designer of Kate’s wedding gown, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, was kept secret until her entrance into the Westminister Abbey

The gown that Grace Kelly wore to her wedding to Prince Rainier was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, who also made Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding gown. The gown was created by thirty-six dressmakers over a six week period, with 25 yards of silk taffeta, antique rose-point lace and pearls.

In 1954 Audrey Hepburn married actor Mel Ferrer in a full skirted Fifties ballerina-length gown by Pierre Balmain. She also wore a rose flower crown in her hair.

These gowns and style icons are still talked about today.

Traditional fabrics are your mainstay. Quality fabrics that create classic silhouettes and stand the test of time are a easy choice. Think lace, organza and tulle.

GoE_008_BlogKnow your style. Don’t pick an alternative design just to be different. Be true to your style and what suits your body shape. Try on different styles, even if you think you know exactly what you want. Sometimes the gown that looks plain on the rack look stunning on the body. And conversely, the gown that looks stunning on the rack doesn’t suit every bride.

Colour it up. Don’t forget that the white wedding dress was a relatively recent trend instigated by Queen Victoria in her marriage to Prince Albert in February 1840. Of course this trend is still followed by the majority of brides today but breaking the rules has become more prevalent again in recent years.

The full look. Don’t forget your accessories. Too much can be OTT, so test out your extras. One statement piece often looks best with simple, complementary jewellery, and if your gown is heavily beaded or sequined, simple is definitely best. Then there’s your flowers…

Whatever you choose, remember, it’s your day and you should get to wear your dream gown your way.

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The Main Event – The QC Club Bridal Show MBFF

MBFF_Bridal_GW083It may not have had Jennifer Hawkins walking for Myer, but for us here at The Wedding Alley, this show was the big ticket item of the week. Brad’s stunning collection for Darb at The Brisbane Arcade Group Show had whetted our appetite and we were hungry for more from some of Brisbane’s very best couture designers.

The long, simple catwalk and well paced timing was ideally suited to showcase some truly spectacular collections with a show that engaged all the senses.The lighting of the show accentuated the embellishments and bling of each piece and being front row, in the middle of the catwalk, enabled me to feel surrounded by the gowns and appreciate their sensual textures.  Collections ranged from eclectic mixes through to classic elegance and on to magnificent themed segments. The layering of fabrics was a common theme, as was the use of stronger and more coarse laces that suit today’s confident brides. Next season’s colours made subtle appearances in some collections, with stylish and dramatic headpieces also a big feature.

Elizabeth De Varga

It was wonderful to see Tammie Nitschke back on the runway at MBFF and her collection emphasised her romantic, beautifully embellished style. The gown reveal was a big wow factor. Full bodied skirts were unclipped to reveal options for every bride including a gown with a short lace skirt, a sophisticated pant suit and the most fun being a short, sexy playsuit.

Jordanna Regan Couture

Showcasing a dramatic, form-fitting, diverse range of sensual gowns for the modern bride, Jordana created a fascinating segment. A dusky, off white gown, with incredible floral ruffles from thigh to floor that appeared to move almost of it’s own accord was our particular favourite.

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan

Elegant designs in classic shapes created with sumptuous fabrics were the hallmark of this collection from Brisbane bridal couture royalty. Beautiful layering of lace with sequin embellishment was again a feature, with stylish matching headpieces providing an added touch of elegance to each piece.

Alter Ego

A first time showing, Daniel’s gowns had a sleek, sexy silhouette with beautiful detailing. He showcased a sophisticated range of styles married with diverse range of exciting headpieces.

Jack Sullivan

Modern, sexy shapes, softened by beautiful layering of lace textures were a feature of this cohesive and confident collection. The subtle use of sequins and lace within the layers of fabric added another dimension to these beautiful and sophisticated gowns.

Paul Hunt

Having already exhibited on opening night, Paul included a small collection in the main bridal show. A complete re-imaginging of the bridal gown, Paul displayed a dramatic range of unique styles that would suit alternative brides, along with a pair of ultra feminine gowns that beautifully incorporated the black and white season trend.

George Wu

A dramatic change of tone heralded the arrival of George’s stunning themed collection. With the cavernous venue amplifying the cathedral sound, the first model out walked in a slow, pious way that created a near religious atmosphere. The collection that followed, inspired by the early christianity of ancient Rome, was simply sublime. Pure white toga necklines, gowns adorned with ancient roman Pegasus motifs and beautiful toga rope detailing created a true spectacle. The use of simple white laurel-wreath headpieces and crucifix inspired jewellery enhanced the experience and reinforced George’s already stellar reputation.

Thanks to Lindsay Bennett and the team at Mercedes Fashion Festival Brisbane for making the 10 year one of the every best. We’re missing it already, and can’t wait until next year.

Credits:
Photos @mpvdave from Masterpieces Photography + Video
Makeup Napoleon Perdis
Hair Schwarzkopf

Shabi & Israel 2015 Bridal Collection

Whether it’s London Fashion Week, or MBFF here in Brisbane, the Wedding Alley are incredibly fortunate to amongst the first to see some amazing designer’s new creations from all around the world. From the ancient lands of the middle-east, Shabi and Israel’s 2015 Bridal Collection is feminine and sexy. Their latest collection features delicate lace, stunning embellishments and utilises the train to dramatic new levels. Their stunning designs highlight the sexy curves of the feminine form and their creations are chic and of the moment.

Fashion house Shabi and Israel opened in 2010, and their 2015 bridal collection is beautiful and sensuous.

Be still your beating heart as you fall in love with these gorgeous creations.