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.

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How to keep your groom engaged in wedding planning

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In most situations, it is the groom who instigates the wedding planning process when he gets down on one knee and utters those long awaited words. But very soon after that initial thrill (and maybe a little terror), of the proposal, the admiring looks of the ring on your finger and the endless retelling of your love story for cooing family and friends, it quickly becomes apparent to most grooms that weddings are all about the bride! Like it was ever going to be any other way! The sad truth is that most blokes simply aren’t that interested in the nitty gritty of centrepieces, coordinated stationery and chair cover colours and for many the wedding planning process quickly loses it’s lustre. If your H2B isn’t in this category then you can rejoice and enjoy the choices you make together in this time. However, if you’re not quite so lucky, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to keep your groom motivated and invested in your wedding planning.

  1. Book a meaningful venue. Make sure your groom is happy with the ceremony and reception venues. A mutual choice will mean so much more to both of you on the day. The reception usually takes up the largest portion of the budget so being on the same page will definitely start the planning off in the right direction.
  2. Book into food tasting opportunities. Enjoy the fun that comes with planning a wedding together. Book in to taste your wedding cake, and your reception menu and, with most guys loving a feed, they will find the time to fit it into their schedule.
  3. Choose the right wedding events. Attend smaller more intimate wedding open days or expos with your fiancé, and leave the large, full-on, wedding expos to enjoy with your bridesmaids. There are a growing number of events for grooms too. So if he’s into whisky tasting, or learning how to tie the perfect bow tie, this could be the perfect opportunity to introduce a new venue option.
  4. Don’t sweat the little things and compromise. What’s important to your groom should be important to you. So if he prefers a certain wine to be served, or band to play, then make sure you consider his suggestions. The wedding you’ve dreamed of now has the most important element, your perfect partner, so all the other things should be open to compromise. A little latitude with the big ticket items will make it much easier to push through your smaller choices.
  5. Guest list and seating plans. Who gets invited and where they sit is a huge part of enjoying the celebrations. So make your groom’s life easy and consider his family and friends, just as you do yours. Both of you will be much more relaxed if you avoid contentious issues raising their heads at the reception.
  6. Photos! Guys are much less likely to enjoy having their photo taken, so make sure your partner is comfortable with the choice of photographer. Consider booking an engagement or pre-wedding shoot so he has the chance to get to know your photographer and becomes more relaxed with the idea of being in front of the camera for the day.

Most of these points are relevant even if your partner is 100% interested in the planning process. As you join your lives together consider your partner and how you can both enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Image: Masterpieces Photography + Video

A taste of haute-couture

ALCP_2Right now, here in Brisbane, you can enjoy a taste of the luxury experience usually reserved for A-List celebrity parties when you choose an incredible haute-couture cake created by Caitlin Mitchell at A Little Cake Place.
We were lucky enough to be invited to join one of Caitlin’s couples on the start of their journey to cake-heaven with a tasting and consultation at her studio in Annerley.
Caitlin creates a real experience for her clients, with a very select range of premium teas served in elegant china to accompany the mouth-watering tasting platter.
Caitlin usually leaves her clients alone to try the flavours by themselves, but we were there to experience just how many times the word “yum” was used and it was quite obvious that Rach and Stu would have been more than happy to go “around-the-clock” of flavours again.
ALCP_3Once they had narrowed down the choice (clearly a VERY difficult process), Caitlin came back into the room to discuss ideas for decorating. This was where you could see why Caitlin describes her work as couture because she took the time to listen to the client and take in the details of theme, colour palette and inspiration. She then began to sketch some ideas, gradually refining the design until the clients had everything they wanted in an elegant and unique piece. When you see the stunning sample cakes all around her studio you know that Caitlin creates truly outstanding masterpieces of cake art and we can’t wait to see the finished article at Rach and Stu’s wedding in September.
Watch the video to see what happens at a tasting with A Little Cake Place.
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Photos and Video: Masterpieces Photography + Video

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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Grand Designs from Grande Moments

AO0P7948 (4)When it comes to styling your special day, you want a wedding expert to make your vision a reality. Annastasia Grande from Grande Moments Events and Weddings will help you to achieve the style you are dreaming of. A talent for floral artistry, combined with the knowledge and experience of event planning means that your wedding ceremony and reception will be expertly catered for.

Annastasia’s love for flowers and weddings started when she was just a little girl, and her skills have now developed into a flourishing business that helps couples create their dream wedding day.

Annastasia loves working with couples to help bring together their ideas and creating a magical experience to celebrate the start of their marital journey.

 “I have worked with some beautiful, amazing couples and loved working on all their weddings. Sometimes  life creates additional dramas, and I remember one wedding where the lead up to the day had tragic personal circumstances for the couple and their families, but with good planning and heartfelt love, the day celebrated their love, and the support of their family and friends was totally memorable.” said Annastasia.

Sourcing her inspiration from all around the world, Annastasia listens carefully to understand each couples’ vision before designing a unique, on-trend look for every wedding day.

A particular achievement Annastasia had recently was the re-jigging of an outdoor ceremony to an indoor space at the last minute.

“Sometimes the weather gives us obstacles. The joy was in watching the ceremony taking place with the alternative setup, dry and warm, the happiness of the couple and with no one knowing the challenges that had been overcome, made everything perfect.”

When asked about her biggest piece of advice for couples getting married she said, “Just enjoy the day. Savour every minute because the time does pass by so quickly.”

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Sugar Rush

Hanging CakeLike the proverbial kids in a candy store, we’re massively excited to introduce the sublime creative talents of Caitlin Mitchell, Owner & Creative Decorator at A Little Cake Place. Her lavish designs range from gravity defying hanging cakes, to multi-tiered cakes that encompass styles from classically simple to the most intricate details. Whatever you’ve imagined, Caitlin can bring it to life in all it’s sweetness. The tag line “Haute Couture of Cakes” is certainly apt.

How Caitlin started in the wedding industry is, in itself, a romantic story that was inspired by the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’. Intrigued by an exquisite cupcake created by Kristen Wigg’s character, Annie, Caitlin enrolled in an introductory course and soon discovered her flair for cake decorating and design.

After starting out in 2012, A Little Cake Place was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards just one year later, and then, in 2015, was announced the winner in the Cake Design category.

We spoke with Caitlin about her experience with wedding couples and cakes, and how she never grows tired of the excitement of creating beautiful wedding cakes.

“My favourite part about creating a wedding cake for a couple is finding out about their wedding, all of the little details, such as the dress, bridesmaids dresses, colour scheme, flowers and so much more. Pulling it altogether and creating a unique design for that couple. There is always that personal touch in the designs then, sometimes exceptionally unique. I love being a part of it.”

Caitlin stays at the forefront of industry designs, and is constantly thinking outside the box, with new designs that combine traditional and current techniques.

The hardest challenge Caitlin has is when the couple doesn’t have a vision for their cake – “The cake is usually the last part of the wedding puzzle, and it is ideal for the other elements of the day to be determined first.”

“My most valuable piece of advice is; don’t get caught up on small details, relax and enjoy the day … and make sure a piece of cake is saved for you at the end of the night!”, said Caitlin.

You can make a consultation to taste the delightful options available, and discuss your unique creation at A Little Cake Place through their website.

How to create an unplugged wedding

How often do you check your social media? No, honestly!

If you’re like a quarter of all Australians aged between 18 to 29, you check your feed up to 5 times a day! And that’s the average!

Unplugged WeddingWhen it comes to your wedding though, do you want your family and friends seeing your ceremony through a sea of smartphones like a concert? And do you really want the wannabe Insta food critics dissecting your reception buffet before you’ve finished your main? No? Then it might be time for a social media blackout!

Going unplugged for hour or two can feel like having to disconnect with their life for some people, so 8-12 hours at a wedding can feel like a lifetime. However, if you really want your guests to be truly present on your day, and not recording it to watch later (which, let’s be honest, they never do!), it’s becoming an increasingly popular request.

Here are some top tips on how to a social media free wedding day

  1. An early, and polite, notification. Set the tone from day one and let your guests know your expectations by including a card that explains the blackout with your invitations or on your wedding website.
  2. On the day. Have a fun or quirky sign that reminds your guests you want them to enjoy the day too, and to put down their phones, and be in the moment.
  3. Explain. Let your guests know when it’s okay to post about your wedding. If you want to post the first photo then let them know that. And let them know when that is going to be too! Setting the guidelines you would like will help your guests feel more comfortable. Your celebrant can make an announcement before the service and MC is the perfect person to remind everyone at the reception.
  4. Don’t stop the fun. Don’t stop your guest taking photographs of themselves and your loved ones. Make sure they know they can take photos, just not post them. Your ceremony maybe off limits for photos too, but only so your guests are in the moment.
  5. Now you need to trust your guests. If you constantly check their feeds you’ll drive yourself crazy. The whole point of a social media free wedding is to be in the moment. So relax and enjoy.

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
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Share your wedding

Is your Wedding going to be the event of the year?

Are you a couple with an inspirational story?

Or would you simply love to share your journey to the altar?

We are looking for couples we can follow through the planning process, documenting key events in their Wedding preparation on social media and feature articles in future editions of The Wedding Alley.

We are looking for couples in all stages of planning who are willing to share their experiences with our readers through their own pictures and words, as well as professional media coverage of some key moments.

In return, you’ll get exclusive invites to bridal events, as well as being introduced to some of the best suppliers in the Wedding Industry.

If you are (or would like to be), an avid blogger, or a social media superstar, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to develop your media career with a niche audience.

It you think you would enjoy this opportunity then please email us with your contact details, so we can have a chat.

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The Gold Edit out now

The latest issue of The Wedding Alley is out now. Get your golden inspiration online, and view for free.

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Gold Fever has hit the Wedding Alley this edition and we’ve been inspired by every shade of this most luminous of precious metals. From super sparkly yellow-gold through to burnished old-gold, there’s a colour, fabric and style to suit any bride-to-be on the coming pages.