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Destination: Inviting Invitations!


Destination: (Wedding) Invitation

They’ve been a long time coming, but I’m very excited to have FINALLY finished making my wedding invitations!

Because I decided that selecting an invitation ‘off the shelf’ would just be far too sensible and easy, so I managed to convince my fiance to brush up on his ‘self-taught’ Photoshop skills, and have a crack at making our own! It wasn’t easy, and we had our fair share of arguments, but it was worth it in the end.  Here’s what happened:

Destination: Procrastination!

After two separate (and completely different) failed attempts, we finally came up with something that reflects both of our styles and tastes, and was was alsonwithin our skill set to design and create!

The general inspiration around the invitation was a vintage theme, featuring art deco fonts and muted colours, with a focus on the minted ‘Tiffany Blue’ which will be our theme colour that runs throughout the wedding. We also incorporated some floral elements to represent Central Park in New York where our ceremony with take place.

Destination: Personalisation!

Despite the difficulties and heartache caused by ‘DIY’ invitations, now that they are finished it’s so nice to hand them out to our family members and have them notice all of the personalised elements that we included.

My favourite inclusion is the ‘Big Apple’ which is featured under the bottom scroll on the invitation.  Instead of going with the obvious clichéd red apple to represent New York, I decided to go with a ‘Tiffany Blue’ apple with a New York cityscape printed across it.  We then used this apple as the motif on our guest tote bags, which we had screen printed in the same colours and design of the invitations.

To add an element of fun, Trav and I also thought we’d include a tiny skull and crossbones at the bottom of the invitation next to one of the flowers.  Whilst this may sound a little random, When Trav and I first met he was a little ‘alternative’ for my Mum, however as she grew to love him she embraced this in a way that only a Mum can, and every Christmas or Birthday she would buy him something with a skull and crossbones on it, because in her mind this was what Trav was all about.  We thought this was a perfect way to add some fun and it will also create a talking point for years to come!

Destination: Make Your Own Invitation!

Here’s a few tips and tricks on how we made our invitations, but remember there are no hard and fast rules – I strongly recommend you take lots of ideas and then add your own personal stamp to make your invitations your own, as I think that’s the whole point of DIY in the first place!

Printing – We uploaded our finalised designs to Vista Print.  I have to say, they are the cheapest and easiest print option we’ve found, and they can print to a higher quality and standard than most people can do at home.  We’ve used Vista Print for our Engagement Invitations, Engagement Thank You cards, and many other projects and we’ve never been disappointed.  You can find them online at www.vistaprint.com

Accessories – We went to various paper and craft stores (we used www.thepaperconnection.com.au and www.eckersleys.com.au both in Brisbane CBD) to find the various elements used in our invitations.  The diamante buckles were by Christina Re, as were the laser-cut doily folders.  The ribbon we sourced at Eckersleys and the 16 x 16 invitation boxes were bought at Paper Connection.  They sell them individually and flat-packed which makes them cheaper, however putting them together isn’t pleasant so if you have a lot of invites, I recommend buying them fully assembled!

Whilst it took Trav and I a couple of months to finish our invitations, and there were times when I thought we were crazy for going out of our way to make life difficult for ourselves, I think the results speak for themselves, and we are both so happy to have an invitation that is uniquely ours, and represents both of our personalities.

xx DWB

PS. What do you guys think of our invitations? I’d love to hear your feedback so please feel free to add your comments!

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Destination: Be My Valentine!


Destination: Be Mine!

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and for those of you needing a bit of a nudge as to whether or not it’s worth the effort, this blog will focus purely on that one specific day each year when romantic gestures are not only expected but encouraged and embraced by everyone from teenagers to the elderly!  Valentines Day is the perfect excuse to tell that special someone how much you care about them, whether it’s a new interest or an old love that needs rekindling!

If it weren’t for Valentines Day, my shy and introverted friend Trav may not have had the courage to send a bunch of roses to me at work.  A couple of days later we went on our first date, and we’ve been inseparable ever since! It was an unlikely partnership however we must be doing something right, because this Valentines Day we’ll celebrate five years together, and our wedding is all set for September this year when we make the whole thing official! Funny to think that one simple romantic gesture has led us to a lifetime of happiness together.

So, if you are thinking about planning a Valentine’s day for that special someone, my recommendation (and Trav’s!) is GO FOR IT!

Destination: Life’s a Picnic!

I know it might sound a little clichéd, but I have always loved picnics, and I think if you use unique and personal elements, this is such a romantic and fun way to share your Valentine you care.  Pack their favourite foods, and add some luxury elements such as fancy silverware, pretty flowers and a bottle of champagne.  This is a great idea for the girls wanting to spoil their guy on Valentine’s Day too, because everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

Image: Ellie Millar

Destination: DIY Romance!

For those of you who can’t afford to buy expensive extravagant gifts for your Valentine – fear not!  Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to put your DIY skills to the test!  There are plenty of great projects online giving tips and ideas on things you can make yourself, but why look any further when you can be inspired by the Queen of DIY – Martha Stewart. Martha’s website has lots of great projects you can DIY for Valentine’s Day.  I really love these sweet felt fortune cookies, which are cheap and easy to make even if you are creatively challenged! You can view the step by step process or video on how to make these for yourself on the Martha Stewart website.

Destination: Hungry For Love!

If crafty DIY isn’t your thing, perhaps mixing up some sugar, spice, and all things nice will win over your Valentine!  There are so many delicious ways to whip up a Valentines day feast, and you can simply choose a recipe that suits your skill level, and away you go!  Trav famously made me a special Valentine’s dinner one year, which involved him hollowing out a pineapple to serve a tropical fried rice dish inside! Not only was it delicious, but I was so impressed that he’d managed to hollow out a pineapple that it made the dinner that much more meaningful!  If your Valentine is a sweet tooth, why not try out this amazing looking recipe from Dessert Living Today.  It looks almost too good to eat!

Destination:  Love, Population You!

 If you really want to impress your Valentine, why not think outside the square and come up with a fun, grand gesture that will knock your Valentine’s socks off! Book out an entire restaurant so you can enjoy a private dinner for two, or set up your own little restaurant at home.  Plan a surprise weekend away and take your Valentine to a place they love to visit like the art gallery or a museum. Just try to think about the types of things your Valentine loves, and go from there!

Destination: Hooray for V-Day!

No matter who you are, or how you decide to celebrate, make sure that this Valentine’s day is spent with people who you love. Whether that be your partner, your kids, your friends, or even your dog! Make the most of any opportunity that encourages people to feel warm and fuzzy and get into the spirit of things this Valentines Day.

 And who know’s where it may lead you….. a little bit of love can go a long long way!

xx DWB

PS – For more great ideas on what to do this Valentine’s Day remember to regularly check our Facebook and Twitter pages for ideas

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Destination: A Very Vintage Wedding Fair


Calling all Vintage Brides-to-be! 

As a lover of all things Vintage, I couldn’t wait to tell you about a fantastic event that you should all mark in your calendars immediately:  Brisbane is about to play host to Australia’s first ever “A Very Vintage Wedding Fair” on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at the Bleeding Heart Gallery.

What’s It All About?

A far cry from the clichéd, mass-produced bridal expos that we’ve all been fooled into attending (only to walk out with 13,000 pamphlets, worthless vendor brochures and a general feeling of deflation) A Very Vintage Wedding Affair is challenging that very Wedding Expo stereotype and instead delivering a beautiful, intimate event that features hand-picked vendors that reflect the Vintage theme.  In the words of the very talented ladies behind A Very Vintage Wedding Fair:

“Think of an expo… a traditional wedding expo.  And then imagine the total opposite.  This is A Very Vintage Wedding Fair!”

Who’s Behind It?

Image: Debs Ivelja Photography

So who are the masterminds behind this ingenious idea? After listening to feedback from couples and wedding suppliers alike, wedding planner Rebecca Price of Weddingesque and Photographer Debs Ivelja have come together to create A Very Vintage Wedding Fair.

According to Rebecca and Debs “Every stand will be beautiful, showcasing a suppliers business with maximum impact. We will encourage vendors to really engage with attending brides and grooms, even offering a small tea relaxing area where they can go for a cup of tea and a chat. The whole day will be a unique experience and attending brides and grooms will walk away inspired and with a raft of potential vendors to use on their day.”

And as if the thought of one vintage wedding fair wasn’t exciting enough….The fun doesn’t stop there! A second fair is already being planned in Brisbane for the end of 2012.

How Do I Buy Tickets?

To secure your tickets to A Very Vintage Wedding Fair you can pre-purchase them online for the discounted price of $8.00 per person (or $10 on the day).

Tell Me More!

For more information A Very Vintage Wedding Fair, check out their blog like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.  Don’t forget to tell them that Destination: Wedded Bliss sent you!

xx DWB

PS.  Stay tuned for upcoming feature blogs showcasing  A Very Vintage Wedding Fair’s fantastic vendors!

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Destination: Design Me Vintage


The whole purpose of the Destination: Wedded Bliss blog is to share with my readers some of the beautiful wedding inspiration and ideas that I come across everyday.  For this blog, I’ve decided to profile a “Design Me Vintage” who I’ve been ‘stalking’ online for a few months now, because I absolutely their beautiful brooch bouquets!

Please allow me to introduce you to Bella, the mastermind behind Design Me Vintage!

Design Me Vintage celebrates the woman who aspires to be vintage savvy and completely unique . Design Me Vintage create beautiful brooch bouquets with a unique vintage flair, making them perfect for the destination bride that wants to transport her bouquet to her destination wedding.  Not only that, after the wedding the bouquets are perfect for displaying in the home as a beautiful heirloom piece to be treasured for years to come.

We asked Bella to give our readers a special insight into what inspires her beautiful work, and here’s what she had to say:

How did you come up with the idea for Design Me Vintage?

 I was looking for a career change and to get back to my design and art roots. I stumbled upon a picture on brooch bouquets and thought “I can do that!” and at the same time continue with my styling and design.

How long have you been styling? Can you tell us how it works?

I had a business as a design consultant (interior) / decor store, so its been quite an organic process to do set styling. If a client approaches me with a concept they want styled I gather information from them on what their vision is, what they want to achieve, and from that put together a brief, and work out logistics, co-ordinate all other parties involved.

It’s crazy fun for me. A lot of work, I’m big on details, love to create everything you see with my own hands if I can, and I love working with vendors. If its one of my own concept all bets are off and it’s just joyful, and the people I work with are just so much fun!

How long has your business been running, and how has it evolved during this time?

Design Me Vintage came about in mid 2009 but didn’t launch until January 2010. So the last couple of years have been amazing and we are growing from strength to strength.

What do you use for inspiration to come up with new designs?

It’s a combination. My brides are always who I make for, I get inspired from them and  sometimes it’s a just a feeling!

What is your favourite bouquet design so far?

“That’s sooo Hard…My own of course!! One in particular does stand out…I won’t say which one though.   One beautiful Bride gave me the gift of  “I don’t care, do what you want!” That’s a dream brief for me!”

 What’s your favourite part of your job? 

Working from home, I get to wear my pj’s! I also get to be there for my family, and most of all I get to do work that I truly love.

What’s your least favourite part of your job? 

Working from home! and Paper work….

How long does it take you to make a bouquet?

I like to take about 4 months from booking to posting.  It’s the sourcing and the putting together that takes time, and finding the unique pieces are the most important thing!

What’s the most satisfying/exciting thing about working with brides?

You have the honour of sharing something with them that is personal. Many brides share with me stories of their family as I always try to add their family history, love story , quirks into each bouquet. My brides are all over the world, so the global connection is exciting and the destinations are always fun.

Have you heard of any fun or interesting uses that Brides find for their bouquets after the wedding? 

Mine – I use it as a door stop! (Kidding).  Most brides  display them, have them in vases, on shelves or in perspex boxes.   They are far too pretty to hide in a cupboard!

For More information on Design Me Vintage  or any of the beautiful bouquets featured in this post, check out their website www.designmevintage.com or visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/designmevintage and tell them Destination Wedded Bliss sent you!

xx DWB

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Destination: DIY


Ok. so if you haven’t already figured it out by my previous posts, or my weird and sick obsession by everything on Etsy, here it is: I like to dabble in Crafty DIY.  I’m not sure why but I’ve  always felt a certain amoutn of exhilaration in ‘Doing It Yourself’.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll spell it out for you:  I’m one of those people who often browses markets and says “Why would I pay $40 for that when I can make it myself?” (and yes – I’m often that person who should just shut-up and buy it, because rarely do I have the time or energy to ‘make it myself’!) Having said that – I think that in a world full of mass-produced rubbish that there’s something refreshingly satisfying about making something yourself.  It’s unique, personalised and brings about a huge amount of satisfaction when you can tell people you made it yourself!

With my wedding on the horizon, this incessant need to DIY has really been thrust into the forefront as I experience the frustrations that I’m sure most of you planning a wedding have already encountered – That as soon as you mention the word ‘Wedding’ everything is fifty times more expensive than it normally is!  I’m also a huge believer that anything and everything regarding your wedding should be personalised to reflect you and your partner – because after all, it’s all about you two!

With that theory in mind, I decided that I’d start out my DIY test run on the Engagement party (as you may have seen in previous posts) and then really have it perfected down to a fine art in time for the wedding!

This blog is all about motivating and inspiring you to do the same – but keep in mind that you have enough to stress about for the wedding, so whilst the idea of sewing your own wedding dress sounds fabulous in theory – if your more likely to sew your own finger to the dress than be able to hand-craft the 200 taffeta rosettes that you are dreaming of – then don’t go there girlfriend!

Where do I Start?

Alright – so you’ve decided that you want to give this DIY caper a red-hot go, but you have no idea where to start right?  What I would normally do was stalk some of the amazing wedding blogs that are out there (or even event or craft blogs will work!) and start looking for ideas and inspiration (remember – the whole point of this exercise is to do something original – so avoid blatantly ripping off people’s ideas!).  You might find elements of things that you love, and then combine it with your own personalities and interests to make it unique.

Inspiring Destinations

As featured on Ruffled Blog

One of my favourite places to visit for inspiration for DIY inspiration is RuffledBlog. Not only is it a beautiful blog and full of inspiration, but there is also a dedicated section to DIY! They are constantly updating the blog so I recommend subscribing to their updates.

Another fabulous website that is full of inspiration for all kinds of things is Pinterest.  Pinterest is basically a website full of ‘interest boards’ that its users create and share. The boards can include anything from colour themes, images, craft etc. You can browse through peoples ideas and choose who to follow.  You can even make your own Pinterest boards which is a lot of fun….but I must warn you – it can be addictive!

One of my all time favourite time wasters is trawling through the pages of Etsy.  Etsy is basically an online market dedicated to  ‘hand made’ products.  It is the perfect place to find inspiration for any number of projects (or if you like to cheat – the perfect place to buy things that someone else made by hand!).  I spend hours just picking a topic and then sitting back with a cup of tea marvelling at peoples creativity!

Etsy Inspiration - by Geneploss

Practise makes Perfect!

Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to do, my best advice is to do a trial run – I can’t tell you how many fabulous ideas I’ve had, only to attempt it once and then realise my exclamations of ‘I could totally make that myself’ are not entirely true! Think about the cheapest, easiest ways you can achieve what you want, and don’t be afraid to use the expertise of your nearest and dearest to improve on your vision (e.g. I have a fiance who has an eye for detail, and he’ll often as quality control!).

Let the Creativity flow….

Once you’ve started your project and experienced the joy of having it actually turn out the way you’d imagined, start thinking about how you can personalise other aspects of your wedding, this can save you money on all sorts of things such as decorations, flowers, favours, the wedding cake, invitations, place cards, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Lead by Example

In the hopes of inspiring you all, here are some examples of what I’ve managed to DIY for my own Engagement party/Wedding.  And trust me – if I can do it, so can you!

Click on any of the images below to see them in all their glory 🙂

xx DWB

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Nerds in Love


I couldn’t help but re-press this! At DWB we are always looking for the unique, fun and slightly left of centre.  This was the reason I designed all of my own Engagement cards as well as my own favours and thank you cards.   

These images I found on gopantone  really appealed to my inner nerd, and I think they are so cute and original – they could provide great inspiration for some fun wedding favours, or even a unique take on your wedding invitations.

Check them out: Nerds in Love.

xx DWB

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Destination: Emmy Awards!


I have to say, that even before I got engaged, one of my favourite things to do was to buy a trashy magazine right after a red-carpet event, to find wedding dress, hair and makeup inspiration! 

From the very daring to the classic and simply elegant, whether it was a hit or miss or a fashion do or don’t – There’s nothing better than sitting down to scour page after page of celebs dressed up to the nines!

This years Emmy Awards was no exception.  Here are some of my favourites that could easily transition from the red carpet to the aisle.  And don’t forget about your bridesmaids and your groom too! Even if it just helps you work out what hair works with what dress, what type of makeup works, or just acts as general inspiration!

Cut out pictures and add them to your wedding file to take with you when you next go looking for the perfect dress/hairstyle/makeup look!

Look One: Minka Kelly in a Midnight Blue Dior Gown

Minka looking gorgeous in Dior

I love this colour and I think it flatters most skin types, it’s certainly working for Minka! I think the classic lines with the sexy glimpses of flesh keep it looking classy, but with a modern twist.  I also like the way she’s kept hair and makeup minimal, with hair loosely tied back and a classic, black lined eye. This could easily be translated into a beautiful wedding dress.  It would look fabulous in white – or keep it dark for the bride who wants to stand out and make a statement!

Vintage Pink Princess - Jayma Mays

 
Look Two: Jayma Mays is Pretty in Pink
 
Ok, so I’m a massive Glee fan, but that’s not the only reason I’ve chosen Jayma Mays Emmy look to feature in this post!  I think the soft pink colour, along with the sweet floaty layers makes it a beautiful option for our whimsical bride, who’s perhaps chosen a garden as the location for their wedding.  I also love her gorgeous earrings, and her pink lippie adds a fun pop of colour!
 
 
Look Three: Lea Michele in Marchesa

Michele in Marchesa - Love the hair, love the makeup, love the dress!

 
Yes, it’s another Glee star, but I swear that as soon as I saw Lea in this red number – I had to share! I used to be a bit anti-red as I thought it was a difficult colour to wear.  These days, I know that i can get away with orange-based reds, and this Marchesa backless number really knocked my socks  off! I think she looks so glamorous and I love that the simplicity of the dress takes nothing away from the drama that it creates! The rosette detail on the sleeves takes the dress from ‘Plain Jane’ to ‘Lusty Lea!’  I also love the way she’s kept her makeup fresh looking, with a liquid eyeliner creating drama while her neutral lips and blush just allow her natural beauty to shine through.  Love it!
 
 
Gorgeous Lea Michele in Marchesa
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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?


OMG – I am LOVING this cute idea I came across on Boston Jack Handmade’s blog: Will You Be My Bridesmaid? 

Just had to share! Does anyone else have any fun ideas on how to ‘pop the question’ to your Bridesmaids?

Destination: Unknown


Getting married is a big step in any gal’s life, but for those of you who’ve decided to go with a Destination Wedding will know that this is a another huge decision that can’t be taken lightly!  For those of you who are struggling with this decision, I thought I’d share some tips to help you come to terms with what should be a highlight to your planning, not a hinderance!

Step One: Why have a Destination Wedding?

These days, Destination Wedding’s are becoming more and more popular for various reasons, so pick a location that works for you and run with it! Here’s a few reasons why Destination Weddings are worth the effort:

  • It’s like being on vacation before the Honeymoon has even started!
  • If you don’t want a big wedding, it’s the perfect excuse to have a more intimate number of guests attend your nuptials
  • It automatically sets the whole theme for your big day – Tropical Paradise, Relaxed Beach, City Chic, Country Charm etc.
  • With so much focus on your fabulous destination for your and your guests, it can take away the pressure of other areas of your big day, and help you to focus on the things that matter!
  • It’s a great excuse to go back to your destination in the years to come, to renew your vows or just have a romantic getaway 🙂

Step Two: What Destination Works for me?

With travel options being more affordable than ever, it’s never been a better time to set off interstate or internationally to a beautiful location that is special to both you and your partner.  That being said, with so many destinations to choose from, how do you pick ‘the one?’ Here’s a couple of things for you to consider:

  • Time of year – ensure your location suits the date you’ve chosen to get married (ie – If you’ve always wanted to be a September bride, then the Caribbean may not work as September = Hurricanes!)
  • Distance to travel – If you want your grandparents or small children to attend your wedding, keep in mind that some long-haul flights may not be viable options for them. 
  • Cultural Barriers – With each destination (especially overseas destinations) comes different cultural barriers.  Whether its language, food, religion, local law etc. you need to ensure none of these factors will impact negatively on your vision for your big day
  • Legal requirements and responsibilities – Remember that not all countries recognise marriages performed overseas.  Whilst this is something you can work around, it may be a deal-breaker for some of you.

    Vanuatu

    Imagine: Tying the knot on a beach in Vanuatu!

Step Three: Research, Research, Research!

After working through steps one and two, you’ve now locked in a great location and need to get planning.  But where do you start?  Here are some great tips to get you started:

  • One word: Google!  Modern day brides are so lucky to have this piece of technology at their fingertips!  Choose a starting point (ie the Country/City/Venue of your wedding) and Google away!
  • Travel forums: Travel forums are a fantastic starting point for any trip, but they are also great for Destination Brides!  Try the Destination Wedding or Honeymoon forums on TripAdvisor for lots of great tips
  • City/Country Guides: These are fantastic for tips on anything and everything from local customs, food, public holidays, bad weather, etc.  Try Frommers and Lonely Planet as a starting point and go from there
  • It’s not what you know: Dont forget to talk to your friends, family and colleagues to get their ideas and advice on places they’ve been and can recommend!

If you follow the 3 steps outlined above, you’ll have made a real start at planning your destination wedding.  If any of you have any other tips you’d like to add, or would like more information on any of the points above, feel free to leave your comments!

xx Destination Bride

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