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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: 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: Spring has Sprung!


Spring is in the air, at Postcards and Pretties!

For those of you lucky enough to be living in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in QLD where I live you will be able to relate to the glorious Spring weather we are currently experiencing!  I love this time of year, when it’s hot but not too hot, when the flowers have bloomed and there are baby animals everywhere!

Spring is also probably the most popular time to get married, so this blog will be dedicated to all things Spring.  We’ve covered a few different elements here, but we’d love for you to send us your ideas and inspiration for Spring as well.

Spring Imagery:

One of my favourite blogs, postcards and pretties has recently featured a beautiful photo shoot that I think epitomizes what Spring looks and feels like.  Sunshine, butterflies, fresh blooms, all of the elements are there!

Spring-vitations:

We found these beautiful Invitations on Etsy - by Mavora

There are so many beautiful wedding invitations to choose from these days, and one of my favourite places to look is Etsy.  The designs are often unique and have a more of a ‘one-off’ specialty feel than just buying ready-made.  I love these invitations by Mavora – The gorgeous green’s on the invitation really lend itself to a Spring wedding.

Spring Bites

Spring is an ideal time for delicious and bright salads, so why not go all out with the Spring theme and use some edible flowers to add colour and something unique to your dishes? I love the look of this “Eat your Garden” Salad, which I found on Sunset.  I think it would make a great talking point as a starter at a lunch time reception in the garden!

Slip into Spring

Spring is all about colour, so why not go for a fresh, pretty dress that reflects your Spring wedding? Picking a dress with some colour can be the basis for the rest of your weddings theme and colours, and you can keep your accessories and flowers minimal, and let your dress do all the talking!  I love this Jennifer Gifford design, as featured on theknot.com.au

Even if you aren’t inclined to choose a colourful or printed dress for your wedding dress, you can always use more subtle elements, such as a floral pattern that’s embroidered into the fabric, or some fabric flowers can be a beautiful way to add embellishment to a gown.

This gown will put a spring in your step – by Jennifer Gifford

Whatever element of Spring you choose to incorporate into your big day, just remember what it represents: New life, a fresh start, beautiful colours, and fragrant touches to ensure it’s a day you never forget!

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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Destination: Dressed to Perfection


Ask any Bride what she’s most excited about when she starts planning her wedding, and if she’s anything like me, her answer will be “The Wedding Dress!”

Collette Dinnigan - 2011 Collection as featured on The Knot http://www.theknot.com.au

Finding the perfect dress can be difficult though, so we thought this weeks blog would look at some ways to simplify the process, ensuring it’s a positive experience for everyone involved 🙂

Here’s a couple of simple tips that will help you all say Yes to the Dress!

Step One: D.Y.R. – Do Your Research!

So you are probably thinking to yourself, how hard can it be to find a pretty white dress? Well with so many different brands, styles, and budgets – it can be harder than you think!  A great place to start if you aren’t 100% sure of what you are looking for, is Bridal Magazines!  There are a huge number of Magazines out there dedicated to everything Bridal, but not all magazines are the same, and when you are forking out up to $15 a mag, you want to make sure it’s a worthwhile spend!  Here are some of my faves that have a great range of dresses that will help you find a starting point for the most important dress you’ll ever wear!

  • The Knot Magazine is a fantastic magazine that is filled with gorgeous wedding dresses! They also do great features for the more ‘budget conscious’ bride, meaning there are beautiful option available regardless of your budget!
  • Martha Stewart Weddings is another favourite, MSW is packed with Advertisements from many different dress designers and stores, and this will help you decide on not just the types of dresses that you like, but also get a sense of which designers/brands will work for you
  • Cosmopolitan Bride is my pick for young brides, and brides on a budget.  They nail the ’20 – 30 something’ demographic, and it’s filled with great editorial and images, making it easy to cut pictures out for your scrap-book of dress ideas!

If you don’t want to spend money on magazines, another easy option is to check out some of the local stores in your local area online.  Research the brands, designers, and price points so that when you are ready to make appointments at the store to try some on, you already have a rough idea of what you like, and what you can afford.  Try the yellow pages online to get you started, or try googling it for broader search results.

Step Two: Dress Dollars – What price are you willing to pay?

Now I know that some people might think that you cannot possibly put a price on a dress that makes you happy – but the reality is that the majority of brides need to find a dress that they can afford – and this isn’t always easy!  Do yourself a favour, find the designers and brands that you like, that also do a range within your price point.  If your dress budget is $1500, don’t torture yourself by visiting a high-end boutique that has nothing in your price range!  You know you’ll just end up lusting after a dress that you can never have – and there’s rarely a happy ending in those situations!  Give yourself a reasonable number and keep that amount in mind when you are visiting bridal stores.  Make sure you also tell your bridal consultant the dollar amount you have in mind, doing so will help keep you honest, and ensure you don’t waste time looking at a dress that is not within your reach.  Here’s a few ideas that will help keep you on track!

This beautiful gown by Rachel Gilbert retails for under $1000AUD available at http://www.frockaholics.com

  • Pick a number – and stick to it! Don’t be talked into buying something you can’t afford as you’ll just regret it later.
  • If you find a dress you love, that’s at the top end of your budget, try get some accessories thrown in as part of the deal.  There’s usually quite a high mark-up on anything to do with weddings, so ask them to throw in a veil, accessories, or shoes to sweeten the deal and help ease the purse strings
  • If you are determined to buy a designer dress, but don’t have the $$$ to back up your champagne tastes, consider buying a pre-loved dress, or even renting one. It’s a fantastic way to look  like a million dollars, without it costing a million dollars! check out these sites to get you started: I Do GownsStill White, or even Ebay!
  • Don’t forget that not all wedding dresses have to cost you the earth – Australian Designer Rachel Gilbert has beautiful gowns, and all within the most budget-savvy brides reach.

Step Three: Your dress should be YOUR dress!

With all of the above in mind, at the end of the day you need to choose a dress that’s all about YOU.  Whilst you should welcome imput and advice from your loved ones, even if your dress is being paid for by a family member it should still be something that you feel comfortable in. 

The best way to ensure you’ll look back at your wedding photo’s in years to come and not cringe in horror, is if you’ve chosen a dress that best reflects your style and personality…not something you’ve chosen just to please your Mother!

Choose something that reflects your style, ideals, morals and feels like it’s ‘right’ when you are wearing it.  If you aren’t a ‘girly’ girl in your everyday life, then think long and hard before you decide your wedding day is the day you will wear a big meringue dress covered in bows and ribbons!  You will most likely have enough nerves and anxiety in the lead up to the wedding, and you want this to melt away when you slip into your bridal gown.  Just remember, nobody does ‘You’ better than you do!

With all that in mind, make sure that finding the right dress is the fun and positive experience it’s supposed to be, and don’t ever feel that you need to fit in with someone else’s tradition – whether you wear white, black, pink, sparkly, classic or a pant suit, if it makes you happy and feels right, then go for it 🙂

xx DWB

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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

Here comes the Blog!


ATTENTION ALL DESTINATION BRIDES!

So you’ve decided to go down the ‘easy route’ and have a destination wedding – only for reality to sink in later, i.e. the fabulous destination you’ve chosen for your nuptials is halfway across the world and in a different time zone? Or it’s a place you’ve never been before, so it’s not as easy to find a florist/wedding planner/venue as you thought, right?  I hear you!

As soon as my fiance and I got engaged in June this year, we decided right away that we wanted a destination wedding – We were both so excited and happy that we were going to get married in New York City, until it came time to actually start setting the wheels in motion and I started to think about the reality of our decision – I’d only been there twice and had no idea how to find vendors or get recommendations in New York?!  After a brief panic attack and LOTS of googling, I’ve learnt a thing or two and thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks with you! 

This blog is for all those Brides (destination or otherwise) who are looking for inspiration, tips and ideas to help make their wedding a day just as they imagined it to be.

Please leave your comments along the way and if there’s a specific issue or question you’d like me to tackle – let me know!

xx Destination Bride

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