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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: 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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