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How To Have A Wedding With A Difference

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chevron


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Friends of mine are engaged and are at the beginning stages of their wedding planning. The bride is ready to lock and load, but the groom, well, he is after ‘something different’ for their wedding. This doesn’t come as a surprise however, as a number of couples are searching for that point of difference… that thing that will make their wedding stand out compared to others… that will make their wedding memorable for years to come.

So often we go straight to the wedding ‘theme’ as a solution to finding this point of difference. I have seen everything from ‘Phantom of the Opera’, to pink cowboy (ahem, cowgirl) hats, to a Hawaiian Luau, to James Bond. But, do we really need to go to such lengths, or could we achieve the same result by considering the following instead?

Timing. Just because the majority of weddings are held in the afternoon with a reception to follow in the evening, doesn’t mean yours has to! A brunch or lunch wedding can be a nice change up. Without the blanket of darkness, a riverside or seaside venue gives guests a glittering blue backdrop; families may find it easier to enjoy the festivities without worrying about being home late for the sitter; many places have less expensive dining options during the day – and just think, you and your beloved can start honeymooning early!

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Location. Pick a non-traditional wedding venue. It doesn’t have to be a fairy-lit marquee on a neighbour’s sprawling paddock (though it could be!), but consider a place that is meaningful to the two of you. Perhaps a location that guests wouldn’t normally go to or even a destination wedding where it’s just far enough to make a weekend of it.

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Bridal Party. Mix it up with your besties and family. You don’t have to have equal numbers of guys and girls, or even male groomsmen or female bridesmaids (read more here). Pick those people who mean the world to you and kiss goodbye to the old rules of balance and stereotype.

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Menu. Let me guess, the function venue has a three-course package with cake served as dessert with a side of berry coulis and cream? Sure, there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re an adventurous foodie then why not consider food vans or stations, a personalised cocktail, or chat with the chef about serving a feast via share platters.


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Transport. Instead of the white limo, think outside the box. Do you have a favourite make of car? Something retro perhaps? Go a little further… perhaps the bridal party can catch the tram and skip the traffic. Why not treat all of your guests to a ferry ride from ceremony to reception? Better yet, surprise your loved one with a helicopter ride to really make an entrance.


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As you can see, there are many ways to make a difference to your wedding day… just make sure you don’t get too caught up in changing it up a little that you forget the real reason behind it – you’re marrying your beloved and that should be more than enough reason for a memorable day!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some great advice on making choices that reflect you as a couple; don’t be afraid to break with ‘tradition’ and follow your heart!

A Day In The Life – Preparing A Vegan Menu

by | A Day In The Life, Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


Inglewood Inn
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At Inglewood Inn, our mantra has always been that every wedding should be a unique and personal celebration that embody all of the bride’s and groom’s beliefs. When we were approached by a couple who were after an all vegan-friendly menu, we were all excited – particularly the chef – to work on something new and challenging.

One thing you often don’t think about is wine. In most cases, the filtering process uses fish scales, ruling out a lot of our suppliers as being vegan-friendly. However, one of our favourite local vineyards Paracombe Premium Wines, came to the rescue. Paracombe’s Sauvignon Blanc, Ruby Red Rose, Shiraz and Sparkling became a feature of the menu along with a fantastic selection of South Australian beers such as the Lobethal Bierhaus Philsner and Hefeweizen, Coopers Pale Ale and Barossa Cider Co. Apple Cider.


We worked closely with the couple to ensure that was being served was something themselves and their guests would like to eat. The couple put forward ideas of their favourite food and then let our chef put his taste to it. After a bit of experimentation and a tasting with the couple, our menu was set!

Home-made spring rolls, bruschetta and cold rolls were served down on the lawns after the wedding ceremony, with an all vegan antipasto keg top featuring olives, dip, pickled vegetables, dolmades and dried fruits. For the main course, curries were shared amongst their tables such as a cashew and fennel vindaloo and a kale and chickpea rogan josh. Chickpea and corn vegetable patties with a house-made eggplant kasundi was also on the menu. Being a different experience for most guests, we were glad to see all tables coming back for more as positive comments were passed round!

As a special touch, and in keeping with the vegan theme, the couple replaced guest favours with monetary donations to the Freedom Hill Sanctuary – an Adelaide Hills not-for-profit organisation dedicated to re-homing neglected farm animals.

It was such an educational experience for all of us at Inglewood Inn, particularly the Chef and staff who now have a greater idea of what we can provide for restaurant dinners. We’ve also been including a weekly vegan special and hope to host another vegan-friendly wedding again soon.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What wonderful dedication and expertise – designing a new menu for a wedding celebration is service that’s second to none! Those curries sound amazing!!!!

Behind The Door With….By Josephine

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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It seems like everyone is mad for macarons at the moment and they are just perfect as treats for your wedding! This week for ‘Behind The Door With’, I’m having a chat with Josephine Acker from By Josephine, a charming patisserie on Sydney Road in Brunswick, Victoria. “I’ve always loved and lived in Brunswick; the fact that the store was across from Albert St Food and Wine pushed me in my decision! I knew this restaurant attracted many foodies from all over Melbourne, so the location was very good and also being in the middle of a wedding precinct was a big plus considering our main focus on macarons”, says Josephine.


Josephine moved to Australia from France in 2009 and decided to perfect the art of French macarons by using her family recipe and the cookery skills she learnt from her Aunt.  As a former florist, she used her passion for beautiful scents, colours and flavours to create these delicate little pieces of sweet heaven. “I think that experimenting is the most exciting part of the business; it’s not always easy to find the time and the space in your mind to do, so but it’s definitely the most exciting part” says Josephine.


By Josephine became famous for being authentically French-  and all the macaron flavours are renowned for being very natural as well as adventurous! Of course there are classic favourites like raspberry and salted caramel, but I love that Josephine also makes flavours like violet, Earl Grey tea and black sesame. Josephine started supplying cafes and catering companies with her macarons and it wasn’t long before she decided to open her own shop – and By Josephine was born!


As I walk down bustling Sydney Road I’m struck by what an oasis of calm By Josephine really is. A wide windowed, elegant white shop front acts as a frame for the beautiful jewel like treats inside. You can’t miss the brightly filled display case with rows upon rows of macarons and a selection of tarts, cakes and treats all made in-house. There’s a savoury menu too and a display of take home treats such as jars of salted caramel and pink meringues.


One wall of the store is painted vibrant purple and showcases a beautiful display of vintage cake plates and the white panelling on the other walls really gives that French ‘Marie Antoniette era’ feel. The shop was designed by French interior designer Anne Sophie Poirier and Josephine tells me she did most of the shop fitout herself, putting together her ideal commercial kitchen out the back. Some vibrant green indoor plants cascade down shelves and a display of giant teacups make me think of the tea party from Alice in Wonderland; this truly is a store from a fairytale!


Josephine tells me that macarons are always a hit at weddings and that they can package one or two up in boxes with ribbon for a chic wedding favour for guests to take home. They also look stunning piled up as a macaron tower in place of a wedding cake. I think this is especially perfect if your menu has a plated dessert as you can serve the macarons with tea or coffee afterwards.


Obviously with such a feminine and special store, By Josephine offers a high-tea full of savouries, cakes, drinks and of course macarons which is proving popular for kitchen teas. Why not go one step further and book one of Josephine’s famous classes and learn to make your own macarons!

Images by By Josephine, Sasufi and Gold and Grit Photography


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Bon appetit! Such a gorgeous shop; I’d like to try all the delicious flavours – the black sesame sounds irresistible!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.

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