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Wedding Ceremony Trends 2015 Prediction

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


Joshua Withers, Joshua Withers, Australia's most rad marriage celebrant

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Image by Todd Hunter McGaw via Edward and Emma’s Vintage Chic Inspired Hinterland Queensland Wedding

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the year that has been and start painting the year ahead, all whilst trying to find more room to stash visiting relatives. In light of all of this reflection and imagination, I present my own (quite possibly ridiculous) wedding ceremony trends 2015 predictions.

Gatsby is now dated, Back to the Future is hot.

In 2013 and 2014 we saw vintage and Gatsby themed styling take over the Pinterest boards of many but in 2015 they’re fading. Instead, weddings in 2015 will be taking their stylish cues from 2015-set movie, Back to the Future II.

The bridal party will enter on hoverboard as the bride gets out of her flying limousine and is escorted down the aisle by the Doc and all of the fashion for the day will be automated.

It’s going to be great, trust us.

Grace may love lace but hessian is in in.

Although the lace loving community will always be strong, the bag-of-potatoes look will start gaining traction. When Miley Cyrus marries Patrick Schwarzenegger dressed in a sweetheart hessian piece by Vera Wang you’ll look back at this and cry that you didn’t do it first.

Hi, my name is Caveman, I’ll be your waiter tonight.

Paleo and plant-based diets are all the rage at the moment so expect to see caveman-inspired menus more and more in 2015. Just so we’re all on the right track, let it be on the record that the Paleolithic groom was allergic to quinoa, amaranth, and antioxidants, whilst you would regularly see our Stone Age brother at his local eatery chowing down on a pulled-pork burger drowning in slaw, topped off by a cronut and a beer.

Drinks to sleep with the fishes.

Mason jars will be ancient history in 2015 as bartenders around the wedding universe take the “what crazy thing can we put a drink in now?” craze into the aquarium. Fishbowls will be the number one liquid carrying device. Bearded men will be mixing cocktails like the Goldfish (gin, vermouth, tonic water and orange peel) and serving them in Nemo housing and you’ll enjoy it.

May the force be tied neatly around your neck.

The entire men’s fashion industry will be distracted this year by the impending release of the new Star Wars movie. Upon realising that they should release something new you’ll start seeing glow-stick inspired lightsaber neck ties.

Invites finally go electric.

In an effort to get guest lists down to an acceptable size the paper wedding invitation will not be sent in 2015. Facebook invites instead will take their place as the “save the date of choice”. This smart move will ensure that only your parents and that odd girl from school will be the only guests in attendance.

Social media savvy ceremonies.

Social media is no stranger at the 2014 wedding, but in the new year the selfies and hashtagging will go to a totally new level when your celebrant doesn’t even look up from his iPhone during the ceremony, instead conducting the entire proceeding over Snapchat. Your friends will take photos and only post them on Ello to ensure that your wedding day privacy is respected.

The union will be officially recognised by a #celebrantselfie and then we’ll all follow that Facebook invite to the reception while your photographer fiddles with their VSCO filters to try and get the best shot with that setting sun.

Capturing the memories

Photographers and videographers in 2015 will be forced to offer a modern set of memories for the digital-savvy couple. Your wedding photos will go viral on Reddit hours after the ceremony and be made downloadable from the next morning. Expect to pay a little more for photos without a TMZ watermark.

Wedding filmmakers will be ditching the steadycam and tripod that heralded the recent trends of stable video, for the realistic and retro handycam-shot-by-my-uncle look.

Wedding venues go green

Finally, in the International Year of Light, we’ll see Golf Courses moving their maintenance shed into the function room and their function space into the maintenance shed. Heralding in a new post-warehouse wedding venue era, the golf course maintenance building will be the popular place to say I do in 2015.

With whipper snippers artistically hung on the walls and grease sparingly smeared on the floor and lawn clippings scattered in place of rose petals, the green-wedding-venue is going to bloom in the new calendar year. You’ll know you’ve picked a great venue if a fierce-looking, sweaty man, walks into the wedding venue while you’re inspecting it, looks at you, shakes his head, and just walks out again muttering swear words under his breath.

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Ms Gingham says: Tee hee. Nice work Josh.

Joshua Withers is a pretty cool marriage celebrant, according to his local barista and wife. If you click this link the wonders of the Internet will magically transfer you to his own website which even has a photo of him on it!

What Would They Know? Matthew Ely of Matthew Ely by York Jewellers

by | Jewellery Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

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What girl doesn’t love a bit of bling and when the bling comes in the form of these spectacular pieces – then a girl’s dreams really could come true! Matthew of Matthew Ely by York Jewellers is the man behind these designs – crafting bespoke beauties to match your lifestyle, letting the gems speak to the final design. How brilliant must it be to travel the world choosing gems that inspire you to create a spectacular piece for a client, and look of awe and delight on their faces when you present it to them. Working in a world of precious metals and gems would surely add a sparkle to your day!

Please tell us your story because it is rather unique and interesting!

Spending time in and around the family business what initially sparked my interest. I wrote my parents a letter at the age of 12 and asked them to let me work in the shop and it all began from there. My father made me try out other trades like engineering and carpentry before allowing me to settle within the family boutique.

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Matthew Ely jewellery design

Do you have a mentor/mentors who were particularly important to you, and influenced your design and your jewellery making techniques?

The Master Craftsmen that I worked alongside during my scholarship in London’s fine jewellery precinct Hatton Garden were influential. That was an experience that money or study can’t buy, the skills that I picked up can only happen when you rub shoulders with jewellers of that level.

You have opened a new jewellery store in Woollahra. Does your father/family still play a significant role in your business?

Yes, my Father is someone that I look up to in both business and the trade. My Mother and Father are celebrating 40 years of business in the jewellery industry this year!

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Matthew Ely Boutique

What was the genesis/catalyst of your new business?

I wanted to be able to spend more time at the bench doing what I love and to treat my clients to the full experience.

What are you hoping clients will feel when they walk into your boutique?

I hope that they feel relaxed and enjoy the experience. I wanted to be as transparent as possible and want them to feel that they can ask anything and see everything. That’s the way I designed the boutique, to feel very open. They can watch me work on their piece at my bench.

You say ‘I want to educate my clients on the complex world of gems and diamonds…’. Why is this important to you, and briefly what should we, the client know?

It’s important to me to educate them because I feel sometimes that the way people used to ‘marvel’ at the process gets a little lost. These gems and diamonds start off in such a rough, raw state and end up sparkling brightly on your finger after travelling so far, and being crafted into a beautiful piece of jewellery. I feel that it’s a very special process.

Coloured diamonds and other gems feature in your work. Would you explain about the colours we can get in diamonds, and is a coloured gemstone important to enhance a piece of jewellery?

The great thing about working with coloured diamonds and gemstones is that it makes each individual piece truly unique. Diamonds can be source in a range of colours, from classic white, to yellow, brown, orange, green and of course the rare and beautiful pinks and blues. Not only that but they are available in many different intensities and hues. Coloured gemstones are not necessarily important to enhance a piece of jewellery or complete a design but I love the contrast in colour and variety of what is available.

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Matthew Ely jewellery design

Can you design individual pieces for brides if requested? Are engagement rings/wedding bands a significant part of your business?

Yes definitely. Custom, bespoke engagement and wedding rings are up there with what I enjoy doing most! Along with the special bridal piece for the day, diamonds in your hair or stunning earrings.

How do you go about designing a bespoke piece of jewellery?

I have a great design space in my new boutique. It’s very private and relaxing. I talk through different styles, designs, diamonds or gemstones with my clients and begin sketching. As we are discussing different elements of the piece it starts to take shape on paper and is ultimately hand crafted into a bespoke piece. I always consider things like their hobbies, where they will be wearing it, what it’s sitting next to and of course personal style.

What are your designs influenced by – certain periods in time, or the aesthetic influences of certain countries, the gems themselves, or other?

Generally the gemstones themselves. I get inspired when I see a spectacular gemstone and think about what I could create with it to maximize it’s beauty. Architecture also gives me inspiration.

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Matthew Ely jewellery design

You make some really unusual, stunning, and award winning designs. Who most often buys these pieces – collectors of fine jewellery, bridal couples, other?

Most interest in my award winning designs comes from true collectors. To want to wear or own something like my recent pink and blue diamond creation ‘Illoura’ the individual would have most other classic pieces and is now looking for something a little more unique to add to their collection.

Where do you source your diamonds and gemstones?

From all over the world, which is another amazing part of what I do. My profession has allowed me to travel the world in search of particular gems and I feel very fortunate for that. I work with some fantastic suppliers here in Australia too.

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Matthew Ely jewellery design

What metals and stones are your favourites to work with?

Platinum is one of my favourite metals; my wedding ring is actually made from platinum with a little touch of rose gold. Tourmaline would have to be one of my favourite gemstones because of the vast array of colours available.

Are your pieces handmade in Australia?

Where possible I hand craft all of my collections. I’m fortunate that I also have the support of my family’s business and we have 5 very talented jewellers who I work along side with when needed.

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Matthew Ely

Do you have a favourite design that you still are making today?

A dear friend and client of mine has just commissioned me to make a piece for her inspired by the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. You can imagine the scale of this piece! I am really excited about getting started on it.

Describe a day in your life?

I start early and take our dog Molly for a run, then usually have a bite to eat at home or grab something around the corner from my boutique. I spend the morning answering some emails and picking up where I left off on working on some jewellery at my bench in-store. Quick lunch and then appointments with clients, which can vary between designing/sketching or the big reveal when they collect something that has just been completed. The look on their face is a great part of the job! More time at the bench in the afternoon and then home to have dinner with my wife and early to bed.

Thank you Matthew for sharing your story. To find out more about Matthew Ely for York Jewellers visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Matthew Ely

Understanding Wedding Band Pricing

by | Entertainment Wisdom, Wisdom


Music For My Wedding, Music For My Wedding

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Image by Fi Mims Photography via Annaliese and Trevor’s Summer Garden Wedding

Weddings are beautiful. Period! Some are extravagant, others DIY and everything in between. But each is memorable for different reasons – including the choice of wedding performers.

Many couples plan to use their choice of music or wedding band as a memorable part of their day, and spend hours researching options without really having all the ‘must-consider’ information at hand. You couldn’t be expected to know all about wedding band pricing or what influences the costs when there are so many variables, but not knowing any of them can be even more costly.

Not knowing can also lead to stress when considering questions like – how much does a band charge or what should I be paying a string ensemble?  Can they learn or play a specific song for me? Will they provide equipment?  Do I have to feed them? What information do they need from me?

You simply need answers in order to make an informed choice when you’re comparing your entertainment options.

To help, here’s a little background information on the world of wedding performers.


All artists charge different amounts for performing at weddings, so it’s almost impossible to narrow down an average cost, especially given all the variables that go into a live act.

A good rule of the thumb is this: Playing during the ceremony is the cheapest, cocktail time is a little pricier, and a full reception set is the most expensive. If you’d like the act to perform at your ceremony and reception, it’s going to be a very long day and the price is likely to reflect it. It’s also pretty obvious that a solo act will always be cheaper than a full band.

The following factors can dramatically influence the pricing structure of wedding entertainment:

  •  Entertainer location: Unless you absolutely have your heart set on an entertainer from another State or Territory, it makes sense to hire an act close to your wedding venue. Entertainers will often ask for their travel time, petrol and accommodation expenses to be covered if they need to travel (usually) more than 2 hours from home. Please note: Entertainer travel expenses are very reasonable so don’t let this deter you from hiring a band that might be further afield if you absolutely love their sound!
  •  Number of entertainers: It’s obvious, but the more people you have performing, the greater the cost. That’s not to say you should only consider a solo or duo for your wedding because the atmosphere a 4 or 5 piece band (or more) can create is truly amazing and worth every cent! Some instruments can however, sound very ‘sad’ in solo mode such as a violin for a ceremony – it can just be too sombre for such a joyous occasion.
  • Performance duration: The longer the musicians play the more you pay. A self-explanatory point but it’s good to know that even though your entertainer won’t be playing during your speeches, this time is still included in their performance duration. Some couples unfortunately believe the entertainers will reduce their fee “because we’re having 30 minutes of speeches” which simply just isn’t the case and which leads us to…
  •  On-site duration: Entertainers need to set up their PA and equipment before your guests arrive. No one wants a band carrying their gear through your canapé service or hearing them checking their microphones during the middle of your ceremony! For couples who have their ceremony and reception in the same venue, you’ll need to advise your entertainer of the time your guests are arriving so they can set up prior, ensuring you aren’t disturbed. There may be an additional cost for an earlier set-up time and this is something you should definitely discuss with the entertainer.
  •  Agent fees: Agents can be an invaluable tool when organising your wedding band and will charge a percentage or fee for their services. They’ll do all the legwork for you and often provide you with a number of options suited exactly to your needs. To make sure you’re receiving the best deal, ask them to itemise the fee you’re paying, so you know exactly what portion is exclusively for the band. Often the fee you pay an agent is well worth the saving of your sanity and time. They will also have an enormous database of entertainers at their fingertips they can choose from.
  •  Song requests: If it’s not already part of an entertainer’s repertoire, most are very willing to learn a new song for you – given enough time. This may incur an additional cost so it’s best to ask during your initial contact with the band. Professional wedding bands and entertainers will usually have a vast repertoire so no additional fees may be necessary. Others may also be able to write you an original song for a fee.

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Image by Fi Mims Photography via Annaliese and Trevor’s Summer Garden Wedding


For the most part, artists will provide their own equipment. This includes amplifiers, speakers, a mixing desk (that funny looking thing with all the knobs and slides on it), instruments, lights, microphones, etc.  How much equipment they provide will depend on how many performers (i.e. a solo acoustic act or full band) as well as the size of your venue and the number of guests.

Once you’ve booked your wedding venue, it’s very helpful to let an artist know if any equipment is available and if they have the venue’s permission to use it. Some venues are very particular about entertainers providing their own equipment and will insist the band uses the in-house system only. Also, don’t be surprised if an acoustic act also mentions using a PA; this is standard practice as it can be difficult to hear a solo artist without amplification.

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Image by Eric Ronald via Claire and Erwin’s Handmade Apollo Bay Wedding

Quality vs. Quantity

Quality – it’s subjective and greatly influenced by one’s own values and what’s considered important. The general belief is that the more expensive the artist the better they’ll sound. And whilst this is certainly true, in some instances – the opposite is also the case.

Consider this for one minute. One of the best solo wedding singers/guitarists that I know also happens to have one of the most reasonable wedding prices around! This isn’t to say he doesn’t have years of experience – far from it. This guitarist has around 20 years of live performance experience and some 4,500 songs in his repertoire and has a brilliant vocal range. Now that’s pretty impressive!

So how does the ‘pay peanuts get monkeys’ adage ring true? It all comes down to what you value. E.g. if you value live entertainment and can appreciate the positive impact it will have on your wedding day and your future memories, you’ll pay a reasonable fee for the best musician’s you can afford.

If live entertainment isn’t high on your list of the important wedding aspects (and it’s ok if it’s not), then you’ll consider paying less; and this is where ‘pay peanuts’ comes in.

As an example, if you’re being offered a large band for a ridiculously small fee – your alarm bells should be ringing. Sometimes those “it’s too good to be true” instances are exactly that.

There’s never a shortage of amazingly talented wedding bands and singers of all budgets and styles. It’s simply a matter of knowing how or where to find the best one to suit your plans and budget, and being armed with the right information and questions to ask to ensure you receive the best price. Being flexible in your entertainment budget and willing to compromise a little will also ensure you find the perfect wedding entertainer for your big day.

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Ms Gingham says: Heaps to consider but an amazing amount of useful information. This is a great starting point.

About Music For My Wedding: I’ve worked in the Australian music industry for nearly 15 years; carrying more guitar amps and drums kits than I care to remember and rolled more leads than I could count icon smile Understanding Wedding Band Pricing I’ve managed artists’ careers, tour managed, created and project managed large events of all descriptions and helped some of the most gorgeous couples create memories with entertainers they simply fell in love with (the latter definitely being my favourites!). I know a great band when I hear one and I’ll gladly share my wealth of knowledge to help couples avoid some of the most common entertainment pitfalls.

Music For My Wedding was born from the desire to help people find their perfect wedding entertainer more effectively. The rest as they say… is history. icon smile Understanding Wedding Band Pricing

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