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How To Choose Great Music For Your Wedding

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


Julia of Julia's Celebrant Agency
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From classical through to modern, at Julia’s Celebrant Agency we caught up with Jess who is always so helpful when her clients ask her about ceremony music! Have a listen to her tips and see for yourself!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Jess really is the expert; it’s so important to choose ceremony music that suits you as a couple!

About Julia’s Celebrant Agency:  Julia’s Celebrant Agency is a website that showcases the best Melbourne Celebrants who are available on your wedding day! With just a click of a button you can see straight away who is available and who would LOVE to perform your wedding! Each profile displays the Celebrant’s fees and inclusions which will make your search easy, informative and with no hidden surprises. With over 20 video interviews on the site you can see the Celebrant’s fun personalities come to life, making your important decision all the more easy and enjoyable!

Celebrate With Ed Dixon Food Design – Catering For A Cocktail Reception

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


Ed Dixon Food Design
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How much fun did we have at Ed Dixon Food Design catering Barbara and Aaron’s elegant Top Paddock wedding! As Barbara remembers, “I guess you can say this venue not only suited our wedding style but who we are as a couple. Furthermore, when it came to choosing a wedding venue we wanted to look outside the box and pick a venue where our guests most likely haven’t celebrated a wedding before. We wanted to try and do something different and choose a venue that perhaps wasn’t seen as traditional.”

We kicked off the vibe with decadent grazing stations for the guests, with Barbara commenting, “Ed Dixon Food Design helped us to provide the most spectacular food – it was absolutely perfect! The grazing table was a hit and the food was endless!”

So let’s see how it all came together….

How was this wedding catered?

This wedding was for 160 guests. Barbara and Aaron opted for more of a party atmosphere and felt that a cocktail party lent itself more to a relaxed, celebratory feel. There were roaming canapés and mini-dishes, as well as a grazing table and we also did a supper bowl later in the evening.



Our tips for other couples considering a cocktail wedding.

Cocktail parties can often have a bad reputation, especially amongst parents of the couple, as this is a relatively new way to cater a wedding. There is always the concern that there will not be enough food. We always recommend to mix traditional style canapés with more substantial mini-dishes and include a grazing table – this means no-one goes hungry! We also suggest a ‘soak item’ later in the night when guests have had a bit to drink!



Why did we decide to add a grazing table?

A grazing table is an amazing addition to a cocktail style wedding. Not only is the table a spectacular focal point, it also allows guests to help themselves if they’re still hungry after the canapés. It’s good for ‘piece of mind’ as the couple can be assured there will be plenty of options available for their guests, including those with dietary requirements.



Images via Ed Dixon Food Design

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love a cocktail party wedding – relaxed and fun with such good vibes! Canapes, mini – dishes and a grazing table make sure the menu options are deliciously extensive!

About Ed Dixon Food Design: Weddings are our thing.  We love them.  For 13 years we’ve been perfecting the art of the perfect wedding celebration.  Food, venues, styling, staffing – we can do it all and do it in a way that leaves you thinking my wedding day was out of this world and the planning process was too!

Behind The Door With….Sweet Fern

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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Behind The Door With....Sweet Fern

This week on ‘Behind The Door With…’, I’m visiting to Victoria’s third largest city, Ballarat, to meet the fabulous Kate Robinson of Sweet Fern fragrance boutique.

Kate opened Sweet Fern just over two years ago and tells me that it was a real passion project for her and her husband Simon. Kate had previously been an assistant school principal and decided to have a complete lifestyle change and open up a store focusing on luxurious body, bath and home fragrances.


Simon is a carpenter and fitted out the store using mostly reclaimed and recycled materials. Everything was custom designed so the space would be the full experience for those who visit. From the beautiful white washed brick front, to the custom timber shelving and handmade sink, everything in the store is inspiring and a delight to look at.



Kate believes that “scent is the chapter to your life” and that a scent is an important choice for soon to be brides. “Scent is the sense most linked to memory,” says Kate. “I want brides to choose something that reminds them of their wedding day whenever they wear it.” Sweet Fern sure is the place to find it with a full colour wheel of fragrances ranging from floral and woody to citrus and everything in between!


For those brides who love their perfume Sweet Fern also offer a bridal shower perfume masterclass perfect for hens’ days. Including a glass of French champagne on arrival, there’s a chance to learn about the history of perfume as Kate introduces you to the world’s finest perfume houses. The bride and bridal party are helped to select the perfect fragrance for their special day, with shopping and sweets treats to finish.



I think this is such an amazing place to really celebrate the lead up to a wedding and make the bride feel extra special. The perfect visit with your partner or for a girls day with friends.


Images by Sweet Fern and Stefani Driscoll Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a gorgeous boutique; the scents would be divine – and I know I would never want to leave!

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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