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Wedding Venues – Blank Canvas Venues vs Pre-Styled Spaces

by | Venue Wisdom, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom

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Ms Chevron
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Recently I attended a launch, or rather a re-launch, of a riverside venue. I was looking forward to seeing what would be unveiled as I had been there several years ago for a cocktail-style party and clearly remembered the unique entry way, beautiful Venetian décor, and unbeatable river views. The arancini balls were out of this world, the wine was one I had previously tasted at a NZ vineyard, and the staff were pleasant and knowledgable.

Upon entering the venue however I was a little surprised as the room had been stripped of its past décor, leaving a clean white ceiling and a couple of pieces of non-offensive artwork. Granted it still had incredible views, but it did make me question if the owners were trying to appeal to a broader market or target a different audience. I couldn’t quite get to the bottom of it, but it did make me ponder the pros and cons of  blank canvas wedding venues as opposed to a pre-styled space that already held character and charm.

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Blank Canvas Wedding Venues

Pros: With a skeleton in place, you can transform the blank canvas into whatever you dream it to be. Creative types can run wild and either DIY or hire a stylist to bring their vision to reality. The added bonus is a one-off look which isn’t replicated by the next couple using the same room or venue.

Cons: Transforming a space usually costs a decent chunk of your budget. Whether you’re needing to start from scratch and hire in furniture (and the rest!) or simply bring life to a bare room through styling, be prepared to be set back both financially and also time-wise.

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Lightspace‘s converted warehouse is the perfect canvas for those after an industrial feel

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Transform The Great Room at Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort to match its spectacular views

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Moda Events Portside encourage you to “come in and make the space your own”

Pre-Styled Space

Pros: With the addition of a few tealight candles, the pre-styled space speaks for itself and not much else is required in terms of décor. This will certainly save you a pretty penny or two, and is particularly beneficial for those who are too-busy, too-disorganised, or not-too-fussed to invest hours into planning.

Cons: If the location, menu, and facilities are great, but the style of the room is not to your liking, then you may need to keep looking to find a suitable fit. Also, you’ll need to be prepared to sacrifice customised styling and surrounds for potential time and financial savings.

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Customs House needs only some fresh white linen to maintain its elegant heritage feel

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Sirromet‘s Barrel Hall exudes warmth with just a simple tablescape required

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1889 Enoteca‘s private dining room within the basement cellar is Roman-inspired enough!

Ultimately, it’s important to have a clear vision of what you do or don’t want from your reception location. This will assist you greatly in deciding whether a blank canvas venue or a pre-styled space will be suitable for you. Happy hunting!

Images supplied by Vellum Studios

What Would They Know? Rebecca Jenkins of Petal & Pod

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

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Polka Dot Bride
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Petal Pod What Would They Know? Rebecca Jenkins of Petal & Pod

The Petal & Pod signature style is soft, pretty and elegant and the delicate touch that Rebecca puts into each and every arrangement is testament to her skill. On a day when a bride feels her most beautiful self, Rebecca enhances all the froth, sparkle and lace with flowers that are once feminine,  and exquisite in their perfect colour and shape. Flowers to oooh and aaah over, bouquets to inhale the perfume of, petals to touch and admire – flowers are indeed the finishing touch to this special day.

How did you get into floristry as a profession?

I was looking for something creative to do after having my children and have always loved flowers. I spotted a Commercial Design course in floristry and signed up!

What do you love about floristry that keeps you interested and fresh?

I love working with a fresh and seasonal product. The flower markets are never the same! Also weddings are such a positive event to be involved with and each bride has her own vision. No two are ever the same. The industry is constantly evolving and its important to keep up with trends. I love that too.

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Image by The Simple Things Studio

Are you known for a particular style of floral design?

Petal and Pod has a modern pretty style. We love to put a super romantic and fresh spin on a wedding and aim for ‘to die for’ blooms.

What flowers do you particularly enjoy using, and use time and again?

I love using flowers that are only around for a limited time. Peonies are pretty special as their local season is only November and part of December. They’re super pretty!

How do you help bridal couples decide on their wedding flowers?

I will meet with couples to discuss their initial thoughts and ideas and see if they’ve decided on a colour palette etc. We look at past examples and often they will have images they’ve come across online or in a magazine as well. I’ll go away and come back to them with a concept and some thoughts on seasonal flowers that are available at the time which can be used to compliment their theme and achieve the look they’re after.

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Image by Petal & Pod

Do you see a trend for increasing use of foliage in wedding floral designs?

Yes definitely, we’re starting to use a lot more transitional material and foliages to give that lovely whimsy and soft look.

For a bride on a strict budget, what would you suggest so that she might spread her dollar further?

Simple and elegant is always beautiful! Using seasonal blooms that are readily available helps as well.

Do many Australian brides base their floral design around Australian native blooms, or are other flowers still more popular?

We don’t often use a lot of natives but I do really enjoy adding native elements to bouquets and arrangements. They can add beautiful texture and contrast when mixed in with other flowers.

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Image by Petal & Pod

What are some new ideas you’ve seen for using flowers at the reception?

People are loving hanging flowers at the moment. It’s such a beautiful look. Everything from garlands, strings of blooms and hanging chandeliers. Stunning!

Do you work closely with the wedding stylist when designing the ceremony and reception blooms?

Generally we do a lot of floral related styling for our couples but will also work closely with a wedding stylist when applicable.

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Image by Lucy Leonardi Photography

Do you see any colour or flower trends emerging for 2015?

A neutral base with pops of colour are very on trend at the moment. Fresh peaches and corals are lovely too.

What do you suggest brides could use more of in their wedding flowers?

I think fresh flowers really make a wedding, they add such a beautiful element. Don’t forget the lovely little details. They can make all the difference.

Where do you go for a short break on your time off?

My family live on the Gold Coast so we often duck up to see them and they also come here to Sydney. Otherwise a lovely little getaway a few hours from Sydney is great. The Blue Mountains, Elizabeth Beach, Hyams is a favourite too!

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Image by Petal & Pod

Favourite restaurant?

Ive always loved the food at Longrain on Commonwealth Street, Sydney. My husband and I had a lovely little meal at Via Alta on High Street, Willoughby recently too.

If I could make a wish, I’d wish………..

For my kids to become happy, healthy and well adjusted people.

Thank you Rebecca for sharing your story. For more information visit the Petal & Pod website.

Headshot courtesy of Petal & Pod.

8 Tips To Make Getting Dressed On Your Wedding Day A Breeze

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom

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Wedding Gown Specialists
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Image by by Madelyn Holmes Photographics assisted by Cory Pedder Photography via Amy & Tom’s Rustic Country Wedding

Make getting dressed on your wedding day an absolute breeze with these 8 all important tips:

1. If your garment bag is plastic, take your bridal gown out of it and hang your bridal gown where it will be safe from children or pets. Wrap it in a clean sheet to protect it from light and dust.

2. Make a list of everything you will need the day of the wedding– including things for emergencies. Its handy to have things to treat spills with to prevent damage to your wedding gown the day.

3. Several days before the wedding, look over your wedding gown and wedding accessories and make sure everything is ready to wear. TIP: Hang your veil near the shower to smooth any wrinkles.

4. Wear your shoes around the house so you will be comfortable the day of the wedding. You might even rub the soles of your shoes against a sidewalk or other rough surface to make them less slippery.

5. Arrange for someone (two “someones” are even better) without a fresh manicure or dark polish to help you dress in your wedding gown. Or hire a professional dresser who will take responsibility for your bridal gown all day and make sure you are dressed perfectly in a bridal gown that is not creased or wrinkled and is bustled properly.

6. Make sure you know how to bustle your wedding gown and show whoever is helping you dress how to do it, too. TIP: Pin five or six safety pins to the underside of your wedding gown. They will not show, and you will be glad so have them in an emergency!

7. Allow plenty of time to get dressed in your wedding gown. Allow even more time if it is raining. I repeat – allow plenty of time to get dressed in your wedding gown. Allow even more time if it is raining.

8. Most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy every minute of your special day because your wedding day will go by all too quickly!

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Ms Gingham says: I love the idea of keeping your veil in the shower. The steam keeps the tulle crease and wrinkle free. Just don’t forget the obvious… don’t get it wet!

For more information about wedding gown care click here Bridal Gown Care Tips. Look here for help with your destination wedding gown Destination Wedding Gown

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