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Finding The Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom



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Image by Julia Jane Photography via Susie and Edward’s Melbourne Vintage Wedding

Ah, dress shopping. It’s one of most rewarding and enjoyable activities especially since it entails looking at a lot of beautiful dresses and trying them on. However, it can also be stressful since it can be tough to choose the one dress that your friends will wear on your big day.

By now, you probably have more ideas than you know what to do with as the Internet has made it easier for brides to look up dress ideas. The question is: how do you help your bridesmaids choose the outfit will look great not just in the photos but also throughout the entire occasion? Listed below are important reminders on what to do and consider when buying the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your special girls!

Do your homework

You also have to do your homework when coming up with your bridesmaids dresses. But instead of doing it alone, you can actually include your girls and make it a group project.

When choosing dresses for your bridesmaids, it pays to consider their opinion; after all, they are the ones who will wear them. Ask your friends to look up styles that they would want to wear. Once you’ve pooled your choices, narrow down your list until you come up with the best dresses that your bridesmaids all want. Your friends will appreciate that you asked for their input and not just stuff them into the first thing you could find.

Decide on a budget

If there’s one thing that you will definitely blow money on for your wedding, it would be your wedding gown. This shouldn’t mean though that you can shortchange your bridesmaids when it comes to their dresses. It’s already a given that the bride should be the most beautiful on her wedding day, but it’s also your job and your wedding planner’s to make sure that the bridesmaids are nothing short of stunning.

Part of your research should include the price range of dresses, or how much it would cost if you have the dresses custom-made. And while it may be a bit of a sensitive topic, you should also discuss who’s buying the dresses. Some bridesmaids are willing to purchase their own dresses especially if they are planning to use them again on a different event. However, a more elaborate and specific design can be costlier than off-the-rack options, so you also need to consider shouldering the expense. This is why you need to bring up this subject before even settling for a design.

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Image by Stewart Leishman via Crystal and Steve’s Melbourne Zoo Wedding

Work around your theme

The point of having a theme for your wedding is to pull together the elements of your motif and not look like mass-produced dolls. In short, you don’t have to oblige your friends to wear the same exact dress on your wedding. Instead, play around your theme and incorporate different dress styles in your color palette.

Say, for instance, that your wedding’s color theme is blue. Allow your bridesmaids to wear dresses in varying shades such as navy, Prussian, royal blue, and cerulean. You can throw in patterns on a white canvas or details like lace or sequins.

You also need to consider the style of dresses your bridesmaids are comfortable with, as well as the shapes of their bodies. For example, not all of your girl friends may be comfortable with wearing a dress with a low neckline or a strapless number, so give them the alternative of going for a halter-type dress or a Grecian cut instead. Some may also be more confident to wear a cocktail type of dress, while others may prefer a full-length one. Don’t forget to coordinate the shades of dress with their hair color and skin tone to make sure that you pull off a picture-perfect entourage.

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Image by Pictures and Hearts Photography

Take the venue and the weather into account

Further considerations you have to make when looking for bridesmaids’ dresses are the location and the weather. If, say, you’re having an outdoor wedding on the chilly end of the calendar, you might want to pair your bridesmaids’s outfit with matching shawls. Another option would be a semiformal cardigan that complements their dresses.

Take the girls shopping

It’s always fun to go shopping with your girl friends, and dress hunting is a good opportunity to unleash the fashion experts in you. Take this time to feel different fabrics and match color swatches with complexions. You should also help your bridesmaids ensure that their chosen dress fits them perfectly, or make suggestions if there are certain areas that require alterations.

Finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses can be a bit overwhelming so it’s important that you allot enough time for this. And when you feel that selecting outfits from a heap of stunning dresses can be nerve-wracking, take the time to breathe and remember to enjoy the experience.

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Ms Gingham says: A really good starting point. Bridesmaid dresses can be as simple or extravagant as your imagination allows. Just remember to do the right thing so that the whole experience is fun for all involved.

What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events

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


Polka Dot Bride

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 The south west corner of Western Australia is one of the most beautiful areas of Australia, and with famous wineries, great food and stunning scenery and surf, lucky Western Australians have it all on their doorstep. The icing on the (wedding) cake is Empire Events, who can help you create a stylish event reflecting your own personal style – indoors, or taking advantage of all that beautiful countryside – outside. From luxury tents to furniture and even chandeliers, Clare of Empire Events has your styling and hire needs covered – all you need to do is relax and enjoy your day!

Please tell us a little about starting Empire Events.

After working in a luxury hotel for many years, and hosting a number of weddings, I noticed that there was an opportunity to develop a business supplying good quality furniture, luxury tents and homewares to clients to enable them to create a really well designed and stylish wedding. And so we began EMPIRE events. We have now been fashioning weddings for over 2 years and loving it!

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Where are you situated?

We are located in the Margaret River wine region and work mainly between Margaret River and Yallingup and Busselton.

What has the Empire group developed into?

The World of EMPIRE has within its group EMPIRE homewares, 5 stores throughout Western Australia, Empire Retreat and Spa, a luxury boutique retreat in Yallingup, WA and Empire Estate, a boutique winery. We are the recent chapter in its history, EMPIRE events, a sister company to the World of EMPIRE.

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What services can you offer the bridal couple?

We are a luxury hire and styling company for events. We cater for everything from intimate engagements and elegant corporate functions, to a wedding spectacular.

Do you offer different levels of service with wedding day planning?

We don’t offer a planning service for wedding just styling and hire. Ceremony Packages are available for clients to easily choose. With custom styled reception packages put together, we ensure each wedding is unique and personal to every client.

Please describe the steps you go through with the bridal couple when planning the wedding event space for them?

Talk, talk and talk!! The more we know about the clients the better. It’s a wonderful journey getting to know your client on a personal level and with this knowledge of personality and style we customise the wedding design to suit. We want the wedding design to speak about the clients when the guests enter the reception or ceremony.

We visit the venue with clients seeing the space we are working with and take it from there.

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What sorts of items do you have available for wedding day hire?

Every thing from our Natural Canvas Luxury tents to chairs, tables, occasional seating, candlesticks, etc. we have a number of different styles across all our furniture for clients to choose from.

Do you ship your hire luxe packages to States other than Western Australia?

No unfortunately… just in the South West of Western Australia.

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You have wedding tents and furniture for hire. With the weather and landscape so stunning in WA, do you see more brides using this option in a garden or bush setting?

Absolutely. The south west has an amazing natural beauty and climate. People wish to enjoy that beauty by incorporating it into the wedding. We are spoiled with amazing scenery from pristine beaches to vineyards, forests and caves.

Do you bring in other vendors from outside the business to pull the look together?

We often work closely with other suppliers especially florists to put the final touches to an event.

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How do you fit in relaxation, and what do you like to do?

Making sure you take time for yourself and your family is so important with any occupation. Hosting BBQ’s in summer with close friends and my little family is always wonderful. Travel can be so inspiring with our line of work and lots of beach time for fitness and health. Standup paddle boarding at one of our amazing local beaches can be the greatest relaxation techniques I know with a good workout at the same time…perfect!

 Thank you Clare for sharing your story. For more information on Empire Events visit the website.

All images courtesy of Empire Events.

How To Be The Perfect Wedding Guest

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Moira Hughes Couture
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Image by Moira Hughes

After years of designing wedding gowns all around the world I have heard the same things over and over again. It is these few points brides bring up during their fittings at Moira Hughes Couture and today I’m going to share them with you. So, if you’re wondering how to be the perfect wedding guest listen closely.

1. RSVP on time. Every bride struggles with what to do once the reply by date has passed and the couple haven’t heard back. A lot of time and attention went into posting the perfect invitation to your home address and a quick reply is always appreciated!

2. Keep in touch! Send thoughtful messages to the bride on the leadup to the wedding. A simple ‘Can’t wait to see you in that gown again’ can really make the day of a soon-to-be bride!

3. Compliment! Make an effort to thank the bride and groom for ‘the best wedding’ you have ever been to! The gown is perfect/the flowers are beautiful, appreciate the details that went into making the day one to remember.

4. Arrive on time. Start the wedding off with plenty of time to find a parking spot and have an excited chat before the ceremony. It is respectful not to arrive after the bride and have everyone’s attention distracted by you.

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Image by Nabeel Khan of Nabeels Camera via Imogen & Cristiano’s Modern Sydney Wedding

5. Don’t question the seating plan. It has been carefully thought through and finalised in advance. Just be polite, make small talk and find out why you share such an amazing friend.

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Image by Nabeel Khan of Nabeels Camera via Imogen & Cristiano’s Modern Sydney Wedding

6. Stay calm. Never start a sentence off with ‘Don’t panic but…’. We know things don’t always go to plan but try to involve the couple as a last resort. Someone is missing from the seating plan? See if the venue can add another chair to an existing table, the married couple with thank you for being cool and collected!

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Image by Nabeel Khan of Nabeels Camera via Imogen & Cristiano’s Modern Sydney Wedding

7. Hit the dance floor! Everyone wants their wedding to be great fun – encourage guests on the dance floor and party the night away.

8. Don’t jump the gun! Wait until the bride and groom have uploaded the first picture from their wedding before revealing it on social media – or use a hashtag if they have created one. Especially if you are part of the bridal party – never show a picture of the bride before she walks down the aisle!

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Ms Gingham says: Great advice! I like to keep one more thing in mind… don’t wear white to a wedding. It’s just the old-fashioned in me but better safe than sorry! Also, you may get mistaken for a bridesmaid all day!

Moira of Moira Hughes Couture: “You can ask a woman of any age or nationality what her wedding dress looked like and 50 years later she will be able to tell you every detail. That’s why I love bridal, the whole experience. It is so special to be involved in making a woman feel more incredible than she ever thought possible.”

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