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Save The Date: Do I Need To Send One?

by | Stationery Wisdom, Wisdom


Lovestruck, Paper Divas


At Lovestruck Invitations, we are asked by so many brides-to-be whether a Save The Date card is required to be sent, so here are our thoughts!

If you are having a destination wedding, absolutely! You want to give your family and friends as much time as possible to plan their attendance. In particular, overseas weddings take a lot of planning so as soon as the date is known and the location, it is wise to pass this information on so guests can look in to their own travel plans.


If you are super excited about your wedding and want to share the excitement, absolutely! Now you know the date, this is the start of the wedding journey and if your budget permits, share the love! Receiving this card lets your family and friends know they have made it on to the invite list!

If your invitations are already ordered and on their way, probably not. The Save The Date card is a placeholder for the invitation to be sent later.

If your wedding is going to take place within a short timeframe, probably not. The invitation itself will be enough in this situation.

If you don’t know your colour theme yet, absolutely! The Save The Date card doesn’t need to match your wedding invitation but make it personal  – include a photo of your engagement ring, a photo of the two of you or just details of the proposal to add a nice touch.

save-the-date-paper-divasImages via Lovestruck Invitations

The Save The Date card is a simple gesture but shares the love and excitement of your impending wedding. Let your family and friends know when the big day is and there’s no time like the present to get started. Congratulations!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a wonderful way to share the excitement about your upcoming marriage; such a lovely card to receive in the post!!

Hair and Make-up Master Class Tutorial 4: Mastering The Perfect Wedding Eyes

by | Hair and Make-Up Master Class, Wisdom


Ms Chinoiserie

Today, in the last of our current Hair and Make-Up Master Class Tutorials with Kate from Quince and Mulberry Studios, we look at creating perfect dark smoky eyes. Whilst they are not traditionally bridal, smoky eyes are still definitely one of the most requested looks, says leading makeup artist, Alannah Pritchard.

“Finding the right depth and balance for a bridal look is important. Smoky eyes can be tailored to look more subtle and soft through colour, the amount of shadow used and the degree of blending. This look is perfect for the bride who loves a bit more definition and drama as it adds focus to the eyes, but still creates a perfect balance of depth and contrast. Perfect smoky eyes are paired with an even complexion with little contouring or blush and are finished off with a pale, soft lip colour; too much colour or definition on the face has the potential to make the look too dramatic for a daytime or afternoon ceremony.”

1.Freshly cleanse and tone skin and apply makeup primer.


2.Apply liquid foundation and conceal around eye area and any other skin concerns.


3. Powder foundation and apply blush to apples of cheek bones.



4. Using a socket brush, contour along socket line with a soft/medium matte earthy brown.



5. Apply in a pressing motion a highlight colour on front half of eye-lid.



6. Darken outer corners both under lash-line and outer corner of socket.




7. Apply eye-liner.


8. Apply coat of mascara and apply false lashes for extra volume.



9. Define and fill through eye-brows.



10. Completed brows and smoky eyes!


Thank you Kate so much once again for all of your wonderful images – they have certainly made our Hair and Make-Up Master Class Tutorials look so easy! And it’s also nice to know that Alannah’s expertise is never far away if ever we need a professional guiding hand!


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Photographer: Quince and Mulberry Studios / Makeup Artist: Alannah Pritchard

What Would They Know? Alanah Curbishley at Beachside Dojo

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


Polka Dot Bride

Beachside Dojo

Right on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches sits Beachside Dojo.  Just over 12 months old, Beachside Dojo has two spaces available for your ceremony and reception, views through the tall Manly pines over the sea and a stunning menu with the freshness of Japanese influences. It would be hard to find a more stunning venue for a wedding. Enjoy drinks on the deck and with sea breezes and a summer sunset, or in winter, have a wedding with the stormy seas rolling into shore while cocooned inside. And if you’re short on decor ideas for your wedding just look at the gorgeous Style Sessions which will have your mind buzzing with ideas to add your own personal touch to this beachy Hamptons style venue. Events Co-ordinator, Alanah will be by your side to help turn your dreams into reality!

Where is Beachside Dojo situated?

Beachside Dojo overlooks the beautiful and iconic Manly Beach on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Beachside Dojo 1

Image by Jessica Ross Photography

Dojo is a Japanese word. Why this name – and what influences does it bring to the venue?

Dojo is Japanese for ‘meeting place’. The dojo is a space that we love to see people come together with friends and family to celebrate and enjoy one another.

How would you describe the overall décor style of Beachside Dojo?

Beachside Dojo takes cues from its beautiful beachside location and relaxed Hamptons chic with a slight nod to its Japanese heritage.

You have a Gallery on your website with Style Sessions with various wedding stylists. What a great idea this is! What was the idea behind this feature?

We love working with other local Wedding Suppliers. Our Stylist Sessions were born with the intention of collaborating with different vendors and create images that feature their work and their interpretation on our space.
Each stylist is different and we love to see Dojo come alive in a different way each time.

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Image by Jessica Ross Photography Styling by Dani Butchart

Do you have an on site wedding planner who can assist bridal couples?

I am the Events Coordinator here at Beachside Dojo. It’s my job to help couples through the process of booking and planning their special day, from their first site visit to arriving at Dojo on the day itself.

Do bridal couples have exclusive use of your venue for their wedding?

Each wedding booked at Beachside Dojo has exclusive use of the entire space including its expansive outdoor terrace.

Please describe the spaces you have available for weddings?

Beachside Dojo is made up of two spaces; Sunrise and Northern Dojo.

Sunrise Dojo, larger of the two is open and light filled with large bifold doors that open onto the split level roof top terrace.

Northern Dojo, located on the north side of the space is an intimate lounge that also opens up onto the terrace and is the perfect break out space.

Both spaces boast incredible views of Manly Beach.

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Image by Jessica Ross Photography Styling by Dani Butchart

What do you consider special about these spaces?

What makes Beachside Dojo so special is the feeling of serenity and relaxed elegance it gives all that visits her.
The space has a calm and relaxed vibe.
Natural light fills each space and the views are simply stunning.

Coming into Spring and Summer where do you recommend having the wedding ceremony?

The Northern Beaches are filled with amazing ceremony locations.
Shelly Beach is a favorite location of mine.

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Image by Jessica Ross Photography Styling by Dani Butchart

How would you describe the food served at Beachside Dojo?

Beachside Dojo’s menu is a fresh seasonal fare.
We give our couples the option to embrace as much of the Japanese elements as they would like with the option to stick to more traditional menu items as well.

You have several wedding packages available for the bride and groom to choose from. Would you please give us a brief overview of these?

We offer both seated (capacity 80 pax) and cocktail (capacity 200 pax) receptions at Beachside Dojo.
Our seated receptions have a choice of the traditional Alternate Drop menu or our lush Grand Feast.
Our cocktail receptions have a choice of canape packages with the option to add our Experience Stations.

You also have the Beachside Experience Station. This is intriguing! Please describe what we can expect with this. Can the Experience Station replace one of the menu courses in a package? 

I love our Experience Stations!
Experience Stations are a great way to add interest and a bit of theatre to your reception.
Some stations are set up as large grazing tables and others such as our Sushi Experience Station feature a chef who prepares the food in front of your guests!

Experience stations can be used to substitute canapes, as grazing during Cocktail Hour, a Cheese Station is lovely to have after dinner or as an entrée.

We have a number to choose from including our Antipasto Station, and Cheese Station. We even have a Sake Station which is lots of fun!

Is there a dish on the menu at present that you love?

Its very hard to go past our pulled pork buns, I recommend them to everybody.

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Image by Jessica Ross Photography Styling by Dani Butchart

Are you able to offer accommodation options for wedding guests?

We are lucky enough to be located right next door to the beautiful Novotel Manly Pacific. We can help our lovely couples get in touch with the team at Novotel in regards to booking their wedding accommodation.

What do you love about weddings?

Its probably the most cliché answer in the book, but I am a bit of a romantic.
What’s better than a room full of people you love celebrating your happiness with great food in a beautiful location?

How do you celebrate the end of the working week?

We are pretty lucky to work on such a beautiful beach, finally being able to get your feet in the sand is a pretty fab way end the week.
We also work with and above rock bar Daniel San and they make a mean cocktail.

Thank you for sharing your story Alanah. What a beautiful venue, stunning location and yummy food for your guests to enjoy. To find out more about Beachside Dojo visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Alana Curbishley.

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