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Wedding Reception Style – Deciding On Your Food

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


Your Private Chef
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Now that you have the details sorted for your wedding ceremony, it’s time to think about what type of wedding reception you’ll have – and most importantly, what food will you serve? Long banquet tables outside under the stars or an intimate cocktail party with a sophisticated vibe? This can be a bit tricky sometimes. Different weddings are suited to different brides.

At Your Private Chef, we think it’s just not as simple as opening a book, going to page 3 and telling you this is the best type of wedding to have. We really need to find out more about your personality, both as a couple and as individuals and work backwards from here. This is your day and your wedding needs to be a showcase of who you are. Do you prefer the royal treatment or the relaxed laid-back feel? Do you want the focus to be on mingling and socialising or more of an intimate style experience? Are you outgoing and active or a more reserved and traditional type? The focus is on getting to know you first and what suits you; here are some of our favourite styles of reception with food to match.

Antique and elegant. Three course fine dining comes to mind? Set up and style your venue as if the king and queen were coming to join you.


Offbeat and electric. A canapé and cocktail party is the first thing we think of! Pick and choose your favourites from your caterer’s canapé menu and have these handed these around as you and your guests socialise.  Talented bartenders can also whip up some gorgeous cocktails. Mojito anybody?


Tasteful and timeless. Shared platters are interactive, plentiful and engaging. Presented beautifully over the centre of your table on a buffet, there is something for everyone in this feast for the eyes.


Breezy and laid back. Picture this… the BBQ roaring away under the fabulous Australian sun while children run around barefoot and laughing. The aromas of the fresh seafood will set the scene and have all of your guests asking for more! Think about several gourmet BBQ options – from canapés on the grill to a variety of buffet options to suit all styles.

Which one would we choose?  Shared platters are one of our favourites – Mediterranean antipasto platters followed by substantial grazing plates (love the braised succulent lamb shanks with a choice of sides!) and then a selection of mini desserts – think flourless chocolate cake, poached rhubarb and raspberry sorbet – to finish the night!

Images via Your Private Chef

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love the idea of celebrating outside with family and friends at long banquet tables as the sun sets; so relaxed and so chic!

About Your Private Chef: When every last detail needs to be utterly perfect you can completely rely on us to provide an unforgettable gourmet food experience with exceptional service. We deliver unforgettable wedding catering – Melbourne style – fusing fresh flavours with the best ingredients to suit all budgets.

Guide To Correct Wedding Invitation Etiquette

by | Stationery Wisdom, Wisdom


Little Flamingo Stationery
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Wedding stationery can sometimes seem like a minefield, with so many choices in invitations and then comes… wedding etiquette (gasp!) When to send out save the dates and invitations? When to make the R.S.V.P date or how to address the envelopes? So many questions! From the team at Little Flamingo Creative Stationery, here are a few quick tips to help navigate your way around correct wedding stationery etiquette.

1. The more notice the better

When sending out save the dates aim to do this at least three to four months prior to your wedding date. If you have guests coming from overseas or interstate try to get your save the dates out even sooner. Remember, guests travelling from afar may need to book accommodation, arrange time off work or book flights. They may also need to budget to be able to do this, so the more notice the better. No one will complain about having additional time to plan.

Velvet and Gold Save the Date

2. Save the Date – What to include

For your save the date cards, the bride and groom’s names along with the wedding date is the most important information. You don’t need to include the venue name but we do recommend you include the area and country if it’s overseas. This information will help your guests plan for your celebration. Always note on your save the dates that the invitation will follow so guests know more information is coming. If you have a wedding website, adding it to your save the date is a good idea.

wedding invitation

3. Invitations – When to send

Plan to send your invitations out six to eight weeks before your wedding date. For travelling guests, this gives them time to make any final arrangements for hotels and accommodation. We suggest setting your R.S.V.P date around four weeks prior to your celebration. This means you will have time to follow up any late replies before finalising your seating plan, catering and any additional on the day stationery such as place cards.

Rustic Lace Wedding Invitation RSVP_700

4. Envelopes – What’s in a name

Your guests’ entire name should be written on the outer invitation envelope. Tradition says married couples should be written as “Mr. and Mrs.” followed by the husband’s first name and then their surname. It is also perfectly fine to include both their first names and then the surname. For an unmarried couple who live together, write their full names on two separate lines.

Invitation Envelopes

5. Envelopes – Addresses

When writing addresses on your envelopes, “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Unit” should all be written out in full. This is the same for the State and house numbers below 20. “Mr. and Mrs.” however, is generally abbreviated.

Wedding Thank you cards

6. Thank you very much

Thank you notes are very important. It shows your guests that you really appreciated them sharing your special day and for the gift that they gave you. For any guests that attended and didn’t give you a gift, they should still receive a thank you card. Remember to make it personal, mentioning the gift they gave you or if they contributed in a special way, travelled from afar or gave a nice speech at the wedding. Thank you notes should be sent within two weeks of your wedding day to express your true appreciation.

All images via Little Flamingo Creative Stationery

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: In these times of the digital and electronic, we often forget the traditional; thank you for your very useful advice on communication etiquette – wedding invitation style!

About Little Flamingo Creative Stationery: Hi, I’m Shannon! When your guests receive their invitation, we want them to be as excited about your wedding day as you are! With this philosophy and a crazy love for paper and all things wedding, The Little Flamingo team are continually creating and updating our collection of unique, classic and on-trend invitation designs.

Top Tips To Help You Organise Your Wedding Favours

by | Favor Wisdom, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Personalised Favours


Image by Oy Photography via Kelly & Sidney’s Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

So you’ve got your wedding theme nailed and everything is on point but what about your wedding favours? From the team at Personalised Favours, here are some tips to help you organise your heartfelt ‘thank you’ favours for your guests.

1. Stick to a theme

Couples often forget to match their favours to the style and theme of their wedding. If your style has a rustic or country vibe, then a favour that is wooden, brass, woven or organic would best compliment your wedding decor.

Wooden Favours

2. Get Personal

Personalising your wedding favours adds a point of difference and reflects your personality on your special day. Couples are opting to customise their favours with individual guest names and a special thank you message. A personalised gift will be treasured and remembered by your guests and serve as a special keepsake of your wedding day.

Flip Flop Bottle Openers

3. Practicality is key

Couples are always on the hunt for practical wedding favours. For example, if you are having a spring or summer wedding then a personalised flip flop bottle opener is not only practical but a lovely keepsake and season appropriate. Savvy couples who are looking to save money are choosing a wedding favour that also doubles as a place setting. A popular choice are engraved acrylic place cards which have a special thank you message and feature a magnet on the back so they can be kept on the fridge as a keepsake.

Glamour Favours

4. Plan Ahead

Favours are often the last thing on a bride’s mind and it is a task often left to the last minute. Many couples like to wait until they have all of their RSVP’s returned but this doesn’t leave much time for ordering, production and delivery of your gifts. Plan ahead and order enough to cover the guests you have invited. It is also wise to order a couple of spares for extra guests, ones that might go missing and even a keepsake for you and your husband.

Bridal Party Gifts

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice about matching your theme and planning ahead – you don’t want to leave your special ‘thankyous’ to the last minute!

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