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Your Wedding Chef Can Help You Build a Fabulous Wedding Registry

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom



When you’re chatting with your wedding chef or caterer, you’ll of course get fabulous ideas for creating your cocktail party and reception menus, but there’s something else that wedding chefs ‘bring to the table’ if you just ask: ideas on chef-worthy wedding registry items to turn your kitchen into a Top Chef kitchen. Chefs, after all, know the best kitchen gadgets and appliances that turn your meals and party fare into spectacular dishes, and they’re happy to suggest some of their favorite kitchen items to add to your gift registry list now.

Executive Chef Bill Zucosky of Westminster Hotel Weddings suggests Attachments to your kitchen stand mixer. Every wedding couple, it seems, loves to put that pricy stand mixer on their registry, but the top brands in stand mixers only come with a few basic attachments. Looking at the KitchenAid® stand mixer, you’ll see that it comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. That’s a good start, and fine if you plan to make a lot of bread dough and whipped cream all the time. But a healthy and impressive home kitchen turns out far more than that!

Chef Zucosky says, “My favorites are the pasta attachment, which helps making pasta at home a breeze, and the meat grinder attachment to make your own burgers out of any type of protein you desire! Or tofu!”

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Now, you’re cooking! Homemade pasta and your own special blend of meats for tastier, fresher, juicier burgers? Good food is a cornerstone of your happily-ever-after dreams, and you’ll spend lots of time together in the kitchen, whipping up delectable culinary dishes for your own enjoyment, and also to make those parties and family holidays truly stand out.

Here are some other stand mixer attachments to add to your wedding gift registry:

  • Specialty pasta attachment set to make angel hair, thick noodle, fettuccine and spaghetti via rollers and cutters, plus a ravioli maker

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  • Citrus juicer
  • Fruit and vegetable strainer/grinder
  • Slicer and shredder discs
  • Grain mill, Perfect for making your own flour from grains for fresh bread, tortillas and pitas

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  • Sausage stuffer
  • Blending rod for soups and liquids
  • Ice cream maker bowl

And don’t forget other accessories that will make your new gourmet capabilities even easier:

  • Pasta drying rack
  • Extra bowls
  • Extra beaters and whisks

In addition to turning your kitchen into a chef’s kitchen, adding these items to your registry is a huge favor to your wedding guests, since the prices are often quite affordable, and since guests love to give kitchen-centric gifts to enhance your married lifestyle.

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Photos courtesy of Westminster Hotel Weddings

Talk to your wedding chef to get suggestions on attachments, and also ask for suggestions on cutlery, since chefs know their knives. Every time you use your kitchen gear, you’ll be reminded of your exciting wedding planning season, and how fabulous it was to work with your chef on your perfect wedding menu.

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Ms Gingham says: Great idea!

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies” and “Bridesmaid on a Budget.” Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.


What Would They Know? Linda & Brian Woodroffe of Holden Oldies

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


Polka Dot Bride

Holden Oldies What Would They Know? Linda & Brian Woodroffe of Holden Oldies

Whether you buy into the age old argument of whether Fords or Holdens are the better car, you’ve got to have nothing but admiration for the iconic Australian Holden cars of the late 50’s and early 60’s. Add to that the romantic story of two people, Brian and Linda, whose passion is beautifully restored and maintained vintage Holden cars, and Holden Oldies Limo Services is born. Offering a bespoke limousine service to Queensland brides and grooms, these beautiful cars are sure to start off your wedding day on a cheery, upbeat note. And what better way to make a grand entrance than to be the centre of attention as you arrive in one of these beauties!

How did Holden Oldies come to be? 

We got married in 2007 and we couldn’t find any classic cars for our wedding. By chance a few years later we found some rusted cars and parts  – we jumped in and began the restoration process. We actually used our honeymoon money on the first car! We had planned to do 4 weeks in USA starting in New York, so that’s where the idea for the yellow came from. It took Brian 4 years to re-build the two yellow Holdens.

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Image by Holden Oldies Limo Services

Do you have a particular love for the Holden car?

We love the character of the older models. Holdens have a great place in Australian history and with so many Australian families. At weddings parents and grandparents all have stories about the Holdens they had when they were young.

How old are the cars?

Our cars were built in 1959 and 1960.

Are there any other cars (other than Holdens) in your fleet?

We have almost finished our 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible. It’s black with black leather interior. It is going to be the only one of it’s kind in QLD that operates as a Limousine. It’s called The Lincoln Limousine.

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Image by Holden Oldies Limo Services

What is the story behind some of your cars being painted bright yellow?

This was a tribute to our honeymoon that so far hasn’t happened! One day we’ll get to travel to New York and have a ride in a NY Taxi!!   We also wanted something different – they grab people’s attention and it’s lots of fun for the wedding parties to wave at people as they notice them.

You are based in Queensland. What areas of this State do you cover?

We are based between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. We can do weddings from Byron to Noosa. We can also go out towards Toowoomba.

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Image by Holden Oldies Limo Services

Is it a full time job maintaining your cars? How do you keep the ‘wear and tear’ factor reduced, with travelling around Queensland?

No, we are lucky that Brian is a mechanic, so our cars are in great shape. We spend more hours cleaning and polishing them these days!

What services/packages do you offer the bridal couple? What extras do you include?

We have 2 packages – the “short & sweet” which is for 1-3 hours and the “slow & steady” which is for up to 5 hours.   Both packages can be for 1 or 3 cars. We have lots of fun props for photos our couples use, red carpet, we have cold drinks on hand for the bridal party & lollies!

Do you provide a driver for each of your cars?

Brian and I drive our cars, we also have some friends who are looking forward to helping us out once we have a booking for 3 or 4!

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Image by Helen McConnell Photography

Why is it best to hire a car on your wedding day?

Hiring a limousine takes away the stress of organizing transport. Once you’re booked in there’s not the hassle of finding someone with a car that is willing to drive you, finding a 2nd car and driver for the rest of the bridal party and there’s no stress of having to chase people up the day before. Using a limousine service also means that you don’t have to worry about the quality of the car – both how it runs and how it is presented on the big day. I also think that people that run classic wedding car businesses really enjoy weddings – that’s why we built the cars, that’s why we do it!

Is there a trend to using classic cars, rather than more modern cars (for wedding transport)?

I think it’s still 50/50. Lots of brides have always pictured the white stretch limo and that’s what they book. Then there are others who want the classic cars because it suits their wedding and also their personality. We recently had a bride who always wanted yellow cars and booked ours as soon as she saw them! Our new white one has been really popular with brides wanting a white classic car.

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What do you love about being involved in the wedding industry?

I love that we are all in it to help people celebrate love! Love is awesome and spending the day with two people who have chosen to celebrate with friends and family is pretty cool! I’ve also made some amazing friends through the industry – people who I wouldn’t have ever crossed paths with if we hadn’t started HO!

Best honeymoon destination in Queensland is….. somewhere close to the beach!

For relaxation we love to…… Give our kids to the grandparents and spend a night in the city! It’s nice to have time alone when life is busy it’s easy to put everything before “us” – so this gives us the chance to have a nice dinner, some drinks and spend time together.

Many thanks to Linda and Brian for sharing your story. To find out more about Holden Oldies Limo Services visit the website.

10 Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Wedding Celebrant

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


BrisCityCelys, Brisbane City Celebrants

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When choosing your wedding vendors you want to be sure that you connect with them so you know they are on the same page as you for their role in your big day. This is particularly important when it comes to choosing a Celebrant. However you also need to know that they are going to deliver an amazing ceremony which flows seamlessly, with your guests loving every moment, all while putting you at ease so you can share a beautiful connection and enjoy a seriously awesome wedding.

Here are 10 questions to ask when choosing your wedding celebrant. They should mitigate the risk of any nasty surprises and help you rest assured that you’re in great hands with your chosen Celebrant.

1. Will I get to proof my ceremony wording before the wedding day, and if so when?

We believe it’s really important for couples to see and proof their ceremony before the special day for a number of reasons:

–       You know exactly what to expect on the day. You know how the ceremony flows, allowing you to relax and connect with each other.

–       You have the opportunity to make any changes you wish so the ceremony really reflects you as a couple.

–       There will be no unwanted or awkward ‘surprises’ on the day;

–       You can confirm or edit any pre or post wedding announcements that you need the Celebrant to make.

–       Last but certainly not least you can be assured that the Celebrant hasn’t got you mixed up with another couple and gets both your love story and your names correct.

Ask your Celebrant to email a draft of your ceremony for your review and ask them when you can expect to receive this.

Try to avoid having your Celebrant send you through your ceremony to review too close to your wedding date. All experienced wedding vendors are well aware that on the weeks and days leading up to your wedding, couples are typically flat out, getting all the little details finalised. You will barely have time to really absorb what you have been provided, let alone have time to plan, write and include your own segments, such as sharing the story of how you met. So the earlier in to the planning phase you can work on and finalise your ceremony the better.

Ideally your Celebrant will send you your first draft of your ceremony within a couple of weeks of your initial meeting while all the ideas you discussed are still fresh. This will allow you plenty of time of personalise it further and add your own ideas to make your ceremony uniquely you!

2. I plan to take my husband’s surname, do you submit my application for my marriage certificate?

In order to receive your official or ‘registry issued’ marriage certificate there is a form that needs to be completed and submitted to the marriage registry.

As your Celebrant has already sighted your official identification, they are authorised to submit your completed form to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) on your behalf.

The benefit to you if your Celebrant submits this on your behalf is that it saves you from having to arrive at your local BDM office armed with a stack of specified ID to prove who you are, and where you live, or from having to get these ID documents witnessed by a JP and apply by post.

Long story short the whole process is a pain in the butt and it’s a whole lot easier if you can simply return from your honeymoon and have your hot off the press official marriage certificate ready and waiting for you to commence the change of name process.

Many Celebrants don’t include this as part of their service, so don’t assume that they will do this for you as that’s not always the case.

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3. I want to write my own vows but I don’t know where to start, how can you help?

Ensure they have the tools to assist you in writing your very own special vows, not just a couple of vows they found on Google for you to pick from.

4. Tell me about your PA System? Is it cordless? (creating a more seamless ceremony and eliminating a trip hazard)

One of the most common pet peeves that you hear from guests is that they couldn’t hear the ceremony so a good quality PA System is vital.

An ideal scenario is for the Celebrant to have a lapel mic so they have their hands free to conduct the ceremony and a handheld cordless mic for the couple to use when they say their vows to each other (if they wish) which guests can use to present readings. More important however is the quality of the PA System, without going into brands, a good indication is the size. If it’s the size of a handbag it’s probably not going to project very far particularly on windy days, whereas a good size professional system on a stand will be a lot more effective.

5. Can I use your PA System for my ceremony music?

If so check who will be responsible for taking care of the music and what format you need to provide your chosen tracks on (iPod/ MP3 or CD).

6. What kind of insurance do you have?

A fully compliant Celebrant will usually have:

–          Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance

–          Hold a Copyright licence (to avoid breaching copyright when including printed readings or poems in ceremonies, even if the author is acknowledged)

–          Have a PA System that meets the legal requirements of the 2015 bandwidth changes

7. Is there anything that I absolutely must include in the ceremony aside from the legal wording/ requirements?

The answer should be no, however if your Celebrant insists you have a ‘giving away’, ‘exchange of rings’ or an ‘asking’, or insists the ceremony should run for 45minutes this may indicate a lack of flexibility.

8. Is there a late fee involved if the bride or groom is late for the wedding? 

Your Celebrant should outline within their service agreement details how long they believe is acceptable to wait for the bride and/or groom to arrive on the day.

Some Celebrants perform multiple weddings in a day and have late fees in their contract to deter one or both of the couples arriving late, so they aren’t subsequently late for their next gig.

Sometimes life just happens and lateness is out of your control, so if you still expect to be married at the end of the day, ask the question and check the Celebrants terms and conditions. Particularly if they are a Celebrant that performs lots of weddings in a day.

9. In the event that you have an accident or become ill and are unable to perform the wedding, what arrangements do you have in place?

Do they have a backup Celebrant in place in case of any unexpected emergencies that may prevent them from performing your ceremony on the day?

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10. What kind of outfit do you usually wear on the wedding day?

Of course before you meet your potential Celebrant you can check their website and take a quick glance of their social media pages to get an idea of if they wear business attire and neutral colours or are more of a tie dye and short skirt kind of Celebrant. Even if you’re pretty chilled about what they wear, don’t make the assumption that they know what the appropriate dress code for your wedding is.

Finally, if they have any video clips of them performing a ceremony – watch them! This is a great way to not only see how they present themselves for a ceremony, but if they have the bride and groom perfectly centered without their backs to anyone, if they appear to coordinate a smooth ceremony and put the bride and groom at ease and if the tone that they present the ceremony is appropriate and reflective of the exciting and happy celebration of love that a wedding is!

Images by Andrew Sun Photography

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Ms Gingham says: Some very handy advice and question guidelines!

Ciara Hodge & Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City CelebrantsWe are a modern, passionate and enthusiastic team of Brisbane Wedding Celebrants. We love nothing more than seeing our brides and grooms so happy and relaxed throughout their wedding ceremony

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