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Wedding Ceremony Trends 2015

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


BrisCityCelys, Brisbane City Celebrants

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With a huge shift of brides and grooms stepping away from tradition, throwing out the rule book and doing things well and truly their way. We are experiencing an explosion of unique, captivating, personal and fun wedding ceremonies which feel so perfect for each unique couple and also for their guests who are loving the unconventional and personalised touches.

We are so excited for what’s in store for 2015 so here’s our hot tips on emerging 2015 wedding ceremony trends.

Giving Away the giving away

While it is still prevalent for the father of the bride, or mother and father of the bride to walk the bride down the aisle and ‘give them away’, with most coupes having already been an item for some time and usually already living together too, nowadays most couples view this more as the bride’s father or parents giving their blessing.

There is an increase in less traditional and more creative ‘giving away’ alternatives, here are some we have encountered and love!

  • Couple’s child or children walking the bride down the aisle.
  • Bridesmaids linking the bride’s arms and walking her down the aisle.
  • The independent bride walking herself down the aisle.
  • The bride and groom arriving together as pictured below walking down the aisle to the cheers and applause of their guests!

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Best Men and Brides Angels

Many grooms prefer not to distinguish a ‘Best Man’ and instead give all their groomsmen the honour with a team of ‘Best Men’. This is a great way to spread the duties too, you can allocate a ‘Speeches Best Man’, a ‘Ring Security’ Best Man and a ‘Bucks Night’ Best Man, or if you’re game let them all share in the roles!

Some brides are also moving away from the ‘Bridesmaids’ title for their girls, one bride jokingly referred to them as her ‘brideslaves’ in reference to being a self-confessed control freak. Another bride substituted the title for Angels, Emma’s Angels to be precise which they all absolutely loved!

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Unplugged Weddings

While unplugged weddings are no longer a fresh new concept, asking guests to put their cameras and phones down for their ceremony and instead engage and enjoy how the ceremony feels is a rapidly growing trend with 40% of our couples choosing to pull the plug on guests faces hidden behind cameras through the ceremony.

Many wedding photographers are also favouring this concept as they get to capture moments like Mum and Dad’s reactions when their son or daughter is pronounced husband and wife, without a camera or iPad blocking this precious moment. Plus, without 50 cameras or phones being waved in the air or the aisle, all clambering to get a shot, the photographer is less likely to be hindered in capturing those super special once in a lifetime moments.

Social Media Ban

Unplugged or otherwise most of our couples like us to include a pre wedding announcement that no photos are to be uploaded to social media until the professional photographers photos have been shared by the couple.

With all the effort, planning and time that has gone in to create the special day, it makes perfect sense that the first photos that friends see of the day are the jaw dropping beautifully crafted professional ones.

Location Shoot before the ceremony

Traditionally the groom sees the bride for the very first time as she makes her way down the aisle towards him and after the ceremony has taken place, they have photos with family and friends before being whisked off away from the guests for their location shoot.

More and more couples are wanting to stay and celebrate with their loved ones after the ceremony, instead of being whisked away, however they recognise the importance of having those special location photos captured so, along with their photographer they simply meet a couple of hours before the ceremony for these, sometimes their meet will be in the form of a ‘first look’ or a ‘reveal’ or others find a sense of calmness and happiness in getting ready together pre-shoot.

Another benefit to scheduling the location photos before the ceremony is it means the ceremony can take place a little later and you can enjoy the most beautiful picturesque sunset ceremony!

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Less Readings

5 years ago, around 70% of our couples were choosing to include readings in their ceremonies, now that’s down to just 20%. We believe that brides and grooms are choosing to keep their ceremonies simplistic, meaningful and relevant. They are acknowledging that unless there is a reading or quote that is special to them, they don’t want to include readings just for the sake of it.

Those that are including readings are often making them significant and unique by getting really creative and having some of the guests involved in putting the words together, or having their child write some words about their understanding of love.

More Happiness and Beautiful Connections

Brides and grooms are no longer picturing their ceremony as the bit where they will be frozen with nerves, feeling like all eyes are on them wishing it is all over. Far from it! The rise of civil ceremonies and the huge choice of modern Celebrants and Ministers that is now available, has left the nerve wracking sombre ceremonies as a thing of the past.

Couples can now thoroughly enjoy every moment of their ceremony, which can be full of happiness, smiles and even laughter. They can have plenty of input in to the ceremony, and can often proof read and make edits to ensure it reflects them perfectly as a couple and creates the atmosphere they envisage for their day.

We’re also expecting to see an increase of dancing in ceremonies, from the bridemaids dancing their way down the aisle, to flash mob style bridal party exits up the aisle after the ceremony.

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Scrapping of the staged signing photo

With an increasing number of brides and grooms wanting their wedding photos to be captured in a natural journalistic way, more couples are baulking at the idea of a mock signing photo, where they pretend to be signing or pose with the certificate for photos.

Couples are opting instead for say a photo of the bride looking lovingly in to her husbands eyes as he whispers to her how beautiful she looks. Couples are wanting their day to be real not staged and for the photographer to capture that realness and those genuine timeless special moments.

Husband and wife introduction

An increasing number of brides are choosing not to take their new husbands surname for various reasons, so instead of being introduced as Mr and Mrs Smith, they are opting to be introduced instead as ‘Husband and Wife’. Either way it’s such a high point of the ceremony that whichever way this is announced, the guests respond with huge cheers and applause before congratulating the newlyweds with hugs and kisses.

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All images kindly provided by Vellum Studios | Wedding Venue: Eves on the River | Marriage Celebrant: Ciara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

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Ms Gingham says: So many fantastic ideas to think about! I love the giving away alternatives.

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

Vendor’s Favourites – Ed Dixon Food Design

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Ed Dixon Food Design
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory

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1. I love serving a cocktail or a fruity punch. It is a great way to kick off any event. From the EDFD cocktail menu I love – Red Tracksuit (vodka, Aperol, Italian blood orange, twist of lime). Image via Ed Dixon Food Design

2. A grazing table piled high with wheels of cheese, crusty bread, salami, a big glazed ham, grapes, nuts and anything else delicious that I can find in the fridge. Image via Ed Dixon Food Design

3. As an event manager my favourite moment at a wedding is when everyone hits the dance floor with big smiles, a belly full of delicious food ready to relax and celebrate. Image by Lauren Marshall, LJM Photography via Anelise & Brad’s Balloon Filled Wedding

4. A bunch of peonies! There’s just something about them.

5. The amazing bunch of people I work with.  Our team live and love food. Image via Ed Dixon Food Design

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Ms Gingham says: As huge lovers of cocktails and peonies I have to say, this list of favourites really speaks to us!

About Ed Dixon Food Design: With twelve years experience in creating extraordinary functions across Melbourne, Ed Dixon Food Design caters daily for corporate and private clients.  Events vary from intimate morning teas and boardroom lunches, to large seated events and gala dinners, encompassing themed cocktail parties, store openings and city and country weddings of any size.

What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

Concept Events Planning What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning

Concept Events Planning is a wedding planning business based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Founded in 2008 by Marina, the team is able to plan and style, source vendors and offer you the perfect location for your event or wedding – even from afar. Marina is passionate about her home country and with sunshine, cerulean blue skies and seas, great food and wine to over indulge in, and views to 0000h and aaaah over – Greece offers the stuff dreams are made of. With Greece a hop, skip and a jump away why not consider a wedding with a holiday thrown in for family and friends in this most beautiful part of the world?

Where is Concept Events Planning based?

We are based in Greece, in the city of Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. Built near the sea – surrounded by the Thermaikos Gulf – it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.

What is your background, and why did you decide to set up your business?

Creativity was part of my life since I was born. My mother is an Interior Designer with her own studio for the past 30 years and I always wanted to continue and expand the family business. After graduating from high school I studied Interior Design for 4 years in Florence and Milan, Italy at the Istituto Europeo di Design. I’ve helped decorate weddings for my mother’s clients during my high school years and developed a secret passion for events, so when I found out that IED offers a continuing study program in Events Planning, I took the opportunity and got a second degree. Concept Events Planning was founded in 2008, when I came back in Greece, as an expansion to our Interior Design studio. This career gives me an opportunity to combine my attention to detail and organizational skills with my passion for weddings and beautiful events. I have been working hard on planning, designing and coordination of weddings and events for the past six years and I love every moment of it.

Concept Events Planning 1rs What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning

Image by Iosifina Svania Photography

Can you give us a little snapshot of the places you suggest for a wedding in Greece?

Greece has numerous beautiful wedding locations to offer with spectacular settings, which will create the best environment for a destination wedding. A few ideas for places where you can have a remarkable wedding in Greece:

Halkidiki: Located in the south-eastern portion of Central Macedonia in Northern Greece. It consists of a large peninsula in the north-western Aegean Sea and it is surrounded by the flawless beauty of Mediterranean pine trees, lush gardens, white sandy beaches, clean turquoise waters and azure skies that make it an ideal location for a beach wedding.

Couples love getting married in the old town of Corfu because of its beautiful Venetian style historic centre. The most popular venue is the Town Hall of Corfu, a beautiful 19th century building, originally the Venetian-designed San Giacomo Opera Theatre, located in the heart of the historic town in Corfu.

Pelion: Located by the small village of Damouchari, where filming for Mamma Mia took place, this whole area of east Pelion offers unique, picturesque, charming and traditional locations that are perfect for your special day. This beautiful and natural landscape boasts plentiful green mountain forests which slope down to the sea. Here you can find some of the most tranquil environments. Legend has it that Pelion was the region of Greece chosen by the ancient gods for their weddings and celebrations.

Athenian Riviera: The Golden coastline known as the Athenian Riviera at the southern suburbs of Athens is a great location for an intimate seaside wedding. You can enjoy sunny days and cool evenings by the sea and easy access to an array of first-class seaside restaurants and nightclubs and the most interesting cultural and historical attractions in Athens.

Messenia: The Greek region of Messenia in the southwest Peloponnese is one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside landscapes in the Mediterranean. It is a land of rolling hills and rugged mountains, protected bays and beaches, and broad valleys of lush olive groves, fields and vineyards. With the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea serving as the perfect backdrop, Messenia is an ideal wedding destination that combines romance and history.

The Μedieval fortress of Monemvasia, once a major port of commerce during the middle ages. The city was successively ruled by the Venetians and Ottomans after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Whether the ceremony takes place in one of the many churches in the Medieval Castle-city of the Peloponnese or in the tiny rural chapel nearby, set in the heart of a verdant citrus grove and rolling vineyards, or the lovingly restored and stylishly furnished mansions are ideal for hosting a unique wedding.

Spetses: Also known as the “island of aromas”, it is a cosmopolitan and stately island. The great mansions, the pine woods that reach down to the shores of the clear sea and the beautiful pebbled beaches offer a spectacular scenery for an island wedding in Greece.

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Athenian Riviera

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What about the marriage legalities – what do we need to know?

There are 2 legal ways to get married in Greece. Couples who wish to have their wedding in Greece can do so in either a civil ceremony performed by a mayor or in a religious ceremony performed by a priest.

Most church weddings in Greece are Orthodox, but Catholic, Jewish and even Buddhist weddings are possible as well. As stated by Orthodox Christian religious law, only two people of the same faith are allowed to marry in an Orthodox church and must provide baptism certificates as proof or must state an intern to convert. So, if you are a Catholic and an Orthodox, you can get married in an Orthodox church but if you believe in any other religion then the Orthodox wedding is not an option.

Are couples able to marry with a celebrant, in Greece?

Yes, couples can have a Symbolic Ceremony performed by a celebrant. As a symbolic ceremony is not legally binding, there are no official paperwork issues to deal with and can take place almost anywhere.

What is the best season of the year to plan a wedding in Greece?

You can get married all year round but the most popular months for Greece are May, June and September as they are cooler and not too busy.

How far out from the wedding date, should a couple commence their planning with you?

Anytime within two years of the wedding date is a good time to start your planning. Couples really don’t need to start farther ahead unless they must book a specific wedding date or have a specific location in mind that regularly books out farther than that.

Concept Events Planning 4rs What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning

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What are the planning steps for organizing a wedding in Greece through you? 

Couples can contact us via telephone, email or by filling in the Wedding Questionnaire on our website . The initial consultation is free and I encourage couples to give me a small description of the kind of wedding they want – an estimated date of wedding, preferred wedding destination(s) in Greece, type of wedding, number of guests and services they want us to provide. From there I put together an initial quote/proposal to check we are on the right track.

In-person meetings are welcome but not mandatory. Consultation prior to the wedding is done mostly via e-mail & Skype. We prepare handmade drawings of the proposed décor solutions and provide photos or videos of all proposed locations. We also prepare personalized, detailed timelines to keep track of what needs to be done and when.

For those of us not living in Greece, and wanting to plan a wedding in your country, what services do you offer? 

At Concept Events Planning we understand how overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding especially if you live abroad. We plan, design and coordinate the perfect wedding from start to finish. We will take care of all your planning needs with great attention to detail in order to bring your dream wedding to life. You will have the choice of as little or as much involvement in the process as you like, while we make sure that the event is stress free and flawless.

The Design refers to the imagination, creativity and inspiration that make your event unique. We work closely with you to sleuth out your style and then use that insight to develop every aesthetic component of your event from stationery and lighting to flowers and furniture. We provide handmade drawings of the proposed décor solutions. The Planning refers to the strategy that leads to a seamless event – developing a thoughtful budget, assembling the perfect team of vendors, streamlining the scheduling and juggling the logistics from travel and accommodations to dress fittings and seating arrangements. Our amazing teams of vendors produce all of our floral and stationery designs, not to mention all of our custom fabricated props. We don’t just dream up the design, we breathe life into it.

How do you encourage bridal couples to bring the flavor of Greece to their weddings? 

I believe that a wedding should be an expression of the couple’s vision and personalities as well as their cultures, family traditions and backgrounds. I also believe that the secret to a beautiful destination wedding lies in matching your surroundings. By incorporating the natural beauty of the surroundings into a couple’s concept, we can create an unforgettable celebration for the couple and their families and friends. We do encourage couples to choose a central wedding theme that matches the wedding location; include local food on the wedding menu and give Greek traditional wedding favors with koufeta (sugar coated almonds) to their guests.

Concept Events Planning 5rs What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning

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Are you able to suggest accommodation for guests?

For sure! I personally LOVE hotels and hotel design so finding the perfect place to stay is sort of my hobby. I have spent a night in many different hotels and guesthouses but I also visit them to spend the day, try their breakfast and check rooms & facilities, etc.

Are you known for a certain ‘style’?

We are all about timeless elegance and an effortless glamorous look. We are also known for custom fabricated props.

What elements do you love to use when styling weddings?

Paper details that match the wedding style like a “Cheers” sign on the champagne glass or a “Thank you” note on the table in front of every guest.

What is the one element we should use abundantly when styling a wedding?

Choose a wedding style and stick to it throughout the wedding.

Concept Events Planning 2rs What Would They Know? Marina Charitopoulou of Concept Events Planning


Image by Iosifina Svania Photography

Your favourite restaurant in Greece?

ERGON Greek Deli – Restaurant, a Greek chain of restaurants and delis.

Favourite things to see and do in Greece?

I love spending time travelling around Greece by car. Apart from hotels, I love museums as well. I truly enjoy walking inside the Acropolis Museum in Athens; it clears my mind. I’m also a foodie so I spend much of my free time appreciating good food and I really enjoy eating fresh fish every weekend. Having coffee is Thessaloniki’s favorite recreation and the city offers a huge array of cafes for all tastes. I don’t normally drink coffee, but I occasionally spoil myself with a cappuccino and a couple of hours of chit-chat and relaxing. Last but not least, I enjoy a walk by the Thessaloniki seafront in the late afternoon. The city’s southwest orientation rewards me with a spectacular sunset and wonderful sky colors.

Thank you Marina for sharing your story. For more information about Concept Events Planning visit the website.

Headshot by Arte di Tre Studio.

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