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Cathleen Jia Couture Bridal Launch

by | Behind The Scenes, Industry Celebrations, Wisdom

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Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia launched her brand new collection on a warm Melbourne night at High Street Armadale Boutique, Angelique Boutique. Launching her label in 2011, Cathleen works by appointment only from her Hawthorn studio and decided to kick off her new collection debut with a glamorous evening surrounded by sparkle, sweets and beautiful blooms and invited guests to partake in the fun by dressing to a “masquerade” theme.

Unveiling the new line “Toujours” Cathleen debuted a fashion film to introduce her collection, with guests being treated to a salon style show complete with hair and makeup by Miss Aimmey and stunning floral arrangements from Bud Flowers.

Guests enjoyed champagne and sweet treats while previewing the “Toujours” collection featuring beautifully designed gowns, hand crafted hairpieces and dreamy, soft veils. Each gown is inspired by the 1930s with vintage colours, fine laces and intricate pieces to create vintage gowns with a twist.

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Wedding Cake Price Guide

by | Cake Wisdom, Wisdom

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Melina of Regnier Cakes
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The cost of a wedding is getting more expensive each day, from the reception, the flowers, the cars, the photographer and so much more it’s hard to stick to a budget.

So when it comes to a wedding cake how much does it really cost?

Like all trades you are paying for a professional’s skills. I have been decorating cakes since I was 10 years old, and like many other people with a passion, I have also gone through the hard yards of completing my apprenticeship and getting my qualification. Now 16 years on, the wedding cake business has changed so much with so many cake flavours available and different icings to choose from, it’s never been easier to get your dream wedding cake at the right price.

With quality comes a price, wedding cakes are a work of art and they can take anywhere from 8hrs to 100hrs to complete! The ingredients themselves are the least of the cost with every rose and every layer having been handmade by a professional cake artist.

So how so you keep to your budget? Things to consider before you set your budget. How many guests are you having? Is it for dessert or to take home? Do you want something modern or vintage? Would you like lavish detailing or simple but elegant?

How to determine the cake price

The icing. There are many more choices for icing compared to 30 years ago. For a small budget you might look at getting a butter cream iced cake. It tastes yummy and gives the cake a rustic look however you will be limited to the amount of decoration you can place on the cake. The roll over icing (or fondant) will give you a smooth classy look, and you can choose from so many extra decorations, ribbons, piped work etc to make that dream wedding cake come to life. However unlike butter cream there is a lot of time and work that goes into making it perfectly smooth. This icing is very delicate and can tear easily if not applied by an experienced decorator. There is also an option for chocolate creations. You can have your cake covered and decorated all in one and with chocolate fencing or chocolate wraps you can create classic and modern looks. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like chocolate? The only down side to chocolate is that many cake artists won’t do chocolate creations from November to March due to the weather conditions.

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The Decorations. Cake decorations will vary according to the icing you choose, if you choose the roll over fondant your options are limitless, however if you choose chocolate or butter cream your best choice for decorations are fresh or silk flowers, organza ribbon and fresh fruits.

The filling. Gone are the days of the fruit cake. Now you can choose nearly anything you want. If you are having slices with coffee or sending the cake home with the guest you are better off choosing a mud cake. However if your are using the cake for your dessert it’s nice to have a cake with filling or dessert flavoured. Filled cake and dessert cakes might cost you extra, as you will need larger slices which means a large cake, but remember you are saving about $10 a head by using your cake as dessert instead of ordering dessert.

What size should I order? This all depends on your guest list. For take home or coffee slices you can cater for 80% of your guests, some guests will eat it some won’t. If you are having the cake as dessert you need to cater for all your guests plus a little extra, please don’t under cater as you want to make sure all your guests get a piece. Do remember the slices will be larger so your cake will be larger. For those on a tight budget you can now order serving slabs, these are slabs that only the kitchen staff see, you can have a smaller cake on display and have some spare slabs out the back, this way you will save on icing and decorating.

Hint: if you are having your reception in a large room and only have a 2 tier cake the cake is going to look out of place, keep in mind the size and get your cake artist to show you the size of what your cake will be.

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Cake toppers. These can range from flowers to letters to bride and grooms. A personalised cake topper will cost you more than one off the shelf. Think about what you are getting, a keep sake of your wedding cake, something that personifies the bridal couple from the love they have for one another or the joys they have spending time together, even that moment that they first met. Personalised toppers can be made with as much or as little detail as you like. If you are on a budget you can always opt for fresh flowers over icing flowers. I urge you to have a good talk to both your florist and cake decorator to make sure they are coordinated as fresh flowers can not go onto the cake until the day of the wedding (things can get lost in translation). Some decorators will have their own florist they choose to use. If you choose to buy your own topper, make sure you let the cake decorator know, they may require it before the wedding date to make sure it fits in with the other decorations.

What are you paying for. For those on a tight budget you can still have a breathtaking cake. Choose a cake that has butter cream icing and have it decorated with fresh flowers. Remember the least amount of detail the less expensive the cake. So if a cake takes 40 hrs to complete that’s 40 hrs you need to pay your cake artist to create your cake.

Tip: Always ask for a tasting, you don’t want to get to your wedding day and have a cake that taste horrible.

As all cakes are created for each individual couple it’s hard to put a base price on your wedding cake, however if you budget for $6 a head you will be more than happy with the amount of options you will get!!

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Ms Gingham says: Great advice and tips here. A must read before you start planning your wedding cake.

About Melina from Regnier Cakes: “As a child I was always a bit cake crazy, helping mum in the kitchen every chance I had. In grade 5 I entered my very first cake competition at my school fete. I selected the piggy cake from the famous Women’s Weekly cake book. To my surprise I won my first competition.  After this I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life.”

What Would They Know? Billie Filippone and Vicki Lozanovski of All Things Girlie

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom

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All Things Girlie What Would They Know? Billie Filippone and Vicki Lozanovski of All Things Girlie

 Loving all things hair and makeup here at Polka Dot Bride, we are thrilled to introduce the girls from All Things Girlie. After a long friendship Vicki Lozanovski (left) Billie Filippone (right) joined forces in 2010. They form the perfect team for your wedding – Vicki is the hairstylist of the duo and Billie is the makeup artist. How lovely it would be to sit down and relax on your wedding day, sipping a glass of bubbly, and have these two girls pamper you and your maids  without the rush of one person trying to do it all. From soft and natural to modern and on trend   All Things Girlie will create the perfect look for you. Grab a cup of coffee and read on……

Other than her dress, a bride’s hair and makeup are the most important elements (to her personally). Can you tell us what it means to you to help her look her very best?

Brides deserve to look and feel their best for the whole day, and we love being the ones that tie it all together. Stunning dress, gorgeous shoes, beautiful jewellery, and perfect hair and makeup!

There’s definitely a huge element of satisfaction that we get out of being part of something so important. It’s not only the compliments we get once the bride’s ready, but it’s the notes we get from brides once the wedding is over. To know that their look lasted all day, they were complimented all night, and the photos turned out perfect – that’s what it’s all about!

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How do you help the bride decide what hair and makeup styles suit her best on her wedding day?

You can find a bride’s ideal style once you understand what we refer to as the 3p’s;

  • Photos – go through examples of photos they like and why.
  • Place – understand where they are getting married, what the key themes are, what jewellery they’re wearing etc
  • Personality – has the bride a more soft and gentle, or a more bubbly personality?

Once we understand this information, we work together with our bride to create the right look for her.

ATG PDB 1RS What Would They Know? Billie Filippone and Vicki Lozanovski of All Things Girlie

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Is it best to do a trial before the big day?

We always recommend a trial especially if a bride is unsure about the look she’s after. A trial gives her the opportunity to try different styles, get our professional opinions, and very importantly get to know her hair and makeup artists.

We can try various hair and makeup looks to ensure she’s completely happy and at ease on her big day.

Do you see any trends emerging for wedding hair and makeup in 2013?

The modern vintage look is huge at the moment.  Finger waves and red lips are also in high demand this year. We’re also seeing the comeback of the French roll with a modern twist, teamed up with a gorgeous bronze smokey eye.

Five tips for beautiful skin on your wedding ?

Drink heaps of water, exfoliate the morning of the big day, moisturise, do any waxing 3-5 days prior, and of course try to get lots of sleep!

Five tips for beautiful hair on your wedding day?

Have fresh clean hair, avoid leave in conditioner/treatments, touch up of colour the week of the wedding, have hair layered if you want a down style, use clip in extensions to create length and volume.

ATG PDB 2RS What Would They Know? Billie Filippone and Vicki Lozanovski of All Things Girlie

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Any hair and makeup tips for things we shouldn’t do for the wedding day?

For hair to stay and style best, we suggest no hair treatments/Moroccan oil as they can make the hair too limp.

Facial waxing/treatments shouldn’t be left too close to the day either, as some ladies have the tendency to break out.

What about the wedding party- how should they prepare for wedding hair and makeup?

They should be prepared with pictures of what they’d like. For makeup preparation simply have clean and exfoliated skin.

In regards to hair, shampoo twice the night before and use a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends.  Ensure your hair is dried and stretched out if curly.

ATG PDB 3RS What Would They Know? Billie Filippone and Vicki Lozanovski of All Things Girlie

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Mothers of the bride and groom – do you have any tips to help her to look her best?

We always tell the mums to not be afraid to try something a little different.

We love to create a modern twist to a classic style with their hair & makeup, after all, they need to look gorgeous too!

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Makeup and hair styles are always evolving from season to season. Do you use the trends to influence your wedding looks?

We definitely use trends to keep our brides looking modern, although it is very important to look timeless on your wedding day .

If you were stranded on a desert island what product or item would you hope you had with you?

If I couldn’t bring my mobile phone, I’d have my Mascara!

What are your favourite cafes for your Saturday morning coffees?

Saturday morning coffee usually consists of a quick drive through McCafe between brides!!

Thank you for these tips and ideas Billie and Vicki. For more information about the services  All Things Girlie provide, and the looks they create, visit their  website  

 

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