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When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, 2019 was all about staying fresh and transitioning summer pastels and vibrant patterns into the cooler season. However, 2020 showcases a more traditional variety of winter eveningwear. We can expect to see a lot of rustic colours from mustards to oranges, along with deep reds and stunning sapphires. This season, bridesmaids are swaying away from the puffy styled skirts and embellished lace tops and are opting for a simple sheath style gown made from a gorgeous plain fabric. We’ve gathered our top autumn/winter bridesmaid dress trends to inspire you.

Jenny Yoo Spring 2020 Bridesmaids Collection

VELVETS
As the season gets cooler, it’s important to consider which fabric will be most suitable to combat the weather. Dresses can still be a beautiful option, especially with the perfect fabric. A pure silk velvet can make a stunning dress for so many reasons and we are very excited that this classic Winter trend is here to stay for yet another year. The velvet texture not only adds a unique element to a simple, plain styled dress but the subtle thickness also adds extra warmth for the wearer. Velvets tend to only come in the deeper and darker colour palette so for the bride wanting a rich jewel tone theme, you’re in luck. When selecting a velvet dress, it’s important to use minimal accessories and avoid sparkly and shimmery accents as this can often clash. A velvet gown doesn’t need to be a complex style as the fabric is a statement within itself.

Designer: Revelry

SAPPHIRE BLUE
Quite often bridesmaid gowns tend to feature a simple sweet-heart neckline with an elegantly gathered chiffon skirt; and whilst this makes for a divine option, we can expect to see something different and unique this season. The V-neckline is a universal favourite and we definitely can understand why. The simple plunge cut is extremely flattering for a variety of body shapes and sizes; particularly suitable for women with a larger bust. Along with a simple draped skirt silhouette and v-neckline, we can expect to see a stunning shade of blue hit the market. This season we are ditching the dark French navy blue for a slightly brighter sapphire shade. The sapphire colour adds a touch of vibrancy which is a nice compliment for the gloomier weather. Most shades of blue tend to suit a variety of skin tones, whether you opt for a sapphire or stick to your classic navy.

Image by Florent Vidal Photography via Freya & Bryte’s Africa Inspired Wedding By The Bay

MID LENGTH HEMLINES
Finding the perfect dress to suit your whole bridal tribe can be a difficult challenge, especially if they’re all different heights. To create the illusion of an elongated look, consider opting for a mid-length styled gown. When the dress showcases part of the leg it can immediately make the wearer look taller and slimmer. If your bridal party varies in sizes then consider changing the neckline and bodice style slightly to suit the wearer. To keep a consistent and cohesive look, ensure that the skirts are very similar, if not the same. If all the skirts are consistent then you can have fun mix and matching different necklines. As the winter months tend to be quite chilly, it may be a good idea to consider a high-low style cut. This allows you to still achieve that elongated look, but with extra coverage as the back of the skirt drapes to the floor. When custom-making a high-low skirt it’s important to ensure the front of the skirt sits in proportion with the wearer’s height. A good length is usually around the knee or slightly below the knee area.

Image by In The Wilds Of Someplace via Zach & Julian’s Relaxed Margaret River Wedding

HALTER NECKLINES
Even after two years, this simple look is still just as popular in the bridal world. The halter-neck style however, is not only for brides and everyday-wear, but it is extremely beautiful for formal occasion-wear too. The high neck look is extremely flattering as it shows off the décolletage and shoulders. Along with this, it allows your bride tribe to flaunt their backs with a beautiful open look. When opting for a simple sheath style gown, an open back can be a perfect statement feature to jazz up the design. To add a more romantic and formal look, consider using an invisible tulle to create an illusion neckline. As the weather is cooler, it may be best to use a solid material or a lace with more coverage to achieve this.

Designer: Revelry

MUSTARD TONES
Every year the winter season tends to attract the same beautiful colours from rustic reds, muted oranges to rich and bold jewel tone shades. However, this season mustard has made its way into the market and we cannot get enough of it. The mustard shade is a dull/dark yellow colour which is stunning for a rustic themed wedding. The colour itself is a perfect way to add a bit of vibrancy to your bridal party without it being too bold and summery. The mustard shade looks beautiful on a variety of skin tones from a beautiful dark complexion to someone who is very fair. The colour itself is a statement and doesn’t require any heavy beading or lace embellishments. A great way to jazz up a mustard coloured dress it through a simple flattering draped design or by utilising a gorgeous textured fabric such as a jacquard, brocade or velvet.

Jenny Yoo Spring 2020 Bridesmaids Collection

SPARKLING SEQUINS
For all those glamorous brides out there planning an extravagant wedding, we have the perfect bridesmaid dresses for you. Sparkly sequin fabric is very much on trend this autumn/winter and we’re really excited to see a more formal, black-tie style gown dominate the market. Sequin dresses are a fantastic way to add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your bridal party without it detracting from the brides wedding gown. It’s important that when hunting for bridesmaid dresses, that you ensure it complements the bride and won’t be too detailed or embellished. Avoid full lace dresses and heavy beaded looks. When opting for a sequin gown, consider a simple, plain styled dress such as a subtle fit and flare or sheath silhouette. The sequin fabric is a statement in itself and is better shown off in a simple, elegant style. To customise this look to something more unique, consider a subtle pattern. When opting for a pattern it is best to use limited colours to avoid it from looking too busy and over the top. A pattern can be a great way to make the dress tie in well with your bridal theme.

Image by Loco Photography
via 
Michelle & James’ Modern & Glamorous City Wedding

GLAMOROUS IN RED
As the chilly weather kicks in, we usually can expect to see a lot of dark colours like port wine and deep reds hit the market. This season it’s all about keeping those traditional winter colours but modernising them by opting for a slightly brighter variation. We can expect to see a livelier array of colours and this stunning glitter red is just one of them. Red tends to suit almost everyone from light skin to a darker complexion. And the colour itself can achieve a very luxurious and regal look. For brides planning a formal wedding, consider using a red sequin material to achieve a glamorous look. If you still want a formal look without the sparkle then opt for a beautiful silk satin. The satin is a plain fabric that has a beautiful sheen and shine to it. It can be used on its own without all the glitz and glam and still look extremely formal. For brides who love the red look but want to achieve a more casual or semi-formal appearance then consider using a matte silk satin or even a gorgeous textured crepe fabric.

Image by Perspectives Photography
via Emma & Daniel’s Simple & Rustic Lake Tinaroo Wedding In Far North Queensland
SATIN AND SILK

Silk is often a very lightweight, breathable fabric that compliments the warmer weather beautifully. However, this Fall/Winter showcases a stunning array of coloured silk satin dresses from simple slip-styles to formal fit and flares. What many people don’t realise is that silk can come in many thicknesses. To add a little extra warmth and coverage we would recommend the Silk Satin Back Crepe. This material has that beautiful, luxurious shine without the delicate and flimsy element. When opting for a silk satin, it’s important to remember that it may not suit all body types. Whilst we absolutely love the shiny sateen finish, it can often highlight unwanted areas if not used correctly. In this case, the matte crepe could be a perfect compromise to have a stunning silk that’ll suit all body types.

Image by Jackson Grant via Jenna & Riley’s Romantic & Modern Country Wedding

Ms Floral Says: So many gorgeous colours and materials to choose from. Thank you for sharing these autumn/winter trends with us today!

About d’Italia: Bridal couture and custom made wedding dresses are a specialty of d’Italia. Whether you are looking for a vintage wedding dress stores in Melbourne, a lace wedding dress or any style at all – you are assured the exact bridal style you want, with custom-built corsetry to fit you perfectly, at a fraction of the cost of bridal-boutique gowns.

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Image: Tealily Photography

As an über experienced celebrant and a delightful human being, Robyn Pattison knows a thing or two about weddings, love and the best bridesmaid practice and protocol. Let’s just say, she could write the book.

Here are Robyn’s top tips to be being a wonderful bridesmaid or brides-man.

Tip 1: Put your head up and smile as you come down the aisle. We all want to see your faces. And so does the photographer! Don’t rush down the aisle. And you don’t need to do the old “right together, left together,” either. Just walk naturally, relaxed and happy.

Images: Jonas Peterson

Tip 2: OK, the bride (or groom) have arrived. Don’t stretch the train out to the side. Then you will have to stand too far away and someone will step on it – guaranteed. Move it around the side and towards the front.And take the boss’ flowers before they say their vows, pass a tissue if they are a little teary, and shoo that fly away from their face if you can.

Images: Tealily Photography

Tip 3: The ceremony is over, and the newlyweds are walking down the aisle. Let them get almost to the end of the aisle, before you start to walk down it. And smile!

Tip 4: You can have fun now, but don’t forget your jobs aren’t quite over until the day is done. These include:
– Helping organise the group for photos.
– Keeping an eye on the bride or groom’s makeup – and hang onto the lipstick
– Stashing a tissue or two for emergencies
– Being helpful if guests ask for assistance

Image: gm photographics

Tip 5: And finally, try not to have too much to drink – it’s not a good look. And there are cameras everywhere.

For the full run down on nailing your honourable role, check out Robyn’s videos below.

Videos: Le Motion Video

Ms Floral Says: Bridesmaids and brides-men, take note! I think everyone in the brides crew should be shown this post before the big day. Thank you Robyn for your wisdom, so expertly gathered from the beautiful weddings you’ve been a part of in the past decade.

About Robyn Pattison: I absolutely love a wedding, I love to celebrate and nothing makes me happier than a happy couple! My ceremonies are moments of light and happiness – and quite often, laughter. They are absolutely unique to each couple. Personal, intimate, fresh and engaging, your ceremony will be all about you.

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Researching entertainment for your future wedding? You’re going to love all the talent, energy and incredible options that Melbourne Entertainment Company has to offer. They are highly active in the Melbourne wedding space, and entertained at 300 weddings last year. Their team has more than a decade of experience and pride themselves on providing a bespoke, memorable and premium service to their couples. Today, Nathan Op de Coul of Melbourne Entertainment Company, shares his journey, his company’s services, what he loves about performing at weddings, and how he and his team create ‘peak moments’ that define weddings and make them memorable.

Hi Nathan! Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a DJ-Saxophonist who began MEC ‘out the back of the garage’ in 2011. I’m an avid lover of all things music – and have incorporated music into just about everything that I do in my life. I’m a professional show-off who loves to have a laugh. I’m extremely driven and success oriented. My main goal in professional life is to create the best and most respected event entertainment agency in Australia. I believe that if you’re good enough at what you do, and you love what you do – you’ll never have a bad gig.

Image: Dylan Giannakopoulos

And who else is part of the Melbourne Entertainment Company team?
Hayley, Senior Entertainment Manager: Hayley had been an event coordinator for over 4 years at Sandhill Road before starting with us. Her knowledge of Melbourne venues is unparalleled and she has first-hand experience in every type of function. She’ll go above and beyond to please.

Dane, Entertainment Manager: Dane has been in the event/entertainment industry for over a decade. Recording music since seventeen, 7+ years as a venue manager and 3+ years as an AV-Tech: Dane has a wealth of knowledge to tap into when organising your event entertainment.

Michael, Executive Assistant & Tech:Our amazing EA Michael comes all the way from the Philippines. This tech genius wears multiple hats for MEC & looks after all of our web/content updates while doing a bit of SEO, he finds time to complete the weekly admin tasks for our business.

Talent: We pride ourselves on having the best talent in Melbourne. Our list of over 100 performers are not only incredible at what they do, but go the extra mile to ensure that their client’s events are a complete success. Our elite DJs, singers, saxophonists, bands, acoustic musicians and more specialise in providing a unique ‘wow-factor’ to performances that keeps our guests raving.

What services do you offer?
DJs, DJ-sax, acoustic solos, duos, trios, singers, guitarists, saxophonists, percussionists, bands, photographers, roving performers and more.

You’re based in Melbourne, but do you travel for weddings?
Absolutely! We do about half a dozen interstate events every year and probably 10-15 events all over Victoria outside the two hour ring from Melbourne’s CBD. However most of the 700+ events we do in the year fall in Melbourne.

How early do couples need to book you in?
The majority of our couples book 6-18 months in advance. At the time of writing this, our furthest booking in advance is 22 months out. This is how far out our top-tier elite performers book out. Having said that though, we still have some last minute couples looking 30 days out and we’re always able to find them an incredible option or two.

Images: Michael France

What’s the process of booking you in?
We’ll first gather the necessary information (date/venue/times/music preference etc) before putting forward some incredible options with links to the talent’s videos/photos so that our couples can see the amazing talent in action before they book. Upon choosing your ideal entertainer – we ask for a 50% deposit – once paid, it’s all confirmed!

Then what happens?
We’ll send you over our wedding request form which asks a few more in-depth details about the couples and any specific music requests they have to accompany which particular formalities. This also includes a ‘do not play’ list to ensure that you don’t hear any tragically terrible tunes throughout the night (think Chicken Dance/Nutbush haha – not that we’d ever be playing those anyway!). Once this is completed, we’ll e-introduce you to your performer – exchange contact details and you’ll have a personalised phone consultation with them to ensure everyone’s on the same page. After that – all that’s left is for you to say “I do” and dance the night away!

As a DJ, can you offer some tips on different types of music for different stages of the wedding day?
We have curated a number of impeccable playlists to suit the various different stages of a wedding and can accommodate all tastes and styles. Normally pre-ceremony/dinner music will be a mix of acoustic covers, soul/mowtown, lighter background house while. For canapés we’ve found that it’s hard to go passed a light funky house playlist with a live saxophonist improvising along to set a sophisticated and vibrant atmosphere before moving into the d-floor hits after the first dance.

Images: Dan Brannan & Dan Soderstrom

What are the most popular wedding songs?
‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ – Stevie Wonder
‘If I Ain’t Got You’ – Alicia Keys
‘Moondance’ – Van Morrison (live sax)
‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – Marvin Gaye

And what songs always get people on the dance floor?

‘Valerie’ – Amy Winehouse

‘September’ – Earth Wind Fire

‘Shout’ – Otis Day & The Nights

‘Destination Unknown’ – live sax solo
‘Mr Brightside’ – The Killers

What do you love about live music at a wedding?
Live musicians whether that be a singer/sax accompanying a DJ – or a full-blown five piece band, brings an element of interaction that can’t be achieved by a regular DJ. A lot of our couples are tossing up between a DJ, or a live band. Bands are definitely more interactive than DJs – but after 2-3 hours of the band playing – they do start to sound a bit ‘like the band’ – and sometimes you just want to hear Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ the way SHE recorded it. On the other hand, a DJ while being more affordable than a band, sometimes just doesn’t bring that ‘pizzazz’ that a live element can! Such a tough decision!

We have created an extremely popular option which ticks both boxes – a Hybrid DJ (or a DJ with an additional skill such as sax/singer/percussion). These hybrid DJs will bring that live element and interaction to a performance that a regular DJ simply can’t achieve – without reaching the price that often a full five piece band brings. We have more hybrid DJs (25+) than any other agency in Melbourne – and it’s kind of what we’re known for. Being a DJ-saxophonist myself, I’ve seen this gap in the market which has become our best sellers over the last 2-3 years.

Image: Ferndara Creative Photography 

You say that one of your core values is to create ‘peak moments’ for your clients. What does that entail?
Peak moments are something that we value extremely highly in our business. Our performers are encouraged to create a few highlight moments in the night that the next morning (with the hangover setting in) will be raved about. These moments are what define the wedding and are what is remembered for years to come.

“Remember when the sax player was lifted up by the groomsmen onto their shoulders and belted out ‘Destination Unknown’!” or “Remember when that acoustic musician sung the most beautiful rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” as the bride walked down the aisle? I had tingles down my spine while I was welling up – simply phenomenal.”

These are the moments that our performers are trained to create – the moments that tell the story of the best day of our couple’s lives – the moments will be remembered forever.

Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words – and the below picture perfectly captures what a ‘peak moment’ is. It showcases our DJ/sax player Jonathan mid-dance-floor with the groom and crowd lighting up around him.

Images: Tizia May Photography & Dan Soderstrom

How many events do you do per weekend?
Melbourne Entertainment Company handles anywhere from 8-10 during the quieter winter months up to as many as 45 per week in peak wedding season. Me personally as a DJ/sax player will do 1-2 events most weeks with the occasional busy 4/5.

Most memorable wedding you’ve been a part of?
The most memorable wedding that I’ve been a part of was a cocktail style beach wedding for Jaz and Joel at Alaltonero in McCrea earlier this year. This was the first time I’ve performed in this particular venue, and the unassuming relaxed vibe was perfectly suited to the crowd. The weather was absolutely amazing that night, and we had a DJ + live saxophone performance booked. The entertainment and dance-floor was able to spill out into the outdoor area under the festoon lights. The whole night was a complete success from start to finish. What stood out the most was the last three hours, where the crowd was absolutely electric. The bride and groom were being lifted into the air on the bridal party’s shoulders; we had live sax standing up on the chair, the drinks were flowing and the vibe was at an all time high. All of the guests were so lovely and the peak-moments were magical.

Aaron from AC Media captured the day perfectly without a hitch. Here’s a small highlight reel of the dance-floor:

 

Best testimonial you’ve received?
Reviews/testimonials is something that we work very hard here on at Melbourne Entertainment Company. We proudly boast that we have more five star reviews across our Google, Facebook and Easy Weddings than any other wedding entertainment agency in Melbourne with over 1000. It’s very hard to pick the best – but we’ll choose a recent one for one of our DJ/singer Berni:

“We couldn’t have been happier with the service provided by Berni and Melbourne Entertainment Co. They are super professional, friendly, and responded promptly to communication. Berni was just as described, we couldn’t have been happier. She was an amazing singer/DJ, friendly, professional, punctual and acted as a great MC for our wedding night. She read the crowd well and played all the songs as requested. We are so grateful she was able to help us out at the last minute (literally a few days) to sing for the ceremony songs, after our friend who was going to perform got laryngitis! She did an amazing job with the guitarist and they rocked it off with just an hour to practice beforehand. Dealing with our entertainment manager Hayley was an absolute breeze. She was so friendly to deal with in all communications & was able to assist with our every request. Amazing talent and well done to Melbourne Entertainment for advertising her well and having such talented musicians available. We are so happy Berni and the whole Melbourne Entertainment Co. team was part of our wedding day. Thank you!”

Images: Into The Clearing & The White Tree

What do you like most about working on weddings?
I love the fact that everyone at a wedding is there to show their love and support for the couple, to celebrate joyously and share in the magical moments that are created on their special day. Everyone is in a good mood and it’s very easy to get everyone dancing. The food is always top notch! The energy of the room is always buzzing. It’s an addictive feeling.

Sometimes I need to pinch myself as I’m questioning, “Wow am I really being paid to be here right now?” These are some of the best days of people’s lives that we get to share on a weekly basis. It’s absolutely a privilege to earn a living, out of creating and sharing these peak-moments with our couples.

Thanks Nathan for sharing the Melbourne Entertainment Company story with us today! Couples planning their future weddings will no doubt be impressed by your passion and all the options you provide to create the perfect atmosphere and those peak moments. To find out more about Melbourne Entertainment Company, head to their website or check them out on the Polka Dot Directory.

Headshot by Michael France