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A destination wedding conjures up many images in the imagination. Most of them exotic, intriguing and romantic. In reality, planning a destination wedding is often where many couples come back down to earth with a thud. ‘How is this going to work!? Shall we just elope?’.

This is where an experienced planner can turn your dreams of a perfect destination wedding into reality. Whether it’s an intimate elopement on a private island or a once in a lifetime celebration with 150 of your nearest and dearest at MONA, having a person on the ground taking care of all the details can be the best investment you can make.

And here are three of the many reasons why!

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1.SO MUCH MORE THAN A PACKAGE
A great planner will get to know each couple intimately; their tastes, their likes (and dislikes!) and the little things that are unique to them that can be incorporated into their wedding day. Each event can then be treated as a one-off, as it should be. A wedding planner will not only plan weddings but also style and coordinate for the couple, personally executing the whole event inclusive of flowers, stationery and custom lighting.

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2. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Your Tassie planner will have wonderful working relationships with other wedding vendors, saving you time and risk! They will help team you up with people they trust like a friend and who they know will take good care of you. They will have the motto – “If we wouldn’t consider booking a vendor or venue for our own wedding, we won’t recommend that you do!”

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You could turn to Google and try your luck, or, you could make a single call and benefit from the planner’s local knowledge of not only the best vendors to work with, but also some hidden gems that are not so easily found. But I promise, a great planner will beat Google every time!

Working with local vendors not only saves you on travel costs but often results in you being surrounded by a team of people who often work together and have a shared enthusiasm in creating a relaxed environment and truly memorable day for you and your guests.

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3. VENUES YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU EXISTED
Experienced wedding planners have formed close relationships with unique privately owned properties that give them the freedom to create individual and memorable events for their couples, outside the typical “function centre” aesthetic. As Tasmanians, we’re very proud of our state and we take pride in maintaining and building its reputation for quality and personalised service

It’s ultimately about peace of mind. Having a planner on your side to take care of all the details, big and small, means all you have to do is show up and enjoy the kind of incredible destination wedding that got you excited by the idea in the first place.

Ms Zebra Says: There’s nothing better than insider knowledge and no bride needs extra stress on their wedding day! Thanks Bek for providing your own insider tips on finding the right type of people to be a part of your wedding tribe! 

About Bek Burrows: Bek loves weddings. (These couples can tell you just how much) With her small yet dynamic team and husband Paul, her partner in all things – Bek creates authentic and individual weddings across Tasmania. If you are thinking of running away with your lover to tie the knot in Tassie – pop over to our Elope Tasmania site and have a look what we can create for you. Bek believes any two people in love have the right to be married and whole heartedly supports marriage equality, love is love.

Jumpsuit by Riki Dalal

Planning a wedding, from the bouquets, to the venue, to the table centrepieces to the gown itself can be a monstrous task. And quite often there tends to be a lot of pressure for the bride to find that one perfect gown that will “wow” her guests and surpass all the new, stunning gowns on the market. It’s important to ensure that when you go bridal shopping with your bride tribe this season, you consider the functionality of the gown.

Whilst most “dream wedding looks” are associated with large, puffy princess-like frocks and long, flowing trains, 2019 is all about practicality and purpose. A massive trend that has taken the bridal world by storm this season is the well-tailored jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are becoming a very popular alternative to wedding dresses for modern-day brides and we can see why!

DESIGNER: Bevza

Jumpsuit by Bevza

She may be a huge Hollywood movie star, worth an estimated $8.6 million, but Sophie Turner proves that any bride can shop on a budget. Sophie’s wedding to husband Joe Jonas took place in Las Vegas on Wednesday 1st of May, 2019. The relatively private event was shared with just close family and friends, therefore Sophie opted for a more simple and comfortable outfit to match the semi-formal theme.

Turner’s stunning white jumpsuit created by Ukrainian brand Bevza, featured a cinched in waist with a deep v-neckline and wide leg silhouette. It’s important to remember that when you feel comfortable, you feel good too, so it’s well worth investing in a second outfit like Sophie!

Tadashi Shoji Revel Long-Sleeve Lace Jumpsuit Photo by Angelo Sgambati– Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji.

For all you budget conscious brides out there, we have the perfect option for you… a simple and elegant jumpsuit could be the perfect alternative to your traditional lace frock. As the trend hit the market early Fall, we can see many celebrities opting for a more comfortable and practical option.

However, even well before this new season of quirky and simply divine jumpsuits were released, celebrities like Kaley Cuoco and Solange Knowles showed us exactly how awesome you could look in a more unconventional bridal outfit. The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley, tied the knot with her fiancé, equestrian Karl Cook, in an intimate wedding ceremony located in San Diego. Cuoco, who got married in early July 2018, opted for a stunning Reem Acra gown, featuring a beautiful cape with heavily embellished lace detailing. Kaley then changed into a stunning fully covered lace jumpsuit, made by the talented Tadashi Shoji

The jumpsuit had a stunning nude lining with a contrasting ivory lace overlay. The well-tailored, slim-fitting outfit showcased a deep plunge V-neckline with a lace scallop design which extended over the back. Whilst the design was extremely simple, we cannot deny how gorgeous and elegant this piece looks.

DESIGNER: Stephane Rolland

Photo by Stephane Rolland

Another big celeb that chose not to stay within the constraints of conventional beauty or fashion was Beyoncé’s little sister, Solange Knowles. The quirky singer who is known for her unique personal style opted for a stunning cream-coloured jumpsuit as her and her director husband Alan Ferguson cycled around New Orleans.

The low-cut design by Stephane Rolland was a great choice for Knowles, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice elegance when opting for a jumpsuit over a lace gown. The “Don’t Touch MY Hair” singer looked absolutely beautiful in her tailored jumpsuit, that featured a subtle stand-up collar and an elegant cape which draped seamlessly from her shoulders. Knowles proved that you don’t have to wear heavy embellishments and have lots of lace detailing to look like a stunning bride and we cannot agree more.

DESIGNER: Rime Arodaky

Patsy jumpsuit by Rime Arodaky

For all you brides out there that adore anything embellished and sparkly, we have the perfect jumpsuit for you!! Former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid tied the knot on January 9th 2018 to Ryan Lochte in an extravagant and lavish affair located in Palm Springs, California. Reid opted for a beautiful tailored fitted playsuit with a stunning floral embellished sleeve and a gorgeous sweep train that draped seamlessly to the floor. The delicate design looked extremely feminine and elegant and we cannot get enough of it! The stunning white outfit showcased a sheer bodice with a low back feature, accentuating her slim figure.

The custom jumpsuit was made by the wonderful Rime Arodaky who stated that “Kayla loved the Patsy jumpsuit as she thought it really fit her personality and body, however she wanted to personalize it by changing the embroidered tulle on the jumpsuit to something more poetic”.

The beauty of getting a custom-made gown is that you get to design your own dream gown exactly how you envision it… or in this case a dream jumpsuit. As the cooler weather kicks in, perhaps a great alternative over a dress would be opting for a tailored jumpsuit with long sleeves and a stunning regal cape. Every bride can look elegant and powerful no matter what outfit they wear!!

Ms Zebra Says: I love the thought of an amazing jumpsuit as one or second outfit option. It’s your day so you may as well suit up the way that makes you feel comfortable!

About the author D’Italia: Bridal couture / 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.

A handcrafted, locally sourced menu for your wedding? Ah, yes please! Today we’re chatting to Katie Clough of the fabulous Fourside Food Design + Events. They approach each event individually, providing a customised catering experience that is simply awesome. Fourside prides themselves on doing things differently and work with Melbourne’s top event experts, producers and suppliers to create unforgettable menus and events. We love that they truly know how important delicious food is to a wedding (as people ALWAYS remember what they ate!), and spoil their clients with choices to make sure they have the day of their dreams. Now it’s over to Katie to tell you more about her incredible business and everything it has to offer bridal couples!

How long have you been in the catering and event management game?
All our working lives! Between us we have decades of experience driven by a real love of food and commitment to service.

When did you set up Fourside Food Design + Events?
Almost two years ago!

What is the ethos behind your food design and catering?
We cater different, we do it awesome, and we love it…! We bring our personalities into what we do.  We are all super passionate about food and love helping our clients create something special to them.  There is no cookie cutter approach in the way we manage events. We know that our clients want their events to be unique and we have a fun way of harnessing our creativity and knowledge to make that happen, every time.

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Why do you create each menu from scratch (and not offer set menus)?
Each of our clients is unique and each client will have their own vision for their event. We understand that these days everyone wants their celebration to be different and memorable. We live in Melbourne, after all! We are spoilt for choice and quality. People are more discerning; one size doesn’t fit all anymore. By creating our menus from scratch, we are working with our clients to personalise their whole experience and make their event special and unlike any other.

Constantly creating enables us to continue to push to new levels of inventiveness. This process inspires us and we get a real thrill out of coming up with new and unique menus and concepts for our clients.

Images: Courtesy of Fourside Food Design + Events

Do you pride yourself on collaborating with your suppliers to provide seasonal dishes that reflect the season and local landscape?
Absolutely! Our suppliers are our family; we have relationships going back 20 years. They understand how we work and what our clients need. We are very fortunate to have access to the very best seasonal produce that goes a long way in enabling us to consistently produce top-quality food.

How do couples plan their wedding menu – what are the steps and how do they decide between all the ideas you’ll offer them?
Before we offer any ideas we find out exactly who they are and build a relationship. A celebration is such a personal thing; we love it when our clients own their food choices and feel that the ideas and food and drink offerings going around on the night really represent them. There is so much scope – getting to know wedding couples first enables us to customise a menu and drinks list and make it all about them.

Do the team have some favourite dishes that are always popular with wedding guests?
Mine is white zucchini, stracciatella, citrus, charcoal salt, herbs and vinegar.

Justin’s is Wimmera duck confit, cabbage, pancetta and walnut granola, petit cress, vinaigrette.

Ryan’s is Petuna ocean trout, slightly cured, kipfler potato, dill flowers, puffed rice, citrus.

Images: Courtesy of Fourside Food Design + EventsKsenia Belova Photograph

Are you able to accommodate dietary requirements?
Absolutely! Dietary requirements are a part of the catering landscape now.  We have so many options to accommodate everyone – it is easier than ever to create options to ticks all the boxes.

Do you cater at other venues throughout Victoria, or are you the exclusive caterer for any venue?
We work closely with lots of great venues around Victoria and are always looking for new and exciting spaces. Some of our favourite players include Glasshaus in Cremorne, Canvas House in South Melbourne, and obviously our headquarters [and other business] – 40rd Event Space.

We also love holding events at private properties and unusual spaces that we transform into a venue for the night!

Images: Courtesy of Fourside Food Design + EventsKsenia Belova Photograph

Do you have a core team that caters to all venues? Is this important in terms of quality and service?
Yes – our favourite part of this job is managing the events on site.  We always have one of our owners running the event from start to finish on the night.  We like to be part of the action and involved in the fun and success of an event done well.  It’s what we are all about.

What can a couple expect from you and your team on the wedding day?
Exceptional service, incredible food and a lot of fun with our team. We don’t take life too seriously.  We work hard to put up excellent food and we are professionals. We know how to read a crowd and work a room and create an atmosphere of fun. Relaxed events are always the best – we are there to make sure things run smoothly with a few laughs along the way.

Thank you Katie for inviting us in to to the Fourside world! You are truly at the top of your game and we love (and appreciate) how you treat each bridal couple uniquely and work super hard to help pull off the wedding of their dreams. You’re so right, one size doesn’t fit all anymore and it’s fantastic that you can offer tailored menus and experiences. To find out more about these superstar caterers, head on over to the Fourside Food Design + Events website.

Headshot: Ksenia Belova Photograph