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Our Dec issue is a great holiday read! We feature 250 plus ideas to inspire you and look at every aspect of your big day! Jewellery, fashion, flowers, grooms and all the finishing touches can be found. We showcase the latest gowns plus gorgeous vintage styling ideas are included. For your reception, we find venue options that have incredible views. There's plenty of gorgeous real-life weddings to read for inspiration. A spot of celebrity style is the icing on the cake! Get your copy now!
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The charms are usually attached to a long ribbon for each lovely lady to hold onto when the pull is happening and each charm has its own special meaning of good fortune for the future.
This fun tradition can be an exciting little side event on the day itself when all your friends gather around your cake to see who gets what and is a little different to throwing the bouquet.
Although, you could give two lucky ladies instead of one the chance to be next wed by incorporating both traditions into your wedding reception.
Here are some of the charms and their meanings:
◊ Flower = Blossoming love
◊ Anchor = A life of stability
◊ Star = All your wishes will come true
◊ Picture Frame = Lifetime of memories
◊ Music Notes = You will lead a life of harmony
◊ Airplane = Life filled with adventure and travels
◊ Ring = You’re next, and you get the bouquet!
Love the Bride team X
What’s the perfect wedding dress without some gorgeous jewellery to match? Bride chatted with up-and-coming jewellery designer Marissa Gouras from Australian jewellery house Georgini about the inspiration behind her bridal range and got some tips on how to choose stunning pieces for your special day. Check out her advice:
Why did you start to design bridal jewellery?
Originally, many of the bridal pieces were part of our core range, but we found we had brides coming in looking at those pieces to wear for their wedding day. So we wanted to cater to them. There was definitely a gap in the market and we wanted brides to feel that there was a one -stop destination for bridal jewellery.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
Obviously there is a particular GEORGINI style that we stick to, featuring the use of sterling silver, and it’s quite classic; it’s not costume jewellery. But I also like to flick through wedding magazines and keep up to date with the latest trends for inspiration.
How would you describe the jewellery?
I’d describe the jewellery as classic. We don’t do chunky styles. It’s not costume jewellery but it is still affordable for brides, which is great.
What sort of bride might buy your jewellery?
She’s a classic bride, she wants to have the jewellery for her wedding day but also be able to wear the pieces again. A lot of the jewellery is quite versatile.
Does particular jewellery suit a particular style of dress?
This is very important obviously – when I used to work in the Sydney store the first thing I would ask customers was ‘what type of dress are you wearing?’. If it’s strapless, you can wear a pendant necklace for example. The jewellery also depends on the hair, if the hair is up you might want to wear earrings. But I think it should definitely be one or the other, not too over the top. Although we do have brides who still want to wear everything!
Are the pieces meant to invoke fine jewellery?
Yes it is meant to invoke fine jewellery. We use materials such as sterling silver, cubic zirconia, semi-precious stones and also pearls to craft pieces that are affordable but still beautiful.
Hope it helps all you brides searching for the perfect look!
The Bride Team
With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to take a little time out to consider what your new year’s wedding resolutions will be.
Planning a wedding can be difficult, and brides often find that they’ve easily exceeded their budget and guest capacity. Making some wedding resolutions at this time of year will not only provide a framework for your celebrations, but also ensure that you will have a hard time breaking them.
Here are a few of our favourite bride-appropriate new year resolutions:
- I will enjoy the company of my family, friends and groom at the wedding rather than getting caught up in the details. Enjoy your wedding day, rather than sweating the small stuff. When you look back on your celebration, it won’t be the shade of flower arrangements that you will remember but the time you spent with your loved ones.
- I will not feel guilty about having an adults-only wedding. Continuous barrages from friends with children can weaken any bride who has committed to a child-free affair. Remember that this is your wedding, and you can do it any way you want.
- I will have my cake and eat it. The excitement of a wedding can distract many brides from properly consuming food and drink for the whole night. Remembering that you need some relaxation time as well, what better way to do so than appreciating the menu that you spent months planning? Eating and drinking regularly is also important for ensuring that you have enough stamina for all of the celebrations.
What are you wedding new year’s wedding resolutions? Have you made any in the past?
A wedding bouquet isn’t just something pretty to look at – it can also be heavily charged with symbolic meaning.
By including flowers into an arrangement that have romantic meanings, a bride, groom, or wedding couple can convey an added emotional or spiritual dimension to the celebrations. Historically, men and women have used the meaning of flowers to communicate messages of love, commitment and intimacy to each other. Amidst the bustle of your wedding day, a bouquet constructed in meaning in addition to aesthetics can ensure that some intimacy is shared between the happy couple.
Some of the meanings associated with flowers popular in wedding bouquets include:
Roses symbolise love, joy and beauty, where the colour of the rose can also communicate a special message. White roses speak the claim that ‘I am worthy of you,’ while red roses say ‘I love you.’
This flower can symbolise both majestic beauty and innocence.
The orchid is also often used in wedding bouquets as a way of symbolising love and beauty.
The Peony symbolises romance and are seen as good omens for the future. When used in a bouquet, they communicate the ideals of a happy life and a happy marriage.
What will your wedding bouquet mean and are you mindful of the meaning of flowers?
Love, the Bride team X
Pomander balls have been around for yonks and were originally used in the Middle Ages by lads and ladies who wanted to remain free of bad odours. Now they have evolved into something a little different, with flower pomanders or flower bombs made from peonies, roses and carnations being a creative, relatively cheap and fun way to add some (or many) pretty petals into your day.
Groovy Sydney flower lover Holly Hipwell used to spend all her free time hanging around flower markets, experiment and creating until she decided to follow her true passion. Her flower bombing frenzy has been happening over in Sydney for the last 2 years and has even made an appearance in Melbourne this year with Holly teaching class herself in antique store Nyary in Prahran this August past. Her creations are magnificently bright and colourful and oh so uber cool.
This new and wonderful way of turning flowers into an installation and work of art can be an amazing addition not only to your wedding decorations, but can also add some vibrant colour to any form of entertaining.
If you enjoy getting your inner artist on go ahead and give it a try. According to Holly carnations and roses work best for flower bombing and you will need oodles of them, apparently around 10 bunches!! You can get the floral foam spheres from florists and craft stores (even online) but you need to soak them in water before starting. If you get the spheres with a cover of netting you can attach some ribbon or string to hang your flower bomb wherever you please. Other than that all you need is a pair of scissors and some free time!
Click here for detailed instructions on how to create your own flower bombs on The Design Files Daily for a tutorial written by Holly herself.
Holly and her sidekick Mylee keep a track of all their flirty floral creations on their own blog the Flower Drum, showcasing their love for all things with petals.
Love, the Bride team X