Getting married on Valentine’s Day: Yes or No?

Choosing the right wedding date is tough: you have to coordinate with so many important family and friends’ availability, and there’s usually at least a few people in your family who have an opinion on when is best.

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just two weeks, it got me thinking about how popular the 14th of February is for proposals and weddings.

As a wedding planner, I LOVE  love and all the romance that comes with it. But like any choice of wedding date, there are pros and cons to getting married on the most romantic day of the year:

Why Valentine’s Day may not be the best day to get married:

ValentinesDay.emptyrestaurant.morguefile1. You’ll share your wedding anniversary with everyone else who’s celebrating their love that day.
Restaurant bookings will probably be more expensive and harder to get, and you won’t be the only one getting sent flowers at the office that day.

Image: Flickr / danielmoyle
Image: Flickr / danielmoyle

2. You will generally need to book your venue further in advance
Often up to two years or more in advance,  to ensure you can secure this popular date.

Image: Flickr / Debs (ò‿ó)♪

3. Unless you also send Save The Dates to your guests well in advance,  you might also find some are already booked up with other plans that day.
Maybe even at another wedding.

ValentinesDay.Red roses.morguefile4. The cost of flowers for your big day may be more expensive.
Prices are often inflated during the Valentine’s Day period.

Image: Flickr / UrbaneWomenMag
Image: Flickr / UrbaneWomenMag

5. Your unmarried friends might find it harder to bring a guest along.
Being invited to a wedding AND to celebrate Valentine’s Day in one go just might be a little too much pressure for some.

Image: Flickr / Kooroshication (cropped)
Image: Flickr / Kooroshication (cropped)

6. Got any single friends (who’d rather not be)?
Valentines probably isn’t their favourite day of the year…

Why it’s great to get married on Valentine’s Day:

Image: Flickr / Spixey
Image: Flickr / Spixey

1. Your significant other will never forget your anniversary.
Plus, the influx of red love hearts and roses in the shops in the lead up to Valentine’s Day will always serve as a reminder that your anniversary is coming up.

2. Only one romantic gift to splash out on each year.
So you can make it an extra special one.

ValentinesDay.candyhearts.morguefile3. Your guests will be in the mood to celebrate luuuuurve in all its splendour.

Image: Flickr / somewhereintheworldtoday
Image: Flickr / somewhereintheworldtoday

4. Picking a theme / your wedding colours will be super easy.
It’s all about pink & red!

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5. There will be heaps of great theming options in all the shops that you can use for your reception decorations.
And finding cute bonboniere will be a breeze.

Image: Flickr / apdk

6. It’s so romantic!
What better day to celebrate your love than when you can practically smell the roses in the air already.

What do you think?


Profile: Pastry Chef Adam Hackett

We are lucky enough to have world-class Pastry Chef Adam Hackett making all of our delicious sweet treats, including some amazing and intricate wedding cakes.

Here’s a few pics of Adam in action!

Pastry Chef Adam Hackett Wedding Cake Pink Roses

Pastry Chef Adam Hackett Wedding Cake Pink Roses Piping

Pastry Chef Adam Hackett Wedding Cake Pink Roses Close Piping

Theming Idea: Great Gatsby 1920’s Decorations

There were some amazing decorations and props sourced for the French 1920s themed event. So much detail ….

Gatsby style Chaise lounge and books
Image by Warrington Photography

Baguettes and Suitcase Boxes

Baguette bread and suitcase boxes make perfect decorations for a 1920’s / Gatsby theme.

Dresser decoration
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Velvet lounge Gatsby style
Image by Warrington Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Champagne Saucers, French Champagne and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Warrington Photography
Pool Deck Fountain, Lantern and Candle
Image by Warrington Photography

Credits: Images by Peter Crichton Photography and Warrington Photography, Furniture and Decorations by Offsite Connections, Event by Simple Swan

And The Wedding Colour Of This Year Is…

by Simone Hill for The Knot

I came across this article over at the wonderful wedding site The Knot:

Yesterday, Pantone announced that radiant orchid is the official colour of the year for 2014, and we’re predicting it’s going to be a hot colour for weddings too! Radiant orchid is a cross between purple and pink (which makes it perfect if you love both colours and just can’t decide). Like emerald, which was last year’s colour of the year, this saturated hue is a rich jewel tone, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for autumn and winter weddings.

If you love bright colours then pair radiant orchid with teal or go simple and combine it with white for a fresh spring or summer palette! Moth and dendrobium orchids grow naturally in this modern colour, so use them in your centrepieces and bouquet layered with other shades of purple and pink for eye-catching floral arrangements. See our style board below to find radiant orchid wedding inspiration!

radiantorchidPhotos clockwise from right: Raw Photo Design; Janae Shields Photography | Choco Studio | The Nichols Photography | Wedding Photojournalism by Ron Solimon | Caitlin Maloney Photography |Edenhurst Studio | Janae Shields Photography | Maggie Austin Cake | The Nichols Photography

See the original article here.

Congratulations to Jade and Julian on their Wedding Day

Our congratulations to Jade and Julian who were married yesterday!

Here are some of the images of their gorgeous pink and white themed candy buffet supplied by Perfectly Sweet.

Pink and White Themed Lolly Candy Buffet for Wedding Reception

Pink and White Theme Candy Buffet Chocolate Hearts

Pink and White Theme Candy Buffet Sign in Frame

Pink and White Theme Candy Buffet and Flowers

Pink and White Theme Candy Buffet and Giant Balloons

More images of Jade and Julians cocktail style wedding reception to come …

Credits: Lolly buffet by Perfectly Sweet

10 Summer Wedding Ideas We Love

By Stephanie for Style Me Pretty

Found this fantastic post for the top 10 summer wedding ideas. Some brilliant ideas … Thanks SMP.

When you wedding blog for a living, you come across about a million and one fun ideas on a daily basis. It’s true. And with summer wedding season in official full swing, it seemed there was no better time to sit down and share some of our absolute favorites. Ideas for summer brides — or frankly, any wedding lover –to swoon. So let’s wrap up the chitty chat and get straight to the goods, shall we? Our ten top details for warm-weathered nuptials…

One. Nothing gussies up your trip down the aisle like a gorgeous pot of poppy florals. Choose a hue that works with your palette, and let these potted pretties decorate your ceremony, serve as centerpieces or even give away to guests as favors!

Two. Beat the heat with fans or umbrellas to keeps guest cool and comfy during your outdoor affair. Place one on each chair or have them waiting for guests at the entrance of your ceremony.

Three. Refreshing cocktails greeting your guests are sure to be an instant hit and a fun way to add a splash of personality to your cocktail hour. Some warm-weathered beverages that we can’t get enough of? Margaritas and scrumptious Mojitos.

Four. Set-up a shaded spot for your guests to lounge and sip on those yummy aforementioned cocktails. A small tent, umbrellas or an outdoor patio will do the trick.

Five. You know what we love? Wedding sunglasses, that’s what! Pass sunnies out to all your loved ones so they can get their summer receptioning on in style.

Six. Summer is the perfect, PERFECT time to infuse your day with color. Think bright hues and fun fabrics decorating the reception tables. Speaking of which, how amazing is this tablescape? We love that Ikat runner so much, we could marry it.

Seven. Think outside the box for wedding day details and set your sites on fruit. It runs a plenty in the summer months and let’s face it, a juicy peach used as a seating card is just that…peachy.

Eight. Go bright or go home is our summer wedding motto. Flowers are blooming and they come in many a pretty color. Have fun mixing big blooms and different hues. You can’t go wrong with pretty shades of yellow and coral.

Nine. There’s nothing like sparkling lanterns to light the dinner table. Hanging unique shape lanterns at different levels are a fun way to spice up the traditional alfresco meal.

Ten. We definitely all scream for ice cream and it goes without saying that the warmer temperatures deserve a little sweat treat cool down. For go the crudités and pass ice cream cones at the cocktail hour or better yet, serve a late night sundae bar. Your guests and their tummies will thank you.


Photography Credits: One: Jose Villa Photography | Two: Theo Milo Photography | Three: Hazelnut Photography | Four: Brosnan Photographic | Five: Bryce Covey Photography | Six: Jose Villa Photography | Seven: Emily Scannell Photography | Eight: KT Merry Photography | Nine: Elizabeth Messina | Ten: Erich McVey Photography

For the full article see Style Me Pretty

Theming Idea: Crystal, Red and Black Cocktail Event

Red and black with silver and crystal gave this cocktail event a dramatic and theatrical feel to the Grand Ballroom. I love the crystal curtains with the red uplights.

Red Uplighting Crystal Curtain

Table Black Chair Cover Red Sash Crystal Curtain Red Uplighting

Black Chair Cover Red Sash Crystal Tie

Black lycra chair covers with bright red sash and tied with a crystal bead makes adds to the sophisticated theme.

Dry Bar Mirror Base Red Tea Light

The dry bars with covered with silver satin and tied with a red satin sash, topped off with a mirror base and red tea light candles. Simple yet effective.

Silver Crystal Centre Piece Curtain

I love these tall silver and mirrored centre pieces. The square mirror bases reflect the red lights and the crystals and red tea lights on the table complement the theme perfectly.

Credits: Theming by AV Partners, Event by Simple Swan

Theming Idea: 1920’s Gatsby Inspired Cocktail Reception

The very popular 1920’s/Great Gatsby was the theme for a recent cocktail soiree on the pool deck. Some amazing props and decor completed this fabulous event and gave it wonderful ambience.

Pool Deck Draping, Fountain and Chandliers
Image by Warrington Photography
Pool Deck Sails, Chef, Fountain and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

The fountain, white draping, topiary trees and chandeliers transformed the pool deck into a stylish 1920’s style cocktail reception.

Pool Deck Sail, Dresser, Juice
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Pool Deck Fountain, Lantern and Candle
Image by Warrington Photography

Simple decorations like this lantern and candle added to the theme beautifully.


Champagne Saucers, French Champagne and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

The French champagne flowed in the champagne saucers. It was truly a memorable night.

Credits: Images by Peter Crichton Photography and Warrington Photography, Event by Simple Swan

Theming Idea: Gatsby Inspiration

For Melbourne Cup Day our Room 81 Restaurant was transformed into a 1920’s Gatsby-influenced luncheon.  I love this decadent and sophisticated theme.

Room 81 Gatsby Style 1920s theme Flappers
Image by SB4
Room 81 Gatsby Style 1920s theme Centre Piece Ice Black Feathers
Image by One Magnifique Day
Room 81 Gatsby Style 1920s theme
Image by SB4
Room 81 Gatsby 1920s Theme Bar Crystal Chandelier
Image by One Magnifique Day
Room 81 Entrance Beaded Curtain 1920s theme red carpet
Image by One Magnifique Day
Room 81 Gatsby Style 1920s theme model
Image by SB4

Credits: Images of Room 81 Restaurant and Bar by One Magnifique Day and SB4

Wedding Trend: Alternative Bouquets

Crystal wedding bouquet
Image by Emma Case
Bouquet by Debbie Carlisle Bouquets

A friend mentioned the other day that she loved the trendy crystal bouquets some brides are choosing in place of flower bouquets. I then found this wonderful blog post on Boho Weddings, and thought I would share these beautiful, creative, very alternative bouquet ideas:

Vintage and Crystal Bouquets
These are really popular at the moment and I’m pretty sure they are here to stay. Perfect for stylish brides who want to incorporate a vintage element into their wedding, also the perfect way to add something that holds sentimental meaning to the bride.

Debbie Carlisle Bouquets (photo credits Emma Case)

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Alternative Bridal Bouquets

Jo Barnes Vintage

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Judith Brown Jewellery

Alternative Bridal Bouquets

Love Bouquets

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Alternative Bridal Bouquets

For the full article and for more great, alternative bouquet ideas see Boho Weddings.

Credits:  Reblogged from Boho Weddings, Images by Emma Case, Bouquets by Debbie Carlisle Bouquets, Jo Barnes Vintage and Judith Brown Jewellery