Fun and pleasure wedding reception games tips

unduhan-19There are many ways to keep guests amused during a wedding reception. Our all-time favourite? Playing games! Wedding reception games make it easier to break the ice and get the crowd to mingle. Ready to channel your inner child? Let the games begin!

Wedding guest bingo

Here’s a fun little activity that can help guests warm up with one another even before the reception starts. It’s pretty easy. Along with their RSVP, ask your guests to send you an interesting fact about them. Collect these ‘fun facts’ and turn them into bingo cards / seating plan. Now as they look for their seats, they can easily strike small conversations using the info written on the bingo cards.

Couple quiz

For some friendly competition, test how well your guests know you and your man, through a couple quiz. Prepare a mix of easy and difficult questions about how the two of you met, where you first went on a date, how he proposed, etc. You can do it “Bring Me” style, where the person who knows the answer runs for the microphone and says it out loud. It will be interesting to know what answers your guests come up with!

Time for some exercise

If you’re holding a spring or summer wedding outdoors, then you can invite your guests over to some well-loved outdoor games. We’re talking about sack races, tug of war, croquet, lawn twister! We suggest playing before eating dessert!

You can’t go with with Jenga

It will be hard for your guests to resist playing Jenga, especially if you have the giant version of it! This is perfect for a large outdoor area where guests won’t be worried making a tower ‘crash’.

Heads up!

Everyone’s been playing this game since it was featured on Ellen. And we totally get why—it’s addictive, in a good way!  To see how it works, watch the video below. Bring things up a notch by asking the guests to form #TeamBride and #TeamGroom. Whoever scores higher earns bragging rights and a chance to watch the losing team perform a group dare!

Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles

To kill time before dinner service, get your guests busy completing a puzzle that’s themed after your wedding. If you have a broadway theme, for example, you can have a large picture puzzle of your favourite show. Or if you want it to be about the two of you, create a customised crossword puzzle with clues that let your guests get to know you better.

Scavenger hunt

Who says you can only ‘hunt’ for goodies during Easter? If you’re holding your wedding in a spacious place, a nice way for guests to explore and know their way around is through a wedding scavenger hunt! Prepare a map, hide a wedding-related ‘treasure’ somewhere in your venue and have your guests look for it. Finders keepers, of course.

Stop-Dance is great way to get your guests moving. Rewind 80s Band show know how it’s done. Image: Rewind 80s Band.
Stop-dance, sing-along

If you want to get your guests dancing, initiate a game that’s music related like Stop-dance. How it works is simple. People gather on the dance floor, bust a move as the DJ plays music and then stop once the music stops. Whoever is caught moving will be out of the round. This goes on until one player is left and is declared the winner!

Sing-along is basically like karaoke but without the karaoke screen. The DJ will bleep out some parts of the song and you’ll have to fill in the lyrics by yourself. Tough, yes. But fun for sure!

Great earrings for your wedding

When it comes to earrings for your wedding day, there is no shortage of style or colour options, but if you’re a classic bride, looking at maintaining a classic look, here are eight timeless options that cater for every budget.

Many of us own the cubic zirconia version of these classic Princess Cut diamond earrings, but these are very much the real deal – and about as classic as you can get when it comes to wedding day jewellery.

Sleek and elegant, these sterling silver Najo Hyderabad earrings are a modern take on the timeless pearl drops.

A dazzling version of classic gold hoops, these gorgeous yellow gold earrings are filled with a row of sparkling .26 carat diamonds.

These 18ct white gold clusters may be small in size, but their sparkle is worthy of pieces that are far, far bigger.

You can’t go wrong with heart-shaped earrings on your wedding day, can you? And these twinkling Tiffany delights feature a border of round brilliant diamonds and an open heart design all set in an 18k white gold base.

These ‘Alana’ round cubic zirconia crystal earrings feature man-made ivory pearl drops at their base. They are rhodium plated and the crystals are cut to replicate a real diamond.

These studs feature an 18ct white gold bezel set with a round brilliant cut diamond at its heart.

This beautiful earring set features the ultimate trifecta: diamonds, gold and pearls, black Tahitian pearls to be precise.

 

Suitable wedding cake

“There is no right or wrong answer to that question,” says Maria Mendonca from Sydney-based cake makers Casa Del who, during their 17 years in business, have created more than 5000 wedding cakes. “There are just too many variables on the couple’s side, including whether you’ll be serving guests seconds or not – and, then, so many size and tier options and combinations on your wedding cake maker’s side.”

Though Maria suggests the only way to ensure you’re 100 per cent certain of your options – and what the final result will look (and taste) like – is to visit your cake maker in person, there are some basic guidelines you can follow.

Maria says that “every cake maker has different standard tier sizes but, generally, they’re measures in inches and described in tiers.”

So, a 6 X 9 X 12 (pronounced 6 by 9 by 12) refers to a three tiered cake (as there are three numbers), the top tier measuring 6 inches wide, the second tier measuring 9 inches wide and the third one measuring 12 inches wide.

“Our standard tier height is 3 inches high, but for some vendors it may be 4 inches high, so be sure to ask your cake maker what their standard cake height is,” adds Maria who says the 6 X 9 X 12 cake isCasa Del’s most ordered three-tier wedding cake and serves about 200 finger-size slices.

For other vendors, a basic three-tier cake could be, for example, 8 X 8 X 12.

Another option is to stick with three tiers, but vary the width and height of the tiers because, says Maria “many couples want a cake that looks tall and slim rather than short and fat.

As such, Maria suggests a 5 X 7 X 10 cake at a height of four inches per tier.

“The trend, at the moment is to make the tiers higher and more narrow. That way, the cake looks a lot taller, it will have more impact in the venue and it will also have a lot more ‘wow’ factor.

“It will cost about the same and serves about the same number of people, but the slices are longer and the cake, as a whole, looks a a lot bigger.”

Maria says Casa Del’s most popular two-tier cake is a 7 X 10, two-tier cake with tiers 4 inches in height.  It serves about 140 pieces.

So, taking all that into consideration, here are Maria’s suggestions for what size wedding cake you should order according to how many guests you have – and what portion size you will be serving them.

Find the great place for wedding

Ask most people what they know about Canberra, and they’re likely to mention politics. But if you think that’s all this gorgeous city has to offer, you couldn’t be more wrong. There’s fantastic food, fabulous culture, a thriving hospitality scene, exciting tourist attractions and a palpable sense of history that speaks to the heart as Australians. It’s also a place that is tailor made for weddings, whether you’re a local, or a bride or groom open to the idea of a destination wedding celebration. Here are five reasons to think about marrying in our nation’s capital.

There’s a wonderful sense of history

Former Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley preferred to stay at Canberra’s Hotel Kurrajong instead of The Lodge during his visit to the nation’s capital

To some extent, the history of Australia is the story of Canberra’s evolution. And there’s something hugely exciting about being able to tap into the spirit of those people who helped make Australia great. At the refurbished Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, for example, you can follow in the footsteps of 16th Prime Minister Ben Chifley, who led the nation from 1945-1949.

As the hotel’s wedding coordinator explains, there’s actually a pretty good story here. “When he was in Parliament, Ben Chifley chose to stay here as his official residence, rather than the Lodge,” she explains, noting the CBD is less than a 10-minute drive away. And it’s here he also made his final curtain call, succumbing to a heart attack in June 1951.

“There’s all this mystery about whether he died here in the hotel or in the ambulance on the way to hospital,” the wedding co-coordinator shares. “So it’s got that kind of haunted history people are fascinated by.” Even today, interest remains high, and the hotel has actually refurbished his room to look exactly as it did in his day, one of 147 rooms available, including 26 in the heritage wing.

In the know: Canberra isn’t just home to the politicians of Parliament House, it’s also home to monuments that preserve and profile our history and culture. Must-sees include the Australian War Memorial and National Portrait Gallery, while at the National Library of Australia, precious treasures include Captain James Cook’s Endeavour Journal and the landmark papers of Eddie Mabo.

The food is seriously sensational

While cities such as Melbourne and Sydney have long been applauded for their culinary pedigree, Canberra has quietly gone about cultivating its own headline-worthy reputation. After all this is the city that hosts an annual truffle festival – which the Hotel Kurrajong Canberra takes part in – is home to acclaimed vineyards and has lured big names such as Jamie Oliver.

The attitude is all about melding sophistication with accessibility, giving basics a beautiful twist and, crucially, focusing on seasonal menus and what they can bring to the table, whether it’s fine dining, high-end vegetarian or something a little more casual.

Again, the hotel’s chef-designed menus are a case in point, being personally curated by the award-winning executive chef, who draws on his five-star experience to guide couples through the process of choosing just the right tastes, textures and temptation.

Think options such as smoked duck with celeriac slaw and raspberry vinaigrette, pan-seared salmon with puy lentils, baby cress and chive emulsion, a milk chocolate salted caramel done or even the DIY approach of a barbecue, seafood, cheese or carving station. “Food is a really important part of any wedding because it’s something the guests will focus on and remember,” says the wedding co-coordinator.

“That’s why it’s important to us that we work with couples individually. We give them ideas, we look at their dietary requirements for guests, we host them for menu tastings and we’re able to answer any and all questions they have. It’s all about creating a food experience that bests reflects you as a couple, be it a boutique event for 50 or one where we open up our restaurant to cater for 160.”

In the know: If you and/or your guests are keen foodies, there’s a feast of great food events to time your wedding around, such as the Canberra Food and Wine Expo or the Taste It Festival. There’s even a wine harvest festival, for those who love a good drop.

You can curate a great adventure for guests

Modern couples often take advantage of proximity to friends and family to turn a one-day wedding into a kind of mini festival over a long weekend or more, especially when friends and family can travel quite a long way to attend. “It’s actually pretty normal that most of our weddings have interstate guests, who book accommodation with us” says Hotel Kurrajong’s wedding coordinator, whose team is available to make guest bookings.

So, the challenge then becomes keeping them entertained. That’s where Canberra comes into its own, with a plethora of drawcards that fly under the radar, such as the National Arboretum, which has one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, endangered and significant trees. Even if your guests are all local, you can still come up with a few hidden gems, be it a speakeasy or a Segway ride around Lake Burley Griffin.

And, if you get stuck for inspiration, there’s always help at hand. Through Viator, the hotel offers day trips everywhere from Questacom to the AIS. As the wedding coordinator explains, it’s about remembering that for your guests – and even for yourself – it’s not just about the ceremony and reception, but about the celebration as a whole. It’s about recognising the gift of the time people spend with you and helping to make memorable memories for them as well.

In the know: As experts in everything Canberra, Hotel Kurrajong offers a handy online resource full of ideas to get the most out of the city, and help your guests do the same.

The city really knows how to plan a great event

Canberra mightn’t have a reputation as a party town, but it certainly knows how to plan a good event, be it the annual floral explosion of Floriade, the exertion of the Australian Running Festival and the noise and excitement of Summernats. And the elements of success that go into making such events a hit include the ease and convenience of getting around the city and precision planning. They’re qualities that lie front and centre with Hotel Kurrajong Canberra’s wedding coordinator.

“We’re there every step of the way,” she says, noting that all wedding packages offer inclusions such as a display table for the wedding cake and guest book, cake cutting and serving, chairs covers, sashes and tea light holders, and a microphone and lectern.

“I’m there at the food tastings, I’m there at rehearsals and we also offer a one-stop shop through great partnerships with local vendors across everything from hair and make-up to event hire and theming.”

Location is another drawcard, with a gorgeous courtyard offering a tranquil space to exchange vows, as a water fountain tinkles in the background, the evolving colours of summer, spring and autumn create a beautiful backdrop and optional extras such as floral arches provide a finishing touch.

From there, the celebration moves through into the restaurant, creating a seamless flow. “We often find that couples come to us to book a reception and then end up actually getting married here,” says the co-coordinator, who explains that more and more couples – and guests – are looking to the convenience of a ceremony and reception in the same venue … before the shortest of walks back to their rooms. It’s a trend echoed nationwide, and that’s not where it ends, because….

Pleasure Hen’s Party Tips

Today’s hen’s parties are no longer confined to wild nights out. After all, not every bride is the party-’til-you-drop type and many aren’t at all interested in strippers, endless rounds of booze and whatever else a ‘last night of freedom’ may bring. Here are eight hen’s party alternatives that may be tamer than the traditional – but they’re no less fun…

A destination hen’s event

Who’ll love it best: Brides with wanderlust who want her tight-knit group of gal pals to experience a little travel adventure.

What’s in it for everyone: A weekend away from the city, at the beach, the countryside, or your go-to special place.

A trip away with the bride’s closest friends to celebrate her big day will make for a memorable, even magical, hen’s celebration and, if your budget allows for it, you could always take the party overseas!

Glamping

Who’ll love it best: The bride whose perfect night out is one spent beneath the stars

What’s in it for everyone:  A night of adventure in the wild outdoors

If you’re that way inclined, camping can be terribly exciting, but for a twist on your bride’s favourite past time, try a little glamping – or ‘glamorous camping,’ instead.

It’s luxury camping where, for example, you’ll have access to actual bathrooms and more than a few creature comforts.

You can decorate your giant and very luxurious tent however you wish and plan for fun activities throughout the day. Don’t forget the marshmallows – and a little star-gazing at night!

Flower arrangement class

What’s in it for everyone: An Instagram/Pinterest kinda day in the presence of pretty flowers.

This hen’s party idea goes perfectly with a pretty spread of berries, canapés and champagne, preferably outside on a sunny afternoon. Hire a florist who can bring over the necessary material and teach your group for a few of hours how to arrange flowers for different occasions.

Wine tasting

Who’ll love it best: The bride who prefers intimate gatherings and a little chit chat with her gal pals

What’s in it for everyone: A high-spirited day in a picturesque vineyard or a romantic wine bar where a sommelier teaches your group a thing or two about wines. It’s a cozy theme that invites conversations and is perfect for a small group of close friends. The best part? Everyone goes home feeling festive and a little more cultured!

Club hopping

Who’ll love it best: The bride who’s always first on the dance floor

What’s in it for everyone: Dancing the night away!

Just because you’re not having strippers or a boozy night out, doesn’t mean you can’t, well, have a night out! A club hopping hen’s party isn’t just fun, it’s calorie-burning, too. And, the hen’s night organiser can even call ahead to find out if they’re open to playing a few of the bride’s favourite songs on the night.

Spa date

Who’ll love it best: The bride who cares for wellness – and a little pampering

What’s in it for everyone:

Nothing spells bonding time better than a day of pampering complete with saunas, massages, mani-pedis, magazines and lovely tea breaks.

This hen‘s party promises to make you feel good and carry that post-spa glow through to your big day!

The ultimate ladies’ movie night

Who’ll love it best: The film geek bride-to-be

What’s in it for everyone: A cozy evening in front of the big screen (either at home or at a cinema) with all your favorite movie accouterments: popcorn, hotdogs, nachos…

You can start the movie list with the bride’s all-time favorite movie. Then you can move on to chick flicks galore! We’re talking Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Bridget Jones’s Diary…

If your budget stretches that far, you could even hire out a cinema for the evening.

Loving Wedding Trends

Weddings may be all about tradition, but they’re also about trends. We chatted with some of the country’s top wedding vendors about what’s hot in wedding planning right now. Here are 8 trends we saw crop up again and again…

Wedding cakes: buttercream is back, baby

“Fondant and marzipan are great for formal wedding cakes, but many couples don’t want formal cakes anymore – and some just don’t like the taste of either fondant or marzipan,” says Andrew Neilson fromJust Cakes.

“That’s why buttercream is back,” he adds. “It gives couples that rich and creamy taste they’re after, but they also get a look that’s soft and romantic, which is perfect for a wedding, especially if yours is rustic themed.

Bridesmaids: it’s all about mixing and matching

The Goddess bridesmaid multi-wrap dress (known as Savannah at Luv Bridal, can be worn 25 different ways

“Many modern brides are adventurous when it comes to their bridesmaids dresses, so it’s no longer about them all wearing the same dress in the same colour as has always been tradition,” says Krysta Atkinson from Luv Bridal.

“Of course, this approach will always be popular, although now we see a lot more brides mixing and matching textures, fabrics and patterns and, of course, styles.

“And it makes sense, too, as most bridesmaids have different body shapes, colouring, and proportions.”

Krysta says that’s why multi-wrap dresses such as the Goddess gown (known as Savannah at Luv Bridal) are incredibly popular with bridesmaids across the globe at the moment, “because this one gown can be worn 25 different ways, so each bridesmaid can wear the same gown but in the way it looks best on their body and suits their personality.”

Wedding dresses: overskirts are in!

“People are loving overskirts at the moment,” says Sebastian Lee from Eternal Bridal. “Overskirts are, as the name suggests, skirts that are slipped over a fitted dress and can be removed to reveal a whole other look.

“One of the gowns that’s receiving the most interest from brides at the moment is Abi by Galia Lahav. It’s due in 2017 and is a stunning fitted beaded gown that features a satin overskirt and corset.”

Wedding photography: let’s take our photos BEFORE the ceremony…

“Probably the biggest trend I’ve seen lately is the rise of the pre-wedding shoot where
the couple shoot their wedding photos before the wedding ceremony,” says wedding photographer Ben Newnam.

“Many couples simply don’t want to spend two or three hours between the ceremony and reception shooting photos and would rather spend that time with their guests, so we’re definitely seeing more and more couples requesting their photos be shot before they walk down the aisle.”

Ben says the pre-wedding photo shoot is most common with couples who already live together. They’ll get dressed in separate places then meet up at, say, a park where they’ll have their official wedding photos taken.

“I think it’s a really considerate thing to do because their guests don’t have to hang about for hours waiting for them to arrive for the reception,” he adds.

Wedding venues: it’s about subtle, not over the top

“We’re seeing the demise of the humble chair cover and, to some extent the typical function chair,” says Mary-Anne Lowe from Bram Leigh Receptions and Linley Estate. “Couples seem to be choosing something like an elegant Tiffany/Chiavari type seat because, today, couples are after something a little more upmarket rather than opting for the bows and frou frou that was a hallmark of wedding receptions a few years ago.

“Generally, the themeing is very sleek, rather than over the top and couples are choosing one or two items that will truly enhance their overall wedding theme and style rather than having it featured in every single wedding-related item.”

Top eye make up for wedding

To some, applying eye make-up means a quick dust of eyeshadow and a slick of mascara, but it’s amazing what can be done by a professional make-up artist with the same tools.

Here are some gorgeous dramatic eye make-up looks to take to your next make-up trial.

Rose gold

Pink hues are often worn on the cheeks and the lips, however when worn on the eyelids with a hint of shimmery gold shadow they create a soft dewy look which brings warmth to the eyes.

Babydoll cut-crease

A ’60’s inspired cut-crease make-up look is dramatic yet still soft and feminine. The look is characterized by thick false lashes and a sweep of darker shadow in the crease of the eyelid, hence the term ‘cut-crease.’

Classic smokey eye

A classic smokey eye is characterised by using a dark eyeshadow and blending it across the entire eyelid and slightly upwards at the crease. A classic smokey eye will enhance your eyes making them look bigger, creating a very dramatic make-up look.

Matte smokey chocolate

A chocolate smokey eye is a little softer than a classic black smokey eye, however it still delivers plenty of drama. Paired with a sweep of liquid eyeliner and peach cheeks this look will suit any brides seeking a glamorous make-up look.

Black and gold smokey eye

A black and gold smokey eye is a very glamorous make-up look which suits all eye colours, and can be blended to suit all eye shapes.

Arabian-inspired smokey eye

A dramatic extended wing of eyeliner mixed with warm chocolate shadow and thick lashes are the ingredients for the perfect Arabian-inspired smokey eye look.

Warm gold

A sweep of gold eyeshadow and a flick of eyeliner will do wonders for both big brown eyes and soft baby-blues.

Warm metallic

When a whisper of shimmer isn’t enough, make your whole lid shine with a sweep of gold metallic shadow. Finish with black liner and strip lashes for a glamorous bridal look.

Soft bronze

Go for gold on your wedding day with bronze, gold and warm copper tones. This look suits olive or tanned skin tones and works well with peachy cheeks and lips.

You should know about wedding planning

In our current digital climate planning a wedding can be a very easy task – granted you start early. Long gone are the days when brides would lug around binders filled with countless quotes, notes and magazine clippings. Nowadays, thanks to wedding planning websites and apps, the modern bride can easily plan her wedding and keep all of her information in one digital place.

Soon after your partner pops the question, it’s time to set the wedding planning cogs in motion. Follow these top tips to help you stay in control and on task during the wedding planning process:

Create a to-do list

You can’t send invites without a set wedding date or book accommodation without a venue. Prioritise, create a timeline and focus on the bigger picture. Start with big tasks like setting dates for the engagement party and wedding day, and work from there.

Once you have put together your timeline, create a to-do list which maps out all your tasks according to time and date order. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, we have one to help you get started.

Use a budget calculator

Even if you’re good with numbers, an online planning tool such as a budget calculator can help you remain financially-focused and organised throughout the planning process. Budget calculators allow you to estimate costs, allocate funds and monitor spending by entering your own categories and budget items to track quotes, costs and payments.

Keep all your planning in one place

For those that like to organise on the go, download an all-in-one wedding planning app for a centralised place to plan budgets, guest lists, seating plans, gift registries, checklists and supplier directories. Online planning tools are paperless, portable and provide everything you need to plan your wedding in one place, whether that be your computer screen or the palm of your hand.

If you want to go a step further you can even create a private Facebook group for your bridal party to share important info about dress fittings, bridal showers and hen’s night, or a hubby-only group to discuss more confidential things like costs and guest lists.

Set aside time for wedding planning

If you go to yoga class on Mondays, book club on Tuesdays and the gym on Fridays, that leaves Wednesdays, Thursdays and the weekend to arrange a mutually agreeable time with your partner to commit to some wedding planning. Even just a few hours of wedding planning per week can be enough – if you start early!

Divide and conquer

That’s the beautiful thing about marriage – you’re not in it alone! There are at least two people with significant stakes in how seamless the wedding day plays out. If your partner is less excited about bridal bouquets than food and drinks, let them organise the catering and hospitality. Keep each other accountable, check up on the other’s progress and celebrate the milestones.

Contact list of suppliers

Keep a digital contact list of all the suppliers and contacts you are using for your wedding, (we have asupplier list template here.) Include the business name, the name of the person you are dealing with and any other information pertaining to that task or vendor, such as their phone number and email, website, Easy Weddings profile, and social media accounts.

Inspiration boards and Pinterest

Digital inspiration boards such as Pinterest are great online tools to collate ideas and inspiration. For brides who wan’t to keep everything a surprise until the big day, Pinterest also offers Secret Boards, which you can invite only your bridal party to view.

When viewing supplier profiles on the Easy Weddings website you can save images to your ownInspiration board, and even favourite suppliers through the Easy Weddings app.

Call for backup

Nobody – especially those who’ve gone before you – is going to think you’re a princess for enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner or wedding stylist. A seasoned wedding professional will have already encountered just about every problem you can possibly think of, and their existing connections can shave weeks – maybe months – off your planning time. If it all gets a little too much, bring an expert on board to help tame the pre-wedding frenzy.

Digital division

Chances are you’ll be signing up to a multitude of wedding related e-newsletters and receiving emails from different suppliers you’ve contacted. Either open a new account, or create a folder in your current email account to file all your wedding related messages in one place.

Share the love

Giving each one of your bridal party their very own organiser is a great way to include them in theplanning and make sure they understand their role and tasks. If you’ve already claimed a few important dates, write these in before handing it over to ensure everybody knows exactly where they need to be and when.

Before wedding dress shopping tips

unduhan-20From dressmaking terms that have French origins such as demi-couture and prêt à porter, to phrases that all confusingly mean the same thing, here is a list of wedding dress shopping terms and their definitions.

Wedding dress terms

Haute couture/couture

Haute couture is French for ‘high-sewing,’ and, in the fashion industry, it’s a term that is only reserved for fashion houses who have earned the title. Technically, haute couture garments are only considered to be true haute couture if they are produced by luxury fashion designers and meet certain criteria set by the Parisian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Although, the term haute couture, which is actually protected by law in France, is often used when referring to wedding dresses. Some people may label a dress haute couture if it has been made-to-measure for the intended wearer, and has been created using high-quality fabrics and hand-made techniques. However, technically speaking, this is incorrect.

While most wedding dresses do not meet the guidelines to be considered true haute couture, many wedding dresses can be classified as couture gowns.

The term couture refers to custom-made gowns which have been made with high-quality, luxury fabrics. Couture gowns are also hand-made or feature hand-sewn elements, and they are designed only for the intended wearer, rather than for mass-production. Additionally, a couture wedding gown may or may not be produced by a recognizably-named designer in order to achieve its title.

Made-to-measure

Made-to-measure is another way of saying couture, as it has the same definition. As the name suggests, a made-to-measure gown is one which is built from scratch and designed to fit the body shape of the intended wearer.

Demi-couture

The word ‘demi’ is French and it translates to ‘half,’ therefore, demi-couture is essentially ‘half couture.’ A demi-couture wedding dress is one which is made using the same quality of fabric and techniques as acouture gown, but is designed with the intention of mass-production. Demi-couture gowns are considered to be a step-below couture gowns, and can be purchased off-the-rack.

Ready-to-wear/prêt-à-porter

Unlike couture dresses, ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter gowns are already made and available to buy straight off-the-rack. Some brides may need to make slight alterations to a gown they purchase off-the-rack, such as cinching in the waist or shortening the hem, but generally, the design and structure of aready-to-wear gown is already completed.

Pre-loved

A pre-loved wedding dress is one which has been worn before or owned by someone else. Often, pre-loved wedding dresses are still in good condition as they have usually only been worn once. Some brides may even choose to wear a pre-loved wedding dress on their wedding day for sentimental reasons, such as wearing a dress which once belonged to a relative or loved-one.

How to preserve your wedding flowers

While your wedding flowers will be full of life and zest on your wedding day, chances are they won’t live much longer than a week or so after you walk down the aisle. That’s why many brides choose to preserve their wedding flowers. Thankfully, there are so many ways to do so!

If you want to keep your bridal bouquet as a wedding day souvenir, don’t let Mother Nature stop you. Here are eight ways to make sure you can keep your wedding day blooms forever.

Dip them in gold

Preserving your flowers in gold will certainly make them last forever, and this method is particularly popular in Singapore, where tourists can buy gold-dipped orchid stems and individual blooms which they can wear as earrings or necklaces. Imagine being able to wear your wedding flowers for the rest of your life? While dipping your wedding flowers in gold is a truly magical way to preserve your flowers, it can be pricey, so most people only preserve just one or two individual flowers in gold.

Preserve them in a flower ball

You won’t be able to preserve a complete bridal bouquet using this method (well, at least not a big one) but you will be able to ensure a small sample of flowers (up to 12cm long) from your big day survive perfectly by encasing them in a beautiful glass orb.

Your flowers will be freeze dried and preserved, beautifully, forever and you can use it as a paperweight or just a decoration that will remind you of your special day every time you look at it.

Preserve them in a picture frame

Turn your beloved bridal bouquet into a personalised piece of 3D art by framing it. This method involves separating the bouquet and drying it, then painting each stem and flower individually, before putting the bouquet back together again. You can also include your groom‘s buttonhole too!

Go for a brooch bouquet

Brooch bouquets are perfect for brides who love all things sparkly, and the best thing about them is that they will never wilt or go brown. In fact, they will look exactly the same for years to come, (although they may require a dust and a polish once in a while!)

Preserve them in a necklace

Drying and coating your wedding flowers in wax is an easy method of preservation, but you can take it a step further by encasing your preserved bridal flowers in pieces of jewellery. Keep a rose head from your bouquet in a necklace or turn smaller flowers such as buds of Baby’s Breath or Lily of the Valley into earrings.

Preserve the petals in resin

Rather than preserving an entire bouquet or flower, simply preserve the flower petals. There are lots of creative ways to store petals such as preserving them in resin, which allows you to create unique shapes. You can turn resin petals into pendants, or earrings, or even into objects such as bowls or vases. The options are limitless!

Preserve the petals in wax

Preserve the petals from your bouquet in wax and create your own candles. You can customise yourcandles by adding a colour and scent that reminds you of your wedding day. Even go a step further and make multiple petal-filled candles to give to family or the bridal party as a ‘thank you’ gift for all their input in the wedding.