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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

happy new year!

I know, I've been a little quiet over the past few months!  For many reasons; I've been hard at work helping two of my dearest friends create and present their amazing weddings, I hosted my own 1920's casino themed 30th birthday party at home (have you ever rolled 80 cocktail meatballs?!), hubby and I started the process of building not one, but two homes (crazy? Yes!), plus I was offered a wonderful opportunity to start a new job.  Throw in there Christmas and all its associated celebrations and it doesn't leave much time for blogging!

Now that the craziness that is the beginning of the new year is out of the way, I'm back on deck and looking forward to writing not just about weddings and how you can achieve your vision under budget, but about all sorts of DIY bits and pieces that I think should be shared.

I need to get to work designing some super hero themed bits and pieces for a fun heroes and villains birthday party I'm hosting on Saturday, so I must away.

Happy New Year!


Here's a snap from my 1920's casino birthday party at home.
Casino set up by Royal Casino Events in Melbourne.

Monday, 3 September 2012

wedding traditions...do you have any?


I was talking about wedding traditions today with the beautiful Catherine, who ties the knot this November.  We discussed family traditions, the custom of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" and how they are incorporated into weddings today.

In my family, the women on my mother's side wear a strand of pearls that belonged to my great grandmother.  My mother started that tradition and her sister and I continued it on our wedding days.  I actually built my wedding theme around these pearls, but sometimes, family traditions won't quite fit your chosen wedding theme.

It may be an ornate brooch, a set of cufflinks, a veil, dress, necklace or earrings.  It could be a prayer or reading, a song or dance...whatever the tradition, there is a way to continue it so it works for you.  So before you pen a note to great aunty Gladys telling her the ornate brooch that has been passed down from bride to bride will remain in its box, think outside the square!  Why not pin the brooch to your bouquet or the inside of your purse?  A strand of pearls can easily be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet or again, pinned to your bouquet.  If it's a long-held wedding tradition that features as a significant part of your family weddings, talk to your fiancĂ© about how you can work it into your day.

Wedding customs can be really meaningful, so why not incorporate some into your big day?  Here are some ideas for that something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...

Old
necklace, earrings, brooch, purse, vintage vanity set, veil, photos, cars, compact, handkerchief

New
jewellery, dress, shoes, purse, fragrance, lipstick, lingerie

Borrowed
veil, headpiece, purse, jewellery, wedding venue, song, cake knife, car

Blue
garter, shoes, handkerchief, lingerie, purse, jewellery

I would love for you to share the wedding traditions that you have followed, are going to follow or have seen at weddings you've attended!


My something old was my great grandmother's pearl necklace, my something new, beautiful earrings.  
Something borrowed was the church we married in and I wore a blue garter.