When purchasing any type of insurance, many of us wonder whether we are wasting our money for something that's not likely to happen.
This article does not intend to persuade you one way or the other. I believe most weddings go as planed, but let me tell you, some do not. The question is.... do you want to take the risk, or have that piece of mind that everything or at least part of it, can be looked after if something out of our control occurs.
WHAT IF? This is not to be negative or positive. Things do happen in different ways to what we expect and vary from region to region, season, professional services, etc.
While working in this industry some of the most common things we have heard directly from Australian clients are:
-Floods of the venue and surroundings. The wedding was postponed 2 months. Many of the vendors have to be re booked as the previous ones were not all available for that day. They had 2 months to basically reorganise the wedding.
-Cancellation of the wedding for family illness.
-Wishing Well money stolen.
-Vendors business closed down with no advise or deposits return.
-Guests insured with glass or falling over.
The average Australian wedding costing over $40,000, and about 18 months planning. There is lots of time, money and emotions involved. Most brides repeat the word "perfect" often, when you ask them how they envision their day. Many professionals work hard to make those dreams reality, but sometimes scenarios are unforeseeable.
There are many insurance suppliers that are specialized in weddings and events risk coverage. The insurance can be purchased up to 18 months prior to your wedding in most cases, and can have different levels of coverage according to your needs and budget. It'd be wise to research some information from a professional insurance and decide after.
One of the aspects I like about wedding insurance is that you can choose what level of coverage you want. Different policies can cover anything from wedding cancellation and re scheduling, to attire, vendors cancellation, rings lost or stolen, marquee and decoration damage, public liability etc.
These guys, www.dreamweddinginsurance.com are wedding insurance leaders in Australia, they even offer insurance online at in just a few steps from $200. Give them a call, have a talk, be informed. If your wedding is overseas, please check what is the coverage offered by the venue and discuss with your insurance provider how you can add your own.
We insure our house, our health, our car., our trips... sometimes our pets. Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life, Wouldn't you like to be well-informed about it?
How did I come with this blog idea? Every time I check out Pinterest I come out wanting to get married again, redecorate my house and lose 5 kilos all in 5 minutes. When I browse weddings, like probably most of you, I get this high of inspiration but later it makes me wonder what is feasible and affordable for today's brides in this fantasy visual world. Well, the good news is that today I did find these decoration ideas which seem real, gorgeous! affordable (at least in Australia) and full of romanticism and intimacy. A feeling many of my brides want to achieve when planning their dream weddings. In this last decade, the decoration in wedding ceremonies has taken an incredible and positive turn in terms of presentation and beauty. Today couples have the opportunity to say "yes" under precious arches or pergolas, coordinated with rustic, beach, bohemian or traditional wedding themes, with fabrics falling softly, hanging lights or lamps and a lot of other variables with a romanticism and absolute atmosphere. A personalized and magical way to start the celebration.
So…How do we get them? The most obvious answer is to rent them. There are hundreds of companies that have pre-determined designs and others can even customise them to your wedding theme or style. Prices are varied, as you may imagine. The decorators who rent these pergolas usually are responsible for bringing the arches or materials to the ceremony and decorate on the day. Once the ceremony is finalised and the guests retire to the reception, they also usually take care of dismantling and removing everything. Pretty easy if you hire them.
nother option is "do it yourself". Well, this decision is personal and if you think you have the skills, the time, the design and the materials, why not?. If you decide to do it this way, do it with a lot of time to spare. DIY can be tempting but it can also be tricky and more often than not, it will make you spend more money than you thought you would. Actually, I'm not trying to discourage you. If you are a DIY and skilled couple, you may end up with a wonderful project. Worst case, if you are not happy with your result, you can decide, to rent one instead.
We have also seen an intermediate option in some places like Ikea offering a basic but beautiful artificial flower decorated pergola with an affordable price. Nothing wrong with that, if that is what your budget allows.
In terms of variety, we keep getting surprised by the creativity, beauty, romanticism and uniqueness that these settings have given to weddings. We remember at first, the arches were made with tree trunks and veils, some petals and candles. Then, the trend slowly walked through the old wood doors decorated with a rustic or vintage effect, some adding chandeliers and rugs. Later with the bohemian chic fashion, we began to see garlands of leaves and flowers and wreaths, with a spiking effect for the ceremony photos.
Afterwards, the use of trees as the ceremony point, was extended, surrounded once more, with natural fabrics and flowers. Some couples added touches of hipster lights, making the tree set up so modern and environmental friendly. This year, along with invitations and decorations at the wedding, the geometrical shapes, especially hexagonal ones, have taken off, and we can see them being part of the ceremony “arches”, taking an important part in this wedding season.
Acrylic wedding welcome signs
And what about these gorgeous trend displaying welcome wedding signs in acrylic? You gotta love those! decorated with fabric behind or wreaths and keeping at home forever after the wedding.
And to finish, we leave you with some ideas for arches to coordinate with rustic chic, beach and traditional wedding themes. Can I buy one for my office?
I find wedding etiquette an interesting topic. A little bit controversial for some, a worry for others. Personally I wish to tell my couples not to take "the expert" advice too seriously, nor to believe all what is said on the internet or social media about weddings, "should or shouldn't". For starters, did you know that lots of what's written online is to achieve SEO or marketing purposes? Meaning the writers are often not experts of any sort. Some are not even working in the wedding industry. They are SEO workers that need to get some pages up in the ranking. Now that we clarified this and that emphasized the importance of the sources where we get our wedding info and advice, let's see what we think.
Etiquette, put simply, is a code of behaviour or expectations that fulfill social convention. It may shock some to know, that tradition and etiquette is alive and well when it comes to wedding invitations and weddings in general. Even if you are having a non-traditional wedding, according to your culture, background or society in general, this remains true.
Wedding invitation etiquette does have guidelines to which you should adhere, and there are also some guidelines that are more flexible. In general, these guidelines fall into four categories; timing, wording, guest list and details. Below you’ll find a modern approach to etiquette issues.
When do you need to send the invitations?
Generally speaking, 8 - 16 weeks before the wedding, if you want your guests to come. You could make it earlier if you have a lot of travelling guests. Give them time to book flights and accommodation, without having to pay premium pricing.
How do you choose the RSVP date?
Give your guests at least 2 weeks to respond if you can and also if you can, make it about 6 weeks before the wedding, so you have time to finalise numbers for the venue/s and caterer and get place cards and additional stationery produced.
We have written a complete article about "when to send your wedding invitations" with more details and options.
Do I have to put the parents' names on the invitations?
The actual names should only appear if they are hosting. That is, they are paying for all or part of the wedding. Otherwise it should be the couple inviting the guests and perhaps, ‘together with their parents’. This may change with cultural influences.
How do I layout the text and what font/s do I use?
There are those who will go into great detail about how this should and shouldn’t be done. Basically, if it’s a formal wedding, the invitation should reflect this with its layout, font and wording. Don’t use abbreviations, use a formal style font and formal language. For a more casual wedding, you can use more casual fonts and wording and abbreviate a few things where appropriate.
How do I include extra information for the guests?
You can add RSVP details to the bottom of the invitation rather than send a separate card. You CANNOT put gift registry or wishing well details on the bottom of the invitation, that’s just plain and simple rude! Insert a separate card if you wish to inform people about such things. You can add a dress code if you think it’s necessary. Any extra detail that will take more than one line should probably be somewhere else. For example, accommodation or transport details.
Guest List Etiquette
Who should I be inviting to my wedding?
Cultural influences will play a significant part here, so take those into account where necessary. Generally speaking, start with family members and then move onto friends. Invite those you have a relationship with. Family members that you don’t see or speak with regularly can be left off the list. Don’t feel compelled to invite work colleagues. If you never see them outside work, why start now?
Should I invite out of town guests?
Just because someone lives far away and probably won’t be able to go, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invite them. If they are important to you, send the invitation and let them decide. That’s the polite thing to do and you may get a pleasant surprise at what people are willing to do for their friends and family.
Should I have a secondary guest list?
Even with allowances for modern flexibility this is really a no-no. If the person isn’t close enough to make the first list, why invite them? And imagine if the person found out they were just making up numbers! How would they feel and would they want to come? My advice is to steer clear of this nightmare of an idea!
How do I handle plus ones?
It’s better to ask for the name of an intended guest’s partner and put that on the invitation than to simply write, ‘and guest’, ‘plus one’ or ‘and partner’. If you don’t know or can’t be bothered checking, then I’d question the depth of the relationship and whether they should be invited. There’s nothing wrong with inviting singles.
"Etiquette Details and Invitations: how to address wedding invitations
How do I address the envelopes?
The basic rule is that everyone who is invited should appear on the envelope in some way. So if you’re inviting kids, you can mention them by saying, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith and family’ or ‘Mr and Mrs Smith, John and Mary’. If not, just address it to, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’.
Should older kids living at home get an invitation?
If you are inviting the whole family, then as a general rule, kids over 15 should get their own invitation, addressed to them. Definitely send a separate invitation to any adult children living with their parents.
Should I put a return address on the envelopes?
It can be expensive to get the stationery supplier to put this detail on the envelope, but it’s a good idea to print some labels or hand write the return address. It will explain why someone hasn’t responded if you get an invitation returned by the post office and you can then take steps to contact them another way.
How much does it usually cost to get your envelopes printed?
We could not speak for everyone of course, and by the time you read this article prices could have changed. Price can be per envelope: $1.20 to $1.500 to print each or in our case, we charge per lot or per order, no matter how big or small it is. At the moment our address printing price is $29 per lot, so if you order for example 60 invitations, the cost of printing each envelope is just under $0.50
Check out our guest name personalisation service here
And last but not least, please remember to check your spelling and typos!
You are not likely to add the word "wedding invitation" to your invitation, however you may add those words in your wedding web site, texts following up with your guests, or on your wedding sign "welcome to the wedding of"
Stationery. NOT stationaries or stationery
Wedding: NOT Weeding or Wesding
Wedding Party: NOT wedding parte
Etiquette. NOT ettiquette.
Accommodation. NOT Acommodation. USA Brides: Accommodations in plural.
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After a challenging 2020 wedding season, the wedding industry is now feeling very confident about the wide possibilities to celebrate. Being located on the Gold Coast, and with 50km of sandy gorgeous beaches very close by, what can I say? We LOVE beach weddings! Australia has most of their main cities near the beach, making this a dream theme. We make 1000's of beach wedding invitations every year for Australia and the USA so I thought to cover this theme and the relevant info you should consider when organising a beach wedding. Got ideas that you want to share? PLEASE share them in the comment box below!
Beach Wedding Locations
If it`s possible try and book a private beach then you can have your wedding ceremony, and reception all day and night. If it is not, make a list of potential sites, and visit each one.
Ask questions during your visits, such as:
There are 1000's of beach wedding styles that are suitable to wear outdoors, without dragging sand all over it. Many brides opt to have two designs: one for the beach ceremony and a more elegant or formal one for the reception.
TIP/ IDEA: An idea that can help guests to be comfortable with their attire is to buy heaps of thongs and present them in a basket or wooden box. This allows people get changed during the wedding. High heels on the sand can be really uncomfortable and getting sand in your shoes is not much fun. Bare foot attire is also an option you could offer.
Is it going to be a rustic beach day or will it be an elegant glam beach reception?
This is a key question to keep in mind when choosing all services and products for the day.
There are fabulous decorations for a beach weddings and many DIY projects that with a bit of time, can look amazing. Extend the beach theme to your menu and table arrangements. Finger starfish with guest tags located on the table to indicate your guests the seating place. Beach signs with arrows. Mesh, rope, nets are just some of the elements that reflect the beach and ocean. I have even seeing chandelliers holding, only metres from the sand... the choice is yours and I strongly suggest you visit the venue many times to have an idea of the feel you want for your day.
IDEA: Some couples opt for using big sandollars or starfish instead of table numbers and hand write the number or name of the table on each. Serving food inside seashells is a nice beachy touch and very practical too.
How many options we have here! I'll try not to get carried away because this is not supposed to be a beach invitation article!
Briefly I would say: Decide whether or now you want beach elements on your invitations, based on taste, level of formality and budget, of course!
If you love them, you can incorporate shells, starfish or sanddollar embellishments, and combine them with mesh, raffia or twine, in a neat, coordinated way. Scroll wedding invitations closed with string or jute and a shell, or fan shape invitation with a beach design, palms or sea shells, are also unique beach invitation ideas.
If you don't like beach elements crafted on your invitations: Choose the design you want, and have a ribbon or paper band in aqua or beach colours or sandy twine, mesh and raffia, which are simple and warm beachy elements.
You can also use the 'message in a bottle' idea for favours with thank you messages to your guests or even as wedding programs rolled in bottles. We do not usually recommend these for invitations Use place cards that won't blow away - names printed on shells or sandollars with a texter to keep the theme going. Check our beach invitation collection here
The Hawaiian style flowers have a very relax beach style, also frangipani, hibiscus or any tropical flower. Enquire with your florist at your wedding destination to put together bouquets with shells attached to them.
A seafood spread would be ideal for beach wedding meals: Prawn cocktail, lobster and fresh local sea food. A lot of caterers (especially abroad) will be able to make exotic sea food dishes. A signature drink is a fun, classy addition to you beach wedding, perhaps in aqua colour to complement the scenery.
Some people like having a unique shape, like a sandcastle, palm trees, seahorse, giant clam, starfish or anything that will really personalise your wedding cake. Others rather a traditional cake with a touch of ribbon in your wedding colours, usually aqua, coral or pastels.
IDEA: milk chocolate shell decorations scattered across the tables or placed in a basket. Only if weather is not too warm!
You could make or buy glass bottles with a message inside as mentioned before. Another special touch to make your beach event stand out is to get glass tubes and fill with messages or lollies.
We have seen fantastic and practical favour ideas such as: sunglasses in every single seat with the wedding date printed on the side and the couple names engraved. Great favours ready to be used if you forgot your own.
Also paper umbrellas, engraved with the couples names and ready to be opened for use during the ceremony and to take home.
Check our beach invitation collection here
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