These are the links to some of my favorite wedding service suppliers. Those of us who work in the wedding industry often form close professional friendships with other wedding service providers and we will only refer the very best in the industry . It takes time to build these relationships and it assures you of making the right choices for your day.
“You have the man, you have the ring now all you need is the marriage celebrant.”
What is a Celebrant and why do I need one?
A professional wedding celebrant conducts ceremonies and attends to all the legal paperwork pertaining to the marriage.
There was a time when marriages could only be conducted by religious officials but nowadays, thanks to the cultural and religious diversity in Australia, over 55% of marriages are officiated by wedding celebrants.You will need a civil celebrant present when you recite your wedding vows for the simple reason that he or she will legalise your marriage.
When should I begin searching for one?
Good celebrants are generally booked up months in advance, so start looking as soon as you have decided on the time, date and location of your ceremony. You need to have found your celebrant at least one full month before your wedding date as couples are required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage by then.
Who is the best for my ceremony?
That depends on you. You should feel comfortable with who you’ve chosen and have a great rapport with him or her. They should be articulate, eloquent and confident, yet gentle and sensitive enough to calm any pre-wedding jitters. The ideal individual should be flexible enough to conduct both traditional and contemporary weddings and to accommodate any cultural, religious or personal practices you may wish to include. These practices could include a candle-lighting ceremony, the Celtic handfasting ritual or the writing and reciting of the bride and groom’s own vows (although the legal wordings from the Marriage Act must also be included in these vows to be lawful).
If you are worried about the celebrant’s credibility or professionalism, start with the ones who have been recognised by the Australian Bridal Industry.
Where should I begin to look?
There are many comprehensive online directories of wedding and civil celebrants in whose presence you can deliver your wedding vows – many of them bridal industry award recipients but the best way to find the right celebrant is to ask for referrals.
Nothing about planning a wedding is easy, but some parts are harder than others. For instance, choosing a cake gives only minimal trouble (hint: pick the delicious one), as does finding a partner (hint: use whatever criteria you used for cake). But while two- thirds of the job seems done, there is one all-important stumbling block: flowers. How on Earth to choose? It’s intimidating — designing and organizing floral arrangements on the scale that weddings require is simply not in the average person’s skill set. When confronted with the prospect, most of us look at our feet and mumble, “Well, I’ve heard good things about orchids.”
Fortunately, we are not alone. My recommended florist’s are here to hold your hand and guide you through. Coming up are five tips for choosing the florist who will get you what you need when you need it, florally speaking.
1. Do you want a florist or a floral designer?
While any competent florist is going to produce expert flower arrangements for weddings, keep in mind that there are other options than going straight to the source. Though they often use third-party suppliers, hiring an independent floral designer is an excellent option for couples who want a truly special floral motif for their big day.
Floral designers are more expensive, of course, but they’re also artists. Moreover, their services don’t always stop with flowers — “floral designer” is only one of many hats worn by professional wedding decorators who can help tie flowers into an overarching theme and make your wedding an affair to remember.
This isn’t to say that flower arrangements crafted by a florist won’t be gorgeous — they’re pros, and it shows. But while a florist often juggles dozens of orders simultaneously, floral designers can focus on one client at a time to turn her wedding into a singular work of art.
2. Collect Pictures.
You can probably envision what you want your wedding to look like. The hard part is getting that image across to the florist. Even the most conservative list of standard wedding flowers runs into the hundreds of varieties, so what are you going to do when you need to find that special orchid hybrid you vaguely remember liking 15 years ago?
Start keeping notes early. Clip magazine photographs, collect files from online wedding Web sites, and plunder Facebook profiles and Flickr accounts of friends and strangers alike for wedding pictures. The more information you can give your florist, the better. The research will refine your choices, making it easier for your florist to provide a perfect realization of your vision.
Hair & Makeup
Choose Wedding Hairstyles that Suit Your Face Shape
Unfortunately chosing a hair style that you like, and a hair style that suist you can be two seperate things!
Make sure you talk to an experienced hair & makeup artist to ensure that you are chosing the right style for you, once you get it right, you are sure to look amazing!
Brides with rounder faces should choose styles with their hair up high. So consider a topknot or a cascade of curls piled on top of the head which will have the effect of making your face look shapelier. That being said, long, sleek hairstyles will also suit.
Brides with heart-shaped faces will look less angular with styles that create width at the chin such as well-cut bobs or soft waves that curl around the jaw-line, whilst brides with long faces need styles that add width and volume to the sides of their faces. Try bringing forward some wisps of hair to sit just in front of your ears. Experienced and talented hair stylists can adapt most wedding hairstyles to suit the shape of your face.
Choose the Right Makeup for your Complexion
Basically there are two colour palettes when considering wedding makeup, warm and cool. Warm colours of plum, cream, taupe and copper complement brunettes. Blue-grey, teal, white, pink and lavender suit cool blondes whilst terracotta, peach, moss-green and grey shades look great on redheads. If in doubt, go straight to a professional makeup artist such as my recommended list of who will recommend the best colours for you.