13 Wedding Instagram accounts to inspire you.

13 Inspirational Wedding accounts to follow….

Get inspires with these wedding accounts on instagram

Instagram is my favourite social media account!  I get very inspired from a number of wedding instagram accounts . A Photo can say 1000 words. So today I want to share with you some of my favourite wedding Instagram accounts that can inspire you for wedding ideas.

1. Amsalebridal

#NewYork State of Mind | “Jack” by #Amsale

A video posted by Amsale Bridal (@amsalebridal) on


A studio fave. #cafeaulaitdahlias

A photo posted by Poppies & Posies (@poppiesandposies) on

3. Mindy Weiss

4. 100 Layer Cake

5. Style and Grace Bride TX

6. Wedding chicks

7. Style Me Pretty

8 Blog dreaming together

9.Green wedding Shoes

10. Robert and Stella

Like a little floral army (headed your way @alexa_moyer 😘)

A photo posted by Sara Harding (@robertandstella) on

11. Ever Laser

12. Marlyn Production

13. Modern Wedding Magazine

Major love for these pink and gold roses from @jadorelesfleurs! So preeeettty!

A photo posted by Modern Wedding Australia (@modernweddingmagazine) on

I love to get things down on paper so I have designed a little Instagram Wedding Plan that you can use to write some of the accounts that you love down.

Instagram Wedding Plan IdeasClick here to download

Do you have a favourite Instagram account that you would like to share with me?


What has been your most difficult thing planning your wedding?

planning your wedding

Planning your wedding is exciting at first and everyone loves the idea but then when you start to look at all the elements,but there is always one difficult thing planning your wedding. Mostly the one big factor is the cost. How do you stop the cost blowing over or totally freaking out about all the things that went wrong. One of the difficult things that I found planning my wedding were the number of people my in-laws wanted to invite and finding a venue to cater towards it without blowing the budget. It’s definitely discussion time!

Your priority is to:

  1. Plan your budget ~ work out everything you both want and allocate a price towards it. Maybe your groom doesn’t mind what the reception looks like or what everyone eats but that can put more pressure on the bride to be.
    Planning your budget!
  2. Make a list ~ of who you and your partner would love to invite. Then if the list gets too long ~ you need another discussion about who to cull. Whether to invite children or have no children at the wedding.
    Here are a bunch of sites which gets down to the nitty gritty of culling:
    Cutting the guest list!
  3. Lock in a venue date
    It’s best to try and do this as soon as you can so that you get the venue that you want. You might take two years for planning your wedding, which seems the way to go when I talk to brides.You would get cheaper deals not choosing a Saturday. I know living near the reef, brides are having their wedding on an island which keeps your invite list to a minimum.
  4. Discover your catering style
    Are you having a sit down dinner or nibbles? My grandmother had a breakfast wedding at a cafe. She said it was the normal in her day. I thought it was very cool! Think about how you can cater without breaking the bank? If you are in Cairns, I would suggest Alfresco Catering who helped me cater for a huge birthday party without any power. Some of the food was still hot the next day.
  5. Work together as a couple!
    You need to make your final decisions as a couple on planning your wedding ~ it’s not your mother’s, sister’s, best friend’s decisions unless the groom is okay with it. If the groom is not really fussed about planning your wedding then definitely ask your close-knit group to help you.

When you do start planning your wedding, you will find that one thing that is going to test you to be creative. Mostly of the time, it’s is all about how many people are you inviting? Once you have your guest list then you can move on to the venue for the reception. In Cairns, where I live there really aren’t a lot of venues that cater towards a large amount of people for a reasonable cost ~ like 300 people. In the end, I used my father-in-law’s property as the venue.

Try to make a plan a year or two in advance. it’s hard when you get engaged and you think of all the fun things like choosing your dress and theme but then when you are dealing with managing it yourself or your groom leaves all the decisions up to you or you have a little baby as well….the pressure can be on. Try to delegate as many things as possible with definite instructions on what can’t be negotiated on whether it be a certain colour for the guys including shirts, vests and even down socks then instruct them kindly that they can’t deviate from it.

What are you finding is the most difficult thing planning your wedding? And if you have had your wedding, what was your most difficult thing when planning your wedding? I would love to hear how you handled it. Please leave a comment below as it will help me a little to get seen on the search engines. Thanks!


What if the hotel kept your bond because of a negative review

public-domain-wedding_378459 Whether you use a small boutique or a big name service for your wedding, you want the product to be great. You want it to be fantastic for your wedding day. It’s taken you long enough to choose them so you need be confident they will deliver. But what happens when say, a venue who didn’t offer you a good service (let alone a great service) decides that it will keep your deposit because you put a negative review on their website. This is exactly what happened to The Union Street Guest House in New York when they received a negative review.

If you have paid a lot of money for a service or item then you should be able to say how you feel even if it is a negative review. It may have been a mishap! But most vendors want to give you the best possible service that they can. Sometimes, things happen and most times it’s during a wedding. I saw a news item on the local channel where a photographer had his car stolen with all the equipment and backup storage from the cameras in the one place. The couple were devastated because it contained the whole wedding ceremony, the family group photos and this was the last shoot before heading to back to the reception.

The trick is to make absolutely sure you have written instructions for everything and anything. I like to have everything to be close to perfect as possible so I have many lists ~ maybe this is a bit extreme but when you are catering to 300 people then you need to make sure everyone is going to have a good time. Make sure you communicate with all your vendors and if you haven’t met them face to face at some point then do so before the wedding. You want to hear a voice and you definitely want to meet the person so you don’t loose your money.

But if a vendor thinks that they can control negative reviews about them, because their service is terrible, then it is up to them to listen, understand why you are so angry and deal with the matter on a personal level. But fining you about a negative review of their service which is actually a deposit you are supposed to get back when all is finish, it’s outrageous! Negative reviews are all about feedback. Reviews often can help the vendor work out where there are problems and how they can fix it. Vendors should be looking after their customers and you want them to come back again and for them to tell their friends.

What would you do if a venue kept your money for a negative review? Would love to hear how you would deal with this situation?

10 ways to create beautiful wedding decorations yourself with paper

It’s time to save money! And I am here to today to show you how to create 10 beautiful wedding decorations yourself with paper. When you create beautiful wedding decorations, they are often the most time consuming of weddings or celebrations! I often find it good to think of a theme. Hence it does help to connect it with the food, decorations and style. It could be a colour theme, or different styles like vintage or chic that sets the atmosphere for your beautiful wedding.

One of the many difficult tasks is using unique ways to decorate your wedding reception or ceremony with beautiful decorations that you can do yourself. These are my top ten ways that you can create beautiful wedding decorations yourself without breaking the bank.

1. Tablecloth Place Names
These would be very easy to do but rather than use any cheap paper I would suggest to get good quality brown kraft paper ~especially recycled if possible. Most of all you don’t want your paper to rip during the process of putting it on the table or drawing on it. You will need to make sure you get each name correctly spelled. If you aren’t too worried about where people sit then you could easily put their names around the candles in a nice design.tablecloth Placenames

Photo: http://weddingcolors.net/whimsical-branches-paper-diy-wedding-inspiration.html

2. Chair Place Cards
I love the idea of place cards hanging off chairs. It probably means that you have more room on your tables and consequently at the end of the day, you could take it home and and use it as a decoration yourself. These ones are just so beautifully designed and lasercut. I am going to make a foiled version of these including ones that you can use for your guests.

chair placecards

3. Paper Doily Strings
These paper doilies would make a beautiful backdrop and be very easy to make. Just make sure you have plenty of paper doilies and matching coloured string or yarn.
strings of paper doiliesPhoto: Weddingcolors
Go here to create: http://weddingcolors.net/whimsical-branches-paper-diy-wedding-inspiration.html

4. Push Pop Confetti
push pop confettiWhat about making your own push pops confetti? Head on over to Sarah Johnson’s website which she tells you exactly how to make these beautiful push pops. Photo:Sarahjohnson
Go here to create: http://thesarahjohnson.com/2016/02/22/how-to-diy-confetti-poppers/

5. Make beautiful watercolor escort cards

At Bride to Be website, they teach you how to make these beautiful escort cards with a watercolours with some  beautiful calligraphy writing.
Photo: Brides-to-be.com
Go here to create: http://www.bridetobe.com.au/article/styling-wedding-diy-diy-stationery-watercolour-escort-cards

6. Creating your own beautiful calligraphy aisle runner/backdrop
calligraphy isle runner
To create this, you need a roll of kraft paper, a paint brush or fairly thick marker and a long ruler or piece of card as a guide to keeping it straight.

7.Make your own photo booth props!

Photo booth props and fun and just add a little bit humour to your photos. Something Turquoise has got these simple but cute photo props tutorial.
Photo: Something Turquoise
Go here to create: http://somethingturquoise.com/2015/02/10/diy-free-photo-booth-stick-props/

8. Make your own floral wreath Banner
printable-wedding-floral-banner-2-400x400How cute are these banner images? Create this beautiful wedding decoration made for paper from Chicfetti has this personal use downloadable banner. Make sure you have a good card stock and put your printer settings on the highest quality print.
Photo: chicfetti.com
Go to here to create: http://chicfetti.com/weddings/printable/floral-wreath-banner-in-4-colors/

9. Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Photo: https://kcyouthere.wordpress.com
Go here to create beautiful wedding decorations: diy-tissue-paper-pom-poms/
hese look so simple to make and you can make them in tissue or very light recycled paper. I get mine from planetwisepaper in Tasmania and it is all recycled.

10. Paper Birds First Wedding Anniversary

Paper Wedding BirdsMy paper birds are a little more difficult to make but the end result can be beautiful. They are great for the top of your cake or as a beautiful wedding decoration for your table. You can email me with colours and I can email you a flat pack of these birds to you to make yourself. You just need a glue gun and a little patience. P.S. Most of the time I sell them pre-made but I can sell them as a flat pack ~ Send me an email or click here!

Hopefully you have a little fun while you are creating your decorations, because you will get to save money and be able to spend it other things important to you on your wedding day.

I would love to hear if you will be making or did you create your own wedding decorations? Leave a comment below

How to Make Your Own wedding Invitations

A wedding can be pretty expensive even if keep your head count to a minimum and reduce the drinks list that people can have. You might break with tradition and do a breakfast wedding on a day other than Saturday. Invitations, RSVP’s, Maps and Stamps can certainly add to that expense especially where they can not be used again or resold like the wedding dresses and outfits for your wedding day. Invitations are pretty simple when you know how so I’m here to show you a few options of how to make your own wedding invitations.

One cool way is to approach a local artist in your area and get the artist to do a one off design that is very unique. Then you can decide to get it printed professionally or use your home printer which can still produce some amazing stuff. The settings just need to be adjusted and you can spray them with a waterproof spray. A lady I met at wedding expo had got Hayley Gillespie to create her wedding design and then I just added text and we printed everything out on recycled paper.

But what if you can get a design for free.

The lovely people at popsugar have put together how to make your own wedding invitations 72 different ways for free.

cheapeats thrifty47-free-wedding-printables

Here is another 47 wedding invitation templates for you from cheap eats & thrifty crafts.

Offbeat bride %0+ wedding printables

Offbeat Bride shows you 50+ free wedding printables and some of them are so adorable.

Making your own wedding invitations is not hard. Take your time to find a design that you and your partner like. read the terms and agreement on how you can use a free template. Most household printers can print a nice quality ink on card. I like to use thick stock but this is something else you will have to think about. Most importantly, make sure your settings for your printing are the highest quality you can so make sure you have more than enough card or stock do test runs. Then you will have the decision whether to use an envelope or not?

Norie work space….

May 23, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Norie's-workbenchToday I wanted to share my work space and some of the tools that I like to use to help me with my business ~ Pritee Penee.

I use and old mac that I have had for years and it has never given me any trouble. Ever since I saw the first Mac in colour at art college, I was wowed by what it could do for artists and how visually appealing it was. Windows followed suite becoming more visual. Attached is my drawing tablet that I have had for over 6 years and unchains me from a mouse. I haven’t used a mouse for the last 10 years and often when I have to use one I feel uncoordinated. In my work space, I have always used a Canon printer that includes a scanner. A couple of years ago, I still couldn’t understand why the Fax was still being sold as it wasted sooo much paper. The Canon also scans my drawings into illustrator or photoshop so I can get cleaner lines and better designs for you to create. I have a giant cutting mat and I use a scalpel and steel ruler to create BIG giant flowers, sculptures and intricate designs for personalisation.

I use a Lorna Jane diary which is just brilliant. It has all these goal setting pages, calendars, and a daily calendar for the week with a motivational quote. This week it is “Go to sleep with a dream, wake up with a purpose.” My blue book with the cat wasabi tape is my journal. Each week, I try to write every day but with my hand in a cast, it has made it very difficult for me to write, create and print with foil. I have a notepad that encourages me to brainstorm generate ideas. It’s called ‘The BIG ideas notepad’ made by Mary Kate McDevitt with Chronicle Books.

Norie's plastered arm

If you look next to the printer, that is the board I was breaking at the time at Thrive Time with the Mojo Master. I only fractured a small tiny bone at the base of my hand. A lot of people have asked me if I karate chopped it? No you hit it with the flat of your hand.

Seeing as I was going to have trouble with cutting my designs with a scalpel, I found this little gem on gumtree called a ScanNCut. Just magic! Scan in your design and then insert my coloured cardstock and then it cuts it for me.

I also use a aroma diffuser which is electric and uses water with oils. I love lemon myrtle but when I do a couple of shifts at The Green House Environment Shop, I have also come to love Ylang Ylang with Lemon Myrtle. The diffuser is great as it has two settings and automatically shuts off when the water is finished.

is my Nikon D5300 which my husband bought for me last Christmas. It produces some really beautiful photos. And I am just learning to make videos with it. If you are wondering about the photo frame with all little animal faces in it and the word ‘Extinct” ~ this from a beautiful paper animation that my daughter Rachael and I created under our business called Papermation Productions. You can also see our first production called Unusophobia. Both of our films got shortlisted in Tropfest but didn’t make it to the finals.


And lastly my precious asset is my Heidelberg Printer which only prints foils. It weighs 2.9 tonne and was difficult to learn but I got there. I can now print my designs beautifully with foil and every day producing unique pieces to sell.

What is your favourite asset in your work space that you love to use?

Australian Inspired Table Decoration

There is not a lot of originality that goes into Australian inspired table decorations. I only ever see flowers or candles in different variations of colours and arrangements on pretty wedding reception tables . I am not even sure that as an Australian I would know all the Australian native flowers that we could possibly use in this country as an australian inspired table decoration for you wedding.I know of wattle, banksia, sweetpea, kangaroo paw and proteas.  Gum leaves are also hugely popular!

Then sometimes your australian inspired table decorations can get a little commercialised with koalas, tim tams and swag hats. It can get quite cutesy with koala cupcakes or tim tams placed in creative piles as a centrepieces. You could just forget having an australian inspired wedding decoration and maybe incorporate the aussie decoration on the cake using lamingtons or using gum leaves incorporated into your napkin design.

But what if you want something very different that will have that WOW factor ~ how about making my paper design. I created a design for a celebration of the Cairns Regional Gallery 20th Birthday Gala Dinner. It was based on a beautiful Indigenous fascinator artist called Shirley Macnamarra who incorporated pieces from the land into these beautiful hand made fascinators.

My centrepiece was a design that was focused on the land and how the Indigenous culture has many beautiful elements to it, particularly the outback scenery. These are my spinning lamps which are made out of recycled cans and a wooden base that spin around with just a push of your finger. I used a string of lights to insert into each handmade lamp. When all the lights are turned out they looked amazing.

australian inspired wedding decoration

wedding table decoration

When you do cut my australian inspired table decoration design, make sure you cut it out of a thick white cardboard 250 – 300 gsm. and then find a very light weight paper that has some textured to it. I bought my from plantwisepaper in Tasmania as they have a beautiful selection. Paste your glue onto the thick white card and lay it onto the thin light recycled paper.

Get the design here!


When things go wrong for me ~ pretty much everything goes wrong!

March 28, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

When things go wrong for me~ pretty much everything goes wrong. It started with the dishwasher!

The dishwasher started and then five minutes later ~ stopped and started blinking. Opening the door, I nearly had water spreading across the kitchen room floor. Three hour into the morning and then crickets~ the Internet went off!

Oh the internet! Great one minute , ropeable when you don’t have it.

I convinced myself this wasn’t going to phase me and that it would only be off for a couple of hours at the most! When it got to the next day then I realised I could be in trouble. Not only could I not access emails and my website, I couldn’t access banking. Then I reaIised I use a password site that you can save every password for everything so I wont forget ~ Lastpass is the one I use. Just brilliant when you can access it. Urgg! Suddenly having a password site that is useless! I freak out at this moment… So I try the personal hotspot with my mobile phone but that did not work. I am not sure whether my iphone was also having a meltdown but I did not have any outside communication even on whatsup app from my daughter in the states. Funny enough my husband who has an iphone 6 plus was fine at getting notification but no Internet. Strangely though, when I went into town to the little shop I shiftwork at, I could get all my apps to work.

I did not realise just how much I rely on having internet and use it for
* Banking,
* Connection with family through Whatsup, skype and facebook
* Connecting with my customers through facebook instagram, pinterest , email and my website
* Researching~ using a range of social media like Pinterest and the web
* Shopping for my family and furkids ~ my cat needs special dietary food because he gets crystals,
* And getting plates, dies, cardboard, books from suppliers.

While the internet has been non existent, I realise that I haven’t been making as much as I should have. It’s an eye opener! Because it is so hot here, I will put everything off that I have to do until late in the evening. By then, it’s time to pick up my husband, cook some dinner and then I feel exhausted from really not doing anything.

When Telstra (who my internet company calls ‘the provider’) decides to do something to their service and leave others and me without Internet for six days, you start to wonder how one company can have so much control. No matter what service you are dealing with, it is all about how they treat you throughout this ordeal.

The worst thing is I had another wedding expo here in Cairns and while I paid for my site, I needed to get signage, a table and chair, electricity as well as public liability insurance. (note to self~ don’t leave it till the last minute before organising these things).

And that is basically what I wanted to talk to you about. When you are organising your wedding or event and when things go wrong- it is a matter of thinking how you can fix it and not thinking OMG! This can’t be happening!!

What if the dress that you ordered doesn’t get here or doesn’t fit? Or it starts raining when you are having the ceremony in the gardens? What if suddenly the caterer pulls out? Have you got a back up plan?

This is my backup plan ~ I now am printing out my passwords and also trying to get ahead of my work so that if the internet goes down again, then I have a month of posts all ready to go?

To get me through this emotional turmoil, I listened to Adele’s 25 and sung my heart out to “Hello” while not caring if the neighbours could hear me…..

Started reading the new Harry Potter Book….

Thought about taking a calligraphy class but found you can get stamps like this one…

and wished I had a book mark like this cause this is exactly how I felt for most of the time…

Do you wing it? or do you have a backup plan for your wedding or special event? Leave a comment below…

Wedding Decoration Paper Cutting For You To Make!

wedding table decorations paper cutting 2016Celebrate your wedding in 2016 with a smile and my beautiful wedding decoration paper cut ! This is the year to bring your individuality. Naked cakes, gold decorations and long reception tables are the wedding trends for 2016, but you don’t have to conform to any trend predictions. You can bring out your very creative style that represents you. It’s about you ~ not anyone else’s ideas. Stand strong and hold onto having a wedding the way you want. While the ceremony is the most important, the reception is the time to eat and celebrate with the most important people in your life.

Wedding table decorations that don’t cost a considerable amount of money are hard to find. All I seem to find Pinterest are hundreds of photos of flowers and candles. I am sure that you would want to showcase your own individuality throughout your wedding event ~ particularly your reception. 2016 is the year for you to bring individuality to the table and use my wedding decoration paper cutting.
2016 paper art

While candle table decorations have dominated receptions for years, I thought I would see if I could create a 2016 paper cut wedding decoration that is elegant and beautiful. I hope you think so too. Use coloured card on white for the candle to show through and enhance that elegant feel.
A paper cut 2
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paper art for wedding table decoration
paper number 6

2016 I feel is going to be a great year to get married! Every where you look, there is a vast range of candle decorating adorning the reception tables. It takes some pretty special table decorating to make me stand up and look. Only a few like Preston Bailey make me fall off my chair but I think you can have also have that WOW factor. I have created for you a 2016 paper cut out that you can utilise in quite a few ways ~ make candle covers and use little battery operated tea lights inside ( I pasted the 2016 design individually on to pieces of paper and then wrap the around a glass jar), enlarge them to use for your photo booth.

I hope you stress less particularly if you are having your wedding this year. Use my simple one page organiser to get started. Finding beautiful things for your wedding can be costly and before too long the budget has blown out and you are left with a simple candle arrangement for your reception table. My 2016 design can be used on the bride and groom table or use for all the tables. What would be fabulous is if you put little battery operated tea lights and hung them up in the door entry way.If you like it or want to be really cheeky, ask me to make the rest of the numbers and then you can use them as table numbers. I will do it when 15 people have made a comment :)

Here are the pdf and the svg files for you:

Wedding Decoration Paper Cutting Files

paper art candle

8 Wedding Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make!

wedding mistakes you don't want to make

Every bride wants a perfect wedding day but with such a large celebration certain things will go wrong. When you decide on a wedding date to for the ceremony you want the perfect day. But mistakes do happen!

Over the years, after organising many important celebrations I have picked the most important eight mistakes that you should try to avoid or try not to make.

Having Embarressing Speeches On Your Wedding
1. Having Embarrassing Speeches
The speeches at the reception are pretty important and often people want to say important things to you and your partner. Sometimes you might get someone with a strong personality who could embarrass or make fun of you. So let’s try and take the stress out of unwanted surprises such as listing all your old boyfriends or those moments you don’t want your parents to know about. Ami from The Frisky has 5 Tips For Giving A Kick Ass Wedding Speech that has some excellent tips You can ask people to make a speech at your wedding with a time limit and give them plenty of notice to prepare ~ Read excellent tips about Who Should Make A Speech At Your Wedding blog post . Most importantly, nominate someone to read the speeches before your wedding day so it can be edited out. Lastly put a time limit on each speech so someone doesn’t hijack the moment.

Being Obsessively Involved In Your Wedding
2. Being Obsessively Involved
All I can say is delegate ~ delegate ~ and more delegating. Don’t do everything yourself! Sure you think in the end it will save you money but when you are still sewing a dress for your flower girl to wear or you are still writing out table names at the last hour then you will be too exhausted to enjoy the wedding. If you have quite a few people attending a sit down reception, get a caterer and a heap of young adults to serve alcohol and food. At one event, I was

  • Decorating the hall,
  • Making invitations
  • Organising and designing a cake,
  • Sewing outfits,
  • Hiring casual staff to serve,
  • Creating place names for everyone,
  • Organising the entertainment,
  • Picking up the food as well as table settings and
  • Meeting the ice cream machine and jukebox vendors.

There is only one of you but there are plenty of other people to help you even it if is other family members. Don’t be afraid to ask. Again try to keep everything simple as possible.Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Not Being a big enough diva on your wedding day
3. Not being a Diva!
I don’t recommend being a diva but there comes a time when you just need to put on your diva hat to make sure people don’t rip you off. At my wedding, the videographer lost the sound to my speech! He blamed the kids ~ my cousins and I thought he was telling me the truth. It was a pretty important speech as I talked about my mother who wasn’t there to celebrate one of the most special occasions in my life. I stupidly paid him for his job because I really wanted the footage and didn’t think I can negotiate. After I paid and watched it through I found out that he had substituted our wedding dance song for another. It was depressing as I had not hired a photographer to document the day but had hired him so we would have live footage of that time. I want you to stand up for your rights as a consumer. There are wedding specialists out there that don’t care whether they give great services and have no conscience about ripping you off. Guard your self as much as possible by paying half now and half later or writing a statement for them to sign. Try to get everything in writing including using emails and text messages. If a family member or friend is doing something for you with payment involved, get something in writing that you can use…these days even sending them a text asking if they are okay to make you cake with a particular flower theme and have asking them to sign off. I had a cake maker that didn’t want to make my wedding cake with roses but was willing to make me orchids. She told me roses would make the cake collapse. Unfortunately I didn’t disagree and be a diva about it!
These are my tips:

  • Read everything that is put in front of you or go over it together as a couple.
  • Get everything in writing.
  • Try to negotiate as much as possible.
  • Organise a simple contract even if involves friends and family doing a service.
  • Check everything before you pay for it including photos and video footage.
  • Get copies of your contracts and receipts
  • Document everything! ~ Including taking photos of issues from the cake to wedding dress etc.
  • If they can’t deliver what you want ~ find someone who can!
  • And be a diva when you need to be!

Inviting total strangers to your wedding
4. Inviting Total Strangers!
This is probably my ultimate annoying thing for weddings. My family was very small but my husband’s family was HUGE! His father had seven other siblings and they all had children. I was looking at around the 300 that included my measly 25 people. Now, I did not mind about this amount as I knew most of them and had met them. But as I was making the invitations, I would get requests for my father in law for people I had not heard of. And as I asked, he hadn’t talked to them in quite a while. The other thing is when people bring along their new girlfriend/boyfriend that you haven’t catered for. Luckily we had it around Easter and everyone went away for that weekend so I only had a 150 guests. So I ask you to keep an eye on that invitation list and really invite the people that have meaning in your life to your wedding.
Not preparing to fed the mob, your families, friends and the dog at your wedding!
5. Not preparing to feed the mob, your families, friends and the dog!
It is better to order more food then you think you need. If you are getting it catered and they know what they are doing then they will cater more than enough. At one event, we did not have enough food to feed all of the people and while the party people were only supposed to take a small amount of special noodles, it is probably better to control it as best as you can. Sit down dinners are hard and even harder if you have people with dietary requirements. These days you can include a little check list on your invite to see if anyone needs this. If you live in Cairns, Australia then I would recommend Alfresco Catering who do an excellent job catering to your needs. The food was really tasty and was still hot the next day as he gives you these special warmers for the food. In Cairns, if you need to hire tables, chairs, tablecloths, plates,urns and cutlery ~ Underwood Party Hire is the place to go. They are brilliant as they delivered the day before and all we had to do was setup everything the next morning. You go online and check out everything they hire and prices.

Not being organised with your wedding preparations
6. Being Unorganised!
From the time that you have set that date, you need to get out a folder and start writing lists. Lists of vendors, guest list, food list, bridesmaid and grooms list with their sizes for outfits etc. Then you need to cross reference this with a diary or your calendar on your phone or ipad. Lastly set yourself a budget and try to stick to it. Be creative in getting what you want. Ask someone if they will help you and keep you on task.Figure out the major events first like

  • date of the wedding
  • venues for ceremony /reception
  • how many guests including family members
  • type of food ~ sit down or standing
  • outfits for the wedding party
  • and then a list for all the other stuff like speeches ~music ~ photos ~ special dances ~ getting to the wedding and a contingency plan if it rains.

Putting on your perfection personna
7. Being Obsessively Involved!
If you want the perfect wedding it is not going to happen if you are trying to control everything and everybody. When you hold on so tight you want to look over everyone’s shoulder, it will drive you to madness. Then, you will be a mess! When an issue comes up, do some deep breathe and work out whether you can modify the problem to still get what you want.

Is it still going to give a similar experience? Come to terms with imperfections like if the cake suddenly does a Leaning Tower of Pisa ~ there is not a lot you can do about it except make fun of it. It will still taste amazing! Make choices that are right for you so happy.

Not letting go of all the mistakes at your wedding
8.In the last hour you need to let it go!
When you are about to get dressed and your bridesmaid gets bright lip stick on your dress ~ try not to stress or get angry…it’s fixable by a little soap and water. When people are still ringing you up to tell you that you have four guests turning up that you haven’t invited ~ it’s fixable by not worrying about it. Ask them to deal with it. When you realise that there is a 95% chance that it might rain on your ceremony ~ tell yourself not to worry. There might be a covered area close by or your family and friends might be able to gather a heap of umbrellas. You can even plan to nominate a person to be the ‘fix it’ person.

At the end of the day your family and friends really want you to have a magical day together with love and laughter.

Are you ready to overcome anything that goes wrong on the day? Yes you can think positively and believe in that fairytale wedding.

And here are a few things to make you feel beautiful….
fkower earrings that decorate your ear

elegant shoes that can keep you dancing all night….

an interesting titanium wooden wedding ring….

and a great planning book that many brides have used…..