Our favourite Sydney weddings and what vendors they used

Having a wedding in Sydney and stuck for wedding inspiration? Here are 5 of our favourite Sydney weddings featured in our Real Weddings section, complete with what suppliers the newlyweds used so you can create something just as incredible for your big day!

Hine and Cameron

Photographed by Daniel Griffiths, Hine and Cameron said ‘I do’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens witnessed by 107 family and friends. Their guests were then treated to a reception at five-star hotel Pier One Sydney with incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Lunar Park.

“I am truly a lucky girl,” says Hine. “It was an amazing wedding in an amazing city.”

Simona Janek Wedding Hair & Makeup had previously done a friend of Hine’s makeup for her own wedding – so Hine knew she had to use her, too!

Hine wore an incredible Galia Lavah design, purchased from Eternal Bridal. “I wanted something very glamorous with lots of intricate beading and lace,” she explains.

The pair were married by celebrant Adam Straney with the gorgeous Sydney Harbour as backdrop, and later took their wedding photos in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Roll Up In Style provided the luxurious

Tips for surviving a wedding expo Share View Comments

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have a ring on it, and may have allowed your mind to start to wander to the possibilities of what your wedding day could look like, you might be tempted by a local wedding expo or two!

Wedding and bridal expos are the perfect way for couples to get a taste-test of what is available to them and the suppliers that they can tap into locally.
While some expos are major annual events that take in a whole region or city, others are more localised, or even focused on a single venue and the suppliers they engage with.
No matter which kind of expo floats your boat, you should make an effort to attend at least one – if for no other reason than to say you’ve had the experience. Who knows? You may come away from it having found your ideal venue or photographer!
There is no doubt that there is potential for information overload on expo day, so here are some tips for surviving a wedding

Our 5 fave Michael Hill engagement rings to hint to your partner

Our friends at Michael Hill Jeweller have been designing and crafting gorgeous and timeless pieces since 1979. If you’re on the hunt for your dream piece of bling, here are our five fave Michael Hill engagement rings to hint to your partner.

Halo

This ring is both perfectly simple and blingin’ at the same time.

Solitaire

This solitaire is the perfect choice for a bride who wants something simple but still packs a punch with its gorgeous diamond.

Certified Solitaire Engagement Ring with a 0.34 Carat TW Diamond in 18ct White Gold

Coloured stone with rose gold

This ring is the perfect choice for the alternative ‘modern’ bride. It’ll dazzle your friends and family, and embodies a twist on the traditional engagement ring. Ideal for those who like to step out of the box.

Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Diamonds in 10ct Rose Gold

Bridal set

This blingin’ bridal set kills two birds with one stone! Purchasing a bridal set means you won’t have to go hunting for a matching wedding

A Wild Honeymoon Experience

When it comes to weddings, we have it all figured out, more or less. We all tend to have some idea of what our dream wedding looks like, especially women who, from a young age, are implicitly taught to obsess over the idea of marriage. We imagine the traditional white gown, for example, and floral arrangements. We make wedding playlists either in our mind or on our Spotify accounts. The list goes on. While this makes a ton of sense, allow me to make a controversial statement. Weddings are not for the bride(s) and/or groom(s), but for their friends and family. Following this logic, it is the honeymoon that is a celebration of a couple’s love by and for the couple in question. Therefore, it behooves us all to spend a bit more time planning for this secondary celebration that I would argue deserves a more primary status. Here are some tips to help you make your honeymoon the celebration of endless love and devotion that you deserve.

 

First and foremost, let’s look at something a little less fancy. While most honeymoons are trips to foreign locales and, often, resorts

Our favourite Adelaide weddings and what vendors they used

Planning a wedding in Adelaide, SA and stuck for inspiration? Here are 5 of our favourite Adelaide weddings featured in our Real Weddings section, complete with what suppliers the newlyweds used so you can create something just as incredible for your big day!

Renae and Ben

Captured by Lucinda May Photography, Renae and Ben said ‘I do’ among 87 guests at their romantic garden wedding held at Mount Lofty House in South Australia. The location was of sentimental value, overlooking Piccadilly Valley where Renae and Ben had also shared their first kiss, and where Ben had proposed.

“We made our day all about our friends and family. We personalised the ceremony so it was sentimental and meaningful to everyone around us. And we chose to have little formalities at the reception so we could spend the time celebrating with our closet family and friends,” says Renae.

Renae’s gorgeous ballerina-inspired Wtoo by Watters gown, sourced from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre, was nothing like she’d imagined herself in! “I expected a fitted dress with delicate lace and a long train – and ended up with the opposite!”

Renae completed her bridal look with help from professional make up artist Danika Maree. “Danika takes so much pride in

How to ensure your vendors are LGBTIQ friendly (before you enquire)

With marriage equality still hanging in limbo in Australia, it can be hard to determine which wedding suppliers embrace same-sex marriage.

Planning the perfect wedding can be stressful enough without having to navigate which suppliers are open to working with same-sex couples to celebrate their love and commitment.

There are some easy ways you can covertly scope out suppliers you would like to work with before you make contact to get a feel for whether they have the creative ability to think outside the square of tradition and bring your ceremony ideas to life.

Using these handy tricks means you can potentially avoid the awkward conversation that essentially involves you coming out again.

Check their gallery

Every supplier will have a gallery that shows off their past weddings. Have a scroll through and check it out to see if they have worked with same-sex couples in the past. This is a sure-fire way to know that they are equality-minded.

What language do they use?

You can tell a lot about a supplier by the way in which they address couples on their website and social media pages. Do they speak

Should you invite someone to your wedding

Whittling down your friends, extended family, colleagues, school, and university friends into a guest list that you can afford (or fit into your dream venue) is one of the toughest parts of planning a wedding.

You may have already been invited to several weddings and had a great time celebrating with the newlyweds, but now that it’s your turn to walk down the aisle, do you have to repay the favour and invite those couples to celebrate with you?

Let’s stop right there and think about the word favour for a moment. It sounds so… transactional! So why do so many couples feel like there is a tit-for-tat expectation that if they attended someone else’s wedding, they automatically should be invited to theirs?

It is hard enough to decide whether to go more family-heavy, focus on friends, or to go totally intimate with just a handful of guests, so remember this – you are only obligated to invite two people to your wedding as your witnesses.

It is something couples so easily forget

why one lucky Melbourne couple will receive free wedding photography

Andrew Harrison of Passion8 Photography has decided to pay it forward. He is offering one lucky Melbourne couple free wedding photography for their wedding day in 2018! The award winning photographer runs his own wildly successful wedding business but wants to help out a couple that may be going through a tough time.

“Everyone had their ups and downs in life”, Andrew said of his motivations for this competition. “Over my 18 years of photography I have come across many people with their own stories and as I have been very successful in my business, I thought I would help out someone who is going through a tough time.”

Andrew is celebrating 18 successful years in business and just thought he “would make someone happy” and pay it forward. What an amazing gesture!

Andrew and his team are offering his wedding photography services to one very lucky Melbourne (or South Gippsland) couple who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

To enter, simply email weddings@passion8.com.au with the subject line as “Paying it forward submission and (your names)(wedding date)”. The wedding date must be held on a date that Andrew isn’t already booked and take

The Perth beach wedding venues you should visit this weekend

Located in Perth and on the hunt for a waterfront venue to bring your beach wedding dreams to life? If you have time this weekend, here are 10 Perth beach wedding venues we recommend you take a look at! Why not grab your partner and make a day of it!

Bathers Beach House

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Fremantle, Western Australia

Providing 180-degree panoramic views of Bathers Beach and the ocean, Bathers Beach House could be the perfect place to host the wedding of your dreams! Dazzle your guests with a spectacular sunset, amazing food and wine served by professional staff, and a wedding location they won’t forget in a hurry! Visit Bathers Beach House this weekend!

Tradewinds Hotel

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East Fremantle, Western Australia

With sweeping views of the Swan River, Tradewinds Hotel is the perfect venue for your waterfront wedding. Offering two reception spaces to choose from, this venue can accommodate intimate weddings of 40 people, up to lavish soirees of 200 guests. Check out their spectacular rooftop this weekend – you won’t be disappointed with Tradewinds Hotel!

COAST Port Beach

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North Fremantle, Western Australia

Featuring unrivalled ocean

Alternative bridal party trends you should consider

Sometimes bridal parties are more effort and expenses than they’re worth, and often couples are left disheartened or disappointed when the bridal party don’t meet their expectations. So, if you’re thinking of mixing it up with your bridal party, here are 7 alternative bridal party trends you should consider!

Children only

A great way to avoid bridal party drama is to only include those who aren’t capable of creating drama – children! The innocent nature of children will only make your wedding more endearing and happy, and the children themselves will be honoured to have a special role in your wedding day. They won’t fuss about with bridesmaid or groomsmen expenses or complain when you put them in a dress that doesn’t particularly suit their usual style. They’re children – give them a cute outfit, a special job, and a lollypop and they’ll be happy!

Swap gender roles

Instead of having a groom’s best man and a bride’s maid of honour, why not change up the gender dynamics and have a ‘best woman’ and a ‘man of honour’. Dictation your bridal party via gender roles may constrict who you

The differences between titles that you need to know

Your whole life, you have been a Miss and you’ve been rocking it. But after you say, “I do,” you’ll need to start thinking about whether you want to become a Mrs or a Ms.

When it comes to tradition, Mrs is the way married women have been referred to.
But things get a little confused when you look at Ms.

While Miss shows a woman is unmarried and Mrs means she is hitched, Ms is that blurry grey area and great realm for you to be able to exercise your individuality if you want to.

The title of Ms was introduced in the 1950s by the women’s movement in a slight rebellion against the fact that Mrs essentially denotes an ownership by the Mr.

The movement also argued that the universal Mr does not obviously show a man’s marital status, while once a woman was married, she transformed from a Miss to a Mrs – a change that is as clear as day.

The ambiguous Ms allowed women to have a choice in the prefix they use on official documents and letters, the latter of which is becoming more obsolete by

Canberra wedding venues you should visit this weekend

Located in Canberra and on the hunt for the perfect venue to bring your wedding dreams to life? If you have time this weekend, here are 10 Canberra wedding venues we recommend you take a look at. And, as they are all relatively close to one another, why not grab your partner and make a day of it?

The Deck at Regatta Point

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Overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and Commonwealth Park, The Deck at Regatta Point could be the perfect place to host your dream wedding! Featuring both indoor and outdoor function areas, floor to ceiling glass for a stunning sunset experience, professional wedding coordinators, and the ability to accommodate 130 seated guests and 300 cocktail, your individually tailored event at The Deck at Regatta Point will bring your wedding dreams to life! Check them out this weekend!

National Museum of Australia

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With its stunning architecture in a magnificent location, the National Museum of Australia is the perfect place to hold your special day! Featuring sweeping decks, expansive windows, and imposing indoor and outdoor spaces with mountain, lakeside, and city views, your guests are unlikely to forget your wedding at

The things happy couples do well

Whether you are dating, engaged, newly married, or approaching a marriage milestone, the way you interact with one another is a strong sign of how happy you are in your relationship. Here are 10 key things that happy couples do well that builds the connection, resilience, and strength in their partnership…

Communicate

Talking is one of the easiest ways to connect with your partner. Happy couples will make time in their day, be it over breakfast, texting during the day, or a long pillow talk session before turning in for the night, to talk to one another.

It could be general banter, informing each other of what you have done that day, or what you plan to do the following day, or you could get into some deep and meaningful conversations about ideas you have or things that are troubling you.

Having these daily (or more frequently) exchanges helps you both to feel a part of each other’s worlds, even when things get hectic and you don’t get the same amount of intimate time you may have enjoyed in other times.

Texting, although slightly less personal, is also a great way to

Your ultimate engagement party checklist

Your partner likes it and has put a ring on it, so now it’s time to celebrate your engagement! Here’s our engagement party checklist to ensure you’ve got everything covered:

This is the party before the main event and your chance to share your amazing news with your friends and family. The beauty of the engagement party is that it can be as laid-back or as formal as you want it to be.

Although traditionally, one of your parents will host an engagement party, there’s no reason why you can’t take the reins and host an affair that is uniquely you. Here’s the ultimate engagement party checklist to ensure nothing is left forgotten.

Venue

Once you know who is hosting the affair, a venue might come naturally. It could be yours or your parents’ back yard or a nearby park or beach. Alternatively, you could look to nearby venues that hire out function rooms, or simply book a section of your favourite restaurant or bar. It can be as formal or informal as you choose – it’s all about celebrations so keep it light and fun.

Invites

This can trip up a lot

Our favourite Byron Bay weddings

Planning a wedding in sunny Byron Bay and stuck for inspiration? Here are 5 of our favourite Byron Bay weddings featured in our Real Weddings section, complete with what suppliers the newlyweds used so you can create something just as incredible for your big day!

Lena and Lincoln

Captured by Blue Tulip Imaging, Lena and Lincoln exchanged vows before 108 family and friends at their wedding held at Fig Tree Restaurant, where Tom Francis gave an acoustic rendition of Empire of the Sun’s Walking on a Dream for the ceremony.

As a nod to Lena’s heritage, the pair incorporated Jewish traditions in their ceremony, including Lena circling Lincoln, and kicking off the reception celebrations with a high-energy chair and circle dance.

“Our wedding was a romantic celebration of our love, set to the beautiful backdrop of Byron Bay,” Lena says. “We partied non-stop and everyone, especially our guests, didn’t stop smiling!”

Lena’s gorgeous bridal makeup and hair was created by Aurum Bride.

The couple sourced their wedding invitations from Deciduous Press, and Coast 58 Weddings provided retro Kombi wheels for the Byron Bay wedding.

Casey and Sean

Captured by Figtree Wedding Photography, Pilbara heavy haulage train drivers Casey and Sean held their Byron Bay wedding in Ewingsdale,

Unique Nigerian wedding traditions

In Nigeria, a wedding is much more than the celebration of joining the lives of two people into one. It is when two entire families join together as one and a Nigerian wedding is an all-out affair that is full of bright colours, toe-tapping music, and ancient traditions. Because we love wedding traditions from all around the world, here is what we discovered about Nigerian weddings:

There are more than 300 tribes in Nigeria, each with their own variations on the prominent wedding traditions, but the most well-known tribes are Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo, so we’ll focus on their unique wedding traditions here.

As with many cultures, couples observe tradition long before the wedding day arrives. When it comes to Nigerian wedding traditions, this kicks off with the Introduction Ceremony, where both families come together for perhaps the first time. They exchange gifts with one another and the bride’s family will present the potential groom with a list for what he will need to give to the family in order for them to accept an engagement.

Time to go shopping

In Igbo tribes, the bride’s family present the potential groom with a dowry

What to say in the perfect maid

While the spotlight will be shining on the bride on her wedding day, there is one moment where you, as the maid of honour, will get to revel in a bit of a special moment – the all-important speech.

Public speaking is not everyone’s idea of a great time, but this is your moment to share your special connection with the new bride with all of her guests and express how happy you are that she has found her true love.

There is no one-size fits all approach to speech writing, but there are a few key things to touch on in order for you to deliver the perfect maid of honour speech.

Who are you?

Although you have been standing by the bride’s side all day, not everyone will know who you are, so take a brief moment at the start of your speech to give a quick run-down of who you are and how you know the bride.

Be mindful not to use too many I’s and me’s in your speech, the perfect maid of honour speech is not about the maid of honour! It is about the two people

Launceston wedding venues you need to visit this weekend

Wines for Joanie

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Hidden amidst farmland, rolling hills and vineyards, Wines for Joanie is a truly breathtaking location to host your special day. Featuring friendly farm animals, timber buildings with rustic charm, golden light, and the ability to accommodate up to 140 wedding guests, there’s something for every wedding at Wines for Joanie! Visit them this weekend!

Quamby Estate

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With a 1.6km tree lined driveway, a stunning landscape, and a grand historic homestead, Quamby Estate could be the venue to bring your wedding dreams to life! This iconic 10 bedroom country manor is situated on 150 acres of sweeping grounds and offers incredible ceremony locations on-site. And, with the ability to accommodate both intimate weddings and lavish soirees of 150 guests, Quamby Estate is well worth a visit this weekend!

NyllavertGardens

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Situated in the heart of Launceston, NyllavertGardens offers a uniquely private venue space complete with an expansive lawn in the garden of an Edwardian house. Featuring beautiful lawn areas, a paved terrace area, multiple photography locations, and drink packages, this venue is within walking distance from the city’s churches and accommodation. And, as the venue itself

Melbourne wedding ceremony locations

Alexandra Gardens

Lined with historic rowing boathouses, the Alexandra Gardens offer an idyllic setting for your wedding. Alexandra Gardens wedding ceremonies usually take place in the rotunda – which is large enough to fit the entire wedding party, and with enough space immediately outside for large numbers of guests to view the ceremony. Give Alexandra Gardens a visit this weekend and begin crafting your dream wedding ceremony!

Carlton Gardens

World Heritage listed, the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building offers a number of gorgeous wedding ceremony locations for your special day. The Carlton Gardens feature the Victorian-era Hochgurtel Fountain and circular French Fountain, plantings in honour of the Dalai Lama, and down ornamental lakes created for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. We recommend checking out Carlton Gardens this weekend!

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Fitzroy Gardens

As Fitzroy Gardens hosts hundreds of garden weddings throughout the year, your special day could be next! With a variety of ceremony locations to choose from – including The Old Bandstand, The Temple of the Winds, The Dolphin Fountain, and The Conservatory – you’re spoiled for choice in the stunning Fitzroy Gardens! Give these ceremony locations a visit this weekend – you won’t be

Margaret River wedding venues you should visit this weekend

Eight Willows Retreat

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Perth and Margaret River Wine Region, Western Australia

With on-site ceremonies, a wedding reception function space, luxurious accommodation, and endless photo shoot locations, Eight Willows Retreat provides everything you need to create your special day in one place! Featuring stunning lake and forest views, this function centre seats up to 120 guests and has standing room for up to 300 people cocktail style. Put Eight Willows Retreat on your list and visit them this weekend!

Credaro Family Estate

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Yallingup, Western Australia

Situated just 10 minutes south of Dunsborough and inside the Margaret River Wine Region, Credaro Family Estate could be the perfect location to host your big day. This venue offers a variety of unique environments to cater to all weddings, no matter their size, shape, or style. And, with exclusive use of the property and its facilities, and access to their award-winning wines, you’re sure to create something truly special at Credaro Family Estate!

Abbey Beach Resort

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Busselton, Western Australia

Situated beachfront of Geographe Bay and in the Margaret River Region, Abbey Beach Resort could be the wedding venue of