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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 choose, and choosing someone of the opposite gender may actually be a better choice in the long run. You never know, a ‘man of honour’ may be more helpful than a maid of honour anyway!

Include your grandparents

A really sweet idea to side-step bridal party traditions is to include your grandparents. Instead of having a gang of bridesmaids, you could instead have your cherished grandmother walk ahead of you down the aisle.

Grandmothers also make fantastic flower girls, as seen below!

Have you furry friend as your maid of honour or best man

Dogs are commonly known as ‘man’s best friend’, so why aren’t they immediately considered when choosing your bridal party? While they might (heaven forbid) take a leak on your dress, they won’t give you strife over what they’re meant to wear, how much they’re spending on your hen’s night, and most importantly, won’t disappoint you! (Plus you get an exceptionally cute companion to walk ahead of you down the aisle).

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 the day.

Now, it is completely up to each woman how she would prefer to be addressed.

While Miss remains off the cards once you say, “I do,” unmarried older women can choose to use Ms as they may no longer feel comfortable using Miss, as it may have connotations of being younger.

Those who are married, but cringe at the thought of being referred to as “the missus,” can choose Ms as a better alternative for them.
Have a play around with it, see how it rolls off your tongue (one might sound better with your surname than the other…) and remember that unlike changing your surname, the prefix can be interchangeable and you can mix it up as much as you like!

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 National Museum of Australia any time soon! Check out their storefront and visit the National Museum of Australia this weekend!

Pavilion on Northbourne

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Priding itself on being the ‘ultimate wedding destination’, Pavilion on Northbourne could make your wedding dreams come true! While offering their unique Garden Atrium for a stunning and unique ceremony, this venue has an extensive range of reception packages to choose from! And, with a dedicated wedding planner included in all wedding packages, you won’t have to lift a finger when it comes to creating your dream wedding at Pavilion on Northbourne. Visit them this weekend!

National Arboretum Canberra

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Providing an abundance of natural light and views across iconic Canberra locations, the National Arboretum Canberra could be a perfect fit for your special day! And, with a variety of function spaces to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Check out their storefront today – the National Arboretum Canberra has something for weddings of every size, shape, and style!

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

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Offering their impressive hall and beautiful terrace rooms with stunning views, the function spaces at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia are the perfect choice for a contemporary and modern wedding! And, as this venue only hosts one event per evening, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia is exclusively yours for your wedding day! Check out their storefront and visit the National Portrait Gallery of Australia this weekend!

The Boat House

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Set in its own gardens on the lakefront of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House is a stunning wedding venue your guests are unlikely to forget anytime soon. And, with a reputation built on its award-winning kitchen and impeccable service, you’re sure to see your lakeside wedding dreams come true at The Boat House. Check out their storefront and visit them this weekend!

Old Parliament House

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Restored to its original grandeur, renowned heritage-listed Old Parliament House is the perfect wedding venue for your special day. Featuring stunning natural light and sweeping views across the Parliament House, this venue provides a sophisticated and elegant backdrop for your wedding. Put them on your list and visit historic Old Parliament House this weekend!

ibis Styles Canberra

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Committed to making your wedding dreams come true, ibis Styles Canberra is well worth visiting this weekend! Featuring a natural lit foyer with a cascading stairwell for photography opportunities, this venue accommodates intimate receptions through to lavish, sit down events of up to 170 guests. And, with the versatility of multiple wedding packages to choose from, there’s something for every wedding at ibis Styles Canberra!

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

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Recently restored to its original grandeur, 1926 Hotel Kurrajong Canberra fuses historic elegance with 21st-century comforts for your special day. Featuring deep verandahs, radiating courtyards, and covered pavilions, this venue accommodates intimate events through to sit down dinners of 200, and cocktail events of 350 guests. Check out their gallery and visit Hotel Kurrajong Canberra this weekend!

Rydges Capital Hill

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Providing a tranquil and inviting atmosphere, Rydges Capital Hill could be the perfect place to host your dream wedding. Featuring a grand entrance with gorgeous auburn foliage in the autumn and vibrant cherry blossoms in the spring, this venue offers endless photographic opportunities. Check out their gallery and visit Rydges Capital Hill this weekend!

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…


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 let your partner know you are thinking of them throughout the day.

Dazzle with a smile

Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is an emotional chameleon. This means you can absorb the vibes around you and reflect them back.

Even if you have had the crappiest day at work or uni, when you begrudgingly walk through the door with a huff and throw yourself down on the closest chair, your partner will automatically be on guard knowing that you are upset or angry about something.

This is not to say you should bottle your feelings up by any means, but try walking through the door with a smile to show you are happy to see your partner and then you can let out your frustrations through a healthy conversation.


Negotiation is the most powerful tool that happy couples employ to help them work their way through disagreements.

No matter how in sync you are in your day-to-day lives, there will be times in every relationship where you will butt heads over something – perhaps repeatedly.

What separates happy couples from those that are struggling is their ability to negotiate. One person should never walk away “the winner” of every argument. Couples need to learn how to flex and bend, when to allow their partner to have their way, and when to put their foot down if something is especially important to them.

The amount of time you are together as a couple can help you to hone these skills, but even those in brand new relationships can ace this with the ability to listen, communicate, and negotiate.

Be grateful

It’s a saying as old as time itself, but you really don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. And the best way to avoid falling into the trap of taking your partner for granted is to show how grateful you are to have them in your life.

We’re not talking showering them with gifts on a daily basis (because, ironically, they would come to take that for granted as time goes on…) but more thanking them for the things they do for you, giving them unsolicited compliments, and expressing why they make you smile.

Happy couples do little things for one another on a regular basis and acknowledge each other for what they do. It creates a cycle of positivity that will make you both feel warm and fuzzy and completely together.

Focus on the positives

This can be a challenge during times when you are in a rut at work, or you are struggling to juggle the many balls you have in the air at any given time, but this is when it is the most important to look at what your partner is doing right rather than what they do wrong, or what irritates you.

You can find both negatives and positives in any situation, so choosing to look at the latter will waltz you into happy couple’s territory.

Hit the hay at the same time

One of you might be a night owl who likes to laze about in the morning, while the other follows the early-to-bed-early-to-rise mantra, but this doesn’t mean you can’t go to bed at the same time.

Research spruiks the benefits of couples going to bed and waking up at the same, as couples can then take time to talk through the day’s events and any last-minute thoughts that might rush into their heads while in bed, and maybe get some sexy time in there as well.

But even if you are on separate body clocks, the night owl can always go to bed with the early riser and continue to read or watch Netflix after their partner has dozed off.

Share an interest

Sure, there will be things that you are passionate about that your partner simply has no interest in, and vice versa, but happy couples find ways to cultivate shared interests if there weren’t any there to begin with.

It could be starting to play a new sport at the same time, indulging in your shared desire to learn how to cook through cooking classes or simply working in the kitchen together trying out new recipes. It could even be as simple as joining a club together, or exploring the great outdoors in new ways, like walking, hiking, cycling, or climbing.