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Big Wedding Trends for Spring 2017

Oversized bouquets, mauves and neutral palettes are big trends this wedding season.

Oversized bouquets, mauves and neutral palettes are big trends this wedding season.

The world of weddings is an exciting, creative and fast moving one.  Taking inspiration from weddings around the world, this is our take on the top trends for this spring wedding season.

The All White Wedding vs A Splash of Signature Colour

Colour will be making a huge comeback this year.  While the all-white wedding will continue as a classic, the move towards using a signature colour adds drama and individuality to your wedding setting.  Bright floral accents set the scene and splashes of colour are woven through the décor to highlight the best of the white.  

Greenery is king

Think garden inspired florals, garlands and bouquets.  Greenery is still a huge focus this season.  It is lush, abundant, modern and classic all rolled into one.  Whether it is hanging installations framing the bridal table, or abundant wreaths flowing over the sides of reception tables, we can’t get enough of the wild garden inspired theming we are seeing.

Oversized bouquets

Single giant proteas framed by marsala coloured roses and deepest burgundy tulips, set amongst a literal forest of greenery, the abundant bouquet is fast becoming the centerpiece accessorizing modern brides.  Seeming at times to dwarf the bride, our only concern is how on earth do you throw one of those things?

From Naked to Drip cakes

Picking out your wedding cake is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning, and they are becoming more inventive. Whilst we still love the naked and semi naked butter cakes, there is a move towards the luscious Drip Wedding Cakes.  Stacked high with figs, fruit and berries, trailing flowers flowing over their decadent sides. Elegantly drizzled with caramel or chocolate glaze, topped with crystalline creations, these oh-so-edible confections are simply to die for.

Nude and neutral

Neutral is probably the biggest trend we are seeing – grey, touches of brass and heritage crystal vases.  Team this with elegant nudes and hints of palest pastels, with molten silver topping gilt this season.  Neutral tones with unusual accents, dreamy palettes of greys, nude and gold teamed with metallic, crystal and sparkles.  This creative palette works for the formal sit-down wedding as well as absolutely popping in an avant garde cocktail style setting.

Mauve is the New Blush

Mauve in all it’s soft, subtle and dreamy hues is fast becoming our new wedding colour obsession! Explore the palette fully – from lavender, plum, violet and amethyst, to aubergine and imperial purple.  A colour usually associated with our grandmothers and their lavender scented hankies, we are loving the sassy modern bride who uses this palette for vintage inspired modern weddings. Planning a muted tone wedding? Then get inspired by mauve!

But hey – at the end of the day it’s YOUR wedding and who cares whether you are following a trend or are setting a new one with your unique ideas and style.

Happy planning

Gill

 

A good wedding planner will save you money!

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“What do you mean,” I can hear you saying.  “That’s another cost item on my wedding budget that could be avoided”.  It’s a misconception that I come across frequently – that Wedding Planners cost the earth, In my experience, a good wedding planner is probably the ONE budget item that should be mandatory if you wish for a wedding that sticks to plan - all the details at less the cost.  That has to be worthwhile! 

Let me explain what I am talking about:

You’ve just got engaged, you're flying high on Happiness Hormones, and then the planning starts.

Budget vs Wish List

The first big reality check will usually come when you realise that your wish list exceeds your fiancee's annual salary!!  If you have not planned a wedding previously – and not many engaged couples have  – there are some big mistakes made as emotions drive your decisions!

Most Australian couples expect to spend up to $30,000 on their wedding. Unfortunately most weddings end up costing a whopping average $65,500 - that's almost a 200% budget blowout. Gone is the honeymoon fund, the deposit for your home, or that overseas holiday.  Why and how does this happen??  No clear wedding project plan - as boring as that sounds, it's probably the one thing that will save the day.  Second - you have no idea how much suppliers should charge you and what to do when they overcharge.  

So how is a Wedding Planner going to save you money?

Insider Knowledge

They KNOW the industry, they know the good suppliers, they should recommend how to work your wedding within your budget, and they should keep a tight reign on spending.

We've had couples come to us after they had started booking suppliers, only to find out that we could have saved them a whopping 25% on most items including venue. A recent couple could have saved almost $15,000 off their venue and catering bill if we had been onboard earlier. 

No Kickbacks from other suppliers

You should also be looking for a wedding planner who takes NO kickbacks from suppliers.  Someone who only works on your behalf - your agent.  By entering into a fixed fee contract with your planner you are assured that their services are secured on your behalf. 

The final comment regarding budget and wedding planners – back up options if things go wrong are usually expensive if booked at the last minute:  If the cake doesn’t arrive, or its raining and you need a marquee for your outdoor ceremony – it’s always possible to have a plan B turn up – but it will cost a fortune.  A good planner will usually have a few of these up their sleeve to save the day and the budget.

Not the fun police!

Your wedding planner will only do what you want them to do - they are not there to take the fun out of planning your day.  Bringing on board a professional planner to help and take some of the workload off your hands definitely makes sense and really frees you up to focus on all the other fun, creative and lovely things needed to be done:  The Dress, your styling, your bridal party, Hen’s and Buck’s nights – in short – the creative fun stuff.

Consider contacting a few wedding planners to see if they Get your vision.  It will cost you nothing, but could save you thousands. It's an investment that should give you peace of mind, a happy planning process and an outstanding wedding day. 

Happy planning!

 Gill