It was pretty easy for me to choose my suppliers as most of them I have been recommending to my couples for years! And then there were a few newbies like the fudge that I just stumbled across and decided I must have!
Loved by Ella, what can I say about one of the best businesses in Perth! My other business hee hee. But seriously, we have great stuff, check us out ; )
As some of you know the dress was my most difficult thing, I ended up buying 3! The first one was just too tight around my tummy, and with so much good food I didn’t want to be sucking in all day haha. The second one was actually fine but my kids freaked out as it was low cut! The third one was juuuust riiiiiight : ) The places I would recommend here are LDN bridal and Dion for Brides
My hair was great to start with but I got rained on pretty much straight away so don’t judge my hair! These guys are amazing and my daughters hair was incredible. Bride and groomed
I highly recommend these guys, they are so so so helpful and have a great range to buy or hire! Penguins formalwear
Every bride I have had that has used this amazing florist has absolutely loved their flowers, and I was no different! I gave Nicky my colour scheme and budget and she went nuts, it was perfect. Sweet Floral
Luke is legit the best celebrant, do yourself a favour and book him in asap! Luke FIrth
Photobooth and live ceremony music:
Envy event group are an amazing group of DJ’s and musicians definitely a must have!
The man with the sparks, the dance floors, the clouds and the music, Jason offers a crazy cool DJ experience. Dream wedding entertainment
Wedding magic have everything you could possibly need to make your wedding super pretty! All styles and really affordable, I highly recommend them.
On the day coordinator:
want a stress free wedding? Do yourself a favour and hire Jorja from Scarlett Events to take care of everything so you don’t have to!
So if you have been to a wedding recently you will know that as a guest there are random downtimes where it can get a little boring. Entertain your guests with the most amazing close up magic, so much fun! Paul James.
Caravan and tonic and the Freo Doctor are the perfect combo for your drinks! Highly recommend them both, they did an amazing job, especially with how many guests we had!
Ella Otranto photography did an amazing job! Hee hee. My assistants shot my wedding, I tried not to be bossy but you guys know me, so a huge thank you to Liz, Caitlin and Dave, who did an amazing job! And to my editors who know me so well and what I want!
Moonlight films, again I have been recommending these guys for years, they are exceptional!
And lastly I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for coming and braving the rain to make a our special day perfect!
Tips for future brides
Plan your wedding to perfection, then about a week before the wedding let it all go. Does it matter if it rains? Not really. Does it matter if your wishing well doesn’t get put out and you end up with a table full of cards? Not really. Does it matter that you wore your black boots instead of your Jimmy Choos? Not really. What matters is it was the best day ever, because you married the love of your life. And even if 5 things go wrong, it means that the other 105 went right!
Timing your wedding day is crucial to keeping the day running smoothly and keeping your stress to a minimum. The more thoughtfully you plan the timing of key moments, the more secure you can feel that everything will run according to plan – and if it doesn’t you’ll have a buffer to deal with it!
You don’t want to have to sacrifice time taking beautiful photos during your photo shoot or end up having dinner twenty minutes late because of what could have been only a tiny hiccup! Plan the day carefully and enjoy it the way you deserve to. To help you plan the perfect schedule, here are the five most common mistakes you can make while scheduling the day and how to avoid them.
Not making time for congratulations after the ceremony
Your friends and family just watched you get married and they are dying to meet you as a married couple! Don’t underestimate the importance of reserving a bit of time for hugging and being told how amazing you both look. To avoid feeling rushed or falling behind schedule you should reserve about fifteen minutes between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of your photo shoot, plus a few extra minutes to relax with your bridal party. You can catch up with your guests and share the love, then start your photo shoot feeling totally chilled and loved up.
Hair and make up going overtime
It can be difficult to judge how much time you’ll need to look your best bridal self. And stressing about time is not a great way to start your big day! Ask your hairstylist and make up artist about timing, keeping in mind that your bridesmaids might also need their hair and make up done. Take note of timing during your hair and make up trials, but also add on a bit of a buffer to account for things running overtime. You’ll avoid unnecessary stress and ensure you feel totally relaxed while being pampered and prettied up. Not allowing time to get photos in your dress Picture this: your hair and make up are done and you’re ready to shed your glamorous bridal robe and step into an even more glamorous wedding dress.
Your photographer has captured the getting ready process and is excited to take some gorgeous shots of you looking all ready to go. We promise that you won’t regret saving some time before you leave to get some cute photos of your bridesmaids helping with the finishing touches, or maybe a first look with your parents. And you’ll always treasure those first few photos of you looking freshly ready to walk down the aisle and into wedded bliss. If you’re not sure how long you might need to fit a few photos in, have a chat with your photographer and they’ll be able to help you out!
Not doing a first look
Not all weddings need a first look, however if your ceremony is quite late in the day and there isn’t enough time for your photoshoot afterwards, they can be the perfect way to capture all the stunning images you could want of your wedding. For a first look, you and your soon-to-be hubby meet up before the ceremony to get a sneak peek! Your photographers will organise you so that you can’t see each other initially, then one, two, three, you turn around and boom – you see each other. Photos of this moment are always so gorgeous and special, plus you can have a lovely little photoshoot straight after.
After the first look you go to your ceremony as usual and afterwards you don’t have to worry about making time to fit in a full-length photo shoot. You can chill out with your bridal party for a while or head straight to the reception to get the party started!
Not accounting for long speeches
You’ve probably been to one of those wedding receptions where someone giving a speech has a LOT to say. Most speeches don’t run for more than five minutes but sometimes dad insists on sharing a funny but long-winded story about you when you were growing up, or the best man gets a little emotional and ends up pouring his heart out for ten minutes. While these speeches can end up being really special, they can also really throw off the schedule. Before the big day, check in with everyone who is giving a speech and remind them of time limits – especially if they are planning on winging it on the day! Allow a few extra minutes in each chunk of speeches just in case. Better to be safe than end up having everything run super late!
Having your first dance too late
Your first dance as a married couple is a truly special moment. In each other’s arms, surrounded by everyone you love but feeling like you’re the only two people in the room. But don’t leave it til too late in the evening. The later your dance is, the more likely you are to have had one champers too many, or be tired and feeling a little less coordinated. You might be feeling nervous about the dance too, and the sooner you start it, the quicker you’ll realise there’s nothing to worry about! Some couples choose to do their first dance as soon as they are announced in to the reception. This is great as you can relax for the rest of the evening!
If you’ve read this list and started panicking about creating the perfect schedule: don’t worry. Weddings that run late are still great weddings! There are plenty of people you can ask for help for timing your schedule. And your photographer might actually be one of the most helpful people to chat to about it. They’re likely to be spending the most time with you guys on the actual day, and a good photographer will have plenty of understanding of how weddings run and what else you might need to consider when planning the day. When in doubt, check in with them! Pretty soon you’ll have a perfectly structured day and you can relax and focus on feeling excited!