Here we are guys! Part 3!! This has been so much fun and I have been loving finding all of these really cool, quirky ideas to share with you guys! It makes me want to get married again, can you have a second wedding to the same guy just for shits and giggles? I think that should be a thing…
For the third and final part of this series, I have for you today really unique and clever ways to go about finding and choosing your vendors, dealing with those little traditions that weddings seem to be made up of, and of course my most favourite topic to talk about - your stationery! And I’ve got some super exciting ideas for all your invitations!
The usual questions asked by couples when first looking for their wedding vendors is 1. Will they do the job well and 2. How much. And then if you have looked at over 30 different vendors, the only question tends to be “How much?” And more often than not, this is all your email to them will say. Most couples just want to pass that particular aspect of the wedding over to someone else to deal with, without giving much thought into what that actual vendor does, and what special services can they provide that will really make your day be a stand out.
- Photographer: Little Black Bow Photography Yes, Dea was my wedding photographer and she was amazing! She has a very documentary, colourful style yet she is so relaxed and laid-back - which was perfect for me as I’m the same and she just made us feel so comfortable. Also we found out she was close friends with my cousin and we had no idea!
- Photographer: Barefoot & Bearded I’ve come across Joel’s work on Instagram and a few blogs and I love his rustic, earthy, intimate style. His speciality is elopements, and they look absolutely amazing. Especially his New Zealand shoots in the snow!
- Celebrant: Monty King Monty was my celebrant and he was awesome! Even from the first time we met him in a pub in Newcastle, and it was as if we were all friends just catching up for a drink. Again, we felt so comfortable with him and he made our ceremony really fun and light-hearted, not serious at all which was exactly what we wanted.
- Cake: Ivy & Stone Ivy & Stone’s cakes are so colourful, bright and bold! Jade’s creations are very unique to each couple, having created a Gilmore Girls and Friends’ inspired cakes! But favourite would definitely have to be this 3 tiered, black cake with handprinted flowers. So magical!
- Cake: Sukar Sukar’s Instagram feed is insane. Nermin is definitely not following any rules when it comes to her creations, using bright, bold colours, oil paint effects and shiny, gold textures. My personal favourite is this black Mexican Fiesta inspired cake! Can you tell yet that I like black cakes?
- Cake: The Cake & I I fell in love with The Cake & I when I saw this gorgeous, paint stroke inspired wedding cake! Jo’s cakes a too beautiful to eat, you will fall in love with her creativity and unique style.
- Florist: The Sisters Esther and Naomi from The Sisters in Sydney create the most gorgeous, colourful bouquets and arrangements. Their floral installations are crazy but my favourite bouquet would of course have to be from Tony and Gena’s wedding with the gorgeous bold flowers, colourful pom poms and vibrant ribbons.
- Florist: Marmalade Sky Kimberley is the creative brain behind The Marmalade Sky, and she’s definitely not afraid to push the boundaries. As she says, their designs “are fierce, a little bit girly and a whole lot of sass,” which is right up my alley! Her bouquets have it all - colour, texture and just a little bit fancy!
- Dress: Grace Loves Lace I’m sure most of you have heard of Grace Loves Lace, but their dresses are just too god damn gorgeous not to mention! They have this wild, boho, nature-vibe going on and I freakin love it. Current obsession is with the Edie dress and that fringe train!
- Dress: Stone Fox Bride I love Stone Fox Bride’s general vibe and her mission to help the anti-bride. Her line of dresses is so dreamy and eclectic at the same time. Loving the Anita, the Valentina, the Glenda, the Caitlin…you seeing a trend here?
- Dress: Rue De Seine Rue De Seine’s latest collection, Moonlight Magic is for the Witchy Goddess in all of us. Definitely not for the traditional bride, their love of lace, fringing and beads is evident in the intricate and detailed designs. If I had the chance to wear their Ziggy gown, I would probably ride on a white horse along a deserted beach, then maybe frolic in a flower field. After I would probably just drink a bottle of Moet as I walk barefoot through a magical forest. You know, pretty standard stuff…
- Food: Comida Do Sul I always love a good food truck, I mean who doesn’t! Comida Do Sul is essentially a Pop Up Restaurant for you and your guests. Their modernised twist on traditional Brazilian classics looks freakin’ amazing. Show your guests your love for Brazilian food with Comida Do Sul.
- Food: Twisted Mac You guys, its freakin’ MAC & CHEESE Y’ALL! Based in Melbourne, Twisted Mac brings the ultimate comfort food to the forefront, all topped with yummy, creative toppings. Why have boring old chicken or fish when you can devour down on some yummy Mac n Cheese!
- Food: Sydney Picnic Co I love Sydney Picnic Co’s different take on catering - specialising in sweet, classy picnics that is sure to impress your guests. Perfect for a garden wedding or backyard affair, Sydney Picnic Co will create a picnic basket for your guests full of delicious, gourmet food.
Little, Annoying Traditions
Weddings are chockers full of little traditions, and I’m not just talking about wearing a white dress. I’m talking about those small little ones that seem to make the night really fun, but in actual fact they just make everyone feel awkward. The most awkward one would have to be the garter toss. First up, they aren’t very comfortable at all. Secondly, its super awkward to watch a groom drunkly crawl under his wife’s dress, and then to toss it to an older male relative while all the guys cheer…I’ll pass.
Invitations & Stationery
And here we are my friends, my one true love, Wedding Invitations and Stationery!!! I’ll get the obvious out of the way - you should totes work with me, I’m super funny (obvs!), I’ll be honest with you and I’m like, really, really good at designing and shit. And I could come up with some hella ideas for your wedding invitations and stationery, so just check me out over here.
- Let’s get those fingers waving - you want to make each aspect of your invitation tactile, that you just want to run your fingers over. Think thick, cottony paper, letterpressed font work and a pop of gold foil will make you itching to touch that invitation.
- Show your personality & humour - why have the same old “blah blah & blah blah invite you to join us for the matrimony of…” You wouldn’t speak to your loved ones like that would you? Why not invoke a little humour into your invitation? Your guests will crack up if they see your wedding invitation saying “Hey You!! You had better get your arse over to our wedding so I can kiss the love of my life while you smile and cheer!” But make sure it sounds like you, and it is in theme with the style of wedding you’re having. Probably wouldn’t suit a black tie affair now would it?
- You’re not restricted with just paper - Guess What? We can now print on ALOT of different textures and material, like leather, timber, textiles, vellum, the list is endless. Maybe you both grew up on a farm, with your wedding being held there and a timber invitation with a leather envelope would suit PERFECTLY!
- Tell your story - Include small elements of your story throughout your suite. Maybe the lyrics from your favourite song, a silhouette of your loving pooch, or the trees from the bush you grew up in. By incorporating these elements into your wedding invitations, it will show your guests who you are, what your story is and how you came together. It makes it so much more personal and special!
Have I inspired you to incorporate some of these ideas into your wedding stationery? Awesome!! Why not hit me up for your dream custom wedding suite that we can work on together? Send me some deets here.