Monthly Archives: April 2017

Survive a summer wedding

Are you currently planning a summer wedding? Sure, you might not run the same risk of rain that a winter wedding would, but that doesn’t mean the weather will be pleasant all round. Here’s what you need to survive an Australian summer wedding.

 

Handkerchief

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve had the “pleasure” of sitting outside on a 35℃ day, my upper lip sweats LIKE CRAZY. Mix the heat with your nerves, and not only will you have a sweaty upper lip, but also your temples, underarms, and the back of your neck. Wipe that sh*t up!

 

Extra makeup

With all that sweating, you might actually sweat your face makeup off. Bring extra makeup in an emergency kit to touch up if need to.

 

Perfume

Two words: You’ll stink. Bring extra perfume and deodorant.

 

Water

There’s a high chance of dehydration on your wedding day. Why? Because you’ll probably have been drinking champagne since 6am, barely eaten anything, and the heat is drying you up like a pickle left out in the sun. Drink up, folks!

 

Fans

Please supply your guests with paper fans to cool themselves down. You might be so immersed in your ceremony not to care about the heat, but I assure you – your family and friends care! Some guests might even decide to boycott your wedding entirely if it’s outside on a day that’s simply too hot, and if you have made no attempt to accommodate or protect them from the elements. I can’t imagine my 82 year old grandmother sat out in the sun for an hour – can you?

 

Airconditioner

Ensure your venues and wedding transport have airconditioner before you book your summer wedding with them. A hot indoor venue is enough to send people home early, and nobody wants to open the windows of their Rolls Royce on the way to the ceremony – HELLO windswept hair?! Not cute.

 

Shade

If you do decide on an outdoor ceremony venue in the height of summer, make sure you choose an area beneath trees or with ample shade. Do your family and friends a justice and protect them from severe sun burn or heat stroke. They’ll thank you for it and won’t always remember your wedding as “the one that gave Uncle James third degree burns”.

Destinations for newlyweds

Whether you want a long or short honeymoon- a cruise has many luxury and affordable options with a huge variety of locations and lengths. Sit back, enjoy the pool, activities and delicious meals and take in the incredible surroundings.

This private island escape has honeymoon and even destination wedding packages- for just $1800! Which is insane! And there is just one resort on the island of Bokissa. You can have your own island!

These epic overwater huts are insane! Perfect for a 7-day escape post wedding. This package includes all meals and drinks- even alcohol. What’s more relaxing than being able to not worry about extra costs?

Enjoy the luxurious escape- spending time in Melbourne as a holidayer. Whether you’re from Melbourne or not- you have to appreciate its hustle and bustle and an incredible array of food and amazing coffee.

Describing herself as a creative, energetic, and fun celebrant, Jessie Cacchillo loves loved up couples, a vintage frock, and taking the time to create and deliver your dream wedding ceremony. With a background as an actor, artist, and stylist, Jessie understands how important it is to create a unique ceremony tailored to each and every couple. And yes, she did perform Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster’s wedding ceremony!

Here’s what Hamish and Zoe had to say about Jessie Cacchillo – Civil Marriage Celebrant:

“A celebrant who wasn’t a drongo or who used weddings as a chance to explore their frustrated musical theatre/stand up comedy talents. Found one in Jessie Cacchillo who was fantastic and fun and looked terrific in canary yellow on the day.”

Weddings Destination Tips

Are you considering having a destination wedding? If you aren’t sure whether to marry in Australia or travel overseas for your big day, here are some pros and cons to help you make your decision.

Couples choose to get married overseas for many different reasons. Here are the pros and cons of having a destination wedding: Why do couples choose to get married overseas?

 

What are the pros and cons of having a destination wedding?

Ah, the romantic notion of getting hitched in paradise. Many couples do plan and have a destination wedding. But as with most things to do with a wedding, there are advantages and disadvantages of travelling overseas to get married.

 

Let’s start with the pros.

  • It’s pretty much picking a country and place – great choices are available!
  • In many countries, the costs are cheaper
  • You can follow the sun
  • Your guest list is very selective- it’s easier to have a small wedding
  • Using a local wedding planner saves you time and stress

Within reason, you can have your wedding in almost every country. The choice is fabulous. Of course, there are many factors to consider but if you want a particular location, the world is your oyster.

If you’ve traveled to many countries, you will know about the cost of living. In some countries, you can dine out every night because the prices are so reasonable. It’s possible to have a wedding for a much more reasonable cost than here at home. If you worry about your wedding day being cold and wet, by choosing a destination where the sun seldom takes a holiday, you can enjoy the beautiful weather on your beautiful day.

By choosing an overseas location, many people will not be able to attend. This can be a disadvantage but also an advantage. You are able to invite a select number of guests. Looking to trim your guests list? Head OS.

You will seriously benefit from a reputable and expert wedding planner who resides where you are to hold your wedding. They will know the best deals and venues. They will speak the language and better be able to work with the vendors. It’ll also save you stress.

 

But there are cons, too:

  • People you want to attend won’t
  • It’s not a one-day event
  • You might have to have a priest
  • The Oz dollar does move about
  • The paperwork can be messy

You have family and friends who would love to attend your wedding but can’t. The cost could be too much. They may not have a passport. They may not be able to be away for that amount of time.

With a local wedding, most of your guests hop in their car, arrive; enjoy the wedding and then drive home again that same day. No can do with a destination wedding. Depending on your destination, travel time can involve several days.

You are not religious and both want a celebrant. In some countries that is not possible. Or at least you will be required to have a priest participate. Check the country’s customs and requirements before you choose the destination.

In Australia, the quotes you get will be good for a fixed and stated time. If you marry overseas, the quote may remain the same but the currency can change. Yes, it could change in your favour. But if it goes the other way, your budget could be holed below the bottom-line.

Every country has paperwork for marriages. Some countries have more forms than others. And if you are legally married in another country, changing your name back home is not as easy as when you are married on home soil.

Tips for book a wedding videographer

A recent post on bridal forum Wedding Bee asked the simple question: “Did anyone not book a videographer and regret it?” Here’s what some of the answers said, and where we here at Easy Weddings sit on the debate.

For wedding videography

“Videography captured what the photographer didn’t.”

One fellow bride weighed in on the discussion, admitting that she actually didn’t love her wedding photographyas much as she previously assumed she would. However, she feels her videographer captured everything, including their happiness and joy on the day, that perhaps didn’t translate in still photography. The bride, suprisebride, says “It was easily the best money we spent.”

 

“It’s worth every penny.”

Another bride under the handle ‘catskillsinjune’ described her absolute adoration for her wedding video. She believes the video captured so much life and energy of her day, and she’d watched their highlights video every day for the past month. “My sister still watches hers whenever she needs a pick me up 2 and a half years after her wedding!”

 

“I was on the fence until…”

User ‘bluecutie00 shared that although she was originally on the fence about videography, she’s now booked her wedding videographer. To sway her decision, she created a poll. She says, “One of the poll responders mentioned how her wedding video captured the laughs, sounds, and smiles of people in her life that had since passed, and that was her last memory of them. That completely sealed the deal for me.”

 

“We’ll never watch it.”

A user named ‘minimeow’ says she and her partner didn’t get one, and there weren’t any regrets about it. They themselves knew they wouldn’t watch the video enough for it to be worth the price, and therefore saw no point in budgeting for it. She admits that they have yet to do anything with their wedding photography also, so perhaps it just depends on whether photography or film of your day is something you put a large emphasis on for your wedding day.

 

“I’m more of a photo person.”

User ‘raspberrybidet’ says she rarely watches videos of past life events, and her partner felt the same. “I’m much more of a photo person than a video person,” she says. “I decided to spend more on an awesome photographer and forego hiring and videographer.”

Easy Weddings has an expert advice

Did you know Easy Weddings has an expert advice section entirely dedicated to getting your questions answered by those who know best? Here’s just a taste of the many questions being asked daily by real brides and grooms across Australia. Here are your wedding transport questions answered by real industry experts!

Q: Which style of wedding car is more practical when it comes to transporting the wedding party?

“Classic or modern?”

A: by Classic Jags

“It’s really a personal preference as both are completely different. Classic cars probably offer more leg room and of course the photographers love them as they become a beautiful backdrop to your photos. It’s ultimately what you personally like and suits your theme.”

Q: How much should I expect to pay for a standard limo? (From QLD)

A: by Norma Jean’s Wedding Car Services

“Most wedding car services charge by the hour with a minimum of two hours. Most start around $295 per hour. Be sure to ask what inclusions there are too. We provide complimentary champagne on ice and quality chocolates for the bride and groom during your photos. A flat fee ensure that if you want to be fashionably ‘delayed’, or if the photographer wants that’s one last shot, you don’t have to watch the clock in case yet another hour ticks over onto the bill.”

Q: Will I be disappointed if I don’t hire a wedding car? I don’t know if I have room in my budget.

“Are there budget options?”

A: by Classic Jags

“As your wedding car plays a big part in your day, I think you would be disappointed as not only is it transport, it is a backdrop for your photos as photographers love to take car shots and create lasting memories. Your chauffeur is also very important looking after your every need on the day helping you get into and out of the car with your dress, serving drinks, and holding umbrellas if it’s a rainy day. We often get couples contacting us very close to their wedding day saying they thought they wouldn’t have cars or were using family cars which had pulled out at the last minuting and are desperate to book.”