Monthly Archives: May 2017

What’s the average cost for bridesmaids dresses?

Couples today place a large emphasis on making their bridal party look cohesive and gorgeous on the day. It’s all about complementing the bride, and adding to the overall wedding aesthetic with different colours and textures of bridesmaids’ dresses.

So how much are Australian couples willing to spend on their bridesmaids’ outfits? What’s the average cost?

According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Wedding Survey, the average price couples are willing to spend on styling their bridesmaids is $780.

When it comes to how much couples are willing to part with to create the perfect bridal party aesthetic, the average price varies from state to state across Australia.

When it comes to bridesmaids outfits, South Australian couples are the big spenders – forking out an average of $940 to dress their bridesmaids!

Victorian and New South Wales couples spend an average of $905 and $895 respectively on their bridesmaids’ outfits.

Western Australian and Queensland couples are much the same yet more modest than the other states, spending an average of $625 and $620 respectively.

Fun facts

According to the 2016 Annual Wedding Survey, 49% of those surveyed will have 7-10 people in their bridal party (including themselves). 33% will have between 3-6 people, and just 6% will have no bridal party – just the two of them! 2% of those surveyed said they’d be having 18+ people in their bridal party!

Of those surveyed, 75% of couples said they will be purchasing their bridesmaids’ dresses. 11% said they or a family member would be making them.

57% of those surveyed said they’d spend up to $200 on each bridesmaids’ dress. 32% said they’d spend $200-$400, 10% said they’d spend $400-800, and only 1% said they’d spend over $800 on each bridesmaids’ dress.

42% of those surveyed said their Maid of Honour is a friend, 37% said it’s their sister, 16% said it’s their relative, and 5% said their Maid of Honour is their sister-in-law.

There’s also been a shift in trends regarding bridesmaids’ dresses. Brides have made a move from the uniform one-dress one-colour bridal party, to a more relaxed look. Bridesmaids are now often seen in mix-matching colours and styles, often brought together by a similar colour palette or style. This is often so the girls feel comfortable and beautiful on the day, and can wear the dress again at a later date!

Your guide to creating the ultimate rustic wedding

Are you somebody that doesn’t half do anything? Have you been dreaming of hosting the perfect rustic wedding? Here’s everything you need to include to create the ultimate rustic wedding.

The rustic wedding theme

A rustic wedding focuses on wildlife and natural elements rather than purchased luxurious items. It’s all about simplistic beauty. The rustic theme is up there in the top 10 most popular wedding themes, among classic/traditional, romantic, garden/outdoors, vintage, contemporary and glamorous, beach, vineyard and boho chic.

The vision

Couples who embark on planning the quintessential rustic wedding want to create something that appears effortless – even when it’s not. These couples often enjoy the simpler things in life, and see the beauty in natural things rather than purchased luxurious items.

Ceremony venue

The typical rustic wedding usually begins in an outdoor ceremony venue. These can include gardens, parks, beaches, and farmland. The decor is usually very natural and earth, and there’s a large emphasis on minimalist beauty.

If the ceremony is indoors, there’s usually a point made to bring the outdoors within. For example, couples may exchange vows in front of elaborate floral altars, or next to a large floral hanging installation. Anything that screams ‘nature’ is welcome at a rustic wedding.

Mikaila and Cameron’s purple picnic proposal

The pair lived together at the time of Cameron’s romantic proposal, and had been an item for four and a half years.

“We get along really well,” says Mikaila. “Cameron’s taught me a lot about myself and helped me stay focused on what’s important to me.”

On November 11, 2016 Cameron set up a picnic under a beautiful jacaranda tree that had dropped its flowers. He set up the picnic complete with rose petals and champagne in the middle of the field, surrounded by the purple of the fallen jacaranda flowers.

While the pair walked to the field, Cameron reminded Mikaila about their first date that had occurred in the very same location. He asked Mikaila to sit and told her of his proposal plans that he’d organised since June 2016.

“He then took out the ring and asked me to marry him,” says Mikaila. “I was so shocked I asked ‘Are you serious?’ I said yes, of course.”

“I loved the fact it was where our first date was,” recalls Mikaila. “I never thought Cameron could be that romantic! He did a great job.”

Mikaila’s ring is a round one-carat diamond, featuring half a carat made up of small diamonds on either side of the main diamond. “It’s white gold and is absolutely beautiful,” says Mikaila.

Mikaila and Cameron have already embarked on their wedding planning journey. They’ve booked their ceremony at St Peter Chanel, and their reception at the Australian Museum.

We wish Mikaila and Cameron the best of luck with their wedding planning, and hope to see their special day appear in our Real Weddings section in the future!

Sydney wedding caterers with something special

Searching for a caterer that’ll be a talking point at your wedding? Look no further! Here’s 5 Sydney wedding caterers with something special, as selected by the Editor (me) by how mouth-wateringly delicious their storefronts appear.

Simmone Logue

Beginning as a humble cake business in 1990, Simmone Logue still has the same commitment to food and passion for what she does. Successfully catering intimate sit down dinners to lavish cocktail affairs with 500 guests, no wedding is too big or too small for Simmone Logue. These Gold Licensed Caterers can also assist with staff, equipment hire, and offer a range of beverage packages to ensure your event is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Click here to find out why you NEED Simmone Logue at your wedding.

Barbicrew Catering Events

Offering a range of fire-roasted meats, poultry, sausages, and seafood, spit-roasted over natural charcoal to perfection, Barbicrew Catering Events promises something truly mouth watering for your wedding catering. This professional service offers a wide range of options to suit your wedding style, whether it’s buffet, cocktail, or sit-down catering! Check out their reviews today and read why so many happy couples adore Barbicrew Catering Events!

Bev’s Catering

With over 12 years experience in the catering business, Bev’s Catering promises something truly special for your wedding day. Bev’s Catering has menus to suit any occasion – whether it’s for as little as two people to extravagant soirees of 500 people! This team of professionals can even assist with all aspects of your function including catering, floral arrangements, cakes, and beverages! Check out Bev’s Catering today, you won’t be disappointed!