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What are you meant to say in your wedding toast?

You’ve been bestowed the honour of giving a toast at a wedding – cue the freakout! While standing up in front of a room full of people is not the idea of fun for a huge percentage of the population, it is a job given to a select few at a wedding, so it’s time to embrace the role.

Traditionally, toasts were the realm of the men, with the best man, a father (or both), and then the groom addressing guests. But now the bridesmaids, mothers and even brides are getting in on the action and there’s no right or wrong order in which they should be given – although it is nice for the newlyweds to have the last say.

If you have been asked to step up to the plate on the big day, it’s best to start giving some thought early on about what you might say, so that you can have time to think a bit outside the box, dig through that memory of yours to find some fond ones you can share and perhaps even throw in a practice run or two in front of the mirror… or your cats… to get a feel for how it will flow on the day.

The average wedding toast does for between three and five minutes, but if the couple have chosen quite a list of people to speak on the night, it’s best to keep it short and sweet.

What do you say?

Start by introducing yourself and your relationship with the couple. If you knew one before the other, you can weave in a story about how you met them and your first impressions when meeting their partner.

You can share your thoughts on how they seemed awkward at first, or how one had to work hard to win the other over, or even how they seemed to have an instant connection – but no matter how you choose to frame it, always keep it positive.

The next portion of a toast is usually dedicated to telling a story or two about the couple, or one of them. You can choose to be sentimental, inject some humour, or be serious (but not robotic-serious!!). Above all else, what you say needs to be appropriate to the occasion.

Toasts are generally wrapped by talking about the newlywed’s relationships and wishing them well for their future together.

Be yourself when speaking! Don’t try to be a comedian if you are not normally a joker and don’t spout mushy poetry if you normally can’t stomach the stuff. The couple chose you because you are you – they don’t expect you to put on a show!

How to beat the post wedding blues

Just as a large number of mothers feel postnatal depression so too do a number of brides feel the post-wedding blues.

You are no longer spending every spare moment ironing out details, calling suppliers, visiting bridal party members, shopping for items, and making sure you have ticked everything off your to-do list in a timely fashion.

Instead, you have all of this free time on your hands. And while you are happily married, sometimes too much free time can make the mind wander to places it wouldn’t ordinarily go.

It is completely normal to pine for the loss of pre-wedding excitement – you are most definitely not alone – but there are a number of ways you can combat the post-wedding blues and climb out of the slump to embrace this new phase of your life.

Take some time

If you haven’t already set off on your honeymoon, plan to have a few days after your wedding to spend with friends and family before you go.

An immediate change from a room full of people in full celebration mode to isolation with just you and your new spouse can be a little too abrupt.

Similarly, when you return from your honeymoon, take a few extra days to spend together and continue to revel in newlywed bliss before you go back to work and fall back into the same old routine.

Find something else to plan ahead for

The thrill of anticipation of a wedding and the accomplishment that follows once you’ve had the best day of your life is hard to replicate, but having something else to look forward to can help to ease the post-wedding blues.

Think of some of the things you might have wanted to do while wedding planning but didn’t have the time and organise to do them after the wedding instead. It could be something like taking your new spouse out to a new restaurant or enjoying a weekend away with friends.

Connect with your guests

Whether you had a wishing well, gift registry, or left it up to luck what your guests gifted to you, you will have some thank you cards to write.

Take extra time and care with this and write some handwritten notes that share some special memories you have of that person or people from your wedding day.

Reliving these funny and heart-warming moments will help you to feel good about the connections you have with the people who attended your wedding, who are still in your life no matter what.

Time to tidy up

When you feel mentally ready to do so, start to clean up all of the wedding paraphernalia in your house. Pass on or recycle those wedding magazines and archive your planning notes to keep as a memento for years down the track.

This is a big step, but when you are ready you can look at what you’d like to do with your gown. It might be to have it dry cleaned and preserved for you to keep, or list it for sale so another bride-to-be can enjoy it.

Taking care of these activities might seem painful, but will be paramount to your healing process and help you to work through your feelings about the wedding day being over.

Join a social or sporting group

You have created a big group for yourself when planning your wedding – your bridal party, family, guests, and a team of suppliers. Now that the wedding is over, it seems like they have all moved on.

To regain that special sense of belonging, you can seek out a new club to join. It could be a social meet-up group, a book club, a cooking workshop, or sporting club, even an online group of newly married women who will be going through the same transitional phase as you are.

Focus on your marriage

Remember the whole picture of your wedding. It wasn’t just the outfits, the flowers, the atmosphere, and the location – it was all about the man or woman that you married.

They are the center of your universe now and you need to keep that in perspective. Channel some of your time and energy into planning your future life together, whether that be settling down or jet-setting to tick of bucket list items.

Brisbane wedding venues you need to see

Customs House

With magnificent architecture and a view of the Brisbane river, Customs House offers a wedding venue you and your guests are unlikely to ever forget! With their expertise, impeccable cuisine, high-quality service, and great attention to detail, the event coordinators at Customs House will ensure you receive everything you envisioned for your day.

Glengariff Historic Estate

Dating back to 1876, Glengariff Historic Estate proudly hosts over 150 weddings per year – and yours could be next! With endless wedding photography opportunities, this venue features garden rooms, vineyards, a lake, a jetty, a waterfall, a rustic barn, and classical stone arbours. Check out their gallery and read why so many couples are in love with Glengariff Historic Estate!

Cloudland

With several exclusively designed ceremony and reception locations to choose from, Cloudland offers something truly special for your wedding. Featuring a lush indoor garden, a waterfall, glistening chandeliers, hanging love seats, and an industrial stair case, Cloudland is something that usually only exists in your wildest daydreams! Check out their gallery and reviews today!

Villa Botanica

Set on the edge of the Coral Sea in the Whitsundays, Villa Botanica offers a truly unique experience for your wedding. With its gorgeous tropical gardens and architecture, this five acre estate boasts breathtaking views overlooking the sea. And, with a sparkling marble ballroom for your reception, you can expect great things fromVilla Botanica.

Factory 51

With its outstanding character and visual appeal, Factory 51 is perfect for the quintessential rustic or industrial wedding. Featuring red brick walls, steel beams, a dazzling chandelier, polished concrete floors, and a private terrace, Factory 51 is something worth having a good hard look at!

Your wedding videography questions answered!

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 videography questions answered by real industry experts!

Q: I want to post my wedding video online but Facebook doesn’t let me due to the music copyright

“It is part of videographer’s contract that says they’ll be using music that isn’t rightfully theirs? I want to post my video for family and friends to see, and my video is basically useless if I can’t!”

A: by Whitedress Productions

“This is a great question and such an important issue to raise when looking for a professional videographer. As professional video makers, we at Whitedress Productions only use licensed music to produce our wedding highlight films. This way we and our couples can upload wedding highlight films onto any online platform for viewing and sharing. We also always encourage a pre-wedding consultation with our couples and explain how important music licensing is and how it applies to wedding films.”

Q: Why should I get a videographer if I’m already having a photographer?

“I’m on the fence about videography and need that extra push. Can you tell me why I should have both a photographer and a videographer at my wedding?”

A: Professional Photos & Video by EyeDropper Designs

“I think photography and video are both equally as important. Photography can capture your memories – whether they are posed or candid in nature. Your photographer will be able to capture your emotion and excitement at a split-second in time. You’ll be able to put your photos on the wall, in an album, and post online.

Video is amazing on a whole different level. It allows you to actually relive what happened on your day. Your guests will have to opportunity to leave special words for you, you can capture the magic in everyone’s eyes, or the tear that trickles down mum’s cheek as she helps you into your dress. Photography, of course, can capture this too, but it’s a frozen memory. Video will allow you to watch the moment take place and bring you back to that emotion.

And, videography is great for bloopers! Capturing the groom and groomsmen mucking around during their preparations can be a great laugh for the bride who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see what the guys go up to that day, and vice versa!”

Destination weddings: should we or shouldn’t we?

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.

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.

What’s the average cost for wedding catering?

Couples today place a large emphasis on feeding their wedding guests only the highest quality and best-tasting food on offer – no matter the cost! We understand – guests often remember a wedding by whether or not they enjoyed the food provided!

So how much are Australian couples willing to part with to feed their guests? How much on average does wedding catering cost?

According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Australian Wedding Survey, the average price couples are willing to spend to cater their wedding is $8,160.

When it comes to how much couples are willing to part with to feed their guests at their dream wedding, the average price varies from state to state across Australia.

The stats

Australian Capital Territory couples are the big spenders in this case, forking out an average of $11,065 to cater their wedding.

Victorian couples spend an average of $9,895 on their catering, while New South Wales couples are willing to part with $8,955.

Tasmanian couples spend an average of $7000, closely followed by Western Australian and Northern Territory couples who’ll part with $6,570 and $6,300 respectively.

Queensland couples are the most modest when it comes to catering their wedding, only forking out an average of $4,800!

Fun facts

According to the 2016 Easy Weddings Annual Australian Survey, 62% of couples are having sit-down catering for their wedding. 24% said they’re having a buffet, and 14% are having finger food.

Melbourne wedding caterers with a twist

Jetty Road Catering

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Passionate about craft beer and good food, Jetty Road Catering offers something truly special for your wedding catering. Brewing an awesome, hop-driven American Pale Ale and a range of craft beers, Jetty Road Catering also provides sensational food and locally sourced wine. Check out their storefront today and delight your guests with Jetty Road Catering!

Hot Coals Catering

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Operating since 2008, Hot Coals Catering with their trailer mounted wood-fired ovens, offers a variety of culinary delights for your wedding guests! Providing either a buffet, waiter service, or a food stall to cater to festival weddings, the Hot Coals Catering team has something to suit every wedding! Check out their reviews today and find out why so many happy couples adore Hot Coals Catering!

Bianco Latte

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What’s better than having gelato at your wedding? Bianco Latte offers to wow your guests with the finest quality homemade gelato and sorbet, served from their beautiful vintage Sicilian ice-cream cart. All ingredients used are locally made and sourced, and all the gelato and sorbet is manufactured entirely by themselves. Check outBianco Latte today – you won’t be disappointed!

The Oyster Butler Experience

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The Oyster Butler Experience offers something that’s sure to get your guests talking! These Oyster Butlers walk among your guests as they shmooze, offering award-winning oysters and shucking them right then and there! Providing only the finest and freshest oysters straight from their farm, this innovative and creative approach to catering is something your guests will remember for years to come. Check out The Oyster Butler Experiencetoday!

Fun facts about weddings you NEED to know

Wish you knew all the ins and outs about Australian weddings before you got started on the wedding planning track? Well sit back and enjoy, because here’s all the fun facts about weddings according to the 2016 Easy Weddings Annual Wedding Survey!

Marriage

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Marriages and Divorces 2014, there were 121,197 marriages in 2014.

The average age of a bride is 28, and the average age of a groom in 29 years old. This is based on first-time brides and grooms only.

Budget

The average wedding budget estimation begins at $20,913 excluding the honeymoon. During wedding planning, the average cost couples believe they will pay is $24,932. The final average wedding cost in total is $30,985.

Colours

The five most popular primary wedding theme colours include blues, purples, whites and creams, shades of pink, and greens.

Themes

The 10 most popular wedding themes include rustic, classic/traditional, romantic, garden/outdoors, vintage, contemporary and glamorous, beach, vineyard, and boho chic.

Location

34% of weddings occur in New South Wales, 24% occur in Victoria, and 20% occur in Queensland. 11% of Australian weddings occur in Western Australia, and 7% in South Australia. Tasmania holds only 2%, and both Canberra and Northern Territory only host 1% of Australian weddings.

89% of couples will marry in their home state or territory.

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.