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Giving gifts to guests at weddings

A potted flower seedling, herb, or little succulent terrarium, are great ideas for useful bomboniere that can also double as a symbol for how relationships should be nurtured in order to flourish. The best thing is, guests will remember your wedding day every time they tend to the plant or see it around their home.


DON’T: Have them just because

If you are going to all of the planning and expense of providing bomboniere for your guests, make sure it’s something they will keep and cherish. Gifts that have little thought put into them and are there “just because” will probably meet with a sad end in the bin.


DO: Gets guests to DIY wedding bomboniere

Provide a lolly or cookie jar and a selection of treats, or healthy options if you prefer, at a lolly station and let guests pick and choose their own bomboniere. This way you know they are going to enjoy them later on.


DON’T: Feel tied to your theme

You may have fallen in love with the cobalt blue and silver theme for your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to match your bomboniere

The easy way for wedding extra special

Your social calendar is full of friends’ weddings, but how do you set yours apart from the rest? Here’s six specialty services additions to make your wedding extra special.

Add a little spark to your wedding with spectacular fireworks from Airwize Pyrotechnic Displays. Completely customisable to suit your wedding, Airwize will tailor to whatever budget you have in mind. Imagine cutting your cake with a fountain of pyrotechnic fireworks as your backdrop — your guests and your photographer will love it!

Get theatrical and mark your special day with a dove release. Releasing doves marks new beginnings, fidelity, prosperity, and good luck. The white dove chooses its mate for life, and symbolises true love, therefore proving a perfect addition to your wedding day.

Wish real life was a musical? Ever fantasised of bursting into song during pivotal moments in your life? Get your guests singing with Undercover Entertainers. These hand-picked singing waiters add spontaneity and fun to your wedding and are sure to get everyone smiling.

Personalise your special day with a Snapchat filter custom made just for you and your guests! This is a fun way to

Tricks for a middle aged wedding

Are young love-birds in their 20s and 30s the first thing you think of when someone utters the words ‘wedding‘, ‘bride’, or ‘groom’? What about the middle aged couples who get hitched? Are the rules any different if you’re a little older by the time you get married?

The short answer is no. Even if this is your second or third wedding, or you have just taken your time to find the love of your life, your age really is just a number at the end of the day and shouldn’t have any bearing over what your wedding day should look like.

If you love large gatherings that are truly opulent and OTT, or if intimacy and elopement are more your thing, don’t feel like your wedding has to be any different simply because of your age.

“Love is beautiful at every age.”

Real Bride Karen Fernance met her beau Allen Jenkins later in life. But her quote above proves you are never too old to get married. The pair, aged 50 and 57 respectively, met at the gym where Karen was working  – and Allen was working out.

Are You Dreaming of a fairytale destination wedding

Overlooking Noosa’s magnificent natural conservation sanctuary, RACV Noosa Resort offers a truly memorable wedding venue. Complete with panoramic views, the resort caters for 140 guests formal dining, to 240 guests cocktail. Complete with on-site accommodation, restaurant, cocktail bar, gymnasium, tennis court, and day spa, you and your guests have everything you need at your fingertips. What better way to celebrate your love and commitment to one another.

Strike envy into the hearts of your guests with a quintessential Noosa wedding. Located waterfront on the stunning Noosa River, the Noosa Boathouse is the perfect setting for both intimate and large weddings alike. This floating boathouse offers three unique reception venues, with the largest catering up to 220 guests cocktail. Complete with private jetty out front, you and your love can arrive and depart via boat — and what’s more Noosa than that?

Located beneath magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant offers a shady riverside setting for your special day. This venue caters to weddings of all sizes, with both seated and cocktail events available. Meet your love barefoot in the grass beneath the altar, and celebrate into the night beneath the stars. One of the more magical of Noosa wedding venues.

Priding itself on being

Place your head in the clouds

Capture rustic romance at Seclusions in the Blue Mountains. Seclusions is all-inclusive — the ceremony, photography, and reception — and caters to couples interested in getting involved in the entire planning process. This allows your wedding to truly reflect you as a couple, and make sure no stone is left unturned. Seating up to 150 guests, Seclusions is one of the most sought-after of Blue Mountains wedding venues.

With panoramic views of the iconic Blue Mountains, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden prides itself on offering world-class facilities and creating a day you (and your guests) will never forget. With a plethora of ceremony options to choose from, and trained staff on hand to fulfill all of your wants and needs, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden intends to make your special day everything you wished for.

Located overlooking the Iconic Blue Mountains, Fairmont Resort is the definition of timeless romance. With garden and lakeside ceremony options available on location, there’s no need to rush between venues. And, with six reception venues to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice! Fairmont Resort is the perfect setting to unwind in the extraordinary atmosphere of the Blue Mountains.

Sat on the edge of the Blue Mountains Echo Point,

Countryside charm and a leafy for a perfect wedding

Situated among the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley, Zonzo Estate offers an award-winning wedding venue guaranteed to impress. Priding itself on its traditional Italian ‘shared table’ custom, Zonzo Estate offers a truly unique and welcoming experience for guests of all ages to enjoy. The venue seats 130 guests and tailors any of your requests to make your special day reflect you as a couple. With a plethora of wins in the Restaurant Reception category of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards, both National and Victorian State, Zonzo Estate is the crème of the crop.

Nestled among magnificent gardens and vast vineyards, Yarra Ranges Estate is the go-to venue for rustic romance. Exchange vows beneath a gazebo, or in the idyllic Bluestone Room Chapel, and wander hand-in-hand to your reception. Catering to intimate weddings of 30, and larger guest lists of 150, Yarra Ranges Estate has something for everyone.

Located within 80 acres of magnificent vines and sloping valleys in the Upper Yarra Valley, Killara Estate caters to couples dreaming of a quintessential vineyard wedding. The reception venue seats up to 120 guests — perfect for the more intimate affairs. A boutique venue, Killara Estate Winery offers only one wedding per week, enabling the

A destination wedding dreams

Dreaming of a destination wedding in the crisp countryside air, but don’t feel like traveling hours and hours? Here are seven Adelaide Hills wedding venues on Adelaide’s doorstep that guests will love (and thank you for).

With magnificent views of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre certainly leaves its guests with a great first impression. Catering for larger soirees, capacity ranges between 140 and 350 guests across the three function rooms available. The perfect venue to ring in a new marriage.

With historic charm and five star reviews, the Bridgewater Mill in Adelaide Hills is the ideal setting for your unique wedding. Enthral guests with a live pianist and idyllic scenery. Accommodating up to 140 guests, the Bridgewater Mill is perfect for those chasing rustic romance.

Situated beneath Heritage-Listed Oak Trees, Auchendarroch House in Adelaide Hills offers elegance in the countryside. One of the most sought after of Adelaide Hills wedding venues, Auchendarcroch House caters to both intimate weddings of 20, and larger weddings of 150 to 230 guests. The Auchendarroch House really does have something for everyone.


With views of Adelaide City, Mount Lofty Ranges,

Every wedding theme

We here at Easy Weddings love the awards season. The gowns and the suits aren’t just for award ceremonies — we can see #RealWeddings brides and grooms taking inspiration from celebrity looks to create their dream wedding-wear. Here’s our four Oscars bride and groom picks to suit every wedding theme!

We love the subtle embellishment that fades into crisp white. Just imagine the glide-factor you’d get walking down the aisle with that train! Gorgeous.

We love the pure elegance of this dress. Although greatly embellished, the look is somewhat understated and minimalistic. As for wedding dresses, long-sleeve is currently on trend. Complete barefoot and with a flower crown, and you’d be the perfect boho-chic bride!

Fishtail dresses will always be ‘in’. This dress tastefully shows off her hour-glass figure — and we can just imagine the graceful movement that train will give the entire garment. Understated elegance perfect for a garden wedding.

We adore the simplicity of this midi dress. Though we aren’t thrilled over the train, the dress itself would be perfect for a coastal wedding. Imagine exchanging vows barefoot on the beach, and, with a midi dress, you won’t have to worry about ruining your train in the sand. Beautiful and

Relationship before marriage

This is not just for relationships that are in strife. Attending counselling together can help you to voice your worries and concerns, and air any pre-wedding jitters you may have in a safe space. The help of a professional to help you navigate this transition will benefit both of you. This is even more invaluable if this is the second marriage for one or both of you.


Create daily habits

Think of it as a ritual of sorts, but start to do something regularly that bonds you together. It can be a 15 minute conversation before you turn in each night, or stopping the early-morning rush each day to have a coffee and chat before you head off to work.

Start to develop boundaries for yourselves, and also your friends and family. You will want to find that balance where you can connect with your friends and family, and keep apace with what is happening in their worlds, while also giving you and your partner ample time for just the two of you. This can become harder when holidays like Christmas and Easter roll around — but talk it through in advance with your partner so you can make sure everyone is happy.


Make time

Tips for happy marriage

Planning your wedding may have been such a whirlwind that saying ‘I do’ became the easy part. But maintaining your vows as the years pass by is the real challenge of marriage and one you will need to work on together.

One American research project claims to have found the secret to a happy marriage, and it is actually a lot simpler than you would imagine.


Say thank you

When was the last time you thanked your partner for something they do all the time? Did you thank them for washing the dishes, taking out the bins, cooking you a delicious dinner, or running you a bath so you could have alone time?

The power of a simple ‘Thank you’ should not be underestimated.

A study of almost 500 couples by the University of Georgia found that being appreciated and believing your partner values you and what you do for them, directly influences your feelings towards your marriage.

The study found that not only can gratitude strengthen an already happy relationship, but it can help to mend bridges and reel in negativity from arguments that may arise on the winding path that is marriage.

Effectively, it can keep marriages from reaching divorce point. That’s pretty powerful stuff.

Even if

How to lose weight on a big day

You may be recently engaged (congrats!) or your wedding day is looming and you want to look perfect for the big day. But let us tell you — a crash diet or depriving your body in any way, shape or form is not the way to go! Here’s why NOT to lose weight for your wedding…


Your fiancé loves you as you are

The love of your life either proposed or accepted your proposal, so they are more than prepared to spend the rest of their life with you and love you as you are right now. While you might feel pressure to lose a few kilos, it’s important to remember the reason you are planning a wedding is to celebrate the love between you and your fiancé. The number written on the inside of your dress or suit jacket is irrelevant.


You will look hot

No matter whether it reads 6 or 26, no one is going to see the size of your dress or suit, and no doubt you’ve put some thought into choosing a dress or suit in a style and colour that matches your personality and body shape for your big day. This will make you feel super sexy when you say “I Do” and nothing

Hens night tradition of hitting the male strip club

Bridal Party High Tea, Hens Parties, and Kitchen Teas

Get your hens clucking with a classy Bridal Party High Tea at Mary Eats Cake. Specialising in vintage class, Mary Eats Cake will cater to your bridal party at their tea house, or at a venue of your choice.

With a selection of savoury and sweet items, scones with jam and cream, flowers, vintage tea ware, silvery and cutlery, artisan teas, and exclusive tea rooms on-site, Mary Eats Cake has everything you need to enjoy a memorable day with your girls.

Sarah from Mary Eats Cake’s favourite items this summer are “Lavender macarons, passionfruit and white chocolate tart, and berry cheesecake drizzled with black tea syrup”. Yum!
Get your girls together and unhinge your creativity! Bond while learning how to build your own beautiful flower crown. Wild Heart Huntress parties will arrive at your chosen location and set up all flower crown building utensils, the tools, and of course, the flowers. A truly unique, memorable, and classy way to celebrate with your girls.

Why not grab your girls and jet off overseas for your last hurrah? Coincidentally named ‘Last Hurrah Bali’, they will make sure your hens weekend is truly unforgettable. With the option of

Plan for get married in your 20s

People are doing everything later in life: buying their first homes, having children, and getting married. But there are still couples out there who have been blessed to meet the love of their lives at a young age and are getting married in their early 20s or even younger.

Your partner may be your high school sweetheart, or someone you’ve had an instant connection with. Emotional maturity has nothing to do with your physical age, and if you are considering getting married young, there are some simple things you can identify in yourself to see if you’re ready to make the lifetime commitment.


You are ready to farewell single life

If the thrill of the chase, meeting new people and getting to know them in a romantic sense no longer appeals to you, and you are ready to say goodbye to all of this, then you are in the right frame of mind to commit to marriage. Similarly, be sure you’re not hung up on any exes and there aren’t any ‘what if’ scenarios playing out in your mind. If you have any niggling doubts, perhaps it’s best to wait as marriage is a major step and should be taken seriously.


You know who you are

There are

Wedding vendors ideas

The extensive Easy Weddings supplier directory can help you get started by finding vendors in the area where you want to tie the knot. Here, we wanted to share some of the most amazing wedding vendors across a range of specialties that you won’t want to miss out on for your wedding.

Thinking of a wedding in the glorious Whitsundays? You can’t go past Villa Botanica for the ideal destination wedding venue.

The five acre estate in Airlie Beach is perched on the edge of the Coral Sea and boasts breathtaking views and landscaped tropical gardens.

Couples can be married in the hand-carved timber wedding pavilion at the end of a palm-lined mosaic walkway — great for a grand entrance.

The reception can be held on an expansive 30 metre-long veranda with ocean views under twinkling fairy lights and intricate wall carvings — antiquity and stylish extravagance creating a setting that could be anywhere in the world.

Then you can move on to the marble ballroom to dance the night away. A truly magical wedding awaits if you secure this exclusive venue.

A love of weddings drew Anthony Cribbes into the world of celebrants, and he is on a mission to liven up the industry by ensuring

Nature and effortless beauty on your wedding

Achieve the theatrics your wedding day deserves with the perfect bohemian dress. The beautiful long lace train of this dress makes an exquisite statement any bohemian bride would be proud to walk down the aisle in.

This long sleeved lace kimono style dress is the perfect alternative to a traditional wedding dress. A dress like this begs for the background of a sun setting over the sea. A classic amongst bohemian lace wedding dresses!

Equal parts traditional and bohemian, a dress like this will speak to both the free spirit and the regal princess in you. A traditional lace pattern but in a simple dress design is the love child of these two styles.

Grace Loves Lace is the queen of bohemian-inspired dresses and this GLL dress is no exception. The beautiful lace cape that falls elegantly over this dress oozes luxury in a beautiful yet understated way. Any bohemian bride would look just the part in this dress.

This perfect pairing of lace and tulle this dress would be the perfect centerpiece at any bohemian themed wedding. Gorgeous teamed with a loose mermaid braid and a bejewelled hairpiece.

If you’re a free-spirited flower child at heart but contemporary fashion calls your name then this is the dress for

Do you plan wedding at Disneyland Paris

If watching the various Disney princesses marry their true loves in royal style has made you swoon for years, you now have the chance to create your very own fairy tale wedding at Disneyland in Paris.

The city of love, Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and the love of your life – what more could you need to start your happily ever after?

Maybe a horse-drawn Cinderella-style carriage!

And now, this is all possible for couples seeking a destination wedding with a sprinkling of magic.

Disneyland Paris boasts a wedding planner to coordinate everything from the theme to the location within the grounds and any extras you wish to have for your big day. The idea is, that you just show up and enjoy the day.

Couples have the choice of designing a bespoke ceremony and reception, or there are a range of Romantic Wedding Collections packages available. For 32 000€ (almost $44,000), couples can have a 1920’s-inspired Newport Bay Club celebration with “beautiful nautical settings”.

Or for 44 000€ (just over $60,000), there is the option of a Disneyland Hotel wedding package features Disney-themed tables and a Victorian-inspired backdrop.

But for the ultimate Disney fan or those who have dreamed about a royal wedding, the ultimate happily-ever-after package

A groomsman that plans the bucks night

Stripper? How about a magician instead! If you think the female anatomy is bedazzling, just wait til you see this card trick Faux-Houdini can perform. He’s impressive AND male. Did I mention women aren’t allowed at this bucks night? He can make an ‘adult toy’ disappear twice as quick as a stripper — he just throws it in the trash where it belongs. Ta-da!

Booze cruise? I recommend a peaceful gondola ride down the river. This is a perfect time for your fiance and his boys to reflect on the value of mateship, and bring the group closer together. No alcohol allowed as this is a safety hazard. And, with impaired judgment, how will they be able to paddle the boat? Don’t drink and drown, folks.

BBQ ribs and steak? No way. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that men love to mill about, eating cheese and assorted meat platters, and gossip about other people. Plus, BBQ sauce will stain your fiance’s crisp white shirt. Gross.

Drinking games? I have a game for you. It’s called: Talk extensively about what you love about me (the bride). The rules are: sit in a circle and take turns telling the groom why he’s lucky to have me (in

Find the Amazing bridal party ideas

The bride no longer has to pick girlfriends and the groom, his best male buddies. Couples are simply choosing their bridal party based on their relationship with them rather than their sex. At this gorgeous real wedding, Shannan and Matt both included the opposite gender in their bridal parties.

Couples are thinking beyond their closest friends or siblings to include in the bridal party. If grandma has never been a bridesmaid and she is close to the couple, she can score herself a place in the bridal party as a bridesmaid or flower girl! Likewise, if grandpa has been instrumental in the couple’s lives, he could also be standing with the other bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Mismatched outfits have been around for some time now, but this year things are getting even more personalised. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are often gaining full control of their outfit, being able to choose everything from the colour to the style and in the case of dresses, length. The result is a wonderful mish-mash that allows each individual’s personality to shine through.

For the ladies, dresses are quickly being replaced with skirt and top ensembles. Bridesmaids are even bearing a little more flesh with high-waisted skirts being matched with

Having a baby after marriage

Congratulations! You and your partner are becoming parents and you have never been so ecstatic. But no matter how long you have been together, your relationship will never be on a more intense ride than the roller coaster of parenthood. Read on to see how a baby changes your marriage.


You can practically prepare for it as much as you like, read the books, study the techniques, or sign up for classes, but until you never know how you will both go until you are already strapped in and the ride has started!

There is absolutely no way that introducing a little human into your lives is not going to have an impact on the relationship with your spouse – it completely changes the dynamics of your family.

But this can be both amazing and challenging. Here are some ways a baby can change your marriage and some solutions to work through this adjustment together.

As newlyweds, your worlds revolved around each other. But once a baby arrives, they are the new center of gravity that you and your spouse revolve around.

Although newborns live a simple life at first, requiring food, plenty of sleep and regular nappy changes, their 24/7 reliance on you does

Wedding traditions that you like

When it comes to wedding planning for same-sex couples, the vast majority of wedding traditions simply don’t fit with their celebration of love and lifelong commitment. So, what more can you do than to throw tradition away and start creating your own?

While this can be a daunting concept at first, countless couples have gone on to create beautiful and powerful ceremonies that borrow from the conventions they would like to include while doing away with the parts that go against the grain for their personalities and beliefs.

The result? Unique weddings that are setting trends for others to follow. Here are some of the same-sex wedding trends that we love.


Farewell gender roles

Why exclude other sexes from your bridal party in order to follow tradition?

Many same-sex couples doing away with traditional gender roles and creating bridal parties made up of the people who love and support them, regardless of their gender!

While some brides and grooms choose to stick to tradition by both donning white, or going for the black and white combo, others are seeking a more personalised approach by wearing complimenting colours. We love the two brides above choice of wearing opposite colours in gorgeous, chic silhouettes.

Also, in some cases, dresses