Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wedding Theme Spotlight: Beach/Tropical Weddings

Beach weddings are perfect for fuss-free couples, nautical enthusiasts, beach babes and those looking for a ‘destination wedding’ feel, especially in the tropics. 

Wedding of Declan and Cassandra
Theme Ideas 
  • Summer Days
  • Beach Beauty
  • Tropical Oasis
  • Beach Bliss
  • Casual Elegance
  • Fun & Relaxed
  • Island Escape
  • Beach Chic

Wedding of Alana and Drew
Wedding of Alana and Drew
A romantic beach wedding offers the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and relax in a sunny place with your friends and family. The outdoor location is perfect for a laid-back day, with soft sands and blue skies making a glorious backdrop for your photos, plus your guests will have somewhere fun and scenic to spend their time between the ceremony and the reception. 

Relaxed, flowing dresses and opulent fishtail gowns both work well for a beach wedding – and you can ditch the heels for pretty sandals or even bare feet. Finally, a beach wedding provides an instant honeymoon option! 

Jessica and Jarrod | Adori Studios

At a summer beach ceremony, ensure your guests (especially older ones) are taken care of with seating, shade and supplies like water bottles. Carry the beachy feel from the ceremony to the reception by decorating tables with glass jars filled with shells and vases of flowers anchored with sand. 

The natural surroundings call for a clean colour palette with white as base and pink or blue as an accent. Think white-washed chairs, white or cream flowers, and tea candles or lanterns. If you’re a dedicated water baby, think about hiring a boat for your arrival or enquire about booking a part of the pier for pre-reception drinks for your guests. 

Beautiful Beach Weddings
I Do Events Whitsundays
Double Check 
Unpredictable weather, like rain and strong winds, can be the trickiest aspect of organising a beach wedding so be sure to have a back-up plan. Think about nearby parks that offer shelter or check with your venue about their wet weather ceremony options. 

Ensure you have best contacts for all your guests to alert them to any last-minute venue changes. If you’re planning a sunset wedding, timing 
is everything so work closely with your celebrant and photographer to ensure you make the most of those precious minutes.  

Sterling Studios
Need to know 
Most beaches will require a permit so contact the local council to make sure you have all the documentation. You should also check to make sure there are no big events being held on the same day as your wedding – like a triathlon! And don’t forget that beaches are public places, so you might have a few spectators on the day. 

Porfyri Photography
Check list 
Access: Older guests in particular will appreciate an easy walk to your ceremony site. Sun care: If your ceremony is going to be in the full glare of the sun, parasols are a fashionable alternative to hair-destroying hats and pretty fans will help keep guests cool. 

Vivid Photography
Studio Six
Final touches 
A sand ceremony can add colour to the formalities of the day. Both the bride and groom and members of their families can pour vials of coloured sand from the beach into a slender glass vase to signify the joining of the two families. 


Psst! You can more helpful tidbits in the current issue of QB, which, if you don't have you can get here.

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30 Top Wedding Trends for 2013 - #19 French Cheese Tables and Tastings

Only eleven more trends after this one...

19. French Cheese Tables and Tastings

Stewart Ross Photography
Not every bride and groom has a sweet tooth, so French cheese tasting tables are a stylish alternative and a great way to encourage guests to mingle. 

A great way to incorporate the French into your theme is to add French labels to all of your decor - give your guests a bit of a French lesson! Let's start with fromage - the glorious word for cheese.

Team cheeses and their accompaniments with matching wines to create a sophisticated wedding experience.

QB x

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Theme Spotlight: City Weddings

City weddings are perfect for modern couples looking for a chic and convenient 
venue to complement their day. If you’re inspired by bright lights and late nights, the dramatic city skyline could be the perfect backdrop for your day or night event. 

Ivy and Ju | Studio Impressions

Theme Ideas
  • City Glamour
  • Classic Chic
  • High Society
  • Black and White
  • Urban Elegance
  • Modern Romance
  • Contemporary Formal

A backdrop of glittering city lights and towering skyscrapers works well for an elegant or high glamour affair. Well-positioned reception rooms, from grand heritage ballrooms to sleek modern spaces, offer cool views and twinkling vistas after dark, and the convenient location means you’re never far from any last-minute finishing touches. This can also be a plus for guests, especially those travelling from interstate or overseas, who will easily be able to find comfortable accommodation close by.  

City locations also provide inspired backdrops to your wedding photos with parks and gardens, skylines and urban settings, winding rivers and bridges all relatively easy to access. City weddings often involve booking through restaurants or hotels that offer complete reception packages, meaning you don’t have to worry about tedious menu planning, hiring wait staff, or organising music and audio equipment. 

Studio Impressions
Clean lines, crisp whites and shiny metallics all invoke a sense of refined drama perfect for city weddings. Aiming for a chic minimalist effect? 

Work with black and white or white with an accent colour. Choose simple but high quality linen, dinnerware, table decorations and bomboniere. If lavish city glamour is more your thing, go for high drama with tall candlesticks, overfl owing bouquets of blooms and gold or silver details. 

Melissa and Peter | Studio Con Brio
Double Check 
Parking in the CBD can be a challenge so check with your venue for the best options on-site and close by. City landmarks like libraries and museums create stunning images, just remember to check with the council or site beforehand to find out if you need a permit to shoot there. 

Wedding of Tamara and Amy | Ian Wilkinson Photography
Final touches 
Soften an all-urban look by adding personal touches. Create a signature drink for guests to 
sip on; weave your initials into the decorations; or give guests custom wedding favours – bridal illustrations with a personal message or fun photos in a luxurious frame are perfect keepsakes. 

Studio Impressions

Psst! You can more helpful tidbits in the current issue of QB, which, if you don't have you can get here.

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30 Top Wedding Trends for 2013 - #18 Hot Honeymoons

After all this wet weather, I think we're missing the heat a little! But if this latest trend is anything to go by, our Queensland brides are prepared to stay toasty.

18. Hot honeymoons

As well as heading into wild territory with African honeymoons a hot choice for 2012/13, couples are also heading back to traditionally romantic destinations such as Greece, Italy and France. Closer to home, Fiji, Thailand, Hawaii and North Queensland are all magnets for Queensland newlyweds. 

Try browsing through mags like Holidays for Couples and Great Destination Weddings for some travel inspiration that is perfect for two.

Honeymoon of Kiah & Scott, Africa
QB x

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring - But It's My Wedding Day!?

Every bride dreads an unforeseen weather disaster during their wedding. But where there is a problem, there is a solution!

Here are QB's tips for a wedding in unkind weather...

Be careful when choosing your dates and locations, are they prime targets for windy or rainy weather? If they are, take steps to make your day go smoothly.

Prior to your wedding day you should find the time to plan for any kind of disaster - not just weather related. What is your B plan? Is it a tent? Is it a second location? Be especially prepared if you're having an outdoor wedding. 

Hopefully if you are inundated with wet weather or harsh winds, you will have prepared. Make sure the people closest to you will know the drill if something goes wrong!

Photographers are quite skilled with their cameras. They will know exactly what to do and how to photograph it to make sure your wedding photos turn out as beautiful as you dreamed.

So, okay, maybe your wedding is a little wetter than planned, a little colder, a little windier, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. Take a splash in a puddle, have fun, embrace the weather and it won't be able to ruin your day!

The foggy wedding of Tobby and Michelle

Psst! You can more helpful tidbits in the current issue of QB, which, if you don't have you can get here.

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30 Top Wedding Trends for 2013 - #17 Mint

This past weekend has sure been full of crazy weather! QB hopes that everyone is safe and doing fine. And we have just the cure for those wet weather blues, trend seventeen is perfect for brightening those spirits!

17. Mint

This fresh pastel hue is the up and coming wedding accent colour, ideal for bridesmaid dresses, dessert buffets, invitations and centrepieces. Move away from the 'lolly shop' feel by simply teaming with white – this colour combination is a whole new level of crisp, understated style.

Wedding of Josh and Brittany
Wedding of Chris and Rebecca

QB x

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Trend #16 Convertible Dresses | Trend #18 Hot Honeymoons

Monday, January 28, 2013

30 Top Wedding Trends for 2013 - #16 Convertible Dresses

Happy Australia Day - In Lieu! Everybody loves a good public holiday, that's why we're keeping the trends coming for y'all...

16. Convertible Dresses

Princess Kate, Queen Kate (Moss) and even Kim Karshadian all embraced the reception dress trend and so have Queensland Brides

Running on from this trend, designers like Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhullier showcased removable skirts in their Spring/Summer 2013 bridal shows. 

Wedding of Jessica & Tom, Photos: Feather and Stone
Wedding of Jessica & Tom, Photos: Feather and Stone
While this trend requires some forethought and a lot of creativity, having a dress that converts from ceremony to reception can make your day a lot less stressful.

Talk to your bridal designer about your own unveiling moment with a detachable train or skirt, or try a shrug or cape for an even easier costume change.

QB x

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Trend #15 Glimmer Glimmer | Trend #17 Mint

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hidden Gems

Look for hidden treasure in a fairytale woodland setting of rich timbers and icy mountain streams. Glittering diamonds, lustrous pearls and beautiful bespoke pieces form a bridal bounty. 

Xennox Diamond World
The seductive curves and gleaming lustre of a quality pearl brings a sophisticated touch to any ensemble. Perfect for classic or vintage-inspired celebrations. 

Shop 17/Balcony Level, Brisbane Arcade, Queen Street Mall Brisbane.

Girls Love Pearls
Girls Love Pearls
Girls Love Pearls

The dazzle of a diamond is sure to put you in a marrying mood. And what better jewellery investment could you hope for than a ring you’ll love wearing every day of your life? Rich gold is always eye-catching, or try a white-gold, silver or platinum finish. 

Level 2/130 Queen Street Mall, Cnr Albert Street, Brisbane City 

Xennox Diamond World
Xennox Diamond World
Fall in love with romantic signature pieces and classic diamonds and pearls. 

Shop 113 Brookside Shopping Centre Osborne Rd, Mitchelton (jewellers on site). P: 3355 3255. 
Toowong Jewellers Shop GA17, Toowong Shopping Village 
P: 3870 1183 

Bellrose Jewellers 
Bellrose Jewellers
Bellrose Jewellers
Dreamy diamonds work their magic in a range of settings. Choose a luxurious pair of earrings, the clean lines of a modern-meets-Deco design, a slender marquise shape or an organic-inspired wrap to catch the light. 

Level 1/Shop 14, Broadway on the Mall. Queen Street Brisbane City 

Gilletts Jeweller
Gilletts Jeweller
Gilletts Jeweller
You won’t be able to keep your eyes off this irresistable hand candy, featuring vintage-inspired settings with bold modern lines. Bring a finishing touch of sparkle and shine with earrings and pendants in Swarovski crystals (gorgeous as bridesmaids’ gifts), sapphires or diamonds. 

Wallace Bishop 
Shop online or find your closest store at 
Fingerprint rings showcase the depth of your groom’s commitment while Family Crest rings offer a striking alternative to a traditional band – and make an amazing family hierloom. For you, a stunning woven necklace is a contemporary statement to cherish. 

Shop 10/Albany Place, 640 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek. 

Peter Gordon Jeweller
Peter Gordon Jeweller
Peter Gordon Jeweller

Photography: Nicolette Johnson  


Psst! You can see all this and more in the current issue of QB (which, if you don't have you can get here).

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