Welcome to the Secret Diary of a Wedding Planner!

Within these pages you shall find...clever wedding tips from industry insiders, simply delightful photographs and oodles of inspiration.


Victoria x

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wedding Showcase: Rhiannon & Terrence

Bonjour mes amis,

On Saturday 06 March 2010 the beautiful Rhiannon married the equally charming Terrence at Q1 on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

With both Rhiannon and Terrence living in New York they decided to enlist the help of The Little White Wedding Company to ensure everything ran according to plan on their wedding day.

With the ceremony and reception both being dressed in understated elegance the guests whom had travelled from far and wide were able to relax and enjoy the day.

Before I share the photographs from Rhiannon and Terrence’s wedding, I would like to point out that the bride created her wedding stationery suite herself…a job very well done!!

A huge thank you must go to the very talented Todd Hunter McGaw (http://www.toddhuntermcgaw.com.au) for these beautiful images which perfectly captured this magical occasion.

Victoria x

Friday, April 23, 2010

Seasonal Décor: Spring

Bonjour mes amis,

With most weddings taking approximately 250 hours to completely plan it makes sense that the planning process often begins several months or even over a year before the wedding date (of course this varies from couple to couple, depending on the popularity of their venue etc.). With this in mind we’ve decided to create a seasonal décor blog that will provide brides with inspiration for their table settings with each season’s “hot” colour. Right now, it’s pink for 2010’s spring brides.

I know there’s a misconception about the colour pink and I experience on a regular basis. I’m convinced that this is because they have flashes of OTT weddings (that of course feature fluro pink and look more like prom!) they’ve seen on one of the many wedding shows on TV. I’m not talking Colin Cowie’s show…I’m a huge fan of his…the shows I’m talking about are more like Bridezilla…get my drift?

Me personally…well I love pink! It’s such a versatile colour – the deep shades like magenta and cerise can exude elegance, the lighter shades light-heartedness while a mixture of shades perfectly compliment a garden or country setting and when used as just a hint colour it can complete vintage inspired bouquets and arrangements. Pink is just so effortlessly feminine and versatile that I can’t seem to get enough of it!

If you’re a little hesitant that’s ok…just because you wish to feature pink doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate other colours. Flick through Martha Stewart Weddings current issue and you’ll see some unexpected but seriously delicious pairings with copper, gray and navy which will put your mind at ease.

Of course the degree to which your shades of pink feature in your wedding is entirely up to you. For more discreet touches, secure your neatly folded napkins with a luscious pink bow, fill your champagne flutes with Rosé, feature a pink lolly buffet or hint at the colour in your stationery.

For more of a dramatic impact though, the most obvious option is to adorn your tables with pink floral arrangements. These can sit beautifully on the palest of pink overlays or for some contrast on the tables use tid-bits of black or navy. Alternatively, if your style is more clean and streamlined you could dress the room in white and saturate it with the perfect pink lighting.

The ways in which you can incorporate pink into your wedding really are endless and my personal preference as to how to approach this tends to chain regularly depending on my mood (funnily enough, the same applies to my nail polish!) so instead of focusing on one take, visit a variety of inspirational images from Martha Stewart Weddings website to help you on your way!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring/Summer Fashion for the Bride-to-be

Bonjour mes amis,

I have a confession to make…something which I've been harbouring for a while...I am in LOVE…with Collette Dinnigan!!

Even though her latest bridal collection has been out for a little while now, I’m still completely and utterly in awe of both her Snow White & Secret Garden collections.

With beautiful lace detailing and breathtaking embellishments you can't go wrong with Collette Dinnigan. The shape and design of her dresses show that this designer not only knows how to dress women (let's face it, that's no secret when talking about Collette Dinnigan!) but that she also has the ability to know what brides look for in a wedding dress. Take a few minutes to look through both collections on her website and whether you're having a formal affair or a more relaxed garden wedding or anything in between you're bound to find something for you. http://www.collettedinnigan.com

I don’t want to ruin the experience for you with my blabbing so I thought I’d let the pictures speak for themselves.

Collette Dinnigan - Bridal - Snow White Collection:

Collette Dinnigan has boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Check their website for details.

With the 2010 spring/summer collections shown in New York the reports came flying in: lace, volume and textured layers are key elements this season. With standouts presented by Vera Wang who added a little extra detail to her collection by incorporating bows on most of her dresses. Monique Lhuillier who so beautifully layered her gowns and added delicate detail with her effortless lace work, and Carolina Herrera who reinvented the classic wedding dress with a black floral print there’s plenty of options for every bride-to-be who wants to stand out from the crowd. Pair these looks with a modern bun or up-do and you’re bound to be a fashionable spring bride.

Victoria x

Monday, April 12, 2010

Introducing...Invite with Style

Bonjour mes amis

Not too long ago, I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely Anna from Invite with Style, who introduced her great range of stationery to me.

Since then, Anna and I have decided to introduce each other to our respective communities so without any futher delay I'd like you to meet Anna & her beautiful stationery!

My name is Anna & I am the owner/designer of www.invitewithstyle.com.au & I was lucky enough to be asked by Victoria to introduce myself to her lovely readers...


I design beautifully unique wedding invitations to suit a range of style & budgets. I am a woman with a passion for all things perfect and pretty and I truly love my job.

I have a huge range of designs available on my website or if you have a specific style or theme in mind for your big day I would love to create a custom designed invitation especially for you.

My invitations have been featured in Cosmo Bride & Bride To Be magazines and I pride myself on my customer service and impeccable finished products.

I know how difficult and confusing it can be trying to choose the right vendors for your wedding, so if you have any questions or would like to discuss your options I am more than happy to take some time out for a chat :)

Reasons why Invite With Style are climbing their way to the top:
- All of their prices include a complete set of stationery that includes: invitations, rsvp cards & envelopes rather than pricing each item separately like their competitors
- You only pay for how many invitations you order, they do not make you pay in batches of 20-50 invites
- All stationery is printed professionally on a digital press & is finished impeccably each time (no home print jobs here)
- You will receive an unlimited amount of proofs until you are 100% happy with your invitations
- Your invitation will be created by an experienced graphic designer
- They can print all of your guest names & addresses on your invitations & envelopes for one low price of $35.00 (no matter the quantity)
- Invite With Style invitations are the most competitively priced deluxe invites in the biz!


Friday, April 09, 2010

2010 Spring/Summer Fashion Forecast...for the Groom

Bonjour mes amis

Even though all eyes will be on you on your wedding day, your groom-to-be is the most important plus you’ll ever have so it’s only fair that he should have the chance to dress to impress as well.

Let’s face it though…men can sometimes be a little difficult to dress, whether it’s because he doesn’t like shopping or he just doesn’t feel at home in a suit. Nowadays though, grooms are pushing the boundaries when it comes to wedding attire, making their outfits their own if you will, and by allowing this freedom makes the process more enjoyable for everyone involved.

When you flick through the pages of the wedding bibles, it doesn’t take much to notice that the most stylish grooms are the ones who have dressed to suit their personalities whether it be by adding a fashionable hat, vest, or stand-out frames to their outfits.

You can’t go wrong with a tailored suit…in fact I’d say that’s a must, but we’re not really talking about the base of the outfit…I can’t say it enough, what makes a groom stand out is the little touches…the folded pocket squares in patterned fabric, the unexpected converse sneakers, perfectly manicured hands and styled hair.

Some inspiration for the fashion forward grooms-to-be will be coming soon to help him on his way!

Happy Hunting!

Victoria x

Saturday, April 03, 2010

A Day in the Life of Alice

Bonjour mes amis

I hope you are all enjoying your Easter break but not eating too much chocolate!

I kicked my long weekend off yesterday with an Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party and if I may say so myself it was just gorgeous and of course very timely with the release of Tim Burton’s interpretation of the classic tale.

As with every event, it started with the invitations…all the necessary information positioned carefully in the hidden garden of dancing flowers as well as a request that all guests bring their favourite tea cup and saucer. Of course the invitation wouldn’t be complete without delightful phrases from the story like “RSVP by 29 March…or…OFF with your head!” dotted tastefully throughout the invitation.

The location was Brisbane city’s Botanical Garden’s Camellia Lawn, a great spot with an abundance of trees for shade. Picnic rugs in a variety of colours & fabrics were placed for some ground cover & then came the fun part, dressing it up!

Beautiful floral arrangements consisting of carnations, roses, lisianthus and snapdragons were bound with vintage inspired fabrics & secured with baby blue ribbon. Cake stands held blissful cupcakes in Lemon Delicious & Ferrero Rocher flavours. White porcelain & wrought iron, tiered stands were the home of mixed sandwiches and mini quiches while small silver buckets played host to musk sticks topped with fairy floss. Finally, to quench the thirst of the guests, a refreshing guava punch was served with chopped strawberries & mint!

It has however, always been & will always be about the little touches & this occasion was no exception. The napkins were white and pale pink striped, the heirloom china tea cups filled with flower heads, while “eat me” and “drink me” cards were dotted on the food stands & tea cups.

Despite a couple of drops (and I seriously mean one or two!) the tea party came to an end with the presentation of baby blue goody bags, tied with “Thank you for following me down the rabbit hole” cards to each guest…a huge success!

Here’s a sample of the images from the event…more will be available on our website in the coming weeks!

Have a great Easter break.

Victoria x