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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Engagements: Celebrate in Style

Bonjour mes amis,

For many couples, when they first get engaged things can be absolutely chaotic. Hassled by family members to set a date (I’m a little guilty of this at present), endless questions about what your wedding dress will be like, and who’s made the cut on the guest list…it can go on, and on, and on!

It is important though to take time to smell the roses if you will and this week we’ve found two who have done just that and celebrated their respective engagements in style.

First up are Skevie and Photi…don’t be fooled by the white dress; this is no wedding but instead their fabulous engagement party!

Held at Tattersall’s, Skevie and Photi celebrated their engagement with 200 family and friends with a simple yet elegant celebration. Not only did this couple manage to squeeze in a rehearsal for their first dance but they’ve now also practiced cutting the cake – a 3 tiered design topped by a beautiful sugar flower arrangement.
Skevie and Photi are in the throws of planning their wedding for May 2011 and after seeing the photo’s from the engagement party, I’ll be waiting with baited breathe to sneak a peak at the shots from their big day.

Adrianna and George are the second couple who are celebrating their engagement with style.

This gorgeous couple were introduced by mutual friends while out at dinner, and while the pair hit it off straight away, at the end of the night when George asked Adrianna for her phone number she decided not to give it to him. After a little persistence and hard work (gentlemen take note!), George managed to get his hands on her phone number through a friend and the rest is, as they say…history.
After dating for 2 years, Adrianna and George will marry in November 2010 at The Greek Orthodox Community of St George with the reception to follow at Victoria Park Golf Club.

With a gorgeous engagement shoot by Poryfri Photography, they’ll have memories that will last a lifetime.

Photographs courtesy of:
Porfyri Photography – http://www.porfyri.com.au

Victoria x

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wedding Showcase: Cassandra & Matthew

Bonjour mes amis,

With the Luxury Wedding Soiree fast approaching I thought it would be nice to showcase a few weddings that took place at The Plantation.

Cassandra and Matthew were married on Saturday 08 May 2010, and held both their ceremony and reception at the stunning estate that is The Plantation.

After the ceremony friends and family were treated to a charming garden party and enjoyed games of croquet and boules.

The festivities of this classic affair then continued into the night with a seated formal reception under a beautiful silk-lined marquee.
To experience all of this and more, be sure to come to the Luxury Wedding Soiree on Sunday, 18 July 2010 from 10am-3pm. For your invitation and a full list of the fabulous participating suppliers click here.

REMEMBER: REGISTER TO ATTEND THE LUXURY WEDDING SOIREE NOW – entry to this fabulous event is free of charge!

Victoria x

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Music to Your Ears

Bonjour mes amis,

I remember that the last time I left a restaurant in a bit of a state was because the music was so loud I could barely think let alone have a conversation with my dinner guest. Finding the right performer or music for your big day may feel like a big task in itself, and you’d be right! It can be a challenge to find music that not only you and your partner love but your guests will also enjoy.
If you’ve got an idea or an expectation of how you'd like the music to be played or when be sure to provide your band, performers or wedding planner (whichever route you’ve taken – remember with modern technology you can also have complete control of this if you choose to use your iPod) with this information. No one can read your mind and chances are whoever you hire is not there to make a rock and roll comeback…at least you hope they’re not! They are there to provide the soundtrack to your wedding day and if you get it right add a little extra romance and excitement to the occasion. Also, consider that they are most likely seasoned professionals and can offer useful advice on stage placement, or suitable times for music to be played.
This brings me nicely to the next step…your playlist. Do you play your favourite song, or that piece of music that brings back happy memories? Do you go all out and entertain your guests and create the perfect atmosphere? The answer is, all of the above. You have to remember, this is YOUR wedding so it is YOU that has to be happy. Play your favourite tunes. Mix it up with some soft dinner music so guests can carry on conversations while savouring their delicious meals. Have a great band or choose great music that your guests will appreciate and help create your desired atmosphere. You know your guests better than any one else involved in your wedding so follow your instincts. For example, if you have some rowdy guests who believe downing a bottle of scotch is the ultimate sign of masculinity then a harpist isn’t going to stand a chance. I suppose at the end of the day you really have to consider why something is called a cliché. Generally, it’s because it just works. I’m most definitely not saying that you shouldn’t dare to be different, I’m all for thinking outside the square – what I’m saying is think things through to ensure it will be the perfect fit to the wedding you have spent endless hours planning.

Fun fact: It has been researched that a marriage may not be so successful if the bride danced down the aisle to the ever so famous Steps song Tragedy. Remember, there is a difference between cringe-worthy and clichéd.
Hot Tip: Check with your venue if there are any noise restrictions so you don't receive any complaints or are surprised with a request to turn the volume down. This is particularly important to keep in mind when booking live performers.

Victoria & Amber x

Photographs courtesy of:
Ben Clark Photography - http://www.benclarkphotography.com.au

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Luxury Wedding Soiree

Bonjour mes amis

Over the past months or so Kellie Armstrong from The Plantation and I have been working on a beautiful event called the Luxury Wedding Soiree.

I've mentioned The Plantation in a previous post but just to refresh your memories...it is one of the most beautiful and luxurious venues in QLD and is absolutely perfect for brides who dream of country estate weddings.
This exquisite event is being held on Sunday 18 July, 2010 from 10am - 3pm at The Plantation, just 15 minutes from Hastings Street in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland and will feature a selection of Queensland's finest wedding industry professionals. Suppliers will be on hand to showcase their beautiful craft and also answer any questions you may have.

The beautiful ceremony area near the Paulownia Plantation will be styled to perfection as will the Reception Marquee which will showcase a variety of table settings, wedding cakes, stationery & floral arrangements. Roving canapés and Champagne will be served to guests as they listen to the beautiful echo of live music or admire the craftsmanship of the wedding gowns on display.
At the conclusion of the event a lucky door prize will be drawn for one couple to receive a complimentary table décor package from The Plantation as well as The Little White Wedding Company’s On-the-Day Coordination package, free of charge when booking their wedding at The Plantation. When departing, every couple will be presented with a gift bag that contains supplier information as well as a couple of exquisite treats to enjoy.

To register for this event, please send an email with your full name, contact phone number and wedding date to enquiries@theplantation.com.au.

Click here to view your invitation to this delightful event as well a complete list of participating suppliers.

As the date nears, I'll share with you some inspiration from some of the participating suppliers!

Victoria x
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