Suit, ring and dress down - It's all coming together with 34 days left!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

It's all coming together, with 34 days and 3 hours to go (thanks to a countdown one of my brothers thought of).

Recently we went to Perth for a week, during this time we found a very nice suit and ring for Ricky, as with getting the alterations done to the dress then picking it up. The suit was bought from Brittons Formalwear with the help from the great staff there, if you are looking for a really good suit and don't mind spending some money I recommend them. We bought a suit (jacket and pants), shirt, cuff-links and tie for $450, that was including the pants being taken up as a service by the store and personal help when fitting and trying the items on.

After walking into many jewellery stores, Ricky found some rings he liked in Koro Fine Australian Jewellery. The ring Ricky is getting made is made out of titanium and white gold, and fits smack in the budget, being $400. I must commend the staff at Koro, compared to the other jewellery shops in Perth, they were the only ones who seemed to understand that Ricky may not choose the design he asked to see or try on. Many others seemed to give off a different attitude as soon as you said that you were unsure on the design still.

The alterations to the dress came to a total of $165, with the bustle for two layers being made and matched so we can hook it up, and taking in the side seams to fit after being laced up. Dion for Brides were a great help from start to finish with the dress shopping process, for anyone who plans to shop there later Shirley was the one that helped me choose which dress and she is great to work with. The lady who did the alterations, Felicia, was also very nice and was a great help in understanding the dress.

While in Perth we also went to IKEA for the first time, we would of gotten more if we hadn't already filled the car with a suit and dress, though we managed to get the napkins and tealight candles for the night.

Most of the invitations have been sent out, and with help from Mum the caterer is booked. The bouquets which were mentioned in the last post have long since arrived and look absolutely gorgeous thanks to Margaret at Special Occasions.

Recently I had the make-up and hair trial at Hot Locs Hair Body & Soul. The make-up will be slightly different, as with the hair, though here are some pictures that we took (with the image from the back brightened to see the curls in the lighting):

Make-Up and Hair by Hot Locs Hair Body & Soul

Make-Up and Hair by Hot Locs Hair Body & Soul

Save the Date

Saturday, 3 May 2014

We are currently working on our invitations, which is slowly making progress. Though in the meanwhile, here is our Save the Date. We originally had a purple background, though we didn't like it so we changed it up.

Our progress from the last entry:
  • We have booked the cake with My Sweet Delights
  • Organised my wedding ring with Leon Baker Jewellers
  • Found some rings the Ricky likes at Michael Hill
  • Booked a date for the wedding dress fitting and alterations, and to go shopping for Ricky's suit
  • Completed the bouquet designs (for another post...)

An extra image, the shoes chosen for the day; now to learn how to walk in heels successfully (without breaking my ankles) and stop slipping out of the back of the shoes...
Ellie Nude | Betts

Bridal Magazines

Saturday, 15 February 2014

One of the recent posts by Offbeat Bride was about a Youtube video The Crooked Rooks made regarding bridal magazines. It's quite a good watch and shows how easily it is to fall into the "wedding trap".

Bridal magazines, for me, were great to get the ball rolling though once we got started felt like they were putting expectations on a wedding, for matters that should only matter to the couple. Now I tend to use Pinterest to post ideas and Offbeat Bride for the planning side.

For anyone that is currently planning, or has already had their wedding, what helped you pull through the "wedding expectations" that the industry seems to have?

Ceremony Location and Flowers

Sunday, 2 February 2014

We had our second meeting with Neil from Casa Blanca Function Centre, here we organised a rough idea of the room setup and even organised our centrepieces. They are absolutely gorgeous! We are allowed to have artificial plants in the room, so we are hoping to find some really beautiful ones to help bring some greenery to the night.

We have also organised our ceremony location, and confirmed our ceremony time. We started looking through the book Oriel has given us to assist with our ceremony wording last night, there are so many options to look through! Not to mention I still want to work in a personalised passage. Just got to keep remembering that there is still time, and there is no need to stress.

To top it all off we have booked Special Occasions to do our bouquets, with the below inspiration to make 2 beautiful flower arrangements.

Singapore Orchids Teardrop Bouquet
Source: QFlowers

Purple, magenta and plum hues bouquet
Source:  Karen Tran Florals

Blue orchids
Source: HDPaperWall

Next on the agenda: Catering, cake, wedding rings, and the groom's suit.