3 ways to be a bring your bling to the wedding!

Are you a bling bling bride? Or just looking for that little touch of sparkle for your wedding outfit? From Swarovski to diamonds, any set of clear crystal accessories can add that much needed hint of elegance and glamour to your big day. Going after the "bling" can become quite pricey if you are on a budget, however if you look at the right places, they may only be $10 (or $1000000 if you want!).

With so many "bling" accessories out there, it can become an impossible task to choose ones which are subtle enough yet still expressive at the same time; too much bling may come off as tacky to some (but still remember, it’s your day, if you love it, go for it Miss Sunshine!). Need some inspiration? Have a look down below!

The Clutch

Left to right, top to bottom: Dolce & Gabbana Multi Floral Sequined Convertible Clutch with crystal clasp, Tom Ford Crystal Ring Clutch, Olga Berg Flower Cage Minaudiere, Forever New Enchanted Sparkle Clutch, RODO Crystal Pave Box Clutch

Left to right, top to bottom: Dolce & Gabbana Multi Floral Sequined Convertible Clutch with crystal clasp, Tom Ford Crystal Ring Clutch, Olga Berg Flower Cage Minaudiere, Forever New Enchanted Sparkle Clutch, RODO Crystal Pave Box Clutch

To carry or not to carry? It’s up to you, but your maid of honour would probably end up holding your clutch most of the time anyway! However, if you find that you do need one (and some of us do like having our essentials with us 24/7), whether you want the full bling diamante look or just that little something something, the choices are endless!

The brand Tom Ford says it all for lavishness, and their Crystal Ring Clutch is nothing short of that. If you’re after something a little more floral and subtle, or you’re on a tighter budget, Forever New’s Enchanted Sparkle clutch is one you can consider. For those that want a statement piece, then the Dolce and Gabbana multi floral clutch will definitely be a stand out (and perfect if you’re into florals!). 

Bling it on!

Left to right, top to bottom: Louis Vuitton Dentelle de Printemps necklace, Noor Fares mother-of-pearl & diamond earrings, Chanel Camellia white gold & diamond necklace, CristinaOrtiz rose gold diamond earrings, CristinaOrtiz rose gold diamond finger bracelet, Alexander McQueen silver-tone Swarovski choker

Left to right, top to bottom: Louis Vuitton Dentelle de Printemps necklace, Noor Fares mother-of-pearl & diamond earrings, Chanel Camellia white gold & diamond necklace, CristinaOrtiz rose gold diamond earrings, CristinaOrtiz rose gold diamond finger bracelet, Alexander McQueen silver-tone Swarovski choker

Diamonds are forever, crystals show us the future; there’s no need to compromise on these gems! If you’re the princess that has it all, look no further than Louis Vuitton’s Dentelle de Printemps necklace; classy, detailed and all around perfection. If Camellias are your favs or the main flowers at your wedding, who could go past Coco Chanel and her eternal love for these gorgeous flowers? Chanel's Camellia diamond necklace is just simply stunning.

Not into classical designs? Alexander McQueen’s Swarovski Choker is definitely one for those who are looking for something beautiful yet strikingly distinguished. Also, Noor Fares wing shaped diamond and mother-of-pearl earrings are actually made using an Ancient Egyptian technique, how cool!

The Shoes

Left to right, top to bottom: Christian Louboutin Top Vague Pumps, Giorgio Armani Suede & Swarovski Crystal Pumps, Sergio Rossi Satin & Crystal Platform Sandals, Benjamin Adams Catherine Sandals, Rene Caovilla Strass Swarovski Crystal Bow Sandals, Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Satin Chunky Heel Sandals, Gianvito Rossi Embellished Satin and PVC Slingbacks, Sergio Rossi Flora Swarovski Crystal & Satin Slingback Pumps

Left to right, top to bottom: Christian Louboutin Top Vague Pumps, Giorgio Armani Suede & Swarovski Crystal Pumps, Sergio Rossi Satin & Crystal Platform Sandals, Benjamin Adams Catherine Sandals, Rene Caovilla Strass Swarovski Crystal Bow Sandals, Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Satin Chunky Heel Sandals, Gianvito Rossi Embellished Satin and PVC Slingbacks, Sergio Rossi Flora Swarovski Crystal & Satin Slingback Pumps

A pair of crystal embellished shoes can do no wrong! Even if they might be covered by your long bridal gown, if someone sees a peek, you want these babies to sparkle in their eyes wouldn’t you? As Mr. Louboutin says (and yes how could we miss the red soles, the stunning pair in the top left is by him), “a woman carries her clothes, but the shoe carries the woman.”   Miss bride-to-be, we might as well go all the way with your shoes!

If you can strut it in high heels, the choices are endless. Sergio Rossi’s platform sandals are perfect if you’re after the extra height or that white satin look to match with your gown. Want something a little bit more distinguished? Don’t be afraid to go black; check out how classy those Giorgio Armani Swarovski pumps look!

If you’re after something a bit more comfortable, then shorter block heels may be more suitable; Rene Caovilla’s crystal-embellished silver sandals are just as elegant as many higher heeled shoes.

Let’s face it, most of us were probably already in love with diamonds and crystals before reading this! Anyway, good luck choosing! There’s no need to overly stress, cherish and enjoy all the shopping you have to do for your big day, it’s your chance to splurge!

Top 8 Easy diet tips for brides

Want to look and feel the best on your wedding day? Yes, I’m going to say it, you are what you eat! We all know it may be hard for some of us to keep on top of those crazy dramatic diet plans and a workout schedule that just doesn’t gel with your social life.

So this week we’ve put together a few small healthy tips that you can easily slip into your weekly eats and can still make a difference!

1. Eat a grapefruit

Some of us love it, some of us hate it. However, researchers have found that drinking grapefruit juice, or eating half a grapefruit daily, can lower the amount of weight gained when eating fatty foods. Although the reason isn’t truly clear yet, it may because grapefruit has insulin controlling properties, making us feel less hungry.

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2. Eat some papaya

Papayas are full of the enzyme Papain, which means they’re great at aiding the digestion of proteins! If something breaks down food faster, it usually means it can also help you have a flatter belly and prevent bloating as well.

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3. Beetroot salads!

Beetroots are one of the ultimate detoxifying vegetables as they’re packed with vitamins (A, B6, C), as well as manganese and potassium. Also, they’re one of the richest sources of glutamine; an enzyme that is essential for a healthy intestinal tract. Don’t forget about the leaves too, many of the nutrients are in there!

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4. COOL AS cucumbers

If you find it hard to do the other things, cucumbers are super convenient and super healthy! It’s low in calories, and high in water content and fibre. This means they’re very effective in getting rid of toxins in your body. Why not add a few slices into your salad next time?

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5. Add a little apple cider vinegar

Many people swear by it, and if you’re looking for something really easy (although the taste might be off putting at first), this one might be for you! Along with its detoxifying qualities, it can also prevent excessive water retention and make you feel less hungry. You can add this to your salads or drinks, or inhale a few teaspoons of it if that’s easier.

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6. Eat your way to a fish glow

Nearly all types of fish are packed with essential fatty acids, omega 3 and are full of protein. Oily fish are an essential if you want lustrous, flowing hair, and glowing skin. Also, they support healthy cell membranes which can prevent harmful substances from damaging cells in your body.

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7. Beware of cauliflowers, broccolis and Brussels sprouts

Take caution when consuming cruciferous vegetables that includes cauliflowers, broccolis and Brussels sprouts. Not saying you shouldn't eat them at all (they are very nutritious!), but it may be a good idea to switch to other vegetables (such as asparagus) just before the wedding as these may cause you to have a bloated belly, and your guests may be smelling something a little less pleasant than your flowers. This is because they're full of cellulose, a sugar which our digestive system can struggle with; cooking them beforehand however can greatly help break them down.

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8. Avoid "sugar-free" junk food

Think again when choosing the sugar free alternative of drinks, sweets, or foods. Artificial sweeteners are incredibly hard to digest and can leave you very bloated. Although it’s better to avoid sweets altogether, if you must (and sometimes we all do!), the natural choice is the better one.

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Your diet can be vital in helping you look and feel amazing on your dream day, but it may only be half the equation if you want the perfect body; exercising and many other factors can be just as important. Stay beautiful!

How to run a Chinese Tea Ceremony

Are your parents expecting a Chinese tea ceremony on the day of your wedding? What happens at a Chinese tea ceremony? Who will serve tea to who? In what order do you serve tea to? Who's house should the tea ceremony be conducted at? What to wear at the Chinese tea ceremony? Who runs the tea ceremony?

Starting to panic? Well sweetheart, don’t despair! We are going to give you a rundown on the basics of running a Chinese tea ceremony, so you can have the wedding you have always dreamed of and honour your cultural background at the same time.

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Let me first give you a little briefing of the tradition first. In the olden days when there were arranged marriages, the tea ceremony was when the bride was formally introduced to the groom's family after vows were exchanged (yes, this was the awkward moment when the bride meets everyone for the first time… I am sure yours won’t be like this at all!).

What happens at a Chinese tea ceremony and what do you have to do?

The tea ceremony for the groom’s side is usually in the morning before the ceremony with the bride’s family. However, working with modern day wedding logistics, it is now more commonly conducted at the bride's house after the "gatecrash" games and the "fetching of the bride from her room".

The groom is on the left of the bride, with the father facing the bride and mother facing the groom. The parents are usually served first, then the grandparents, granduncles/aunts, uncles/aunts, and then elder siblings.

Should you kneel? Well, in the traditional sense, the new couple is required to kneel while serving their elders tea. However, in some families, bowing is accepted. It’s best to check first, but whatever you do, it’s good to show some form of ‘bending’ as a sign of respect. As Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde, the “bend and snap has a 98% success rate.” Amen girlfriend! (Though I think we’ll leave the ‘snap’ out on the day…)

After the elders drink the tea, each one (not including unmarried elders) usually hands you and your new hubby a red envelope filled with either money or jewellery. Prepare yourself for people insisting you wear the jewellery immediately! (Having jewellery placed on you by your family make gorgeous photo opportunities) Afterwards, you as a couple will also present red envelopes filled with money to younger siblings who have helped you serve tea; it’s supposed to bring good luck and fortune to them.

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Choosing the tea and tea set

Teas that are known for their sweetness are perfect for Chinese tea ceremonies as they represent a happy union (and the sweet sweet love between you and your husband). You can use sweetened red or black tea, but if you’re after a little extra bling bling, lotus seeds and red dates are a pleasant addition as they both represent fertility (and we all know that traditional elders are crazy about wanting grandchildren!).

The tea set is traditionally a crucial part of the gifts given by the bride’s family to the groom’s. This means your family is in charge (but don’t be scared!). Tea sets are available in modern and traditional styles, with the ‘double happiness’ word, phoenixes, dragons and flowers being popular decorations.

These days, it is more common to rent the tea set as there is little opportunity to re-use it after the wedding and of course there’s no wastage!

Choosing your Chinese tea ceremony dress

Since it is a traditional Chinese ceremony, it would be more appropriate to wear a traditional Chinese dress. This usually is red in colour, adorned with golden decorations of phoenixes, dragons and clouds. In Northern China, a one-piece frock is usually worn while in a Southern China it is usually a two-piece dress. If you’re into traditions, you can also wear a red veil/tulle on your head.

Depending on what specific culture you are honouring, the different types of dress can include: “Kwa”, “Kua” ,“Qun Kwa”, Qi Pao, Cheongsam, Ao Dai the names go on.

We can help you

We’ve helped many brides prepare for their tea ceremony; decorations, tea sets, tea recipes, Qi Pao and Qun Kwa rentals, we've got your back! In particular, we can help put together a run-sheet TAILOR MADE for your wedding! We love taking the stress away from planning and coordinating tea ceremonies for the modern day Australian couple who wants to honour their cultural background. (Get in touch with us if you could do with some help!)

So, are you ready for action!? I know all this may sound a little serious and intimidating at first, but always remember it’s your wedding day; relax and enjoy the moment, enjoy the tea ceremony, and everyone will enjoy it with you!



5 wedding favours your guest will love you for

Are you looking for a bit of inspiration for your wedding favours? Do you want your guests to keep and enjoy their gift? Well Miss Bride-to-be, you’ve come to the right place! From macarons to perfumes, guests will love you for these 5 wedding favours that are perfect for all types of weddings.

Personalised Luggage Tags

Having a destination wedding? Bali? Maldives? Europe? Hong Kong? Personalised luggage tags are perfect for destination weddings as gifts or even name cards. Not only that, they’re also so cute if you’re going to use them as invitations! What's a better way to say “join us in New York!” than this? If you are staying local, how's this idea for a "travel" inspired theme weaved through your wedding. Whatever the excuse, your guests will love for its uniqueness and keep it for its functionality.

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Lip balms

Lip balms are also perfect wedding favours that’ll help your guests look and feel beautiful, we wouldn’t want them to have chapped lips in photographs now would we? Everyone will love you for this simple gift that will continue to be used beyond the wedding. Go for something organic, pick an exotic or special flavour to add that brings out your personalit; I’m thinking a blend of passionfruit and rose for summer, and chocolate with blood orange and truffle for winter!

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Macaron Pops

Every wedding needs a bit of sweetness, and these little macaron pops are the cutest thing we've seen trending this year. Not only is it so simple to add this playful touch to the classic macaron, they’re also just the right size to be enjoyed off a stick.

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Monogramed Blankies

As we head on to the cooler months of the year, don't let the cold prevent you from an outdoor wedding. Your guests will love you even more if you provide blankets just in case it gets a little chilly; nothing says “thank you “ more than  these little personal touches of warmth! If you still want to add that something a little extra special, why not monogram each blanket with your guests’ initials? It’s a functional memorabilia which your guests are likely to cherish and use for a long time. They’re also perfect to snuggle in on the car trip home!

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Customised mini bottles of fragrance

What better way to eternalise your magical day than to introduce an aroma, so enchanting and captivating, that there’s no way for the guests to forget your wedding...ever! Pick a scent that represents who you are as a couple, and is also suitable for your wedding’s season; it can be anything from lilies to lavender or even yuzu (now that's refreshening!).

Spray a little bit of the perfume on yourself and around the venue, and they will always remember your wedding with nostalgia every time they use that little bottle of magic. As Coco Chanel once said, “a perfume is something invisible yet unforgettable,” and we couldn’t agree more!

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So Miss Bride-to-be, what do you think? Fancy any one of these? Whatever you end up choosing, just remember to always consider the suitability and functionality of it to your wedding guests and of course...keep your budget in mind as well. 

Choosing the right shoes for your wedding

 
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Shoes, shoes, shoes; they can be the perfect touch to your perfect bridal outfit, or end up seeming out of place and be the catalyst for making your dream day one of the most uncomfortable ones... but not to worry, here are a few great tips to guide you towards your dream pair for your special day.

Purchase your dress first

For the shoe obsessed ladies out there, it may seem like a good idea to buy that pair of Jimmy Choo or Giuseppe Zanotti that you have always wanted so you could parade them on your big day (and the many many days after your wedding). Although we recommend you to purchase a pair that you can wear again after the wedding, but never purchase the shoes before your dress...just don't jump the gun here - dress first, shoes second!

Colour

It is important to choose the right shade of shoes to complement your gown. The more popular option would be to match it with the same colour as your dress. However, choosing contrasting colours to match accessories or other adornments can also be just as elegant. Don’t be afraid to choose rich colours or going for black (it’s the current trend to match black shoes with light dresses). Metallic shoes are also a popular and trendy high fashion choice, and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to a minimalistic gown.

Left: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture S/S 2015 Right: Valentino Haute Couture S/S 2015

Left: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture S/S 2015 Right: Valentino Haute Couture S/S 2015

Heel height

The higher the heel, the more forward your body weight will be and the more pressure that will be on the front of your feet (i.e. the more uncomfortable it will be). Try wearing shoes of different heel heights for long hours beforehand to make sure they won’t be bothering you on your dream day. Ladies, don't forget your man! You may also want to consider the height of your partner in making a judgement of the perfect heel size.

When it comes to the shape of the heel, you may have personal preferences over which look you prefer. Comfort wise, wedges and thicker heels will distribute your weight much more evenly compared to stilettos and offer better stability - think garden ceremonies, red carpet, uneven surfaces. If heel height is important, shop for heels with a high platform at the front, this can be much more comfortable as they increase the overall height of the shoes rather than just the heel preventing too much pressure being applied to the front.

Material

Softer materials such as silk or satin (which are both easy to match to your dress) are usually more comfortable as they are less prone to digging into your skin (painful!). Be careful with more rigid materials such as plastic or vinyl (and sometimes even patent leather) as a bad fit can be unforgiving.  Additionally, take some precaution when choosing shoes with lace or other embellishments which may get caught with your dress. If in doubt, standard leather shoes are always a very reliable choice.

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The padding of the soles can greatly determine the comfort of your shoes. If you feel there isn't enough, try experimenting with inserts beforehand to see if it can help, though they may be hard to hide if you're wearing sandals. 

Choosing the right pair of shoes may be just as hard as choosing the right dress; make sure that it’s not only beautiful but relatively comfortable as well, and represents who you are. As an added precaution, have back-ups; bring another pair or two just in case, or ones with lower heels for dancing. Also, don't forget about the venue of your wedding when choosing; stilettos may not be the best idea for beach weddings. You may also want to break into your shoes beforehand or walk around in them for a while to get used to them. Relax and enjoy choosing your perfect pair of shoes, good luck!