Sydney is a suitable place for marriage

Located in Sydney, NSW and currently on the search for a marriage celebrant to officiate your ceremony? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most popular marriage celebrants in Sydney, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Coral Kortlepel

Based in Sydney, Coral Kortlepel promises to officiate your marriage ceremony in a relaxed and personal atmosphere. Having conducted over 1000 wedding ceremonies, and voted in 2015 as the top celebrant in all of Australia, Coral Kortlepel is one of the most well known and popular celebrants out there. And, offering to tailor packages to suit you personally, Coral Kortlepel is sure to deliver something truly special for your big day.

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

Adopting a natural and modern approach to marriage ceremonies, Pauline Fawkner promises to create a personalised, warm, and memorable ceremony for your big day. And, with many years experience as a full time professional celebrant, Pauline Fawkner can accommodate you whatever your needs – whether it be short and simple, or a traditional, or cultural wedding ceremony.

Jessie Cacchillo – Civil Marriage Celebrant

Your requirements for marriage and its meaning

Embarking on your wedding planning journey but don’t know tit from tat when it comes to weddings? To kick you off, here’s your ultimate guide to wedding terms and definitions!

Best man

The honorary role of best man is usually given by the groom to the closest male in his life. This could be a brother, father, son, cousin, or friend. In modern weddings however, the best man can be of whatever gender. Usually the best man organises the buck’s night.

Bomboniere

This is the Italian word for wedding favour. Bomboniere are gifts given to guests to thank them for attending.

Boutonierre

This refers to the spray of flowers worn (usually) by a male in their buttonhole.

Bouquet

This refers to the bunch of flowers (usually) carried by a bride. The bouquet is also what is throw in the bouquet toss.

Bouquet toss

This tradition stems from England. Women (during this time) were said to rip at the bride’s dress in order to secure some of her good luck for

Make the most of your palace marriage?

Having a court house wedding doesn’t necessarily have to mean missing out on all the extras that make weddings so special. Here’s how to make the most of your court house wedding.

Send simple wedding invitations

Because your court house wedding limits the number of witnesses able to attend, you might find yourself with enough budget to accommodate beautiful invitations for the people who are actually invited to the ceremony. If you do decide to have a reception afterwards, a wedding website or an online invitation can be a great way to invite people without the fuss of manually posting upwards of 100 wedding invitations.

Suitable wedding attire

Couples can be tempted to wear something casual, lowkey, and not at all bridal to their court house wedding. But don’t let your wedding ceremony venue take away the chance to get dressed up for a very important moment of your lives together! Though you might not opt for a princess dress, a simple white bridal ensemble and a semi-formal shirt and pants for men will go down a treat in a

Ethics that you do not know in marriage

You’ve been invited to a wedding and it’s the first time you have had to fend for yourself in the gift department – we feel your pain. Hopefully the couple have provided you some guidance on what they might hope to receive, and just in case, here’s some guidance on everything to do with gifts.

Do I need to give a gift?

While couples usually won’t expressly ask for a gift when they send out invitations, it is assumed guests will bring a little somethin’ somethin’ with them on the big day.

The only time you don’t need to give a gift to the couple is if you have been invited to the wedding and you cannot attend. That said, if it is an close friend or not-too-distant relative, it might be nice to send something small to them anyway – you can be the judge on that one based on how you feel.

What if I’ve given a gift before the wedding?

Lots of couples will host an engagement party and/or a hen’s or buck’s party to celebrate the lead up to the wedding day, and you might give a gift at one or both of those events.

Yes, it seems a bit full-on, but

The lessons I used when I was married

Wedding planning is fun, don’t get me wrong. It’s such an exciting time, you’re enjoying that “I just got engaged to my best friend” moment with your love, and maybe showing off a new ring. But- some things you learn the hard way, and some of these lessons I wish could have happened at another, less stressful time in my life. But alas, they only came out when we were wedding planning. Here are the 6 lessons I learned while planning my wedding:

1. I don’t have anyone who is MOH material

Although I have a lot of great friends, none of them seem to be organised enough to be my maid of honour, so I’m electing to not have one at all. Which I guess is a little out of the ordinary. It made me realise that all of my close friends are kind of disastrous, faux adults – but then again, that’s what I love about them.

2. I am poorer than I thought I was

Wow, nothing like wedding planning to make you poor! I now want to spend every spare coin on flipbook photobooths, butterfly releases, swimsuits with “bride squad” written

Melbourne’s most sought-after wedding photographer

Located in Melbourne, VIC and currently on the search for a wedding photographer to capture all the special moments of your wedding day? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most sought-after Melbourne wedding photographers, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Dreamlife Photos & Video

Priding themselves on their ability to come up with premium products at competitive prices, Dreamlife Photos & Video offers consummate professionals and state of the art technology to capture your wedding photography. With operations across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Dreamlife has received numerous awards for excellence in photography, cinematography, and customer service. And, as Dreamlife also offers wedding videography, you needn’t stress about finding another supplier to capture your special moments on film!

ATEIA Photography & Video

Established in 2008, ATEIA Photography & Video offers exceptional quality, service, and value for your wedding photography. Collectively, the team of professional wedding photographers and videographers at ATEIA have over 100 years experience in the wedding industry, and have captured over 300 weddings Australia-wide and internationally to date. And, as they allow you to meet with your photographer before

DIY wedding inspiration

Thinking of DIYing elements of your big day? DIY is a great way to keep costs down, and can personalise your wedding in ways vendors just can’t. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s 8 of our favourite DIY Real Weddings featured on our site!

Jenna and Jacob

“We have a lot of talented friends and some creative skills ourselves, so we figured we could do a lot of stuff on our own,” says Jenna. With the help of her mum, Jenna made her own gown and headpiece, and styled the bridesmaids with their choice of dress from various stores!

“I remembered I had bought some applique for a sewing project years ago, so I pulled it out and used it as a headpiece.”

Nattiesa and Nathaniel

As Nathaniel is an arborist, and already had a lot of timber, it made sense for Nattiesa and Nathaniel to DIY certain elements of their decor. “We did what we could to cut costs, but also make it easy and least stressful as possible,” says Nattiesa. “We really tried to make the most of what we had and, for a little family with only one

Brisbane’s most popular wedding photographer

Located in Brisbane, QLD and currently on the search for a wedding photographer to capture all the special moments of your wedding day? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most popular Brisbane wedding photographers, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Dreamlife Photos & Video

Priding themselves on their ability to come up with premium products at competitive prices, Dreamlife Photos & Video offers consummate professionals and state of the art technology to capture your wedding photography. With operations across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Dreamlife has received numerous awards for excellence in photography, cinematography, and customer service. And, as Dreamlife also offers wedding videography, you needn’t stress about finding another supplier to capture your special moments on film!

Allure Photography

Promising to capture every memorable moment so you don’t miss out on any, Allure Photography offers clear, crisp, and professional photography for your wedding. Rest assured that Allure Photography will take a relaxed, uncontrived approach to shooting your special day, and will allow your love to shine front and centre of each photo.

SMC Studios

Striving to deliver premium quality and exceptional service at a

An adorable child of a real wedding

Every time we see a new real wedding, there is always an audible sigh when we see the dress, the kiss, and… the gorgeous little people in the bridal party! We love seeing teeny tiny foofy dresses and mini suits! It really is too cute. Here are some adorable flower girls and page boys from Real Weddings:

Nattiesa and Nathan

A few years after becoming an item, Nattiesa and Nathan welcomed their unexpected but very cherished daughter, Arlia.

Nathan popped the question while on a family trip to Melbourne to visit their musician friend, Jayden. Jayden had previously written a song for Arlia’s birth, and this song played in the background to Nathaniel’s romantic proposal to Nattiesa.

We think Arlia looks absolutely gorgeous as flower girl!

Shae and Robert

Shae and Robert held their Italian garden wedding at Robert’s Nonna’s house. The wedding party included flower girls and page boys – both equally as cute!

Felicity and Jim

Felicity’s four younger siblings needed to be cared for while their mum sought treatment for mesothelioma – a type of cancer. When the outlook worsened, and the couple realised their role

Top best wedding photographers in Perth

Located in Perth, WA and currently on the search for a wedding photographer to capture all the special moments of your wedding day? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most popular wedding photographers in Perth, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Dreamlife Photos & Video

Priding themselves on their ability to come up with premium products at competitive prices, Dreamlife Photos & Video offers consummate professionals and state of the art technology to capture your wedding photography. With operations across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Dreamlife has received numerous awards for excellence in photography, cinematography, and customer service. And, as Dreamlife also offers wedding videography, you needn’t stress about finding another supplier to capture your special moments on film!

Allure Photography

Promising to capture every memorable moment so you don’t miss out on any, Allure Photography offers clear, crisp, and professional photography for your wedding. Rest assured that Allure Photography will take a relaxed, uncontrived approach to shooting your special day, and will allow your love to shine front and centre of each photo.

Fotografia Coppola

Having photographed over 600 happy couples and their weddings, Fotografia

Fondant or buttercream wedding cake?

When you first start looking at wedding cake designs and how you’d like to tie the masterpiece into your big day, you may not be paying too much attention to the type of icing on top. But it is most likely to be one of the first questions your cake maker asks you. So, which is better? Fondant or buttercream?

It is the great wedding cake debate that continues to rage, but no matter which camp you are in – fondant or buttercream – there are pros and cons for both when it comes to picking one for your dream cake.

Fondant Pros

Sometimes likened to rolled-out marshmallows, fondant is often the icing of choice for cake makers as it can be rolled to any size and cut into any shape.

When it is draped over a cake, fondant creates a flawless finish and is an easy frosting to work with to create texture and other finer details, like character cake toppers or beautiful icing flowers or leaves.

If you are looking for a tiered cake, or a design that needs to support a number decorations, fondant icing can provide a much

Reason for having wedfest

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and it has the potential to unfold so quickly that it will all seem like a blur. This is why wedfests?

Relaxed ambience

When your wedding is confined to one day, there is a lot of rushing around and quite a tight deadline to keep to. With a wedfest, you have the flexibility of multiple days in which you can spread out the festivities, so who’s to say you couldn’t get married on one day and then have an epic day-long reception the next?

More time to celebrate together

Getting around to see all of your guests to thank them for coming and catch up with those you may not have seen for a while can take a lot of time and energy when you are confined to a couple of hours.

Greater fashion possibilities

With a festival atmosphere comes a much more relaxed dress code for all involved. Brides can go wild with colour palettes for their gowns and gents can dress down into more smart-casual attire without looking out of place.

Floral garlands and gumboots are

Intimate marriage: what they can not be together

Sometimes a small, intimate affair is just what you and your partner want when you get married. It could be an elopement with just the two of you, or a small destination wedding with a guest list of less than 20. Here’s how people pull off holding intimate weddings:

Just because you have chosen to have a select guest list, you don’t have to think your wedding is now an exclusive event that cannot be shared.

In fact, the opposite can occur and you can include as many of your nearest and dearest in other ways so they don’t feel disappointed they couldn’t be with you on your big day.

Have a big buck’s or hen’s night

Invite everyone you would have if you’d gone for a more traditional-style wedding and have the party of a lifetime. It doesn’t have to be boozy, you can go out for a dinner, have a high tea, or throw a joint backyard or park party. If you’re not sure what you want to do, Real Escapes can help you plan an amazing hen’s party.

This is an easy way for you to let people down easy

Your wedding stationery matches your asterisks

Many people believe when you were born can influence many things from your personality traits to your lucky numbers and who your ideal star sign match would be.

If you are a regular reader of horoscopes and believe in aligning your life by the stars, you might be interested to see which wedding stationary colours you should be aiming for to match your star sign. Which is your wedding stationery?

Aquarius

For brides born between January 20 and February 18, the stars show your colours are turquoise, aqua and teal. Not surprisingly, these colours are a true reflection of the name of this star sign!

Pisces

February 19 to March 20 encompasses Pisces and given that the star sign is a fish, you would be correct to assume the best colours for your stationary would be soft sea greens.

Aries

The traditional nature of an Aries person, those born between March 21 and April 19, is bold and fiery.

This is why you should add red to your stationary either as a contrasting pop or as a solid, eye-catching block.

Taurus

Taurans are born between April 20 and

It’s easy if you want to get married in Bali

Bali is one of the most alluring tropical wedding destinations for Australian couples. From stunning backdrops to a touch of culture and affordability, it seems to have it all. Plus, you can have your wedding and a holiday with your loved ones as well! But… do you know how to get married in Bali?

But there are quite a few things you need to have lined up before you pack your bags and head over for your dream wedding and unfortunately, most of it involves paperwork. But never fear- we can make the basics of getting married in Bali simple for you.

There are two ways you can get married in Bali. One way is to simply hold a non-legally binding commitment ceremony. You can plan it in every way you would your wedding day, but you will not be legally married until you return to Australia to sign paperwork (essentially a courthouse wedding…).

Why do as many as 40% of the couples married in Bali choose this method? Because you won’t be bound by any of the Indonesia marriage laws.

Having a legally-binding wedding is your other option. While this means you

Inspiring newly wedded beach wedding

Dreaming of the quintessential beachside wedding? Here’s some beach wedding inspiration, provided to you by real newlyweds in our Real Weddings section!

Amy and Alessio

Amy and Alessio held their reception at Orso Bayside Reception at The Spit in Mosman, NSW. “Across the road was perfect for photos, and the balcony was so great for people to look out at the water and boats, and just hang outside,” says Amy.

Josefine and Jamie

Josefine and Jamie met in Lisbon, and returned there to get married. The pair married at Arriba by the Sea in Cascais, Portugal.

Megan and Travis

Megan and Travis married at Torquay Surf Beach not far from the iconic “Pole House” located along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. They also captured photos along the boardwalk, at the Round the Twist lighthouse, and the swing bridge.

Alisha and Matt

Alisha and Matt held their elegant beach wedding at Coogee Beach Surf Club. The lifesaving club south of Fremantle boasts stunning ocean views. “We had friends and family come from all over Australia to share our day and it was full of laughs,” says Alisha. “It was simple but yet

The most frequent wedding sought in Melbourne

Located in Melbourne, VIC and currently on the search for a marriage celebrant to officiate your ceremony? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most popular marriage celebrants in Melbourne, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Andrew Redman Marriage Celebrant

With a plethora of awards including Victoria’s best male celebrant in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Andrew Redman promises a personal and unique ceremony for your wedding. Adopting a natural, relaxed, and fun vibe, he will ensure there’s as many laughs and smiles as there are tears. And, as Andrew Redman relishes the opportunity to get know his clients to accurately reflect their love in ceremony, this is the perfect opportunity to meet your dream celebrant!

Charis White Celebrant

Believing that getting married is one of the most important days of your life, Charis White promises to perform a ceremony with immaculate attention to detail. Whether it’s a traditional, alternative, small, or large wedding, Charis White will tailor her services to suit your needs and reflect your love for one another. And, with hundreds of weddings experience under her belt, you’re in safe hands with Charis White!

In each group there must be a core character

There are five definite character roles that each and every group of bridesmaids can be sorted into. Here’s what they are – do any of these personas apply to your bridesmaids?

The bridesmaidzilla

This is the type of bridesmaid who can’t decide whether it’s your wedding, or hers. She turns up to your engagement party donning a ball gown and tiara, and chucks a hissy fit when the strippers at the hens night dance on you, not her.

She gets upset when you make any kind of wedding decision with your fiance and without her invaluable consultation.* And, when it comes to your wedding day, she sits in the corner crying – not about how happy she is for you, but because of her own drama and the lack of attention she is receiving.

** This is sarcasm. You’re supposed to make wedding decisions with your fiance.

The hot one

This is the bridesmaid most bridezillas fear recruiting. This friend looks good no matter what you put her in – even the brown paper sack your potatoes came in would look like an expensive Chanel garment on her! She’s full of compliments about

The most popular wedding gift

Choosing the perfect wedding gifts for a couple, no matter how well you know them, can be a challenge. Do you get something for their home? Something for their honeymoon? Or just cold hard cash?

We have looked at the most popular wedding gifts that are placed on gift registries by Easy Weddings couples to spark some ideas for a wedding gift they will love.

Bed and bath

Otil bath mat by Missoni’s bold design is a hit on the Easy Weddings gift registry, offering a vibrant alternative for the perfect bathroom.
This is no ordinary bath mat, it is from the famous Milanese fashion house and makes a real statement in a couple’s home.

Charity

As many modern couples are already living together and start building a home before getting married, they may not see any value in receiving gifts and choose to ask guests to donate to a chosen charity.
One of the most popular charities on the Easy Weddings gift registry is World Vision, which provides clean drinking water to struggling families among

The most popular marriage in Brisbane

Located in Brisbane, QLD and currently on the search for a marriage celebrant to officiate your ceremony? Look no further! To take the stress out of choosing, here’s the top 10 most popular marriage celebrants in Brisbane, as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

Hills Celebrant Services

Though based in Brisbane, Natasha Hill from Hills Celebrant Services is more than willing to travel to officiate your dream wedding, no matter the location! Taking pride in her appearance and her professionalism, Natasha Hill promises great attention to detail regarding your wedding, in order to truly under and truly reflect your love for one another through ceremony. And, awarded 3rd place in the marriage celebrant category in the 2017 QLD ABIA Bridal Industry Awards, you’re in safe hands with Natasha Hill from Hills Celebrant Services!

Serene Ceremonies

Vowing to listen to you, be your guide, and your friend, Kim Hickson from Serene Ceremonies promises to create your dream ceremony and deliver your every want and need regarding your big day. Striving to pay a great deal of attention to the little details, Kim Hickson offers to meet with you to discuss her services, different