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    Ok Ceremony,

    I broke each bit down into stages.

    Arrival
    In a Car, how long will it take you to get there form where you'll be getting ready. In stead of being late I planned to be exactly on time and invited guest 1/2 hour earlyer. Invite said 4pm, I arrived at 4:30.

    walk down the Isle, or throught the people on the beach. Music what will it be, will it last bridal part and yourself. or do you need two songs. How will the music get to the beach, who will start it.

    Make sure the crowed know where they need to be, you don't want to be weaving in amongst them to get to your man. Have chairs for oldies and pgt women. Makes sure these people are directed to the chairs.



    Vows. Talk with the celebrant. Remember you'll be on a beach, and every one including yourself will be standing. be respectful of this and don't make it last 2 hrs.

    Signing of the register can take approx 5 min, play some music.

    Don't forget to take your engagement ring off before you get to the alter.
    Dave had mine in his pocket. I put it on after the ceremony.

    Have a shedule for photos, also think about what your guests are going to do during this break, Give them some options as an attachment to the invite.
    (I just sent the to the reception centre and gave them food and grog till i got there)

    I have some great tips about saving money, If your interested.
    I made a list of what I wouldn't compremise on. Dress (no budget) Photographer (no budget) Everything else budget budget budget.

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    Lisa with the flowers, select your colours first, then you'll know which flowers will support and match.
    My fried selected pink roses then picked pea**** blues and greens as her colours, needless to say we changed her pink roses. She ended up having a fan made out of ostrich feather instead of flowers. It was great it was about 35 that day so the fan was great and looked beautiful.

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    I think February is actually a nice month to get married in. Of course only if you are more south and its still warm, but an out door wedding in crisp air of February could be refreshing. different photo opps to, not as much green everywhere, could be very striking scenery.

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    we got married in Feb 2006 - and it was the hottest day of the month!! there was rain the weekend either side of it, but 40+ the day we got hitched! one thing i would suggest - make sure you have a contingency plan just in case it rains - the last thing you want is to be looking fantastic in your wedding gown, hair and makeup - and find it's all been destroyed by the weather! hopefully you won't need it - but it's always better to be safe than sorry. we decided that, if it rained, we'd head to our reception venue early, but sometimes that's not possible...!

    i think the other suggestions have been fantastic. make yourself a budget and stick to it. we did everything ourselves, from the invites (which i've since been employed to do another 3 weddings, so they must have been ok!), guest gifts, place cards, through to the centrepieces we had on the tables... we did almost everything on a budget - though dress and photographer were open slather!

    definitely decide on your theme and colors before picking your flowers - and look at LOTS of options. i'm a tall person, so had a sheath rather than a tear drop - worked so much better for me - and i wasn't feeling like i had to hold it in a particular way - it was simply cradled in my arms. my bridesmaids also had a sheath - i'd been in a couple of weddings and always felt uncomfy trying to work out how to hold the flowers so they were in the right place and comfortable! also decide in advance if you're going to keep the flowers and have them dried out at home or preserved (freeze dried) professionally - if so, you'll need to arrange someone to get them to the appropriate people as soon after the wedding as possible. it's also something you'll need to get a price on so that you can budget for it - i figured, seeing flowers CAN be a big expense, i wanted to be able to keep them!

    decide in advance if you're going to hire or buy your centrepieces - and make sure they fit what you're doing color and them wise. DH and I love roses and rose gardening, had sapphire blue, gold and silver for our colors, so had floating silver rose candles on each table. the bowls cost us $5 each (so $60 in total) and the candles were about $30. we gave each couple a home made CD of music from the wedding as their gift - again, we made them ourselves. think it cost about $50 in total including discs, stickers to label them, cases and the paper for the covers. we included one of the readings for our wedding on the front cover, and a message thanking everyone for attending on the inner cover (got our thank you's out of the way in advance!)

    hmmm, lots of waffle there - maybe i'll come back another time and add more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel A View Post
    I have some great tips about saving money, If your interested.
    I made a list of what I wouldn't compremise on. Dress (no budget) Photographer (no budget) Everything else budget budget budget.
    Hi Mel A, yes please I interested, please tell, I need some tips on saying money. Thank you Mel A.

    Quote Originally Posted by briggsy's girl View Post
    one thing i would suggest - make sure you have a contingency plan just in case it rains - the last thing you want is to be looking fantastic in your wedding gown, hair and makeup - and find it's all been destroyed by the weather! hopefully you won't need it - but it's always better to be safe than sorry. we decided that, if it rained, we'd head to our reception venue early, but sometimes that's not possible...!
    i think the other suggestions have been fantastic. make yourself a budget and stick to it. we did everything ourselves, from the invites (which i've since been employed to do another 3 weddings, so they must have been ok!), guest gifts, place cards, through to the centrepieces we had on the tables... we did almost everything on a budget - though dress and photographer were open slather!
    definitely decide on your theme and colors before picking your flowers - and look at LOTS of options. i'm a tall person, so had a sheath rather than a tear drop - worked so much better for me - and i wasn't feeling like i had to hold it in a particular way - it was simply cradled in my arms. my bridesmaids also had a sheath - i'd been in a couple of weddings and always felt uncomfy trying to work out how to hold the flowers so they were in the right place and comfortable! also decide in advance if you're going to keep the flowers and have them dried out at home or preserved (freeze dried) professionally - if so, you'll need to arrange someone to get them to the appropriate people as soon after the wedding as possible. it's also something you'll need to get a price on so that you can budget for it - i figured, seeing flowers CAN be a big expense, i wanted to be able to keep them!
    decide in advance if you're going to hire or buy your centrepieces we gave each couple a home made CD of music from the wedding as their gift - again, we made them ourselves. think it cost about $50 in total including discs, stickers to label them, cases and the paper for the covers. we included one of the readings for our wedding on the front cover, and a message thanking everyone for attending on the inner cover (got our thank you's out of the way in advance!)
    Hi briggsy's girl
    Where we going to have our reception we got it all day up to midnight, I said to my FH if it rain we have it there, where we are having our Ceremony on the beach it 5 min away from the reception. I making my own invite and place card , I don?t know where to start , I cant make anything I have to learn any idea , I not sure what we are having for centerpieces any ideas? the theme we are having is We are having a beach theme, The colours are going to be Pink, Blue, White and purple.
    Bride in white
    Bride Maids are in Pink
    Flower Girl in white or pink
    Groom in Black suit with pink tie
    Best man and grooms are in black with pink tie
    Ring Boy our dog in a suit and one of my bride maid boy
    Invited are in pink and white
    Place card are in blue and purple.

    Flowers I would like them in pink and white, lilies I would like the best, not sure
    I like your idea about the CD, I talk to my FH that I would like to give our guest a cd with our wedding song and give them the word to the song of our wedding song, he like the idea, we maybe do that for our guest. Thanks for your great advise briggsy's girl.

    You all have help me with planning my wedding.
    Thank you Mel A, briggsy's girl, feeb, amysarah85,

    I think I leave it now, I will come back later I got lot more to tell you all.

    Lisa

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    lisa - invites can be really simple or really complex. it all depends on what you want from it! i did two very different invitations for two weddings as they were at the same place almost exactly 12 months apart - ours was the second wedding (we met at the first), so wanted it to be completely different (and it had to outshine the first one - it was OUR wedding!)

    so, for the first one, the couple had two kids, had been living together for 8 years or something, so they needed nothing. they had a Wishing Well (i created a unique wishing well poem for them). Carboard in deep purple (upright), wishing well poem printed on silver paper (cut using a fancy cutting edge on a guillotine) and then the formal invite on pink paper, cut slightly smaller and with a fancier edge, attached only at the top in a thin strip so that it folded up. the invite was very informal, and was worded as such. these were folded in three, sealed with a sticker and addressed directly onto the cardboard with silver pen. the place cards for the guests were made with the same carboard base, and silver paper with the name printed on them. fairly simple.

    for ours, we were having a still fairly casual outdoors wedding, but we wanted it to be a little more "professional" - and i guess we wanted our wedding to be very different so that there weren't comparisons (iykwim?) had deep blue cardboard base, sideways, folded in three. on the left hand side, there was a pocket, made with the same blue card - in that pocket, we had our own version of the wishing well poem on white vellum with gold hearts - we fit 6 per page in printing! we also had in there a small RSVP card with a request for them to be sent back so we'd know who was coming!!

    our invites were on the middle section - half the invites had a gold base with silver page over it (with the invite there) - the other half were opposite. i was being all fancy so attached everything with push pins and things! these were then attached onto the cardboard base with double sided tape so the back of the pins was invisible. it was then all folded into thirds and placed in an envelope for posting.

    our place cards were much the same as the invites - each one was on a blue base, with either gold or silver intermediate, then the opposite with the name on it. for the bridal party, we had the two colors as intermediates, then the vellum with names on it - just to make them different...

    i'm pretty sure i can put my hand on both invitations without too much issue - if i can, i'll take some photo's and put them on my website (once i've edited out names and addy's!) and let you know

    if you need any help with invites, let me know! i loved doing my invites!


    with your ceremony - make it what you and your DP want - your celebrant should be really open to doing it your way. we had three readings - one from the celebrant, and two friends we wanted involved in the wedding. we also exchanged roses as part of our ceremony - it had significant meaning for us. but even with that, our ceremony only went for 20 minutes or so (thankfully - it was HOT!!) - there are so many ways to make your ceremony your own - this is a huge day for you - you need to make it special!

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    What do you about this invitation wording
    The honour of your presence is requested at
    the marriage of Lisa to Daniel at
    urangan beach on Saturday 14 February 2009
    2:00 pm
    with a reception to follow at hall

    RSVP: 1 January 2009
    Dose that sound ok or dose anyone else got idea?

    Today i booked
    Limousine booked Cost $600
    includes 3 hours of car use. Full Ribbon and Tule in your choice of colour. Full Red Carpet Service. 2 x Bottles of Champagne 2 x BOTTLES OF Soft Drink and 2 x Bottles of Water

    Maybe Hotel for the first 2 night for as husband and wife
    We maybe going to have the rooftop of the hotel cost for for 2 adults for the 2 nights $440
    it includes heated Spa on the roof and barbecue and furnished with table, chairs and sun lounges and air conditioning

    I very happy how it all going together. I not happy about having trouble find some one who can do flowers for the wedding, some wont do it because it on V day.

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    I forgot to say, i got some pictures of where we going to have our Ceremony

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    What do you all think

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    Oh, love the bottom one (bouquet that is)

    Beach photo looks so lovely

    Hey FEBE ... My DP's younger brother got married in Kallista, not sure where as we rudley never got a Wedding Invitation with the address (most people did)

    Anyway, we turned up at DP's parents house & we got onto a mini bus that took us there. I was too busy chatting on the bus that I never looked to see an entrance sign to the reception place to see the name of the place.

    It would have been lovely in it's days BUT was badly in some need of renovations.

    We danced to music over the P.A system (was so daggy), main meal was cold (vegies under-cooked) & not a decent portion (I was starving), drinks warm ... And MP was the most underdressed I had ever seen. She was so over weight she struggled to walk. No makeup & hair put in plaits

    The grounds had a rotunda & there was a chapel attached the reception. When you entered the building there was a large open fire place.

    FEBE do you have any idea what the name of this reception is ?? ... Just so I can warn anyone that might consider it as a reception !!

    It cost them a fortune for this particular wedding reception ... Lucky for them the brides folks paid for most of the Wedding !!
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    No i dont know what it would be called we only looked at the one place up there and that was lyrebird falls where we had the wedding and it was gorgeous and had the best food!! BONUS was desert was a buffet of 12 deserts and they were served up to guests but they had a huge choice!!!!

    Most places have rotunda and a chapel up there do u remember what road it was on??

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    Have to work but thought I add some tips that really saved me money.

    Think about the weddings you have been to. if you don't remember what the [enter thing here] (eg. centre pieces, favours, name cards) looks like, or if you got one at all, save money on them or to really save money. eliminate them completly.

    some ideas for less expensive ways.

    So for centre pieces in a beach theme, you could have a strip of sprinkled sand (Free and you can put it in any shape you want) with lillies, shells and tea light candles (reject shop, $1 for 10) Low enough to talk over, and can be combined with your theme and colors. plus it would only be about $2-$10 a table depending on the lilly price.

    For flowers go to the market and talk directly to the growers and do the flowers yourself. or contact the local TAFE and talk to the floristry class teacher, your wedding could be a project for one or all of the students, you pay for the flowers and they do the rest.

    Name cards, It could be a feather with a piece of paper tied around the end or collect shells and get a permenant texta. This also becomes part of the table decoration. I had 1 piece of paper with everyones name who was to sit on that table, rest was up to them.

    The cake can be dessert. I had a lemon tart. We got a a chocolate heart made with our names on it and just produced one of the uncut tarts with that on top and some flowers on the plate. We cut it. then out the back there were 9 more and presto, dessert.

    The bridal table doesn't need decoration, just have spots for yours and the bridesmaids flowers, instant decoration.

    Pull in favours where ever you can. People (women) love to help with weddings. I borrowed cars, had all my friends out with lists collecting candles of certain colours, shells leaves.

    Look on e-bay especially under scrap booking. I got 100xA4 sheets of recycled paper for $18 delivered.

    Hand deliver invitations to everyone you will see. It is more personal and saves on stamps..

    Think outside the box, there are no rules that say you must have flowers. A friend of mine had a fan instead. Looked great and very usefull on a hot day.


    so many ideas so little time...

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    Thank you Mel A for your great tips on saving money, it help big time. i come back bit later and let you all know how my planing going

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