100 days till my Wedding…

Hi Everyone …

So today marks 100 days till I say I DO …. When we set our wedding date 18 months from the engagement It did feel so long but when those last months hit its like – aghhhh I need more time! … I am very blessed to have so many wonderful brides that I am planning weddings for at the moment… I am sending a bride down the aisle nearly every week over Oct/ Nov… But when does that leave time for planning my own – hmmm…. Yes my fiance always pops in going – when are you going to work on ours? I have always been that girl that puts everyone else before me. I am like yeah I”ll get to me …. So in between planning appointments, rehearsals, logistics, emails, phone calls and Wedding days!! I have been been ticking off my very own to do list , slowly but surely…. So where is everything at ?

The Rings – Are getting made by Alex”s Uncle Bruno are nearly finished … yay! – Alex is going to pick them up this weekend…

The Dress – I absolutely LOVE my dress appointments … I am really enjoying the couture process ( perhaps it”s the perfectionist in me) but being apart of the process and seeing the dress develop is so much fun. I can”t wait for it all to be done , take a step back and go WOW! – Bring on the Lace,Satin, Bows and much more – There is an extra special surprise twist to it too… could it be colour? you have to wait and see :)

Stationary – I am always on my brides about timing for stationary – This is one of those things that always creeps up and before you know it your running behind schedule. The thing that always sets you back is GUEST LIST DETAILS!!!! – Trust me the earlier you can start on getting ALL the details for your guests list not just the names but surnames, addresses and phone numbers … it makes a huge difference in timings… If you want your invitations out 3 months before ( Ours go out next week – CAN”T WAIT TO POST!) then you have to be on top of the guest list at least 5 months before if not even earlier. Your designs need to be completed latest 4 months out to allow for Name insert, proofing, changes , printing, shipment. Don”t forget if you have invitations anything like mine – That have 4 – 5 pieces wraps, ribbons swing tags…. you need to allow time to put them all together. I am cutting out my swing tags all by hand in a very cute vintage shape and tying them all together with some gorgeous grosgrain ribbon. Keep your eyes peeled for photos!

The Priest– Last Sunday we met with our delightful priest who we are flying in from Perth. Father Michael McMahon Married Alex”s sister 11 years ago and it meant a great deal to Alex for Father Michael to Marry us … He is an absolute hoot. I have seen quite a few priests over the years and I am so lucky to have such a hillarious man marrying us… It was no problems for him when Alex asked – Can you please say a little Italian for Nonna and Nonno … and Father Michael spieled out a beautiful Line about Love being like the moon in italian …. So when It came time for us to tell him our story of how we met – Alex started off and he was telling the story completely wrong … I was getting so frustrated and father michael kept saying don”t worry it”s his version… Then of course when it came my time I told the actual story and Alex was like Ohhh yeah no thats right! – I”m sorry can i get that in writing Alex – I”M RIGHT …haha …. We did some pre marital councilling and for those of you that go – eeekkkk…. it”s actually really good … I would recommend it to even my brides that aren”t having their wedding in a church …Anything that is going to make your marriage and relationship better and stronger isn”t it worth it ? ….. Its a great chance to get all those doubts on the table… questions you might not have even thought about , Problem solving technicques that could have you solving issues differently instead of going round and round in circles or arguing and shouting the house down! Acording to Gottman who has been studying Marriage for 60 years says there are 2 indicators on weather a marriage will work – 1: How the  couple manage differences and conflict 2: A Ratio 5:1 – 5 Being good experiences and 1 being bad experiences. He also says you need to build a Culture of Praise, Affirmation, Fondness and Respect. I feel our relationship is even stronger now and we have some different techniques to keep building on it …. No relationship is perfect but if there is LOVE and COMMUNICATION then there is always HOPE.

The Cake – Yummm!!! – In my hunt for inspirations I came across some lovely pics … We want the cake to be different as many brides do … pulling inspirations from the vintage glam theme, my dress design and just pretty stuff we have designed a cake that will be scrumptious. Flavours — Ohhhh My absolute favourite has got to be White Choc and Raspberry, I do Love Red Velvet and Alex”s favourite is Cookies and Cream … So given we are having 3 tiers we can have our cake and eat it too! When your designing your cake have some fun – the cake tastings are one of the most favourite planning appointments with all my brides. Also if there is a flavour your baker doesn”t have on the list ask if it is possible for them to create it …

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The Ceremony Music – We had the amazing Jonathan come over the other week to play some tunes on the violin. We are having a String quartet ahhh can”t wait – He is composing a special piece for me to walk down the aisle to … It means a great deal to me this piece of music and you need to keep in mind that when choosing your music especially the processional – the ceremony is the most important part of the whole day , it”s the reason you are there and it should be a piece of music that touches your hear. Every time you hear that piece your mind will wander back to that moment your walking down the aisle. And In that moment don”t forget to stop at the just as you walk in , take a big breath in and then continue. You need to soak up the moment. On Music choose 2 pieces of music for the signing . The signing can generally take around 7 minutes and then choose an upbeat song for the recessional. Something Joyful after all you just got hitched! … We are going with some really big classic pieces – Can”t wait!

The Dancing Music – If you are going a band or a DJ you will need to choose songs you like but most importantly SONGS you don”t want played – For me I love ABBA so there will definitly be some ABBA played and of course it would be a party without Whitney”s – I wanna dance with somebody! … We are having a Band personally I am a band girl as I love live music even though some of the favourite songs do sound better with the actua artist singing them there is just something so classy about a band… Can”t wait to swing to the saxaphone ! and don”t forget if you are having a bad they need to take breaks so choose some of your favourite songs – pop them on playlists in your ipod and give it to the bad to play when they are on break – then you have the best of both worlds!

Our Media is all set – I have the best cinematographer – I have been so blessed to work with the talented Rochelle and Dean on so many weddings and I always love looking back on the couples highlight reels… I can”t wait for them to tell my story! My Photographer Mel is also one of the best can”t wait for her to capture our day! So in the planning process you have booked your media suppliers but what else do you have to think about – Think about some fun shots you can have … Being Vintage glam I have always had a picture in my head of the girls and I having gorgeous lace Parasols …. So it”s things like that you have to prep for – Google bridal party fun shots and see what comes up … You can do so many fun things with letter blocks, signs and props… but you need to prep for these things so do it in the planning stages … no point getting there on the day and going oh would have loved a shot like this! – Needless to say i am just about to order my Parasols yay!

Cars are done – Thats one thing I let Alex choose … I had to give him something – So My chariot is a 22 seater Hummer – not so vintage glam ..lol but Hey had to give the man something :) hehe

Bridesmaids – Their dresses are underway – Mummy dearest is making them… But what else do you need for the girls ? – Jewellery – tick ! … And then of course GETTING READY fun stuff… I was shopping with my sister MOH and we found in Bra”s and thing some PJ shorts that are a PERFECT design match to the actual bridesmaids dresses – it”s so weird .. had to get them … Of course there is also the satin robes with Bridesmaids on them .. have to get that shot … and the T-shirts … and I even found a little something else that I will give them that”s so cool but can”t let you know yet you will have to wait and see what it is !

Shoes – Tick not only did i find the perfect shoes for the bridesmaids they were on sale – woot woot! and my shoes got them – Walking down the aisle in Louboutins – yay!!!! Dream shoes!

Hair and Makeup – is all locked in will have tirals closer to the date – But in the meantime gather up some pictures of inspiration for your hair stylist – nothing worse than having no where to start when you go for your trial

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EXERCISE – This is a biggy – Okay so I purchased the INSANITY DVD set – and Im really not a cardio girl — needless to say i didn”t even make it through the first dvd – I know soooo bad! … Years and Years ago I purchased the complete Windsor Pilaties set and it worked … silly me why didn”t I just go back to what I trust and know works for my body. Now being a wedding planner and having a list a mile long and always putting everyone else especially my brides right up on the top priority list I have found this the most challenging – finding time to exercise! … I really want to tone my arms _ everything else is hidden by the dress but arms – as we all know are one of those things we focus on in our photos – so if I can offer any advice it would be to focus on toning your arms ! I know I am still finding it hard to squeeze in time … but I know I will regret it if i don”t… I have been good for the last 3 days … don”t laugh yes only 3 – but hopefully for the next 99 days I can keep it up and have gorgeous arms for the wedding day … then you also have to think about Honeymoon – are you going on the beach ? I am … so trying to tone those Buns and thighs too! – The Windsor Set has 20 min fast burn workouts which have really helped with my time constraints. Find what works for your lifestyle, body and mind! without your mind pushing you to do it , it wont get done!

Hair prep and Tanning – Given I am going to have Pink and Purple Hair – Yes thats right .. don”t worry it”s not bright 4.2 is a great violet colour … it”s dark … if you do have dark hair think about adding some highlights they don”t have to be blonde highlights just some highlights so that your hair design doesn”t just blend all into one ! I have been for the last year growing my hair … now it is time to lighten it to strip the hair of years and years of colour to get a nice clean dye happening… On friday I start the first lightning process and a bit of a trim! Tanning – I hope we have a hot day and I don”t think Feb hot days go well with fake tan … so I know it”s bad and don”t cringe but I am going to be naughty and go solarium just for a few months! When I lived in QLD I had the most natural beautiful golden skin so hoping that the skim memory kicks in and I can get that golden glow … Also thinking about a spray tan they don”t last through the honeymoon – I don”t want to be all splotchy on my honeymoon so solarium tan here I come!

Of course there is alot more work to be done – There is a lot of styling going into the wedding. I am setting up over the 4 days before my wedding at Eynesbury … If you are doing alot of DIY styling items … make a list and keep working through them , pick up the paint, Start hand crafting, start on the designs before you know it time will be running out!

Hopefully You have found some helpful tips in planning your wedding and enjoyed reading the updates … Are you intrigued? I can”t wait for the day and then of course to share all the wonderful happenings of the day with you.

When starting the Brides diary blog I was hoping to keep it a bit more regular than the post but truthfully I have been so focused on getting my gorgeous brides hitched that there just isn”t enough time… couldn”t pass up the 100 days to go though! Now back to work :)

Cheers Candice :)

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