Brides Diary – My Engagement Party 1st Feb 2013

At first Alex didn’t want to have an engagement party but after a little convincing that it would be a great excuse to have everyone we love celebrate that we are engaged it was time to start planning the Party! (and lets face it any excuse for this wedding planner to plan an event) … So we set the date to be EXACTLY 365 days before our Big Day… Yep 1st Feb 2013….

As Alex LOVES the beach and wanted to get married with an ocean view (we aren’t) I thought the perfect venue would be THE BEACH – Albert Park … It has some great function rooms and the Beluga room looks over the ocean… PERFECT! …

Our theme – Cliche I know but it was “Beach”…. In the morning I popped down to style the room with sand and shell filled candle holders, white washed picture frames, starfish and chalk boards… Including a 3 piece timeline stand ….One of my favourite flowers are singapore orchids which arrived from my amazing floral team in the most delightful little bunches and fishbowls.. Speaking of Fishbowls the beach theme wouldn’t be complete without REAL FISH… On our welcome table we had 3 little gold fish who are alive and swimming still…

The Night was filled with lots of love shared with family and friends including my Wonderful Bridal Girls – from the left my gorgeous sister Jessika who is an absolute hoot -one of the funniest people I know and who has done so much work behind the scenes and organised so much already, Vicki my best friend who organised a wonderful High Tea and I hear busy organising my kitchen tea … so exciting! Next to me my sister in law to be- Taryn who I think is fabulous, so helpful and is always sending me lots of bridal inspirations ..YAY!…. The perfect team of girls to be by myside…. Below is a picture of my Beautiful god daughter Ruby who I love more than all the stars in the sky… She will be my little flower girl

The CAKE…. My wonderful Cupcake tower was created by the amazing Barbara From Sophsticakes of Melbourne … BEST CUPCAKES IN THE WORLD!!!! Thanks Heaps B xx adding to the sugar fun was my own Candy Creations Lolly Buffet complete with hand made white chocolate rocky road!

Speeches… I didn’t realise Alex had prepared a speech … and what a speech it was … he made me cry… Happy tears!…. telling me how much he loves me and loves my passion… that I always put my Brides first and that he needs to keep reminding me that I am a bride too and I need to make time to plan for Our wedding… My Sister also made a beautiful speech and hit the nail on the head describing both Alex and I…. she also made me cry ( I was a blubbering mess … Thank goodness for the wonderful Rebecca Paris – The Girl in the Green scarf my makeup and hair kept in tack through all those tears of joy and hugs

We had a great night With Family… My 7 siblings a few cousins and My Grandparents who came down From New Castle … and of course all of Alex Family and our friends

Overall it was a great night… I had lost a dress size in the lead up so my strapless dress kept slipping down – what to do? – I used the Hanger ties as straps ( a wedding planners mind working there) … It was true…. i kept putting tasks to do aside for my brides and it wasn’t until I was ironing my dress at Rebecca’s house at 6.45pm (event started at 7pm) it was then that I realised I didn’t give myself enough time …. Me being so planned and every second timed for every one of my brides but then it comes to me and I am running late… I am the most organised event planner and it enlightened even me to the fact even if you are the most organised person on the planet having an outside co-ordintor to set up the day and co-ordinate is worth it’s weight in gold… For Our wedding I have already pre arranged to have my wonderful 2IC co-ordinate the day so there will be no rushing around for me …. a lesson learnt and one that which i can pass onto future Brides to be …. but all in all it was a fabulous night and I would like to thank all my family, friends, amazing suppliers and Emma from THE BEACH who was so accommodating to all my specific needs… Thanks a bunch

Can’t wait till the wedding now!!!