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Your wedding is such an important day for your and loved ones, and on average, a wedding in Australia costs around $31k. Hence, it is essential to evaluate the cost of your ideas before making crazy purchases.

Budgeting is the number one technique for couples to prevent financial problems in the future- and it’s one of the best methods. However, it’s not until couples fail to adopt it and go over their budgets when problems arise. We understand that many things can impact over-spending, so here are a few ways you can keep your budget under control:

Be realistic

Before planning the dream wedding, pay a visit to your savings account. You need to become aware of your financial standing to decide whether you can afford the extra flower decorations or not. This will encourage strategic buying behaviour and will minimise the impact of external influences that promote over-spending.

You can also have a ‘wishing well’ instead of accepting traditional wedding gifts. A wishing well helps in receiving honeymoon travel vouchers or cash donations that can help you financially.

It all comes down in being true to oneself. Know your current financial standing and, if you don’t need another toaster, then have a ‘wishing well’ style gift.

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Guestlist

We get it. Your mother wants to invite that aunty who you haven’t seen since your 1st Birthday. It’s impossible to please everybody, so keep it simple and brainstorm the people that matter most to you and your partner. You can think about how often you meet those people? And their efforts to keep in touch with you. Having a controlled guest list is essential to prevent your wedding costs from blowing out of proportion.

Day and date of the wedding

You need to take into consideration the time and date of your wedding when you plan it. Summer season is the high-peak season for a wedding so don’t be surprised if prices are higher then what you initially planned for.  Whereas marrying in the off-season helps in getting some excellent discounts on venues or catering orders. Also, marrying on the weekend will cost you more than a wedding planned on a weekday.

Your wedding date will decide whether you will be able to save on the wedding expenses or will you have to cough out more for the celebrations.

Venue and Catering

Many wedding venues make it mandatory to use their bartenders or caterers and other helping staff if you book your wedding at their venue. This can make things easy for you, as you get most of your major arrangements covered under one roof. However, this also means that you won’t be able to have control over the pricing. You would be forced to accept the prices charged by them. To keep your budget under control, it is important that you do your research before dealing with such venues and see if you can bargain the prices with them.

Outfits:

Hiring their outfit instead of buying them will help in saving. You can look your best, but at a lower cost. Bridal dresses and bridal gowns can be sourced online. Some many websites and stores are providing beautiful bridal dress options at a lower price. Maggie Sottero wedding dresses are creative, graceful and enduring. Brides can choose wedding dresses depending on their budget and choice. Shopping for bridesmaids can also be checked online; one can source online from within the country or overseas. Though while shopping online, keep the delivery time in mind.

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A wedding day is something most of us girls dream about from a very young age. We know what we want, who we want, and where we want it to be. Things change from the fairytale wedding we dream of as children, but the main principles remain the same for pretty much all of us. You will hopefully only have one wedding day in your lifetime, so making it as special and as magical as possible should always be on your agenda. It is your one day to feel truly like a princess, to have all the attention on you and your partner, so why wouldn’t you want to go all out for it? To help you envision your wedding day a little more clearly, we’ve got some perfect wedding day ideas for you.

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The Preparation

Preparing for a wedding takes months, maybe even years for some reason. From the minute you have that question popped to you, you should start planning your wedding, right down to even the most finest of details. First, we need to talk about the dress and how you should prepare for that, because a lot of people get this really wrong. If you’ve booked your wedding date for a year in advance, there is no point purchasing the dress any time soon. You can have a couple of viewings to get a feel of what dress you’d like, but you shouldn’t buy the dress until around three months before. The simple reason being you may change your mind, find something better, or gain or lose weight. The weight side is what people seem to get, especially when it is a few weeks before the wedding. As girls, we either stress eat, or can’t eat at all, and the last thing you want is to get to your wedding day and nothing fits. So, make sure you try the dress on a week beforehand so any last minute alterations can be made. Don’t binge eat, and don’t starve yourself, try and maintain a nice weight. You also need to try and prepare your partner. Males are the absolute worst for leaving things until last minute. Be sure that he’s got his own suit sorted, as well as his groomsmen.

The Venue

Each girl has a different idea of what they’d like the venue to be like. Some might vision it to be the traditional church wedding, others might think the idea of a beach wedding is amazing. Whatever you are thinking of, it is best to get it booked in sooner rather than later. They book up so far in advance, you don’t want to have any disappointment. A function venue is the best place to to hold your wedding after party. It gives you plenty of space to fit in all the guests you might have invited. Speaking of guests, there’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about who to invite. For one, you need to think of any feuds that might be happening. Some friends, or even family might not get along as well as you would like them to. So if you’re inviting them, make sure you sit them far enough apart to avoid any drama. You also want to consider the dietary requirements of your guests. You don’t want to leave people hungry because you didn’t ask questions when sending out the invites. A lot of caterers will usually ask for any specific dietary requirements to be stated before they begin to do a meal plan.

The Day

The day is going to be one of the most exciting and nerve wracking times of your life. There will be so many thoughts going through your head. The main will be worrying that the day is going to go right, it is almost unavoidable to think like this. But the main thing that you need to try and do is enjoy the day. Everyone is going to be turning up to celebrate you. You’re going to be the shining star, so the happier and more relaxed you are, the easier the day will flow. Enjoy the time with your bridesmaids beforehand. Have your makeup done, you hair done, anything that is going to help put you in that relaxing mood. Don’t be afraid to have a cheeky glass of champagne or two to calm your nerves. Make sure you have a good photographer on hand as well. It’s nice to look back on the day and remember the good times you shared through photographs.

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Bride

For any bride, they want to look stunning on their wedding day. And no matter what – you will. But, most brides like to spend time getting themselves ready and picture perfect for their big day. And, quite often, in the whirlwind of wedding planning, they forget to do the prep, and end up trying to fit everything in to the last few days including the wedding day, and have to abandon plans they had early on. There are many things you can do in advance of the bog day that will help you to look and feel amazing, and by planning in advance, you don’t run the risk of forgetting things, or having to cut out plans.

No matter what happens, your wedding will be perfect, and the person lucky enough to marry you will think you’re the most beautiful thing in the world regardless. But we all understand the want to look the best we can, and there is absolutely no shame in it.

A lot of beauty prep you can do has little to do with makeup and stylists, so make a plan that you can stick to, but don’t get stressed out about it. Plus, there are beauty prep routines that will help you to stop stressing! Which is perfect for any bride.

Diet

And we’re not talking about how you can lose five stone in three months – because that is just not going to happen. If you want to lose weight for your big day, then look at your diet and start cutting out the fats and sugars, make sure that you have the right portion sizes for you, and that you are eating all the right things. Get some advice if you’re unsure of the right diet for you. A balanced diet has so many more benefits than just losing weight – it will give you more energy, which is perfect for those long days trying on wedding dresses. It helps you sleep better, which counteracts those stressful nights. And it can also clear your skin. The biggest contributors to bad skin are greasy foods, dairy and sugar. Cut all these down or out, and combine it with a good skin care routine (which we’ll talk about later on) and you’ll see improvements in no time.

Exercise

You knew it was coming! Again, if you want to lose weight, then exercise is an absolute must. Get yourself a workout plan designed to help you shift the weight and tone up, and stick with it. Just picture that perfect dress as motivation. Set yourself a realistic goal, and if you think you’ll struggle on your own, you can rope your bridesmaids into the workouts, or get yourself a personal trainer. Even if you don’t want to lose weight, exercise is great for you anyway. It gives you that boost in endorphins which helps to conquer stress and beat wedding blues, which is a real thing and effects a lot of brides. It will also help clear your skin, and can be a great way to relax. If high-impact isn’t for you then try yoga or swimming,

Hair

Prepping your hair for the big day goes beyond having it cut and styled just before the big day. Although, that is a big part of it. You can also help your hair to be as luscious and thick as those hair ads on TV. Use a deep cleansing conditioner once a month, and combine it with an argon oil and coconut oil wash. Use the right products for your hair type, and, if you have coloured hair then make sure you are using the right treatments for it; ie purple shampoo for fake blondes. You can also help your hair by drinking plenty of water, and applying a heat protector before applying any heat to your hair. Have dead and split ends trimmed regularly too.

Skin

We have already touched on diet and exercise to help clear you skin, but, if you’re really concerned about it, you might also want to consider seeing a dermatologist for stubborn acne or blackheads. Apart from that, your skin can only improve with a daily skin care routine – which starts with drinking plenty of water. When buying products, make sure that they are right for your skin type – the three main types are oily, dry and combination skin. Use a cleanser and a toner day and night, with a foam wash on the mornin and an exfoliating wash in the evening. Use a face moisturizer every morning and night – you can switch to an anti-aging cream if you want to. Sunscreen should be used every day and not just when it’s sunny outside, and your skin can be protected from getting clogged with makeup by using a primer and water-based foundation. Add in a mask or a pour strip once a month for extra care.

Teeth

So many brides don’t think their teeth are up to scratch for their wedding photos. Everyone wants to have perfect photos on the big day, so if this is a problem area for you, then take this opportunity to fix it. Use a whitening toothpaste twice a day while also flossing to help improve the health or your teeth and gums. If you wish to make bigger changes to your smile, then go to a dentist for teeth whitening and any other procedures.

Meditation

Too many brides get so stressed over every little detail of the wedding, which causes sleeplessness, weight loss or weight gain, irritability, and simple unenjoyment of the whole process – which is a time we’re sure you’ll want to remember. One of the simplest ways of relieving some of that stress comes with meditation. It can simply be some time spent on your own, relaxing and doing nothing. Put on some calming music, light your favourite candles, and lay down. Focus on your breathing and visualise those stresses leaving you with every exhale. It’s a simple yet effective practice that you can use for the rest of your life.

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Last night I had a dream in which I was a bride. All dressed in white, with all the trimmings.

Then I woke up and realised it was just the fever talking :p

Went and threw up (damn gastro) and all was right with the world.

Freaky.

This post has been written in conjunction with ghd

Bouquet

So, I like purple. Always have. I remember I had a cardigan once my Aunty knitted me. It was purple, and warm, and I wore it everywhere. :) When I got to choose the colours for my room, I went for lilac. I was stoked when the bouquets for my sister’s wedding had purple ribbons. It goes on.

There’s a lot less purple in my wardrobe these days, but I still have a bunch in the accessories department (gotta have some sparkle in my mostly grey and black clothing! You’d think I lived in Melbourne or something.) Like the Butterfly clip above.

Purple tights

Many pairs of purple tights have been in my life.

Hello Kitty Pants!

And of course Hello Kitty AND Purple? I’m in!

But it was 25% off!

Or this favourite lingerie set of mine, Pleasure State :)

Purple Glittle Jesus

And there was that short lived affair with the Purple Glitter Jesus Moneybox. (JESUS SAVES!!!!) How is he going, Hannah?

So, if I was to get a ghd to replace my old hair straightener, it would HAVE to be purple. Like the Purple Peacock above. Then I’d KNOW it was mine ;)

What’s your go to colour??

31 photos in 31 days - new pink and purple doona cover

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