New Weddingstar Products for 2011

As you probably know, I’m a stockist of Weddingstar, and I’m very excited to preview some of their product range for 2011.

While my site and product range is going to be undergoing a total overhaul in the next few months, I will still be stocking a select range of Weddingstar items, and I’m really pleased that some of their new products will fit my new site perfectly.

So without further ado, here’s a taste of what’s to come in the New Year…

French Whimsy hand fan

Bird cage wishing well

Mini linen drawstring pouch with English tea rose decorative trim

Damask display tower for cupcakes

French Whimsy invitation


Summer beach themed favours

It’s a scorcher here in South Australia today.  I’m sitting in 36C heat dreaming of the beach and in particular, the beach in the evening.  There’s nothing more romantic than a warm summer’s evening, the sun setting over the beach and the waves gently lapping the shore.  Combine this with a gorgeous wedding and elegant reception and you have a perfect summer wedding!

So I thought I’d have a look at some of The Wise Bride’s beach themed bomboniere and accessories that I feel really capture the essence of beach weddings.

When I think of beach weddings I think of the colours of aqua and white, and the texture of seashells, bamboo, frangipani and romantic candles.

Kate Aspen’s seashell placecard holders are perfect for a casual beach wedding.  Made of real shells they cost $14.85 for a set of 6 and will perfectly complement the tables of any beach celebration.

These sweet little chair tealight holders have a gorgeous beach feel with their net and seashell decoration – a lovely way to light up your tables.  They cost $20.75 for a packet of 4.

Another gorgeous way to light up your wedding reception is with these pretty wedding luminaries, complete with dove cutout.  They cost $15.55 for a packet of 12.

Made of natural bamboo, Kate Aspen’s coasters are eco-friendly as well as fitting with a beach theme.  $3.95 for a set of 4 they make a lovely and practical gift for guests.

And finally, starfish stickers are the perfect way to finish off plain boxes.  Costing 0.70c each these stickers can be personalised with your name and wedding date.

How to make a Bridesmaid guide

I came across this gorgeous DIY project on Inspire the Bride’s blog and couldn’t resist sharing.  With contact phone numbers, colour samples and date information it makes the perfect resource for your bridesmaids.  But what I’m most taken with is the look and the packaging, it’s just so pretty.  It would make a lovely keepsake for your bridesmaids too.  Best of all – you can make it yourself!  Head on over to Inspire the Bride’s blog for all the details and templates.

Mummy’s Wish High tea with High Societea

As some of you may know, I recently donated some gifts to a raffle fundraiser for Mummy’s Wish.  Mummy’s Wish is a charity supporting mothers diagnosed with cancer, while either pregnant or already with young children.  I think they’re a fantastic organisation and deserve all the support we can give.

Anyhow, I received an email today from Mummy’s Wish with an invitation to attend a High Tea by High Societea – it sounds gorgeous, I love high teas, they’re so old-fashioned and girly.

They’re being held on 7 November at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, and 21 November at Northgate Hall – you can view all the details and book tickets here.

Tickets include:

  • A glass of Pimms or fruit punch (additional glasses of champagne will be available for sale on the day)
  • A delightful selection of sweet and savoury treats
  • Tea and coffee
  • All served on high tea stands and the fine china collection from High Societea

Plus, there’ll also be raffles and prizes to be won on the day.

Sounds lovely, and even better that it’s for a great cause – I wish I was in the Brisbane area so I could go!

Something blue I Do shoe stickers

I’m so excited!  I’ve managed to track down some Mindy Weiss I Do rhinestone shoe stickers – they’re just perfect for your ‘something blue’.  Stuck on the bottom of your shoes they’ll add a fun surprise for your guests when you kneel down during your wedding service or while kicking up your heels!  Arriving at The Wise Bride in the next week they’ll retail for $14.95.

Four Weddings – some thoughts…

Being wedding mad I watch all the wedding programs, whether they are good, bad or average.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been watching the Aussie ‘Four Weddings’ which is a fun program and I love checking out all the themes and details.  However I have to admit I do find it a little bit uncomfortable at times watching the criticism that the girls receive from the others.  It’s all part of the game, but it got me thinking…

You’ll notice at the end of every wedding each bride says that she had a fantastic day, the best day of her life, and that her wedding will win.

And really, this is what weddings are all about – at the end of the day, all that matters is that you and your new husband have had the best day of your lives.

Regardless of what style of wedding you’ve had, whether you’ve spent $50,000 or $10,000, believe me, your wedding day WILL be the best day of your life.

How could it not – you and your husband are looking your best, you’re surrounded by family and friends who are there loving and supporting you, on a joyful day when everyone is in celebration mode.  You are the focus of everyone’s attention in a good way, everyone is there to cheer you on and wish you all the best for the future.  You’ve been planning for months and finally the big day is here, you can relax and enjoy yourselves.

So I guess my advice is not to sweat about the small stuff – really think hard about your wedding, your guests, and yourselves – think about what you’d be happy with, what your guests would be happy with.

If your wedding is a true reflection of who you are as a couple, then how can your guests not enjoy themselves?

Carnival themed weddings

I’m feeling inspired by fairground and carnival themed weddings at the moment, possibly inspired by Cosmopolitan Bride and My Wedding Magazine featuring similar themes.  So I thought I’d have a look around for some inspiration and ideas.

I came across Doug and Paige’s lovely carnival themed wedding on Jamie Hammond Photography’s website  –

Adam and Halli’s wedding which can be seen on their photographer Josh Goleman’s site also provides some gorgeous carnival inspiration:

So I’ve hunted down some suppliers to help you achieve a carnival theme.

Pinwheels are so sweet and can be used by your bridesmaids instead of bouquets, as tablecenterpieces or for guests to wave instead of throwing confetti.  What’s more, they’re very easy to make Factory Direct Craft have instructions on how to make pinwheels.

These circus inspired invitations are available from etsy seller EliminateUgly:

I thought these table settings were a fun idea (although here they’re used for a child’s party!):

Again, using a child’s party idea for inspiration, Sweet Additions have some great ideas for lollipop cakes which I think would work just as well for a carnival wedding

And on to The Wise Bride’s site where we have a few carnival inspired gifts including mini gumball machines

Cellophane bags with candy bag inserts have a lovely old-fashioned carnival theme