Friday, 14 February 2014

Best Wedding Tips for Brides-To-Be

I've worked in the wedding industry a long for a long time now, and often the same things pop up where I think "If only the bride knew this while she was planning for the day..." So here are my top 10 industry tips for all Brides-to-Be!

1. Prime Time

If you want to have a large bridal party (of 4 or more attendants), choose an afternoon wedding from 2.30pm onwards. This will allow plenty of time for hair and makeup, 'before' photos and of course travelling to the wedding location.

2. Personality is Paramount

Hire a photographer based on their personality, as well as the quality & style of their photographs. Your photographer should be someone you easily get along with, someone who shares your sense of humour and who will also be able to capture you and your loved one's personality in an honest and beautiful way....not someone who makes you feel uncomfortable to be yourself, or who makes wise cracks to try and get cheap laughs. Go for someone who is authentic and whose main goal is to capture your celebrations for all to enjoy and reflect on in years to come.

3. Trends & Regrets

Don't follow a trend for the sake of what's in at the moment. IT WILL DATE. Make sure you take a step back and ask yourself, "when I look back in 10 years time at my photographs, will I regret any of these decisions?"

4. Bridesmaid Selection

Choose bridesmaids based on friends and family members who will be there to support and encourage you on the day (and in your future together as a married couple!), not ones who will stress you out or make it all about themselves.

5. A dress fit for you

Choose a dress that is suitable for your body shape and accentuates your best features- see previous blog post "How to choose a Wedding Dress" for helpful tips on knowing your body shape and style suitability.

6. Cheap Doesn't Always = Best

Wedding budgets are tight and it's hard to keep them from blowing out. But be warned, cheapest suppliers/professionals are not always the best option- You get what you pay for. If you want a professional who is a specialist in their field, be prepared to pay accordingly. You won't regret the quality of the final product.

7. Style to showcase your personalities & relationship

Choose styling and accent pieces that accentuate who you are as a couple- often wedding guests will know half of the bridal couple (eg. the groom, or the bride) but might only be meeting the other half on the day. Make sure your wedding gives your guests an insight into who you are as individuals and as a couple. What do you love to do together? What common interests or backgrounds do you share?

8. Allow additional time on the day

Schedules are great, but often they don't allow for mishaps that can occur. Always calculate for more time- trust me, after working in the bridal industry for 7+ years, I know that there are always little things that crop up on the day that you don't account for. Eg, dad can't work out how to put on his buttonhole, the hair runs over time, you leave your bouquet behind etc etc. Always allow plenty of time for those little hiccups that pop up on the day!

9. Don't sweat the small stuff

Sure, it's important to plan the details down to a tee in the lead up to the wedding, but on the day there will be factors that you can't control (the weather might be unpredictably boiling or freezing, people's moods, emotions or comments around you, your flowers arrive and look more magenta than lilac, you forget to wear your something blue! Oh dear) Be at peace and go with the flow. It's those unpredictable things that often turn into the best stories and memories to recap on, and at the end of the day what really matters is that you get to enjoy the day committing to the one person you love the most.

10. Your Day, Your Way

Unfortunately, planning a wedding can often be stressful at times and strain relationships. As soon as the engagement has been announced, everyone seems to have an opinion on how and when you should do things. The main thing to keep in mind is that this is a symbolic and personal day which you are  wanting to share and celebrate with your fiance. It's important to listen to friends and family's advice, but at the end of the day, the decisions should be yours. If certain plans or arrangements don't feel right, then be strong (and polite) and choose to do things in a way which will reflect you as a couple, and will ultimately result in a once-in-a-lifetime day that you will be able to cherish for the rest of your lives.

I hope you enjoyed these tips!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Another year - Farewell 2013!

Well, it's been quite a while since my last post as crazy-wedding season has hit once again and my brain space has been a bit full to write a post!

I want to take a moment to thank each one of you who are currently reading this post and have read/followed my blog posts and business ventures throughout this past year. Your constant support, words of encouragement, Facebook "likes" and positive feedback mean so much to me. I love getting to create pretty things and share them with you all, in the hope that I can brighten your day or inspire you to get your own creative juices flowing!

Some of my business highlights from this year have been getting to work with Brides of Adelaide magazine once again, creating my "Treasured Sweetheart" bridal lace collection and the photoshoot I organised for it.
Here are some of my favourite images from the collection & BOA magazine:wedding jewellery and bridal hair jewelry

Brides of Adelaide Magazine

The year 2013 has been a great year, and I have loved getting to be creative and continue doing my job that doesn't feel like "work". I have met so many interesting people along the way this year- lovely clients with interesting life stories from medical, education, legal, hospitality, and retail backgrounds. Not only have I enjoyed getting to make them over with hair/makeup, I've also loved hearing them tell stories about their own lives. I always feel very privileged and humbled when my clients share their stories with me- my life feels richer knowing that I have met so many different people from different backgrounds and walks of life. So thank you to all of my beautiful clients from 2013 who have shared their lives with me.

tangerine lipstick, orange lipstick, mac morange lipstick

Makeup for Red Hair

Golden Glowing Skin, Formal Makeup

Smokey Eyes, wedding makeup ideas

Audrey Hepburn Lookalike, Red lipstick, Retro Makeup Look

Wedding Hair and Makeup - bronzed eyeshadow

Eye Makeup for Blue Eyes

Beautiful Wedding Hair Styles

Beautiful Wedding Hair UpStyles

Beautiful Wedding Hair Styles with Braids

Sleek Rope Hair UpstyleClassic side part, wavy hair down

Big Editorial Fashion Hair style

Braided hair style

I LOVE when clients send me photos of themselves wearing Perle creations. If you've ever bought something from my Online Jewellery shop, don't forget to send me a pic of your gorgeous self wearing the accessories!! Here are just a couple of photos of real-life clients wearing jewellery from Perle :)  

Wedding Hair Comb JewelleryWedding Hair Comb Jewellery
Wedding Hair Comb, pearl wedding earrings

Wedding Hair Comb - vintage lace hair jewelry

I hope you have all had great experiences throughout the year 2013. 
If you have any BLOG SUGGESTIONS for posts that I could write in 2014, please leave a comment below! I'd love to write more blogs with content that you love to read about. So if you have a makeup question, a style topic, or anything else that you think I could turn into an interesting blog piece, please let me know!

Here's to looking ahead for new opportunities to be creative and experience joy-filled living.

Much love xx

Monday, 30 September 2013

Bridal Style Feature: Colourful Accessories

For some brides-to-be, the prospect of wearing an all-white (or ivory) dress and accessories might seem too "bridal" for them or not reflect their vibrant personality. It's a bit of an unspoken "rule" that to complement a white/ivory wedding dress, your accessories also must be white, ivory, pearl, gold or silver. But when done correctly (and not in over-kill!) the addition of a pop of colour to your jewellery or shoes can add some individuality to your bridal attire and set your wedding style apart from the rest.

Here are some examples of how to rock a vibrant statement necklace with your wedding gown:
Colourful Wedding Necklaces

And for those brides who like the idea of a hint of colour, but are hesitant to wear something as bold as a statement necklace, you can feature a splice of colour in your earrings:
Colourful Bridal Earrings- Blue, Red, Emerald Wedding Earrings

Alternatively, you can keep all of your jewellery white/ivory, and add some colour to your hairstyle by wearing a headpiece or flowers with colours that tie in with your wedding theme.

Colour Hair Accessories for Brides
Below you will find a beautiful selection of colourful accessories from Perle Jewellery that you can use as an alternative to traditional white and ivory bridal accessories.

Mint & Rose Bridal Headband

Mint & Rose Headband

Mint & Rose Bridal Headband - Wedding Tea party

Tangerine Beaded Headband
Tangerine Beaded Headband

Oblong Red Pendant Fashion Earrings
Oblong Red Pendant Earrings
Annabelle's Sister- Bridal Headpiece
Oblong Red Pendant Fashion Earrings

For Brides who choose to accessorise with colour, blue is often a popular choice as your accessories can help you check "something blue" off of your list!

Dark blue & aqua Crystal Formal Earrings
Aqua & Gold Headpiece with Feathers
Dramatic Antique Floral Earrings
Feather Flare Aqua Headpiece

Flower Power Fashion Ring - Aqua and Orange

Photoshoot Credits
Model: Alissa
Hair & Makeup styling by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Photography also by Katie Dawson

© Perle Jewellery & Makeup 2013