A big Shout Out to Liz Currie who specialises in painting bouquets.
- ★ Greenery may soon be dethroned as the most popular wedding trend with personalised signsbecoming more and more popular. Greenery will be featured in 59% of Spring weddings while personalised signs will be featured in 56.5% of weddings
- ★ Despite boho chic weddings gaining popularitymacrame seems to have done its dash, with only 2.5% of couples including it in their wedding decor
- ★ 41% of Spring brides will do a speech compared with 37% of Winter brides as more couples choose to buck the groom-only speech on the big day
- ★ Hoops and circular designs have remained a popular feature of decor throughout the year
Flowers that are in bloom all year round, such as roses and baby’s breath, make up many of the most popular wedding flowers during the springtime. However, we are seeing a few exceptions when it comes to the rule.
Peonies have a small seasonal window closer to November and December, but are still the second most popular flower throughout the entire Spring season. This is despite the fact that florists will have to order them in from overseas for couples to be able to have them.
Most popular wedding themes
Rustic weddings are still the most popular theme for weddings across the year and have performed strongly throughout all of 2018. Not surprisingly, garden and outdoor weddings become more popular during springtime.
Overall, boho chic weddings have risen in popularity throughout 2018 and are the sixth most popular theme during spring. In comparison, we’re seeing vintage and vineyard weddings become less popular as more vintage elements are adopted by other themes, and vineyard weddings are beaten out by the casual vibe of DIY and boho chic weddings.
Spring is the most popular time of year for couples choosing to get married, and 2018 is no exception. For the first time, our Spring Wedding Outlook takes a specific look at Spring weddings, including costs, trends and the most popular dates, colours and themes of 2018.
The Spring Wedding Outlook is our second quarterly report for 2018 and includes responses from 430+ couples getting married in September, October and November this year to see how they are planning their day and what spring weddings really look like in Australia.
This outlook also uses data from the Easy Weddings 2018 Winter Wedding Outlook, as well as our 2018 Annual Wedding Industry Report which surveyed more than 3,000 couples. Easy Weddings is Australia’s number one wedding marketplace trusted by more than 80% of couples to help plan their wedding day.
The vows…… one of the parts of the wedding where even the strongest hearts grow faint. Its really not that hard. I love helping couples write unique and heartfelt vows.
Here are 10 really original Wedding Vows
By Lucy from Easy Weddings.
Here are some of our favourite vows we’ve ever heard to give you some inspo for when it’s your time to write your vows to your spouse. It can be a tricky little endeavour to write your vows, but it’s worth it when you get up there at the ceremony and spill your heart out to your love. Here are some of the best wedding vows we’ve ever heard:
Succinct but eloquent:
“You were my reason back then, my reason now, my reason every day. You strengthen my weaknesses, bring focus to my dreams. Here and now I pledge my life to yours, that your dreams become my dreams. No matter where life leads me, I know that as long as you are there, that is where I am meant to be.” – iammisanthrope
Preston Burke to Cristina Yang:
“Cristina, I could promise to hold you and to cherish you. I could promise to be in sickness and in health. I could say, til death do us part. But I won’t. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. And I do not stand here, on my wedding day, optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic, I am not hopeful, I am sure. I am steady. And I know that I am a heart man. I take them apart and I put them back together and I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this I am sure, you are my partner, my lover, my very best friend, my heart, my heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this: I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you… me”. -Grey’s Anatomy
A twist on the classic:
[Other person’s name], I love you./ You have brought such joy to my life./ Thank you for loving me as I am/ and taking me into your heart./ I promise to walk by your side forever/ and to love, help, and encourage you/ in all that you do./ I will take the time to talk to you/ to listen to you/ and to care for you./ Through all the changes of our lives,/ I will be there for you always/ as strength in need,/ a comfort in sorrow,/ a counselor in difficulty,/ and a companion in joy./ Everything I am and everything I have is yours/ now and forevermore./ This is my promise to you.
I give you this ring. / Wear it with love and joy. / As this ring has no end, / neither shall my love for you. / I choose you to be my (wife/husband) / this day and forevermore. -oerath
From Sacred Ceremony Book:
“_______, today we begin our lives together. I promise before our families and our friends to be your faithful (husband/wife). I choose to live with you, as your lover, companion and friend, loving you when life is peaceful, and when it is painful, during our successes, and during our failures, supported by your strengths, and accepting your weaknesses. I will honor your goals and dreams, trying always, to encourage your fulfillment. I will strive to be honest, and open with you, sharing my thoughts, and my life with you. I promise to love and cherish you from this day forward.”
An Authors stance:
“I wish I could stand up here and promise you the world, but the world isn’t mine to give. What I do promise is my world, and all it entails. My love, support, passion, compassion, and enthusiasm.
I wish I could promise smooth sailing, but the winds aren’t mine to control. What I do promise is a ship built to carry you to safely, and sails to weather any storm.
I wish I could promise you forever, but someone infinitely great than I already has. What I do promise is every second of this time sliver of eternity I’ve been blessed with.
I wish I could promise you riches, but every vault has it’s end. What I do promise you is a life of abundance—And abundance of love and support, of strength and vulnerability, of sharing and drive, of passion, and of adventure.
I wish I could promise to always be as roguishly handsome as I am today, but, well … On second thought, have you seen my dad? Maybe that’s a promise I can keep.
I can’t even promise I’ll never hurt you, because even the best of intentions sometimes fall short. What I do promise is to always reach for you over my pride; to hold you, to heal you, and to seek forgiveness.” – Connor Jame Drake
Nothing short of love:
“The heart of every true romantic buff
Is driven by the one sustaining need
To find a deep and everlasting love
—And luckily I’ve found my one indeed
Although we sometimes can’t see eye to eye
I’m still amazed just how alike we are
Most differences are merely by the by
When on ahead we see our future far
So now I swear for all the years to come
Especially when youth has run its due
Unlike the bright but short-lived sparks of some
Our timeless love will long be shining through
For all the reasons I’ve described above
I promise we’ll have nothing short of love” – Chris Jester-Young
This article was published in Pop Sugar
Brides planning to tie the knot in 2018, we talked to Farmgirl Flowers founder Christina Stembel about what’s in and what’s out in terms of wedding flowers next year. The ethical florists in San Francisco do on average around 20 weddings per week, making them an authority in the wedding floral space. It also means they see their fair share of trends come, go, and stay a little too long.
One in particular that Christina is ready to be over: “I’m really sick of flower crowns,” she told POPSUGAR, laughing. “Flower crowns have been around for several years now, and I think people are really looking for the next thing.” So what is the next thing? Christina said to expect flower jewellery, bolder colours, and bigger elements in 2018.
Christina shared that a couple of designers have recently brought this trend to the forefront, and it has been catching people’s eye. Variations of the flower crown in the form of a tiara, bracelet, and statement necklace are on the rise.
“We even did a class for DIY for brides, and it was really well-received, and so now we’re starting to see people shift,” she said. “Instead of asking for flower crowns, they’re asking for more like tiara-style flowers. They’re not flower crowns; they’re made differently.”
Celebrating unbounded love
Published in the Warrandyte Diary 5th February 2018
WARRANDYTE-BASED Marriage Celebrant, Lisa Hunt-Wotton was instrumental in helping Simone Gemmell and Rebecca Lauder become one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Australia.
Simone, who attended Warrandyte High School, and Rebecca had been engaged for three years and were six months into planning their commitment ceremony when the same-sex plebiscite was held.
The couple told the Diary how delighted they were when the same-sex marriage bill was finally passed. “This, to us, felt surreal.
“We didn’t think, with all the controversy, that Australia would actually come to the game and when they did it was a feeling like no other.
“We sat on the couch together, drink in hand and just took in what had just happened.”
Rebecca went on to discuss how, prior to the same-sex marriage bill, she experienced frustration in their inability to legally proclaim their commitment to each other.
“It was a constant reminder that we were different… it felt like our wedding, which was important to us, wasn’t as important to others because of the law.”
With the bill set to become law on January 9, Simone, Rebecca and Lisa had a new challenge to encounter, the date they had set for their original commitment ceremony was three days before the law would be passed.
Lisa was determined to make sure the couple could do it right, do it once and do it on the day they had planned to, so the celebrant immediately began studying the law to see if there was any way the women could legally marry before the bill officially came into effect.
“I called the girls and said that there were five reasons why the government would grant a change of date and that I thought they qualified for one of them,” says Lisa.
The couple made multiple trips to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria and were given a decision on December 21, that they would be legally allowed to marry on January 6.
“It was truly a day we will never forget, a moment of sheer excitement,” the couple told the Diary.
Simone and Rebecca were married by Lisa, in front of all their friends and family, in Panton Hill.
“That day will always be the happiest day of my life, seeing her smile and signing those papers was our special moment for us to always have,” says Simone.
Rebecca added, “I’m the happiest I have ever been and words will never express what the YES vote has done for me, my partner, family, friends and children in the future.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart”.
Photo: Sigrid Petersen Photography
I often get asked to recommend venues to couples who are at the stage where they are ready to book a wedding. It can be tricky and time-consuming finding the perfect venue. The number of guests that you invite will often dictate what venue you can book as most venues don’t cater for numbers larger than 120 people. The average number of guests invited to weddings in Melbourne is 100 people. Keep this in mind as it will determine your budget and the type of venue you can choose.
- Do your research and look at reviews and recommendations. You cannot beat word of mouth.
- Try not to get stuck on a particular date as this will limit your availability.
- Thursday and Friday weddings are becoming more and more popular and are more kind to the budget.
- Do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. Personally I would book a venue that provides both as this gives you great assurance with Melbourne’s finicky and unpredictable weather. There are many venues that have incredible gardens along with private chapels and great reception options.
- Venues that offer several options – inside and out:
- Lyrebird Falls – Kalista
- Tatra Receptions – Mount Dandenong
- Vue on Halcyon Chirnside Park
- Coombe Melba Estate Coldstream
- Zonzo Estate – Zonzo Estate is a restaurant, winery and award-winning wedding destination embraced by the beautiful Yarra Valley.
- Venues that offer several options – inside and out:
- Another beautiful alternative is to have the wedding ceremony in the gardens of Alowyn Gardens – Yarra Vally and then the reception at one of the many local Yarra Valley winery and reception centres. I highly recommend Alowyn Gardens. They have a wisteria canopy over the outdoor pergola and it is mind-blowing. It also provides shelter from the heat and or the rain. Great for an outdoor wedding but not for a reception.
- Think outside the box: Sometimes a stand up reception is just as much fun and gives a great party vibe.
Prahran warehouse Hobba is the perfect space for engagement parties and weddings. With the ability to cater and hold up to 200 pax it’s a remarkable space with lots of character. They specialise in stand up events.
- Something a bit different from the traditional wedding look is the:
The RACV Country Club Healsville – Absolutely spectacular outdoor wedding space, modern, and streamline with amazing views of the mountains and great staff.The Farm Delaneys Road Warrandyte – Gorgeous, great location, only caters for small 120 and under. An elegant farmhouse at the top of a hill that looks out to rolling lawns, gardens and vineyards. Red brick walls and antique fixtures define the interior with the building opening out onto a generous timber verandah, a classical fountain and stately bluestone stepsThe Baths Middle Brighton has recently been refurbished and is a gorgeous art deco Melbourne landmark. The Baths ‘Upstairs’ can be booked as an exclusive events space and can accommodate up to 120 guests seated and 200 guests cocktail style.
Other recommendations:Yarrawood Estate Melba Hwy Yarra Glen – great for private function, incredible garden – good for small groups – have a beautiful set up outside underneath huge oak trees.Marybrooke Manor Sherbrooke – Incredible for a garden weddingLindenderry Winery Red Hill – gorgeous if you want the ceremony in a wineryWerribee Mansion – outstandingThe Park Lakeside Drive Albert Park– great alternative for a city wedding. Great photo opps, stunning reception venue and nice wedding ceremony location.Still Stuck: Try Venue Atlas.A friend of mine runs Venue Atlas – https://www.venueatlas.com.auA curated guide of Australia’s most unique venues, big and small.
Good luck hunting for venues. Make sure that the venue resonates with your vision and budget. Keep looking if you can’t find the one that you want straight away. Make sure that you are happy with the staff and get everything in writing.
Coombe Melba Estate
RACV Country Club Healsville
Lyrebird Falls Chapel Kalista
Zonzo Estate – gorgeous outdoor summer wedding.
Marybrooke Manor petal storm
All Smiles Docklands, RACV Club Healsville and Alowyn Gardens.
As we finish off the year I thought it would be interesting to post some of the average costs of weddings in Australia. I am a member of Easy Weddings. Easy Weddings provides access to over 5’000 venues, services and suppliers. 80% of couples getting married in Australia use Easy Weddings to connect them with recommended suppliers across the Nation. Each year Easy Weddings does an annual industry report surveying 3’300 Australian couples. These are some of the results.
Interestingly 50% of all weddings occur on just 32 days of the year and they are all Saturdays.
The couples: they have been engaged for 23 months. They will have an average of 97 guests attend. 73% have a gift registry or wishing well. The average price per head for a wedding is $150.00. The average cost of a wedding is $31’368.00
Wedding Dress: $2’522.00
Wedding Music: $1’600.00
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.― Sophocles
The Mystery of Love by Lisa Hunt-Wotton
It is no small thing for me that as a Commonwealth Registered Celebrant I get to walk couples across the threshold of marriage. It is a great privilege and something that I hold very dear. To experience over and over again the wonder of love. The open hearts, the vows, the promises and the values that they choose to build their lives upon.
Each couple, each person so unique, so precious. Each wedding so incredibly different. A reflection of the lives and creativity of each couple. Whether a small private gathering of 8 people or a crowd of 250 people, each is magical and full of wonder in their own special way.
This weekend I conducted five weddings across Melbourne. Friends looked on in exhaustion but I revelled in the celebration of love and mystery of relationships. You see I fall in love with each couple. I grieve a little at the end of each wedding as our journey comes to its rightful conclusion. I am constantly in awe at the beauty of each soul and the glimpse that I get into the communities of love that surround them.
For many of us marriage encapsulates the mystery of love. The very nature of a wedding ceremony is about capturing the love essence of each couple and what love means to them. Two people fell in love which is why they are getting married. The marriage ceremony is the public demonstration of that love and their commitment to stay in love and to choose love each day over the course of their lives together.
These two readings by Nicholas Sparks and Anne Morrow talk about love and relationships and what it means.
I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.
GIFT FROM THE SEA BY ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
When you love someone, you do not love them all the time in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love and of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in the terror of the ebb. We are afraid it will never return.
We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity, when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom.
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, not forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.
Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits—islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides of life.
(Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
When you read these pieces one thing is clear. Love is a mystery and love is a gift. You can’t own it, it is freely given and must be treasured. For love to grow it must face the challenges that growth brings. Love is like the sun and the earth.
Love is like the sun above you and the earth below you. Like the sun love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.
Although not Buddhist, one couple chose to express their vows and promises in an amended version of Buddhist vows. These vows acknowledge the transitions, ebb and flow of relationship. They also encompass community, nature and the understanding that all things belong and that we are part of a larger picture.
Lisa: Do you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?
Bride and Groom: “We do.”
Lisa: Recognising that the external conditions in life will not always be smooth and that internally your own minds and emotions will sometimes get stuck, do you pledge to see all these circumstances as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts, to accept yourselves, and each other; and to generate compassion for others who are suffering?
Bride and Groom: “We do.”
Lisa: Understanding that just as we are a mystery to ourselves, each other person is also a mystery to us, do you pledge to seek to understand yourselves, each other, and all living beings, to examine your own minds continually and to regard all the mysteries of life with curiosity and joy?
Bride and Groom: “We do.”
Lisa: Do you pledge to preserve and enrich your affection for each other? To take the loving feelings you have for one another and your vision of each other’s potential and inner beauty, and to radiate this love outwards in an example for all beings?
Bride and Groom: “We do.”
In its essence, love is about giving. It is about growing and it is about Shalom. It is learning about how to live in peace with your beloved and with everyone around you. It is understanding that true love gives and gives and keeps on giving. Marriage in its simplest form is making a public commitment to choose to love, over and over again each day. Through each ebb and through every high tide.
It is to commit to ‘undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?’. It is to radiate love to all beings. This is known the gospel of love to those who are followers of the teachings of Christ. Christ teaches us to love everyone the way that we love ourselves. In a way marriage is but an example of how we should treat every being.
The mystery of love is demonstrated and spoken out loud in the form of a Marriage ritual but love is not exclusive to marriage. Love is something that we should choose every day and demonstrate to every soul that we meet. It is found wherever value is placed upon another soul, where we step outside ourselves and demonstrate compassion and understanding. We need it more than ever and in every context. I think it may be impossible to love too much. In each day that we face on this earth and in every situation, lets choose love.