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Your Complete Guide to Planning an Awesome Backyard Wedding

Your Complete Guide to Planning an Awesome Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings boast an immediately familiar, comfortable, warm and relaxed atmosphere that is tough to replicate in any other setting.

And, in recent years, these home-grown celebrations have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity and refinement thanks to the quality and availability of small-scale but high quality catering with food trucks and carts, new furniture and marquee/tent/tee-pee hire options and mobile entertainment packages with DJs, MCs, photo-booths and the like.

To help you start to piece together a comprehensive to-do list for your very own homely nuptials, we asked wedding planner and stylist, Nicole Bailey of Your Party Plannery and some newlyweds who had recently planned their backyard wedding, for their top tips and advice.

Also, be sure to download or Pin the DIY wedding drinks guide so you know exactly how much alcohol to buy!

How to give the BEST wedding speech

How to give the BEST wedding speech

There are only a handful of phrases in the English language that can so immediately provoke a spine-tingling shudder of fear like when someone says "I'd really like you to do a speech".

Professional speechwriter, Lynda from Silvertongue Speeches hears it all the time.

"So many hate the idea of giving a speech or find the whole idea so stressful it ruins the day, and I have had to sit through so many painful speeches I knew - I want to help make this better."

I asked Lynda if she can help out Unbridely Brides and Grooms (and their bestman, maid of honour or parents as well) with her ultimate tips and tricks to delivering a really great speech. 

Thanks so much for your time and expertise, Lynda! 

How To Make Your Own Engagement or Wedding Ring

How To Make Your Own Engagement or Wedding Ring

In the seemingly never-ending search for the ultimate in wedding personalisation, engaged couples are hunting high and low for the next 'must-have' accessory, entertainment, reception decor or upcoming food trend.

But when it's all said and done, when the high of the big day is just a happy (but distant) memory, what will you have to reflect on? What can you pass on to your children or grandchildren, and what will you really remember about your wedding day by the time your teeth are kept in a glass of water on your bedside table?

I sat down with Mike from EverettBrookes to chat about their (relatively) new offering for clients to make their own engagement, wedding or 'whatever celebration you want to mark' ring.

NEWS FLASH: It's Not 'All About The Bride'

NEWS FLASH: It's Not 'All About The Bride'

There are not a lot of things that can get me more fired up, more quickly, than a well-meaning wedding guest or supplier explaining a bride's erratic behaviour with a shake of the head:

"Oh, well! It is the bride's day!"

7 surefire buzz kills for the newly engaged

7 surefire buzz kills for the newly engaged

We've pulled together the most common causes of newly-engaged angst and how to sidestep them in the hope that you can keep yourself wrapped up in the warm, comfy blanky of your love for just a little while longer..

Everything you need to know about copyright ownership of your wedding photos

Everything you need to know about copyright ownership of your wedding photos

It seems pretty clear-cut..

You hire a great wedding photographer, they take photos of your big day and you get the photos to do what you want with afterwards, right? Simple!

So answer me this:

  • Are you allowed to upload those photos to Facebook? 
  • Can you and your family make copies of your photos?
  • Do those copies have to include the photographer's watermark?

In short, do you know who owns the copyright (and moral rights) of your wedding photos and what that actually means?

For many couples, planning their wedding is the first and only time they come into contact with, book and work with a professional photographer. To get the most out of your experience and the best result possible (gorgeous photos of one of the most significant moments of your life and hopefully a great relationship with a photographer you can trust for future shoots), it is really smart to know your rights and obligations when it comes to copyright.

The modern bride's manifesto

The modern bride's manifesto

The Modern Bride's Manifesto is our core philosophy. Save it, Pin it or print it out to help remind yourself of your 'why'. Happy planning!

7 sins of the (bad) wedding photographer

7 sins of the (bad) wedding photographer

Unbridely loves wedding photographers.

We appreciate the depth of their experience and love the raw emotion they capture in their photos; the art and their legacy. So it's made us sad to see quite a few wedding photographer horror stories hitting social media lately.

We feel that they cast a shadow over the amazing service, product and experience that the majority of professional wedding photographers provide to their couples.

But there is no escaping the sense of loss a newlywed couple feels when the wedding professional, they trusted their photographic memories and hard earned money with, fucks it up.

And not just in a 'people make mistakes' way. It's the 'I'm above society's norms/I don't subscribe to basic courtesy/what are you going to do about it anyway' kind of attitude that really gets us fired up.

So what can be done about it and how can you avoid hiring a dodgy photographer? 

Staying True To You; Your Top 3

Staying True To You; Your Top 3

When I first meet with my couples to discuss their wedding ceremony, once we get past all of the 'where, when and how' logistics, what I really want to know is their top 3. Some of my brides and grooms are are puzzled; what do you mean 'Our Top 3'?