Kate Sugars started her Adelaide based design studio, Bluebelle, over 6 years ago after helping a friend with her wedding invitations.
From there Kate’s love of weddings and events grew and she eventually quit her 9-5 design job in the pursuit of happiness as a self employed entrepreneur.
Bluebelle Studio creates quality invitations, wedding stationery, paper goods, signs and laser cut items.
Kate offers custom design services to bring her clients’ vision to life with letterpress, white ink laser cut, foiling, engraving and printed wood modern production processes.
If anyone knows how to save your sanity when it comes to wedding invitations and all they involve, it’s Kate.
Thanks for your spot-on advice!
Wedding thank you notes and cards are sometimes like an afterthought and are easily one of the most neglected parts of wedding planning.
But, when you consider the time and money that (most of) your friends and family would have put into your big day (the planning and celebration) they deserve a thoughtful and timely thank you.
And unless you host a slide-night for your nearest and dearest when your professional photos come back (you sadistic bitch!), it is usually the last form of communication that they receive from you about the wedding. It stands to reason that you should leave them with a relevant and sweet memory of your big day and a feeling like their efforts were truly valued.
Here are our top 4 tips to keeping it simple and more manageable.
When it comes time to plan what is (likely to be) the biggest and most public celebration of your relationship, you want to make sure it will be a party to remember.
And it’s this ideal, wanting to make your wedding special because you don’t want to have any regrets, that can contribute to your decision making becoming clouded. Spending can easily get out of control, the expectations of family and friends can feel oppressive and then the overwhelm starts to set in.
We share the 5 most powerful tips to help save you money and time, therefore eliminating undue stress. But we're also big believers in making sure that the 200+ hours you spend planning your big day is a happy and memorable experience for you AND your guests (because those outcomes needn't be mutually exclusive).
Bingo bango; a happier bride.
Last week in Part 1 we touched on how modern elopements, when you personalise the 'when and where' and embrace the wonderful and unique couple that you are, can be a freeing and fun alternative to a traditional wedding.
But it does bring up the stickier topic; how on earth do we go about it? The logistics of the ceremony itself are a piece of cake, next to the potential for hurt feelings, regret and guilt that can accompany the aftermath of an elopement.
For example, what are you going to tell your friends and family before you elope - are you going to lie to them? How are they going to feel about that? How do you plan to announce the news after you're married, so as not to alienate the people that you care about?
Part 1 - How to Get Started
Over the past few years, I've noticed a growing trend in the number of couples not interested in the big white wedding and everything that goes with it (including the cost, planning pressures and family expectations). There are also many brides and grooms who are simply less than thrilled about the idea of being the centre of attention on their special day. But what are the alternatives?
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'?