How Yoga Cat helps smart brides to better manage stress

How Yoga Cat helps smart brides to better manage stress

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) advises that learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important - whether it's in the leadup to your wedding or just on an average Tuesday. 

Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that can help you almost immediately and in the long term too.

 

Here are the APS top 7 ways to look after your mind and body and reduce stress and its impact on your health:

Stressless wedding thank yous

Stressless wedding thank yous

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.

5 powerful ways to be a happier bride

5 powerful ways to be a happier bride

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.

Don't fluff the dress

Don't fluff the dress

Pete Thornton is somewhat of a black sheep.

He calls ‘bullshit’ on much of the outdated etiquette that surrounds couples and their big day and concentrates his energy on the story behind the celebration, the snorts within the laughter and the wink after the smile. The parts of life that make being a great photographer so much more valuable than simply clicking a shutter.

His ‘take no prisoners’ perspective on photography and the wedding industry as a whole is a much needed breath of fresh air.

My curiosity was piqued when Pete and I sat down to have a chat about weddings, what we love and what we struggle with, and one of the top misconceptions: the need for everything to be ‘just so’ - the illusion of perfection.

We like to call his impassioned position ’don’t fluff the dress’, but it’s really a metaphor for the whole wedding process. From your engagement to your honeymoon and in essence, for the rest of your married life.

3 clever styling tricks you need to know to save big bucks on flowers

3 clever styling tricks you need to know to save big bucks on flowers

We can certainly empathise with how, when you are considering ordering rehearsal dinner centrepieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony aisle decorations, flower petals for the aisle, arrangements for the bathrooms or entrance of the reception, bridal table and guest table decorations and hanging installations, your wedding budget for flowers can take a big hit.

But we've got 3 clever styling tips that will have your bridal blooms doing double duty, which can stretch your budget further, all while making your wedding celebration look and feel more beautiful.

Wedding guest list tester

Wedding guest list tester

So you're trying to work out if you are going to invite that couple you used to be friends with. 

You went to their wedding, so it's only decent that you invite them to yours, right? 

Well, not necessarily..

The 3 best reasons why using a microphone makes ceremonies magic

The 3 best reasons why using a microphone makes ceremonies magic

Some brides and grooms shriek with dismay when I let them know that, for their 100 guests to actually hear them, they will need to speak into a mic during their ceremony; "oh, I HATE the sound of my voice!"

Apart from having a mildly sadistic streak (haha!), there are 3 other excellent reasons why making the effort to use a mic will make your ceremony so much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Why don't wedding suppliers advertise their prices?

Why don't wedding suppliers advertise their prices?

Researching potential venues, photographers, florists and the like is a critical stage in your wedding planning process.  And it's usually when your first understanding of what's available and the associated costs come to light. 

Let's face it, you can pin hundreds upon hundreds of images of your perfect wedding, but there are no price tags on Pinterest.

We also understand that many couples are reading up about and contacting their wedding suppliers on their lunch break (because you wouldn't dream of doing it during work hours, right?)

So knowing all of this, why don't all wedding suppliers advertise their prices? 

The 6 Most Common DIY Wedding Styling Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

The 6 Most Common DIY Wedding Styling Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Kiera Blanden is a little obsessed with colour and texture.

"I could quite happily spend an entire day in Bunnings or trawling through Spotlight and (apart from missing my adorable family) walk away feeling completely energised and inspired by a heap of new ideas."

As the founder and team leader of Rapture Events, Kiera has worked on almost 900 beautiful celebrations. Recently rebranded as Kiera Blanden Events + Styling, she has an excellent eye for design and an almost intuitive understanding of which style elements work best together to create an exceptional wedding experience.

One of the growing trends in weddings is for Brides to take on the task of styling their big day themselves - which is why Kiera also offers her couples the option of hiring out her elegant and extensive range of furniture, accessories, linens and games.

Unbridely asked Kiera to give us some insider tips for styling your own wedding. We feel honoured to be given a glimpse 'behind the curtain' and to tap into her 7+ years of experience. 

11 Easy Skin Care Tips For Busy Brides

11 Easy Skin Care Tips For Busy Brides

You know you should be looking after your skin, but what exactly does that mean? 

What should you be doing in preparation so your complexion is at its absolute best on your wedding day?

Liv Rooney is a professional makeup artist based in Adelaide, South Australia, who believes that "every woman on this planet is beautiful and unique." 

We love her work and her attitude too.

Unbridely are happy to have Liv give us some realistic (i.e. no botox involved) advice on how to make the best of what we've got.

Thanks Liv!

4 revealing florist secrets to wow your guests on a tight budget

4 revealing florist secrets to wow your guests on a tight budget

Lee Bouras runs her thriving, nearly 10-year-old business, Wyld Orchids, from the flower studio at her home. And although her studio is bigger than most average-sized shops (not counting the shedding for her extensive range of vases and accessories) and she employs a flower courier plus the added help of other florists in peak season, she still prefers to keep her work in house and bespoke.

"I like to do all of Wyld Orchids' creative floristry myself because I am a perfectionist!" 

Striving to ensure that her unique creations exceed her client's expectations, Lee believes that the honest relationship she fosters with brides and grooms during the course of their planning makes all the difference to (and in fact, enhances) the final product.

Lee joins the ranks of Bridechilla Club's expert supplier contributors with her first post for budget conscious couples. Here she outlines her 4 key tips to working with your florist in the hope that it will help you gain maximum effect from your gorgeous blooms on your wedding day and be a fun process too.

Guest book alternatives

Guest book alternatives

Sometimes we stumble across some cool finds for weddings (or wedding related celebrations like bridal showers or engagement parties) that we want to share with you. While we don't want to contribute to the 'oooh, I wanna buy that because it's sooo cute' throw-away-culture, we do want to feature fresh, new and unique options for you to check out.

A better winery wedding in 3 simple steps

A better winery wedding in 3 simple steps

In my job I hear both the glowing and the snide comments whispered by wedding guests. And although you don’t want your wedding day to be an anxious rollercoaster-ride-of-people-pleasing-pain, if you didn’t care about your family and friends, you would have had your ceremony at the registry office, yes?

You know the saying 'happy wife, happy life'? Well, in wedding circles, it can easily be translated to 'happy guests, happy wedding' - although it doesn't sound as great because it doesn't rhyme..

But, if you can plan ahead and follow the 3 golden rules of winery weddings, it is much more likely that your guests will remember your special day for all the right reasons. 

The ultimate wedding timeline (that your photographer will love you for!)

The ultimate wedding timeline (that your photographer will love you for!)

Unbridely are proud to have Kate Pardey, a photographer with soul and substance, as one of our growing team of expert contributors. She is an accredited and award winning member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, and also volunteers her time and skills to the amazing organisation, Heartfelt

We have asked Kate to weigh in on a (sometimes) contentious issue of wedding timelines; to get her take on how to best plan out your day to make the most of natural light and maximise delightful photographic opportunities.

Take it away, Kate!

We start with the vibe and build our magic around that..

We start with the vibe and build our magic around that..

A chat with Rhiannon from Plan Style Party

So, Plan Style Party started in 2014, but what were you and Skye doing beforehand?

"Skye was working in retail but her passion was making the store look amazing and I worked in Admin but was always planning events and parties for the company and volunteering at large events around Adelaide. The planning and styling was always in us, we just didn’t realise we should combine our strengths to create stylish events and parties! But then one day, after Skye’s daughters 1st birthday party, we decided to go for it and haven’t looked back."

8 simple steps to your dream MUA

8 simple steps to your dream MUA

Researching and booking your wedding vendors can seem like a daunting task. Who's good, who can you trust and what are you even looking for anyway? When it comes to your bridal makeup, a service so unique and personal that choosing the right artist can affect your confidence levels on the big day, the search gets even trickier.

Unbridely's beauty contributor, Gemma Vendetta, is a qualified hairdresser & makeup artist (MUA) from Adelaide, South Australia.

Specialising in vintage and bespoke hair and makeup services for weddings, stage, film, and special occasions for near-on 8 years, Gemma is a user-of, and advocate for natural, organic, cruelty-free, Australian made & chemical-free products. So much so that, in January 2016, she released her very own mineral makeup range. You can shop the Gemma Vendetta range here.

Gemma wants to help brides find their perfect bridal MUA and to "take the pretension out of makeup". WE LOVE HER.

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? 

Sustained Energy and the Modern Bride

Sustained Energy and the Modern Bride

You want to be the bride that is leading the conga line of guests at 2am, right?

If you are getting married soon, there is a good chance that you are doing the lion share of the planning, organising, supplier meetings, family negotiating and general running around. And even for the healthiest and fittest of us, there is potential for your health to take a backseat.

But to be blunt, here at Unbridely, we think that this is where everything is a little backwards.

Our philosophy is that your wedding planning experience should be more like airplane crash procedure: you need to put on your OWN oxygen mask first before you help anyone else.

We want you to FEEL GOOD EVERYDAY.