Questions You Need to Ask to Your Wedding Invitation Vendor

Questions to Your Wedding Invitation Vendor

Your wedding invitation vendor or stationer is your best friend in creating your invites. Their work will set the tone for your wedding, and they’ll also likely design your entire paper suite for the wedding, from save-the-dates to thank you cards. Here are the questions you should you ask them.

Do you sell custom designs? and if so, which ones do you carry and how many are available?

Why you want to know: Your stationer could be a graphic designer who free-forms invitation designs, or she could be selling suites from multiple designers.

Are there brochure books I can browse through?

Why you want to know: Paging through books of invitation suites will help narrow your focus on a particular style and understand if your stationery designer’s style and yours match. It’ll also give you some ideas of what you might like if you’re a paper novice.

Are other personalized items available? If so, can I see examples and a price list?

Why you want to know: If you want a cohesive look throughout your paper goods (think: save-the-dates, favor tags, thank you cards, table names) and signage, it’s a good idea to ask up front which items the stationer can provide.

How are invitations priced? Is there any benefit to purchasing other wedding paper (menus, thank you cards) at the same time?

Why you want to know: Sometimes stationery designers will offer special discounts to couples who order their invitations in a suite of goods. If you haven’t decided on your place cards or save-the-dates yet, it may be a good idea to think about including them in your paper package.

How much customization is possible?

Why you want to know: In some cases, designers love to freestyle their work based on a customer’s taste; in others, they work with set designs and customize colors and words. If you have a particular customization in mind, ask up front (and get a price estimate).

What about calligraphy—do you work with anyone? Can you recommend someone?

Why you want to know: More often than not, stationers have built up relationships with calligraphers in the area. If you want your envelopes addressed by a professional, it’s good to check with your stationer for recommendations.

Am I allowed to customize my invitation wording?

Why you want to know: Oftentimes, wedding invitations are worded similarly to reflect the rules of etiquette. If you’re hoping to use customized wording in your invites, confirm that everything will be written exactly as you directed and not changed to reflect what the stationer believes is proper.

How long after I place my order will my invitations be delivered?

Why you want to know:  When signing your contract, double-check the time frame so you’re sure the invitations and other goods will be delivered to guests of the wedding with enough time for the RSVP process.

Once I’ve placed my order, will I be able to see a proof (what the invitation will look like) before the invitations are printed? What happens if there’s an error in the order?

Why you want to know: Unfortunately, typos and other mistakes can happen. So confirm that you can see a proof of your order before all of your invites are printed to avoid any extra costs. Then, verify what happens in case of an error (whether it’s your error or the printer’s mistake).

Do you have other questions you have that is not on this list? Here are our FAQ.

For more information, you may ask your wedding invitation vendor.

Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes that You Need to Avoid

Wedding Invitation Mistakes

Picking your wedding invitation is one of the first tasks of wedding planning. The invitation gives your guests a glimpse into the festivities to come—plus all the need-to-know-info. There are common mistakes that you need to avoid.

Trying to Incorporate Every Aspect of the Wedding Into the Invitation Design

While it’s good to give your stationery a personal element but the best advise we can give is “less is more”. In other words, while you may love the lace pattern of your dress, the architectural elements of your venue and your floral arrangements equally, you can’t include all of these in the same design.

Missing Typos

Ask your grammatically inclined friends to look over the invitation proof and read it carefully. You’d be surprised at what you could miss. Take a note from copy editors and read from right to left so you don’t accidentally gloss over a mistake.

Using Too Much Color

We’re all about making invites pop with bold and bright colors, but don’t get carried away. Always balance bright colors with something neutral, and make sure the text is visible.

Addressing the Envelopes Yourselves

Addressing the envelopes takes time, and many stationers offer the service at little or no charge. If you decide to do it yourself, don’t do it all in one sitting. Give yourself plenty of time to avoid making any mistakes.

Giving Guests Too Much Time to Reply

Give guests too much time to say “attending” or “not attending,” and chances are those RSVP cards will get lost. Set the deadline no more than three or four weeks after they get the invitation.

Over-Ordering

Keep in mind that you don’t need an invitation for every person, so take a look at your guest list and figure out how many houses you’ll be sending invites to before you give your stationer any numbers. It can end up cutting your order in half.

Or Not Ordering Enough

On the flip side, you don’t want to be stuck having to order more. Order at least 25 percent extra to ensure you have enough for late additions, lost invites and keepsakes.

Purchasing Postage Without Weighing a Sample

We know you’re excited to order the invites and check another thing off your list, but weighing it at your local post office first will save you the headache later.

It’s better to avoid these mistakes to prevent headache later. It’s not worth a the anxiety and stress added up in your wedding planning.

Here are some of our invites that you’ll love. Enquire within.

The Best Wedding Planning Checklist – The Ultimate Guide

Wedding Planning Checklist

Congratulations! You are about to become his wife. You might be feeling a bit anxious on what’s next. Don’t worry you’re normal. Every bride should have a wedding planning checklist to organise your wedding plans. Even if you have your own wedding planner, you need to list every detail to achieve the wedding of your dreams. This checklist is inspired by herecomestheguide.com.

10–12 Months to go…

  • Budget and establish your top priorities— where to save/where to splurge.
  • Find ideas. Start browsing  Pinterest, bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.
  • Compile your preliminary guest list You’ll need that guest count!
  • Choose your wedding party—who do you want by your side at the altar (bridesmaids and groomsmen)?
  • Find a venue for your ceremony and reception, and reserve your date. Know what questions to ask when evaluating a wedding venue.
  • Now that you have a date, tell everyone to save it! For destination weddings or weddings around a holiday, consider sending out Save-the-Date cards or emails. Or create your own wedding website, and let your invitees know about it.
  • Find a dress and begin assembling the perfect accessories. Need inspiration? Attend a wedding dress trunk show or bridal fair.
  • Find a Vendor. Assemble an all-star vendor team. We’d start with: Caterer Photographer/Videographer Officiant. When you hire a vendor, get all the details in writing!
  • Already feeling overwhelmed? Consider hiring a Wedding Planner
  • Another way to minimize stress: Start planning your honeymoon

6–9 Months To Go…

  • Continue researching, interviewing and booking vendors. And don’t forget: When you hire one make sure to put everything in writing!
  • Decide on arrangements with your Floral Designer.
  • Do a tasting and choose your wedding cake with your Cake Designer.
  • Hire the DJ/Entertainment for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. – Optional
  • Discuss the style and wording of your wedding invitations with a Stationery.
  • Create your gift registry
  • Arrange hotel room blocks for out-of-town guests and book your own suite for the wedding night.
  • Shop for bridesmaid/flower girl dresses and give your attendants clear instructions on how to place their orders.
  • Arrange and book any necessary transportation.
  • Go over bridal shower/bachelorette details and the guest list with the person(s) hosting your party.

3–5 Months To Go…

  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner location. If you’re including entertainment or specialty details like a groom’s cake, now’s the time to lock in these elements.
  • Put together your rehearsal dinner guest list. Make childcare arrangements for your guests’ kids. Reserve all necessary party rentals and linens. Order wedding favors for your guests.
  • Shop for and reserve men’s formal wear.
  • Concentrate on finalizing the: Guest list. Get everyone’s mailing address.
  • Invitation wording. Confirm your invitation text with the Stationery, and consider additional stationery (programs, menu cards, place cards, thank-you cards, etc.). Schedule a pickup date for your invites.
  • Ceremony readings and vows. Menu, beverage and catering details. Timeline of the reception formalities.
  • Do a Makeup & Hair trial and book your stylists. While you’re at it, come up with your own beauty and fitness regimen to be camera-ready for the big day.
  • Shop for and purchase your wedding rings.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans and obtain all necessary documents ( Make sure your passports are up to date?).

6–8 Weeks To Go…

  • You’re getting close… Mail out those invitations! Have a game plan for recording the RSVPs and meal choices.
  • Touch base with your vendors to confirm date, deposits and details.
  • Start researching marriage license requirements and name-change paperwork.
  • Begin your dress fittings. Be sure to buy the appropriate undergarments beforehand.
  • So you think you can’t dance? Consider taking a dance lesson with your fiancé—a good way to break in your bridal shoes!
  • Give the wedding party a nudge—make sure they’ve ordered all necessary attire.
  • Write thank-you cards for shower gifts and any early wedding gifts received.

3–5 Weeks To Go…

  • Send out rehearsal dinner invitations. If your get-together will be informal, feel free to send an E-vite.
  • Finalize and confirm: Wedding vows and readings with your Officiant. Shot list with your Photographer/Videographer.
  • Song list for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception with your DJ and/or Band/Musicians.
  • Timeline for the reception and who’s giving the toasts.
  • Wedding night and honeymoon accommodations.
  • Obtain marriage license and complete name-change documents, if applicable.
  • Pick up your wedding rings and proofread any engraving!
  • If you’re the traditional type, do you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
  • Purchase your guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candle, and all that good stuff.
  • Buy gifts (optional) for the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom.
  • Have your final dress fitting. Bring your shoes and accessories for the full impact.
  • Sigh. Hunt down whoever hasn’t RSVP’d yet.

1–2 Weeks To Go…

  • Give your caterer/venue the final guest count.
  • Arrange seating and create the seating chart and/or place cards.
  • Pick up your gown. Swoon.
  • Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding timeline with vendors and the wedding party—make sure your MOH has a copy, too.
  • Put together your own Bridal Emergency Kit.
  • Speaking of emergencies: Check the weather report, and if things look iffy contact your venue to make sure a contingency plan is in place.
  • Start packing for your honeymoon. (See “weather report” above.)
  • In desperate need of a facial or massage? Now’s the time to squeeze one in.

The Day Before…

  • Make sure all wedding-day items are packed/laid out and ready to go! (Don’t forget the rings and marriage license!)
  • Figure out tips and final payments for vendors. Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give them to the Best Man or another person you trust to hand out at the reception.
  • Assign someone to pack up your gifts/belongings after the reception (don’t forget the top tier of your cake!).
  • Thank your BFF for agreeing to return your groom’s tux and other rental items the day after the wedding.
  • Enjoy a mani-pedi.
  • Attend the rehearsal and dinner. Now’s the time to give out wedding party gifts.
  • Try to go to bed early…you need your beauty sleep tonight.

Wedding-day advice

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready.
  • Do the rounds at your wedding—greet everyone and thank them for coming.
  • Take a deep breath. Stop to appreciate your new spouse and the day that you spent so much time planning!

After the Honeymoon/Back to Reality

  • Write and send thank-you cards.
  • Complete your registry and exchange any unwanted or duplicate gifts.
  • Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved by a reputable company.
  • Keep in touch with your Photographer/Videographer to work on albums, DVDs, etc.
  • Enjoy wedded bliss…

Feel free to copy and paste this list or customise your own list. It’s always important to put everything into writing!

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How to Make DIY Wedding Invitations: Do-It-Yourself

DIY Wedding Invitations

You can almost find anything using the internet these days. One of them are DIY Wedding Invitations. We highly advise this to clients who have more time at their disposal and are working to a budget.  Our mission is to help and empower our clients and bring their creativity to life!

Watch the video below for DIY Vintage Iron Wedding Invitation.

They look elegant right? We also have some DIY Printable templates you can use covered with this Vintage Iron effect doily for your wedding invitations.

We hope this helps you! You don’t have time? We can help you on your wedding invites. For more wedding invitation ideas, enquire within.

 

History of Wedding Invitations and How it All Started

How Wedding Invitations Started?

A bride and groom are pouring over thick wedding invitations catalog, wording guidelines, and etiquette rulebooks, wedding themes, but have you ever wondered when the tradition of wedding invitation started? Here at Classic Wedding Invitations, we wanted to share with you how wedding invitation came to be.

Prior to the invention of printing press, weddings are typically announced by a town crier: a man who would walk through the streets announcing in a loud voice the news of the day. Basically, anyone who hears the town crier is part of the celebration.

In the Middle Ages, illiteracy spread, so the practice of sending written wedding invitations emerged among the nobility. Elite families would commission monks, skilled in the art of Calligraphy, to hand-craft their notices. They often carried the Coat of arms, or personal crest, of the individual and were sealed with wax.

The invention of metal-plate engraving  brought higher-quality wedding invitation within the reach of the middle class. At the time, the wording of wedding invitation has the name of each guest individually printed on the invitation.

During the Industrial Revolution, the invention of lithography, which produced better inking without engraving, created a mass market for wedding invitations.  Invitations were typically delivered by hand or horseback due to the unreliable postal system, so a double envelope was used to protect the contents.

Since then, other printing methods – such as letterpress and laser engraving – have gained popularity.  However, as styles and tastes continue to evolve, we still see formal wedding invitation being sent with tissue paper and double envelopes, paying homage to earlier times and traditions.

The latest trend in wedding invitation is to order them online. Using the internet has made viewing, organising and ordering wedding invitation as easy as once click. There are hundreds of websites that offer wedding invitation and stationery and being online allows the customer to order from anywhere in the world.

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Tips on How to choose the Perfect Wedding Invitations

The Perfect Wedding Invitations

Aside from the pressure of finding the right dress, finding the perfect wedding invitations will also give you headaches and panic attacks. First impression last, wedding invitations set the tone and theme of the affair. Now relax, remember you will be celebrating love and it’s supposed to be fun. Find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered.

Consider the following invitation details to guide yourself through the process:

Theme and Colors. Know your theme and your colour combination first before ordering wedding invitations. You should have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern. You may want to incorporate your hues and a motif into your wedding invitations—and then carry them throughout the rest of your wedding paper for a cohesive look.

Size and Shape.  Play with shape and sizes. Modern couples are now considering different type, size, shape, and style of wedding invites. Some even consider interactive wedding invites like puzzles, game cards, and the like.

Price. Invitations can get pricey. It’s also difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides compare the prices of many vendors on e-marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving reasonable deals.

Design. The perfect design is subjective. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  What one bride loves, another bride hates. You just take note to avoid, bold-colored ribbons or colored rhinestone embellishments on wedding invitations. These aspects can make invites appear “Sweet 16-ish,” and no bride wants that look.

I would also recommend that brides stay away from adding photos of the couple to the wedding invitations. Photos of the couple, or of a landscape, are more appropriate for an engagement party or a save-the-date announcement. If you have your heart set on incorporating a favorite photo, use it on your wedding program, table menu or wedding favor.

Vendor. Shopping for invitations online can save brides a lot of time, money and stress. Brides can also easily search for reviews of vendors online. Past brides often offer the most reliable feedback.

Legible. Make sure the invites are legible. Don’t forget about the text as you consider design and colors. As general rule of thumb is avoid light ink on light backgrounds and dark ink on dark backgrounds.

Choose your words. Usually, whoever is hosting is listed first on the invitation. Customarily, you should spell everything out, including the time of the ceremony. The wording can change as the hosting situation does, so make sure to double-check you’ve added everyone who should be included. You can checkout some wording samples here.

Triple check the proof. Don’t crowd the words. List only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, your and your spouse names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Trying to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read and it won’t look as elegant. Ask your English-major friend or a grammar-savvy bridesmaid to check the proof before you okay it. You’d be surprised at the things you may miss. Pay special attention to details like date and time and spelling.

My final recommendation when it comes to ordering invitations is to always purchase a sample before placing a full order. This allows you to physically see the quality of the invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference.

For more information in ordering wedding invitations, enquire within.

Stephen Robert Coke and Krystle Jade Durbin’s Wedding: Road to Forever

Wedding is a ceremony and a celebration of two people united by marriage. It’s a celebration of love and a start of new beginning. We feature our clients to honour their love and allowing us to be part of their wedding.

Here is Stephen Robert Coke and Krystle Jade Durbin and their promise for Forever.

Stephen and Krystle Wedding

The ceremony was held outdoors with a magnificent view of a placid lake at Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale.

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Stephen and Krytle's Wedding

Stephen and Krystle's wedding

Now, they are one family.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” ~George Eliot (1819–1880), Adam Bede, 1859

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Here is what Krystle had to say, “Our wedding day was positively fantastic! Classic Wedding Invitations printed not only our Wedding Invites but also our menus. They were very easy to work with and the quality was amazing. We held both the ceremony and the reception at Millbrook winery in Jarrahdale. The function manager was brilliant and she made the whole process so easy and enjoyable. The weather on the day was perfect, the food was exquisite and the scenery was simply to die for. Not only did I get to marry my best friend we were also able to have our fur baby with us thanks to My pet attendant. Our celebrant did a fabulous Job conducting the ceremony giving it both a light hearted and romantic feel whilst still managing to abide by the formalities which was great. After the ceremony we spent a couple of hours with our photographer Anita whilst canopies were served to the guests on the deck by the lake. We then proceeded to eat, drink and dance the night away with all of our wonderful family and friends by our side. Having organised a coach to and from the venue for our guests, we ended the night by joining them for the ride home. Over all our day was just simply so much fun and truly was everything we wanted it to be. ”

Photographer – Tonita photography
Dress- Maggie sottero via stillwhite.com
Venue – Millbrook winery Jarrahdale WA
Car – Belle classic limousines
Dog – My pet attendant
Celebrant – Sally Newman
Coach – Classic travel bookings
Thank you for working with us on your special day. We wish all the best and a lifetime of happiness!
Cheers to forever!

Engagement Invitation Wording – Invite them to your Engagement Party

Engagement Invitation Wording Samples

Now that your partner popped the question and you said Yes! Congratulations! You might want to celebrate your engagement party with family and friends.  Not sure what to say in your Invitations? We compiled some suggestions of Engagement Invitation wording samples that you can use.

Be sure to include:

  • Your names
  • The names of the hosts (if it’s not yourselves)
  • Date of the party
  • Location of the party
  • If any special attire is required for the event
  • RSVP information.

Here are some examples:

You are cordially invited to attend an Engagement Party given in honour of

Pia and Luke

on December 9, 2017 at 5pm

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Sydney

RSVP 92251836 by November 25

Hosted by Lisa and John Kennedy

____________________________________________________________________________________

The honor of your presence is requested at a Dinner Party celebrating the engagement of Pia and Luke

on December 9, 2017 at 5pm

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Sydney

RSVP 92251836 by November 25

Hosted by Lisa and John Kennedy

____________________________________________________________________________________

Mr. and Mrs Lisa and John Kennedy

Invite you to attend an Engagement Party in honor of

Pia and Luke on

on December 9, 2017 at 5pm

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Sydney

RSVP 92251836 by November 25

____________________________________________________________________________________

Introducing the future Mr. and Mrs. Bennett
Please join us for an engagement party

on December 9, 2017 at 5pm

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Sydney

RSVP 92251836 by November 25

Hosted by Lisa and John Kennedy

____________________________________________________________________________________

Pia and Luke

would be pleased to have you join them for a party announcing their engagement

on December 9, 2017 at 5pm

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Sydney

RSVP 92251836 by November 25

Hosted by Lisa and John Kennedy

____________________________________________________________________________________

Spring (summer/autumn/winter) is here

wedding bells are near…

Please join us to celebrate the engagement of Pia and Luke

on…

The most precious moment of her life…

Luke asked Pia to be his wife!

Please join us in celebrating our engagement

on…

Love is here to stay…

Let’s celebrate by dancing the night away!

Join Pia and Luke for an Engagement Party on …

____________________________________________________________________________________

After all the planning, the big day will be here

But first let’s celebrate with drinks and good cheer for Pia and Luke on…

____________________________________________________________________________________

Pia and Luke will soon have a wedding,

Down the aisle is where they are heading.

Before they become husband and wife,

Let’s celebrate their start of a new life!

on…

____________________________________________________________________________________

Pia Kennedy & Luke Armstrong 
are ENGAGED!

Come toast the couple with us
on…

____________________________________________________________________________________

S/He popped the question

S/He said “Yes!”

So we’re having a celebration,

Please be our guest!

____________________________________________________________________________________

Let’s Celebrate the soon-to-be
Husband and wife

Please join us for an
Engagement party for
Luke and Pia on…

____________________________________________________________________________________

There’s an engagement party planned and you’re invited to show, but shhh…don’t tell the happy couple because they don’t know.

Join us in celebrating Luke and Pia on …

____________________________________________________________________________________

We hope this helps you. Congratulations again!

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What to Include in a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wordings

One of the most important events before the actual wedding is the Wedding rehearsal dinner. The dinner will guide and organize your guests and also the perfect time for families to bond. There is a proper way to invite your family and friends to your wedding rehearsal dinner. Wedding rehearsal dinner invitations let your families, wedding party and extras who have to be at the rehearsal know the time, date, and location of the event.

We have come up with a few tips in your wedding rehearsal dinner invitations wordings.

  • Cover the five W’s: the who, what, when, where and why of your rehearsal dinner.
  • Reason for the invitation
  • Host’s name(s)
  • Host’s contact information
  • The name of the venue
  • The address of the venue
  • Time and date
  • Bride and groom’s names
  • Theme
  • RSVP Name & Phone Number or Regrets Only Name & Phone Number

Please join us for a Rehearsal Dinner in honor of Lisa and Albert. Friday, 2nd of August at 2 PM at Ballara, 1435 Main Rd
Eltham, Victoria 3095

Jack and Annie Moore

RSVP regrets 04589621

  • You can include the rehearsal dinner invitations with your Wedding Invitations, send them as a separate invite or send an e-mail invitation. The smaller the party, the less formal your invitation needs to be. Unless your guest list is very small, you’ll want guests to R.S.V.P. for the dinner in order to anticipate how much food to order and how many place settings you will need. Be sure to include a name and phone number of the person hosting the event.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith request the pleasure of your company at a Rehearsal Dinner on the eve of the Wedding of Lisa Mansfied and Albert Smith.

Friday, June 4, 2015 six o’clock in the evening

St. Andrews Conservatory, 128 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

RSVP by May 28, 2015: 04589621

Wedding rehearsal dinner invitations can be very formal or casual based on the event.

Formal rehearsal dinner invitation wording

The pleasure of your company is requested at a
Rehearsal Dinner honoring Miss Lisa Mansfield
and Mr. Albert Smith on Saturday,
the fourth of June at six o’clock

The Grand Ballroom
Regent Hotel

Rsvp to Mrs. Nancy Mansfield
04589621

Casual rehearsal dinner invitation wording

The night before they tie the knot
Please come for dinner and drinks.
We’ll practice the ceremony
step by step, to iron out the kinks.
Laurie and Michael Smith
invite you to a rehearsal dinner
in honor of
Lisa Mansfield and Albert Smith
Saturday, the first of June
5:30 in the evening
Mama Paserelli’s Restaurant

Regrets only: Laurie Smith
04589621

Visit our page for Invitations and order your cards one to three months before the event.

Allyson and Christopher: The Country Rustic Wedding

Country Inspired Rustic Wedding

Chris and Allyson are not city people, but they love the country side so it made sense to have a country rustic wedding. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Allyson about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic Christmas proposal and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for.

Rustic Wedding

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Chris and I have known each other since primary school. Our friendship started during high school when we used to catch the same bus home together from school. It bloomed when we had the same classes together. We used to stay up till late on school nights chatting away, even sometimes till 4am on msn or on the phone. We always had so much to talk about and it was so easy to talk to each other. Chris confessed many times to having feelings for me, but I always just wanted to be friends, not wanting to ruin the friendship. Until one day in our last term and last year of high school, Chris’ persistence had paid off and he asked me out one more time and I accepted. I am so glad I did, because we have been happily together ever since for 7 years now and are now married; excited for the next chapter our in lives together.

2. Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the Wedding?

Chris and I always knew we wanted to get married and have a life together. A few weeks before Christmas, we had been casually looking at engagement rings while doing our Christmas shopping, on Christmas Eve Chris surprised me with the ring he said made me smile the most. It was the best Christmas present ever.

3. What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?

Chris and I aren’t city people, but we love the country side so it only made sense to have a country rustic wedding. We went looking down in Bowral at Wedding venues and fell in love with Bendooley Estate.

Rustic wedding

4. Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! )

I loved the whole day! Watching all of our planning and everything coming together. Chris’s favourite part was watching me come down the aisle and watching me getting excited about the details e.g. The set-up of the venue, seeing the wedding cake, wishing well and food etc.

5. Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?

Yep! The wishing well was my biggest project. It was home made. I envisioned a terrarium style wishing well, that reflected a magical rustic atmosphere inside of it. My Dad and Grandpa crafted it according to the design I communicated, Chris and I decorated it ourselves and it came together beautifully.

6. Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?

A Traditional Chilean dance “La Cueca” was performed at the beginning of the reception.

Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding

7. What does marriage mean to you?

I think this quote sums up what it means to me: “And when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.”– Tim Urban, and much more than what is in this quote.

Rustic Wedding

8. Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? how long did it take to find.

My dress is from the Sposa Group Australia. I was fortunate to find my dress in the first store I walked into. After trying on a few dresses, I found just what I was looking for. Since I was a kid I knew I wanted a sleeved dress, lucky lace sleeved dresses are trending now, so there’s heaps everywhere.

Rustic Wedding

9. Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Be organised. Plan early. Know that things will not go exactly as you imagined so go with the flow.

Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding

Vendor Credits

Photos: Michal Kriesch Studios

Bridal gown: The Sposa Group Australia

Veil / hair piece: The Sposa Group Australia

Shoes: Betts

Flowers: Little Bird Bloom

Rings: Roselands Centre Jewellers

Jewellery/Accessories: Earrings – Swarovski, www.swarovski.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Review

Grooms suit: Roger David 

Grooms Shoes: Williams

Groomsmen suits: Roger David

Bow ties / ties: Groom tie – Today’s Man
Groomsmen ties – The Tie Bar

Belts: M&W Leather

Ceremony: St Paul’s Parish, Moss Vale, Berrima.

Reception: Bendooley Estate

Catering: Bendooley Estate

Cake: Cake Arcade

Cake topper: Cake Arcade

Hair and Make up: June Rose, Delrene (Make up artist) and Clare (Hair)

Music: Wedding DJ Hire, Michael Atme (DJ)

Celebrant: Father John Pickering

Transport: The Vintage Factory

Cinematographer: Joe Els




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