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2 Practical Planning Tips For A DIY Wedding

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to plan a signature wedding whilst avoiding hiring professionals? If so, you’d be wise to ask this question. It no secret that hiring a wedding planner and getting someone else to do all of the work on your behalf in terms of preparations can cost a pretty penny. However, the investment is often worth it for most people as wedding planners make your entire wedding preparation phase a pleasurable experience. They come equipped with years of knowledge and experience in planning weddings. In addition, they also come with a lot of links and connections, so you may find yourself being able to get a venue at a premium or book the most exclusive caterers in all of Sydney. This is what good planners can do for you. If you’d like to enjoy these luxuries, reach out to us here at Clarence House. We’d love to help you simplify your entire wedding preparation process.

However, there are some couples that may prefer to avoid the added expense of hiring a good planner. They’ll wish to save that money and opt for a DIY wedding (Do It Yourself).

If you’d like to plan your very own DIY wedding, you may find that this may not be as easy as you’ll initially think. Unless you’ve had prior experience with wedding planning, the sheer workload that you’d have to cater for is bound to be overwhelming, if not all-out impossible for one person to do on their own. But here are a few tips

1. Organize Everything Early

Our very first tip for couples who’d prefer to host a DIY wedding is to get organized and prepare everything early and in advance. Life can often get very packed and busy during the most popular wedding seasons. As such, if you’d like to plan your weddings for these times of the year, it would be best to start getting everything in order at least 6 months in advance. If you start planning your wedding date, you may find that most caterers and venues will already be booked. And if you’re planning it DIY, you won’t have the value of the connections and links that a good professional planner has to leverage for a booking at late notice.

2. Make a Checklist

Our next tip is one that is particularly important for DIY wedding planners. This is to make a checklist at the very beginning of the wedding planning process and check it twice. Wedding planning can often get very overwhelming simply due to the sheer magnitude of work that needs to be done and coordinated all at the same time. So keeping a record of all these important tasks is a great way to say organized.

Here at Clarence House, we’d love to help you plan your wedding at a reasonable price. With us, you don’t have to consider going DIY. We’ll provide you with an expert team that will take care of all of your needs and makes your wedding days amazing, all at only the most reasonable cost.

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2 Experts Tips That Will Make Your Wedding Unique

We’ve all heard the story: Boy meets girl and they fall in love. They go on a few dates, then profess their undying feelings in a church or other religious places  with their friends and family. This is the classical love story that most romantic movies rely on. As a result, most people often duplicate this story and plan their weddings around religious centers within their local area.

While the traditional venue that has a disco ball on the dance floor at the reception, has the potential to be a magical event, it’s something that is duplicated time and time again. As such, if you choose this option, you may begin to find it hard to differentiate between your wedding, and many of the other weddings that you may have attended (from friends and family).

The true key behind turning your wedding into a truly enchanting event is to make it unique. This is something that even surpasses the power of setting a larger budget. I mean, sure… you could hire all of the most expensive things, in order to dazzle your guests. With an unlimited budget, you could choose the perfect venue, set the most delicious menu and purchase amazing decor. However, unless you make your wedding unique to you and your spouse, it will just be another lavish event.

Below, we’ll talk about a few expert tips that will help you plan a unique wedding.

1. Consider your preferences

The first expert tip that will help you plan a unique wedding is to consider yours and your spouse’s preferences throughout the decision-making process. Every individual has their own unique character, likes or dislikes and preferences. As such, if you choose options that uniquely appeal to you and your spouse (even if they are not the most popular trends at the time), this will help you differentiate you wedding from the masses. These preferences include elements such as your colour scheme, décor options, menu type, venue type and so much more.

2. Do not be afraid to make bold decision

Our next expert tip, when it comes to planning unique weddings, it’s not to fear making bold decisions. Most weddings fall under a defined category when it comes to expectation. These include the traditional church venue, the 4 course menu, the classical white dress and many other over used tropes. While these themes have the power to create a truly amazing event, you shouldn’t fear the idea of potential venturing out. If your preferences favour a change, you should embrace the idea of changing up these tropes, in order to plan a wedding that is uniquely yours.

Maybe you and your partner love pizza, so you can set that as the main course. Or maybe you’re both fans of the beach, so you can select a beach front location as your venue. All of these unique choices (if they fit for you) can help you create an event that’s not only amazing, but fresh, bold and uniquely yours.

Here at Clarence House, we love helping our customers plan weddings that are fresh and unique. If you’d like us to help you do just that, contact us today!

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Top 2 Tips for Managing Your Wedding Budget

The lights… The Decor… The Menu… Choosing the Perfect venue. When planning your dream wedding, it’s very easy to get bogged down in all of these details. You’ll need to make sure that every single element is not just perfect but complementary as well so that the entire wedding experience blends together seamlessly into one magical event.

However, when planning your wedding it may be very difficult also remember that you have budget constraints. Your dream venue, which may be that private beach you’ve had your eye on, maybe the perfect environment for you when you say your vows. But, the price tag can be a couple of thousand dollars that could be out of your reach. Additionally, the most delicious menu from that restaurant that you and your fiance first met at, or the city’s premier decorator may also be the perfect planning additions that are sure to make your big day magical. But, they may require you to pay through your teeth.

However, there is a way to plan your dream wedding while staying within your budget. If you commit yourself and discipline your spending through the planning process, you can create a magical event that would rival even the most expensive luxury wedding experience, all while remaining within your budget. Below, we will explore 2 tips that will help you create your dream wedding on a budget.

1. Set a defined budget and control your spending habits

The first tip is to be disciplined during the planning process. As you read above, it can be very easy to get caught up in each wedding element. You could find yourself splurging hundreds of dollars on the perfect wedding napkins, which could have damning effects on your budget. So, discipline is key. To help maintain discipline, you should start by drafting a tight budget from the beginning. For this, it would be advisable to sit down with your spouse, a copy of your bank statement and a calculator, then carve out slices for each major element. Set an estimated budget for your venue, caterer, cake, décor, and all of the other major wedding elements.

Once this is done, you’ll know where you stand in terms of your budget, which can help calm your spending habits overall. For example: If you know that you only have a few thousand dollars to secure a venue, this can put spending hundreds on the perfect napkin printing into perspective.

2. Optimise your wedding plans

Our second tip for you is to optimise your wedding planning for greater spending. If you’d like a wider budget to splurge on livening up every wedding detail (which can help create your dream wedding experience), you could free up the extra funds required for this by reducing the size of your guest list. As such, if you plan a micro-wedding, this can help reduce your budgetary limitations and free up funds for more lavish spending.

Planning a wedding is never easy, especially when planning one on a budget. However, here at Clarence House, we’d like to help simplify your planning experience. Our team is equipped with a wealth of experience in creating dream weddings, especially on a budget. Reach out to us, and we will begin making your dream come true.

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The Best Wedding Décor Ideas in the World

Planning a good wedding requires a lot of hard work and effort. There are many decisions that must be made, each of which will directly influence the outcome of your big day. You’ll have to choose your caterer, find a venue, select a music choice (band or DJ)… and so much more. In addition, a good wedding day will also require a lot of coordination and organization on your part, which is bound to be a lot of work.

That is what is required to plan a “good” wedding day. However, if your hoping to plan a wedding day that is more than simply “good”… that is spectacular, that is breathtaking… that is out of this world! If your hoping to create the wedding that most people can only dream of, then it will require a little more. It will require something extra… something that is magical in its beauty, uniqueness, and rarity that it will make all of your guests’ eyes bulge with amazement.

Below, we will explore a few of these incredible wedding decor ideas that are sure to no only take your wedding to the next level but to blow it out of the roof.

1. Mood Lighting

One of the best ways to make your wedding a unique and rare occasion is to illuminate it in a unique and rare way. Anyone can choose a ballroom that’s well lit. However, it takes a whole new level of incredible to select lighting options that will twinkle, glow, flicker, and dazzle… all while creating an incredibly romantic atmosphere of love and passion. For this, mood lighting is perfect. You can choose to light candles within your venue, and have them brighten up your wedding with their warm glow, or to hang radiant fairy lights up on your ceiling and create an almost heavenly effect that imitates that of a beautiful starry sky.

2. Natures Beauty

Another great way to turn your wedding into the wedding of the century is to not only choose the perfect décor items but to capitalize on the natural beauty that radiates all over the world. For this, either selecting a premium wedding venue or choosing to host a destination wedding would be the perfect option. Image a bright golden sunset bathing your skin as your toes curl into a bed of sand while you look into your partner’s gorgeous eyes that radiate small glimmers of the vast ocean around you. Or the fragrant aroma that tickles your nose as you stand in a natural wonderland filled with bright radiant flowers. Nature can be one of the most beautiful decorative elements you’ve ever seen.

Here at Clarence House, we Love planning weddings that are out of this world. Contact us today and we’ll help make your big day a world-class event.

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Everything You Need To Know About Micro Weddings

Many people underestimate the power of an intimate micro wedding. They may even consider planning a micro as being synonymous with eloping. However, in this blog, we will dispel all of these assumptions. Micro weddings are a great option if you’re looking to make the most out of your big day while on a budget. When you plan a micro wedding, you are blessed with many more options in terms of choosing an intimate setting and choosing the best menu possible. It’s no secret that if you’re hosting a large wedding (unless you have an unlimited bank account), your options may be somewhat limited. However, with a micro-wedding, you could have it at the beach or in a beautiful garden, instead of having to opt for a traditional church or a grande hall. In addition, you will also be able to select more expensive and premium options when you choose your menu because you’ll be catering to a smaller number of people.

To dispel the rumors of micro weddings being the same as elopement, a micro wedding is a wedding that hosts less than 20 guests. As such, it could become a destination wedding (since the guest list is smaller, so it will be easier for all your guests to fly out for your wedding). However, this is not always the case. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the key benefits that you’ll experience if you choose to plan and host a micro wedding.

1. Reduced Cost

The obvious benefit that you’ll experience, and our first point, is that micro weddings are a million times cheaper than regular more traditional weddings, or large weddings. This is usually the case for obvious reasons. If you’re planning a wedding for a guest list of up to 100 people (unless each person is paying for their meal and a share of the venue cost, which is highly unlikely) this will usually be quite expensive. However, if you’re planning a wedding for less than 20 people, you’ll be responsible for paying for less meals and can opt for a smaller venue. Overall, your wedding’s total cost will be significantly cheaper.

2. Greater Intimacy and Lower Stresses

Micro weddings are usually very intimate and stress-free. When planning a wedding that is designed to host less than 20 people, you’ll find that your job will require a lot less work. This will allow you to spend more time in the proverbial “honeymoon” phase with your fiancé, instead of having to constantly worry about all of the little details involved with hosting a large wedding. Also, the micro wedding is a lot less chaotic due to the reduced guest list. As such, this will further help to ease your tension when you finally say, “I do.”

Here at Clarence House, we enjoy helping our clients plan the perfect micro weddings. Contact us today and we can help you construct a happy and intimate wedding day.

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5 Wedding Ideas You’ve Never Seen Before

Weddings are a big event. It’s a chance for the couple to fully express who they are and to show their love. Across the last couple of years, couples have been thinking outside the box for ideas that they can use to make their wedding truly unique we have mentioned a few themes. At Clarence House, we are committed to making each wedding that we host as unique as the couple that will be getting married.

Below are 5 wedding ideas that you’ve never seen before. To find out what these are, read on!

1. An Indoor/Outdoor Wedding
You may think that you’ve seen this before, but we are just about to surprise you. Outdoor weddings are very romantic. This is the reason why many couples opt to have their weddings in an outside venue such as a garden. For those that want to take it up a notch, you can bring the outdoors inside and have an indoor wedding that feels like it is outside. To make this look more authentic, you can lay grass on top of the floor in your wedding venue and decorate the walls with flowers.

2. Themes
This has come in the form of having Vintage theme- have antique decoration like weathered doors and worns in wood seats, or even have vintage classical getaway cars for all your travel needs for your wedding day. Romantic theme- Use soft hues, delicate lighting, plenty of pastel florals, hanging lights, calligraphy or even have a flower wall. Whimsical theme- bright splashes of colour, bohemian components by using incorporate design of elements like multicoloured balloons, streamers, punchy floral arrangements and mismatched chairs. Modern theme- by using think clean lines, geometric shapes and minimal designs. Rustic theme- by using string lights, mason jars, twine, lace and use a lot of wood that contributes to the simple and homey vibes. Themed Décor- the timeless style e.g. Great Gatsby era lavishness that includes robust fonts, ornate gold and sparkles and a lot of geometric shapes with sharp lines oh let’s not forget the tasteful glitz and jazz-age glam with a touch of ode to the vintage allure. Tropical theme- Have plenty of plants (like palms fronds and neon florals), laid- back décor and a signature cocktail.

3. Cheesecake (literally)
Everybody loves cheese and everybody loves cake so why not have both in the form of a wedding cheesecake. The wedding cake is synonymous with weddings but there’s no reason why you need to have a traditional fruit cake or sponge cake at your wedding. Having a cheesecake is a unique feature that will leave your guests marvelling. Instead of having something sweet they can have a tangy mix between cake and cheese, and they will all enjoy its yummy goodness.

4. Cone Juice
Summer is a great time to have weddings. The sun shining and plants in full bloom make it easy to host a great wedding. If you are having your wedding outside you can have this Asian inspired summer treat to keep your wedding guests cool. This is made by adding syrup to finely crushed ice. For an extra punch, you can add some gin or vodka to the cones so that your guests can really enjoy the experience.

5. Sparklers
Sparklers are usually used at birthday parties, why not have them at your wedding. When you are having your first dance as a couple, you can give sparklers to your guests that will be around the dance floor. This lightens the night and it also creates a romantic atmosphere that you will remember for a very long time to come. It will also look great in your wedding photos.
Contact our Clarence House team today and we will help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

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How To Have A Small And Intimate Wedding

When it comes to wedding celebrations and size does matter. Having a few invited guests can mean that you end up having a more intimate celebration for those that a near and dear to you. You will have more time to spend with each guest and all your invitees can really get to know each other and contribute more in that setting.

Intimate weddings really do have their advantages and at Clarence House, we love having couples who want to have intimate weddings. To help you, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks that you can use to make your small wedding a resounding success.

1. Make the most of your budget

For couples that have limited resources but still want a certain level of quality that they would not be able to provide for a lot of guests perhaps downsizing the guest list is a great option. It’s better to have a 4-course meal for 50 guests than to only provide cake and punch for 300 guests. Use this opportunity to make the day special for the guests that you will invite.

2. Be thoughtful

The great thing about planning a small wedding is that you can be more thoughtful about your wedding invitations and thank you cards. With a small guest list, you can be more intentional and put a more personal touch on these. You could opt to have handwritten thank you notes or have more ornate and elaborate invitations. You really want to make your guests feel like ‘the chosen few’ so spend the extra time.

3. Be detail-oriented

Many people mistakenly think that a smaller wedding is synonymous with a simpler wedding. When the wedding is smaller everything requires careful attention to detail. Snafus that would have been unnoticed with 200 guests milling around will be glaringly obvious when there are 50 guests or under. For this reason, you really need to be detail-oriented.

4. Keep the guest list small

This goes without saying… the only way to make a small wedding successful is by keeping the guest list small. Any other efforts will go down the drain if a wedding for 50 ends up having 120 guests it will make you will look very disorganised. To keep yourself in charge why not go for a venue that is specific for smaller weddings so that it is easy to resist the temptation of an ever-growing guest list.

At Clarence House, we have a beautiful boutique wedding venue for those that want to have intimate weddings. Contact our team today and we will help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

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4 Tips To Host An Intimate Wedding Celebration
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4 Tips To Host An Intimate Wedding Celebration

Big weddings are not for everyone. Some couples prefer to celebrate their ceremony with just a handful of their family and friends. This allows them not to get swayed by the pomp and fanfare and focus on what the day is about. Another benefit of having a small wedding there are no massive costs and you do not have to worry about dealing with a big guest list. To help you with the planning we have put together 4 of our top tips on how you can plan an intimate wedding.

1. Write a Guest List

This is probably the hardest part of planning a small wedding. Deciding who to invite and who to leave off the guest list can be stressful. To make this part easier for you as a couple, you need to keep in mind what your motivations were for having a small wedding. This will help you not lose sight of what you want and ultimately you can pick a small number of people to attend your wedding. Anyone that is not close to you automatically gets excluded.

2. Allocate Your Resources Accordingly

The fun part of having a simple wedding celebration is that it allows you to have extra funds available. You can use this money on things that are important to you as a couple. If you have a shared hobby or particular interest, why not highlight this on the wedding day. For couples that love fine dining, this is a great opportunity to upgrade the meals that will be served on the day and give your guests quite a treat.

3. Consider a Destination Wedding

Do you have one place that you have always wanted to visit but have not yet had that chance? Why not have your wedding there? The great thing about having intimate weddings is that it allows you to have a destination wedding. This is because there aren’t a lot of guests and the few that you choose will be able to make the trip.

4. Choose the Right Venue

A lot of venues are only suited to large weddings. This will narrow down your options. You need to find a venue that will be perfect for a small gathering. At clarence house, we have beautiful wedding venues that would be perfect for small weddings. The picturesque views and lush gardens will make your wedding day magical.

To make sure that your wedding day is fun, here is a blog on the most hilarious questions for the wedding shoe game. We have more blogs to help you make your big day special for you to check out. Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

Wedding Day Essentials: Must Read Wedding Day Checklist
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Wedding Day Essentials: Must Read Wedding Day Checklist

As you get closer to your big day, the excitement is palpable. A lot of the big decisions will have already been made and all the vendors will have been set for the day. The wedding day can be a whirlwind with many things happening. With family and friends involved as well as nerves and emotions, it can be hard to keep things well organized and on track. To help you with that we have put together a checklist that includes all the wedding day essentials for the bride and groom that you can use to make sure that all is in place for the day. To find out more, read on!

1. The Bride’s Checklist

Below is a list of wedding day essentials that a bride will need to have available or use on the day. Remember that a bride needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

  • A button-down shirt for when you are getting your make up done
  • Dress and veil as well as any shapewear and undergarments
  • Hairstyling, make up, and beauty tools
  • Deodorant as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Gifts for bridesmaids
  • A comfortable pair of flat shoes as well as the heels for the day
  • Accessories and jewelry for each outfit change
  • A beautiful hanger for photos of the wedding dress

2. The Groom’s Checklist

Below is a list of wedding essentials that a groom will need to have available or use on the day. In as much as people think that the wedding day is for the bride, a groom must also make sure that all his things are in place.

  • Wedding suit, shoes, tie, socks, and underwear
  • Lint roller, shoe polish kit
  • Shaving tools and hair styling products and tools
  • Deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • Fragrance
  • Gifts for the groomsmen
  • The marriage certificate and wedding rings

3. A checklist for both the bride and the groom

Below is a list of essentials that both the bride and the groom will need on the day. Some of these you will need to delegate because you may not be able to get them for yourselves.

  • Fully charged cell phones as well as chargers in case you need to recharge
  • An itinerary for the wedding day so that you stick to the set timeline
  • Your wedding vows written down somewhere
  • Checks and cash for all the vendors that will need to be paid after the wedding
  • Some water to drink as well as snacks and juice

Are you looking for more wedding day advice? We have a number of blogs to help you make your big day special. Our Clarence House team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Stylist for Your Big Day

Are you excited about planning your wedding and making sure that every detail is just perfect? Leaving anything to chance can ruin the day. A good wedding stylist will help you in each step of the way to make sure that on the day everything looks amazing and the day goes smoothly as you’ve always wanted. Choosing a wedding stylist requires enough time and special attention. To make this easier for you, we have compiled a list of handy tips that will help you choose the best wedding reception stylist for your wedding day. To find out more, read on!

1. Take a Look at Their Previous Work

When it comes to wedding stylists, the truth is in the pudding. You need to take a look at photos of all the previous work the wedding stylist you are considering hiring has done. This will help you visualize how they approach different clients and whether or not they will be able to give you exactly what you want.

2. Know What You Want

Having a solid idea of what you want and what you do not want when it comes to your décor will help you choose a wedding stylist. Different stylists specialize in different aesthetics when it comes to their designs. There is no point in hiring a stylist that specializes in rustic weddings when that is not what you want. This will cause clashes later on.

3. Set a Budget

Before you start shopping around for wedding stylists, you need to have a budget in mind. This will help you eliminate some stylists that may be out of budget for you. If you are set on a particular wedding stylist but they are out of your budget range, check and see if they offer any special discounts. This may make it possible for you to work with that particular wedding stylist for your big day.

4. Discuss Ideas in Person

When you have narrowed down your options and now you must choose between a few potential candidates, set up appointments with all of them. Meeting someone in person allows you to get a unique perspective on how they work. During these meetings, you will be able to gauge if you can be able to work well with them. If you see any red flags at this stage, move onto the next one.

Are you looking for a comprehensive last-minute guide that you can use during your wedding planning? Read our ultimate last-minute wedding checklist blog. We have a number of blogs to help you make your big day special. Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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6 Romantic Ways to Surprise the Groom on Your Wedding Day

Do you want to give your hubby to be a sweet surprise on your wedding day? It does not need to be over the top or expensive, remember it’s the thought that counts. A wedding day is filled to fill with photos, dancing, cake and so many other activities that can make it hard to enjoy the moment as newlyweds. To make sure that your hubby to feel special on the day, we have compiled a list of our top 6 romantic ways to surprise him on the day. Read on!

1. Make Him a Memory Box

On the wedding morning, you can have someone close to him gift him with a box of memories that you two have shared. You can include photos, handwritten notes, and even a letter expressing how much he means to you. This will definitely make him feel special and give you yet another fond memory.

2. Give Him a Handwritten Journal

If writing prose is right up your alley why not use those creative juices to write a journal of a hundred times when you knew he was the one. You can keep track of every moment that reaffirmed your love for him and he will know just how much the wedding means to you.

3. Leave a Letter in His Pocket

It is common for couples to write love letters for each other and read it on the morning of your wedding day but you can make this a surprise. Leave an unexpected love letter in his suit jacket and get one of the groomsmen to ask him to check his pockets.

4. Make a Short Video for Him

You can use a collection of your favorite pictures together to make a short video for your future husband. If you want to take this a bit further you can visit a few places where you shared special moments and film some reasons why you love him in those locations.

5. Send Him a Love Note

As he is waiting for you to walk down the aisle, you can have the flower girl hand him a love note. This will probably be the most nerve-wracking moment of the day and getting an affirming letter of love from you will be something he can remember forever.

6. Surprise Him with a Dance Tribute

This is a fun way to get your wedding party involved in your wedding surprise. You can pull together a short dance to a meaningful song with your bridesmaids. This will be a big highlight of the day for him and he will never forget it.

Would you like to discuss any wedding plans with a qualified wedding planner? At Clarence House, our team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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Top 10 Tips For The Groom On His Wedding Day

Alright, guys, you’ve gone past most of the wedding preparations and it is now close to the big day! You may feel like all the attention will be on your bride but remember you’re just as important as she is. This is why you must be prepared for what is ahead. To help you be in the right headspace for your big day, we have put together a list of our top tips for grooms. Read on!

1. Get Involved, Have an Opinion

This wedding is as much about you as it is about your bride. The only way you can make sure that your own personal aesthetic is reflected in the day is by getting involved in the planning. You do not have to be involved in the small things but it’s important to give your opinion in the big decisions, why not give your opinion.

2. Have Some ‘Me’ Time

Your wedding day will be spent with so many people, it is important that you get a moment of calm before all the festivities begin. You can slot in a few minutes in the morning for your alone time. Take the extra time to be alone and soak in the day and the major life change it will bring.

3. Smile and Smile Some More

You may end up feeling like you have a broken jaw because you will be required to smile a lot during the day. It isn’t much you can do about this as everyone will want to get a photo with you to commemorate the day. This is just a heads-up so that you are not surprised by it on the day.

4. Take Some Time to Eat

This is an essential piece of advice. You must eat whenever you get the chance to. The day is going to be so packed and you will be running around making sure you’re ready. To make this easier, you can speak with your best man beforehand so that he can keep you fed and hydrated during the day.

5. Follow the Plan

Wedding planning takes a long time. After all that planning, all you need to do is execute the plan. You absolutely need to stick to the game plan if you are to avoid any mishaps. Any last-minute ideas may seem like a good plan but don’t give in to that temptation. You do not want your bride to be surprised by any unplanned events.

Are you looking for more advice for newly-wed couples? We have a number of blogs to help you make your big day special. Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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The Ultimate Last Minute Wedding Checklist 2020

Getting to the ‘one week to go’ mark is as exciting as it is tense for a lot of brides. Months and years of planning will have gone into making sure that everything is in place for the wedding day. Even if you have thoroughly prepared for the day, the last-minute tasks cannot be avoided. To help you with these, we have compiled a checklist of the most common last-minute tasks. Read on!

1. Check the Weather Forecast

Do this daily for the last week or so to make sure that there are no weather surprises on your wedding day. And seek additional plans as a backup plan for example plan certain things indoor e.g. Your wedding photo location in-case if it rains.

2. Make Sure the Wedding Licence Is Correct

This is to make sure that you have peace of mind. Just double-check that all the details on it are correct while there is time to fix the errors. You can also start practising your vows prior to ensure that you have summarised them by heart so your nervous are controlled on your big day.

3. Finalise the Schedule with All the Vendors

Re-confirm details like the playlists, menus, shot lists. Your final schedule must have vendor delivery times, set up times and contact numbers. Finalise everything with your vendors prior to the wedding day so nothing will go wrong.

4. Finalise the Seating Plan

The bulk of this is probably done at this stage it’s a good idea and time to make sure that it’s finalised can be shared with the wedding planner, caterer and venue manager prior to the wedding day.

5. Collect the Dress and the Suit

When you are picking up the dress or the suit, have one final fitting so that you are sure that all the alterations have been done.

6. Confirm Honeymoon Plans and Finish Packing

If you are going on your honeymoon straight away, get all the details in order in good time. Check your flight schedules and weather forecast for your destination so that you can finish packing. Or have a plan of activities to do during your honeymoon so you will know exactly what outfits to pick.

7. Give the Place Cards to the Wedding Planner

They should be distributed on time. You can also hand over the guest book or cake knife at this point.

8. Confirm the Wedding Night Reservation

Confirm the reservation for the room you will be using to get dressed in on the day as well as the suite for the wedding day.

9. Get Your Manicure and Pedicure Done

Get this done about two days before the big day. To be extra careful, buy the same colour nail polish so that you can cover up any chipping that may occur.

10. Secure the Wedding Rings

This may seem unnecessary, but wedding rings have gone missing on the day. To make sure they do not get lost, hand them over to whoever will be responsible for them on the day.

Still, want to learn some more? Read our blog on the most common wedding fears and how to deal with them. Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

5 must read advice for newlyweds couples
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Top 5 Must-Read Advice for Newlywed Couples

They say that the first couple of years are the hardest for a lot of newlyweds. Even if a couple is deeply in love, arguments and disagreements will be encountered throughout the marriage. Instead of shrinking away from these, a strong couple should have the ability to resolve their conflicts all the time without letting things getting out of hands or allowing other family members. Below, we have put together some advice for the newly married. This great advice for newlyweds comes from seasoned married couples and experts in marriage counseling. Read on!

1. Create a ‘Couple Bubble’

A couple of bubbles is a relationship’s safety and security system. Think of a couple of bubbles as a cocoon that is created by shared values and a couple’s promises to each other. This cocoon protects the couple from any outside forces. Affirmations such as, ‘the marriage are more important than my need to win an argument’ and ‘i will always tell my spouse first if anything big happens in my life’ strengthen the couple bubble.

2. Communication Is Key

Respect is the keystone of effective communication in marriage. When you speak respectfully, tough issues can be discussed without provoking each other. This allows a couple to freely speak on any issue before it becomes big and, by so doing, avoid resenting each other. Cultivate an environment in your home where each of you can freely express your deepest fears and your wildest dreams. This simple advice for newlyweds is very effective.

3. Have Shared Interests

‘a couple that trains together stays together’, this may not apply to all couples but the idea behind it is important. Having shared experiences strengthens the couple’s bond. Look for novel and engaging activities that you can do together. It could be hiking, reading the same book, watching a tv show together, or joining a cooking class as a couple. Shared interests can also be used to make sure that your relationship never becomes monotonous.

4. Drop the Exes

Some people have that ex that they really connected to emotionally. Even when the relationship ended, they still managed to keep those emotional ties. For a married couple, such exes can cause trouble. If you have an ex that you feel more connected to even when your spouse is there, it is a good idea to remove them from your life. Keeping them around can bring about jealousy and suspicion. Let bygones be bygones.

5. Prioritize ‘Me’ Time

It is important to spend quality time together as a couple, but alone time is just as important. Being able to be comfortable alone and be happy allows you to bring that happiness to your spouse. A couple should be able to have time that they spend apart without feeling like they are threatening their relationship. Time apart also allows you to miss your spouse and as we all know, ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.

Are you planning a wedding in Sydney? Clarence House has the most beautiful venues for you to choose from. Our team at clarence house can be contacted via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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The Most Common Wedding Fears And How To Deal With Them

Pre-wedding fear is something that all couples have to deal with while preparing for the biggest and most important day of your life. Read on to find out how you can put some of the most common wedding fears to rest.

Wedding angst is real and out of control at times. A study showed that 96% of newly engaged couples freak out when thinking about their wedding day and all the details and involvements that come part of wedding planning. There is so much to plan for and a million things that can go wrong. This can make you lose sleep, stress both financially and mentally but make sure you won’t take the fun out of what is supposed to be the most magical day of your lives. Below is a list of the top 5 things that couples worry about and how you can deal with them.

1. Rain on Your Wedding Day

It is widely believed that rain on your wedding day it’s known to be considered as good luck but it can also ruin the day. This is why a lot of couples worry about what the weather will be like and will constantly check their forecasts. There’s little that can be done to control the weather, but you can be prepared for any eventuality. Have a back-up plan for rain, wind, cold temperatures, and whatever else that Mother Nature brings your way.

2. No Guests on the Day

After spending a lot of resources to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch, a common wedding fear is that no one will show up now that’s every couple’s worse nightmare. You must remember that your wedding guest list has your close friends and family that will do anything to support you. To be extra sure, send your save-the-dates early and call up those that delay to RSVP to make sure that they will attend.

3. A Bad Hair Day

All eyes are on the bride on the wedding day. This puts pressure on brides to look picture perfect the whole day. A lot of brides fear is that they will have a bad hair day or their make-up will be anything less than flawless. To make sure that this does not happen, schedule a bridal trial run of your hair and make up a few weeks before your big day. Feel free to make any changes in advance so that you have no stress on the day.

4. Stuttering During the Vows

Speaking in front of a crowd is not everyone’s cup of tea. Many people find it intimidating. To ease the fear of public speaking, practice reciting your vows beforehand. You can get help from your close friends and family. Recite in front of them until your vows flow easily. Remember that even if you end up making a mistake on the day, it will not be the end of the world. Laugh it off and continue saying your vows.

Do you have more wedding worries that you want to discuss with a professional? Our Clarence House team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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Wedding Backdrop Ideas for the Ceremony
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6 Amazing Wedding Backdrop Ideas for the Ceremony

Every bride wants a beautiful wedding ceremony backdrops for their big day not only to capture beautiful photos but a day to remember how special and beautiful your big day was.

During the special moment of saying “I Do” and with a beautiful ceremony backdrop is the most photographed time of your special day and that is your wedding day. It helps to set the tone and aesthetic of the whole day. We have put together a comprehensive list of wedding ceremony backdrop ideas for you to choose from. Whether you want to highlight your venue or create your own scenery, there’s something for everyone. Read on!

1. Highlight the Venue

Couples tend to spend a considerable amount of time researching and choosing the right wedding venue. If you have chosen one that has breathtaking views then speak to your wedding coordinator and consider using that as your backdrop place also simple beautiful coloured flowers to brighten the breathtaking views so that will leave your guests speechless and will consider doing the same ceremony backdrop ideas as yours.

2. Relaxed and Rustic

Rustic setups have a particular charm that cannot be replicated. This can be personalised and each couple can fully express who they are. You can go all-natural with your rustic setup and have trailing greenery hanging from a free-standing wall. For a simple wedding backdrop, use a wood shipping pallet and hang flowers on it.

3. Highlight One Colour

For a more elegant and cohesive look, use a colour scheme or keep it all-white backdrop. White draping and all-white elements such as white columns can make your wedding backdrop look regal and grand. Look for other wedding ceremony backdrop ideas with colour schemes that highlight one colour.

4. Some Mixed Elements

Different textures and materials can make your wedding ceremony really stand out. You can use a textured drop cloth backdrop to make it more visually stimulating. Vines and other greenery can add another aesthetic to the finished look. At the bottom, fuzzy pillows, candles and flowers will round out the mixed elements look for you.

5. High or Low

When it comes to wedding backdrop floral installations, you can go high or low. A low floral installation is perfect if you want to show off your wedding ceremony’s striking location. On the other end of the spectrum, you can have a higher than normal chuppah or flower arch which will make it more striking and look amazing in wedding photos.

6. Be Opulent

If you are a couple that loves the glitz and glam, be opulent with your wedding backdrop. There are many ideas you can use to make it lavish, beautiful and breathtaking. Consider having a fall of crystals for extra sparkle and bling perhaps. Unusual materials such as a brass ceremony arch can be used to give a different look to the ceremony.

Would you like to discuss wedding ceremony backdrop ideas with a qualified wedding planner? Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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Top 6 Wedding Concept Ideas in 2020

When it comes to your wedding concept no one can tell you how it should be or what sort of things you should do or not do. Your wedding is all about you and should be all about you and your partner and every aspect about it should have some meaning to you. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s new wedding concepts. 2020 promises to offer unique wedding concepts. Here are six of our favourite concepts.

1. Rustic

Whether you’re looking for pre-wedding concept ideas for your engagement shoot or searching for actual wedding concepts and themes to consider for your big day, you can never go wrong with a rustic concept. It’s one of those themes that never go out of fashion. Think mason jars, lace, pallets, and string lights. The best way to make this concept work is to choose a wedding venue that’ll accommodate your ideas and makes sure that you’ll get the wedding of your dreams.

2. Bohemian

If you’ve ever revelled in the idea of throwing a bohemian-themed wedding then you’ll be happy to know that it’s a concept that’s very strong among brides this year. Carefree and simple, you can really do a lot with this theme. Keep things low-key and budget-friendly by opting for macramé decorations and oriental rugs to line the aisle.

3. Whimsical

There’s been a growing trend for whimsical weddings. This concept involves the use of quaint décor and design. There is often a playful look and feel about the entire affair. You can expect an open buffet at such weddings. Multi-coloured balloons, mismatched chairs, and even streamers are a norm at such events.

4. Nautical

Now, this is truly one of 2020’s adorable wedding concepts. Perhaps it’s because it takes us back to childhood and conjures up familiar memories. If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding somewhere with a beach this concept will complement your venue perfectly. You can never go wrong with a classic blue and white colour palette. For your wedding décor consider using mini anchors, miniature sailboats, and exquisite shells.

5. Celestial

We have seen the celestial concept make a comeback. There’s something ethereal about this theme that we absolutely love. Whether you’re going for a dark galaxy-inspired look for your reception ceremony backdrop or a tiered-cake with stars and planets circling around, we think there is a lot that can be done with this concept.

6. Romantic

No list is complete without a romantic concept. From the engagement shoot to wedding, you can have this as your solo concept and it’ll work fine. There’s a tonne of inspiration online of what you can do in terms of décor, dress, flowers, right down to the way you choose to style your hair! A romantic theme is probably one of the biggest and most diverse concepts you could ever choose.

Would you like to discuss wedding concepts and themes with a qualified wedding planner? Our clarence house team is on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

5 tips to create wedding mood board
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5 Best Tips To Create a Wedding Mood Board

Mood boards have changed the way people plan and visualize their weddings. Not only are they a great conceptualization tool but they are quite easy to put together once you’ve learned the basics. So what’s the correct way to create a mood board wedding? If you’re new to the idea of mood boards, stick around. We’ll show you how to create a wedding mood board hassle-free.

1. Spend Time Browsing Pinterest

The first step to beginning this journey is to spend ample time on picture-based websites such as Pinterest and Instagram. Just browse through different wedding-related imagery without necessarily downloading anything at this stage. As you browse you’ll begin to see recurring themes that you’re drawn to and attracted by. You can even check out different inspirational wedding mood boards on these sites too.

2. Build a Collection of Pictures You Love

Once you have ideas about what you want your wedding to look like, you can start building a collection of images. We encourage you to create a central wedding mood board folder and subfolders within. Save images in the subfolders according to different categories for example – themes, colors, flower arrangement, décor, and dress. This will make it easy when you’re now putting together your wedding mood board.

3. Use Free Online Mood Board Makers

Whoever said putting together your wedding mood board had to be expensive? In fact, it doesn’t even have to cost you a cent. There are plenty of free online mood board makers. One of our absolute favorites is canva because of its simplicity. All you need to do is create a free account before you can access scores of free templates.

4. Review, Edit and Perfect Your Mood Boards

The thing with wedding planning is that you’ll always see something new and want to add it to your wedding. Fortunately, this is where having a visual representation of where you are in terms of planning comes in handy. Try inserting that new idea into your mood board and see if it flows with the overall theme that you have running already. Having a mood board will help you to review, edit, and perfect the ideas you have in mind.

5. Share Them with Wedding Planners

Once you’ve got a refined wedding mood board, it becomes easier to discuss your expectations with wedding planners. At times words fail people but there can be no doubt with images. Navigate your way around different vendors using your mood board. Make your expectations crystal clear and leave no room for doubt.

Do you need more mood board wedding inspiration? Our clarence house wedding planners are on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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5 Perfect Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

It’s no secret that wedding planning has some mixed emotions to it as we all know it can be a stressful and also fun task to take on board. In fact, according to insider.com, quite a number of engaged couples are turning to wedding therapists who can help take away the stress of planning their wedding. From getting the date they want, the venue of their dreams within a reasonable budget, let’s not forget the large amount of stress that comes along with the months leading to their big day. So, what are some of the best ways to deal with the tension, anxiety, and pressure that may arise so you can have a stress free wedding?

1. Increase Your Contingency by 30%

According to a report published by easyweddings.com.au, the average original wedding budget for most couples is $21,236. The couple often has a contingency of a few extra thousand dollars and many set their final wedding cost at $25,540. However, the final average wedding cost is usually around $31,368. That’s almost an extra $10,000 – talk about wedding budget stress! It’s no wonder money is one of the biggest stress factors during wedding planning. Looking at these figures it’s wise to set aside an emergency fund with 30% of your total wedding budget.

2. Don’t Let Wedding Planning Consume All Your Time

If you’re looking for how to reduce wedding stress then don’t let wedding planning be all you think and talk about with your friends, family, and partner. So, make it a point to stay away from discussing anything to do with the wedding except during designated times especially with your partner. As excited as you may be about the wedding, talking or thinking excessively about it can lead to a lot of stress. Find ways to relax can go for a run, take up a pilate’s class, plan dates with your significant other.

3. Ask for Help When You Need It

Getting a wedding planner is one of the best ways to reduce wedding planning stress during this time. If you can afford it why not let someone else handle the pressures that come along with wedding planning? It’s okay to ask for help. You’ll be more than surprised to find out that many people are there for you and are more than happy to give a helping hand.

4. Give Your Immediate Family Regular Updates

Tired of constantly being asked how things are going? Then learn to communicate with your close friends and loved ones about it to take some stress off your shoulder by simply talking about it and taking it off your chest. Some useful and helpful ideas if by creating a shared google drive document for example where you can simply update it every time you’ve achieved a good outcome or have completed a task. That way it can help you be more organized and understand what’s pending, highlighting areas you need help with, will reduce the back and forth between yourself and family members. You won’t have to constantly repeat yourself. You’ll all be on the same page.

5. Get Your Priorities Sorted Out from Day 1

Being organized can help you plan your big day? There are plenty of tools and resources available from sites like Pinterest to help you figure out the order of things. For example, the wedding venue and date are usually the very first items on the list to secure. With these booked everything else can fall into place and chances of wedding dress shopping stress and other issues will be significantly reduced.

Do you need help coping with wedding stress? Our clarence house wedding planners are on hand via telephone and other electronic means to help you with wedding preps. Get in touch with us today.

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How to Plan a Secret Wedding
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Pro Tips on How to Plan a Secret Wedding

The special things in life are sometimes best-kept secrets. This also applies to weddings. It’s not every couple that wants to deal with the hustle and bustle of a public wedding. There are many types of secret weddings such as civil weddings in which the couple does not disclose their marriage to their families. A judicial secret wedding is conducted by a judge in a closed court session and is mostly only allowed under special conditions. If you have chosen to have a secret wedding, below are some secret wedding ideas.

1. Choose What Type of Secret Wedding You Want

As stated above there are different types of secret weddings available for different locales. Do your research on which type of secret wedding is allowed in your jurisdiction. If there are certain criteria to be met to qualify for a secret wedding, find out what these are and see if you are eligible. If you are not sure where to get such information, speak to a wedding celebrant in your area and they should be able to give you a comprehensive list of what you need to qualify.

2. Get Your Papers in Order

If you are planning a secret wedding, there are some important documents to get in order first. You need to find someone to officiate the wedding. For this to happen you must produce your identity documents, prove that you are not married to someone else and prove that there is no prohibition that stops you from getting married. This is done by completing a notice of intended marriage form and signing it in front of a celebrant. This form will be valid for 18 months.

3. Get a Venue for Your Secret Wedding

After getting the paperwork out of the way you can start planning your secret wedding. Some couples prefer having it at the courthouse with just the judge in attendance. You can have the secret wedding officiated at your home or hire a wedding venue that can cater for a secret wedding. If you choose to use a wedding venue, speak to the venue manager and ask for a secret wedding ceremony ideas. They should be able to advise you accordingly.

4. Keep the Secret Wedding a Secret

There’s a simple rule to follow if you want to know how to plan a secret wedding. Keep the wedding a secret. You may feel tempted to tell a special friend or one relative but resist this urge. Once it is out there that you are having a secret wedding it will stop being a secret wedding and you can expect the family interference that comes along with everyone knowing.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a beautiful secret wedding.

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5 Perfect Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Did you know that 62% of Australian households own pets? It makes sense why many people look for ways to include pets in their wedding day. There are some things to consider before you can be sure that your pet is part of your wedding day. This should not stop you though as it is very possible with adequate planning. We have put a list of 5 perfect ways to have a pet-friendly wedding.

1. Pet Inspired Wedding Invites

This is a fun way to involve your pet in your wedding festivities. Why not have your pet involved in the planning process? It is not always possible to have your pet on the actual wedding day, so this is a great alternative. Speak to a professional photographer and have them take a few beautiful pictures of your pet that you can use for your invitations or save the dates.

2. Let Your Pet Attend

There are many ways to have pets at weddings. You can have your pet as your ring bearer or have your pet in your wedding photos. To successfully pull this off there are a few things to consider. Look for pet-friendly wedding venues. Ask yourself if your pet behaves well in new places or with a crowd of people. Find someone to take care of your pet on the day.

3. Decorate with Pet Photos

If your wedding venue won’t allow you to have your pet come along or you cannot find a good pet sitter for the day, including your pet in your wedding decorations. If your pet has been a big part of your love story you can show this in a cute display that has pictures of your furry friend. Free-standing frames with pet pictures displayed around the venue are also a big hit.

4. Pet Inspired Wedding Cakes

This is a tasty way to have pets at weddings. There are many pet inspired cake toppers you can use as a cute way to have your pet in your wedding day. Some bakers are able to paint wedding cakes with watercolor paint, why not have them paint your pet. If you want to take it a step further, have your wedding cake made in the likeness of your pet.

5. Include Your Pet in the Registry

The wedding registry is a good way for couples to get things that they will use in their future home. You can include specific gifts for your pet in the wedding registry. Some couples have asked their wedding guests to make a donation in their name to pet charities such as the SPCA so that they can help other pets as well.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a uniquely Australian wedding.

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5 Great Ideas to Have Simple and Elegant Wedding

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This famous quote works in many aspects of life, weddings included. There are many ways to have a simply elegant wedding. Many themes lend themselves to simplicity. Even though planning an elegant wedding ceremony and an elegant wedding reception takes time, the results make it worth the while. You must find the things that matter most to you and invest in them and the rest is just details. We have put together a list of 5 great ideas to have a simple and elegant wedding.

1. Decide on a Size and Budget

Before you can start worrying about the venue or what color chairs you will have, set a realistic budget, and decide how many guests you will have at your wedding. Just because you want to have a simple wedding does not mean you must have a limited guest list. Try accommodating the number of guests that best suits you. Deciding to spend within your means will make this whole process less stressful.

2. Personalize Your Wedding Inspiration

We all love getting inspired by people’s weddings online. This is a great way to get ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own wedding. When looking for elegant wedding ideas for receptions, for example, focus on borrowing ideas that work well with your theme as opposed to adding things just because. Remember the aim of a wedding isn’t only to impress people, you want to celebrate your love. This keeps things in perspective.

3. Get Rid of Unnecessary Things

Simplify your life. If you have chosen a delicious wedding cake already, will you need to add a dessert table as well? Stop yourself from adding unnecessary things that just add to your stress without improving the wedding experience. Be picky about what you choose to add to your wedding and don’t be swayed by people’s opinions. Remember when it comes to simplicity, less really is more.

4. Use One Venue for the Whole Day

When looking for elegant wedding ideas for reception, bear in mind of the venue you have chosen can allow you to have the ceremony there as well. Having both events at the same venue will save you the hassle of having to ferry people from the wedding ceremony venue to the wedding reception venue. By so doing you can also save money as you will only have one venue charge and not two.

5. Make the Wedding Memorable

Finally, if you want your wedding to be simple yet elegant, focus less on what the extras on the wedding day will be and more on what the overall experience will be. By so doing you can save yourself a lot of stress and have a simple yet stunning wedding that does not need all the bells and whistles for it to be memorable.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a simple and elegant wedding.

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Top 5 Ideas to Choose Wedding Cake in 2020

Have you ever wondered why wedding cake trends are always evolving? This is because the wedding cake is very important and symbolizes future sweetness in the marriage. Some have even gone on to say that the wedding cake is the only guest with its own table, that’s how important wedding cake is. We have put together a list of wedding cake ideas you can use to choose yours this year.

1. Floating Tier Wedding Cakes

Traditional wedding cakes are always tiered. But why not take it up a notch in 2020? These wedding cakes are a clever way to add the illusion of height to your wedding cake. Instead of having a tall 7-tiered cake why not have the classic 3 tiers but with a luxurious twist that adds some extra height. This is one of the wedding cake trends in 2020.

2. Luxurious Pearl Wedding Cakes

Pearls are known to be the queen of gems. They have been a part of the bridal culture for a very long time. Instead of leaving the pearls in your grandmother’s jewelry box why not use them to make your wedding cake glow. New wedding cake trends incorporate edible pearls in the wedding cake. You can have this as a standout feature at your wedding as well.

3. Grand Multi-Tiered Wedding Cakes

These wedding cakes are showstoppers and are the pinnacle of luxury wedding cakes. They are usually tall and have many tiers, some going as high as 10 tiers. Because of their large size, these become the focal point of the wedding reception. Lore has it that the number of tiers reflects how long the marriage will last so the sky is the limit with this one and have as many tiers as you please.

4. Redefined Carved Wedding Cakes

This is one of the latest wedding cake trends. Art can be incorporated into your wedding cake to give a visually stunning result. Sculptured cakes can take any form that you like and cake makers have fun creating one of a kind cakes. Some new sculptured wedding cake designs are gravity-defying and are a great way to express the couple’s individuality during the wedding reception.

5. Watercolor Wedding Cakes

Paint has been incorporated into wedding cakes for a very long time. This wedding cake trend, however, takes painting wedding cakes to the next level. With watercolors, you can have pretty florals added to your wedding cake or have contemporary graphics. Scripted calligraphy with special messages can also be done. You don’t have to stick to light colors, dark watercolor will make any cake pop.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a uniquely Australian wedding.

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7 Australian wedding traditions and customs
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Top 7 Australian Wedding Traditions and Customs

Did you know that for a long time, couples in Australia threw stones into the water instead of exchanging wedding rings? This is a classic example of how Australian wedding traditions and customs have always been unique. There are many other Australian wedding traditions that can be traced down to the settlers and the aborigines, below are some of them.

1. A Classic White Wedding Dress.

Whenever people imagine Australian dream weddings, this comes to mind. The white wedding dress tradition has been there for many years. It symbolizes hope and future joy in the marriage. Now brides opt for many different colors, but this remains a well-loved tradition.

2. Something Old and Something New

As the old rhyme goes, for marital bliss a bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Australians have a tradition of being gifted something old such as a piece of jewelry from a parent to commemorate the day.

3. Waiting to Unveil the Bride

This old tradition is well-loved and is still followed by many couples even now. The groom does not get to see the bride on their wedding day until she walks down the aisle. He only sees her face as he unveils her. This gives an exciting element for the couple on their wedding day.

4. Parents Walk Down the Aisle

When it comes to accompanying the bride down the aisle, both parents get to do this. In many other cultures, this was traditionally done by the father but that’s not the same in Australia. The mother’s role in the wedding is respected by allowing both parents to walk their daughter down the aisle.

5. The Wedding Smoking Ceremony

It is well known that aborigines and settlers shared the land for a long time. This tradition is a miscegenation of their two cultures. The couple gets fanned with the smoke of burning plants or herbs. This was supposed to ward off ill spirits and bring healing and blessing to the relationship.

6. Lamingtons Instead of Wedding Cake

We all love wedding dessert and for many European cultures, traditional wedding cake takes pride of place. Australian wedding receptions have a tradition of having lamingtons. This is a traditional vanilla cake that is cut into squares, covered in chocolate, and then sprinkled with coconut flakes.

7. Having a Wedding Unity Bowl

This heart-warming tradition has been passed down for many generations. Family members and close friends put stones in a bowl, and this represents their support for the couple’s union. The stones have the names of whoever has put them in the bowl, and they can also have different colors to represent the different families.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a uniquely Australian wedding.

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6 Ways to Save Extra on Wedding Expenses

Did you know that in 2019, average couples spent between $32,000 and $53,000 at their weddings?. This was a significant increase from the average prices 5 years ago. In such a climate it is prudent to find ways to reduce your wedding expenses so that you do not incur any debt. We have put together a list of money-saving tips you can use to make sure that your wedding does not break the bank but is still a day to remember.

1. Start with a Set Budget

It may seem like it’s not important to mention this but write down a list of common wedding expenses. From this, you can craft your wedding budget. Remember to include sundries and unexpected costs. You can then start to look for ways to save. It’s hard to save by doing just one thing but with a combination of different saving methods, you can reach your target goal.

2. There’s Always Room for Negotiation

On your list of estimated wedding expenses, you will have put down quotes you received from different vendors. When vendors give quotes there’s almost always a little wiggle room in their pricing. Don’t shy away from negotiating with your vendors. A little off one bill and a little off the next bill adds up to big savings on your wedding expenses breakdown.

3. Give Yourself Enough Time

Many couples have realized this too late. The earlier you start to plan your wedding; the easier it is to get bargains. If you book your wedding venue and catering early, its most likely going to be cheaper. With more time on your hands, you can do more research and get vendors that are the least expensive without sacrificing quality.

4. Serve Your Food Buffet Style

Catering is almost always one of the biggest bills on the average wedding expenses breakdown. Reducing it even by a little can take off a significant amount of your total wedding budget. One way to do this is to serve your meal buffet style. This ensures that you will not need a big complement of the wait staff and there’s less waste than a sit-down meal.

5. Consider Non-Traditional Flowers.

Florals can cost a pretty penny but this need not be the case. Instead of using traditional flowers such as roses and tulips, opt for non-traditional flowers. Many couples have been embracing greenery in their floral pieces. This has a rustic feel to it and you can save at the same time. Other ideas include brooch and button arrangements and ornament bouquets.

6. Get Creative with It

There are many more ways to save money. You can make your own photo booth, get a friend to DJ, borrow instead of buying some things and choose a wedding venue that does not need a lot of décors. Some couples have used dummy cakes just for the pictures and had one cake to be cut for the day. Having your ceremony and reception in one place will reduce transport costs.

If you find these ideas inspiring, we have many ideas you can incorporate into your wedding day. Read our other blogs.