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Competition Conditions of entry- this prize will be provided by Aimee Renner from Modest Minx Makeup (Facebook- Modest Minx Makeup & Beauty). The offer expires on March 31st 2016 – the winning Bride will receive a free Bridal Makeup and hair styling (worth $200), as well as a 25% discount on the Bridal parties Hair and Makeup on the Wedding day. A complimentary bottle of bubbles is also included. The ‘getting ready’ venue will be Auckland based and travel will be complimentary within a 25km radius of Castor Bay, Auckland. Entries close at midnight on Monday 4th May 2015. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 5th May 2015 and contacted via phone and/or email. If we cannot contact the winner within 14 days, another winner will be drawn. We reserve the right to publish the winners name and photos from the day. *


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Make It Your DREAM Wedding Venue

DIY Wedding Venue

Location, location, location! Your venue sets the scene for your special day and for many couples, venue hire makes up a huge portion of the wedding budget.

Every bride and groom have a different idea of what makes the perfect venue. You might long for a wedding that takes place all on one site, with guests able to relax knowing their room for the night is only a short stagger from the dance floor. For others, an intimate space for the ceremony and a huge area for the reception meal and dancing might require different locations and transport planning.


A Venue You Love At A Price You Can Afford

Whatever their choice, most couples will find they need to make a compromise on their venue somewhere along the way, particularly as popular venues can be booked years in advance on summer weekends. So how do you make your wedding budget stretch further and still get the venue of your dreams?

Budget and location constraints can mean a venue that might lack in style and charm despite what it offers in convenience, special features or position. This is where smart, affordable and flexible wedding accessories can really save the day by enabling you to dress an unprepossessing venue in a style you love.

Decorations are a great starting point for creating a special atmosphere, and a drab hall or dated furnishings can be transformed with fabric, lights and ribbons. Garish wallpaper, paintwork that has seen better days or unsightly areas can be quickly disguised with backdrops. Candles and LED lights can create an intimate atmosphere in a large room, while lanterns and paper pom poms can distract the eye and emphasise your colour scheme in a bland, generic-looking space.

Pop-Up Palaces

backdrop sketch

If your special ceremony location is outdoors, you might opt for a marquee or pop-up structure to create an indoor space for the wedding reception. Effectively blank canvases, venues like this are a great opportunity to be creative with wedding accessories. While hire companies may offer tables, chairs and linens, in order to really make your wedding stand out from the crowd, clever use of fabric can transform your big tent from soulless space to magical marquee.

DIY Wedding Shop stocks much more than basic decorations. From rustic jute to sparkling diamond confetti, your wedding tables can set the tone for your entire day. As well as a choice of colour and materials, different shaped cloths can enable you to have a more flexible table layout. Dress up plain or mis-matched chairs organza tied on or woven through the chair. Garlands, whether acrylic, paper or fabric, can create detail and interest as well as acting as guides around your venue.

We also have a great range of draping fabric that can be cut into strips of shapes to personalise your over all look.

The only limit on your venue is your imagination. Keep an open mind when venue hunting. An amazing view or special outdoor space can’t be created, but a room can be made to look however you dream it can be.

15 Ways To Save $$ On Your Wedding

1. Marry in the ‘off season’.
Many venues offer cut price options if you marry between May and September (Wedding Season is considered October to April). You don’t have to contend with things like crazy hot weather ( this will be welcomed by the Groom who may be wearing a suit), you are less likely to have a stuffy and hot reception and the chance of sunburn is greatly reduced! Also brightly coloured autumn leaves can create a beautiful backdrop for your photos and cooler days make for great skin tones in your photos.

2. Host your reception earlier in the day.
People are less likely to drink up large during the day and lunch menus tend to be more affordable than dinner menus.

3. Have your ceremony and reception at the same venue.
Apart from less traveling time and guests getting lost on the way to the reception, you won’t have to pay for 2 venues, they may even give you a discount if you’re there for longer.

4. Have your wedding at a non-traditional location.
Beach weddings are wonderful and very relaxing.  I also can suggest Long Bay in Auckland as a venue.  They have covered areas that you can book via the council in case of rain.
Why not consider the restaurant you had your first date at!?

5. Ask your guests to bring a plate rather than gifts.
This will save you a bunch on catering and the headache of choosing a menu that suits everyone’s taste and dietary requirements.  Consider suggesting the type of food each guest should bring so you are less likely to end up with 10 green salads!

6. Buy a second hand dress.
After all you’re probably only going to wear it once and it’s likely to have been worn only once before you.  Also consider renting a dress for the day.

7. DIY as much as possible!
Of course I suggest this since I run The DIY Wedding Company.  DIY makes your wedding special because it’s your personal touch.  However I strongly suggest getting your cake made by someone else – try asking a friend who is skilled in cake decorating, the simple Wedding cakes are often the most beautiful.

8. Limit your guests.
If you’re not likely to know them in the next few years, is there any point in spending $100 per head on them??  Set rules on who to invite right at the beginning.  Share these rules with parents and other close family members who may be inclined to invite friends.

9. Set the budget early and stick to it.
Weddings can be expensive (we all know this), factor in postage for invites and thank you notes, gifts for people such as the bridal party, the hens/stag do, the wedding car(s), permission fees if you choose to use a public location and possibly add 10% for anything else that may come up.

10. Don’t skimp on what you truly want.
For example; if photos are important to you, take your time to find the right photographer, get references and consider their style.  You’ll only get married once so make sure you get what’s important to you. Instead, make your own bouquet to keep costs down.

11. Check out a return policy for liquor.
If you’re providing your own alcohol, see if the liquor store will accept back unopened boxes and bottles.  If you’re at a licensed venue, set limits on how much alcohol you’ll provide; offer beer and wine only or pay only for the champagne and soft drinks, if guests want other drinks, they can pay for them themselves.  Make sure the staff are very aware of your limits and any bar tab.

12. Enter as many competitions and offers as possible.
Seek out competitions for a free venue, a bar tab, a free wedding dress, free wedding cars, or anything that may reduce your costs.  Check out

13. Enlist the help of friends.
Friends and Family may be happy to provide decorations or services rather than Wedding gifts.  These types of gifts are more personal but a word of warning: set guidelines on theme and colours but be flexible.

14. Avoid the ‘Wedding’ word.
If possible, try telling them it’s for a family gathering or party before getting a quote.

15. Venues that are free when you spend over a certain amount.
Some venues don’t charge a venue fee when you spend a certain amount.  Test the water and see if they’re open to the idea.

I know there’s got to be more ideas on money saving techniques…. share them here in the comments section of this blog.

Happy planning!

12 Tips for Writing Your Vows

Penning your own wedding vows is no easy task — it’s like writing poetry, public speaking and having the deepest conversation of your life all at once. Putting your promises on paper is an emotional, eye-opening and often extremely memorable experience. Up for the challenge? Here’s the homework you need to do (and the questions you should ask) to make your vows perfect.

Get Clearance
Make sure your ceremony officiant will actually allow personalized vows. Certain celebrants and houses of worship may require you to recite a specific set of traditional vows. And remember: Even some of the most accommodating officiants will want to review your words in advance.
 Start Early
We can’t say this enough: Don’t leave writing your vows until the day before the wedding! You’ll be too nervous, excited and rattled to give them the time and thought they deserve. Give yourselves at least a month, or work on your vows in that pocket of time after you’ve set up all your major vendors and before you have to start thinking about the details. Vow writing should be done in a relaxed, not rushed, frame of mind. Some loose deadlines to aim for: Try to get a first draft together about three weeks before the wedding and have your final version completed at least two days out.
 Look to Tradition
To get inspired, start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows — from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, but others, as well — to see what strikes a chord with you. You can incorporate these into the original words you write, or simply use them as a jumping-off point to base your personalized vows on.
Set the Tone
Before putting pen to paper, decide what overall tone you want to achieve. Humorous but touching? Poetic and romantic? It’s your call — the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they’re from your heart. One word of advice: While your vows can be lighthearted (or even hilarious), they should, in some way, acknowledge the seriousness of the commitment you’re about to make. One way to do that is to weave little jokes into traditional vows (for example: “I promise to love you, cherish you and always watch Monday Night Football with you”).
Figure Out the Logistics
Make sure you and your fiance are both on the same page. Are you each going to write your own vows, or will you write them together? If you’re writing them separately, will you want to run them by each other before the wedding? If you’re writing them together, will they be completely different for each of you, or will you recite some of the same words and make the same promises to each other, as you would with traditional vows? If you want them to be a surprise on your wedding day, make sure you both send a copy of what you’ve written to your officiant or to one friend or family member so they can check that your vows are about the same length and similar in tone.
Make a Vow Date
When it’s time to come up with the actual content of your vows, go out to dinner or set aside an evening at home to brainstorm. Talk about your relationship and what marriage means to each of you. Discuss what you expect from each other and the relationship. What are you most looking forward to about married life? Why did you decide to get married? What hard times have you gone through together? What have you supported each other through? What challenges do you envision in your future? What do you want to accomplish together? What makes your relationship tick? Answering these questions will help you make and keep your promises, and talking about your bond may expose your inner Wordsworth and help you come up with phrases and stories you can incorporate into your vows.
 Schedule Some Alone Time
After chatting with your future spouse, take some self-reflection time to think about how you feel about your partner. What did you think when you first saw them? When did you realize you were in love? What do you most respect about your partner? How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate? What about them inspires you? What do you miss most about them when you’re apart? What qualities do you most admire in each other? What do you have now that you didn’t have before you met? You may be surprised how these answers may lead you to the perfect words.
Steal Ideas
Borrow freely from poetry, books, religious and spiritual texts — even from romantic movies. Jot down words and phrases that capture your feelings. Widely recognized works ring true for a reason.
Create an Outline
An outline can get you started by helping to establish a structure. For example, plan to first talk about how great your fiance is and then about how you work together as a couple; pause to quote your favorite writer and then go into your promises to each other.
 Remember Your Audience
Don’t make your vows so personal that they’re cryptic — or embarrassing! You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.
Time It Right
Don’t make them too long — aim for about one minute or so (it’s longer than it sounds!). Your vows are the most important element of your ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they should go on for hours. Get at the heart of what marrying this person means to you with your vows; pick the most important points and make them well. Save some thoughts for the reception toasts — and for the wedding night.
Practice Out Loud (Seriously!)
These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences — you don’t want to get out of breath or stumble


A note from me… I cannot take credit for this, but I thought it would be helpful to share it with you.  It comes from ‘The Knot’ an American blog email.   Look them up:  they have some awesome ideas on Weddings!!

Happy planning

Kathaine xx

5 Best Care Tips For Your Bridal Jewellery

Your Engagement ring is an investment as well as the ultimate symbol of your love and dedication to each other.  Make sure it’s just as beautiful on your big day as it was the day you were surprised with it.



1.   Visit your jeweller for a professional cleaning. Wipe your ring with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth for at-home care.

2. Store occasionally worn items in a clean, dry place.

3.  Keep jewellery in a fabric-lined jewellery case or in a box with dividers to prevent pieces from scratching each other.

4.  Have your jeweller inspect your engagement ring for loose stones, broken or worn prongs and other potential damages.

5.  Consider jewellery insurance to protect against loss and damage before your big day.