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Choosing your guest list has to be one of the most difficult tasks a Bride and Groom will have to do.

theoverwhelmedbride.com makes it super easy with this helpful flowchart!

From my own experience, I wish I had this on hand!

Celebrity Weddings ♥ Ellen & Portia

Back to daytime TV – don’t you love Ellen? She was funny in her 80s sitcom but this talkshow is much more entertaining. While I was watching it the other week I thought I’d look up Ellen’s wedding, which was a few years ago now.

This little recap she does is very funny. Such a shame Portia looks soooo skinny in such a glamorous dress.

But going back to Ellen’s summary, I think its a good reminder to keep a sense of humour – your wedding day is massive and even though it’s the happiest day of your life it can be a little overwhelming – so keep smiling while you make those happy memories.

Billion dollar wedding

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OMG and we thought the crazy Ozzie politician was super self-indulgent! Check this report from the Herald:

The bride wore white, while everyone else wore expressions of stunned disbelief on the day Said took Khadijah to be his lawfully wedded wife.

With their jaw-droppingly lavish Moscow ceremony, featuring performances by Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias – if you could see them over the 12ft-high wedding cake and the ocean of flowers – Russia’s absurdly opulent oligarchs have staged what has been hailed as the world’s first $1 billion wedding ($NZD1.4 billion).

And this weekend’s ceremony was only act one. Oil oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev, the groom’s billionaire father, is throwing another lavish party for the couple at London’s Dorchester hotel, at which it is rumoured they will be serenaded by Elton John and Beyonce.

Industry experts questioned the billion-dollar figure yesterday, but admit the Russians are pushing wedding budgets to eye-watering heights.

Easter Bunny Bride

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If you’re thinking of an Easter wedding check out this inspiration – such pretty pastels and I just love the yellow and bright pink combo!!!

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Wedding Accessories ♥ Nail Art

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When I married my cute couple on the weekend, when Chanel, our Bride held her hand out for the ring exchange I was really taken with her cool nail art.

Chanel got her cool nails done by Art of Nails in Albany. Not only did they do a creative job, they treated her and her bridal party like princesses – closing the shop exclusively for them and plying them with bubbly. What better way to celebrate your pre-wedding pamper session making for a really special girls day out!

Why I’m a Marriage Celebrant

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I finally got around to reading one of the Dalai Lama’s books and just reading it gave me a sense of calmness. (I know that sounds dumb but it’s true!)

In comparison most of us can only hope to reach a minuscule state of serenity and level of happiness – but the point is to keep trying!

The book is based on interviews with His Holiness and goes like this:

Journalist: Let’s not talk about difficult things like nirvana or enlightenment. But what do you want to achieve?

The Dalai Lama: To be happy. My practise helps me lead a useful life. If I can give some short moment of happiness to others, then I feel that my life has achieved some purpose. This gives me deep mental satisfaction – this feeling always comes if you serve others. So, when I help others, I feel happy. For me, the most important thing is human compassion, a sense of caring for one another.

Then it dawned on me – this is why I became a Marriage Celebrant!! So I feel helpful to others (and hopefully add a little value for them during a major life event) and has the added bonus that it makes me happy! And it’s alot of fun, as you can see from this photo (taken after I performed my official duties, of course!)

What could be a more incredibly rewarding ‘job’ than this?!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs O’Connell!

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My stunning couple had equally stunning weather for their wedding day at Castaways, on the cliff top with a majestic view of the expansive ocean.

Striking an incredible contrast with the blue backdrop of the sea were the glamorous bridesmaids dressed in strapless floor length gowns in the most vibrant shade of bright fuschia.

But no-one was more breathtaking than our Bride who had a timeless elegance in every way and her dapper Groom.

Most impressive was our Groom, who is a bit of a rough diamond – he wrote his own heartfelt vows and even managed to memorise most of them!

They are a match made in heaven as they say and they had an out of this world wedding day to start their married life off in style!

 

How much sex does it take to make a happy relationship?

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I came across this research by the University of Toronto and thought it would make for good reading!

Obviously when you’re newlyweds still in the honeymoon phase I’m sure you’ll be having more sex than the recommended dose! ; )

Love Stories ♥ Princess Mary & Prince Frederik

Click here first to watch the ‘scandalous’ trailer: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/mary-the-making-of-a-princess–love-story-just-doesnt-ring-true-20151116-gkyjys.html

There’s a new telemovie out Mary: The Making of a Princess. This is the story of a fateful encounter and the life changing choices that led to one of Australia’s and the world’s most recognisable and romantic love stories.

Being fitted for her designer wedding dress, Mary Donaldson (Emma Hamilton), hardy middle-class daughter of Tasmania about to marry Denmark’s Crown Prince, Frederik (Ryan O’Kane), wonders if her story is propagating the “Princess Myth”, the fantasy packaged to young girls of being magically elevated into royalty.

Apparently Mary’s stylist – reassures her by saying that any time two people find their true love it’s a fairytale.

One reviewer says the film-makers do take a few moments to explore the less savoury aspects of Mary’s fairytale romance – loss of identity, the vagaries of royal life, giving up her Australian citizenship, the ever-present paparazzi – but for the most part Mary is surrounded by friendly courtiers, including a hairdresser (“We are going to be best friends!”) and a stylist who are so conspicuously nice that if this were a Disney film they’d be Mary’s animal friends turned by magic into humans.

I found this old youtube video of the couples ‘Engagement Day’. Mary doesn’t even sound bloody Australian! And this real life snapshot is pretty rehearsed and dull.

If you’re a sucker for a fairytale, this is the one to watch. Based on a true love story, with lots of embellished facts straight out of Woman’s Weekly, what more could you want on a girls night in!! Judging by the Engagement Day video I think it will probably be much more fun than the true story!

KIM ♥ STEVE

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Happy Anniversary My Darling Husband!! xxx

This is a photo of the banner I organised as a surprise for My Darling on our wedding day! It flew over our beach ceremony just after we were pronounced Husband and Wife!

It was very cool!

When I’m conducting a ceremony and it comes to the conclusion – it always seems like it’s over all too quickly – such a beautiful occasion I want my Brides and Grooms to be in the moment as long as possible. Most Brides I know always look back and think ‘it all just went too fast’. With all the effort that goes into planning, the wedding day does seem to speed by, so here’s a few tips:

♥ Savour each and every moment planning your big day and don’t sweat the small stuff.

♥ Choose people to support you that you know you can count on to make your day a success – then you can simply turn up, relax and have fun!

♥ Pre-plan as much as possible, get your checklist ticked off sooner rather than later and don’t leave things to the last minute.

♥ Make sure you take time out to chill out with your loved one on regular date nights in the weeks leading up to your big day -no wedding talk allowed!

♥ Make it memorable, whether you hire aerial advertising like I did, dress your bridesmaids in contrasting striking colours or personalise your wedding favours beautifully – have at least one standout signature that will wow your guests.

♥ At your reception, steal a few moments alone with your partner – it’s all about you two!