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Vintage Wedding Dress ♥ L.A. Frock Stars

Have you seen that fabulous reality show L.A. Frock Stars about The Way We Wore, the high-end vintage second hand designer dress shop yet?

It’s pretty mesmerising looking at all the gorgeous Dior, Alexander McQueen and Chanel getting a chance at a second life.

They get a few Brides shopping for a unique ‘wedding dress’. How cool! There was an episode where a Bride who was getting married in Spain chose a black mirrored glass embellished cocktail dress – but I loved this episode where a Bride has had a dress disaster and needs a back up – three days before her big day!!

What she chose was probably so much better than what she originally planned!

Lucky in Love ♥ Marriage Celebrant, Auckland ♥ Kimberly Sanders
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Maid of Honour Raps her Speech

If you’re part of the Bridal Party who needs to make a speech – it’s hard if you’re not a gifted natural speaker.

So here are a few tips to help you.

But nothing can compare to this awesome Maid of Honour speech/rap!!!

Wedding Thank You Notes

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Getting wedding gifts is awesome! Writing thank-you notes—slightly less-fun. But your guests/gift-givers will love receiving them! (And your Celebrant too!! Facebook reviews are better though!)

You can make it fun though by choosing some cool stationery, cards or postcards that you can include your wedding day theming and photos from your big day. I found this cool site zazzle.co.nz which has loads of template designs to choose from.

And the Knot have got you covered with fool-proof tips and a cheat sheet of thank-you note wording.

You can’t put it off any longer. The last slice of cake has been eaten—you’ve even unpacked your honeymoon suitcases. It’s time to tackle those wedding thank-you notes. The task of writing a personal wedding thank-you note to 100-plus guests is definitely daunting, but doable.

Your guests may have a year to send a wedding gift, but you don’t have that kind of time. For all gifts received before the wedding, thank-you notes should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. For all gifts received on or after your wedding, you have three months to show your gratitude with a thank-you card. We’ve got a complete wedding thank-you note survival guide—think of it as a friendly handhold for every step of the way—from wedding thank-you etiquette to how to write a thank-you note.

 Start Early

Wedding thank-you note prep starts months before you unwrap that first gift. Remember that guest list your whole family weighed in on? Do yourself a favor and make a copy of it. Add a column for gifts and wedding thank-you notes. This allows you to keep a record of what you’ve received (and from whom) while logging your note progress as you go. Who doesn’t love checking something off a list? It’s easy to think you’ve already sent a thank-you for your wedding gift when you’re penning so many notes—trust us. Best of all, you won’t have to hunt for your cousin’s mailing address.

 Stock Up

This is the fun part of thank-you note writing! Invest in some stationery that represents you as a couple, or pick up some simple white or ecru note cards. Thank-you notes never go out of style (and there are sure to be many gift-giving occasions thrown in your honor) so stock up shortly after you’re engaged. If you decide to personalize the notes, opt for first names only—it’s bad form to use your married monogram or shared last initial until your wedding is official. If you’ve chosen a wedding motif, like a maple leaf or geometric crest, consider using it in your social stationery too. A good roller ball pen will do wonders for penmanship. Stick with blue or black ink and make sure it won’t smear or bleed through your note cards. Lastly, buy a roll of Forever stamps, so you’re not hunting down postage every time you lick an envelope.

 Set Up Shop

Designate a “writing station” in your home—you’ll be more likely to pen wedding thank-you notes if you have a comfortable place to sit and all your supplies at the ready. If you don’t have a desk, keep your note cards near a table or hard surface. A glass of wine and some Spotify can really sweeten the deal.

 Get Down to Business

The rules dictate that every wedding gift deserves a thank-you note. Between saying “yes” and “I do,” you’ll be doing a lot of note writing. Wedding planning takes a lot of time—we get it—but we recommend penning notes as soon as wedding gifts start to arrive. This may mean before the wedding. And long after.
Don’t attempt to get them all done in one sitting. Instead, set aside 30 minutes every night to tackle your wedding thank-you note list. And remember the wedding gifts you’ve received were intended for you both. Regardless of who’s penning the thank-you notes, sign both of your names—unless, of course, you’re thanking your bestie for a lacy number received at your bachelorette party. To establish equality, divvy up the list and share the responsibility. Some couples divide the list down the middle, while others prefer to write notes to their extended family who may not know their future spouse as well. Do whatever works best for you.

 Pen the Perfect Note

Personalize your wedding thank-you note to reflect your relationship with the addressee and the gift they gave. You’ll never remember which vase Aunt Carol gave you, so use specifics: “the Waterford Lismore vase from our registry.” If you’ve been gifted money for your wedding, explain how you plan to use it, like we’re saving for our first house or we can’t wait to indulge at the spa on our honeymoon. Their presence was present too—don’t forget to thank your gift giver for attending your wedding and for thinking of you at this special time.

Not sure what to write in a wedding thank-you card? Suffering from writer’s block? We’ve got a few sample wedding thank-you notes to help.

A Wedding Gift Not From the Registry 

Mention the wedding gift received and how you plan to use it.

Dear Brittany and John
Thank you so much for the crystal wine goblets. We now have a complete set—and you know how we love our wine! Adam and I are looking forward to your next visit, when we can enjoy a drink together. Thank you again for thinking of us!
All the best, Lauren and Adam

A Cash Wedding Gift

Avoid mentioning the amount of money given (a word like generous will do the trick), but do share how you plan to use it.

Dear Aunt Edna and Uncle Tom
Adam and I are so grateful for your generous gift. We’re one step closer to the bathroom remodel we plan to start this spring. It was so wonderful to have you celebrate alongside us at the wedding—thanks for making the trip. Looking forward to seeing you in Florida for Thanksgiving.
Much love, Lauren and Adam

A Group Wedding Gift

Send each member of the “group” an individual thank-you.

Dear Charlie
Thank you for the awesome backyard fire pit. We were counting down the days until our wedding, now we can count down until summer! We are so lucky to have such thoughtful friends. S’mores soon? Thanks again for thinking of us and celebrating this happy time in our lives.
Much love, Lauren and Adam

A Wedding Gift From Someone You Don’t Know

Acknowledge you’re strangers, but mention you look forward to meeting. Bonus points if you can connect them to a relative or friend.

Dear Mr. Brown
Thank you for the lovely crystal vase. It’s perfect for our entryway—I will nudge Adam to keep it filled with flowers. My Dad has spoken so fondly of you over the years. Adam and I look forward to meeting you at the wedding in a few weeks. Thank you for your kindness and for sharing in this exciting time in our lives.
Sincerely, Lauren and Adam

A Wedding Gift You Don’t Like

Focus the note around your general appreciation, not the wedding gift.

Dear Susan and Tom
Thank you for the colorful fluorescent lava lamps—so retro and fun! Every time we look at them we will think of you and remember this special time in our lives. Many thanks for sharing in our joy on our wedding day.
Fondly, Lauren and Adam

♥ Rave Review ♥

It’s always awesome to be part of a beautiful wedding day like Emily and Simon’s.
And it’s extra special when your Bride and Groom let you know how happy they were with their ceremony!
Thank you Mr and Mrs Rihari, it means a lot to me!

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A fairytale wedding

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Rihari! Emily and Simon were married in the stunning tropical hideaway Landsendt on a super sunny summers day.

Our beautiful Bride looked like a fairytale princess as she floated down the aisle toward her Prince Charming who was waiting at the altar (not too nervously!).

Someone who almost stole the show from Mum and Dad was their cute son complete with bow tie and suspenders! Followed by their two little girls in pretty tulle dresses.

Here are a few photos (which I photobombed of course!).

The Groom told me their wedding day coincides with Chinese New Year and is very auspicious – and I am sure this cute family will most definitely live happily ever after!

Wedding photography ♥ Google Glasses

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — and Google Glass, too.

Ok, wedding photography and videography are becoming super hi-tech – we’ve seen drones, go-pros, microphones galore… and now Google Glasses!!!

They’ll capture your walk down the aisle and everything else from a very unique perspective!  Not a bad idea given that your wedding day is all a blur, especially that nervous walk down the aisle!

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Somehow I don’t think these are going to become a sought after wedding fashion accessory!

Saying that, there is a video taken by a Celebrant who wore Google Glasses – now that would be quite cool!

Lucky in Love ♥ Marriage Celebrant, Auckland ♥ Kimberly Sanders
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Wedding Traditions ♥ the Veil

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You may not think you’re the kind of girl to wear a veil (like I did) but wait til you try one on with your dress! You feel all that much more princessy!!

The veiling of the bride has origins in the idea that she’s vulnerable to enchantment, so she must be hidden from evil spirits. The Romans veiled brides in flame-colored veils to actually scare off those spirits.

And in an arranged marriage, there is always the threat that the groom, who is perhaps seeing the bride for the first time, won’t like what he sees!

If you’re religious, the veil is a sign of humility and respect before God during your ceremony.

The Victorians turned that reverence into a status symbol. During Victorian times, when archaic customs were formally incorporated into proper weddings, the weight, length and quality of the veil was a sign of the bride’s status. Royal brides had the longest veils and the longest trains (think Princess Di).

Nowadays the tradition is more of a finishing touch in wedding fashion. It’s the icing on the cake, so to speak, that pulls together the hair and the dress.

Just keep in mind if you’re getting married outdoors and it’s windy your veil is likely to be annoyingly flapping in the wind slightly distracting you from your handsome Groom and your marriage ceremony. (Like mine did, I wish I’d have taken a moment to take it off my head like my sensible Bride yesterday stopped and did!)

Safer options to style it up on your big day are a tiara (it doesn’t have to be massive and gaudy) or flowers – fabric, crystal or real.

Or you could simply have a beautiful hairstyle. Whatever you choose, I am sure there will be alcoholic spirits only on your special day!

Celebrity Weddings ♥ Iggy Azalea

How many of you have enjoyed the hilarious Carpool Karaoke with British comedian James Corden (well known for that great movie about unlikely opera singer Paul Potts) – his recent Carpool Karaoke with Adele (rapping) broke the one million viewer mark – or something incredible like that.

My favourites are probably the Jason Derulo or the second Justin Bieber one – but the one where James tries on wedding dresses with Iggy is priceless.

I think everyone needs to bring their own James Corden to wedding dress fittings!

Lucky in Love ♥ Marriage Celebrant, Auckland ♥ Kimberly Sanders
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Wedding Fashion ♥ Princess Di

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If you’re my age or older you’ll remember the wedding of the century – Princess Diana and her meringue dress (forget Prince Charles, it was all about the dress) with mutton leg sleeves!

According to the trashy book I just read ‘Wedding Babylon: Confessions of a Wedding Planner’ the iconic dress became world famous accidentally. Vogue magazine faked an article about wedding dresses, asking loads of designers to send in sketches for a target audience of young country brides – not the most popular girl of the moment.

Apparently off the back of this Elizabeth and David Emmanuel stole the job from some of the bigger names.

The craziest thing was not that we all thought it was the most amazing wedding gown (of the time) – but the over-the-top 25 foot train which the bridesmaids must have had a lot trouble arranging.

And then Brides for almost the next decade all brides wanted to be a Princess and meringue dresses and stupid puffy sleeves were seen everywhere!

Lucky in Love ♥ Marriage Celebrant, Auckland ♥ Kimberly Sanders
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Stunning Wedding Venues ♥ Castaways

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A few weeks ago on a scorching hot summers day I married a beautiful couple at a stunning cliff top wedding venue.

Castaways overlooks Kariotahi Beach just outside of Waiuku, South Auckland.

The reception building is situated at the top of a rolling green hill. The dining room is decorated with a billowing white ceiling canopy that reflects the waves you look out over from the ceremony altar on the cliff edge.

It’s just striking – especially at sunset.

Plus they have very cool accommodation for you and your guests – I love the clamping option!

Visit their website here.