Planning Your Wedding Gift Registry

17 Sep

wedding-registryWondering where to start with planning the gift registry for your wedding and what to include in it? Freelance writer Luke Sky guest blogs this week with advice on finding the perfect gifting options for you and your guests. Continue reading

A Guy’s Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring

11 Sep

We recently shared tips on how to propose, and this week Gear Jewellers Dublin shares an infographic on how to find an engagement ring. Owner Jeff Gear writes that they often deal with men who become overwhelmed and stressed by the responsibility of picking that perfect ring. Their advice this week explores more than traditional jewellery finding tips. From before he even steps into a jewellers, to long after the proposal, the infographic provides simple, straight-forward advice on choosing the perfect engagement ring. Whether you choose a traditional diamond or an unusual gemstone, if you’re splashing out or being frugal, if you’re popping the question to a special man or a special lady, the Guy’s Guide covers everything you need to know! Continue reading

How Important Are Wedding Invitations to the Style of Your Day?

3 Sep

InvitationYour guests will look to your wedding invitation to decode the style and level of formality you are hoping to achieve for your big day. This week, Ivy Ellen wedding invitation specialists guest post with tips on making your invitations communicate your wedding-day style.

When it comes to designing your wedding, it’s best compared to solving a puzzle. Every single aspect needs to be in the right spot so that the final picture is complete. As there’s so much to do, one of the items that often gets rushed is the invitations, although it’s definitely one of the most important aspects.

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10 Tips for How to Propose

27 Aug

The dos and don’ts of popping the question

2 proposalDecided that it’s time to take the next step in your relationship, and ask your partner for their hand in marriage? No matter how you’re planning to pop the question to your loved one, here are some tips to help your proposal run more smoothly. Continue reading

How to Choose Your Wedding Ring Style

21 Aug

Still not sure where to start in narrowing down your choice of wedding band? Ireland’s edition of wedding website Hitched shares these pointers on what’s what in the wedding ring smorgasbord!   Continue reading

Bohemian Weddings

15 Aug
We want the Reflective Bride to reflect couples’ wedding planning interests, for all types of weddings and all types of themes. Bohemian styling is popping up more and more as couples seek out more alternatives for their wedding day look. This week I interviewed Lisa from Willow Hastings, an Australian website focused on unique bohemian wedding gowns, for insights into the rising popularity of the bohemian look and how to approach adding a touch of boho to your big day.


What characterizes a bohemian wedding from other theming approaches?

Bohemian weddings are known for their raw and earthy approach that is associated with authenticity. Boho weddings align directly to a girl who is herself connected to the earth and is expressing their love through naturalistic styling. A boho wedding could best be described as whimsical and floral. Boho appeal for the bride begs for a lace dress and gypsy influences through jewels and/or a floral crown.  A boho wedding is for a down-to-earth girl wanting to display this aspect of her persona directly through her wedding day. Bohemian weddings are distinctively renowned for bare feet and appeal to couples influenced by nature.

Why do you think there is a growing trend for bohemian weddings? 

Brides are jumping on the boho bandwagon predominantly for its humble appeal. Boho brides also love to greatly support local businesses, with many Australian businesses currently circulating the niche of boho. It has been said that there is comfort in a natural setting for a wedding, especially being able to ditch the shoes and a heavy dress!

gypsy-wedding-dress (2)How should couples go about planning a bohemian styled wedding?

Bohemian weddings can be further categorised. For example: rustic boho, boho chic, vintage boho.  Most couples will find themselves naturally drawn to the bohemian aesthetics based on their personal style. This is the exact beauty of a bohemian wedding: it is personable and therefore adds comfort and intimacy for the ceremony. Willow recommends next for the couple to choose a colour theme and a location. As a wrap up: boho concept, location, colour theme. These three initial concepts are foundations to set some grounding to commence styling and logistical planning.

For those simply wish to add a few bohemian touches to their big day, what would you recommend?

The beauty of ‘Bohemian’ styling is it already has an eclectic agenda. Bohemian pieces can easily be sourced from various vintage and second-hand shops. is always a fast first for boho brides, providing unique and hand made pieces at a happy price point. Flower markets are also a must destination for gypsy brides saturating their wedding with flowers both economically and ethically.

waterpainting-website-smaller-compressorWillow Hastings adorns Grecian Goddesses, Vintage Vixens and Bohemian Beauties. Captivated by what was and what is, Willow helps her sisters on their treasure hunt for the perfect dream wedding dress with beautiful bohemian designs. Follow on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

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Light Up the Sky with a Wish Lantern

6 Aug

How to Add Lanterns to Your Wedding Festivities

LLantern 2ooking for something truly unique for your wedding? Releasing wish lanterns into the sky would add a memorable and gorgeous moment to your special day. Tendai Matsika from Wish Lanterns guest blogs this week with advice on how set up everything for your big-day lantern launch, and how to make the moment safe and enjoyable for all of your guests.

A wedding should be a memorable experience, celebrated by friends and family. As such, you should consider what some of the highlights of your day should involve. If you’re thinking of how to make your big day something out of the ordinary, “wish lanterns” maybe just what you’re looking for. Designed to illuminate the midnight skies, these contraptions are rather popular for a variety of ceremonies. Continue reading


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