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Some Reason Why Do A Morning Wedding

w3Caffeinated welcome drinks, newspaper boy ring bearers, an outdoor brunch spread… Sounds like a great morning wedding in the making! Admittedly, the call-time of sunrise ceremonies may be debatable, but trust us–it has a whole lot to offer a bride. Think more location options, amazing food choices, more time with guests and the flexibility to go casual, fancy or somewhere in between.

Another plus point? Without the long night hours, you’ll look as fresh as a daisy the morning-after! Find more reasons below why we think morning ceremonies are worth waking up early for.

The glorious morning light
Nothing makes wedding photos look more gorgeous than gorgeous natural light. It adds that tint of glow and romance to perfectly captured moments of your big day. So let yourself, your guests and of course, your photographer bask in the subtle morning sun!

You can set your own happy hour
What comes next after fresh ground coffee and fresh pressed juices? Fresh squeezed cocktails. (Hey, it’s your big day so you get to say when is cocktail hour!) But since it’s still early in the day, serve just enough to bring your guests into an extra-celebratory mood. You won’t just save everyone from hangovers, you also save yourself some bucks from a lower bar bill.

Sweet centerpieces
In a brunch wedding reception, no one will judge if you choose to eat desserts first. So go ahead and serve a basket-full of your breakfast favourites as your sweet table centerpiece!

The brunch food
Here’s the thing with having a brunch menu: you can choose your favorite items from both breakfast and lunch. Think omelet stations, cereal bars and pancakes then moving onto heavier dishes like chicken and pasta. Of course, you shouldn’t forget everyone’s favourite all-day food: BACON.

You have more options for cake
Pancake tower, French toasted cake, doughnut tiers…the list can go on and on. Get excited with this part of the planning because the rumour is true: with yummy brunch reception comes yummy cake possibilities!

Coffee wedding favours make total sense
Coffee will play an important role in your brunch wedding. Cart Specialty Coffee (above) will set up at your wedding reception and serve premium quality coffee to your guests. For a unique wedding favours idea, try handing out beautifully packaged coffee beans as a reminder of the wonderful morning your guests shared with you.

Less time stressing, more time partying
Let’s face it. An early morning event doesn’t give you a lot of time to prepare before the ceremony begins. But look at it this way: with the clock ticking, you prioritize what’s important. So you get no time to stress on the little things! Once the crunch time is over, you have the whole morning and the early hours of the afternoon to celebrate with friends and family.

More Information About Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist

Any recently married bride will tell you that it’s important to keep an emergency kit with you on your wedding day. To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a wedding day emergency checklist so you know exactly what to pack!

Here’s what to pack in your wedding day emergency kit:

Tissues
Don’t ruin your make-up with free-falling tears, ladies!

Bobby pins, hair ties and hairspray
Include any other hair accessories of choice, but, ultimately the most necessary ones are bobby pins and hair spray. Include a brush or comb too in case you need to fix any stray hairs during the day or night.

Wedding day itinerary and necessary phone numbers
You could just put this all on your phone but it’s good to have a backup version in case your phone dies. Pack a printout of your wedding day itinerary and include a list of supplier phone numbers too.

Clear nail polish
This is not just for fixing your nails but also for helping any nicks in your pantyhose. Glide a line of clear nail polish over any run and it you will stop it from becoming bigger.

Water and healthy snacks
At some stage during your wedding day you are going to be hungry and food may not be at hand so make sure you include a water and healthy snacks for you and your bridal party.

Things like unsalted nuts, fruit or a healthy nut bar are great options, particularly if you’re feeling low in energy and your blood-sugar drops.

Deodorant and perfume
Yah. You want to be remembered for your bridal beauty and grace rather than your odour.

Make-up
Keep yourself looking fresh by packing items such as lipstick, lipgloss, lip-liner, powder, eyeshadow, a blending brush, bronzer and tweezers.

A phone charger
Between taking selfies, Snaps, uploading pics to Instagram and changing your FB status, your phone is probably going to need a little recharge. Even if you can’t charge it during the day, you can charge it in your bridal suite when you get to the venue.

Sanitary napkins/tampons
Ladies, this is pretty self explanatory!

Hand sanitiser
Shaking sweaty hands, touching walls or trees during your wedding photos. Hand sanitiser will always come in handy.

Earring backs
Anyone who’s ever lost an earring back on a night out will know how frustrating it is, especially when your earrings are an integral part of your outfit! Pack some spare earring backs for you and your bridesmaids so you can keep on rocking your earrings all day and night.

Mints and chewies
Forgo bad breath or coffee breath and keep some mints and chewies for you and your bridal party.

A sewing kit
A sewing kit usually includes needles and threads of different colours, as well as safety pins which can all be used should any item of clothing on you or your bridal party become damaged on the day.

It should also include a pair of mini scissors which is a must-have in any wedding day emergency kit.

Money
You never know what may come up on the day. Keep some cash or a credit card with you just in case.

Facial/hand wipes
Wipes are great for so many reasons. Some are antibacterial, which is great if you’ve touched something icky, and some a great for removing smudged make-up.

Sometimes, if you act fast enough, wipes can help prevent staining from occurring, and they are great for wiping away spills, such as overflowing champagne in the back of the limo!

Nurofen or paracetamol
No one wants a headache on their wedding day!

Bandaids
Blisters, cuts – who knows!

Stain remover pen
These are relatively cheap and can save you a lot of heartache, after all, a smudge of foundation on a white wedding dress is the last thing you need to worry about on your big day.

Hayfever tablets
Allergic reactions, itchy eyes, constant sneezing – these are all unnecessary wedding day woes.

More Information About Four Wedding Trends Modern Couples

w2One of the beautiful things about weddings is that while they’re steeped in tradition, no two celebrations are ever the same, instead reflecting each couple’s very personal and unique love story. From food and family to a healthy dose of fun, there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding how best to frame this story and share it with your nearest and dearest. Here are four trends that modern couples are tapping into.

Recognising the team effort
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the same is true of weddings. Yes, they may be about getting a couple to – and through – “I do”, but there’s a real team effort that goes into planning a dream day. And it’s something venues are increasingly looking to recognise, promoting a sense of inclusiveness that acknowledges the joy that comes with input from family and friends.

At Perth’s 337-room Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough – which has a variety of spaces for intimate celebrations up to gala occasions for 400, and discounted wedding accommodation for guests – particular priority is paid to honouring the couple’s parents.

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Image: Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

This ranges from small touches, such as giving them access to valet parking at the wedding, to an open invitation to attend the menu tasting for a small extra fee.

“This comes down to recognising that wedding planning is often not just about two people, but about two families,” says weddings and special events co-coordinator Jordan O’Sullivan. “So with something like food and beverage, for example, you’ll often find that the bride and groom will want their parents involved in the selection because they value their input and experience, so it makes sense to allow them to come along to the tasting.”

The invitation also extends to the wider wedding party, although in practice, these relationships tend to come into focus more when the wedding itself rolls around.

“What a lot of brides do is book out the executive suite for the night before their wedding,” Jordan says. “What we’ll then do is set it up for them with extra beds, so they can share the night with their bridesmaids and closest confidants.” Throw in some champagne, access to a full room service menu, a little beauty prep and, of course, excited chatter about what’s in store the next day, and there’s no better way to prepare for the transition from singleton to newlywed.

Indulging in food, glorious food
Ask guests what they remember about a modern wedding, and chances are they’ll talk about the food. And it’s no surprise when you consider the ongoing evolution of nuptial menus.

From the days when it served mainly as sustenance for celebration, these days the food is an adventure in itself. And venues are responding by working with couples to curate very individual and personal culinary experiences.

“Food is definitely something that’s a lot more important than what it used to be,” says executive chef Wendelin Ulrich, who notes their menus can incorporate vegan, gluten free, nut free and vegetarian options. “Couples really want to make sure people delight in the food and wine, so they pay attention to the smallest detail.”

One factor in this development is that people now know more about food, courtesy of the explosion in reality culinary television, which means they’re willing to plump for a touch of excitement over the expected.

“For example, with our pre-dinner canapés, we’re finding people are willing to be a little more creative, in that they’ll opt for something like a smoked duck breast nicoise style, or Serrano jamon with goats cheese and mini bell pepper,” Jordan says.

And this willingness to mix things up further extends to the role of food itself, which can be as formal, or as informal, as couples desire.

“At its most traditional, we have our plated menus, which are refreshed every six months to account for seasonality,” explains Jordan, noting that they artfully blend simplicity and sophistication to bring a new twist to standards, be it poached Indian Ocean prawns with papaya and black bean salsa, avocado and chipotle yoghurt, or oven-roasted south-west lamb rump with garlic desiree mash, seasonal baby vegetables and thyme jus.

Alternatively, for those seeking something less formal, there’s the buffet menu, which, unlike the selections of old, is much less about a foodie production line and much more about a chance to create a DIY culinary adventure. Think braised south west beef cheeks, thyme and port jus with crispy parsnips, or pumpkin sage ravioli with lemon cream sauce.

Again, couples have the opportunity to build on the basics. “We have a wedding coming up where the bride and groom are big seafood eaters, so they’ve extended the buffet to incorporate delicacies such as prawns, mussels, salmon and oysters,” Jordan says.

Another option that’s growing in popularity is the purely cocktail reception, where canapés take a step up from precursor to the main event . “With our Moonlight Cocktail Canape menu, we’re finding that it’s quite popular with younger couples,” says Jordan, who notes the venue’s popular Mentelle Deck and Observation Deck have a stunning outlook over the Indian Ocean, allowing for incredible sunset panoramas.

“These couples want to enjoy the party side of things for a longer amount of time, with great music and dancing, so they choose to have canapes passed around all evening rather than a sit-down meal.”

The trick here is curating morsels that are as substantial as they are stylish, be it a grilled Reuben sandwich and potato crisps, or fork food such as pulled pork and slaw on brioche, or Singapore-style chicken nasi goreng.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about working with brides and grooms to ensure their wedding menu is exactly what they want,” Jordan says. “This could mean customising a multicultural element, say creating a menu that is half western and half Asian, or helping them to create a signature cocktail to serve during the festivities.”

It’s a recipe that is equal parts about showcasing your own personality and exciting and entertaining your guests. And if they can walk away saying: “I’ve never had that before,” well all the better.

Tapping into added extras
One of the best parts of any wedding is the unexpected moments and experiences. The groom who sheds a tear when he sets eyes on his bride. A wonderful new friendship that finds its beginning at pre-dinner drinks. Or even just an inclusion guests don’t expect but are delighted to indulge. One clever way to create such moments is to tap into wedding package add-ons.

“What we find these days is that many couples are looking for that experience or slice of wow factor that other weddings may not have,” says Jordan.

At Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough, this can range from the fun – such as a photo booth designed to capture guests in light-hearted moments – to the fancy, such as rounding out your ceremony with a glass of sparkling wine for each guest.

Jordan says many couples are also choosing to bring a little something extra to the latter part of their celebrations, once the main foodie offering is done and dusted and the focus has turned to a party atmosphere.

“Something that can really get friends and family excited is an ice cream sundae bar or a s’mores bar later in the evening,” she says. It’s about indulgence meets inspiration, and the benefits are two-fold. For starters, it can help to flag up energy levels with a sugar hit, while it also has that kind of decadent midnight-snack feel that people will be talking about for days to come.

Other adds-on available at the hotel range from theming and styling packages, which build on the hotel’s relationships with local wedding suppliers, to accommodation upgrades that, for example, allow guests to sample the delights of the executive suites, which have exclusive access to the Club Lounge, including breakfast daily and evening canapés.

Again, it’s about making that special extra effort that reinforces for guests your appreciation for them taking the time and effort to be part of such a milestone in your lives.

Creating your own adventure
Every couple has a different vision for their ideal “I do”.

For some, it’s a traditional celebration, where guests gather mid-afternoon for the ceremony, followed by photographs, drinks and then a sit-down dinner that anchors an evening of music, dancing and fun.

For others, it’s less about formality, and more about creating a memorable experience where the wedding is the highlight, but not the sole star, of proceedings. Whatever direction your heart lies, modern wedding celebrations can be tailored to suit.

“Lots of couples have different ideas of how their day will unfold,” explains Jordan. “Some may choose a traditional timeline where a mid-afternoon ceremony flows into an evening of celebrations, while others might choose to say their vows in the morning and then tuck into lunch.”

Others may choose to say their vows in just an intimate setting and then hook up with their wider guest list for the reception, while some might choose to honour multicultural traditions, such as with Indian weddings, which incorporate multiple events across a roughly one-week span. But that’s just the start of possibilities.

“We have one bride who is starting her reception here at 3pm and then finishing the night off at the nearby beach club later in the night as she has hired a live band as entertainment,” Jordan says. Others choose to expand their celebration beyond just the single day, curating a weekend of festivities, or longer, that draws on the hotel’s location right on the beach – and in a cosmopolitan hub surrounded by restaurants and bars just 15 minutes from the CBD.

This could cover everything from a day-after brunch at the hotel to a spot of surfing and swimming or even an afternoon of retail therapy.

“This is something that suits couples who might have a lot of guests travelling from out of town to attend,” Jordan says. “But ultimately, it really comes down to each couple. Getting married is such a powerful and personal thing that it’s about celebrating the occasion in a unique and authentic way.

Each year – including May next year – Hotel Rendezvous Scarborough hosts a wedding expo to link couples up with information and advice on all aspects of planning a wedding, from hen’s nights and buck’s parties through to “I do”.

Between that, and the ability to customise packages for all sizes and budgets – from an intimate wedding for 55 in the Kitson Room to an elegant affair for 200 in the Mentelle room – it all harks back to one central tenet: “It’s your wedding and you deserve to celebrate it your way,” says Jordan. “It’s about creating moments that are magical and also memorable, as you embark on your new life together.”

Let’s learn About A Gentleman’s Guide To Marriage

You know you can talk the talk – you did that with your marriage vows – but can you walk the walk? Can you put into practice that which you promised to do? This gentleman’s guide to marriage will help a husband to flourish in his marriage.

Fibs are forbidden
Marriage, or relationships in general are built on trust. By always being open and honest with your significant other, you build this trust. Even little white lies aren’t recommended. Unless of course you are talking about a new haircut!

Good old-fashioned manners
There are many famous tales of men making sacrifices for a lady. Sir Walter Raleigh was once said to have placed his expensive coat over a puddle so that Queen Elizabeth – that’s the first Queen Elizabeth – didn’t get her dainty feet wet. Whether this is fact or fiction is not the point. The point is gentlemanly behaviour can still be performed today. Holding a door for your loved one, seeing her safely into a car, giving her flowers without a specific reason – are all gentlemanly things you can do to express your love and respect.

Mark those dates
Make sure you remember those important dates! The two most important being your wedding anniversary and their birthday. If you have a habit of forgetting, set a reminder in your phone right now. It’s a mortal sin to forget your wedding anniversary!

Cheating is for chumps
This one goes without saying but we will mention it anyway. Remember what was said about trust earlier? Don’t be one of ‘those’ guys and always remember your marriage vows.

There doesn’t have to be a reason
Don’t think there has to be an occasion or reason to do something special for your spouse. Organise a dinner at a fancy restaurant, bring home some flowers, plan a romantic weekend away. Try and go above and beyond to show your appreciation. And make sure you tell them you love them and appreciate them regularly. Preferably every day!

Don’t be a slob
One of the quickest ways to disappoint your loved-one is to become a couch potato. Now that doesn’t mean you have to be active 24/7 and especially not when you’re at home. But lazing around when there are things you should be doing and ignoring the house work is a real turn-off. Do your best to be a helpful husband!

The little things mean a lot
Sometimes it’s the little things that help make you a great husband. Does your spouse hate making the bed? Why not take care of this every day without being asked. Is your partner really close with her parents? Make an effort to get to know them well and build a solid relationship with them. Making these types of efforts will go a long way to elevating you to hero-husband status.

Be the best back-up bloke
What is your spouse passionate about? Make sure you take an interest and really get behind them. Make an effort to learn about the things they love and lend your support. It will mean a lot knowing you are there to back them up and you truly care.

Avoid the rut and routine
Romance and excitement is usually at a high during the courting stage while things a new and fresh. And after the rings and vows are exchanged, it’s not uncommon for things to dip a little in this department. Don’t let this happen you. Make it your job to ensure there is always romance and excitement in your relationship and don’t let your relationship fall victim to routine. How this looks will depend on you as a couple, so try and remember the initial excitement of the early stages of your relationship and keep this burning.

Keep working
Probably the best advice for a married gentleman is to keep working on it. A good marriage is one where both partners don’t take the other for granted, always show respect for their each other, and follow the golden rule of doing to others as you would want them to do unto you. Good luck!