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  • Best of Brighton: Why the Seaside City Is Wedding Perfect

    If you are considering a destination wedding and distance is no object, then you may wish to consider the very fabulous Brighton. No, not Brighton, England, although a wedding there would also be fab, but Brighton in Melbourne.

    Now I didn’t even know such a place existed but now that I do I desperately want to go and I can imagine that holding your wedding there would be spectacular.

    So here’s a little information about choosing Brighton, Melbourne as your destination wedding location….

    Best of Brighton: Why the Seaside City Is Wedding Perfect

    When you’re considering where you want to wed, while you want to choose a place you love. You also want your location to be appealing to the guests who’ll share your day with you. This means it is worth considering the last few weddings you attended.

    Weren’t they more fun when the actual location was vibrant and there were other things to do? Even if you live within driving distance of the wedding location, who doesn’t want to go somewhere where you can have a good time, beyond the event?

    If you’ve chosen Melbourne, and specifically the Melbourne beaches, you are likely to opt for one of the most popular and colourful beaches, Brighton. The beachside suburb is, unsurprisingly, named after England’s legendary Brighton. Brighton is one of the top wedding venues in Melbourne.

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    Brighton is ideal for a couple who want to marry, as well as for their guests. It was founded in the mid-1800s by English settlers. The most notable tourist attraction in Brighton are the 82 super colourful bathing boxes which first appeared in 1986, at the end of Bay St, at the water’s edge. Today, the bathing boxes are located just south of Middle Brighton on Dendy Street Beach. Many were constructed between 1908 and 1911 because a tram line was installed to Brighton from St. Kilda in 1906. As many as 200 are thought to have been built before the Great Depression. The boxes were moved to another location, and finally, 1934, to the current location further back on the beach.

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    The iconic boxes are identical in size and build and regulated by an organization called Bayside City Council’s Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay. The boxes must retain Victorian era architecture, which means timber frames, weatherboard sidings, and corrugated iron roofs. They must not have any electricity or running water. Only residents may buy them, which they purchase for about the price of a house, and annual council rates of $500 AUD. In February 2016, the box located at 62B Dendy St sold for a record $295,000 AUD in only two weeks; the previous owners had it for more than 20 years, and it is reportedly one of the original boxes. In January, one sold for $285,000.

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    A terrific venue to consider for your wedding is the astonishingly beautiful hotel – Brighton Savoy, which will meet most, if not all of your ceremony and reception needs. It is a great place your guests to sightsee and walk. In fact, some of Melbourne’s wealthiest live in magnificent and impressive homes – lovely neighbourhoods to peruse. Cyclists love Beach Road on the beach. Both walkers and cyclists frequent the Bay Trail for off-road walking/cycling tracks along the coastline.

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    Also fun to visit are the “historic modern” Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Middle Brighton Municipal Baths, and the Middle Brighton Pier and breakwater.

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    Churches and historic homes can also be found on North Road, and a popular restaurant has a great view of Port Phillip Bay.

    Even at night, the twinkle of the beautiful Melbourne city skyline is a sight to be seen.

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    By choosing Melbourne, and the beautiful beach of Brighton you are ensuring your wedding will be memorable for you as a married couple and for your guests, too.

    Shopping for an Engagement Ring Made Easy

    Planning for a wedding is an exciting time in most of our lives, but there is so much to do that sometimes, it seems like your task list is endless. The first milestone on the wedding planning journey is choosing an engagement ring. As the old adage says, it is all about working smarter and not working harder, so here are some tips for shopping for an engagement ring made easy.

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    What do you want?

    The first thing you will need to decide is what type of engagement ring you want to buy. It is also important to decide on how much money you have to spend. There are many different types of engagement rings available, as well as many different cuts of stone.

    • Baguette Cut
    • Pear shape
    • Marquise Cut
    • Cushion Cut
    • Princess Cut

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    If you are buying a diamond engagement ring, you will also need to decide on the colour of the stones that will be mounted on the ring, as there are quite a few varieties available.

    • Blue
    • Orange
    • Red
    • Pink
    • Yellow

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    When you know what it is that you are looking for and also how much money you have to spend, then you can start your search for the best engagement ring that your budget will allow.

    Let your fingers do the walking!

    Instead of walking around to all of the jewellery shops that are local to you and spend hours of your time, why not start your search from the comforts of your home? The internet is a powerful tool and within seconds, you can have lots of websites that sell engagement rings. If you are looking for a GIA-certified diamond that is worth your investment, then choose the Diamond Queensland engagement rings in Brisbane.

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    But before you make your decision, contact each company in your list and explain what it is that you are looking for, and they will most likely advise you as to what they have to offer. Of all the responses you get back, draw a shortlist of companies that you feel have the correct credentials and can provide quality products that are within your budget.

    Accredited and Professional

    When it comes down to choosing the jewellery shop that you will buy the engagement ring from, there are factors to consider such as price, customer service, and value for money. However, it is important to make sure that you choose a company that has industry accreditation, to ensure that you are dealing with a professional. Price is important, but you should also make sure that both the quality of the product and the service is also apparent.

    So when you have made your final choice of which jewellers to buy from, you can visit their showroom and start checking out all the rings that are available. Using the internet to do all of the legwork for you means you will spend less time in a jeweller’s shop, and allowing your more time to plan for your special day.

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    The Lowdown on Wedding Catering Hire Services

    A lot goes into making an event successful. Whether it is a wedding, family gathering, corporate event or exhibition, you need to work on every detail, right from selecting the décor, finalising the menu, to making arrangements for furniture and cutlery. To make this entire task easier, now you can opt for professional catering hire services. They have been delivering top quality services to match your needs and helping you celebrate joyous occasions with even more fervour. So today we have the lowdown on wedding catering services

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    The trend of hiring catering suppliers is not new, as they have been serving their clients for years. This makes them ideal to deliver incomparable catering and equipment supplies. Furniture is among the main requirements when planning any event, be it a wedding or office party. Buying furniture for just a few hours might not be a reasonable decision, as it will not be in use anymore once the event is over. So instead of spending money on buying new furniture, it is more economical to hire quality furniture for as much as time as required. You can go through the variety of chairs, tables and other items available, to choose the most suitable style as per your event.

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    Similar to furniture, cutlery is another item that has to be chosen with care. Catering suppliers have an amazing range of cutlery items available for their clients, ranging from simple and sober to colourful ones. While weddings and formal parties call for classy and elegant cutlery, colourful plates and glasses are more suitable for kid’s birthday parties. Depend from the type of event you are planning, you can make your choice and order the type of cutlery you require, including plates, glasses, spoons, forks etc.

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    Besides the above mentioned services, catering suppliers have also introduced exhibition services, proving to be one stop shop for all your exhibition related needs. Right from equipment and furniture to stands and draping, everything can be hired from one place without having to visit various suppliers. On top of that, lighting, audio visual systems etc. can also be managed by them; thanks to their reliable team of technical experts. In short, no matter how big or small the event is; they have just the right solutions to match your needs. However, to ensure you get the best service possible, it is essential to look for a reputable and renowned service provider.

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    Someone who has been in this business since considerable time will be better acquainted with the needs of this trade and can deliver better service. Reputable catering hire service providers give preference to their clients and ensure to deliver exceptional service each time. Their personnel are well trained and knowledgeable, capable of understanding your needs and offering the right type and style as per your requirement. Along with that, the quality of the items they deliver is also unmatched. Once you have informed them about the event you have in mind and what all you will require, they will never fail to honour their commitment and deliver best quality items at your doorstep, as and when needed.

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    5 Ways to Wear Bridal Pearl Jewellery on Your Wedding Day

    Despite all superstitions, modern brides do wear pearls on their wedding day. Are pearls still considered a harbinger of tears and sorrow, or are they a statement of class, taste and eternal graceful beauty? Beyond old urban myths and legends, the mysterious lustre of a pearl shines through the ages, still being a must-have bridal accessory in our modern times.

     5 Ways to Wear Bridal Pearl Jewellery on Your Wedding Day

    Fashion-wise, pearls made a huge comeback on catwalks this year and bridal pearl jewelry was given new spins and designs. Pearls are timeless, forever wearable outside the wedding context, and transferable from generation to generation. Moreover, they will always be a versatile and surprising piece of jewellery no matter what you wear and when. So let’s see today five ways you can wear bridal pearl jewellery on your wedding day!

    1. The Simple Classic White Pearls Jewellery Set

    Conventional and forever stylish, a white pearl jewellery set comprising a necklace with pendant and a pair of earrings will make you look like a fairytale princess. Make sure you pick a high-quality pearl jewellery set with good lustre with the pearls having a reasonable size.

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    Post-Wedding Wear

    A classic simple pearl jewellery set can be worn in the next years in many ways and contexts. It is easily adaptable to a business outfit, a casual chic night out dress-up and any elegant attire for fancy parties or social events. You can style the necklace with diamond rondels and brooches, or create your own statement necklace by overlaying other metal chains, beads and stones necklaces as well.

    2. The Designer Pearl Jewellery Set

    If you think that pearl jewellery comes in simple pearl strings of various lengths, you should take a look at the more contemporary high-fashion designs. Pearls make magnificent gems in intricate chokers featuring crystals, diamonds, precious metals and colored precious stones. You can wear a modern, exquisitely elegant bridal pearl jewellery set in a sophisticated designer setting and be a true queen.

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    Such a complex and shimmering necklace should be reserved for special occasions. It will forever compliment your neckline and your little black dress, no matter you attend a high-end event or an opera premiere.

    3. The Multi-Strand Bridal Pearl Bracelet

    You can buy a multi-strand pearl bracelet to spice up your wedding outfit, or you can wrap your wrist in a simple rope pearl necklace to achieve a more glamorous effect. A pearl bracelet can be styled further with pearl jewellery (we are looking at your pearl engagement ring), but also worn as a stand alone accent piece.

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    Post-Wedding Wear

    Just like a simple classic pearl necklace, a pearl bracelet (multi-strand or not) can be styled in various ways: you can mix it with other bracelets and get an edgier boho look or wear it as is in a combination of casual chic, office and even street-smart outfits.

    4. The Statement Black – White Pearls Combination

    Nobody said you should only wear white pearls on your wedding day. A black pearl bracelet mixed with a white one is unconventional, edgy, highly original and tasteful. If you are that type of bride that doesn’t follow all conventions and gets outside of the box, a black pearl bracelet might be the exact amount of novelty you were looking for to express your powerful personality.

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    Black pearls are rare, precious and elegant, so you are able to wear them to enhance and style up any casual, sporty or office outfit or to tone down a flashy, glam look. Like your little black dress, black pearls bracelets will take you everywhere without spending hours wondering what to wear at a charity ball or a downtown party.

    5. The Bohemian Pearl Head Piece

    Speaking of breaking conventions, you may be bohemian at heart and prefer a relaxed, simple and 60s-inspired wedding. You and your one might want to celebrate the best day of your lives in nature and not be bothered by fancy, rigid outfits. So if you go for flat sandals and translucent layered fabrics, a pearl head piece might be exactly what you need to express your romantic and bohemian side. Head jewellery is huge nowadays, and if you mix it in a boho, oriental-style manner, you will look perfect.

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    You might feel restricted in wearing pearl head pieces in everyday contexts, but you should give it a try. It might not go well with our power suit, but it will certainly turn you into a red carpet diva whenever you attend glamorous parties, artistic-centred social events, night-outs with the girls or your Las Vegas getaway.

    Would you wear pearls on your wedding day? What are your favorite pearl jewellery pieces?

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    Sinderella fold up Bridal Shoes

    Those fabulous wedding shoes may look amazing when you walk up the aisle but by the time your first dance comes around you may be staggering rather than strutting your funky stuff on the dance floor.

    This is where Sinderella fold up bridal shoes are an absolute must. I always take a pair to weddings for those brides whose Jimmy Choos are starting to pinch and a night out in heels is a no go without a pair of fold up shoes in my bag.

    Coming in a handy bag and small enough to tuck away in a smallish handbag, they make a welcome change from the barefoot walking I have done after many a night out and on many a wedding dance floor.

    With different styles to choose from, there is a pair to suit everyone. I was sent the New York gold and white ballerina flat to try out on our model, my daughter Olivia, a slightly reluctant bride at 14 but hey my wedding dress doesn’t fit me any more and she wanted pocket money :)

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    Sinderella fold up bridal shoes bride They complimented the ivory wedding dress perfectly.

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    Still look stylish close up.

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    Love the gold metallic shimmer and the cute gold bow. It contrasts perfectly against the soft white of the rest of the shoe. Even my grumpy teen said they were comfy and “looked nice with the wedding dress”. High praise indeed!

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    Even the back of the shoes have gold detailing on the heels, so you don’t need to compromise style for comfort. You can see how easily they fold up as soon as you take them off.

    I love the Sinderella fold up bridal shoes and they are so cute I might be persuaded to dust my heels off, just so I have an excuse to show these off at the end of the night.

     

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