5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant Wedding

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant Wedding

Even if you are not planning on getting married now, chances are you will be in the future, or you will be involved in your daughter or son’s wedding. Your cousin may also consult you on a few tips to use to achieve a dream wedding.

DIY planning can save you thousands. But planning a wedding can be stressful and exhausting. Oftentimes, the bride and groom will hire a wedding coordinator to help relieve some of the burden. Your game here is the ‘Complete guide to planning your dream wedding’ by Editor Carolyn Menyes at Thedailymeal.com.

Here a few tips that you can use to organise your own or child’s elegant wedding at a budget-friendly cost:

DIY Dessert Bar

If you are close with your family members, you should take advantage of their dessert skills, if they have some. A potluck dessert bar can come in handy, saving money that would otherwise be used in ordering your dessert from caterers.

If you have aunties or grandparents that have baking skills, you can use them to share their desserts with your wedding guests. You can ask them if they can make a certain amount of cookies or cupcakes to put at the dessert bar.

Get a small cutting cake for the bride and the groom, then fill the table with some special sweets. One can then use some customised tags that shows who made the sweets or the cake.

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant WeddingHire the dress 

Most people who think about hiring a wedding dress think of it as downgrading the most important moment of their lives. Everyone wants to say ‘I do’ in the perfectly elegant dress and the mention of “hiring a dress” shatters that dream.

However, that should not be the case. You can easily hire a designer dress with all the details and specifications that you want. This will not only ensure you have a dream wedding, but also achieve this dream at a pocket-friendly price.  

Marilyn.nz is a wedding dress hire company with dresses starting at $500 and going up to $1,000. If you cannot afford the hire charge, you could consider taking a small personal loan! 

Buy Used Items

Many times after the wedding, the things needed at the wedding are disposed of by already-married brides. Some of the things may include décor items, candle holders and even chandeliers.

Many physical and online shops sell used wedding items that are in perfect condition that can be reused again at your wedding. These items may also not necessarily be used as some weddings are usually cancelled leaving their wedding items unused, or the previous bride may well have over-purchased!

You can buy these items at a subsidised price that will enable you to have the wedding you have been dreaming of all this time.

Avoid Favours

This is one of the most efficient ways of saving money and time. Instead of giving everyone free rides to and from the wedding, simply let everyone know in advance to cater for their transport so as to save yourself the cost of transportation.

One of the most common misconceptions about a wedding is the use of a limo. Couples should be creative and find other ways of getting to the wedding venue and from without having to hire a limo.

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant WeddingLimit Your Guest List 

This is the most dreaded and crucial part of wedding planning. Dreaded because it’s difficult when it comes to deciding who to invite and not to invite to your wedding. 

The guest list is crucial because you get to reduce the number of people so that you can reduce the cost of the wedding. Remember, the more people you invite, the more food and drink you’ll have to buy to serve them at the reception.

Wedding costs wilvary accordingly. In an article on Cost of Wedding, it says that about 50 per cent of couples spend less than $15,000 on their wedding, while the other half “spend between $19,323 and $32,205.” The honeymoon is usually excluded from the budget.

Be sure to always check with your your accountant or financial advisor before committing fully to any of your wedding plans and taking out a loan. You must carefully read the disclosure statement before considering taking out a loan. Quickloans.co.nz offer loans to New Zealand residents, with repayments terms starting at $20 per week.

 There’s nothing wrong with spending money on your wedding because you only marry once. However, a wedding with a tight budget does not make it any less personal or cheap. It just means the couple chose frugality over debt to save up for their newly-wed life. You can also browse the rest of our site (My Wedding) for more wedding inspirations, tips, and advice.


Shanti Maurice, MAURITIUS

Shanti Maurice, MAURITIUS

Shanti Maurice, MAURITIUSUnashamedly indulgent, the Spa offers restorative, soothing, invigorating and rejuvenating perfection, and cuisine is an unforgettable mix of inherent and artisanal experiences.

With coral reefs as a backdrop and the ebb and flow of the Indian Ocean below, the wedding pavilion is a magical place to say ‘I do’. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Shanti Maurice is offering any guests that say “I do” on their shores during 2016, the chance to return for a 10-night 10th anniversary stay – on the house!


Shanti Maurice, MAURITIUS

Angama Mara, KENYA

Angama Mara, KENYA

Angama Mara, KENYAIn Swahili, Angama Mara means “to be suspended in mid air”. This remarkable safari lodge is located high on the edge of Africa’s Grat Rift Valley, overlooking the endless plains of the Maasai Mara below.

Inspiration for the lodge is drawn from the classic safari error – one of romance, canvas, elegant simplicity. Modern influences add high design to the tented suites.

Honeymooners can choose to follow the animal trails on foot with a Maasai guide or spend your days on safari surrounded by the great herds the plains are famed for, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch under a solitary tree. Or simply observe Africa’s magnificent species from the rocking chair on your deck, followed by a sundowner on a blanket on the Out of Africa kopje.

The rate currently on offer includes luxury tented accommodation on a full board basis, single malt whiskeys, cigars and safari activities.


Angama Mara, KENYA

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, SEYCHELLES

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, SEYCHELLES

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, SEYCHELLESInspired by authentic cultural cues and featuring touches of indigenous art and materials, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach represents a tranquil space, at the centre of Mahé, Seychelles’ largest island.

Situated on a glorious 3km stretch of glistening white sand and crystal clear waters, the interior design’s intent was to provide a relaxed atmosphere, with eclectic furniture and a calm ambiance, reflecting the natural setting.

Refined and engaging experiences are fused with flawless services to create memories that last a lifetime. The overall ambience of the resort has been crafted and curated to pamper and indulge guests; to fulfil every desire in such a way that they want nothing else than to surrender to the pleasures of life-blissfully aware of nothing else except their state of satisfaction.

100 gracefully crafted suites and villas simultaneously reflect the authentic expressions of Seychellois heritage and offer modern and luxurious comforts and services, all featuring a private balcony or terrace, indoor and outdoor daybeds and dining areas. The villas also feature private pools and cabanas with direct beach access, as well as outdoor rain showers.

There are six options for wining and dining, while the Sesel Spa is designed for pure pleasure.


The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, SEYCHELLES


Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, DubaiMadinat Jumeirah opens new Fort Island

Set on a private beach in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia, including nightlife destination Pacha Ibiza Dubai.

Madinat Jumeirah offers the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates. The new expansion was completed in October 2015. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals for up to 1,400 people. In the past six months the space was converted to host several international events including Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the World Economic Forum, the Museum of the Future and Art Dubai.

Fort Island is connected to the resort by four bridges and guests can also access the venue by the traditional wooden abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Its privileged location, steps away from the bustling Souk Madinat, the 600-seater outdoor amphitheatre, Madinat Theatre and the nearest hotel, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam makes Fort Island a one-of-a-kind venue for spectacular events.

Fort Island was built in 2003 and has since been a unique stage for a significant number of conferences, events and a range of high profile occasions. The new Fort Island offers over 1,750sqm of events space, an overflow terrace area and four new bridges. In addition, it includes a new and enlarged fort building comprising a roof terrace, pantry, reception counter, prayer rooms, ablution facilities, and restrooms. The space can be arranged to cater for either 1,100 people banquet style, 1,400 people for cocktail/events, or alternatively can accommodate a large marquee of 35m x 30m.



Secrets turns 16

Secrets turns 16

Secrets turns 1616 years ago beautiful designer diamond jewellery with stones larger than 1 carat were simply out of reach for more than 90% of women. Being motivated to change this and to be able to offer women an alternative, Secrets Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jane Meredith researched the new technology in Diamond Simulants that was emerging in the late nineties.

‘We were amazed at what we discovered; a stone that looked like a diamond, sparkled like a diamond and had brilliance that would last a lifetime.’ Ms Meredith shared.

Since the creation of Secrets in Noosa in the year 2000 Secrets has grown to become a respected fine and fashion jewellery retail brand around the world. Delivering quality and care to its stores located throughout Australia and online, Secrets has celebrated life’s memorable moments with customers over the years.

Secrets turns 16Ms Meredith shared some highlights and challenging moments managing the business over the years.

‘We started out with a small shop in Bay Village Noosa Heads. I was really unsure how women would react to the concept of state of the art diamond simulants set in high quality fine jewellery designs, because they are manmade stones. Surprisingly over 40% of our market is actually engagement rings.’

Many women were quick to share their discovery of Secrets and the brand grew as a franchised own network in the early days. After the effects of the GFC in 2008 Secrets changed its business strategy to a company owned network and now has a new vision for the future and are preparing for 100 stores by 2025.

Recently Secrets has shared a number of achievements and opportunities from being a finalist in the 2015 Prix De Marie Claire Awards to celebrating collaboration with the official VIP Tour Packages for an evening with Oprah tour in Australia late last year.

To celebrate Secrets Sweet 16th Birthday Secrets participating stores and online will be offering a special offer each day from the first of April to thank their customers for 16 years of loyalty. Ms Meredith invites everyone to visit Secrets Noosa store for a morning tea on Friday April 15, 2016 to celebrate Secrets birthplace.


Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

It has been years since the first weddings were established in the biggest gambling centre of Nevada. Las Vegas became a wedding mecca for many couples seeking non-traditional ways of organising the ceremony.

What’s the tendency now? New Zealanders, being rather eccentric and enthusiastic in terms of any entertainment, often seek out wedding spots like Nevada casinos, despite the threat of ending up in regret and swift divorce, afterwards.

Las Vegas began to recover after the 2009 crisis as a popular tourist destination. In 2010, the number of tourists in the city increased by 2.7%. That’s up to 37.3 million.

Despite the fact that the popularity of Las Vegas increased amongst tourists, and despite the popularity of budget weddings in the state which enticed millions of adventuresome couples, the number of marriages in the city decreased by 7.2%, according to USA Today.

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and ThenIn 2010, some 92,000 weddings were carried out in the city’s chapels, the lowest number since 1993. The most productive year for weddings was 2004, when more than 128,000 wedding ceremonies took place.

Nowadays, a wedding ceremony in Las Vegas is once again a popular consideration from couples all over the world, primarily due to a fairly simple procedure of marriage registration, but also due to the unlimited entertainment opportunities the city offers. It truly is is one of the most amazing cities of the United States.

Some couples find their homegrown nightlife quite boring : disco with DJs, concert halls, theatre, ballet, jazz and many other hot spots that, while well organised, seem too traditional. That’s why a lot of young and more risque couples prefer the immense variety of the Las Vegas casinos, night clubs, cabarets, concerts and live performances.

If you’re planning a Nevada wedding in a casino, and fancy a little online practice, head to Online Casino Guide.

It will either whet your appetite or put you off Las Vegas for life!


First online wedding insurer launches

First online wedding insurer launches

First online wedding insurer launchesFirst online wedding insurer launches with Australian comparison site

Brand new wedding insurer Dreamweddinginsurance.com has just launched Australia’s first online wedding insurance product and partnered with leading comparison website Compareinsurance.com.au.

As a unique product in the wedding insurance market, all Dream Wedding Insurance policies offer personal liability in addition to cover for overseas weddings. Policies start at around $200 and can be purchased online in just minutes.

Another distinctive feature of Dream Wedding Insurance is that policies are available to purchase up to 18 months prior to the wedding. Last minute policies can be purchased just 30 days before the wedding.

Natalie Ball, Director, Compareinsurance.com.au says: “Weddings don’t come cheap. The average Australian spends $47,888* on their wedding day excluding honeymoon and pre-wedding party costs. With this huge expense in an increasingly competitive climate, there’s never been a better time for a new wedding insurance product to join the Australian market. Couples can now walk down the aisle knowing that their big day is protected with Dream Wedding Insurance policies.

“Adding wedding Insurance to our comparison provides our customers with a greater selection of insurances to compare. We’ve helped thousands of Australians with all sorts of insurance queries and are delighted to now offer wedding insurance as well.”

Stuart Catt, Co-founder, Dream Wedding Insurance says: “Your wedding should be one of the best days of your life and Dream Wedding Insurance wants you to have complete peace of mind the whole way through. Whether you have been let down by your wedding suppliers, need to reschedule due to injury or illness, or your venue is suddenly damaged, it’s essential to be prepared. From minor to major wedding mishaps, our policies have you covered.

“Dream Wedding Insurance is the only provider in Australia that offers stand-alone wedding insurance for overseas weddings. We provide coverage for Aussie couples getting married anywhere in the world. We’re also Australia’s first fully online wedding insurance provider. There are no lengthy application forms to print and sign so you can insure your big day in a matter of minutes from your computer or mobile device.

“We believe that weddings are worth protecting and are thrilled to have launched our new wedding insurance product in Australia. We’re really pleased that Australians can now compare our range of wedding insurance products on Compareinsurance.com.au.”

About Dream Wedding Insurance

Dream Wedding Insurance provides Australian couples with peace of mind on their wedding day.

With four different plans on offer, Dream Wedding Insurance has a policy to suit budgets of all sizes. The Dream Wedding Insurance Platinum product covers up to $5 million in personal liability costs, $50,000 in cancellation and postponement and a further $30,000 in rescheduling costs. Benefits include cover for $16,000 for wedding gifts, $20,000 for wedding attire & rings, $30,000 supplier failure, $10,000 cover for wedding transport and more.

Dream Wedding Insurance is a trading name of Wedding Insurance Group Pty Ltd (ABN 25 161 972 354) they are underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, the largest insurance market in the world.

About Compareinsurance.com.au 

Compareinsurance.com.au began operating in earnest in December 2013 and is quickly rising to become one of the leading insurance comparisons in Australia. The website is the go-to-place for all things insurance. The site offers a free comparison service that allows users to compare insurance quotes in a few simple steps.

You can also get the inside scoop on insurers by reading reviews from real customers. You can view ratings on everything from customer experience, value for money and importantly claims experience. Insurance expert Colin Compare provides helpful advice on all those frequently asked questions in the website guides section. Whether it’s time to renew or you want to write a review, we make it as easy as can be, to find the policy at…Compare Insurance.

All information provided should be considered general in nature and not personal to individuals’ circumstances.  The comparison results do not include all insurance companies in the market. The website owners are actively looking for more insurance companies to add to the list. Compare Insurance Pty Ltd ABN 84 145 649 547 is an authorised representative AR 444349 under CoverDirect’s Australian Financial Services License AFSL 383590 to deal in and provide general advice in relation to general insurance products.

* SOURCE: Bride to Be magazine (Note: the ceremony and reception includes all styling, cake, stationery, bomboniere, DJ, transport etc).


2015 Wedding Trends

2015 Wedding Trends

by Becks at Envy Events

wedding trendsHello 2015! The best part of starting a new year on the blog is talking about the upcoming trends. I have to say weddings right now are pretty great, I am just loving the current trends and if I were to be getting married I cant think of anything better than a rustic glam wedding with white bridesmaids, a floral crown and oh yeah…a food truck!
I’m sure there’s a trend or two here for you too. Enjoy.x



We’ve been seeing lots of personal elements in weddings lately and in 2015 this is going to get bigger. Couples want the wedding to reflect their personalities and relationship.

Family Style

We are seeing more and more couples wanting to be placed in amoungst their guests on big long rows of tables and served their dinner in large platters. This is such an intimate and personal way to share your day.

Large, Loose & Cascading Bouquets

We are anticipating more loose bouquets and flowers for 2015 with big, open blooms and waterfall foliage. Think country, rustic, wildflower and whimsical looks.

Stylish Grooms

In 2014 the groom started steping up and in 2015 we are expecting more and more grooms in fanciful bowties, colourful suits and funky shoes and sometimes even concerning themselves with wedding planning duties!


We are expecting to see a lot of watercolour stationary and perhaps bridesmaids dresses in 2015.


Copper has been creeping up on gold and silver and is set to be a new favourite in 2015 in table decor as well as the hue in stationary too.

Food Trucks

Last year we saw the odd icecream truck turn up at local weddings, this year will see more and more food trucks stocking some of the best comfort foods.


Vintage and rustic are still very much present in 2015 but they will be looking a little bit more glam with a few sparkles and shine thrown in.

White Bridesmaids

Ever since Princess Kate took on the white bridesmaid many others have followed suit and in 2015 we are expecting more.

Floral Crowns

Here’s one trend I’m just not going to get sick of and thankfully they are here to stay!


We will be seeing a lot more colour this year, brides will be picking one colour and going hard with it in their weddings or an array of fun bright or rich tones.
Check out our PINTEREST boards for more inspiration or browse this site further  xx

Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packages

Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packages

Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packagesSemara Uluwatu unveils Early Bird Special Offer for Wedding Packages.

One of Bali’s most exquisite wedding destinations, Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu, has unveiled a new range of packages for couples lucky enough to get engaged over the New Year and Valentine’s Day period.

The breathtaking cliff-top retreat where supermodel Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Hall famously wed in 2013 offers flexibility for all kinds of weddings, catering for parties of 12 to 150.

Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packagesA perfect venue for both the ceremony and reception, the tropical sanctuary of Semara Uluwatu overlooks stunning white sandy beaches and the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean.

Weddings can range from one special day to a weeklong celebration where friends and family can also enjoy a fantastic holiday as destination weddings continue to grow in popularity as an alternative to formal weddings at home.

Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packagesBali is one of the most desirable destinations for weddings worldwide due to its accessibility, amazing beauty and the stunning venues on offer.

Semara Uluwatu’s specialist events team can tailor wedding packages to exact specifications to ensure a unique and memorable event from world class catering and service, entertainment, even ice sculptures and fabulous fireworks – nothing is too much trouble.

The exclusive private resort has a choice of seven sensational and unique villas plus Selatan cliff top restaurant and Finns Beach Club.

For couples getting married in 2016 the resort is offering 2015 accommodation and event pricing if booked before 31 March 2015.

The savings by booking the early bird offer mean extra cash in budget to splurge on those personalised special touches for the big day and more poolside cocktails when the ceremony’s over.

For bookings or further information visit http://www.semarauluwatu.com/events


Semara Uluwatu unveils wedding packagesSEMARA LUXURY VILLA RESORT

Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma

Ungasan 80362 Bali, Indonesia

P +62 (361) 848 2111 | E : events.uluwatu@semararesorts.com