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Post-Engagement Party Blues

The Engagement Party has been and gone, leaving me with wonderful memories, a faint headache, and a renewed focus on organising the wedding. It was the best night of my life, and I’d encourage any bride to go to the time, trouble and expense to organise their own too (yes, it’s easy enough not to […] Read more…

A Winning Combination: PaulaJane Cakes

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It’s been almost 3 years since Paula Midgley graced our screens as the winner of Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker, and while she’s stepped out of the spotlight, her cakes haven’t! Paula, a wedding dress designer, teamed up with the equally talented Jane, to create a cake design business, Paula Jane Cakes.  Paula and Jane […] Read more…

Engagement Shoot and Party Photos

Prior to our Engagement Party we (yes, I) decided to have the moment captured in an engagement shoot.  Of course, you don’t need to have an engagement shoot, but I’m not one to turn down the excuse to get dressed up and have my photo taken. We head to the beautiful Auckland Domain with Emma of […] Read more…

Asking for wedding presents: What to choose and how to ask?

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When else in life do you actually choose your own gift and ask others to buy it for you (beyond sending Santa your Christmas list…!)? Some couples can feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when asking for wedding presents – but you needn’t. Honestly, your guests want to buy something for you both to mark the incredibly special […] Read more…

Those 4 Little Words: Will you Marry Me? (Or: Will He Ever Ask?)

So you’re “officially” dating… then you go through your first anniversary, second, third, fourth… and start wondering how long it’s going to be until he finally says those 4 little words “Will you marry me“!? I’m sure it wasn’t just me, knowing that we’d end up getting married, but (hopefully not too desperately) wishing it […] Read more…

Wedding Planning: First Steps

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You’re Engaged, Congratulations! You are about to embark on the most wonderful and exciting journey of wedding planning, and I’m here to help! Laying the foundations for the wedding plans require a few key considerations.  The first wedding decision to be ‘set-in-stone’ is booking a venue (and paying a deposit), but it’s not as easy as just […] Read more…

The best (and worst) things about being engaged….

I couldn’t wait to get engaged, and I’m not the only one, but I was surprised by some of the ‘side effects’ of my new ring – both the best and the worst! You won’t be able to stop staring at your ring! From the moment Blair proposed, I was blinded (thank goodness I don’t […] Read more…

How to Choose Your Wedding Venue

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If you’re looking in Auckland and surrounding areas specifically, see the Auckland Wedding Venue guide. Choosing your wedding venue follows shortly after getting engaged (see the Initial Wedding Planning Guide!). This can also be a slightly tricky part of wedding planning, because you’ve got to do a little prep work first, and this decision affects so […] Read more…

The Wedding Diet: Shredding for the Wedding?

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We’re three weeks post-engagement, and I haven’t changed my eating habits or exercise regime. I haven’t started Shredding for the Wedding/ thought about attending “Bridal Bootcamp” or begun a “Wedding diet”. Yet almost every magazine I pick up or wedding forum I read seems to encourage me to do so. Losing weight seems to be […] Read more…

How to Plan Your Engagement Party

The engagement party is the first big celebration leading up to the wedding.  As one of the most exciting moments in your life, take the time to celebrate getting engaged! You’ll be excited to plan the future, but also enjoy the present. Consider it a practice run where you’re the hosts, the decision-makers, the centre […] Read more…

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