15 MUST HAVE TIPS WHEN SHOPPING FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS.

A question we always get asked is ‘what do I need to take with me when trying on wedding dresses?’ Wedding dress shopping should be a fun aspect of your wedding, so make the most of your moment. We have come up with our top 15 tips when shopping for the perfect dress. 

1.    Make an Appointment with The Bridal Store

We recommend that a bride should begin looking for the wedding dress nine months prior. Make appointments with a few bridal stores this way you are limiting your options.  Explore different styles, colours, designers and see what works for you. If an in house stylist is available, engage with them. Make a day out of it; have lunch with your bridal tribe.

2.    Create a Fitting Checklist

Create a fitting checklist as this will keep you organised during your appointments. It will also alert you when to purchase the bridal party’s attire. Through the Wedztyle planner, you can add all your dates and the budget table will keep your costs in check.

3.    Do Your Research

Have a few ideas on the type of dress you want to try.  Create a vision board through Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration. Bring this along when choosing the wedding dress, as this will allow the stylist to have a better idea of what you are after. In saying this, keep your options open. What you think will work on you might not and what you think will not, might be the dress.

If going for a custom made dress, keep your options open to different styles, materials and fits. It is also beneficial to research several designers, look at recent runways, magazine spreads and Instagram pages. When finding a dress maker, make sure to look at their past works and customer reviews to make sure you are picking someone trustworthy to avoid any mishaps.

4.    The Right Undergarments, Shoes

We cannot stress the importance of bringing the correct undergarments and shoes when trying dresses.  It will help you choose the right size, how much alterations you will need and most importantly, does the dress fit correctly.

5.    Handle the Dresses with Care.

Although the dresses are samples, be mindful of the makeup you are wearing as you do not want to stain any of the garments, particularly with fake tan. Dresses with lace and beading are fragile, so we suggest putting the dress on from the bottom up to avoid any mishaps.

6.    A Hair Tie

A hair tie is worthy to bring along as you can see how the dress will work with your hair up or down. Especially helpful, bringing your veil and accessories if purchased prior. If not- no stress! bridal shops usually have plenty of veils to work with.

7.    Make-Up

Have some light makeup on when trying on dresses. Somehow a bit of make-up gives you a different feel when you are deciding on a range of dresses. Try to avoid heavy foundation or foundation at all, as it can stain the dress.

8.    A Supportive Bridal Tribe

Ultimately, you decide the dress for you. However, your bridal tribe is there to support you and help you decide.  A different opinion can be helpful; however, limit the number of people to no more than four. Too many people can work the opposite and confuse you.

 When booking your appointments, confirm with the bridal store how many people you can bring on the day.

9.    The Season and Location

When selecting your dress, consider the location and the season. If you are having a destination wedding, find out how much it will cost you to send the dress over as this will cut into your dress budget. Also research the climate of the destination, the last thing you need is to feel uncomfortable in your wedding dress on your big day.

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10. Budget

Know your budget and stick to it. Be mindful of any extra cost such as alterations and shipping. Consider pre-loved dresses if you have no room to move with your budget. Not only is buying pre-loved cost effective, but it is a sustainable approach. There are plentiful websites and Facebook groups that offer pre-loved garments. To assist with your cash flow, ask the store if payment plans are accepted.

11. List of Questions

Have a list of questions to ask the stylist, such as how many fittings you will require, how long is needed to make the dress, what additional costs for alterations.

12. Take Photos/Video Recording

An absolute must is taking photos and videos with you in several dresses. Take images of the front and back of the dress, record you walking with the dress to see how it all flows. It will assist in deciding on the dress. Of course, do not show your soon-to-be-partner.

13. Bundle

Can the store offer you a better price if you purchased the gown, veil and accessories?  Do not be afraid to ask for a discount, finding ways to save money wherever you can will ensure you have extra emergency funds.

14. Go with Your Heart

If you have a particular style and look in mind, explore this. Do not be side-tracked with others opinion. You know what works for you and what you are comfortable wearing.  Remember, everyone has a fashion style, including you.

15. Enjoy!

The most beautiful brides are happy ones, so enjoy your moment!

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Wedding Insurance is it worth it?

Researching for this blog, I wanted to gain an understanding of wedding insurance. What are companies offering and if it is, in fact, worth it for couples? The recent COVID19 outbreak has meant postponing or cancelling upcoming weddings, resulting in couples losing deposits and payments across various vendors because the COVID19 virus is uninsurable.

This leaves us to wonder, how can we be covered if the unexpected were to happen?

The average cost of a wedding in the UK 31,974 pounds, $33,391 in the USA and $36,000 in Australia; therefore, more couples are considering wedding insurance to protect them against any unforeseeable mishaps financially.

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The type of cover offered.

Like all insurance policies, various level of cover is offered depending on the cost of the wedding. In Australia, prices can range from $200 standard cover to $1300 for premium. Most insurance covers the total budget of your wedding e.g. if your wedding budget is $8000.00, purchase the one that will cover that amount.

  • Standard cover – approx. $200-250 for total budget cover between $5,000-$8,000
  • Intermediate – approx. $400-$900 for total budget cover between $16,000 – $35,000
  • Premium – approx. $1100-$1300 for total budget cover between $75,000+

Premiums are higher for destination weddings. I recommend that you purchase insurance with companies that specialise in destination weddings rather than local weddings to get the most coverage.

The type of cover chosen should be in line with the size of the wedding and the costs associated. Compare policies to make sure you are covered accordingly.  

The policy should begin 30 days after purchase, with a 14-day cooling-off period.

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What your insurance needs to cover:

When deciding on the type of cover, my recommendation is to ensure the following is included:

  • Wedding deposits and pre-payments – when you need to cancel, reschedule or postpone your wedding due to specific events
  • Protection against vendors and supplier breakdown
  • Marquee and equipment damage
  • Wedding rings – although these can be insured under your home and contents
  • Wedding gifts – what is the minimum and maximum value that can be insured
  • Wedding attire
  • Wedding transportation
  • Illness, death
  • Extreme weather – storms, tornados
  • Personal Liability – if your guests cause personal injury to a third party or damage to their property.
  • Destination weddings – what is covered and what countries are covered.
  • When the claim begins – this is usually 30 days after you purchase the cover and what the recommended period of cover is
  • What the coverage extends to – family members as they can also contribute to the wedding
  • Any value-added services that you will need for your wedding
  • Number of guests that are covered in the policy should an accident occurs
  • Type of venue, as some venues require you to have insurance before you book with them.
  • Overseas cover including medical emergency and hospital

What you are not covered for:

  • Cancellation due to weather that is not extreme
  • Change of heart
  • Switching vendors after a deposit were paid
  • Claims outside your country – I recommend looking at insurance companies that specialize in Destination Weddings
  • Any issues relating to travel bans, flight cancellations, government acts, regulations and bans on public gatherings
  • Pandemics such as COVID19
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Before you purchase:

  • Speak to your vendors and see what they offer via their insurance company, especially for the venue, caters, and wedding planners. Always read the fine print on their contracts. Do not sign if you are uncomfortable with their terms. It has to work for you.
  • Look at your home insurance, as you can be covered on certain aspects of your wedding e.g. wedding rings, travel insurance, etc… This way you can determine what type of cover you can purchase.
  • Consider which plan best suits your wedding needs. Do not purchase a policy based on price. Focus on what is and is not covered.
  • Read the terms and conditions of each insurance company and most importantly do your research.

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Wedding Checklists – A Go-To Tool for Planning the Perfect Day

Once the excitement of the engagement slowly wears off, couples now are tasked in organising their wedding. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, leading the couple to go onto the internet, search for ideas, and a generic ‘to-do’-list. This general list is most likely unrelated to their type of wedding and leaves the couple more confused.

Why a Wedding Checklist?

A wedding checklist is a planning tool that assists couples in being able to track the planning process and not miss any vital steps.

The use of a checklist provides a systematic approach to complete the required tasks. Referred to as a ‘to-do list’ or ‘schedule’; checklists give a timeline of the wedding events. For example, when booking a vendor, various points of communication have to occur, such as date, location, style, payment schedule. Having a record through a checklist means you do not miss anything.

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How to Utilise a Wedding Checklist?

A thorough wedding checklist saves couples time and money as it allows them to focus on the task at hand, not missing a thing. The average wedding takes 18-12 months to plan. The checklist makes the planning process manageable, giving it structure while removing the stress. Couples should enjoy planning their day. It is part of getting married.

As tempting as it might be, using a generic wedding checklist that comes off the internet, will not save time and costs. Firstly, all weddings are different. Each couple brings their uniqueness and requires a detailed wedding checklist. The checklist should be broken into these months:

18-12 months before the wedding day

9 months before the wedding day

6-4 months before the wedding day

3 months before the wedding day

2 months before the wedding day

1 month before the wedding day

2 weeks before the wedding day

1 week before the wedding day

The day before the wedding day

Having different monthly sections of the wedding checklist allows you to complete each task for that month ensuring your wedding is on track and to budget.

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Importance of a Wedding checklist for Destination Weddings

Couples using a detailed wedding checklist when planning a destination wedding will assist that all aspects of the wedding are covered and comply with the particular country’s requirements; avoiding misunderstandings and disputes. Remember to read their terms and conditions, make adjustments to suit your wedding checklist and timeline while keeping a paper trail of correspondence.

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The e-Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding without a clear direction can be stressful. Couples either hire a wedding planner which can be pricy (the average fee to hire a wedding planner is approximately 20% of the total budget of the wedding) or wing it. And those who ‘wing’ end up with a mess and blow their budget out.

There has a big shift within the wedding industry with many couples choosing to plan their own weddings and opting not to hire wedding planners. Depending on the size of the wedding and budget, couples planning their own weddings look for inspiration through socials such as Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook wedding groups.

I recently received an email from an accredited online course offering a course on wedding planning. Curiosity took the best of me, and I enquired. Having been in the wedding industry since 1997 (showing my age), primarily designing and decorating wedding cakes, the content I received indicated that not much has changed. However, I did notice that couples were being less traditional and adopting for ‘something different’. I will not shock you with the price asked!!! Wedztyle.com

When designing my wedding cakes, there were so many questions I would ask the couples to understand their vision and ensure that the wedding cake tied into the theme perfectly. Wedding Planning is no different. It is bringing that vision to life and offering the best experience on that special day. And of course, it needs to cost-effective.

Not to take away the value that a wedding planner brings, we have created an e-wedding planner so that couples have a clear and focused guide without the hefty price tag. The wedding planner ebook can be used together with your wedding planner or on its own.

The e-wedding planner provides a methodology on how to plan a wedding. It gives useful tips across all aspects such as vendor selection, destination weddings, wedding dress selection. The list goes on. And of course, it contains budget tables under each section; keeping couples on track. wedztyle.com

Our e-wedding planner is instantly accessible and available for download on all devices such as iPhone, iPad and kindles. Once downloaded, it can be used immediately. It is like having a digital wedding planner at your fingertips. But at your convenience.

Another key advantage of our e-wedding planner is that we like to inform our Wedztyle community of changing trends. All updates made are free of charge. Yes, you heard that correctly. No hidden costs. The price you pay, is all you pay.

Give it a go and download your copy. We welcome all feedback, good and bad. Simply head to our website to purchase your copy at Wedztyle.com

 

Stephanie and Gian Luca – 18th June 2016

The first meeting

Gian Luca and Stephanie first met on the 23rd August 2013 in Bali Indonesia. Both on holidays with friends, they met at a bar called Mexicola in which they became inseparable, spending the remainder of their trip together. Stephanie flew to Melbourne while Gian Luca flew back to Italy, where they continued a long distance relationship. Surprising Stephanie for Christmas, Gian Luca spend a month in Melbourne with her family and friends. On June of 2015, Stephanie moved to Italy for 3 months where she embraced the culture, learnt the language. As her heritage is half Italian, this experience allowed Stephanie to immerse herself in the dolce vita in the beautiful city of Bologna, Gian Luca’s hometown.

 

Stephanie

 

Planning the perfect wedding

The idea of marrying in one of the most romantic countries has always been a fantasy for Stephanie. This became a reality when Gian Luca proposed to her over Christmas in 2014. The couple decided to marry in Bologna. Initially the newly engaged couple wanted a low key destination wedding. However, over time, they both realised that they wanted have their dream wedding. Both their families and friends embraced this. Stephanie’s family and close friends chose to be there for the wedding, adding to ambiance of their pending nuptials.

Whilst in Bologna, both Stephanie and Gian Luca (along with the help of his family) began the search for the perfect venue. They both wanted the venue to be breathtaking and in a central location to the historical city centre, with a reasonable distance to the church. They wanted a venue with a courtyard where their guests could enjoy the city and be able to have pre drinks before the wedding ceremony, what the Italians refer to ‘Aperitivo’. Gian Luca found the perfect venue after Stephanie left Bologna. The venue was the beautiful Palazzo Gnudi, a neoclassical building with fresco ceilings containing special rooms for guests to enjoy, and it was close enough for the couple to be able to take breath taking photos in the city town.

 

 

 

As most destination weddings have their fair share of difficulty and drama, choosing the right vendors, suppliers and a team that understands your vision in having that perfect wedding. With Stephanie on the other side of the world, co-ordinating the photographer, church, flowers, bonbonnieres, DJ, hair and makeup along with the finer details of the wedding reception was a challenge. Stephanie was fortunate to be in Bologna 3 weeks prior the wedding with her mother to finalize the wedding details to her specification. Although it was such an exciting and manic time organising the wedding, the couple found the experience special, as they worked with experienced people who understood their vision in achieving that perfect day. Entering the 17th century renaissance church, Stephanie was walked down the aisle by both her parents, and having her family and friends fly over for the wedding made the day even special for her.

 

 

What drove her style in choosing the perfect dress and suppliers?

Being quite particular, Stephanie found it difficult to decide on just one dress, as she loved so many and appreciated so many different styles and wedding dress designers. She knew what she was looking for, something glamorous, stylish and she found exactly what she was looking for in the wedding designer Demetrios from the Comobella Milano collection. The internationally renowned designer, has been designing beautiful wedding gowns since 1980, opening his first store in New York City and has been represented by Demetrios Australia since 2001. The experience of the staff at Demetrios allowed Stephanie to enjoy the wedding shopping experience, from the initial trails, colour changes and the finial fitting.

 

 

Stephanie relied completely her chosen suppliers in Italy, and she wasn’t disappointed as their expertise and professionalism helped her achieve the perfect day without all the bridal stress. She was particular on executing an experience for her guests, one that they will never forget and also making her wedding unforgettable. From her wedding co-ordinators at Palazzo Gnudi, to the florist, hairdresser and MAC make-up artists, Stephanie walked away with not only great friendships, but with fond memories that will last a life time. All will be catching up with them on her next holiday this year to Bologna.

List of Suppliers 

Venue – Palazzo Gnudi, Bologna Italy

Dress-Demetrios Gown @ Rafaela Ciuca Armadale

Shoes – Jeanette Maree Jewellery & Bridal Accessories  Armadale

Jewellery – Jeanette Maree Jewellery & Bridal Accessories Armadale

Photographer – diegomariella.com

Video – Urania Wedding films. To view the wedding trailer please follow https://Vimeo.com/188117975

Hairdresser – Robert Di Tursi @ http://www.rocco-parrucchieri.it

Makeup – Federica @ MAC Bologna

Flowers – Maria Rosa Fiorista @ http://www.floristmariarosa.com

Cake – Palazzo Gnudi, backed by the top pastry chef in Bologna and the flavour was Mille Follie

Images courtesy of Stephanie and Gian Luca

about WedZtyle

 

WedZtyle came about by a family of sisters who feel passionate about assisting couples in planning their wedding day. Our first introduction to weddings was back in 1997, where we started on the journey of designing and decorating wedding cakes. Over time, we developed an intimate exposure within the wedding industry. Here is where we realised that a lot of couples feel overwhelmed and stressed when it comes to planning their big day. Because of this, WedZtyle was created to give couples a valuable tool to guide them in planning their special day. 

We recognise that couples have different needs. What we offer is an individualised approach that allows couples to choose what is most important to them.

 

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