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What’s Your Colour? Choosing The Right Wedding Theme.

We frequently get asked how to create a workable colour scheme that translates throughout the wedding theme. Getting the colours wrong will not only be an eyesore for your guests, but it will also ruin your wedding theme. Rest assured, we are here to guide you in getting it right.

Cast your minds back to primary school, where we were first introduced to primary, secondary and tertiary colours.  

  1. The primary colours form the basis of all colours. These are red, blue and yellow.
  2.  The secondary colours are a combination of the primary colours. Orange (red+yellow), purple (blue+red) and green (yellow+blue)
  3. The tertiary colours are a mixture of primary and secondary. These are  Red-OrangeYellow-OrangeYellow-Green, Blue-Green, BlueVioletRedViolet (Usability.gov, 2021)

We were also introduced to colour temperatures. 

  1. Warm colours include the primary colours red and yellow, with orange falling in the middle.
  2. Cool colours include the primary colour blue and variations of secondary colours green and purple. Greens take on some of the attributes of yellow, and purple takes on some of the characteristics of red. (Usability.gov, 2021)

Source: Usability

Warm color scale

Warm Colours

Cool color scale

Cool Colour

The Colour Wheel

A colour wheel helps compliment between the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. It is an effective tool in being able to develop a colour scheme that works. 

There are many variants of a colour wheel ranging in complexity. Below is a summary of a simple colour wheel. These include:

  1. The primary, secondary and tertiary colours are identified.
  2. The colour temperatures have been divided, showing warm on one side and cool on the other.
  3. The two complementary colours are opposite, for example, orange and blue or violet with yellow. The warm colours are orange and yellow, and the cool colours are blue and violet. 
  4. To add a third colour, look at the adjacent colour to each other on the wheel. An example would be orange + blue +red-orange or orange+blue+blue-green
  5. Incorporate neutral colours to create a subtle colour scheme. The frequent neutral colours for a wedding are silver, gold, ivory and white. 

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Colour Tones, Tints and Shades

Colour tones, tints and shades play a factor in deciding your colour scheme. A colour tone refers to when a hue (primary, secondary and tertiary) colours are mixed with grey. The colour tends to be duller; a tint is when white is added, brightening the colour hue, and a shade is when black is added, darkening the colour (Beach Painting Contractors, 2021).

Source: https://www.beachpainting.com/blog/color-hue-tint-tone-and-shade/

Tips in choosing the right colour scheme

Use a colour wheel for inspiration to select a wedding palette. Follow the guidelines mentioned above, use complementary colours, possibly analogous colours, if you want to be bold. Do not forget to add neutrals as they can soften a colour scheme. Be aware of the tones, tints and shades within the hues.

Art supply stores tend to sell colour charts.  Alternatively, some hardware stores offer complimentary paint selector guides, which can help fine-tune colour preferences. There will be a variation in hues when comparing different materials. Once you have narrowed down your selection, go to a fabric store and find the closest hue. Most fabric stores can cut a small swatch which you can begin constructing your fabric colour wheel.

Tones, tints and shades within hues differ amongst fabric types (i.e. silk, chiffon). Therefore, when selecting your colour scheme, include fabric material. 

Accessing websites is another effective tool in developing your colour scheme. Pantone® who are experts in colours have a colour finder. (https://www.pantone.com/color-finder).

The colour finder offers numerous tones, tints, and shades within a particular hue. It also allows you to select a colour library that you can liken to a season, such as pastels and metallics. We would recommend starting with a primary colour, add a neutral then build your colour scheme from there. 

Using the colour finder tool is a great way to play around with colour and get a feel for what works and what does not. And it is free unless you opt to purchase that particular colour library and hue. 

Source: Pantone

Vision Boards

As we have mentioned in one of the previous blogs, vision boards are a great way to visualize ideas. Add various colour scheme and fabrics to get a feel with what works and what appeals.

Seasonal Colour Schemes

Different seasons tend to gravitate towards varying colour schemes. I got married in summer, where my colour scheme was blush pink and gold. I opted for warmer temperature colours.

Following seasonal variations along with a colour wheel can assist in developing your colour schemes. During the warmer months, colours tend to be bright and more audacious; therefore, brides can experiment with colours and create contemporary colour schemes. In the cooler months, particularly in winter, colours tend to be bolder such as red, green, metallic.  Pairing bold colours with heavier fabrics will no doubt be an eye-popper.

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Bridesmaid and Accessories

It can be challenging to translate the colour scheme to the bridesmaid dresses due to the bridesmaids’ individuality of hair and skin tone. Adjusting the tone, tint and shade of the hue will address the differences in hair and skin tone without affecting the colour scheme.

When carrying the colour scheme across to accessories such as flower arrangements, table centrepieces carry a small amount of the dominant hue across.

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Most colour trends are influenced by the Pantone®  color of the Year. I also tend to check out what is trending on pinterest along what fashion designers are using for their collections each season. These will definitely give you some ideas of what colours you can choose.

Selecting a colour scheme is a process that can be overwhelming. Take your time with it. The colours chosen should represent the style, mood and ambience of the wedding. Utilize the tools available to you.  Enjoy creating!

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Clean Beauty – A Healthy Alternative For Brides & Grooms.

The words ‘clean beauty’ seems to be used frequently amongst cosmetic and skincare brands. Phrases such as ‘natural’, ‘vegan’, vegetarian’, ‘organic’, and ‘animal-free’ are synonymous to clean beauty. From my point of view, clean beauty equates to chemically synthetic-free ingredients which in theory should be better for your overall health, particularly over a long period. It covers cosmetics, skincare, dental, hair, fragrances, the list goes on.

Putting the rise of clean beauty into perspective, a report published by the Statista Research Department in 2019 projected the natural and organic beauty industry to grow to $22bn by 2024. (Clean Beauty Gals, 2019).

Like food, there is a difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. Vegetarian-based products are derived from an animal; an example would be beeswax, produced from bees.

A further example would be red and purple based pigment cosmetics such as eyeshadows that are derived from carmine. Carmine is extracted through beetles and small insects. As the product is derived from an animal source, it is vegetarian. A beauty product that substitutes red dyes with real foods like strawberries and beets would be considered vegan.(aboutvegan.com, 2020).

Over the years, I have gradually moved towards organic, naturally derived skincare products. For me, using skincare products that have been made from olive oil, geranium, rose etc., have seen my skin look and feel better. My skin does not feel as clogged and heavy after putting on various skincare products.

Recently, I have changed my approach towards cosmetic products and now actively source brands that are natural, vegetarian, vegan and animal friendly. The change came about after years of wearing red and purple based eyeshadows and pencils, to end up with itchy eyes and sometimes conjunctivitis. It was frustrating as I was unable to wear these colours. It reached a point of enough is enough. After researching the web, I read about carmine and where it is sourced. It was then that I learnt the difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. The products I was using were vegetarian, so I sourced vegan alternatives. Now I wear red and purple eye-makeup without eye irritations.

More cosmetic brands are offering vegan lines recognising people’s preference for products that are ‘cleaner’, and one can argue better for our health. We have put together a list of brands across various categories to guide our wedztyler’s into purchasing clean beauty products.

INIKA CLEAR NATURAL BEAUTY

The brand offers PETA certified and cruelty-free; all their products are vegan. I use their red and purple shadows and liners which are quite pigmented and long lasting. Diverse range of products ranging from skincare to cosmetics – click on the website for details.

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HOURGLASS

Luxurious brand. One of our favourites here at Wedztyle. Hourglass has recently made the commitment to be 100% vegan by 2020. Until then, be mindful that not every product from the brand is currently free from animal-derived ingredients.  (Jowett, 2019)

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Cover FX

The entire range is cruelty-free and vegan (except for MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX). (Jowett, 2019).

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Morphe Cosmetics

Morphe now offer a complete 100% vegan range. Check out the range by clicking on the link below. It includes make-up brushes and skincare.

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Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte is brand that offers high quality sourced ingredients that are cruelty free. Not all the range of products are vegan.  Vegan based products are clearly identified, making it easy to select those products. Check out the range: https://tartecosmetics.com/shop/collections/vegan-friendly/#page=4

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PUREOLOGY PROFESSIONAL COLOR CARE

Offer vegan products. The new range Nanoworks Gold is vegan and sulfate FREE. Great for restoring dry brittle hair.

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DR. BRONNER’S SPEARMINT SHAVING GEL

For all those men out there, shaving cream that is made with only plant-based ingredients – does not contain aerosol, petrochemicals, detergents or artificial fragrances no soap.

The products offered are produced environmentally, ethically free. A family business that supports fair-trade.

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Dr Bonner’s extensive soap alternatives. Most impressive.

Other sites that we recommend that have a comprehensive range of vegan made products across all categories are:

  • Nourished Life which offers over 7,852 toxin free products

https://www.nourishedlife.com.au

  • Vegan.com vegan made easy – offers a vast range of products that are vegan derived, including food.

https://www.vegan.com

Google is your friend when searching for organic, natural, vegan based products that are animal cruelty free, palm oil and toxin free. For our wedztyle couples, we are offering alternative products that we believe are better for our health. Explore what is out there!!

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References

aboutvegan.com. (2020, November 02). Carmine. Retrieved from About Vegan.com: https://www.vegan.com/carmine/

Clean Beauty Gals. (2019, November 2019). Top 45 Clean Beauty Statistics and Trends. Retrieved from Clean Beauty Gals: https://cleanbeautygals.com/top-45-clean-beauty-statistics-and-trends/

Jowett, V. (2019, October 14). 13 vegan makeup brands you need to know about. Retrieved from Cosmopolitan UK: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/makeup/a45915/vegan-makeup/

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Not All Mascaras Are Equal – Which one is for you?

Following up on our blog ‘lash for beginners’, we wanted to reach out to our Wedztylers who prefer to use mascara to enhance their lashes. For me, choosing the right mascara for your eyelashes is just as significant as selecting the right shade of red lipstick. 

There is no doubt that there are many variations of mascara. My personal view is that not all mascaras work equally.  Thought should go into a cosmetic purchase such as this. I look at various elements, such as:

  • the smell – does it smell like a chemical laboratory?
  • the depth of pigment
  • the type of bristle brush
  • Wiper ratio – want good amount of product on the brush
  • It is not wet – I really do not want to be applying 2-3 coats
  • Intended effect – love lengthening and volumising
  • how easy it is to remove
  • consistency – gluggy and thick – my pet hate

Before I continue what I look for in a mascara, have you ever wondered about the ingredients in a mascara?  Mascara’s ingredients typically include a carbon black or iron oxide pigment to darken lashes; a polymer to form a film that coats lashes; a preservative; and thickening waxes or oils such as lanolin, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, castor oil, carnauba wax, and candelilla wax.” (Makayla, 2019).

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A lot of cosmetic products, including mascara, contain crystal guanine which is a colorant. Guanine is manufactured from fish scales. Yes, you read correctly. As fish scales are animal-based, mascaras are neither vegetarian nor vegan. Synthetic dyes (chemically derived) are also used as colorants (Makayla, 2019).

There are brands of mascara available that are natural and organic vegan, many of which are certified by the Vegan Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA (https://www.peta.org/). The Vegan Society logo launched in 1990 to help make a living a vegan lifestyle simple by providing an easy way to recognize whether a product comes from their certified Vegan beauty brands  (https://www.vegansociety.com/).

Interesting enough, the formulation of mascara has not changed dramatically over the past fifty years. What has changed and evolved is the mascara brush. Traditional mascara brushes are made from nylon bristle fibres which wrap around a wire into a particular shape. Nylon brushes deliver more volume. Nowadays, plastic-moulded brushes are used for greater design control. Cosmetic companies spend millions on patenting their brush designs to give a specific look (Gattis, L). These include:

  • Lengthening
  • Thickening/Volumising
  • Curling
  • Lash defining

It is worth mentioning that the thicker the brush, the more volume to the lash. The thinner the brush, more precision delivery to the lash.

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The wiper, which is the plastic ring inside the mascara tube’s mouth contributes to the performance of the product; it is pivotal.  Companies aim to balance the volume of excess formula wiped off versus how much is retained on the brush as it determines how much product is on lashes. If the wiper is too tight, all the formula gets squeezed off the brush. But too large a wiper, then it clumps. (Gattis, L).

Regardless of the formulation, the brush or bottle, it appears to me that the wiper is the bit that counts.

Brand and type of a mascara is a personal choice. I would like to do is share with our fellow Wedztylers my ultimate favourites.

Benefit – They’re Real

  • Long lasting
  • Lengthening
  • The brush separates my lashes and most importantly does NOT clump
  • Wiper ratio spot on
  • Paraben free which is another plus

Image Source : Instagram @benefitaustralia

Tarte – Lights Camera Action

  • Lengthens and volumizes
  • Does not clump
  • The brush is a good size
  • Long lasting
  • Ultra-dark pigment which is a huge plus
  • Wiper ratio is good – perfect amount falls on the lashes
  • Vegan

Image Source: Instagram @tartecosmetics

Charlotte Tilbury – Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes

  • My new obsession mascara
  • The bristle brush is narrow which gives that nice precision and control for an even lash effect
  • Lengthens, stretches and volumizes lashes beautifully
  • Strong pigment
  • Does not clump
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source : Instagram @Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2

  • Very volumizing due to bristle brus
  • Strong pigment
  • Does not clump
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source : Instagram @Charlotte Tilbury

Morphe – Make it big volumizing mascara

  • Well priced – excellent value for money
  • Decent size bristle brush
  • Adds great volume
  • Wiper ratio is good
  • Vegan

Image Source: Instagram @morphe

Hourglass – Film Noir Full Spectrum

  • Love the bristle brush – adds volume to my lashes
  • Pigmented
  • Nice formula – no clumps and applies evenly
  • Wiper ratio is perfect
  • Made without: Phthalate, sulphates, synthetic dyes and gluten.

Image Source: Instagram @hourglass

Stila – Magnum XXX™ Mascara

  • Lengthen and volumize -makes my lashes pop
  • Lashes look amazing due the bristle brush
  • Great pigment
  • It does not clump – true to the advertising
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source: Instagram @stilacosmentics

Chantecaille – Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

  • Due to the price – I use on special occasions – it has a treatment serum in the product hence the hefty price tag.
  • Nice formula
  • Bristle brush nicely lengthens and volumizes my lashes
  • Wiper ratio is good
  • Contains rose oil, not tested on animals, parabens and other nasties

Image Source: Instagram @chantecaille

Burberry – Cat Lashes

  • Love the product
  • Bristle brush delivers length and volume
  • Pigmented
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Made with Anti-oxidants, Fragrance-free, Oil-free, Paraben-free, Sulphate-free, Vitamins

Image Source: Instagram @burberry

For those looking for a natural organic vegan PETA mascara, check out Nourished life Australia. Nourished Life is a must for those who want clean beauty (no nasties, organic, vegan friendly PETA). Check out the website, it will amaze you. https://www.nourishedlife.com.au/.

There are many variations in the market. I encourage our Wedztylers to try different mascaras, colours, and types of lash effects. Keep in mind, the brand is irrelevant. Focus on the type of bristle brush and the wiper ratio. Not all mascaras are the same!!!

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References

Gattis, L. (2020, October 10). A Mascara Expert Sets the Record Straight. Retrieved from INTO THE GLOSS: https://intothegloss.com/2013/09/best-mascara-2013-expert-tips/

Makayla. (2019, October 24). Is it True That Mascara is Made of Bat Poop? Retrieved from https://www.encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/daily/is-it-true-that-mascara-is-made-of-bat-poop/

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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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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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