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Feb
05

Valentines Giveaway • J'aime les Macarons

We are so excited to announce our first ever giveaway on The Big Day, and just in time for Valentines Day!  We have a beautiful box of 12 divine assorted macarons from J'aime les Macarons to giveaway to one of our fantastic Facebook followers on Valentines Day! All you have to do is 'like' us on our Facebook page (if you already like us, don't worry you're in the draw!) and we will draw the winner on Monday 11th February - the winner can nominate anyone, anywhere in New Zealand (and you can choose yourself if you want to indulge!) to receive the box of Macarons delivered on Valentines Day!  You can also get an extra entry into the draw if you share our giveaway post on Facebook with your friends.

These macarons are just gorgeous, some of our favourites are Peach Iced Tea, Salted Butter Caramel, Pistachio and the ever-classic Rose which is a perfect flavour for a wedding!  J'aime les Macarons can provide their divine macarons for weddings, whether it be for wedding favours or for a dessert table - for more information you can check out their celebrations page here.

Good luck! x 

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Feb
04

Awards Season Inspiration: SAGs

You just have to love Awards Season and the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 did not disappoint! 

Following in perfect suit from the Golden Globes, the bridal inspiration keeps shining through. It wasn't just the dresses that have been standing out either, the hairstyles and makeup, I'm sure, will be pinned to good wedding boards everywhere!

Read more to check out some of the fab frocks from this years SAGs.

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Feb
02

DIY + Decor • Chairs

Yay for the weekend! I hope your weekend has started well and you have something fun planned.  It's a gorgeous day in our part of the country and I'm looking forward to getting out and enjoying some of this summer sun! Oh and some exciting news - we've got our first giveaway coming up next week, we'll tell you about it very soon but in the meantime think valentines day and divine!  

DIY + Decor is our brand new theme on The Big Day and we're going to be bringing you some fun, beautiful and fabulous inspiration that you can do yourself and convince your nearest and dearest to help! or even suggest to a fabulous event stylist who can help re-create the look - like the lovely Melanie Holt at All The Frills on The Professionals page!

Decorating chairs are one of those super-easy ways to make a visual impact either at your ceremony or reception and ribbon or some simple bunting, perhaps styled with some florals, makes a beautiful statement.  Here are two pretty chair decor images, the ribbon chair is a fabulous DIY project over at Wedding Chicks and so easy to create. Read more for some more lovely chair decor inspiration.

 Ribbon Chair via Wedding Chicks                                            Rustic Mr & Mrs Chair Signs via Jose Villa Blog

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Feb
01

Friday I'm in Love

It's such fun scrawling through the internet looking for lovely ideas to add to the 'Friday I'm In Love' segment of our blog. There are so many beautiful stories and photographs out there, and all so personal to the people involved. 

For me, I always love hearing people's proposal stories, whether they be completely planned and over the top or just an intimate one-on-one with your beloved. I love hearing the emotion in the person's voice when they re-tell their story and seeing how precious that memory is to them.

Well, I happened across this engagement post and by just looking at these stunning, raw and emotional photos of this happy couple's proposal would have to say that it's reason enough to make sure you hire a photographer for your proposal!

I love that these photos are shot in such a way that it's not encroaching on the couple's special moment and captures their love in such a magical way. 

Awwww bless x

 

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Jan
30

Soft Mint

It was only going to be a matter of time before we created a mint-themed inspiration board!  Mint inspired weddings started to show their popularity in the USA early in 2012 when we also started to see an increase in soft hues and pastels, and I've noticed more soft mint touches in New Zealand weddings since mid 2012.  Some wedding blogs are saying mint is going to be one of the wedding colours for 2013 and I think with gorgeous shades of mint like in that fabulous cake, it's a colour we won't be seeing going anywhere anytime soon!  

1. Pastel Ombre Cake  2. Table Setting  3. Succulent Bouquet  4. Photobooth + Backdrop  5. Succulent Favours  6. Groom  7. Mint Dress

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Jan
29

Pick of the Month: Hydrangea

We thought it would be useful to give you a 'pick of the month' and let you know what our favourite flower is for that particular month. January's flower just has to be the gorgeous Hydrangea.

These pretty flowers are available from December to May and there are so many different varieties and colours. Think deep purple and blue hues right through to reds, pinks and the classic white. The colour of flower is influenced by the nutirent status (pH level) of the soil, so different soils create different colours. Pretty cool eh?

I found some amazing ideas online using Hydrangeas in your wedding, from a sweet ribbon wrapped bouquet to a stunning flowing Hydrangea table runner! These simple flowers can look so effective whether you use just one stem in a simple vintage bottle or if you bunch them together to create a much more dramatic look.

Here are some of my favourite pins from our 'The Flowers' board on Pinterest. Enjoy x

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Jan
28

The Big Day Advertising • Made From Scratch

The Big Day did something exciting last week - we started our official advertising campaign!  We are still bubbling with excitement because we have the most gorgeous advert (above) on the most gorgeous NZ blog, Made From Scratch.

Ever since we contacted the truly sweet Rachael McMahon, we were pretty sure this was the perfect place for The Big Day to advertise, and we now have our lovely advert (be sure to tell us what you think!) on the Made From Scratch site and in the Made From Scratch directory.  I don't know where to start to tell you about all of the lovely things on Made From Scratch, but as Rachael puts it, 'Made From Scratch has blossomed into a trove of simple delicious home baking which you can learn at one of my delicious baking classes, DIY, wedding, living and celebration themed treasures to inspire you to live the most handmade life.'  I think Ang & I might just have to make our way to one of Rachael's baking classes one day!  Make sure you read more to see some mouth-watering baking images and a New Zealand Weddings Magazine feature by Made From Scratch, and be sure to visit Rachael's gorgeous site and keep an eye out for our lovely advert! x

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Jan
26

Style Me Pretty Weddings

Well after waiting patiently - ok so not really patiently if you consider I was actually excited about going to the mailbox each day! - our Style Me Pretty Weddings book has finally arrived!  Ang & I spent some time this morning adoring this book over some peppermint tea and mint slice (yum!) and we're so much in love with it we've decided to buy another one so we can have one each at our own homes, and we just may have decided to get another one to give away to one of our lovely readers later this year... stay tuned!

This book is full to the brim with gorgeous wedding inspiration, photography, colours, themes and some of the most beautiful wedding styling I have seen.  Abby Larson has really thought of everything, categorising the content into 5 main styles; classic, modern, rustic, whimsical and al fresco and has also included 30+ pages of DIY projects. I must say however, what I love most about this book (other than the amazing images) is actually the end, where Abby has written 'A Blessing for Style-Obsessed Brides Everywhere'.  Here is a little excerpt; 'Love and Details, my friends, are not mutually exclusive.  If you allow them to walk hand in hand, your wedding will be nothing short of magic'.  Now for someone who adores the true love of weddings but can't get past focusing on the little details, that is sweet.  Did I mention this book would be a perfect gift for a bride to be?  Read more for a look at some of my favourite images (so far!) from this very lovely book. x

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Jan
25

Friday I'm In Love

What I love about Friday's (other than it's almost the weekend - yay!) is that I can share some sweet images and films with you as part of our Friday I'm In Love features, and what's even better is being able share work by wonderful NZ wedding professionals.  This week it's two fabulous and very talented photographers, Coralee & Alex! This lovely and very gorgeous couple are based in Grey Lynn, Auckland and will happily travel the North Island (and beyond) - plus meet up with you to get to know you before your big day (I love that!).  This adorable and heartwarming image from their facebook page is called 'a special moment for Grandma'.  I don't know about you but I love it when Grandparents get to have a special moment or play a special part in a wedding.  I was so fortunate to have my wonderful Grandma at my wedding and it was an absolute treasure to have her involved, something that was so special to her but also to us.  Don't you just love this image, and how adorable is this Grandma?  You can just tell how super proud and happy she is - it's beautiful!

Happy Friday! x

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Jan
23

Polka Dot Dotty

When planning your big day, you will probably try to carry a theme throughout to help tie everything together. A theme can be anything from colour, a quote or even song lyrics. But I just love the thought of having fun with a polka dot theme. Dots can still be completely stylish but they also hint at something a little more fun and quirky from the happy couple.

Can't you just imagine sitting down at that outdoor vintage setting with recycled chairs and that gorgeous sheer tablecloth. I absolutely adore the dress and shoes combo of the bride walking down the steps into a shower of confetti. The spotty cake is a fun take on the 3 tier classic and the fabric envelopes are such a lovely idea and add another dimension of texture to your stationary. The polka dot shoes on the bride and bow tie on the groom are a great idea to add a little polka dot dottery and show a hint of your fun personality.

1. Vintage Table Setting 2. Bride + Groom 3. Polka Dot Cake 4. Fabric Spot Envelopes 5. Polka Dot Bowtie 6.Stationary 7. Polka Dot Shoes

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