Sara and Marc were married in a castle. Their day had a gothic feel and the bride wore purple! Their budget was just $8,000 and they saved money by DIYing the décor, not having a DJ or band, and by avoiding using real flowers or having a traditional wedding cake. They were also very lucky to win their wedding photography in a competition!
“If I had to choose a theme for our wedding id say it was ‘gothic chic'”, explained the bride. “It was dark and beautiful, classy, and feminine. We wanted the wedding on Halloween but the venue was already booked so we went with the 10th October instead. However it turned out to be better than if we’d done it on the 31st because the weather was perfect!!
“Still, we kind of went with a Halloween theme. We had bats hanging off the centrepieces which were made from branches, skull garlands hanging behind our seats and black glitter pumpkins on the tables. Marc wanted to have a modern day Lestat look for his outfit, which I think work out perfect for the look of the wedding.”
Your wedding is coming up fast, but it’s never too late to decide to turn over a new leaf when it comes to your beauty routine and taking care of your skin. It’s important to realise that good additions to your beauty routine don’t always have to be drastic either. Some of the best are on the simple side.
1. Finding the right concealer
When it comes to make-up, specifically wedding day make up that needs to last all day and be photographed well, concealer really doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping you look your best.
The ideal concealer is creamy and yellow based and the shade should be one shade lighter than your skin tone for best results. My current favourite is the Full Coverage Concealer by Make Up Forever applied with a mini Beauty Blender which helps it get right into the nooks of your eyes. This combo makes short work of dark circles and covers any blemishes in a flash!
2. Embrace the miracle of face oil
If you’re like many, you probably grew up thinking oil anywhere near your face was a no-no. However, the time has come to embrace it wholeheartedly, especially if you’re concerned with countering the effects of ageing.
Face oils can help restore your skin’s natural lipid levels and heal parched areas. Almond oil, olive oil, and sesame oil are popular options, but feel free to experiment until you find one that works for you. Just make sure you save your oil therapy for night-time, unless you’re planning on going au naturel for the day. Oil and make-up don’t mix!
It’s pricey, but I’m obsessed with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I use it every night and when I wake up my skin feels incredible!
3. Use sun protection everyday
When it comes to ageing, sun damage is the biggest offender out there, so sun protection is absolutely key when it comes to having flawless skin. Make sure you opt for a product that’s SPF 30 or higher. You should also make sure you’re protected against both UVA and UVB rays by choosing a full spectrum product. You could also use a foundation that has SPF already in it.
Childhood sweethearts Mirlah and Nik were married in June and had a colourful Mexican fiesta inspired wedding. The day also had a bit of a festival vibe with the bell tents and their laid back attitude.
“The word ‘Fiestaval’ cropped up a few times”, said the bride. “I think our wedding was nothing like our guests had ever seen before! There were details in every nook and cranny, but everything had meaning and were really appreciated. Our venue really did us proud and no one tired of the amazing view! We did away with the DJ for the evening and hired a jukebox. The mix of music was unreal and had everyone of the dance floor. Mod classics and pop tunes mixed old school R’n’B. Everyone loved it!”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “We stuck to tradition where we wanted too and mixed up where it didn’t feel quite right. We decided to ditch the top table in exchange for a ‘sweetheart table’ so we could spend some time together. Our food was served from Mexican style street food stalls, and we did the cutting of the cake but only because it had sweeties inside!”
Katie and Ryan’s wedding had a ‘Til Death Us Do Part’ theme. They wanted to play homage to their love of Halloween and October, but for it not to be cheesy or too themed.
“Being an October wedding, we wanted it to be a but macabre but not full on ‘trick or treat’ with black and orange everywhere”, explained Katie.
“We have always considered October to be ‘our month’. Our anniversary for when we began dating is October 1, and our first official date involved carving pumpkins and watching horror movies. This quickly turned into our favourite yearly tradition. Our theme was ‘Til Death Us Do Part’.”
“One of our main goals was to create a memorable experience for our guests. Starting with the invites, the guests would RSVP by tearing a card off the main invite, decapitating printed illustrations of us.
The most important thing to Tess and Ruairi was that their wedding included their two kids as much as it reflected them. So the day was more like a kid’s birthday party than a wedding!
“We’re not big wedding fans, or rather we’re not big fans of the prescribed wedding format”, said the bride. “So for our day we decided to think about the things that were really, REALLY important to us and to steer ir in that direction. We have two children and we wanted them to be just as involved in the wedding as we were so our theme ended up being like a kid’s party!”
“We had tons of kids attending so we wanted them to enjoy the wedding as much as the adults. We hired Sublime Science, a kid’s birthday entertainer. ‘Prof Louis’ was fab and she kept the kids utterly enthralled. There was sweet making, exploding coke rockets, slime making, chasing fugitive balloons across football pitches, lots of shrieks, screams and smiles from all the kiddies and most of the adults!”
“Our youngest is three and we thought perhaps the science party might be a bit too old for him (in the end it wasn’t) so we also arranged for a local reptile sanctuary, Lenny’s Lizards, to come and bring along some extra guests! We didn’t bargain on two boa constrictors, numerous corn snakes and lots of lizards, but everyone LOVED it.”
“We also put out old wooden crates full of games for young and old alike. There were ball games, Jenga, fuzzy felt, marbles and jacks. They were meant for the kids but were mostly used by the adults!”
Melissa and Phillip’s summer wedding was held in the bride’s parents’ back garden. It had a colourful, retro theme and they had two vintage trailers!
“We met online in 2012 and we immediately bonded over all of the things we have in common, especially our shared love of all things old”, Melissa said. “We really wanted to have a personalised wedding and to include all the things we love. We are both super into vintage and we sell at a local antique store. That’s one of the biggest things that bonded us together so of course we had to have it as our wedding theme! We also both love art and making things, which I think was reflected in the wedding since we handmade and designed so much of it.”
The budget was $7000 and they saved money by having the wedding at home, the bride making her dress and crafting all the décor themselves. “We did soooo many DIY projects!” she continued. “We’re both very into making things so we had a long list of wedding DIYs. I’m happy to say we managed to pull off most of them! The biggest project, for me, was making my wedding dress. I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager and absolutely love it, so I knew from the start that I wanted to make my own dress. I really wanted a unique vintage style that can be hard to find in ready-to-wear dresses. I found inspiration online and worked for months searching for a pattern to start with, grading and fitting, and then finally sewing it. I was lucky to have two patient sewing teachers who helped me immensely through the whole process. In total it only cost me $200 in materials. I also made Phillip’s vest, my getting ready robe, and my birdcage veil.”