Oops moments happen. We’re all human after all. Your wedding day will be no different which is why I think it’s important to have those ‘just in case’ items with you. Just a quick search on Pinterest is enough to give you heart palpitations about being completely unprepared. I mean for some of these you’re going to need to haul a bloody great suitcase with you down the aisle to fit it all in (overkill much?)
You should probably leave the extension cord at home, but there are a few things you really do need to have with you on your wedding day. For me those would be safety pins, plasters, chewing gum and deodorant.
They’re all pretty self-explanatory but one of them is a complete non-negotiable – a good deodorant. I know at my own wedding I have never felt more nervous than when I was about to walk down the aisle. A heady mixture of excitement, anticipation and nerves made me thankful I was wearing a good deodorant! If you’re a nervous bride like I was then you’ll definitely need to think about this too. After all, no-one wants sweat patches when your husband or wife-to-be sees you for the first time. And let’s face it, this is likely to be very sweat-patch inducing moment!
Today I’m partnering with Dove to share their brand new campaign, Amazing Moments, in which they put their Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to the test during a real woman’s surprise proposal to the love of her life. Dove Clinical Protection offers undeniable wetness protection and has ¼ moisturisers to care for skin.
Tara-Lee and Jesse were married at the groom’s family home on Mt Tamborine, Australia. The day had a vintage circus/ carnival theme!
“Jesse and I are far from traditional people”, began the bride. “We like to do things totally left-field and wanted a day that people would be talking about for years to come that would also suit us perfectly. We wanted something fun, wild and not like the everyday type of weddings that people expect. We wanted a big party that we just so happened to get married at.
Their our officiant dressed up as a gypsy psychic for the ceremony and their 6 year old daughter was decked out head to toe as a Ring Master. Their baby daughter was even dressed as a lion! “The ceremony started with Lily standing up on a podium, calling everyone’s attention to ‘Roll up! Take your places because the bride is here!’ I walked down the aisle to City and Colour’s Northern Wind. My vows consisted of gaming references as a surprise to Jesse and his vows consisted of singing I Wanna Grow Old With You from The Wedding Singer, which was the best surprise and was funny because we’d actually joked about them being our wedding vows!”
We all want to have that moment. The moment where you find ‘the’ dress, you feel like a princess for the first time in your life, and you squeal with excitement over the thought of walking down the aisle in the most perfect gown you’ve ever laid eyes on.
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Brooke and Jamie were married on a beach in Florida. They had a reception for their loved ones two weeks after. “Jamie said he wanted to get married on the beach and I ran with it”, the bride said. “Our theme was romantic, boho, beachy and casual but with our individual fashion flares.”
The bride’s dress came from Forever 21 and it was $30! “We always coordinate our outfits even at home in our PJs so our outfits ended up being the inspiration and feel for the day. We didn’t have a wedding party or any guests. We wanted it to be just the two of us and I’m so glad we did. It was extremely intimate and not at all intimidating. We knew we would both get emotional and we didn’t want to do so in front of a bunch of people. It was like there was no one else but us there that day. Perfect in every way.”
Heather and Iggy’s wedding took place in St Omer Park, Queenstown. Their lakeside ceremony was intimate and perfect for them. “We chose to have a short ceremony in a Queenstown park on the edge of Lake Wakatipu ($35 hire fee to the council – yeah!) We narrowed down the precise location the day before, and then updated everyone via our prepared contact lists. The set-up was easy – a few chairs for those that needed it, strings of cranes placed in the willow trees by the best man and Iggy, and a few well-coordinated meet-ups with the celebrant and my brother that played our music from a portable speaker.”
“We had prepared the ceremony format weeks before, and it ran for 10-15 minutes. The weather was great on the day, which was lucky as our wet weather alternative wasn’t really feasible. As the ceremony location was in public, the wedding party consisting of me, my bridesmaid and my father found a way to subtly sneak up behind a huge oak tree (me with a sheet around my dress!) and emerge without being seen.”
Natalie and Lewis not only planned their wedding very quickly, but they did so with a small budget and grand ideas! Not really liking traditional wedding colours or themes, they pulled together a Great Gatsby inspired day with a budget of £6000.
“I love the Great Gatsby and the 1920s so we based the wedding loosely on that”, said the bride. “Lots of lighting, peacock feathers and sparkly things. I don’t particularly like ‘wedding colours’ so I dressed my bridal party in metallics and kept our bouquets white with greenery and peacock feathers to break them up a bit. The chairs at the village hall were black and gold with a shell pattern which matched perfectly, which was lucky as I hate chair covers with a passion. We also had some Thai influences as my friend Joy is so talented at fruit carving and we love Thai food.”
“We planned the entire wedding very quickly but we were pretty laid back about the whole thing. The only time I was actually properly stressed was the day before, as I was on a course for work and my phone rang constantly for four hours! We were lucky in that we got all of the suppliers we wanted at short notice, I think having a January wedding helped! I think I booked the caterers two weeks beforehand.”