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Post # 347
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve only got about 6 months to go now so pretty much all the major stuff is booked in, just the fiddly bits left like some more decorations, photobooth props, stationary etc. I managed to design our invitations in publisher this week though which made me very happy as it will save us some money!

We started dance classes the other week too so am looking forward to those and hopefully Fiance will get more comfortable with it as time goes on.

Post # 348
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@Lollybags:  Hey! Looks like we have the same wedding date πŸ™‚ I think I’ve seen you around the boards too now and then; where are you/where will you be getting married?

Post # 349
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@Lollybags:  Wow, 6 months?! I’m freaking out that I have 9 months to go! Though my Fiance has asked me to stop saying that, because then he freaks out! It just keeps getting closer and closer..

 

I assume Christmas/ New Year’s will be write off though, and fly by, and then it will be 2014 already, oh my!

 

Anyone else freaking out, or just me? πŸ˜›

 

Post # 350
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The internet is being bizarre and won’t let me reply to people but ksus07 – I’m in Adelaide and will be getting married here too, which makes things nice and easy! It’s a historic home with huge gardens and stuff and the reception is in a permanent marquee. The weather in early April here can be a bit unknown but *usually* it’s nice and mild in the 20s. Is yours an outdoor ceremony too?

 And Lfly I am definitely starting to get a bit twitchy! I made up a to do list for everything I could think of and it was soooo long, haha. Most of it though you can’t really do until the wedding is a bit closer but I’m trying to knock off everything I can in the meantime. Wanting to sort out gifts for the bridal party – the girls are easy (manicures, robes, clutch etc) but the boys are harder as we don’t want to get them a hip flask etc. they will never use again etc. Any ideas Australian bees?

 And my dress arrived at the store yesterday too, 6 months after ordering!

Post # 351
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@Lfly:  Wow, lucky you! Sounds like you’ve got stuff sorted with all the friendors!

I’m umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether I book this photographer. I won 50% off any photography package at the Bridal Expo, and the company looks good but there doesn’t seem to be ANY reviews online. I largely rely on reviews to give myself piece of mind, and we unintentionally booked a lot of ABIA award winning vendors. So with these photographers, I keep stressing about what if there’s something suss about them since I can’t find online reviews?! But we’re getting such a good deal, that if I choose to go with anyone else it will cost me double!

I’m freaking out that I’ve just passed the one year mark let alone six months!

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@ksus07:  

How exciting for you ladies!

I’m not even sure where to start with booking everything, and apart from the big ticket items I’m panicking about whether there are things that I’ve missed!

Post # 352
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@Lollybags:  What’s your budget for the groomsmen’s gifts? What about something like a Leatherman or something?

One of my bridesmaids gave her husband one as a wedding gift when they got married, so that’s off the cards for my groomsmen but my Fiance was given one for Christmas too and they got theirs out and were all manly-like comparing them.

They’ll jump at any chance to use it as well! Open a bottle? Here’s the Leatherman? Need to cut something? Take the Leathermen!

Boys are strange Tongue Out

Post # 353
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@Lollybags:  Sounds nice! I’m actually planning a GC wedding from Darwin… sooooo I’ll see how that goes, haha. And not quite an outdoor wedding… We’re having a church wedding with a harbour cruise reception – FH and I sort of were on a boat cruise when we got talking, so it has some meaning for us πŸ™‚ Not looking forward to probably freezing my arse off though! Haha. Bloody Darwin heat’s made me a cold weather wuss…

Oh and I think we’re getting each of the groomsmen a bottle of their favourite spirit and maybe something to go with that (e.g. a personalised flask and/or shot glasses). And underwear with “Groomsman” on the back! Something they can use, right? But hopefully not immediately before the ceremony, in terms of the alcohol anyway πŸ˜›

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@xoCATox:  Yeah I’m the same… I’ve got most of the “big stuff” booked (not necessarily fully paid for though – YIKES). Er.. oops I need to get a move on and book flights too!

Post # 354
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@ksus07:  If your groomsmen are anything like mine… you’re going to have a plethora of bottom-shots in their groomsman underwear!

Boys drinking from their flasks wearing nothing but their jocks on the morning of your wedding! Haha.

Post # 355
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

xoCATox – do you like the photographers photos, even though you can’t find online reviews? 50% is a huge saving so I would definitely be tempted if I thought the photos looked good and I had met them and liked them! The only reviews I had for our photog is on her facebook page (brides saying how much they liked her etc) but I was happy to book her based on that, her pictures and having met and liked her.

Leatherman might be a good idea! I think FI’s bro may already have one (he is a farmer and it strikes me as something he would own) but I will check. They can vary a lot in price right based on what kind of one you get right? If that won’t work maybe a decent bottle of scotch or something.

Post # 356
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@xoCATox:  Bahaha yes I have considered the possibility of that happening! It would definitely make the album, that’s for sure πŸ™‚

Post # 357
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@Lollybags:  They do some good work, but some of their online shots are far too staged and dramatic for me. Think movie promo shots or something like that. But I figure I can ask for more natural candid shots… if they can do the fancy stuff, then the simple kind of photography I’m after should be a breeze for them right?

I did message a bride on Facebook who was in their Facebook album asking whether she could give me any feedback, but she never replied!

In the end, I think I might have to go with them. I’ll be getting a full day’s photography with 2 photographers (and DVD and leather-bound book) plus 6 – 10 hour videography package for just under $3,500. I can’t even get the photography alone for that price with most other photographers!

 

And yes, they vary a lot in price. I think you could get a fairly basic yet decent one for $50 – $80 which would be a nice gift!

Post # 358
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@ksus07:  Haha Make sure you post it in recaps if that happens! πŸ˜‰

Post # 359
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Another Aussie here! 399 days to go! Tell me more, I’m in Canberra πŸ˜‰

Post # 360
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@xoCATox:  That photography/ videography price is a sweet deal!

Can you ask the vendor for reviews, surely they must have had some feedback from happy brides & grooms? Can you visit their studio to view a portfolio of their work to see if they do the kind of photography you like? Make sure you show them lots of inspiration pics (including styles that you dislike!) and see if they are willing to take the kind of pics you want

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