Ghosts of Weddings Past

A perfect take on a modern wedding

A perfect take on a modern wedding



Not everyone knows how they should write their wedding invitations so here is something to remember when you design your invitations.


When Bride and Groom are the hosts of the wedding you begin your invitation with;

Miss Joanna Smith and Paul Jones

Request the honor of your presence

At their wedding


When the Bride’s parents are the hosts of the wedding you will begin the invitation with;

Mr and Mrs Simon Smith

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter



Mr Paul Jones


When you have Divorced Parents as the hosts of the wedding you will begin the invitation with;

Mr Simon Smith and Mrs Jane White

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter



Mr Paul Jones

Perfect Palettes

Perfect blend of black and orange for a urban take on an autumn wedding!

Perfect blend of black and orange for a urban take on an autumn wedding!

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Vendor tip-bits

Prep Shots- Bride & Groom

  1. The Dress- Hanging or Draped
  2. The North Window Shot- Bride facing out northern most window
  3. Bride walking down stairs
  4. Bride looking out (window or door)
  5. Maid of Honor & Brides Mom- zipping up dress
  6. Bride applying make-up
  7. Bride with bridesmaids and mothers
  8. Brides with her parents (and grandparents)
  9. Groom fixing hair
  10. Grooms father & best man- attaching boutonnière to lapel
  11. Groom checking time
  12. Groom with Grooms men and fathers
  13. Groom with his parents (and grandparents)
  14. Bride’s transport –Groom’s transport
  15. Bride exiting transport –Groom exiting transport


  1. Groom waiting at altar
  2. Church wide shot (with & without guests)
  3. Bride walking down the aisle (side profile & front)
  4. Father giving away the bride
  5. Groom over the brides shoulder (& vice versa)
  6. Holding hands- bride & groom
  7. Bride & Groom kiss
  8. Bride and Groom leaving church (receiving line)
  9. Various pictures of brides family and wedding party at the ceremony space
  10. Bride and groom leaving ceremony location


  1. Reception outside shot
  2. Wedding party entering the reception
  3. Food shots (cocktail hour, drinks, etc.)
  4. Shot of each table full of guests
  5. Shots of Bride & Groom with an without family
  6. Bride & Groom portraits
  7. Bride & Groom with wedding party
  8. Bride & Groom hands and Ring portraits
  9. First Dance
  10. Father/ Daughter dance
  11. Mother/Son dance
  12. Bouquet toss
  13. Garter toss
  14. Cake cutting
  15. Bride & groom feeding each other cake
  16. Misc. Guest dancing
  17. Bride & groom eating
  18. Father of the bride’s toast
  19. Best man and maid of honor toasts
  20. Bride and Groom’s speeches
  21. Centerpieces & bouquet/ decorations
  22. Guestbook & signatures
  23. Small children dancing with Bride & Groom
  24. Bride & groom’s parents dancing (and grandparents)
  25. Guests waiting for grand exit
  26. Exit shot
  27. Bride & Groom “just married” vehicle – driving away

Here Come the Girls

5 simple style steps for Mother of the Bride

  1. COMFORT IS KEY! The golden rule for the mother of the bride’s outfit is “be true to yourself”. You should wear something that makes you comfortable and makes you look good; you want your daughter to feel proud of you, after all.
  2. RECRUIT HELP! If the bride has a color theme in mind, it is important that she includes you in it. If the bride is not available to go shopping, I would recommend you take a good friend whose taste you respect or even if you’re close with a bridesmaid. A second opinion is invaluable.
  3. USE YOUR HEAD (OR NOT)! Hat or fascinator? If protocol requires it- or if you love wearing hats and they suit you-then why not? If the wedding is more informal, and you never wear hats, then why make yourself feel- and possibly even look- awkward on such an important day?
  4. SPEND WHERE IT COUNTS! Treat yourself to professional hair and make-up- though do make sure that they bring out the best of you and not turn you into someone no one recognizes!
  5. BUY’N’DYE! Your daughter’s wedding is a great excuse to splash out on some designer shoes, like Louboutin’s classic ‘simple pump’ in ivory ($615 You could then dye them to match the color of your outfit.

Simply the Guys

Now fellas this isn’t just any suit you’re choosing. It’s the outfit for your big day! We all know that your mom will have a dozen framed and laying around the house so you don’t want to mess it up.

Get measured!

Bets leave this to the professionals and seek a tailor. First decide whether you want to buy, rent or even have a suit custom made.

Know the formalities!

Unless you’re a seasoned attendee of the Oscars, you’re going to be dealing with the unknown, so make sure you’re clued up on how to knot your tie, bow tie or cravat so you don’t have a last minute panic on the big day. (Don’t worry we’ve got some tutorials for you)

Don’t forget the details!

Make sure your collar is stiff, your cuffs have cuff links and your cummerbund is color coordinated, if you are having them of course. Socks need to be thought of- Sponge bob square pants socks are not going to cut it, however a polka-dot or stripe could be fun for the photographs.

At the last minute!

Don’t do it!

Planner Perfect

Adding Pins to Pinterest!

Although with Pinterest you can’t upload multiple photos like other social media such as Facebook, there is a very simple way to upload a new pin from your own photos. Just follow these simple steps to start pinning like a pro!

Step one: Click on your profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen

Step two: Click ‘Upload pin’

Step three: Click ‘Choose Image’

Step four: Select image you wish to upload

Step five: Click Open

FINALLY: Select the board you wish to pin this to, write a short description of your choice and your now a pro!

Just repeat the process if you have more than one photo to upload.   Happy Pinning!

Ghosts of Weddings Past

Such a beautiful wedding playing on the blushes and golds!

Such a beautiful wedding playing on the blushes and golds!


Time for Toasts;

At a rehearsal dinner, the toasting order usually goes like this:

–          Toasts to the bride and groom

Groom’s dad, best man, maid/matron of honor, other friends

–          Toasts by the bride and groom

Groom toasts- bride, parents, new parents, and friends

Bride toasts- groom, parents, new parents, and friends

–          Dual toast

Bride and groom toast anyone they wish to honor, as a unit

At the wedding, the toasting order usually goes like this:

The father of the bride welcomes the guests, toasts the groom’s parents offers a few words of advice to the newlyweds, welcomes his new son in law to the family, says lovely things about his daughter and toasts the bride and groom.

The Groom compliments his new wife, thanks all the guests, thanks both sets of parents and toasts the bridesmaids.

The best man thanks the bridesmaids, reads any messages or apologies of absence, tells a few light-hearted anecdotes about the groom, and toasts the host/hostess and the newlyweds.

The Bride is now saying a few words at the wedding, don’t be afraid to stand up and say a few heartfelt words. You should speak after the groom, but before the best man.