Brides & Grooms Resources

What sort of flowers are you having on your special day?

There are so many choices, do you go for a more simplistic look with a stunning posy of roses, or opt for a gorgeous cascading arrangement? Perhaps something a little different might suite your tastes better???

Check out some gorgeous pics below and tell us what style you prefer.


Top Trends for Wedding Registries!

The times are changing! Couples aren’t just popping traditional china on their registry anymore. See what the industry experts predict will be the top wedding registry trends for 2013.


Registry Trend: High Tea

Perhaps it’s because of the Royal Wedding that we’re channelling our English ancestors who just love their tea, but we’re seeing a huge increase of teapots, tea cups and high tea sets making their way onto wedding registries. Couples are even choosing vintage-inspired patterns over modern block colours. “For a special twist on your registry, add your favourite tea to the list too, so you can start enjoying your new tea set straight away.”

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PLANNING AND IDEAS – Who pays for What?

Forget the archaic rule that says certain people have to pay for certain things. The bride’s parents need not take out a third mortgage to pay for the wedding, and the groom’s parents are not off the hook either. Besides, the two of you might even be covering a good chunk of the expenses yourselves. The best way to work it out? Sit down with pencil, paper, and calculator and figure out what you really want and can afford. Keep in mind that informal weddings are usually smaller (and therefore cheaper), and formal weddings tend to be larger (and therefore more expensive).

Here’s a list of the traditional costs for everyone involved — but remember, these “rules” are made to be broken!


  • Bride and family pay for church or synagogue, sexton, organist, etc.
  • Groom and family pay for marriage legal documents and celebrant’s fee.


  • Bride and family pay for bride’s dress, veil, accessories, and trousseau (read: lingerie and honeymoon clothes).
  • Groom and family pay for groom’s outfit.
  • All attendants pay for their own clothing (including shoes).


  • Bride and family pay for arrangements for church (including huppah if a Jewish wedding ceremony) and reception, plus bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girls.
  • Groom and family pay for bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage, boutonnieres for men, and corsages for mothers and grandmothers.


  • Groom and family pay for complete honeymoon.


  • Bride and family pay for all wedding photos and video.

Prewedding Parties

  • Bride or groom’s family plans and hosts engagement party; if there is more than one, bride’s family hosts the first one.
  • Groom’s family plans and hosts the rehearsal dinner.
  • Bride plans and hosts bridesmaids’ luncheon.
  • Groom hosts and plans bachelors’ dinner.
  • Maid of honour and bridesmaids host shower.
  • Best man and ushers host bachelor party.
  • Friends may throw additional engagement parties or showers.


  • Bride and family pay for all professional services, including food, drink, decorations, and music.


  • Bride and/or her family pay for groom’s ring.
  • Groom and/or his family pay for both of the bride’s rings.


  • Bride and family pay for invitations, announcements, and wedding programs.


  • Bride and family pay for wedding transportation of bridal party to and from ceremony and reception.


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You have arranged the reception venue, chosen the caterers, selected a menu and picked the cake. The music has been finalised and the flowers will look fantastic.

But now comes the tricky part. Seemingly a simple task, creating a seating plan for your guests requires patience, diplomacy, and quite probably the assistance of both your mother and your groom’s mother if you are to avoid a possible faux pas.

Although there are a variety of traditional seating plans, it is entirely up to you whether you are guided by one of them, or adopt a more individual approach. The first step is to check with your reception venue to find out how many guests can comfortably be seated at each table. You can then calculate the total number of tables you require.

You should aim to create a seating plan that takes the comfort of all your guests into consideration. Start by placing people together who you know will mix well. Think of their ages, backgrounds and interests. Where possible, seat mutual friends beside one another and avoid splitting up couples. Guests who don’t know anyone can be placed next to people who are friendly and easy to talk to.

Keep in mind recent divorces, strained family relationships, and guests with different personalities. The seating arrangements for children, and elderly or disabled guests will also require special attention.


Should you have a number of children attending your reception you may decide to have a special children’s table. However, this might result in some fairly exuberant behaviour during the event. So angelic during the ceremony, a small guest fuelled by sugary wedding cake can turn into a wild child during the reception. An adult willing to supervise is often a good idea. Or, place two or three children together on different tables (think divide and conquer).

For your older guests, consider their comfort by seating them in easily accessed positions that are close to amenities and, if applicable, to other family members.

So that your guests know where they are seated, you can either put individual place cards on each table, or a single card listing each guest’s name in the centre of the table. You can also draw up a room plan, which should be placed at the entrance to the reception area, showing table positions and listing the guests seated at each table.

The bridal table usually faces your guests, or is placed in the centre of the room. The closer guests are seated to the bridal table, the more honoured they will feel.

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the wedding party’s table. Or, you can arrange a separate table for each set of parents, and seat them with close friends and relatives. The MC and minister are usually seated at the bride’s parents’ table.

However, you might also decide to break with tradition entirely and create a more informal atmosphere by seating the bridal party with their partners or friends, while you sit with those closest to you at a centrally located table.

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