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Just Married

May the best Bridezilla win.

Tips and tricks for the biggest bash. 

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Source: Intimate Weddings

We can’t all be Sofia Coppola cool getting married to a French rocker in a lilac dress. But we can try. And these days thanks to our deep creeping Insta skills, all the best wedding tips and tricks are there for the taking. 

Hipster bomboniere, delicious food cheats and out-of-the-box entertainment to say I do to. Here’s our favourite new trends to make your big day better than Stacey’s in accounts. Let the Bride Wars begin…


Quirky Cakes 

Forget the fruit cake with those weird bride and groom figurines… so 1950s. Getting hitched is meant to be FUN! Enter: dessert table of your dreams. We never said we don’t like layers. 

Go wild with alternative bakes like cookies, doughnuts, macaroons - the lot. Mix and match flavours. Suss NYC cult bakery Momofuku Milk Bar for inspo. Rustic naked cakes are also so. Cool. Right. Now. (As opposed to the OTT traditional fondant.) When it comes to deco time wild flowers are everything you need. 


Drink Up

Wooden craft beer bars, homemade lemonade served in mason jars, edible flowers frozen in your ice cubes at a bar decorated in foraged foliage... Can we get a drink? 

It’s all in the details. An old-school turned new-school idea to try is the classic punch bowl with all fresh fruit and interesting mixes like apple cider and vanilla. Or save dollar on the bar man with a DIY cocktail table. It’ll do wonders for the mise-en-scene.


Meals on Wheels

Nobody ever wants a three-course, sit-down dinner (yawn) when it’s cutting in on precious dance-floor time. We like quick-and-easy, but still delicious. Artisan food trucks are number-one pick for feeding your wedding guests. 

There’s the streamline burger bus, a fish and chip van with customised bride and groom packaging, taco trucks, pizza parties and (our favourite) the retro oyster shuck caravan. The options are infinite here but we recommend the menu sticks with classic people pleasers.


Bomboniere 

Small keepsakes that are overflowing with thoughtfulness and practicality are on point. You don’t have to go high roller to impress the family with fancy guest takeaways. 

Think customised soap bars with sweet lovey labels, match boxes that read ‘I found my match’ followed by the new couple’s name and date, homemade jam (cue a sticker that says something romantic like spread the love) and happily ever after plants like succulents in little silver buckets. Highlight: delicious wedding pie pops. 


Entertainment

Ditch the Dj and bring book the band. Live music is where the I dos are at (sans wedding singer gooey sonnets). Big clunky old-school instruments set the scene but remix the traditional with new upbeat tunes to keep everyone dancing. Throwbacks to 80s soul are all the rage on the Spotify wedding playlists. 

In-between twirls, video booths are the next big thing. Photos are so yesterday. Let your guests leave a living, breathing memory for you and your lover to watch over and over again. Makes for a whole lot of laughs as the celebration goes on and the champagne tops up.


Hashtags

Yep. Did you even get hitched if nobody’s tagging it? Once you’ve settled on the dress, the bridesmaids and sure, the groom, your wedding day hashtag has gotta be the next most important thing on the list. A few to try (insert your name/maiden name where necessary): #wedoARCHANDARCHgethitched #ARCHnomore #mrshappilyeverafter #nomoreARCH #wecamewesawwewed #thatsawrapforARCHandARCH

There is seriously no end to the potential of this thing!


By: Olivia Drake

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