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  • 5 Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

    One of the key parts of planning your wedding, apart from the likes of finalising a date, time, venue and the wedding invitations, would be to hire a wedding photographer. As it will be what you will walk away with of your big day, your wedding photographs and wedding album will be the biggest memento made of lovely memories captured in time. So, what do you need to ask you wedding photographer before hiring him/her? Here are five key questions to ask your wedding photographer before you hire them as a wedding vendor!

    1. Can we see samples of your work? Do you have sample collections of entire weddings you have shot?

    Wedding Photography Entire Album Samples

    It is always a good rule of thumb to see proof of work from your wedding photographer shortlist. Make sure you see a few collections of different wedding styles to see their flexibility. If there is a certain wedding style that captures your eye, make a note of it.

    2, Have you photographed weddings similar to our wedding style? Do you have references we can call?

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    When you are checking out samples of complete wedding albums, make sure to let them know your weddings style and the kind of wedding photography you are looking for. Also inquire whether they have shot similar weddings and to see those as samples. Also, ask for a reference from former brides and grooms to find out the level of satisfaction and customer service they have received.

    3. Do you post wedding photograph proofs online, or will we receive negatives? When will we received them?

    Wedding Photography Online Proofs

    How and when you receive your proofs from the wedding is important. It is usually on a storage media device or online, but if the photographer shoots in film, you will receive negatives. Make sure you ask how long it will be available to you.

    4. Who will be photographing our wedding? Do you have contingencies in case of equipment failure?

    Photographing the Wedding

    If your photographer is part of a studio, he/she may have several photographers who may cover your wedding. It is important to know who they are and if they too are able to shoot your wedding photographs according to the preferred style. In addition, it is good to know if they have contingency plans/back-up equipment if their primary equipment fails (to avoid a major wedding disaster)!

    5. How many photographs will the wedding album include, and when will it be ready once we have selected them?

    Wedding Photography Album Storybook

    A photographer usually provides approximately 500 exposures of the big day, but only a limited number of photographs will be included in your wedding album. Make sure you know how many (this can depend on the budget/package selected) is possible. Also, ask them how long you will have to wait until you receive the wedding albums once you submit the selected photographs from the wedding proofs.

  • The Art of Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

    DreamDay Invitations The Art of Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Location, location, location used to be one of the core factors that plays a part in the art of choosing the perfect wedding venue. However, that is not the only thing you need to consider when you are trying to decide on the perfect wedding venue for your big day, be it for the wedding ceremony or the reception (most often both).  It is so very important, because when you have the perfect location, your other wedding planning elements just come to life, whether it is the decor or the wedding photography. So how do you choose the perfect wedding venue? The decision used to fall on the number of people you wanted to attend, the budget you had in mind, and of course the location, but with the changing times, there are other things to consider.

    The Food

    Food Wedding Venue

    Let's face it, people love to eat, and if the couple are foodies they would want to share their love of food with their wedding guests. You would lean towards venue that offers delicious gastronomic delights that will leave your wedding guests revelling in the layers of rich food. However, if you are selecting a wedding venue that does not come with an expert panel of chefs and cooks, then you may want to reach out to a few wedding caterers and have tastings to make sure the food matches your taste palettes.

    The Photography

    With social media making so many memories shareable with the click of a button, wedding venues are most often than not all about the wonderful photographs you may get. You will find that most couples will stroll through the venues several times to picture the type of photographs they can get out of the day and how it fits into their wedding vision.

    The Unique Details of a Venue

    If you are shopping for wedding venues, you may pick locations that has history or unique looks that will make for great conversational items for your wedding guests, even incorporating the wedding theme with the location. For example, historic wedding venues give off an old world charm that resonates well with a vintage wedding theme, with books, lanterns and vintage suitcases used for decorative pieces. Sometimes, you'll find a statement feature that would go amazingly with your personalities, such as a graffiti wall tucked away within a historic venue.

    The Numbers

    Of course, the number of invitees in the wedding list is an important factor in deciding on the perfect venue. You need to make sure that the wedding venue can indeed accommodate everyone you want to attend your special day.  But that isn’t the only thing being referred to; the budget is vital too, after all you need to be able to afford it all.

    In order for you to choose the perfect wedding venue keep these factors in mind – food, photography and the memorable moments, and not forgetting the invitee numbers and budget too.

  • Wedding Day - Reception Stationery Essentials

    Wedding planning usually involves many components that when put together makes for a great looking day. You almost always start with the wedding date, time and venue which will be included in the wedding invitations (then you will need to think about other things such as figuring out who to invite and more).

    DreamDay Invitations Australia Online Wedding Invitations Stationery

    If you've decided to have a destination wedding, the wedding invites need to be sent out as soon as possible. However, proper wedding etiquette allows a period between three to six months before the wedding day, allowing wedding invitees and guests to make arrangements such as accommodation and travel. Often,  the bride and groom will contact hotels,  inns or motels close to the wedding venue and request special rates or have rooms blocked out for your wedding guests to choose from. This information can be included in the wedding invite card too.

    Between figuring out your wedding invitations (and sending them out) to the day of the wedding, there are various things on the wedding planning checklist that needs to be accomplished. Things like figuring out what the bride and groom will wear are important being the stars of the show. It's also important to look into other details such as what the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the bridal retinue/party will wear. This includes their bouquets/boutonnieres, hairstyles and accessories too. That's not all. You have to also consider food and beverages, what type of setup you're going for and the dining style - buffet or sit down.  Accordingly you'll have various wedding stationery options to choose from.

    DreamDay Invitations Wedding Stationery Order of Service

    When it comes to wedding stationery, it acts as an informative tool to often direct your wedding guests as to where they need to go or what is available to them. You'll start with a wedding banner at the entrance to let your guests know they're at the right place, followed by arrows or flags that can be placed paving the way. There can be a place cards table for your guests to pick up theirs and place at the seat they choose. If you've decided where everyone will sit, then you can have yourself a seating chart, either alphabetical or according to the tables, and have the place cards set at each table.

    ​ Other items you may find at the table would include a souvenir menu card if you are opting for a sit down dinner, as well as a table number card and don't forget the  bomboniere tags/labels you may need when presenting your wedding guests with a small token of thanks. Speaking of thanks, you will also need to have ready thank you cards to thank your guests for attending your big day. These are just some of the wedding stationery essentials you may think to use. If you have any more ideas and suggestions, let us know! We'd love to hear from you. ​

  • Minimalist Modern Wedding Invitations & Themes

    The saying "Less is More" is paramount when your personal style aesthetic is minimalist and simplistic. Often associated with modern styling in day to day life, minimalistic weddings featuring modern wedding invitations, designs and styles are well received for its sophisticated and polished look. There are many ways in which you create a minimalist modern wedding theme, with ideas from the world over that can transform your wedding into an elegant and sophisticated soiree.

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    What is Modern Minimalist Design?

    Essentially a minimalist design involves less clutter and items being used.  Often it involves clean lines, a few items with white space to let the focal design feature show through. It allows for the eyes to draw up to it giving it the attention it deserves. Colours often chosen for a minimalist design are from the same palette, either on the opposite sides of the palette spectrum of from a neighbouring colour tone/shade.

    Modern Wedding Invitations and Custom Minimalist Designs

    ​When choosing your modern wedding invitations, they should reflect on the wedding vision and the minimalist modern style. A key point to note is to leave items to be open and flowing, with as less clutter as possible. This doesn't mean that you should abstain from using patterns, if used in a simple manner that creates architecture, depth or clarity, then you may do so but be wary that it's often best to use patterns sparingly in order for the focus to go to key design features such as the names of the bride and groom, a monogram or the focal feature. Try to avoid all-over designs when choosing your modern minimalist wedding invitations.

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    Styling a Modern Wedding

    With a modern minimalist themed wedding, you're shifting the focus from the various other elements that could take the focus off the VIPs at the wedding - the bride and groom.  We've put together a few ideas to make sure the wedding is styled in a way that simplifies and minimises clutter.

    Ceremony: Use a natural backdrop if you're having an outdoor wedding or a focal background from your venue such as a framed window without creating a separate altar.

    Bouquets: Sticking to either one type of flower, perhaps using one or two colours of the same flower.

    Bridesmaids: Modern weddings often opt o ut of having bridesmaids but if you do, you can choose to simplify their attire with single coloured or patterned dresses, with minimal jewellery and natural makeup. ​

    Wedding Dress: A simple dress that fits your body type well, with as little lace, embellishment, or bead work is recommended to stay in line with the minimalist style.

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    Hair, Makeup, & Accessories: Keeping things as natural looking as possible is advised, with your hair smooth and shiny be it a natural flowing hairstyle (try wearing it down, half up, side pony, or a low bun). A hair accessory should be simple, the likes of a statement flower​would be ideal​

  • Glitter Wedding Invitations & Wedding Styles

    "She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes" said Audrey Hepburn; a little sparkle never hurt anyone so why not choose a wedding theme full of sparkle with glitter wedding invitations and more wonderful theme styles to go with it. Here are some ideas for the wedding invitations, colour schemes, and styles for your glitter wedding.

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    Wedding Invitation Styles

    Adding a little glitter, sparkle and shine to your wedding via invitations and/or wedding stationery is a perfect way to preview the theme in mind with a bang! However, make sure you fine tune the theme before you commit as you don't want to "blind" or "overdose" your wedding guests with too much sparkle. Moderation is key here!

    When choosing your sparkle or glitter themed wedding invites, consider the following styles;

    1. Layered wedding invitations with glitter specialty wedding paper

    2. Layered embossed wedding invitation designs with a sequined sparkle effect

    3. Mix and match glitter or ​​sequin-style embossed paper wedding invitations with foil or metallic wedding stationery

    4. Glitter envelope liner to match wedding invite. Add a foil envelope seal to the back of the envelope as a personalised finishing touch.

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    When you're planning on styling your wedding with glitter and sparkle, be wary that too much of it can overpower your guests and can take the focus off of the bride and groom, and quite possibly lean towards being gaudy as opposed to elegant/classy. Make sure to limit your use of glitter and sparkle to a few areas of your wedding such as the wedding invites, the wedding dress choices and accessories for the bride and bridesmaids, and possibly accenting the wedding cake and using a toned down design taken from the wedding invitations to be used in the wedding stationery.

    When it comes to styling the beautiful bride, you can opt for a modern white wedding gown with use of embellishments to bring in the glitter & sparkle theme into play. Using an embellished bodice or even an all-over sequin wedding dress for an ultra modern twist with a 1920s style inspiration, to even adding accessories as a neckline jewelled shrug, jewelled hair accessories, crystal bridal headband or diamante bouquet ribbon wraps are great ways to incorporate the design to bring the focus to the beauty of the day (or night).

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    But that's not where the shine stops. You can have yourself a faux diamante inspired wedding cake or even one with edible glitter used stylishly. Don't forget to send off the newlyweds in style! Sequin confetti and sparklers are great ways to let your sparkle shine through!

    With these great wedding design tips from the wedding invites to the send-off, be inspired to create a glitter and shine wedding just for the two of you!

  • DIY Tips for Dressing Up your Wedding, Invitations & More

    Wedding planning couldn't be easier when it comes to wedding invitations, stationery and ways to elevate the overall look of your wedding in terms of presentation when dealing with a reputed wedding invites store. Shopping online for quality cards for the invites for the wedding, on the day stationery for both the ceremony and reception, as well as items for after the wedding too will be a breeze. Whilst the online invitations collection is vast and has many options in terms of colour, shape & sizing, sometimes you just want to or need to go the extra mile and add your own personal look. We've put together some DIY tips on how to dress up wedding invites and stationery!

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    One of the easiest ways to present your invites with a classy twist would be to use an invitation box, either in a paper quality or in clear PVC. The former style leaves a sense of mystery whereas the clear box lets you peak at the contents inside and offers excitement. You can include fancy tissue paper to add a layer of mystery, building up anticipation. Some even opt to add a ribbon band or even a customised printed belly band too. The decision is yours - a sample arrangement of the various styles you're thinking of having laid out side by side in its entirety will help you make a more informed decision.

    Ribbons, buckles, specialty paper, cluster brooches and other embellishments are other great ways to spruce up a wedding invite. The choice of ribbon (type, colour, texture and size) and the placement matters. Put together a few samples in different styles and collaborations with buckles or brooches to assess which works better.

    Bring specialty paper into the loop by playing with layers. Since there are many paper qualities available for the cards it's always a good idea to have samples sent to you to find the best type of specialty paper that will go with the colour, texture and look of the paper used in the invite. When you have selected layered wedding invitations, you can select the number of layers and how you plan on mixing the types of papers as well as whether you want to add a ribbon accessory in between a layer too.

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    If you love the idea of adding small details to your wedding in just about everything you plan on including, that is perfectly fine. Here are some ideas for you to do; - If you're adding cluster brooches to wedding details such as the invite, you can also incorporate it into the shoes, boutonnieres, bouquets and more.

    - If you're having a night-time wedding ceremony, add ribbon and a sparkler to an order of service.

  • Silver Winter Wedding Invitations & Inspirations

    Winter is a beautiful time; icy but wonderful in its entirety giving you a natural backdrop to the most important day of your lives - your wedding day. Many assume that a winter wedding may be a bit of a hassle but there are so many ways to make this time joyous and fun, with the elegant and sometimes fun additions. A silver winter wedding theme would be a magnificent choice and you can kickstart the wedding hype with gorgeous silver wedding invitations.

    If you're wondering what is in store for you when you decide on a silver winter wedding, we've got a few ideas up our sleeves from winter wedding invitations, the choices of venues and clothing for the big day, and even complementing colours to add a beautiful pop to the silver winter wonderland ensemble.

    Keep reading!  You will be inspired!

    Winter Wedding Invitations in Silver

    There are some beautiful choices of printed wedding invitations that are perfect for a winter wedding with its silver undertones such as "Winter Garden" by DreamDay Invitations which features an intricate flourished border with flower details in lilac peonies and pansies. However, to add more glitz and glamour to the silver wedding invite ensemble, you will find more and more couples to be wed are choosing luxury to handmade wedding invites for their weddings.

    There are various wedding invite designs (also by DreamDay Invitations) that features specialty wedding papers with embellished treatments such as embossing, flocking and glittering, makes for a great impression. Find inspiration from these silver wedding invitations that are perfect for your winter themed wedding. Don't forget to discuss the vision with the DreamDay design team so you can get exactly what you envisioned!

    DreamDay Invitations Brilliant Silver Wedding Invitation Isabella Lace Silver Winter Weddings

    Ideal Winter Venues for Weddings

    When its winter most couples would lean towards an indoor wedding and depending on your overall wedding style it can be anything from a beautiful and classy reception hall with high ceilings, drapery and lighting to a barn or cosy cabin for a warmer yet beautiful wedding day. If it's a daytime wedding, you can make the most of the white winterscapes and even make plans to have the wedding ceremony outdoors. However, if the weather doesn't permit it, you can style the aisle and alter to frame a window where your guests can glimpse at the falling snow.

    Keeping it Classy with Silver Wedding Designs

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    When you choose a metallic hue such as silver to complement your wedding theme, you're instantaneously alleviating the look to one that is classier. Therefore if you choose to add a pop or hint of colour to the look, you are still getting an elegant look because white with silver and a pop of colour be it red, deep brown, or navy can really complete the look.

    Also, just because its cold doesn't mean you have to compromise on the beautiful wedding dress you have had your eye on for a while. With elegant and styles choices of cover-ups such as shawls, shrugs and boleros, you are all set for a classy silver wedding.

    Don't forget to make your wedding guests comfortable too. Offer silver white throws to warm up, and don't forget the silver themed cocoa bar, complete with matching cocoa mason jar bombonieres! Theme the various wedding stationery after your silver wedding invitations for a seamless flow between all the highlighted wedding elements, it'll truly be a winter wonderland wedding.

  • Weddings & Invitations Inspired by Shades of Blue

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something new. Ever since the olden days when this tradition was integrated into our culture, there's been a fascination, where we've come to find new and creative ways to add a shade of blue into the day that two hearts unite in holy matrimony. From the wedding invitations, the bridesmaid's dresses, wedding flowers and unique surprise pops of blue on the day of the wedding, there's a whole range of unique design options and accents for a bride (and groom) to consider including into their wedding day when they want to honour it with something blue.

    Shades of Blue

    For your main source of inspiration, all you need to do is look at nature. Look to the skies (day or night), or take a look to the horizons over the seas to capture the beautiful glints of blues. This year Pantone has selected a few choice colours from the blue palette as wonderful choices for design. They include Classic Blue, Aquamarine,

    Grecian weddings inspired by Santorini, the sailing club and its perfect colour combinations of white, blue and a hint of red, to the soft hues of hydrangeas; you are well on your way to the perfect wedding look.

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    Wedding Invitations

    Taking notes from the book of colours, you can also draw inspiration elsewhere from the likes of cultures, hobbies and more. Mixing the delightful and striking colours and mixing them with complementing hues, to adding illustrations to hone in your design and style theme, your wedding invitations will be your spokesperson of what the bid day will reveal.  Here are some choice designs of blue wedding invitations!

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    On the Day Styles of Blue

    You've got your colours; you've sorted out your wedding invitations, probably even the main showstopper - the wedding dress. Now it's time to get cracking on the blue wedding accents - what flowers will you be using, what decor items will reflect your shade of blue and more!  A great way to make an impression with your blue wedding colour scheme is to add linen into the game with table clothes for the dinner table and cocktail tables, to the napkin and seat covers/wraps setting the tone (literally).

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    Unique Blue Wedding Accents

    If you do not want to make blue apparent in your wedding design accents, you're able to find clever, unique and interesting choices to add it in. Lace navy garter belts, fun socks, and the inside of an all white cake being a blue velvet cake!  These will be so much fun and will make for great photographs too.

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  • Wedding Styles Inspired by DreamDay Invitations

    You've probably looked high and low for the perfect wedding design, theme or style, but haven't come across an inspiration that really strikes you. It's a matter of finding one point of inspiration to really jolt your fancy. Have you thought of wedding invitations as your wedding inspiration? With many designs available across different styles and theme with the fantastic option to not only personalise the wedding invitation wording and also add on personalised guest name information to each card, you can have the graphic team also work on getting a custom look for you done up based on the inspired wedding invite design. We've selected a few designs from DreamDay Invitations collections that have been voted in by our Design Team.

    Hardcover Pebbles in Silver Wedding Invitation

    This luxurious DreamDay wedding invitation brings forth various styles - elegance, contemporary appeal and finesse with its sparkling pebbled speciality embossed paper coupled with the classy embellished accessory that is the perfect final touch to the ensemble. The black band where the cluster brooch rests on can also be swapped out for a colour of your choice. When it comes to being inspired by this wedding look, you can opt for contrasting colour tones against white with the dazzling hues of pebbled silver.

                                DreamDay Invitations Hardcover Embossed Silver Pebbled Speciality Paper

    For a modern bride who would like to step out of the traditional wedding dress mould, she could opt to find a wedding sequined dress that mimics the same look as the wedding invites. A thing to note is that to avoid going over the top and making your design flamboyant, you can use simplistic colours and design elements. For example, the wedding invitation design features white with black (or the colour of your choice). These colours can be used through the wedding in a balanced manner - black and white placemats and napkin bands, black and white flowers with shimmery ferns adornments to name a few options. A bow tie or skinny tie with a crisp Italian cut suit would be ideal for the Groom!

    Vanessa Great Gatsby Wedding Invite

    A much loved wedding theme since Leonardo di Caprio made an impression in the movie, sparking more and more weddings to take to the fashion and style of the roaring twenties. This design by DreamDay Invitations features many  style elements from the colours of white,  gold and use of a contrasting black base for a contemporary effect in the wedding invitations and stationery suite. The borders and flourish detailing can be incorporated through the wedding with decor and even floral accents by using gold metallic finishes.  Whilst you need not wear a fringe or similar wedding dress style from the era, you can opt to use other style influences like feathers and trims inspired by the wedding invites for the rest of your wedding.

                                    DreamDay Invitations Vanessa White Gold Black Wedding Invitations Inspiration Great Gatsby Leonardo di Caprio

  • Traditional Wedding Invitations

    What has your idea of the perfect wedding been ever since you were little? Did you ever dream of getting married in your mother's wedding dress? Were you delighted by the look of traditional wedding invitations, the purity of white with lace detailing, and the ethereal look of bridal innocence that goes with a traditional wedding style?

    If you already have an idea on what your traditional wedding will look like but need some guidance for the likes of your traditional wedding invitations, here are some designs and styles that are ideal.​​

    Colour: White is the popular choice of colour for traditional weddings; however you'll find that when it comes to printing the invitation wording, black on white is a preferred choice. There are many brides and grooms that prefer to use neutral colours too, often coupled with white such as ivory, beige, gray and light pastel shades. These are further accentuated with the choice of design elements used. Depending on the traditional design choices that strikes a chord with your sense of style, you will need to select a the right choice of colour for ​your wedding invites to take after it.

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    Design Elements: When you take traditional design elements, they are almost always elegant and classy. As colour plays a great role in the final look, choosing a few options of designs and colour is always a good rule of thumb. Lace designs have always been considered a traditional design style that is immensely popular with wedding design. Most of these traditional designs are derived from historical decades or eras from various countries whether it's from Russia, France, Britain and more. You can be inspired by Imperial Russia, Renaissance, Victorian times and more. You will find designs that have intricate patterns and focal designs, such as filigree, flourishes, and damask to name a few.  You will also find that these scripted or serif fonts are best suited for traditional wedding invitations.

    Trims: Adding a classic decorative item to your wedding invitation design can definitely make an impact on the overall look and style. For example, if you opt to use ribbon along with a pretty faux diamante square, circle or heart shaped buckle, it'll be a very appealing. The same applies to using clusters and brooches coupled with satin ribbon styles and even lace trims to further enhance the look of your traditional wedding invite cards while keeping in line with an elegant and classy style.

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    Specialty Treatments: These specialty treatment styles can be anything from using treatments done directly onto the invite paper or cardstock, or you can use wedding specialty papers that can be used to stylise the traditional invitations. These can range from embossing and foiling treatments on the invitations while you can use embossed, foil printed, glittered and even flocked specialty card stock to accessorise the wedding invitations too.

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