Tuesday, September 29, 2009

P is for Pantone

When discussing your wedding stationery, you may hear your graphic designer refer to PMS colours and wonder what on earth they're talking about. 'PMS' stands for Pantone Matching System - it was developed almost 50 years ago as a way of standardising colours so designers and printers have an accurate way to communicate with each other. When we choose PMS 123C, we know the egg-yolk yellow we have in mind is the same as the colour the printer will use.

We include a replica of a Pantone chip in each issue, giving you a reference if you'd like to replicate our theming palette.

Today Pantone has grown to supply colour matching products for a vast range of industries including interiors, fashion, architecture and most recently digital-based businesses. Here at Wedding Style Guide we use the Pantone swatch books that feature over 1000 colours - they look like this:

There is one swatch book for use on coated gloss papers, one for coated matte papers and one for uncoated papers - the same colour can look very different when printed on each different paper kind so there is a lot to consider when making decisions.

Of course there is a lot more to printing successfully using the Pantone system but hopefully this will make things a little clearer. Do have a look at their website as there is a wealth of information about colour forecasts and colour matching products. Their cotton swatches and new GoeGuide system (with over 2000 colours) are high on my list of 'needs'!

Posted by Jane Cameron


I found this gorgeous gown by Kate Towers on Etsy. Made from the palest silvery grey cotton, this simple floor-length dress is embellished with the most dramatic ruffled mane. Kate has a number of other lovely pieces too so her shop is definitely worth a visit.

Posted by Jane Cameron

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kate & Dominic

Today I wanted to share with you some gorgeous images of Kate & Dominic's wedding day that didn't fit into the latest issue of Wedding Style Guide. The wedding and reception took place at the amazing Trisara Resort and Spa in Phuket. Kate looked absolutely stunning in her Pallas dress and i just loved her sequined peep toes also from Pallas. Infinity photgraphy captured the day beautifully.

all images by Infinity Photography

Posted by Emma Henderson

Friday, September 25, 2009

Super Stylish Stationery

The lovely Kate Holland, designer extraordinaire of our favourite New Zealand stationery company Ruby & Willow, emailed me some gorgeous pics of her stationery that she recently had on show at The Grand Wedding Show in Auckland. Kate is such a talented designer and we think her pieces are simply gorgeous. Ruby & Willow was established by Kate in 2005 with her philosophy being to create beautiful product that reflects not only the tone of your event, but your personalities as well as providing a seamless and enjoyable stationery buying experience. Typography, texture, gorgeous patterns and papers all combine to create something that's unique and truly yours. To find out more about Ruby & Willow or to get in touch with the lovely Kate to discuss your wedding stationery visit www.rubyandwillow.co.nz.

Posted by Emilie Harrison

In The Band

If you're an accessories queen and love the idea of having your maids or flower girls in cute little headbands then I suggest you check out Bambako. Their adorable range of headbands, price from $18USD - $78USD, are adorned with ribbons, jewels, flowers and come in the sweetest range of colours. Online shopping is easy peasy and they're happy to ship anywhere. Visit store.bambako.com to view the collection and shop online!

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2010 #4

New York fashion week drew to a close with Oscar de la Renta proving why he's the man when it comes to evening dressing and the most exquisite gowns. He included all the colours of the rainbow with ruffles, embellished tulle, bows, flowing skirts and the cutest mini's. His navy embellished tulle gown was just so gorgeous! Ralph Lauren kept things classy and refined as usual with soft blues and silvers running throughout the collection. Naaem Khan opted for super embellished pieces in bold colours and classic 60's styles. Isaac Mizrahi used black to full effect with gowns that showed off how incredibly sexy the female form can be while Erin Fetherston channelled her inner screen goddess with gowns that featured sheer skirts, sleeves and embellished necklines. Visit the Vogue Australia website to view the shows in their entirety.

Naeem Khan

Ralph Lauren

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi

Erin Fetherston
Photos courtesy of Vogue.com.au

Posted by Emilie Harrison

White Out

One of my favourite sites for homeware is Whiteport - their products are dreamy, delightful and oh so desirable. We featured their sweet linen lingerie bag in our latest issue.

Well I found out some jolly good news today - they've launched their wedding registry this month. You may find it hard to choose what to include - I would simply say 'absolutely anything please'.

Posted by Jane Cameron

A Few of My Favourite Things (well one of them anyway...)

Our latest issue is packed full of the most gorgeous real weddings. They are a real insight into the details that are important to brides today. Here at Wedding Style Guide, we're noticing a real trend towards couples choosing interesting venues for their reception to minimise their decoration spend.

One of my favourite real weddings from Issue 12 is that of Nicki and Ben. It looked like such a relaxed and fun day - minimal effort but maximum effect. Their venue was already brightly decorated meaning they really had to do very little to make the space look spectacular. Definitely something to consider if working to a budget.

Their photographs were taken by the lovely Shona Henderson. Her photographs seem to capture the real emotions of the day.

Posted by Jane Cameron

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Today's the Day!

Today's the day Issue 12 hits the stands in Australia. We think it's our best ever issue (do I say that every issue?) full of theming ideas, practical information for wedding planning and the very best real weddings. Our readers must agree because we've been overwhelmed with positive feedback already. If you can't wait to get to the newsagents, you can download your complete digital version, complete with hyperlinks and other nifty features right here.

Together with the launch of our Issue 12 website update, we're very excited to be able to offer you, our lovely reader, a free back issue - that's right - FREE!. Simply click here, fill in a few simple questions to register for our email newsletter and you can then download a complete digital version of Issue 7.

Go on, we just know you'll love it!

Posted by Jane Cameron

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bloomin' Beautiful

Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of year to be married, particularly if you're a bride who loves her flowers. Blooms that are the most popular at the moment according to Kate Hill Flowers are Lily of the Valley, White Ranuculi, Hyacinth, Helleborus, Sweet Pea, and of course Roses. As Spring starts to warm up, blossoms such as Cherry Apple, Japonica, and Lilac are unfortunately almost over. These blossoms are always beautiful additions to bouquets and arrangements but rarely star in weddings due to their short blooming period of only two to three weeks. And, in case you're wondering, the ever popular Peony and David Austin Roses should be ready this year by November. Visit www.katehillflowers.com.au to find out more about your wedding day flowers.

Kate Hill Flowers is thrilled to be a part of The Wedding Establishment, taking place at Melbourne's Comme on Wednesday 30th September. To buy tickets for either the Melbourne or Sydney events visit www.weddingestablishment.com.au. Wedding Style Guide is thrilled to be the official bridal media partner so be sure not to miss out!

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Monday, September 21, 2009

Midas Touch

One of my favourite, relatively inexpensive boutiques to get gorgeous, well made shoes is Midas. They have a great selecton of styles in the most gorgeous shades so I can almost guarantee you'll find something that tickles your fancy. I'm loving Rossa, which is also available in bright pink, nude and pale pink. They're the perfect shoes that both the bride and bridesmaids can wear. Pefect match! Visit www.midasshoes.com.au to shop and buy online.

Rossa in ivory $228

Scarlace in cream $248

Sabina in white $228

Posted by Emilie Harrison

The Melbourne Wedding Registry

Setting up your gift registry shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun! The Melbourne Wedding Registry's Armadale showroom is open 6 days a week, so why not drop in and browse, or sign up online where one of their consultants will contact you. Let your personal consultant take you through their extensive range and make a start on your registry while you enjoy a coffee or sip a glass of wine. You can then login to your list and make any changes or additions 24 hours a day with your consultant just a phone call away. Guests can purchase securely online via their website, over the phone or in person at their showroom. It’s that easy!

Here is a selection of The Melbourne Wedding Registy's newest products, plus a pic of one of my all time favourite must-have registry items.

iittala Satumetsa bowl, 600mL

iittala Essence glassware & carafe

Penguin mugs

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Ice (a must on your registry)

The Melbourne Wedding Registry will be taking part in The Wedding Establishment Melboune showcase, which will take place at Comme on Wednesday 30th September. Wedding Style Guide is super happy to be the official bridal media partner for this truly glamorous event so be sure to visit weddingestablishment.com.au to purchase your tickets.

Posted by Emma Henderson

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Marvel That Is Marchesa

I am almost certain I've said this before but if I was able to have any designer in the whole wide world dress me for my wedding it would be Marchesa. Ahhh... simply AMAZING! Most of you may not be aware that Marchesa was started up by British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, who met whilst studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina, a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer while Keren graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 and subsequently focused on print and embroidery design. Georgina’s draping and design expertise paired with Keren’s textile creations resulted in the establishment of Marchesa in 2004. Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic. The company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is the noted eccentric European style icon and all pieces are designed with her in mind. Visit www.marchesa.com to view the simply amazing collection. The below ready-to-wear pieces are from their New York spring/summer 2010 collection and and photos are courtesy of Vogue.com.au.

Posted by Emilie Harrison