Thursday, 24 May 2012

Something Special

Part of starting a wedding planning business is deciding exactly what you want your business to be, who you want as clients, how you will relate to them, and what you can offer them that no one else can, that something special that makes you unique.

One of my passions in wedding planning is planning to a theme, to make people feel like they have been transported from their everyday lives into a completely different time, place, or world. The unique service that I want to offer to my clients is to create a world that is exactly what they want it to be, from roses to regency, or perhaps the colour green or the Flintstones is more your style?

My own wedding had a medieval/fantasy theme, and seeing it all come together was the most amazing experience! As a wedding planner, my inspiration comes from sharing this experience with brides and grooms as they prepare for their special day, and helping their dream become a reality.

If you'd like a themed wedding, but need some help getting from the concept to the real thing, I'd  be more than happy to offer what advice I can, so leave a comment and I will respond!

Here's a couple of theme ideas I've put together that inspire me and that I would love to have the opportunity to design a wedding around. Maybe they'll inspire you too!

Pirate wedding inspiration board

Lego wedding inspiration board

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland inspiration board

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Wedding favours

It's hard to decide what to write about for your first post! But today I thought I'd write about wedding favours, because I just love them! So I did some looking into the history of the wedding favour and found out some interesting facts.

One of the earliest accounts of a wedding favour goes all the way back to 16th century England! The Bride and Groom would give each of their guests a 'love knot' which was tied from lace and ribbon, to symbolise the couples bond of love.

Another gift that from centuries ago was the bomboniere, given by European aristocrats to their guests at celebratory occasions such as birthdays and weddings. These bombonieres were elaborate trinket boxes made from crystal, precious stones, metal or porcelain and were filled with sugary confections, a symbol of wealth and royalty, as sugar was then a precious commodity. It seems it was from these gifts that the wedding favour as we know it today was derived.

Eventually sugar decreased in value over the centuries and became more accessible to the general public,  meaning that a Bride and Groom of modest means could shower their guests with sugary goodness. A wedding was considered a lucky occasion back in the day, and the wedding favour was a way for the Bride and Groom to bestow some of their luck on the guests. As confectioners began making candied almonds by dipping them in sugar or some other sweet coating this became a popular option to give as a 'lucky gift'. Traditionally, five almonds were given to each guests, representing the five wedding wishes of fertility, wealth, health, happiness and longevity.

These days, the wedding favour has moved from candied almonds to almost any gift you could possibly imagine, and the question on most couples minds is whether or not they have to give a wedding favour and if so, what?You can be as creative as you want, from the traditional candied almonds, to tins of your favourite flavoured tea, home made jams, or engraved champagne glasses. There's so many choices!

But there are a number of things to consider when making this decision as well. Things like your budget, your style, what your guests might like, and whether or not you want to stick to tradition, but while you're trying to answer all those questions, here's a few original wedding favour ideas I've found in my journeys to help inspire you, as well as a few on line resources!

Unitl next time,

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


To the first post on Wedding Belle, and thanks for reading!

I am Isobel Majewski and I am currently a student a the Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning (AAWEP), studying Wedding Planning, Styling and Design.

As part of my study I am always looking at wedding blogs and it has inspired me to start my own, to showcase my own ideas and concepts that I have come up with during my study, and to share with you the things that inspire me along my path toward starting my own business as a wedding planner. I also hope to share hints and tips I come across that may help any readers out there who are planning their own weddings.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my study so far and look forward to sharing my journey with you. If you have any curly questions about wedding for me, I'd love to hear them! So leave a comment and I'll get back to you with an answer as soon as I can.