Tips To Create A Ripper Australian Wedding

There is no doubt that we live in a beautiful and very unique country, so incorporating quintessential Australian items into a wedding can make it even more special. Here’s how to create a ‘ripper’ Australian wedding.

Native bouquets

Australia has a huge array of beautiful blooms that you won’t find anywhere else. Better still, they come in a huge array of colours and hues, so you can create a native bouquet to match any colour scheme. Think Flannel flowers, Leucospermums (Pincushion Protea), blushing bride, banksia, Bottle Brush (or Callistemon) and Kangaroo Paws. (Click here for native bouquet inspiration).

Venues with fauna

Even the biggest city has a destination close by where you can escape to that features native fauna. While koalas might be a bit too elusive to seek out in most places, you might catch a kangaroo or two in a sprawling forest setting, see a black cockatoo swoop by, or hear the undeniable sound of a cackling kookaburra. See Donnelly River Village in Margaret River, Western Australia, for its abundance of emus and kangaroos. What screams Australian Wedding more than Aussie flora and fauna?!

Natural setting

There are many stunning natural settings you can seek out in Australia. Pristine white sand beaches, national parks with acres of gum trees and native rainforests, bubbling streams, and stunning rock formations. Each and every one will provide an unforgettable backdrop to your ceremony or reception.

Lamington cake

Although there is a bit of an ongoing feud with our trans-Tasman cousins over exactly which country the lamington originated from, there is no denying it has a firm place in Aussie culture. Why not swap out a traditional cake for a big slab of lamington, or create a tiered lamington sensation?

The cowboy look

Matching jeans with vests and Akubra hats for the groom and his groomsmen (or even the bride and bridesmaids, whichever suits) creates a very laid-back Australian style when it comes to outfits. If that’s too far into cowboy territory for you, you can pick and choose elements that will work best for you. This is an element of an Australian wedding that will only suit some couples.

Don a jacket

Pair your gorgeous gown with a denim jacket! Not only will you be adding and entirely new look for photographs, you can have a little fun with the cut and style of jacket and maybe even have it embroidered with a special message.

Patriotic theme colours

Choosing hues of green, orange and yellow for different aspects of your wedding decor can really embrace an Australian theme.

Bomboniere

Thinking native once again, you can give Australian seedlings in small pots or wrapped in hessian for guests to take home as bomboniere. They can remember your big day as they watch their seedling grow and blossom.

Tips To Survive A Long Engagement

You’ve been asked, and you said yes, but not all couples immediately launch into planning the wedding of their dreams. In fact, there can be a lot of reasons why couples choose to have an extended engagement – the arrival of a baby, working on building a blended family, wanting to travel and explore the world before the financial commitment of a wedding, saving up for a house, just wanting to enjoy the fiancé status, or for same-sex couples, waiting for the law to catch up with modern society.

Yes, planning a wedding is super exciting, but there are actually a lot of great benefits to waiting a little longer to get married. Here are some tips on how to survive a long engagement.

Embrace it

This is a joyous transition for you and your partner from loved-up dating couple to a married couple. You may have spent months or years in the former stage and are preparing to spend decades in the latter. Enjoy your time as fiancés! There are no rules as to the length of time you spend engaged, and the amount of time will be right for the people who matter the most – you and your fiancé.

Think about the announcement

Getting engaged is super exciting! So it’s only natural you will want to tell anybody and everybody who will listen how happy you are. But if you have already decided as a couple that your engagement will be longer than your friends and relatives would expect, it might be a good idea to keep the lid on making the announcement – even if it’s just for a little bit. You can take this time to enjoy each other and the just-engaged glow. But if you do decide to tell people right away, let them know of your plans for a long engagement upfront to prevent an ongoing barrage of questions.

Expect questions

There seems to be an expectation that the moment you have a ring on it, you will be married within 12 to 18 months. Why? An engagement is traditionally no longer than 12 months long. But tradition doesn’t always work for everyone. The average time now for modern couples is about 18 months. That said, you and your fiancé will probably have to field ongoing questions about why you are choosing to wait. Don’t let them get you down, stand by the decision you made as a couple and share as much of your reasoning with people as you feel comfortable with.

Halt wedding planning until it’s necessary

If you and your fiancé have made the decision to wait more than 18 months before even talking about a wedding, try not to be tempted to get a head start on planning. A lot can change in that amount of time. So while you can be prepped and ready to go and have ideas of who you want to book and the costs involved, don’t book everything a whole two years in advance unless you need to due to one of your vendors being in high demand.

Spend time bonding

You may have already moved into together, or will be looking at taking this leap now that you are engaged. Either way, it is important to spend time during your engagement planning what your future lives together will look like. Not down to the minute details, but open the lines of communication to talk about living arrangements, career aspirations, your thoughts on children and money matters. This means that when you say, ‘I Do’, there is no doubt you are prepared to lay the foundations for the major building blocks on which to build your life together.

Budget

If part of the reason you are lengthening your engagement is to ensure you have the money to pay for it, make sure you have a budget plan in place. There would be nothing more disappointing than waiting three years to begin wedding plans and still not having enough in the bank to make your dream become a reality. Set aside what you can on a regular basis and over the months, you will be delighted to see your goal getting closer and closer.

Be inspired

You can keep an eye out for wedding-related things that might resonate with you throughout your engagement so that when the time to launch into planning comes, you will have more of an idea of what you might like your wedding day to look like. Take to Pinterest and Instagram for some daily inspo.

Consider DIY

If you’ve set a longer engagement, consider the benefits of taking on some elements of the wedding and personalising them. You will have the time up your sleeve to look at ideas for helping to design your gown and create something truly unique to you.

Keep an eye on time

A three-year engagement can seem like a long time. It may even drag by for some couples, but be mindful that ideally, you should start looking at locking in the major parts of your wedding – the venue, celebrant, photographer, and videographer – 18 months out from your planned wedding date. It can be easy to end up in cruise mode and find yourself ironically rushed when it comes to planning. Use our free to-do list that will help you stay on track and know when to book each vendor.

Be flexible

Keep the lines of communication open always. If you are both content to plan a wedding date further down the track, or are both happy with a three-year goal, that is perfect. But if at any stage one of you decides you might like to shorten or lengthen your engagement – talk about it. This engagement is all about the two of you and what makes you both happy.

More Information About Honeymoon Types and Their Ideal Destinations

No matter what type of trip you choose or where you go, your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience to fantasize about for the rest of your life. We’ve created a list of honeymoon destinations to suit just about any type of experience you’re wanting, and will certainly leave a long- lasting impression!

Exotic

Exotic honeymoons are made up of the stuff that has inspired generations (and we’ve got the art, poetry, prose, music and film to prove it!). Prepare to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, a new way of thinking, and completely unfamiliar experiences. This is one honeymoon that you’ll truly never forget.

Some of the most popular exotic locations include:

  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • Indonesia
  • Czech Republic
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Thailand
  • Belize
  • Phillipines
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Iceland
  • West Indies
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Uzbekistan

Romantic

If you’re considering taking a more laid back and romantic holiday, your honeymoon is obviously the best opportunity of your life to do so! These locations offer incredible scenery, plenty of contact with the local culture (should you wish to leave the bedroom), as well as some of the finest spas, restaurants, private pools and beaches on earth.

  • Hawaii
  • The Maldives
  • Fiji
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Bali
  • The Caribbean
  • French Polynesia
  • Seychelles
  • Australia- Lord Howe Island
  • Patagonia
  • Hint: If you’d like to consider the absolute easiest and most fuss- free holiday imaginable, consider booking a cruise or organised tour to the destination of your choice. There are hundreds of these tour/ cruise companies, and thousands of destinations to choose from. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is your luggage!

Adrenaline

If your idea of an ideal holiday involves bold travel and the highest possible levels of adrenaline, we’ve picked out the perfect holiday spots for you! Although you can have a eye-watering,skin- tingling experience just about anywhere in the world, we’ve picked out destinations that offer truly unique experiences.

  • Kathmandu- Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Mexico (Cenote Ojos)- Cave diving
  • Australia (Great Barrier Reef)- Scuba Diving
  • Spain (Pampalona)- Running with the bulls
  • USA (Alaska)- Heli- skiing
  • Costa Rica (Monte Verde Cloud Forest)- Zip lining
  • Turkey (Mount Baba Dag)- Paragliding
  • Spain (Sierra Nevada, Granada)- Hang gliding
  • USA (St George, Utah)- Rappelling
  • Zimbabwe- White water- rafting along the Zambezi
  • Switzerland (Lauterbrunnen Valley)- Paragliding
  • New Zealand (Queenstown)- Ledge jumping
  • USA (Dugango, Colarado)- Zip lining
  • Nicaragua (Mombacho Volcano)- Canopy Tour
  • China (Macau Tower)- Bungee jumping
  • Australia (Gold Coast)- Sky diving
  • South Africa (Bloukrans Bridge)- Bugee jumping (the world’s highest bungee jump)
  • New Zealand (Lake Taupo)- Sky diving
  • Argentina (Barlioche)- Hang gliding
  • USA (Six Flags Adventure Parks)-Rollercoaster riding (Kingda Ka- the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster)
  • New Zealand (Sky Tower, Auckland)- Base jumping
  • Guatemala (Rio Usumacinta)- Rafting, waterfall visits
  • Jamaica (Mystic Mountain)- Rainforest bobsled

Cheap as Chips

Travelling between Australia and just about anywhere else in the worl is one of the most expensive flights money can buy. So if you’re planning on holidaying overseas, it pays to make the rest of the trip as cheap as possible. For breathtaking holidays without the enormous price tags, check out these destinations.

  • Domincan Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Nicaragua
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Uruguay
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Czech Republic
  • Portugal
  • Hungary
  • Ukraine
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Bali

Whatever you decide, remember to try to take in as much of this holiday- as well as this very short time of your life as newlyweed honeymooners- as possible.  Make your experience worthy of your honeymoon!

Should You Know About Mother of the Bride Checklist

Some brides love having their Mums alongside them during the wedding process. Others would rather swallow rusty nails before letting their mothers near their invitations. Every bride’s needs are different, so this checklist can be applied in an infinite number of ways. Depending on how involved you’d like your mum to be, you can, of course, add to or subtract from this list – communication is the key to successfully planning your wedding and keeping Mum happy.

9 Months

• Before you even start tackling any of the tasks on your list, sit down with Mum and have a heart-to-heart about what role you expect her to play in planning your wedding. Now is the time to set down clear boundaries. Otherwise, you might have her breathing down your neck for the next nine months, making decisions that you don’t want made, on your behalf. Let her know how involved you’d like her to be and let her know how much you love and appreciate her because, well, that’s always a nice thing to do.

6 Months

• If you’ve asked Mum to help you out with the invitations, this is the time to narrow down the guest list and send out save-the-dates. To take some of the pressure off your plate, you could ask your Mum to sift through invitation designs and give you a handful to choose from.

4 Months

• If Mum is helping with the bridal party outfits, ask her to lend a hand to the bridesmaids and go on a few shopping trips with them (leaving the final decision up to you, of course).
• Once you’ve settled on the bridesmaids’ dresses, Mum can go shopping for her own outfit. Once she’s found the perfect one, she should let the Mother of the Groom know, so that she can go and buy an outfit that won’t clash.

2 Months

• If Mum’s arranging your bridal shower, ask her if she needs any help arranging things. If she does, ask your Maid of Honour to give her a hand (or help her yourself if you’re not too overwhelmed by it).

1 Month

• Your RSVPs should have all been sent in by now. Check in with your Mum and see if she’s finished doing the seating arrangement. Take a peek at it and make sure it’s all A-OK. Just a glance could prevent World War III – mum might not realise the awkward history that your co-worker has with the best man’s brother.

• Enjoy your bridal shower and take Mum out for coffee, or lunch, to say thank you for all the effort she made to arrange the get-together.

The Day Before

• Enjoy the rehearsal dinner with your Mum, and everyone else who has played such a vital role in putting this monumental event together. Take the opportunity to share with everyone how helpful she’s been, and how much you appreciate every ounce (or rather, calorie) of energy she’s put in.

The Big Day

• Help mum pin her corsage on. Tell her she’s beautiful.

• Enjoy your reception and giggle with your husband about how your mum is buzzing about, loving every second of playing Hostess.

Special Secrets To A Successful Marriage

There is no doubt that your wedding is an amazing milestone for your relationship, but in the end it’s only one day in what will be the rest of your lives together. Here’s seven secrets to a successful marriage.

The reality

All of the time, money, and effort you put into celebrating the occasion with your friends and family is seen as “normal”. However, only 35% of couples invest time, effort, and maybe a little bit of money, into preparing themselves for marriage.

You’ve picked out the colour theme, the dress, and spent countless hours coordinating, researching, and contacting vendors to make your wedding day the best it can possibly be. It is a sign of the lifelong commitment you have with your partner. But while you field questions about what hairstyle you’ve chosen, how awesome your venue is, or what photos you will be trying to capture, have you spoken to your fiance about what’s going to happen once the presents have been opened and your honeymoon is over? How do you plan for a successful marriage past the wedding?

Talk

It is so much nicer to sit down and talk about what flavour cake you’d like to eat at your wedding reception, but you should set aside some time where you and your fiance discuss the big picture of what your married life will look like. Will you continue in your chosen careers? Will you start a family? Will you join your bank accounts or keep them separate? You don’t need to spend hours talking about every little detail, but whenever there’s an opportunity to talk about the future, begin a discussion to make sure you are on the same page.

Compromise

It’s understandable that no two couples are on the same page 100% of the time. One of the keys to a successful marriage is learning how and when to compromise. There should never be a clear winner and loser. Planning a wedding can be a good ground to practice your skills in compromising!

Money matters

One of the biggest areas of disagreement with married couples is finances. Before you walk down the aisle, discuss your relationship with money. Are you a big spender? Are you obsessively frugal? You will need to talk about what your financial goals might be as a couple, whether it be to save for a house deposit, or pool funds for a big overseas adventure. Being on the same page when it comes to money will help you to work toward the other goals you set together.

Your tribe

You are selective when you choose who you would like to celebrate your wedding day, and you should continue to assess who you keep in your circle throughout married life. Surround yourself with friends and family who love and support you as a couple, and you will have a strong support network to call upon whenever you hit a rocky patch.

Never assume

No matter how well you know your partner, it is best to always ask how they are feeling and what their thoughts are when situations arise. Even when things are going well, never assume they know how much you love them – tell them as often as you can. The power of positive will always overcome the negative.

Seek help

If you are finding it hard to talk about some of the more serious aspects of your future marriage, go to a counsellor or seek the help of a trusted parent or friend who might be able to help you with ways to open the lines of communication.

Don’t feel like you can plan everything

While it is all well and good to talk about your hopes for the future of your marriage, the unexpected can and does happen. The key to weathering these unexpected events is a strong foundation, and if you have been working together as a united team, you will be able to work your way through almost anything.

Tips To Get The Best Results From Your Wedding Vendors

They are the team you have chosen to help you plan and execute your wedding day! Wedding vendors do seem to be equipped with super powers at times, but it still pays to remember how to look after them and ensure they can help you to achieve your dream wedding.

Your vendors will come equipped with a wealth of experience and will be able to support and even guide you, if necessary, through your planning process. Here are some tips on how to get the best results from your team.

Talk about budget

First things first, you will need to lock down money matters before any of the fun stuff can begin.

Chances are, it was all laid out on the table when you were doing your research to select a vendor, but if you find that you have fallen in love with a particular vendor and you cannot replicate them in a lower price bracket, you can contact them to see if there are any other options on the table to cut costs to fit your budget.

You do need to remember that this is their livelihood, so asking them to cut their hourly rate simply isn’t fair, but if there is a possibility of hiring less equipment or coming up with a different styling solution that is within your budget and allows you to bring to life the vision you had in mind, the vendor is the best person to advise whether that is possible.

You don’t know until you ask! You might be pleasantly surprised and able to negotiate an arrangement that is a win-win for everyone.

Goals

Like any business meeting, you don’t just show up and wing it.

Although your first meeting with your vendor will be more about getting to know them, take along some photos, colour combinations and style ideas that you love so you can begin to work on a concept together from the very start.

If you really are devoid of ideas, a quick flick through the Easy Weddings real weddings blog will be sure to give you a basic idea of what you like and don’t like, which is always a good place to begin.

Communication

Wedding vendors are many things, but they certainly aren’t psychic and can’t anticipate which decisions you will make – so you need to give them guidance.

One of the easiest ways to keep everyone in the loop is to create a wedding website, where you can have a schedule and contact details for all of your vendors. You can also use this as a central point where you can add notes and other useful information about your wedding theme.

Vendors will want to contact you to clarify and confirm aspects of the wedding that they are assisting you with.

If you don’t want to hold up proceedings and aren’t readily contactable during the day, provide them with an alternate number for someone who is well in the loop with your plans. It could be your fiance, wedding planner or maid of honour.

Also bear in mind that vendors will work weekends and are often busy preparing for events throughout the week, not sitting behind their computer dedicated to answering emails. So don’t get upset if it takes them 24 hours to get back to you for something that is not urgent.

Accepting advice of the professional

Your vendor may have experienced dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of weddings, so it’s safe to say that they know what they are talking about and can give you sound advice.

Even if it might contradict what you had in mind, take the advice of these professionals on board and weigh up the pros and cons before dismissing it off the bat.

Ask for referrals

Once you have one or two vendors locked in, you can tap into their wealth of knowledge of who’s who in the industry and ask them to recommend other vendors for you.

Word of mouth is the best form of advertising and if a seasoned professional recommends someone else, chances are they have worked with them before (perhaps numerous times) and can vouch for the quality of their work.

Feed them

It really is a courtesy thing to make sure that the vendors who are going to be spending the majority, if not all, of the day with you will be fed and well-hydrated.

Some venues will offer discounted meals for vendors so they can keep up their energy and sustain their great level of service for you throughout the day.

Trust your vendors

If you are usually an independent person who likes to have everything under control, you will quickly realise that being across everything on your big day is going to be not only impossible but take away from the magic of enjoying YOUR big day.

It can be hard to let go of the reigns, but finding vendors that you can trust implicitly will ensure everything will run smoothly for you without the stress.

Should You Know About Things No One Tells You About Eloping

Picture this: You and your fiance are happy, relaxed and standing on a remote beach staring into each other’s eyes as you declare your love for one another and say ‘I Do’. It is intimate, it is romantic and it is the epitome of what elopement is all about.

If this sounds like something that you would love to recreate with your fiancé in lieu of an elaborate affair, there are some things you should know first. They are often things that are left out of the romanticised versions but are important considerations when planning an elopement.

Planning?

Yes, there is some involved. The reason being that for a marriage to be recognised, you will need to have filed for a marriage license at least a couple of months before. So, while a spontaneous weekend ceremony can seem thrilling, it won’t be legally recognised until the paperwork has been processed – meaning a likely visit to a government building to sign documents in the near future.

If you are planning an international elopement, it would pay to research the document requirements and lead times to receive your marriage license and certificate to ensure that everything is in order and your marriage will be recognised in Australia. (Unfortunately for same-sex couples, marriages that are legal in some parts of the world are not yet honoured in Australia.)

It will still cost money

One of the major attractions of an elopement is that it can be a little lighter on the hip pocket. But that doesn’t mean there are no expenses involved. Even if you are getting married locally, you might still want to stay somewhere special on the night before as well as your wedding night, buy a wedding outfit and enjoy a romantic meal together. Luckily there are businesses that specialise in elopements and can organise packages that include accommodation, a ceremony location, celebrant, and meals.

On the flipside, eloping doesn’t mean that you have to go without. If you still crave a luxurious wedding day minus all the guests, you can most definitely make that a reality.

Photos are important

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking a passerby or your celebrant to snap a few photos on your smartphone for you, there is a lot to be said for hiring a professional photographer to capture the day for you. Your wedding may be smaller and free of a lot of the bells and whistles of a large affair, but it is still your wedding day – something you will want to have a beautiful record of to cherish for years to come. They will also become something of a brag book for the friends and family who weren’t there and who will be asking you a million questions about the event.

Expect hurt feelings

Whether you choose to tell a select few people about your upcoming nuptials or decide to slip away in full stealth mode, chances are there will be some hurt feelings when people realise they missed the opportunity to celebrate your wedding day with you. Do not feel a need to apologise to them, you did what you did because it was right for you, but reassure them that it was not done to cause offense in any way and then placate them by whipping out that magnificent photo album you have of the magical day. Not everyone will understand your choice, but the majority of those who would have been your guests will likely be surprised and then extremely happy for you.

Plan the announcement

Think of this as a sort of invitation-planning exercise. Make a list of who you would have invited to the wedding and make an effort to contact them, either on the phone or over email depending on your relationship with them, to announce your news. If your parents were completely in the dark, it’s best to start with them first, followed by siblings and grandparents. The most important thing is to ensure you have personally contacted your nearest and dearest before posting a generic announcement onto social media – people would be much more excited to hear it from you directly.

Don’t expect gifts

Because you are most likely surprising your friends and family with your marriage, it would be unfair to ask them for gifts for the occasion. Sure, some might still like to give you something, but don’t expect it.

Celebrate… if you want to

Of course, you and your fiance will enjoy some magical time together during your elopement, but once the news is out, your friends and family might want to celebrate with you. You may have already planned to host a delayed reception to accommodate this, but if you really want to downplay the event, you could suggest an informal get-together at a venue where anyone can come along and pay their own way.

Australians Can Hold A Same Sex Wedding

At Easy Weddings, we ‘love’ love. It is beyond compare when you meet someone you have a connection with, share your passion with, and who you want to spend the rest of your life with. Whether that person is a man or a woman is irrelevant. Love is love. Here’s how Australian same-sex attracted couples can have a wedding.

The harsh reality

It pains us to see that Australia has still not introduced marriage equality so that everyone can legally marry the person they love and want to build a future with.

Since 2001, 21 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, giving full recognition and rights to same-sex couples. Our trans-Tasman neighbours in New Zealand made the move in 2013 and yet Australia continues to flounder, unable to either give parliamentarians a conscious vote or to give the people a proper referendum (not an unbinding plebiscite vote). All of this despite polls showing as much as 60 percent of the population would like to see same-sex marriage introduced.

In the history of the federal parliament, 21 bills related to same-sex marriage have been introduced and none of them have been passed and become law.

Defacto? How about no

Instead, same-sex couples are afforded de-facto status when they have lived together for more than two years — but this is simply not enough. Same-sex couples deserve to make their own choice whether or not to get married!

Alternate options

That said, there is much to celebrate when you find The One and there is a glimmer of hope for couples to marry within Australia if one of them has British citizenship.

Since 2014, couples have been able to marry in one of the seven British Consulate offices around the country, which means couples can have a legal wedding ceremony at home, negating the cost of having to travel overseas for a destination wedding.

Consulate figures show that in just over two years, they hosted 283 same-sex marriages around the country and facilitated 128 civil partnership conversions.

Overseas same-sex wedding destinations

If you are both Aussie or a mix of other nations, chances are you will have to travel to one of the countries where same-sex marriages have already been legalised.

New Zealand is a hop, skip, and a jump away, and is an incredibly popular wedding destination for same-sex couples. More than 500 Australian same-sex couples have been married in the land of the long white cloud since marriage equality was legislated in 2013.

Other options include: the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Uruguay.

Things to remember…

Just remember that with any destination wedding, you will need to allow extra time to apply for a marriage license before the wedding, and also allow extra time after the big day to collect your marriage certificate to bring home.

We can only hope that one day, the Australian government will pull up their socks and finally allow same-sex union to be legally recognised, so we can bring the country up to the 21st Century — where we should be.

Some Alternative Wedding Night Ideas For The Adventurous

While previously we disappointed you by laying down the truth of what REALLY happens on your wedding night, we’ve decided to cut you some slack and help you out. Here are five great alternative wedding night ideas for the adventurous.

Kick on

Are you Cinderella? Looks wise – perhaps. But the difference is, you (possibly) won’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight, so why end the celebration there? Your friends are already all together, and apparently incredibly boozed up, so why not kick on into the early hours of the morning?

Bedtime appetite

To those with a dirty mind who think I’m insinuating something else – sorry to disappoint. I mean literally eat food in bed. You’ve probably spent the night mingling with guests, sucking in your belly, and pretending you’re not hungry “at all” – but just you wait. The ravenous boar looming beneath your polite composure is just waiting to unleash on its prey – a piece of wedding cake.

Get your caterer to make up a doggy bag with any leftovers, and engorge yourselves in the privacy of your bridal suite where nobody can judge your questionable eating habits. Alternatively, order room service or even duck to the local McDonald’s. What better way to end a (wedding) night out.

Watch Netflix

Congrats! You’ve successfully transitioned into a state of food coma. Neither of you can speak, and the silence between you is only broken by raspy, heavy breathing. This is the perfect opportunity to crank out your favourite episode of ‘The Office’, lay as far away from one another as possible, and sporadically break into violent and somewhat painful belly laughs.

Pass out

Unfortunately, some of us really do turn into pumpkins at midnight (dark circles under the eyes; a sallow, haggard look takes over your once supple face – you know what I’m talking about). When this happens, we pumpkins desperately need to remove ourselves from the public eye and slip into something more comfortable – like a coma.

Go clubbing (with or without spouse)

If you’re one of the unfortunate few who married a midnight pumpkin (our condolences), you may want to leave the sleeping to them and step out for a cheeky night on the town. Grab your bridesmaids or groomsmen and hit the clubs (with or without your new spouse). It is your wedding night, after all. Go wild!

Know More About Modern Wedding Vows For The Minimalist Couple

If you and your partner are bucking a few traditions for your upcoming wedding, the decision to forego the “With this ring, I thee wed” is an easy one. But, coming up with some of your own vows that are just as powerful is not. We’ve compiled a list of modern wedding vows to take the edge off your already difficult decision, and do away with your writer’s block.

Opposites attract

We are the same, yet so very different.

You are my love, my best friend and the light at the end of every tunnel.

You have seen me at my best and at my very worst and no matter how tough things get, you somehow manage to make me smile.

I will work with you, trust and value your opinions and stand by your actions.

Together we will build a life full of laughter and passion.

I’m excited for what the future holds for us as we spend it together.

I love you forever and a day.

Perfectly imperfect

I take you, with all your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with all my faults and strengths.

I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help.

You are not perfect, but you are perfect for me.

I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

Reflections

When I look at you, I see a mirror for my true self.

Let me love you with all of my heart and share my life with you as an equal.

You are my partner in life and in love.

I will honour you and cherish you always.

Let us work through the hard times and celebrate the good times.

I love you now and forever.

Looking forward

As I become your (husband/wife) today, I acknowledge how lucky I have been to find such a beautiful, caring and loving person to share my life with.

I will be honest, devoted and faithful to you.

And take care of you in sickness and in health.

As I look back on the countless memories we have made together, I look forward to many more exciting years to come.

Always by your side

I love you. You have brought such joy to my life.

Thank you for loving me as I am and taking me into your heart.

I promise to walk by your side forever and to love, help, and encourage you in all that you do. I will take the time to talk to you to listen to you and to care for you.

Through all the changes of our lives, I will be there for you always as strength in need, a comfort in sorrow, a counselor in difficulty, and a companion in joy.

Everything I am and everything I have is yours now and forevermore.

This is my promise to you.

I give you this ring. Wear it with love and joy. As this ring has no end, / neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my (wife/husband) this day and forevermore.

The promise

I promise to respect, admire and appreciate you for who you are, as well as for the person you wish to become.

I promise to understand your wishes, desires, fears, and dreams.

I promise to always strive to meet your needs, not out of obligation, but because it delights me to see you happy.

I promise to be there for you when you need me, whenever you need me.

I promise to nurture your goals and ambitions; to support you through misfortune, and to celebrate your triumphs.

I promise to keep our lives exciting, adventurous, and full of passion.

I promise to persevere when times get tough, knowing that any challenges we might face, we will conquer them together.

I promise to treat you with compassion rather than fairness, because we are a team, now and for always.

I promise to show you, every day, that I know exactly how lucky I am to have you in my life.

All that I am

I give you all of my love from this day forward and assure you that you will never walk alone.

You love is my anchor and your trust is my strength.

I wish for my heart to be your shelter and the comfort of my arms to be your home.

This ring has no beginning or end and neither does my love for you.

Today I give you all that I am and all that I shall become.