Unique and Unusual Bucks Night Ideas for Around Melbourne

We’re all familiar with the stock-standard lad’s night out bucks party that involves drinking plenty of beer and spending the night in a dark (and sometimes questionable) bar. If that vibe doesn’t appeal to you and you’d prefer something not as tacky, there are so many more ideas out there. Melbourne has plenty of things to do when it comes to your bucks party, so here are a few classier ideas.

Brewery Tour of Melbourne

Mountain Goat, Moon Dog, 3 Ravens, Thunder Road, Temple Brewing Company…there are an abundance of excellent boutique and craft breweries to explore in Melbourne, so why not get a crew together, book a tour and get tasting? Otherwise, you can always appoint a designated driver and do one yourselves!

Whiskey Tasting

Head to a class by the Humble Tumbler at the Black Pearl in Fitzroy and partake in a fancy whisky tasting hosted by a top hospitality and whisky […]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Weddings|0 Comments

How to Keep the Guest List Small at Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting times in your life, but when it comes to creating the guest list, things can sometimes get a bit daunting and awkward. No one wants to have to cull friends or family off the guests list, and there’s always the lingering worry that they may bring it up and question as to why they weren’t invited. Here, we’ve created an etiquette guide to trimming that guest list with minimal stress.

Divide Guests into Tiers and Go from There

One effective and systematic way to cut down the guest list is to divide guests into tiers of A, B, C and D. If you’re having purely a closest friends and family affair. If you’re having something a little bit bigger, invite B as well, and so on and so forth. When you’re deciding who to include in you’re A list, the general rule […]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Weddings|0 Comments

How to Write your Own Wedding Vows

When it comes to the big day, there are so many details that will stand out – the wedding venue, the bridal car, the dress, the catering. The biggest thing that people will remember from the ceremony, though, are the vows. Not only that, but it’s a way of expressing your love and gratitude for your partner, to tell them how you feel. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, because you want to say exactly the right thing and encapsulate precisely how you feel.

If you’re a bit stuck about how to go about writing your wedding vows, or you find the concept intimidating, here we can give you a few tips, tricks and methods to inject that extra bit of feeling, emotion and sincerity into your vows, so they are perfect to be spoken on the big day.

Write them Together and Share the Same Vows

Two minds are greater than […]

By |December 28th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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The Best Wedding Films of All Time

We all remember those stand-out movie weddings, for whatever reason. Perhaps they were especially humorous, disastrous, romantic or just a classic tear-jerker. Wedding movies are something that Hollywood does well, and when it comes to couples saying “I do” in movies, there are a few that spring to mind.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

This iconic wedding romantic comedy film speaks to a lot of people in mixed-background couples, but is also generally just a humorous commentary on when two very different families are brought together in a marriage. Involving plenty of cringe-worthy, laugh-out-loud and touching moments.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

The 90s were the time for great wedding films, and the Brits do them the best. This movie falls under both categories, AND it has Hugh Grant in it. The plot revolves around a charming Englishman who is unlucky in love, and his encounters with a beautiful American woman at his friend’s […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Wedding Accessories for Him

On your wedding day, you want to embody the image of the suave gentleman groom. You’ve picked out your suit, but now you need a few more finishing touches to top off the look. Here are a selection of accessories that will get you looking ready for the big day with so little effort.

Waistcoat

A three-piece suit is the epitome of gentlemanly style and charm. For that old-worldly sophisticated look, choose a navy or brown suit with a matching waistcoat.

Brogues

The brogue is a timeless addition. Pair your three-piece suit with a pair of brown leather brogues for a match made in heaven! 

Pocket Handkerchief

If you’re all for attention to detail, opt for a silk pocket handkerchief. If you’re feeling bold and brave, choose a splash of vibrant colour. 

Bow Tie or Tie

A bow tie presents the perfect look for a vintage, country or folksy wedding. There are so many colours and patterns out […]

By |October 14th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Wedding Day Traditions And Superstitions From Around The World

You’ve probably heard the saying going “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” for a bride to carry these four special objects as good luck charms on her wedding day. The saying originates from an old English tradition to bring good fortune to the happy couple. Every culture has their own traditions and superstitions when it comes to marriage. Here are just a few from around the world…

CONFETTI FROM ITALY

This well-known and now widely used tradition originated in Italy. Instead of using bits of paper or rice, originally the guests would throw candy, such as sugared almonds, as the bride and groom walked by.

CARRYING TWO BOUQUETS IN MEXICO

In Mexico, the bride will carry two bouquets, one for herself and another representing a tribute to the Virgin Mary.

SAKE SHARING CEREMONY IN JAPAN

In Japan, the bride, groom and their parents will take three sips each from three cups of sake. This […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Wedding Traditions, Weddings|0 Comments

6 Weird And Wonderful Wedding Venues Around The World

A wedding should be a representation of the couple’s personality. With infinite types of personalities out there, it goes without saying that there have been all different kinds of weddings to match. If you can think of it, it’s probably been done. Here are just a few of the more unusual wedding venues around the world.

THE EDEN PROJECT, ENGLAND

Located in beautiful Cornwall, the Eden Project is a unique place in every sense of the word. Using innovative technology, two biomes have been created underneath huge domes. It’s kind of like if The Secret Garden met a sci-fi film. You can get married in either the Mediterranean or Rainforest biome amongst the greenery, and enjoy a sustainably sourced feast with your guests afterwards. 

IGLOO VILLAGE, FINLAND

If you’re both winter or snow lovers, an Arctic Circle wedding in the Igloo Village in Lapland could be the perfect choice. Options for the ceremony include […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Melbourne Venues, Wedding Venues, Weddings|0 Comments
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Guest Involvement Ideas To Make Your Wedding Day Wonderful

Your wedding day is all about making special memories with your friends and family that you can cherish for years to come. You want your guests to mingle and have fun, and there are a few little activities and techniques you can try on the day to get the ball rolling on guest involvement. Try these suggestions we’ve seen for weddings at Vogue Ballroom to make your wedding day as entertaining as possible for you and your guests.

DISPOSABLE CAMERAS

Place a few disposable cameras on each table for guests to take their own happy snaps. You’ll be sure to have a laugh at the funny photos, or marvel at the beautiful moments that your guest will capture when you’re sorting through them later. Otherwise, you can let your guests take the cameras home to develop themselves. 

GUEST QUESTIONNAIRES

Put a guest questionnaire at every table setting, including questions about the guest themselves, their […]

By |August 19th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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FAMOUS AND FABULOUS CELEBRITY WEDDING LOCATIONS

Ahh, celebrity weddings. We love to scrutinise them, draw inspiration from them and just plain gossip about them – from the dress to the catering and everything in between. The biggest talking point would have to be the location and venue, and the more exotic or extravagant the better. When it comes to high-profile celebs, there are no holds usually barred. Here are just a few of the most famous and fabulous celebrity wedding locations from around the world.

LUTTRELLSTOWN CASTLE, DUBLIN

Victoria and David Beckham had their fairy tale wedding at this Irish castle in 1999. With sprawling grounds, two ballrooms, 12 rooms for guests and the potential to rent out the entire venue, it makes for the ultimate wedding celebration. 

BOONE HALL HISTORIC PLANTATION, SOUTH CAROLINA

If you’ve seen pictures of this location, you may recognise the house as the one from The Notebook, so it’s already got that ultimate romance factor. […]

By |August 11th, 2017|Melbourne Ceremonies, Weddings|0 Comments
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De-coding dress codes

Navigating dress codes can sometimes be a wardrobe nightmare. When you have a special event that has a dress code, what do these codes really mean? Be ready to plan your outfit for your next wedding or special occasion with our guide that takes the guesswork out of getting dressed!

Black Tie

For men, this dress code is crystal clear- wear a tuxedo. It’s a little more complicated for women as things generally are! You can technically wear a long ball gown type of dress to a formal cocktail dress or even dressy separates. There are more options but this can also mean more confusion. If your hair, make up and jewellery is quite dressy you can’t really go wrong so work with this also to create your black tie look as it can make all the difference.

Black Tie Optional

This dress code is a bit more of a grey area. Basically, it […]

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Social media in your wedding: how much is too much?

Social media can be expected to play a large role in weddings these days. When we live in a world where every special moment is documented instantaneously, from your vegan poke bowl instagramed before the end of your lunch break to a live documentation of a music concert on a snap chat story, it’s hard to avoid the expectation.

But how much is too much on your wedding day? Should you have a hashtag to promote sharing your special day with the world? Or do you wish it to remain private and live in the moment? Is waiting for the professional photos to be printed a thing of the past when the first photo of you and your partner as a married couple is already on your friend’s Instagram account before the first dance has commenced? We take a look and the pro’s and cons of using social media at a […]

By |July 24th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Creative wedding favours

An old wedding tradition that has stood the tests of time is providing your guests with wedding favours- a commemorative gift for your guests to keep remembering your special day and the fun they had at your wedding! Also known as bonbonniere, traditionally these were generally sweets or almond lollies in a little bag that each guest took home. But stepping into the 21st century, couples are getting way more creative and breaching the norms with new fun ideas!

Let love grow

Succulents or cute littler terrariums with each of the guest’s names printed on an attached tag is a creative wedding favour idea. This will be a useful gift as they can incorporate it into their décor when they return home and will always think of you! 

Let there be light

A candle is a nice idea for a wedding favour that your guests are bound to use. Symbolising the light and warmth […]

By |July 19th, 2017|Melbourne Ceremonies, Melbourne Venues, Weddings|0 Comments
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Popular bridal hairstyles

Your hairstyle on your wedding day will be indicative of the style of your wedding and should appropriately reflect its theme. This is a day where you be photographed probably more than any other day of your life! So, you want to pick a style that suits you, your dress and your wedding décor. Finding it hard to decide which bridal hairstyle is for you? Keep reading to find out some popular bridal hair trends that will make your day truly special.

Polished up do

This simple, classic hair style is perfect if your wedding is going to be a classy and elegant affair. A middle part, with a sleek, low bun in a simple, fresh style will leave you looking flawless. This hair trend works particularly well if you have a very busy and intricate dress, as it will balance out the look by keeping your hair style simple and elegant.

Old […]

By |July 10th, 2017|Melbourne Brides, Weddings|0 Comments
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Wedding traditions: The origins

There are many old wedding traditions that some couples follow, but where did these originate from? What do they really mean, and are they relevant for today’s society? Read on to find out a few things you may not know about wedding traditions and customs!

Something old, something new

Originating from an old English rhyme, this famous saying describes four objects a bride should add to her wedding outfit as good luck charms for her special day.

The original saying is as follows;

“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”

Generally, these tokens of love are traditionally from your mother, sister or other close relatives and each symbolise something different. Something old represent continuity, and the hope for stability; something new is a nod to the future and the happiness it will bring. Something borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness and virtue, while something blue stands for love and fidelity. Finally, […]

By |July 1st, 2017|Melbourne Ceremonies, Weddings|0 Comments
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Wedding Gift ideas

When a friend or family member is getting married, it’s hard to pick the perfect gift. You know the couple is going to receive a varied array of things, so how do you choose something that will be functional for their future but also stand out from the crowd and provide that personal touch? A lot of the time it depends on the people, what they are after and their personal tastes.

Some couples have a goal in mind and will provide direction on gifts. Perhaps they are saving for a holiday or house and so will set up a wishing well for cash gifts. Perhaps they have picked out items for their new home and so set up a gift registry. See below some ideas and pros and cons to each of the options to help you decide.

The cash gift 

Sometimes this can be the easiest gift idea, and the most […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments

Top 13 Classic Wedding Films

Everyone loves a good wedding film, from comedies to those movies that just make your heart melt. So, get together some friends and watch a few of these favourites next time you want to stay in for a movie night.

My Best Friend’s Wedding – a classic romantic comedy where Julia Roberts tries to win over her best friend when she finds out he is suddenly getting married.
Wedding Crashers – a hilarious comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson where they crash weddings to meet women, until at the last wedding of the season they get more then they bargain for.
Bridesmaids – where Annie, a single woman whose life is a mess is confronted with her best friend’s wedding and is forced to serve as maid of honour with disastrous results.
Runaway Bride – an American romantic comedy where a jaded city journalist (Richard Gere) follows the story […]

By |June 24th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Finding your wedding theme

It’s important to understand your wedding theme when designing your dream wedding. Your chosen theme will determine everything- from the venue and decorations, to the food and your dress. Once you have chosen a theme you will find these other smaller decisions will come easily as you will have a genre to base everything around. But what kind of theme is for you? Have a read of a few different themes below to find out which will suit the kind of wedding you are after.

Rustic weddings

A rustic wedding has a beautiful and simplistic tone. A colour palate of browns, greens and whites as well as the addition of majestical lights will make your day truly special. Think strands of delicate fairy lights, wooden ornaments and furniture, white flowers, tea light candles in jars, and rose gold details. Leafy green plant based floral arrangements can line the tables, and wooden barrels […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Royal Weddings Throughout History

The team of wedding specialists at Vogue Ballroom love a royal wedding, partly because it inspires us with the service we provide here at our stunning reception centre! We would be lying if in our illustrious history of wedding aficionados we didn’t take a couple of ideas from the lavish surrounds of the wedding of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton) and Prince William, or a tip or two from that of our own Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, and her wedding to Prince Frederik.

We enjoy a good old fashioned royal wedding so much here at Vogue Ballroom that we thought we would share a couple from history that have played a big role in our love for this most special of days.

And hey, they only come around once every few years, so why not…

Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, 1956 

What style, what elegance, what grandeur… The […]

By |June 11th, 2017|Weddings|0 Comments
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Wedding Culture from Around the World

At Vogue Ballroom, we love weddings. One of the main things that really enhances our enjoyment of this most special of traditions is the varying cultures we get to experience when providing our reception service. We host weddings for people of all walks of life, and in the process get to experience some of the traditions and values they bring to their loved ones’ special day. Because we have such a love for weddings and their unique customs, we thought we would share with you a couple of the ceremonial traditions we have had the pleasure of experiencing.

India – where weddings last for days 

Weddings in India comprise of a series of ceremonies and traditions that take place over the course of multiple days – they are a big deal. During the pre-wedding ceremonies, an engagement ceremony is held where the husband and wife to be exchange rings and the families […]

By |June 5th, 2017|Melbourne Ceremonies, Real Weddings, Weddings|0 Comments
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Planning a Winter Wedding? Vogue Ballroom is Perfect for Receptions

People often rave about the joy a summer wedding brings, but the wedding planning aficionados at Vogue Ballroom believe that a winter wedding is just as good. The fresh, cool air on a sunny winter’s day is the perfect setting for saying your vows, as everyone is feeling nice and invigorated by the cooler temperatures. We don’t believe those negative Nancies who say getting married in the cold or rain is a bad omen; we think it brings family and friends closer together! We love winter weddings here at Vogue Ballroom, and we would like to provide you with a little list as to why they are a great option, perhaps even better than that of summer…

Despite the forecast, it’s actually less stressful 

People have the misconception that because the weather is more frightful during a Melbourne winter it is a bad idea to be wed in it. In fact, it’s […]

By |May 29th, 2017|Melbourne Receptions, Weddings|0 Comments