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– For idocelebrant.com – By Nina Elliott-bu​llen   (ninaelliott06@gmail.com)

ImageLet’s be honest ladies, we’re not all going to be able to afford that million-dollar dream wedding we’ve been scrap booking since we were nine. But does that mean we have to skimp on fabulousness? Absolutely not! DIY crafts have made a roaring comeback this past decade and there are easy, creative and CHEAP ideas out there to make any wedding look and feel more wonderful, fancy and more meaningful than any of those magazine celeb weddings.


Be it mason, pickle, jam or anything jar, with the right decorations they can make any wedding ceremony and reception sparkle with glamour and sentimentality! To really save on the money with this one, you can call around your friends, colleagues and family for the empty jars in their cupboards before you go out and buy them! They can be used as general decorations, lighting decorations, table pieces, treat/stationary holders – Just to name a few, it’s up to you! It’s time to whip out your paper and sewing scrap box and get to work!

Here are some ideas for inspiration!


Flowered jars on the aisle-side chairs work especially well for outdoor ceremonies. They are a humble way of creating a welcoming and thematic atmosphere to the guests as they take their seats. It’s easy to dress the jars up or down with a bit of ribbon here and a bit of lace there – whatever look you want to go with, jars are so versatile with their look abilities!



Jars as hanging or candle lights can work for a wedding ceremony and reception no matter what location, but again, they really do work well for the outdoors. They are a perfect way to set the mood and tone, but can also show guests where to go in a romantically whimsical way!


These in particular are a perfect way to light up the ceremony area where you take your vowels, particularly if the ceremony is in a dark area or nearing dusk hours – just be sure you have enough light in the area so that your marriage celebrant can see what they are reading!


Jars as table decorations are a wonderful way to embellish your reception style using little cost and without looking tacky. And again, they become versatile here in their use, such as holding flowers, candles, treats and anything else you require!



The ideas for jars don’t just stop here, there’s an infinite amount of ideas on the internet that also include step by step methods to get the ideal look you want. Here are just SOME of the links to get you going:






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Top tips for taking the hassle out of changing your name

ImageBy Carolyn Raaff, for idocelebrant.com

It’s still generally assumed that a bride will change her name once married. While approximately 80% of Australian brides continue to change their name each year, it isn’t the law.

If you’ve grown attached to your maiden name and would like to hold on to it after you’re married, you could:

  • combine your surname with your husband’s – with or without a hyphen between your surnames
  • continue to use your maiden name at work but use your married name to update your passport, driver’s licence, joint accounts etc
  • make your maiden name your new middle name and take your husband’s name as your surname
  • make up a new last name that is a combination of your maiden name and married name
  • leave your name as it is.

Or your husband could change his name to yours!

For some, especially brides who’ve been trying out new surnames since their first boyfriend, changing your name is exciting. For others, saying goodbye to your maiden name can be harder than expected.

Whatever the case, there’s no denying it – changing your name is a hassle!

This explains why so many women live in dual-name limbo for so many months, and sometimes years, after their wedding.

The process to legally change your name on your identification documents is simple. All you need is your marriage certificate issued by your state or territory’s Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages. The hard part is trying to remember which organisations you need to tell about your change of name, and motivating yourself to complete all the necessary paperwork.

But the good news is: if you plan ahead you can streamline the process. Here’s what to do:

  • Add getting your name changed to your wedding planning to do list.
  • Talk to your marriage celebrant. He or she might have some handy hints.
  • Find out from your state or territory’s registering authority what forms and other documentation you need to apply for a marriage certificate. Start filling in the application form and pulling together the necessary proof of identity documents. Photocopy these and get them certified by a justice of the peace etc as required to save time later on.
  • Make a list of all the organisations you’ll need to notify about your name change after the wedding. Think driver’s licence, passport, Medicare, banks, superannuation, doctors, dentists, retail store cards etc.
  • Contact the organisations to find out what forms and other documentation they need from you. Get copies of the forms and start filling them in.
  • As soon as possible (at least 14 days) after your wedding, apply for your marriage certificate. – you can download the form you need here…
  • Make photocopies of your marriage certificate and get them signed by a justice of the peace.
  • Complete all the forms you prepared earlier and send them to the relevant organisations with the required documentation.

There’s no denying changing your name is time consuming but if you plan for it and get on to it straight way after your wedding, it’ll be less of a headache.

Good luck!

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How Pinterest can help you plan your wedding

By Carolyn Raaff, for idocelebrant.com

A disclaimer before we begin – if you know how to use Pinterest this blog isn’t for you. Stop reading now and start doing something else (someImagepinning for your wedding?) instead.

On the other hand if you’ve never experienced the joys of pinning or you’re asking yourself “pin what?” read on. But be warned pinning can be extremely addictive!

According to Pinterest.com, itself:

  • Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organising things you love.
  • Pinterest can be used to make a wish list, plan a trip, organise an event, start a collection, plan a project.
  • Millions of people use Pinterest in their lives and work.

Pinterest is easy to use and, best of all, joining is free.

How does it work?

Basically, Pinterest is a modern day pin board or scrapbook. You create a “board” (like a notice board) on which you “pin” images or videos you see and like. You can do this by searching for images within Pinterest by subject and “repinning” these from someone else’s noticeboard to your own or by searching for ideas on the internet and pinning the images to your board. Any pin can be repinned and all pins link back to where they came from.

You can make your board secret so no one else can see it, you can make your board public so everyone can view it or you can invite other people to pin with you on any of your boards. You can also follow other people’s boards.

Great, but what does this have to do with my wedding?

When it comes to planning a wedding, Pinterest is an amazing resource. It’s a one stop shop for wedding ideas and inspiration from all over the place.

Here are some suggestions on how you could use Pinterest to help plan your wedding:

  1. Create a board for each aspect of your wedding. This could be ideas for your gift list, wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, hair and make-up, flowers, invitations, cake, photos, wedding venue, honeymoon destinations etc.
  2. Use secret boards to save pictures of things you like but aren’t ready to share. For example, wedding dress designs.
  3. Share your boards, ideas and inspirations with your fiancé, family, bridal party, and friends.
  4. Share your boards with your marriage celebrant or wedding suppliers to give them an idea of what you like and don’t like.  For example, flowers, cake designs, hair styles, make up etc.
  5. 5.       Follow the boards of wedding suppliers to check out what they’ve done for other clients.

Convinced? Go on give it a try. You won’t regret it.

Happy pinning!

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