How to Plan a Rustic Wedding

There is nothing more romantic than a rustic wedding. The crunch of the leaves, a cool nip in the air, and beautiful bursts of orange, red, and yellow can’t help but make you smile. What a perfect time to share your love and begin your life with your partner! Here is how you can plan an ultimate rustic wedding that you and your guests will totally “fall” for!

Rustic Wedding Ideas

Consider hosting your event in a rustic location like a barn. You can make this setting totally shabby chic, string lights from antiquated beams, and excite your guests’ senses with the smell of hay bales in the loft.

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Rustic Wedding Dresses

A lace lined dress will work with a rustic themed wedding and enhances a number of figures. Consider trying on an ivory or cream lace cap sleeved gown that is long, flowing, and fitted to look gorgeous on your big day, fit in with your theme, and look no fuss but fabulous. For some added charm, you may also wish to drape a delicate lace shawl around your décolletage as the evening air takes over.

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Rustic Bridesmaid Dresses

Have your favorite ladies wear something short and sweet. Look for ruffle detailing, textured embellishments like a knotted or braided halter top, lace, and opt for cowboy boots to add some country charm.

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Rustic Wedding Colors

It is essential that you select a color palette that complements your rustic venue décor and ceremony setting. Keep your color palette neutral to adhere to a rustic theme and avoid anything that looks too bold or bright. Hues and variations of champagne, mauve, rust, pine, and taupe tones are perfect and allow nature around you to really be the star of the show.

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Rustic Wedding Decorations

The wonderful thing about a rustic wedding is that you can really include hearty, earthy, and natural elements into you big day. Pumpkins, tea lights hanging from fences, an antique cart filled with fall fruit, and even lanterns filled with seasonal flowers and pine cones are perfect ways to play up your theme and are ultra-affordable!

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Rustic Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations set the tone for your rustic event. Consider selecting an invitation that has a wooden background and is simple but chic. It will be clear to your guests your themed intent.

Rustic Wedding Invitations

Rusting Wedding Cakes

Consider serving up your cake on a hearty slab of a tree trunk! You can keep your frosting neutral and add whimsical embellishments like a birch heart façade with your initials carved as the focal point of the dessert and add cascading woodland flowers and leaves around the sides and base.

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 Rustic Wedding Bouquets

Nothing says rustic like a bouquet filled with seasonal wild flowers and fiddlehead. You may also consider succulents wrapped in twine, or strands of lavender adhered with burlap and a vintage sparkly pin.

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Planning a themed wedding is fun and easy to do. Work in some of these suggestions and tips into your special day in order to create a memorable, rustic celebration. 


In the Spotlight: Cathleen Jia Bridal Collection Launch

Make sure you take a seat ladies, because we have a new bridal collection to share with you which is bound to make you weak at the knees! Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia recently made an impressive entrance into the bridal world with a spectacular new collection –  Toujours. And Love Wed Bliss has exclusive backstage peek into the official launch party.

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The evening which took place at the stunning Angelique Boutique, in Armadale Melbourne was nothing short of fabulous. With a wonderfully glamorous atmosphere and a line up of breathtaking gowns embracing a vintage glam style, it was an event which would appeal to the romantic in all of us.

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Cathleen Jia Wedding Dress

The talented Australian designer’s collection is inspired by the romantic 1920′s, classic 1930s, and the elegant screen goddesses of the 1950′s.  A seamless adaptation of a glamorous era with a modern twist, it is a classic contemporary look which is nothing short of timeless. All the gowns are  exquisitely handcrafted with luxurious fabrics, and intricately adorned with delicate laces and hand-beaded embellishments, which makes them perfect for the quality discerning, style conscious bride. 

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At the launch, guests enjoyed a salon-style show featuring luxury gowns in subtle vintage colours, handcrafted headpieces and soft veils all beautifully complemented by gorgeous floral arrangements from Bud flowers. After experiencing an exclusive insight into the Cathleen Jia bridal range, and being treated to chic cocktail fare, guests said farewell with their own special gift bag in arm.

Tojours Bridal Collection by Cathleen Jia

If you would love to see this stunning collection in real time, just take a peek at the beautiful fashion film which debuted for guests before the Toujours collection was revealed. The black beaded gown is to-die-for as is, the immaculate makeup and hair by Miss Aimmey, and stunning event photography by Finessence photography!

You can see the new swoon-worthy bridal collection on the Cathleen Jia website, or if you prefer to get up close and try one on for size contact her Hawthorn studio for a private appointment.


In The Spotlight: Jennifer Gifford Designs

I have a real treat for all of us today. I’m honored to be chatting to one of my favourite Australian wedding dress designers – the amazingly talented Jennifer Gifford. Jennifer has kindly agreed to give us a sneak peak into her world and share with us her creative inspiration behind her stunning Jennifer Gifford Designs collection. So take a deep breath blissettes, because this feature is packed with gorgeous gowns that’ll have you breathless for the rest of the day!

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Q: When & how did Jennifer Gifford Designs evolve?

Jennifer Gifford Designs happened out of necessity, around the time the GFC hit I was forced to rethink my working arrangement and decided to get an ABN and set up a workroom at home. The rest is history really.

Q: Where do you source inspiration for your beautiful designs?

I get inspiration from other Couture designers like Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier, but mostly I get inspiration from the Brides who walk through my door. It is ultimately the most exciting thing to create a wedding gown from the beautiful pictures and inspiration a bride will bring with her to her first appointment. This has then followed through into my Made to Wear collections.

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Q: What do you think sets JGD’s apart from other designers?

The thing I think sets me apart is, I didn’t set out to be a Designer as such. I am a Dressmaker or Machinist firstly; designing has just followed on from that. When you order a gown from Jennifer Gifford Designs you are receiving a gown the is not only designed by me but 100% made by me.

Q: Tell us more about Jennifer – what you would be if you couldn’t be a designer?

I think I would be in PR, Advertising or Interior design.

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Q: What is your favourite wedding trend right now?

I don’t know that I have one favourite trend as such, but I am loving the way couples are creating an event to remember for all the right reasons.  Something that is heart felt and original but most importantly put together beautifully. Whether it is a retro, bohemian or vintage celebration it looks and feels like a fabulous celebration of Love.

Q: We’d love to hear more about how you work. Describe a typical day in the Jennifer Gifford Designs Studio?

I have two daughters Neve (14yrs) and Maeve (20 Months) so things are a little crazy in the mornings but I am normally in the studio by about 9:30 in the morning checking emails and FB, making phone calls and starting on orders by about 11 ish.  I work to a system, which allows me to work within school hours.  I do however sacrifice my Saturdays and some Sunday mornings to see brides who can’t come during normal working hours for fitting appointments.

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Q: What do you think makes Australian weddings special?

We’re a pretty relaxed and creative bunch.  There is always a real focus on the day as a whole celebration for everyone it is very inclusive and fun.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for bride’s choosing a wedding dress?

Follow your heart, but be realistic!  If you really want a full lace and silk gown be prepared to pay for it.  I hate it when I have to be the bearer of bad news, but creating a wedding gown from scratch is never going to be cheaper than purchasing something off the rack. 

I LOVE what I do and it makes me so happy to be a part of this journey a bride takes leading up to her big day.  This is what I try to explain to brides when I quote them for their gown. It is not just the gown you are getting, it is everything that goes with it – right from the first consultation, measurements, fittings and the fun that goes with it.  You can bring friends and family to fittings and make some wonderful memories.  It really is a wonderful process having a gown made just for you.

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Q: What’s next for Jennifer Gifford Designs?

Jennifer Gifford Designs has recently undergone a little bit a of a revamp with a new Logo and brand new website.  Then I take a break over Christmas before starting my biggest year yet. Bookings for made-to-measure gowns are filling up fast for 2013 with April and May already fully booked.

I am planning a new collection of One Of A Kind Gowns that will be available for purchase from my studio and several Wedding events JGD will be a part of this year. These include A Very Vintage Wedding Fair and The Wedding Harvest in February and later in the year The Byron Bay Bridal Showcase.

I also have some exciting creative projects on the back burner that I am keen to get started on so there will be plenty to keep me busy that’s for sure.  What can I say, I Love my Job!

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What Are The Parts of a Wedding Dress?

How much do you really know about wedding dresses? Do you really understand all the various parts of a wedding dress –  the different types of necklines, fabrics and silhouettes… and, let’s not forget the train length! Well, before you go hunting for your dream wedding gown, we wanted to share with you some all-important Wedding Dress 101. The following handy infographic from Simply Bridal gives you all the ‘ins and outs’ you need to know to help design and/or select that perfect dress. That way, you can feel like the expert before hitting the shops. You’ll find these great little pointers are also handy for choosing your bridesmaids dresses too. Happy shopping girls!

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Mermaid Style Wedding Gowns To Swoon Over!

Mermaid Style Wedding Gowns Inspiration | Love Wed BlissMermaid gown inspiration {Photo by Elizabeth Messina}

Mermaid style wedding gowns continue to be featured in couture designer’s collections year after year. Stylish and glamorous, they feature a slim fitting gown which hugs the body to the knees and then flares out with a full skirt to the hem. Mermaid wedding dresses are extremely flattering to most figure types. They show off your curves and look fabulous in a range of fabrics, necklines and intricate or delicate detailing. We’ve rounded up this stunning selection of designer mermaid wedding gowns for your style inspiration:

Mermaid Wedding Gown by Lazaro | Love Wed BlissLazaro Bridal Gown Style LZ3258

Winnie Couture Mermaid Wedding Gown | Love Wed BlissWinnie Couture Fall Collection 2013

Mermaid Style Ines De Santo Fall 2013 | Love Wed BlissInes Di Santo Fall Collection 2013

Mermaid Style Wedding Gown by Winnie Couture: Esme | Love Wed BlissWinnie Couture Fall Collection 2013

Mermaid Wedding Dress Romona Keveza | Love Wed BlissRomona Keveza Fall Collection 2013

Mermaid Style Essense Design | Love Wed BlissEssense of Australia Wedding Gown Style D1367

Mermaid Wedding Gown by Rachel Gilbert: Autumn 2013 | Love Wed BlissRachel Gilbert Allegra Gown Autumn Winter 2012

Mermaid Style Claire Pettibone | Love Wed BlissClaire Pettibone Spring 2013

Fishtail Wedding Gown by Ines De Santo Fall 2013 | Love Wed BlissInes Di Santo Fall Collection 2013

Vintage Style Fishtail Skirt Gown by Johanna Johnson | Love Wed BlissThe Vintage Gown by Johanna Johnson

Mermaid Style Wedding Gown by Lavazo | Love Wed BlissLazaro Bridal Gown Style LZ3201


Bridal Gown Horrors and How to Deal with Them

Wedding dress nightmares aren’t rare. They happen. And that’s probably why you already have a kit filled with pre-threaded needles, double-sided tapes, cotton swabs, small towels, baby powder, baby wipes, safety pins, a small bar of soap, and a pair of scissors as you brace yourself for what mishap may dawn upon your bridal gown on the big day. In case you spill red wine over your gown, end up with a stuck zipper, lose a few beads, or tear a small portion of your veil apart, with all these emergency tools, you are definitely ready to make quick fixes without lifting a finger. However, not all wedding gown disasters can be fixed with something found inside your emergency kit, and the best way you can deal with them is to think ahead and prevent them from ever happening.

Can’t Wear the Dress

When you go to the shop, attendants will be there to help you around and make things easier for you. Not to mention, they are experts in knowing how to handle and pull the dress in the right places. But these attendants won’t be around by the time your dress gets delivered and on the wedding day itself. Before you realize that you have to call on to the attendant halfway around town to get you into your dress, assign somebody who will assist you. It could be your maid of honor, your mom, or anyone you like. This person should be with you when you pick your dress and should be aware of the ins and outs of it. Hands and nails must always be kept clean as your dress is handled. Also, whenever you have to go to the restroom during the wedding day, your chosen assistant should be there to accompany you. You wouldn’t want a dress-caught-in-the-pants moment, and believe it or not, it happens! 

Dress is Emphasizing All the Wrong Places

Love at first sight on a dress is not enough reason to choose it. Sure, the dress looks pretty and is the perfect one you have been imagining your entire life, but if it doesn’t complement your assets, maybe it’s the wrong one. Be realistic. Know your body type and embrace it. Familiarize yourself with your greatest assets and allow your gown to accentuate them.

Dress Does Not Fit

Many brides have set unworkable expectations of their wedding dress size. The dress may only end up too small or too large on the big day itself, and for that, the quickest option to fix it may even be too late. Don’t pick a dress too far advanced. Your weight and size can fluctuate, most especially when you are subject to a lot of pressure and stress as you prepare for every wedding detail. Before finally paying for your dress, make sure you get a clear contract on when you should expect it to arrive and give yourself a lose margin to allow time for alterations as necessary. 

If dress is too tight:

Don’t buy a dress one size smaller then plan to lose weight thereafter. Pick the size you are in at that very moment. Be ready to indulge in a body wrap. Aside from the benefits of detoxification, relaxation, and skin tightening, a body wrap can help you get rid of inches in just 45 minutes to 1 hour. It should come in handy in case you need a quick fix for a tight dress a few days before the wedding.

If dress is loose:

In case you find out that you could still fit another person into your dress when you’re just days away, take note of how to reduce your dress size through drastic fixes without having to send the dress over to a seamstress for major alterations. This is something you should discuss with your shop attendant.

Dress is See-Through in Bright Sunlight

You’ve set up a garden wedding where your guests can feel the warmth from the promise of your vows as well as from their sun-kissed skin, but you never tried on your dress under the sunlight. And on the day itself you realize that your dress isn’t built for the bright outdoors as it exposes everything you’re wearing underneath it. Aside from picking the right size and knowing what to do in case your dress doesn’t fit, being responsible for knowing what undergarments are appropriate is equally important. Talk to your shop attendant about it. Try your dress in front of the mirror as well as under the broad daylight, and when you do so, use similar undergarments you would have for the big day. Plan ahead and chose wisely. Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding as much as every wedding dress dreams of the perfect bride to wear it.

Images: Love Me Do Photography / Ayres Photography / via Luxe Redux Bridal/ Judy Pak Photography / via Dex KnowsPaper Antler  &  Kate Webber Photography / Jen Huang Photography


About the Author: Ella Simpson has touched the lives of many brides by supplying body wraps for quick wedding dress fixes for over 10 years now. As a nutritional researcher, she has used her own kitchen to formulate body wrap ingredients, which are available through her website Wrap Yourself Slim

Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses for a Romantic Summer

These gorgeous hippie bohemian wedding dresses from FreePeople have us oohing and aahing like nobody’s business. Their soft, pretty and delicate lines create the perfect whimsical look for a romantic summer wedding. They’re a superb example of bohemian meets chic with beautiful detailing, breathtaking fabrics and soft flowing skirts.

Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses

Each Summer dress is sold exclusively through Free People and tells a story of it’s own. They’re very affordable and make the perfect style statement for any type of Summer celebration. Whether you’re celebrating a beach or outdoor wedding, whimsical or garden soiree, any of these hippie wedding dresses would add a touch of relaxed elegance and bohemian chic to your day. You could even add a little rustic ruggedness to your style and tone them down with a pair of boots, leather jacket, or even converses! Any way you look at these bohemian wedding dresses, we know they’ll be the highlight of a romantic Summer!

Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses


Dana’s Limited Edition Parachute Dress

Dana's Limited Edition Wedding DressI have to start with my personal favourite. This white Summer parachute dress with lace corset bodice is stunning. The bodice is boned along the sides and laces up at the back, giving it a romantic feel. It features a long flowing skirt with embroidered flower detailing and scalloped trim, as well as a soft billowing top layer creating a look of freedom and femininity meets modern boho. There are also crisscross elastic straps and hidden zip at the back,  making it a romantic and striking dress for any Summer occasion – divine!

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Valley Dress

Valley DressCapture the true essence of a bohemian bride in this sheer 100% polyester maxi dress with ruffle and texture detailing. The bottom of dress features ruffle hem trimming and the sheer full sleeves have gathered elastic cuffs creating an overall romantic whimsical look. A low deep v neckline and back, gives just the right amount of sexiness and the floaty fabric ensures this hippie beach wedding dress a sexy ‘surf friendly’ design.

Valley Dress

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Tiered Lace Maxi Dress

Tiered Lace Maxi DressIf you like to keep your style cool and comfortable then this pretty tiered hippie dress with it’s lace layering is the perfect Summer bohemian wedding dress. It features a wrapped lace bodice with subtle floral appliqué, fully-lined silk body covered in eyelash-style tiers of lace and a hidden back zip with hook and eye closure. Delicate and feminine, you’ll feel like a princess waltzing around all day.

Tiered Lace Maxi Dress

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Monique Lurex Chiffon Gown

Monique Lurex Chiffon GownThis strapless bohemian wedding dress showcases a gorgeous metallic design in silk chiffon. The strapless design includes boning in the bodice and stretchy mesh insert with zipper so not only do you look fabulous, but feel comfortable too. With a flattering bustline, flowing skirt and a dash of shimmer it is hippie meets glam perfection. 

Monique Lurex Chiffon Gown

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Jess’ Limited Edition Victorian Maxi

Jess' Limited Edition Victorian Maxi DressAnother fave of ours is the breathtaking Victorian bohemian lace wedding dress, “Jess.” With stunning metallic embroidered appliqué accents along the neckline and hips, sweet cap sleeves, and a feminine panelled hem it is the perfect boho lace wedding gown for the vintage bride.

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Check out the full range of romantic Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses from Free People here!


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Pride and Prejudice Inspired Wedding Gown Shoot

If you’re a modern bride who still has a soft spot for a romantic era, then this Pride and Prejudice inspired wedding gown shoot should tickle your fancy. Talented Calgary wedding dress designer Laura George decided to showcase her Fall 2011 collection in an elegant shoot inspired by the movie Pride and Prejudice. Captured by Sofia Katherine, it showcases how you can beautifully combine a modern look with elegant and romantic old world style. 

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Photography: Sofia Katherine Photography / Floral Designer:  Velda’s Grower Direct / Dress Designer:  Laura George / Makeup Artist:  Perfection Hair & Makeup / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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In love with Jane Austen’s romantic style? Then you’ll also love this inspiration: 

{Week of Bliss} Amazing Dresses, Awesome Decor & An Adorable Cake!

I confess I am guilty of my weekly round up being a tad late this week. But the great thing is, when I post my ‘Week of Bliss’ on a Saturday (instead of Friday), it allows me to include any extra gorgeousness from overseas which was published overnight! (Australia is a day ahead of US & Europe). So all the more gorgeous weddings to enjoy I say! Also, I’ve been doing a little extra behind the LWB scenes this week, planning something new and fabulous. I’m really excited and can’t wait until it kicks off in March – so stay tuned. Anyways . . . back to the best-of-weddings this week. Rest assured I’ve got plenty of eye candy to keep you busy till Monday. So grab a glass of wine, get cozy on the couch and get your pinning finger ready, cos you’ll be lost in wedding-ville for awhile! Catch you later wonderful people!

Best Real Weddings Feb 2012

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In case you missed, here are our pretty posts from this week:

{Wedding Dress Spotlight} Collette Dinnigan Princess Diaries Collection

Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has a beautiful new bridal collection for 2012 appropriately titled the ‘Princess Diaries Collection.’  It’s a gorgeous collection combining both sophistication with understated elegance. What I love about these dresses is that although they have portray the ethereal quality of a fairy tale princess from centuries gone by, they could also equally portray a beautiful bohemian or vintage style of bride. If you’re looking for a designer wedding dress which has simple lines, soft pretty details and understated glamour, then a Princess design from Collette is the perfect gown for you.

Collette Dinnigan Princess Diaries Wedding DressFrench Corded Lace Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
Collette Dinnigan Bridal GownFrench Corded Lace Short Sleeve Wedding Dress With Train
Collette Dinnigan Princess Strapless Beaded GownDiamond Sparkles Lace Strapless Wedding Gown
Collette Dinnigan Wedding Dress 2012Pearls & Palms Strapless Wedding Gown

For more information about this bridal collection visit Collette Dinnigan