13 Jan

Graduation season is expensive, between paying for a cap and gown, settling the last of the school costs, buying presents, and possibly making a down payment for future education. A graduation party is a wonderful way to celebrate your graduate’s achievements, but many families simply do not have the money for a lavish bash. Fortunately, there is no need to break the bank to give your graduate the party he or she deserves.

13 Jan

Is It Worth Taking Out a Loan to Pay for My Wedding?

Wedding costs are skyrocketing in Australia and across the globe, with the average Australian wedding now reaching an eye-popping $65,482. While many wedding couples never come close to that sum, paying for a wedding can be a real struggle for families. A wedding loan is an increasingly popular solution, but many people wonder if it is truly a good idea.

13 Jan

Shopping for wedding vendors can be confusing. You are in the market for someone who not only shares your vision, but has the knowledge and experience to bring it to life at a reasonable price. When you finally find someone with whom you click, you are probably eager to sign on the dotted line. Before you sign, however, get the answers to five crucial questions that could make or break your wedding day. After all, it is all too easy for something to go wrong and you to be left holding the bag.

30 Oct

Kids parties have become more and more expensive as parents try to outdo each other to create bigger, more elaborate, and flagrantly over the top birthday bashes. While these extravagant parties can certainly be fun, they are also unnecessary. With a bit of creativity and a dash of ingenuity, you can throw an amazing kids party without breaking the bank.

29 Oct

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and you are understandably eager for it to be as perfect as possible. Yet how to accomplish that is unique to each wedding couple. Some couples choose a huge, formal gala for 250 people. Others prefer a low-key affair with their closest family and friends.

05 Oct

Should you plan your big event, or would you be better off hiring a professional event planner? This is a common question with no easy answer. While a professional likely has much more training and experience, some people have a natural talent for planning their own events and those of their friends. You might have a relative or friend who fits the bill, or you might like the peace of mind that comes with hiring an expert. Regardless of who ends up doing the planning, below are 3 key signs that the person you chose will do an excellent and professional job.

05 Oct

According to the latest report in the Herald Sun, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is up to $65,482—a shocking sum to many brides-to-be. If you have the spare cash, that sum will certainly buy you a modern fairytale, complete with a lolly buffet, fairy floss carts, imported flowers, and a personalised menu designed by a celebrity chef. However, it is just as possible now as it always was to design an elegant, meaningful wedding at a fraction of the cost. Just how much less depends on your personal tastes. Below are the typical expenses incurred by bridal couples.

05 Oct

An outdoor wedding can be as stunningly elegant or as invitingly informal as you choose. Unlike a traditional venue, in which your design options are restricted by what is already there, an outdoor venue represents a blank slate on which you can build your dream wedding. However, not all outdoor spots are alike. Before signing a contract, think through these 7 important considerations to ensure that your chosen venue meets your needs.

05 Aug

When you think of a wedding, banquet, or other special event, an outdoor location doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. After all, we have been conditioned since childhood to think of churches and banquet halls. Yet an outdoor locale can add an extra layer of style to any event, from a casual dinner to a black-tie affair. Here are 5 major benefits of holding your next event outdoors.

29 Jul

Whether you are planning your wedding or organising a large charity function, you might wonder whether to handle the event yourself or hire a professional event planner. While do it yourself events have become quite popular, and many are perfectly lovely, hiring an event planning company removes a great deal of the stress. Forgotten items, parking hassles, and complex vendor negotiations are just a few things that can and often do go wrong.

14 May

In 2014, the average cost for a wedding in Australia was $36,200. Parents contributed to the costs of just over half the weddings, which were financed through a combination of savings, credit cards, and loans. Roughly 50% of the money was spent on the venue, food, and alcohol, and nearly 10% on wedding attire. Most couples who had trouble affording the wedding of their dreams simply scaled back the wedding, but some took more drastic actions—including 10% who sold a car and 6% who decided not to marry at all.

10 Jun

If you are throwing a major bash but have no time to plan, it is easy to become bogged down and overwhelmed. Yet any special event, even a formal wedding, can be accomplished in less than two weeks. The key is to clear the clutter and focus on what truly matters. Follow this 10 step process for a last-minute party that your guests will talk about for years to come.

12 Aug

There is an expression that says “horses for courses”. In simple terms, this means that certain people and businesses are better suited to certain situations, and vice versa. This can be applied to caterers, especially if you want one to provide exactly what you want. While you should listen to what your caterer has to say, it’s also important to make sure they hear what you’re asking for.

30 Sep

When planning your special event, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make. Choosing furniture, décor, linen, glassware and other details are all very important, and can make a real difference in the style of the event. With so many things to think about, you might lose track of the less exciting but even more important basic details, such as how to keep your guests comfortable. During the colder winter months, the heater you select can mean the difference between happy, contented guests and those who are uncomfortable and eager to go home.

20 Nov

Glassware is one of the key items that can set the tone for your special event. While your entire table setting is important, glasses in particular tend to stand out. Yet planning an event is hard work, and it is easy to get bogged down in the details. Your glassware should fit the overall mood of your event, so it is best to wait on making your decision until you have a clear vision in mind. To choose the right glassware, consider the balance of tradition and innovation, formality and whimsy that you want to convey.

08 Dec

Summer is a beautiful time to throw an outdoor party, and Christmas provides the perfect theme. Although inviting a large number of people into your backyard can seem daunting, organising a Christmas party does not need to involve a lot of time and effort. Proper preparation can minimise your workload and ensure that you spend your time having fun rather than solving problems.

30 Dec

Planning a wedding is difficult, so we made this infographic to help make hiring a marquee easier. You’ll see the different types of tent you can use, the accessories that go with the tent and other options to make your wedding comfortable for everyone.

16 Jan

Hiring a marquee provides a touch of elegance for any wedding. Whether you envision an elegant, classic garden party or a sleek and contemporary ultra-modern wedding, a marquee allows you to turn an expanse of grass into the perfect venue. Yet hiring a marquee for your wedding can be a bit frightening, as it means mounting the entire event from the ground up. This checklist will help ensure that you don’t forget any important details.

24 Feb

Planning an event is often overwhelming and confusing. Whether you want to have the wedding of the year or a party that your guests will remember for a lifetime, it seems that you must make a seemingly endless list of decisions. Fortunately, keeping a few simple strategies in mind will help guide your decision-making process and help ensure that your event is the best it can possibly be. Here are the top 5 things to consider when planning your event.

24 Feb

A marquee provides a lovely blank canvas for planning almost any sort of outdoor party. From black tie formality to casual fun, your options are limited only by your imagination. With so many possibilities, it can be tough to decide where to begin. Choosing a theme can help guide all of your decisions, from chairs to glassware to food. Here are a few theme ideas to get you started.

24 Feb

While a timeless formal wedding never goes out of style, many couples today choose specific themes. Selecting a theme helps guide most of your decisions, from the type of seating you will provide to the catering menu. Wedding themes are often fashioned around the couple’s favourites hobbies, from video games to sports, but more general themes also work well. Draw some inspiration from these 3 memorable wedding themes that are sure to remain hot throughout 2015/16.

12 Mar

If you are newly engaged, congratulations! You are embarking on the biggest adventure of your life. Your initial feelings of love, happiness, and contentment may quickly turn to anxiety and even fear as you contemplate the process of planning your wedding. Fortunately, like any big task, breaking it down into small segments can keep it from becoming overwhelming. Our suggested timeline is based on a 12 month engagement, but those who have longer or shorter engagements should find it easy to customise.