Everything You Need to Know About Weddings

  • How to be a great Bridesmaid!

    Bridesmaid Etiquette.

    To help understand how you can best support the bride as a Bridesmaid I have put together a list of Bridesmaid’s etiquette.
    Before the wedding help the bride remain calm and focused, everyone has a lot to do and you will all be preparing to look your best however don’t lose sight on the fact that it is her day. Have a bridesmaid who is keeping track of time and limiting any outside factors that might make you late, specially hair and make up artists who want to do the best job but can run overtime.
    After walking down the aisle make sure the bridal gown is looking it’s best, no need to rush this, it’s all part of the ceremony and the photos of you helping her are part of the day.

    The Dress
    Immediately after the ceremony it’s time to literally “Watch her back”, the bride will not be thinking of this ( she just got married !)but she CANNOT walk backwards in a full dress with a train, if the dress is a little to long her shoes can get stuck in the dress, or she may frequently stepp on her dress so keep an eye on this now and for the rest of the night. She may need reminding not to walk backwards, she can trip and fall over!

    After the ceremony you will go for the official photo shoot, delegate a bridesmaid to have make up ready somewhere close by( go get it and keep it with you).
    Common make up issues are for both bride and groom is people may kiss them and they both end up with kiss marks on their face, have powder ready to touch up and wet ones( best thing ever for foundation on suits) or tissues for the groom. White chalk is the best thing for covering lipstick stains on the wedding dress if wet ones does move the stain.

    The Groom
    Grooms often sweat a lot during the ceremony, keep extra tissues handy and alert him to wipe sweat from his face during the photo session.

    The grooms suits often ends up with foundation smudged on his shoulders from kissing and hugging the bride and being congratulated, all the points previously mentioned can end up as issues during the official photo shoot.

    The Reception.
    Often brides don’t eat or drink much( sometimes anything) before the reception, by the end of the photo shoot they can feel quite dizzy and weak. Have some water close by and encourage both bride and groom to keep hydrated. Same when your sitting at the table, of course everyone wants to celebrate but drinking on an empty stomach after such a marathon of a day can really cause the couple to feel unwell to early in the evening, gently remind them to have a glass of water and eat some food!
    Keep an eye on the dress, strapless dresses can drop down and cause embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions, alert the bride ASAP if you can see anything she would be embarrassed about. iphones will be on her all night and we don’t want anything on social media that she would not want to be seen.

    The Couples First Dance.
    Have a makeup touch up before the cutting of the cake and the dance.
    Keep an eye on the dress all night, you can have some safety pins and Hollywood tape on hand so she can move around and be comfortable specially just before the couples first dance.
    If needed you can safety pin the petticoats up a bit if she keeps tripping over it. Avoid pinning the outside of the dress as that may tear but underneath should be O.K.

    By doing all these things you will be seen as great friends & bridesmaids who are helping the bride look and feel at her best all day and evening.

  • Best Celebrant NSW 2016

     I’m very excited to announce I am honoured to have received the ” Best Celebrant NSW 2016 “

    Award from the Australian Bridal Industry Academy.


    I would like to thank all my wonderful couples for your input into voting for this award as it is your rankings and no one else that got me there. I strive for perfection to make each wedding the very best wedding possible as I really understand that a couple only has one chance to get it right on the day. There is no ” O.K so lets try that again”! Every time I conduct a ceremony it has to be the best one ever and I hope the votes of my couples reflect that it was for them. I am immensely grateful for the loyalty and support my couples of 2015/16 have shown.

    This recognition means so much to me and I will be forever grateful to have received this award.

    ABIA Awards Night Winners Photo Credit Life Studio Inc

    On Tuesday the 6th of December 2016, the Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosted the 20th New South Wales Annual Bridal Industry Awards at the exquisite Dockside Cockle Bay as a means of determining the best wedding crews in New South Wales. A total of 37 categories were acknowledged for the contribution, which they make to the wedding industry.

    A grand total of 6,416 New South Wales couples selected 423 nominees, 290 finalists and 37 winners.

    The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated Sydney Civil Celebrant Fiona King as a winner of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Award. Mr O’ Meara went onto say that it was businesses like Fiona King’s which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in Designing the Dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples.

    On behalf of all the New South Wales couples who tied the knot over 2015/2016, we say thank you Fiona King CMC for the passion, pride and professionalism which you bring to the wedding industry and the assistance, advice and support which you bestow upon the future brides and grooms of New South Wales.

    Some lovely reactions to the win from my previous couples:

    Congratulations “Best Celebrant NSW 2016”  WOW! We believe you deserve every point of it! You were an outstanding celebrant for us, and we will always remember you, and our lovely ceremony, with intense pleasure. Thanks for letting us know, and we hope your future continues to be rich and rewarding.

    Robyn & Kim


    Todd & I are SOOOO delighted that you won Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards, “Best Celebrant NSW 2016” We are not at all surprised though! You totally deserved to win!

    I declare an officially celebratory Celebrant Chicken dance is called for!!!

    I can hardly believe it’s been almost a year since we tied the knot (literally) with you!

    We will treasure forever the wonderful ceremony you provided for us and our family & friends Centennial Park. The wording you selected with us could not have been more perfect! It was as if you had known us all our lives. We will always feel SOOOO totally blessed to have met you. It was truly the best wedding gift ever!!!

    Your win highlights how much each and every one of the couples who you unite with such personalised ceremonies treasures the gift you have and give to each and every couple that you meet! While sadly as an adult I may have been forced to query the existence of Santa Claus, no one will ever make me doubt that there really is a Cupid because I not only met her but was married by her!!! May you continue to go forth and and share your gift of uniting love through the galaxy…..

    All our love, admiration and gratitude forever & always will be yours,

    Susie & Todd Philpott

    Dear number one celebrant in nsw (yes that is you)

    We were more than happy to to extend our thanks by voting for you in The Best Celebrant NSW 2016 Awards.  You made our day so very special we could not imagine another person who could have done it better. You will all ways be in our hearts and memories for now and the end of time. Hope 2017 is as powerful and magical as 2016.

    Lots of happy vibes Bradley and Lauren x