Wedding Plans: Hair

One of the decisions that I am very concerned about is hair styles. With a large bridal party it is very difficult to find a hair style that works for everyone, and regardless of how carefully you plan the styles you can’t garentee that one of the wedding party wont show up with some last minute bangs! Regardless, unless you want to be deemed a bridzilla, you can’t command that the ladies in the bridal party avoid changing their hair. One of my lovely ladies has a fondness for bright coloured hair, I’m perfectly fine with her having her hair whatever colour she chooses – currently pink (my mothers opinion on that is something else entirly).

Personally I think you are best choosing a couple of complementory hair styles that work for a variety of hair lengths and cuts. Also when it comes to bridesmaids simplicity is key – you want any hair emergency time available for the bride.

In this post I am going to explore a number of alternative hairstyle options (I will provide sources for the images) that I am considering for the bridal party.

During my research I came accross eBeauty Blog which is just AMAZING. The hairstyles she demonstrates are beautiful, and simple enough that she did them on herself! Some serious contenders from her site.

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Budgeting for a Wedding

This is under construction and I will continue to update this as I purchase items

I wanted to have a nice wedding on as few $$$ as possible, with this in mind I found a beautiful second-hand wedding dress, and my only big expense for bride attire was my jewellery, the thought being that the pearls that I bought can be worn many many times in the future and remind me of my special day, and gives me something special to pass down in the family in the future.

I have a very large family so keeping guest numbers low is nigh on impossible so when purchasing everything (invitations etc) I did everything in lots of 100 though we are planning for 90 guests. Since I am making the invitations myself I thought it was prudent to ensure I had spares incase I ruined some – also means I _should_ have one left over as a keepsake. Of course, when I first figured all that out we hadn’t finalised the guest list yet – I don’t actually need as many invitations as a fair few of the guests are couples

Where possible I have made the description of the individual items a link to where I purchased them. I spent a ridiculously huge amount of time researching options and costings and these were the best quality to cost options I could find.

RED: Unknown Cost / Guesstimate
GREEN: Purchased
BLUE: Approximate Cost (Not Yet Purchased)

Item Cost Description
Bride $   95.00
$   89.95
$   58.14
$  850.00
$  560.00
$   50.00
$  150.00
$   20.00
$   15.00
– – – – –
$ 1888.09
(Wedding Dress)
(Shoes, 2 pairs First pair were not comphy 😦)
(Wedding Band – Ring)
(Corsetpurchased instore)
(Hair Comb)


Bridesmaid/Flower Girl $  354.19
$   32.00
$   30.00
$  100.00
$   40.00
$   50.00
$   18.00
– – – – –
$  624.19
(Dresses – Fabric)
(Dresses – Zippers, Cord etc)
(Dresses – Metal Eyelet Installation Tool)
(Shoes – Brand: Novo)
(Hair Combs)

($136.05/bridesmaid, $70/flowergirl)
Groom $  640.00
$  227.90
$   15.00
$   46.70
$   59.95
$  600.00
$  120.00
– – – – –
$ 1709.55
(Suit – Tailored Purchase Price)
(Vestpurchased instore)
(Wedding Band – Ring)


Groomsmen/Page Boy $  420.00
$   40.00
$  186.80
$  210.52
$    3.00
– – – – –
$  860.32
(Suits, rented) Cost paid upfront by Groomsmen
(Bow Tie)
(Bow Tie)


Paper Construction Supplies $   60.00
$  149.00
$   33.96
$   50.04
$    4.50
– – – – –
$  297.50
(Fiskars Paper Trimmer Ultimate Rotary 30cm)
(Brother Laser Mono Printer)
(Glue Guns that will work in Australia -.-)
(Fiskars Paper Trimmer Blades)
(Glue Sticks)


Save The Dates $  103.00
$   60.00
$   16.63
– – – – –
$  179.63
(100 Acrylic Fridge Magnets)
(100 Stamps – 2 stamps required per S.T.D)
(Card Stock)

($2.40 per Save The Date)
Invitations/Menus $   55.66
$    7.11
$    3.69
$   42.00
$   28.85
$  159.14
$  116.82
$   47.00
$   17.94
$    1.40
$   19.01
$   93.60
$   14.05
$   12.00
– – – – –
$  618.27
(22 Rolls of Lace)
(Colour Swatches)
(Flocked Paper Sample)
(Flocked Paper)
(Paper Samples)
(Card Stock, Envelopes, Pocketfolds)
(Sealing Wax and Tools)
(Themed Stamps)
(Ribbon Lap Bands – purchased instore)
(Invitation Overlay Sample)
(Stampabilities Ornate Tapestry Background Rubber Stamp)
(Card Stock, Ink Pads)
(International Shipping)
(Calander Marker Stickerspurchased instore)

($3.59 per Invitation[65]/Menu[10]/Place Card[90])
Wedding Cake $  106.11
– – – – –
$  106.11
(Recipe Books x 4)

Ceremony $  750.00
$  260.00
$   50.00
$  500.00
$  116.89
$  109.58
$    6.00
– – – – –
$ 1792.47
(Venue Hire)
(Chair, Chair Cover and Sash Hire)
(Guest Book)
(12 Scroll Shepherd Hooks)
(18 x Love Lights the Way Lanterns)
(Bow Ties – Ushers)


Photo Booth $   20.00
$    6.00
$   25.00
$   15.00
$   23.57
$  215.15
– – – – –
$  304.72
(Mirror – Purchased Instore)
(Damask Wall Stencil)
(Photo Wall Construction Supplies)


Reception $ 6579.00
$ 4179.00
$  300.00
$  149.27
$  385.19
$  249.90
$   20.97
$  165.00
$   17.00
– – – – –
$ 12045.33
(Food) Deposit Paid – $6459.00 
(Beverage Package)
(Menu Easels)
(Place Cards/Wedding Favors – $4.01 per favor)
(Table Center Piece – Diamond Lantern)
(Table Center Piece – Candles)
(Table Center Piece – Flowers)
(Table Center Piece – Flowers Sample)

($147.27 per person)
Photography $    0.00
$  255.30
$   89.50
– – – – –
$  344.80
(Video Cameras)
(Video Camera – Memory Cards)


Total $20,770.98
Paid $20,582.98 (99.09%)
To Go $    188.00 (0.91%)

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Buying a House in Queensland Australia

Please know this is still under construction as I am still house hunting – I haven’t gotten into pest inspections etc just yet and as I find out more I will pass on the information by updating this post!
Update History
29/5/12 – Added Rates information

Recently my partner and I have been looking at buying a house. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how much money to offer, and getting useful information about values. I though the information I’ve gathered could be useful for other first home buyers out there, or even for anyone interested in keeping an eye on property values to judge when / where they should buy.

My Starting Point
I’ve spent the past couple of months monitoring both the rental and sale prices in the suburbs I am interested in. Real Estate is my #1 stop as most realtors seam to list properties on this site. Once I’ve found a place I like the look of I jump over to On The House as this site provides sale history information including details on how long the property has been on the market and any information about asking price changes. Mainly I use this to see how long the property has been on the market which gives you an idea of how desperate the owner is to sell – especially if you can see a trend of dropping the asking price over a number of months.

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Goodbye 2011 Hello 2012

Well the past few months have been a little quite on the blog side and I am sorry for that. I could try and make a new years resolution to blog more frequently, however I know there is a pretty decent chance that I’ll fail. What I will do is actually try to finish some of the oh 30 or so blog posts I have under construction.

The past 6 months have seen me start a new job, continue with the wedding plans, lose a pet and gain a new one. I have become attached to a few more websites most prominently Grocery Run (Australia Only!). I’m rather enjoying having a chunk of my groceries delivered, and being able to actually afford the nice brand makeup is an interesting change, by god I’m looking like a real female now! o.0 how’d that happen? (considering not that many years ago I was quite a tomboy) Hell I even know the purpose of and how to apply illuminator now!

It was very sad to see Columbus leave us – he flew away, but given the state of his wing (it was broken earlier in the year) there is little to no chance he would survive in the wild. I do hope he’s found a new family rather then finding a stray cat. A few days ago my Prince Charming brought me home my new little birdy who we have dubbed Storm. He is an Indian Ringneck and only a little one! (about 9 weeks old now). He is fitting in quite well at home and is quite the charmer 😀

As you can see he is very cute ^-^.

Anyway it is home time and I should head off – still an hour of driving before I actually get home and can grab myself a cider :D. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

MCL Signing Off.


2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Lady Lumps – When curvey becomes plain old fat

For most of my life I have had body image issues. I’ve never been ‘tinny’. I’ve always been bigger then the other girls and until recently I’ve always said I’m fat and always will be. I recently looked at a photo of myself when I was 14 years old and wish I could be that small again, however I know at the time I thought I was a GIANT wearing size 12, and realistically compared to the other girls I was.

Part of the problem has always been this idea of what size is normal. When i was younger if you were above a 10 you were fat, now (at 23) I see that magic number as a 12. I doubt I’ll ever fit in a 12 again, I currently measure 5’10” 38(12D)-33-40 and weigh 88kgs. I vary between (pants) a size 14 and a size 16 depending on the style and brand and (tops) size 12 and size 14. This is one of the big problems, why don’t we have standardized sizes for ladies clothes in Australia? It’s the most depressing feeling to go into a store (in this case ICE) where you have ALWAYS been a medium to find that suppliers have changed and now the large is a little tighter then you’d like. I no longer shop at ICE – I like the clothes but it’s a depressing feeling to be reaching for that large and I just can’t do it.

It doesn’t help that clothing is designed based on this magic figure that a minority of the population has the luck of birth to have. I understand that exercise and diet play a role in your size, but a stubborn fat patch (in my case my thighs) can cause havoc when shopping for clothing. A few years back I worked my darnedest to lose weight. I got down to around 79kg. I felt amazing when standing on the scale – my body tends to like to sit around 90kg without a strict diet and it was a major achievement for me to break that 80kg barrier. I was getting a lot of compliments on my appearance and it was a major boost to my confidence – that is until I went shopping to buy new jeans.

I probably tried on every pair of jeans in the store – nothing fit the way I wanted it to. My thighs were preventing me wearing a size 13. To get past my thighs I was having to try on size 14 and 15 jeans – often leaving a gaping 3 or so inches at the waist band. This meant I had to buy lower riding jeans which make me uncomfortable as my sizable derrière would result in a substantial plumbers crack when sitting or bending (eww). So i gave up on the diet. I couldn’t get into the smaller clothing sizes, and it was in fact making it MORE difficult to find clothing. I allowed myself to return to my slovenly ways and turned back into a whale. I think the 8 months of hard work took only 3 or 4 months to be undone.

Right now I’m trying again, I am aiming to break that 80kg barrier before I get married next October, and I intend to do something about my thighs even if it means I have to resort to liposuction. Regardless of what people say about everyone having a different shape I am not happy with the way I am. I wish those people could try being the different shape – unable to find cloths that fit, I’m sure they wouldn’t be able to keep up the ‘be happy with the way you are’ attitude – especially if they too started hearing remarks like ‘sausage legs’ directed at them.

Signing Off – MCL


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