Our Top 10 Cakes for Spring!

It’s a cake kind of Friday! So we thought we’d list our top favorite cakes from around Australia.

  1. This drippy amazingness from Rebellyous Cake Co. *drool*

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2. This lavender inspired creation by Bake you Smile.

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3. This jazzed up Spring version of Chester Street Bakery‘s Twix cake!

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4. This geometric piece of art by Don’t Tell Charles.donttellcharles

5. This super cute masterpiece by Faye Cahill.

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6. This interpretative painting on a cake by Marguerite Cakes.

 

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7. This Modern tropical twist by Hansel and Gretel Cakes.

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8. This awesome multicoloured creation by Sprinkle Me Bakery.

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9. This simple beauty by Sugar Bee Cakes.

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10. This gorgeous colour bomb by Whipped Cake Co.

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So there you go! We hope you’re not drooling too much after that. Let us know what you think by commenting below, and don’t forget to tag us in your awesome wedding photos @wendymakinbridal.

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Spring Wedding Inspo!

Here at Wendy Makin we LOVE Spring weddings! So we thought we’d put together some Spring wedding inspo for all our brideys.

The Daphne wedding: no other dress could dictate the theme of a wedding like our gorgeous floral Daphne gown. Perfect for a Spring wedding this cute off the shoulder gown is best styled with lots of happy colours!

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The orange wedding: Styled with our stunning Stefani halter and Valerie skirt, this orange theme is a fresh and bright way to welcome in the new season. befunky-collage-2

The blush wedding: Styled with our french collection Solange gown, the blush wedding is a soft boho or garden wedding look for a relaxed Spring feel. befunky-collage-2

So there you go. We hope you’ve been inspired! Let us know by commenting below, and don’t forget to tag us in your amazing Spring weddings at @wendymakinbridal.

 

Photos: rosalindmillercakes.com; pshopsweetlulu.com; pinterest.com; womensfashionesia.com; stylemepretty.com; confettidaydreams.com; pinterest.com; our Daphne gown.

deerpearlflowers.com; pinterest.com; ruffledblog.com; our Stefani bodice and Valerie skirt; modwedding.com; weddingomania.com; stylemepretty.com; weddingchicks.com; stylemepretty.com.

100layercake.com; weddingchicks.com; modwedding.com; our Solange gown from the french collection; backyardgardening.org; whowhatwear.com; theoverwhelmedbride.com; stylemepretty.com; zazzle.com.

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Designer days, what are they?

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If you’ve ever noticed an ad on our facebook or instagram for a designer day or trunk show and thought, what the heck is that?, then this blog is for you!

Wendy loves to visit her stockists when she releases a new collection, and when she does, we call this a designer day. If you book in for a consultation on a designer day, you’ll be able to meet Wendy Makin and try on her latest collection, whether it be her Couture collection, her french collection or her Ready to Wear collection! Designer days are a lot of fun, and well worth the wait. (sometimes there’s even champagne!)

Our trunk shows on the other hand are simply a viewing of Wendy’s collections. Wendy does not accompany her collections on these occasions, but don’t let that put you off! They’re still a load of fun!

So why would you visit a designer day or trunk show at all? Well, apart for being able to meet Wendy at her designer days, and grabbing a sneaky discount if you order on the day, it is your chance to view a larger variety of dresses than you might be able to otherwise! While our stockists can request dresses especially for you to try on, this is the one time most of the collection is in the one place!

So if you’re dying to see a particular collection but it’s not in store at one of our stockists near you, keep an eye out on our Wendy Makin, BellaDonna and Watters facebook pages and instagram for a designer day or trunk show near you!

Instagram: @wendymakinbridal and @french_bywendymakin

Facebook: BellaDonna Bridal, Wendy Makin Bridal Designs, and Watters Australia.

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Ring Fingers of the World

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Here at Wendy Makin we design gowns for girls all over the world, and we wondered why not all our bride-to-be’s wore their rings on their left ring finger. After a little research, we found out there are heaps of reasons why a bride might choose another finger or another hand, so we thought we’d share!

The major reason that brides choose to wear their ring on the ring finger on their left hand dates back centuries, and centers on the once believed tale that there was a major vein that lead from the left ring finger to the heart. This symbolized that their heart was taken. However, The London reader wrote on May 1st 1870 that those who disliked this reasoning would perhaps rather the idea that the ring finger is the most protected as it cannot be moved easily without its fellow fingers. The New York Times also wrote in 1894 that during the exchange of rings in a Middle Ages ceremony, a prayer would be read and the ring placed on each finger at the name of each person of the holey trinity (the father, the son, and the holey spirit) and placed on the fourth finger with the word Amen, signifying a religious promise.

Many cultures wear their wedding ring on their right ring finger instead of their left, including Colombia, Greece, Norway, Russia and North Germany. There was scandal in 1934 when the Archimandrite of the Greek church removed the wedding ring of the Duchess of Kent from her left hand and placed it on her right hand during her wedding ceremony, as per tradition.

In Chile or Brazil, the engagement ring is placed on the right hand and then moved to the left hand during the wedding ceremony. And in Norway and Greece, the opposite occurs.

In a Jewish or Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremony, the ring is placed on the index finger on the right hand! And during a Hindu betrothal ceremony, the bride-to-be wears her ring on her left hand and the groom-to-be wears his ring on his right hand.

There are many other reasons for wearing a wedding or engagement ring on an alternate finger, including sexual orientation. Some same sex couples choose to wear their rings on their right ring finger to signify multiple things, including the unequal treatment of same sex couples and their right to marry.

There are surely many more reasons people choose to wear their rings on an alternate finger, but overall it is purely a personal choice. Some couples even choose not to wear them!

We hope you enjoyed our article! If so, comment below, and don’t forget to tag us on your special day @wendymakinbridal.

Words: Samara Flynn

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Colour Schemes You Shouldn’t Be Scared Of

On the blog this week we thought we’d create some mood boards for some of the less used colour schemes that people seem to shy away from. These colours look fantastic together, but are often avoided because they can look horrible if styled badly. With the right styling help, variety in base colours and the right coordinating colours, these schemes can make unforgettable wedding photos!

Red and Green

With this colour scheme it’s important to choose bright whites and peaches and accent with gold to make sure your wedding doesn’t become too dark! A deep or bright red works perfectly with a bright light green to create a rustic wintery look. Red and Green

Purple and Black

This colour scheme can seem scary or uninviting on paper, but in reality it looks amazing! Paired with light greens, whites, and a dash of pink and gold, this colour scheme is both romantic and a little bit whimsical.Purple and Black

Pink and Brown

This colour scheme is so soft and inviting it’s hard to see why it’s not used more often! Light pinks and rich natural browns, paired with whites and a touch of gold create a gorgeous country wedding vibe. Pink and brown

Blue and Orange

As complimentary colours, it’s strange that blue and orange are avoided. With a variety of peach, bright and tangerine oranges paired with deep navy and electric blues, this style offers an almost art-deco feel. Without the contrasting whites and smooth golds this style can look a bit uncoordinated, but with the right styling help, it can look fantastic! Blue and Orange

There you go! We hope we’ve inspired you! Let us know by commenting below, and don’t forget to tag us in your wedding photos @wendymakinbridal !

Words: Samara Flynn

Collages: Samara Flynn

Images: 1: Meg Jewellery; floristilene.co.nz; Wedding Chicks; Ruffled Blog; Vanessa gown by Wendy Makin Couture; Style Me Pretty; Inspired By This; Junebug Weddings; Style Me Pretty.

2: Buzzfeed; Home Decor Designs; The Wedding Scoop; Pinterest; Shani gown by Wendy Makin Bridal; Style Me Pretty; VICI Collection; Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty.

3: One Fab Day; etsy; Divine Give Digital; etsy; Love and Lavender; Marjelle by Wendy Makin Couture; Wedding Sparrow; Mi Miss Puff; My Wedding

4: Junebug Weddings; aislesociety.com; Wedding Sparrow; Style Me Pretty; Carolyn gown by Weny Makin Couture; Wedding Paper Divas; The Perfect Palette; Ruffled Blog; Strictly Weddings.

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Bridesmaid gift inspo!

This week on the blog we thought we’d put our heads together and come up with some great ideas to create the ultimate bridesmaids box! As our bridesmaids are often the ones who traipse around after us telling us we look beautiful and helping us decide all the important wedding decisions, its nice to let them know how much they mean to us. Box

  1. Jewelry is a popular gift for bridesmaids as it can be worn for the ceremony and kept forever to remind your bridesmaids of your special day.  These earrings are gorgeous and are just sparkly enough to be both formal and casual!
  2.  After party shoes are a great idea, especially if you want your bridesmaids to wear heels throughout the day! These fluffy slippers are a cute novelty, but you could also go with some sweet flats to match the bridesmaids gowns, or even some simple sandals.
  3. Spa pack! Everyone loves a good pamper pack, and etsy is full of cute little spa packs that are pre-wrapped, natural and Australian made.
  4. And lastly the bouquet. Some people might not think of the bouquet as a gift, but taking the bouquet home and putting it in a vase is a lovely reminder for the next few days of the fun that was had at your wedding.

Images: Earrings: Xennox Diamonds; Slippers: Peter Alexander; Spa Pack: NurOrganics; Floral: http://shopruche.tumblr.com/ &  http://velvetandtwine.com/.

 

We hope you’ve been inspired! Let us know! Comment below or tag us on Instagram in your Wendy Makin bridal gown.

 

Words: Samara Flynn

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Three styling ideas that will save you money!

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When planning your wedding, it can be easy to go overboard with one aspect or another and end up blowing your budget. So this week on the blog we thought we’d share some styling tips on how to save money for your big day!

  1. Re-use! There are so many items at your wedding ceremony that you can re-use at the reception! Don’t bother planning two different decor themes, just stick to the one and re-use as much as you can. It’s easy to transport your flowers from one venue to another, and you can always use your bouquet as the bridal party’s table decorations. If you have an arch or backdrop, re-use it as a backdrop for your bridal table, or as a photo booth prop.
  1. If it’s not in season, forget it! Your flowers will be so much cheaper and prettier if you choose the varieties that are in season. This goes for food too. You might really want that amazing cherry cake, but if it’s winter, you’re going to pay for it!
  1. If you don’t need it, loose it! There are a lot of unnecessary props at a wedding that, while fun, are not essential. For example, if you’re entire ceremony has to be set up from scratch, you don’t really need a chair for everyone. As long as you have enough chairs for those who have to sit down, the rest of your guests will be happy enough that they get to share this day with you. Confetti is another item, although fun to throw, is not a necessity. It is just as heart-warming to have all your friends and family applauding your celebration as you leave the ceremony.

What did you think? We hope you’ve been inspired! Let us know by commenting below or tag us in your wedding photos @wendymakinbridal.

Image sources: church: blog.krisatomic.com, flowers: blog.weddingstar.com, cake:.bakersroyale.com/honey-citrus-cake/ shoes: Kate Spade

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Four reasons why opting for bridal separates can be a total asset!

  1. The ability to change outfits!

Separates are so versatile you can pair them with anything! By buying separates you have the opportunity to have both a romantic look to walk down the isle, and a sexy reception outfit! For the classic bride, there is always the option to change from the full or long skirt from the ceremony into a shorter party skirt for the after event. Or, for the more daring, you have the option to change into some sexy white trousers for the reception!

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2. You can always wear it again!

If you’re choosing separates that aren’t too wild, then you can always re-wear them! And if they are a bit too much for everyday wear, then you can always keep them for a nice event, or maybe even wear one, or both, on your first year anniversary!

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3. They make a great versatile heirloom.

If you’re one of those daughters who’d wished their mother’s wedding gown was still around (or not so puffy!), then separates might be a better option to keep for your own children. They can be paired with whatever the fashion might be, or made into a new dress!

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4. Easier to go to the bathroom.

And finally, with the ability to fully take off your skirt to go to the bathroom, who wouldn’t opt for separates! They can be hung up behind the door so nothing will have to touch the floor, and no one will have to awkwardly hold your skirt while you go!

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Let us know what you think! Tag us in your awesome Wendy Makin re-styles @wendymakin, or comment below!

Words: Samara Flynn

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Getting close and personal with Wendy Makin’s latest collection!

This week on the blog we thought we’d showcase the gorgeous laces used to make Wendy Makin’s latest designs. From beads, to delicate floral designs, to bold feature laces, this collection has all the laces you’d ever ask for!

The Alice lace: while supporting a small delicate flower design, this lace is actually quite tough. Its texture allows it to smooth the body nicely creating a streamlined fit.

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The carol cape: this embroidered tulle cape is covered in both pearl beads and crystals, and has a metallic thread running through it. This said, it is not overstated. The soft colours give it a vintage style look, and the classic embroidery make it the perfect addition to the plain Carolyn gown.  CAROL CAPE_Named

The Geneva lace: now this lace is a show stopper. Covered with thousands of beads, this lace creates a slimming effect, while catching the light from every angle. This lace ensures you’ll be the star of the show. GENEVA_Priced

The Majelle lace: this unique lace is scattered with sequin embellished floral designs that shimmer in the light. The light weight construction of the fabric makes this design easy to wear, making it a good choice for a spring or summer wedding. MAJELLE_BACK_Named

The Melita lace: if you’re looking for a sparkly wedding gown, this is the lace for you! This lace is entirely covered in sequins, as well as a gorgeous floral design, which gives the dress a nice mix of modern and classic styling. MELITA_SIDE_Named

The Misty lace: this lace is certainly a feature lace. As the lace is quite thick, it creates a lovely bodice material that is very firm and supportive. MISTY_Named

So there you go! We hope you’ve loved meeting our laces and we hope you’ve been inspired! Remember, if you like the lace but not the style, give our lovely consultants a call and we can see what we can do for you!

Words: Samara Flynn

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Want something a little bit different on your wedding day? Let us customise something for you!

Here at Wendy Makin we are a little bit unique. On top of having a huge selection of Australian made gowns ready for you to order, we also offer you the ability to make a custom gown! As our designer and seamstresses all operate together under one little roof, we have the expertise to make something truly original for your special day! We work from the fabrics and patterns we have, to make something perfect just for you! From swapping a lace, to changing a neckline, or even melding two dresses together, there’s so much you can do. So today on the blog we thought we’d share with you some of the awesome changes our brides have made!

Angela with a detachable box pleat. This creation, based off the Angela dress, extended the skirt at the back and incorporated a detachable box pleat, which gave the skirt volume and width. The skirt would then be removed for a more sleek look for the reception. 13523865_10210029165990442_783199372_o

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The original Angela gown

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Ellie 2.0 midi with a detachable skirt. This design, based of the Ellie 2.0 gown, featured a entirely detachable silk skirt, with an Ellie style mid length gown underneath. It was also customised to have shoulder straps and a key hole back. Again, the bride could detach the skirt after the ceremony so she could boogie down late into the night! 13555499_10210029166910465_1099418883_o

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The original Ellie 2.0 dress

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Britt and Esther combination. This design was created using the lace of Esther and the satin of Britt, but featured a V-neck, and a smaller train (as on Britt). Changes to the neckline like this can be easily done and are very popular. So remember, if you like the dress but not the neckline, don’t forget to ask if it can be altered! 13556009_10210029166630458_1281683466_o Britt Back Esther BackEsther

Kate and jacket. This customisation was simply the addition of an off the shoulder jacket made of lace (with a lace scollop hem) to complement the Kate gown. This addition is especially popular in winter, or to just add something a little extra for the reception. 13575545_10210029165630433_1697023534_o

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The original Kate gown

 

 

So there you have it! We hope you’ve been inspired! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, come see us! We’d love to make something special just for you.

To make an appointment call the Wendy Makin team on (07)3823 0100. Or if you don’t live in Brisbane, check out or stockist list here.

Words by: Samara Flynn

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