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5 Shopping Tips for a Plus Size Couture Wedding Gowns



Everything related to your wedding is stressful enough, let alone shopping for your wedding gown!! And if that wasn’t hectic enough, the stress taken by a plus size bride is even worse! The horror stories faced by these brides by judgmental shop girls and extremely small accessories that leave brides-to-be shaking. Written below we’ve laid out some of the five best tips to go shopping if you’re a plus-sized bride so sit back, relax, and above all, have fun!


  1. Plan ahead

Most bridal boutiques keep a stock sample of dresses for the “average” bride, which is generally all-around a size 10. Hence, a smart move would first be to read reviews and call and check on the availability of dresses in larger sizes. So make sure you call ahead of your visit to be sure they have a variety of plus-size bridal dres's sample styles for you to try.




  1. Find an expert

Request for an expert specialist who’s well versed in plus size dressing to make the most of your visit. Find someone who’s not only knowledgeable but is also excited to work with you. Keep in mind, you’re not just paying for your couture bridal gown, but for expert knowledge as well. So take full advantage of the situation and ask plenty of questions. Follow their advice to the T – they’re the professionals, after all!




  1. Ignore numbers

Most of the bridal brands often use size tags that are significantly higher than what you would wear in your normal, everyday life. So your best bet is to ignore the number entirely and focus on the overall feel and fit. If you find a bridal gown in Melbourne that helps bring out your inner Beyoncé, then who cares about the number?


4. Don’t stick to your comfort zone.

Just because you are in love with A-line, doesn’t mean you have to try only that sort of dress. Try to have a little open mind and follow whatever your stylist recommends to you. Even if they recommend a fit and flare that they swear would look gorgeous on you, then giving it a shot would not be the worst idea ever. Since they are professionals in their field, keep an open mind and listen to their advice. After all, what would be the worst-case scenario? You just won’t like it. But the best case scenario? You suddenly find the dress of your dreams!

5. Take tips from other brides.

Opt for the gown that you feel most beautiful in, leaving behind all stereotypes. That being said, there are always a few tried and true to the heart styles that’ll help you start your journey to finding the perfect dress, even if you’re not sure where to start.  For example, a body fitting dress always helps mask any perceived imperfections, for skinny as well as curvy girls. 


How to Choose the Perfect Bouquet for your Wedding



It’s an unknown myth that the wedding bouquet represents the good fortunes and future prosperity of the bride. An old European tradition even states, as custom for unmarried women to tear pieces from the bride’s bouquet in order to capture some of that good fortune for themselves! Over time, that tradition has now changed and we toss the bouquet for another woman to share in the piece of good fortune.


So what makes a perfect bridal bouquet? And how should you go about choosing the perfect bouquet for you, is a mind-boggling dilemma most bride's face!

Your wedding bouquet is one of the most important accessories on your wedding day, also making it one of the most challenging to select!

Below are a few tips that will help you in choosing the perfect bridal bouquet for your big day.


Define your colour palette

Usually by the time you get to considering flowers you have selected your wedding dress in Melbourne, your bridesmaid dresses, as well as decided the colour palette for your entire event. Your wedding colour palette comprises all of the shades and hues that will be present throughout your decor from the entourage dresses to the centrepieces at the reception. Whether you choose to stick to royal blue and white for the winter, or fresh green and yellow for summer, a defined colour palette will help you in picking a bouquet.



Formal or Casual?

The tone of your ceremony is a good factor to help guide your wedding bouquet style. Casual events are more conducive to generous armloads of flowers in an array of colours -- or rustic bouquets with non-traditional elements, like berries or fresh herbs.


Bouquet Shapes

Wedding bouquets can be arranged in many styles, from a petite, compact nosegay to the popular domed bouquet to a cascade. Loud wedding bouquets will work well with ornate wedding gowns that have full skirts and long trains, while simple ones pair best with sleek dresses. 



Choosing a Florist

Once you have collected ideas for your bouquet, find a florist who will help you bring your vision to life. Begin your search well in advance. Consult recent brides for recommendations or pair up with the right event organiser. 

A good florist should guide and tell you whether your choices are realistic and (if not) suggest alternatives to match what you had initially planned. 


After choosing your florist, go over the minor details. Share specifics such as your wedding dress fabric and pattern, as well as shoes to understand what bouquet would add the highest amount of comfort factor. With the right inspiration, and proper planner, the flowers you carry on your big day will surely be as breathtaking as the ones you’ve been dreaming about ever since you decided to get married. 


Lastly, do not leave behind any detail present in your mind about your wedding. Your special day should go exactly how you imagine it to be and the more you communicate, the more to life your wedding will be. 



Tips in Choosing the Perfect Veil for your Wedding Day

Wedding veils, unlike the other wedding accessories that pair with a wedding gown, have a history that goes way beyond a simple fashion statement. They are the oldest part of a bridal ensemble. Its history dates back to ancient Rome when brides were wrapped head-to-toe, representing the delivery of a modest and untouched maiden to her husband-to-be. Another reason for the flawless veil was meant to hide the bride from any evil spirits who might want to thwart her happiness. In arranged marriages, veils also signified the desire to hide the bride’s face from the groom. 


As we evolved in terms of modern fashion and human era, the types and lengths of a bridal veil has seen a lot of changes. There are more than one way in which you can choose your wedding veil, by matching it to your gown or the venue you’re getting married in. Following are a few tips to help you choose better. 


Start With the Veil Length

Begin with considering the length of your veil to match your wedding style. Try out different options when selecting your gown, or even wait until you go for your first dress fitting to find out what suits you best. Fixate on a style that complements your overall silhouette and not just your gown and ideas—afterall, you don't want your veil to interrupt the flow of your look. Let your couture bridal gown designer help you in deciding your veil look as they often make veils keeping in mind the look of the dress on the bride. 

Find the correct balance
Whether the perfect veil for your wedding day will be a heavily embellished piece, or a minimal but sophisticated piece, will solely depend on your designer wedding gown Melbourne. Try and pair a simple and clean veil with a heavy worked up gown. Vice versa, be a bit more adventurous if you decide on a simple gown. In the case of the latter scenario, play with unexpected shapes, accents and textures, like a classic floral-embellished cathedral veil, or a couture-inspired bubble veil with over-the-top volume. Balance out all the types of embellishments. What we mean is that while you don’t have to match the ones on your dress exactly, they should at least complement them in color, size and style. 


Match your wedding hairstyle

Just as you should wait for your wedding gown design, don’t forget your hairstyle before you choose the perfect veil for your wedding day. The bridal hairstyle you choose may affect your final veil decision. For example, a bridal cathedral veil will work best when your hair is tied down or in lower updos, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with any bridal hairstyle. Your hairstyle might also affect where you place the veil and how you fasten it. If you're wearing your hair up, you can wear the veil above or below your bun. Pinning it above gives it more volume and achieves a more classy look, while placing it below feels more modern and keeps the focus on your stylish updo. 

5 Amazing Tips to Preserve Your Wedding Dress


Every little girl dreams of walking down the aisle in the perfect wedding dress. Finding the perfect dress can literally make or break your wedding. It’s not an easy project. You spend a lot of days, and even months; Rambling through racks, pictures and designers until you find “The One”. But what should you do with it until your wedding, which is months away? How will you be sure that your dress will be kept safe? (And we mean safe from damage, not safe from your finance's curious eyes!) Here are some easy steps you can take to make sure your bridal gowns in Melbourne make it to your wedding day without damage.


Remove the plastic

The first rule of thumb any preservationist will suggest is to remove the dress from plastic if it will be stored for longer than a few days. Plastic typically does not allow fabrics to breathe and has the potential for staining, as chemicals break down and gasses are emitted. It is best to use a cloth garment bag or plain cotton sheets to wrap your gown.

Out of sight, out of mind

Once your gown is properly stored away, try to resist the temptation to try it on or remove it from the bag (unless you need alterations). Your chances of staining and potential oil marks increase with each time your dress is handled. Sweat marks and makeup stains are your major dangers to look out for when trying on your dress. 

After the wedding, have your dress cleaned

Before you jet off for your honeymoon, ask a bridesmaid or family member to drop off your dress at your local dry cleaners to have your dress professionally cleaned, before stains set in. In order to best preserve your wedding dress, purchasing a conservation-grade and acid-free box or container wouldn’t be too bad an investment.  It is best to avoid long-term storage on a hanger, because this can lead to stretching the fabric over time. Once again, storing the dress under your bed or in a spare closet is the safest method to help preserve the life of the dress.

Don’t Wait Too Long

The longer you delay in cleaning the gown, the more stubborn the stains. The longer a stain sits on any fabric, the more it sinks into the fibers of the fabric itself, and bridal fashion fabrics are the worst! Never mind delicate silk—even that stunning polyester blend will grab onto dirt, spills, and moisture and not want to let go.

2Ps - Pass or Preserve

Preserving and storing your wedding dress is mandatory if you plan to pass it on to future generations or if you think you might give it away or sell it. Some brides take some time to treasure their dress at home—perhaps a few months—then donate it to a nonprofit resale shop or sell it either online or on consignment in an upscale boutique. Others keep their dress just to look at and reminisce along with cards and photos and other wedding day treasures.


Whatever your choice, please do take the time to treat your designer wedding dresses in Melbourne like the princess it made you feel when you wore it on what was, most likely, the most important day of your life!


5 Tips For Picking The Right Wedding Jewelry For Your Special Day


When it comes to your big day,  you wouldn’t want to compromise on anything that is a part of this big day. From decor to jewellery, to even your troupe’s attire you want it to be perfect to the T. Sometimes we even go an extra mile by trying to be different and consequently the best by breaking the so-called "rules." However, that doesn't mean there aren't still tried-and-true tips to bend the rules, even if it is for your wedding day jewelry. So helping you make simpler decisions with a little guidance from one of Melbourne’s best wedding dress designers to accessorizing your couture bridal gown, read on below.


Find the metal that your dress will say “I do” to

Each shade of white will have its own grace and beauty. And deciding to pair it with so many options like gold, silver, imitation, can be quite the challenge, let alone frustrating. So if you find yourself confused, here’s a mini guide to allowing your dress choose the type of jewellery you wear. 


White: This classic hue will look best when paired with pretty platinum or silver pieces.


Ivory: Yellows or gold jewelry will best enhance this creamy shade.

Champagne: Even this colour will go best with gold jewelry complementing the warm tones in this very light & beige shade. If you're planning to put together an antique-inspired look, burnished silver with rhinestones would add an extra charm to your D-day dress.


Pearly white: Try rose. The pink cast in the metal will coordinate with the soft pink of the dress.



Add a touch of your Personal Style

Just because you are not a fan of chunky jewellery doesn’t mean you should completely let go of the idea of wearing it. Try to create a list of the various pieces that would look good on you with the right material and gown. This would give you a much clearer idea of how particular pieces would look with your dream dress. 


Don’t forget about your neckline

The neckline of your dress will play a huge role in framing your fairytale wedding look. So you’ll want to keep that in mind when picking out your dresses to compliment your look accordingly.


Don’t forget your hair

You may not be a big fan of wearing a tiara on your wedding day, but there is no harm if you do. Nevertheless, there are many fascinating options in hair accessories, like combs and head pieces that can make you look very pretty. Whether you tie your hair up or leave it down, you should consider decorating it with a headpiece that matches your dress and adds more impact to your overall look on the day. 

Be you! 

At the end of the day, the most important thing when selecting jewellery for your wedding day look is to be comfortable, confident and happy with your selection.


Don’t feel pressured to over-do it or hold back if you’re looking to make a statement. If you’re happy in your accessories and you're ready to wear wedding dresses, you’ll feel confident and that’s the best accessory. After all, it’s your special day.


5 Creative DIY Wedding Favors That Will Make Your Guests Feel Special

Adding a personal touch to your wedding is the perfect way to show your guests how much their presence at your wedding means to them. From your wedding gowns melbourne to the decor, a little bit of exclusivity will go a long way. After all, your guests probably put a bit of effort into attending your wedding and you want to show your thanks in the most genuine way possible. And what a better way to return the gesture other than DIY wedding favors!


Remember, DIY doesn't mean you're making the entire wedding favor necessarily from scratch. Here are some of our favorite five creative DIY wedding favors to inspire your own. 



  • Something Hot


If you’re planning a winter wedding, this might just be the perfect DIY wedding favor you could easily create! Let your guests go home with a warm gift that’s both comforting and soothing. A homemade hot chocolate kit, complete with all the sweet essentials needed to make this beloved beverage, marshmallows and all would make your wedding even sweeter. Individual copper mugs could add an even more elegant feel to the ingredients, which your friends and family will love sipping on a cold day. 


  • Something to Live-on


Baby succulent or seeds are another great wedding favor to allow people to remember your big day for a lifetime. Bring out your guests’ green thumbs after your wedding by giving them To plant the seed for an easy and eco-friendly wedding favor, encouraging guests to bring out their green thumbs after your wedding. Print and paste custom labels to attach to your packet or vase. 


  • Something Sweet


No matter what age your guest may be, they’ll never say no to a bag full of pink, cloud-like, sugary goodness. Personalize them with a cute thank you note, your own hashtag or even a picture of you’ll with a thumbs up!  Double the fun with a variety of candy colors for your own wedding, which you can always buy tubs of in bulk.


  • Something to Smell 


Everyone loves a good smelling candle, and Pinterest has tons of easy DIY wedding favor candles that’ll surely be appreciated by your guests. They’re pretty easy to make and the supplies are not at all expensive, especially if you have a few small glass jars on hand. Fill your mason jars with the candle mixture and then add your own label or other design to the jar itself. Tie on a little thank you message with a piece of twine or thin ribbon and ta daa, you have the cutest wedding favor to pass on. 


  • Something Alcoholic 


Prepare cute little cocktail kits for your adult guests as a remember of your special day. The ingredients for mojitos or any other cocktail aren’t terribly expensive, particularly if you choose not to provide the liquor. Print out the directions for creating the cocktail that you choose (or you could even make an assorted batch) and attach it to the package. Guests will love you for this one and they’ll think of you when they are relaxing and enjoying their after wedding cocktails.


And there you have it guys here these are some creative DIY wedding favours that your guests would love to have. If you want more amazing wedding tips and tricks do check out other Bernadette Pimenta Couture  blogs or visit our website to know more about our designer wedding dresses melbourne  


5 Tips To Live In The Moment Of Your Grand Wedding Day

Weddings! You spend literally months in planning the most important and exciting day of your life. Be it with the theme and décor, sending your invites to your guests, choosing your beautiful couture bridal gown in Melbourne and so much more. But as the day approaches, you will definitely panic. Hence it is very essential that you live in the moment on your wedding day.


Here are some tips to keep in mind:


1) Plan ahead:

Well, we all know the amount of work that goes in having your wedding carried out perfectly . Rather than keeping it at the last minute, it is always advisable to plan way in advance. This helps in keeping everything in check and for things to run smoothly which will eventually put you in the right and positive mindset for your big day.


2) Designate your task to a person you trust

It’s impossible for you to keep an eye out for everything when you’re getting ready for your wedding day. Times like these makes sense in choosing a person who’s going to help you with every detail. This could be your maid of honor, mum or even your best friend. This person will help you with phone calls, helping you take care with your designer wedding dress in Melbourne and other little details of the wedding. This will give you ample relief as you won’t be tensed up by having someone watch over these minute stuff so that you can have and experience a beautiful moment.


3) Eat and drink

Whatever you do, don’t forget to eat and to keep yourself hydrated. Start your day right with a really good breakfast. Followed by lunch, dinner and also eating at regular intervals. We understand that sometimes nerves get the best of us and we avoid eating anything at all. But in doing so it will affect you and you won’t be able to enjoy the biggest day in your life. Plus, you’ll be spending a lot of money too on catering. So it makes sense to enjoy what you’ve chosen for the wedding.

Apart from this, don’t forget to drink water after every glass of alcohol. This will help you immensely. Trust us on that.



4) Pause

There will be many things happening on your wedding day but try to just pause and reflect on each moment. This could be your family being there with you in every step of the way in making sure everything goes well or seeing your guests enjoying every second and so much more. You need to be thankful as these moments are very special and will hold dear in your life for years to come.


5) Spend time with your partner

As you know with weddings, you’ll be busy with a lot of things! Like greeting your guests, making sure everything is going well and much more. It does become impossible to have some alone time with your partner. Try talking to your maid of honour and best man to give you a little time to be with each other and to just celebrate the fact that you both are married.

We want you to enjoy your wedding day in its entirety! Be it with you enjoying  wearing your beautiful wedding gown in Melbourne, spending time with your family and friends and so much more. You definitely want to savour each and every moment. So, with these tips mentioned above it will make your day much more memorable and truly enjoyable.


10 Ideas That Will Make Your Wedding Day Extra Special

Weddings are one of those big days in our lives. It is our desire to have that fairy-tale wedding with everything being the best and everyone living the time of their lives. Apart from the usual things like décor, dresses, makeup, food etc. there are many other little details that could enhance your wedding a lot more, after all detailing does bring out everything to be a lot fancier. So here we bring to you 10 ideas that will make your wedding day extra special.

  1. A fancy welcome bag:

Has the celebration started? Make your guests feel like they’ve entered a real fairy-tale wedding with customized welcome bags which have things like a small pack of drinks, cookies and more such goodies apart from the usual venue map and sweets. You can even customize these bags to have details similar to that of your designer wedding dress in Melbourne.


  1. Take care of younger guests:

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Which wedding won’t have kids and babies? When the whole family is around it becomes a gathering for all those small humans too! An awesome wedding idea is to make it easier for your guests to take care of their kids by setting up a kid’s play area or a room with fun activities and movies and hire a professional for taking care of them. Have it close to your venue or within it so that it's easy for the parents to check on them.


  1. Flowers/confetti drop on first dance:

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Make your first dance look fancier with confetti or flower petals drop, it will even add more beauty to the pictures. You can even add in some smoke and balloons on the floor to add the fairy tale twist to it. Request a custom-made long trail for your couture bridal gown from Melbourne specially to wear it for the dance, just imagine a long trail, slow music and smoke with rose petals, aren’t we already in Disneyland?


  1. Customized guest book:

We started talking about details and a custom-made out of the usual guest book is another good way to represent great detailing. You can get a guest book that’s shaped like something else rather than a normal book, add some creativity to it with stickers and illustrations about you and your better half. Keep fancy pens for your guests to use.


  1. Ask for song requests:

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What better way to keep people entertained then playing the music they like? Ask your DJ to have each table request a song they like and have a variety of music being played at your wedding! This way every table can have something to dance to and enjoy. You can even have people come up and sing to karaoke!


  1. Play with your cutlery:

Having a summer beach wedding? Why not add in leaf shaped cutlery or maybe go to have real leaves! Having a vintage wedding? Add in some old themed cutlery! Try choosing something that goes well with the whole theme yet stands and surprises your guest.


  1. Take care of your guests:

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Take the specialness to an extra step by offering your guests small takeaway goodies like food packets, aromatic soaps with your initials, a bottle of water, etc. while they go home. Also, pay attention to the weather that day and plan accordingly for seating arrangements, sheds, umbrellas, shawls or maybe sunglasses, so that they’re comfortable. Request your designer to make up some shawls that match your couture bridal gown in Melbourne, if you have the budget for it.


  1. Get a live wedding painter:

Photographers are always the best, but how about having a souvenir from your wedding that has the touch of that day to it? Hire a professional to paint out the wedding while it happens you can even have one at your reception. These paintings will always be closer to you than the wedding pictures. 


  1. Take the customization to social media:

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Heard about having theme/brand hashtags? Think of a hashtag that best suits your wedding, it can even be something like: #jadeandnathanhitched or #jadeswedding then you can start adding these to your pictures on Instagram and even on twitter and have a social media album specially about your wedding! Request your guests to add it while posting pictures from your wedding. Another way to have the celebration on social media is by hiring a professional who’ll keep your socials updated as the wedding goes through, then you don’t have to worry about it. You can even have a hashtag that talks about fashion at your wedding and add in the best dresses and wedding gowns in Melbourne that your guests have worn.


  1. Add more of the ‘you’ factor: 

Well it’s your wedding! instead of abiding by the age-old traditions and having the same celebration, add some touches of what you and your better half loves, set up stalls for fun activities that you both like, set up play areas where you can have fun games you’re your guests, add in personalised backdrops with your old pictures or maybe a video about your relationship, add cute little infographics throughout the venue that talk about your relationship, add in a family tree so that the guests know who’s who, and the list goes on and on. 


5 Wedding Themes That are Trending in 2020 That You Need to Know Now


Well, we all know how this year has turned out to be and you may be wondering how are you even going to know about the wedding themes that are trending in 2020? Fret not, we’re here to help you. Before the pandemic set in the wedding theme was more focused on over the top designs be it with the décor and exquisite couture bridal gowns in Melbourne. Now it’s all about the intimate moments with your loved ones, attention to detail while keeping safety as the most important aspect.

We have listed below wedding trends that are very doable for a very simple wedding which definitely promises to make your day a special one to remember no matter where you choose to say ‘I do’


1) Intimate weddings

Knowing the situation, we know intimate weddings will be the way forward. Having a small bunch of people who matter will make the best sense. Plus, this would also be the safest way as of now. Since it's very personal, you can treat them with elaborate meals and tons of personalization options to make it feel very warm and relaxed.



2) Eco-Friendly

Going eco-friendly can be the best thing for not just people but our mother nature in general. Sustainable weddings are on the rise in recent years and it’s time it has caught the attention all over. Do consider upcycling your wedding requirements be it sourcing locally grown food items, reusing florals used for the wedding ceremony, using paper or bamboo straws for drinks instead of plastic ones, replacing place settings with fruits as an alternative centerpiece idea, using actual trees in beautiful planters instead of cut flowers to up the aesthetic and so much more. So you see? There are so many ways we can reuse stuff to maintain the eco-friendliness that we so require right now.


3) Self-serving bars

 More and more couples all over the world are creating self-service bars. It’s like an artificial mounted dispenser to pour over drinks like beer, cocktails etc. This allows the guest to create their perfect drink. Imagine yourself creating your signature cocktail drink just the way you like it? Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Plus, by having these self -serving bars you won't have that many bartenders.





4) Two-in-one wedding dresses

The beginning of this year saw many brides choosing designer wedding dresses in Melbourne which focused on the Victorian-style dresses. These dresses feature high necklines, low hemlines, lots of lace layers and flowing style skirts which are reminiscent of the Victorian era. It’s pretty beautiful yet modern which makes it even the style very breath-taking. There’s something about this look that won’t go away anytime soon.


5) Giving back to charity

With the rise in intimate weddings, you do tend to save a lot on your wedding celebrations. The best thing to do is to give back to society. Many couples all over the world are doing it and making charitable donations. This trend will get bigger in the coming years. This will not only make you feel good but it will make someone’s day and year so much better. As a couple, you’d be spreading so many smiles which is a really good thing.


Now that you know some of the popular wedding themes that are trending this year, we can’t wait to see you in a beautiful wedding gown in Melbourne and have a memorable celebration that you will cherish for years to come.


How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Flowers For Your Big Day


Whether you envision yourself walking down the aisle in a couture bridal gown in Melbourne or a simple reception, wedding flowers and décor are essential to elevating your space into a site worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Learn how to pick the best pros and make it an event for all to revel in and remember.


Once you have your location set, it's time to dream up what will make it look and feel extra-special, and what you might carry or wear down the aisle. While it is not an absolute necessity to have red roses - or even a floral bouquet for that matter: Feel free to explore a variety of options like botanicals, ponder plants, or unexpected alternatives. The trick is to play up what you love, what jibes with your venue, and what's widely available at the time of year.


Find a Florist

Aim to hire one six months to a year out, and allot between 5 and 8 percent of your budget. Ask friends, your venue's manager, and your planner (if you have one) for recommendations. Scroll through Instagram feeds of vendors to see whom they've worked with locally. Unless you love a person's specific style, diverse portfolios are preferable to those showing singular looks. Above all, hire someone you communicate well with. 



Gather Inspiration

Location and time of year are key influences in your design decision—a wintry ballroom and a beach setting have very different vibes. But ideas can come from anywhere. We suggest collecting pictures of favorite spaces and artwork to jump-start the process. Share paint chips of your palette and dress swatches. Consider using blooms with personal meaning, too, like the lilacs your grandmother carried on her wedding day.


Plan for Impact

A few amazing things can be more special than loads of designs used for padding. Go big or dramatic in focal areas, such as entrances or a prominent fireplace mantel. Small arrangements in restrooms or on the bar are optional, but centerpieces are in full view for hours.



Spending Savvy

Want to save money on your big-day floral décor? Remember that blooms that don't need to be flown in from afar are less expensive and more eco-friendly. Fillers, like foliage, branches, and berries are easy ways to amplify a smaller arrangement; they're more cost-effective than fresh petals. Last but not least, ask for designs that can be enjoyed all weekend (and beyond). Use potted plants as aisle markers or near prominent signs, like the "Ceremony this way!" placard in a farm or vineyard.

While wedding flowers are not the most essential part of a wedding, it certainly is a unique accessory that adds awe to a bride on her big day. While planning your wedding day can be exciting, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming having to make so many big decisions. Bernadette Pimenta, at Iconic Melbourne bridal designer is known to craft the perfect balance between style and comfort. Whether you’re picking your florals because they are sentimental to you both, or you’ve been inspired by your wedding dress or bridal party colours, Bernadette will make sure to take all your stress away by delivering the best to you. To know more about her and her services. Contact her to know more. 


The 5 Most Common Colour Wedding Blunders and Ways to Avoid Them

Whenever we think of a grand event like a wedding the one thing that really stands out are the colours used in the décor. The theme of a wedding is affected by various factors and colours play a major role in them. Apart from the interiors and other arrangements, to avoid wedding blunders it is very necessary that we also pay attention to the colours. We all know that there are so many options to choose from, and it’s very natural to fall in love with more than what’s required. But do remember these will be seen everywhere on your wedding day, from your bouquets to the bridesmaids’ dresses!  

The colours work like the soul of the décor, there are so many possibilities when it comes to choosing the right combinations. Having a perfect balance and also focusing on the details of the best couture bridal gowns in Melbourne will provide with you with a beautiful setting. So here are some mistakes you should avoid on your big day:

1. Just looking at pictures


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Viewing colours on different mobiles and other devices can change the way they actually would be seen in reality. These devices have different calibrations which affect the actual colour, even on printed sheets. Never finalise a colour without seeing it for real.

2. Picking too many colours


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It’s good to go with two or three colours but choosing many colours just because you like them will make the whole set not blend in and feel disjointed. Usually choosing light hues is the way to go or having a darker colour in contrast with a lighter one and a metallic will also do wonders.

3. Pulling off the whole theme on the bridal party


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It is not necessary that all the colours of your wedding theme will look good on bridal gowns. There are many stores providing you with the best wedding gowns in Melbourne and will help you guide and match the bridal party with the theme. Do not forget the skin tones and hair colours when choosing the dresses, always prefer colours that’ll go with all the varieties.

4. Ignoring the venue


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It’s very much needed that you pay attention to the wedding setting and the whole theme of the place, choosing the colours against the walls and details of the location will make the whole look seem very off.

5. Choosing everything in one colour


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If there’s a colour which you absolutely love it’s not good to get everything in the same hue, this will make the whole setting very monochromatic and flat. Try getting variants of the same shade and mix them up with the classic whites and greys or some other favourable colours, metallics work well with every combination too. Stressing a lot is not healthy and might even make you be less excited about your big day. Always try to be more natural and do what you love. Give more effort to getting your most favourite designer wedding dress in Melbourne it will be the biggest memory of your wedding and will be there with you forever, also who wouldn’t just love looking awesome and happy! Pay more attention to the big day of your life and everything else will automatically fall in place.


How to Choose The Perfect Wedding Colour Palette like a Pro


As if the big day didn’t already come with so many major decisions to take, dialing down on a colour palette comes across to be among the most difficult decisions that comes with that day. Along with going a bit bonkers trying on couture bridal gowns Melbourne, you also have to select the color that your close family would have to wear. Hence, doing that as early as possible, would be among the wise things to do, or at least doing that as soon as you’ve settled down on a venue. Choosing a colour pallette doesn’t just mean choosing the colour that goes on your invitation cards, it means choosing among many other details such as - your flowers, the bridesmaids and best men’s attire, your cake, table top, and the list can go on. Hence the moment you settle down on your final colour palette, making all these other decisions becomes much faster. So how to finalise on your favourite like a pro? Here’s how: 


Begin somewhere

Begin by asking yourself if you have any colours in mind, or something that you might have seen in the past that caught your attention. If you do, take some swatches of these hues when you visit your venue, to make sure they jibe with its ambience. If they do, you’re on your way! 


Consider location and season

If you don’t have any ideas about the colour, no big deal. Just like you’ll be deciding about how your wedding gowns melbourne should match the weather in your location, think about colours that will match the season too. Feel free to take a cue from dearest Mother Nature and pick shades that compliment the season, like hues of blue for winter or some light yellow for summer. 


Go with your favourite colour

Don’t neglect the option of favouring your favourite color. Talk about it with your fiancé. If they agree, you’re good to go! Just head on to your venue and figure out which shade would match well with the surroundings. 


Classic is not basic

Adding nudes and whites, will definitely go with everything. This lends a classic look to every colour, while simultaneously adding sophistication. 



Play with a spectrum

One thing we love when we ask our brides when they come to discuss their bridal couture Melbourne, is when they have decided on an ombré effect as their theme. The simplest way to go chic, wouldn’t you agree?


A simple way to glam-up is by adding a metallic to your hue. May it be gold, copper or silver, decide and set the scene for a formal and festive affair. 


Add in a modern flavour

Twist it up by adding an unexpected colour pairing. Like a bright colour with a comparatively dull colour. Think fuchsia with indigo! 


Finally, you may complete your palette with one or two accent colors. Choosing a colour palette is not so difficult, but choosing wisely a colour theme that won’t make you regret it for the rest of your life is! We hope this helped you get at least one step closer to your dream designer wedding dresses in melbourne. And if you need any help in selecting your couture bridal gowns Melbourne, remember, Bernadette Pimenta Couture is  just an appointment away. 


5 Makeup Tips Every Bride Needs to Know On Her Wedding Day

Your wedding is not only the most important day of an individual’s life, but it’s also probably the most photographed day of their life. Apart from that, what not many people will tell you is that this best day is also one of the most stressful days of your life. Hence it can be a real task to be on your best-smiling face, hiding away the stress about the rest of the arrangements. But, amidst all the things that might be on the list, let’s bring your bridal beauty up as number one! If we consider makeup, everyone will want to avoid all the possible blunders, because more than the day, the pictures will last right ;) let’s bring your bridal beauty look back to the top of the list (even if it’s just for a little while). 


As far as makeup goes, we’re almost positive you’d want to avoid as many blunders as possible (pictures last forever, right?) Hence, we’ve brought together all the important tips so that all your pictures come perfectly. 


Select a Lipstick or Balm You Feel Comfortable In

The lips are a feature of the face, that allows you to add the largest amount of color. After that, comes the eyes! The best part about couture bridal gowns Melbourne is that no matter which designer wedding dress you decide to buy, they’re all white! Hence, every bride needs to spend some time at the makeup counter, to try out all the possible shades, before fixating on ‘The One!’ 

Do Have a Makeup Trial

If you make sure to try on your designer wedding dresses Melbourne multiple times before the big day, then why not your hair and makeup? Almost all freelance makeup artists offer a bridal trial prior to the actual date. This means that you now have a chance to experiment with different looks and find out if it actually suits you or not.  

Keep A Few Products Near Throughout the Day

Lipstick, compact, and a few blotting papers are a good start. Blotting papers or translucent powder will help you keep that shine on throughout the day and hence are a must. A pressed powder compact is helpful so you also have a mirror on-hand to touch up that lipstick ;)


Use Waterproof Products

Well, there’s no doubt about this, right girls? Basically try to waterproof everything! So if you tear up, all you need is a beauty blender on-hand to blot. That would press the product on the skin, rather than wiping the product away.


Drink Lots of Water Before the Big Day

Try to hydrate yourself and your skin as early as you can before your big day. This will allow for the best application of makeup, that would also allow it to last longer and look perfect in your wedding gowns melbourne.



Even though there are multiple tips to follow on one’s big day, the main one would definitely be to have fun. If you try to forget the rest and just follow this one tip, we’re sure all your photography will be like a fairytale captured. 

5 Latest Bridal Wedding Trends You Need to Know for 2020

We all dream of having a fairy tale wedding, and why not? Everyone deserves to choose how they wish to celebrate their personal love story. Weddings nowadays have broken the age-old customs and entered the era of choosing a modern wedding. Good or not, you can always break the rules and embrace the kind of contemporary wedding style you adore – may it be the sort of wedding you need to have or the wedding dress you pick to wear.


Here are a few wedding trends you need to consider in 2020 when planning your ‘Big Day’: 


  1. The Designer Wedding Dress

Every woman is amped up about her wedding day to see herself walking down the aisle, wearing an alluring white wedding dress, more than anything else. Consider yourself lucky if you’re planning to get hitched in 2020 because the new-generation designer wedding dresses come in infinite choices. Choose a designer wedding dress from Bernadette Pimenta Couture as you step into your big day. Each wedding dress is precisely designed and created, adhering to the latest fashion trends and reflects elegance. 

  1. Dresses for the Bridesmaids

Who else wants to look dazzling after the bride? Unquestionably, the bridesmaids! Having a bridesmaid is something that is here to stay, but the way of dressing them is something that is evolving. In 2020, we are here to see the bridesmaids wearing a mix and match of dress colours & designs instead of sticking to the same old ‘uniform’ bridesmaid fashion.


  1. Sustainable Wedding

Not only wedding planners but individuals too, are moving to sustainable weddings. Many couples are considering and working towards planning a celebration with a lesser impact on the earth, as a part of the wedding ‘trend’. Since 2020, wedding planners, wedding dress designers and caterers are deviating towards sustainability. 


  1. Accessorise Yourself

If you’re a man, pulling off a no-tie look accompanied with a light colour outfit rather than a typical black tuxedo would be a bold move in the 2020s. Be the trendsetter! However, for a woman, choosing the right accessories that would complement the wedding dress and be trendy at the same time could be tricky. Maybe an extra-long veil would be something that you would want to add to your Wishlist for your 2020 wedding. Bernadette Pimenta Couture can help you find the right match of wedding accessories, trending today! 

  1. Trendy Photo Booths

Who doesn’t want to get captured in their favourite outfit? A trendy photo booth is just what you need! 2020 demands for a high-styled photo booth having portrait sessions shot by professionals. Another trending photo booth idea would be an automatic shooting booth – click-to-shoot photo booth that has been gaining popularity recently. Most party planners ensure that they have this listed in their package.


If you’re looking for the right wedding dress & bridal accessories to complement your style statement, you can try out Bernadette Pimenta Couture.

Creative things to do with an old wedding dress

Douglas William Jerrold says “after all, there is something about a wedding gown, prettier than any other gown in the world." The wedding gown is of sentimental value to every married woman. Sadly, all the women wear a wedding dress only once in their life. Bernadette Pimenta Couture with over 27 years of designing experience, brings to you several gorgeous designer bridal gowns. They too know the fact that wedding dresses are worn just once, but here are a few tips given by them to come up with creative things to do with old wedding dress.

One of the things you can do is get your crafty side out to make a few cute items of the dress. You can make jewelry from certain parts of the dress. You can also gift another bride a keepsake garter made from the fabric of your dress. You can stitch a christening gown for your children or grandchildren. You can use pieces of the dress to decorate your photo album.

Another brilliant idea is to dye this dress. Your wedding gown can be dyed to any other color and you can, of course, wear it again.

Another way of making use of the dress is to surprise your husband by wearing it on your anniversary.  If it still fits you, go ahead and do this. Relive the magic of your wedding on your anniversary.

A unique idea which may sound a little crazy is to host an all ladies party, with the dress code as wedding dresses. This will mean all your guests have to be married people and they must show up in their wedding gowns. Make sure to get a whole lot of pictures when this happens.

You can also go ahead and make a nice carry bag for yourself using material from your dress. In this way, you will be able to carry your wedding gown wherever you go. You could also turn the dress into Christmas decorations like stockings, stars hanging balls and so on.

If you are really good at handwork, turn it into a lovely bouquet of flowers. You can use the material, the lace, the buttons from the dress and so on. Another very creative way to make use of the dress is to turn it into a fancy table cloth that can be used for occasions. The white dress can turn out to be an elegant looking table cloth if you do it right. You can also make small things like hairbands and hair clips with your wedding dress.

There you go, go try your hand at whatever you feel is a great way to make use of your wedding dress again. Do not let it lie there in your cupboard all alone for several years. Make good use of it so that you can get a special feeling of what the dress meant to you all your life.