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Sweet and Sex

Great music is an essential element for any upbeat wedding, but live bands must do much more than getting the guests to hit the dance floor.

Being well organised, punctual and easy to work with is also fundamental, according to Ani Thompson who manages Award-winning Brisbane band Sex and Chocolate. “As well as being organised, our band members are also fun, witty, spontaneous and charismatic. As entertainers we are able to unite everyone through music and dance,” Ani says.

Inspired by the desire to emulate The Temptations, smooth harmonies and sharp dance moves became Sex and Chocolate’s stock-in-trade, with musical inspiration drawn from Motown classics, contemporary RnB and timeless soul.

Paul (The Wolfman) Thompson is founder and lead singer of the band, which he formed in 1998. Paul, who is originally from New Zealand, has sung the national anthem for the All Blacks twice and has performed for HRH Princess Anne at the New Zealand Royal Gala, as well as other high-profile televised events.

“When I watch The Wolfman perform I’m captivated,” Ani says. “Somehow he seems to capture the essence of super cool, sexy, hilarious and unpredictable all in one. He is fearless high energy entertainment! He is the real deal. Entertaining is what he was born to do.”

When asked how Sex and Chocolate got their cheeky moniker, Paul explains; “We wanted an image that would portray a sexy, fresh sound,” he says. “Our original name was TRU, which stood for`The Rest of Us’.

“Then one day we were approached by the manager of the Watermark Hotel who loved our show but thought the group’s name wasn’t marketable, and, he was right. He asked his female employees for band name suggestions for a group of three sexy young Polynesian boys and they came up with ‘Sex and Chocolate‘… and the rest is history.”

All of the band members have been involved in music for decades, some of them honing their voices in church choirs and winning awards both nationally and internationally. They now approach each wedding with a structure honed through years of performing at hundreds of events. “For me I believe preparation is one of our keys to success,” Ani says.

Historic wedding venues

Couples wanting to marry in a venue steeped in history are spoiled for choice, regardless of which state they live in. Here are 10 historic wedding venues: hotels, cottages – and even a castle – that have, in some cases, more than 100 years of weddings under their belts.

Built as a grand old family home between 1849 and 1958, Overnewton Castle is set amongst five acres of beautiful English gardens. It has its own wood-panelled chapel (which used to be a billiards room) and can cater for 150 sit-down guests or 240 for a cocktail events.

In the 160-odd years this magnificent home has stood, it has been a summer retreat, a convalescent home and, even, an Air Force hospital. It was restored in 2002 and, in addition to the beautiful old home, it sits aside a soaring new light-filled reception centre and can cater for wedding of between 20 and 230 guests.

Be it the sandstone courtyard or beneath the opulent Waterford chandeliers, regardless of where on this property you shoot your wedding photos, they are guaranteed to be spectacular – and more than a little romantic.

Built in 1868, this was one of the very first homes in Australia to have electric lighting. Its architecture is said to have been inspired by the Lombardy region of Italy and dancing, especially your first dance, in its grand ballroom, which has housed so many of Melbourne’s high-society events, is magical!

Nestled amongst a dreamy, three-acre garden, the beautiful sandstone facade of this historic brewery shines against the glorious backdrop of Mount Wellington. Their team of on-site chefs will even match your wedding menu with their best beers.

Top wedding themes

More than 2300 brides completed our Easy Weddings’ annual survey, which is the biggest wedding survey in Australia. We asked them a range of questions including what type of wedding theme they chose for their big day. Based on data from both our survey and Easy Weddings’ Planning Tools and polls, we have put together a list of the 10 most popular wedding themes of 2016. Additionally, we’ve also included the upcoming biggest wedding themes for 2017.

Rustic definitely reigned supreme in 2016. The wedding theme can be described as having a strong farm, country or garden aesthetic and often features styling elements such as bark, timer, organic fibres, twine and hessian.

The classic wedding theme was the second most popular wedding theme in 2016. Classic embodies all the traditional touches, from the classic cars and limousines, to the traditional white wedding dress, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and decorating the wedding venue with very classic styling elements such as floral centrepieces, chair covers.

The romantic wedding theme was prevalent in 2016. This theme involved a whimsical and slightly ethereal feel and styling features included things like cascading ivy and roses, whimsical wedding dresses and headpieces.

Vineyard or winery weddings were a very big wedding theme of 2016, with couples opting to focus on inviting a smaller amount of guests and giving them a more quality experience as opposed to inviting a larger number of guests.

Father and fiance dont quite get along

This situation doesn’t apply to everyone but it’s certainly not uncommon. You acquire a boyfriend and things get serious. Once wedding plans are announced, it’s more than serious. In some families, friction can occur. If your father and fiancé don’t quite get along, here are some strategies to help you cope.

There is no hard and fast rule about falling in love, and sometimes when we fall in love, it can end up being with someone who our parents don’t warm to straight away.

If your father and fiancé don’t quite get along, it is important that you seek out some strategies to help you cope. After all, a build up of stress and tension could result in a falling out with your parents, or, even lead to the end of your relationship.

It’s also important that you try to understand how your father and fiancé are both feeling. Your father may feel highly protective of his daughter, while your fiancé may feel he is looked down upon or not deemed good enough. After all, for some people, dealing with the in-laws isn’t always easy.

Unfortunately, tension between two of the most important people in your life can result in a great deal of stress and leave you feeling deflated rather than elated about your upcoming wedding plans. Some people may even feel they have to ‘pick a side’ or choose, which is, obviously, impossible when it’s between your father and fiancé.

If conflict develops between you and your parents because of your choice of future husband, here are some strategies you can use to help you cope.

Strategies for coping and reducing the tension

Speak up and tell your father and fiancé how you are feeling

Resolve to take control. You are not a child asking for permission, you are an adult, and you have made the decision to marry your fiancé. Ultimately, this is something your father will need to accept, and you should tell him that not having his approval is very difficult for you.

Additionally, make it clear to your fiance that despite he and your father having their differences, ultimately, you expect him to remain polite and respectful towards your father.

Clearly communicate to both parties exactly how their feelings and behaviour towards one another makes you feel. They may not even realise how much their tension affects you.

Acceptance

Ultimately, you need to accept the current situation you are facing. Whilst you may feel sad that you don’t get to experience a picture-perfect family dynamic between your parents and your fiancé, accepting how things are will help you cope with the stress.

Once you accept that things aren’t going as well as you would like, you can shift your focus on working towards a resolution, or, at least, coping mechanisms to help you all manage during family dinners and functions.

Focus on the good stuff

Whilst it may seem difficult, try to be positive and focus on the wonderful things in your life such as your upcoming wedding. Keeping your attitude positive will not only help you deal with the stress of your father and fiancé not quite getting along, but it may also rub off on them too.

Consult a neutral family member

Sometimes a family member or friend that gets along well with both parties may be able to help. Whether it’s your brother, mother, uncle, aunt, cousin or family friend, having them chat individually with your father and fiancé may help to significantly diffuse tension and allow them to see eye-to-eye.

Seek family counselling

If all else fails, and, if both parties agree, seek out the services of a professional family counsellor or therapist. A counsellor can help to resolve any conflict and tension between your father and fiancé.

Hopefully, some of these strategies will help you cope. Good luck!

Seasons to get married in Australia

According to the more than 2300+ brides who took part in our Easy Weddings Annual survey, spring is the most popular season to get married with 37% of weddings occurring during this season. This comes as no surprise with the lovely weather, beautiful flowers and gorgeous wedding themes that are in abundance in the spring time.

Out of the spring months and the entire year, October is the most popular month to get married. The autumn months were not too far behind  the spring months in terms of choice, with both April and September being equally as popular as each other.

Both summer and winter had similar results with 19% of weddings happening in summer and 18% in winter.

So, now you know what the popular months and seasons to get married in Australia were in 2016! What season and month are you planning to get married in?

Leo is the middle fire sign and like the sun, she’s energetic, radiant and enjoys being the center of attention from time to time. Her wedding needs to match her passion for everything dramatic and theatrical. It’s safe to say that her big day will be nothing less than a grand event. If you’re a Leo, this stunning venue might be your match.

When it comes to romance, Scorpio is the sign to beat. She’s known to be intensely passionate and sensuous when it comes to relationships. And because she’s a water sign, a beautiful wedding set by the beach would be the perfect way to celebrate her fiery love. See more of this gorgeous wedding here.