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Ideas for a Modern Australian Wedding Theme
Guest contributor: Ms Polkadot
from Polkadot Bride
A welcome feature of the modern Australian wedding is that the cultural cringe has been banished to the dust pile of history and we can embrace our ‘Australian-ness’. Many couples are taking a little of the Australian way of life and blending it with offerings from other cultures, others are choosing the quintessential beach wedding, and others are taking the best from their surroundings to create a wedding day that is unique to them.
Choose a pure and bright palette for spring and summer, or rusty browns and cloudy greys for autumn. In winter white, cream, blue/greys or grey/greens work wonders – and there’s such a huge choice to suit even the most discerning bride. Colours could reflect the hues of the venue surrounds – the soft clear colours and greens of spring flowers and leaves, the blues and sands of a beach venue. Or the colour could be chosen from a particular native flower or leaf combination from your bouquet.
Go with soft-coloured table cloths inwhite cotton or linen, , simple crockery (white or coloured), metal or wooden chairs, sparkling glassware, beach accessories such as shells and lots of candles. Silverware and massed glass candlesticks make a classy statement. Picture birdcages filled with ferns, white wooden furniture, paper birds, butterflies or origami birds hanging around a room or from trees, and tea light candles in frosted glass containers. An extra special touch is mix of cultural elements, honouring your heritage. Add elements that are distinctively Australian such as native flower arrangements on the tables, along with colours or items that are unique to your heritage. Try bare branches in large urns or tin buckets in winter, budding branches in spring, or large displays of Australian native leaves, berries or flowers. The style can be anything you want it to be.
Think iconic Australian offerings: Australian wine, Haighs chocolate, Australian native seeds, small pots made of Australian clay filled with sweets or seeds, small bottles of Australian olive oil, containers of Australian native spices and herbs, bottled sauces and syrups made with Australian native ingredients. For some real fun, cram afun basket with little jars of vegemite, Milo and Tim Tams, alongside homemade jams and pickles or chutneys.
Choose from any of the many Australian stationery ranges available here, or have yours custom designed to include an Australian motif. Perhaps add a uniquely Australian embellishment such as dried Australian leaves or flowers or gumnuts – keep it simple and it will always be elegant. Including a particularly unique element of the town or city your wedding will take place in could add a unique feel to your stationery.
Leucadendrons, flannel flowers, gum tree or wattle foliage comes in all sorts of different shapes and subtle variations of colours, and work well alongside kangaroo paws, banksias, hakeas, berries, peppercorn tree berries, gumnuts, native clematis, proteas (not strictly Australian, but would look wonderful in large vases) and boronia. NSW Christmas bush or Australian natives tied with silk ribbon in brown, soft pink, soft grey/green can look spectacular and pick up the subtle colours of the Australian bush.
You can go ornate or simple, coloured or white, beaded or plain, a locally made gown or one shipped in from any corner of the globe – all these are Australian. Linen shirts, light coloured pants and thongs for a beach wedding are a treat, while formal attire with all the trimmings or a suit and tie is suitable for a more formal occasion. Of course, attire for an Australian wedding is as diverse as we are. Choose clothes and colours appropriate to your theme and time of year.
Food and beverages
A modern Australian wedding feast may include elegant new combinations from restaurant chefs, or food that we may see as uniquely Australian. Think seafood sourced from our Australian waters, Australian lamb or beef or kangaroo or crocodile – prepared in a thoroughly modern way with influences from other cultures. Or try the old fashioned take on food – good old Aussie roast dinner, meat pies, casseroles or silverside (corned meat) with a white caper sauce. Desserts could be light and fresh featuring our abundant Australian fruit such as sorbets, ice creams, or fruit concoctions, sprinkled with old favourites such as pavlovas, lemon delicious, sponge cakes with cream and fruit or passionfruit, or custard slices. Australian cheeses, Australian oysters, olives and quince paste are other tasty options. Then again, for the modern wedding anything goes – food from other cultures, elegant restaurant food or good Australian produce from your local area could be the order of the day. Beer (including Australian boutique beers) and Australian wines, are a must, as well as homemade lemon cordial and copious cups of tea to quench your guests’ thirsts.
Great Aussie views - whether in the country, by the beach or in the city - add to the Australian ambience. Look for country or bush wedding venues, gardens or paddocks on a farm, country or beach resorts, a weathered verandah or deck in a garden or a space by the water to make the most of our great weather, not to mention wineries in the Autumn or snow resorts in the winter.
Let’s face it! We Aussies are a varied bunch of people, so music from anywhere and from any era goes – as long as it’s fun and inspires your guests to kick up their heels! Provide a variety of music from romantic, swinging ‘50s and ‘60s music, pop, jazz or the golden oldies – the variety will be sure to please all the guests at least some of the time! And that’s what it’s all about after all – a celebration of life!
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