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To Guest book or not to guest book

Your wedding day will probably one of the most important days of your life and most couples want their day to stand out from the rest. Adding details to your wedding day that are customised to you and your partner is the perfect way to make your day more special and unique. To help make your wedding as unique as you are, we have crafted together our top tips for customising your wedding day.

There are many things you can skip at a wedding, but should you skip a guest book?

A wedding guest book is a long-standing tradition offering a wonderful and easy way to remind the happy couple who attended their wedding. It is seen as a keepsake of well wishes, and a list of who to thank for coming to the special day. But the idea of waiting in line to sign your name in a book that will get hidden away on a shelf is not exactly exciting. This tradition has had a few modern twists along the way, making it a fun element for guests at a wedding.

Whether the bride and groom are world travellers, tea drinkers or foodies, use a favourite activity to create the perfect, and personal, guest book.

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Choosing a Wedding Planner

Congratulations to all you newly engaged couples! It seems a great many of you became engaged over the Christmas/ New Year break and we're delighted that so many of you have already chosen Harlow Garland to help turn your dream wedding vision into a reality.

For those who haven't yet decided whether to go with a planner or handle it themselves, we wanted to share this blog post we wrote for Auckland Weddings last year to help you in your journey.

Click the image below to read the full post over at Auckland Weddings.

To get in touch to discuss your wedding day, send us a note here - we'd love to hear from you x

The Harlow Garland girls

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The time-honoured tradition, and superstition to some, that the bride on her wedding day must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a silver sixpence in her shoe) for good luck, fertility and prosperity. While it is by no means a requirement to follow this tradition, some brides find it a charming and unique way to personalise their wedding day in many ways. We have put together a few creative a contemporary ways that you can keep the tradition alive on your day.

Something Old

We love the idea of including a family member through your something old, especially if they can’t be there on your big day. You could do this by wearing your mother or grandmothers jewellery, whether it is a necklace, brooch or a pair of earrings. Another possibility for your something old is borrowing a family members veil, as they tend to not date too much - also a great option if you are on a budget!

Something New

Something new is probably the easiest part of the tradition to incorporate – it will most likely be your dress or partner! If you are wearing a vintage dress, opt for your accessories being your something new, or even a new perfume. If you are after something more unique, try personalising your getting robe with your new initials.

Something Borrowed

If you want to go all out, borrow your mothers or grandmothers wedding dress. The dress can be easily updated with tailoring and is also a great option if you are after a more vintage styled dress. For something more subtle, try incorporating a cuff link of your fathers into your bouquet or borrow a piece of jewellery from a family member.

Something Blue

No matter your wedding palette, there are many ways to weave blue into your day. Many brides choose to wear a garter as their something blue – a great option if you want something that isn’t too obvious. For a something blue that is more personal, embroider your wedding date in blue stitch on the inside of your dress. For something simple, wrap a small blue ribbon around your bouquet or opt for baby blue lingerie. For a true splash of colour, select some royal blue shoes to go with your dress!

And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

The end of the rhyme is the sixpence and is often the part that is the most disregarded. A sixpence was traditionally given to the bride to keep in her left shoe on the day to represent great wealth. Borrow a sixpence off a friend for your day to double as your something borrowed!

Click here to read our blog post on more fun traditions and superstitions surrounding weddings!

Honeymoon Venue: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa, Thailand

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we're going to be bringing you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

The JW Marriott, a tropical Thai paradise situated on Khao Lak’s pristine Khuk Khak beach and just an hour drive from the heart of Phuket. This resort has much to offer with impeccable suites and luxury amenities and facilities, which help to set the scene for ultimate relaxation during your honeymoon getaway.

All suites and rooms within JW Marriott are elegantly designed with luxurious ambience. You can expect calming neutral colour tones, large marble bathrooms and private balconies with wooden loungers, all with touches of contemporary and traditional Thai design. If you wish, upgrade to a deluxe swim up room and enjoy direct access to the expansive pool from your own suite. Or, opt for a premium room and take advantage of various extras such as complimentary Thai massages and private breakfast seating areas.

JW Marriott is home to Southeast Asia’s largest swimming pool. With a lagoon inspired design, there is over three kilometres of calm waterways that wind and meander around the lobby and suites. Other facilities that JW Marriott has to offer include the Quan Spa, set on the relaxing beachfront with indoor and outdoor suites available for a variety of treatments, ranging from manicures to Thai massages and steam rooms. For the more adventurous, there is a wide range of sports and entertainment available to guests. Try wind surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding in the picturesque waters, or stick to land with volleyball, yoga or tennis.

The expansive resort has a wide range of dining options available for its guests. In the evening, visit Ta-Krai restaurant for truly authentic Thai cuisine with sunken and poolside seating area. Ta-Krai also has cooking classes available if you wish to learn the art of Thai cuisine yourself. Olive Restaurant provides delicious Mediterranean cuisine with astonishing sea views, live music and dancing until the early hours. JW Marriott’s main restaurant is the Waterfront Restaurant, where you can enjoy any meal overlooking the stunning Andaman Ocean with an international selection of cuisines and live cooking demonstrations. For the ultimate romantic dining experience, try out a private candlelight dinner on the beach with the sounds of the ocean in the background.

If you wish to venture from your blissful hideaway, take a trek through the stunning surrounding forest and visit Ton Chong Fa five-level waterfall. Or, spend time at Elephant Hills, where you can feed, bathe and walk the beautiful giants of the animal world. If you are after some contrast from your relaxing stay at JW Marriott, take a day trip into Phuket and enjoy the Thai culture, shopping and restaurants.

Whether you are seeking lavish relaxation or exciting activities for your honeymoon, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa has so much to offer you for your honeymoon.

The Groom's Guide To Suits

Image by Kate Little for Harlow Garland

Image by Kate Little for Harlow Garland

For grooms, deciding on a suit for their wedding day can sometimes be just as difficult and confusing as it is for brides to choose a wedding dress. That’s why here at Harlow Garland, we have put together a basic guide to follow for choosing a suit that is perfect for you and for your wedding.

To Rent Or To Buy?

Often men choose to opt for a rented suit of tuxedo for their wedding day. This can be a great option if you are looking for a suit that is convenient and less expensive. Buying a suit for your wedding is also a great option because you can be sure that it is perfectly tailored to your body and the style you prefer. Purchasing a suit can be a great investment as you can always wear it post wedding for a different occasion.

Think About Your Wedding Style

Different styles of weddings call for different styles of suits. For a formal evening wedding, you may want to opt for a simple black tuxedo or suit with traditional accessories. For weddings during the day that are more semi-formal, grooms often choose a grey tone or navy suit, compared to an outdoor or destination wedding where you could opt for a suit in a lighter colour with a lighter fabric or eschew the jacket and tie for a more casual style.


It is not just styles and colours that differ between suits, there is also a wide range of fabrics to choose from. Wool-blended suits are a great option if you are looking for quality and something that will last in the years to come, as they will maintain their shape. Linen suits are more breathable so are the perfect option for a summer wedding. Whereas cotton suits can be much more inexpensive while still looking smart - a good choice if you are on a budget.


Whichever suit you decide on, it is important that the fit is right. Getting your suit professionally tailored is the best way to ensure it fits perfectly, looks classy and lasts for a long time. It is best to decide on your suit at least three months prior to your wedding day, this will give you time to have multiple fittings and make any adjustments that you may need to.


When it comes to ties, there are endless options. There are different fabrics, patterns, shapes and colours. Choose a tie that goes with your shirt and jacket - you may even want to colour co-ordinate with the bridesmaids. For something a little more unique and quirky, opt for a bow tie.


Accessories are the perfect way to inject some personality into your suit. Shoes are one of the most important accessories, they need to feel good as well as look great. For a black suit, opt for a black shoe, brown shoes for a navy suit and grey suits will go with both. If your suit is a lighter colour you should also choose a lighter coloured shoe. We recommend wearing your shoes around your house prior to your wedding, to ensure they are comfortable on the day.

Cuff links are an essential part of formal dressing and can add more sophistication to your suit. Choose cufflinks that suit your personal style or ones that are meaningful to you. Pocket squares are also an elegant accessory option and can add a splash of colour to your suit.

Click here for our choice in suit suppliers!