wedding planning: choosing a venue

Our church doesn't look like this, but it's the right place for us

Our church doesn’t look like this, but it’s the right place for us

There are so many aspects to wedding planning and I’ve already covered setting a date and setting a budget. The next thing on the very long to-do list is to choose a venue. This is a tricky one because it can help to set the tone for what your wedding day will look like.

Just like with my budget piece, I will not be telling you exactly where we have selected because while I don’t mind telling the people I personally know, I don’t want strangers to know the date and place of where DG and I will become man and wife. In light of this, you’re probably thinking “what’s the point of writing a blog post about it”, but I’ll be sharing with you how DG and I came to choose the places* we have. Read More


wedding planning: setting a budget


Better start saving now!

Planning weddings not only take a lot of time, they also cost A LOT of money. In fact, the average Australian wedding costs an average of $36,000. Before I started planning a wedding, I thought this was absolutely crazy. What on earth were these people doing? Then in my initial enquiries, I realised how easy it would be to spend that much. But I am determined not to. I don’t want to come back from my honeymoon swimming in debt or with no money. So after setting a date, DG and I had to sit down and figure out a budget.

This is where the fun stops. No, really. Weddings are expensive. Read More

wedding planning: setting a date


A few people have asked and I’ve decided it could be fun, so here is the first of I don’t know how many blogs relating to the process of planning the wedding!

Setting A Date

When you get engaged, the first thing that everyone asks is “when are you thinking of getting married?” I know this, because I am generally one of the askers. As DG and many other newly engaged men will say “I was more just thinking about the actual proposal and hadn’t really thought much further ahead then that”. For the girls, if they are like me and have a time of year in mind, it will all depend on when they got engaged.

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don’t read posts on weddings (except this one)

Originally published on KiKi & Tea

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

As you all know, I got engaged recently. Even though many people expect me to be like Monica from “Friends” with a massive binder filled with every wedding idea I have ever had, I’m not. Surprised? You aren’t alone. I am enjoying filling the amazing wedding binder I bought from kikki k and the “wedding notes” book my lovely sister gave me. You see, while I haven’t planned everything already in my head, I have waited my whole life to plan a wedding.

This may be less impressive to some given the fact that I am only 22, but I have always found the thought of planning a wedding to be incredible. When one of my coworkers told me how relieved she felt when wedding planning was over, I couldn’t understand and thought it would be different for me. Now, I am starting to see what she means.

Everyone has an opinion on weddings. Read More

a personal engagement


Hello my lovely readers, I am terribly sorry for my absence. I know that I’ve been posting book reviews (and currently running a bit behind, oops) and award show wrap-ups, but I haven’t really been posting much personal content. That seems a bit weird considering it is called “the musings of monique” and I haven’t really been offering many musings lately.

As many of you will know, around three weeks ago, I became engaged to the most amazing man I have ever met and you can read just a little bit about that here. Why just a little bit? Well, sit down my friends, for we have a story. Read More

bullying the bully


I am against bullying. I hate it. On this blog, I will never post comments which are abusive towards others, it’s just not in my nature. That’s not to say I’ve never gone off on a little rant in person, but to put something down in words and then post it online is something I don’t understand. I never have and I never will. You’ll have noticed that in the celebrity posts I’ve done in the past, I talk about what is happening but try to be really careful (and I may have failed) to make sure I’m not saying anything really hurtful or anything that could be classed as bullying. Why? Because celebrities are people as well and people with feelings. Read More

the importance of kindness



Have you ever noticed how much kind words can change your whole day? You may be cranky, stressed out and overly emotional. You may be on the verge of frustrated tears and then you bump into someone you know, or you get a text message, a phone call, an email or a post on Facebook from someone who says something really kind and sweet and it instantly changes your mood.

I had one of these moments recently. Read More

2012 the year that has been


We all say it every year, but I still can’t believe that 2012 is coming to a close. It seems to have gone really quickly but then slowly at the same time, in the way that every year feels to go. 2012 has been a huge year for me and while I didn’t enjoy it to begin with, I’m extremely happy with the way that it’s ending.

In the beginning of 2012, I was heartbroken, unemployed and really lost. I had no idea what was going on in my life and how I had managed to get to where I was. I wasn’t a fun person to be around but I luckily had some friends who stood by me anyway. Just when I thought things couldn’t get worse, 1 July 2012 happened. Read More