Traditional Wedding Party Roles

When the bride and groom to be have set the date, the work for the wedding party only just begins. But who is actually responsible for what? Find out more about traditional wedding party roles.

I haven’t published anything for a while, but not because I haven’t written anything. On the contrary. I am struggling to keep you guys updated with all the happenings, so I will slowly try and catch up with blog posts I have completed over the last few months.

This one here I particularly enjoyed writing. It’s for a company called Collective Concepts. They specialize in wedding planning, event management and brand engagement. Today’s post is about the traditional roles of the wedding party.

Since I have never been married, I found this quite interesting and certainly learned a lot. Of course there is so much more involved than just the bride and groom exchanging their vows and saying YES to each other.

From the moment they set a date, the work behind the scenes only just begins. And the roles – traditionally – are quite clear. Everyone has their part to play, from the respective families of bride and groom to be to the Man and Maid Of Honour, the bridesmaids, groomsmen and more.

If you’d like to find out more, please find the link to the article below.

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Have you got a wedding story to share? Did you follow the guidelines or role allocations as outlined in my article or did you throw tradition completely out the window? I’d love to hear from you!

Rice art and jewellery

Have you ever seen messages written on rice? In Ancient Turkey and India artisans used to be able to write up to 200 words on a single grain!

your name on a grain of rice

This article was a promotional one I recently did for Writers Academy. It’s a short piece on rice art and rice jewelry. Have you ever seen messages or names engraved on something as tiny as a single grain of rice? You can read a bit more about that tradition here.

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Trendy wedding cakes for 2019

Are you after a wedding cake for your ceremony? We have compiled a list of the trendiest styles and flavours for next year.

wedding cake trends marriage

Here is another article I have recently written for Collective Concepts. It’s all about wedding cake trends in 2019 and it will definitely make your mouth water.

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What the heck is a wedding celebrant?

Do you know what a wedding celebrant in New Zealand does? I had no idea idea, until I got to write this article for Collective Concepts.

wedding celebrant new zealand

Growing up in Germany where people get married either traditionally at church or at the civic office through a registrar, the term wedding celebrant (which is quite common here in New Zealand) was very foreign to me. So when I got asked to write a blog about what a wedding celebrant actually does, I was quite intrigued.

Here is what I’ve found out.

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This blog post was written for Collective Concepts. If you’re thinking about getting married in New Zealand, feel free to like them, browse their other articles and check out their services.

How to make German Vanillekipferl

Would you like to know how to make German Vanillekipferl? They are by far the best Christmas cookies you have ever tried!

Christmas in Germany without Christmas cookies is pretty much no Christmas at all 😎 so despite being on the other side of the world in blazing heat, I am trying to get into a festive spirit.

Today I am going to tell you how to make German Vanillekipferl. They have always been my favourite and are so unlike most biscuits you can find around, whether during Christmas or not.

So here’s the recipe (slightly modified for New Zealand ingredients)…


  • 400g butter
  • 560g flour
  • 120g sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla essence (equals 120g vanilla sugar or 4 packages of vanillin sugar in Germany)


  • pre-heat oven to 180°C
  • mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  • knead the dough until all the ingredients are combined
  • roll out little mountain-shaped Kipferl as shown in the picture above
  • bake for 15 to 20mins in the oven at 180°C until golden yellow
  • let Kipferl cool down, then roll in a mix of icing and vanilla sugar

And this is what they should like when they’re finished. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please pop it in the comments below!

Meanwhile, enjoy!

how to make german vanillekipferl
A tin full of delicious German vanillekipferl. Yum!