The publishing industry has taken a battering in recent times with the close of two major women's titles but that has not stopped one creative Canberra publisher from launching her own magazine.
Hitched is Australia's newest guide for brides produced and published by Canberra-based wedding stylist and interior designer Renee Douros.
The quarterly publication is now available at more than 6000 newsagencies around Australia and New Zealand and is exciting readers with its hand-drawn illustrations, love stories, recipes and locally styled and photographed fashion shoots.
''I felt there was a real hole in the market for a guide for those couples who are seeking an event rather than just the traditional ceremony-and-reception-type wedding,'' Ms Douros said.
''The glossy bridal magazines that are on the market are really fluffy, so with Hitched we want to focus on what the 'non-bride bride' and couples want out of their big day. It's definitely for the type of person who appreciates a beautifully styled, unique event.''
While a walk down the aisle is considered to be one of the most stressful events in anyone's life, Hitched could be used as a soothing agent for pre-wedding jitters. The magazine contains light-hearted reads about first dates, striking images of bespoke floral garlands, coloured wedding gowns and suggests poses and places for wedding photo shoots. Handy hints and tips from local wedding vendors also grace the pages.
''What do you call a list of great songs that doesn't include a track from Johnny Cash? Worthless,'' states an article written by a wedding DJ as he lists the ultimate wedding soundtrack.
While the vintage vibe that emanates from the magazine may excite hipsters, Ms Douros said the title also was a testament to the creative energy and talents that Canberra had produced.
For now, she is happy with the reception the first issue has received and is looking forward to issue two and expanding the title into Asia, the UAE, Lebanon and the US.
The 25-year-old creative director said her happily ever after would involve her introducing a brother publication to the Hitched family. ''I would love to do a men's magazine, a hipster version of Hitched aimed at men and grooms-to-be,'' she said.