Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Sydney New Year’s Eve

Be one of the first in the world to mark the new decade as Sydney dazzles you with its world-class event and a spectacular Midnight Fireworks Display on Sydney Harbour.

The internationally-loved event brings in more than 1.5 million spectators and is watched by more than 1 million viewers across the world.

Celebrations start with Pre-Show entertainment from 5pm and festivities get bigger with the not-to-be-missed 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks Displays.

Free iPhone App

Download the 2010 Sydney New Year’s Eve iPhone App to get the official 2010 countdown synced on your phone for you to share with friends and family. Start your party plans early and receive live updates, event info, exclusive competitions and tips on where to watch the fireworks!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Exclusively Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids will love shopping for their dresses at Exclusively Bridesmaids because they have Sydney's largest range of designer bridesmaids' dresses in-store to try on. Bridesmaids won't have to all squeeze into one size at Exclusively Bridesmaids as they have numerous sizes ranging from 2-30. Exclusively Bridesmaids won't be beaten on price and will help you every step of the way from your initial appointment to your wedding day with their great service and support.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Stylish New Year's Eve Dining at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Indulge your senses and celebrate New Year's Eve at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. 

Say goodbye to this decade in luxury and welcome in the New Year at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth's stylish Garden Court exclusive New Year's Eve dinner. Indulge in a sumptuous six course degustation, each course perfectly matched with the finest wine. The perfect place to celebrate with family and friends in the heart of the city, minutes away from the action. The night it yours, either arrive early and then head to the harbour to view the fireworks or luxuriate for the whole evening and view them at your leisure on the screens in Sofitel lounge after dinner with a cocktail.
• Six Course Degustation Menu with matching wines -  $199pp
• Book online or call Restaurant Reservations on 02 9228 9179

After a sumptuous feast and the fireworks spectacular, why not make a night of it and stay overnight at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and experience the luxury that is Sofitel MyBed. It will be a New Year's Eve to remember for a lifetime.
• Book online or call Reservations on 1800 676 960.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sydney New Year’s Eve– Make Your Mark

This Sydney New Year’s Eve, the City of Sydney is asking everyone to make their mark….and film it!

Enter the Sydney New Year’s Eve video competition for your chance to win an exclusive prize package including a Sony High-Definition Digital Video Camera, 2Day FM music pack and 2 x VIP tickets to watch the 2010 NYE Fireworks in the heart of the Harbour action!

Just upload a short 1 minute video showing how you plan to Make Your Mark in the year 2011. Be as creative as you like.

Entries close 21 December.

Visit the City of Sydney Video Competition for full details and to enter

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Divine Love at Curzon Hall

Natalie and Ivan held their wedding day at the absolutely stunning reception venue Curzon Hall - an opulent sandstone manor rich in history. Daniel from No Limits Pictures captured the wedding day on video and shared with us the highlight of the day for him:
"Seeing Natalie & Ivan glide over the dance floor was just simply amazing. The touch and eye contact was incredible. The crowd glancing in the distance, the silence and beautiful surroundings at Curzon Hall was just jaw dropping!"

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bridal Shower High Tea at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Indulge the latest trend in wedding showers by hosting a very chic ‘high tea' at the
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Hosting a high tea bridal shower is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends and family in sophisticated and chic surrounds in the lead up to your wedding.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel is a return to a high tea tradition, featuring a full range of deluxe Ronnefeldt tea, sweet and savoury treats. And of course, the Wentworth hotel's very own signature cheesecake - resurrected from an original recipe created around the time the Wentworth opened as Sydney's very first five star hotel in 1966.". The selection of delightful high tea treats is inspired by the art of French cuisine's contemporary style, while invoking the classic heritage and history of the Wentworth Hotel.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea experience is heightened through the attention to every detail, from the freshly prepared delicate cakes and pastries down to the personalised service.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Sofitel Lounge daily. Garden Court Restaurant caters for large group bookings, with minimum of 12 persons - a great option for hosting your bridal shower high tea. Wentworth Afternoon Tea is available at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in The Sofitel Lounge from 2pm -5pm daily.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea $49 per person, or $59 per person with a glass of champagne. 

Bookings are essential on 02 9228 9179.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Black Diamond Glamour at Le Montage

After a year of planning and drilling Navarra Venues, has at last completed its extravagant venture and has embarked on its new journey of success with the new and exquisite Le Montage. Celebrating its relaunch with an evening of black diamond glamour October 14, 2010 among 1200 dazzling guests, directors John and Sal Navarra are proud to have reached a successful accomplishment of their major project.

From earlier weeks of rain to a day of sunshine and clear blue skies, the exquisite Le Montage was at its prime shining divulged revealing its multi-million dollar unique event space.

Last week’s event exceeded the expectations of those who attended. Mark Chrimes, a partner at KPMG noted, “ Wow, what an amazing venue. A spectacular event centre, definitely the perfect place for corporate events!”

The new features of the venue enhanced with diamonds, shimmering decor and bright colours embellished Le Montage’s elegant, luxurious character to the entire audience. With an array of delicious fresh seafood, cocktails, fruits and sweets, all were indulging complimented by hospitable staff members in black cabaret hats. One of the final highlights was the draw of the Daniele Black Diamond won by Navin Gera, Head – NRI business of HSBC bank.

Throughout the night Le Montage’s alluring blend of inspiration, efficiency & creativity shone and mesmerised all. In complete, the evening exposed that Le Montage is always ready to captivate and make an impression.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sheraton on the Park Wins Australia’s Leading Hotel 2010

Sheraton on the Park has been voted “Australia’s Leading Hotel” at the 2010 World Travel Awards. The hotel was delighted to be a first time winner of this prestigious award taking this title from other Luxury hotels around Australia. Previously, Sheraton on the Park has been the proud recipient of “Australasia’s Leading Conference Hotel” in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the World Travel awards which is a true tribute to the product that Sheraton on the Park offers to its guests.

Sheraton on the Park has this time proven to be the absolute hotel of choice for domestic and international visitors. The award recognises the hotel’s commitment to providing a superior product with flawless delivery through the hard work and dedication of each and every one of their associates. This year, 185,000 industry professionals participated in the voting process for The World Travel Awards, described by The Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel and tourism industry. These awards are recognised globally by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry as the foremost recognition and acknowledgement of excellence in product and service worldwide.

“We are delighted add another World Travel Award to our portfolio,” said Mr. Sean Hunt, Managing Director of Sheraton on the Park and Regional Vice President of Starwood Pacific Hotels. “This award cements Sheraton on the Park’s reputation as the hotel of choice for travellers when booking their accommodation and is testament to our commitment to continually investing in our Luxury product and our associates.”

Featuring 557 luxury rooms and suites, Sheraton on the Park is the only five star hotel on Hyde Park and is renowned for being the benchmark of classic hotels in Sydney. The property features the Sheraton Club on Level 21, complimentary internet access in the Link@Sheraton, a Health Club with stunning rooftop pool and a variety of food and beverage outlets offering guests extensive dining options. The hotel stands in one of the city’s most desirable locations in the heart of Sydney’s business and premium shopping district. The Hotel was recently awarded ‘Function Venue of the Year’ in the 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2006 AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence and ‘Best Luxury Accommodation’ at the 2007 NSW Tourism Awards and Australasia.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cafe Birkenhead

Café Birkenhead is a beautiful waterfront venue located only 10 minutes from the city. It’s rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to celebrate your wedding reception.

The floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide magical views towards the city and the wooden floorboards create a fantastic dance floor for your guests to dance the night away. Café Birkenhead pride themselves on offering a flexible and friendly service.

All of the packages can be designed to suit any style and budget and they are proud to keep their packages at a very affordable rate without compromising on quality food and service. All-inclusive packages start from only $75pp.

Café Birkenhead is also ideal for engagement parties and cocktail wedding receptions. Café Birkenhead is simply the perfect place to celebrate your upcoming function or wedding reception!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Bella Vista: Sydney Harbour Weddings

The Bella Vista is Sydney Harbour’s newest floating glass ballroom, and it has been specifically designed to be the perfect wedding venue.

It boasts 3-metre high, wrap-around glass windows and offers panoramic, uninterrupted views of the stunning Sydney Harbour. Imagine saying your vows under the Harbour Bridge, sipping champagne as you slowly cruise past the Botanic Gardens and having your first dance as husband and wife with the Opera House and a sparkling sea of lights as your backdrop.

All Occasion Cruises know that every bride and groom is unique, so we will take the time to sit with you and tailor your personalised wedding package. You, your partner and your guests will experience a celebration to cherish forever. Your wedding co-ordinator will see everything through, from your initial enquiry to the moment you step off the boat. Please call All Occasion Cruises for your free quotation.

Guests Up to 750 | Rooms 4 Vessels | Cuisine Caters to all styles

64 Hermitage Road, West Ryde NSW 2114 Contact Wedding Co-ordinator Telephone 02 9809 5499 Email Web

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Bride's Diary 2011 Sydney Edition – Out Now!

We are thrilled to advise that the stunning 2011 Sydney edition of The Bride's Diary® is now in store! This is the most stylish, modern and beautiful edition ever and we know you will love it!

Featuring only the best of Sydney's wedding service providers, this is a "must have" magazine if you are planning a Sydney wedding! 

This edition is better than ever with 524 pages of great wedding ideas, and includes information about bridal fairs, flowers, rings, video, cakes, beauty, formal hire, photography, decorations, transport, receptions and much, more! 

Also included are 6 spectacular Real Life Wedding profiles for you to enjoy, detailed features on Sydney's best wedding reception venues, tips for choosing your ultimate Destination Wedding location, plus your chance to WIN a fabulous honeymoon to the Cook Islands! 

You will also love our unique and practical diary section – guaranteed to make planning your wedding a breeze! 

Visit The Bride's Diary online store to purchase your copy today!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Picturesque Sydney Wedding at Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club

Located on Manly Cove's foreshore, Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club boasts a picturesque backdrop for an impressive wedding reception. We have an events team who will assist you with organising your special day right from the date of your booking. We have a variety of packages to choose from and whether you are after an intimate ceremony or an elegant sophisticated sit down dinner, we can cater for all your requirements.

Whether you're looking for an intimate ceremony or an elegant sit down dinner, Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club can cater for all your needs! You can even arrive with your wedding party on their own private jetty!

Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club is located on the harbours edge, making it an ideal venue to hold your wedding. Whether it is a wedding reception or combined ceremony and reception, they can cater for weddings from 40 to 120 people.

The club has magnificent views and with the water backdrop, it has to be one of the most picturesque venues to hold weddings. The room is light, bright and has both an indoor and undercover heated outdoor combined area.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Waterside Sydney Wedding By Dario Gardiman Photography

Capturing the moments of an unforgettable day! Ray and Jessica's waterside Sydney wedding must certainly have been unforgettable if the stunning shots by Dario Gardiman Photography are anything to go by. Dario's elegant and stylish shots captured all the details of the wedding day, as well as the mood and emotions! Shown here are just a few of The Bride's Diary's favourite shots from Ray and Jessica's day, to view all the shots, visit the Gallery on the Dario Gardiman Photography website..

Friday, September 17, 2010

Style, Fashion and Class at Bizzaro Bridal Couture

You've been dreaming about and planning the day for weeks, months, years! And now the time is here to choose your bridal gown... you want style, fashion and class as you walk down the aisle towards your future husband. The Bride's Diary knows how important finding 'the' dress is and we are so excited to share with you a few of our favourite gowns from acclaimed designers Bizzaro Bridal Couture...

Bizzaro Bridal Couture is one of Australia’s leading wedding boutiques, established in 1991 and renowned as one of the most reputable designer boutiques in the Australian wedding industry.

Winners of the 2009 Australian Designer of Dreams award (announced May 2010), member of the ABIA Hall of Fame and the winner of the Australian bridal industry academy award for the best in bridal couture designer gowns and bridal jewellery in NSW 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Bizzaro Bridal Couture is owned and operated by designers, Dimmy Parris and Mary Rallis, who personally cater to the bride who wants a unique wedding gown designed and created to compliment her individual style and personality. For two decades they have shared their love of wedding gowns and their expertise with brides from everywhere, offering them an experience and product that surpasses that of any traditional wedding boutique or dressmaker.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wolgan Valley named Hotel of the Year by Australian Industry

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has been honoured with the prestigious Overall Hotel of the Year Award at the 2010 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence.

Also winning the Best Environmental Practice and Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation, Wolgan Valley received the most hotel awards of the evening; a glowing testament to the world-class design, service standards and unique experiences found at Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort.

Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa said: “It is gratifying to be recognised by our hotel industry peers. These awards are both recognition of Emirates’ commitment to Australia, our global promotion of this unique tourism destination; and the Wolgan Valley team’s hard work and dedication to providing world class hospitality to our guests since opening less than a year ago.”

A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Occupying just two per cent of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve, Wolgan Valley combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, ecological and environmental sustainability.

Selecting Australia for Emirates’ first hospitality development outside Dubai, the A$125 million project represents a significant investment into the Australian tourism industry, as well as in local communities surrounding the resort. As Emirates’ third largest market globally, the opening of Wolgan Valley in Australia further demonstrates the long-term commitment to the country.

The annual AHA National Awards for Excellence recognise the leaders in hospitality and honour the achievements of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Weddings on Circular Quay with Cruise Events

Cruise Events is one of the most beautiful waterfront venues in Sydney. Located on level 3 of the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, Cruise Events provides an elegant setting for wedding ceremonies and chic cocktail style receptions.

Floor to ceiling glass windows capture the spectacular panoramic views over Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your special day.

The generous wrap-around terrace is an unique feature and a popular location for couples to exchange vows in the company of family and friends.

An interior decor of modern ivory furnishings and ebony marble bar complimented by soft candle lighting, sets a romantic atmosphere requiring very little theme, yet acts as a beautiful base to build on if desired.

With capacity for up to 270 guests, Cruise Events offers a versatile space that can easily be tailored to meet your every need, including flexible catering and beverage options to suit your budget. All catering is prepared in-house by our talented team of chefs ensuring premium quality and freshness, while allowing flexibility for dietary needs.

Cruise Events can also assist with the finer details of wedding planning to make the lead up to your big day stress free. Our team can coordinate services including entertainment, theme design, marriage celebrants, photography, flowers, cakes, bridal cars and accommodation through our professional industry partners.

Whether you require a relaxed intimate event, or an extravagant modern reception, Cruise Events provides the perfect venue.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Personalised Weddings Couture

Personalised Weddings Couture, with its extensive experienceof over 19 years, is considered to be one of the leading couture houses in Sydney, and is located in a two storey boutique. Personalised Weddings Couture caters to your wedding needs, with the important focus on a contemporary modern style and creativity.

Personalised Weddings Couture – create voluptuous, original gowns with encrusted Swarovski crystal work. Hand selected fabrics imported from Europe, with styles that are inspired by the catwalks of Milan and Paris, created with superior workmanship produce innovative, glamorous, timeless pieces to take your breath away.

Personalised Weddings Couture’s superior workmanship, innovative, creative, glamorous and timeless pieces will take your breath away.

From the initial consultation with your friendly designer, you will feel safe in the knowledge that your dream dress will exceed all your expectations.

Personalised Weddings Couture are recipients of numerous awards from ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Awards) and winners of many other awards for excellence in the fashion couture and bridal dress fields.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

La Petite Lorraine Patisserie

La Petite Lorraine Patisserie is a family business that has been operating for over 29 years. 
La Petite Lorraine Patisserie are suppliers of fine patisserie baked daily on the premises by a team of European trained pastry chefs.

The policy of La Petite Lorraine Patisserie dictates they use the finest fresh ingredients and traditional methods to achieve the highest reputation in crafted excellence.

La Petite Lorraine Patisserie are famous for our traditional French croquembouches and also offer many other varieties of wedding cakes, including:

• Two or three layer wedding cakes made from our deliciously moist chocolate cake, classical sponge or traditional fruit cake. The layers are 9 cm deep and La Petite Lorraine Patisserie recommend decorating with fresh flowers.

• Chocolate Mud cake with a chocolate ganache covering a rustic look that is not completely smooth.

• Chocolate mud cake, classical sponge or fruit cake covered with white pastiage

• Croquembouche - the traditional French wedding cake. The choux are filled with Grand Marnier creme patissier and coated with a light crunchy caramel. It sits upon a shortbread base and is decorated with toffee leaves and flowers and white sugared almonds. 

Visit La Petite Lorraine Patisserie