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

Monday, December 20, 2010

Profile: Marguerite from Affordable Bridal & Bomboniere

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been chatting with Marguerite from Affordable Bridal & Bomboniere,  a great "one-stop" bridal shop located in Gundaroo, just 25 minutes from the heart of Canberra. 
Marguerite spoke to us about why she loves working in the bridal industry, how proud she was to win a coveted NSW bridal award and her plans for the future...

• Tell us a little about your business…
We have a large range of over 100 bridal gowns for our brides to look at, we endeavour to make it a very special experience in finding your dream gown. We cater for ladies of all ages, sizes and from the fairy tale to simple bridal gown even colours if they want something different.

• What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it? 
I am the owner of Affordable bridal and love what I do, being a small part of making a brides dream come true is wonderful.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 
We have been in the bridal industry for nearly 10 years.

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 
I have so many wonderful experiences, every thank you card and photo is safely tucked away and I love going through these to see our wonderful brides that we have helped over the past 9 years, Coming second in the New South Wales bridal awards was fantastic and a highlight especially considering we are a small intimate store and we were only beaten by 0.5% by one of the biggest stores in Sydney.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…
I have the great support of my husband of over 10 years and our 3 great kids.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time? 
I love the beach, any excuse will do to get there.
• What are your plans for the future?
We are hoping to move into designer and making our own brand of bridal - something unique and affordable.

Do you have any special offers you would like to share with our readers?
January and February are our sale months, so jump on our website often to see what sales are coming up, Our sales are becoming well known for saving $100s on a new bridal gown.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Year's in the City - Canberra

Two prominent sites in the city will again play host to New Year's Eve celebrations, with a family-friendly concert in Civic Square, a dance party in Garema Place, and two fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.

From 7.00pm, the main stage in Civic Square will be the place for families and music lovers of all ages to come along and enjoy performances by one of Australia's favourite bands, The Whitlams, and local Canberra bands, Who's Ya Daddy and Kiwi G. This is a great opportunity for parents to bring their children to Civic to enjoy the early fireworks.

From 9pm, Garema Place will again host Bass in the Place. New Year's Eve will rock to the beat of Australia's top DJs.

Local star Jared De Veer will get the party started, before Urban superstar DJ Samrai shows why he is Australia's top urban DJ. To kick off the new year dance legend Chris Fraser will be spinning the biggest dance hits of 2010.

One of Canberra's most state-of-the-art pyrotechnic displays will then top off the night, with the fireworks set to a soundtrack that will herald in the New Year.

Both the Civic Square and Garema Place events are alcohol-free to encourage a safe and friendly atmosphere. ACTION Buses will operate on a weekday timetable, with the Nightrider service also available.

What: New Year's in the City
When: 7pm until late, Friday 31st December
Where: Civic Square (London Circuit) and Garema Place, Canberra City
Cost: FREE!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Seasons Wedding Films

Seasons Wedding Films operate within Canberra and the surrounding region and pride themselves on providing a personalised and unobtrusive service. The experienced camera operators use professional industry equipment and software to deliver the best possible product. Your memories will be preserved on a custom designed and authored DVD. Individual quotes and tailored packages ensure that your needs will be met with Seasons Wedding Films

Visit Seasons Wedding Films

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wedding Shower High Tea at the Park Hyatt Canberra

Indulge the latest trend in wedding showers by hosting a very chic ‘high tea’ at the very sophisticated Park Hyatt Canberra. In today's busy world, it's good to take some time and enjoy a traditional High Tea experience in the lead-up to your wedding. It's a great chance to catch-up with girlfriends in a chic and sophisticated setting!

For a luxurious high tea, relax in the heritage listed Tea Lounge and enjoy a decadent afternoon tea served daily from 2.30pm. Afternoon Tea in The Tea Lounge is an established tradition at Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Indulge in the delightful buffet with an array of savouries, freshly baked scones, jam and cream, and a selection of tempting cakes and slices. Morning tea is available daily with a buffet selection on weekends.

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am
Afternoon Tea 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Morning Tea Buffet on weekends 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Reservations: To book please call: +61 2 6269 8815

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beats Discos

Looking for a professional, fun and flexible entertainment option for your wedding reception? Beats Discos offer a wide range of music, from the 50s through to the latest releases. Derek from Beats Discos works with the bride and groom to find out what type of music they like and what they don't want to hear on their special night! 

Beats Discos have over 12 years experience in specialising in wedding receptions. They can also do your Master of Ceremonies formalities for you upon request. Beats Discos also like to work by requests throughout the night as everybody has a different favourite era of music. When you arrive at your reception, the equipment is already set-up so the DJ is not testing the equipment when everyone is there! 

Contact Beats Discos:

Phone: 02 6296 1867
Mobile: 0419 624 157

Friday, September 24, 2010

Modern, Sophisticated Weddings at Hotel Realm

Hotel Realm offers five star luxury in a modern, sophisticated yet effortlessly chic environment. A destination precinct, their restaurants, bars, hair salons and various other facilities have cemented them as a preferred locale for Canberran's and visitors alike in just two years of operation.

Imagine a hotel that combines the finesse and flair of a boutique establishment with the capacity and professionalism of a large chain; that is the unique aesthetic Hotel Realm have achieved. Located in Barton in Canberra's beautifully planned and superbly maintained parliamentary zone, we are truly at the heart of the city.

Hotel Realm’s signature room is The National Ballroom with a delegate capacity of 450, natural light with floor to ceiling windows, double backing curtains, views of Parliament House, and access to terrace. The National Ballroom can be divided into four functional spaces: all with natural light and balconies so guests can soak up the surrounds of leafy Barton. Fittings and layout have been designed to anticipate a range of wedding styles.

Hotel Realm’s architecturally designed High Courtyard North and South function rooms provide an exciting alternative for your event. The rooms provide natural light with floor to ceiling windows, with the ability to utilise both the inside function space as well as an open outdoor area. These function rooms can be used for your wedding cocktail reception or wedding ceremony.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend at Diamond Boutique

Diamond Boutique specialise in quality, original, one-off hand-made jewellery and custom wedding bands. Diamond Boutique's friendly, experienced jewellers will guide you through the design process, producing detailed sketches. The same jeweller will then manufacture your special piece. Diamond Boutique believe that everyone is unique and that jewellery should reflect your personality. They are very passionate about what they do and that reflects in the quality pieces they create.

Shown here are some of the beautiful pieces The Bride's Diary has fallen in love with...


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Gold Creek Chapel

Nestled amongst majestic mature trees the stunning bluestone and timber Chapel at The Gold Creek Chapel combines the charm of yesterday with the expectation of to-days bride.

Situated minutes from the heart of the nation's capital is The Gold Creek Chapel , perfect for a classical ceremony, and two stunning reception venues, The Abbey Function Centre and Functions@Federation. 

The breathtaking Chapel, complete with bell, seats 120 guests and features bi-fold cedar doors that open onto a paved courtyard. A backdrop of a single water jet provides the perfect frame for the bride and groom as they exchange vows in front of family and friends on their special day.

This exquisite Chapel is situated in the Gold Creek Tourist precinct (opposite Federation Square) and provides seating for 120 guests. Bifold cedar doors enable sections of the chapel to open onto a paved courtyard if further space is required.

Functions@Federation, opposite the Chapel, seats 50 to 100 guests, and has a large verandah that wraps around this classically stunning modern room. The Abbey was recently refurbished and seats 100 to 250 guests. This breathtaking venue houses an imposing hand-carved organ originally from a church in London.

A short walk from the Chapel is the Gold Creek Tourist Resort, a 67 room motel, two function centers, a hairdresser, bridal shop and popular wedding photographer.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bridal Accessories at Mania Shoes

Mania Shoes at Manuka have more than just beautiful wedding shoes... they also have a stunning range of accessories, including bracelets, necklaces, hair pins, earrings and shoe clips. Here are just a few of our favourites from the stunning range available at Mania Shoes...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fusion Photography: A Winter Wedding at Rydges Lakeside Canberra

We've had such a focus on Spring at the moment, that we thought for a change of pace we'd share this winter wedding captured by Fusion Photography. Cindy and David's wedding was held at Rydges Lakeside Canberra, with the photo shoot taking place in and around Rydges. Here are just a few of The Bride's Diary's favourite shots. To view more shots from this very stylish wedding visit the Fusion Photography blog.

Visit Fusion Photography

Friday, September 17, 2010

Annabel's Bridal Studio

Are you in the midst of planning your perfect Canberra wedding? Searching high and low for the perfect gown to make you look as special as you feel on your big day? The Bride's Diary understands how it exhilarating it is to be on this roller coaster ride ride towards your wedding day and we are so excited to share with you a few of our favourite gowns from Canberra's very own Annabel's Bridal Studio...

Annabel's is new to Canberra and exclusive to Kingston. They carry Australia's leading and award-winning designers, with gowns made from the finest silks, duchess satin, chiffon and finished with Swarovski crystals and French laces. To suit all budgets without compromise in cut and fabrics, their gowns range from $500 - $3,500. Annabel's offer professional advice, knowledge, assistance, support and organisation. You are not treated as a number; you are treated as a goddess. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Stunning Spring Wedding by O Photography

With Spring upon us, The Bride's Diary have been searching high and low to bring you wedding inspiration to plan the perfect Canberra wedding... Kellie & Robbie's gorgeous wedding, captured by the inimitable O Photography is stunning in its simplicity... soft whites and creams are set against the Canberra landscape to create a fresh, light filled wedding celebration. Here are just a few of our favourite shots, to view all the shots visit the O Photography website.

Visit the O Photography website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spring Wedding Style with Bazwah Events

Looking for inspiration for Spring Wedding Style? The Bride's Diary love the style ideas from Bazwah Events... The soft pinks, vibrant blues, and lush greens are perfect for setting the scene for your Canberra wedding!

Bazwah is the premier source for event decor and design in the ACT region. With over 25 years experience in event design, planning and production, they offer personal service along with an extensive product range to suit all of your event needs. Quality linens, chaircovers, and sashes in a variety of styles and colours as well as centrepieces and accessories will create a perfect finishing touch for your next function. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Accessories for Brides and Grooms at Saying I Do

The Bride's Diary are captivated by Canberra Wedding store Saying I Do... After pouring over their website, we just had to share some of the exquisite range of accessories for brides and grooms...

The bridal jewellery available is simply sweet, with the range perfect for both brides and bridesmaids. Accessories for the groom and groomsmen can sometimes be tricky, but not at Saying I Do - we love the cufflinks and we're sure your groom will too!

Saying I Do is just what you have been looking for, with everything you need in one store including:

• hiring of stunning centre-pieces and vases
• wishing wells and wishing trees 
• table runners
• a large bomboniere range 
• flower girl dresses and page boy suits 
• guest books 
• quill pens 
• flower girl baskets and petals 
• ring pillows 
• champagne flutes 
• cake knives and bags 
• car ribbon 
• bubbles 
• hen's night section
• stunning bridal shoes. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wedding Style of a Bygone Era with A1 Classic Car Rentals

The first thing you will notice about
A1 Classic Car Rentals is their unique range of classic cars. You will discover a plethora of classic cars from 1934 Packards and Buicks, through to Jaguars, Rolls Royce and Cadillacs, from a range of eras.

 The vast range of fully insured and licensed limousines have a passenger capacity of 4 to 8 people. It's not only the range of classic cars that is unique, but the service and drivers. A1 Classic Car Rentals dedicated customer service is evident with their highly professional and knowledgeable drivers who themselves are classic car enthusiasts. Their genuine, reliable and friendly manner ensures that your special occasion will run smoothly and efficiently. 

A1 Classic Car Rentals invite you to make an obligation-free appointment to discuss how they can assist you on your special occasion.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Canberra's Best Kept Secret: Goolabri

Goolabri  creates an “all in one wedding experience” to ensure your special day is hassle free. Allow Goolabri to arrange your wedding ceremony in one of the manicured lawn areas overlooking lush gardens and picturesque fairways or in the purpose built Chapel Room complete with cathedral ceilings and atrium skylight. Why not utilise the spectacular views of the natural bushland, private lakes and colourful wild flora as the background for your wedding photos followed by a wedding reception to the style of your choice in one of the unique function rooms.

Enjoy luxury accommodation set in the midst of the tranquil surrounds of Goolabri, only a short 15 minutes drive North of Canberra’s CBD. Experience the professional yet personal service and friendly Australian hospitality Goolabri has to offer.

Goolabri has two beautifully appointed function rooms to cater for all your wedding requirements. Outdoor wedding receptions can also be catered for with a choice of several garden and terraced areas as options for an alfresco style reception.

Perfect for your wedding reception, Linda’s Restaurant is a warm and inviting venue. Relax by the open fire or gaze out over the golf course whilst enjoying the rustic ambiance of the rough brick walls and exposed ceiling beams. The large verandas and beautiful gardens allow the outdoors to become part of your wedding.

Exposed bricks and an intricate design of exposed trusses and skylight tower make the Garden Room a unique and interesting space. The Garden Room is a stand alone facility with two walls of double glazed windows overlooking the surrounding gardens and golf course. The Garden Room has gas heating and air conditioning to keep you and your guests comfortable all year round. Adjoining the room is a tiled foyer which opens out to a paved veranda and gardens, perfect for pre dinner drinks and cocktails.

You may notice that Goolabri does not offer any set price wedding packages. As each wedding is unique, your special day can be designed to meet your specific budgets and requirements. Once you have selected your date and venue, the next step is the meal. Goolabri offers a variety of menu suggestions which can be adapted to accommodate any special requests or dietary requirements.

Goolabri has a range of successful menu options available for your reception, with the most popular being the 5 Course Degustation. If you had something specific in mind, the chef is happy to tailor a menu to suit you. You also have the option of incorporating your wedding cake as part of your reception meal. 

Canberra's best kept secret is awaiting to offer you professional service in a tranquil location for your special day. So don't delay, why not give Goolabri a call to make an appointment to view their facilities first hand.

Contact Details:
202 Goolabri Drive, Sutton NSW 2620

02 6230 3294