Monday, February 7, 2011

Bridal Buzz - what's happening in bridal land! Autumn 2011

We recently joined Brisbane couples at a very elegant evening hosted by Wedding List Co. to
celebrate the gift of giving. Held at the gorgeous Coco Republic showroom we sipped Champagne while putting together a wish list of items such as KitchenAid Stand Mixers, Missoni Bathroom Essentials, Coco Republic furniture and other lovelies from leading luxury brands. Loved the tips and advice from Wedding List Co. Gift Expert Karaline Loiterton, and their super stylish and easy online service is a must-look for brides, grooms and guests.

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Did you know?
Even if they can’t quite see their way down the aisle, newlyweds-to-be are leaving their glasses at home. According to a recent Galaxy Research study, 78% of women admitted they would prefer not to wear glasses to their wedding and 68% said they would definitely not wear them. Grooms aren’t immune to a moment of vanity either with 65% saying they’d prefer to show off their baby blues than their specs on the big day.
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When Lauren Whiting got married her wedding shoes didn’t make her feel like a princess because her toes hung well over the edge – and her size 13 feet hurt a lot! So necessity became the mother of invention for the Adelaide mum who now runs a burgeoning online business stocking everything from killer heels to classic ballet fl ats in a range of Australian-designed shoes in larger sizes. Check out

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Set amongst 50 hectares of natural parklands and fauna and overlooking the magnifi cent Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the stylish new Botanical is a wedding must see. With an expansive, fully enclosed deck offering views of the lake and garden, chic contemporary fi t-out and choice of four elegant function areas, the Botanical also has plenty of parking. And ceremonies are a cinch with three dedicated wedding lawns nearby. Visit online

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Left Image: Is your family at a loss for what to give you both as a wedding gift? Here’s a clever online solution, Enchanted Empire have created a new range of Planning and Design Gift Certifi cates to help ease the fi nancial and emotional stress of planning, decorating and styling your big event. Check them out at

Right Image: Sign your wedding certificate and draft your thank you notes in style with Parker's Urban Premium Metal Chiselled Ball Point pens in Ebony and Pearl. RRP$69.95- $89.95 P: 1800 727 537

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Hinterland, vineyard and country weddings are big news for 2011 so don't miss the newly renovated Clear Mountain Lodge, Spa & Vineyard. After a stylish $6.5 million transformation, Clear Mountain has really raised the bar for a full wedding experience, offering panoramic views, manicured ceremonial gardens, an elegant reception venue, a dedicated team of wedding specialists, and comfortable four-star accommodation – all just 35 minutes from Brisbane's CBD. They'll even take care of your prewedding pampering with a prestigious Stephanie's Day Spa opening early in the year. P: 07 3298 5100,

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Left image:  A Message from Ella - "Dear bride-to-be, you are one of a kind, and so are we. We understand your individuality – with open ears, a keen sense of style, and a vision of perfection. We will guide you to your perfect gown … limited only by your imagination. We look forward to sharing with you the experience and assisting you in making your wedding gown vision come to live. Sincerely, Ella Stephenson, Ella Moda "

Right image: Looking for a breezy riverside location where you and your friends and family can relax, celebrate, and enjoy superb dining? Then add Watt Restaurant + Bar to your shortlist. They have recently appointed a new Head Chef, Craig Bettjeman, who has designed an amazing seasonal menu. So whether you’re thinking luscious cocktails on the riverfront, or a wonderful sit-down three-course meal, you can choose from their menu, or work with the Watt team and tailor your own scrumptious selection. P: 07 3358 5464, E:

Online Must See!
If you like to source your bridal style online then the fabulous new Wedding Bling 
boutique is a must see. Check out their well-edited selection of elegant and glamorous 
decorations, gifts and accessories, aka 'bling', as well as theming concepts and tips from 
founder (and a very stylish newlywed herself) Jade Callianiotis. And the best part? It 
won't break your budget bring a little bling to your big day.

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Did you know? 
Modern brides aren’t so keen about taking on the traditional ‘Mrs’ role according to new research. Only 60% of Australian women surveyed by OnePath in late 2010 believe they should take their husband’s name with 20% considering that a husband should take their wife’s name. The survey also found that 68% of Australians have a pet name for their partner or spouse, ranging from the usual suspects like Honey, Babe and Petal to Chunks, Hot Rod, Turtle and Moose Face.

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