September 2013 — Sydney Weddings

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Kirsty & Rodney’s Red Wedding in Sydney

11Sep

K I R S T Y  &  R O D N E Y

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The Meeting…

We first met briefly through a friend we both used to know. Kirsty and the old friend decided to have a night out and both brought along a friend each for extra company… Rod was the friend that came along. After meeting each other that first time, we chatted a couple of times before deciding to hang out one Friday night when we were both home and bored.

Love…

Rodney knew almost right away. For Rod, who was never a ‘relationship guy’, it was pretty amazing to be caught up on a girl at all! The only problem was, we met just a few months before I moved overseas to Paris to live for 6 months. That was when we really realised it was love. We decided that despite the time and distance, what we had was far too special to give up. After just a month or two of dating we decided to commit to our relationship despite the impending distance. There was a distinct moment at The Gap in Watsons Bay when we were both speaking about our future life plans, when we realised our plans were the same. It was then that we knew that this wasn’t just something ordinary, it could really be the rest of our lives.

The Proposal…

After spending five months apart while I was living in Paris, Rod flew over to Paris and met me. We went on an amazing two month adventure travelling around Europe and the UK together. When we were in London, we were on our way to dinner when Rod took me on a secret detour to the beautiful gardens of Regents Park. We sat on a secluded park bench overlooking the swans on the lake when he started recapping all of our beautiful memories together and all the plans we had spoken about wanting for the rest of our lives. We had always planned to eventually move to London and he said that since that’s where we wanted to be in our future, here was the perfect place to start our future. At this point Rod made me close my eyes so he could get down on one knee and get the ring out and propose!

Wedding planning…

We both always wanted a very intimate wedding with just our closest friends and family. We didn’t want a ‘cookie cutter’ wedding that could be anybody’s day. We are both food lovers, so we always dreamed of booking out a small restaurant rather than a big generic room that is used for hundreds of weddings. We wanted the food to be one of the stars of the day- for people to feel like our venue was a restaurant helping us celebrate our wedding, rather than just a wedding venue that was also serving us food. We are both quite young, so it was also important to us that our wedding be fun for our guests, not a typical wedding bogged down in tradition, so we kept the traditions that were important to us, but took out what we saw as ‘tradition for traditions sake’. We wanted our reception to really feel like a party, celebrating the start of our marriage. We wanted the wedding to be classic and elegant with a timelessness that would never go out of style. Originally, we were stuck on a colour theme. We knew we wanted to stick with mostly black and white but also knew we wanted a splash of colour for contrast. One of our original front runners for a venue was a beautiful old vintage house with a stunning red rose garden. We fell in love with the look and feel of it, that seemed to suit our desire for classic, timeless elegance. We changed our mind on the venue, but the colour stuck. It doesn’t get much more classic than deep, rose red.

Ceremony Venue…

The Rose Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Reception Venue…

Bel Mondo, The Rocks.

The Dress…

My gown was from Abbey Bridal in the Dymocks Building in Sydney. It was a Maggie Sottero creation. It was a strapless princess gown, with Swarovski detailing in the bodice, a brooch and sash detail around the waist, corset back and soft tulle skirt. This was actually the exact opposite of the dress I wanted! Before trying on any gown, I had always wanted a slim fitting, elegant vintage style lace dress and had always least liked princess gowns! After trying on five or six vintage lace dresses with none suiting me at all, my bridal consultant asked me to trust her and close my eyes while she put me into a dress she thought would suit me. I opened my eyes and knew it was the one right away. Despite it being the exact type of dress I thought I didn’t want!

Bridesmaid Dresses…

Full length, ruby coloured silk gowns by Tarvydas. The dress had a plunging V neckline with an open back. We fell in love immediately.

Groom & Groomsmen…

Charcoal suits and matching vests from Roger David, with a crisp white shirt and simple black tie with a splash of deep red. Classic.

The Flowers…

All our bouquets were natural stemmed bouquets. Bridesmaids bouquets were white Calla lilies with white roses. My bouquet was white calla lilies, white roses and white orchids. There was one particular detail on our bouquets that was extra special. Two months before our wedding, Rod’s mum passed away suddenly. Attached to my bouquet and Rod’s sisters bridesmaid bouquet were two small lockets with photo’s of their mum so she was always close by through the day.

Styling…

Bel Mondo itself is an absolutely stunning restaurant, with deep wooden detail, hanging sheer curtains and a view of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There was very little we had to do to make it beautiful! We kept it simple and played off the dark intimacy of the restaurant. We kept to our colour theme of black and white with deep red splashes. Our long rectangle guest tables were decorated with crisp white table cloths and black table runners. In the middle of each table was a mirror plate with large pillar candles sitting amongst scattered red rose petals. At each end of the table was a small square vase filled with red roses, accented with diamantes in each. Our bridal table was filled with the candles, red rose vases as well as tall vases filled with long stemmed white calla lilies.

We also added in some personal touches to our decorating. Our wishing well table had photos of past generation weddings from both our families, as well as photo’s of Rod’s mum and a beautiful poem dedicated to her. We also had separate stands that were dedicated to lists of things that Rod and I both loved about the other person. We also personalised our table numbers. Each table number was a number that signified a special date or event in our relationship. On each table was a photo from our relationship and an explanation of why that table’s number was significant.

On the Menu…

Saute prawns with spiced carrot puree, asparagus and sauce vierge and Pumpkin risotto with shredded confit pork belly and crispy pangratata for entrée

Roast beef tenderloin with braised fondant potato, saute mushrooms and red wine jus and Fillet of snapper with savoy cabbage, dry aged chorizo and bay leaf milk foam for main

Warm chocolate fondant with lemon curd puree, vanilla bean ice cream and Passionfruit crème brulee with passionfruit sorbet and white chocolate sorbet for dessert.

Plus the worlds most amazing potato puree with truffle oil as a side!

The Cake…

For our cake, we had three tiers of three different flavours: Cherry ripe mudcake, white chocolate and pistachio and red velvet (in keeping with our theme of black, white and red)

Wedding Favour…

Instead of a wedding favour that we knew the majority of our guests wouldn’t want nor keep, we had a photobooth for the evening! It was a massive hit and our guests were able to take these home as mementos. I know many of our friends still have and love these!

Photography…

We chose our photographer, Natalie Howe because she captures the emotion of the day. It was clear to see from the photos we viewed before our wedding that she was a step above all others and her style was exactly what we wanted: natural, romantic and fun. But what really sealed the deal was when we met Natalie in person. Natalie is a beautiful soul with a heart of gold and a great sense of humour. As soon as we met her we felt like old friends and knew we would feel comfortable sharing our day with her. And we were right, on the day she felt like one of our guests!

Natalie captures everything you could want. She captures all the little details in things like the dress, hair and make up as well as the little details at the reception that have often take weeks of planning but are usually forgotten after the day. Our location shots were amazing and timeless. We are still in awe of how magnificent they are. We love that they are not ‘typical’ wedding shots. But most of all, we love that Natalie captured every emotion from the day. Every time we look at the photos we can feel the love and happiness coming through and that is all because of Natalie’s amazing talent as a photographer

Memories…

One for me was seeing my dad so speechless when he saw me as a bride for the first time. The speeches were fantastic – honest, funny and so full of love. To be honest, the most memorable moment was during the reception when we both took a moment to stop and take it all in and realise that everyone was having one of the most amazing nights of their lives, we were having THE best night of our lives and we were surrounded by people so happy about our love. Another, was after our reception ended, we decided that we would walk ourselves to our hotel (The Shangri-La) which was just a five minute walk away. On a Friday night, we walked by the pubs and through the Rocks (one of our favourite places in the world) in our bride and groom attire and got to share our happiness with complete strangers who were overjoyed for us on the street! But there was also something so peaceful about walking through the streets together and realising that the day was ending, and we had ended the day married to our soulmate.

Honeymoon…

We spent 5 weeks travelling Africa! Going on Safari’s in South Africa, walking with lions and riding elephants in Zimbabwe, floating through the waters of Botswana, seeing the Masai Mara and Amboseli in Kenya, tracking lemurs in Madagascar and relaxing in paradise in Mauritius.

The Future…

To be adventurers and continue to travel the world together!

The suppliers who made this wedding beautiful…

Photography Natalie Howe Photography Ceremony Venue The Royal Botanic Gardens Reception Venue Bel Mondo Bride’s Dress Abbey Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses Tarvydas Hair VHhair Makeup Tobi Henney Makeup and Hair Groomsmen Suits Roger David Flowers Hayfever Flowers Wedding Cake Linny Mac’s Cake Design

Honeymoon Essentials

11Sep

Before you step on the plane and get whisked away on your dream holiday, make sure you first consider the essentials. 

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Passport

For a trip outside Australia, you will need a passport. If you already have a passport, check its expiration date – if it’s less than 6 months call the passport office, as some countries will not let you disembark. If you don’t have one of these handy little booklets, you can obtain an application form from any post office. The process takes approximately two weeks – so leave ample time.

Visa

Many countries require a valid entry visa, so check with your travel agent and see if you need one for your intended destination. If so, make sure you apply for one at least one month in advance. Some other countries offer a visa waiver for Australian citizens. Just make sure you check it out well in advance.

Travel Insurance

No matter where you travel to, it’s imperative that you take out travel insurance. Although it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong, it will give you peace of mind. Should your luggage go walkabouts somewhere between setting off and arriving at your honeymoon destination, travel insurance will ensure that help is only a phone call away – you may even get a whole new wardrobe!

Money

It’s a good idea to do some research and figure out how much things will cost on your honeymoon. Guesstimate how much money you will need and can afford to spend each day. Add a little extra for emergencies and of course a couple of souvenirs! Try not to carry too much cash on you at one time.

Travel Money Cards

Many banks and even the Post Office now offer travel money cards, which can be used like credit cards but aren’t charged interest. You load it up with your own cash and lock in the exchange rate at the time. Most charge a fee to deposit and withdraw cash, so it’s best to do lump sum transactions. Keep an eye on the exchange rate while you’re planning and if you see it spike, that’s the best time to lock it in!

Credit Cards

Most countries have credit card facilities, so it’s a good idea to take a major credit card with you – Visa or MasterCard are preferred. They are handy as you don’t have to carry cash around with you, although remember to check out what your bank charges for conversion and withdrawal fees. Be smart with your credit card and only take it out at reputable places you know are not going to be fraudulent.

Vaccinations

To check if you will need any vaccinations on your ultimate getaway do a search on your chosen destination. Check out www.smarttraveller.gov.au – if it is recommended that you get vaccinated, have it done at least three weeks before your wedding – so your ‘something blue’ isn’t the indigo bruise on your arm.

Home Security

Ask your friendly neighbour, to feed the pet goldfish, collect your mail and check on your home while you’re away. Remember to cancel any newspapers or other deliveries and pay all the necessary bills to avoid coming home to a nasty letter!

Flights

Double check your flight details, choose your seats and print off your boarding passes a day before you leave to ensure that the take-off time hasn’t changed and you’ve got good seats. For interstate flights make sure you arrive at the airport at least 45 minutes prior to departure and for international flights at least two hours prior.

Now with your husband, sunscreen (or ugg-boots) in tow, remember you’re setting off for an adventure – smile, relax and most importantly don’t forget to have a fabulous time!

Bon Voyage!

{Image: Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa}

The Best Wedding Photography Locations In Sydney

11Sep

Hours of a wedding day are devoted to the art of making memories so choose a location that brings out your beautiful side! Lucky for you, picturesque scenes are a common feature in Sydney so you won’t have to wander too far for a breathtaking setting. Below are some of our favourite wedding photography locations, but if you’ve stumbled across another hidden gem please help other bride-to-bes and leave a comment below!

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In and around the city…

If you’d like to capture iconic Sydney in your wedding photos then choose a photography location in the heart of Sydney. From the blue of the harbour to the city architecture in Martin Place and the gardens of Centennial Park, this diverse city can offer you a setting to suit your style.

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The Rocks

Observatory Park

Hyde Park

Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair

Kelly’s Bush

Sydney University

Martin place

Centennial Park

Bronte Beach

Nielsen Park

Vaucluse House

Elizabeth Bay House

McKell Park

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Opera House Forecourt

Blues Point Reserve

Lavender Bay

Luna Park

Ashton Park

Cremorne Reserve

Thornton Park

Drummoyne Wharf

Green Point Reserve

North Head

South Head

It’s an exciting experience being a bride in the city, but some of the above locations can become a little crowded during weekends in Summer and Spring. There are plenty of wedding photography locations outside the buzz of the city which can afford you time and privacy without sacrificing on the aesthetics.

West

Old Government House

Parramatta Park

Elizabeth Farm

Lake Parramatta Reserve

Nurragingy Reserve

Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

Chapel Hill

Richmond Park

Heritage Park

Cumberland State Forest

Rouse Hill Regional Park

Lillian Fraser Garden

North

Balmoral Beach

Shelly Beach

Little Manly Point

Clontarf Reserve

Long Reef Headland

Turimetta Headland

Oxford Falls Peace Park

Bible Garden

Whale Beach

Bilgola Headland

South

La Perouse Jetty

Darook Park

Lilli Pilli Point

Seaforth Park

Sans Souci Park

Oatley Park

Bass and Flinders Point

Stanwell Park Beach

Royal National Park

{Image: Society Photography}

How to Hire Your Wedding Car

11Sep

Once you’ve decided on the look or make of car you want, it’s time to start calling hire car companies, but what does hiring your wedding car involve? First stop is our online directory where you’ll find many reputable Sydney companies plus images of their cars.

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Calling for an initial quote

When calling to inquire about the services of a wedding transport company, give them as much information as possible so they can give you an accurate quote.

Check out your car

The best way to choose a car is to go to see it, sit in it and imagine yourself on the big day. Check whether you can enter and exit the car easily and if it will comfortably accommodate your bridal gown and headdress. Inspect the car carefully to see how well it is maintained. You can generally assume that an immaculately presented car will also be mechanically sound. Check that the operator is accredited by the Department of Transport – most display their accreditation at their premises.

Check out your driver

Look for friendliness, professionalism and experience in your drivers. The best drivers are discreet and helpful, letting you get on with enjoying yourself. Ask how your driver will be dressed, as his or her attire needs to be quite neutral, or complement the look you are trying to create.

Check out the service

Determine the service provided by the company on the day. Will a red carpet be laid for you? How will the car be decorated? Can you choose the colour of the decorations? Will champagne be served after the ceremony on the way to the reception?

Check out the backup

Remember to ask what other vehicles are available in the event of a breakdown. Usually, if the car is well looked after inside and outside, then the same will be true under the bonnet, reducing the chance of a breakdown. Ask about insurance to make sure the car operator has full comprehensive cover for the cars.

Check out the pricing

Most companies require a booking deposit, and the balance paid before the wedding or on the actual day. They usually charge by the quarter hour – ask whether the timing is on a garage-to-garage basis, or whether they only charge for the time used from the bride’s home to the reception. This can make a big difference to the cost. Most companies have a set rate for a set number of hours and then they have a per quarter hour rate for overtime. Ask if GST is additional, and get a quote so that you can compare prices.

Booking details 

Whatever you decide, remember to book well in advance – at least six months prior to your wedding date. Otherwise you may find it hard to get what you want – some dates are very popular. Generally, you will be asked to complete a company form that outlines times, pick up and drop off destinations and addresses. Be sure to book your vehicle by registration number. This is the only way to be certain that you will receive the exact car you have chosen. Make sure that your quote is firm and not subject to change.

Confirm it in writing 

When you’ve got all the details, confirm everything in writing and keep a copy for yourself. One week before the wedding, phone to reconfirm all details.

 {Image: Photography by James Frost}

Beach and Harbour Weddings in Sydney

10Sep

The Harbour is world-renowned and the city’s beaches never fail to impress. Indeed, Sydney spoils for choice when it comes to ceremony locations near the water.

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The Beach Celebration

From Palm Beach in the north to the surf beaches in the south, Sydney boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Sydneysiders love a beach ceremony; it’s a relaxed yet beautiful option for those who love the outdoors and want to celebrate in a picturesque setting. In terms of styling, simple is always best – a floral arbour, a circle of pebbles, delicate bouquets of flowers.

If you love the idea of a beach wedding but would prefer to stay away from the sand (and keep your heels on!) why don’t you consider holding your ceremony on the grass or reserve nearby? Alternatively, some locations have rotundas (Balmoral Beach is probably the most loved!) which can be perfect for the couple who love the beach but want a slightly more formal ceremony location. In regards to receptions venues, there are an abundance of beautiful options that are on or close to the beach. Most offer an interior with a neutral colour palette and contemporary scene – easy to personalise and style.

Practicalities:

  • It may come as a surprise that regardless of which beach or reserve you choose, you need to book and pay for the privilege of marrying there. It’s advised that you contact the local council at least six months in advance to secure the location for your ceremony. A deposit is usually required and final payment must be made at least a fortnight before your wedding day. The council will expect that you leave the location exactly how you found it so make sure you have organised for someone to pack up after the ceremony.
  • If you’re near the ocean chances are it’s going to be windy so make sure you chat to your celebrant about audio options otherwise your guests may not hear a word of the ceremony.
  • If you have your heart set on a beach wedding ceremony it’s absolutely essential that you have a back-up plan in case of bad weather. Chat to your chosen reception venue about the possibility of holding your ceremony there. Better to be safe than sorry!
  • If you’re getting married on or near the beach it’s advised that you provide bottled water for your guests. Parasols or fans are another option for staying cool (plus, they add a little pretty to the styling of the ceremony!)

The Harbour Celebration

If you have guests travelling from interstate or overseas there’s no better way to impress than with a wedding on Sydney Harbour. The iconic location is stunning day and night and there are a plethora of ceremony and reception options for intimate gatherings or grand celebrations.

Fancy cruising on the Harbour and relishing in 360degree views? Why not hold your celebration on one of the many luxurious vessels available for hire. If you would prefer to stay on land but bask in the beauty of the Harbour, the venue options in the city are endless and offer a range of styles – luxurious, elegant, historic, contemporary or rustic.

Celebrating on Sydney Harbour? Why don’t you consider arriving by boat! Make a grand entrance and surprise your guests. Alternatively, there is always the option of leaving by boat at the end of the celebration. There’s nothing more romantic than newlyweds sailing off into the night.

{Image: Matt Reed Photography}

Sweet Romance at The Sydney Mint

10Sep

G R E T A  &  M A R T I N

After a romantic lunch on the isolated yet achingly beautiful Bruny Island in Tasmania, Martin proposed to a very delighted Greta. They married in and elegant Sydney Celebration at The Mint in Sydney

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The Meeting…

We met at the 21st birthday party of our friend Shannon, in Wollongong. Shannon was also a bridesmaid and MC.

Wedding Planning…

We wanted our wedding to be warm and personal, classic and elegant. We had no strong theme or colour scheme, but rather soft, romantic colours with a few old-fashioned details.

The Ceremony…

Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church, Watsons Bay

The Reception…

The Royal Mint, Sydney

The Dress…

A long-sleeved lace gown, custom made in Singapore by designers ‘Time Taken To Make a Dress’.  I wanted something delicate, elegant, and a little old-world. Aside from my love of vintage and lace, I drew inspiration from my mother’s wedding dress, as well as the sleeves and silhouette of the more elaborate Emerald City costume that I wear while performing in ‘Wicked’ the musical.

The Bridesmaids…

The bridesmaids wore navy blue Leona Edmiston dresses.

The Groomsmen…

Black one button suits, white shirts custom made by Dickson Tailor in Singapore with narrow charcoal ties, black suspenders and a white carnation.

Flowers…

Pretty, vintage, garden-style flowers, with soft pinks and peach accents for the bridal bouquet and classic cream for the bridesmaids. Roses, mini daisies, bouvadia jasmine, wax bud and dusty miller foliage.

Styling…

With the beautiful combination of historic sandstone and modern architecture at The Royal Mint, we only needed to compliment the venue with simple touches. Parcan lights were set around the the courtyard, and candles and vases were placed in the sandstone alcoves above the bar area. Guest tables had floral centrepieces of  fishbowl posies with similar flowers and colours to the bridal bouquet, as well as bud vases and tea lights.  Our friend Sarajoy from Papette Boutique made rustic place cards and menus as well as sweet table numbers using the same fabrics from our bombonniere jam jars.  We had a bocce set on the lawn in the courtyard and our seating chart, also by Papette Boutique, on a painting easel.

On the Menu…

Canape (served with pre dinner drinks in the courtyard)

Rare beef, horseradish cream crostini

Spanner crab salad, coriander, chilli & lime

Artichoke, olive, tomato tartlet

Entree

Crispy fried pork belly, asian herb salad

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Smoked duck, pickled pear, watercress & hazelnut dressing

Main

Truffled free range chicken breast, peperonata, grilled asparagus

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Sirloin of beef, garlic chats, green beans & rosemary reduction

Dessert

Sticky date pudding, vanilla bean ice cream

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Passionfruit panna cotta & berry salad

The Cake…

 Orange and poppyseed cake with cream cheese icing by Brides in Bloom.

Wedding Favours…

Each guest received a jar of apricot jam made by Martin’s parents in Tasmania from fruit grown on their property. We covered the jars with rustic fabrics and used twine to attach luggage tags that were stamped with a portrait of the bride and groom.

Memorable Moments…

The whole day was full of moments to be treasured, it was more lovely than we could have imagined – it was a sweetly sunny Autumn day, we had our families with us from all over the country and we were so happy to begin our married lives.  We were also so proud and relieved at how smoothly the day went as we had planned the wedding almost entirely from Singapore.  But here are some specific memories…

In the car from the church to our wedding photos, our first quiet moment together as a married couple.

Foxtrotting to Ella Fitzgerald and feeling the love and joy from our family and friends as they cheered us on, dancing our first dance as husband and wife.

Talented friends made many meaningful contributions throughout the day – including our friend Eirwen who had written a song which she sang and played on her ukulele as we cut the cake.  Another friend Megan, a clarinettist, played as Greta walked down the aisle.

Photography…

Photography By Nadean. We came across Nadean’s website and loved how her style is so natural, beautiful and full of light.  She took our engagement photos and we found her to be so kind, accommodating and just lovely to be around. The photographs capture so perfectly the happiness of the day, and the lovely candid moments with each other and our families.

Honeymoon…

We had a short honeymoon in New Zealand. We stayed in a small cottage overlooking the Tuki Tuki River near Napier.

The Future…

We are currently living in Seoul, South Korea. When we return to Australia we are looking forward to setting up a home in Melbourne and adopting a puppy. Greta will continue her career as a performer while Martin works as a teacher and completes a masters degree.

Everyone who made this a Sydney celebration to remember…

Photography Photography by Nadean Ceremony Venue Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Reception Venue The Royal Mint Sydney Bride’s Dress Time Taken to Make a Dress Bridemaids’ Dresses Leona Edmiston Groom & Groomsmen Dickson Tailor Flowers Petal & Pod Wedding Cake Brides In Bloom Table Numbers, Menus and Place Cards Papette Boutique Chair Covers Romeo’s Chair

Things to consider when organising your wedding Transport in Sydney

10Sep

As residents of Sydney we’re proud of our bridges, tunnels and ferries, but we’re often prone to congestion, delays and large expenses. The art of successfully navigating through Sydney is a skill that comes with experience and practice, but in this sprawling metropolis even the best-laid plans can be hijacked and there are a few things brides and grooms should consider when planning their wedding day transport in the harbour city.

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Peak Hour
When planning a Sydney Wedding you should consider peak hour congestion. Sydney-siders are all too familiar with the peak hour rush turning 45 minute trips into 2 hour marathons. Friday brides can forget about eating their entree if they’re travelling to the reception on the M5.

‘Official’ peak hour in Sydney is from 6:30—9:30AM and 4:30-6:30PM weekdays, but before you stop reading because you think you’ll be avoiding these times on your wedding day – we said ‘official’ for a reason. Weekend traffic congestion is on the rise – if you don’t believe us check out this article we found in the Sydney Morning Herald here. Have you ever tried to make your way up the Pacific Highway on Saturday morning? Nightmare!

If travelling at peak times allow at least double the travel time ie. allow 2 hours for a 1 hour trip. Practice the trip at the exact time and day a few times so you get an idea of the regular traffic flow. You can then plan wedding transport timing accordingly.

Events
Sydney is the home of vibrant festivals, world class sporting events, fun runs and parades – which is part of why we love living here! But events in Sydney can cause significant road closures and delays so it’s important that you check to see if an event will affect you. Check out the What’s On! City of Sydney website  for any major events that may affect your transport route and timing on the day. It’s also a good idea to check out the calendars of major event venues like the SCG and Sydney Olympic Park.

Tolls
Toll roads weave their way through Sydney and if you’re travelling across the city then it can be difficult to find a direct route clear of tolls. If you’re hiring your wedding cars then generally most companies will include the cost of tolls in the overall package, but it is important to check because individual car companies have different terms and conditions and you don’t want to be hit with an additional $100 (or more!) for use of tolls! If using a friend’s car ensure that they have an E-tag setup. If it’s a vintage car used only for short Sunday drives, chances are the owner may not have registered the vehicle with an E-tag. Make sure this is done prior to the wedding day to avoid a fine.

Sydney is a Water City
Sydney’s dazzling harbour is the city’s pride and joy and while Sydney’s roads can be a minefield of unexpected delays, water transport can be a beautiful alternative. Water taxis, ferries and private charter boats can all be used to transport you and your guests to ceremony, reception and home again. If you’re marrying at a church in Parramatta why not catch the ferry into the city with all your guests? It’ll become a party boat in no time. Take a look at the Sydney Ferries timetable to plan your best route. Water Taxis Combined actually includes packages that cater specifically for weddings. One of their water taxis can pick you up from around 100 waterside locations across the city.

{Image: Photography On Hermitage}

Organic Opulence at Doltone House

10Sep

Cityscape and Architectural Wedding Celebration Venues

9Sep

For those who adore an urban setting, Sydney offers an abundance of unforgettable wedding venues; from traditional churches and chapels to quirky museums and contemporary galleries.

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Whilst Sydney’s CBD is small in comparison to international cities, it offers a range of sleek, contemporary venues and a good handful of historical ones, too. When it comes to choosing a space to celebrate your wedding, you need to first consider your priorities and your style. 

For those who want to stick with tradition there is a beautiful collection of churches in and around the city. Perhaps the most grand and stunning is St Mary’s Cathedral; an unforgettable venue imbued with years of worship, prayer and celebration. Aesthetically it is exquisite – high ceilings, stained glass windows, heavy, wooden pews and a long, long aisle. It is the ideal church for a traditional Catholic service and will, no doubt, inspire an elegant wedding theme. Plus, there are countless photo opportunities in and around the building with the beautiful Hyde Park just a stone’s throw away.

If you do want to marry in a church but prefer an intimate setting, don’t fret! There are some beautiful, little chapels dotted around the Harbour, the Eastern suburbs and the North Shore. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite as romantic as a stone chapel with an iron bell and wooden pews – what a setting! Check our list of Sydney’s top churches.

Practicalities:

  • Regardless of your religion, most churches require you to book well in advance, pay for the privilege and meet with the priest/pastor for a number of counseling sessions. It’s important that you communicate your reasons for wanting to marry in the church and clearly explain your good intentions for your marriage.
  • Remember that small churches are just that – small! If you love the idea of a quaint church but you have a long guest list you might need to consider other ceremony options.

The Inner-City Celebration

There are so many amazing options for celebrating in the city. First-class reception venues abound with a huge variety of options – rustic by the water, sleek near the Park, ultra-modern or vintage and romantic – whatever your style, Sydney has a venue for you.

But perhaps crystal chandeliers and Harbour views don’t phase you. If you want to celebrate in an urban setting but prefer a different scene, why not look into the possibility of hiring a rooftop garden, a small cafe, an art gallery or a museum (yes, you can celebrate surrounded by prehistoric skeletons and cabinets full of crystals and minerals!)

It’s not uncommon for couples to hold their wedding ceremony in beautifully designed buildings where formality and tradition combine in a modern setting.

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Sydney Wedding Guide to Best High Teas & Bridal Showers

9Sep

It’s almost time to walk down the aisle, to put on that dreamy white dress and say ‘I Do’. But first comes an opportunity to celebrate with your nearest and dearest ladies.

Bridal showers are said to have originated among brides-to-be from poorer families who were unable to provide a dowry for the bride. Instead, the brides family and friends would gather and give gifts to the bride so that she was able to marry the man of her choice.

Bridal showers have grown significantly in popularity in Australia in the past five years. Often a bridal shower is thrown instead of the more traditional hen’s party. One of the most civilised ways to celebrate a bridal shower is to indulge in the English custom of high tea: where traditionally, tea, sandwiches and cakes are served in an oh-so-civilised manner.

If you’re thinking a high tea or bridal shower might be right up your alley, we’ve compiled a list of the best places in Sydney to treat yourself and your friends.

1. The Tea Room QVB
www.thetearoom.com.au
Think overstuffed armchairs, ornate ceilings and the most luxurious and decadent teas and sweet treats, all right in the centre of the CBD.

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2. The Tea Room Gunner’s Barracks
www.thetearoom.com.au
Indulge in a traditional British afternoon tea (complete with authentic British three tiered silver stands and Royal Albert China) while you drink in some of Sydney’s most magnificent harbour views.

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3. Park Hyatt Sydney
www.sydney.park.hyatt.com
Exquisite service and dramatic floor to ceiling windows make this recently renovated hotel a perfect location. Delicate sandwiches, fresh scones and sweeping harbour views are the icing on the tea-cake.

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4. Sheraton on the Park
www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/thegallery
The Sheraton on the Park serves high tea daily from 11:30am, and has a tea buffet on weekends. Think silver tiered stands overflowing with sumptuous treats, bubbles on arrival and a generous selection of unique teas.

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5. The InterContinental Sydney
http://www.interconsydney.com.au/
The InterContinental has taken the concept of high tea and given it a shake-up and a modern make-over, creating High Coffee. Their talented Barista matches your coffee selection with a selection of sweet and savoury dishes. They’ve even created a coffee martini. If coffee isn’t your thing, they also offer a traditional high tea as well.

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