Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Give your Bomboniere the DIY Touch!

Seta Marrone - Chocolate Brown Favour Boxes
In the ever-evolving effort to personalise your wedding, sometimes do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding bomboniere and other wedding accessories are the best option for a truly unique wedding. They are also a great option for cutting costs while still creating a memorable event. With a little creativity, DIY favours can add the bride and groom’s personal style to the wedding day and give guests a little piece of that special day to take home.

Onda Avana Favour Boxes - Chest

While wedding favours are often added as a complement to an already developed wedding theme, they can also be a great starting point for designing a wedding theme that’s truly all your own. 

Mini Treasure Chest

Maybe the bride and groom really want a wedding theme that most would consider daring, like a “Pirate/Love on the High Seas” theme. A great DIY wedding favour idea is to get mini treasure chests and fill them with treats that look like treasure.

Contemporary "Heart Strings" Playing Cards

If you do not yet have a theme, but know that you love the idea of having favours with your favourite inspirational quote on it, consider something that your guests will use and read often. Remember that almost anything can be personalised, so whether it’s a deck of cards, a magnet, or a set of coasters, a little time and effort can transform anything.
Woven Heart Shaped Box with Lid

Another DIY wedding favour idea that is both fun and cost effective is to bake your own goodies. Throw a little cooking get-together the week before the wedding and invite a group of friends and family-members who love baking. Typically you will be surrounded with people willing to help, so don’t be afraid to accept it. The only other thing you will need, other than the baking goods, is several packs of wedding favour containers. End the baking party with an assembly line for packing and sealing the favours, followed by decorating the favour containers to match the rest of your wedding accessories.
Personalised Ribbon

You may even want to personalise your wedding accessories and favours with the couple’s monogram and wedding date. This is a very easy DIY project that can be conquered in little time. Simply choose the personalised stickers, tags, or satin ribbon that matches your wedding theme, and add them to your wedding favours for a special and stylish touch

Always remember that there is no right or wrong way to personalise your wedding. There are literally thousands of DIY wedding accessories and favours to choose from, and with the many ways to personalise them the possibilities for a unique wedding are truly endless. For more great DIY inspiration click through any of the links above or visit our Do-It-Yourself Blog!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dramatic Statement Accessories for Your Wedding Day

If you want to add a dramatic edge to your wedding day, why not opt for modern statement accessories featuring a splash of black! Perfect for sophisticated black & white themed weddings through to contemporary styled events, black accessories for brides and bridesmaids alike will have heads turning! Here are a few of The Bride's Diary teams' favourites...

Weddingstar Jet Black Necklace and Earrings Set
Smashpiece Graduated Hematite Bead Necklace

Friday, November 26, 2010

Four Weddings Series 2 is Looking for Entrants!

The hit Channel Seven series ‘Four Weddings’ is back and looking for 2011 brides to appear on the show! The Couples who participate in the show are in with a chance of winning a five star luxury honeymoon.

As with the first series, Four Weddings will be featuring all types of weddings, with a variety of themes, venues and budgets in and around Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. So if your wedding has a theme, an interesting venue, or just something that sets you apart, then this is your chance to win a fantastic prize!

If you know of a wedding taking place or you are getting married please get in touch with Sarah or Anita on 02 9383 4399 or email them at: 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Summer Bridal Accessories for a Vintage Wedding

Summer is just around the corner, so we thought we would share with you some of our favourite bridal accessories, perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your summer wedding...

Feel completely pampered with this dazzling necklace and earrings fit for a princess (that you know you are!) The substantial crystals have been artfully clustered to create a look that will help you stand out for the all the right reasons.

The Bride's Diary love this hair accessory! Featuring a peach and white rose with floral droplets on braided stretch headband, it is perfect for a garden weddding.

Frou Frou Umbrellas by the Boston Umbrella Company

Don't let the weather spoil your perfect day. Boston Bridal is not just about protection from the elements, whether it be the hot blazing sun or a sudden downpour - both of which can turn the most important day of your life into a nightmare. It's also about looking your best and adding style and elegance to an occasion you'll want to remember forever. Boston bridal umbrellas exemplify beauty and grace, as well as function and form. They should be an essential part of your bridal couture.

Smashpiece Crystal Link Bracelet

This silver bracelet with crystal link in centre will provide a stunning finishing touch to your bridal ensemble. It uses a watch style clasp and is designed to be worn fitted.

These simple, timeless garters are a perfect way to add a little or a lot of something blue. 

The Original Brelli

The World’s first 100% biodegradable umbrella comes with a handsome 100% organic cotton, custom-designed carrying case. The BRELLI is 100% Green, made incredibly strong with renewable bamboo, and engineered not to turn inside out it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Royal Jewels Fit for a Queen - on a Budget!

Women can capture Kate Middleton’s style without having to catch a prince, with a wide range of regal rings available at Secrets from $500.

Secrets director Jane Meredith said the buzz surrounding Ms Middleton’s ring has already begun, with Secrets stores around Australia reporting enquires from ladies looking to get their hands on an affordable version within hours of the engagement announcement.

“Statement rings are currently in trend and I think Ms Middleton’s engagement ring will continue to drive demand in large coloured stone engagement rings for some time,” Ms Meredith said.

Interest in coloured stones reached fever pitch this week when British billionaire Laurence Graff paid $46 million for a rare pink diamond, shown above, at a Sotheby’s auction.

The 24.78 carat stone set a record for the most expensive stone ever sold at auction. A 20-carat Secrets ring, shown above,  is priced from $150.

Even Prince William has reportedly opted for diamond simulants in the past, choosing a pair of diamond simulant earrings as a 2007 Christmas gift for his future bride.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Modern Vintage Glamour Real Life Wedding Video

Last week we shared with you Alex and Malcolm's Modern Vintage Glamour real life wedding, and we are very excited to share with you today their wedding video from No Limits Pictures... Featuring all the details, love and elegance of the day, enjoy Alex and Malcolm's wedding.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Add the Finishing Touches to Your Wedding Cake

The Bride's Diary team just love this cute cake topper! Poised for a "Picture Perfect" portrait, this sweet couple will complement almost any cake design or colour theme. Made from hand painted porcelain, the couple is 14.25 cm tall.

The beautiful detail of Swarovski Crystals and two-tone silver in the Venice Silver Wedding Serving Set create an elegant keepsake that can be used for years to come. The set has a Floral Pattern, 12 Swarovski Crystals, 2 tones brushed silver finish (zinc alloy/stainless steel).

These very stylish take away containers make a great wedding cake box for a twist on the ordinary!

These brushed silver monograms with crystals give an elegant finish to your cake.

Visit Weddingstar

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sophisticated Accessories for Your Hens' Night or Bridal Shower

As a warm up for your big day, bridal party apparel is a great way to start the celebrations early - especially for your hens' party or bridal shower! Here at The Bride's Diary, we have recently suggested hosting a high tea bridal shower as a chic alternative to a traditional hens night - but that doesn't mean you can't let everyone know that you're the bride! We love these sophisticated options for brides and bridesmaids...

Anna Lou of London Bride Necklace This flirty necklace with diamonte Bride charm (shown above), is perfect for the sophisticated bride!

"Bride" Angora Down Brim Hat Whether it be a rehearsal party, a buckette or a hen party, or your bridal showersthese fabulous head toppers will have heads turning. It's the perfect complement to a chic and sophisticated event!

"BRIDE" Wedding Transfer Turn your clothing and accessories into personal billboards with these versatile iron-ons. Rhinestones, steel studs and crystals add glamour and style. Perfect for wedding showers, hens parties or the wedding rehearsal.

Novelty Light Up Engagement Rings The novelty light up engagement ring is a great addition to any favour or as a great novelty item at the hens' party. Comes as a set of 6, 1 white ring and 5 pink rings.

"Bride" Two Tone Tote The bride can have her own tote, with embroidery detail, to carry all of her wedding planning information and after have a nice Brown and Pink tote to take on the honeymoon.

"bridesmaid" Wedding Transfer Turn your bridesmaids clothing and accessories into personal billboards with these versatile iron-ons. Rhinestones, steel studs and crystals add glamour and style.

"Bridesmaid" Two Tone Tote A bridesmaids job is never done. Now there is a tote to carry all of your details in. This beautiful Brown and Pink polyester twill two tone tote with emboidery detail will help any bridesmaid complete her tasks. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WIN a $75 Officeworks Photobook Voucher

Officeworks and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN a $75 Officeworks Photobook Voucher.

The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products and services available. So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away.

A picture is worth a thousand words and beautifully presented memories of your special day are truly invaluable. To ensure that your wedding album is as splendid and unique as your wedding day, create your own professionally printed photo album with Officeworks. Officeworks photobooks allow you to design the layout, size the images, and add text to your album, all at the touch of a button – and now, one lucky reader can do it for free.

Officeworks is offering a bride-to-be the opportunity to customise their own beautiful wedding album with a $75 photobook voucher. Collect memories from your wedding day and keep them forever in a photobook.

To enter, simply email your name, address and contact number to mail@bridesdiary.com.au with 'Competition – Officeworks Photobook' in the subject line. Entries close 26th November, 2010. 

Cronulla Wedding Expo

Wedding Expo's Australia is once again co-ordinating an admired and fashionable wedding expo. Exhibitors include cakes, flowers, cars, beauty, celebrants, photographers, jewellery, venues, decorators, planners, bridal & formalwear, entertainment and more.

Sunday 14th November, 2010
Where: Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club
Entry: Free.
Email: info@weddingexposaustralia.com
Website: www.weddingexposaustralia.com

FREE copies of The Bride's Diary to be given away.

Image Courtesy
Amanda Mac Photography

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Profile: Stefania Duncan, Stylist for Hilde Heim Designer Bride and Cocktail

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!

Stefania with the models
From Left: Natalie Lucas, Vidya Bhat, Rebecca Waterhouse, Stefania Duncan, Sarah Crowley, Chrissie Hoffman.

This week we have been chatting with Stefania Duncan, stylist extraordinaire for Hilde Heim Desidner Bride and Cocktail. Stefania spoke to us about her love of fashion, the satisfaction she feels in helping brides find their perfect gown, and the thrill and excitement involved in the fashions shows, photoshoots and bridal expos that she runs for Hilde Heim...

Tell us a little about Hilde Heim Designer Bride and Cocktail…
Hilde Heim Designer Bride and Cocktail is a couture label, which aims to provide every style of gown which brides desire, and add our own little flair and edge to it. Hilde Heim designs are unique and very individualistic. Hilde Heim is very in-tune with the fashion world and keeping up with the latest styles and setting the latest trends in bridal.

What i
s your role in the business and why are you passionate about it?
I'm Stefania Duncan, stylist for Hilde Heim. I love helping brides find their special gown, and watching their faces light up when they try on "the one" for the first time. Often brides come in and have no idea what they want. I then guide them through the process of choosing the right shape for their body, the right colour for their skin tone and accessories.

With a degree in Event Management, I also run all the events at Hilde Heim, including all our bridal expos, fashion shows and photoshoots. I love my job - who wouldn't want to go to fashion shows for a living!?!

Stefania dressing a model at the French Festival Fashion Show

How long have you been working in the industry? 
I have been working in the fashion industry at Hilde Heim for three years now, and couldn't imagine myself doing anything but fashion. I live and breathe fashion!

What are some of your past business experiences?
Hilde Heim was really my introduction into this business. Hilde has been a mentor to me over the past three years that I’ve worked for her. She has really been a big influence on my obsession with fashion.

What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 

Over the past three years at Hilde Heim, we have had many interesting brides. I love working with women to help them find their perfect dress. I guess one of my favourite recollections with working for Hilde Heim is when a bride came in for a fitting and brought her girlfriend along, who she wanted to ask to be her maid of honour. The young bride planned a special surprise for her friend by getting flowers delivered to the store and all her other bridesmaids came to celebrate. It was so beautiful to see the reaction between two friends on such a special occasion. Everyone was very emotional and it was so nice to be a part of it.

Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

My family are all very close and supportive of me and my career. I have three siblings who are all happily married. Being the baby bear of the family, I’m unmarried myself, but have my whole wedding planned out – as you can probably imagine! Mum, sister and I love doing our weekly girly outings. I enjoy going for runs every morning with my dog and friends. There’s nothing like mixing fitness, with early morning socialising.

How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

I enjoy frocking up! I love getting dolled up from head to toe and going out with my girlfriends. I’m very energetic and creative, and love doing art. I’m one of those people,  who when I talk on the phone, I’ll be doodling away.

Stefania Duncan with model Natalie Lucas. 

What is your most memorable life experience?

My very first fashion event. I did some work experience at the Australian Fashion Design Awards, and just to see everything up close; and not just in a magazine, was so inspiring. We saw all the models doing dress rehearsals, and the hustle and bustle that happens right before the show. It was such a rush to feel and is something I will never forget!

What are your plans for the future? 
 I am aiming to launch my own racewear / cocktail label in October of next year, specialising in the essential LBD (little black dress).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Modern Vintage Glamour Real Life Wedding

Alex and Malcolm celebrated their wedding day in the gorgeous Southern Highlands, with a beautiful Modern Vintage Glamour theme. With the ceremony and reception both held at Fountaindale Manor, Vibrant Photography captured all the excitement, romance and style of the day... 

Settling on a modern vintage theme, the couple called in experts to help them create a cocktail bar style reception in the gardens of their venue.

With chandeliers draped through the trees, vintage furniture on a black and white floor, and gorgeous urns filled with feathers, their dream reception was realised.

The couple’s wedding was very much a family affair. A family member made Alex’s dress, and her cousin dressed her hair. Malcolm’s cousin made their wedding rings, and Malcolm’s mother created a delicious wedding cake.

And as a very special touch, Malcolm’s father supplied an Oakland Roadster – purchased by Malcolm’s grandfather in 1929, to be part of the reception’s modern vintage backdrop.

Sadly, Alex’s father died some years ago, so Alex’s mum escorted her down the aisle. The couple were married by a family friend and after an emotional ceremony, the party began.

A photo booth, a bowl of Kinder Surprises, great food and a fabulous band set the scene for a unique and fun filled reception that Alex and Malcolm’s guests still talk about.

Photography: Vibrant Photography www.vibrantphotography.com.au 
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fountaindale Grand Manor www.fountaindale.com.au 
Celebrant: Carmel Kelly-King 0413 310 686 
Bridesmaids' Gowns: Alfred Angelo www.alfredangelo.com 
Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik www.manoloblahnik.com 
Wedding Rings & Accessories: Gryphon Jewellery www.gryphonjewellery.com 
Make-Up: Beautiful You www.beautifulyousalon.com.au 
Decorations & Event Styling: She Designs www.shedesigns.com.au 
Bomboniere: Funbooth www.funbooth.com.au 
Entertainment: Annie and the Armadillos www.cenart.net/armadillos.htm 
Videography: No Limit Pictures www.nolimitpictures.com.au 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Summer Bridal Ideas

It's the most special event you will ever plan, so be inspired by the best! With so many options available to the modern bride, organising a wedding can be time consuming and confusing. The Bridal Ideas Expo takes the headache out of planning and offers a fun and informative environment to explore the latest in bridal services, locate the ideal local suppliers that suit your needs and get some fabulous ideas for your big day. An exciting and timesaving way to plan your wedding, while learning about bridal ideas you never knew existed! 

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th November 2010 

Where: Ridley Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide 

Time: 10am - 5pm 

Phone: 02 9974 1393 

FREE copy of The Bride's Diary to brides only attending on the day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Purple and Yellow Wedding Inspiration

The Bride's Diary loves contrasting colours - they make a wonderfully bold statement for weddings! Purple and yellow is a great combination for spring and summer - evoking a sense of passion, opulence and vibrancy! Here are just a few of our favourite purple and yellow wedding accessories...

Silk Flower Bouquet Gold Roses and Purple Hydrangeas

Gold Blooming Roses in the centre embraced by beautiful rich purple hydrangeas and roses - truly a fantastic assortment of blooms!

Antoinette Gold Rose Brooch

This stunning open petal gold rose brooch features pretty crystals at the centre and was inspired by a vintage brooch from Paris

Romantic Elegance Nut Free Gourmet Milk Chocolate Bar

If simple elegance is your desire then this bomboniere/favour chocolate bar with its illustrative style might be just right for you. These chocolate bars are produced in a nut free U.S. facility and are guaranteed safe for anyone with a nut or peanut allergy.

Fate Clothing

Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. A sense of mystic and royal qualities surround this magnificent colour which is often well liked by creative types as well as young women.

Orchid Glamour Invitation

The orchid is a richly symbolic flower, and as a representative of luxury, beauty and strength it is an ideal addition to any wedding. This vibrant collection showcases a bold display of colour and modern design and is a great way to give your guests a sneak peek at what the theme of your wedding will be.

Enchanted Garden Flower Fascinator

The colorful purple, pink, red and yellow flowers make this piece the finishing touch for any outfit. This design is offered as a hair clip, brooch pin applique or headband.

"I Do . . . Colour" Ring Pillow

Present your wedding rings in traditional style with a totally modern twist. Distinctively decorated with "feathered" organza, swirling stitching and dazzling crystals, this ring pillow has serious wow factor.
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