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Guest Post: Looking To Throw A Sydney Wedding With A Twist- Go For A Cocktail Wedding!

Sydney is a beautiful city to get married in; nevertheless throwing a wedding in this city can be a pricey affair. The huge price tag is caused by lots of factors, from how big the guest list is, to what kind of wedding you are opting for and even what season it is. Cocktail weddings are a great option for those that want to have a little something different, without having to break the bank. We’ve got 5 great reasons for why you should go “cocktail” on your wedding plans from

Budget Friendly

For starters a cocktail wedding can be tailor made to suit your financial situation. You can go all out and throw a wicked and extravagant party, or plan an excellent cocktail reception on a modest budget.

Space Savvy

With a cocktail wedding, you actually have a lot more venue options since you will not need nearly as much space as a conventional sit down dinner. You can pick a chic restaurant for an intimate affair or go for an outdoor garden style party.

Let Loose

One of the main gripes people have about weddings is that they aren’t any fun. Your cocktail reception can change all that! By opting for alcohol and bites in an intimate setting, instead of a formal sit down dinner, you can create a more relaxed atmosphere for your guests to mingle and really have some fun.

Outside The Usual Hours

Another great selling point of the cocktail wedding in Sydney is that it does not have to abide by conventional wedding times. You do not have to have an 6-7pm dinner as is the case with most formal sit down’s. You have the option of a tea time function or late night soirée, depending on your preferences.

With its flexibility and fun atmosphere, cocktail weddings are a great option for couples that want a memorable yet enjoyable function. Sydney is a city where dreams come true and your wedding should be no different. Whether you want an extravagant theme or a customised cake, anything goes is the rule in Sydney and you shouldn’t be afraid of making special requests of your wedding planners. Most hotels employ such professionals and they can help put together the perfect cocktail wedding or simply provide assistance on aspects like design and decor. Ultimately a wedding is a celebration of love and the event should reflect the couple’s personalities and sense of fun.


Author Bio
Malcolm Mathie is the General Manager of Hills Lodge Hotel . Malcolm grew up in Sydney and has been involved in the hotel industry for over 20 years, starting his career in 1994. In his spare time, Malcolm likes to ski and spend time with his wife Maree, and three children.




Book your tickets online to be in the running to win a $5000 Wedding Fund

Sydney Bridal Expo is the most elegant and stylish event on the bridal calendar providing the boldest and most beautiful ideas for the discerning bride who dreams of her perfect wedding. This year 130 of Sydney’s leading wedding suppliers will be on display on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April at the Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

Brides will be dazzled by Australia’s leading couture designers including Haute Couture by Marietta Haddad, Elena Kozlova, Rosalynn Win Haute Couture, Hugs for Brides, Harts, All the Rage, Vee Love Couture and Luv Bridal & Formal.

International designer Galia Lahav Couture will be flying in with her team from Tel Aviv to present her haute couture gowns on the runway for the very first time in Australia.

And if you’re looking for new and interesting touches for your wedding, check out Ripper Hot Rod Hire and Madame Pops all natural, heart shaped ice pops!

The fabulous runway shows that have been a hallmark of the Sydney Bridal Expo will take place four times a day bringing every bride’s fantasy to life with traditional, glamorous and inspirational designs on the runway. Featured will be bridesmaids gowns, a range of elegant Plus size bridal fashion, Mother of the Bride and exclusive UK Designer Nicki Macfarlane range of bridal children’s wear from Stellino Cute Couture for Children (as worn by the flower girls) at the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Runway Bridal hair and makeup will be created and styled by David Cranson from Ubeauty Agency.

Sydney Bridal Expo does not forget the groom and groomsmen with leading experts in menswear providing stylish men’s bridal fashion from Just for Him, Roger David, Ron Bennett and All the Rage plus Sydney’s newest, trend driven, affordable high street men�s fashion label Topman – appearing exclusively on the Expo runway. The guys can also check out 18 types of wedding transport including Hummers, Rolls Royce, Chevvys, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguars and much more.

Fabulous reception venues Boronia Tea Room, Intercontinental Sydney, Sebel Pier One, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Slide, Hunter Valley Gardens, Bella Portofino, The Glasshouse Function Centre, Sydney Motor Yacht Charters will be on display ready to provide all the information needed for the perfect wedding reception.

Visitors to the Expo have the opportunity to book their honeymoon with Select Vacations and save thousands of dollars.

Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour- Hall 1
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April from 10:00am � 5:00pm
4 Parades Daily 11:15am | 12:45pm | 2:15pm | 3:30pm
Tickets at Door or Book online at
Adults $22 | Seniors $15 | Weekend Pass for both days $30| Children under 10 free (accompanied by an Adult)


SOCIAL SPY – THOMAS SABO Sweet Diamonds and Sterling Silver Collection Launch

On Tuesday evening last week I was invited to the THOMAS SABO Sweet Siamonds and Sterling Silver Collection launch. I was amongst great company as the Australian fashion and lifestyle press and a few celebrities popped by to the first launch of the brand new Sweet Diamonds Collection and the latest Sterling Silver Collection at The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. It was a fab turn out too! Around 120 media and a handful of selected celebrity guests celebrated the international lifestyle brand’s exquisite new ranges.

I’m a big fan of the collection, I got a necklace from my boyfriend for our first Valentine’s Day, so I was keen to find a new piece to add to my growing collection!

The THOMAS SABO Charm Club collection, the new 2012 collection won’t be launched until September, so I’m looking forward to that!

Sweet Diamonds

Sweet Diamonds is the fourth collection under the THOMAS SABO umbrella – joining the Sterling Silver, Charm Club and Watches collections. I  loved the man’s collection too!


The THOMAS SABO international representative, Hanny Freund, flew in to Sydney to launch the new collection to the Australian media – Australia being one of the few international locations selected for the German brand’s new Sweet Diamonds Collection launch.

The Sweet Diamonds range, featuring very delicate and beautifully crafted silver jewellery, adorned with real diamonds and framed by yellow gold, is a first in the history of the THOMAS SABO brand. With this new line of jewellery, guests were inspired to discover a sweet new world and to put their feminine charm on show in a diverse and playful manner.

A touch of ice 🙂

I have to be honest, some of the items in the Thomas Sabo collection are a bit too much for me, or a little too ‘bling’ however, there was a great balance in the new collection and come real stand out pieces. The only exceptions being the polar bear ring and the penguin charm – not my bag baby!

This wasn’t the best charm I saw on the day 😉

We were also treated to a preview of the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Sterling Silver collection – Glam & Soul DANCE. Glamorous new items of jewellery made hearts beat that little bit faster with the Sterling Silver Collection lines displayed in all of their elegance.

Celebrities that attended included Brian McFadden, Vogue Williams, Rebecca Breeds, Kathryn Robinson, Luke Jacobz, Magdalena Roze, James Kerley, Zoe Balbi, Jaynie Seal, Maude Garret, Demi Jewel Bryant, Lynette Bolton, Jana Peterson, Nathan and Haley Bracken amongst others who now join a host of international celebrity fans including Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton and the stylish Poppy Delevingne.

The unparalleled style and grace of The Tea Room and grandeur of the Queen Victoria Building provided the perfect setting for the presentation of the THOMAS SABO Sweet Diamonds and Sterling Silver Collections, which will be available from leading jewellers nationally in August 2012. The perfect location for afternoon tea! Yum!

QVB Tea Rooms was a great venue!

One Fine Day – Creative Wedding Fair to Hit Sydney on Sunday

Sunday 27th May from 10:00am – 5:00pm  

     Sun Studios, 42 Maddox Street, Sydney NSW 2015


Bringing you the most unique and creative wedding professionals together under one roof, One Fine Day is a boutique wedding fair unlike any other bridal event in Sydney.  Designed to inspire creative couples to express their individual style when it comes to their big day, One Fine Day encourages couples to think outside the box.

One Fine Day Director, Marissa Fleming, said: “One Fine Day will dispel all the gossip about ‘what a wedding should be’ and provide some options for those looking to escape stereotypical wedding themes.”


Alongside showcasing inspiration for creative couples planning their day, the fair will be a fantastic, enjoyable day out for their bridal party, friends and family.


“With champagne and beer on arrival, creatively styled tables, a chocolate wheel raffle, food tastings, ladies dressing room and Man Land for the boys, live performances by some of Sydney’s best wedding musicians and a stellar line up for the fashion parade; there is something to capture everyone’s attention,” said Brennan.

“One Fine Day is a refreshing alternative to the ‘traditional’ bridal fair, showcasing a handpicked selection of sought-after vendors in the wedding field,” said McLeod.


This one-of-a-kind fair will only showcase a carefully curated selection of Sydney’s most remarkable wedding vendors including the likes of Samantha Wills, Aria Catering and Mr. Cook.


The One Fine Day team is made up of three young, established entrepreneurs operating in the wedding industry – Marissa Fleming from The Simple Things Studio and From the Owl, Nadean Brennan from Photography by Nadean and Jessica McLeod from Oscar and Ruby. The three all work in a studio in Alexandria and share a similar point of view in wedding style.

Exclusive Launch of ‘Weddings by Luke Mangan’


We vow to make it extraordinary


For those of you that are looking to come to Sydney to get married, or you live in Sydney and would like some inspiration, look no further… Weddings by Luke Mangan’ is exclusively launching with an Open Day at glass brasserie on Saturday 31 March, 11am to 1pm.

With ‘inspiration’ the Open Day theme, brides and grooms-to-be will enjoy a complete sensory experience, the opportunity to meet leading celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan, sample his wedding cuisine and receive precious advice on menu planning.

Interested couples must register with their details by Friday 17 March to receive their exclusive invitation to attend at All guests on the day will go into a draw to win a memorable honeymoon at Hilton Surfers Paradise, home to Luke Mangan’s Salt grill, or Hilton Queenstown in New Zealand.

Luke Mangan is regarded internationally for capturing the essence of Australia’s culinary culture through his truly inspired creations. Personally selected by Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary to create their memorable wedding banquet, Luke has cooked on special request for esteemed personalities such as Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson and Tom Cruise. Luke’s menu at glass brasserie gained ‘One Hat’ in the Good Food Guide 2012.

Guests will also have access to the expertise of one of Australia’s most coveted wedding planners and planner to the stars, Anthony Del Col (of Staging Connections), who will highlight a plethora of inspired wedding options at glass. A host of suppliers will also be on hand to turn wedding visions into a reality.

Group Sommelier at glass, Kim Bickley will host wine tastings from her award winning list and offer specialist tips and advice amongst glass wine bar’s visually spectacular wine cellar. Hilton Sydney rooms and unique venues Zeta Bar and Marble Bar will be available for viewing.

Luke Mangan says, “Weddings by Luke Mangan is designed for those who consider delicious cuisine and striking surrounds as key components of their wedding day. We will create a simply elegant dining experience that will enchant bride, groom and guests for years to come.”

Illuminated by natural light from a floor to ceiling glass wall that frames a magnificent view of the Queen Victoria Building, glass brasserie is a striking and flexible venue that captivates wedding guests on arrival. The restaurant’s contemporary design, striking high ceilings and inspired interior beautifully reflects Sydney’s vibrancy and culture, complimenting intimate to large weddings. With a capacity for 220 seated, guests will experience a unique approach to food and wine that will not only leave them inspired, it will live long in the memory.

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