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Choosing Your Gown Designer Profiles What’s Your Style Designer Favourites: Brides

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Dressing the Groom On Trend Men Designer Profiles Designer Favourites: Groom Style File


Dressing Your Bridesmaids

PHOTOGRAPHY 37 44 48 50 54 Eddison Photographic Studios

Real Life Weddings Photography Trends What to Ask Your Photographer Setting the Scene Boudoir Photoshoots


Bohemian Style Classical Style


Planning Your Wedding Checklist

EXPOS 60 61

Bridal Expos Plan Your Perfect Wedding Day



HEALTH & BEAUTY 68 69 70


Health & Beauty Get the Look On Trend Hair & Makeup

CAKES 74 75 76

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Dazzling Diamonds

Cakes Edible Art Designer Favourites: Cakes


FLOWERS 78 79 84 86 88

Flowers Our Favourite Natives DIY - Flower Crowns Bloom Gallery Designer Favourites: Flowers


Ceremony Your Ceremony, Your Style



STYLING & HIRE 100 104


Wedding Styling & Hire On Trend Styling


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Celebrants Meet Our Celebrants Creative Writing

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Tips for a Smooth Ride


Receptions Where to Hold the Reception


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WELCOME LETTER Congratulations and welcome to the twenty-second edition of Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra magazine! The aim of our magazine is to provide you with a practical guide to give you all you need to plan your wedding. This 2018 edition has lots of gorgeous fashion pages, tips from the experts, on-trend styling ideas and Real Life Weddings; we hope you’ll take a bit of time out to enjoy it. As a couple you’ll want to create your own individual styled wedding. Get the inspiration and wedding contacts you’ll need to help accomplish your goals - it’s all here in Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra magazine! Expect to get busy in the lead up to your special day. If you want to save time planning, visit our 2018 Your Local Wedding Guide Expos in Canberra on 4th February and 23rd September. We’ve done the groundwork for you and found the best wedding professionals in your local area. We’re always working to ensure you’ll be greeted by a large, diverse group of wedding industry suppliers at our expos, giving you options to choose the best team to help you create your dream wedding. In the rapidly changing times we live in today where hashtags rule and we live our lives online; it’s comforting to know that some time is still set aside in the pursuit of romance, love and marriage.


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Licensed to Wed ............................... 97 Moments to Celebrate ..................... 97 Rosemary Hackman ........................ 99 Steven Murray ................................. 99 Suzette Hazlett ................................ 99



Flowers on Flemington.................... 85 Flowers With Love ........................... 87 Manuka Flowers .........................80-83


Canberra City Dentistry ................. 73 North Canberra Family Practice ... 72 Steven Lloyd Hair .............................71



A Shot Above the Rest Photography .......................40-41 Bad Cat Photography ...................... 45 Eddison Photographic Studios ....... 49 Fusion Photography ........................ 53 Red Photography ..............................51 Steven Lloyd Photography ............. 54 Studio Knox ...................................... 55



Affordable Bridal ........................24-25 Annabel’s Bridal .........................18-23


Funnell Entertainment ......................3 Ryan David Musician .....................113


Canberra Wedding Fair ................... 65 Your Local Wedding Guide Expo ..62-63

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Hellenic Club .................................. 135 Hotel Realm ............................. 118-119 Lake Crackenback ......................... 143 Mercure Canberra ......................... 149 National Portrait Gallery .............. 139 National Press Club .......................141 Pavilion on Northbourne .............. 137 The Abbey & Versatile Restaurant ............................. 128-129


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Absolute Beautiful Decor ...............101 Chair Flair....................................... 107 Elegant Effect ................................. 105


Canberra Glassworks .................... 109 Mug Shots Photobooths .................111

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CHOOSING YOUR GOWN Every Bride wants to look amazing on their wedding day, and finding ‘The One’ that perfect gown that makes you feel just right, is an important step towards achieving this. As well as making you look amazing, the perfect gown will have you feeling confident, comfortable and ever so special as you make your entrance down the aisle. When shopping for your gown, consider the style of your wedding and the season you’ll be married. Most of us have a general idea of what we would like in a wedding gown, but remember to keep an open mind. Designers agree that with bridal gowns, you need to try on a number of different styles as you never know what might make you look and feel exceptional. With lots of gorgeous fashion pages, designers favourites, profiles, tips and ideas, we will have you positively glowing for your special day!

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ANNABEL’S BRIDAL STUDIO Hi Ladies, I’m Misty Annabel and my fabulous team of bridal stylists have been helping me create Canberra’s most breathtaking brides for 13 years. Time and time again, we’ve been told by brides-to-be they have entrusted us with their breathtaking transformations not just because we simply have a fabulous range of gorgeous gowns and accessories – but that they just have the best time with us. None of this happens by chance. I feel so strongly about Annabel’s primary role in every girl’s big day, that I pore over the detail of every gown and accessory before I accept them into our glamourous showroom and fitting rooms. Our gorgeous gowns are sourced from the best European, American and local designers including Rosa Clara, Wendy Makin, Jack Sullivan, Q’Nique Exquisite Bridal , Nicolina , Stella York and many more. And our extensive range of beautiful accessories include Windsor Bridal Jewellery, Say Bella, Sybella,Tina Jeffreys and Dreamtime Design.Please enjoy our website, but remember the best way to really experience the Studio is to visit us and find out why we are Canberra’s number one destination for bridesto-be. We’re told the experience is breathtaking. Love Misty X

Find a gown which will accentuate your best features and minimise those features you wish to play down. The following guidelines, with the help of a bridal gown professional, will see you wearing a gown you feel comfortable and look gorgeous in!

Small Bust

Emphasise elegant shoulders. Choose backless slinky or full skirts that match your style. Bust cups can always be stitched in your gown to add shape.

Big Bust

Dress straps should be broad enough to hide bra straps. A V or sweetheart neckline highlights your assets. Simplicity flatters your form.


Pear Shape

A-line skirts falling from the waist give a sleek appearance. Concentrate gown detail around the upper body, drawing the eye upwards.


Don’t let over generous shape or detail overwhelm your petite proportions. Enjoy the drama of a simple silhouette. Bias skirts tapering to the legs give height. Choose a fitted bodice to emphasise your small waist.


Thick Waist

It doesn’t matter what size or price bracket you are shopping for, at Affordable Bridal we believe that every girl should have her Cinderella moment.

Heavy, body skimming (not hugging) fabric provides sexy camouflage. An interesting neckline or asymmetrical swathing deflects attention, and vertical seams or an empire line falling from the bust elongate the body.

With over 350 gowns in store, in a range of styles from fitted to full princess, in sizes 0 to 30, we ensure everyone has a choice of dresses to try on.

Full Figure

We provide brides with the most up-to-date styles by attending trade shows both in Australia and the USA, and throughout the year trunk shows enable us to share upcoming dress trends with our brides.

Consider that an overlay of lace or georgette gives flattering fluid coverage. Very shiny fabrics add kilos, embroidery can emphasise a beautiful décolletage and elbow length sleeves show off graceful forearms.

Affordable Bridal caters to all brides with well priced, affordable gowns that everyone can purchase without compromising on style or fit. Our service is outstanding with a focus on the most important person, “You”.









The language of romance is captured perfectly with lace.




PRINCESS Complete a fairytale wedding with a glamorous, fullskirted Princess gown







LONG SLEEVED Elegant and graceful lines are created with contemporary illusion lace sleeves





VINTAGE Be inspired by the timeless beauty of Vintage gowns






COLOUR Be bold and Dare to Dream in Colour.








BOHEMIAN Unique, stylish and modern, with an aura of relaxed glamour.



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What are the outstanding features of this gown? The applique on the neckline is incredible. A boat neckline shows off your collar bones and this gown delightfully exposes the tip of your shoulder as well. The exaggerated plunging sweetheart is a new variation on the V neckline, which is very popular with the designer for 2018. It’s nice to be a little unique, this stunning low back feature of french chantilly lace cascading into a sweeping chapel train. This gown would make you feel incredibly glamorous.

them after the wedding. I’m in love with the Jimmy Choo and Nine West soft glitter pump this season. Cinderella’s slippers. What type of veil would suit this style? I would love to style this gown with a one tier long (just past the train ) soft tulle scallop lace edged veil or a one tier cathedral length plain silk tulle veil.

Is there a particular body shape suited to this style of dress? A bride to be that loves a natural glam look would suit this style, it’s not about your body shape. It’s about your style. What style of wedding would this dress suit? This glamorous look would suit a Chapel or Garden with a Modern/Romantic theme.It’s how you personalise the look, that makes it right for your wedding. Which accessories would be the perfect match for this gown? A delicate tear drop crystal earring, a little bit of movement illuminates a Bride’s skin and face. I would add a hairpiece for the reception look once the veil has been removed or a halo of flowers and some amazing shoes. My brides invest in their shoes, so they can enjoy wearing


Your advice to the bride keen to wear this style of gown? Wearing the correct underwear is imperative for a sleek and glamorous body line. This involves wearing spanx or as we call them at the Studio, passion killers. My advice, wear the spanx for ceremony and photos, then pop on the pretty briefs at the reception. Most importantly, wear your gown with confidence.



Which accessories would be the perfect match for this gown? Light gold twisted flowers are perfect for the hair; opt for sculpted looks instead of fresh to avoid any dramas of wilted flowers on the day. Your accessories will become your heirloom piece that can be handed down to generations. What style of wedding would this dress suit? This gown is perfect for many wedding styles, from classic to modern. Change your accessories to bring in a rustic or boho look. Is there a particular body shape suited to this style of dress? This style will suit a curvy hourglass figure or a more athletic build. Your advice to the bride keen to wear this style of gown? This gown is exclusive to us at Affordable Bridal, it takes around 6-7 months to have it made and ready to wear for your day. Be sure to order well in advance to avoid any last minute stress.



What are the outstanding features of this gown? The skirt is made from the softest crepe with a stretch lining, which falls softly over the body creating a flattering silhouette. The mermaid skirt falls into a chapel length train and is edged with lace and tiny beads and pearls. As you turn around the back is low to show off the beautiful lace; for those who are not so daring it also comes with a detachable lining. This style is dreamy and feminine creating a modern look but with a traditional twist. What type of veil would suit this style? A long sheer full length veil would complement this look.

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Cut, colour, size and style are all important details to be considered when suit shopping for your wedding. Will you be opting for a slim fit or tailored fit? What colour will tie in well with the colours of the wedding? What style of wedding will you be having? Will it be a formal classic wedding, rustic themed, modern or a casual beach wedding? With male fashion really coming into it’s own, there are plenty of styles available, and combined with the right accessories, you’ll feel confident, comfortable and look super stylish for the big day.


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1. Classic Black Cufflinks & Classic Pearl Cufflinks, from Lowes Menswear, $19.95, 2. ‘Paramount’ Business Shirts in a variety of colours & patterns, sizes 37-54cm from Lowes Menswear, $39.95ea + ‘Lowes’ Classic Tie, $25.00ea 3. Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder, $23.95 (varies per store) 4. Platinum & square diamond wedding band. Made to order - fully customised according to band style, width, metal preferences, gemstone. From Plumery Fine Jewellery, Male wedding band pictured is $2,100, 5. Davidoff CoolWater from Lowes Menswear, $39.95 6. ‘Lowes’ Bow ties from Lowes Menswear, $25.00 7. Aramis by Aramis from Lowes Menswear, $59.95 8. 18ct rose gold Male band 4.5mm wide with a polished bevel edge & matt finish centrally. From Plumery Fine Jewellery, $1,500 9. ‘Lowes’ ties from Lowes Menswear, $25.00ea 10. Lowes Fancy Grey Braces, $24.95





Lowes is a leading Australian menswear and young menswear retail chain offering well-made clothing at affordable prices. As a familyowned business, Lowes is part of a small but elite group of companies, which have been in business for over 110 years and are still 100% Australian owned. In a brand conscious society, Lowes have maintained a simple, down to Earth integrity in the way they have conducted business for over a century. Since it was founded in 1898, it has grown from a traditional “value for money” menswear store to become a well-known Australian icon in its own right. Today, Lowes continues to offer the public a range of well-made clothing at affordable prices.


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What style of wedding would these outfits suit? The ‘Ethan Slim Fit’ would be a perfect fit for the modern style wedding. The ‘Trent Tailored Fit’ would suit the classic style wedding.

What are the outstanding features of these suits? Ethan Slim Fit (right): Slim-line, modern and flattering for the slimmer body - it has the neatest fit. The jacket is narrower on the shoulders which lengthens the silhouette giving the impression that it is cut closer to the body. It’s jacket is also shorter than others and sits above the thighs, while the pants are narrower through the hips and thighs. Trent Tailored Fit (left): The newest addition to our range - this suit is cut closer to the body. The jacket is cut slightly narrower in the shoulder and the arm holes are cut higher, lengthening the silhouette and making the jacket look more fitted. The waist is cut closer to the body which creates a fitter look, with the jacket sitting below the thigh. The pants are more tapered through the hips and thighs so it fits slightly closer.


The jacket and trousers of both suits can also be purchased separately.

What accessories would work with these two suits? ‘Paramount’ business shirts would be ideal as they are available in a variety of plain, patterned and colour choices. ‘Lowes’ Classic ties and bow ties are also available in a variety of plain, patterned and colour options. For the Classic lace up shoe, ‘Perizzi’ Bombay can be purchased in two colours. Your advice to those keen to wear either of these suit styles? Both of the above suits are not just for the grooms or groomsmen they can fit page boys, father of the bride and don’t forget your guests!

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As we know, most men aren’t slaves to fashion, but the more fashion conscious male does like style - and this never goes out of fashion! An upcoming wedding is the perfect opportunity to introduce something new into the wardrobe and spruceup by sporting the latest styles for the big day. 3 Must Haves A stylish haircut

A stylish suit

A stylish fragrance

A stylish haircut It’s not uncommon these days for a blow-wave/dry request for men on their wedding day. And style cuts for beards are common place with facial hair the no.1 on-trend fashion accessory. The Taper, French Crop, Quiff or Side Part are versatile hairstyles for men, which when combined with a short beard or stubble, look spoton in the fashion stakes. Add a touch of dust powder to the hair for a dramatic Hollywood effect or for men that like their locks a little longer, a spritz of sea salt spray will give them that cool, beach tossed hair look.

The taper

The classic taper haircut is the perfect men’s hairstyle with just the right balance between sophistication and versatility. This style consists of short hair around the sides which is buzzed down with clippers. At the top there is slightly more length throughout.

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French Crop

Similar to the short, back and sides but with more length on top creating a more dramatic edge and a long fringe (depending on length preference). Add texture for a messy effect or blow dry forward. Or if you prefer a straight crop, it’s essentially the same as a French crop, but with less length on top - think Buzz cut on the sides with a scissor-cut on top. If you like a more contemporary French crop, opt for increased scalp exposure through the back and sides to create a more dramatic look.

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Versatile style splicing together elements of Pompadour and 1950s flattop, this is a style that’s not afraid to make it’s presence felt. Voluminous on top. Combined with a high or low fade on the back and sides.

Side Part

The main feature of the side part is the clean parting and sleek sweep of hair. This gives a striking and stylish look. Great for straight haired men. This cut is a close cousin of the classic taper. It differs from the Crop and Quiff by being less dramatically faded on the sides. With barbers very on-trend, it’s a good time to go and visit and see what type of style would suit you. There are so many styles and variations to these, so you’re sure to find something to make you look and feel great for your special day.

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A stylish suit Style is easily achieved with the right suit. Firstly, consider the style of the wedding - and whether the dress code is to be formal black-tie, cocktail, semi-formal or smart casual.

Formal black-tie

A formal black-tie dress code makes it easy to look sharp. A welltailored, fitted and minimalistic black tuxedo (single breasted) with a classic, crisp white shirt, black leather shoes and a black bowtie will have the men looking suave and sophisticated.

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Semi-formal/Cocktail attire

A dark blue or dark grey suit is perfect for a semi-formal or cocktail dress code for your wedding. Narrow cut styles look modern and classic and with the addition of a slim tie and a shirt which complements the colour of the suit, plus the addition of black or brown leather shoes or loafers, this look retains a certain amount of formality without the ’stuffiness’ of the formal tuxedo. Cocktail attire is a little more about the individual details, such as a stylish tie or textured/ checkered shirt, whereas semi-formal attire is still a bit more formal with the overall look more subdued and more about an exceptionally tailored suit, than the accessories. Brighter blue suits and lighter grey or white suits are also on-trend.

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Smart Casual

Great for a beach wedding, where a sports jacket or blazer and chinos is ideal. Mix with casual leather or suede shoes such as loafers and a lightweight shirt to complete the look - less structured, softer textured materials are commonly worn. Beach weddings also look perfect with the groom and groomsmen wearing waistcoats without a jacket or suspenders (braces) to add a casual rustic charm.

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Aramis by Aramis

Dense and complex with wood, spices and an intensive leather note. Masculine fragrance with strong character. Produced by Estee Lauder in 1964, Aramis by Aramis was a pioneer in men’s fragrance. Refined and distinctive fragrance.

A stylish fragrance - makes scents! While women go to great lengths to make sure everything is planned, down to what colour nail polish they will wear, some men tend to think they’ve got it all sorted once they find the right suit. There’s no doubting, a well fitted suit does make a man look superb, but if you want to really impress, a stylish scent is the perfect addition. We all know a scent can remind us of a special time or place, so utilise this and invest in a favourite scent for your special day.

Pour Monsieur by Chanel

Sophisticated citrus opening. First released in 1955, it is a very refined fragrance and an eternal classic.

There are many trendy new fragrances, but sometimes you can’t go past the classics for a stylish scent.

Davidoff CoolWater

Notes of lavender, rosemary, mint, coriander and juniper which is combined with lily of the valley, jasmine, honeysuckle and geranium to create a subtle sexy scent. Fresh, clean smell and not too expensive.

Here are some of our favourites:

Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior Fresh notes of lemon and rosemary combined with spicy lavender and a masculine, wood base. First released in 1966, Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior is one of the greatest classic men’s fragrances.



DRESSING YOUR BRIDESMAIDS Gorgeous soft, floaty layers utilising crepes, mikados and georgettes are not only popular with bridal gowns, but with bridesmaids dresses also. There are so many styles available nowadays, which is a good thing as often the ‘one size fits all’ approach just doesn’t work when sizes and shapes vary widely between your bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are often offered a variety of styles either in the one colour or within a certain colour range to keep everyone happy and looking their best in a style that suits their individual shape.

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PHOTOGRAPHY & REAL LIFE WEDDINGS Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make in the planning process; whoever you choose will be in charge of creating lasting memories of your wedding day. Take into account the style, special effects, and quality of the photographs you would like and select a photographer who can provide you with lasting, memorable photos.

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s soon as I went to Your Local Wedding Guide Wedding Fair in Canberra well over a year ago, I laid eyes on the amazing work of Melissa’s from A Shot Above The Rest Photography. I was then set on booking her in, it was a must! The day finally arrived and having done an engagement shoot with her I was a hundred percent sure that the wedding photos were going to be beyond amazing and I wasnt wrong! The day was such a fast day with limited time at location shoots however Melissa smoothed over any issues we had and produced the most amazing images in the short time we had. Her work is beyond five stars and the quality is incredible. Melissa’s work is very natural and breathtaking. I would recommend her to anybody because the whole experience with her was oustanding and the end results are beautiful. We can’t thank her enough!

Over 20 years of experience, your precious memories are in the safest of hands. 2013-2014-2015-2016 and 2017 AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer 2015 – AIPP Award Winning Portrait Professional Photographer 2015 – APPA Award Winning Illustrative Professional Photographer 2016 – APPA Award Winning Wedding Professional Photographer 6 x 2014 & 2015 Award Winning International - Honourable Mention Professional Wedding & Portrait Photographer at IPA Canberra – Goulburn Sydney – South Coast and Surrounding Areas

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DETAILS CEREMONY St.Christopher’s Cathedral RECEPTION The Southern

Cross Club Woden

GOWN: Stella York

SUITS: Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal MAKEUP Z&CO - Zoe & Angela

HAIRSTYLIST Mikos Barbershop (the men)

CAKE Cakes of Your Dreams TRANSPORT: First Class

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verything about Julia and Michael’s wedding spoke warmth and understated elegance. A simple garden ceremony in New Acton was followed by a relaxed and beautiful reception at Parlour wine room. It seemed effortless: the obvious affection Michael and Julia inspired in their guests, and the beautiful arrangements they’d made for their friends to celebrate with them.



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Couples are wanting a more authentic look to their photos, with less formal, posed shots and more natural free form shots. Telling a story is important, with a documentary approach to shooting weddings on trend.

2016 saw the introduction of ‘The First Look’, a trend where couples meet up before the ceremony to get ‘First Look’ shots together. The sense of anticipation, and the surprise of seeing his beautiful bride makes for emotional, powerful and natural photos. This trend continues with natural, candid style shots in favour.



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Taking advantage of the natural beauty of backgrounds and landscapes, photographers are creating some breathtaking photos for weddings. With these atmospheric shots, the couple are portrayed not as the main feature, but simply a part of something much larger than themselves. Many couples are keen to follow this trend as they can produce powerfully emotive images. Moody shots at dusk or dawn, of dark cloudy skies or vast starry nights have a timeless quality which creates a sense of awe.

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When it comes to social media, it’s good to let your guests know where you stand. Some couples really don’t want their wedding photos splashed all over social media, while other couples create a Hashtag and encourage their guests to take lots of candid shots to share online. The choice is yours, but make it clear which way you would like to go if you have strong views either way.



Many couples are opting for black and white photos, adopting a vintage style look to record their day. Some couples are going a step further and employing the use of film to create softer style shots in contrast to the sharp digital shots of modern day photos.


Not just for videography, Drones are also being incorporated into wedding photography and are creating unique wedding photos. Drones take photos from original angles that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be captured. They record a whole new perspective on weddings!



e met at a mutual friends party 8 years ago. Steven asked me to marry him July in 2016 on a helicopter ride over the Sydney harbour. We started planning our wedding planning and set a date for spring 2017. With a large family we needed a big space to have the wedding and after seeing the Gandel hall at the NGA we knew it was the perfect place. Our wedding was a lunchtime wedding and we had the most amazing day surrounded by lots of family and friends. Eddie and his wife were so helpful on the day and went out of their way to make sure we had a great day. We have been so happy with the photos.

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DETAILS BRIDES DRESS Nouveau Riche Queanbeyan

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Enchante Fyshwick FLOWER GIRL DRESSES Bella Notte Bridal CAKE Pasticceria Francesco

CEREMONY Holy Rosary Church, Watson

FLOWERS Poetry in flowers

HAIR Kathy and the team from 121

HAIR MAKE UP Elissa Parisi Makeup MUSIC DJ Rawson Reception

SUIT PLACE Black Tie by Xavier GROOMS CARS Import Parts

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WHAT TO ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER Choosing a wedding photographer but don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a basic list of questions to help guide you. Who will be taking our photos?

Be aware that some photography studios hire outside photographers. When there is more than one photographer, selecting the principal photographer may incur an extra booking fee. If you love the work of a particular studio, don’t be deterred from booking them just because they hire outsiders. Ask to see samples of work from the actual photographer to ensure his/her work is the stye that you are after. Arrange a meeting prior to the wedding. Often this can take the form of an engagement shoot where you will immediately see how well you can work together.

How experienced are you with wedding photography?

It is very important to ask any potential wedding photographer this question. Don’t rely on only seeing the photographer’s sample work. Ask for a reference and to see a whole wedding that this photographer has done, either from proofs or on the computer. Remember, experience does count for a lot and shouldn’t be underestimated – especially if you are after a certain look to your photos.

What’s covered by my package?

Some photographers charge by the hour, some have packages based on hourly blocks such as one, four or six hours, while some will stay until the end of the reception. Ensure you are aware of the time frame your package includes. If you have special photographic requirements, ask your photographer if you can vary the package and what the cost might be. Most are happy to oblige, but if your photographer

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is not flexible, ask for other alternatives. Don’t lose your preferred photographer because you are too scared to ask questions! Generally, most photographers don’t require a wedding photo list. It is very important, however, to advise your photographer of any special requests, such as visiting friends or relatives from overseas. Don’t assume he/she will capture everyone. A good idea is to have a family friend or relative that knows your family and friends (from both sides) to organise the guest photos for you.

Do I receive the negatives/high resolution digital images or do they remain your property? Who owns the copyright to the negatives? Don’t just assume you get the negatives from your photographer because you think you own them. Most do offer you the option to purchase the negatives either as a package or as an optional extra cost. As to the copyright question, according to the copyright law, photographers own the negatives. You own the copyright. However, photographers may ask you to sign over that copyright to the studio at the time of booking. The reason for this, is so that the photographer can control


where your wedding images end up, such as in magazines or other publications. If you have a package that includes the negatives, you will have license to copy those negatives from a photo lab for your family and friends without breaching copyright. Remember, however, that you don’t have the right to publish any of those photographs in any form of media – including a personal webpage – without specific written permission from your photographer (often referred to as a limited license). It is best to sort out if, and when, you will receive the negatives, prior to signing a contract or paying the booking fee. .

What are your cancellation policies? Or what if you can’t attend?

Don’t assume you automatically get your money back if you cancel your booking with your photographer. Many photographers do not refund a booking fee once paid. Make sure you know your photographer’s refund policy as they are quite within their rights to refuse a refund. Most photographers have a back-up plan if they are sick, but don’t just assume yours does. Discuss a contingency plan prior to the wedding.


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When considering your wedding photographer, couples need to consider how important wedding photos are to them.

Couples need to take into account the style, special effects, and quality of the photographers they would like. Photographers appreciate couples who permit them to incorporate their creative flair, experience and expertise when photographing their wedding.

Some couples are extremely passionate about their wedding photos and place photography high on their priority list, while other couples might be happy to settle for an informal, less expensive or less experienced photographer.

Experience does count for a lot and shouldn’t be underestimated especially if you are after a certain look to your photos. Photographers spend many years gaining their skills. They also attend seminars and workshops to improve their skills and invest in the latest computer software to ensure they provide you with the latest trends in wedding photography. Photographers who have had only a few years in the industry don’t always know the “secrets” more seasoned professionals know. You may also find that a photographer who has not long been shooting weddings will, more often than not, be still experimenting with new things.

Your photography requirements are unique, so it is important for couples-to-be to ensure they choose a photographer that reflects their personal style and meets their wedding needs. There are three distinctive types of wedding photographers: The professional, talented wedding photographer, often skilled in lighting, special effects, and has a reputation for taking high-quality, ‘stand-out’ photos. The ‘up-and-coming’ talented but inexperienced photographer that hasn’t been in the industry very long but has exhibited exceptional talent.

Experienced photographers who has been in the industry for well over 10 years will know the basics and can concentrate on the latest styles and trends in wedding photography. To feel comfortable, visit the various photographers’ websites. Be aware that lack of experience is usually the most common reason why some photographers have cheaper prices than others.

The average photographer, usually a family member or friend, who has offered to take a few amateur photos of your wedding day.

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Most wedding photographers will also want to do a photography timing plan with you. This plan will set out the timing of your wedding photographs in and around the other aspects of your wedding, including hair and make-up, pre-wedding at home photos, the ceremony, location photos, and your wedding reception. Ideally, the plan needs to be arranged four weeks prior to your wedding day when you should have a good idea of your wedding agenda and timeframes. Wedding plans can change more than four weeks before, and in turn can alter your photography plans. When finalising your photography plans, you and your partner need to consider lighting and sunset times, especially when choosing the time for your ceremony. Occasionally couples find out their ceremony time is too late, especially in winter, and run out of light to take photos. In this situation, if the ceremony time can’t be changed, you will need to decide if you would like to have the photographs taken prior to the wedding when lighting is ideal. This would allow your partner to see you before the ceremony (the first look), or your other option is a night-time photo shoot. As a guide, most photographers will commence the wedding photo shoot at the bride’s home about an hour prior to the ceremony, then will move to the church or ceremony venue to photograph the groomsmen, before photographing the ceremony and family. After this, the bridal party will accompany the photographer to a pre-arranged location for about two hours. The photographer will then accompany you to the wedding reception, stay for the cutting of the cake and bridal waltz or take staged photos of these prior to your reception, allowing them to leave earlier. This schedule is only a guide and will depend on your personal arrangements with your photographer. Talking over your photography options with your photographer will ensure your wedding runs smoothly, on time, and that you and your partner receive desirable results and photos you will both be delighted with.

Often a combination of poses, special effects, lighting, high-quality camera equipment, in-depth technical knowledge and experience can enhance your photos and result in consistent images that will make your wedding photos extra special. It’s quite normal for couples to allocate 20 to 25 percent of their total wedding budget towards photography, with costs dependant on image quality, the presentation of your photos, and the wedding package you choose. Photographers offer many different packages from digital prints to designer albums, and can tailor packages to suit your individual style, needs and budget. When discussing your package requirements with your photographer, it’s a good idea to also discuss payment options. Most photographers will let you pay off your wedding photography package in part-payments, allowing you to select a photographer that provides you with memorable photos.

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Wedding Photography has become an art form; capturing not just the couples wedding day but also some of their unique personalities. But once the wedding day is over, only two things remain: the couples love for each other and the photographic reminders of their special day. Often when couples see their images for the first time they get quite emotional... great photography really is priceless!

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A good idea is to get an Engagement or Couples photo shoot when you first book your photographer. This way you can become familiar with their style and technique, identify your best angle and most importantly, establish a personal rapport to ensure you feel comfortable with each other. This trial run can be a nice memento of you as a couple ‘before you were married’. If you’re happy with the shoot, then you will feel more confident with your photographer, and relaxed in the knowledge that your wedding photography will be in capable hands.



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Influenced by the aesthetics and styling of fashion photography, Steven’s unobtrusive and fun approach enables him to create a relaxed documentary of your wedding. By intertwining photojournalism, editorial techniques and high fashion portraiture, Steven Lloyd Photography will create a beautiful visual narrative of your special day that captures the gorgeous details, the unique emotional and personal moments and the things that you may have missed. All images are professionally retouched in large format for printing and small format for the web.


boudoir shoot What should I expect?

As women, we sometimes tend to focus on our physical flaws rather than celebrate our individual beauty…and that’s why Boudoir Photography can be so empowering. Boudoir is more than just a photography session; it can make you appreciate and feel comfortable with how you look. Boudoir photography is about stripping away the layers of insecurity, taking a step outside of your comfort zone - and arriving at a place where you are comfortable and confident in your own skin. Boudoir Photographers will tailor the session to your comfort level and will produce sensual, elegant images of you in your lingerie. It’s about creating a mood and capturing your unique beauty in a sensual, tasteful way. Need we say, your Bridal Boudoir Photos would make the perfect gift to give to your husband-to-be on the morning of your wedding!



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At Steven Lloyd Photography we will provide you with memorable high-end photography of your special day. We offer personalised photography services and packages tailored to suit your individual needs and tastes.

For more information on packages please call or email. We would love the opportunity to discuss your wedding and custom design a package to suit you.

To see the emotion.. . to feel the love.. . to capture it all

I aim to create memories by telling the story of your wedding day through beautiful images. My aim is simple.... to create memories by telling the story of your wedding day through beautiful images.

Photography gives us the unique opportunity to capture fleeting moments in our lives…

To capture the emotion of you, your family and friends. To capture the candid expressions, the romance, the laughter and the tears. The littlest details that make the big impact. Your day will be made up of so many special moments. I will capture these piece by piece and not miss a minute. This is your wedding day. There is no ‘one size fits all’. You are unique, your day is unique and we will make your memories unique.

My goal, as your photographer, is to capture these moments exactly as you want to remember them, so you can look at your photographs and feel the same passion, joy and excitement in the future, as you do right now.

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months before


months before


week before

Start a wedding folder or Pinterest board

Give notice of intention to marry - Registration

Pick up your gown & check accessories

Contact wedding coordinator

Send invitations & registry lists

Decide on a wedding date & time

Decide on menu and drinks with your caterers/reception centre

Confirm equipment hire & wedding transport

Work out a budget Draw up a guest list Choose wedding party Choose bridal gown Book ceremony & reception venues Book photographer & videographer Book a celebrant or minister Book wedding transportation

Book any wedding apparel that needs to be hired

Organise someone to return hired clothes & equipment Get a facial and massage

Book accommodation needed for out of town guests

Have your hair coloured

Discuss and plan your photos with your photographer/videographer

Relax where possible

Pack for your honeymoon

Try on and order lingerie

Organise caterers, if required Select and order your cake Book your band or DJ for ceremony/reception Book a consultation with wedding decorator Begin a personal health & fitness program


weeks before

Decide on honeymoon location & book Check that your passport is current Obtain birth certificate

Confirm all bookings & arrangements Purchase gifts for attendants Plan seating arrangements Arrange for any name changes


months before Choose MC for the reception Book your stationery Book your florist Book trials with chosen hairdresser & beautician

Ask speakers to prepare their speeches Schedule wedding rehearsals Trial your make-up

the day before

Confirm when flowers & cake are arriving Confirm hair & make-up Have nails manicured Pack an ‘emergency kit’ including: needle & thread, safety pins, hollywood tape, extra stockings, bandaids Lay out everything you need for the wedding day Pack essentials for the wedding night Pack last minute items for your honeymoon


Enjoy your day (relax) Get a good night’s sleep

weeks before

Order hire equipment, if required Select wedding rings Plan the order of ceremony and reception

Check arrangements with photographer/videographer

Register with a bridal gift service & select gift choices

Confirm numbers with caterer or reception booking

Have inoculations for overseas travel

Check & confirm honeymoon bookings

Discuss insurance, wills etc

Pick up wedding rings

Shop for bridesmaid dresses

Have wedding rehearsal



BRIDAL EXPOS Bridal Expos are an excellent way of gaining great new ideas for your wedding. You can save considerable time in planning your wedding by visiting, as you can see a whole host of wedding related products and services gathered together in one place. The number of niche industries that are displaying their great new ideas and innovations at Bridal Expos are continually increasing and by selecting a piece of this and a piece of that, you can blend it all to make your wedding totally individual.


PLAN YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DAY We want to help you to create a wedding that is perfect for you. Whether your idea of perfect is being surrounded by lots of family and friends or an intimate affair with only your closest; Your Local Wedding Guide Expos can offer you ideas and put you in touch with wedding professionals who can help you to realise your vision of perfect. Established over 25 years ago, Your Local Wedding Guide Expos are one of the largest and most widespread wedding expo series in the country. By bringing together the best and most competitive wedding industry suppliers in your local area, our expos give you the opportunity to meet with a variety of leading wedding professionals to ensure you find the right team for your special day.


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Find your match When you visit our expos, take the opportunity to talk to as many wedding professionals as possible to find the perfect team for your wedding! Finding your match in a wedding supplier; someone who can see your vision, will make planning so much easier. And you’ll be glad on your wedding day as you’ll be able to relax and leave the practicalities to them while you enjoy the day that you’ve spent months planning.

Don’t have time? All of the wedding professionals will talk to you about their products and services in as much detail as you’d like. If you don’t have the time or aren’t comfortable to chat right then, set up an appointment to talk in more detail at a later date. Make sure you accept information from each booth so you can go through it later.

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Trusted opinion Your Local Wedding Guide Expos are large and definitely worthwhile taking the time to visit. We work hard to ensure we have a fantastic mix of wedding suppliers so you can book your whole wedding in one day! With so many decisions to be made, it’s a good idea to take your partner, mum or trusted friend along to help. Why not take your bridesmaids along and enjoy a fun and productive day of wedding planning together!

The fashion parades Be captivated by our elegant and professional fashion parades where designers will take you on a romantic journey showcasing gowns and suits from their latest collections. On trend bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride and flower girl outfits complete the comprehensive wedding fashion showcase.

Many wedding professionals will offer a promotion or competition at the expo, so come prepared to fill in a number of registration forms. Take advantage of expo specials and make sure you go in the draw to win our Major Prize Package. Details of prizes for each of our expos will be listed on our website and promoted through social media leading up to each event. Make sure you like us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date!

Save the date A large wedding expo is the best place to find new ideas and meet wedding professionals who can help you achieve your wedding day goals. Get a great start on your wedding planning by visiting Your Local Wedding Guide Expos. See next page for our full year of 2018 expo dates for Canberra, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast or visit us on

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DAZZLING DIAMONDS The engagement ring

Remember when selecting the engagement ring it will be worn for the rest of your life so think carefully about your investment. The prime thing to remember is that it should reflect your personality and your individuality. The white diamond is still the most popular and traditional choice of gem but if you like some colour you can choose any gem. It is also a lovely idea to incorporate your birthstone as part of your engagement ring. When selecting the stone, particularly a diamond, the four most important characteristics to look for are the cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. The cut Cut refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets, whatever its shape. Most diamonds are cut with a full 58 facets, and different cuts will reflect light differently. A well-proportioned cut will reflect light between the facets and up through the crown. The shape of the stone is a matter of personal preference. The round (brilliant) shape is the most popular, with shapes like the emerald (rectangular), the marquise (oblong with pointed ends), the pear, the oval, the princess (square), and the heart shape offering some variety. The cut is the only one of the four qualities determined by man. Clarity When you choose your diamond, choose one as close to colourless as possible; this allows white light to pass through and be dispersed as dazzling rainbows of colour on top. Very few diamonds are truly colourless, with most having a barely distinguishable brown or yellow tint. Clarity is determined by the number, size and position of inclusions (an inclusion is a trace of non-crystallised carbon). A diamond free of inclusions is very rare and therefore very valuable. The actual weight is measured in carats with each carat divided into 100 points. So the weight of a diamond of 25 points is 0.25 carats, or 1/4 carat.

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The setting Settings show off the brilliance of the ring and set the style. A complementary, innovative, and professional design and ring setting will ensure their natural beauty is highlighted. The most popular settings include: Bezel set - diamond is set in a secure frame of precious metal; Channel set – a number of diamonds set side by side within a band of precious metal; Claw set – a solitaire diamond is held in place by four or six metal prongs that bend over it; Pavé set – many small diamonds are placed closely together and held in place by individual grains of gold; and Tension set – a modern version of the classic solitaire, the diamond is suspended in a gap in the actual band. The metal While yellow gold has traditionally been seen on Australian brides, the popular European trend of using white gold is now coming to the fore. Some jewellers say all diamonds should be placed in platinum or white gold, as it can make the diamond look larger and brighter. However, yellow gold, rose gold and silver are still very popular. Some couples choose a style that combines one or two of the options. A combination of yellow and white gold best enhances semi-precious and precious stones. Pearls, amber, amethyst, and opals can be adapted to more unusual design styles.

The wedding ring

The wedding ring is the ring you exchange with your partner at the wedding ceremony. The wedding ring symbolises the eternal continuity of an unending and unbroken circle, and is worn on the third finger of your left hand - the same finger as your engagement ring. Therefore, you should ensure they complement each other. Your wedding rings can be yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, silver, platinum, or a combination - whichever you prefer. In Australia, the wedding ring has traditionally been a simple gold band, particularly for men. However, now they are more often set with a diamond or two, or another precious stone and are tending towards more patterns, twists and turns in a chunkier style. Many couples are choosing specially designed matching wedding bands that feature engraving or you could inscribe a simple yet poignant message on the inside of the band. Remember to check that neither of you react to your choice of metal. While platinum is very popular, white gold is a less expensive choice yet looks very similar.

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When selecting your wedding rings consider these questions: Will the engagement ring style easily accept a wedder and eternity ring as companions? Will the rings date when fashions change? Is the style practical for long term use? Are the rings comfortable to wear?


Advice when buying an engagement ring

1. Lifestyle – this is a very important consideration, as this ring will be on her hand pretty much everyday for the rest of her life. Most women don’t like to take off their rings for work, sports or hobbies, so pick a style that will fit with her lifestyle. Think about how high above her hand the ring sits, is it easy to clean, will the claws/prongs be too prominent. All of these things impact on the wearability of the ring. 2. Personal style – this is tricky, as most women like a variety of styles. If you watch closely you should get a good idea of how she generally chooses to express herself with clothes, shoes and her current jewellery. Is she modern, or very classic? Is she most definitely a white diamond type, or would she prefer a coloured stone engagement ring? The style of the ring needs to express her, as she will be wearing it everyday. 3. Budget – there is an amazing engagement ring perfect for you in every budget, you just need some advice on where to concentrate your dollars. Do you prefer a smaller high-quality gem, or are you a best bling for your buck buyer? Do you want 9, 14 or 18ct gold? Do you want a custom piece exclusively handmade, or can you manage a more modest make? Do you want side stones or not? Halo or not? A great jeweller will help you find the right ring for you. 4. Ring size – this is a big deal. If you are planning a surprise engagement ring, then it is very important to get the ring size right. It can be resized later, but it is very anticlimactic to pop the question….and then have a ring that is too small to wear! 5. Protection – consider insurance. This is a big investment for something that is small and valuable. It is also likely to travel overseas, and be taken on and off on many occasions. If you insure your house and car, it is probably the right decision to insure your engagement ring. Last piece of advice – enjoy this time in your life! It is an exciting new chapter and something that you will talk about for many anniversaries to come…and maybe with your kids in the years to come. Find a jeweller you like and trust, and who will help you make the process special. Best of Luck! Danielle Klar - Plumery

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Your health, hair and makeup play an important role on your wedding day. Take the time to look at various options so you’ll feel happy and confident that you look and most importantly, feel great on the day. Preparation can start as soon as you’re engaged, as hair and makeup trials, health plans and treatments often take place weeks or even months prior to the wedding day. Steven Lloyd Photography




Vintage glam with a modern twist. Every hairstyle I create is custom designed for each bride. The gown and body shape of the bride is taken into consideration when designing her hairstyle so it suits her perfectly. To create this custom look, I firstly pre-curled the bride’s hair with a GHD straightener. It was then teased and placed in an up style to create a shape to complement her facial features.

It’s important to find an experienced hairdresser to create your wedding hairstyle - Steven knows the illusion tricks for creating symmetry to ensure a hairstyle that suits you and he will honestly offer advice on the

On completion, hairspray was used to set the hairstyle to ensure it lasted the duration of the bride’s wedding day. My secret product: Hairspray!

best hairstyles for your special day. If your heart is set on a certain look, he can create a custom version of the hairstyle for you.


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Red lips are also making a comeback for the bolder bride who likes a more dramatic look. Paired with minimal makeup, it looks stunning, modern and fresh.


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Dramatic eyes are in. Wings with false eyelashes or extensions and a smoky look at the corners creates a sultry, yet sophisticated air. Makeup will be more dramatic in 2018 due to the return of the veil covering the face.

Hair flair

Hair continues along the trend of being not as structured for 2018. Steven Lloyd, hair stylist says low chignons which are not as polished and structured are popular, along with messy buns and braids. Steven suggests to be careful opting for down, curly styles for your wedding day because normally they will only last for a couple of hours before losing the tightness of the curl. With a whole day and night to look forward to, you need a style which will look as good at the end of the night as it did to start. ‘Perspiration, guests hugging you and your veil are things which can pull your hair and should be considered when deciding on a style’ says Steven.

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Look amazing right down to the tips of your nails

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With so many things to plan for your wedding, sometimes nails can be forgotten, or at the very least, thought about at the last minute! But it’s a good idea to invest in a decent hand cream or oil to give your nails some daily love in the lead up to your wedding. Your hands and nails will be in the spotlight often during the course of your wedding day - during the exchange of rings, in photos (including some major close-ups), and afterwards when you’ll want to show off your new married status!

Think pink

Pink is often the colour of choice for weddings with brides donning pink lipstick and blush, and grooms suiting up with shirts sporting that inexplicable hue; Millennial pink. For weddings, pink will never go out of style; its soft, romantic hue will always be welcomed by brides.

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On trend orange

Orange and coral lip colour is trending everywhere, not just for brides. Ranging from cool pink based coral colours for light complexions with cool undertones; to more vibrant shades in fruity colours like peach, apricot and tangerine for medium skin tones; to even brighter true orange based coral colours for deeper complexions; everyone can wear this popular Summer colour.

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French manicures have always been a favourite for weddings and look beautiful in photos, but some brides like to opt for a colour to suit their colour theme. Pink has been hugely popular for weddings, but coral shades or peach/ apricot tones will look gorgeous this summer. If in doubt, neutral shades always look good or you can add a splash of glamour by using some glitter or applying a chrome overcoat! There are also lots of gorgeous pastel colours which are popular now. Because they are more subdued, you can get away with a blue or green or any colour to suit your wedding colours, without looking too bright. If you don’t usually get a professional manicure, your wedding is the perfect time to enjoy a little pampering and invest in one.

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*Our Tip - Don’t try anything too different with your makeup for your wedding day. If you’re not used to wearing bright red lipstick for example, now is not the time to try! Certainly up the glamour, but at the same time make sure you feel comfortable and confident with how you look on your special day.

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  Wedding hair stylist Steven Lloyd is an award-winning hairdresser who can create beautiful custom designed hair for your wedding day or special event. So you can relax while having your hair styled at a location of your choice.

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With a few treatments clients can see a reduction in pigmentation, fine lines and acne scarring. PicoSure’s ultra-short pulse duration results in greater disruption of the targeted tattoo for better clearance with fewer treatments and without injury to the surrounding skin. Even dark, stubborn blue, green, red and yellow inks can be removed.

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On your special day there is one attribute that will reflect the joy you are experiencing, the relief after all the planning has finally paid off, and the gratitude to all those in attendance - a confident, healthy smile. Canberra City Dentistry have a lot of experience in helping people achieve the smile they desire. Sometimes all that is required to bring out a healthier smile is a simple clean where some stains and build-up from the teeth is removed. If you have not had a clean for a while, you may be amazed by the result that can be achieved in about half an hour. Quite popular is a convenient session of in-chair whitening for those seeking supreme confidence. Whitening can take as little as an hour and aims to deal with more stubborn stains. Free 15 minute consults are available to assess and discuss the procedure, and also answer any questions you may have. Then all you need to do is sit back, relax and let the light do the work. There are many possibilities for even more in depth treatment such as veneers to cover deficiencies and correct minor alignment issues. Planning for a simple check up and clean well in advance of the big day to work out what is best for you can mean less stress later on, and confidence that your smile will be at its best for your wedding day.

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CAKES Your wedding cake will be one of the first things guests admire when they arrive at your reception. Atop a special table, it will sit proudly, helping to portray the style and overall theme of your wedding. Soft watercolours, gold leaf, semi-naked cakes, fresh flowers and ribbon icing effects are just a few of the decorating trends responsible for creating beautifully decorated wedding cakes. And with a huge variety of flavours now readily available, your cake need not only look magnificent, it should taste superb as well!

OUR TIPS Try before you buy. Most cake decorators are happy to offer sampling; just make sure you ask them when you make an appointment. Allow your cake decorator to organise the delivery to ensure it gets to your reception intact!

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Dream designs

Your wedding dress, your chosen venue, your stationery, your transport; all of these things combine to communicate the style of your wedding. The same goes for your wedding cake. A work of art, it proudly sits atop it’s pedestal revealing your unique wedding style to guests as they arrive at your reception.

Trends in the design of wedding cakes appear to be shifting from the traditional white cakes. Susan (Cakes of Your Dreams), says she is finding that “The trend at the moment is mostly rustic semi naked or buttercreamed cakes with fresh flowers” and that “2018 will have similar trends, a casual rustic delicious wedding cake”.

One appointment you won’t want to miss is that all important cake sampling date! As well as looking amazing, your wedding cake needs to taste exceptional…and you get to try out the different flavours (and there’s a lot) to find that perfect blend. See which flavours and designs are trending in the wedding cake world. Be prepared to salivate…

With wedding cakes varying greatly in styles, you should have no trouble choosing your dream design. See the top 10 most popular wedding cake designs.

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Simple, more light flavoured cakes are making somewhat of a resurgence, while the classic mud cake is dwindling ever so slightly in it’s popularity; but combined with some very yummy infusions, we don’t think it’s going to lose it’s appeal too easily.

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Susan, of Cakes of Your Dreams says, “It is popular to have each tier a different flavour”. We think that sounds superb - why choose one when as Susan says, “there are so many flavours to choose from”. Have a look at the top 10 must try flavours. “My favourite one is lime and coconut at the moment”, admits Susan. Yum!

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Top 10 flavours Butterscotch White chocolate raspberry Coconut/lime Vanilla Bean

About the designer

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Susan, owner of Cakes of Your Dreams is a 4th generation pastry chef and makes bespoke cakes for every occasion. All of her cakes are freshly made using quality ingredients including free-range eggs, couverture chocolate, unsalted butter, roasted nuts, fresh citrus and liquors. Attention is paid to every part of the cake making process, from baking, filling, ganaching, icing, decorating and delivering.

Lemon Maple Pecan Red Velvet Salted caramel mud Bailey’s infused white chocolate

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“I love making cakes and I love bringing a bit of sweetness into peoples lives” Why is this one of your favourite cake designs? This is one of my favourite designs because it tells a story of the couple. It is also stylish and individual. It has four different flavours; Lime & coconut, dark chocolate orange, vanila and traditional fruit cake. This design would be suited to anyone’s wedding as it is customised to suit you. No two weddings will ever be the same.

When I was little my grandparents had a cake shop then later my parents had a cake shop for 14 years. When my parents retired I started my own business and I have never looked back. That was 22 years ago.I do this job because I love making cakes and I love bringing a bit of sweetness into peoples lives.

Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from everywhere; mostly from brides, Instagram, fashion and nature. I am a 4th generation pastry chef so I was born into it. I spent my whole life in cake shops.


Your advice to couples? The advice I can give to couples, is to be yourself and choose something you love and a cake that represents your personality. Don’t try to be like everyone else, go for what you love. A wedding cake is the centrepiece of your reception, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

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FLOWERS Flowers offer an instant splash of beauty and colour to your wedding day.

A vast range of wedding bouquet styles are available, ranging from a formal posy to a trailing bouquet, to single flowers tied in bunches with a ribbon. Whatever the style of your bouquet, flowers play an important role in adding the final touches to create the perfect look for your wedding.

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While many brides may have opted at one time for traditional white lilies over the bold Australian Banksia, currently native floral bouquets are hotly sought after. So while our native flora may lack a certain kind of classicism, it makes up for it by being diverse, fresh, colourful, hardy and uniquely textural. There’s so much variety and with natives accessible through most metropolitan florists there’s no reason not to search out a local equivalent to those lilies. We’ve picked out six of our favourite beautiful Aussie blooms - but there are so many more to choose from. It was pretty hard to limit ourselves to just six!

1. Protea

This sizeable yet softly-hued bloom is mistakenly thought of as an Australian native - when in fact it hails from South Africa - but as it is so easily grown in our soil it has come to be thought of as an unofficial Aussie. Closely related to the Grevillea family, the Protea is equally striking and pretty and comes in a huge number of varietals. The most common is the King Protea, which comes in pink or white. Also seek out the variety Pink Ice, which boasts a richer pink hue and gorgeously soft petals that would make it a great bouquet centrepiece alongside some textural, tropical foliage.


2. Waratah

The mighty Waratah isn’t for the faint-hearted. Think of it as the Australian equivalent of the red rose: bold and glamorous and screaming of passion. Most commonly available in red, this bloom is now being bred for the cut flower market in white as well, giving it that classic white wedding feel. Plus one of the greatest things about the Waratah is that they’re a hardy flower, and will easily stand up to the heat without wilting halfway through a midsummer, full sun ceremony. Textural, romantic and unique.


3. Paper Daisy

The Paper Daisy, usually available from spring until autumn, has stiff, papery petals that give a hardier, more interesting texture to the European daisy varieties. Commonly available in pink, white or yellow this little flower adds a pop of colour and injection of femininity to your bridal bouquet. The daisies could be styled along with other smaller blooms, or alternatively they would look great by themselves, giving a strong statement of individuality and fun.

4. Blushing Bride

Easily the favourite native of Australian brides, this flower is hard to beat. The downside is that you have to wait until the cold hits before it comes into season, but that’s the price you pay for wanting to carry this super-soft, gem of a flower. It pairs effortlessly alongside other natives for a vintage-type feel, can be used en masse, or alternatively it’s one of the few Australian flowers that sit easily alongside more Europeanstyle blooms, such as orchids, roses or Lisianthus. The strength of this flower is that it’s unique in both shape and texture and unassumingly pretty, while also being hardy.




5. Geraldton Wax Flower

This dainty native grows in abundance; is easily sourced in metropolitan areas; and in addition it’s guaranteed to add a touch of bush charm to your bridal bouquet. Coming in a range of hues – white, pink, purple and a colour verging on red – the small five-petalled bloom acts as great filler for bouquets and works well alongside other larger flowers. Think of it as an Australian alternative to a Forget-Me-Not or the common daisy, and the waxy nature of the flower lends it a hardiness and textural interest that’s uncommon in European-style flowers.


6. Billy Buttons

Billy Buttons – whether dried or fresh – can be used almost all year round. A favourite of decorators, brides and stylists these little buttony blooms provide a floral exclamation mark. They are cute, stylish and rustic all at once and can be used grouped together or spread out; interspersed throughout a bridal bouquet alongside other favourites such as spinning gum, acacia, waxflower or paper daisies. Their leafless, linear stems are quite striking, and for this reason they are sometimes used en masse, simply tied with twine or a gingham ribbon and resulting in a huge pop of yellow that works well in photos and results in an easily-maintained bridal bouquet, and one that can also be saved as a memento of your wedding day. Perfect for men’s buttonholes too!


Manuka Flowers have been providing stunning designer flowers for over 20 years to clients in Canberra and the surrounding region. Sue and her qualified design team pride themselves on their attention to detail and personal customer service.

Manuka Flowers can provide flowers for all occasions specialising in Weddings, Functions and Corporate designs. We deliver Local, National and International. Manuka Flowers is located in a stunning new studio in Palmerston Lane Manuka.

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DIY FLOWER CROWNS Flower Crowns are all the rage at the moment, so if you’re thinking of having a flower crown for your wedding, why not give these a go; they’re simple to make and gorgeous. What better way to add to your wedding than with an individually designed, unique flower crown made by you! And if you’re a fan of Native plants, complete your style wearing the latest on trend look - rustic, textural, colourful, contemporary Natives!

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What you’ll need: Thick (4.6mm or thicker) & thin floral wire Floral shears Gloves


Measuring tape

Floral tape

Wire cutters

Hot glue gun

Fillers & finishers (feathers, ribbon, greenery, etc)

And Flowers!

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Measure your head circumference with your measuring tape.

With your wire cutters, cut a length of thick wire approximately 5cm longer than your measured head circumference.


Bend the ends of the wire together to form a circle; then clasp the ends together by creating a hook at each end.


Prepare your flowers by stripping off any leaves and then trim the stems with the floral shears to approximately 5-7cms in length.


Twist the floral tape or thin floral wire around the stem of the plant attaching it to the thick wire securely.

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Work your way around the wire adding flowers one at a time. Leave the middle section till last.


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Once you’ve added the larger flowers, Attach the middle flower to accentuate your ‘made to measure’ flower crown.


Add your smaller flowers, greenery, ribbon or feathers to fill in the gaps and finish off your flower crown

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Secure the ends by using thin wire or floral tape.

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Q. What type of wedding would this arrangement be most suited to? A. This arrangement would be perfect for most Wedding ceremonies or receptions, it is bespoke, sophisticated and very elegant. Q. What flowers have you used to create your arrangement? A. The flowers used in this arrangement include Roses, Hydrangeas, Veronica, Amaranth, Rice Flower, Ivy Berry, Dusty Miller and assorted Summer Foliage.

Q.What flowers/arrangements are popular right now for weddings? A. A lot of our brides are still requesting the beautiful soft, natural and organic shaped bouquets that are in style at the moment. These bouquets look stunning with roses, David Austin roses, peonies, hydrangea, scabiosa and lots of lush flowing foliage. Australian natives are also popular and blend well with roses and other flowers for a beautiful look. Q.Where do you get your inspiration? A. The floral designers at Flowers on Flemington gain inspiration from local and international trends, by listening to our clients, and then combining those influences with our experience and style. Q. What made you go into floristry? A. We went into Floristry because of our love of flowers, the ability to express our creativity, to make pretty things, which in turn allows us to do the most important thing: deliver beautiful flowers for our clients.


Q. What trends do you predict for 2018 wedding flowers/arrangements? A. Wedding Flowers in 2018 will continue with the trends of soft, organic bouquets however a lot of bold colours like Burgundy are emerging in popularity. The shape of bouquets may also get a bit more “wild�. Flower and foliage garlands, archways and table runners will still be very popular as will real flowers on the Wedding cake. We look forward to the growing trend of flower jewellery worn by brides. It is going to be an exciting year again for Florists. Q. Any advice to couples organising their flowers for their wedding? A. Our advice to couples organising Wedding Flowers would be to have an idea of colour, style and flowers ready to discuss with your florist before your first appointment. We are then able to give you suggestions and build on your ideas. Also, book your florist well in advance, Spring, Summer and Autumn are all busy months for us! Finally, have a realistic budget in mind. Flowers are a huge component in creating the beauty of your day, plan accordingly.

Flowers on Flemington look forward to working with many Canberra Brides and Grooms in 2018 to create beautiful flowers for their perfect Wedding Day.




Weddings are looking beautifully fresh and effortless, and so too are wedding flowers. Set the scene on your wedding day with flowers that reflect your unique wedding style and capture the beauty of your wedding day.

What’s on trend?


Greenery has been a big trend in the world of wedding flowers.


Oversized bouquets are popular - they create a stunning, visual impact.


Hanging installations, including foliage wreaths and hanging branches add a new dimension to the ceremony or reception space.


The white and green colour palatte is always popular. It creates an elegant and classic look.


Burgendy toned flowers and foliage are also very popular..

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Q. Why is this flower arrangement one of your favourites? A. I love the textures and colours of this one. Burgundy and green are my two favourite colours and at the moment they are very popular in wedding bouquets. Q. What flowers have you used to create your arrangement? A. A mix of roses, dahlias and Veronica with dusty miller and peppercorn foliage. Q.What flowers/arrangements are popular right now for weddings? A. The unstructured, ‘just picked from the garden’ look has been popular for a little while but a lot of our brides are still requesting the classic, rounded bouquet, or something in between the two. Q.Where do you get your inspiration? A. I get a lot of inspiration from nature, and when I walk my dog Daisy.

Q. What made you go into floristry? A. I have always loved to garden and grow things and started working in the Dried Flower Shop at Pialligo Plant Farm in 1990, we ran classes, made wreaths and dried flowers there. Since I was a child I’ve always been creative. Q. What trends do you predict for 2018 wedding flowers/arrangements? A. Flowers are a bit like fashion, the popularity of styles will do a full circle and eventually come back into fashion again. At the moment the loose, unstructured style is very popular but a lot of our bride’s still want the classic style bouquet too. Q. Any advice to couples organising their flowers for their wedding? A. Contact your florist as soon as you can to be sure they are not already booked out. Be prepared to be flexible with your flower choice because what you have your heart set on may be completely out of season.



CEREMONY You’ve made the exciting decision to get married, and now you’ll have many other decisions to make in regards to your wedding. One of these is where to get married. Your vows are considered to be some of the most important words that you will ever say to each other, so where you choose to say these words should reflect you and your partners style and personality.

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YOUR CEREMONY, YOUR CHOICE Your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. It’s the moment where you will both express your love and commitment to each other; where your partnership is made legal in the eyes of the law and in the company of your family and friends. You have many available options on where and how you would like to be wed. The traditional way to be married is in a church service, but nowadays chapel weddings and garden weddings are very popular, and registry weddings are also available for those who want to get married with the minimum of fuss.

Chapel weddings are very popular as many cater for both religious and civil wedding ceremonies. Historical wedding chapels provide a timeless and elegant backdrop for the ceremony. As with church weddings, chapels eliminate the stress associated with outdoor weddings as weather and parking are no longer an issue to worry about. Many chapels also provide couples with the option of hosting cocktail drinks at the chapel after the wedding ceremony. Cocktail drinks can provide an excellent interlude before the wedding reception where the couple can take their photos while ensuring their guests are looked after and enjoying themselves.


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Church Weddings

Most couples that get married in a church do so for religious reasons. At least one partner, but usually both are expected to follow the beliefs of the church. Most church leaders advise pre-marital counselling sessions and some will require you to complete a questionnaire. The main thing is to ensure you feel happy and comfortable with your church hy A Shot Above the Rest Photograp leader. They will have an important role in your wedding, so being able to communicate with them well is vital. A traditional church ceremony may be more structured than a civil ceremony, but there will usually be some options available to personalise your ceremony.

Garden Weddings

The beauty of a natural environment appeals to many couples. The choice to have a garden wedding offers a less formal environment for many couples looking for the peace and tranquility of a garden. If you choose a public park, you will need to advise the local council in advance to avoid conflicting venue arrangements and arrange for any permits which may be necessary. When choosing a garden some things to check for are: access to parking for guests, noise issues such as passing traffic, power availability, rest room distance, shelter availability. It’s advisable to inspect the grounds so that you can ensure it’s suitable for your needs.

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Registry Weddings

For a no-fuss wedding ceremony you can be legally married at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or at the local courthouse of larger rural and regional areas. You will have to follow all the protocol expected of any marriage by completing and lodging the required forms and information within the required timeframe.

Beach Weddings

A beach wedding, like all weddings is bound by restrictions and considerations. As well as the points relating to garden weddings, couples choosing to marry on the beach should consult their local council for permission. The tides, sand, wind and sun are all factors that you will have to take into consideration when planning a beach wedding.

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Many Wineries offer on-site facilities for an exclusive wedding ceremony, with the vineyard as a backdrop or a water feature as just some of the options available. They can provide privacy and create a sense of seclusion for guests to totally relax and enjoy fine wine, food and service. If you’ve dreamt of exchanging your vows in the countryside, a farmhouse wedding may be suitable, or for something a little different again; a yacht or cruise wedding.

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Whichever venue you choose, just remember that it’s all about you and your partner and your commitment to each other.


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CELEBRANTS Your wedding Celebrant will be the person binding you and your partner in marriage. They will be there to support you on your special day and bring your family and friends together as they acknowledge and celebrate your love for each other.

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WEDDING INSIDERS Your chosen Celebrant will play a big role in your wedding day, so make sure you take the time to find someone who resonates with you as a couple. You want to feel confident that they will be able to fulfil all your requirements and create a wedding ceremony that is both personal and stress free. We invite you to “Meet our Celebrants”, where each Celebrant has offered a little bit about themselves to give you some insight into their personalities, their background and their passion for their service.


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Gina Callan, Licensed to Wed: This lass originally from the country is now an experienced, professional full-time Civil Celebrant, having celebrated hundreds of marriages and achieving consistent awards for excellence in customer feedback. Still passionate about crafting unique, relaxed, fun and beautiful ceremonies that reflect client’s different needs, tastes and preferences, I appreciate that a “one-size fits all approach” rarely suits everyone. So, listening to clients’ wishes, offering a wide range of options, guidance and support, and creating distinctive, value-formoney ceremonies about shared journeys, hopes and dreams, ensures love and laughter-filled celebrations, memorable for all the right reasons.



Steven Murray Celebrant: I think I have the best job in the world! It is such an honour to join two people together in marriage in a way that is meaningful and personal to them. To be a part of one of the most important, exciting, loving and emotional days of their life. Even more exciting is that we can also perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples now!


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Lesley Le: I am a celebrant who is young, modern and fresh and will take the stress out of organising your wedding ceremony. My professional background in management consulting will ensure that your wedding ceremony is organised and delivered in a well-spoken manner. I am a devoted wife and mother of a two year old boy and have always had a passion for weddings. I love all things wedding and enjoy working with all couples to create a wedding ceremony that is truly unique and special.


Rosemary Hackman: Rosemary is a warm caring Celebrant. Her enthusiasm, passion, energy and dedication in all facets of her work as a Celebrant is very appreciated by all her clients. Rosemary is a clear and good speaker, who exudes a sense of calmness and confidence. She will work hard to create for you the type of civil ceremony you require, a unique ceremony, in consultation with you and for you. A ceremony which helps you to recognise your hopes and dreams of marriage, to bring into focus the magic of your special time, enabling you to express what is really important to you. ceremonieswithheart@

Suzette Hazlett: Our beautiful Sapphire Coast has many locations that can fulfil your Wedding dreams. As a local Merimbula celebrant who lives and works here, I can recommend many unique and beautiful locations for your ‘memorable day’. Merimbula’s Main Beach, Short Point, Tura & Tathra are pristine and provide the perfect getaway on golden sands. Bar Beach and Spencer Park are great for families. The walking opportunities are endless ranging from short walks around the town to walks through the coastal bushland from beach to beach. Whatever the occasion finding the right celebrant is essential, my aim is to work with you to design a unique ceremony, ensuring that everything flows with ease, so that together we create a ceremony which will reflect your ´personal ideas´ of what marriage means to you. I will make your Wedding Day one, which you will always Remember….. www.merimbulacelebrant.


CREATIVE WRITING If you enjoy putting pen to paper, you might think writing your own vows will be easy; but sometimes it can be harder than it seems. Gina Callan, Licensed To Wed has supplied some tips below which will help to set you on the path to creating unique vows which are significant to both you and your partner.



Begin early, plan, write and review your vows using a shared approach. Then you and your partner can avoid feeling pressured and can decide effectively if you BOTH really do want to write your own vows or if you would rather not re-invent the wheel and stick with some great words already crafted and shared by others.


get inspired. Research and jot down words and phrases that you like from vows on the internet, books, films, celebrant examples, songs and poetry. Read old love letters, review words shared at your proposal, find inspirational quotes, literary passages, and stories of love, laughter, family and friendship.

Brainstorm some ideas together. Think about your relationship, where it began, your journey to date and any amusing or poignant moments that could be shared with others. What are your hopes and dreams as individuals, as a couple and/or as a family? What things do you love and admire in each other and what would you change? If this answer brings a smile to your face, others too may enjoy hearing it.

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Agree to some general expectations. If writing your own vows, decide together how long and in-depth they will be and what is the overall tone you will aim for (eg. light, romantic, humorous, spiritual, traditional, pagan-themed, or contemporary?) Will you write your vows together or independently and will they be kept a secret from each other? What help or feedback might you need? You may consider saying “I love you” in there or you might say this in other ways.


Keep wording simple and brief. Will you read, repeat (after your celebrant) or memorise your vows? Will a couple of paragraphs take less than two minutes to be shared. Your celebrant, family, friends or your partner can offer some advice here and foresee problems based on experience too. Practice makes perfect... read your vows aloud several times to yourself (and other?) to make sure they work aloud. Practice your vows remembering to speak slowly and clearly. As witnesses to your marriage, at least two people by law need to hear your vows and all guests like to hear them. They have come to support you and all know you may feel nervous on the day. Even if memorising your vows, ensure you or your celebrant has a copy, so if you are distracted or emotional and lose your train of thought, all is not lost.

Have fun with it! If the process is not fun, the sharing won’t be either, so be open and enjoy this experience together! Tips supplied by Gina Callan, Licensed To Wed Red Photography

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Decide on any particular words, phrases, significant or funny topics or experiences you don’t want to share or wedding guests might not enjoy. What words, nicknames or lovable expressions from the heart inspire personal meaning for you and guests? Can you rewrite more or less traditional vows, including quotes, extracts from readings or verses, or your own perspective. Including 1-2 words or lines that the other person is not expecting can be fun or meaningful.



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Moments to Celebrate can create a marriage ceremony that will be memorable forever. I will work with you and your partner to create a wedding ceremony that is as individual as your relationship with each other, reflecting the love and commitment you have for one another. I am passionate about weddings and love being a marriage celebrant and I can assist in making your wedding day a truly special and memorable day.


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I have known you now for over 1,437 days and each day with you is a pleasure and a privilege. You are often the calm to my storm, the logic to my occa sional unreasonableness and the Jam ie Oliver to my poor cooking skills and yet you love me, all the same. Given this and for so many other reasons we have long shared, I will love and stan d by you today, tomorrow and foreverm ore, as the best friend, equal partner and devoted companion you deserve. Provided by Gina Callan, Licensed to Wed.

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When it comes to wedding styling, we often put weddings into categories such as rustic, bohemian, vintage to name a few. In reality though, every wedding is unique and these categories are not meant to be rigid, but more a framework to work with and take from it what appeals to you. Professional wedding stylists can decorate your ceremony right through to your reception in a way that reflects who you are as a couple. They can help you narrow down your wedding ‘look’ and supply you with beautiful decor to suit your style.

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Absolute Beautiful Decor Maria and the team are into creating the “wow factor”. It may be a large venue, a shed or a country kitchen, all can be styled to any Brides desire.    We offer an extensive total package with an  exclusive range of stock to choose from at the “old Wedding shed”, so call now and make an appointment with Maria.


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What was the colour palette? Neutral tones with a touch of purple. What was the key to achieving the desired look? I wanted to create a relaxed but very elegant room for the couple and their guests to walk into. Using natural tones and quality burlap, we were able to create a beautiful reception at The Boathouse on the Lake. What role did the venue play when styling the wedding? Stepping into the foyer at The Boathouse, there is an earthy brick wall; perfect for a natural backdrop - symbolising a solid foundation to start a marriage. Were there any special touches you can mention to reflect the couples style? This multicultural couple comprised a French man born in Melbourne, single dad to two beautiful girls, and a single stunning Kenyan mum with another beautiful girl the beginnings of a new blended family. As we sat and laughed in “the old wedding shed,” the girls were into the sparkles but the parents wanted a no fuss, elegant reception. Winnie chose her seating plan - a bowl of fresh purple and white pansy with table cards. Christian choose a mirror for me to make as their welcome sign to their wedding. Winnie’s parents came from Kenya and other guests travelled from France and interstate. The couple both wanted a “wow factor” for their guests, and their reception delivered that. The plan for the ceremony was to be beside Lake Burley Griffin, however as the wind and overcast sky set in, the bride and groom moved indoors. Winnie and Christian gave me a brief and trusted in my judgement and skills as they had seen the quality products that were to be used. And the venue was very supportive, allowing us time to set up to weave our magic. Any advice for our Brides & Grooms? Every wedding is unique and different, so follow your dreams. Talk with your decorator and listen to their experience, as they can visualise what you want and can make it happen in a grand ballroom or a backyard. A few words to describe the day... Winnie And Christian’s wedding was a day of magic, full of love and laughter, good food and service, in a relaxed and elegant setting. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away, and a special dance was prepared by the three daughters for their parents.




Not sure how you want to style your wedding? To start, think about what’s important to you both and the atmosphere you would like to create for your wedding day. Are you romantic, traditional, lighthearted and fun or perhaps a little quirky? What shared experiences have helped to define you both as a couple? If you can define your shared style it will be easier to have some idea about what you would like for your wedding day.

What’s on trend?

Fresh, organic styled weddings Natural greenery with minimal florals creating elegant styling without the fussiness of flowers.

Donuts! Move over lolly bars, donut walls are on trend. This quirky trend allows guest to help themselves to a delicious donut when they feel peckish during your reception. Hung up in rows with a wooden peg, they are decorative as well as tasty and gives your space a relaxed type atmosphere.


“Elegant Effect offers the best quality services for all kinds of celebrations.�

Elegant Effect is one of the leading wedding decorators located in Canberra and is dedicated to offering you the best services when planning your wedding. We share fresh and bold ideas for every aspect of your special day, while providing the best products and services to suit your style and budget. Our decorative team has both the knowledge and expertise to create just the right decor for you, transforming your dreams into reality. To our customers, we guarantee a successful, stress free and unique wedding design.


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Food trucks The food truck phenomenon is popular on the streets and is now on trend for weddings also. Offering unique, gourmet food, food trucks are a great idea if you’re organising your own catering. They come to your address, feed your guests, then pack up easily once done. From gourmet pizzas, tacos, gourmet rolls, chicken wings, soft serve ice cream, donuts and desserts, food trucks are dishing up unique and creative fare that tick all the boxes.

Take into consideration that your choice of venue will also influence the decor required. A traditional historic wedding venue may work better with traditional centrepieces and rich tones, while a modern contemporary space lends itself to clean crisp decor. Keep your theming simple - don’t over clutter. Remember that your wedding is a party, not a performance; so keep some perspective and don’t go over the top - less is more in most cases. A Shot Above the Rest Photograp


In terms of styling, they bring a relaxed feel to your wedding, like a festival atmosphere.

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Elegantly draped, lycra and fitted chair covers with a wide variety of sash colours. Other hire products available. Teresa Muller Ph/Fax: 02 6288 1508 Mobile: 0428 584 202 Email: PO Box 39 Waramanga ACT 2611

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UNIQUE EXTRAS Unique Extras to include in your wedding day are many and varied. Every wedding is as unique as the couple getting married, and so too are their requirements. Unique Extras encompass a broad range of products and services to help create the perfect atmosphere on your special day. Things such as fireworks, photo booths, customised dress hangers, lolly bars, donut walls, fingerprint trees and even pet minding services are regarded as unique extras! If you can think of it, it’s probably available for your wedding!

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together Canberra Glassworks offers a range of bespoke bridal services to make your wedding truly unique

• Have a set of bespoke wine glasses blown by a master glass artist for your bridal party • Use the unique architecture of the historic Kingston Power House as a backdrop for wedding photography – stunning internal and external locations available • Source handmade jewellery, bonbonnieres and table dressings from Australia’s leading artists working in glass Canberra Glassworks is supported by artsACT and the Australia Council through its Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy open Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm 11 Wentworth Ave Kingston Phone (02) 6260 7005





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ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment is the perfect ingredient to complete your wedding day and there are so many different options available. The right entertainment will set the mood, highlight the day’s proceedings and create a special harmony to share with all those lucky enough to be celebrating with you. Whatever form of entertainment you choose, employ experienced personnel who understand your specific needs.

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OUR TIPS What Style?

Choose the style of music you would like your disc jockey or musician to play. Popular choices include jazz, country, pop, bush, rock & roll, ballads, old style dance and dinner music. It’s a good idea to incorporate a few different styles to follow the nights proceedings. Ceremony - sounds of a string quartet, saxophonist or jazz duo is a popular way to say ‘I do’. Pre-dinner drinks & dinner - being neither loud nor intrusive, instrumental music is the ideal accompaniment. After dinner - more upbeat dance music will set the mood for a lively celebration.

Meet your Entertainer

Don’t just book online, set up an appointment so you can meet them first. Make sure their style is what you are after. Ask questions and discuss the reception format and music before booking your entertainment in. Check that they are able to perform any music or special song you would like. If you don’t have an MC (Master of Ceremonies) organised, it’s worth checking if your disc jockey can perform this additional role, as they are often called upon to do this job.

Last minute checks

A week before your wedding, it is advisable to contact your entertainer to reconfirm details. Check the reception date, venue, time guests will arrive, time you expect to finish and particular pieces of music you requested have been noted. If you have a separate MC, make sure your entertainer and MC meet each other on the day to discuss timing of toasts etc to ensure the proceedings run smoothly.


RYAN DAVID Ryan David is an established local acoustic musician and DJ renowned for putting his own twist on popular modern, contemporary and classic hits. He is regularly heard playing at various weddings, parties, corporate events, cafés and bars both in Canberra and interstate as well as on Hit 104.7’s RnB Fridays. His unique sound draws influences from such artists as Ed Sheeran, Jarryd James, Ron Pope and James Bay to name a few; and encompasses both soft, melodic music as well as up tempo, louder music that gets your feet tapping and hands clapping. Working with you, all songs and sets can be tailored to exactly the type of mood and atmosphere you are after throughout the ceremony, canapés and reception. Ryan David can also provide all microphones and speakers for speeches and offers MC services for the night. Competitively priced, providing all PA and sound gear as well as a broad range of music from chilled acoustic music to DJing for the dance floor, look no further than Ryan David for all your wedding musical requirements!!



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CAPTURE THE IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS People love watching why not capture your special day on film. It makes sense to capture it on video so all of the things you loved about your day can be watched and relived as often as you please. Your wedding video can be a moving experience to share with your family in the years to come.

So while your photographer will take those all important photos, both posed and candid for your wedding album, your videographer will be capturing everything in between. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your videographer as you will spend much of your wedding day with them, however in saying that, apart from when you are filmed getting ready, you will probably be too busy to even notice your videographer filming you during the course of the day; and that’s a good thing, as you won’t be posing or looking stiff or awkward on film.

REPLAY YOUR SPECIAL DAY Most brides-to-be spend months of planning for their special day, making sure every little detail is perfect; however on the day, they are usually too busy to take it all in! The day seems to go so fast and before you know it, it’s time to leave the reception with your new spouse. To have a video means you can watch it all back later, the highlights, the little things that made you laugh, the things you didn’t even see on the day, your friends and family celebrating with you, your vows, the toasts at the reception, plus all the little things that came together on the day. If you have close family that can’t make it to your wedding, whether due to distance or illness, what nicer way than to surprise them with a video of your wedding so they can share your experience.

COMMUNICATE ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS Make sure you discuss coverage with your videographer before the day. Think about the aspects of your wedding day that you would like included. If you have special family or guests that you especially want included, make a point of communicating it to your videographer. Wedding videos often start with the bride and her bridal party getting ready, then capture the groom and his groomsmen before moving to the ceremony venue. If you want your arrival in your transport filmed, make sure they are aware; don’t just presume this will happen, always check the details. Sometimes they will follow you during your photographs or they may meet you at the reception a little later. Most will stay until you both depart, but again check that this is the case. Good communication and planning is important beforehand, so on the day you won’t need to worry.


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Transport can be as simple as decorating the best cars you, your friends and family have to offer, or as unique and charming as a horse drawn carriage, fleet of vintage cars, BMW convertibles, Chrysler 300C’s or a stretch limousine. But it doesn’t end there; buses, motorbikes and even helicopters have been used to create an awe inspiring entrance.

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5 Timing

Ensure your drivers are organised at least one hour prior to the wedding; this allows for any last minute problems. Also discuss the length of time allocated to driving time, photography etc. Professional drivers may have other commitments they must leave for, so ensure your transport is booked for the appropriate length of time. Allow for the potential of things going overtime.

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6 Honeymoon transfer

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Give directions

Ensure the drivers have directions to the church, reception and photography locations. Professionals will then work out the most direct route suitable to each location, so you can be relaxed in the knowledge that your entire bridal party will be on time.


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RECEPTIONS You’ve said your “I do’s”; now it’s time to celebrate! There are limitless possibilities when it comes to selecting your wedding reception venue. Regardless of whether you choose to have a traditional or modern wedding, pick a reception venue that will suit the formality, theme and ambience of your wedding.

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A Country Wedding Binda A beautiful, authentic facility: garden ceremony area, reception, bridal party accommodation



The perfect setting to create your vision for your dream wedding.


Country Wedding Binda is a beautifully layered, richly detailed setting for your most romantic day. 50 minutes from Goulburn, 90 minutes from Canberra CBD and just under 3 hours from Sydney CBD. Our outdoor wedding ceremonies’ area is bathed in dappled sun and resplendent at sunset. After the ceremony, adjourn to The Courtyard for finger food and mingling in a very elegant setting. Then to dinner in the magnificent Mughal Marquee, with its white tower and draped sides. Fabulous food, pure romance.


Haloumi and zucchini skewers served on a bed of Mesculen with a fresh avocado and tomato salsa

And then back to The Courtyard reset to your vision to dance the night away for celebration.


Chargrilled ocean trout on a bed of roasted winter root vegetables, spinach and an orange and cumin infused hollandaise

A Country Wedding Binda 2926 Junction Point Road Binda NSW 2583 M 0419 234 890 E


Coffee & Chocolate panna cotta



The Realm Precinct is the perfect location for an unforgettably intimate and romantic wedding day. Located within Canberra’s beautifully planned and superbly maintained Parliamentary zone, the Precinct has everything from award-winning venues and five star accommodation to chef-hatted restaurants, a hair salon, day spa and health club. Hotel Realm has been awarded the Best Meetings and Event Venue in Australia by the Australian Hotels Association for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Celebrate your special day in style at the award-winning Hotel Realm or Burbury Hotel. Meet with our dedicated Wedding Executive and the team who will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding day is as perfect as you imagined. Say ‘I do’ in the elegantly designed High Courtyard North, with its beautiful arched walls housing your closest loved ones. Relax and enjoy VIP treatment in a Suite, as our dedicated waiters serve you and your bridal party pre-dinner canapés and champagne.

Your guests will be taken care of by our expert events staff and chefs as they eagerly await your first entrance as newlyweds. Whether it’s a cocktail reception or a seated dinner, the National Ballroom is designed to create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding. Or, the exclusive Burbury Terrace atop Burbury Hotel boasts sweeping views across Barton and Lake Burley Griffin. With accommodation available for you and your guests, Hotel Realm & Burbury Hotel can offer a total wedding package with all the luxuries expected from a five star venue.


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WHERE TO HOLD THE RECEPTION? Whether you’re planning a huge event with all your family and friends, an intimate dining occasion or you’re not sure of the size but want it to be unique, there are many options available to you. Choices range from a reception centre or restaurant to a sporting club or outdoor marquee. Most hotels, motels or halls are available for a reception or even a private home, boat or garden.

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With so many options available, considering the following aspects will help make your decision a little easier and narrow down the possible venues to a number more manageable.:

your budget number of guests expected season and likely weather the style of your wedding venue’s features to deal with weather suitability of the venue’s menu cost and variety of drinks available food quality service standards you require parking accessibility for interstate or international guests nearby accommodation (or accommodation onsite)

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Hotel Realm The perfect setting to create everlasting memories of love



Celebrate your special day in style at the award winning Hotel Realm.


ay ‘I do’ in the elegantly designed High Courtyard North, with its beautiful arched walls housing your closest loved ones, friends and family. Then relax and enjoy VIP treatment in a Realm Suite, as our dedicated wait staff serve you and your bridal party pre-dinner canapés and sparkling wine. Your guests will be taken care of by our expert events staff and chefs, as they eagerly await your first entrance as newlyweds. Whether it’s a cocktail reception or a seated dinner, the National Ballroom is designed to create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and experience for your guests. With capacity to accommodate intimate cocktail receptions, or up to 450 guests at a seated dinner, the National Ballroom is timeless in design. “You have gone above and beyond our expectations and we thank you from the depths of our hearts for all the time and effort you put in to make our wedding a spectacular event” - Richard & Claire 2016.


Slow cooked pork belly, seared scallop, Blue lentils, apple balsamic jus


Roasted beef tenderloin, creamy parmesan potatoes, ratatouille, thyme jus


Chocolate profiterole cake, seasonal berries, macadamia ice cream

Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 P 02 6163 1800 E


Create your own fairytale


Our wedding spaces are perfect for both intimate and grand celebrations for your family and friends. We have an array of ceremony and reception spaces available for your special day with the ability to host intimate gatherings of 20 guests to celebrations of 350 guests.

A truly breathtaking experience awaits you and your guests, with Canberra’s skyline as a panoramic backdrop to your wedding on our much-anticipated Rooftop event space. Exclusive use of this premier wedding venue is available for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Our Wedding packages are designed to ensure your day is seamless, however, we understand that your special day may include other details not included in our packages. Our Wedding team are happy to assist in creating bespoke packages to suit your requirements precisely and help you realise your vision and ensure your day is perfectly unforgettable.



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Canberra Rex Hotel The ultimate venue for your special day



Create your own fairytale at the Canberra Rex Hotel.


he Canberra Rex Hotel wedding spaces are perfect for both intimate and grand celebrations for your family and friends. With an array of ceremony and reception spaces available for your special day with the ability to host intimate gatherings of 20 guests to celebrations of 500 guests. A truly breathtaking experience awaits you and your guests, with Canberra’s skyline as a panoramic backdrop to your wedding on our much-anticipated rooftop event space, The Howling Moon. Exclusive use of this premier wedding venue is available for your wedding ceremony and reception.


We offer a range of wedding packages are designed to ensure your day is seamless, however, we understand that your special day may include other details not included in our packages. Our Wedding team are happy to assist in creating bespoke packages to suit your requirements precisely and ensure your day is perfectly unforgettable.


Heirloom tomato salad, buffalo mozzarella, salted olives and asparagus


Rosemary and garlic Pork cutlet, fennel mash, vegetable bundle, Port glaze


Canberra Rex Hotel 150 Northbourne Avenue Braddon ACT 2612 P 02 6248 5311 E

Flourless chocolate pyramid, basil cream and raspberry compote



Canberra Southern Cross Club Enjoy an exquisite ballroom, a stunning lakeside location or a lake cruise 30-700


Whatever vision you have for your perfect day, the Canberra Southern Cross Club can help you make it happen. We have a passion for quality and service along with a range of stunning venues to make your wedding a beautiful occasion.


he picturesque Yacht Club on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra’s most stunning spots – imagine your wedding in the lakeside marquee with beautiful views across the lake. Our boat, the MV Southern Cross is another wonderful option for a cocktail reception or a formal wedding as you cruise the lake, with catering for up to 70 guests. The Corinna Ballroom at Woden is elegantly styled with imported Italian chandeliers and is our largest venue catering for wedding receptions of up to 700, while our formal dining room at Tuggeranong and Catchpoles room at Jamison are perfect for more intimate events of up to 90 guests. Choose from an extensive range of wedding packages or work with our events team to tailor a menu to reflect your personal taste and style. Whatever you decide, our team will help ensure you get the best value with the highest quality. We have over 40 years’ experience staging memorable and enjoyable weddings and promise to work with you every step of the way to create an event that will long be remembered by you and your guests as a special and beautiful occasion.


Queensland Scallops and Orange cured Ocean Trout with pickled ginger, vine tomato, sweet basil and cherry bocconcini


Slow Cooked Beef Tenderloin with truffle creamed potato, sautéed wild mushroom and asparagus, café de Paris butter


Canberra Southern Cross Club 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip ACT 2606 P 02 6283 7200 E

Tiramisu with Raspberry coulis and fresh berries


Unforgettable • Lake cruise with stunning water views • European designed lakeside marquee • Elegant ballroom with Italian chandeliers • Formal dining room with mountain views • Award winning chefs With over forty years experience creating unforgettable occasions, the Canberra Southern Cross Club will help you create the perfect wedding day. Contact us to arrange a tour of our stunning venues across Canberra.


More than just a venue: we create moments you will cherish forever. Versatile is an award winning restaurant that transforms into a crisp and contemporary reception The Abbey and Versatile Restaurant’s dedicated staff pride themselves on attention to detail and setting, set back on the square Versatile affords a commanding view of historic gold creek, from the unbeatable service. Our team of experienced wedding coordinators transform your dream wedding into a wrap-around balcony which is perfect for a glass of bubbly and a delicious canapé or two. Brought to reality that people will be talking about long after the festivities conclude. you by the team behind the Canberra dinning institutions, Ellacure, Soju Girl and The Abbey, Versatile restaurants competent staff, pride themselves onaattention detail and unbeatable Versatile is an award winning restaurant that transforms into crisp andto contemporary reception setting, with a romantic fireplace and wrap aroundcoordinators balcony. service. Our team of dedicated wedding transform your dream wedding into a reality that people will be talking about long after the festivities conclude. The Abbey features the 19th Century Roslyn Organ, soaring chandelier studded ceilings and intricate hand carved oak. The Abbey seamlessly combines luxury and intimacy. Outside, a covered courtyard provides the The restaurant offers our clients the opportunity to come and taste different dishes so that we can perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and pre-dinner drinks and canapés. come up with a unique menu that best reflects your tastes and our commitment producing extraordinary weddings. With quality Australian locallygarden, or evenVersatile from our ownAbbey With quality Australian produce, sourced locally orproduce, from our sourced own extensive & The extensive garden is taste-buds guaranteedastomuch please as much as your eyes! are guaranteed to Versatile please your asyour your taste-buds eyes!

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The Abbey Restaurant quality food and service in two unique settings



More than just a venue: we create moments you will cherish forever.


he Abbey is located in scenic Gold Creek Village, just 15 minutes from the city.

Featuring the 19th Century Roslyn Organ, soaring chandelier studded ceilings and intricate hand carved oak, The Abbey seamlessly combines luxury and intimacy. A raised stage above the dance floor is ideal for showcasing live music. Outside, a covered courtyard provides the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and pre-dinner drinks and canapés. The Abbey’s competent staff pride themselves on attention to detail and unbeatable service. Our team of dedicated wedding coordinators transform your dream wedding into a reality that people will be talking about long after the festivities conclude.


House smoked chicken and roasted pumpkin salad with cherry tomato, spanish onion, pine nuts and chèvre dressed with pesto vinaigrette

With quality Australian produce sourced locally or even from our own extensive garden, The Abbey is guaranteed to please your taste-buds as much as your eyes!


Confit duck leg with colcannon mash, broccolini and garlic, thyme jus

The Abbey Federation Square O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913 P 02 6230 2905 E


Chocolate Marques, raspberry gel, mascarpone and tuile


Versatile Restaurant A dedicated and experienced team providing restaurant quality food and service



More than just a venue, we provide an experience.


ersatile is an award winning restaurant that transforms into a crisp and contemporary reception setting. Set back on the square, Versatile affords a commanding view of historic Gold Creek. To begin the festivities, the wrap-around balcony is perfect for a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés. The Restaurant offers our clients the opportunity to taste different dishes so we can create a unique menu that best reflects your tastes, and our commitment to producing extraordinary weddings. Using quality Australian produce and locally sourced wines, Versatile’s offerings are second to none.


We pride ourselves on our personal, hands-on and vibrant approach, and our commitment to service is shared by each member of staff – from our experienced function coordinators through to the wait staff at the event itself.


Tomato & chili prawns with chorizo & grilled herb bread


Confit duck leg, kiplfer potatoes, butter braised leek and mushroom jus


Versatile Restaurant Federation Square O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913 P 02 6230 9333 E

Lemon pannacotta, candied rhubarb and rhubarb puree



Crowne Plaza Canberra Picturesque park setting, outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling windows




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150 The Glebe Room’s outdoor terrace and tranquil park outlook makes a superb setting for your wedding.


ocated in the heart of the city, Crowne Plaza Canberra offers superb food and friendly, professional service. Whether an intimate wedding for 30 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 150 guests, the Glebe Room, with its floor to ceiling windows, will provide a wonderful setting for your wedding. The outdoor terrace overlooking Glebe Park is perfect for cocktails and canapés in the warmer months, while Glebe Park provides an opportunity to hold your wedding ceremony in a park setting adjacent to the reception venue. Crowne Plaza Canberra will work with you to tailor your special event to your needs, with a variety of packages available and special accommodation rates for your guests.


King prawn with avocado, mango and herb salad with tomato salsa and basil oil (gf)


Free range chicken breast, rosemary roasted kipfler potatoes, grilled zucchini and Dijon mustard crème (gf)


Crowne Plaza Canberra 1 Binara Street, Canberra ACT 2601 P 02 6274 5500 E

Baked berry cheesecake with raspberry coulis and mint



The Hellenic Club Professional staff ensure guests receive high quality food and beverage service throughout the reception 40-600


Hellenic Premium Catering is Canberra’s most innovative caterer and provides a food offering to complement your special day. This, combined with Canberra’s most stunning wedding venues, promises to make your special day an unforgettable experience.


here is a world of fantastic dining, food and venue options available from Hellenic Premium Catering that will have you spoilt for choice as you plan your wedding and prepare for the special day. Offering Canberra’s most stunning wedding venues, Hellenic Premium Catering promises to make your wedding reception an unforgettable experience for you and all your guests. Hellenic Premium Catering rivals the food, presentation and service in Canberra’s four and five-star hotels, bringing a new level of dining style to wedding receptions of all sizes.


Offering a wide variety of packages with spectacular food and world class wines, Hellenic Premium Catering is also happy to discuss a personalised package tailored to suit your needs.


Tea smoked lamb cutlets with citrus beetroot jam, Persian fetta and thyme oil (GF)


Whether you are planning an intimate wedding for 40 guests or a grand reception for 600 guests, Hellenic Premium Catering can accommodate your individual requirements.

Grilled salmon fillet accompanied by roast chat potatoes grilled eggplant, a soft herb butter, shaved fennel and orange salad (GF)


Chocolate profiteroles filled with vanilla custard, served with toffee praline

The Hellenic Club P 02 6162 6624 E





An opulent space with three rooms available including a theatre stage, the Hellenic Club Woden can seat up to 600 guests for the perfect wedding day.

Celebrate in the heart of the city with an intimate and stylish wedding for up to 110 of your closest friends at the Hellenic Club in the City.



Let the team at the Hellenic Club of Canberra make your wedding the special day you’ve always imagined. For more information, call us on 02 6162 6624 or head to


Pavilion on Northbourne Celebrate life’s events with style at the Pavilion on Northbourne



From an intimate and elegant celebration for two, to a gathering with family and friends, Pavilion on Northbourne provides the perfect backdrop for your momentous occasion.


elebrate this life’s event in style with our Tropical Garden Atrium providing a unique backdrop for a memorable ceremony.Work with our Executive Chef to tailor a menu perfect for you. Be it a stand up cocktail event, a five course degustation meal with matching wines or a gala dinner under the stars, your chosen menu will feature the finest regional and seasonal produce expertly prepared by our chefs. Complete your day and unwind in a luxurious spa suite at any one of our properties: Avenue Hotel Canberra, Aria Hotel Canberra or Pavilion on Northbourne, complete with Champagne, chocolates and room service breakfast. Capital Hotel Group is delighted to provide you, your friends and family with a special 20% discount off our best available rate at all three of our properties. You can book via our website au using the special discount code: WEDDING.



Smoked Salmon miniature crumpet, roquette, pesto champagne dressing


Slow cooked pork belly w/ garlic, chili, ginger broth and rice noodles


Pavilion on Northbourne 242 Northbourne Avenue Dickson, ACT 2602 P 02 6247 6888 E

White chocolate and wild berry bread and butter pudding w/ mascarpone


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From an intimate and elegant celebration for just the two of you, to a gathering with family and friends, Pavilion on Northbourne provides the perfect backdrop for your momentous occasion.

For more information on how we can tailor your special day to suit your needs, please call 1800 828 000.

242 Northbourne Avenue Dickson, ACT 2602


National Portrait Gallery Picture your wedding at Australia’s only National Portrait Gallery - a bold, intimate and exclusive setting Terrace Room 1



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Imagine coming face to face with famous and infamous icons of Australian history in an award-winning, architecturally stunning building.


he National Portrait Gallery is a dramatic and culturally rich venue for your wedding. Our elegant building has the greatest respect for the local environment, natural light and human proportions. The Gallery features multiple flexible event spaces which can cater to any style of wedding. Many spaces can be used simultaneously to create a vibrant wedding your guests will remember. The National Portrait Gallery only hosts one event per evening, making it exclusively yours. With each space designed to capture Canberra’s unique quality of light- the National Portrait Gallery presents a personality as vibrant and varied as those on display inside. Broadbean Catering’s wedding packages are designed to be all inclusive. Choose from an elegantly modern cocktail style reception or one of our classic sit down full service receptions.


Zucchini flowers filled with smoked mozzarella & roasted tomatoes, mint & almond pesto Scallops roasted in the half shell with tomato, parsley & chorizo salsa


Roasted organic chicken, lemon & pistachio crumb, soft Parmesan polenta Rack of lamb, crushed potato & peas with mint jus


Leatherwood honey tuilles layered with passionfruit mascarpone & fresh strawberries Dark Lindt chocolate tart, raspberry crunch & rhubarb cream

National Portrait Gallery King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600 P 02 6102 7010 M 0409 759 225 E



National Press Club of Australia Make a statement at your wedding held at the iconic National Press Club, Australias most talked about venue

20 - 230 guests Iconic, Elegant Events, Award-Winning Catering, Flawless Celebrations, Beautiful Weddings, Professional Team, Personalised Service, Packages for all.



he National Press Club of Australia is a prestigious, iconic and elegant venue in Canberra catering for beautiful weddings and events of up to 230 guests. Our awardwinning team provides professional and personalised service for every aspect of your celebration.


King Reef barramundi ceviche | blood orange salt | grapefruit ice | avocado foam| dehydrated orange and apple salad


63C Mount Majura egg | grilled green asparagus | watercress |sheep’s yoghurt | honey-burnt vanilla vinaigrette

National Press Club of Australia 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 Angelique Carter - Functions Coordinator P 02 6121 2166 E


Three bone Flinders Island saltgrass lamb rack |butternut pumpkin purée |blackened pearl onions | cherry jus | krispy kale



elebrate your wedding day with family and friends in the prestigious, iconic & elegant setting of the National Press Club; catering for guest numbers from 20 to 230 people.

Make a statement with your wedding at the iconic National Press Club. Awardwinning catering, a professional team, personalised service and packages for all will ensure your love story will be a memorable celebration.

Every aspect of your celebration, from entertainment to flowers & table decorations are considered. To help take away some of the stress of planning your wedding, our award winning team of professionals are ready to help. Recently awarded the 2017 National Wedding Caterer SILVER by Savour Australia and 2017 Australian Capital Territory Wedding Caterer Winner, you are assured of a flawless event. It is the extras such as access to our exclusive bridal retreat; personally designed menus for guest tables; audio visual including lectern & microphone, a roving microphone, data projectors & screens; 5m x 5m parquetry dance floor to bust out your best moves; a menu tasting prior to the reception to lock down your favourite dishes; in addition we’ll make the room sparkle with coloured back drop lighting; skirted bridal, cake & gift tables; a wishing well and table centres; we’ll even throw in a complimentary membership to the National Press Club, nearby accommodation for guests, security and free parking.

National Press Club of Australia 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 Email Phone 02 6121 2199

We are happy to meet you after work, on weekends or whenever suits you best. If you’d like more information, take a look at our wedding packages and have a chat to one of our team on (02) 6121 2166.


Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa An all-inclusive wedding venue with stunning lake and mountain surrounds



Located in the heart of the Thredbo Valley, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is your perfect destination wedding venue.


ake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the beautiful Snowy Mountains is the perfect place for a destination wedding, with an array of accommodation options, ceremony locations and two reception venues, everything you need is in the one place. Whilst your guests are being entertained with numerous complimentary onsite activities, you can relax and enjoy being pampered in the Day Spa.


Our packages are flexible, if it’s a cocktail style reception, three-course sit down, or a mountain inspired feast, we have a package to suit you. Bring your own unique style, and leave a lasting impression on your guests for years to come.

Baby spinach rotollo topped with a sand crab and basil salsa, chili and oregano oil


Oven-roasted Angus beef tenderloin served on white polenta, crispy onion salad and horseradish cream (GF)


Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa 1650 Alpine Way Crackenback NSW 2627 P 1800 020 524 or 02 6451 3000 E

Apple crème brûlée with poire william sorbet, pear coulis and caramelized apples (GF)



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Everything is here for you in one stunning location from bridal make up, wedding ceremony and reception venues, to a great range of accommodation and FREE activities for you and your guests to enjoy. Wedding packages are flexible, if it’s a cocktail style wedding or a three-course sit down meal, we have a package to suit your needs. With your own unique style, we can help you and your fiancé leave a lasting impression on your guests for years to come.       With a dedicated wedding coordinator and function team ready to assist, planning your special day couldn’t be easier! 


Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa | 1650 Alpine Way Crackenback NSW 2627 Phone 02 6451 3000 | |

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Corcorans Plains Wedding Venue Enjoy the elegance and peace of a country gathering in historical surroundings

An elegant country wedding venue in historical surroundings, only one and a half hours from Canberra and three and a half hours from Sydney.


arge manicured lawns in front of the historical homestead make the perfect venue for a wedding ceremony. The commodious Marquee adjacent is an ideal reception area, or drinks and canapĂŠs on the lawn area is another option to consider. Enjoy the many picturesque spots on the property that would make for some wonderful photographic memories. Accommodation in the main homestead for the bride and groom is available, and the bride and her attendants are welcome to enjoy an evening barbecue and accommodation the night before the wedding. A bridal dressing room is available and many photographic areas in the house would make wonderful backdrops.


There are many options available and we would have pleasure in tailoring a package to suit your needs for your special day. The team at Corcoran’s Plains Wedding Venue look forward to making your function a wonderful experience.


Corcorans Plains Wedding Venue Cunningar Road, Boorowa 2586 P 0408 677 940 - Eddie P 0427 053 086 - Marilyn E



CORCORAN’S PLAINS WEDDING VENUE Cunningar Road, Boorowa 2586

Feel welcome and pampered while you enjoy the comfort and privacy at Corcoran’s Plains Historic Homestead. A Unique Country Wedding Venue located one and a half hours from Canberra, and three and a half hours from Sydney. With stunning romantic scenery and unmatched attention to detail - we will make all your wedding dreams come true.

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Contact the team at Corcoran’s Plains: Eddie: 0408 677 940 | Marilyn: 0427 053 086 | email:


Exhibition Park The beautiful Terrace Room and adjoining deck is perfect for weddings



EPIC hosts picture-perfect weddings, in our stunning Terrace Room with beautiful views and elegant catering.


our special wedding day. Cherish the memories. Live the fairytale.

EPIC has hosted hundreds of pictureperfect weddings, with our professional planning team taking care of every need. The unique, stately Terrace Room offers beautiful views and is full of natural light. Its adjoining deck is a special place to gather with guests in fresh air.


Drinks and dinner packages, created by our specialty caterer, cover all tastes and budgets—up to 130 for a sit-down dinner or 220 for an elegant cocktail party. Dance the night away on our large dancefloor.


Pork belly, Thai pineapple and mint salad (gf)


Chicken saltimbocca with lemon and caper sauce served with cherry tomato and basil quinoa salad

Eight minutes from the city. Free parking. Free consultation.


Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) Corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2602 P 02 6205 5230 E

Dessert buffet to include petit fours, cheese platters and fruit platters


Your special wedding day Cherish the memories Dream the fairy tale Believe the moments EPIC hosts all-inclusive packages for every style and size of wedding.

Picture perfect weddings EPIC has hosted hundreds of picture-perfect weddings, with our wedding planner team taking care of everything you need. • •

unique and versatile spaces stately Terrace function room with beautiful views only 8 minutes from the city All packages competitively priced.

Call our wedding planners today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Cnr Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road Mitchell 02 6205 5230

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We allow you to immerse yourself in Canberra’s history as you say “I do”. Our team is here to help make your wedding venue come to life; no idea is too big or small. Custom-made menus, unique setups and the ability to suit most budgets, Mercure Canberra allows you to relax in the lead-up to your special day.

Built in 1927 the grounds allow flexibility to suit your dream day. With the beautiful internal courtyard gardens creating a picturesque setting for an intimate ceremony and with the ability to host up to 180 family and friends to help celebrate your day. If outdoors isn’t your thing, our Courtyard Restaurant can be transformed into the perfect space with the large bifold doors overlooking the courtyard gardens for that indoor, outdoor feel. We have reception venue spaces that can host a private dinner for 40 people or a large gathering of up to 180 people with a dance floor to dance the night away. No request is too big or too small and we take pride in making the smaller details shine. Our dedicated wedding planner will make sure that everything is thought of in the lead up to your day.



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TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS Traditions, customs, conventions and superstitions, whether you realise it or not, are probably all a part of your wedding. Although most of these rituals started in times when marriage was very different to what it is today, their core symbolism relates to the unification of a couple; to a couple becoming one.

The eternal bond This never-ending circle, complete union without end, is symbolised today by wedding rings. Customs comply with the ‘eternal bond’ in various ways; the wedding ceremony of the Greek Orthodox involves holding a crown over the couple; in Jewish tradition, the ceremony takes place under a ‘huppah, where the couple shares a glass of wine, then the groom breaks the glass, freezing the moment in time. Some asian cultures believe that by sharing rice from the same bowl, the bride and groom show their oneness; and in Japanese custom, the couple takes three sips of rice wine to seal their union.

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Carried over the threshold This romantic custom is believed to have come from the time when tribal man hit his chosen wife over the head and carried her away where her kin couldn’t find them!

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Throwing rice Showering the new bride and groom with rice was a tradition started in Asia that was considered a symbol of fertility. In Australia, this was then replaced with confetti, and now bubbles, rose petals and pot pouri are more popular.

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Something old, something new The tradition of wearing ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is still recognised by many brides. Something old represents the bride’s family ties and her life before marriage, while something new represents the new life she is entering. Something borrowed represents the importance of

family and friends, while something blue represents their faithfulness to each other and their union. Brides often choose jewellery to symbolise ‘something old’; their wedding gown for ‘something new’; often a handkerchief for ‘something borrowed’, and ‘something blue’ is often a garter with blue ribbon or sapphire or turquoise jewellery.

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The luck of the chimneysweep The luck of the chimneysweep is a superstition from England and involves an authentic chimneysweep kissing the bride on her wedding day. The kiss is supposed to impart luck, ensuring the marriage is a happy and prosperous one. If you just happen to see a chimneysweep on your wedding day, that is definitely considered good luck! Eddison Photographic Studios

The honeymoon

The custom of a honeymoon is said to have similar origins. One month of seclusion was considered enough time for the bride’s kin to call off the search for her. Though another theory for the word ‘honeymoon’ originated in ancient Egypt where the bride’s father gave the groom a full pot of honey in honour of the union. The ceremony always took place on a full moon, hence the word ‘honeymoon’.



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Owner Susan Kruppai is a fourth generation pastry chef with 30 years experience in the cake industry. She started her business 20 years ago and has an excellent reputation. Visit our showroom with over 50 wedding cakes on display. View our photo albums with over 2500 images of our work or bring in your own ideas. Susan Kruppai and her team are committed to excellence and attention to detail.

Cakes Of Your Dreams

Gina Callan, Civil Marriage Celebrant at Licensed to Wed, facilitates joyful ceremonies with excellence, guiding couples and families with professionalism, energy, warmth and passion. Choose from a simpler ceremony or ask Gina to craft your own unique story of love, laughter, family and friendship to set the tone for a perfect wedding day.

Licensed to Wed

Organising a wedding is an exciting time in a couple’s life. I will work with you and your partner to create a wedding ceremony that is individual as your relationship with each other, reflecting the love and commitment you have for one another.

Moments to Celebrate

Ceremonies With Heart, was created to assist its Clients by crafting ceremonies straight from the HEART. All ceremonies are personalised and distinctive – so relax you are in the hands of an experieced Premier Celebrant – based in Canberra. Your Celebrant is the KEY to your marriage. Let me be that KEY. Call me to make an appointment. I have many wonderful ideas and resources to help make your ceremony special.

Rosemary Hackman Ceremonies With Heart

There are a couple of important tips in selecting your marriage Celebrant. The first is to book early! It is recommended that you book your celebrant at least 6 months prior to your wedding date. Secondly, find a celebrant who will deliver the style of wedding ceremony you would like. Finally, you can do almost anything in your ceremony, so talk with your Celebrant about the many options available, or make some up!

Steven Murray Canberra Celebrants

My name is Suzette Hazlett, marriage celebrant in Merimbula. I am an experienced Celebrant who offers a welcoming, friendly and professional service. Having done many wedding ceremonies in and around the local areas of Merimbula, Pambula, Tathra, Bermagui,Eden and Sapphire Coast area for the last 9 years.

Suzette Hazlett Celebrant




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Canberra’s biggest bridal store, offering more choice and sizes that fit you. Affordable Bridal has over 200 bridal gowns in store and a large selection of bridesmaids and mother of the bride and groom outfits. Appointments are necessary to try on gowns and one of their consultants will be on hand to help find you the perfect dress. They also specialise in plus size bridal. Exclusive stockists for Sorella Vita, Jasmine Bridal, Ella Rosa, Kenneth Winston, Moir to name just a few. Come in and experience the difference.

Affordable Bridal

At Annabel’s, we believe our role is to help you make that grand entrance into the next stage of your life. When you walk down the aisle, there is one word you should hear over and over again: Breathtaking.

Annabel’s Bridal Studio

Lowes is an Australian owned family company specialising in the retail sale of menswear, formal wear, boyswear, corporate wear, schoolwear, active wear, surf wear and footwear.

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Suite 2/28 Eyre Street, Kingston ACT 2604 P 02 6295 3984 E W

Lowes See website for a store near you P 02 9562 1111 (head office) E W

Lowes today operates approx. 190 retail stores located throughout Australia.


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We have assembled the best bridal stylists in Canberra to help you select the gown and accessories that will ensure you shine with unsurpassed radiance on your big day and you will know that you truly are Breathtaking.

4/107 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609 P 02 6239 2900 E W


erra Wedding Fair

18 Bruce ACT

Ryan David is an established local acoustic musician and DJ renowned for putting his own twist on popular modern, contemporary and classic hits. He is regularly heard playing at various weddings, parties, corporate events, cafés and bars both in Canberra and interstate as well as on Hit 104.7’s RnB Fridays.

Ryan David Musician

With over 70 exhibitors regularly booking to attend our wedding fairs at the AIS Arena at the Australian Institute Sport, you’ll find everything you need under one roof to plan that perfect wedding.

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Funnell Entertainment represents the best in Canberra’s music and corporate entertainment scene. With access to Canberra’s most comprehensive pool of excellent bands, solo and duo artists, speakers, MCs, comedians and specialty entertainers, Andrew at Funnell Entertainment will help you make the right connections to ensure your event is an absolute success.


Avenue, Canberra City

Our offering is simple - sumptuous fresh flowers tailored to you.

Flowers On Flemington

Flowers With Love is an award-winning floral designer, providing personal, professional service to Canberra and the region’s brides since 1993. Client satisfaction and attention to every detail are their main priorities. They can design your floral arrangements, or create stunning designs using your own ideas for your ceremony, reception and all your bridal party. By appointment.

Flowers With Love

Manuka Flowers have been providing stunning wedding flowers for over 20 years to Brides in Canberra and the surrounding region. Sue and her qualified design team pride themselves on their attention to detail and personal customer service. We spend time with all our brides throughout the process, from the first initial chat and quotation through to the day of the wedding.

Manuka Flowers

We take great pride in helping you create a magnificent smile which enhances your facial aesthetics and in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.

Canberra City Dentistry

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Level 4, 28 University Ave, Canberra City 2601 P 02 6162 0880 W


At North Canberra Family Practice we have Canberra’s only PicoSure laser and Get your teeth whitened the world’s first aesthetic picosecond laser for your special day that treats tattoo removal, acne scarring treatment, removal of pigmented lesions Get that Canberra City smile from Canberra City Dentistry and wrinkle treatment. Situated in Beclonnen our dedicated team will provide • General Dental Needs • Crowns • Zoom Whitening • Bridges you and your family with personalised and • OPG Xray Unit On Site • Wisdom Teeth professional healthcare across a wide range • Implant Restorations • Surgical Extractions of medical and support services. • Dentures • Children’s Dentistry • Sports Mouthguards

Shop 11 The M Centre Corner of Palmerston Lane and 17 Flinders Way Manuka ACT 2603 P 02 6295 0713 E W

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Our practice is devoted to creating world class aesthetic and we strive to Philips treatments, Zoom develop long-lasting, Whitening trusting relationships. Your referrals are welcome and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Shop 3A, 37 Jerrabomberra Parkway Jerrabomberra NSW 2619 P 02 6255 8355 E W

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North Canberra Family Practice 5b Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2617 P 02 6129 5100 E W

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Your Local Wedding Guide Expos, held in Canberra Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast features a large and diverse group of quality wedding professionals showcasing their talents, along with fashion parades, prizes and all the inspiration you’ll need! Whether you’re newly engaged or about to say ‘I do’, our expos have all you need to plan your wedding.

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Eddison Photographic Studios has been creating memories for over 25 years. Our passion is ensuring that you and your family reflect on these images over time, with the same emotion and enjoyment you had on your special day. Your wedding will be captured exactly how you envisioned, making it the day you deserve.

Eddison Photographic Studios

Canberra’s recommended and acclaimed boutique studio with over a decade of experience. True believers in the fairytale wedding, Fusion is all about romance, elegance & fun.

Fusion Photography

Striking a perfect balance between fashion and wedding photography and with experience in both fields, Red Photography create stunning editorial style images. With over 17 years experience producing professional wedding photographs it is our passion to capture the beauty and excitement of your special day. We aim to bring a sense of fun and enthusiasm and create a relaxed atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy.


Amy Ackman Street, Forde/Gungahlin ACT 2914 P 02 62425096 M 0414 867 018 E W

Suite 7, 18 Garema Place, Canberra City ACT 2601 P 0402 270 490 E W

Red Photography Canberra ACT P 02 6295 9369 M 0402 224 143 E W

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We love to make beautiful, classic photographs full of genuine feeling. We love finding ways to tell stories with pictures and show you at your best.

South Canberra ACT M 0421 249 676 E W

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A Shot Above the Rest Photography

Tell the story of your day with images you’ll fall in love with.


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Multi Award Winning, Melissa Flanagan loves capturing her clients celebrations, and is an Australian Institute of Professional Photographer accredited member, over 20 years experience. No fuss, calm, relaxed and candid style of imagery, ensuring my clients enjoy their day and adore their images and proudly hang on their walls for generations to come.

Bad Cat Photography is based in Canberra and travel between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (or further!) is easily arranged.

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Wedding hair stylist Steven Lloyd is an award-winning hairdresser who can create beautiful custom designed hair for your wedding day or special event. So you can relax while having your hair styled at a location of your choice.

Steven Lloyd Hair

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Would you like an award winning hairdresser to come to you on your wedding day and custom design a beautiful hairstyle to suit you face shape?

At Steven Lloyd Photography we will provide you with memorable high end photography of your special day. We offer personalised photography services and packages tailored to suit your individual needs and tastes.

Steven Lloyd Photographer

Photography gives us the unique opportunity to capture fleeting moments in our lives…

Studio Knox

“Dear Wentworth and Annette Thank you so much for your efforts in delivering an amazing experience on our wedding day. Our guests absolutely raved about The Stables. You managed to turn our vague brief into an amazing vision! Your team were fantastic. Love Josh and Amy”

A Country Wedding Binda

The new Canberra Rex Hotel is the ultimate venue for your special day. We pride ourselves on offering our guests personalised service, ensuring every aspect of your wedding epitomizes you as a couple. Our selection of packages has a range of inclusions that offer exceptional value for money, designed to make your experience seamless.

Canberra Rex Hotel

With over forty years’ experience creating unforgettable occasions; the Canberra Southern Cross Club will help you create the perfect day.

Canberra Southern Cross Club

Situated close to the picturesque country town of Boorowa, just over one hour from Canberra and three and a half hours from Sydney in the Hilltops region, Corcoran’s Plains is without a doubt one of the region’s best kept secrets.


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2926 Junction Point Road, Binda NSW 2583 P 02 9571 6300 M 0419 234 890 E W

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150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612 P 02 6248 5311 E W

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92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip ACT 2606 P 02 6283 7200 E W


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Corcoran’s Plains Wedding Venue Cunningar Road, Boorowa 2586 P Eddie: 0408 677 940 P Marilyn: 0427 053 086 E W

145 receptions

My goal, as your photographer, is to capture these moments exactly as you want to remember them, so you can look at your photographs and feel the same passion, joy and excitement in the future, as you do right now.


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Drinks/dinner packages—up to 130 for dinner or 220 for a cocktail party. Convenient location. Free parking.

Hellenic Premium Catering is Canberra’s most innovative caterer and provides a food offering to complement your special day. This, combined with Canberra’s most stunning Wedding venue, promises to make your special day an unforgettable experience.

Hellenic Premium Catering

Australia’s Best Meetings and Events Hotel awarded by the Australian Hotels Association 2014, 2013, and 2012, Hotel Realm offers luxury unlike any other venue in the Nation’s Capital. Hotel Realm; the perfect setting to create everlasting memories of love.

Hotel Realm

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Thredbo Valley in the Snowy Mountains, is the ideal venue for your wedding. The Resort lends itself perfectly to a destination wedding with everything you need in one superb location. Our attentive and caring staff will ensure the perfect day for you and your guests.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Where do you find the best hotel wedding receptions in Canberra? Mercure Canberra is the perfect setting for your special day with catering for up to 200 guests…

Mercure Canberra





among the vines and wines in an intimate setting for up to 70 guests

style to your theme in an opulent and impressive setting for up to 600 guests

ideal one place for ceremony, photos and reception for up to 120 guests

enjoy an intimate setting in the heart of the Canberra for up to 100 guests


Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606 P 02 6162 6624 E W

18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 P 02 6163 1800 E W

1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback NSW 2627 P 02 6451 3000 E W

39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612 P 02 6243 0024 | 02 6243 0000 E W


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EPIC has hosted hundreds of weddings, with our planning team taking care of every need. The stately Terrace Room offers beautiful views and features a deck.

Corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2602 P 02 6205 5230 E W

135 receptions

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)


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Your special wedding day. Cherish the memories. Live your dream.

1 Binara Street, Canberra ACT 2601 P 02 6274 5500 E W

143 receptions

Crowne Plaza Canberra

149 receptions

Romantic views over Glebe Park provide a stunning backdrop to beautiful and intimate weddings held in the versatile Glebe Room at Crowne Plaza Canberra. This romantic space features floor to ceiling windows with park views and can be tailored to suit the theme and style of your wedding, whether it be an intimate celebration by candlelight, or something more modern and contemporary.


The National Portrait Gallery is a dramatic and culturally rich venue for your wedding. Our elegant building has the greatest respect for the local environment, natural light and human proportions. And it is home to the national collection of portraits. Invite your guests to come face to face with famous, infamous and sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history.

National Portrait Gallery

Make a statement with your wedding at the iconic National Press Club. Winner “Best Wedding Caterer” in ACT & Regions in 2017 Savour Australia™ Awards for Excellence.

National Press Club of Australia


16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 P 02 6121 2199 | 02 6121 2166 M 0467 672 000 E W


Pavilion on Northbourne

From an intimate and elegant celebration for just the two of you, to a gathering with family and friends, Pavilion on Northbourne provides the perfect backdrop for your momentous occasion.

242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602 P 02 6247 6888 E W

Versatile is an award winning restaurant that transforms into a crisp and contemporary reception setting.

The Abbey and Versatile Restaurant

Plumery Fine Jewellery Level 1/70 Kent Street, Deakin Canberra ACT 2600 M 0403 650 992 E W

Plumery is the answer.

Maria and the team are into creating the ‘wow factor’. It may be a large venue, a shed or a country kitchen, all can be styled to any Brides desire. We offer an extensive total package with an enormous range of stock to choose from at the ‘old wedding shed’ so call now and make an appointment with Maria.


Absolute Beautiful Décor 146 Snowgum Road, Bywong NSW 2621 P 02 6238 0967 M 0403 304 721 E W


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Plumery provides bespoke, individualised jewellery advice for the purchase of custom Propose with timeless designed collection pieces. elegance If you are looking for a truly unique Plumery is a bespoke concierge jewellery service that - unmatched assistsengagement clients in discoveringring exceptional jewellery pieces in every way and stunning rare gems. If you are looking for a truly - then Plumery is the answer. unique engagement ring - unmatched in every way - then

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The Abbey, Versatile restaurants competent staff, pride themselves on attention to detail and unbeatable service.


Celebrate life’s events with style!

O’Hanlon Crescent, Nicholls ACT 2913 P 02 6230 2905 E E W

141 receptions

We offer mouth-watering food and beverages along with a professional team and personalised service to ensure your love story will be a memorable celebration.

King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600 P 02 6102 7010 M 0409 759 225 E W

We guarantee the best price and service. Our decoration and design team are dedicated to creating the perfect style for your wedding. For a personalised and high quality service for every aspect of your special day call us now.

Canberra Glassworks offers a range of bespoke bridal services to make your wedding truly unique. • Have a set of bespoke wine glasses. • Use the unique architecture of the historic Kingston Power House as a backdrop for wedding photography.

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Elegant Effect Unit 2, 47 / 49 Vicars Street, Mitchell ACT 2911 M 0421 449 922 E W

Canberra Glassworks 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604 P 02 6260 7005 E W

• Source handmade jewellery, bonbonnieres and table dressings.

Our high quality photo booths allow you to give your guests fun and entertainment at your wedding providing a unique and special momento of the night. All of our photo booths are equipped with high definition cameras and touch screens, with every double photo strip printed in just 10 seconds.

Mugshots Photobooths 15 Florentine Circuit, Kaleen ACT 2617 M 0401 801 096 E W

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Elegant Effect is one of the leading wedding decorators in Canberra.

Waramanga ACT 2611 P 02 6288 1508 M 0428 584 202 E W

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Chair Flair can plan, design and style your event. Styling includes, roof canopies, backdrops, table centrepieces and items for outdoor ceremonies.


Chair Flair

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Elegantly draped, lycra and fitted chair covers with a wide variety of sash colours. We pride ourselves on our personalized service ensuring that you receive only the very best in hired covers that add the final touch to events especially a wedding.

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All You Need To Plan Your Wedding in Canberra.

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All You Need To Plan Your Wedding in Canberra.