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Monday, May 13, 2013

The 2013 Ultimate Wedding Planning Party lights up the Opera Point Marquee!

A glittering crowd of 250 brides and their entourage including mothers, bridesmaids and grooms enjoyed the fifth annual Ultimate Wedding Planning Party on May 8th at the Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House. The marquee adorned with chandeliers to die for and inspirational florals, styled by renowned Sydney wedding planner, Anthony Del Col in this year’s theme, ‘Vintage and classic bride’. Guests where treated like stars as they walked down the red carpet to enjoy Jansz Sparkling rose and scrumptious canapés by ARIA Catering under the Opera House on a beautiful night whilst meeting an array of Sydney’s finest, leading wedding planning experts at their exhibit stands.

At 7pm guests were seated to enjoy a stage show featuring an opening song 'Fly me to the moon' by Alli Rayal and two bridal fashion shows with the likes of: Steven Khalil, Karen Willis Holmes, Henry Roth, Michelle Roth, Rachael Gilbert, Maria Chiodo and Zegna to name a few. Hair and make up was completed by Eternal Elegance, shoes by Peep Toe and accessories by Kristi Bonnici.The next generation of new designers also graced the catwalk, Georgia Osborne and Eden Rose. 

Speakers from the industry shared their top tips and tricks to brides to be for their upcoming nuptials including Elizabeth Trevan talking all things ceremony, a Q and A with Polly and Waz from ‘The Block’ with Rachael Bentick from photography company, Inlighten. Plus, recently married bride Marisa Laria featured on stage with planner, Anthony Del Col as he ran through a real life example on how to plan a beautiful wedding. Simon Sandall, ARIA Catering chef was interviewed on stage by Sophie Hull from Complete Wedding Magazine. The show was MC-ed by Lynette Bolton who looked stunning in a rose coloured Steven Khalil gown.

On lucky bride won a fabulous door prize being a 5 night stay at 6 star resort: The Long Beach in Mauritius. All guests went home feeling inspired after an enjoyable evening, plus took home a gift bag featuring Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown cosmetics a Sparkle cupcakery macaroon, the most exclusive chocolates by local dream destination, Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa and many special offers from the event partners. We loved that bridal designer, Maria Chiodo gave each bride a hand made garter as well ;-)

Attached highlighted images where taken by Inlighten Photography, for additional images (we have 500) or more information, email Kim Veverka-Bray kim@magnetpr.com.au or visit www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

13 days to go till the 2013 UWPP, watch our promo video...

Want to hear a bit more about the upcoming 2013 Ultimate Wedding Planning Party on May 8th? 

Watch and enjoy...but remember nothing it like the real thing! In 13 days time the chandeliers  and draping goes up and 45 different wedding planning and event partners set up their stands as the Opera Point Marquee will be transformed into a fairytale playground with this years theme being 'Vintage and Classic' Bride.


UWPP 2013 PREVIEW from Kim Veverka on Vimeo.

Get tickets on www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Q and A with Real Bride, Kate Hickson, married January, 2013 in Sydney

Hi Kate, Where and when did you get married?
Anthony and I were married on Friday the 4th January 2013 in Wendy Whiteley's 'Secret Garden' at Lavender Bay. We had champagne and photos in the garden with our guests before a cocktail style reception and dancing at Aqua Dining, a short 10 minutes walk away. 

Tell us about your dress?
I chose a silk, Georgette low cut back gown with a high wasted sash that tied at the back from Helen English in Paddington. It was comfortable on the day and easy to dance in! Helen was fantastic to work with, she was no fuss, fitted around my busy work schedule and all her dresses are elegant and made with beautiful French fabrics.

Any special moments on your day?
So many to choose from. The ceremony in the garden would have to be the highlight. Anthony and I walked down the aisle together and walking down into the garden and seeing all our friends and family was unforgettable. We spent a lot of time with our celebrant Elizabeth, pulling our ceremony together and writing bits and pieces. It was worth it. It was so special and meant so much to us. 

Do you have any advice to give future bride to be's?
Don't stress out, family and friends are there to help so give people little jobs to do. Everything will come together on the day and if anything does go wrong, the bride will be the last to find out. 
I'd also recommend asking a bridesmaid to grab you and your husband half way through the evening so you can spend 10 minutes alone (on a balcony or somewhere nice away from guests). The day flies by so taking that time together to briefly reflect was really special for us. 

Thank you Kate for sharing! xx

Thursday, April 11, 2013

International and local bridal designers walk down the runway at the 2013 ŒUltimate Wedding Planning Party¹


The annual ‘Ultimate Wedding Planning Party’ (now in its FIFTH year!) will be held on Wednesday May 8, 2013, at Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House and promises to be an extraordinary event.

Soon-to-be brides and grooms can gain valuable, hugely inspiring ideas from Sydney’s wedding industry specialists, and listen to their jewel-encrusted pearls of wisdom, based on years of VIP wedding experiences. It’s quite breathtaking to witness the Opera Point Marquee transformed into a fairytale playground each year; this time, the theme is ‘Vintage and Classic’ bride.

And so: the wedding dress. The most talked about centrepiece of the day, it is the most researched, thought about, sometimes stressed over piece of stunning clothing you will choose. Ever.

The ‘Ultimate Wedding Planning Party’ aims to take the stress out of which gown to choose, and give unending inspiration. The roll call of who will be showing their incredible creations is a veritable who’s who of Australia’s bridal fashion designer crème de la crème.

Steven Khalil is recognised as one of Australia’s leading bridal and gown couturiers. Making most of the dresses for the 2013 Logies, his designs are renowned for their elegance and beauty, combining classical elements of bygone eras with a contemporary edge. Sought after by many A-listers, guests will see a taste of Steven Khalil at the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party.

Karen Willis Holmes

Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian designer, widely acclaimed for offering trend-conscious brides their perfect wedding gown. In 2004, following the success of the couture label which Karen founded in 2000, she was inspired to create a ‘demi-couture bridal collection’. On the night, Karen’s ‘vintage and classic’ gowns will shine.

Henry Roth is one of the longest running Australian fashion design houses. Celebrating nearly 60 years of being involved in special occasions in 
weddings, bridesmaids, debutantes and after five dressing, the brand will be showcasing their best bridal on the night. Michelle Roth brings her New York City nous, where she is based, and Henry Roth - based in both Sydney and New York City – will bring and international flavour.

The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is a leading luxury menswear brand and one of the most renowned businesses in Italy and the world. Founded in 1910 in Trivero, in the Biella Alps, by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo, whose vision was to ethically create the world's finest textiles through innovation and the coercing of the finest fibres directly from their makers origin, the 

company is managed today by the fourth generation of the Zegna family with Gildo Zegna as CEO.


he Maria Chiodo brand has a reputation for constantly exceeding expectations in design, fit and quality of work. It’s this you will see as her exquisite bridal couture gown collection is shown on the ‘Ultimate Wedding Planning Party’ runway.

The exquisite bridal accessories brand was launched in 2010, after the many years Kristi Bonnici worked in the Australian fashion industry. Kristi’s timeless collections include garlands, headpieces, veils, belts, and cover ups, all on show at the Opera House event.

PeepToe has been renowned for lust-worthy stilettos and accessories since October 2006. And their bridal ranges are now as popular as their embellished heels.

Known for luxury embellishment, the Rachel Gilbert brand of dresses will also be gliding down the runway. Renowned for dressing A-listers, her gowns are now sought for the aisle, too. See her dresses on the night and be wowed – and inspired.

Eden Rose 

Watch this space, new bridal designer, Eden Rose by Tanya Anic will bring her fresh, soft and romantic designs to the 2013 UWPP catwalk.

Guests at the ‘Ultimate Wedding Planning Party’ will be treated like the stars they’d like to emulate and are inspired by, with a unique catering experience of champagne and canapés served by ARIA Catering. Wander through the inspiring and visually gorgeous wedding displays and interactive partner booths, where you can chat one-on-one with the industry’s leading bridal suppliers, who are all at the forefront of both Australian and international VIP weddings, and therefore can share the very latest, unique ideas for the biggest celebration of a bride and groom’s life.

Wedding planner to Sydney’s A-list Anthony Del Col (Staging Connections) will also be on stage sharing his wedding day advice, as well as Rachael Bentick (Inlighten Photography) giving her best photographic tips and Abraham Joffe (Untitled Films) sharing tips on capturing your wedding through cinematic film. 

There will be an exclusive interview on stage with Simon Sandall, chef from ARIA Catering, plus Sweet Art, Vintage Kitchen, and De La Mod Stationary will chat face to face guests, who will also enjoy pampering from prestigious brands including Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone.

Brides and grooms will be in the running to win highly covetable lucky door prizes, to top off the luxury feel of the event, each guest will go home with a gift bag filled with gifts, valued over $500.

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party aims to inspire and entice its guests through a creative-driven and visually tantalising evening of effortless elegance, style - and above all, to enjoy it all at Australia’s most iconic and breathtaking location. 

Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House May 8th 2013 - 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Ticket prices: $60 or two for $100. To purchase tickets or more info, log onto www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com
or email kim@magnetpr.com.au 

Don’t forget all the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UltimateWeddingPlanningParty and follow us for updates on www.twitter.com/UltimateWedding 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Josie's Juice: 'Ultimate Wedding Planning Party' 2013 - win ticke...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Journalist and PR, Vera Devai shares her wedding story...

I don’t think either of us could have known that a chance meeting outside a London pub in 2007 would lead to a wedding about five years later. Although, Brendan vows he knew I was “the one” right from the start. We dated briefly the year we met, both of us ‘fresh off the boat’ – I was from Australia and he from South Africa. Having similar experiences of recent heartbreak, which lead us to London, we now found solace in each other’s company. But fate dictated that I return to Australia just three months later.  After three years of continued friendship, phone calls and endless stories about our lives at other ends of the earth, there was finally another opportunity to meet up. I was going to visit London. And that was it, as soon as we met up we both realised what we had was too special and started our mission to be together in the same country – it would be another two years, an engagement in South Africa, a lot of conversations on Skype and another stint in London before we would get married in Australia. And when we did we had an intimate wedding with a small group of family and friends at Strickland House in Vaucluse, Sydney, where we exchanged our vows. We then had our reception at the Wharf Restaurant @ Pier 2, Walsh Bay, overlooking the Harbour Bridge where the food was devine and we could enjoy the warm glow of our accomplishment, despite the rainy winter’s day outside. We opted for a simple wedding as planned to have an extravagant honeymoon. We chose to go to French Polynesia and Bora Bora eight months after our wedding, and it was the perfect way to relax, unwind and reflect on our how far we had come to be together.....and not a single regret!          

Our wedding story by, Vera Devai, PR Professional and freelance journalist

Get inspired at the upcoming 2013 Ultimate Wedding Planning Party, Sydney Opera Point Marquee, May 8, tickets available now!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

WIN a Double Pass to the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party, May 8, 2013

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The annual Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is coming up on May 8, 2013, Sydney Opera Point Marquee. Step into this years fairytale playground as the theme is 'Vintage and Classic Bride', Brides and Wedding lovers alike will be enchanted by the beauty and femininity of this night!

We are giving away 3 Double Passes worth $100 each on our FACEBOOK page to attend the 2013 UWPP, enter simply by clicking on the link below:

One ticket allows you access to over 45 of Sydney's best Wedding suppliers stands, to enjoy a unique catering experience by ARIA Catering, sit down and watch our bridal fashion show featuring local and international designers, listen to the experts such as Anthony Del Col, Wedding Planner and stylist share his wisdom amongst others, enjoy make overs and pampering, be inspired by the entertainment and visual displays and leave with an amazing gift bag featuring gifts worth over $500!!

Good Luck X