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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 

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