ultimate wedding planning party

On- Wednesday, August 31


Last week saw the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party brought to life at the stunning Opera Point Marque. You couldn't ask for a better backdrop than Sydney Harbour as 280 guests where entertained with bridal catwalk shows and expert wedding tips. 'i do' it yourself was there sipping sparkling wine and chatting to some of the best in the industry.

The show opened with a performance by Carmelo Pizzino of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fame and his dance partner. Watch out grooms - Carmelo offers bridal waltz lessons!
The crowd favourite is of course the fashion - guests giving a collective gasp of delight when this  gorgeous Nicky Velani creation stepped out.


With designs from Lisa Gowing, VELANI by Nicky Velani, Sarah Janks and Collette Dinnigan there was no shortage of ruffles and lace. Beaded belts were popular, 'The Knot' Editor Alicia Richardson predicting a return to more classic silhouettes with brides personalising their look with belts, headpieces and colourful shoes. Shoulder details such as lace boleros and sleeves are making a return, and a more relaxed tussled look to hair. All influenced in no small part by Kate Middleton and the royal wedding this year.

Models in Sarah Janks, Lisa Gowing, Collette Dinigan and VELANI by Nicky Velani 
Less formal wedding bouquets are tipped and we could even see more brides and bridesmaids carrying a single stunning stem down the aisle. "Greens are always popular" said Susan Avery of Susan Avery Flowers in Woollahra. "We're seeing lots of texture in floral arrangements at the moment." A mix of nude tones currently very popular with brides will move to more purple shades.


One of our favourite trends seen on the night was the floral chandelier. From a small group of single buds tied to ribbons, to grand collections of cascading blooms mixed with pretty tea light candles. Beautiful when mixed with the real thing from Chandeliers to Die For who hire their creations for the ultimate bit of wedding day bling.

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