Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas… From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and a happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2012. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. The blogs have also been a joy to work on, and we have enjoyed keeping you up to date with all the latest in weddings, fashion, home, parenting, travel and lifestyle inspiration…

Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received, from brides-to-be and clients alike, for our fabulous 2013 editions of The Bride's Diary. We love them all too! We particularly enjoyed working on our photo shoots, and bringing you our very special couture fashion stories.

We were delighted to also bring you our exciting launch editions of Wedding Celebration for New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. Each stunning edition is full of great wedding ideas, including reception venues, photographers, stationers, florists, event stylists and much more! In fact, Wedding Celebration offers inspiration and ideas about every aspect of styling a wedding, and also features spectacular Real Life Weddings from the state's leading wedding professionals, as well as sensational seasonal styling themes – you'll love browsing the inspirational themes!

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Monday, December 10, 2012

Introducing the Adore ring

Attention grooms-to-be! Christmas is a time for spoiling your loved ones, and what better way to show your significant other just how much you love and adore her than with the new Adore ring by Modial Pink Diamond Atelier! Strictly limited to just 50 individually numbered pieces, each beautiful ring includes a stunning diamond set in an 18ct gold heart-shaped 'adore'-ornament!

Visit Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier today… And, you had better be quick! There's only 34 left at the time of this post! 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cake Centre-pieces

Stuck for a unique centre-piece idea? How about cakes? Yes, cakes! We all know that cakes and weddings go hand in hand, but consider taking that relationship to the next level with this unique idea: swap floral centre-pieces for small cakes of various styles at each of your reception tables. 

The cakes can also double as dessert, and would make a lovely focal point for guest conversations throughout the reception…  If you have your heart set on flowers, you could use flowers to decorate the cakes, in lieu of a cake topper… And just a little tip – keep the cakes small and low so as to not interfere with your guests' view of one another. And be sure to invest in some pretty cake stands, such as this one, to sit your cakes on – they will add to the romance of the centre-piece… Pretty sweet idea hey!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, November 9, 2012

The New Vera Wang LOVE Collection

How amazing is this ring by Vera Wang… It's intricate design is just breathtaking! 

From the Vera Wang LOVE Collection, this captivating 14K white gold engagement ring offers incomparable beauty and unmatched quality. Featuring a 3/8 ct. princess-cut diamond centre stone glittering in a squared double frame set with smaller accent diamonds. Two princess-cut blue sapphires, the signature of the collection and a symbol of faithfulness and everlasting love, are set into the ring's bezel. The twisting split shank is also lined with sparkling accent diamonds, completing this exquisite look. Aglow with 1 ct. t.w. of diamonds, this engagement ring is a brilliant beginning to your romantic love story. 

Visit Vera Wang.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Melbourne Cup 2012

Well, it's that time of year again… the race that stops the nation and gives Melbourne residents a day off to join in the festivities!… The Melbourne Cup.

Held annually on the first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world's most famous horse races – the Melbourne Cup.
If you wanted to know a little more history about the day, be sure to check out today's feature article on the BD Homepage… 

Have a fabulous Cup Day, enjoy a champagne or two, check out the track-side fashion (lots of bridal inspiration there!), place a bet and most of all, have fun!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas time already?…

Ok, so this is not quite wedding related, but it's always very exciting to see the first signs of Christmas, even if it is only the 2nd of November!

One of my favourite Christmas pastimes is going to Sydney's Queen Victoria Building to see the annual QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree! And this year, the grandness of the tree is better than ever. Spanning a full three levels of the building and draped with 144,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments and 60,000 twinkling lights, the tree is renowned worldwide, taking over 40 hours to install made possible by a team of 72 construction technicians, engineers, lighting consultants and crystal makers.

If you get the chance, be sure to pop into the QVB to see the tree for yourself – it truly is awe-inspiring! 

Visit QVB

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Bride's Diary Adelaide/South Australia 2013

We are delighted to announce the launch of our stunning 2013 edition of The Bride's Diary Adelaide/South Australia over the weekend at the Spring Bridal Ideas Expo. With hundreds of copies handed out to eager brides-to-be at the bridal fair on the weekend, we have received an overwhelming response to the new edition! 

With a new and improved modern layout,  a stunning French-inspired Couture Shoot, 4 fabulous new Styling Themes, plus a beautiful Jewellery Feature, we know you will love browsing the inspirational pages. Plus, featuring South Australia's leading wedding specialists, you are sure to find your dream wedding team within the pages of The Bride's Diary! From photographers to cake makers and reception venues to bridal fashion, you really can plan the ultimate wedding with The Bride's Diary, it is, after all, South Australia's leading hard cover bridal magazine!

You can purchase a copy from your local news agency, or if you'd prefer to shop online, be sure to visit The Bride's Diary Online Store or iSubscribe! And, while you're there, you'll want to grab a copy of Wedding Celebration – South Australia's favourite wedding styling magazine, and the perfect companion to The Bride's Diary! 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wedding Celebration

We are so excited to announce the launch of our exciting new wedding magazine - Wedding Celebration. Recently launched in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia, Wedding Celebration is a celebration of all things wedding! 

Each stunning edition is full of great wedding ideas, including: reception venues, photographers, stationers, florists, event stylists and much more! In fact, you will find inspiration and ideas about every aspect of styling your wedding. 

We also feature spectacular Real Life Weddings from the state's leading wedding professionals, as well as sensational seasonal styling themes – you'll love browsing the inspirational themes!

Brides-to-be also have the chance to WIN a fabulous honeymoon to the Cook Islands – be sure to complete the entry form at the back of your local edition!

Available from leading news agencies throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia, or online via The Bride's Diary Online Store.

And be sure to 'like' the Wedding Celebration Facebook page to ensure you receive your daily dose of wedding inspiration! 

Visit Wedding Celebration.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, July 6, 2012

Peachy Keen…

Colour trend alert: peachy lips are making a comeback! Check out Kate Bosworth's take on this pretty hue… It's a lovely colour for your big day – not too bright, but with just enough colour! 

Read more at Belle Sugar

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A pretty Pandora ring…

Complete your favourite outfit with a sterling silver PANDORA ring… They're simple and oh-so-pretty and will complement a range of winter styles!

Here's a couple of my faves…

 Visit Pandora to view the full range…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A yummy winter recipe!

Roast Vegetable Frittata 
Preparation time |15 minutes
Cooking time |1 hour
Serves |4


  • 400g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 300g baby potatoes, halved
  • 1 red capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 2cm thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 250ml PHILADELPHIA Light Cream For Cooking
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Green salad, to serve


Toss together the vegetables and oil. Place on a paper lined baking tray and bake in a hot oven 200°C for 25–30 minutes or until just cooked. Cool slightly.
Arrange the vegetables in a greased 26cm ceramic quiche dish. Whisk together the eggs, PHILLY, Parmesan, chives and seasonings then pour over vegetables.
Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for 20–30 minutes or until set. Slice the frittata and place on serving plates with green salad. Serve immediately.

Notes | Visit PHILLY for more delicious recipe ideas.

Enjoy! And have a lovely day… Anna

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wedding Mailbox

Here's a fabulous idea for your wedding: a mailbox. A mailbox you ask? Well, a mailbox surrounded by some pretty flowers and a couple of a tea light candles would make a fabulous addition to your gift table, or your guests could write you notes and 'post' them into your mailbox in lieu of a traditional guestbook! Love it…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, May 13th, I've handpicked some perfect gift ideas to make spoiling Mum so much easier for you. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Official Video!!!

We are so excited to share with you the official video from The Bride's Diary Wedding & Honeymoon Expo!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Mimco Mother's Day!…

Mother's Day is coming up shortly so spoil your Mum with a special gift from Mimco – with 25% off a great range of bags, boots, hats, scarves, and more, you are sure to find a stylish gift that really says "I love you, Mum"!!! 

Here's a couple of my favourite items…

Visit Mimco for more fabulous Mother's Day gift ideas.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hair Styles for your Wedding

Looking for hair style inspiration for your big day? Check out Fabsugar's gallery of the hottest hair looks at the 2012 Oscars. From old-Hollywood glam to sleek up-dos, there's a style for all types of weddings! 

Here's a few of my faves…

January Jones - side bob

Nina Dobrev - fishtail

Emma Stone - modern bun

Gwyneth Paltrow - sleek ponytail

Visit Fabsugar to view all 45 styles!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New from Fletcher & Grace

I'm very excited to see the new releases from Fletcher & Grace, particularly the elegant and beautiful Lila Birdcage Veil. Featuring delicate fishnet and handmade flowers, the Lila is the perfect finishing touch to a classic wedding day look! 

Be sure to visit Fletcher & Grace to check out the full range!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jewellery School

Ever wanted to know more about precious stones and pearls? The latest issue of the PANDORA club magazine features an interesting article about mythical stones, including amethyst and quartzite, and pearls – pop over to PANDORA - it's well worth the read! And, if your haven't already signed up to be a PANDORA club member, you should! Membership is free and you are treated to regular updates from PANDORA via the PANDORA magazine…


Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, April 16, 2012

White Trend…

As Australia's brightest stars walked the red carpet at the 2012 Logie Awards, I couldn't help but notice the number of stars opting to wear white! With Sonia Kruger, Esther Anderson, Delta Goodrem, Asher Keddie, to name a few, gracing the red carpet in their stunning white gowns, white really did seem to be the colour of choice. Lots of bridal inspiration for our BD brides-to-be!…

Here are a couple of my favourite white gowns…


Image source: Getty via Fabsugar

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wedding Celebration

I am delighted to introduce Wedding Celebration: a celebration of all things wedding! Australia’s only state-based real life wedding and wedding styling magazine, Wedding Celebration is proudly brought to you by the publishers of The Bride’s Diary.

With thousands of truly beautiful weddings photographed throughout Australia each year, Wedding Celebration provides photographers with the ideal platform upon which to present their best work and favourite weddings.

Wedding Celebration also features Australia’s leading reception venues, event stylists, stationers, florists, and wedding cake specialists.

While national real life wedding and styling magazines are inspirational, the weddings and vendors included are not always relevant to a reader in another State. Wedding Celebration is the answer to requests that we receive from brides-to-be needing to book a wedding service that is close to home.

Featuring modern and traditional wedding etiquette, The Bride’s Diary is the ultimate wedding planner, and a superb memento of a bride’s special day. Wedding Celebration is the perfect extension to this, providing styling and theming inspiration and ideas. Brides-to-be love exploring how other real life brides created their dream day and Wedding Celebration is the ideal companion as they choose their wedding day colours and themes.

Created with the same dedication to high quality graphic design and modern editorial content that The Bride’s Diary is renowned for, Wedding Celebration is also influenced by the creativity and attention to detail that we see in the gorgeous weddings we feature.

The first stunning editions of Wedding Celebration will be hitting news agencies soon, so in the meantime, visit the Wedding Celebration Facebook page for your daily dose of wedding styling and theming inspiration…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fabulous Downloads from Cristina Re

Cristina Re is one of our favourite stationers here in the BD office, we just love her range of pretty papers and designer accessories. Did you know that Cristina Re also offers a number of free DIY craft projects and gorgeous wallpapers for your computer? Visit Cristina Re and check out the range of downloadable craft projects today – you are sure to find something pretty to keep yourself amused with over the Easter break!…

Visit Cristina Re

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Arrivals by PANDORA

Delicate, floral and feminine, I am loving the pretty pieces in the 2012 collection by PANDORA! Featuring delightful new charms, as well as stunning rings and pretty earrings, there are loads of fresh new ways to style your look…

Visit PANDORA to view the new range.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, March 30, 2012

Temperley Bridal coming to Helen Rodrigues…

Sydney brides-to-be rejoice: from May 2012, Temperley Bridal, a romantic and elegant collection from Temperley London, will be available exclusively at Helen Rodrigues, Sydney! This is the first time the internationally-renowned couture label will be available in Australia, since the launch of the first Temperley Bridal collection in 2002.

Alice Temperley, MBE, has been celebrated globally from London to New York and has dressed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon and Claudia Schiffer.
Helen Rodrigues was personally invited by Temperley to view her collections for the Australian market in London this January.
“We are thrilled to be working with Templerley’s bridal collections. Her work is exquisite; the attention to detail is simply stunning” says Helen Rodrigues.
Helen Rodrigues Sydney by appointment studio is already known for stocking Hollywood celebrity’s favourite wedding designers. Her exclusive Monique Lhuillier designs have been worn by Angelina Jolie, Debra Messing and their friends and featured in Sex and the City.
While British designer, Jenny Packham, is favoured by Jessica Parker, Halle Berry and Helena Christensen and stocked exclusively at Helen Rodrigues.
Helen Rodrigues also exclusively houses Oscar de la Renta Bridal collections.  This utterly feminine and romantic collection also includes elegant accessories, such as veils and shoes. "My designs are known for their beautiful ornamentation, details, fabrics, and embroideries – which are never more important than on a wedding dress.” Oscar de la Renta
Visit Helen Rodrigues for more information.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, March 29, 2012

What Makes True Love?

Have you had a chance to visit the What Makes True Love site by Tiffany & Co? If not, you must visit it today. As the name suggests, it's a beautiful project dedicated to true love; Tiffany's unique guide to matters of the heart. From love tips to romantic videos, as well as a collection of stories and pictures that depict true love in all its forms, you will just love browsing the site and discovering what makes true love…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New: Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics…

Whether wearing couture, a wedding dress, or your favorite pair of jeans, a perfect base with a pop of color is a beautiful way to let your natural beauty shine through.“ – Vera Wang

Introducing the Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics Collection! Inspired by Vera’s personal makeup philosophy, Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics, consists of 16 products in 74 shades. The overall palate of natural shades also draws inspiration from the full range of Simply Vera Vera Wang fabrics and textiles.
Simply Vera Vera Wang represents more than a fashion philosophy; it symbolizes a complete lifestyle vision. Beautiful hues and glowing radiance inspire confidence and individuality, whether dressing for your wedding day, decorating your home, or creating an everyday make-up look. With the launch of Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics, the focus is simple: a beautiful skin canvas embellished with color to allow a woman to express her personality.

Visit the Vera Wang blog to read more about her new cosmetics range…

The new Vera Wang Cosemetics range won't be available in Australian stores just yet – although hopefully it will hit our shelves soon! Watch this space…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, March 26, 2012

Killer Heels…

The perfect LBD would not be complete without a killer pair of heels and these satin pumps with dazzling crystal embellishments by Giuseppe Zanotti will take your outfit from drab to fab in no time at all! With striking pops of pink, blue, yellow and green, these sky-high heels would make the perfect finishing touch…

Available from Net-a-Porter.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, March 23, 2012

Autumn Accessories

With the autumn season now upon us (the leaves are starting to turn already!!), be sure to visit David Jones on Facebook for a handy gallery of the latest on-trend autumn accessories. From shoes to bags, and gloves to sunglasses, you are sure to find a few key pieces to update your wardrobe for the new season.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces…

Marc by Marc Jacobs Voyage satchel $795

 Le Specs Lethal Clutch Sunglasses $59.95 - Available online

 Mimco Snake Charmer silk scarf $79.95 - Available online

 Oroton bow ballet flat $245

Visit David Jones on Facebook to view the full gallery. Many of the products can also be purchased from the David Jones Online Store

Have a lovely day!… Anna