Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 16, 2010

An elegant New Year’s Eve at the Emporium Hotel

Imagine counting down to 2011 under an antique German chandelier, originally from a castle in Europe and raising your French-filled champagne glass in front of a magnificent stained-glass wall, originally a Parisian shop front crafted more than 100 years ago. Brisbane’s dazzling Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar is getting ready to farewell 2010 with an elegant and intimate celebration featuring live entertainment from G-roove.

A world away from the chaotic crowds and sticky floors of traditional New Year’s Eve revelry, the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar’s New Year’s Eve event will be a stylish affair set against a stunning backdrop, exquisite cocktails and tapas all backed by live music from dynamic duo G-roove, who promise to deliver their superb blend of soul, groove and cool for the last night of twenty ten.

The unticketed event allows guests to cherry pick their favourite celebratory tipples and menu offerings; sip into 2011 in all the luxury, style and elegance of exotic escapes from Emporium Hotel’s “New World” Cocktail List. Each cocktail was inspired by an exotic international location and uses only the finest of beverages.

If Arabian summer nights is your ultimate indulgence, the Sultan's Treasure is your ticket there staring Bombay Sapphire Gin, Pama Pomegranite, Domaine De Canton, Lemon Juice, Orange Mist and served with Gold Dust. Or if Europe is calling your name, tip you beret to the Basil Drop featuring Beefeater 24 Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Fresh Basil and Orange Bitters.

New Year’s Eve at Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar

Date: Friday December 31, 2010
Time: 8pm until early 2011
Location: Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar, Ground Floor, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Entry free. Food and beverages purchased from the exquisite new menu.
Dress: Cocktail – dress to dazzle
Bookings: Not essential but numbers will be capped on the night. Ph: (07) 3253 6999 Em:
All patrons must be over 18 years

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Carols in Brisbane

Christmas time is almost here - and the best way to get into the Christmas Spirit is with Christmas Carols! Here are a few of the carolling events in and around Brisbane leading up to Christmas... 

Sat 18th December
Broadbeach Christmas Carols - Live entertainment, singalongs and fireworks in a beautiful beach setting.
Carols by Candlelight - Rocus Jazz band, Westside Orchestra, carols and fireworks in Dorrington Park, Ashgrove.
Sun 19th Dec
Carols on the Steps - Sing some of the most well-known Christmas carols at the City Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Carols on the Cliffs 'Sing Noël' - With Canticum Chamber Choir conducted by Emily Cox and organ music by Christopher Wrench.
Carols in the Park: Christmas Unwrapped - Christmas carols and nativity play in St Lucia.
Acacia Ridge Community Christmas Carols - Santa joins the carols and festive fun.
Visit for full details on these Christmas Carol events in Brisbane.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rum Balls with freshly brewed Merlo espresso coffee

Saint Nicholas is due South in a matter of weeks, which means it’s time to indulge! The coffee gurus at Merlo have concocted a recipe which combines the Christmas staple Rum Balls with freshly brewed Merlo espresso coffee.

Although they're small in size, they sure do pack a powerful punch! Spiked with rum (and most importantly coffee), one thing is for certain - these little holiday treats are sure to be a great hit with friends and family!

Introducing the Merlo Rum Balls....

What you need:

• 3 cups of vanilla wafers (1 packet)
• 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts, or pecans)
• 1/3 cup of rum (Bundy of course!)
• 2 shots of merlo fresh espresso
• 3 tablespoons of honey
• 1½ tablespoons of cocoa powder
• Desiccated Coconut (to decorate)


• Place the wafers and nuts in a food processor and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
• In a large bowl combined processed wafers and nuts, merlo fresh espresso, rum, honey and sifted cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.
• Put desiccated coconut in a Ziplock bag and set aside.
•  It’s now time to roll! Place a small amount of the mixture in your palm and roll it into a ball shape.
• Place the ball into the Ziplock bag and seal. Shake bag until the ball is thoroughly coated.
•  Let the Rum Balls sit for an hour before consuming. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Experience the Enchanting Surrounds of Albert River Wines

The enchanting surrounds of Albert River Wines offer the perfect setting for your special day.

Enjoy the majestic view from the expansive covered verandahs overlooking the vineyard and Tamborine Mountain, with your choice of an indoor function within the Historic Ballroom, or outdoor in the Vineyard Courtyard. Whether you select a sumptuous banquet or sophisticated cocktail selection, the menus are designed to delight both you and your guests. Albert River Wines all inclusive packages include canapés on arrival; decorated bridal table; white linen table cloths; your choice of table centre-pieces, either fresh floral arrangements or wrought iron candelabra; personalised menus for each table and exclusive wine list. Albert River Wines also have a vintage Rolls Royce for photography and on-site transportation.

With attention to detail that will transform your day from special to spectacular, whatever the style of your wedding, both you and your guests will appreciate being able to enjoy your ceremony, photography location, and reception all at one superb venue.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Suna Shoes & Accessories

Suna Shoes & Accessories offers the largest and most exciting range of bridal and formal shoes in Australia! Suna is recognised as a bridal industry leader for their exceptional service, range and expertise. Their extensive collection of gorgeous styles and colours are available in sizes 5-11. Suna also offers a selection of bridal jewellery, handbags and tiaras for your special day. And the best part is, you can shop online at the fully secured, user friendly website.

Suna Shoes & Accessories has been voted Australia's Best Bridal Shoe Specialist at the prestigious National ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) Awards.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Iconic International Fashion Store Hermes Opens in Brisbane

Photo: SMH

Brisbane has welcomed the iconic international fashion store Hermes to the Edward St fashion precinct and Caxton Street Catering was on the ground....

Guests invited to the opening this week sipped Rose Veuve Clicquot, homemade lemonade and an imported blend of tea and nibbled on a beautifully presented array of finger sandwiches including cucumber / lemon zest sour cream; chicken / chive / garlic mayo, and smoked salmon / dill crème fraiche. As a sweetener, they were also offered pistachio, chocolate and vanilla mini macaroons, petite tartes au citron and petite shortbread. The menu was created and delivered by Brisbane-based Caxton Street Catering, one of Australia’s leading food designers and creators, taking the notion of catering far beyond the box.

Caxton Street Catering has partnered with some of the world’s biggest names – Cirque Soleil, while Bulgari, Gucci, The Paris Opera Ballet and hundreds more customers from round the country.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Full Moon Hotel

The Full Moon Hotel, recently awarded Australia’s Best Hotel & Best Casual Dining 2008 – AHA, is situated on the cliffs at Sandgate, overlooking beautiful Bramble Bay.

The Full Moon Hotel is renowned for its magnificent 180 degree bay views. Aptly named, as a result of its NASA rated full moon gazing position, the hotel offers three well appointed and dedicated function spaces suitable for your wedding.

Heralded as Sandgate’s premier wedding destination, The Full Moon Hotel offers a wedding reception destination complemented by a very unique location. Whilst the photos are taken in the surrounding grounds, your guests will be taken care of in our Moonlight Bar prior to being seated in either of the dedicated function spaces. Contact the Functions Coordinator to discuss your special day.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Moonlight Cinema

Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema is an enjoyable and relaxing alternative to corporate functions, client entertainment and staff rewards. It's also a great night out with your social club or friends and family - you may want to consider this for a quiet hens' night out!

Discount ticket options are available when you buy tickets in bulk (20 or more). Make a group booking for a specific session or buy open-dated vouchers - which are also great for gifts!

Brisbane's Moonlight Cinema is located in New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse. Moonlight bean beds are available for hire at the cinema for $6 (and a $10 refundable deposit) and blankets can be purchased for $15.

Call 1300 551 908 for further information or to make a booking or visit