Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jewellery Insurance - The 5 Things You Must Have

Xennox Diamonds have shared with us the importance of jewellery insurance and the five things you must have to get covered.

"In the last month we have seen a run on robberies and insurance claims. Here are a few tips for you to help insure that, if the worst should happen, you are covered and help minimise the pain of replacing your lost items. It is important to be aware that most household insurance contents policies are not necessarily geared to cover high end diamond jewellery. Also it is important to make sure that your valuation certificate comes with the seal of a registered valuer certified by the National Jewellery Council of Valuers (NJCV)," Karl of Xennox Diamonds.

1. A full description of the item:
A full description for comprehensive jewellery insurance is necessary to ensure that a lost or damaged ring can be replaced with an exact replica of the original.

2. Detailed photo:
A detailed photo of the item is essential, and should match the full written description. At least one photo is essential. If it is a detailed piece of jewellery, it might be necessary to include two or more photos taken from different angles.

3. The purpose of the Jewellery Insurance Certificate:
This is crucially important, as it linked to the amount that your piece should be insured for. The amount shown on a Jewellery Insurance Valuation is often inflated and doesn’t guarantee that you will get the full amount you need to replace the item. The best jewellery insurance valuation, is a Replacement Valuation. It includes a clear description of the piece and specifies what the jeweller needs to receive in order to create an identical replica of the original piece. Under normal circumstances, the value on the jewellery insurance replacement certificate should be within $500 of the price you originally paid for the item.

4. Exchange rate and gold price:
As the value of jewellery insurance is heavily tied to both the exchange rate and gold price, it is extremely important to have this on the certificate. If your jewellery insurance was calculated and insured at an exchange rate of 1.04 cents (USD to AUD) and the dollar fell to 0.80cents, the value of your diamond ring would go up considerably. Likewise, if you had a gents ring with a significant amount of gold in it, and the gold price went up from $1650 US an ounce to $2500 US an ounce, you would again be under-insured.

5. The date and renewal:
As mentioned above, the value of your piece is tied to market circumstances. As these circumstances can change in a matter of months, it is important to get your jewellery re-valued every 12 months to confirm that you are insured for the correct value. If your insurance company can’t do this, Xennox Diamonds recommend using Q Report Insurance as they will do this for you every year at no charge.

Xennox Diamonds are here to help and can help make the organising of your jewellery insurance completely painless. Or in the unfortunate event of a robbery make the process of replacing your items a stress free.

Visit Xennox Diamonds.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Planning Services Make It a Fabulous Event

The Gold Coast, Brisbane and it's surrounding areas has so much to offer couples with options for beach weddings, garden weddings, marquee style, formal, informal, contemporary, avant-garde or traditional weddings. A Fabulous Event have all the information and assistance you need to suit all wedding styles.

A Fabulous Event can find a venue to fulfill your dream of a fairytale marquee wedding, a luxury waterfront mansion or can help put pizzazz and flair into an intimate backyard, beach, rainforest, private residence or commercial venue Gold Coast wedding.

A Fabulous Event have experience providing assistance and packages for out of town or overseas couples looking to arrange a 'fabulous' Gold Coast wedding experience and cater for all cross cultural traditions.

A Fabulous Event can arrange the whole event from engagement party to your fabulous wedding day and honeymoon or can simply help find that one last item you still need to make your day complete.

If you are running out of time to complete the last minute details or DIY projects, A Fabulous Event can help you! If you have arranged everything but just need a helping hand on the day to ensure it all runs smoothly, give A Fabulous Event a call for our hourly assistance rates.

If packages do not perfectly fit your needs or you are planning something much smaller, A Fabulous Event would be more than happy to tailor a package for you that specifically suits your requirements. A Fabulous Event are the most affordable and professional Gold Coast wedding planners.

Visit A Fabulous Event.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo - This Weekend

The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo is on again this weekend - on Sunday 28th April from 10.00am to 1.30pm at the Tweed Civic Centre (Brett Street, Tweed Heads).

The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo showcases businesses on the Tweed, Gold Coast & Northern NSW that offer affordable wedding services. Come and speak 'one on one' with experts in all areas of the wedding industry. We have everything you need to plan your special day; including cakes, flowers, wedding gowns, health & beauty, venues, decorations, music, hair & makeup, photography, transport, and much more!

All couples will receive a bag on entry containing information and special offers from the exhibitors!

Don't miss The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo's bridal fashion parades (run by Katrina Cram Photography) at 11.00am and 12.30pm showcasing bridal and formalwear from local businesses such as FGF Bridal Collections and Man to Man, Tweed City. 

There are some amazing prizes to give away on the day, check out the 'prize packs' tab on The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo's website for more information!

Entry is $5, however register your details on the The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo's website for free entry to the expo!

Visit The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Ipswich Club Bridal Fair 2013

Spend a relaxing Sunday and meet with wedding professionals in the beautiful surroundings of the Ipswich Club. Local suppliers and Ipswich Club personnel will be available to discuss your specific requirements for your special day. 

Stay for High Tea from 11am and enjoy a glass of sparkling and sumptuous high tea for $35 per person. 

Bookings essential on 07 3281 4822.
Where: 14 Gray Street, Ipswich Qld 4305
Time: 10am to 1pm
Entry: $2 donation in aid of Breast Cancer research
Email: info@figjamcatering.com.au
Website: www.figjamcatering.com.au 

FREE copy of The Bride's Diary to the first 150 Bride's attending.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stokehouse Q - Brisbane's Restaurant of Choice

Stokehouse Q has established itself as the restaurant of choice for Brisbane food lovers and a national drawcard for the Sunshine State since its opening in November 2011. With its unique riverside location, contemporary Mediterranean menu and distinctively Queensland vibe, Stokehouse creates an instant and lasting impression for everyone who visits.

Stokehouse takes pride of place in South Bank’s new riverfront development, River Quay, putting it in prime position to take advantage of the very best of Brisbane. The restaurant is located at the historic Boardwalk site, adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge, and offers one of the city’s only authentic waterfront dining experiences.

Award-winning architecture and interior design firm Arkhefield created a design that is a contemporary take on the iconic Queensland environment and climate. The bold, sculptural building with dramatic, cantilevered roofs is paired with a simple and sophisticated materials palette, creating an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. With glass panelled walls that open completely on the river side of the restaurant and a long, narrow design that embraces the bank, the dining room is flooded with natural light and provides expansive, unimpeded views of the Brisbane River and CBD from 
each table.

Upstairs, the exclusive mezzanine area claims a unique ambience for private events. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular views, while the fresh, modern fit-out allows for the space to be tailored to suit every type of event. Accommodating up to 60 people for a seated lunch or dinner and 85 for a cocktail party, the Stokehouse mezzanine is perfect for weddings, Christmas parties, private dinners, corporate functions and special occasion events.

Stokehouse was developed by leading Australian restaurateurs, Frank and Sharon van Haandel, who are responsible for several world-class restaurants including the original Stokehouse in St Kilda, Melbourne. Stokehouse Q upholds a high standard of quality in its food, service and atmosphere in keeping with its St Kilda namesake and the Van Haandel Group’s dedication to excellence, but with an important emphasis on its distinguishing Queensland qualities.

The 120-seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day), with the kitchen open until late each night. Whether stopping in for lunch, dinner or afternoon drinks, the stunning views and inviting atmosphere will give guests cause to linger.

With its chic yet casual ambience, unmatched riverside location and tempting menu, Stokehouse is certainly Brisbane’s home of the long lunch. Bookings are essential, so contact Stokehouse to secure your table. 

Visit Stokehouse

Monday, April 15, 2013

Beautiful, Natural Photography By Bella Amante

One of the most memorable weddings for Bella Amante was Lauren and Denny’s wedding at Mavis’s Kitchen, a charming and inspiring venue, set in the panoramic landscape at the foot of Mt Warning. The passionate and friendly owners welcomed everyone and even had the ceremonial area especially blessed by the Aboriginal Elders of the community, for the ceremony to take place on their traditional land.

"It was so refreshing to have the backdrop of the lush mountains of Northern New South Wales behind the couple as they exchanged their vows, in front of a small intimate group of family and friends, including their two gorgeous children," the photographer said.

The love emanated from everyone as they blew bubbles, threw petals and blessed the bride and groom with their congratulations. ­The couple hired the owner’s Vintage 1968 Jaguar and Bella Amante based their location images around it, wanting to create a story of ‘let’s find some beautiful place to get lost’.

To achieve this, Bella Amante asked them to forget the photographer was there and interact with each other, to create moments in time that portrayed their evident connection, while they were photographed them from afar. 

The ceremony was conducted by Chiquita Mitchell - Civil Celebrant. Chiquita's individualised approach resulted in a ceremony for Lauren and Denny that was memorable, genuine and personal. Chiquita has conducted ceremonies for high profile couples including the recent marriage in January of NRL player Benji Marshall to his wife Zoe Balbi. 

Bella Amante captured the rest of the night photojournalism style, at the charismatic 100 year old Queenslander so that they could all enjoy the celebration naturally, in the beautiful surrounds, to the groom’s custom designed playlist, an eclectic mix of Old Roy Orbison, Father John Misty and the Flaming Lips.

"The best weddings are when people party, laugh and dance, and remember that it is not an event, but a celebration of love with the ones you love. Sacred."

Visit Bella Amante.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spicers Peak Lodge – An Exclusive Wedding Retreat

Spicers Peak Lodge may enjoy tranquil isolation in one of Queensland’s most breathtaking locations, but it boasts everything needed to make your wedding one of the most memorable days of your life.

Located two hours from Brisbane on the Scenic Rim, surrounded by Main Range National Park and the Great Dividing Range, Spicers Peak Lodge is an exclusive retreat, which can accommodate up to 26 overnight guests and up to 100 day guests.

The team can help you make the most of your day with a personal wedding co-ordinator, packages tailored to your wishes and first class service from a highly ranked team. The retreat offers bespoke or all-inclusive wedding packages featuring luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and beverages. Whether by helicopter or car, once you arrive, you will realise that you are on top of the world with your head literally in the clouds. Spicers Peak Lodge is one of Australia’s most awarded and luxurious venues and specialises in exclusive-use destination weddings.

Ceremonies can be held anywhere on the property, from the lounge with a huge open stone fireplace and grand piano, to the lawn, terrace or infinity pool with sweeping views.

Spicers Peak Lodge has won Brisbane and the Darling Downs Restaurant for the past 6 years and has been awarded 1 chefs hat in the Australian Good Food Guide.

Visit Spicers Peak Lodge.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale is the perfect destination for a romantic wedding with that touch of nostalgic, country charm. From the tree-lined avenue to sweeping views of the valley, from restored barns to open fields, from spacious function centres to elegant dining rooms, from marquee celebrations to intimate ceremonies under old oak trees – the opportunities are endless in creating your perfect ceremony and reception.

And best of all, Spicers Hidden Vale offers exclusivity for your wedding so you are able to utilise every inch of Spicers Hidden Vale to make your wedding special and just as you imagined.

Greet your guests on the expansive outdoor lawns. Walk down the aisle in a landscaped garden or grassy meadow. Take your vows with uninterrupted valley views as your backdrop. Have stunning photos taken in multiple picturesque locations without having to travel miles away from the party. 

Host your reception in a function centre overlooking open fields or set up a marquee to express your unique style. Conduct speeches in the fire lit, nostalgic atmosphere of Cotton’s Restaurant. Mingle after dinner around the restored barn under starlit skies.

And finally, end the night feeling truly relaxed as your guests slip off to their colonial-style cottages and suites. Spicers Hidden Vale offers a destination wedding experience.

Visit Spicers Hidden Vale.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Secret Rainforest Retreat, Ideal For Your Big Day!

Nestled among 52 acres of privately owned rainforest, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is truly a hidden secret. Regardless of whether you’ve travelled to glittering cities or destinations further afield, meandering along trails which wind gracefully throughout lush, untouched flora and clean mountain air makes Songbirds Rainforest Retreat a discovery worth making.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is a fantastic choice for your special wedding day, with world-class ambiance, setting, food, wine and service. Their packages are designed for intimate or extravagant weddings, and those in-between, to suit the particular requirements of each individual. They offer three different menus for you to choose from.

Songbirds' restaurant has won many awards and has an international reputation for its food, wine and impeccable standard of service. They purchase only the best ingredients and use fresh produce from our large, organic garden as well as local producers.

The property features six luxury villas, including an executive villa set amongst the lush rainforest of Tamborine Mountain. The spacious villas include a king-size bed, double spa bath, lounge area with gas ember fire for cooler nights, a large outdoor deck plus excellent facilities to suit all your needs.

The outstanding landscape of Songbirds Rainforest Retreat has a number of amazing picturesque scenes for you and your wedding party to capture ever-lasting memories as well as providing you with a superb space for your rainforest ceremony. You will love your Songbirds Rainforest Retreat wedding!

Visit Songbirds Rainforest Retreat.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

See Plus Function Centre Marina Weddings

See Plus Function Centre is located at the iconic wharf Mooloolaba. Boasting beautiful views of the marina both day and night, See Plus is the perfect place to hold your reception in air-conditioned comfort.

Within walking distance to many popular ceremony locations, See Plus can also provide an alternative for your outdoor ceremony.  They pride themselves on their flexibility and willingness to ensure they have a happy and beautiful couple at the end of every day.

See Plus Function Centre caters for a minimum of 50 guests for a sit-down reception and up to 160 guests cocktail style. They also have all-inclusive wedding packages with our own in-house designer. 

Their unique position on the wharf inspires our chefs, sourcing local produce to make mouth-watering menu options, that always satisfy the most discerning guests. Most of their menu items are gluten free, and they are happy to cater for any special requests you may require.

Some of their guest’s favourite dishes are the Mooloolaba Prawns on a bed of Asian salad, or for main, why not try the Pork Fillet Wellington with apple and sage?

See Plus Function Centre commits to making your wedding the most beautiful day, and they can’t wait to help you create lasting memories for a lifetime.

Visit See Plus Function Centre.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Playback Films - your story, our passion...


They dance, laugh, joke, and most of all, they get to know you so they walk away as friends and not just as your cinematographer. It’s the best way for them to capture your joy and emotional journey on your wedding day. At Playback Films, they consider your wedding film an investment in your future, a lasting legacy that you will ‘playback’ for generations to come. With the motto ‘Your Story and Our Passion’, together they will bring you an emotional, timeless, story-telling film to relive your wedding day forever.

Visit www.playbackfilms.com.au

Friday, April 5, 2013

Nikki Travis mobile make-up and hair

With over 20 years in the fashion and beauty industry in Australia and overseas, Nikki Travis now focuses her extensive expertise on making brides look and feel stunningly beautiful. The Director of Brisbane’s Academy of Hair and Makeup, Nikki Travis and her fully qualified team offer leading edge beauty treatment programs, as well as a second-to-none mobile hair and makeup service. Let Nikki Travis enhance your natural beauty – call her now to discuss your wedding day vision… she’d be delighted to hear from you.

Visit Nikki Travis

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Announce Your Wedding In Style With My Big Event

Each and every day at My Big Event they have their own big events. These big events comprise of: cheerfully answering your questions over the phone, providing insight and advice in the store, and carefully processing online orders. They are ‘big events’ because at 'My Big Event', the team passionate about helping their customers create the best event possible.

My Big Event specialise in high quality invitations, helium balloons and event accessories for weddings, birthdays, christenings and all of life’s other big events.

They stock an impressive range of quality papers and accessories to create invitations that are truly unique. Do-it-yourself or have them fully assembled by our team of professionals, it's your choice, hassle free.

My Big Event also offer a ready-to-assemble option – an ever-popular choice, where quality comes at an affordable price. Shop online 24/7 at their secure website, visit them in-store at Geebung, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit My Big Event.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Exceeding expectations every time…

Cloud Nine Weddings are the Australian Wedding Planner of the Year 2009 and 2010 plus the Queensland Wedding Planner of the Year 2006 and 2008.

Allow us to take care of your ceremony and reception styling with complete planning packages. Including floral and cake design plus destination weddings such as Noosa.

Find us at Shop 13, 64 Sugar Road, Maroochydore QLD 4558 or visit www.cloudnineweddings.com.au for more information.

The 2013 Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase is on Sunday, June 16th from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Each bride will receive a show bag with bridal magazines in the value of over $45, there is a fantastic bridal gown to be given away, many other lucky door prizes to be won plus live music and fantastic fashion parades.

For more information please visit www.sunshinecoastbridalshowcase.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Carla Zampatti & Bianca Spender Pop Up Sale

A true Australian fashion icon, the label Carla Zampatti is synonymous with style, elegance and grace; with her daughter Bianca Spender forging her own name as an innovative, gifted designer; a wonderful fashion duo.

The QLD Pop Up Sale hosted at Emporium Hotel will be open to the public from this Friday, with 
up to 70% off stock and one off designer samples.

Open to the public...

  • 5th April 8am - 7pm
  • 6th April 10am - 4pm
  • 7th April 10am - 4pm
Location: Emporium Hotel – Function Centre Level 1 – 1,000 Ann St, Fortitude 
Valley, Queensland.