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Vendor’s Favourites – Fraser’s Restaurant

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Frasers Restaurant
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1.  Good quality food and wine. This is the couple’s opportunity to express themselves on a plate (or in a glass). It’s also a great way to incorporate cultural or religious traditions. Guests will remember this as a major part of the reception and celebrations! Image by DeRay and Simcoe

2.  Candles. From tealight to cylinder candles set in glass or crystal. All weddings should be candle-heavy as they never date and always make a room feel warm and intimate. Image by Natasja Kremers

3.  Metallics. It’s great to see a pop of gold or rose gold throughout wedding styling! Where traditional set ups were once dominated by different shades of white, it’s beautiful to now see cake tiers, cutlery and table numbers utilised in a fun and fresh way. We love this cake from Amy De La RosaImage via Fraser’s Restaurant

4.  Flowers. Hanging florals, lush greens and deep colours bring a level of sophistication and romance to wedding styling. Image by DeRay and Simcoe

5.  Personalisation. We love personalised guest book with engagement photos, a display of the couple’s photos showing times spent together, table names of the places they’ve travelled or favourite songs.

6. Bands. Whether it’s a string trio or an 11 piece jazz or cover band,  we just love the atmosphere and aesthetic they add to a wedding and their ability to get everyone up and dancing.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: We’re in love with flowers and candles too; you can never have enough for a beautiful statement in style!

About Fraser’s Restaurant: No matter the style of wedding – a black tie dinner for 400 guests or a relaxed informal luncheon for 20 – award winning Fraser’s has a number of versatile spaces to accommodate your individual requirements. With our  State Reception Centre overlooking Kings Park, the CBD and the Swan River in Perth we can even cater for a cocktail event as large as 700.

Behind The Door With….The Brunswick Mess Hall

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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I love visiting venues for ‘Behind The Door With’ and this week I’m visiting one that really stands out as a fun, non traditional wedding venue – The Brunswick Mess Hall.

Converted from an old masonic centre into a buzzy bar and restaurant, The Mess Hall has the feeling of a giant Noah’s ark with its jungle plants and pops of bright colour. An obvious choice for a beautiful engagement or hen’s party, The Mess Hall has surpassed guest expectations and has quickly become one of Melbourne’s quirkiest wedding venues.


From the outside the first thing you notice is the two beautiful enclosed atriums, vintage industrial in style and with large windows spilling out onto Sydney Road. I follow the stairs into the main hall and am amazed by how beautiful the high curved ceilings are, with natural wooden beams and lights decorated with ivy and hanging plants.


I meet Jackie, the function coordinator, and she tells me about the very first wedding that the Mess Hall hosted three years ago. “It was an amazing day and we loved transforming the space into a wedding venue.  The bride had such a great time that she is now a marriage celebrant herself and has married lots of other couples here!”


Jackie tells me that brides love The Mess Hall because of the laid back, super flexible approach to weddings. The menu is modern Asian and can cater for a formal sit-down dinner through to cocktail style and even a bit of both. Think noodle boxes, duck curry, pork belly and soft shell crab. The Mess Hall also has an amazing bar with talented bartenders who can whip up signature cocktails and punch bowls with names like ‘Jungle Boggy’ or ‘Miss Ladybird’s Picnic’.



The space is so flexible it can accommodate both a ceremony and reception as well as lots of great breakout areas for photobooths, dessert bars and a lounge. “I have full pride and confidence in this venue and the weddings we can offer,” says Jackie. “I love working here and that we can offer couples something truly unique and special for their big day.”


Jackie tells me that for couples who what a more relaxed, big party style wedding, The Mess Hall is the perfect fit. I can imagine guests’ jaws must drop when they enter the space and what a night of true merriment and quirky details it can provide. I love the idea of going back for a meal and reminiscing on each anniversary!


Images via The Brunswick Mess Hall

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Wow – such a quirky and unique venue; from intimate to extravagant weddings, this is the place to be!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.

Winter Trends In Dining – Inglewood Inn

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


Inglewood Inn
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This winter, we’re loving all our delicious, locally sourced produce  – think rustic root vegetables, figs, nuts and premium cuts of meat!! Our new Winter tasting menu takes advantage of the best seasonal fare – here are our favourites:

Grilled beef fillet – the colours and presentation of this dish come second to the taste of the tender medium rare beef – just perfect!

Chicken Galentine – stuffed with premium pancetta and pistachio nuts, this dish highlights the best of our locally sourced seasonal produce. The smell of the macadamia puree being made is enough to make your mouth water!


Bomboloni – who would have thought ricotta could be so tasty? Bomboloni is an Italian dish with a ricotta filling that tastes like warm cinnamon donuts! Too good!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So delicious! Made with quality ingredients and matched with your local wines, these dishes are perfect for winter!

About Inglewood Inn: Celebrate your wedding surrounded by tranquil native flora and enjoy your reception in our stunning open glass function room with impressive natural backdrop of the Adelaide Hills. Situated just 5 minutes from Tea Tree Gully, the historic National Trust rated inn has recently transformed itself to encompass the stunning natural surroundings of the rolling hills and picturesque Para River, making it Adelaide’s best up and coming venue for your wedding day.

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