Desperately Seeking – June Edition

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Polka Dot Bride


June has rolled around so quickly and being the second week it means it’s time for Desperately Seeking! That’s right, think of it like the classifieds for Australian brides & grooms, a trading post, an encyclopedia or font of knowledge! Seeking something? Knowing something? This is the place for you on a Friday morning! Can you help our brides out? Leave a comment! If you’d like a query or want to be included in Desperately Seeking July, be sure to drop me a line!

Bride #1 has been hit with her wedding venue (Manly Pavillion) going into liquidation. She and her beloved are marrying on Friday 19th October and are struggling to find a venue that suits their needs!

She says “We are looking for venue options that are unique, not your standard function centre. With a guest list of 75 people, we are hoping to have something that is intimate yet with enough space for dancing! Good food and wine is a must. View/outlook would be nice, but not a deal breaker.

We are getting married at McKell Park in Darling Point. There is no real theme as such, but I am heading down the ‘garden party’ type of look. I had a vision of lots of candles, twinkling fairy lights, loosely arranged flowers in mis-matched jars and our guests seated around 2 long rectangular tables.”

Bride #2 is looking for somewhere to buy cap sleeves separately for her strapless wedding gown She’s unable to find them anywhere and would love to know if someone you know stocks them!

Bride #3 is on the hunt for a laid back venue for a weekend in April which accommodates 60-80 guests (sleeping, some could camp…not all…) where they can have a modern vintage wedding. They’re looking for a pretty informal natural setting within a maximum of four hours from Perth as they have lots of eastern state guests and a handful of children attending.

They’d ideally love a farm!

Bride #4 is looking for a Adelaide based florist to provide bouquets in Dec 2013 with a vintage feel that do not cost a fortune! She is very flexible with choice of flowers, just  looking for a pastel pink.

Bride #5 is looking for terrazzo lights (the light bulbs that are on a strand) from Australia preferably! She is happy if they are preloved!

Intriguing seekings aren’t they – especially for the bride and groom looking for an October Sydney venue! Leave a comment if you can help!

  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Bride #1 Have you looked at Manly Wine Suites? The view would be beautiful!

    • Sydbride says:
      June 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you for posting! I have just sent off an enquiry to Manly Wine Suites… fingers crossed! x

      • Polka Dot Bride says:
        June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        More suggestions coming in, I just did a shout out on Twitter for you!

  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Bride #4 do you mean lights like these? (the bare bulb ones?) bride Anitra told me they just bought coloured part lights at Bunnings and swapped the bulbs for clear ones.

  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Bride #2 I think your best bet is finding an amazing dressmaker. I have never seen cap sleeves for sale separately (unless your dress manufacturer can sell you extra lace or fabric from your gown) The dress maker will be able to fit them on you and attach them to your dress.

  • Alicia Parsons | Akimbo says:
    June 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Bride #4:

    Amazing florists in Adelaide are Poppies Flowers, Fabulous Functions, Lotus Flowers and Evie & White. Good luck!

  • Jen says:
    June 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Bride #3 here’s my suggestions for farm style venues:
    Core Luxury Retreat – 5 Vernon Ave Mundaring
    Falls Farm Lesmurdie
    Jarrah Creek:

  • Claire says:
    June 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Bride #3 Donnelly river village, in Bridgetown it’s 3.5 hours from Perth. I saw them at the First Comes Love bridal fair.

  • Melissa says:
    June 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Bride #3 I have had friends that have recently been to a wedding at Fairbridge Farm. Only an hour from Perth and apparently there are loads of accomodation options onsite.

  • Lauren says:
    June 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you Ms Polka! I have seen the coloured party lights before but never thought the bulbs could be changed easily.. I am so excited I will be going straight to bunnings tomorrow!

  • Chantel says:
    June 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Bride #1 I could not recommend Andrew Boy Charlton Pool Cafe at Woolloomooloo highly enough, we had our reception there, amazing staff, so attentive, knowledgeable and laid back (you can do what you like with the space!) although I think it only seats 50 people, but for cocktail style you can fit approx 110. Check them out on Facebook for pics and details

    • Sydbride says:
      June 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      We were looking at this option but decided we wanted to have a larger sit down reception. It is a great spot though! Thanks for your suggestion!

  • Kates says:
    June 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Bride #1 – have you thought of Bathers Pavilion or Public Dining Room at Balmoral? Guests could get a private ferry from your ceremony location. Good luck!!

    • Sydbride says:
      June 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Unfortunately Bathers is booked out… that was my 2nd choice. At Public Dining room, the music has to end by 10.30pm at which is a bit of a shame as that’s when the fun begins!
      I’ve tried all of these and they are not available:
      Manly Wine Suites
      Utzon Room at the Opera House
      MCA Rooftop
      Sydney Dance Lounge (only do Sat and Sun functions)

      Possibilities so far:
      Wharf Restaurant at Pier 2 – anyone have any feedback?
      Boronia House (opening August after being closed for a refurb)
      Simmer on the Bay (have a tenative couple already booked but should know this week)

      • Kates says:
        June 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        Possibly the Zest venues? Or Aqua restaurant above North Sydney Pool overlooking the bridge?

        The Wharf restaurant has had good reviews so definitely worth checking out (it has recently moved locations and I haven’t been to the new one so sorry i can’t help more). Boronia House will have lovely catering (under Belinda Franks) so if you like the look of the refurbishment then definitely worth considering but no water views if that was important to you. Simmer on the Bay is more of a blank space but gives you more freedom to create your atmosphere and it is right on the wharf so great opportunity for photos.

        Let us know if there are other you are considering and hopefully someone can help with a recommendation!

    • Sydbride says:
      June 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I am going to see Wharf Restaurant on Wednesday so will let you know what it’s like. Website looks promising!
      Interested to see Boronia House tonight, but the only thing is it’s right on Military Road, which could be an issue. But I will report back.

  • jac says:
    June 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

    #5 – Harry the Hirer hire out single strand light bulbs if you don’t necessarily need to keep them. They install and pack up for you also.

  • Clare says:
    June 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Bride #1,

    We’re close to McKell Park! Club Rose Bay:

    Lovely water views, free on Friday 19th October & have a beautiful outdoor deck that’s perfect for fairy lights. You can email me here for more details:

    [email protected]

    ~ Clare

  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Bride #1 More Venues:
    The Boathouse Palm Beach
    Moby Dicks Whale Beach
    Le Kiosk
    Zest – The Spit
    The Mint
    The Pavilion
    Sun Studios

    • Sydbride says:
      June 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I am getting some alternatives together so we can weigh up our options…

      I am looking at Sun Studios too, but Husband to Be was underwhelmed when I took him to see the venue – he can’t visualise it all dressed up. I have spoken to a Bride that had her reception there and she couldn’t speak highly of it enough! I really like it but need to get HTB over the line.
      There will be more work involved in terms of styling it and bringing my vision to life, but I think it will be fantastic and certainly meets the brief in terms of a unique venue!

    • Sydbride says:
      June 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I went to Boronia House which is still being renovated so it is hard to visualise it coming to life. I am not 100% sure about it to be honest… Bit hard to make a decision when it’s still a construction site and I think I’ll need to bring in a lot of furniture to fill it.
      Wharf Restaurant is lovely, great spot, amazing views, lots of glass and they seem quite flexible with the menu etc.
      Has anyone been to Moby Dicks before or familiar with the venue? They have just released a new functions pack which looks fantastic – but their website is under construction so I am not sure what it actually looks like.

  • Jessica says:
    June 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Bride #1 why don’t you try Nielsen Park Kiosk in the East or Athol Hall in Bradley’s Head. Both gorgeous restored buildings with character and great views!

  • Suzy Andersen says:
    August 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Bride #4:
    Here’s a link of The Adelaide Online Florist. My husband and I, as well as some of my cousins have had their flowers arranged by them.



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