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10 Best Wedding Consultants

This week The Knot features ten of the best wedding consultants in Australia.

by Chelsea Tromans

A Lavish Affair

Wedding planner and founder of A Lavish Affair, Marisa Welcome, has been planning sophisticated and seamless weddings for over 13 years. She even spent two years styling elaborate weddings in Chicago. Her specialty is taking her clients personality and vision, and infusing it into a stylish event from the brides dress to the reception décor. A Lavish Affair offers a variety of packages, styling the entire day, or simply taking a couple of painful planning tasks off your hands. Marisa has put together a team of wedding planners with 5-star service credentials, ensuring every client experience is nothing short of perfect. Refusing to take kickbacks, commission or spotters fees from suppliers, you can be confident that any dollar saved on services, is a dollar you save on your wedding.

Location: Victoria
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Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings

Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings, aka CD Weddings, is a full-service wedding and event planning company. Cathrin D’Entremont, owner and creative director, has styled events throughout the world, and uses her experiences of different cultures to create weddings for clients from various backgrounds. In 2006 Cathrin started The Wedding Workshop. This bi-annual event is designed to help many brides and grooms start their wedding planning experience on the right foot. Her workshops aren’t about meeting potential suppliers, rather talking to industry professionals who are willing to share their tips and expertise, and their all-important cost cutting advice.

Location: Western Australia
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Elite Events

Elite Events was started by Angela Wilson after working for many years with Sydney’s top wedding venues and managing high profile weddings. From engagement to honeymoon, Elite Events can do it all. Their international contacts also come in handy when you’re looking for the best of the best, such as designer stationery from Italy, or New York jewels for your veil. Elite Events source only the best quality products and services from top suppliers. Angela will take the time to listen to your lives and loves, bringing them into your wedding day in a discreet or fun-filled way, depending on your style. Elite Events will even go as far as helping you find the perfect outfits (including your wedding dress) for the entire wedding party.

Location: New South Wales
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Girl Friday Weddings

Consider Girl Friday Weddings your personal assistant. Celebrities have them, so why shouldn’t you? And before you start to think you can’t afford one, think again. Starting from as little as $325, Girl Friday Weddings don’t charge you based on a percentage of your overall wedding budget, but rather a pre-arranged total. The Girl Friday team are prepared to take on any task, no matter how menial. They will also help you negotiate with suppliers and get you discounts. While the team enjoy hands on work, they’re also available to help interstate and overseas brides.

Location: New South Wales
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Nightingales

Nightingales was set up by Kathy Apostolidis back in 1994 and has since grown as one of Sydney’s leading wedding planning and styling services. Kathy is very involved with the industry, and is committed to staying ahead of the trends and meeting her to-be-wed clients’ expectations. As a highly regarded stylist, Kathy has planned and styled numerous celebrity weddings, including David Campbell and Lisa Hewitt’s wedding last year and Daniel Jones and Kathleen de Leon’s wedding. With 15 years experience in the industry Nightingales are wedding experts and know a thing or two about sourcing the best suppliers for the job.

Location: New South Wales
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Out of the Blue Events

Cassandra Waples, owner and wedding stylist for Out of the Blue Events, saw a need for more personalised and elaborate wedding options for Townsville’s to-be-weds. She is now North Queensland’s largest modern furniture hirer and the lady behind some of Townsville’s most unique and elaborate weddings. Apart from having the bits and pieces to fill your wedding, Cassandra will offer you carefully blended lighting, decor, textures and colours to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. While her personal style is modern contemporary and she loves styling unique and daring weddings, she is always happy to work with you and if it’s a traditional wedding you desire, then Cassandra can deliver. In 2008 Cassandra was awarded the title of Emerging Business Woman of the Year.

Location: Queensland
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The Little White Wedding Company

The Little Wedding Company was created by Victoria Cameron, bringing together her passion for weddings, fine events, and fashion. The Little Wedding Company offers to-be-weds insight into the latest trends and a fresh perspective on classic wedding elements and fashion. Victoria takes the time to get to know her clients to develop a sense of their personal style, which she carries throughout the planning process. Her style is young and fresh while exuding a classy elegance. The Little Wedding Company’s services range from a full planning package, eco-friendly options, on-the-day coordination, destination wedding and honeymoon planning and styling consultations to get your frocked up and looking fabulous.

Location: Queensland
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The Wedding Organisers

The Wedding Organisers specialise only in weddings, so their experience and contacts in the industry are of the highest standard. Limiting the number of weddings they take on each year, The Wedding Organisers have built their reputation on quality rather than quantity. They will tailor their services to meet your needs and wishes, and work closely with you on all aspects of your wedding. The best news is when you book you know exactly how much you will be paying, with no hidden charges or additional costs along the way. The maximum cost you will pay is $800, with unlimited time allocated to ensuring your wedding is exactly what you want. The Wedding Organisers have a Service Provider network that they have spent years perfecting to ensure all suppliers they recommend are of the highest quality and best value for money. But at the end of the day, it is your decision who you wish to work with.

Location: South Australia
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Wallflower Events

Wallflower Events is a wedding and events planning boutique. Yvonne Butler, founder of Wallflower Events, has a wealth of knowledge in the wedding market and believes in keeping the wedding planning process fun. Wallflower Events design and create contemporary and chic styling, and work only with suppliers who also share their flair and love of weddings. The team at Wallflower Events offer a range of services, including hourly rates or all-inclusive packages, unique floral design concepts, and destination weddings (their specialty!). Yvonne has worked on many high-fashion events, such as Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week, City of Melbourne’s Spring Fashion Week, Myer Fashion Week, Tropfest, and numerous hotel and restaurant launches.

Location: Victoria
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Weddings by Staging Connections

Staging Connections plans weddings every day, from small intimate affairs with 50 guests, to opulent wedding for 1000 guests. They are regarded as one of the top wedding planning organisations, and have great relationships with many of Sydney’s prestigious wedding venues, including the Opera House, Doltone House, Luna Park, Shangri La Hotel in the Rocks and the Park Hyatt. They have been featured on local TV shows, such as the Today Show, Sunrise and A Current Affair, discussing wedding trends. Staging Connections have also styled numerous celebrity weddings. Rove and Belinda Emmett, Ada Nicodomou and Chris Xipolitas, Christie Hayes and Greg Hatton, Guy Sebastian and Jules Egan, are but a few.

Location: New South Wales
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by Chelsea Tromans

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  1. do you know any australian wedding planners who plan international events? say in Bali?



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