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Lifestyle : Weddings
1HERSA1 W004 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.thestylingcompany.com.au | 02 9317 3613 You know the name, you've driven past now we invite you to take a look inside! Mandalay is Sydney's leading boutique reception venue located in Lane Cove. We only host one wedding at a time and are a specialist in garden ceremonies. With cuisine that parallels a fine dining restaurant & not what you had at your last function. It's all about the food and service. For a special offer we are delighted to forward a bottle of Bollinger to have back at the Four Seasons Hotel's harbour view room which is included in our wedding package. Call today for a private viewing! 9427 3696 Take a look at the galllery & menus now. www.mandalayreceptions.com.au | 72 Burns Bay Rd Lane Cove 4 SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010 THE SUN-HERALD weddings S Prince of the plans Sensitive new-age grooms are focusing on flowers and styling, writes Sarah Whyte. Bouquets . . . (left) men are becoming more involved with the details of the wedding; (above) high tea at the Victoria Room is for the girls. B ridezillas are a myth, according to celebrity wedding planner Anthony Del Col, who says men are becoming more actively involved in the wedding plans. ''Typically the male looks after the beverages and cars but trends are changing where the groom has become more involved in the process such as the styling of the venue, choosing the flowers and many things that you would typically not think the groom would be involved in,'' he says. Del Col, who has planned the weddings of celebrities such as Rove McManus, Guy Sebastian and Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou, says about 70 per cent of grooms are now actively involving themselves in the process. With the planning taking between six and 12 months, bridezillas have retreated from the wedding front line to be with their partners in the process. ''We are seeing an increase of the 'sensitive new-age guy' who wants to be part of the process, to design the wedding as a reflection of their personalities; but also an increase of the Aussie bloke getting involved and wanting to know where their money is being spent,'' he says. Brides welcome the extra interest but ultimately there are only a few key elements that grooms should aim to nail. To choose the perfect ring According to wedding specialists, the one thing the groom doesn't want to get wrong is the ring. At Danish jewellers Georg Jensen, white- gold and platinum engagement rings are the leading trend for brides-to-be. Store manager Richard Jones says he is seeing an increase in more modern ring styles, despite it being rare for a man to come in and pick a ring out on his own. ''Many men are still afraid to make such a decision,'' he says. ''Instead, the fiancee will often select some styles she likes before the groom will return around a month later to make the purchase. But they are picking rings that can complement existing jewellery.'' Georg Jensen's hottest ring of the moment is its Centenary Ring (pictured). See georgjensen.com to locate your nearest store. To treat her like a princess There's no denying that every woman likes to be treated like a princess at least once in her life. For ultimate pampering, there is nothing like the mud massages offered by several spas across Sydney. Zen Day Spa in Darlinghurst offers mud massages as well as special occasion packages, which are also a popular choice. It's 51G4 hours of solid indulgence. Staff say the treatment is most popular with fiances, boyfriends and husbands, all aiming to give their better halves a treat. 116-118 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst. Phone (02) 9361 4200 for reservations. To give her time with the girls If high tea doesn't scream ''girls' day out'' before the special day then not much else does. The Victoria Room in Darlinghurst offers high tea for everything from casual get- togethers to hen's nights and pre- bridal showers. Co-owner Jill Jones-Evans says: ''It's the thinking-girl's hen's party for the more modern parties and there's a semi-private lounge area for that intimate lounge style.'' It's best to book six weeks ahead to secure a lounge area. 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. Phone (02) 9357 4488.
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