Each issue, CWS travels to some of the districts within Sydney searching for bridal boutiques, suppliers and all things wedding. This issue, we head west to discover all that the bustling hub of Parramatta offers. This business district has grown to become a goldmine for bridal resources. There is much that Parramatta has to offer — not only is it a major business district, but there are attractions here that make it a great day out too. Whether you take a stroll along the Parramatta River, through Parramatta Park or visit some of the cathedrals and other places of worship in the area, or perhaps just head to the shopping precinct for all your buying needs, you are sure to find plenty to see and do in the area.
We reveal some of the wedding suppliers that have caught our eye in the last six months and provide you with a go-to list so you know where the wedding hotspots are.
Bridal Secrets brings beautiful international bridal designs to Australia. The store aims to make beautiful couture gowns available at affordable prices; stocking gowns by world-renowned American bridal designer Maggie Sottero among others. A trip to the shop is an experience in itself as it is situated in the former St Peters Church, making it a luxurious experience.
Former St Peters church, 356 Church Street, Parramatta 2150
P: 9635 3311
Oatlands House is a beautiful heritage venue with Georgian-inspired architecture and five acres of manicured gardens. It offers a romantic setting for a wedding with its glamorous period features and ample space. The venue caters to different-sized parties with two spaces on offer: the Deck Room, which is housed within a glass conservatory that looks out across the golf course; and the Georgian Grand ballroom, which features large French doors that swing open to the garden.
Oatlands House, Navarra Venues
42 Bettington Road, Oatlands 2117
P: 9683 3355
Diamond in the rough
Diamond & Gold Store specialises in diamonds, engagement rings and wedding band designs, offering various-quality diamonds, gemstones and stones (including exclusive D, E and F colour diamonds with internationally recognised certifi cates of gemstone grading). Brides and grooms are also able to choose the metal they want for their jewellery including platinum, white, yellow and rose gold. “We custom-make jewellery designs to your liking as well as provide complimentary diamond tutorials so that you make the best decision for your purchase,” says Stanley Lu of Diamond & Gold Store.
Diamond & Gold Store
Level 3, Shop 3047, Parramatta Westfi eld, Parramatta 2150
P: 9891 5047
Covering all bases
Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal offers everything you might need for your bridal party under one roof. Feel free to buy or hire menswear or if you’re on the hunt for a bridal gown, bridesmaids’ dresses or just formalwear for guests,
you’ll be able to fi nd it here too. There are 50 Ferrari stores nationwide that stock labels such as Daniel Hechter, Zenetti, Allure Bridal, Jean Fox, Brides by Mancini, and Angeline. What a great selection to choose from!
Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal
85–93 Victoria Road, Parramatta 2150
P: 9683 7756
The sweetest thing
Cake Mania specialises in crafting masterpieces. Headed by pastry chef Wayne Jacka, Cake Mania fashions individual and inventive cakes perfect for a variety of occasions including weddings. Wayne is able to accommodate to different dietary requirements such as allergies, gluten or dairy intolerances.
91 Macquarie Street, Parramatta 2150
P: 9635 4792
Nader Jewellers has been creating beautiful fine jewellery for more than 30 years and specialises in hand-crafted engagement rings and wedding bands. “The ring is the symbol of eternity, beauty and enduring love,” says Natalie Nader of Nader Jewellers. “When choosing the ring that is perfect for you, always ensure you are looking for the very best quality and value. It’s not always about the size of the diamond but, more so, the quality of the stone and
the fine craftsmanship of the ring.”
Level 4, Shop 4009, Parramatta Westfield,
P: 9893 8835
“Before your wedding day, plan what you will do with your gown after the wedding,” advises Beth Hodson of Sydney Wedding Gown Preservation. “The worst thing you can do is leave a quality gown in a plastic garment bag for weeks
after your special day.” Sydney Wedding Gown Preservation offers a collection, cleaning, boxing and delivery service that will ensure your much-loved gown receives the care it deserves after the big day.
Sydney Wedding Gown Preservation
Level 7, 91 Phillip Street, Parramatta 2150
P: 1300 866 730
You can find a Luv Bridal store in seven locations across the country, and in each of these stores, you will encounter a broad range of wedding dress styles and sizes. Luv Bridal’s gowns are created with European standards in mind and seek to flatter the female form so you can wow your guests.
Level 1, 197 Church Street, Parramatta 2150
P: 9687 1444
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