Following the growth in unique bridal showcases that has taken over the US with events such as Hitched, The Wedding Party and Indie Wed, wedding aficionado Kim Billing, inspired by her love of personalised weddings and the worldwide trend, has created an independent and curated boutique wedding market for engaged couples who prefer the niche over the normal.
Beginning as a pipedream to bring Melbourne’s most unique and inspiring wedding suppliers together, Australia’s first boutique wedding market has grown into what will be a breathtakingly original event nationwide. The Portobello Bride Wedding Market
will take place on 26 – 27 March
at the St Kilda Town Hall
and 27 – 28 August
at the Paddington Town Hall
in Sydney. Adelaide and Perth will host markets in 2012.
"The response from both wedding suppliers and engaged couples has been overwhelming, it is evident that the Australian wedding industry is ready for change. Couples are also looking for fresh modern resources to help plan their wedding, and we are passionate about producing both social and online planning tools to connect the modern engaged couple with wedding professionals they want to use," said creator and founder Kim Billing.
will provide a casual marketplace atmosphere with over 30 stall holders
and three distinct features; The Bridal Salon
, the ‘Bride to Be’ Lounge
and the Grooms Lounge
Harpist and French singer, Anna Boulic
, will entertain guests as they enjoy a Parisian style
fashion show in The Bridal Salon
($35 entry, includes general admission). Models will showcase various bridal looks from the bohemian, vintage, modern and romantic genres. The market will be interactive with workshops for inspiring tips on style boards, DIY stationery, floral arrangements and centrepieces.
Guests will also have the chance to win an amazing honeymoon from Intrepid Travel
and receive exclusive goodie bags filled with treats from Portobello Brides
' favourite wedding suppliers.
When: Melbourne - Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March 2011, Sydney 27th & 28th August 2011
Times: 10am – 5pm
Admission: $15.00 OR $35.00 including The Bridal Salon entry