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Traditional Vs. Modern Weddings

How exciting! The love of your life has officially declared their desire to spend the rest of their life with you by popping the question. Now the fun (or stress) begins – planning for the big day! The first question (well the next question you should ask yourself after he’s popped THE question) are you going to have a traditional Wedding or a modern Wedding? What’s the big difference? Here’s a few pointers to help you decide.

Islamic marriage certificateTraditional Wedding

Traditional Weddings follow a religious or cultural tradition.

Traditional Weddings generally take place in a church or the place of worship suited to your beliefs, and led by a religious head. This ceremony includes readings from the Bible or religious text, and traditional marriage vows.
BlackEventsTraditional Church Wedding South Melbourne

Modern Wedding

With modern or contemporary Weddings, you don’t have any real restrictions or limitations. You and your partner can choose every detail including the Wedding ceremony venue, theme, vows etc.

As modern Weddings are typically non-religious in nature, they can take place in any location such as a garden, park, hotel, beach, art gallery – basically anywhere that you wish or can afford.

A modern Wedding ceremony can be an event with lots of family and friends, or a couple may choose a simple and intimate civil ceremony. Either of these can be performed by someone who is licensed to conduct a marriage ceremony, such as a Wedding celebrant.

Marriage certificateIn the case of modern Weddings, the Bride and Groom often write their own vows or include poems, letters or song lyrics.

Whatever you decide, just remember that this special day belongs to you and your partner. Don’t let a pushy mother or mother-in-law-to-be tell you how you should have your dream day!

If you are looking to hire an amazing indoor Wedding venue in Melbourne for your Wedding ceremony, reception or both, be sure to take a look at BlackEvents Art Gallery Space.

BlackEvents Art Gallery South Melbourne

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5 Tips To Throwing The Ultimate Hipster Wedding In Melbourne

So, what makes a ‘hipster’ Wedding different to any other Wedding theme? Hipsters embrace the old, the cool, the ironic, the untraditional, the unique and the creative. A hipster couple’s Wedding is all about representing their love and their personalities in an original way. Here’s 5 helpful hints for hosting the best hipster Wedding right here in Melbourne.

1. Being Unconventional Is A Must
A hipster Wedding should be unconventional, so churches, gardens and beaches have been done time and time again. There are plenty of unusual Wedding venues in Melbourne, so choose your favourite organic café, craft beer bar or art gallery space to host your ceremony and/or reception. Choose a place that’s cool, quirky and means something to you and your lover – just not some place where your friends have already tied the knot.

Graffiti wall2. Make It Yourself
When it comes to Wedding decorations, generic and store bought simply won’t do. Nothing says hipster-chic more than designing or making your own killer invitations and gorgeous bunting. Think of each piece as a mini work of art that is reflective of your style and says something special about your union. For the bunting, consider material or lace instead of paper for a bit of texture. Don’t forget to use blackboards for decoration and for informing your guests that they can sit anywhere they like. No seating arrangements? Of course, hipsters don’t follow the traditional Wedding rules!

3. Old, New, Borrowed… Green?
The saying goes that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. A hipster bride can have this covered by hitting up the local Op-shop for unique and beautiful Wedding attire. The great thing about hipster fashion is that it doesn’t have to match, so you and your love can wear whatever patterns and fabrics you want! Forget ugly, matching bridesmaids’ dresses, let your besties choose the type of dress they love for your special day, and everyone will be happily uncoordinated yet totally gorgeous!

4. Take Advantage Of Melbourne Culture
Most Melbourne couples have their Wedding photos professionally taken at beautiful Melbourne iconic venues such as The Victoria Barracks or The Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne is the home to some of Australia’s best graffiti and public art, so why not get imaginative and have your photos taken in these unusual spots. Also, why not set up a vintage photo booth or pop out some Polaroid cameras, and let your guests have some fun capturing your candid Wedding moments.
Hipster fixie wedding BlackEvents South Melbourne

5. Say Au Revoir
Truly break tradition and ride away off into the sunset with matching Wedding fixies (fixed speed pushbikes). Just don’t forget the ‘Just Married’ signs hanging on the back of the seat.

For the soon to be ‘Mr and Mrs Hipster’ who desire an amazing and artistic Wedding experience in the heart of South Melbourne, be sure to check out BlackEvents Art Gallery Space.

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9 Creative Winter Wedding Ideas

Traditionally, spring and summer are the two most popular months for Weddings but don’t discount Melbourne’s winter months. If you have planned to tie the knot in the coming months and are short on ideas to make it memorable, take inspiration from the Disney movie Frozen. Winter Weddings can be cozy, magical and romantic, so take a look at these ideas for a whimsical winter Wedding.

Wedding invitation1. Create warmth
Light and warmth for indoor Weddings in Melbourne is vital when it’s a blustery, cold day outside. Choose a venue for your ceremony and/or reception that will keep your guests comfortable, while allowing you to style your dream winter Wedding theme. One of the easiest ways to create a feeling of warmth in any environment is to use lamps and/or candles in addition to the overhead lighting. Mixing up the lighting helps to create soft pools of light to make a cold room feel inviting.

2. Bring a winter wonderland indoors, without the frostbite!
Decorate your Wedding and/or reception space with muted colour hues like ice blues, shimmery metallics and sleek whites. For an interesting Wedding reception idea, recreate a magical snow-covered forest with white tree branches adorned with (faux) snow, giant snowflakes, icicle-inspired crystal garlands and silver glitter. Your guests will be in awe.

3. Evoke drama and warmth
Walking down the aisle adorned with twinkling tea light candles arouses feelings of warmth and fantasy for the guests. Just be sure to keep your train well away from naked flames!

4. Keep the frosty feel

If you want to instill the chilly vibe, you can use lighting to give your venue ambience and turn your Wedding reception into a dazzling winter wonderland. Imagine, blue uplighting or images of wintry branches and snowflakes projected across the room for a frosty feel.

5. Leave the ice at the barPouring Chocolate Syrup Onto A Milkshake
Keep your guests toasty and warm during your ceremony and/or reception, with a bar serving rich hot chocolate and mulled wine instead of bubbly. This is a nice change and sure to surprise the guests at your Wedding.

6. Don’t shiver while posing for photos
When it comes to taking your Melbourne winter Wedding photos, look for warm, cozy locations. Think about beautiful historic buildings with a roaring fire place if it suits your theme. Or, if you’re into a modern look and feel, select an indoor space that’s contemporary such as a Warehouse or Art Gallery, with a stunning piece of modern art as a backdrop.

Beauty7.  Stylish and Warm
Brides can keep warm by complementing their perfect Wedding dress with a cute cape, gorgeous winter coat, or faux fur jacket. Don’t be afraid to make a jumper or cardigan the key piece of your Wedding outfit, just like the glamourous and fashionable Olivia Palermo and Keira Knightley did on their Wedding days. Bridesmaids will also look classy, elegant and warm with matching fur stoles or pashminas, and elbow length gloves.

8. Don’t throw that bouquet!
Keep your Wedding bouquet forever by opting for a bouquet made of vintage crystal brooches instead of flowers. They will last forever and twinkle just like little icicles as you walk down the aisle.

9. Bomboniere Baby
Wedding themed blankets and hot water bottles not only make cute thank you gifts for your guests, but they will keep them warm and toasty during your ceremony. For more fun Wedding favours, forget sugar coated almonds and give your guests sweet jars filled homemade cocoa and marshmallows.

BlackEvents Art Gallery located in South Melbourne have a modern space for hire where guests can stay warm and out of the rain by having one location for the ceremony, photos and reception. Enquire today by emailing



Pol Roger Intimate Dinner featuring the launch of the Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée 2002

Wine aficionados in Melbourne and Sydney will have the chance to experience a lavish dining experience at the Pol Roger Intimate Dinner this coming October. On the menu is 7 courses by Vue de Monde in Melbourne and 5 courses by Quay Restaurant in Sydney, intricately matched with an accompaniment of 10 cuvées.

Guests will be excited by the launch of the house’s prestige label, the Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée 2002, alongside a vertical tasting of 1996, 1999 and 2000. The 10 cuvées also include Pol Roger Brut Non-Vintage, Pol Roger Brut Rosé Vintage 2006 and the Pol Roger Brut Chardonnay Blanc De Blancs 2004 among others.

This exclusive intimate dinner is held by BlackEvents, in association with Champagne Pol Roger and Langton’s Brokerage and will be hosted by International Champagne Writer of the Year, Tyson Stelzer and Pol Roger Managing Director, Laurent D’Harcourt. In 2013, Laurent was promoted to ‘Managing Director of Pol Roger’, and it is a privilege for us to welcome him to Australia for this intimate dinner.

Laurent D’Harcourt has been on the Management Board since 2008 and is a passionate representative of one of the oldest and most distinguished Champagne houses.  D’Harcourt, on behalf of Pol Roger, is proud to launch the Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée 2002. This vintage is the most anticipated release of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill since the great 1996 vintage. This release is consequently on limited allocation in all markets Pol Roger has a long history with Churchill after naming its most prestigious champagnes in his honour.

Tyson Stelzer is a true champagne expert and has received accolades internationally as International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011 and Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013. Stelzer is renowned for his comprehensive book, ‘The Champagne Guide 2013-2014’, named by Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald as “The best guide ever published on champagne”.

BlackEvents specialises in intimate and exclusive events, drawing upon a wealth of experience to run tastings and dinners in conjunction with leading prestigious wine houses, vineyards and restaurants Australia-wide.

This intimate dinner will be a glittering celebration of one of the most prestigious champagne houses, Pol Roger, in conjunction with exclusive restaurants throughout Melbourne and Sydney.

Pol Roger Intimate Dinner in Melbourne

Vue de Monde
Level 55 Rialto, 525 Collins St, Melbourne

Mon 27 October
6:30 for 7pm

Pol Roger Intimate Dinner in Sydney

Quay Restaurant
Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal
5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney

Wed 29 October
6:30 for 7pm

Taittinger Intimate Dinner featuring amazing line up of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne and 7 courses from Tetsuya’s Restaurant hosted by Tyson Stelzer

Wine lovers can look forward to a Taittinger Intimate Dinner this September, an exclusive evening featuring an amazing lineup of Taittinger wines and 7 courses from Tetsuya’s Restaurant in Sydney.

For an impressive dining experience, each cuvée will be intricately matched with 7 courses by Tetsuya Wakuda. On the menu is a selection of 8 cuvées including Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000 and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1998, among others.

Guests can enjoy an inspiring program from the Australian Chamber Orchestra Quartet, one of the world’s most acclaimed string ensembles.

This world-class orchestra features leading Australian and international musicians and is renowned for its unique programming, artistic style and rousing performances.

This exclusive event is held by BlackEvents in association with Relais & Chateaux, Champagne Taittinger, Langton’s Brokerage, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and hosted by International Champagne Writer of the Year, Tyson Stelzer.

Tyson Stelzer is a true champagne expert and has received accolades internationally as International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011 and Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013. Stelzer is renowned for his comprehensive book, ‘The Champagne Guide 2013-2014’, named by Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald as “The best guide ever published on champagne”.

BlackEvents specialises in intimate and exclusive events, drawing upon a wealth of experience to run tastings and dinners in conjunction with leading prestigious wine houses, vineyards and restaurants Australia-wide. This exclusive evening will be a night to remember.

Taittiger Intimate Dinner
Tetsuya’s Restaurant Sydney
Thursday 4 September 2014
6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Taste Champagne Hosted By Tyson Stelzer: Australia’s Most Comprehensive Champagne Tasting

BlackEvents is proud to announce Taste Champagne, a series of trade, media and public tastings in Sydney and Melbourne in September 2014, hosted by International Champagne Writer of the Year, Tyson Stelzer.

Featuring a total of 52 champagne houses, growers and cooperatives showcasing their latest cuvées, Taste Champagne is the most comprehensive champagne tasting of the year.

In conjunction with BlackEvents, Stelzer has initiated Taste Champagne in response to a call from trade and media for an up-to-date, annual champagne tasting. The public are invited for a rare behind-the-scenes look into the latest offerings from the world’s most famous sparkling region.

Growth in champagne consumption in Australia in the past decade has ranked among the strongest in the world. In 2013, Australia ascended to the 7th largest champagne importer, equal 5th with Sweden for champagne consumption per head of population.

“But if you delve into the statistics more closely, the picture is not nearly so rosy,” reveals Stelzer. “In 2013, the average bottle price of champagne imported into Australia was lower than that of any of Champagne’s other 15 largest importing countries. Australia also ranks lowest in both prestige cuvée and rosé consumption. Australia’s interest in champagne growers and cooperatives is also statistically significantly lower than any of Champagne’s other largest importers.”

Taste Champagne is Stelzer’s response to this situation, purposely assembling a wide diversity of hundreds of cuvées from 30 houses, 18 growers and 4 cooperatives in the same room. This unprecedented list features such prominent brands as Dom Pérignon and Krug alongside famous growers including Egly-Ouriet and Larmandier-Bernier. In the spirit of champagne, Stelzer and BlackEvents believe they deserve to be showcased together.

Taste Champagne provides a unique opportunity to discover unfamiliar champagne brands, while becoming reacquainted with familiar labels. At a time when consumers and wine trade are eager to explore new tastes, Taste Champagne offers the perfect forum.

Tyson Stelzer is the definitive expert on Champagne and has been internationally recognised as International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011 and Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013. Stelzer is well known for his sell-out book, ‘The Champagne Guide 2013-2014’, named “The best guide ever published on champagne” by Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald.

BlackEvents specialises in creating exclusive and memorable events and draws upon a wealth of experience to run tastings and dinners in conjunction with leading prestigious wine houses, vineyards and restaurants Australia-wide. Founder, Craig McDonald, is proud to be part of growing the champagne category, celebrating all brands and growers with such events.

Held in both Sydney and Melbourne, this first-of-its-kind event is supported by Antipodes Water and Riedel Glass.

Taste Champagne Sydney
The Lighthouse Gallery
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray St Sydney
Monday 1 September 2014

Media 9-11am
Trade 11am-4pm
Public 6-9pm

Taste Champagne Melbourne
Black Events Gallery
200 Normanby Rd
South Melbourne
Monday 8 September 2014

Media 9-11am
Trade 11am-4pm
Public 6-9pm

For a full list of participating houses, growers and cooperatives, and for registration details, visit


Tyson Stelzer
0402 821 230

Craig McDonald