With years of experience as Catalina’s Event Manager, Danielle Drysdale gives some insight into what to expect when planning your special day.

DESCRIBE YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION WITH THE BRIDAL COUPLE?

It could be as simple as an unplanned introduction with a lovely couple enjoying a romantic mid-week lunch together, listening to proposal stories & answering the big three – So what can you do, how will it look, what will it cost!!
It’s welcoming them into a blank canvas room and walking them out with visions of a jaw-dropping entrance to come.
It could be an early morning coffee date with just the bride to talk details, style & exquisite cuisine while flicking pages through our ‘wow’ book to get the visual excitement spinning.
It’s key listening to what the couple’s visions are and being able to match & exceed their expectations on the day!

DESCRIBE YOUR VENUE (CATALINA) AND RECEPTION OPTIONS:

Catalina, it’s like walking in and seeing Sydney's take on the Amalfi Coast!
It is a beautiful, modern, minimalist restaurant located on the footstep of Sydney Harbour at Rose Bay overlooking uninterrupted, prized views of the harbour, Shark Island & the peninsula of Point Piper.
Bridal couples & their guests seat in gorgeous surroundings to million dollar views and receive the 'essential Sydney' experience.
A clean palate of whites, hints of marble, polished timbers & shades of gray. The finest use of leather, linen and luxury.
Reception options? Endless. – Be it an uber cool Summer cocktail style soiree when the sun is beckoning, mojitos are flowing, oyster bar is crowd drawing, canapés circulating and the Martini Club is owning the dance floor.
To elegance.. A black tie Winter love affair by the fire, candlelight flickering, formal fine dining, a baby grand piano & classic Frank Sinatra.
The cuisine at Catalina is modern Australian. While there is a strong emphasis on fish and shellfish, it is much more than a seafood restaurant!
In addition we can host ceremonies on site and offer a travelling entrée or dessert course, cocktail station, dessert degustation table, oyster bar or sushi & sashimi bar.

We cater for the large & luxurious weddings to the small intimate wedding parties & everything in between.

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM YOUR COMPETITORS:

It’s having our own dedicated, experienced wedding co-ordinator, who consults closely with the client, is creative and personable, and gives complete attention to every detail.
It’s having a team of talented chefs creating custom ideas for the menu to coincide with a brief or special theme.
Quality food derived from Catalina's own award winning a la carte menus.
It’s having one of the best backdrops you could ask for on your big day.
It’s with aim of being recognised as a venue which differentiates from the ‘run of the mill’ reception bunch or ‘wedding factory’.
It’s being niche in who we with focus on quality, not quantity.
It’s all in the details… DETAILS!!

DESCRIBE A HIGHLIGHT MOMENT THAT BEST REPRESENTS YOUR RELATIONS WITH A BRIDAL COUPLE IN DELIVERING THEIR WEDDING RECEPTION:

It’s the Monday morning phone call that follows, with thanks and adoration from parents or our couple who on their way to their honeymoon, wanted to call to tell us how they couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular day.
It’s the wedding photo sent to us, the beautiful card in the mail or the unexpected ‘bump into’ moment with the past couples when two have now become three...

EXPLAIN WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WORK WITH WEDDING CLIENTS:

Because we love seeing the faces of our bridal couples walk into the dining room & see their concept & dream cuisine made into reality by our Catalina team & wonderful suppliers, to the concluding moment when they walk away and all of us overhearing "I can't believe how amazing that was. The food, the wine, the service"....