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Five Wedding Night Hotels in Sydney

by | Blog News, Bride


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As part of my column with Expedia, I recently headed through Sydney and stayed at the brand new Intercontinental Double Bay to test it out as part of a story on amazing wedding night hotels. Choosing a hotel for your wedding night seems to be strangely laden with pressure – this hotel? it’s got to pamper you, help you have a good night sleep and make you feel as special as you are as newlyweds! Which is always a little hard because how often do you book a hotel room in your own city? And a lush, amazing one that has all the gorgeousness that makes you feel so special?

Now with that being said, you definitely need to add Intercontinental Double Bay to your list. Why?

– Incredible location

– Auto sensing bathroom lights and blinds

– Perrier-Jouët champagne in your mini bar

– Incredible roof top views from the rooftop pool!

– The Stillery- the gin bar on site (want a perfect after party venue? tick!)

Pop on over to Expedia today for the rest of my post on five wedding night hotels in Sydney!

We stayed at the Intercontinental Double Bay thanks to Expedia. A big thank you to Expedia for helping us not have to wait in an airport lounge for five hours and allow us to sleep soundly instead!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by James Day of Daylight Photography  from Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal

Happy Friday Dotties! I have had such a busy week after landing back from a whirlwind trip to Malaysia last week (did you catch our travels around the country on Instagram, SO much fun!) and we have had such a fun week on the blog with plenty of wedding inspiration!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!

1. Real Engagement - Sam and Lisa’s Summer Engagement Session


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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? – Katja Anton of AKA Weddings 2. Expert Advice - How To Pull Off An Amazing Sunset Wedding Ceremony

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup - Strawberry Wedding 2. Tuesday Type – Salt & Spices Pro 3. DIY Tutorial  – Single Stem Corsage Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – The Crystal Cosmo

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1. Amsterdam A Romantic City

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

1. Real Wedding ~ Scott and Marks Spectacular New Zealand Wedding

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love on the lawn

Love On The Lawn, Australia’s outdoor wedding festival is back again and this year will be held at Centennial Parklands on Sunday March 1st 2015. There will be over 100 suppliers in attendance plus awesome fun like food trucks, beer sampling, live entertainment, food sampling, expert advice and live fashion shows. You’ll go into the draw for plenty of prizes plus VIP ticketed guests will receive extra special treats like gift bags, sparkling wine and canapes, front row seating at the runway and more!

Visit the website for more information and to buy your tickets!

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the bridal atelier

The Bridal Atelier- Melbourne bridal boutique who stock much love brands like Rue De Seine, Houghton NYC, Sarah Seven, Katie May, Theia and Unbridaled by Dan Jones are opening their Sydney boutique today! Located in 27 Bay Street Double Bay the boutique opening comes after so many brides travelled interstate to see their gorgeous range of gowns. Pop online to make an appointment today!

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aqua dining

Newly engaged and in Sydney? Aqua Dining have a bunch of specials for engagement parties! For the winter months their all-inclusive food and drinks package for a cocktail style event is usually priced at $120 per person and will be available for just $100 per person. Find more information here!

At Aqua Dining this offer is available for Saturday lunch events and Sunday dinner events. At Ripples Milsons Point and Ripples Chowder Bay the offer is available for Sunday dinner events. Available from May 16th, 2015 to August 30th 2015.

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the lovers collective

Brisbane couples! A new event is in town- meet The Lovers Collective! Held on the 7th of March 2015, the event is designed to be a series of workshops and events with a lot of fun!

Not only will you get questions and answers with inside tips from some of your favourite wedding vendors, but the day long workshop will also feature live music, displays, competitions, cupcakes (on top of a scrummy lunch), gift bags and the best part? You’ll learn how to make your own flower crown! What a day out! Check out the website to buy your tickets!

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Erin Clare Couture Savvy brides

The beautiful gowns of Erin Claire Couture are landing at Savvy Brides! To celebrate, Savvy Brides are holding a trunk show on the 6th and 7th of March at their Sydney studio. Book an appointment and head into their studio to try on these beautiful couture style gowns laden with beautiful details like illusion backs, sequin embellishments and incredible laces.

To book your trunk show appointment, email

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Love At The Grove

New Zealand brides! Get ready for Love At The Grove, Nelson’s very first boutique bridal show and fashion runway!  Held on Saturday 21st of March, 2015 enjoy a day out full of inspiration, creative vendors, live tutorials, local food & beverages, acoustic tunes and a chance to meet the best in the business. Visit the Love At The Grove to buy your tickets!

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reading and loving

Want a peek into what I’ve been reading and loving this week? Here’s a new addition to Friday Roundup!

The Beautiful 2015 Bridal Collection from Myra Callan for Twigs & Honey

12 Things to Do After You Have Been Published

Mornings like these…

Driftwood Candle Tutorial

Integrity 101

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For our film of the week, Michael Bird of Native Video sent over this very fun wedding film. The couple met in Vienna, Austria where they were both working for the UN and decided on a wedding that reflected their own beliefs and loves in life.

Alana and Beau’s Classic Mt Aitken Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alana & Beau

Alana and Beau chose a black tie dress code for their classic Mount Aitken wedding. The couple choosing the Macedon Ranges all in one venue as a weekend escape for guests – allowing them to turn up and relax (as well as celebrate!) on their wedding day. elk & willow photography captured their moments in all their glory, Alana telling, “Beau and I met 10 years ago at friend’s 18th birthday.”

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Classic pink and white rose floral arrangements were styled by Bacchus Marsh Floristry & Nursery.

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Alana chose the Chrystal dress from Be a Star Bridal with her bridesmaids in powder blue dresses from Asos.

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Alana and Beau chose one venue – Roombas at Mt Aitken  for their wedding celebrations. “We had our ceremony in the garden of Roombas @ Mt Aitken and reception in Roombas beautiful bluestone brick building. The venue has so much character we didn’t really need to decorate. The staff were fantastic and made our day run smoothly.”

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Alana walked down the aisle to “At Last” by Etta James.

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Terri Beirne performed the marriage ceremony.

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Alana remarks, “It was such a fun filled day, we didn’t want it to end. It was a very windy day Beau and I couldn’t hear everyone clearly, we got too eager and kissed before the celebrant asked us to, so we got to kiss twice, (and) gave everyone a laugh.”

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Alana describes the day as, “A wind swept day filled with laughter and dancing.”

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Of their photographer, Alana notes, “Our photographer Jess took stunning photos that captured moments of our day perfectly. A mixture of posed photos and us just being us – exactly what we wanted. A pleasure to work with and gave us beautiful memories to keep.”

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The reception was lit by candlelight and decorated with fresh roses by Bacchus Marsh Floristry & Nursery.

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Alana’s maid of honour making the wedding cake.

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Alana remembers, “Our first dance was probably the most awkward part of the day, feeling everyone’s eyes watching us but it was only for a minute before our guests joined us dancing to Ed Sheeran’s -Thinking Out Loud.”

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Frank’n’Beans got everyone (- all ages included!) dancing all night long.

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Congratulations on your marriage Alana and Beau! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to elk & willow photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: elk & willow photography / Bride’s Dress: Chrystal dress from Be a Star Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Prouds / Groom’s Attire: Spurling / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Bridesmaid Shoes: Styletread / Hairstylist: Bride's sister in law / Makeup Artist: Jennifer, Belleza Skin and Therapy / Flowers: Bacchus Marsh Floristry & Nursery / Venue: Roombas at Mt Aitken / Ceremony Officiant: Terri Beirne / Band: Frank’n’Beans / Favors: EBay / Wedding Rings: Gold Blend Jewellers / Transport: Rollston Limousines
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