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Polka Dot Hot Spot – Uninvited Guests

by | Polka Dot Hot Spot, Weddings


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Wedding guest lists are always a bit tricky – hence I made them the subject of today’s Polka Dot Hot Spot. The place we talk about all things cringe worthy and uncomfortable!

There are also going to be cut offs when you write up your wedding guest list. Great Aunt Mary might just not make the list, nor might neighbour Rosie. How do you handle it when guests who haven’t made the cut mention the wedding to you? “Oh!” they say “I haven’t got an outfit yet for your wedding, what’s the dress code?” Do you look away, or do you outright tell them “You’re not invited!”.

Tell us how you handle the tricky guest list issues Dotties!

Wedding Venues – Finding The Perfect One

by | Inspired Plans, Weddings



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Pete and Joanne

I had waited so long to be engaged (seven years and six days to be exact) and to actually be able to properly start planning my wedding (and not just dreaming about it), it was so exciting! I didn’t know where to start…

After setting a date that was meaningful to us and writing the guest list, we started the search across Tasmania to find the perfect place to tie the knot. If you have been to Tassie you will understand just how many beautiful places there are to choose from. Including Heritage buildings, lush vineyards, stunning beaches and breathtaking mountain tops that are dotted throughout this little ‘natural’ state.

So after racking our brains, trawling the internet, attending expos and flipping through magazines, my then fiancé and I came up with a short list of about six venues that we thought suited our ‘outdoorsy’, non-traditional nature, but would also have that ‘wow’ factor since 98% of our guests were travelling from interstate or overseas. We then contacted the venues individually to ask for their Wedding Compendium so that we could look into the finer details of cost, menu options, ceremony and reception locations and so forth. We were able to rule out a couple of places due to minimum spend requirements and music restrictions not being to our liking.

We then contacted the Wedding Coordinators of the short listed venues to arrange a meeting and viewing, and that’s when it got interesting…. One lady was just too busy to meet us on a weekend and told us to go and look around for ourselves, needless to say we didn’t bother. If they couldn’t be bothered to put in any effort at this early stage then what was the rest of the process going to be like? Another lady was telling us exactly how the day was going to happen, down to the number of steps I would take and when I was allowed to use the restroom – I thought it was supposed to be my day, not hers! The third venue was lovely, but was a bit plain and just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor we were after. And then there was one…

We had explored the Cradle Mountain area many years ago when we first moved to Tasmania, and we fell in love with the place! In our hearts we had actually already chosen this area to get married but didn’t think it would work. We arranged a meeting with Cradle Mountain Chateau and travelled up. Well, how lovely it was to deal with a venue that would bend over backwards to meet any request that you had! We came away thinking immediately that yes, this is it, we have found our perfect place!

I had always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony in front of the beautiful mountain and lake view, but in Tassie, having four seasons in one day is not uncommon.

We hoped for this.

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Photo by Peter Harrison

But we ended up getting this.

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Photo by Steve Lovegrove

But that’s ok, the photos turned out great!

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Photo by Steve Lovegrove

Over the many months of planning, Alarna and the rest of the team at Cradle Mountain Chateau were fantastic, from helping to arrange accommodation, menu tasting, setting up on the day and making sure we were pampered. It goes to show that no matter where you have your heart set to say ‘I Do’, you can make it work and there are people and wedding venues out there willing to make the day all about you!

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Ms Gingham says: It astounds me that people supposedly in customer service have no concept of what that means! Good on you Joanne for standing your ground!

Joanne says: “I’m Jo a 27 year old Radiation Therapist living in Hobart, Tasmania. I moved from England when I was 10 to Sydney, where I did High School and University and met the love of my life Pete in 2004.”

Inspired Words – Elyshe

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Herringbone

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Creating a day that reflects the individual natures of you and your partner goes a long way to ensuring you walk away with memories that you will cherish for years to come. After her Rustic Barn Wedding to Brody, Bride Elyshe shared the following advice for those in the midst of planning.

“The thought that you put into your wedding is what you get out of the day and the memories. Focus more on the big picture and plan the wedding so that it is about you…not the “event”. It’s the little unique and meaningful things that people remember about a wedding and enjoy the most. The day does fly by so remember to stop and take it, remembering what the day is truly about and just enjoy the experience together!”

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