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The Best Of Polka Dot Wisdom 2014

by | Blog News, Wisdom


Ms Gingham

We love hearing from wedding vendors who are so generous in imparting their knowledge of all things wedding related to us! This year was no exception on the blog where we had a huge number of wedding professionals logging in and writing articles for our benefit. Here are our top posts from 2014.

1.Top Ten Bridal Trends For 2014

Henry Roth gave us the insider’s tips and upcoming trends for the year that was!

2.Bridal Fashion Trends 2014

Clearly we love having our finger on the pulse of fashion trends! This post by Fara Couture was our second most popular this year!

3. The First Dance – What Do Those Lyrics Really Mean?

I loved this post by Andy Zito of TRIO and I’m so happy to see it reach number three on our most popular list. Hopefully couples are paying more attention to the lyrics of the songs they choose to represent their love for one another now!

Jenna and James’ Coral Orange Wedding Image by Welsch Photography

4. Lovelocked: A Fresh New Bridal Fair

Brand new bridal fair concept Lovelocked launched to great accolades this year. We loved hearing all about the new fair where a full ceremony is styled and takes place in front of the “guests” who happen to be those attending the fair.

Image by Nicole Barralet Photography

5. Wedding Albums – Are They Really Necessary?

Jade Norwood Photography joined us with this interesting post on wedding albums. Are they really necessary or can the same be achieved by keeping digital images?

6. The Golden Rules For Being A Bridesmaid

This post written by our own Ms Chevron, who was a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding this year, is such a beautiful letter to all future bridesmaids out there.

Image by Alcorn Images

7. What Would They Know? Jennifer Kennedy of Bells n Whistles Events

Our What Would They Know series is a weekly spot where we discuss all things business and wedding related with one of our vendors. It’s so great to see this post hit number 7 on our most popular list because it shows that we love hearing about these talented people (in this case Jennifer Kennedy from Bells N Whistles Events) and are interested in what they have to say behind the scenes!

8. How To Write Your Wedding Vows

Joshua Withers has become a real regular on Polka Dot Wisdom and we just love having him because his posts are truly informative, entertaining and spot on with the current industry happenings! This one is no different and is a real example of a professional giving great advice to our readers!

Photo by Just For Love Photography

9. What Is An On The Day Wedding Coordinator

Wedding planner Sharon of Wedding Day PA gave us this post about what makes an on the day wedding coordinator and how this service differs from a full wedding planning service. A great post by a lovely lady who at the time of publication happens to be newly engaged!

Image by Vanessa Norris Photography

10. How To Plan A Winter Wedding the Right Way

Another subject that’s close to our hearts is how to plan a winter wedding. This post by guest contributor Nat Green of Pillingers takes us through the ins and outs of planning a wedding at the cosiest time of year.

Image by Jonas Peterson via Whimsical Lavender And Green Queensland Wedding

What Would they Know? Shannon Harcourt of Little Flamingo

by | Stationery Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

I must admit that playing with paper and design would be a dream of mine (oh – along with creating with flowers, being a fantastic cake baker, having the styling gene – the list goes on…), so it was a pleasure to pour over the stationery in Little Flamingo Creative Stationery’s website From soft and pretty to ornate and embellished, or simple elegance, there are so many styles to choose from – and that’s just the range in the online boutique! Throw in beautiful paper and even leather, with a bespoke design and you can let your imagination run wild. Let Shannon guide you to choose the perfect stationery to reflect the dream you have for your wedding day!

When did you start your stationery business?

I officially started Little Flamingo in 2007, which seems a lifetime ago now!

What do you most enjoy about designing stationery?

Playing around with papers, colours and embellishments. Sometimes I feel like a big kid playing with all sorts of pretty things and helping couples find the right stationery for their wedding!

Elegant Pocket Wedding Invitations

What methods can brides use to order their stationery from you?

We have a range of wedding invitations and wedding day stationery available to order through our online boutique. Couples can select their font styles, colours, wording and design elements to create their own invitation suite. Our range is constantly being updated with the latest looks and our team is always happy to help couples decide on colours, wording, fonts and of course answer any questions!

For couples that have something particular in mind or want an invitation designed just for them we have our bespoke or custom service. Our team works closely with the bride and groom to create an invitation suite based on their ideas and inspirations.

If ordering a bespoke invitation from you, what are the steps/process bridal couples go through?

Some couples come to us and know exactly what they want while others aren’t so sure. We start with any inspiration the couples have collected. Colours, styles, papers, even printing methods. Whatever details the couple has found, loved and would like to incorporate into their wedding invitations. From there we discuss how we can use these inspirations to create a design that will best reflect them as a couple and their wedding style. Our designers work on different concepts for the couple including design, colours and embellishments. When the couple is happy with the overall look we then work with them on the wording for their stationery suite. Once we have the design and the wording we put it all together and email through proofs for approval. Once approved we get to work printing and assembling before delivering the couple’s wedding stationery directly to their door.

Destination World Map Wedding Invitation

How much time should bridal couples allow for ordering their stationery?

We always suggest allowing 6 weeks for your stationery, longer if you are looking for a bespoke suite. This allows enough time for proofing, printing and assembly.

Production times do vary throughout the year, as does the complexity of different invitation suites. Sometimes we can turn around a simple design in a week! Mostly though, it takes on average 3-5 weeks to print and assemble our wedding invitations.

How do you decide which paper and ink is the most suitable? Does one sort of paper suit a certain design style more than another?

Selecting the right paper and ink combination is very important. When we letterpress we do so on beautiful cotton papers which give a deep indent when printing. Our handmade seed paper requires a delicate touch and our print style reflects that. We have a lot of designs that feature embossed elements and this looks lovely when teamed up with raised ink. It all depends on the invitation style and what best reflects the look we are trying to achieve with that design.

What are some of the more unusual papers and inks you have to offer? 

My current favourite paper for invitations is our handmade seed paper. This recycled paper not only has a gorgeous handmade feel to it but it is then embedded with a seed variety of the couple’s choice. I love the idea of having dinner with friends and the meal they serve includes the rocket or carrots they grew from your wedding invitation!

We also use faux leather and the super luxurious foil stamped velvet invitations (they look and feel amazing!)

Enchanted Tree Seed Wedding Invitation

What printing processes do you use for your stationery? 

We use a variety of different printing processes depending on the invitation design and the overall look and feel that invitation needs to give. Our print methods include flat printing, thermography (raised ink through use of heat and resin powder), embossing and foil stamping (pressing images into the card using metal dies).

You are offering a DIY aspect to your stationery business. Do you see this as an increasingly larger part of the market?

DIY is a growing market, although not all couples want to design, print and cut their own wedding invitations.

We currently offer a DIY assembly on our invitations. This allows our couples to be involved in the actual production process of their invitations (and save some money too!) without the worry of designing, printing and cutting their invitations. We print and cut all the paper and card so all our couples need to do is stick the pieces together. Most of our designs also come with glue dots to stick the pieces together. We try to make DIY really easy for our couples.

 What sorts of things do you find effective to cope with stress, when you have stationery jobs piling up and not enough time in the day? 

During the day, a cup of tea and an iced Vovo biscuit (or three!) always helps with the stress levels! Otherwise a margarita does the trick!

Our Love Pocketfold Wedding Invitations

What are your favourite leisure pursuits?

Spending time with my 2 year old daughter playing kitchens! When I am not in the kitchen with her, I love to take time get out on the water and kayak or paddleboard, they really clear your head.

My favourite place for a meal with friends is…….

Hmmm… I have a few places, but my current favourite is Armchair Collective at Mona Vale Beach. I have to have the banana smoothie!

 Thank you Shannon for sharing your story. To find out more about Little Flamingo creative Stationery visit the website.

Images and headshot courtesy of Little Flamingo Creative Stationery

The Sugar Wharf Cat

by | Wisdom, Wise Words


Sass Studios
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Sandy Cat – aka The Sugar Wharf Cat originally lived in the hills behind Port Douglas when his owner had a change of circumstances and could no longer care for him.  She brought him to Port Douglas but he opted to be a ‘ free range’ cat rather than adopting new humans.

He was often seen walking down the main street of town all hours of the day or night.  He liked to take the pedestrian crossing to get from A to B but mostly he lived on The Sugar Wharf, a heritage listed iconic building used for weddings and events and of course fishing.

His staple diet consistent of fish, and no doubt the odd hors d’oeuvre at weddings… he loved weddings. We often snapped him walking down the aisle, or standing with the bridal party, it was his house after all and no one seemed to mind.

He was a well travelled cat having a fondness for taking naps on tourist buses, he always made it back to Port Douglas though.

He lived a long and prosperous 13 years and instead of having one owner, he had many. This became very clear on the day of his funeral. An eclectic bunch of locals came together to shed a few tears and pay tribute to The Sugar Wharf Cat.   Speeches, poems and the spreading of his ashes in the sea became the perfect send off for Sandy Cat and a wonderful celebration of humanity.

RIP Sandy. You touched the lives of many.

Images by Sass Studios

Ms Stripey says – I just love this story. It just goes to show that even a ‘stray’ cat can touch our lives in a positive way!

Ben and Cath of Sass Studios are dedicated to offering couples the best in natural, elegant wedding day photography. We believe in working unobtrusively and capturing candid moments wherever possible, not restricting locations nor rushing your coverage to a set hour limit. With bases on the Sunshine Coast and in Port Douglas, we are available for weddings throughout Queensland, as well as destinations in Australia and overseas. Whether it is an elopement or a grand affair – tell us about your day and we would love to let you know what we can offer.

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