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Upmarket Style At Perth’s Wedding Upmarket

by | Event Reviews, Wisdom


Perth Upmarket


The first Wedding Upmarket for the year was held last month and if you’re planning on getting married soon, you will want to put the next date in your diary right now! If you haven’t heard of this Perth event before, the Wedding Upmarket team are all about showcasing a selection of handpicked local designers for the modern bride.





Most brides know the style of the wedding they want and local designers can help transform all of those online inspiration boards into reality. Designers love the opportunity to showcase their work and talk to brides in a relaxed environment.

This year Wedding Upmarket launched a series of free ‘Wedding Insiders’ sessions which were a hit with Perth’s engaged couples. They were short Q&A sessions featuring Perth’s experts who aim to help brides create a truly bespoke celebration. Wedding Upmarket were so pleased to have Ann Lord, Civil Celebrant hosting their Wedding Insiders sessions in a luxury tent from Empire Events.



The sessions covered insider tips on everything from wedding catering, designing/buying a wedding dress, selecting the right accessories to working with a photographer. Styling your venue, hair and makeup, wedding cakes, tips for the gentlemen in the bridal party, wedding floral design and alternatives to cake were other popular topics.





Some quotes and ‘wise words’ from the ‘Wedding Insiders’ included:

“It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the dress options you have. Do some research, visit no more than two bridal designers in one day and take one or two friends or family members with you that you know will be supportive.” Sandra Searle, Elvi Design

“Unique and beautiful accessories are a wonderful way to incorporate a heirloom piece, whether it be part of Mum’s dress or Grandma’s favourite brooch.” Holly Barker, Holly Barker Millinery




“Guests will always notice that you’ve made the extra effort to consider something beautiful and unique for your linen and glassware.’’ Deborah Pitter, Hire Society

“Rather than finding your dream cake on Pinterest, talk to your cake designer about your dress, flowers, colour scheme and style. You’ll end up with something amazing (and delicious) that is completely individual and reflects you as a couple.’’ Tahnee Upton, Verlena Cakes




Images via Lola Images

Be sure to Save the Date for the next Wedding Upmarket on Saturday 27 August 2016 for your chance to chat with designers about creating a truly bespoke wedding celebration!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful way for brides to chat to some of the most gorgeous vendors in Perth; a wonderful success! Can’t wait for the next one…

About Perth Upmarket: We’ve done all the leg work for you and handpicked Perth’s leading designers – the best of the best – to ensure your wedding is in a league of its own! We are thrilled to present ‘Wedding Upmarket’ which connects brides-to-be with local designers to create truly personalised, custom and handcrafted weddings.

Vendor’s Favourites – Pookie May Coffee

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Pookie May Coffee
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory


1.Flowers. Fresh blooms are a huge highlight for any wedding, especially as a headpiece, crown or comb. Image via Aisle of Eden

2. Lord Coconut. I adore this Melbourne store supporting local designers with men’s wedding rings and accessories! Image via Lord Coconut

3.Vintage! I love anything vintage…oozes class and beauty! Image via Forever Vintage Shop

4. The Style Co. The complete package – planners, stylists, flowers etc etc! It’s all in the details and having the experts on your team is an effective way to ensure a perfect day! Image via The Style Co


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I am in love with floral crowns too; so pretty and romantic!

About Pookie May Coffee: Hi, I’m Mary from Pookie May Coffee – and I just want to make good coffee!  I found a gorgeous teardrop caravanette and just knew we would make a good team! So, with some TLC and clever compact space conversions, I plan to hit the road and hopefully serve you some coffee on my journey!!

What I Would Tell My Newly-Engaged Self

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom, Wise Words


Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory


Image by Tealily Photography via Natalie and Dan’s Sydney Island Wedding

Planning your wedding is such a happy and exciting time but it can also be stressful and feel overwhelming. This month I thought I’d reflect on what advice I can offer to those starting out…

Don’t try to please everyone
It’s your wedding day so make it the wedding of your dreams. The day is about the two of you. Never lose sight of that.


Image by Lauren Murphy Photography via Julia and Julian’s ‘Best Day Ever’ Buttercup Wedding

Think carefully about your bridal party
Don’t choose people out of obligation. You want your most valued people to be standing beside you – the ones you know will always be there for you post-wedding, during all of life’s ups and downs.


Image by Brown Paper Parcel Photography via Anna and Murray’s Rustic Mill Wedding

Accept offers of help
Delegate – to your bridal party, to your parents, to siblings, to cousins, to future in-laws, to friends. Be clear about your vision and be thankful for their help.

Sweat the small stuff
It’s OK to devote time to making decisions on all the little details. They will make a big difference on your wedding day.


Image by Bobby Clark from Bobby & Tide via Prue & Mat’s Outdoor Trentham Wedding

Don’t lose sight of your budget
Set a budget and do your best to stick to it. It’ll mean more money for a fabulous honeymoon!

Take time out
Have a weekly date night where wedding talk is banned. Talking your wedding 24/7 will drive you both crazy.


Image by The Robertsons via Corinna & Dylan’s Modern Romantic Canberra Wedding

Savour all the sweet and silly moments
Yes, it can be stressful, but planning your wedding should also be a lot of fun – enjoy it!


Image by Petal Photography via Cecily and Matthew’s Intimate Yacht Club Wedding

You may experience post-wedding blues
After all the intense planning topped off by one of the happiest days of your lives, you may feel a little lost and low in the weeks and months after your wedding. What you’re feeling is normal. Remind yourselves: even though your big day is done and dusted, there’s still so much to look forward to in your married life together.


Image by Holly Prins via Emma and David’s Bohemian Chic Country Wedding

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Love the idea of scheduling a weekly date night away from wedding planning; it’s important not to  get too caught up in it!

About Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant: I love weddings and I love what I do. As a celebrant, my job is getting to know couples and crafting memorable marriage ceremonies – and that’s always such a pleasure and privilege.

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