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Photo by Photo Factory Bali from Pearl and Tom’s Dream Bali Wedding

 As we head into our last month of Winter, we start to enjoy planning for the warmer weather! Wedding showcases start appearing, events and open days that give us a glimpse of what to look forward to when the sun comes out! I know that I’m hanging out for longer days and getting some natural Vitamin D! But for the meantime, I will enjoy the gorgeous pictures from weddings that feature the light I’m craving!

For more of this gorgeousness across the blog, here is our weekly roundup for your enjoyment!

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.

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1.Real Wedding ~ Sean and Katherine’s Vintage Wedding 2. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Kate 3.Real Wedding ~ Pearl and Tom’s Dream Bali Wedding

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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.

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1.What Would They Know? Kara Mellick and Team from Soda Films 2. Vendor’s Favourites – DJ Plus! Entertainment 3. Wedding Venue Spotlight and Celebrity Interview -  The Paleo Wedding at Fraser Suites, Perth – Interview with Pete Evans 4. Event Review – Lovelocked: Lit Up At Lightspace

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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.

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1. Etsy Roundup ~ Opal Jewellery 2. Tuesday Type – Vulpa 3. Cocktail Friday – City Quarter Bar’s Bebe Bebe

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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.

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1. Honeymoon Destination Spotlight – 5 Things To Do on Your Hong Kong Stopover or Honeymoon 2. Tropical Destination  – Bula! – Ten Reasons to Honeymoon in Fiji

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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.

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1. Groom Advice – The First Five Years: Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide 2. Real Groom Style – Richard

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Calling all Brides on the search for their dream gown! The Henry Roth Outlet has announced the mother of all bridal clearances this weekend, August 2 and 3rd from 8am to 2pm, with no gowns over $399! That’s unheard of! No appointments will be taken, and it will be first in best dressed! Literally!

For more info, head to their website!

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WE have a winner! Actually – two winners! Annika and Meghan were the lucky ladies whose individual designs captured our imagination!

shoes Friday RoundupTheir inscriptions to match each shoe (respectively) were “”Stepping into married life 4.10.14″ and “I love you to the moon and back. J&M 6/26/15″. Just gorgeous ladies! Congratulations!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, there was so much to love and it made it very hard to choose!

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Did you catch this magical proposal on the News recently! We loved it so much we had to share it! Congrats to Mile & Amalia!

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations From The Print Fairy

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Give me a beautiful invitation and I’m a happy girl so when the news of The Print Fairy launching letterpress wedding invitations landed in my inbox coupled with beautiful photography by Kate Dyer from Urban Safari it was definitely worthy of a post! After searching long and wide for the very best Letterpress printer in the country, The Print Fairy has created three new letterpress designs on to compliment the whimsy and fun she is renowned for.

Printed on 300 and 600gsm 100% cotton paper stock, the designs are available in one or two colour letterpress prints. The full stationery suites are complete with everything you need – from invitation,  RSVP card and envelope, and clients are able to customise the design by choosing your colours from the Pantone chart or The Print Fairy’s own colour selection. Sample selections are even available – allowing you to see the quality up close and personally before making your decision.

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The brand new letterpress designs are just some of the gorgeous new designs coming out of The Print Fairy‘s creativity. Metallic foiling, digital printing and even wooden invitations are all just a part of the varied selections on offer. If you can’t find something you like, The Print Fairy can work with you on a completely custom design. My current favourite? “My Sweet Love” below – I love that typography!

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Jessica and James’ Relaxed Sydney Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jessica & James

There is nothing quite like a relaxed, classic wedding and Jessica and James celebrated theirs on Sydney’s waterside with photographer David Henry. No fuss, just a wedding with two people who adore one another and want to celebrate it in a relaxed party with their closest loved ones- including their two children.

Jessica kicks us off with their story. “We met on the central coast 8 years ago when we were 18 and 20. This is always a story our friends love to tell because James doesn’t actually remember approaching me the first time we met (a couple too many drinks under his belt) he only remembers the following week when he approached me again and to start the conversation asked where he knew me from.”

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Jessica’s wedding gown was designed by Anna Campbell  and the bride paired it with stiletto heels from Jimmy Choo.

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Tobi Henney styled the bride and bridesmaid’s makeup.

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Jessica’s bridesmaids’ wore purple gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaids.

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Jessica and James chose Our Lady Star of the Sea Watsons Bay for their ceremony, Jessica noting “Our priest Father Robert was a special part of the day for us. He ran the service when James’ dad passed away, and he has baptised both of our children Kade and Layla; so it was really special to have him travel from the central coast to do our wedding as well.  ”

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Jessica walked down the aisle to Keith Urban – Making Memories of Us.

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“We chose OLSS Watsons Bay because we loved the location and the setting was perfectly suited to the type of people James and I are. The church is stunning and the Watsons Bay backdrop was exactly what we were after for our photos.”

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The couple’s two children were an important part of the day, though Kade’s excitement got the better of him says Jessica. “We wanted our kids to be a special part of our day, but unfortunately just before I arrived at the church Kade had a fall and wasn’t very well for the rest of the day so we only have a couple of photos with Kade. We keep saying it will make for a funny story when he is older because it’s so typical of his personality!”

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Jessica and James chose Dockside Cockle Bay for their reception, topped off with a splendid cake from Sparkle Cupcakery. Jessica notes “We chose Dockside for our reception again for its location. The view was second to none, the food was amazing and the staff were so helpful in the whole lead up and organisation of everything! They made the whole experience so enjoyable and stress free! ”

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The Candy Buffet Company created a lolly buffet which doubled as guest favors.

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Of their first dance, Jessica remembers, “We danced to Joshua Kadison- Beautiful in My Eyes. It’s a song we’ve always loved and James tries his best to serenade me with! ”

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The couple’s favourite moment is the same one! They tell “After the first dance the DJ played the Horses by Darrell Braithwaite which is one of Jess’ favourite songs. The whole wedding was up on the dance floor singing at the top of their lungs, it was awesome. ”

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DnM Wedding Films captured the wedding film of Jessica and James.

Congratulations on your marriage Jessica and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to David Henry for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: David Henry / Cinematographer: DnM Wedding Films / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Attire: Zenetti / Groomsmen Attire: Zenetti / Bridesmaid Accessories: Two Birds Bridesmaids / Hairstylist: Vanessa Henwood VH Hair / Makeup Artist: Tobi Henney / Flowers & Decor: Kavelle Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Star of the Sea Watsons Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Father Robert / Reception Venue: Dockside Cockle Bay / Favors: The Candy Buffet Company / Cake Baker: Sparkle Cupcakery / Transport: Wedding Cars Of Distinction

Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Marriage Celebrant

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When  it comes to the crunch, you’re not legally married without one important wedding vendor – your marriage celebrant! So today I thought I’d dive into twenty questions to ask of your wedding celebrant. (Check out my previous posts in this series – Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Cake Designer, Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Dress Designer & Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue.)

I think it’s important to start off with thinking about how you imagine your ceremony to be – funny and full of laughter? Serious and formal? The style of your wedding will determine the celebrant you choose. Beyond that, getting along with your celebrant and genuinely liking who they are as a person – as with all wedding vendors, is vital to having a wedding that reflects who you are as a couple.

So let’s kick it off!

1. What are their fees?

Celebrant fees vary widely – from $250 right up to $1500. I’ve found the average to be about $600, varying with popularity and experience of the celebrant.

2. What does the fee include?

A typical celebrant fee includes meeting with the celebrant, the writing of the ceremony, the performance of the ceremony and the lodgement of all paperwork. Some celebrants include extras like rehearsals and checklists.

4.  What additional costs are involved?

Beyond the base fee, some celebrants have additional charges – like travel for instance, or extra meetings. So it’s a good idea to get all of these upfront so you’re not in for any surprises.

5. What are their qualifications?

An Australian marriage celebrant must be registered with the  Attorney Generals’ Department and have carried out training (including yearly training) in order to perform their role. Australian celebrants can’t just register online, so check your celebrant has the qualifications to legally perform your ceremony.

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6. How long have they been performing weddings?

Always good to know! I think great celebrants can be great celebrants regardless, but as with anything great wisdom comes with time and that knowledge of how to handle situations and how to quickly to handle things going wrong, or even crafting a beautiful ceremony, can come with having done it many times before.

7. How many weddings have they performed?

As with the above question, if experience is important to you then this one is a must ask!

8. When is full payment required?

Do they require a deposit? Payment before the ceremony or on the day?

8. What is their cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your wedding ceremony or postpone it, does the celebrant offer a refund? Do they keep the deposit?

9. How many meetings are included?

A lot of celebrants will allow as many meetings, emails and phone calls as you need to get your ceremony picture perfect. Others may only have two or three included in the package to get it right.

10. What paperwork is required and when?

Some celebrants will ask you to bring your paperwork at the first meeting (birth certificates, ID such as drivers’ licenses etc),  while others may not require it yet. Ask your celebrant what you need to bring with you.

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Robyn Pattison CMC Photo by Welsch Photography from  Jenna and James’ Coral Orange Wedding

10. How much guidance will you be given while writing your ceremony?

Some celebrants give a simple question and answer form and after being filled out write your ceremony, others provide an example format and provide you with popular readings and structures to choose from. And then there’s celebrants who let you write the entire ceremony yourself – providing guidance along the way. Your wedding ceremony is the part of the day you probably want to put the most thought into, so understanding how your celebrant works with writing it is vital.

11. How do they personalise your ceremony?

Does the celebrant tell your story? Do they have a coffee with you and get to know you and inject what they know into your ceremony? Or do they just keep it formal?

12. Will you see a draft of the ceremony?

Most celebrants will provide you with a draft of the ceremony beforehand so you can make any changes.

13. Do they require or include a rehearsal?

Some celebrants will do a basic rehearsal with you before the actual wedding. Others will do a run through at their office. Ask your celebrant what they do in respect to this.

14. What actually happens on the wedding day?

Every celebrant has their own way of doing things. Some will guide everybody involved in the ceremony through what they have to do, others will greet the bride at the car and reassure her, instructing whoever is with her of what they need to do. Others are completely hands off and waiting. Understanding, from their arrival to the handing over of the certificate and the process in between, is important.

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15. How long before the ceremony will they arrive?

Most celebrants arrive half an hour or more before guests to set up their sound system, get orientated with the venue and brief anyone involved in the ceremony on the proceedings. Double check – it would be difficult if your celebrant was set to arrive only five minutes before the ceremony start time!

16. What happens if the celebrant is ill?

Does the celebrant have a stand-in available in case they fall ill on the day? What happens if they are unable to perform the ceremony?

17. How many weddings do they book in one day? How many will they be performing on your wedding day?

Some celebrants book in multiple ceremonies a day, which is completely fine – but a professional celebrant will make sure there is enough time to get between venues without rushing and missing things. So make sure this has been allowed for.

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 18. What attire will they wear?

You’d hate for your celebrant to turn up in a polo shirt and shorts to a black tie event, so check with your celebrant as to their usual attire and advise them of your dress code.

19. What equipment are they able to bring?

Most celebrants have a PA system (though it pays to check if it’s a good quality one). Others will be able to provide a signing table with chair. Some celebrants will even be able to play music from their PAs to assist you with your ceremony music choices.

20. What happens with the paperwork?

A celebrant has to lodge certain paperwork, including your intention to marry form within a certain time frame before your wedding day. They also have to lodge the marriage certificate after the wedding. Check with them that everything is in good order and they have everything they need to lodge your marriage legally.
What did you wish you’d asked of your celebrant or wish you’d known?

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