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Queen For A Day Stationery Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


There is nothing like receiving a beautiful invitation in the mail. A nice change from the plain window faced bill envelopes with company logos, a wedding invitation goes back to the days of old, with beautiful packaging opening up to reveal the hint of magic to come.

Australian stationer Queen for A Day is a brand new stationery business, hand making beautiful invitations for your wedding day.  Using a range of fabrics and adornments – from fine laces bold graphic cottons, silk ribbons and crystals, each invitation is designed to set the tone for your celebration and wow your guests.

Queen For A Day is giving away $400 worth of custom wedding invitations. Using beautiful silks, beaded laces, crystals, pearls and ribbons, each invitation is handmade.

To help you share the details of your wedding, the winner will also receive a matching wedding website, perfect for sharing the details of your big day, posting directions, collecting RSVPs and more!

To win these custom invitations, including matching wedding website from Queen For A Day worth $400 simply visit the Queen For A Day website and leave a comment on this post telling us your favourite invitation and how it would work with your wedding day plans!

The winner will be chosen by Queen For A Day Stationery and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted for any other Queen For A Day product. The prize includes shipping within Australia. All others costs associated with redeeming the prize are the responsibility of the winner. The prize must be used towards wedding invitations only and does not include RSVP cards, place cards, menus etc. The prize must be redeemed 12 months from the date of the winner announcement. If no contact is made within twelve months, the prize will become null and void. Competition is open to Australian residents only. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 17th March 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

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Mexican Inspired Dessert Table

by | Bride, Cakes, Favors and Decor


How fun is this Mexican Inspired Dessert table? It is so full of Summer and life! The girls of Cake Ink Events Janelle and Simone created this table for a Melbourne engagement party recently. Inspired by the padded bird bunting, they created a cake table of white with striking tones of aqua, corals and oranges to keep it fresh and full of Summer. They wrapped soaps in coloured fabrics decorated with labels created themselves which were given to guests to taken home. The bird bunting, tea towel and napkins are from Citta Design.

Photos by Cake Ink Events

Aire Barcelona

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Rosa Clara opened her first Pret A Porter store in Barcelona after finding a need for the bride who wanted a more modern look to her gown. A bride who was fashion aware, who wanted a gown that made them  feel “stunning and spectacular”.

The Rosa Clara group always produces some of my favourite gowns. Not only is there the Rosa Clara line itself, but there’s Aire Barcelona (who we’re profiling today). Alma Novia, Two By Rosa Claira and Luna Novias as well as working with many more designers and brand to distribute their creations throughout the world.

Aire Barcelona has a sleek elegance to it. Reflecting the Spanish design style we have come to know and love from Rosa Clara, the gowns are sleek with feminine, stylish detail. Each gown is cut to order (the group works from Zero stock) and takes around three months to produce.

There’s something about European design that wins my heart- whether it’s the high fashion look, the use of texture and detail or the cuts. The sophistication is always so beautiful to look at.

The Two by Rosa Clara, Aire Barcelona and Alma Novia collection gowns are available in Australia through Peter Trends.

Photos from Aire Barcelona

Vendor Of The Week – Wendy Makin Bridal Designs

by | Blog News, Bride


March… I’m not sure we’re quite ready for you. Deep breaths let’s launch into a brand new week, the third month of the year!

Our Monday morning tradition is to show off the work of our directory members! Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is growing every week with vendors from all over the country and the world all eager to be part of our reader’s weddings! It’s a well known fact that Polka Dot Brides are planning beautiful, soulful weddings and our directory members? They’re eager to work with you! So browse the pages of our directory and see who you might find!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is a gorgeous bridal designer from Brisbane. Wendy Makin Bridal Designs sells her ready to wear gowns Australia wide and offers a couture service from her Brisbane studio.. She also founded the Bella Donna label- a range of gowns with a lower price to make her designs accessible to brides on any budget.

Wendy has been designing gowns for over 25 years and has a reputation for a beautiful, well fitting bridal gown- from laces to silks, ballgowns to sheaths Wendy has a range of gowns and designs to suit many body shapes, sizes and styles!

To learn a little more about Wendy Makin Bridal Designs we asked Wendy five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Lychee Martini

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Lounging in the sun on my balcony at home. I spend a lot of time travelling visiting our shops and customers so a Sunday at home is a real luxury.

Favourite restaurant?

My new favourite restaurant is NuNu at Palm Cove in Far North Queensland but at home in Brisbane, Ortega.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Coffee and toasted Brioche from Chouquette’s in New Farm.

Your favourite wedding story?

There have been many but the one that always stands out for me happened a couple of years ago when a bride to be ordered her gown about 12 months out from her wedding then phoned about a week later to ask how quickly we could make her gown. We told her about 4 weeks to take her measurements, make her gown and to do her fittings and alterations. She explained that the reason for bringing the gown forward was that she was from the US and her family were very well off. They were putting considerable pressure on her and her groom to have the wedding in the US and to make it a huge event. This wasn’t what either she nor her fiancé wanted and he was becoming quite stressed about the wedding. Her plan was to take him to Hayman Island for a long week end to “get away from it all” for his birthday and then tell him that they were there to get married. She had a celebrant ready and the Island team were all ready with a beautiful setting and gorgeous dinner for just the 2 of them.

We made her gown and she flew off to Hayman with her fiancé and her secret. To cut a long story short she popped the question on his birthday on the Friday night and he said yes and they were married on the beach the Saturday evening. She was absolutely ecstatic that everything went well and even though the parents weren’t too happy we understand that they had a wonderful party at their house in the States on the day the actual marriage was to be and all ended happy ever after. This is a story of true love and one that still brings a tear to my eye.

Visit Wendy Makin Bridal Designs‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Wendy Makin Bridal Designs is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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