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Photo from Whimsical Margaret River Winter Wedding by Life Photography

Being Australian, I’ve never really gotten into Halloween (though the trick or treaters have increased!) I do get a kick out of the amazing lengths I see our Northern hemisphere friends go to with their costumes. It would be so much fun to become someone totally new for a day each year and have some fun with it. I’m guessing I don’t need the sugar high though!

Do you celebrate Halloween?

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.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Rustic Chic Wedding 2.Inspired Words – Lauren 3.Real Wedding ~ Whimsical Margaret River Winter Wedding 4.Real Wedding ~ Clare and Jarrod’s Simple White And Green Daylesford Wedding 5. Desperately Seeking – October

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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.


1.What Would They Know? Anne Barge 2.Vendor’s Favourites – Robyn Pattison CMC 3.Inlighten Photography’s Tenth Birthday Celebration 4.How To Choose Your Perfect Bridal Jewellery

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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.



1.Etsy Roundup – Bridesmaid’s Gifts 2.Tuesday Type – Affair 3.Apple Candle Tutorial 4. DIY Floristy – Buttonholes Tutorial 5.Cocktail Friday – Passionista

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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.


1.Picture Perfect – Long Table Bangkok 2.Destination Weddings In Portugal

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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.


1.Get The Groom Style – Classic Formal 2.Real Groom ~ Inspired Memories – Adam 3.Real Groom ~ Groom Style – Joe

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Mr Boutique is excited to announce their next upcoming Melbourne showcase. This is a great opportunity to see why more couples are naming Mr Boutique as their number one supplier for quality and service. The band will be performing a mixture of jazz and cocktail background music, as well as everyone’s favourite dance floor music; showing you can have it all with the best live band. Please come along, relax and have a chat about your ideas.
Mr Boutique live showcase
Wednesday 7th November, 8:45pm – 9:45pm.
Transit  (Transport Hotel, Level 2, Federation Square), Melbourne, Victoria.

Jeanette Maree wedding jewellery and bridal accessories are having a massive one day sale in November where they will up to 70% off their accessories! The sale will be held on the 14th of November at their High Street, Armadale store and will be from 12pm-9pm. RSVPs are essential! Visit the website for contact details.

Zed & Bee are holding a special open day weekend to celebrate their new collections! Held on the 10th & 11th of November in Glebe, there will be plenty of treats in store as you view beautiful stationery! Visit the website for more info.

Today’s film of the week comes to us from Onsight Films, A same day edit for the wedding of Dexter & Katrina, I love the pre wedding interview (I love stories!) intertwined through the story of the wedding day.

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Take The 2012 Polka Dot Bride Reader Survey & Win A Palm Beach Collection Candle Pack!

by | Blog News, Bride, Competitions


It’s been two years since we last did a Polka Dot Bride reader survey and with a big 2013 coming up, we want to make sure we’re on the right path! We’d love it if you could take a little tea or coffee break and help us by filling out our questions. The more we know about you, the better we can curate our content to be exactly what you’re looking for!

We’ll be using your responses in upcoming features, upcoming projects and generally taking the Polka Dot Bride site and blog group to a whole new level.

 Fill Out the Polka Dot Bride Survey

Surveys can be a bit of a bother, so to entice you and as a big reward for your time, we’re partnering with Palm Beach Collection to give away a decadent candle and scent pack including two deluxe candles ($109.95 each) one standard candle ($39.96) one scent diffuser ($37.95) and one mini candle ($16.95) for a total prize value of $312.75 to one lucky survey participant!.

Palm Beach Collection make their candles in Australia and their range comes in scents that are beautiful for Summer weddings  including Vintage Gardenia, French Vanilla, Coconut & Lime and Wild Peony. Each candle is all natural hand-poured soy wax candles and their scent diffusers are alcohol free.

To enter, take the survey here, the survey will be open for two weeks.

To be eligible for the prize, please complete the survey by November 13th 2012. The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride.  If no contact is made within one month of the competition end date, the prize will become null and void. 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 13th November 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

Sam and Dave’s Relaxed Autumn Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sam & Dave

I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Autumn when we have such beautiful weddings like this one appear in our inbox (besides, it’s just the ticket for Fall and our Northern hemisphere readers!).

Sam and Dave chose the Mornington Peninsula for their Autumn wedding, soaking up the vivid Autumn colours that made for the most spectacular wedding day backdrop.

Photographs today are by Eric Ronald Photography who has captured such romance and beauty amongst the Autumn leaves.

Sam wore a gown from BHDLN. A friend styled her hair and makeup and she wore jewels borrowed from a friend as well as her own vintage bracelet.

Sam and Dave chose to hold their wedding ceremony at one of Victoria’s landmarks – Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens.

The weather turned it on especially for Sam and Dave. Sam remembers, “The weather leading up to the ceremony was forecasting possible showers, our wet weather back up fell through two days prior, so we were hoping for the best for our garden ceremony.  It started to rain when the guests arrived and as the ceremony started the rain stopped and the sun shone through and it was perfect.”

Sam walked down the aisle to ‘On Melancholy Hill’ – Gorillaz.

Balflower (03) 5983 2203 created the floral arrangements for the day.

Dave wore a three piece suit from Filippa K purchased at Swensk in Melbourne.

Of their photographer, Sam says “He was very relaxed, put us at ease, no posing – very natural.  He was extremely excited about the gorgeous Autumn colours on display on the day, which made us delighted with our choice of venue.”

Of their wedding style, Sam explains, “We wanted something that suited our style that is relaxed, with a vintage touch.”

Merricks General Wine Store was chosen for Sam and Dave’s wedding reception.

Guests received raspberry drops from Brown’s Confectionery factory at Sovereign Hill in jars designed by Huffy Hen complete with tags by Smiling Tag which the couple pulled together over many late nights.

For their first dance, Sam recalls, “We had a detailed choreographed routine, that we thought our guests would fund amusing but we only remembered half of it on the night, the guests seemed to like it regardless of our mistakes.  Our dance was to VCR by XX – this is one of our favourite songs.  We also danced to the traditional Greek wedding dance and everyone joined in, even the non -Greeks danced to all the Greek songs.”

Congratulations Sam and Dave! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Eric Ronald Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Eric Ronald Photography / Bride's Dress: Catherine Deane, Lita dress from BHLDN / Groom's Attire: Filippa K purchased at Swensk in Melbourne / Hair & Makeup Artist: Friend / Flowers: Balflower / Invitations & Stationery: Ello There Wedding Invitations Shop / Ceremony Venue: Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Erica Schamberger / Reception Venue: Merricks General Wine Store / Cake Baker: It's Something Sweet

Jordana and Chris’ Black Tie Sydney Wedding

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


Jordana & Chris

Classic, black tie weddings never go out of style and today’s celebration in Sydney of Jordana and Chris is beautiful in its classic simplicity.

Jordana and Chris were introduced by friends, they fell in love and tied the knot, and today? We get to share their story.

Photographs today are by  SugarLove Weddings who captured the classic beautify of today’s wedding with such elegance.

Jordana’s bridesmaids wore soft pink gowns with rosette detailing from Ophelia Belle  (02) 9557 4527.

Vesna Grasso Floral Design created the flora arrangements.

Jordana wore a strapless gown designed by Steven Khalil . She recalls “Steven Khalil was amazing to work with – he is extremely creative and friendly. I would highly recommend him. ”

Angelo Nasso Hairdressing styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Jordana and Chris were married at St Joseph’s Catholic Church – Enfield where they had a Macedonian Orthodox Priest perform the ceremony. Jordana walked down the aisle to Bach’s ‘Air’.

Of the wedding day, Jordana says, “It was everything we could have asked for and more. The best day of our lives!”

Of their photographers, Jordana says “We had two photographers from SugarLove on the day. Both were extremely professional and lovely to work with. You didn’t even notice they were around however between them, they captured amazing moments throughout the day. ”

The Cake Studio created a three tier wedding cake.

Jordana and Chris celebrated their marriage with guests at Doltone House. The room was decorated with crystal chandeliers sourced from Chandeliers to Die For.

Jordana loved “Seeing the reception centre done up in its entirety – you organise everything separately so it’s really exciting to see it all come together”

Jordana remembers, “SugarLove created a slideshow of pictures that we showed during main meals – it was a combination of all pictures throughout the day – bride and groom getting ready, church, and photo shoot pictures.”


Congratulations Jordana & Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to  SugarLove Weddings for sharing the wedding with us today!


Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Cinematographer: Dalma Films 02 9979 2327 / Bride's Dress: Steven Khalil / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Groom's Attire: Harrolds / Groomsmen Attire: Basque / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ophelia Belle   (02) 9557 4527 / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Hair & Makeup Artist: Angelo Nasso Hairdressing / Flowers & Decor: Vesna Grasso Floral Design / Chandelier Hire: Chandeliers to Die For / Invitations & Stationery: Bomboniere Factory / Ceremony Venue: St Joseph's Catholic Church – Enfield / Ceremony Musicians: Accent Strings / Reception Venue: Doltone House / Wedding Cake: The Cake Studio / Wedding Rings: Cerrone / Transport: Roll up in a Rolls / Band: Orbit