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Alannah Rose Stationery Valentines Day Competition

by | Bride, Competitions, Stationery And Paper Goods


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Alannah Rose Stationery Hearts A Flutter Invitation

A sweet Valentine’s Day giveaway for you today! Alannah Rose Stationery is one of Australian’s best known stationery designers. With over 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing and graphic design, the work of head designer Suzi Waters is highly sought after and makes a beautiful addition to your wedding day.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and the month of love, Alannah Rose Stationery is giving away one set of 50 double sided invitations up to the value of AU$350.00

To win, simply leave a comment with your favourite Valentine’s Day moment- was it a proposal? a wonderful date? something a little more understated? The best answer as judged by Alannah Rose Stationery will win!

Prize is not redeemable for cash or credit. Prize must be ordered on or before 14th of February 2011. The competition is open worldwide. Prize is only redeemable through the Alannah Rose Stationery website (not resellers) Prize value does not include shipping costs. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Competition closes 19th of February 11.59pm.

This competition is now closed.

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Snapshot Sunday – Watch My Shoes

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


Can anyone ever go past the beauty of Jose Villa’s photographs? I think this shoe shot of Chelsea and Tec may have been the first “socks and fabulous coloured shoe” shots I’d ever seen. I love it!

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Photo by Jose Villa

Chalkboard Sweet Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


I loved this sweet engagement shoot when I first saw it- the whimsical, happy feel about it!. Kate and Bart took props with them to create their “Save The Date” cards- a pretty dress with a gorgeous pink flower, white balloons, bikes and my favourite- chalkboards!  They plan to marry in Southern NSW later this year! Photos today are by Casandra at Caspix Happy Weekend!

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Photos by Caspix

Mother Polka’s Musings – Need Or Want

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings


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Being aware of money, beyond the amount you get in your pay cheque every fortnight is crucial if you want to be the master of your own destiny, financially.

The usual things like setting up a system that works for you, to ensure that bills are  budgeted for and paid on time,  working out with your fiancé what will be joint money and what you will each keep as ‘your’ money, how much you need to save to get the big items, like a house, should be ‘given’ in couple’s life.

However, if we look beyond the physical aspects of money, we can start to tap into our attitudes about money. Have you secretly, now that you are getting married, sighed with relief that ‘he’ will be there to manage the finances, because, let’s be honest, you never had enough or you didn’t care enough? Has fulfilling your own ‘needs’ been paramount, over paying that pesky bill? Has that night out or buying that dress been more important than saving for your future.

Do you see your fiance as your ‘ticket to ride’ – oh, he will pay the bills, and make sure there is enough money in the account to do so. Yeah, I will just use my money to buy the things I want – his money is our money, my money is my money?

If you are serious about a strong financial future together then it is prudent to look honestly at these attitudes. What is it that you both really want in your future? House, new car, children – how are you going to provide in the best possible way for each of these? What will you need to sacrifice in order to save for the house deposit, to buy the new car? How will you provide for your time on maternity leave?

One of the best questions you can ask yourself when shopping is, ‘Is this item a ‘want’, or a ‘need’?’ Prepare to be surprised as you honestly consider each purchase. There are so many times the item will be a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’. Are you prepared to sacrifice something else in order to fulfil your ‘want’? Will you put this purchase on a credit card to worry about and justify to yourself later? In buying this item am I going to feel the tiniest bit guilty?

It is said that you need to have at least 6 months worth of savings in case you or your partner lose your job. To do this, most of us will have to really question our ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.

We live in a world of instant gratification, where the pressure to have the latest and greatest of everything is always present. But being really honest with yourself about your true material needs is so enlightening, and comes with more than a touch of empowerment.

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