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A Look Back At Polka Dot Bride 2011

by | Blog News, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


With our second last “official” post for the year (we have our traditional celebrity wedding countdown on New Years Eve as always!) I thought it would be nice to look back at the top eleven posts on Polka Dot Bride in 2011! We’ve seen some amazing weddings this year and amongst them, gorgeous engagement shoots, beautiful dresses, pretty blooms and stunning stationery, 2011 is a year I will never forget.

So without further gushing, in no particular order our top eleven posts of 2011!

You loved the intimate eclectic Byron Bay hinterland wedding of Dodge & Bel

You gushed over Collette Dinnigan’s 2011 Summer Bridal Collection


Poured over the story of Lauren and Joshua’s Australian Country Wedding

Got excited about my rustic wedding venues in Victoria roundup


Got inspired by Angela and David’s vintage chic wedding

You lost your breath at the beauty of Yulia Brodskaya’s paper art


You took in the beauty of Athena and Darisuz’s Beautiful Greek extravaganza

You embraced colour with my coloured wedding gown roundup


You were swept away by the beauty of Stella and James vintage bohemian Sydney wedding


Dreamed of the divine creative colour Sage Green

You loved the beauty of Emelie and Anthony’s coastal glamour wedding

It’s only a peek of the stories that have been told, the love, the inspiration that has been through our pages this year on Polka Dot Bride. Be sure to check the archives and our Inspired Weddings gallery and tell me, dear dotties- what was your favourite post on Polka Dot Bride this year?

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Celebratory Gold Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Wrapping up our week of celebratory festive season inspiration boards is my favourite of all – gold! What is better that this glimmering, glittery colour that makes everything sparkle? Check back tomorrow for our top ten posts of 2011!

Shoe photo by  Aaron Delesie via The Knotty Bride, sequin gold scarf from, room photo by Carolina Tran via Style Me Pretty, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Christmas trees from Anthropologie, invitations by Artcadia via Oh So Beautiful Paper, beach wedding photo by Sweet Little Photographs via Bridal Musings, cake photo by Fede Photography via Style Me Pretty, champagne from Brides

Bella Figura Letterpress Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


One of our favourite New York stationers is just about to release their 2012 collection and I am so thrilled to show it off for you today! I’ve been working with Bella Figura for many years now and always loved pouring over their designs to create my favourite collection every year.

The 2012 collection has added five new designs and 83 new designs which means Bella Figura now has a massive collection of over 300 different invitations to choose from and creative works from by 31 indie designers

The new collection brings to light beautiful designs from:

Just how much the new collection has evolved, is best explained in luxurious pictures (though let’s face it nothing really beats running your fingers over a letterpress invitation – instead eye candy will have to be a good second best!)


First up – and my favourite! Bella Figura are introducing metallics. There’s twelve different colours to choose from – silver, gold or two tone. You can have foil edging for your invitations or foil stamping to go with your letterpress. You can even choose a colour (Indigo take your fancy? Perhaps teal or fuchsia?) There’s also gorgeous metallic envelopes and liners to choose from.

Next up is the introduction of six new calligraphy styles – bringing Bella Figura’s range up to 22 hand calligraphy styles (and  calligraphy is always a love of mine) because the style can instantly  change the look and feel of your stationery and make it look formal and elegant, or fun and whimsical.


Envelope liners aren’t really used much in Australian weddings, but I have to say I kind of love them. There’s that extra special jolt of colour when you open up this really important invitation that just makes it feel somehow more celebratory. Bella Figura is introducing patterned envelope liners with up to three colours! They even work with the colours of your invitation to create a liner that matches your suite. Which is just an added extra fun feature!

So for those of you who have your finger on the pulse of design, you will know that neon is emerging as a pretty big trend for 2012. While I’m a little traditional and could never pull it off, Bella Figura have taken the vibrant pinks, oranges and greens and created a modern letterpress range in bright punchy colours. They’ll even edge it for you (saves digging out your old highlighter right – just kidding!)

Bella Figura have also introduced custom postage stamp (for those of you in the USA) and a personal shopper service (allowing you to brief the team on your wedding style, colours and details and have them recommend gorgeous invitations that will suit your own personal style)

As for the designs? Here’s just some of my favourites of the 83 new ones they’ve released (every single piece from Bella Figura is completely customisable with fonts, colours, image sizing, motif, type placement you name it).

As always, Bella Figura continues their commitment to the environment by printing on 100% cotton paper made from reclaimed fibres, printing free favor cards if a couple’s wedding favor is non profit and heck, they even print from a carbon neutral wind powered print shop.

With letterpress always being such a favourite in wedding stationery, tell me dotties, which is your favourite design? What do you look for with wedding stationery?

Photos by Bella Figura

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Jess & Janek Wedding Take Three Photos by Mary Canning

We only have a short little Friday Roundup today as I’ve got two more posts coming up for you (and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some of our top posts from 2011)!

Around the blogs this week –

Youki from Sugar Bee Flowers talks about the history behind wearing of  a buttonhole and how to wear them on Polka Dot Groom

On Polka Dot Wisdom Sharon approaches the tricky question of whether to buy or sell used items for your wedding

Nerida gives us some points on getting your home photographer ready on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ice sculptures anyone? Get the low down on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Gingham has tested and re-tested (what a job!) Yuletide  Cherry Mojitos just for you on Polka Dot Made

Sharon has shown us how to decorate the cutest cupcakes – just in time for your Christmas table, on Polka Dot Made

Matthew and Darcie share their engagement photos taken around  beautiful Bondi on Polka Dot Weddings

Jess and Janek show off their gorgeous 50’s style wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

We share in Jessica’s delight in her lovely wedding dress from the first fitting to her walk down the aisle on Polka Dot Weddings

Danae inspires us with some beautiful images of her trip to South America – on Polka Dot Honeymoons

See you back here shortly – if you’re a stationery lover you’ll love the next post!

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