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Febusave and Polka Dot Bride

by | Bride, Finance


 Febusave and Polka Dot Bride

When I was first approached late last year to be a blog ambassador for Febusave I was a little apprehensive. I tend to stay away from money on Polka Dot Bride (as mentioned previously) because I believe inspiration is not dependent on budget. It was like a big white elephant in the room though I know it’s an issue for so many of you and one that is swept under the carpet, or discussed heatedly.

My belief has always been that inspiration is not about the money spent, but the ideas presented and that somehow if you want a little piece of that look, translating it into your own day in a way that is comfortable for you.

Febusave is an initiative by the ANZ Bank to encourage saving. After doing research, the bank found that less than 51% of Australian women have enough savings to last three months out of work, 1 in 3 women believe they wouldn’t last longer than a month if they lost their job tomorrow and 1 in 4 women are not at all confident about their future financial security.

I know this topic isn’t going to be relevant to some of you. I know it’s a little uncomfortable (to the point I feel tense while writing this). However I am a part of Febusave because I believe in empowering not just women, but everyone in saving. In having financial plans, in talking about financials before you get married, in planning for the unexpected and expected financial hiccups, in staying in control of our own finances. I struggle with money- I am fearful of it and I am determined to change my thinking and get empowered. (My pledge is to give up snacks and treats for the month!)

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I know this month of Febusave is supported by a big bank. I know it’s a corporate and they can afford to advertise instead of promoting through word of mouth. I however, am choosing to address what I believe is the bigger issue. That people (and women to be specific for this blog and this month) owe it to themselves to be empowered and knowledgeable about their hard earned money. Simply put, how much peace of mind will you have when you take control of your finances, instead of checking your account and wondering, yet again, where and on what, your money has gone? To us, it is not a question of where you spend your money (that is always an individual decision), or of not having fun with your money. It’s about not letting your money control you and planning for a robust financial future together.

We have a week of posts lined up – an interview with Antonia Kidman (the ambassador for Febusave and ANZ’s Being Money Confident program designed to empower women to be confident in issues surrounding money), posts from fun bloggers, some addressing an issue that completely frustrates me and some just purely focused on really thinking about our attitudes to money.

I hope you take some time in your busy day to read these posts (they’ll be a bit more wordy than usual!). You might find an idea that really inspires you to save, invest or free you from debt.

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Snapshot Sunday – Hold My Balloon And Touch The Sky

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


Another “iconic” wedding image! I think a lot of wedding bloggers were blown away when they saw the work of Max Wanger.

This shot is from his engagement shoot of Joanna (aka A Cup Of Joe) and Alex. Not only did it start a flood of using balloons at weddings & engagements, but for me, it also made me stop and look, really look and appreciate the moment.

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Photo by Max Wanger

Kristin and Jacob Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Do you have a thing for planes? Today’s engagement shoot of Kristin and Jacob  may be just up your alley! Planes, balloons and a whole lotta love!

Happy Saturday!

Today’s photos are by Corey Ann Photography.

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Photos by Corey Ann Photography.

Creative Colour – Taupe

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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A lovely neutral – not quite latte, not quite grey, but with a touch of both.

Combine with any of the browns

–       Creams, off whites, white

–       Rust and bronze brown

–       Metallics – silver, bronze, pewter

–       Apricots of any shade

–       Greens – of any shade from Kelly to sage to spring green

–       Pinks – from old rose to baby pink

–       Berry colours – deep amethysts (the purples with a grey undertone), deep berry red

–       Blues – navy, sky, Tiffany or baby blue

–       Dresses in this colour lend themselves to lots of embellishment – pleating, lace, beading

–       Suits for the men could be black, very dark brown or even a charcoal grey with a brown tinge to the fabric

–       Add texture to the scheme with soft lustrous fabrics, linens, rough and smooth, shiny and dull

–       A disciplined approach featuring only this colour and the off white of your bridal dress, broken by touches of dark green in leaves and the occasional dark green candle or bead to add a jolt of colour, sparkling glassware

–       Use this as your secondary colour in an all magnolia colour scheme. Add taupe beaded sheer or lustred fabrics to the tables, taupe candles and candlesticks, taupe or white dinnerware, magnolia flowers in off white containers, taupe ties for the men with black suits, a magnolia  coloured cake with subtly shiny taupe embellishments

–       For the bride a very pale version of taupe in a softly lustrous dress with a darker taupe mantilla style veil and shoes – great if you have very dark red hair or dark hair

–       Lilies, clematis, stephanotis, magnolias, sugar frosted fruit, autumn fruits such as pomegranates, autumn leaves, grape vine leaves, hydrangeas – any flower that ties with your chosen colour scheme

–       Speckled feathers, seed pods, twine, delicate filigree, tiny delicate bird’s nests with speckled eggs, paper butterflies or flowers – chose one or a few to include in your table settings

–       Metallic shoes, pearls, crystals

–       The bride in soft white, the bridesmaids in soft taupe dresses with a simple shape and great ornate earrings

–       Use this colour as a simple restful background with French inspired theme – furniture, flowers such as full blown roses everywhere, heavily patterned fabrics, crystal chandeliers, ornate glassware – think Marie Antoinette and the French court

–       Favours such as tiny bottles of liqueur, handmade chocolates with a coffee cream filling, marzipan ‘fruits’, nougat

–       Have fun with taupe and soft white stripes for a ceiling tented effect, tablecloths

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Boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, choker from BlueRootPress, Ballet flats from Dessy, Invitation from All’Antica

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