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by | Blog News, Bride


They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), For the Fallen (1914),

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Fabulous Ferns

by | Bride, Flowers


Fern fronds are often not the first thing that springs to mind when you are considering the flowers for your wedding day.But ferns with their sculptural qualities can add a different touch to your floral arrangements and even your cake.

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On the tables consider a found item of a fallen branch with moss or lichen attached, surrounded by tiny ferns, and pebbles such as you would find in a bush setting. Dot tiny pottery mushrooms in amongst the ferns – particularly pretty for a wedding based in ‘nature’. The Adiantum species of fern (or as we know them – Maidenhair ferns) look delicate and lush and would be perfect for this, enhanced by other small ferns with different leaf shapes and colours. Ask someone to mist these if the day is hot and keep them in the shade.

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In larger arrangements fishbone ferns (Blechnum species), or even larger Dryopteris species known as shield ferns or wood ferns would look striking in large pots or in arrangements with other greenery. Flowers, berries or other leaves that have a bold definite shape look best with ferns – such as orchids or bold Australian natives.

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The baby fronds of ferns are particularly beautiful as they unfurl their downy brown spirals. On some ferns the newer fronds are a soft pinky bronze, and even the underside of the mature fronds can be covered in brown spores. Use the differing colours to your advantage, to emphasise different colours in your bouquet for instance. In Australia we can sometimes find paddocks of bracken fern which dries off to a crisp chalky brown in the winter – stunning enough to be included with autumn leaves and berries.

Heather’s Polka Dot Invitations

by | Bride, Polka Dots, Stationery And Paper Goods


Polka Dot Bride reader Heather made my day recently when she sent me photos of her polka dot house warming invitations.

This design could be easily modified for a fabulous wedding invitation so I asked Heather if i could share them here. Heather is a graphic designer who designs invitations on the side!

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Thank you for sharing your gorgeous polka dot invitations Heather!

Only A Few Hours Left To Rock Your Frock – Win Your Bridesmaids Frocks!

by | Bride, Competitions


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  • Do you want your bridesmaids in a Grecian inspired number?
  • Would you like to support an Australian family business with your bridesmaids frocks?
  • Are you bored at work?
  • Are you tired of your bridesmaids being upset after trying to afford that dress you had your eye on?
  • Are you a bridesmaid struggling to afford the bride’s pick for her bridesmaids?
  • Are you dreaming of a long frocked bridesmaid wedding?
  • Do you just love inspiration boards and want an excuse to create your own?

It’s the last day of our Rock Your Frock with Henry Roth (who is about to start filming the second series of Project Runway Australia! Check out his appearance on 60 Minutes here!) Bridesmaids competition! Up for grabs are four gorgeous bridesmaids gowns, which will be won by one lucky bride! At a prize value of $1500 the bride can choose the right colour (from over twenty!) and size (including plus sizes) to suit her maids.

Competition closes 11.59pm tonight so there’s still plenty of time to enter! Click here to find more details

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