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Exclusively Bridesmaids

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Last year, I received a tip off which alerted me to the brilliant idea of a store that I’m sharing with you today.

One wedding task that can prove to be really hard is choosing a bridesmaid’s dress. While recently more brides have been asking their bridesmaids to choose their own gowns, there are still plenty of brides who are dressing their bridesmaids in the same style.

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Exclusively Bridesmaids, by brother and sister Gisella and Andrew, launched in mid 2009 in Sydney after over 35 years in the bridal and manufacturing industry.

Instead of focusing on the bride, Exclusively Bridesmaids is all about the maid. The store makes a point to stock a wide range of colours and styles in each size (so you’re not trying on gowns with safety pins and bulldog clips to check the fit).

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The Exclusively Bridesmaids service starts with a questionnaire given to the bride. This helps the team understand the type of wedding, formality, theme and colours allowing them to preselect a number of suitable gowns. Henri Josef, Paco and Mori Lee are just three of the labels Gisella and Andrew stock in their store.

The one hour consultation takes place in the showroom where bridesmaids are made comfortable with private fitting rooms, a personal consultant and plenty of comfy seating!

Andrew and Giselle wanted to support a charity with their business, so as an added bonus $5 of every sale is donated to the McGrath Foundation- a charity which touches the hearts of many women, and supports breast cancer.

Exclusively Bridesmaids is located in the Sydney suburb of Miranda or you can visit their website for more information.


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by | Blog News, Bride


In December, ANZ Bank approached me with a brand new initiative they’re running next month. In order to encourage women to save, they’re launching an Australian campaign- Febusave.

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Febusave invites women to pledge one thing they want to give up (shoes, shopping, treats) for the month of February and setup a savings goal. There will be coaches, tips and tricks to help you out as an added incentive, ANZ is giving three Australian Febusavers $5000 each. At the end of the month, each Febusaver will report back on how they went with their goal.

• Skipping your morning latte can save you around $70 per month
• Bringing your lunch from home just 3 days a week can add up to $1,560 in your pocket

The month is part of the bank’s Being Money Confident program, which is designed to empower women and enable women to be smarter with money. As we know weddings, money, saving, marriage can be a controversial issue and with the recent discussion of money on the blog, I wanted to be a part of the initiative not because it’s run by a bank, but because I really believe in everyone (and not just women) becoming more in touch with their finances and more confident with money.

The research ANZ did prior to the campaign showed:
• 58% of women have less than $5,000 in savings and 33% have less than $1,000
• 56% of Australians do not save money on a regular basis
• 52% of women claimed they know they should have a financial plan but keep putting it off
• Only one in ten women are very confident in managing their investments, financial planning and superannuation
• Less than one third of women surveyed said they were very confident about managing everyday finances.

My thought is this- by pledging the savings during February and taking a deep breath and talking about it on Polka Dot Bride, you may be able to afford the vendor that is really important to you, or a honeymoon, or a house deposit, or even more importantly go into your marriage without debt.

By talking about Febusave on the blog, perhaps we can promote a little more thinking about why some of us (because I know Polka Dot Bride readers are smart) struggle with being confident when it comes to creating our own financial plans and dealing with financial security.

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I pledged to give up snacks and treats for the month of February and have set my own savings goal.

In addition to saving through the month of February, we’re going to make the first week all about money. I have a few features and exciting people coming to visit us, so hopefully we can inspire each other to save! To register for Febusave check out the website here.

Culture Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


For as long as I can remember, when I’ve wanted bridal inspiration in the form of gowns with a really unique hit, I’ve looked to Culture Bridal Couture (formally Culture Shock).

The gowns always have this amazing twist that makes them really unique- Japanese fabric tied in an obi bow, Indian beading and beautiful silks.

Each gown created by Culture Bridal Couture seems to beautifully capture the essence of a cultural influence in a graceful way.

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Photos from Culture Bridal Couture

Snapshot Sunday – The Flight Of A Feather

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


I have been enamored with this photo since I spotted it on the Green Wedding Shoes Blog.

There’s something about Carly’s feather like dress and the composition that takes my breath away.  See more of their wedding captured by Marie Labbancz here.

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Photo by Marie Labbancz

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