Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In

Save The Shoe!

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


jb 15 Save The Shoe!

Lovely Polka Dot Bride reader Jaime shared the first DIY stationery project her and her fiance Ben have ever done together- their magnet save the dates!

Jaime shared with me the thoughts and process behind the photos of their creations!

jb 01 Save The Shoe!

jb 02 Save The Shoe!

“The decision to DIY our wedding stationery came naturally as we’re on a tight budget and both love the personalised touch. I’m a multimedia design graduate and thought I’d put some of what I learned in school to good use and what better time to do so than for your own wedding? We initially thought we’d get right to the wedding invites but as most of our guests are overseas, a save-the-date would be perfect to help them with their travel itineraries and plans.

jb 03 Save The Shoe!


jb 04 Save The Shoe!

The magnet idea came about when I was looking for something that people won’t just open, read, and chuck aside only to be lost in piles and piles of clutter. I also grew up

jb 05 Save The Shoe!

in a kitchen with the family fridge covered by magnets from trips around the world. Some of them have been stuck there for years and hold a lot of memories so I thought it would be great if every time our guests were looking for food, they would see a reminder of our wedding right at “the door”.

jb 06 Save The Shoe!

Ben and I both love shoes and having recently won a shoe design competition, I was inspired to use that as a concept for the design. I took a photo of his and my shoe on my white Ikea bathroom mat on a rainy day.

jb 07 Save The Shoe!

The original idea was to take a picture of the shoes on lovely green grass seeing that our wedding will be in Spring this year. But the weather had been pretty gloomy and time was ticking so I played around with a few different backgrounds – my kitchen tiles, the carpet in my living room, and the Ikea bathmat that worked out real well in bringing out the colours of the text (our wedding colours).

jb 08 Save The Shoe!

I purchased the A4 adhesive magnet sheets from Print Magic Paper and also the non-toxic waterproof solution that would help protect the print especially if it was gonna be stuck on a fridge in the kitchen (you never know what goes flying in a food fight!). We printed the design on the white A4 sheets, applied the solution, stuck them onto the magnets and cut them up into individual sizes. We then made the pouches out of leftover DL envelopes I had bought years ago from Paperpoint, found in my stationery drawer, sliced into three, and stitched the sides on my sewing machine for a leather journal effect. The final touch was cutting circles of our monograms and sticking them on.

jb 09 Save The Shoe!

Our monogram is a very simple two tone design – J for Jaime, B for Ben, and surrounded by the letter P representing both our family names. Ben says the bottom two Ps look like a b and a J, and I never noticed it before! He didn’t think he’d be much help but it was definitely a team effort getting the magnets done.

jb 10 Save The Shoe! jb 11 Save The Shoe!
We invested in a second hand archival inkjet printer that I got off Ebay about a year ago because I wanted to start working on making products for Etsy and it has been one of the best investments ever. Making our wedding stationery together by hand has been an absolute joy and a great way to spend time with each other leading up to the wedding. As we walk down the same path on this journey to the aisle, it’s kinda nice to look back and remember the days of sticking and cutting magnets together.”

jb 12 Save The Shoe!

Sign Up To The Polka Dot Circle

Marziplanner Wedding Software Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


marzi large Marziplanner Wedding Software Giveaway

Marziplanner is a practical software program providing up to date information for couples planning their wedding. Designed in Australia, the software has won silver and bronze in wedding planning software awards and consolidates spreadsheets, lists and more into one easy to use program.

Available with a 7 day free trial, Marziplanner sets our planning tasks are set out in 13 different ‘pillars’ or chapters, in a clear and easy to use format.

From budgeting, to designing your floor and seating plan, a handy ‘gift record’ section so that you can remember who gave you that beautiful silverware, and our favourite – a ‘glory box’ which links into Itunes to create your wedding music playlist. Other features include creating your guest list and managing your RSVP’s, Marziplanner also allows you to set your budget and allocate due dates for payment.

marzi Marziplanner Wedding Software Giveaway

Every time you reopen the program you’re told of this week’s appointments, tasks and budget items. Giving you a simple reminder of what to do next.

A calendar allows you to input dates of your events (including bridal shower, hen’s party, and wedding) and put in appointments with your wedding vendors which you can see with an easy glance. Reports allow you to generate reports (i.e. vendor listings) for easy printing.

When you make changes to one section the data will be updated throughout all sections. Specialty advice from bridal industry leaders is also an added bonus – who doesn’t want fresh ideas when we become stuck in the minutiae of planning?

Polka Dot Bride has five copies of Marziplanner to give away each valued at $120 each. With a total giveaway value of $AU600!

To enter complete this story:
“Who would have thought that a simple safety pin could have caused some much chaos at an otherwise well-planned wedding. It all started when the bride emerged from the white Mustang outside the church…..”

Competition is open worldwide. Competition closes on the 27th of April, 5pm Australian EST time.

This competition is now closed.

Waving The Flag

by | Bride, Catering, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love these Australian made cupcake flags from Bee via Kireina Paper. In beautiful papers, each flag is topped off with a little pearl bead.

kireina paper 1 Waving The Flag kireina paper 2 Waving The Flag

kireina paper 3 Waving The Flag kireina paper Waving The Flag

A simple, pretty and gorgeous way to dress up your wedding cupcakes!

Kireina Paper makes beautiful paper invitations, but also have a range of sweet and different touches.

Sweet coat check tags

kireina paper 4 Waving The Flag kireina paper 5 Waving The Flag

Beautifully made origami stars

kireina paper 6 Waving The Flag kireina paper 7 Waving The Flag

Felted brooches

kireina paper 8 Waving The Flag kireina paper 9 Waving The Flag

and even paper wrapped organic soaps

kireina paper 10 Waving The Flag kireina paper 11 Waving The Flag

Check out the Kireina Paper website for more. They’re offering free shipping until April 15th too- just enter CHARMED into the coupon box upon checkout.

Snapshot Sunday – Mini Me

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


Love the face of this expressive little one at the wedding of Brandi and John (see more here) shot by Amanda Kraft Photography

photojem Snapshot Sunday Mini Me

Photo courtesy of Amanda Kraft Photography

Back to Top