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Wedding News Roundup

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We’ve come to the end of another week and I have a lot of little things to tell you about, so I thought it was time for another Wedding News Roundup!

Rose And Ruby

Rose and Ruby are having a closing down sale (are you as sad as I am? Good luck to the Rose & Ruby girls in their future pursuits!) and are having 50% off of everything! You can call them on (02) 9357 6414 or email them at enquiries at roseandruby.com.au

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Did you see the exclusive studio shots of the new Henry Roth collection we posted on Monday? You can meet the Project Runway mentor himself tomorrow at his designer day at Maggies Bridal Salon in Dandenong. If you go- tell him Polka Dot Bride sent you!

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Our Reader Survey competition runs until March 2nd- you can win a $200 Baci gift pack by letting us know how we can improve your Polka Dot Bride experience! (On that note, if you answered that you want to see your wedding on Polka Dot Bride please head to our Submissions page and get emailing!)

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Brooklyn Bride has launched her very own bridal event – Urban Wed. This New York bridal event is set to be super stylish and filled with great wedding vendors, Knowing Vane it will be an event not to be missed!

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Instyle Magazine Australia (March 2010) has a weddings section this issue. I particularly love “The Perfect Match” fashion spread and the cake and flower pages.

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Net A Porter’s wedding boutique just opened it’s online doors and they ship to Australia! With everything from wedding gowns to shoes, it’s worth a look- even if it is just for a little dream!

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Lara Casey (editor of US magazine Southern Weddings) might be bringing her Make Things Happen workshop down under! The workshop has had great success in the USA. They need 15 confirmed workshop participants to bring it to Australia, so if you’re in the wedding industry and looking for a great workshop to attend, do leave a comment on her blog post here to make it happen!

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Australian couture designer Johanna Johnson launched her online accessories store this week. Johanna creates such beautiful creations the store is a delight to look at! The store stocks everything from capes to veils!

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Gingham In The Garden by Snippet & Ink

The queen of inspiration boards Kathryn at Snippet & Ink is teaming up with Bonnie Tsang and  Greys Likes Weddings to turn one of her beautiful inspiration boards into reality. Vote for which once should be converted here.

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We have two other great competitions for you to enter too! Our Alannah Rose Stationery giveaway closes at 11.59pm AEST tonight and our Paloma’s Nest competition is open until the 23rd of February.

Phew! Anything else you’d like to share that’s been happening recently? Any great finds? Any new developments in your wedding plans? What’s news with you?

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DIY Project Birdseed Favors

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This afternoon, we have Mel’s sweet birdseed favors! Mel originally found these for sale on Etsy by a US seller, but knew they wouldn’t clear customs into Australia so she set out to make them herself!

I made these to use as wedding favours for my upcoming wedding. They’re super easy to make and super cheap!

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What you’ll need:
Silicon molds (I used heart shaped cupcake molds)
Edible gelatine powder
Wild birdseed (Find a mix for your local birds – I used a mix for Aussie parrots)
Metal bowl
Twine and Scissors

What to do:

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Boil up some water – put about 100mL in a metal bowl and sprinkle in 25g of gelatin and stir until it’s completely dissolved.

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Let it cool for a few minutes (don’t let it set – if it does just heat it over the stove again) then mix through 400g of birdseed.

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Press a heaped teaspoon of the mix in the mold and flatten.

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Place a knotted loop of twine on so the loop sticks out the top and cover with more birdseed mix and press in to push out all the air bubbles.

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Place in the fridge overnight to set, then carefully push out of the molds and hang in a dry place so the gelatin completely dries out and hardens. Whalla!

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To display, hang some on a branch in a pot and bag the rest in little stamped muslin bags. Perfect!

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Mel also made this sweet little sign for the favor table

Thank you for sharing your favors on Polka Dot Bride Mel! You can check out Mel’s blog The Crafty DIY Bride for more treats and her Etsy store Paper & Ribbons! Mel will be back to visit us again soon!

DIY Moss Letters Project

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I’ve loved reading Mel’s blog The Crafty DIY Bride – firstly she’s Australian (and runs her own lovely Etsy shop Paper & Ribbons) and secondly, she is so very talented with her crafting she’s been doing for her upcoming wedding!

I’ve wanted more DIY projects on Polka Dot Bride but haven’t had a moment to create them, so I asked Mel if she’d like to share her DIY projects on Polka Dot Bride and am thrilled to share with you Mel’s DIY Moss Letters (which are really easy but look great!)! Mel is planning to hang the letters over her and her groom’s chairs at their reception. So now it’s over to Mel!

After looking for months for this moss, I found some at a dried flower shop. So, using my glue gun, kaisercraft wooden letters and the moss, I got to work.

What you’ll need:
Wooden Letters (available from Kaisercraft)
Dried moss (available from dried flower stockists and some craft shops)
Glue gun
Wide ribbon to hang
Dust buster to clean up all the bits of moss (trust me, you’ll need it)

What to do:

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Working one small section at a time, carefully apply hot glue to the letters and press in small clumps of dried moss.

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Once each letter is covered, allow to dry. Brush the letter with your hand to allow the loose clumps to fall free and touch up any blank spots and edges with more glue and moss.

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Glue ribbon to the back of each letter to hang and tie a big bow at the top – lovely.

On a side note, I bought 5 packets of 30g moss each and only used a little more than one packet on both these letters. A little goes a long, long way!

Thanks Mel for sharing your gorgeous DIY Moss letters! So looking forward to seeing them “in use”! Mel is sharing another of her lovely DIY projects this afternoon, so check back soon!

Yolanda and Ben – The Celebration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Yolanda and Ben organised a tea party for their guests while they had their photos taken. Yolanda and her mother made table cloths in vintage inspired fabrics and scoured second hand stores and op shops for vintage cake platters.  Yolanda’s mother made plenty of cakes and slices for guests to enjoy with freshly brewed tea.

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Yolanda’s pop- a professional magician, passed away a few years ago. In honour of him  Yolanda and Ben hired a magician Magic Rob to entertain their guests.

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Choosing a cocktail reception, Yolanda and Ben knew they wouldn’t get much time for eating while mingling with their guests. Instead, Ben’s mother and sister organised a private picnic for the newlyweds that they could enjoy while having their photos taken.

Yolanda says “An added bonus was that it provided an opportunity to just sit together, without being the centre of attention, and take in the moment of having just got married.  It was a really special time that we both cherish, especially as the reception whizzed past and we were often engaged with different guests.  It also made for some gorgeous candid photos.”

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Yolanda and Ben created their own lolly station for guests (including their lolly bags from Poppies For Grace and homemade ones)

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A table was set up with wedding photos of Yolanda and Ben’s parents and grandparents.

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Guest favors of cigars and matchboxes were made by Yolanda and Ben. (More favor details can be found here).

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Tables were scattered with tealights in glass jars, lavender and Geraldton wax flowers (prepared by Yolanda and her best friends the night before the wedding) and paper cut outs from the Do’s and Don’ts For Husband and Wives (1913) books used in Yolanda and Ben’s engagement session photos. Everyone saved and donated glass bottles to Yolanda and the lavender was picked and dried by Yolanda.

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An Italian Torte from Corica Pastries was decorated with fresh blooms from Budding Stars and was served in lieu of wedding cake. The reception was filled with laughter and dancing.

Yolanda tells us “We danced to Kate Miller-Heidke’s “Space They Cannot Touch“.  I had given a copy of this song to Ben when we were first together as it captured how I felt about him and us.  He loved it and it was the obvious choice.  We practiced the night before and had grand visions of twirling around, but without a dress rehearsal, things were very different on the night, especially as I forgot to bustle my dress!  But we still got a couple of dips in there!

Because the song meant so much to us and we’d spent countless moments cuddled up listening to it over the years, it felt very natural to be dancing to it on our wedding night.  Guests commented on how we looked like we were in our own little world”

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Instead of the usual group shots, Yolanda and Ben organised a photo booth with lots of props so guests could ham it up in front of the camera.

Yolanda’s final words really sum up the wedding “Marrying my husband, that’s what kept me sane as my attention to detail can be my down fall, I just kept thinking, that despite all the things I’d put effort into and wanted to happen, if all that happened was that I married Ben, it would be OK cos that’s what it was all about.”

A big thank you to Yolanda and Ben for sharing their wedding day and the thought behind their details with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Also thank you to Samm Blake for sharing the beautiful imagery!

Photos by Samm Blake

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