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Ten Classic Pre Wedding Parties

by | Bride, Pre Wedding Parties


I’m always searching for great ideas for a Hen’s Night/Pre Wedding Party/Bachelorette Party that is a little more tame than usual- it was something you’ve requested ideas on too! Here are some of my favourite ideas- what are you doing for your pre-wedding celebration?

1. High Tea

Milk and Two Sugars High Tea

I think there is nothing better than an afternoon with girlfriends enjoying high tea. Dressing up in heels & skirts the day can be differentiated from a bridal shower with a few more hearty food choices and cocktails as the sun goes down.

Sydney brides can use Milk & Two Sugars who can not only cater your high tea in your home but also provide beautiful crockery. (I love the polka dot set above).

2.  Pampering at the spa

Everyone deserves a little pampering and it’s such a treat to have a massage or pedicure with your friends. A lot of day spas can offer group packages tailored to your wishes including massages, pedicures,  manicures and even facials. Some spas even provide bubbles, fresh juice and lunch.

3. Dinner with friends

I love to have dinner with friends at a beautiful restaurant I love chatting while deciding which wine to order, choosing a main course and stealing bites of others. Quiet conversation fills my soul and a simple dinner with her closest loved ones may be the perfect option for a bride to be looking for something a little more low-key.

4. Cooking Class


If you want something a little more hands on, I love the idea of a cooking class. There’s a strange connection that forms when you’re pouring stock together or pouring chocolate. Most places which offer group cooking classes provide a relaxed atmosphere accompanied by champagne, nibbles and the best in ingredients to create a delicious meal you can share together.

Melbourne brides can try the Hens cooking classes by Ed Dixon Food Design which will have you preparing a three course meal including Belgian white & dark chocolate brownies with strawberries for dessert.

5. Lawn Bowls


Lawn bowls are such a fun way to spend a balmy evening. The sport which has had a rising popularity over the past few years (partly due to classic Aussie movie Crackerjack). The atmosphere creates a fun level playing field with the amusement of competition.

Perth brides can try Mosman Park Bowls Club which provides great facilities (including flood lights for night bowls) with picturesque views over Perth’s Swan River.

6. Belly Dancing

Belly dancing has just a little more potential for rowdiness than the other ideas but I think the idea is still a ball of fun (plus it works those stomach muscles, not only through the movements but through the laughter you are bound to fall into!)

7. Winery Tour

8. Picnic In The Park

Imagine your old fashioned cane picnic basket, green grass piled with large picnic rigs and soft cushions, platters of fresh strawberries, juice and champagne!

9. A Day At The Races

Don your finery and spend a fun day together – betting is optional!

10. Bake Bread Together

Gather ingredients and do this at home, or find an artisan bakery that holds cooking classes.

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2010 Reader Survey Results Plus A Question!

by | Blog News, Bride


Well the survey results are in, the votes have been tallied and we can finally share with you some of the results!

Here are some of the fun facts we learnt about our respondents.
– 96% of you are female
– 4% of you are male

Most of you are aged between 25-27 but a fair bunch of you are aged between 28-35.

Most of our respondents are Spring brides! Surprisingly Autumn is the next most popular month followed by Summer and then Winter.

How would you describe your wedding? We did a wordle to find out


Some of you aren’t aware of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. We’re trying to build a place full of vendors similar in calibre to those we write about in our blog. We figure there is no point using the rule that we only write about what we absolutely love on the blog, if we wouldn’t apply the same standard to our directory members.

On that note- we’re also very conscious of “Sales-y” posts. We know you don’t like them and we don’t either (we’ve never offered discounts to directory members nor received payment for our editorial content). But we do want to show off our directory members and we do want you to see some of Australia’s greatest talent (an the rest of the world as we get there!).


You may have noticed we already have our “Vendor Of The Week” button on our right sidebar. Each week we randomly handpick a vendor who is doing great things and they get a special spot!

We want you to choose how we introduce our vendors to you – each post will be clearly marked but we want to give you the choice of how we show them off!

Many of you would love to see your own wedding on Polka Dot Bride (including a few of the competition winners!) I know we’re always a little tardy in responding to submissions (we get so many) but we would absolutely love to get them and see what our brides are doing with their weddings!

We’re always on the lookout for weddings that are heartfelt, full of soul and personality! Please submit your wedding through our submissions page here.

There have been lots and lots of suggestions for topics you would like to see us write about – enough to keep us writing for a long time to come. And we waded into the criticism – boots and all.

We’re so grateful for all of your responses to our survey. We’ve been collating them for a few weeks and are continually amazed at how creative and pretty darn fabulous our readers are! We’re instating a lot of the suggestions you put forward – so keep reading – you may just find that something you have suggested, pops up on Polka Dot Bride.

Brush Your Teeth!

by | Blog News, Bride



Have you brushed your teeth after all of that chocolate? Or are you still indulging?

We’re taking the day off from technology! As this goes live on the blog Mr Polka Dot will be probably doing something with his car and I’ll be trying to get my creative juices flowing with some charcoal and paper! (If I’m lazy it will involve a DVD marathon instead!) What are you up to this extra long weekend?

Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Kiss The Groom

Snapshot Sunday – The Rain Came Tumbling Down

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


I love rainy day weddings, especially moments where Mother Nature holds off until the ceremony has just finished such as at the wedding of Sarah and Marty (see more here) captured by ST Photography. It’s like Mother Nature is sending a message.


Photo by ST Photography

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