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Splendid Days Boutique Marquee Hire

by | Bride, Reception


Elegant Marquees

One of the greatest joys I have with Polka Dot Bride is getting to know businesses and the talented individual behind them.

Granine first came onto my radar last year with a different business, then she told me about her plans for a brand new exciting venture. The exciting venture launched a few weeks ago, Splendid Days, a boutique marquee and accessory hire company.

Along with business partner Tania, the Splendid Days team have over 10 years of experience in the industry. but more than that, their styling shows a sense of elegance and grace, evident in their attention to detail..

They offer two marquee sizes (the Regent and the Majestic) with chandelier lighting and 6m high canopied ceilings along with gorgeous furniture and beautifully styled interiors (right down to the last candle).

Spelndid Days Marquees


Splendid Days are located in Sydney and service the entire east coast of Australia.

Visit the Splendid Days website to find out more.

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Wedding News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


This post is long overdue! So many exciting events are coming up and so many exciting developments have taken place! I wanted to share them with you.

Pallas Couture are having a sample sale! They’ll be selling off over 100 gowns at their Paddington showroom, some are able to be dyed and others are just plain gorgeous choices for your wedding gown.

The sale will run for four days only from July 29th – August 1st, 2010 and appointments must be made. No walk-ins will be accepted. All gown flaws (if any) will be clearly marked and no alterations will be made. Cash, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS will be accepted however there will be a 1% charge on all credit purchase with no returns. There will also be a cancellation fee for missed appointments.

To make an appointment please contact Kathryn Prior on 0417 188 836 or

Angela Wilson is holding a New York bridal gala from July 23rd- July 25th in Sydney to showcase the full range of Amsale gowns! This event is the only chance to see the full collection so if you want to attend you must register so you can be allocated a time! There’s a bunch of discounts from selected Sydney vendors if you book too (over $7000 worth of savings).

The ICMS Annual Wedding Expo will be held  at the ICMS in Manly, NSW on Sunday, 2nd of August. Book your tickets here, There will be a fashion show including gowns from Badgley Mischka and Pronuptia Paris plus lots of lovely exhibits.

The lovely Bonnie at Amour Amour has relaunched her blog with a sleek and stylish look! As always Bonnie packs the blog full of snippets of stylish inspiration and is perfect to drink in with your morning cup of tea.

Speaking of relaunches, Kat at Rock N Roll Bride has also added a brand new look to her already funky site! It’s always ozzing with completely fantastic brides who are living up their wedding days their way (with lots of pink hair for good measure)

Our Portobello Jewellery winner has been chosen! Owner Susan has chosen comment number #38! Congratulations Nic! You have won a $300 voucher to spend! I will be in touch shortly with details of your prize!

Finally! Our Shoes of Prey Winner (which was SO HARD to choose!) We went back and forwards on this one, shortlist of 50, shortlist of twenty, shortlist of 10…you get the idea! It came down to two hot contenders but Jodie chose Clare’s shoe as our winner! Congratulations Clare on your winning shoe, we can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle in them! I will be in touch shortly with details of your prize! If you wear Shoes Of Prey on your wedding day let me know,  because i would love to have seen each and every pair made up! Polka Dot Bride readers are so creative!

Any news to add dear readers? Exciting developments?

Melissa and Anthony – The Celebration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


How beautiful is today’s wedding? I spent a lot of my childhood in the country with rust brown soil, I can almost smell the atmosphere at Melissa and Anthony’s wedding! Location was particularly important to Melissa and Anthony.

Melissa recounts, “We were looking for somewhere that could cater for both the ceremony and the reception.  The Canberra region has fabulous restaurants and wineries and one of our favourite things to do is discover new places to eat.  We fell in love with the food and rustic atmosphere at Grazing.”


Melissa recounts “We had our wedding bands made by Jason Ree.  Anthony’s wedding band was a Ghost Gum silver and palladium Mokume Gane band and mine was a knife edge platinum band which matched with my engagement ring.”


Melissa says “We had the reception in the Stables at Grazing.  The Stables have beautiful stone walls and high pitched dark timber ceilings.  It also has an attached garden marquee which accommodated our 104 guests.  The weather on the day was so perfect that we were able to open up the garden marquee which has beautiful views out over the garden (where much of Grazing’s organic produce is grown) and across the rural landscape.”


The three tier caramel mud cake was made by Cakes Of Your Dreams and topped with a custom cake topper by My Face Figurines.


Food was a priority to Melissa and Anthony, she says “We enjoyed a divine lunch (food and wine is important to us!) of twice-cooked pork belly or steamed cabbage dumplings filled with quail, pork and pine nuts for entrée.  For main course we had the choice of beef cheeks, slowly cooked or a crisp confit of duck.  For dessert we had our wedding cake which was a caramel mud cake (the cake topper was quite a hit). Grazing sourced fabulous local wines to celebrate with.” The bonbonniere boxes and invitations were created by Melissa using Cristina Re paper.


Melissa says “The bonbonniere boxes were small card boxes topped with miniature gardenia scented wooden flowers.  Inside the boxes were the traditional five sugared almonds (representing health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility) and a small love note which came from Compendium Stationery.  Anthony and I both wrote on the back of each note.”

The tables were dressed with menu cards and bonbonniere boxes for each guest, vases of double white ranunculus and beautiful Marseille Gardenia Glasshouse Candles which provided the room with a beautiful soft gardenia fragrance.


Melissa, Anthony and their guests enjoyed their lunch reception before heading back to Canberra to celebrate further with guests. “The formalities were overseen by my older and only brother Michael (he was hilarious).  My dad made a speech as did Anthony’s middle brother (David) and Anthony.  All of the speeches were fabulous – my father’s funny, beautiful and from the heart – didn’t leave many dry eyes in the house.  David’s speech was hilarious, this time leaving people crying with laughter.”

Thankyou for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today Melissa and Anthony! All the best in your married life together!

Photos by Candice Ottaway for O Photography

Melissa and Anthony

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Melissa and Anthony

Good morning lovely readers! We’ve been a bit quiet on the Polka Dot front but we’ve been working feverishly behind the scenes to get some finishing touches and brand new features completed!

Now that we have our brand spanking new site, I can show off some of the weddings that were waiting just for this moment. It is SO exciting having such a gorgeous site to show them off!

First up is the wedding of Melissa and Anthony which took place in Gundaroo in New South Wales. It’s so beautifully Australian- glamorous, laid back with that beautiful country backdrop.

Melissa and Anthony met through a mutual friend. “A good friend introduced us.  The first time we met it was a set up but she didn’t tell either of us so it just didn’t work out.  A year or so later she decided to be much less covert and arranged for us to go on a date.  The rest is history!  We married a week short of our first date three years earlier.”

Today’s photos are by Candice Ottaway for O Photography.

Melissa wore a black and white, one shouldered, Lisa Ho gown with a custom headpiece made by Christina Waring Millinery. She says “One of the few traditional things about the day was the something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  My old were my grandmother’s earrings, new was my dress (shoes and headpiece), borrowed was an antique lace hankie and my blue was a blue bird broach of my mother’s which I had pinned to my bra.”

Melissa and Anthony hired buses to transport everyone from Canberra and back, Melissa says “It was very important that our wedding have a relaxed atmosphere and we wanted our guests to enjoy the day and not have to worry about logistics so we provided transport to and from the wedding.  Many of the traditional aspects of weddings didn’t appeal to us but we did insist that the trip on the way out was strictly gender specific – we had a bus for the boys and a bus for the girls!”

Melissa and Anthony has a string quartet (Just Add Red Quartet) who played Pachelbel’s Canon as she walked down the aisle with her parents to the ceremony in the grounds of the Royal Hotel which is a beautiful, historic restaurant in a restored 1865 pub about 30 minutes out of Canberra.

Melissa says “It was important for us to have our parents play central parts in the ceremony.  My mother and father (Florence and Terry) accompanied me down to Anthony which was along a rose petal path.  Jennifer (Anthony’s mother) was his witness (Sarajane, my best friend, was mine).  Anthony’s youngest brother (Paul) did a reading at the ceremony.”

The ceremony was officiated by Anthony’s cousin, Liz Little, who traveled from Queensland for the event. For the wedding, Anthony wore a Bespoke by Italian Taylor suit in charcoal with a Ted Baker tie.

Melissa’s Christian Louboutin Carnaval shoes got almost as many comments as her stunning black and white gown!

Check back later today for more of Melissa and Anthony’s Australian country wedding!

Photos by Candice Ottaway for O Photography

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