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Beckoning Designs Winner Announcement

by | Bride, Competitions


I’m pleased to announce the winner of the Beckoning Designs competition is Kelly with comment #3.

Congratulations Kelly! I will be in touch soon with more details for you! Check out Beckoning Designs for more beautiful handmade guest books!

Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth – Win Henri Josef Bridesmaid Dresses

by | Bride, Competitions


rock your frock with henry roth Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth Win Henri Josef Bridesmaid Dresses

Today I have another ‘too good to be true’ competition instore for you!

Henry from Henri Josef by Henry Roth has been a busy bee since we last saw him on Polka Dot Bride. Apart from his busy life as a bridal designer, he’s wrapped up Series One of Project Runway Australia and is ready for Series Two (which is casting now).

Last time Henry visited the blog he gave away a wedding gown, this time he’s dressing your bridesmaids!

What’s The Prize?


Four Henri Josef bridesmaid gowns in style #86259 for one lucky bridal party!

This feminine gown has a strapless sweetheart neck line and is in an empire style that falls softly to the hem. It features satin detailing under the bust over a chiffon dress.

The dress is available in a wide range of delicious colours – White, Ivory, Baby Pink, Pink, Coral, Fucshia, Hot Pink, Champagne, Gold, Rust, Orange, Cinnamon, Grape, Wine, Chocolate, Pool, Peridot, Black, Lilac, Fresh Grape, Butter Cup, Plum, Navy, Charcoal in Sizes 2-18 and 20-30. Each gown is valued at $375. with a combined prize value of $1500. The prize will be in your colour choice.

How Do I Enter?


Like the Win A Wedding Dress competition, this competition is all about inspiration boards! Inspiration boards are one of my favourite things in the wedding world. You can pull together every element of a fabulous wedding in pictures to create a real ‘feel’ for the event. Check out any wedding blog and you’ll see plenty of these – you can check out previous Polka Dot Bride boards here.

To win the dress you must create an inspiration board around the Henri Josef bridesmaid gown.
Rustic or formal, country or city it’s up to you! Use your board to describe the setting of the wedding, the little details, tell us the mood – tell us a story! Be sure to feature the bridesmaid gown in your entry!

Your entry must be emailed to by 11.55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Thursday 23rd of April 2009

Once the close date has passed, Polka Dot Bride readers will be asked to vote on their favourite entry. The three entries with the highest votes will be passed onto Henry Roth who will choose the winner!

How Do I Make An Inspiration Board?

You can make a board using any graphics program like Photoshop or Paintshop.  Simply save the images you’d like to use and arrange them in a document. Mrs Lemon at Weddingbee has written a tutorial on using Photoshop for your inspiration boards. A very easy way, is to use an online tool called Mosaic Maker where you can upload your pics and create a simple but effective board over at Flickr tools. A third way is to use Polyvore, which allows you to drop images in from any source.

Please credit all sources of the pictures you use to create your board (i.e instead of ‘Google images’ try and find the exact source) and link to them. If in doubt, it’s best to leave it out!

Here is the gown you can win for your maids (Your entry must contain at least one photo of the gown). You can also view the gown on the Henri Josef website.

86259 Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth Win Henri Josef Bridesmaid Dresses

86259 v2 Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth Win Henri Josef Bridesmaid Dresses

Who Can Enter?

Entry is open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over. International entries will be accepted however they will not be eligible for the prize.

What Are The Conditions?

The competition is open to Australian residents. Employees of Polka Dot Bride and Henri Josef are not permitted to enter.

There is a limit of one entry per person.

The competition will commence on Wednesday, 4th March 2009. Entries close 11.55pm Australian EST on Thursday, 23rd of April. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner. Each entry will be individually judged based on creative merit. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prize is valid for twelve months from the date of winner’s announcement and will be the size of the closest measurements on the Henri Josef size chart. The size will be determined through bust, hip and waist measurements.

This prize does not include alterations.

Henri Josef will make direct contact with the winner upon the announcement. The prize includes shipping and insurance within Australia.

The prize is not transferable and can not be substituted for any other Henri Josef product.

The prize must be claimed within twelve months of initial contact by Henri Josef Australia. If no contact is made within twelve months, the prize will become null and void.

No responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of the prize.

The best entry, as determined by the judges, will win Henri Josef dress design #86259. The prize is valued at $1500 Unless otherwise stipulated, all other costs that are associated with redeeming the prize are the responsibility of the winner.

No responsibility will be accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries.

The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury which is suffered or sustained, as a result of the prize.

All entries become the property of the promoters – Polka Dot Bride. The Promoter reserves the right to use the content of any entry for the purpose of future promotions or blog content.


Email: Ms Polka at

This competition is now closed.

Wedding Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


A few little tid bits happening in the wedding world you might like to know about

nwphoto1 Wedding Roundup

If you’re in Atlanta  The Not Wedding is on again!

On April 5th, The “not” wedding will be staged by vendors including Joy Thigpen(who styled the wedding on the cover of the current Southern Weddings Magazine), planned by Ashley Baber photographed by the amazing Our Labor of Love and will feature invitations from Verde Paperie, accessories from Oh My Deer!, flowers fromAmy Osaba and cakes from Chocolate Pink Cafe,.

Amongst other vendors Check out their website for the chance to win a free wedding.

iusb 760x1006052604 Wedding Roundup

The beautiful lady behind Peonies & Polaroids has opened her Etsy store selling beautiful, gentle photographs. Check out her shop here

wpd Wedding Roundup

Dynamite Weddings are giving away a $100 gift certificate to both Wedding Paper Divas and Beaucoup Favors. Check out the entry to enter!

hed Wedding Roundup

Modern Bride magazine is holding an event for bridesmaids! Dig out your old bridesmaid dress on March 7th and head to the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to benefit Planet Hope. The bridesmaids gowns will benefit girls who may not otherwise be able to afford a prom gown this year. Donators will be treated to free beauty consultations, fashion shows, free gifts, food & drinks, discounted shopping and a goody bag.

Entry fee is a bridesmaid dress! Check the website out for more details.

look good in pictures Wedding Roundup

Susan Stripling has teamed up with style guru Carson Kressley for a video series called “How To Look Good In Photos” Susan and Carson have filmed episodes just for weddings.

Here Comes The Bride Part 1

Here Comes The Bride Part 2

Here Comes The Bride Part 3

Princess Ratbag

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Children


mini samanthapearce4 Princess Ratbag

I love the idea of putting flowergirls in something completely funky and different (and what little girl wouldn’t like one of these? or big girl for that matter!)

pettiskirt pic Princess Ratbag

Princess Ratbag is an Australian business creating funky, colourful pettiskirts! Founded by Candice Collins, Princess Ratbag is Australian born and bred and named after Candice’s two little girls.

naomi vasington 2 Princess Ratbag

Princess Ratbag skirts come in two tone, solid coloured, ribbon features and you can even have your custom choice made. There’s also a range of tops, dresses and accessories available to complete the look.

For a wedding, dress the girls in leotards or a simple top, pair with funky stockings or socks and coloured sneakers or patent mary janes. The beauty of skirts like these is that your flower girl can show her own personality be it a funky tomboy or a ladylike princess!

Images from Princess Ratbag

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