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Smart Saving With SmartyPig

by | Bride, Competitions


After great success in the USA, a new saving program has launched in Australia- SmartyPig!

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SmartyPig is all about setting saving goals and saving in a fun way. Like setting up a bank account, your SmartyPig account accrues 4.00% interest but goes one step further and calculates your monthly direct debit based on your goal amount and time frame.

I trialled the program last week with a $10 gift card and after a little initial hiccup verifying my identity (really never a bad thing when dealing with banking!) I was on my way choosing avatars, setting goals and experimenting with the social tools the site provides.

Your account tracks your progress by way of a little pig with percentage- just like a virtual piggy bank!, You can upload your photo as an avatar and share your goal with your friends and family.

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As an incentive, upon reaching your target Smartypig also allows you to choose gift cards from retailers such as David Jones, JB Hi Fi, Freedom Furniture, Adairs and Myer.

If you’ve chosen to have a honeymoon fund for your gift registry, the public fund feature on SmartyPig makes it really easy for your guests to contribute in the one spot. Guests can purchase “The Gift of Savings” also known as a SmartyPig gift card which allows you to put it into your fund and if you’re ahead with your goal, reduce your own contributions.

Should you choose to make your goal public, friends can see what percentage you have saved and you’re able to embed a nifty little widget onto your Facebook, Blogger or even IGoogle (over 30 different sites to choose from!). Should your friends sign up for SmartyPig, you can track how they’re doing and help them along the way.

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I’m $10 on my way to my new goal and I don’t have to think about it! Find out more about SmartyPig via their website.

SmartyPig have given Polka Dot Bride a $100 Smartypig gift card to give to one lucky reader! All you have to do is let me know in a comment on this entry your ultimate savings goal and you could be $100 closer to it!

Entrants must be residents of Australia aged 18 or older. Competition closes 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on the 15th of August 2009.

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Belle and Aden’s Wedding

by | Bride, Celebrity Weddings


A TV wedding to share in today!

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First up, ‘Home & Away’ held the cliff side wedding of Belle and Aden this week. Belle wore a custom made Cybile gown by Pallas Bridal.

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Belle also wore earrings from Pallas Bridal and her grey snakeskin sling back shoes were from London Rebel. She carried a bouquet of burgundy calla lilies.

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Photos from Home & Away

Now Or Never- A Grey’s Anatomy Wedding

by | Bride, Celebrity Weddings


I timed this post so that everyone will have seen the episode (it only aired recently in Australia) After the wedding of Cristina and Burke, I thought it only fitting to write about the recent weddings on Grey’s Anatomy that caused a stir amongst fans.

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Izzie’s well planned wedding for Meredith and Derek turned into a surprise wedding for her and Alex. With Meredith and Cristina in purple gowns, bouquets of roses and the stained glass church windows behind them, impromptu vows mirrored one of Alex’s patients speeches.

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“Today’s the day my life begins. All my life I’ve been just me, just a smart mouthed kid. Today I become a man, today I become a husband.” Today I become accountable to someone other than myself. Today I become accountable to you, to our future… No matter what happens, I’ll be ready, for anything, for everything… Today, Izzie Stevens, our life begins and I for one can’t wait.”

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Then of course, there was the sticky note wedding. Where between Derek and Meredith it came down to a piece of paper. Promises of loving each other when they’re old and smelly, of never running away, even when they hate each other were written on Meredith’s “Something blue” sticky note.

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Photos from ABC

Creative Colour – Velvet Yellow

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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A soft yellow reminiscent of spring days, tea parties and elegance.

-    Combine with touches of Tiffany blue and sand and white

-    With soft tans, old gold and metallic brass finishes

-    With soft ‘old rose’ pink and white

-    With light smoke blue and rose pink

-    With soft lilac, and mist grey in leaves, soft green

-    With pale apricot and, celadon green and mist grey

-    With varying shades of darker to mid yellow, and white

-    Jonquils, white pansies, gardenias, daisies, frangipani, lilacs, pussy willow branches, dodder vine, orchids

-    High tea – a central table covered with white or yellow cloth, beautiful silver or china tea pots, creamers, cups and saucers, tiered cake stands filled to the brim with lemon tarts, macaroons, petit fours, fruit tarts, sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. A variety of teas and champagnes and fruity white wines

-    Vintage floral or plain coloured crockery, old silverware holding lots of white, apricot and creamy yellow roses spiked with soft grey and spring green foliage, grouped fat white candles, silver candelabra, velvet yellow table linen with apricot napkins, fastened with a celadon green silk tassel, soft green glassware

-    Seaside wedding – with blues, lilacs, soft teals, sand and white

-    Groups of old glass bottles, some filled with flowers and leaves, some filled with vintage yellow and white buttons, some left empty, as centrepieces, white crockery, yellow and white candles, yellow silk table runners edged in crystal beading, embroidered organza overlays in soft yellow

-    Baskets, raffia, and wood, darker yellow checks or stripes, lots of white in accessories, pussy willow branches with their soft furry grey buds, dodder vine, earthenware vases, plates in white and various shades of yellow, brushed stainless steel, wrought iron

-    Pretty vintage, designer or patterned fabric incorporating velvet yellow as cloths edged in braid, tassels or left plain, yellow or deep cream crockery, garlands of flowers around doorways, vintage silver mirrors, in a high central arrangement hanging from the mid point of the ceiling. Ribbons could be attached to this and taken in a swagged fashion to the extremities of the room – think a tented ceiling without the expense of the metres of fabric

-    Wedding cake iced in velvet yellow and picking up the pattern from your table linen, the lace in your dress, buttons  – whatever you see as the most special element of your reception décor, as the embellishment

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Bouquet from Brides, Lemon Drop Martini From Occasions Magazine, Dress from Melissa Sweet via Brides Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

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