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GIVEAWAY: The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party

by | Bride, Competitions, Events and Resources


The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is holding it’s third event at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 15th of September.

There are two sessions this year – a lunchtime one and the Gala evening event. Guests to the daytime event will enjoy champagne & canapés, early access to the party’s exhibitors, bridal fashion show and a goodie bag valued at over $500.

Guests attending the Gala evening event will enjoy access to the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party vendors, a free wedding planning show seminar featuring some of Sydney’s leading event experts, a bridal fashion show and a goodie bag valued at over $500.

In it’s third year, The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is putting on a grand show with some of our favourite names. The evening fashion show will showcase the latest and most stylish designs from Steven Khalil, Rhonda Hemmingway, Amsale for Angela Wilson and MJ Bale Men’s Formal Wear.

All while enjoying champagne and canapés from Opera Point Events in their Opera Point Marquee!

Guests will also enjoy

Guests to the evening event will enjoy a trend report from the editor of Bride to Be Magazine and industry insights, tips & tricks from Sydney wedding professionals.

All guests will also receive the chance to enter a luxurious honeymoon for two to Fiji (flying business class and staying five nights at the Likuliku resort).

Daytime session tickets are $50 each while Gala evening tickets are $80 each. To purchase you can visit the wedding planning party website here

Polka Dot Bride has two double passes (each valued at $160 each) to The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party GALA Evening Session to give away!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and answer this:

Why do you need help planning your wedding?


Get creative and have fun with your answer!

Competition closes 9th September 2010 5pm Australian EST. Entrants must be residents of Australia and aged 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen by Magnet PR and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and does not include travel or accommodation costs. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered.

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Mariana Hardwick – Veronica Lake

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Melbourne designer Mariana Hardwick has launched a brand new collection “New Romantics”. Inspired by a recent trip to Europe, Mariana’s signature style is ever present in the brand new range of sumptuous gowns. With dramatic beading, beautiful blush pinks, rosy lattes and dramatic whites.

Inspired by the 1930s actress Veronica Lake, the collection bears the same name and pays homage to the elaborate style of the art deco period.  Number #7 is my favourite with it’s incredible colour and gorgeous draping, which is yours?

Photos by Mariana Hardwick

Vendor Of The Week- Nerida McMurray Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Could we be breathing in the first scents of Spring in Australia? Is that sunshine I see? And in the other hemisphere, are the leaves starting to turn? It’s Monday morning and time for our Vendor Of The Week! A nod to the supporters who make posting wedding goodness every day, possible!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Nerida McMurray Photography! Nerida’s fine art background led her to New York City where she fell in love with wedding photography. Nerida’s shooting style is crisp and clear with a beautiful mix of posed and unexpected moments captured.

Her fresh style makes her the preferred supplier or many of Sydney’s leading wedding venues and she’s been widely published in Australian wedding publications.

To learn a little more about Nerida, we asked her five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Summer time… Lychee Martini, Winter … glass of Kaesler or any red from the Barossa Valley :-)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

South Coast, Berry

Favourite restaurant?

Ventuno 21 Walsh Bay .  My husband and I love going here – all the staff are super friendly with great Italian food, coffee, wine, situated on the water… Just perfect.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Well … If I’m not shooting a wedding I’ll be eating a breakfast tagine at Kazbah – it doesn’t get better than this and it’s walking distance from my house :-)

Your favourite wedding story?

Mine ! (You can check our Nerida’s wedding we featured here)

Visit the Nerida McMurray Photography member page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Nerida McMurray Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Stars In Her Eyes

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


I love this beautiful moment from Gill & Keith’s wedding (see more here) captured by Lillian & Leonard Wedding Photography.

There is pure gold in that moment. The one where you look into your loved one’s eyes for the first time on your wedding day.

Photo by Lillian & Leonard Wedding Photography

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