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Beautiful Book Wedding Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Lyndsay over at It’s A Date Event Design has been producing some stunning invitations lately (chocolate box your style? Lyndsay’s done it!) and I loved this sweet book invitation she recently completed and sent over.

Lyndsay gave us some great details about the project that need to be shared along with the photos! “I put together these invitations for my dear friends Lis and Jay in July, that I made out of re-purposed Mills and Boon books from my local op shop (amongst other goodies)! This project was such fun to put together, and quite an international affair -these invitation books traveled all the way to Glasgow, Scotland, where the bride and groom and the majority of the guests were, to be sent out in lovely little brown paper packages, tied up with string!”

“This project was a labour of love for my dear friend Lisa-Marie to celebrate her marriage to Jay – both are talented writers and avid music fans, so when it came to thinking about the format for their wedding invitation, a pulp novel seemed like the perfect solution. I commissioned good friend Dale Harris of Studio Ink to design a custom type creation for the “front cover” of the book, based on hours of research into the pulp novella genre and lots of Old Hollywood movie posters!”

“The cover opened to reveal the invitation to Lis and Jay’s nuptials, as well as a short story/scrapbook of how the couple met, a hidden compartment which housed a little button badge pack with gift tag, gift registry  information and fold out map, and closed with a little library-inspired pocket and library card inside the back cover, which guests could fill out and return to the couple with their attendance plans.”

“Each invitation was re purposed out of vintage romance novels (many a Mills and Boon was harmed in the making of this project!) which were stuck together page by page to form the hollowed out secret section and rebound with the couple’s custom artwork. The dedication page was made out to each guest in receipt of an invite, and each book included a beautiful silk ribbon bookmark. The great thing about this suite, apart from being completely “Lis and Jay”, is that I imagine many went straight to the bookshelf for keeps – a lovely memento of a beautiful day.”

Want to create the invitations yourself? Head on over to Polka Dot Made where we’ve posted links to Lyndsay’s free Scrabble download!

Photos by It’s A Date Event Design

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Timeless Vintage Vixen

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There’s an Etsy store I have been particularly enamoured with of late, I head there when I want to dream, when I’m looking for pretty things and when I want to indulge in the fantasties of yesteryear.

Timeless Vintage Vixen is an Etsy store based out of Beverley Hills. Filled to the absolute brim with vintage gowns of every era, the store always has something new so you can be sure a bride marrying next week won’t be wearing the same thing!

But really that isn’t why I love it- I love the way I can envisage one of these gowns on a bride, I envisage a story. A bride carrying balloons and a bouquet of brilliant colours wearing a watermelon coloured ballgown ( I want to go to THAT wedding!) The bride who wants pin curls and elbow length gloves wearing the 1920s style number and serving martinis and decadent chocolate desserts, the one who wants to serve cupcakes and fairyfloss and wear a pink pair of shoes? She’d wear the pink sash fifties style.

That’s the thing about vintage wedding gowns- each one has a story and is waiting for the next one to be told.

Photos by Timeless Vintage Vixen

Vendor Of The Week – Culture Bridal Couture

by | Blog News, Bride


Hello Monday! Okay Australian readers fess up- did your team win or lose – or like me did you just enjoy the chance to eat really bad food that should never enter the human body – and yet somehow we always eat it around grand final day!

Let’s kick off Monday morning with a little piece of eye candy from one of our amazing directory members. We really do have some fantastic vendors in our directory and I am so thrilled to have them all on board supporting our little polka dot dream!

This week’s vendor of the week is designer Culture Bridal Couture! Culture Bridal Couture creates some absolutely stunning gowns using amazing fabrics- from obis and kimonos to Indian Saris.

Formerly known as Culture Shock, the evolution of the brand has seen Culture Bridal Couture take shape in 2010 under designer Lisa Merton with a new look but the same beautiful designs. Each gown is designed to be very individual and personal to the bride- hinting at their loves, life and cultural background.

To learn a little more about Culture Bridal Couture, we asked designer Lisa five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Well, that depends on my mood, the season, and the kind of day I have had!!

SPRING/ SUMMER – a tangy Mojito, or a Campari and Soda with fresh lime…. MMmmmmm!

AUTUMN/ WINTER – a lovely glass of Red wine, like a Gartelmann Shiraz from the Hunter Valley, or a spicy Bloody Mary with plenty of Tabasco!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

In a perfect world- jet-setting off to Paris or Tokyo (sigh – wouldn’t that be FAB!)… in reality – a leisurely drive up to Lake Macquarie with my partner and our cheeky Schnauzer puppy named “Miss Trixie”- she loves frolicking in the calm waters up there!

Favourite restaurant?

Locally speaking, I love Oscillate Wildly in Newtown –fabulous food and great atmosphere, even though it’s always jam-packed and hard to get a table! Last weekend I was up in Cairns, FNQ, and went to an awesome Balinese-inspired bar/ restaurant called “Salt House” which blew my mind – totally stylish, cool DJs spinning tunes, a feel-good live band and amazing food.

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

Yummy home baked treats and Earl Grey tea served from a teapot snugly wrapped in a woolly tea-cosy  – at Petty Cash Café opposite Enmore Park- I love it’s funky Retro vibe and friendly staff, plus Miss Trixie is always welcome at the outdoor tables!

Your favourite wedding story?

So many over the years – but my favourite is one of my best friends, whose husband proposed to her in the fancy-pants restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even though he is TERRIFIED of heights! But even better, when they were dating, he discovered she has a major shoe fetish, so he bought her an amazing pair of sexy red leather cowboy boots. He couriered the left boot to her workplace, with a note saying to get the other one, she had to go out on another date with him – TOUCHE !! They are now happily married with a gorgeous daughter – aaaawww!

Visit Culture Bridal Couture to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Culture Bridal Couture is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Spinning, Turning

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


As if you didn’t need another reason to wear a short fifties style dress… this twirling photo of Kate with her new husband Nate (see more here) by Andrew Thomas Lee may indeed seal the deal.

Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee Photography

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