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Creative Colour – Pale Grey

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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A delicate misty colour that is almost a neutral – the colour combinations are endless. Here are just a few:

Combine with white and black

–       With pale pink, ivory and touches of mid grey

–       With pale blue, mid grey blue and white

–       With mid rose pink and ivory

–       With soft yellow, and touches of bronze and black

–       With spring green, mid green ivory and sky blue

–       With pale blue, sky blue and cherry red and ivory

–       With apricot, coral and cream

–       With pale lilac and mauve pink, with touches of mid pink

–       With sea greens, silver and white

–       Metals could include black wrought iron, silver, pewter

–       Mercury glass, clear glass, mirrors, mirrored table tops

–       Silvery metallic chairs,  white cloths with soft grey organza table runners beaded and embroidered in soft pink, pale grey napkins fastened with old silver buttons, silver chargers underneath white crockery, crystal candelabra, silver rimmed glassware, pale pink and ivory roses with dusty miller foliage

–       Peonies, hydrangeas, sweet peas, ‘Metallina’ rose, pink, apricot or mauve roses, dusty miller foliage, pink peppercorn berries, baby’s breath, grey conifers, sedums, sea holly, lavender

–       A whisper grey wedding taffeta dress, beaded in pale blue and darker grey beads, ivory and blue/green hydrangea bouquet, grey satin covered shoes, mid grey suits for the men with blue/green/grey ties and boutonnierre, bridesmaids in pale blue, pewter beading on fabric or grey pearls as jewellery, pearl grey shoes. Predominantly hydrangea bouquets. Tie bouquets with a stunning blue and green patterned ribbon

–       Using the pale yellow, bronze and black colour scheme  create a modern look  by using a retro bold patterned fabric in napkins and on table runners, touches of black in accessories, a pale grey wedding dress, pale yellow bridesmaids dresses with grey detailing, pale grey shoes, black or grey suits for the men, pale grey linen piped in bronze, bronze in mirror frames, candelabra, metallic fabrics, bronze or grey candles, team with lots of ivory to keep the look elegant

–       Try French linens, filigree or wire candlesticks, cream ceramic tags and bowls  – find some at Paper Boat Press or Paloma’s Nestpale silver inspiration board copy 550x134 Creative Colour Pale Grey

Pleasted Clutch from Syl2830, , Gown by Monique Lhuillier via Brides, grey chevron invitation from Alannah Rose , Silver sequin birds from Pink Frosting

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Josh and Amy’s Video Invitation

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods, Videography


I stumbled across this fantastic wedding invitation on Shadowplay’s blog. The wedding invitation of Josh and Amy was filmed by Glen Wilson and edited by Matt at Shadowplay! The concept was a combined effort!

Josh+Amy – Wedding Invitation Video from Matt E on Vimeo.

Filming by Glen Wilson, editing by Shadowplay

Mother Polka’s Musings – Inspiration

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings, Wedding Inspiration


I have been wanting to add an extra dimension to Polka Dot Bride for a little while. There are discussions that take place off the blog that need to be thrown into the limelight a little more!

So off the back of this morning’s book review, I have added an extra voice to the blog. She’s an avid reader of Polka Dot Bride and by association is exposed to a lot of wedding talk. As someone who has been married for over three decades I think she has a pretty fair idea of what marriage really is- the ups, the downs, the beautiful moments and the really hard ones.

Budget is a big issue with weddings and it’s one I choose not to talk about on Polka Dot Bride- not because I want to ignore them (I know you all have them and I think the bloggers that cover budgets do it a lot better than I ever could!) but because I hope to provide content that inspires you no matter what your budget. I want to provide you with ideas that help you create a wedding that is truly all about the two of you.

So it is with great pleasure I introduce you to Mother Polka Dot. An opinionated lady, she’s strong, tenacious, brave and the most beautiful woman I know. She’ll be dropping in every now and then and hopefully helping us open up the discussion about some of the real issues and emotions you may be experiencing while planning your wedding and beyond.

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Why are so many of us inspired by weddings that are personal and reflect the beauty and happiness of the bridal couple and their friends and families? Why are the ‘soulful’ weddings the ones that touch our hearts?

Because deep down we know a wedding is NOT about how much we spend, how big and elaborate the cake or dress is, or how expensive the flowers are.  It is not about the ‘show’ you put on, or competition or pretence. Your wedding day is about you as a couple, your love for each other and announcing your shared journey into the future, to your family and friends.

I feel sad that there seems to be so much pressure on brides to embrace certain looks, trends or ideas, for fear of being judged by others as not having the perfect wedding and therefore by association, not being the ‘perfect’ couple who are starting out on their ‘perfect’ life together.

I have been married now for 35 years. In that time, we have certainly had our highs and lows – sometimes low enough to bring on the grey hair that now graces our heads.  We have not had the ‘perfect’ life together, but then, truthfully, who does? We have got through those years by being a cohesive unit, where there is no boundary on what we talk about with each other.  We have been the other’s strength when one of us has felt bereft.  Sometimes, it would have been easier to go, rather than stay and work it out. We have laughed lots and cried sometimes.

We remember our wedding day as only a blip on the horizon of our many days spent together, working out what works for us as a couple, and (later on), what works for us as a family. It serves as a reminder of the start of our life together and has faded in importance as our days together have progressed.

Not My Mother’s Wedding

by | Bride, Competitions, Magazines and Books


A month or so ago I received a copy of the brand new book “Not My Mother’s Wedding” by Maureen Chapdelaine and Kate Chapdelaine Brennan.

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I love reading about relationships and weddings and am thrilled to see another book addressing what can be a stressful relationship during wedding planning – the one between mother and daughter.

The book alternates chapters from Maureen (mum) and Kate (daughter) with their different planning perspectives. With the bride living away from the wedding location, her mother takes on most of the planning and has her own ideas about what will look great. Daughter Kate also has her own ideas and they don’t always match up!

From engagement until wedding day, Maureen and Kate take us through their planning experiences through their own eyes with humour, candour and grace. A book that may be the perfect gift for your mother or daughter while in the midst of your own wedding plans.

Not My Mother’s Wedding by Maureen Chapdelaine and Kate Chapdelaine Brennan is available via their website.

I have one copy of Not My Mother’s Wedding to give away to one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader! To enter, simply tell me the funniest wedding planning experience involving your mother!

Competition will close 7th December 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or old. Entry is a game of skill, chance plays no part in determining the winner.

This competition is now closed.

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