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Acton Slim bow tie. Image via That Dapper Chap

Acton Slim bow tie. Image via That Dapper ChapCan you believe it’s November already? Spring wedding season is in full swing, and if you listen carefully you can hear the sound of happy couples planning their summer flings too. It’s been a great year here at Polka Dot Groom. I’ve lost count of the wonderful wedding

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Elk and Fir Photography. Image via Lana and Lester's relaxed Yeppoon beach wedding.

Elk and Fir Photography. Image via Lana and Lester’s relaxed Yeppoon beach wedding. So, you’ve popped the question, set the date and decided to opt for a summer wedding. And why not? Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a summer wedding with blue sky and still weather

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Whitsundays. Image via Tourism Whitsundays

Image via Tourism WhitsundaysRomance comes easy to many honeymooning couples but we could all use a little inspiration now and then.That’s where your location comes into play.And when it comes to locations, the Whitsundays are all kinds of romantic.As part of Whitsundays month across Polka Dot Bride blog, I spoke to Tourism Whitsundays General Manager, Natassia Wheeler,

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Cristin & Dean's Waterside Sunshine Coast Wedding. Image via Alan Hughes

Cristin & Dean’s Waterside Sunshine Coast Wedding Image via Alan Hughes‘Innovation’ by its definition is to improve our lives – sometimes in small ways, sometimes in revolutionary ways. I thought I’d apply this principal to wedding preparations and track down a few ways for a groom (or a generous groomsman) to make life on the big

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Once the wedding formalities are over, it’s time to kick back a little and let your hair down. For some this might mean heading straight to the dance floor and for others it’s enjoying a piece of cake and coffee. But let me tell you, if there is a gorgeously styled whisky bar fully stocked

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A Black Tie wedding look. Photo: Institchu

A Black Tie wedding look. Image by InStitchuThemed-weddings can be fraught with danger.When done correctly they can turn a special occasion for two people into a fantastical memory for everyone who attends.But done incorrectly and, well, let’s just say it’s lucky wedding guests usually tell the happy couple they had a good time regardless.So what’s

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Image by Michael Kennedy via Vintage Glam WEdding

Image by Love Katie & Sarah via Claire & Jason’s Modern Yarra Valley WeddingYour wedding day will go down as one of the most memorable days of your life, so there’s no reason to put any extra pressure on yourself to make anything spectacular happen outside of the actual festivities.However, there can be little things

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Image Bayly & Moore. Via Melita and Richards Beautiful Art Deco Wedding

Image by Bayly & Moore via Melita and Richards Beautiful Art Deco WeddingWhen it comes to the big day, it’s easy to get weighed down by your outfit.After all, your suit is usually one of the first things on your checklist, and it’s the most difficult thing to sort out with your groomsmen.But there is another multi-faceted

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Image Kate Drennan Photography. Via April and John's enchanting old world garden wedding

Image Kate Drennan Photography. Via April and John’s enchanting old world garden weddingSo you’ve been asked to be a groomsman. Congratulations.It’s often glossed over just how much of an honour it is to be asked by someone to stand up next to them on arguably one of the biggest days of their life. But with

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Image by Daniella Melfi. Via Jacquie and Nick’s classic luminare weddingAre you and your bride superstitious?We’ve all heard about getting lucky on your wedding day, but when it comes to tradition, for some people, it’s no laughing matter.According to 888Poker (yes, an online betting firm conducted research into this!), more than 25% of people believe

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What do you do when you’re the groom and your fiancée leaves most of the wedding planning tasks to you? If you’re like me who has no clue about weddings, then you might do what I did – ask my sister to do the planning for me without letting my fiancée Rachelle know. Unfortunately, my

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Image by Jeremy Wong via UnsplashWe all know that traditionally, a best man supports a groom and a maid of honour supports a bride. But with more diversity and more options for your wedding party, a man of honour or a best woman are just as acceptable. Can the groom have a best woman? Here’s what you need

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Suit by InSitchu. Image by Ali Rasoul.

Suit by InStitchu. Image by Ali Rasoul.Wedding pocket squares, they’re wily beasts. Often tough to tame but so vital to piecing together your wedding outfit.It still gets my heart rate up when I cast my mind back to wrangling my own pocket square on the morning of my wedding.The basic white square just refused to

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Writing your own wedding vows is a daunting task. However, it really does make for a special and personal ceremony to your beloved! Below are six tips that will have you well on your way to expressing your love in a clear, succinct and sweet way.Research: You have the whole world at your fingertips –

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Image by gmphotographics via Claudia & Ben's Classic Canberra Wedding

Image by gmphotographics via Claudia & Ben’s Classic Canberra WeddingSo you’ve done the hard yards and managed to whittle down your selection of groomsmen to just a handful of your nearest and dearest.bCongratulations, that was the hard part.Now comes the fun part: how should you ask them?It can be tempting to just blurt out the

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