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When it comes to all things Aussie, we had two very clear ideas in mind for The Australia Issue and today, I introduce you to the decadent, the delicious, Polka Dot Bride Lamington cocktail.

It is, of course, a creamy base, but this Lamington cocktail includes all the nods you need to this favourite Australian treat. It’s packed with coconut flavour (thanks to using coconut milk as our base), a little chocolate, a little raspberry (to honour that jammy filling) and of course, plenty of yum factor! Serve this one up on your wedding day for your nostalgia loving guests.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Coconut Cream
  • 30ml Raspberry Liqueur
  • 30ml Milk
  • 30ml Creme De Cacao
  • Grated Coconut
  • Grated Chocolate
  • Ice

Method

  1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add coconut cream, raspberry liqueur, milk and creme de cacao. Shake until well combined and chilled.
  3. Rim your glass with coconut
  4. Strain cocktail into a glass
  5. Sprinkle with grated coconut and grated chocolate

Image by Silk Truffle Photography via Moody Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Everyone knows that a good combination is always best: chocolate and peanut butter, spaghetti and meatballs, bacon and eggs. They are smart too – like doing exercises at the gym that work two parts of the body or doing the ironing while you catch up on the latest binge fest on Netflix.
It only makes sense that when it comes to planning your wedding favours, a good matching saves time, money and is one less decision you have to make. Getting creative with your wedding favours is a lot of fun. It’s the part of the wedding your guests get to take home to keep the wedding magic going – even if it’s just for a little while longer.

At the moment, we’re in awe of couples who do these two things:

  1. Dream up a wedding favour that represents them or the theme of their wedding – they aren’t just giving their guests anything that has the name ‘bonbonniere’ on Etsy.
  2. Having gifts that are kind to our earth and the surrounding environment – not just something that guests will go “awww” and then throw into the third drawer in the kitchen. You know the one *wink*!

So, how do you dream up the perfect favour? Glad you asked. Let’s go back to our original statement: “everyone loves a good combination”. Here are some epic combinations we have came up with and can’t wait to see our DIY couples trying these soon:

1. Take Away Decor

Image by Charlotte Exton via Khat & Simon’s Bright & Bold Garden Wedding

Image by Woodvine + Co via Louise & Michael’s Rustic Swan Valley Wedding

Hate the thought of your florals and styling just going in the bin at the end of your wedding day? Us too! Speak with your florist about creating smaller arrangements or styling so just little pops of florals can be taken at the end of the night by your guests.

Weave in some gorgeous signage on seeded paper that encourages guests to take their florals home. You could even work with a florist who’ll use succulents or cuttings that can be replanted so your decor is the gift that just keeps on giving.
2. Combining your menu and your favours

Image by Ephemeral Creative via Meg & Ben’s Gorgeous Spring Wedding In The Huon Valley

Did you eat Italian food on your first date? Are you both big fans of eating chocolate in bed? Food favours are the bomb and guests love them. Ask your caterer to pack some homemade pasta to soak up the booze with a napolitana sauca when they get home, or some frozen spiced chocolate truffles in little home packs. Whack a gorgeous little customised sticker on the front of the packets and voilà – a favour both delicious and fun.

3. Digital Packs
Did you have a wedding website for your guests? These are on the rise and rightly so – they save printing and paper plus you can continually update them and easily notify guests if plans change. What’s better, after your wedding, you can send out digital thank you cards, plus create a special little digi-pack for your guests with photos of them, links to the playlist played during your reception and links to all your suppliers with whom you’ve prearranged a little “wedding referral” discount. Technology really does have a place in everything now, hey?

DIY Weddings, and couples who plan them, obviously have their reasons for doing so. Whether it’s to save on money, to ensure your wedding truly reflects them or because this is a journey they want to take together. Combo-ing your favours into another already important part of your wedding day can really encompass a large amount of time, effort and conscious thought that has gone into your big day. Your guests will love the thought behind the small piece they get to take home and you have peace of mind knowing that a part of your wedding is going home with the ones you couldn’t imagine sharing your day without.

Image by Madeleine Chiller via Brittany & Peter’s Gorgeous Glasshaus Wedding

Here are 5 of Polka Dot Bride’s favourite DIY favour tutorials to help inspire your crafty creativity.

Succulent Plant Gift Card Tutorials 

Beautiful And Delicious Chocolate Bark DIY Tutorial

Seedling Wedding Favours Tutorial

Mini Flower Posies For Wedding Favours Tutorial

Gingerbread favours & wishing tree tutorial

Dan The Man Cooking are an ideas-driven event catering company turning local, seasonal, and lesser known produce into dishes that feed your heart and rock your radishes. They create deliciously bold food, all whilst encompassing a zero waste mindset; taking responsibility for the resources they use. They are the only caterer in Australia that is B Corp certified, and they have an in-house eco-ethical event planner, making them the only stop for those planning an occasion with purpose.

Surry Hills cocktail bar and restaurant Bartolo has something special for us for The Australia Issue! Their ‘Falling in Love’ cocktail comes from the venue’s latest seasonal cocktail list by Grazia di Franco. It’s infused and garnished with various native gum leaves – is there any more of an Australian fragrance than the scent of the bush after a heavy rainfall? In fact, Bartolo’s entire original cocktail list at the moment is an ode to Australia in the springtime! As with all drink recipes on their menu, ‘Falling in Love’ is designed to be low ABV – meaning you can enjoy a few and not end up missing any of the special life moments from the night before, the morning after.

Bartolo itself is a celebration of owner Jared Merlino’s family. So it’s fitting that your own extended family will feel right at home here. The cosy, old world-styled space can cater to up to 50 people and there’s also a private dining room for more intimate occasions (a food-focused elopement may be on the cards, perhaps?)

Falling in Love by Bartolo

  • 30ml butter vodka
  • 30ml strawberry gum infused Mancino Bianco vermouth
  • 20ml Dubonnet
  • 15ml strawberry syrup
  • 10ml verjus
  • fresh eucalyptus leaf, to garnish

Pour all ingredients – aside from garnish – into the smaller side of a Boston shaker tin. Add ice to the larger side of the tin and rapidly pour the ingredients back and forth between the two tins to achieve the ideal chill and dilution. Strain the ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass over a large block of ice. Place a single fresh eucalyptus leaf (try to find one shaped like a heart – awww) on top of the ice block.

About Ms Fleur De Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.