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Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Being a bride-to-be is an overwhelming & exciting experience. You are on top of the world because your soul-mate has just asked you to live happily ever after with him.

Planning your wedding, however, can be the a daunting task when you don’t know where to start!!! This is where the WEDDING WORKSHOP – magically created by Cathrin D’Entremont is the answer for Perth brides!!!

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Myself and Cathrin

My name is Maria & I am happily engaged!!! I’m in Perth, WA with my wonderful partner Dyllen & my two boys and we are due to wed March  5th 2011.

I attended Cathrin’s Wedding Workshop on Wednesday evening and from the moment I walked in I knew that it was going to be a big help!!! Cathrin has a long history in the wedding business and has been thoughtful enough to think about us poor brides! She decided it was time she pulled together some wonderful businesses to educate brides through her workshop. She has designed the workshop to assist brides in co-coordinating their wedding in a fun, efficient way.

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

The workshop set up

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Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Samples of table decor from Bomboniere Galore

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Stationery from Mailbox Design

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Unlike a bridal expo or show, you don’t feel as if you are obliged to book or purchase anything. It’s warm and most of all, very informative.

Cathrin opened the workshop with advice on planning your wedding from budget basics, wedding ‘do’s & don’ts’ – to handy tips on keeping sane throughout the whole planning process and on your special day.

You are then greeted by the panel of vendors who individually answered questions on the basics of wedding planning.

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Host – Cathrin D’Entremont

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Natasha Rogers for Tompkins on Swan Perth for Receptions, Jeanette from Bomboniere Galore for Decor Hire, Jappalin Manning for Flower Talk for Flowers, Julia Dewane from Queen of Cakes for cakes.

The first panel of vendors discussed photography and videography, and outlined the importance of making sure you get to know your vendor. The second part of the workshop educated us on how to choose a reception venue & how to hire a decorator. We also learned what cake we should choose to compliment our style & to ensure that we choose flowers that are in season to be cost-effective.

We learned about how we could do our hair and make up and what different types of stationery we might order.

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Natasja from NK Photography for hair & makeup tips, Stacey Morris, Scott Murphy from Mailbox Design for stationery

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Jason Wheoiki for Da Ron Ron Ron for DJ/Entertainment, Scott Martins for Dreamhost Limousines for wedding transport, Stacey Morris for marriage celebrants

The last panel of vendors informed us about the legal requirements of getting hitched, the length of time  we should hire our wedding transport  on our wedding day, and tips on the sorts of entertainment we could hire to play at our wedding.

After the talk we were able to have one-on-one talks with the vendors, continue nibbling on the delish canapes, and sip on our refreshing bubbles. Most of us even won a prize!!

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

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Cakes from Queen of Cakes, Ceremony music from Les Tres Amies

Cathrin D'Entremont's The Wedding Workshop

Prizes from Bridal Survival, Pink Frosting, Flexi Flats and Alannah Rose Stationery

So if you’re getting married, and confused as ever, whether you have everything already planned or have nothing on paper, sign up for the next Wedding Workshop and I guarantee you that you will leave knowing you’re in control.

Note from Ms Polka Dot: Maria is our very first bride post! One of the special projects we’ve been working on is sending real brides to review real events! Maria went along to August’s “The Wedding Workshop” as a representative of Polka Dot Bride. Thank you Maria!

We’re about to start rolling on contributors and can’t wait to see what you have in store!

When Leah married Ben (see their wedding on Polka Dot Bride) in a countryside ceremony just outside Sydney- the heavens opened!

Leah’s words of wisdom stayed with me,” While many couples hope for sunshine on their wedding day, we had the direct opposite; however the poor weather only made the day more memorable. The most important thing for us was having a single aspiration for the day – to get married; accordingly we tried our best to not let the pouring rain bother us.”

Photo by Soho Images

I loved Letizia and Hunter’s wedding day (see more on Polka Dot Bride). It was full of the most beautiful Australian flowers and touches (Murray River pink salt? My favourite!). The couple were so full of love and joy on their wedding day.

“Our best man ran with his mouth open to catch a popping champagne cork. In mid air he flew to catch it and came crashing down on the concrete, barely missing a steal rod. He destroyed his suit and was bloody and bruised. We have a great pic of him recovering on the ground. I should note that this was at the beginning of photos! So funny. My aunt later taped up his suit with electrical tape. He is 6’9 so it just added to the humor when my 5’ foot maid of honour walked into the reception with him.”

Are you ready to share your inspired memories? your special moments? your stories and tales? We’ll be opening up our guest contributor facility shortly, stay tuned and get those words ready!

Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw