The Ins & Outs of a Micro-Wedding

by | Bride, Wedding Planning


Photo by Ali Bailey via Monica & Ridwan’s Intimate Summerfields Country House Wedding

The latest wedding buzz word on the street is ‘micro-wedding’ and today, we’re diving into all the need to know details about this new wedding phrase and what it means for you!

What exactly is a micro-wedding?

Let’s be honest, it’s a bit of a buzz word – because a micro-wedding is just a “small” or “intimate” wedding. But let’s classify it as a wedding with less than 20 people present. Think of it as a jump between an elopement and a typically sized celebration.

What’s the difference between an elopement and a micro-wedding?

For a long time, even here on Polka Dot Bride, we called micro-weddings ‘elopements’. But by definition, an elopement is just the couple, witnesses and their celebrant (with perhaps a photographer) whereas a micro-wedding isn’t a secret from your family and friends, and is more like a traditional wedding format, but with a tiny number of guests.

Why would I have a micro-wedding?

Micro-weddings have that special ‘sauce’ that a smaller guest list delivers. Which means you have a flexibility you don’t have with a guest list of 100 people. Marrying on a stunning hard to access clifftop, treating your guests to a degustation reception dinner at that ‘special occasion’ restaurant, serving bottomless bottles of your favourite Champagne are all options that suddenly become available with a tiny guest list – let alone the time you will have to talk to each and every guest. You have the option to spend top dollar on any of your wedding elements. You also have the option to personalise your wedding more. Think about using a beautiful crockery set or glasses you’ve been gifted, at the dinner, impromptu speeches that say things you would only say to your nearest and dearest, or using family heirlooms.

And what if you don’t want to spend a lot? You can still treat your guests to thoughtful and beautiful handmade elements, re-creating things that were special in your childhood e.g. those sweet treats that were special occasion family ‘must haves’, honouring personal traditions that are meaningful in your families, using your grandma’s crockery because of the memories associated with it.

Photo by Lauren Campbell via  Nichole & Kade’s Sweet Elopement

Is a micro-wedding good for a budget option?

Yes and no – it completely depends, as with every other wedding decision, what is right for you. Some choose a small wedding because they want to spend a small amount, others because they want to spend the same amount as a larger wedding, but on a fewer number of guests. Many micro-weddings we have seen include elements like amazing photography, a beautiful bouquet and a stunning cake. I’m all for personal choice.

Is a micro-wedding right for me?

Let’s play matchmaker – a micro-wedding might be the best option for you if:

  • You can’t stand the idea of lots of people looking at you.
  • You’d love to elope but still want your family and favourite people to be present.
  • You have certain things that are non-negotiable to include in your day that wouldn’t be possible with a bigger guest list or different budget, specific venue, or reception style, or destination.
  • You want less pressure and less hype around the wedding but still want your day to include the special elements that are ‘you’.
  • You love the thought of a small gathering of your special people to celebrate this most personal of days with you.

Photo by Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography  via  Jiayi & Qiang’s Romantic Summerfields Estate Elopement

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Vintage Glam Wedding Inspiration With Red Roses

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


We’re so used to seeing wedding inspiration outside that the industrial style brick walls of today’s vintage glam wedding inspiration shoot with red roses inspire a completely different take on this old favourite.

With Michael Kennedy behind the camera, the team was led by stylist (and floral designer) Lilly & Lotus who created lush bouquets of deep red roses, wax flowers and Australian native greens.

Our “bride”, Elizabeth Warner, in a beautiful lace sheath gown from White Lily Couture with dramatic cape, was dressed alongside her “groom”, James Smyth, in a vintage style look. Katie Lauren Hair Salon created a modern take on vintage style pin curls, with Elle Makeup Artistry creating a soft yet dramatic makeup look.

The raw brick walls of The Giddy Goat Cafe & Bar set the scene for this shoot – the heritage Rockhampton building using brickwork from the original Royal Arcade Building. Madeleine of White Lily Couture notes, “This shoot was a raw mix of dark edge and soft romanticism. The sophisticated styling concept contrasts radiant warm-toned features such as roses and earthy bricks against mood lighting and gothic chandeliers.”

Photographer: Michael Kennedy / Bride's Dress: White Lily Couture / Styling: Lilly & Lotus Events / Venue: The Giddy Goat Cafe & Bar / Makeup Artist: Elle Makeup Artistry / Hairstylist: Katie Lauren Hair Salon / Flowers: Lilly & Lotus Events / Model: Elizabeth Warner / Model: James Smyth

Curve Collection By One Day Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Hot off the heels of the glorious “Untamed Paradise” collection, comes this brand new “Curve” collection from Chosen By One Day.

A celebration of the female form, “Curve” includes many of the favourites of the core collection, but with an extended size range; so the sky really is the limit.

The collection consists of eight beautiful pieces, each made to order. From the much-loved, sequinned, sparkling wrap gown of “Toby” (which took the wedding world by storm earlier this year) to the textured organza skirt and chic v-neckline of “Cove”, the gowns that have been chosen show off the shape of their wearer, celebrating every part of it. There are strapless figure-hugging gowns, fuller A-line skirts, wrapped features and off-the-shoulder numbers. All are beautifully designed in that signature, modern Chosen By One Day style.

“Curve” is available online now or through selected stockists.

Photographer: Olivia & Thyme / Gowns: Chosen By One Day / Hair & Makeup Artist: Monica Gingold / Model: Jessica Earle / Model Agency: Bella Management / Creative Direction & Styling: One Day Bridal

Vendor of the Week – Sarah Lea Cross Hair and Makeup

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! This is our final Vendor Of The Week this year as the patterned people head off to enjoy a bit of rest before we kick off the festive season!

Summer’s here and with that hot days, Christmas and New Year celebrations, too much food and the smell of salty days at the beach. Fun in the sun doesn’t mean that you won’t think of your impending wedding, so we suggest you squeeze in a look at the Polka Dot Directory for vendors who would love to help you with your wedding day. We have Wedding Gifts & Registries, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have Jewellery and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering – we even have Photography and Cakes! Our vendors are a great group of people who strive to give you their best on your wedding day.

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!


Photo one by Louisa Bailey. Photo two by Tess Follett. Photo three by Lucy Spartalis 

Based in Melbourne but with availability to travel, Sarah of Sarah Lea Cross has a lot of experience in vintage and modern makeup and is able to create a natural makeup look that is perfect for your wedding. Having done commercial work and hundreds of weddings, Sarah’s understanding of camera-ready looks – both with hair and makeup – will be such an asset to your wedding day. She highly recommends trials to discuss and play with the look you want for your day and is happy to do both your hair and makeup or one or the other. Sit back and enjoy!

We asked Sarah of Sarah Lea Cross five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Being a busy working Mum means that work usually feels like a nice lovely break from the madness of motherhood. So sometimes when I finish early I’ll take the scenic route home, wind down the windows, turn the music up loud and take my sweet, sweet time getting home. Haha. Failing that, gin!

Favourite weekend getaway?

Lake Taupo, NZ. Nothing fills up your cup like a dip in the most beautiful lake in the world and the best bit…nothing in the water will eat you!

What is your most prized possession?

My kids.

Favourite restaurant?

Tiamos, Lygon St. Husband, lasagna, red wine. My idea of a perfect evening.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

The people I meet, I’ve stayed in touch and even become good friends with some of my brides. I’m lucky in that I get some really cool, like-minded, talented and creative brides and we have a really good time with the whole process. I love to keep up with their lives via social media, see the honeymoon pics, the baby announcements, the date nights. I feel super lucky to do what I do. I love my job!

Visit  Sarah Lea Cross’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Sarah Lea Cross is a member of the Polka Dot Directory