Kennis and Jimmy – Part Two

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kennis & Jimmy shared their wedding photos this morning and Kennis was kind enough to share some of the ways she saved money on her wedding with Polka Dot Bride.

“It comes down to lots of research. Luckily, most of the time, my job is not that busy, and I have plenty of free time to do research on the Internet to search for the cheapest suppliers, including ones overseas.

I bought most things online or on eBay – these include my Maggie Sottero wedding dress ordered from US, (which is about 50% of the price they sell here, but actually this particular dress is not available in Australia), wedding shoes, dress (cheongsam) and shoes that I wore in the morning for Chinese tea ceremony.

Also the 2nd purple dress that I wore half way through the reception (for the dance). It was custom made to my measurements from dressmaker in China – I gave them a picture of the dress I liked which I found from a magazine and gave them my measurements, for US$220 including shipping – a custom ball gown dress! (I did have to get it altered here for $50, as I think I over-estimated my assets in the chest area!! LOL!)

I also bought online through various websites, the earrings, hair flower, lace parasol, aisle runner, tulle and silk rose petals used for decorating. Our wedding rings, mine has diamonds, were also purchased over the Internet from US. It was a bit risky, but it was much cheaper than if I were to get it in Australia. So well worth the risk, I say! Both rings turned out to be beautiful anyway!

My husband’s Tommy Hilfiger tux, shirt and bow-tie were also bought through eBay. To add to the list, bombonieres – which were apple-shaped crystals for female guests, and a pair of chopsticks for male guests.


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To keep the budget low, which means DIY whenever I could.

Choosing a beautiful venue to start with is very important, which means I’d spent less in decorating the place, and only had to add some personal touches to match my theme by adding little decorations here and there. Having said that, my bridesmaid and I spent hours draping tulle on the veranda at the courtyard where I was married the day before the wedding. I bought my own aisle runner and scattered rose petals over it on the day.

I made my invitations and purple envelopes.


Kennis & Jimmy’s invitations (Photo by Kennis)

I made my lace-edged veil with blusher myself, by hand (with help from my Mum on the blusher, as I was running out of time)

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I sewed the purple ribbon under the bust myself on my wedding dress.

I bought fresh flowers from the market the day before the wedding and arranged them in little glasses at night as centrepieces on the tables. My guests ended up taking the flowers home at the end of the reception. (Mind you, I was going to make my own bouquet and buttonholes, but decided not to at the end, just to avoid the stress the day before the wedding!)

Also, we bought a cake with simple design, and just added flowers (that I got from the market) on top.


The one thing that I wanted to say is, even though I was on a budget, it doesn’t mean I had to skim on quality. I just had to do lots of research to find the supplier who offered the best product with the lowest price.”

Thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding with Polka Dot Bride readers Kennis & Jimmy!


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  • Kennis says:
    July 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks Ms Polka for featuring my wedding! Hope your readers have enjoyed reading and found the tips useful.

  • Jenna says:
    July 16, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I loved the photos from this wedding, but hearing the brides story on how she brought things together really took things to another level. The veil she made is absolutely breathtaking, and I can’t believe how much money she saved without taking the quality of the wedding down. I assumed when you featured this that it was just another big budget wedding (so many wedding blogs featuring unattainable weddings), but this is the kind of wedding anyone can achieve with enough work.

    Kennis, your wedding was truly beautiful. Congratulations.

  • kyles says:
    July 16, 2008 at 9:34 am

    what a gorgeous wedding…stylish and unique…the tips from this clever bride are amazing…beautiful photography…congratulations

  • Zoë says:
    July 17, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    😮 wow! Love, love, love the invitations!

  • Tracy says:
    July 26, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Love love your wedding!! Your dress was absolutely beautiful. Can you tell me where you got it from? I know it is a maggie Sottero – but which style?
    I am on a tight budget and was very inspired by your crafty ways – Thanks!!

  • Kennis says:
    July 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Glad you like it! It’s one from the Destination range, I got it through an US website, but it looks like she doesn’t sell MS anymore, but I do know another site that sells it. The style is SD3008. Feel free to email me [email protected]

  • Alison says:
    January 12, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Greatly inspired by your beautiful wedding…

    Is there any chance that you can remember the name of the Ebay store from which you bought Kennis’s tux? It looks very stylish!

    It is wonderful to see what creativity and research can lead to.

  • Kennis says:
    January 13, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Not sure if i should mention name here, please email me at the above email address if you are still interested. By the way, Kennis (me) is the bride, Jimmy is the one wearing the tux.

  • Betty says:
    October 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hello!, i am so in love with this dress, you know where I can buy it from? I found many sites like Alibaba, and similar but i dont trust the product will be as delicate as it show in the photos!. Where can i buy it!
    thank you in advance!


  • Kennis says:
    October 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Yes, it’s a Maggie Sotterro dress which I bought online. I’ve mentioned the model number in the above comment.



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