Photo by Justin Hill of Dekuji Photography from A Winter Evening In Melbourne

Phew! I feel like I’m getting into my groove against this week. how about you? Are you still enjoying Summer (or winter, snow snow snow!) or are you wishing you were back on lazy long holidays?

Around the blogs this week –

Pascale of custom jewellery website StyleRocks shares her tips for the grooms on how to choose the best wedding ring for you

Are you a bridesmaid to be? Celebrant Robyn Pattison shares her wisdom on how to be a brilliant one on Polka Dot Wisdom

Amy Nelson-Blain shares infinite wisdom about engagement shoots (as well as sharing a beautiful one she filmed) also on Wisdom

Check out this free downloadable for your photobooth from Alicia on Polka Dot Made

Scott and Kasie surprised their closest loved ones by turning their son’s naming party into a surprise wedding! Kasie tells the story (and shares the photos!) on Polka Dot Weddings

Miss T (now Mrs B!) finally shares her professional wedding photos to conclude her journey on Polka Dot Weddings! What a beautiful couple Buzz and Miss T make!

Real bride Karen reviews the Jemma Kidd Backstage Makeup Kit On Polka Dot Weddings  (Here’s how you can win one!)

Sharon Naylor shares wisdom about choosing the right location for your honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week..

Wedding Gifts Direct are offering a special competition which might just take care of your wedding day jewels! Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct for the chance to win a custom designed wedding pearl piece of jewellery, up to the value of $200. All you need to do is sign up before the end of February, email us their best Valentine’s Day story (, and the best story will win!

*Terms & Conditions for Polka Dot Bride Promotion:  A minimum of $499 excluding electronic or electrical products, Wishing Wells, Experiences or specially sourced products must be spent on your gift registry for you to be eligible to receive the free gift. Gift cannot be exchanged for any other item or for cash. The winner will be able to custom design their piece of Wedding Pearl jewellery, which cannot exceed a retail value of $200. Gift will be delivered together with the gifts bought off your wedding registry. This promotion is valid for all weddings registered with Wedding Gifts Direct through Polka Dot Bride between 20th January and 29th February 2012.

Savvy Brides bid adieu to 2011 with a grand opening party to celebrate their brand new store! Sending off beautiful pre loved gowns to brand new homes, Savvy Brides new salon in Double Bay allows you to try before buying!  Check out the website for more.

Sydney florist Petal & Pod have launched their brand new website. As sweet and as stylish as can be, the new website features extensive galleries with plenty of beautiful blooms to swoon over. Check it out here.

UK Photographer Jessica Roberts is giving away a free photography package to one lucky Australian couple. Jessica is heading to Australia next year and would love to shoot an Australian wedding or two!

The prize includes:

  • Pre-wedding shoot (if possible)
  • Full wedding day coverage
  • Fully edited high res disc of images
  • Optional Kiss Wedding Album  $600 (2/3 off the full retail value)
  • Private online gallery

For full details on how to edit, check out her blog post.

The Langham Hotel Melbourne has launched their brand new weddings website to assist couples in planning their wedding day at the venue. The website features information on all of the hotel’s wedding packages,  real weddings that have taken place at the hotel for inspiration and a regularly updated wedding blog.
The Langham are also holding a wedding showcase on Tuesday February 28th from 6.30pm. Register via the website

Our video of the week is this sweet mem proposal video that has been making the rounds. it’s so sweet, so funny and so emotional. Proposals always make me cry!

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