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Photo by Welsch Photography from Melanie and Ben’s Classic Sydney Harbour Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! I am so looking forward to getting in the garden this weekend, you see Mr Polka is a bit of a kitchen garden kinda guy and this weekend he’s planting our tomatoes! I sense many days of sneaking tomatoes that smell like Summer in my future! What are you planning for the glorious days ahead?

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Magenta 2.Real Engagement ~ William and Emily’s Romantic Country Engagement Shoot By The Stream 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Louise 4.Real Wedding ~ Melanie and Ben’s Classic Sydney Harbour Wedding 5.Ask Ms Polka Dot! Three Ceremonies

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.



1.What Would They Know – Marcus Bell & Penny Williams of Studio Impressions 2.How To Create A Unique ‘Wishing Well’ Station 3.Searching For A Celebrant? 4.Project Innovate- Selling For Wedding Professionals With Saundra Hadley 5.Wedding Memories… It’s The Little Things

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Summer Wedding Boleros 2.Tuesday Type – Singela 3.Free Mr & Mrs Chair Signs 4. Cocktail Friday – Haru’s Ginger Orchid Cocktail

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1.Picture Perfect – Ikaria, Greece 2.Honeymoon In Greece, Italy, London and Thailand!

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.How To Buttonholes – A Guide 2.Inspired Memories – Sean 3. Groom Style – Ian

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Sydney cinematographer Moving Presentations has created a world first with their brand new ipad app called Filmbook. Designed to be like a living, breathing photo album, the book is custom designed around your wedding (FilmBook is currently available to download from the app store with the  featured wedding captured by Cathy Crawley of Beauitiful Moments Photography).

Available exclusively for Moving Presentations clients, the FilmBook blends the story of the day with stills, stories and films. It’s a beautifully created product and a lovely idea if you want to share your wedding in a unique way. Visit the Moving Presentations website to find out more.

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Melbourne wedding cake baker Mandarina Cakes has taken out the bronze medal for Australian Culinary Challenge, VIC in the wedding cake category with this wild and whimsical cake design! Congratulations!

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Bridal Market in NYC is just around the corner and the Polka Dot team would love to wish the Australians showing their designs a big good luck! Sarah Janks & Stephanie Browne are the two we know so far, do you know any more?

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one day house wedding hire giveaway The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway

Don’t forget if you’re a couple marrying in region of the Sunshine Coast in QLD to Byron Bay in NSW to enter our The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway! We have a $500 hire package to give away so enter here.

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The lovely Hollie, a student at RMIT is looking for candidates for a research project she is completing as part of her studies. The study centres around how women use the internet to plan their wedding and Hollie is looking for brides to complete it!

Hollie says “This survey is purely for my own research purposes, is will not be published, and any results will be kept on file until 28 February 2013. Participants do not leave any identifying information, this is a non-invasive study. I will be writing a completely anonymous questionnaire to be completed online. In order to participate, participants must read and agree to a plain language statement, and must be at least 18 years of age.
Please note that the possibility of me identifying the IP addresses of anyone is nil.”

If you’re interested in participating, here is the link to the survey Wed Plan Web Survey. All questions and feedback relating to the survey should be directed to wedplanwebsurvey@hotmail.com

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Etsy store Garden Apothecary are offering Polka Dot Bride readers an exclusive discount! Enter the code BRIDE to receive a 25% discount on products!

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Michelle Roth has launched her gorgeous range of bridal gowns in Australia! With a completely different style to the designs of Henry Roth, her gowns can now be found at Vision In White Sydney, Samantha Wynne Perth and Brides & Bloom in Adelaide.

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We have TEN double passes to giveaway to brand new Australian wedding move “The Wedding Party”. Starring Josh Lawson and Isabel Lucas, the film opens in cinemas October 11th and is the tale of a secret, farcical wedding that turns into a happy ending.

To win one of the ten double passes to The Wedding Party simply leave a comment on this post telling me your idea for a wedding movie! What would the storyline be? I’ll give passes to the ten most creative answers!

This competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be chosen by Polka Dot Bride.  If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 9th October at 5pm EST.

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Finally our film of the week comes from Brent of The Grindhouse– a fun and peppy way to round out the week and have me looking forward to summer weddings!

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