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What Is An Engagement Session Photo by Corey E Sleap Photographer

Ah! It’s the end of the first week back at Polka Dot Bride HQ and the year is looking like it is going to be a jam packed one already! It’s nice to be back at work surrounded by weddings and beautiful inspiration once again! We have a little celebration happening this weekend (woohoo!) that I will share in a post on Sunday!

Have you been checking out the polka blogs lately? So many fantastic posts!

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.Real Wedding ~ Skye and Warren’s Tropical North Queensland Wedding On The Beach 2.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Thi3.Real Bride Writes ~ A Space To Wine, Dine And Dance! 4.Real Wedding ~ Saskia + Pat’s Colourful Bali Wedding 5. Polka Dot Hot Spot – The Difficulty Of In Laws.

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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.Vendor’s Favourites – Mackenzi Creations 2.Breathtaking Bali Hai 3.What Is An Engagement Session? 4.How To Time Your Wedding Day

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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 – Beach Wedding 2.Tuesday Type – Monte Cristo 3.Velvet Ribbon Bouquet Charm Tutorial 4.Cocktail Friday ~ Summer Fruit Punch

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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.Top Ten – Groomsmen Style 2.Inspired Memories – Ash 3. Groom Style

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Melanie from Silver Sixpence and Kim from Hermia’s Wishes have teamed up to produce Love Sweet Love,  a lovely intimate wedding event held in the stunning heritage listed wedding venue, Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba, QLD. Guests will be able to enjoy displays from an exclusive number of wedding vendors offering unique and different services. There are wedding workshops, displays, lawn games, fashion parades and even goodie bags. Check out the website for more information and to book your ticket!

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Janine from Janine Kaye Photography has celebrated her move to Perth from the east coast of Australia by giving her website a whole new look. She tells, “When we relocated our family from Wollongong to Perth in June 2012, I wanted to give my business a little freshen up..something simple, fun, colourful and more “me”. I enlisted the help of two amazing companies in the US (the Thoughtful type and Infinet Designs) and I  could not be more thrilled with the results. My new branding incorporates lots of natural materials, mixed with pops of colour from the confetti. I am excited to be sharing this new look with all my couples this year and beyond!  While Janine Kaye Photography is now based in Perth WA, I am still available for travel here, there and everywhere!”

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Custom jewellery website Stylerocks is partnering with Wedding List Co and Karen Willis Holmes to hold three special bridal evenings. Sip champagne as you enjoy beautiful gowns, registry advice, the latest from great vendors and the chance to win a $500 lucky door prize! Brisbane brides will be treated on Thursday 24th January, Sydney on Tuesday 12th of February and Melbourne on Thursday 21st of February! Register here!

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Set up your wedding registry with Wedding Gifts Direct during the month of January uring the month of January & receive a fantastic free gift! GIfts include  a free ESSTEELE  Per Vita 4 pce Cookware Set (Valued at $574!)a free SATARA Champagne picnic basket with a bottle of wine (valued at $189!)a free set of BODUM PAVINA glasses
(valued at $69!) or free W-Gifts Picture Frame (valued at $39!). Visit the Wedding Gifts Direct website for full terms and conditions and to setup your registry!

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Perth bridal boutique Samantha Wynne is holding a special bridal fashion event in February 3rd and you’re all invited! Visit the Samantha Wynne Facebook page to book your free ticket to see the 2013 Samantha Wynne bridal collection!

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To celebrate the holidays Infinity Photography are holding a holiday special! For every $1000 spent with Infinity, they are giving couples $500 towards a holiday! A sweet offer for newlyweds looking to plan a honeymoon! Check out their special offer page for full offer terms and conditions!

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In keeping with the current water cooler talk, I thought this fun wedding surprise film ala Les Misérables might be worthy of today’s roundup!

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