Cake by Blackbird Cakes Photo by T One Image via  Vanessa and Chris’ boho Cammeray Waters wedding 

I think the eclipse had an effect on our electronics this week Dotties – everything that could go wrong seemed to. From washing machines breaking down (isn’t that the worst? I am pretty sure I can get by with everything else but my fridge and washing machine!) to computers exploding with a puff of smoke (thanks for the memories) to flues and sicknesses. Phew! I think we’re all a little happy that the weekend is here!

We have, however, been endlessly inspired by the amazing ideas our friends have shared across the Polka blogs, so let’s round it up!

Loving this list of five small wedding venues in Perth 

Whip up this boozy rum hot chocolate before the Winter season leaves us!

Goosebump worthy memories from Matthew

Loving this easy scented flower garland tutorial

Honeymooning in France? Check out our list of top Parisian galleries to check out!

Real bride Jen shares her three tips for brides to be.

Email these to mum! Mother Of The Bride speech tips.

Mwaba donned a blue suit for his wedding day, check out his look for style inspiration.

The team at Iconic Pictures are sharing their vendor dream team

Yum yum,  London Honeymooners! We’re sharing three beautiful places to eat in Notting Hill

What would they know? We meet Leo and Roy of TIn Drum Photography & Cinematography 

Mr Houndstooth rounds up wedding trends for grooms

Meet The Hitched Collective. Our fab new wedding photographer friends are offering two photographers for the price of one to any Polka Dot Bride booked wedding, booked before the end of October! Also, are you tying the knot in September/October/November? They’ll take 20% off their half and full day packages just by mentioning our name!  Book before the end of October to take up this special offer! Visit their website for more and to book!

Meet the perfect bridal pump by Essen! Australian bride to be Marre Muijs was inspired for her own big day and has created the perfect bridal pump, under the Essen brand, made to order in Italy for €219, but Polka Dot Bride readers will receive a very special discount of €30 (about $45) AND free shipping from Europe because we love you so much! With a design that is stylish yet comfortable  Visit the website for more.

The crew at Georgeous have launched Chuppah by Georgeous. From easy DIY setup options to beautifully handcrafted chuppahs of Tasmanian oak and silver birch. Check their website for details.

Like the idea of a quick ceremony? The Altar Electric (with an appropriate tagline of “little weddings that rock” ) kicked off their services last week with their first offering of fab little ceremonies at Melbourne bar Ferdydurke, that are simple, sweet and no fuss.  Meet them here!