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Well in the bitterly cold winter it’s hard to think in just a few months our feature bride Abbey will be heading down the aisle!

Abbey’s crossed a few more things off her to do list- the boys have their suits, the girls have their jewels and BIG NEWS! She found a dress! Following an advert in a bridal magazine (which proclaimed they had free champagne!) Abbey headed to a bridal store a few weekends ago…and there she found the dress of her dreams. Strapless and very princess like- very Abbey!

Unfortunately there was no champagne (false advertising! Don’t tempt the brides with bubbles!) and her dream dress was out of her price range (“Do we have to pay for the boys suits?” she asked “If not I can buy my dress!”)

We headed to the designer’s website and found a list of stockists and Abbey started contacting them- and it was a big win…a store in her city was willing to order in the dress at $1k cheaper!

So Abbey will be walking down the aisle in her dream dress… unfortunately she is still shoe-less and her bridesmaids are still dress-less. (Her anti bridesmaid like dress stance is hard to take when stores are full of winter woollies and no spring dresses!) and she has narrowed her photography search down to three!

Counting down the days!

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My friend Abbey is getting married next year and admits to being a bit clueless- as she said to me today ‘it’s my first wedding!’ the talk of circular veil with gathers, the photography packages, the choices of venues appears to be driving her a bit nutty.

So Abbey agreed to be part of Polka Dot Bride by becoming our featured bride – all her questions will become part of our blog and you’ll be able to follow her journey 🙂

Abbey lives with her fiance near Adelaide (the city of churches!) Abbey’s first decision is to pick a venue or date.

For a wedding it’s a good idea to pick a date away from major events like festivals or conferences that might book out the hotel rooms in the area and send the prices sky high- which means interstate guests will find it hard!.

You may also find the perfect venue which may only be available on certain dates- hence having to work around the venue.

Either way your venues are the ‘foundation’ on your event. These are the things which book out early, set the tone for your whole event and determine a lot of follow on aspects- guest numbers, decorations, invitation style, dress style.