Reply Cards I find when I first start discussing wedding invitations with new couples, the subject of Reply Cards always brings out some strong opinions. The grooms usually just want a line on the bottom of the invitation, the brides want a pretty card and envelope set. Who knew an RSVP could cause so much controversy? Not that long ago, people didn’t have the need for reply cards. When they received an invitation, they would reply back their own handwritten note thanking the couple and either accepting or declining their invitation. Personally I love Reply Cards. They serve as a tang

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A question I get asked a lot is how do I politely word the fact I want money, and not cotton sheets from my guests? Although expensive Egyptian cotton sheets are super lovely, if like most brides of today, you have been living in sin with your partner for eons already, you pretty much have all your linen needs sorted. Couples always feel weird asking for gifts or money. But it is a fact - you have a wedding, you are going to get presents. Some of these presents are going to be amazingly thoughtful items that you will treasure for years to come. But there will be some items that you receiv

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Pineapples are EVERYWHERE at the moment - home wares, fashion, stationery - you name it, it probably exists somewhere with a pineapple on it. And weddings are no exception, with this tropical fruit making a refreshing entrance in quirky beachside weddings. IMAGE CREDITS:  Tags via Etsy, Dress via Studio DIY, Stationery via LH Calligraphy, engraved pineapple via The Printery, Cushion via Zazzle, Cupcakes via Writers Block, Cake via Pacific Wedding, Cooler viaCountry Living, Thank You card via Brika, Invitation via Etsy, Floral centrepiece via Justin Marantz

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  Nail art continues to take the world by storm and brides are getting a bit more creative when it comes to their wedding nails. No longer content with the typical french mani, swarovski crystals, glitter and teeny tiny painted flowers are being used to create some very lovely designer digits. IMAGE CREDITS: Quilted Accent Nail via Noemihk, Crystal Accent via Nail Art Designs, Bride and Groom via Fashions Passions, Lace Edge Gold via Fox and Jane, Ombre Sparkle via Dressed Up Nails, Heart Accent viaWedding Party, Floral via Beauty Frizz, Gold Confetti via Nashville Wedding.

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How enchanting is watercolour? The slight hint of colour, building up and overlapping with more colour to create dreamy, translucent layers of subtle softness. Romantic and a little bit whimsical, watercolour is perfect for any pretty pastel wedding. IMAGE CREDITS: Cake via 100 Layer Cake, Bridesmaids via Intimate Weddings, Wedding Favour via Oh Lovely Day, Invitation via Brides, Wedding Dress via Noviamor, Letterpress Watercolour Invitation viaPaper Monkey Press, Escort Cards via Once Wed, Table Setting via Le Soirees.

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The traditional guest book, with it's gold foil edges and neat little lines, will always have a place at weddings, but sadly not really a place in our homes. Banished to a bookcase or in a dark drawer they rarely see the light of day, after the day itself is over. Which is why I love the clever alternatives that put the well wishes of your wedding guests on permanent display. Whether framed upon a wall, on a custom made love seat or on a quilt destined to become a family heirloom, these are constant reminders of your special day and the special people that helped celebrate it. IMAGES: World

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  Classic Navy Blue and bright Fuchsia are the hottest couple in town right now. Sophistication meets sassiness in this show-stopping combination that will have your wedding stand out from the crowd. IMAGE CREDITS: Letterpress Invitations via Ink Paper Hearts, Cake via Cake Suite, Bridesmaid via Style Me Pretty, Shoes and Socks via Gayle Driver Photography, Tie via Middle of the Map, Invitations via SB Chic..

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  I thought my first Weddinsday post after my (absolutely amazing!!) trip should be something pretty special. And special is definitely a word I would use to describe these spectacular gowns. Along with exquisite, captivating, stunning and divine. If you are not familiar with the graceful designs of Anna Campbell, you really should be. Each dress, made by hand in Melbourne, is a vintage inspired love affair of dreamy silk, delicate lace and intricate beading. Basically the type of dress that makes me want to get married all over again. IMAGE CREDITS: Images sourced from www.annacampbell

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Today's Weddinsday will be the last for a while as I am about to take off to South America for our delayed honeymoon! Trekking through Machu Picchu isn't exactly the romantic beachside escape most newlyweds go for, but we already had a mini version of that in Noosa right after the wedding, which brings us to todays post of 'Minimoons'. Weddings are hard work. So much organisation and planning goes into the day that it is often hard to look beyond the day itself. And if, like us, you are wanting an epic honeymoon on the other side of the world, it is almost impossible to plan both at the sam

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  I love cake. So much so that this is the second cake post in a row, but you can never have too much cake, right? Quirky brides are apparently of this same opinion and are surprising their grooms with their very own wedding cake. Lets face it, guys don't get much of a say when it comes to the styling of a the cake, so this is a sweet way to incorporate your man's personality and have him feeling super special. IMAGE CREDITS: Couch, via Delish, Guinness, via Pink Cake Box, Yankees, via Bridal Guide, Wrestling, via Cake Picture, Football, via Delaware Today, Golf, via Yum Sugar, Starbuck

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  It's hard to believe, but there are some people out there who don't like cake - I know, right?? As foreign a concept this is to me, it seems not so foreign in the big world of google, where there are dozens of alternatives to the traditional cake. So if you are wanting the obligatory cutting-the-cake-shot without the actual cake, here are a few delicious alternatives. IMAGE CREDITS: Donut Cake, via Quality Bridals, Cheese Wheels, via 100 Layer Cake, Macarons, via Weddingful, Ice Creams, via The Knot, Crepe Cake, via Ruffled, Sushi Cake, via CKM Interiors, Rice Crispies Cake, via Ruffl

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  Vintage skeleton keys are ridiculously romantic with the whole you-have-the-keys-to-my-heart thing, so they are perfect for a rustic wedding. Being small, skeleton keys can be used in lots of unexpected and unique ways. I especially love the 'Keys to a Happy Marriage' advice table! IMAGE CREDITS: Letterpress Invitation Suite, via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Key Escort Cards, via Ruffled Blog, Boutonniere, via Wedbook, Key for a Happy Marriage, via Lovely and Rust, Napkin, via Loverly, Bouquet, via Wedding of my Dreams, Rings, via Pinterest.

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  Is there anything more stylishly simple than a black and white stripe? Other patterns tend to fall in and out of fashion pretty quickly, but the sassy stripe remains a long term favourite. Easy to incorporate into various elements of your wedding day, this bold stripe stands out from the crowd and instantly lifts a simple ceremony into a stunning soiree. IMAGE CREDITS: Table Setting, via Martha Stewart, Bow-tie, via The Knot, Straws, via Bella Cupcake, Dress with Sash, via Erin Hearts Court, Letterpress Invitations, via Smock Paper, Cake, via Splendid Affairs, Bridesmaids, via St

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  Like most things at weddings, carrying a bouquet of flowers down the aisle, only to offload them to our bridesmaid at the end, is so steeped in tradition that to not do it would be kind of strange. Even though nobody really knows why we do it to begin with, we all follow the same unquestioned custom. Which is why I love some of the alternatives out there that inject a bit of your personality into an otherwise odd ritual. Pinwheels, buttons and lollypops are just a few of the ways you can be daringly different while still keeping the traditionalists happy. IMAGE CREDITS: Button Bouquet

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  Ombré is the fancy-pants term for a graduating shade of colour from light to dark. Brides are getting inspired and are ombréising everything from invites to cake to flowers to create a dream like, romantically whimsical feel to their day. Fifty shades of grey was so 2012, it's now all about the shades of pink/green/blue/yellow/aqua/purple/orange... IMAGE CREDITS: Tulle Dress, via Monumental Wedding, Chevron Invitation Suite, via Etsy, Bridesmaid Dresses, via Wed Bits, Cake Pops, via The Rose Wedding, Bouquet, via Style Me Pretty, Rose Petal Aisle, via Occasions Bridal,  Rose Sw

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  Thankfully we have moved well past the traditional bonbonniere of the tooth-breaking sugared almonds and chocolate hearts combo, with couples choosing favours that will actually be used by their guests. Mini jars of your grandmother's homemade jam, a custom tea blend or a medley of your favourite flower seeds are a only a few of the cute keepsakes that are both personal and memorable. IMAGE CREDITS: Tea Infusing Kits, via Kootation, Succulents, via Ruffled, Gumball Machine, via It's a Bride's Life, Wildflower Seeds, via Emmaline Bride, Bird Seed Hearts, via Green Wedding Slices, Penci

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  There are a few colour combinations that just make me smile when I think of them. Bold red with sweet aqua is definitely one of those combinations. Happy, bright and a little bit cheeky, this delightful duo is the epitome of fun and merriment. IMAGE CREDITS: Aqua Tie, via Project Wedding, Paper Straws, via Etsy, Cake, via Studio Two Twenty Two, Wedding Invitations, via Loverly, Layer Cake, via Krissy's Creations, Cute Couple, via Lovely Wedding Day, Letterpress Wedding Invitations, via Studio On Fire, Crystal Bouquets, via Luulla, Bridesmaids, via Engaged and Inspired, Red Shoes, via

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  The nautical theme has always been popular amongst brides planning a seaside soirée. But I have noticed the traditional anchor is being dropped in favour of a certain shellfish. Either inspired by Phoebe Buffay's love theory on Friends, or just because couples really, really like lobster, these cute crustaceans are popping up everywhere. IMAGE CREDITS: Cape Cod Invite, via Etsy, Save the Date, via Crane & Co, Lobster Invite, via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Save the Date Bibs, via Bird and Banner, Lobster Invite, via Steel Petal Press, Cake Toppers, via Etsy, Wedding Invitation Bi

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  I am a real paperphile so this post is a little out of my inner old school printer's character. But how amazing are these? Invitations don't have to be restricted to (gorgeous) paper. Balloons, chocolate, tea towels and even a customised viewfinder (!!!) are only a few of the creatively off-beat ways to inform guests of your wedding details. You will notice the current trend of animated e-invites is absent... Sorry but I just don't believe a web based invitation is special. Every day we are bombarded with a gzillion emails, but how often do you receive some actual letterbox love? IMA

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  There is something special about the simple elegance of a succulent and it is causing quite a commotion in the rose dominated floral arena. Many brides are now ditching the David Austin's in favour of extraordinary Echeverias to create spectacular bouquets of, what can only be described as, Mother Nature's masterpieces. Visually stunning and low maintenance, the unique pieces of your botanical bouquet can be replanted and will continue to grow, long after your wedding day. IMAGE CREDITS: Cake, via Whipped Bake Shop, Bouquet and Hair Piece, via Project Wedding, Rings, via Style Me

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  Backdrops for ceremonies is nothing new, but instead of the over-used white tulle with green plastic ivy leaves climbing over twinkling fairy lights, which I am sure is some sort of fire hazard, I am loving the DIY backdrop trend. Paper cranes, typography chalkboards and gigantic paper flowers are only a few of the artsy backdrop ideas keeping crafty brides busy. What better way to personalise your ceremony, cover up a dreary brick wall and let you show off your hidden talents? It's time to get your craft on. IMAGE CREDITS: Succulent Vertical Garden Wall, via Green Wedding Shoes, Pape

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  With the much anticipated Baz Luhrmann's version of The The Great Gatsby finally hitting Australian  screens tomorrow (!!!) I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this Weddinsday to the sparkling era that was the roaring twenties. Gorgeous geometric lines, intricately beaded dresses, feathers, furs and vintage pearls all contribute to the opulent glamour of this iconic period.  So pick up your crystal martini glass, sit back in your velveteen divan and indulge in some Art Deco decadence. IMAGE CREDITS: Crystal Shoes, via Art Deco Wedding, Art Deco Purse, via Green Wedding S

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  It's not even officially winter here in Melbourne and I am already counting down the days until Spring. But let's pretend it's warm and sunny for today's post of floraltastic mismatched prints. Certainly not a new trend - my mum had her bridesmaids rocking the florals way back in '76. But it is now all about the chaotic mix and the beautiful match of patterns and colours. When you can't decide on a colour scheme, why not choose all of them in a whimsically wonderful frenzy of florals? IMAGE CREDITS: Bridesmaids, via Society Bride, Table Numbers, via Green Wedding Shoes, Teacup, via

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  Just in case you haven't figured it out by now... I love pink. It is such a sweet and happy colour that, if I had my way, my whole house would be furnished in this delicious hue. It is a very girly-girl colour and for a wedding you often need to balance it out with a 'manly' grey, black or navy to ensure your groom even turns up. But if you can convince your man, a sophisticated and elegant gold is the perfect partner to this very pretty pastel. Pink has just grown up.

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  I LOVE the idea of food trucks at a wedding. I am hoping Australian brides will follow the American trend and include them at their outdoor wedding receptions. Either in addition or to replace the traditional sit down meal, food trucks bring that touch of quirkiness and will keep your guests fed and entertained long after dessert is served. Midnight taco anyone?? IMAGE CREDITS: Carpe Donut Van, via Snippet and Ink, Miho Gastotruck, via Green Wedding Shoes, Curbside Gourmet, via Ten Lines Pica, The adorable Sydney based Sweet Jane's Travelling Teahouse, O Street Food Truck.

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  Is there anything more romantic and dreamy than flowers in your hair? Whimsical, ethereal and will make you feel like you just floated out of a Disney story with Bambi and Thumper as your new best friends. No longer just for the flower girls, many brides are opting for big floral crowns rather than traditional veils or headpieces. Indie Chic at it's floral finest. IMAGE CREDITS: Summer Street Photography, Silk Floral Crown, via Etsy, Rubies and Ribbon, Green Wedding Shoes, Natalie Watts, via Love My Dress, Barefoot Blonde, 

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  Made popular by eco warriors and fashionable hipsters everywhere, items made from reclaimed timber are huge in the fashion and interior design world right now. But the raw beauty of timber can easily be incorporated into different aspects of your wedding day too, from wood veneer invitations to these quirky wooden bow ties that I am simply in awe of. IMAGE CREDITS: Menu, via Green Wedding Shoes, We-Wood Watch, Invitation, via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Books, via Etsy, Wooden Bow Tie, Ring, via Etsy, Table Setting, via Tradesy, Cake, via Cake Chooser, Letterpress Invitations, via

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  I am by no means a 'my body is a temple' type, but I do like to keep my life relatively clear of harsh chemicals and products that contain a long list of ingredients that I can't even pronounce. Last year I stumbled across a website called Good Guide (I highly recommend a visit, but only if you are prepared to say goodbye to half your cosmetics) This has sparked my interest in clean living and I have since started using more natural products on my body and around the house. When I acquired the press, I was concerned about the chemicals and solvents I would need to keep it clean and

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  Today begins the start of a weekly blog series I like to call Wedding Wednesday or 'Weddinsday'. It will be a little collection board of current trends, colours and designs that I have noticed to be gaining momentum in the wedding world. I thought it would be appropriate to kick off Weddinsday with the 2013 Pantone colour of the year: Emerald. Emerald is simply a gorgeous colour. Vibrant, rich and, as it was named after a precious gem, it immediately conveys feelings of opulence and grandeur. I love seeing this colour combined with an otherwise simple black and white theme - very ar

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  I was an excited bundle of nerves during the very early morning drive to Montmorency to finally pick up my new presses. Bill was already there setting up his truck and we didn't have to do much but watch him in action. He was amazing. He knew exactly what to do and put which ropes where and I couldn't have been happier with how the move went. I must admit, seeing the presses in the air does fill you with a sense of dread and I was holding my breath until they made it safely on the truck bed. But made it safely they did and it took less than an hour to put two very heavy presses on t

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The hardest thing about buying an antique printing press (after having actually found one, that is) is the art of moving of it. They are pretty tough machines, but really, after being around for centuries do you really want to be the one who destroys it by dropping it off the side of a trailer? There are only a handful of professionals who are able to move these giant monoliths of machinery. And they are expensive, often abrupt and grumpy old men that don't quite appreciate your enthusiastic calls of 'Hi, remember me? You didn't call me back' I am still waiting on one guy to call me back in 5

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Well, after having the Golding Pearl snatched up from under me during the last 8 seconds of the eBay auction, I was devastated thinking I was never going to find a letterpress. That I was confined to a life behind a desk, staring into a computer screen. That I was never going to be able to work from home in a sunny studio, my kids playing beside me while I press some gorgeous invitations for a lucky bride (I have quite a vivid imagination!) But I soldiered on. Looking for the positives in the 'it's not meant to be' and 'something better is just round the corner' And it was! A few days after

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So the aim is to eventually turn Pink Teapot into a successful letterpress studio. I want to purchase a press and start using my creative talents to create gorgeously pressed wedding invitations. I have been in love with modern letterpress since I first ran my finger over that lovely impression on a card I found in Paperchase when I was living in London. There is something truly magical about a piece of thick fluffy cotton card pressed beautifully with a simple design. I was hoping to purchase my own press in time for my wedding and press my own invites. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, but I di

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  For years Cake Pops have been taking the baking world by storm. Some say they are gimmicky, but secretly they are just jealous they didn't think of this fabulously simple idea themselves. That honour belongs to my baking inspiration, Bakerella. If you haven't checked out her blog (and really, who hasn't??) you should. You really should. After my wedding (which I had been planning for most of 2012) I all of a sudden found myself with a lot of spare time. Cake Pops were one of those things on my baking bucket list so I invested in some lolly pop sticks and set to work. My very first eve

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My darling hubby bought me a gorgeous Candy Pink KitchenAid Stand Mixer that I have been lusting after for years. For it's maiden mix, I wanted to make something really special: Macarons! I have never made these before and yes, I know they are no longer on-trend (you know things have reached their bitter end when Brumby's start to sell them) but it is a baking challenge that has alluded me long enough. And regardless of their popularity, they are simply divine. Now Macarons shouldn't be particularly hard - it's only 4 ingredients - but it is the delicate balance of these ingredients that has

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