Skulls, Creepy Dolls & A Kick-Ass Halloween Wedding Party!

Leslie and Drew were married on 31st October 2016 as so, naturally, they wanted their wedding theme to be Halloween. The day was complete with skulls, creepy dolls and all the guests dressed in costumes!

“We’d been together for nine years and wanted to celebrate that,” began Leslie, “anything that wasn’t fun, we didn’t want. We ended up not having bridesmaids or groomsmen because we wanted everyone to feel included. Our invitations said ‘costumes mandatory’ on them. It made the atmosphere, some people were scary, some were pretty, but no one was wearing something they didn’t want to be in and everyone had fun with it. And because costumes were mandatory everyone assumed we’d be dressed as Beetlejuice or something, so when we showed up in a white dress and suit it was a surprise!”

Their ceremony was conducted by a family member, and was suitably ‘weird’! “I walked down the aisle to the Indiana Jones theme, I made it about half way before cracking up. My brother-in-law, Stuart, was ordained online and preformed the ceremony in his Jedi robes! He also wrote the ceremony. We told him to keep it weird and he obliged, opening with a brief history of homo-sapiens and their rise to power through unity and ending with the mathematically increasing odds that we will be swallowed up by a sinkhole.”

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Tacos & Tattoos: A Quickie Yet Fabulous Las Vegas Elopement

Heather and Riley are met in Afghanistan in 2013 when they were both deployed to Kandahar from their respective countries (Riley from Australia and Heather from the US). At the time of their wedding Riley was still deployed in Iraq and flew out to Vegas for their ceremony! He then had to return to Iraq immediately after their honeymoon, just two weeks later. They wanted their wedding to be a bit of old Hollywood glam mixed with some of their favourite things including tacos, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Batman and tattoos!

“The inspiration for our wedding was everything that we love,” explained Heather. “We are foodies and my favourite food is tacos, hence our reception at the two story Taco Bell Cantina/Club on the strip! We had accessories with touches of characters we love such as Harley Quinn, the Joker and Batman. We got matching tattoos to commemorate our special day and I carried a paper flower bouquet which was custom created to tell our love story. Each flower was made of paper that has some significance; my favourite bible verse, lyrics from the song I walked down the aisle too, our country’s flags, Batman and Joker comic book, Wonder Woman comic book, Star Wars characters, a ‘junk food’ flower (that had tacos, pizza, burgers, and fries on it), and flowers made of maps of important locations to us. My bouquet is my most favourite accessory from the whole day!”

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I Bought A Custom Neon Sign For My Office!

I have always dreamt of owning my very own neon sign for my office, something custom designed just for me that would make a big statement. But I assumed this was probably a bit of a pipe dream because of the expense and logistics. That was until I discovered bag&bones who were able to make my neon sign dreams come true!

Offering a large range of pre-designed signs from as little as £59, as soon as I stumbled across them on Instagram I was hooked. I then discovered that they offer a bespoke design service, where you can bring your own vision to life. So, of course, I emailed them immediately to find out the cost and if my rainbow sign dream could be made into a reality.

Their prices for smaller custom designs start from as little as £225 (mine was closer to £750 because of the size and number of colours), and bag&bones can translate everything from brand logos, classic lyrics and favourite quotes to energy efficient LED neon.

You can be as involved in the design process as you like, either submitting your own logo/ design or giving them some ideas and letting them come up with something fabulous. I actually spoke to our lead designer here at Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna, to ask her for font ideas (obviously I love her aesthetic and designs so she was definitely the person to ask for advice!) and she suggested this classic neon font. bag&bones were then able to take this, add the rainbow to the top and voila! Delivery was free and it took around 6 weeks to arrive once I’d confirmed my order.

I can not even TELL you how happy I am with my sign! Even Gareth loves it… Now I wonder if he’ll be up for getting another for the front room!? The sign is made of LED rather than traditional gas/glass neon, which not only keeps the costs down but means it way easier to install. You literally hang it on the wall like a picture, plug it in and go!

I’m yet to hang it on the wall, but I’m going to make it the centrepiece of a gallery wall in my office. I’ve bought some super cute prints from Society 6 and white frames from Wilko. It’s going to look amazing (if I do say so myself!)

Henry is a bit of a fan too, he loves the pink light and seems to want to stare at it just as much as I do!

BEST. PURCHASE. EVER. The end.

Super Pretty Rustic Wedding for a Heavily Tattooed Couple

Emma and James love alternative culture (as you can see by all their tattoos!) but for their summer wedding they still wanted the theme to be feminine and timeless. They were married in Manchester at The Castlefield Rooms.

“I would describe our wedding theme as rustic, vintage and delicate”, began the bride. “We were inspired by a woodland and vintage items. I love all things wild and textured, and I would pick lace over satin and pearls over diamonds any day!”

The bride wore a dramatic fishtail gown, which she bought from Bridal Factory Outlet. “I had alterations to make to dress more fitted, lower the back (as it was previously a high back dress) and hidden hooks that thread your bra back through so it pulls down and hides wearing a bra. I kept my dress and accessories simple and to a minimum as my skin is decorated and i just think sometimes less is more!”

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Party Vibes Vegan Wedding in Norwich

Nicoletta and Adam wanted a relaxed city wedding which reflected them both, was close to home and filled with their family and friends. They only served vegan food and filled their wedding with all the things they love.

Their ceremony was held in a medieval hall in Norwich. “Norwich is full of history and it was awesome to get married in such an iconic building,” began Nicoletta, “The ceremony was so intimate and wonderful. I walked down a beautiful staircase into an historic hall and we were married under the most stunning bay window. Walking down the staircase and seeing Adam waiting for me was my favourite part of the whole day. My mother held the ceremony and so it was incredible to have her there at such an important part of my life. We read our own vows, made out promises and all in front of our closest friends.”

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Ten Questions to Ask Your Stationery Designer

We’ve covered ten questions to ask your wedding photographer and videographer, and today we’re chatting to stationery designer Nikki from Knots and Kisses to find out the things you should ask anyone you’d like to book to design the paper pretties for your wedding.

Other than your photographer and venue, choosing who to work with to create your wedding invitations is probably one of the first things you’ll need to look at when planning your wedding. Your invitations are that initial glimpse for your guest’s as to the look of your day so for many it’s really important to get right.

I’ve been working as stationer now for eight years and chat to other stationers in the wedding industry on a regular basis and there are a few basic questions you could ask us before booking which would make ordering your stationery so much easier and less stressful!

1. Can I get an idea of the style of your existing work?
Whatever wedding service you are booking, it is essential that you ask to see samples of previous work so you can gauge their style and what they do best before you go any further. Make sure their style already aligns with any ideas or Pinterest board you might have. Don’t assume a stationer can do any style, especially if you are looking for a bespoke design and NEVER ask them to copy something you have seen elsewhere. Most stationery designers will work best if they are creating the style of work they love and you will get the best out of your stationery and invitations this way as well.

2. How far in advance should I book?
If you are in the early stages of wedding planning and are starting to look at the suppliers you would love to work with then pop them an email as soon as you can. Its important to check what their lead times are and how far in advance you should book them. Lead times will vary depending on if they print in-house or outsource it, and if you want something bespoke designed for you that will take longer too.

3. What are your turnaround times?
Again this is something which it is great to find out as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Many stationers outsource their printing so it’s not just a case of ‘pressing print’ and bingo 24 hours later you have invitations. It takes time to go through a proper proofing process to make sure you are 100% sure that everything is exactly how you want it. Then there is the setting up of print files, the printing itself and the hand finishing and packing. Asking this question in advance means you won’t be thinking you have plenty of time to order and then be frustrated.

4. Can I change the colour of an existing design?
Most stationers will offer some sort of service where they will change the colours of an existing design for you at very little extra cost. It can be a really good idea to go down this route if the cost of having a fully bespoke option is outside of your budget, so worth an ask rather than dismissing the stationer immediately because they don’t have exactly your colour scheme in their standard collections.

5. When should I send out my wedding invitations?
While when you send your wedding invitations out is entirely up to you, most stationers will have experience on the ideal time and can advise on when is best based on the type of wedding you are having. Use their experience and you’ll find the whole process much less stressful!

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