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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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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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Katya Katya London: A New Name, A New Flagship Store & A Brand New Collection!

My friends at Katya Katya London have been very busy indeed. Formally Katya Katya Shehurina they’ve not only given their name an update, but they’ve been busily designed their stunning new collection and they’re opening a brand new swanky flagship store in Chelsea THIS WEEK!

To celebrate I am thrilled to not only be sharing their new ‘Morning Mist’ collection with you but to share you a very special, exclusive offer just for Rock n Roll Bride readers!

The new boutique sure is pretty…

The ‘Morning Mist’ Collection is split into two sections – bridal and occasionwear (perfect for those Christmas parties or if you’re a colour-loving bride).

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A Fashion Editorial Inspired Engagement Shoot at a Sinking Yellow House

There are some people that ooze cool by simply existing and I think Nancy and Boogie fall firmly into that camp! Even their names sound awesome together. They wanted their engagement shoot to be more of a fashion editorial rather than traditionally romantic.

They shot at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston in front of a piece of art, a sinking yellow house created by Mark Reigelman. “While I was searching for possible locations, I stumbled upon this art piece my friend visited not too long ago”, Nancy explained. “Because of its unique style and since we’re big fans of art, I knew we had to somehow make it a part of our vision.”

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A December Vegas Elopement with a Glittery Sequin Dress

Is there any wedding more Rock n Roll Bride than a Vegas elopement and a silver sequin dress? Getting married in December with a £6000 budget, Nic and Loz decided Sin City was the perfect spot for them. The ceremony was held at The Little White Wedding Chapel and afterwards they wandered around Fremont Street, Seven Magic Mountains, the Vegas Sign and Caesars Palace for photos. They ended the night with a 30 inch pizza from Pin Up Pizza which they ate back in their hotel room.

“We met on a night out at university”, began the bride. “We had mutual friends and got chatting, he was grumpy but I liked his style. We hung out quite a lot for a while until uni ended and we moved to different places and lost touch. After four years we got in touch again, started chatting on the phone, met up and then got together! He’s cheered up a bit since then…”

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