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40% off Tickets for The National Wedding Show!

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I am so proud to be partnering with the National Wedding Show for the second season running. The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is going to be bigger and better than ever with more alternative exhibitors, better workshops and the addition of the Rock n Roll Gallery to introduce you to some brand new suppliers!

Today I wanted to pop by and let you know just a small selection of the suppliers being showcased. There will be more added in the coming weeks too (if you have an alternative wedding business and you’d like to get in involved, it’s not to late. Get in touch!) so watch this space.

London: 23-25th September

At Olympia we’ll be joined by Bloody Mary Metal, Hannah Martin, The Whimsical Cake Company, Choccywoccydoodah, Boho Vintage, Clare Tam-in Photography, Nichola Ruby, Gin Fizz Photography, Patchwork, Craig and Kate Photography, Black Diamond Weddings, Caroline Arthur, Kitty & Dulcie and Crown and Glory – phew!

Birmingham: 30th September-2nd October

The brummy show takes place at the NEC and we’ll be there alongside Madame B’s Boutique, Miss Lola’s Bakehouse, Swizzle’s Matlow, Frock & Frill, Imagine Invites, Boutique Chic Unique, Green Button, Funkin Cocktails, Wish Upon A Sparkle, Flowers Forever, Amanda Cordine, Event in a Tent, Simply Flowers By Catherine, Daisy Dresses and again, Crown and Glory!

Manchester: 22nd & 23rd October

Finally the slightly smaller (but still mighty) show at Manchester Central will play host to Jane Bowler Studio, Mademoiselle, Event in a Tent, Jade Doherty, Magno Franco, Paper-Rose… oh yeah and Crown and Glory!

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of wedding fairs to choose from but the National Wedding Show is undoubtedly the biggest (there are over 300 exhibitors at each show!) and er, I’m going to be there so that has to count for something right? Ha!

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This is England ’86 Inspired Wedding Shoot

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If you loved This is England as much as I did, then you’re definitely going to adore this wedding shoot inspired by the ’86 series. Gotta love something with a bit of GRIT! The show is all about subcultures in the 1980s, as well as friendship and love, so it’s the perfect starting off point for a wedding themed shoot.

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“These photos show that you can have the wedding of your dreams, something that truly reflects your personality without being thrown into debt for years to come!”, said Lauren, who worked on the shoot. “So as well as being cool and pretty, I wanted this shoot to be honest, real and raw. This is why it features real mods, original skinheads and goths. They are all real life friends and real couples! They all understand what the alternative way of life is about.”

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Spooktacular Halloween Wedding

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Linda and Decky’s October 31st wedding was themed around – you guessed it – Halloween! But they also wanted to make it personal too.

“Our wedding theme was very much us, It was fun, eclectic and very, very personal!” said the bride. “We both take Halloween very seriously and dress up every year together. Our whole relationship is based on fun and we wanted to make sure that was the biggest part of our day. We wanted to let our imaginations run wild and always had thought a Halloween wedding would be a perfect celebration, even if our friends and family and random strangers had their doubts! In the end I think everyone was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.”

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“One of the most fun parts was that we had fancy dress and we both destroyed our outfits with fake blood!”, she laughed. “In terms of decorations we dressed the entire function room and church on our own. We collected jam jars for two years that were then dressed in lace and ribbon and scattered around.”

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Timeless Retro Inspired Wedding

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Annarose and Benji met when they were both dating other people (she was with his housemate!) However when those relationships ended they remained friends and got together soon after, one New Year’s Eve.

They wanted their wedding to have a slight punk vibe, but also to feel retro. “I have always been a fan of vintage fashion and style”, the bride said. “We really wanted to mix that with Benji’s deep musical roots. It really was a mixture of both of our personalities. We also wanted the wedding to feel timeless.”

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“The wedding was pure happiness. There was nothing solemn or serious, it was all lighthearted and fun. It was just like a giant party with all our friends! One of the things that made it special was that we did a lot ourselves including my dress, the flowers, the music, the decor and the invitations.

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DIY Tutorial: Folded Book Art Centrepieces

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If you’re considering a literary inspired wedding, or perhaps just want something a bit different for your centrepieces, then folded book art could be the answer. With a bit of practice and concentration, folded book art is easy to accomplish at a very low cost!

Thank you to Rachael Mills for submitting this fab tutorial and to Foldilocks for the folding pattern. Download the (free!) heart pattern before you begin, you’ll need it for the tutorial to make sense!

Supplies needed:

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♥ Hardback book, at least 20 cm tall (for this pattern you need a book with at least 82 pages – the pattern has 41 folds, each of which needs one sheet)
♥ Ruler
♥ Pencil

Method:

Step 1: Place the book in front of you as though you are about to begin reading it. Now turn it 90 degrees anti-clockwise until the spine is facing you.

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Step 2: A pattern looks better if it’s placed centrally in the book so we now need to calculate which page to start at. To do this simply divide the total number of pages by two to find out the total number of folds possible within your particular book. Mine has 473 pages so that means the maximum folds my pattern can have with 236. Them, subtract the number of folds that the pattern requires. This pattern has 41 folds so for my book the sum is 236 – 41 = 195. That means my starting point is page 195.

Don’t worry if you hate maths as this becomes second nature after a few patterns!

Step 3: You’ll be measuring from the top left corner across the book so place the 0cm mark of the ruler at the left hand edge of your starting page. You need to leave some room on the page to make the marks so don’t line it up too closely to the long edge of the page.

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Looking For Something Different to Display at your Wedding? How About Giant Deckchairs!

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I was walking around Brighton with my sister a few months ago when we spotted two oversized deckchairs that had been set up to promote an event. We decided to stop, hop on and take a quick photo and let me tell you we weren’t the only ones! There was a queue round the block of people waiting to do exactly the same thing. Who knew they’d be such a photo op hit? Well the guys at The Prop Factory clearly do because they’ve just launched giantdeckchairs.com, specifically for weddings!

They say, “Giant Deckchairs is the largest manufacturer and supplier of giant deckchairs all over the world. As the original creators, we have all the knowledge and experience to make our chairs the best and the highest in quality. Our customisable giant deckchairs are a massive head-turner at weddings, events and engagement photo shoots. We always get fantastic feedback from wedding parties – especially when it comes to the wedding photographs!”

“The chairs are entirely safe and tested too! They are BS EN tested to meet European safety standards and because we are an ethical company with an eye on the environment, the chairs use sustainable timber from an FSC Certified Supplier.”

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