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Kitsch, Vegas-Inspired Wedding in Birmingham

They flew over to Las Vegas to elope, but Sally and Stuart still wanted a party back home in Birmingham to celebrate with their loved ones. “Our wedding was themed around kitsch, Vegas and movies with cheesecake”, said the bride. “We had a Las Vegas elopement on Valentine’s day because we visited the travel agent on a whim during Christmas and found ourselves with six weeks to organise our outfits! We got married at The Little White Wedding Chapel by Elvis. Our friends and family watched over the internet and when we got back, we promised our family and friends a party so we wanted to bring a bit of Vegas to them.”

The party was held at The Bond Company in Digbeth. “It was easy for everyone to get to and we had been to some fun events and food markets at the venue. Digbeth is also very vibrant with constantly changing street art and we wanted our photographs to reflect that. We chose our photographer Lisa Carpenter, based on wedding photos she had done in the area for another wedding and on the day, she had scouted out areas with awesome street art for us to be photographed in front of.”

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DIY Wedding with Peacock Colours

Chris and Ixchelt’s March wedding was inspired by the bride and groom’s favourite colours – purple and green. They had a budget-friendly DIY wedding at The Mytton and Mermaid hotel in Shrewsbury.

“Our inspiration was peacock colours!”, said the bride. “Purple is one of my favourite colours and green is Chris’ so we just added a bit of teal into the mix after getting ideas online. After that it made sense to give it a bit of countryside rustic feel too due to the venue being in the wonderful Shropshire countryside. We wanted the wedding to be colourful, warm, intimate and relaxed.”

“We pretty much DIYed everything. We bought paper pom poms to hang all over the venue for a pop of colour, printed Polaroid style photos of our engagement shoot which we hung around the tree by the river, and we used rolls of organza in three colours as runners for the wedding breakfast. We painstakingly collected jars for months for the centrepieces and my mum (a retired florist) did all the flowers.”

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Colourful Mexican (Second) Wedding

Jou and Fer were officially married in Guatemala in 2015 – in fact we featured their amazing steampunk wedding on this very blog! However, since the bride is Mexican, they decided they wanted to have a second, religious celebration as well. Their theme was simply ‘Mexico’.

This second wedding took place in July at Hotel La Cañadita. “We had a lot of friends playing a important roles in this day”, said Jou. “Apart from the caterers and the DJ, everyone who provided services were all friends. This made it very special for us.”

The ceremony was held in a beautiful garden. “It was rainy season but we were lucky that it was a sunny day. I made a funny mistake during the vows – I said ‘I take you as my wife’ rather than husband and everyone laughed before I’d even realised what I’d said. It’s impossible to pick just one favourite moment from the day but the ceremony was pretty special. I also loved when my dad cried while I danced with him. Fernando said his favourite part was that everyone got really drunk!”

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The Ultimate Guide To Veils & How to Choose the Right One for You

Whether you think you want to wear one or not, I think every bride should try on at least one wedding veil. Like nothing else, veils have the power to completely transform your entire wedding day look and whatever kind of dress you’ve picked, you can totally rock one.

However there are so many different types of veils available that it can be a bit confusing and rather daunting when you start looking for one. Luckily, today we’ve partnered with Britten, experts in the field, who are here to demystify everything veil-related for us!

What are the different types of veil?

Single tier wedding veils

These are what most people imagine when asked to picture a veil. Single tier means that the veil flows from it’s attachment point (normally a comb) down the back. There is no blusher section of veil in front of the face.

Two tier wedding veils

This means that the veil includes a ‘blusher’ which can be pulled forward over the face. This is raised during the ceremony for the first kiss or at the exact moment you are married and is then swept back over the head to form a second layer at the back of the veil. Britten make their blushers 72cm long but they can be made to any length if requested.

Drop veils

This is a two tier veil with no gather at the top. They are often held in place with a headband or hair pins, rather than a comb.

Mantilla veils

This is a single tier veil with no gather at the top. Britten sew a comb to the top of each of theirs so they can be worn at the top of the head. They are also sometimes described as Spanish veils.

Juliet veils

These are where a ‘cap’ of material holds the veil in place. This is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England. It is believed the design dates to actors performing Juliet in the original performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Bandeau veils

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Rustic, Bohemian & Music-Filled Wedding

Amy and John wanted to be married outside and for their wedding to have a bohemian and rustic vibe. Both being massive music lovers, that was also always going to be a big part of the celebrations. They had a rock and blues band (who are all their friends) as their entertainment and the bride sang with them in the evening too!

“We met 11 years ago working at the same hospital”, began Amy. “We dated for a few months but decided to just remain friends. We stayed in contact over the years and then in 2014 we got back together and five months later we got engaged. Despite our years apart with always knew we’d end up together… And so did our friends and family!”

The day was held at Lemore Manor in Herefordshire.  “We didn’t want a traditional wedding in a church or indoors so when we found our venue we fell in love with being able to get married outside underneath the bandstand and for all our guests to be seated on hay bales. We also didn’t want a standard wedding band, so we had a rock and blues band play for us who just so happened to be our family friends. I guess what made it more unique is that I’d sang with the band before and I was able to sing with them on our wedding day. Most of the music played throughout the day was rock, blues and acoustic.”

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The Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planner is Here!

Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, Facebook groups… there are so many amazing online resources to help you plan your wedding. Yet there is still something so satisfying about ripping pages out of magazines, jotting down ideas and keeping all your plans in one, offline space.

Enter: The Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planner!

It’s time to take a welcome break from your screen and rediscover the joy of writing lists, scrapbooking ideas and keeping everything nice and organised.

I’ve teamed with my girl, stationery diva Veronica Dearly, for this and I am SO EXCITED about what we’ve created. In fact, I might just burst!

The planner comes in a super fancy A5 ring binder and is going to make you so damn organised you won’t know what to do with yourself. It’s like a modern day Funfax (OMG remember those?) for alternative brides!

The planner is broken up into four sections: Calendar and Timeline, The Nitty Gritty, Fun Stuff and Notes. The 18 month calendar is where you’ll jot down all your appointments and generally plan your life, and the planning timeline will let you know what to do and when. There’s even a budget checklist to keep you on track.

The Nitty Gritty section is where we get down and dirty with every aspect of the planning process. I’ve shared my tips for each important bit (from choosing your dress, writing your invites, managing your guest list and RSVPs, choosing your cake/ flowers/ decor etc) and I’ve even written you some madlibs to make writing your own vows a breeze (you’re welcome).

Plus, of course, there is oodles and oodles of space for you to scribble your notes, ideas and general wedding musings, and plenty of fun surprises along the way. Postcards! Stickers! Hilarious Veronica Dearly drawings!

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