Rock Concert Dive Bar Wedding: Tom & Lindsey

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What could be more Rock n Roll than a concert wedding at a dive bar? Nothing! And that’s why I’m thrilled to be sharing Tom & Lindsey’s wedding at The Shakedown in Bellingham, Washington with you today.

“Our inspiration for our wedding was our relationship itself”, began the bride. “We have always had a ton of friends, gone to shows together, and eaten amazing, bad-for-you food. I’d say probably the first thing we decided to do differently was have our wedding at a bar. We met in college, on what’s known as Thirsty Thursday in the university world which is why we chose to get married at a bar on a Thursday.  When we approached The Shakedown, I think they were surprised that we wanted to have our wedding there, but they were very cool and very excited to make it happen.”

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“Next, rather than send out a formal invitation, I built an entire website (QR code included) and then designed show posters in Photoshop that would become our wedding invitations. I attached the QR code at the bottom for our tech-savvy friends and then designed concert tickets to go with the flyers that would include details about the ceremony itself, which took place two and a half hours before the Big Party. To keep with the theme, I made backstage passes and event wristbands as well.”

“Other things that we thought were pretty different is that my husband is a very popular, charismatic guy, so he played MC for most of our wedding and party himself, getting the crowd laughing and joking around. He also performed that night. His band played a 45-minute set during the latter half of the Big Party.”

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It’s Time to Celebrate and Win £50 to Spend on Etsy!

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I’m in a celebratory mood today because we just cracked 50,000 likes on the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook page. You guys are awesome! To celebrate I’ve partnered up with the fabulous Etsy to give one lucky blog reader a £50 voucher to spend on their amazing website. Happy Christmas to YOU!

Entering couldn’t be easier and there are a few ways you can do it, each action is a new entry and you can enter as many times as you like.

To Enter

♥ Like Rock n Roll Bride on Facebook and like, comment on or share this update on your own page.
♥ Follow me on Twitter, and tweet “If I won £50 to spend on @EtsyUK from @RocknRollBride I would buy…” and link to your favourite item or retweet this tweet.
Follow me on Instagram and upload this graphic to your own account (make sure you tag me in it!)
♥ Comment on this blog post telling me what you’d spend the prize on.

The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, good luck everyone!

This contest is now closed

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Intimate Elopement at The “Kill Bill” Church: Vicki & Lee

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It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with Made U Look‘s photography. I know I’m not supposed to have favourites and all, but if I was forced… well, they’d be way up there. They just kill it every time. Which is why, when Vicki and Lee sent me the photos of their elopement at a church in the Californian desert, shot by Made U Look, I didn’t hesitate for one second when I replied saying “Yes, yes, yes I want to feature you!”

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Quite apart from the stunning photographs, this is the kind of wedding that I truly adore. I’ve written before how much I love low key, simple and intimate weddings and this one completely encompasses that – no stress, no stuff, just the two of them, their son and their witnesses. The ceremony was followed by a jam session on guitars with beer and cake by the roadside – I mean, what could be more perfect than that?

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Nature and Victorian Fairy Inspired Vegan Wedding: Vikki & John

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When a bride is a wedding dress designer you just know she’s going to rock something truly incredible on her own wedding day. Getting married to John at the spectacular Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire, Vikki wore two stunning gowns, both of which she made herself. She also handmade her bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories.

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The day had two ceremonies, the first, a humanist handfasting blessing outside followed by the legal one right afterwards. The couple opted to do this as they really wanted to get married outside to fit in with their nature theme, but it is unfortunately still not legal in England.  “We had two ceremonies rolled into one, a personal and intimate hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland clearing in the grounds and then immediately afterwards a short legal ceremony in the library”, Vikki explained.

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DIY Tutorial: Steampunk Hair Comb

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Steampunk weddings are always incredibly popular when I blog them, so I’m thinking that a lot of you are going to adore this super simple but awesomely cool steampunk inspired DIY idea. Still looking for something to wear on your noggin? Well look no further…

Supplies Needed

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♥ Hair comb
♥ Felt
♥ Feathers in a variety of colours and sizes
♥ Old clock parts (eBay and flea markets are great for these!)
♥ Gold button
♥ Gold crystal beads
♥ Invisible thread and needle
♥ Chalk
♥ Glue
♥ Scissors

Method

Step One: Place your comb onto your felt and mark out the size. Draw an oval a little bigger than the comb length and cut it out.

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Wedding Perfection is a Goddamn Lie

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You’ve been lied to. The wedding magazines, the TV shows, even the wedding blogs… scrap that, especially the wedding blogs… have been deceiving you since day one. (Wedding) perfection does not exist. There are too many variables, too many things that can go ‘wrong’. But you know what? That’s OK.

Sure, the DIY projects you’ve been slaving over may not be as perfect looking as the ones on Pinterest.

Yeah, maybe your groom doesn’t want to wear that ever so cute patterned bow tie you saw some other dude rocking on his wedding day.

Maybe it’ll rain, maybe your dress will get a little muddy, maybe your divorced parents will have a fight…

SO WHAT?

A wedding is not supposed to be Pinterest-perfect. Your wedding is not a photo shoot. Your wedding doesn’t have to get featured on a blog or published in a magazine.

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