10 Unique Engagement Gift Ideas

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Your best friend’s just got engaged – YAY! But oh crap, now you have to buy them an engagement present… and it can be quite a difficult task if they like to walk off the beaten path. Where exactly do you look for non-cheesy, non-clichéd gifts that they and their new fiancé will both enjoy? Don’t sweat it sister, I’ve got this covered.

himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamp

Praised for their air purifying properties, salt lamps are cheap, pretty and make for the perfect thoughtful gift. In fact I’ve been lusting after one for myself for a while…

cityscape vases

Cityscape bud vases

Vases (with a nice bunch of flowers in them!) are always a good gift, but instead of getting something boring and standard, what about something more modern and fun? I adore these angular cityscape inspired ones.

bat mug

Set of bat ceramic mugs

Dark as a night, this is a mug straight from a bat’s cave. Your gothic loving bestie and her beau are going to love drinking their morning coffee out of these matching mugs!

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His and hers pillows

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DIY Cabin Wedding in the Rocky Mountains

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Vanessa and Bret were married at Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway in the Rocky Mountains.

“Both Bret and I actually cared very little about the wedding”, explained the bride. “We just wanted to spend five days at the mountain with our friends and family. We focused on offering everyone an experience. All our guests were flying in from NYC or Brazil, so we wanted them to get to know a bit of the place we call home, Colorado. It was fantastic, the leaves were changing color for the fall (something the Brazilians had never seen before!) and everyone took their time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, walk around Downtown Estes and just really enjoy time together! We were going for a laid-back, woodsy vibe.”

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The bride’s amazing dress was from BHLDN, which she wore with a flower crown and veil made by her mother. “Everything for the wedding was DIY”, she continued. “My mother ordered fabric that matched our invitations and made every single napkin for the tables. Bret’s parents cleaned the entire yard and put together all the furniture and rentals. I shopped for vintage brass candle holders, brass apple bells for our flower girls, and created a botanical backdrop for our guest book. I went to thrift stores both in Denver and NYC looking for vintage trunks, luggage, and other props to decorate the reception. The rug that we stood on during our ceremony was a handmade crocheted rug by my aunt Neide.”

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Wedding with an Antler and Animal Skull Theme

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Anna and Daniel’s wedding was DIY in the truest sense of the word because they did everything themselves. The bride even made her own dress! The wedding had a really unusual theme too. They wanted something creative and were influenced by deer skulls and antlers!

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“When we first started looking for inspiration it didn’t take us long to realise that choosing a theme would be an impossible task”, recalled the bride, “we are are far too indecisive and there are so many possibilities! So we had a think about what was important to us and decided just to go with things we liked and tried not to worry too much if it didn’t all match. Creativity is at the heart of everything we do, for Dan it’s all about music and for me visual arts, design and all forms of making. We also enjoy good food and drink, laughs with friends, walks with our beloved pooch in the countryside and relaxed atmospheres.”

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Retro, Mexican and The Beatles Inspired Wedding

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Loving all things retro, Lucy and Michael always knew that would be the theme of her wedding. When it came to actually planning their big day though, they wanted it to be unique so they threw in some colourful Mexican influences for good measure! They had a mariachi band, their decoration was colourful and they even served a Mexican inspired buffet feast! The groom’s love of The Beatles couldn’t be ignored, so the bride walked down the aisle to one of their sings and their tables were named after Beatles albums.

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“Michael was the last of his college friends to get married, so he had always wanted the wedding to end all weddings”, began the bride, “and once I got hold of the planning I really became obsessed with the idea of creating an amazing spectacle – especially once I had stumbled across Rock n Roll Bride! The main theme was Rock n Roll Mexican but it became an amalgamation of all our varied interests and ended up being extremely eclectic!”

“We went to a Mexican restaurant for our first date and basically every meal since. We are obsessed with the food and culture but had never visited the country so we planned to have our honeymoon there. We wanted to add some Mexican inspiration to the wedding with vibrant colours, papel picado banners and Mexican inspired food.”

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Thursday Treats: The Most Insane Week of My Life!

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Last Thursday was just a little bit of an exciting day for me, which meant I totally forgot about Thursday Treats. I would say sorry… but, you know… I published a goddamn magazine so its more of a case of #sorrynotsorry actually!

Last week was an utter whirlwind. The comments from those of you that got your mitts on a copy were unbelievable and very, very overwhelming. So thank you so much for that. I’m so glad you all love it as much as I do! ALSO, issue 1 sold out online in just FOUR DAYS! OMG!!

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We’ll try our best to get more copies saved for online order next time, but if you really don’t want to miss out on the next issue, you can subscribe and have it delivered directly to your door!

Alternatively, there are still thousands (over 2,200!) of stockists all over the UK that are selling it. You can find out your closest stockists on our INTERACTIVE MAP! Simply enter your postcode into the search box and your closest stores will appear (you can then click the placemarkers for detailed store information as well as zoom in/out and pan around).

Please note, this page isn’t able to show current stock levels at each store. It’s just to help you locate official stockists. As a reminder, its being sold in large branches of WHSmiths (not ones in stations or airports) and Morrisons, and some independent newsagents.

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But that’s not all my news (I told you this week was insane)! On Tuesday I was invited onto BBC radio to talk to Anne Diamond all about the magazine launch! If you missed it, you can listen to it here (I’m on about an hour in, for 30 minutes).

So it may have had a longer break than anticipated, but my lovely weekly links round up is BACK with a bang! So put down your magazine for just one second, grab yourself a cuppa, and indulge yourself in all the best treats the internet has to offer.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Romantic wedding hand-crafted by the groom
Whimsical woodland wedding ideas
Modern wedding tribute to Elvis and Priscilla 
Check out these amazing Star Wars cakes!
♥ Rock n Roll New South Wales wedding
♥ Quirky and fun shoot in a disused swimming pool
♥ Hand-crafted, urban wedding in Atlanta

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Pinwheel and Unicorn Magic Wedding in Las Vegas

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Katie and Richard were saving to buy a house when Richard proposed. So instead of moving, they decided to splash out on their dream wedding in Vegas!

As they travelled for the wedding, most of the little things like flowers were provided by the chapel, but the bride did make all the pinwheels for everyone to wear. “I have always loved pinwheels so I knew I wanted to do something that included them”, she said. “I was speaking to Richard about themes and ideas and he said he was happy for me to do what I liked (YAY!) but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just about what I wanted Richard had to be in there too. Both of us love colour and whilst looking through the internet one day, my friend found some fabric patterns that she thought we would love. She sent me the links and I sat and looked at them all and pretty much fell in love with one of the patterns which included sugar skulls, birds and flowers but most important of all had pretty much every colour you could possibly want! It was a winner and I was able to order the fabric by Alexander Henry via Etsy.”

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Katie had her pink wedding dress and rainbow unicorn headpiece (!!) made by The Couture Company in Birmingham. “The rest of the ideas kind of just developed from there”, she continued. “I knew pink had to be included in my wedding dress because pink is just the best and I kind of just landed on yellow for Pam, my maid of honour. It wasn’t until we were looking for Richard’s shoes that things really clicked in to place. I wanted him to have something amazing so obviously Vivienne Westwood was one of the only places to look and there they were. They were pink and yellow and fabulous! Richard loved them and even though they would become one of the most expensive things he would ever wear, he had to have them.”

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