Thursday Treats: Join the Party!

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Have you heard the news? On Tuesday, on a bit of a whim, I started a closed Facebook group for Rock n Roll brides, grooms, wedding obsessives and vendors to connect and help each other with wedding planning. IT HAS GONE OFF THE CHARTS.

Within 24 hours of it launching we had over 1000 members, and it’s pretty much taken over my stream completely! It makes me so incredibly happy to see everyone connecting, sharing their plans, making friends and helping each other out. Isn’t that what the internet is all about?! I think it might just be the best thing I’ve ever done actually. If you’d like to join in the party, just click here to request an invite. Fair warning though, you might not get any work done for the rest of the day…

Here’s what else has been occupying my (limited!) down time this past seven days.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas
DIY Southern Highlands wedding
This pink ombre would be so good for a wedding theme too!
This bridal party is SO glam!
♥ Modern, bright, Jewish wedding
♥ 10 smile inducing cake toppers
♥ Incredible tropical bridal portraits – Take me to the beach right now please!
Yellow daisy wedding – The crochet cupcakes are just too adorable!

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Horror Film and Leopard Print Wedding… With Sphynx Cats!

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When I shared a preview of Fran and Lewis’ wedding on my Facebook page, you all FREAKED OUT – and with good reason too. I mean, just check out Fran’s killer Couture Company dress, those leopard Crown and Glory kitty ears and their guests of honour – their sphynx cats!

The pair were married at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and they had their reception of pizza and movies at home. “Our wedding was just ‘us'”, said Fran. “We wanted everything we love to be a part of the day. That meant cats, pizza, leopard print, Him (our favourite band) Frankenstein and horror films!”

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“Our ceremony was a hand-fasting and it was our favourite part of the day. Jumping the broom was amazing… and we got to keep it afterwards! We did it outside so it was really cold and really windy (my Nan had 3 coats on!) but it was wonderful. We also loved having our ‘reception’ back at our own house. Just having our best friends there and watching Pet Semetary (our go-to horror film!) and relaxing was amazing.”

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Five Tips for Creating Your Perfect ‘Wed-site’ with Squarespace

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When I got married, creating a wedsite where you could share all your important wedding info with your guests was practically unheard of. However these days, having one is almost as common as wearing a white dress and saying “I do”! And with amazing programs like Squarespace now available, its hardly surprising. It is now easier than ever to share your wedding details with your guests.

The great thing about Squarespace is that it’s super easy to set up and use, even for the most technically challenged amongst us. Today I wanted to share five simple tips which will help you make your own wedsite the very best it can be.

Set up a custom domain name

Every Squarespace annual subscription (which costs just $8 a month) includes a FREE custom domain name. You don’t even have to worry about going through a complicated registration process either, they’ll handle it all for you. Once you have your URL, all you have to do is include it somewhere on your (much simpler!) paper invites, which will direct your guests to your site in order to find out all the details about the wedding.

Make it easy to navigate

Remember, not everyone is going to be super technically savvy, so it’s important that your site is easy to navigate. Make sure each category is clearly labelled so that even your grandma could find what she needs to know!

Squarespace make this possible with their clean, crisp and modern templates. Simply choose the one you want and go! All the most important aspects will be easy to find as soon as you land on your homepage.

Personalise

Squarespace is perfect for creative types who love beautiful design but are a bit dense when it comes to anything technical. And, just like how traditional paper invites and supposed to ‘set the tone of your day’ your wedsite should too!

All you need to do is choose the template you like (they even have an entire series that are just for weddings), then you can personalise it with your own photos, colours and fonts that fit your wedding theme.

You can even use one of their gallery functions to create an album of your relationship so far, your bridal party, your engagement photos and your wedding pictures after the event!

ALSO, every template is responsive, which means your site will look just as good whether your guests are scrolling through on their phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer!

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Purple, Turquoise and Button Themed Wedding

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Oh I do love a wedding with a lot of COLOUR and Anya and Karl’s purple and turquoise celebration makes me very happy indeed! They were hitched at The Church Restaurant in Northampton in March.

“We just wanted to celebrate everything we have with the people who have been there for us”, began the bride. “We took inspiration from the things we love and who we are as a family. We had about seven months to plan the wedding. Our son, Grayson, was five months old at the time and it had been a challenging couple of years. Going through IVF, finally being able to meet him and finding out he was sick was really hard (he’s made a full recovery now) and then moving house! We had a moment when we realised that we are so lucky to be here as a family and while we’ve been engaged for five years, the time finally felt right!”

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“We didn’t want a white wedding or a wedding that was too big”, she continued. “I particularly love purple, have a thing about buttons and collect ribbons to re-use in my hair or for packaging! Karl loves anything unusual and bright, and as a couple we’re generally quite quirky with our choices.”

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Intimate Local Neighbourhood Wedding

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When wedding planner Christine married Lenny, she knew exactly what she DIDN’T want. “Our goal was to create something that felt like us and didn’t try and keep up with trends”, began the bride. “I’m a wedding planner and a bridal shop owner, so I live in Pinterest-land in my profession. Our wedding was different because I learn from my clients what NOT to do and what NOT to worry about. I also didn’t try so hard to be ‘different’. We just wanted a great celebration.”

The wedding was held in their local park, followed by a reception at The Roosevelt, a favourite local restaurant. “We wanted our day to be casual, fun and timeless. It was more about our friends and family having a good time than any aesthetic guidelines. We got married at the park at the end of our neighbourhood, and I got ready at my friend’s home that is a block away. I didn’t ask permission to get married in the park, didn’t rent chairs, and didn’t plan a million timeline details during the reception.”

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“The Roosevelt staff handled the food, booze and cake beautifully and I didn’t hesitate to delegate tasks to my awesome lady friends. We did have day-of coordinators to help though. My amazing assistants decorated the venue, placed parking signs, and welcomed guests. They even made sure I had a drink in my hand and food in my belly.”

“We decided not to have a sit down dinner, instead we served heavy hors’ deouvres with beer, wine and a bourbon punch. I was so worried about my family travelling from long distances not feeling like it was a ‘real wedding’ because there wasn’t a sit down dinner, but it was quite the opposite. Everyone was well-fed, nice and drunk and I got to have lengthy, real conversations with everyone. We all got to snack all night and really move around to chat with people.”

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Wanna Be In My Gang? Join The Brand New Rock n Roll Bride Facebook Group!

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I had a brainwave while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed last night. The Rock n Roll Bride page has always been very active. There’s a great community of nearly 150,000 people on that page who subscribe to see updates about this blog. However, for me, the real draw of Facebook is not to be mindlessly bombarded with updates about the blogs or businesses we follow, it’s a place to connect with our friends… to make new friends… and to share updates about our lives and loves.

For me personally, I spend the majority of my Facebook time either chatting with my besties over private chat, or taking part in the private groups that I’m a member of. I suspect that a lot of you are the same. So I thought, in a moment of madness, wouldn’t it be fun to have a Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group for us all to get to know each other, share wedding plans, ask for and give advice!?

When I was planning my wedding in 2007/8 private forums were hugely helpful. I also made a ton of friends who were on the same journey as me and they made my wedding planning so much easier! However people don’t really use independent forums any more, but everybody uses Facebook!

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