Retro Inspired Backyard & Amusement Park Wedding

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Max and Kristen were married at the groom’s family home, followed by their reception at a local amusement park! “We have a love for 50s fashion and general art and design aesthetics”, said the bride. “Lakeside Amusement Park supplied an art deco flare and an offbeat reception venue that we had always dreamed of having as a backdrop to our celebration.”

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Their ceremony was in the back garden and it rained! “It started raining the exact moment that I stepped foot outside the house for my procession and it stopped right as the ceremony ended”, she laughed. They say that’s good luck, though! Since neither of us are religious, we wanted the ceremony to be focused on personal stories, readings from literature and poetry that have meaning to us, and friends.”

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Introducing: Fat Pom Poms… Plus Win a Multicoloured Rainbow Pom Pom Headband!

Today I wanted to do something I have’t done for many years, to introduce you to a quirky new wedding supplier, but in the form of an interview. It was really fun to revisit this format of blogging and to pretend like I was a legit interviewer for a moment there!

Be sure to read to the end of the article too to find out how you can win the headband featured above in your choice of colours.

We all know I am obsessed with headwear, the crazier and more colourful the better, so I think it’ll come as no surprise that today I’m chatting to someone who makes gorgeous things to wear! Introducing Jess of the fabulously named Fat Pom Poms…

Can you introduce yourself to the Rock n Roll Bride readers. Who are you and what do you do?

Hello! My name is Jess and I own an accessories and decoration business called Fat Pom Poms. As the name suggests, it centres around the amazing world of pom poms! We make headbands, garlands, necklaces, earrings, wreaths… the list keeps growing!

Tell us a little about the process of working with you? How does it work and do you take on specific briefs/ commissions?

I mostly sell through Etsy and love working with each customer to find exactly the style they want. I welcome anything that paints a picture in my head – whether that be pictures, weird and wonderful descriptions or a theme! I also list previously made items on there which can all be remade with the same colours or customised to specific requirements!

What’s your favourite thing about running your own businesses and what are the biggest challenges?

My favourite thing about running my own business is that I have 24 hours a day to be creative and choose when I work and how long I work for. If I was stuck to a 9-5 schedule I think I would only get about 3 hours of work done a day! I definitely work better after lunchtime when my mind has been cleared of the day’s tasks such as going to the post office and putting my washing in! However this can also be my downfall as come 5 ‘o clock most friends have finished work for the day. Luckily I’m quite happy sitting inside making pom poms!

I also find one of my biggest challenges is keeping up with the business side of things. All I’ve ever wanted to do is create things for people to enjoy, so the serious side is not really my forte! I’m getting there though…. I think!

What are you most proud of in relation to your business?

I am most proud of how much I have improved from the first couple of headbands I made! I look back now and cringe, but at the time I was very happy with what I had achieved and now two years later I am amazed that I have stuck to this and made a business by myself, self taught and mostly from my bedroom!

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Colourful Carnival Wedding

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Lauren and Ray’s September wedding had a colourful carnival theme! “Our wedding was a rainbow carnival”, explained the bride. “We wanted to bring out the happy, colourful kid in everyone that was there. Ray also wanted a BIG party. Some of our most fun details were the stuffed animals that we bought to give away as prizes. There was also a fire-breather and an aerialist. Part of our ‘entertainment’ was both of us (and the wedding party!) getting dunked by friends and family in an actual dunk tank to raise money for the honeymoon!”

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The ceremony was super emotional. “I cried the whole time!”, the bride laughed. “Somebody’s Getting Married from The Muppets Take Manhattan played while people took their seats and I walked down the aisle with my father to Sea of Love of Cat Power with full on waterworks. It was THE moment and it was hitting me all at once. Our officiant was a friend ours in the burlesque community. She typically hosts shows but this was her first wedding. She read her script from the inside of a copy of The Giving Tree (my favourite childhood book). We wrote our own vows too which were based on unconditional love, support, acceptance and striving to be the best versions of ourselves. We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet and right afterwards the carnival games and entertainment began!”

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No Dicks Allowed: A Hen Do Without The Penis Straws

This weekend was my sister’s hen do (bachelorette for my American readers!) We planned everything as a surprise for her, but were under strict instructions that there be nothing pink, fluffy or penis shaped!

After posting a few photos on social media, I’ve had lots of questions about where we were and what we did (apparently a lot of you also want a send off that doesn’t involve inflatable penises or matching tee-shirts!) so I thought I’d share what we got up to. I’ve also ended the post with a few bonus tips to make sure your own alternative hen do goes off without a hitch!

Renting a house though Airb&b

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There were 11 of us, so we decided that hiring a big house that we could all stay in would be the most fun and economical option. Rachel (my sister) didn’t really want to go ‘out out’ so we didn’t need to be near a big town or city.

I trawled Airbnb for weeks to find somewhere big enough to sleep everyone, that didn’t cost a thousand pounds plus a night, and if there was a hot tub or a pool, even better! Eventually we found Lower Tadmarton House, near Banbury. It was wonderful! The house slept up to 16 (although we had to share double beds, which no-one seemed to mind) and we had the option of hiring in a hot tub at an additional cost. It was PERFECT.

If you are wanting to do the same my advice would be to start looking way earlier than you might think you need to (especially if you’re doing it over a popular weekend, like the May Bank Holiday). I booked this place in January but even then a lot of the places I considered were already booked. Plus, some people did reject our booking when they found out we were a hen do! Mean!

Crown and Glory’s Candy Shop and a henna artist

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Simple Yet Elegant Purple & Grey Wedding

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Amanda and Jake were married in January. “The theme of the wedding was simple and elegant”, explained the bride, “and our colours were purple and grey. The inspiration was based on the colours I love and just basically how I always pictured my dream wedding! I wanted it to be at night, to be romantic and for there to be lots of lights.”

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The ceremony was held at a local church. “The ceremony was beautiful!” Amanda continued. “One of the best moments was when Jake said ‘I do’ because he not only said it to me but also to my two little girls. That was really significant. My favourite parts of the wedding was hearing his vows, listening to the speeches from the people we love, and dancing with my friends and family.”

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Intimate and Cosy Wedding at Manchester Town Hall

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American Courtney met her British groom met when she went to get tattooed by him! “I was following him on Instagram and I really loved his traditional work and, well, he was English (how dreamy)”, Courtney began. “But being in the US, I didn’t think I’d get an opportunity to ever get tattooed by him.”

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“Then one day, he posted that he’d be coming to the Midwestern states and to email him if you were interested in getting tattooed. I jumped at the chance to get an appointment! When he replied the conversation was very natural and we began texting each other everyday for weeks. Long story short, Rich came over and we spent the whole time together. In that time we decided that in a month, I’d come to visit him in England.”

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