The London ExCel Wedding Show Ticket Discount Offer

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There are a million and one wedding fairs (or so it sometimes seems!) all over the UK. While I think visiting at least one is a bit of a right of passage for all brides-to-be, how do you know which is the best one to visit?

Well, to help you make up your mind, I’ve got an exclusive ticket offer for The London ExCel Wedding Show, taking place between January 31st and February 1st.

This is the show to go to if you want to pack some serious wedding research into just one day. They have over 100 suppliers exhibiting including all the big names like John Lewis, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Burton, Moss Bros, Sandals, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Nigel Rayment, Coo Jewellers, and Charm Cupcakes.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your wedding day look, then the event also includes catwalk shows three times a day with make up by Benefit Cosmetics (so you just know that its going to be fab!). Bridal coach Michele Paradise will also be on hand to provide brides with essential top tips for their big day. Freddie Entertainment will also be on stage with renditions of everyone’s favourite classic songs throughout the day.

Finally, every visitor will receive a goodie bag packed with treats, gifts and a show guide so you won’t get lost!

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Quirky & DIY Theatre Wedding

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Laura and Aidan were married on the stage at Wakefield Theatre. They had a small wedding budget, spending just £3,500, but their wedding was every bit as special as one with 10 times the money in the pot!

“The stage was set up to have a starry night backdrop and tea lights in jam jars scattered over it”, began the bride. “Someone has commented it was very midsummer’s nights dream, which wasn’t the theme but it did look like that. It felt very romantic and special and because we were on stage away from people it felt actually very intimate. It was exactly what we wanted in a venue; laid back, not overdone, faded but glamorous.”

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The bride wore a vintage wedding dress which she found on eBay, “My dress was a stunning princess style gown with a touch of Audrey Hepburn. My shoes were vintage Manolo Blahnik with a kitten heel in a brogue style in pale blue and white. My bridesmaids were my daughters, aged 6 and 8, and they were orange jumpsuits  from Monsoon and stripy black and white pointy shoes. My cousin, Alice, was also a bridesmaid but wore whatever she wanted. She looked great and helped out so much.”

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Yes, You Can Have the Understated Elopement of your Dreams!

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Full disclosure: this isn’t a real wedding… BUT I had to feature it anyway because I love the idea of running away to a mountain and having an adorable and completely understated elopement ceremony!

“I have always wanted to photograph a real, true elopement and have never gotten the chance!” wrote wedding photographer Brittni Willie. “I think being from Utah, most brides think they must have elaborate weddings with everyone they know (and don’t know) in attendance and I wanted to challenge that and show people how beautiful and yet simple an elopement can really be.”

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“I suggested the idea to one of my previous wedding couples two days before we actually shot the elopement. We planned the whole thing in two days which I also thing really adds to authenticity I wanted to capture in the shoot. There were multiple parts of this session that I didn’t want to feel forced, or include too many vendors (if any) and spend hours of shooting to get 5 ‘perfect’ shots. We spent $80 in total. I wanted it to feel REAL.”

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Thursday Treats: The Blogcademy Online is Coming; Discount Codes and Free Videos for ALL!

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Madeline Kate

In just one week’s time, The Blogcademy Online launches and I am beyond thrilled about it! For those of you that don’t know, The Blogcademy is the in-person blogging and business workshop that I’ve been hosting with my friends (and blogging superstars!) Gala Darling and Shauna Haider since 2012. We’ve taught nearly 1000 people on several continents since then and next week we are making the course available online for anyone who can’t, or doesn’t want to, attend a live event. It’s going to be an astronomically exciting day!

To get you warmed up, we’ve released three educational videos over the past three Thursdays and you can watch them all right now for absolutely dilly squat! My video, Ten Lessons All Bloggers Should Learn, went up two weeks ago, Gala’s on how to make your blog charismatic went live last week, and today Shauna’s on creating a blogging business plan (which is actually a preview of one of the segments in the course itself) is available for your viewing pleasure.

To watch the videos, simply zip over to theblogcademy.com/online, scroll down, log in using your Facebook account and click play!

If you’re interested in The Blogcademy Online, you should definitely sign up to our mailing list (put your name and email address in where it says “Get our top secret blogging resources” on the front page of our site) because everyone that does will receive a discount code to use on the course when it becomes available next week.

Woohoo, party time, excellent!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Colourful Florida wedding
Whimsical and fun rainbow wedding
Modern wedding in Omaha
♥ Pretty, pastel homemade wedding
Bright geometric wedding ideas
Fairytale inspired wedding

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Jessie Holloway

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Colourful Spanish Orchard Wedding

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It’s no great secret that I adore colourful weddings. Eli and Miquel clearly feel the same because their Spanish wedding was filled will glorious colour! “We wanted our wedding to have an air of festivity and a colourful but casual tone”, said the bride, “It was a magical night. The venue, L’Avellana Mas d’en Cabre, really helped to make everything a success.”

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The wedding fell on June 23rd, St. John’s Eve, the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. “Because it was St. John’s Eve, everyone was even more in the party spirit”, she continued. “Our inspiration was this night, the first night of the summer, and was full of magic and colour.”

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Start Your Own ‘Wed-Site’ with Squarespace

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When you get engaged the inevitable barrage of questions will soon follow: “Where’s the wedding taking place?” “Where’s the best place to stay nearby?” “What should we get you as a gift?” “What’s the dress code?” Setting up your own website (or ‘wed-site’ as you might have heard them referred to) is a quick and easy way to put all the information your guests might need in one place.

Just like so many brides-to-be, I started Rock n Roll Bride to document my wedding planning journey. I wanted an online space to share my ideas, talk about my plans and to connect with like-minded brides and grooms. While I didn’t use my blog as a ‘wed-site’ so to speak, I loved the freedom that a blog format gave me when it came to writing about my wedding online.

I used a platform called Blogger, which worked fine, but in all honestly it was pretty ugly, heavily branded with their own logos and, as a complete novice, not that easy to use… So much so that I accidentally deleted the whole thing in 2009, and had to start all over again!

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If you’d like to start your own wedding blog or ‘wed-site’ and you’re as un-technically minded as I was (ahem, still am!) then you might want to check out Squarespace. The real beauty of this system is just how easy it is to use, and how even a complete beginner can get started and make their site look gorgeous, without needing to learn a single line of HTML!

Their beautiful and modern templates (of which there are six specifically for weddings) can be changed quickly and easily with their amazing drag and drop system, and every template is responsive meaning that your site will look just as great on a phone or tablet as it does on a 50 inch computer monitor.

Squarespace also include some pretty nifty features specifically with brides and grooms in mind. Not only can you post photos and information about your wedding and bridal party, but you can connect your gift list from anywhere else on the internet, or even add a cash gift list with ease.

However, one of the best additions has to be the ability to collect mailing addresses and RSVPs via your site. You can add a simple form that your friends and family can fill out and then their info will be automatically dropped into a Google spreadsheet! Talk about taking all of the pain out of the dreaded RSVP process!

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