Magical Woodsy Fairytale Wedding & A Bride in a Purple Dress

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Mike and Bug didn’t have a specific theme for their wedding but it turned into a bit of a magical woodsy fairytale scene! “I love the outdoors, succulents, DIY and crafts”, said the bride. “I love the style our venue, The Garden Cafe and the wedding planner there added the plants and colours I wanted to the space. She masterminded the whole gorgeous space.”

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“My awesome maid of honour bought biodegradable balloons shaped like white doves and filled them with helium and handed them out to the children at the ceremony who then released them as we kissed. She also bought biodegradable paper lanterns, the kind that float away, and it was the most beautiful moment I’ve ever been part of, watching everyone I love in this world gathered together sending off these beautiful lanterns into the night sky.”

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Things I’ve Learnt Whilst Planning My Sister’s Wedding

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In less than a week my baby sister will be married. Next Saturday she’ll be standing up there and all the stresses and strains of planning The Wedding Of The Century (fact) will have been worthwhile.

I got married in 2008, and without wanting to sound 672 years old, things were so different then. Back then, the fact that my bridesmaids wore black and we made our own cake was considered pretty unconventional. These days most people (ourselves included) would look at our wedding and think it was actually very, very traditional.

So needless to say I have learnt a lot in the past 12 months. It’s given me a brand new perspective of what it’s really like down in the trenches, and I’ve a new found respect for anyone who’s having a completely DIY or budget wedding. This shit is stressful you guys!

You’re going to offend and disagree with people… and probably feel guilty a lot

Arguments will happen. Whether it’s between you and your significant other, your parents, or well meaning (but, at times, irritating) friends. Emotions are high and there’s a lot to do so they are pretty unavoidable. If you get through your entire wedding planning experience without a single raised eyebrow then you must be a saint. Report to the Vatican immediately.

Having a wedding is just like throwing a big party. That’s stressful on it’s own except this party is the party, everyone’s invited and there are no do-overs. Also everyone has an opinion about it and their own expectations.

You need to attempt to strike a balance between realising the wedding isn’t just about you but also knowing that at the end of the day, it actually is. You have to consider other people’s feelings (because if you don’t you’re an arsehole) and understand that doing so doesn’t mean you’re ‘selling out’ or that your wedding won’t be cool/ alternative/ the most perfect day ever.

If you are arguing a lot, don’t take it as a failure and try not to feel bad about it. It doesn’t mean your wedding day will be in any way less awesome. It probably just means that everybody cares, and (in our case anyway!) everybody has their own, very strong opinions of how they’d prefer things to be done.

Compromise is key, which brings me onto my second lesson…

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You won’t necessary get everything you wanted 

This isn’t a wedding from a movie, this is real life. There are other people’s desires to consider and, as frustrating as it can be at the time, you can’t just stick your head in the proverbial sand and do everything to satisfy yourself.

For example, parents. This is an important day for them too and (especially if they’re contributing financially) you should consider what they want as well. They might have different priorities to you, but that doesn’t make them automatically wrong. Sure, they might think all the extra stress of hand making the favours is pointless, whereas you can’t think of anything worse than asking your guests to stand in a receiving line. As frustrating as it is, try to see things from their perspective. And remember, letting them ‘win’ certain things will not make your wedding any less special.

In the same vein, budget constraints might mean that you aren’t able to have everything you initially wanted. Make a list of the things you absolutely can not live without, and ditch or consider cheaper options for the rest.

You’ll spend more than you planned to

Its very rare that I hear about a wedding that came in under budget. Whether you have £500 or £50,000 to spend, there are always costs that you don’t factor in. I don’t really have any advice here other than to let you know that this probably will happen so brace yourself!

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Festive Wedding in Glasgow

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Lisa and Colin’s December wedding had a festive vibe without being overly themed. “I would say our inspiration was our own individual styles and the fact we love to party”, explained the bride. “Oh yes, we were heavy on the party!”

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“We considered loads of options for the venue. From village halls to warehouses but no where was quite right. Col suggested The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. We visited, had a tour, met the event planner and we booked it on the spot. It is a uniquely stunning venue and was absolutely perfect for us and it was city centre which made it easy for our guests.”

The bride’s dress came from Etsy. “I love disco so I wanted a dress that had a bit of glitter. I made my own headpiece with wire, holly, greenery and ribbon.”

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Issue 9 on Pre-Sale Today!

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This year is just moving faster and faster and I can’t quite believe it’s nearly July already (and that my sister gets married next weekend!) The end of the month can only mean one thing though… the new issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine is about to go on sale (cue explosions, fireworks and popping bottles of champagne).

Now, I hate to have favourites but would you get a load of that sexy-as-hell cover?! Nina and Jack are utter BABES and I can not wait for you to see their DIY vegan wedding that’s featured inside. So beautiful OMG. Thanks to the forever amazing Dale Weeks who photographed it. I think this is my favourite cover so far.

OK so what can you expect to find inside this fabulous new issue?

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Fashion Designer’s Wedding in Tel Aviv

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Zlil and Yosi met when they were both in the Israeli army ten years ago. Their wedding was held in Tel Aviv. The fashion designer bride helped design her own wedding dress. “Our wedding was light and urban”, she explained, “Most of our guests were young, and our friends.”

“The inspiration was to plan something fun, happy and easy-going. We both wanted a small wedding but for it to feel like one big party. We found ourselves surrounded by beautiful and loving people. Our main goal was to have a nice summer wedding, five minutes walk from our home.”

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“In Israel the tradition is to have a reception first, then ceremony and then dinner”, she continued. “However we decided to invite everyone to dinner first, then do the ceremony and then a big party with late night food and desserts. It was awesome and people were very excited that it was different.”

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What Starting To Exercise Has Taught Me About My Mental Health

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Denial and terror, what a joyful combination… but they’re things I’ve been dealing with for a very long time. Oh my goodness, what’s been going on? You might ask. Has something really bad and difficult happened? Are you trying to do something no-one else has done? Is it something completely revolutionary and new?

Well actually, no.

For the past 32 years I’ve been completely petrified of any form of exercise.

As a teenager I passionately resisted physical exercise as much as possible. I was always the girl in PE with a note from home, opting to do extra maths lessons (which I also hated!) instead. But ANYTHING would be better than having to run around a field or, horror of horror, do team sports. I’m not sure if it stemmed from being badly bullied or if I was just lazy, but ever since then I’ve had a complete mental block on breaking out in a sweat.

Over the past few years I’ve been in pretty bad shape. I was drinking way too regularly and for the most part, hardly leaving the house unless it was to go to the supermarket (working from home is awesome, but it does have a nasty habit of turning you into a hermit). I started to think that maybe, maaaaybe, I should start doing some exercise… but I was scared of EVERYTHING to do with it.

I was scared of trying, scared of failing, scared that people would judge me, scared that other people in the gym would think I looked stupid, scared that I wouldn’t know how to use the equipment, worried I’d look fat in workout gear… The list just went on and on.

People have been telling me for YEARS that exercise will make me feel better, but I kept pushing it away. “Yeah maybe it works for you”, I’d think, “But getting all sweaty and out of breath sounds like hell to me”. It was easier to self-medicate my moods with things like alcohol and shopping…

But then one day back in March something strange happened. I was feeling sluggish, depressed, and like I’d just spent too much time in front of my computer. Gareth was in the next room getting ready to go to the gym so I called through (I was too embarrassed to even look him in the eye) and I tentatively said, “Erm, hey, I think I might want to come to the gym with you today.” That’s the even sillier thing, Gareth has been a dedicated gym bunny for 5+ years. He loves it and he looks GREAT, yet still I was so anxious about even telling him I wanted to give it a try.

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