Thursday Treats: Discounts A-Plenty for Rock n Roll Brides!

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Goodness, I can’t believe we have less than a month to go until the next Blogcademy workshop! This time we’re hitting up London, which are always secretly my favourite classes. Not only because it’s my home turf and we hold them in the most beautiful space ever, but because the European babes always totally BRING IT with their energy and enthusiasm!

We currently have less than five tickets remaining for this class, and after this we won’t be back in the UK until at least this time next year, so if you’ve been umming and ahhing, go on, take the plunge! I promise you won’t regret it!

Here’s what I’ve been filling my brain with this week… PS I have some great discount offers to share with you today, keep reading to find out all about them.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Wedding photographer delivers album on the day of the wedding!
What I wish I knew before I got married
Big Sur woodland wedding
Mid-century and modern wedding inspiration 
♥ Your wedding night: expectation vs reality

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Bad Ass Smoke Bomb Bridals

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Just you wait until you get your peepers around these utterly gorgeous bridal images. Arranged by florist Aspen of Wild Valley Flowers and photographer Erin Wallis from Vancouver Island, the shoot came about because Aspen was obsessed with doing something a little more raw and edgy than she was seeing in the usual bridal styled shoots.

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The vintage dress was found at a thrift shop and was the starting point for everything else. “As the visions and all of the elements of the shoot were dreamt up by Aspen, my inspiration for the shoot came from the need to do something a little more wild but still beautiful”, photographer Erin told me. “I loved the idea of inspiring brides to do whatever suited them on a wedding day. To be as unique and beautifully authentic as they wanted.”

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Button and Brooch Bouquets That Will Fill Your Heart With Joy!

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If there’s one thing I’m seeing more and more, it’s brides that want to shirk a traditional floral bouquet and replace it with something all together more creative. And the possibilities really are endless. From brooches to buttons to candy and even paper or felt, all you need is a little imagination and a glue gun and you’re ready to go!

But what if, like me,  you have all the ideas, but you struggle with how to get them out of your head (and your Pinterest board) and into reality? What if you know you want something non-traditional but the idea of making it yourself brings you out in a cold sweat? That’s where Elizabeth Rose Events comes in.

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Based in York, Julia Strange started her own event design company in 2013, naming it after her mother and children. However over time, she realised that the part she loved the most was designing and making brooch and button bouquets so she morphed her business to reflect that. These days she spends most of her time scouring flea markets and vintage stalls in search of the perfect accessories to use on her beautiful, handmade designs. She also works very closely with an amazing supplier in America and will often trawl the internet for custom made, or specifically requested designs.

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Messy Countryside Playground Wedding

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It’s an undeniable cliché that I love all things surrounding weddings: the love, the family, the pretty dresses, the flowers… but I also love to hear the real stories behind these magical looking days. It’s all very well and good sharing the perfectly edited highlights online, but what really went down? Were there injuries? Was one supplier an utter nightmare? Did someone jump on a bouncy castle and end up with a bloody nose? Well, actually, now you come to mention it…

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Jack and Krysten were married last July at the groom’s family home. “We wanted it to feel like a playground”, the bride told me. “One of the starting points was having the venue as Jack’s family home, a six-hundred-year-old farmhouse with outbuildings and a pond. There was also the fact that many guests were travelling for the wedding: I am Californian and had friends and family coming in from all across the states. In addition, both of us had friends flying in from various other countries; Canada, Israel, Korea. We felt that because people were travelling such distances, we should really give them a trip to remember, which led to the idea of having it over two days – the ceremony and reception on the Saturday, then a barbecue/ garden games/ recovery day on Sunday.”

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How to Make Sure Your Guests Enjoy Your Wedding

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People always say that it’s “your day”, and while they are right I always think the best weddings are ones that really take care of the guests too. While I am all for making decisions based on what makes you and your partner happy, I think it’s really nice to consider how your friends and family will enjoy the day.

Here are eight relatively simple things you might consider doing. After all, happy guests will make the day even more magical!

Make transportation easy

Logistics, especially if you are having parts of the day in different locations, can be a stress point for some guests. Particularly if they’re not from the area it might be a nice idea to lay on transport to make sure everyone can get from A to B. For extra bride-points, why not lay on taxis to make sure everyone gets home safely too?

Offer plenty of food options

With so many people having allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements, picking one meal to suit everybody’s needs is most likely an impossibility! To make sure everyone is fed and watered, consider putting on a couple of meal options (you can ask them in your invites if they have any specific requirements or have a couple of options and get them to pick one). You could also have a buffet with lots of different things to try. Most catering companies should be able to rustle up vegetarian, vegan and gluten/ nut free options for specific cases.

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Have an open bar

OK so obviously this is very much budget dependant, but if you really want to hold favour with your guests, have an open bar! The more cost effective option might be to source drinks yourselves from wholesalers or supermarkets rather than using a bar service who will charge you per drink (pro tip: most supermarkets will do awesome bulk buy deals around Christmas so stock up then!)

Surprise them with things they might not have thought of

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, provide blankets or fans for the ceremony (climate depending!), have wellies for a potentially wet wedding and flip flops or ballet pumps on hand if people will be on their feet all night.

If you have guests staying over a ‘hangover kit’ including things like paracetamol, coffee, an eye mask, plasters and a mini toothpaste and toothbrush will also be very much appreciated the next day!

Include extra information on your invitations

The things your guests always want to know are directions and transport options, accommodation choices, things to do in the area (if they’re coming from out of town), dress code and info about the gift list. Make it easy for your nearest and dearest by including all this on an insert sheet inside your invites, or on your wed-site!

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Low Key Camden Wedding with Eight Guests

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If you want to do things low key, intimate and completely on your own terms for your wedding, they Anna and Mark’s big (well, small) day is going to inspire the hell out of you! They were married on December 29th at Camden Town Hall.

“Mark asked me to marry him the morning that I left for a two-week business trip and we agreed that we wanted to get married quickly while my best friend and his husband were in the UK from Texas”, Anna explained. “Mark’s daughter was here from New Zealand too, so we picked a date that was just over a month away. We told very few people before the day, which helped keep it personal and without any sort of pressure to make it more of an ‘event’. Fortunately everyone has been very understanding of this once the news was out and just been really happy for us.”

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“Keeping it small was really important to us”, Mark said. “We chose four people each as a guests. Keeping it quiet kept the pressure off. I think getting all the build-up on social media beforehand would have been too much. Although being the centre of attention on Facebook for two whole days afterwards was really touching.”

After the ceremony they had drinks at the World’s End in Camden, and lunch at Honey and Co. “We just reserved a table for our ‘reception’ at my favourite restaurant, Honey and Co. on Warren Street”, said Anna. “We didn’t tell them it was a wedding or anything.”

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