Super Budget, Totally Kick Ass Alice in Wonderland Wedding

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There must be something in the water because I’ve now featured three brides with blue hair in the past week. Well, it is the best hair colour after all!

The reason I fell in love with this wedding has nothing to do with Kaylee’s tresses though, and everything to do with the fact that they had the most kick ass day, on a minuscule budget. I love sharing weddings like this because they prove that it is completely possible to have an awesome wedding without spending a fortune. You just have to prioritise what you really want (in Kaylee and Jake’s case their only big expense was the photography) and be smart about where you get everything else. The bride found her wedding dress in a vintage store for £20 for example!!

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“We set out to have a vintage theme which mixed with our love of all things crazy turned into a mad hatter’s tea party”, began Kaylee. “We wanted the wedding to reflect us an also make our friends and family all feel at ease. From the beginning we both knew that we really did not want any part of the day to be formal.”

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Easy Going and Super Cool Wedding in Berlin

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Berlin is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. There’s this crazy juxtaposition of the old, overgrown and almost derelict looking architecture, with a really unique arty and creative vibe. Nearly everything is covered in graffiti or art of some kind. Jamie and Angi’s wedding couldn’t be more Berlin if it tried. I adore everything about it!

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The unique ceremony was held outside, at the former US Army Field Station in Teufelsberg. “When we got engaged we had no idea about weddings”, said the bride. “Neither of us had ever planned to get married, so we had to do a lot of research. In a way that was great because it meant we could approach everything with an open mind. Jamie is from Australia and we lived in London for many years. About five years ago we relocated to Berlin and so the wedding was a great opportunity to get everyone under one roof again.”

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Retro Village Fête Wedding in Wales

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I often get asked what the most alternative wedding I’ve ever featured is. As while there are some that always stick out in my mind (killer Vegas elopement, bride in a coffin, surprise ceremony!) that’s not really what Rock n Roll Bride is about. Yes, I love the crazy, unique stuff, but I equally adore the cute little weddings where it’s clear the couple have put their heart and soul into it, and planned a wedding that truly reflects them. That’s exactly what Kieran and Sarah did and the result was gorgeous.

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They were married at Oakdale Workmen’s Institute in the National History Museum in Wales. “We wanted the day to be as laid back as possible so the first thing we decided was that we didn’t want a seating plan and that we wanted big long tables”, began Sarah. “We also wanted it to be as DIY as possible too, so I took to my sewing machine and tried to make as much as I could.”

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Colourful Vintage Wedding in the Scottish Highlands

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Anna and Jack wanted a fun wedding with a party atmosphere. So they hired their venue, Inshriach House, for the entire week, and stayed there in the run up with some of their guests. “We wanted the wedding to be a big fun party with as many of our nearest and dearest as possible”, Anna said. “We wanted our personalities and sense of humour to shine through. We wanted to get to married in the highlands, near my hometown of Kingussie and we felt the best way to do this was to organise most things ourselves and to have equal input and responsibility.”

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“We stayed in the house during the week running up to the wedding with lots of family and friends, which was amazing. We got to pretend that we were fancy country people for a week. Walter, the Laird, has created a wonderful vintage feel to the house and it’s surroundings. This includes things like the old Old Aviemore train station having been transported to a field beside the house and turned into a bar! This is where we had the ceremony.”

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The Blogcademy Online: Your Blog is Your Calling Card, What Does it Say?

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Christmas is a time when most sane people power down, switch off, and eat their weight in delicious food. Well, The Blogcademy headmistresses are clearly not sane, because we took advance of the quieter festive period to create The Blogcademy Online which launches later this month!

On January 29th, we’re making our full in-person class available digitally for the very first time. It’s something people have been asking us for ever since we first starting doing the workshop, and finally, FINALLY, it’s happening! This has been a long time coming so I hope you’re all as excited as we are.

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine ON SALE TODAY!

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Do you know what day it is today? ROCK N ROLL BRIDE MAGAZINE LAUNCH DAY!!!

The journey of this magazine from a small idea in 2011 to what it is now is quite a story. It actually started it’s life as a free handout that I gave away at a wedding fair, but it was so popular, and the reaction online so massive, that I went on to self-publish a yearly magazine. I did this twice, once in 2012 and again in 2013.

Then over the Summer last year, I got a call from a publishers who wanted to help me make it nationally available, AKA make it a bi-monthly mag and put it in real life shops all over the UK! This little baby of mine has all grown up and blossomed into a fully fledged, legitimate wedding magazine!

Oh and I’m in charge, which means inside it looks a little something like this…

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There’s no doubt about it, I love the internet and I love blogs. But when you get engaged, there is still something so special about going out and buying your first wedding magazine. That feeling of getting home, grabbing a cup of tea and devouring it in one sitting just can’t be beaten.

When I got engaged there were no wedding blogs, so I relied solely on magazines to help me navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding. While I owe the ones I read a lot (our wedding wouldn’t have happened without them!) I was always left with a distinct sinking feeling when I turned over that last page. They were beautiful and all, but there was never really anything that unique or revolutionary within them. They were always full of things that were very pretty… but not very, well, me. They didn’t really represent the kind of wedding we wanted to have and they didn’t show any options other than the expensive, matchy-matchy, hyper traditional wedding day. This is why I started rocknrollbride.com in the first place. To plug that gap.

The fact that this blog has come full circle and I’m now the Editor in Chief (er what? That title is way too fancy!) of an actual real life print wedding magazine BLOWS MY MIND. My amazing publishers have also given me completely free reign to write whatever the hell I want and share the stuff I know my readers cry out for, which makes the whole thing even more unbelievably awesome.

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