Heather and Kev’s wedding was full of quirky little DIY touches. They didn’t want it to feel too orchestrated though; they just wanted it to feel natural and homemade. “After spending weeks and weeks reading through the brilliant Rock n Roll Bride blog, I decided on a bright theme with a 1950s twist”, said Heather. “We wanted to keep things DIY too, with no massive styling required. We wanted it to feel like we’d done everything ourselves and that it was authentically ‘us’.”
“Our friends helped us with lots of things. My maid of honour spent hours punching heart shaped holes into tissue paper for the table confetti, and endless time making the table plans! She was my saviour during the whole wedding process. The pom poms were made by my mum and the flowers were arranged by my godmother. We made the glitter letters and stationery ourselves too.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
When we got married (yes that is me in this photo, I can’t hardly recognise myself either!) I wanted my girls in black. They all wore a dress of their choosing but I thought monochrome would look classy and elegant, plus it suits everyone. I distinctly remember my mother being concerned that it would make the wedding “look like a funeral” but on the day she changed her mind, they all looked so beautiful!
So I was really interested to hear while researching the most popular colours women would choose as their wedding colour schemes, fashion retailer Coast discovered that after purple, black and grey are now the most popular choice! I was clearly way ahead of my time!
They say, “Black, grey and silver were popular choices (19%), most likely due to the fact that their neutral palette easily complements a huge variety of skin tones and are easy to blend into the mixed colour scheme trend. The elegance of grey hues will flatter a range of body types, especially when bordering on metallic silver tones in flowing fabrics which have been seen everywhere from the London Fashion Week catwalks for SS15 to red carpet dresses. Shimmering pewter, as spotted on Sophie Turner in a plunging Burberry gown at the Met Gala is bound to be a winner among brides this season. Mollie King also set the world of fashionable weddings alight wearing a multiway grey gown as a bridesmaid dress.”
So I thought, what could be a better opportunity than to do some fantasy shopping for black bridesmaid dresses? Here are some of my current favourites that Coast have to offer. As a side note, have you looked at Coast recently? They’ve REALLY stepped it up this season, I am so obsessed with this outfit in particular!
The slinky maxi dress can be worn 15 different ways, so will suit every shape. Simply twist and wrap to create endless stunning styles.
This short gown would be perfect for any extra special occasion. It features a sheer bodice lined with a soft slip for comfort and style.
Patrick and Chris were planning to get married in October 2015. In fact they still are having a wedding then, but when the opportunity came to adopt their foster son, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer. So they flew to Vegas and eloped!
“Our wedding was very spur of the moment”, Chris told me. “We have a more traditional wedding planned for October (although we’re still only going to have 15 guests!) but Patrick LOVES Elvis and always wanted a Vegas wedding so when the opportunity came up we moved our wedding date and eloped!”
Take the leap and the net will appear” is a phrase that’s been going around and around my head over the past few weeks. If I’m being honest, it’s been quite the roller coaster but I am so stupendously excited to finally be able to share what’s been occupying my mind 24/7!
We’re having a baby… haha only kidding, sorry! But we are having a ROCK N ROLL BRIDE BABY because we are becoming our own magazine publishing company!! The response to the first three issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine has been phenomenal. We’ve been sold-out, and out-sold much more established bridal titles – I was blown away when we were told our little magazine was the fastest selling new publication the distributors have ever worked with. Rare copies of issue 1 have already been selling for over three times the cover price on places like eBay – and there’s even a dedicated hashtag in our Facebook group to help brides track down the remaining copies in the wild! Like I say, it’s phenomenal.
Those first three issues were produced under the invaluable guidance of the guys and girls at Giraffe Media. While working with them we learnt what it takes to consistently produce a top quality magazine and get it to market. We’re grateful for their stewardship, but from issue 4 we will be bringing all the production back under the Rock n Roll Bride umbrella. In other words, we’re doing the whole thing ourselves!
My babe Shauna of Branch is back on board doing all the design (yesssss!!) and Gareth is behind the scenes, dealing with print, distribution, legal and other fun ‘business stuff’. I’m obviously still doing all the editorial, and for now at least, dealing with the ad sales too.
So what does this mean for you? Well, the slightly bad news is that all this means there will be a delay on the next issue while we’re re-signing contracts and getting things organised at Rock n Roll Bride HQ. Issue 4 is now confirmed to hit the UK newsstands on Thursday September 3rd. I wish we could have made this transition more seamless for you guys, but I’m a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing properly.
If you have an outstanding subscription via Giraffe Media, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with you really soon. But feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your subscription details and we’ll make sure you’re on our list!
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with plastic willies, L plates and strippers… in actual fact I’ve been to many hilariously awesome hen dos just like this and had an utter ball. But if you want to do something that’s more muddy than smutty, how about heading to a festival with your best girls!?
Set within the stunning Cotswolds landscape, Lakefest, and it’s eclectic atmosphere, is the ultimate hen do idea for music and festival lovers. Taking place from from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2015, already confirmed acts include Ash, Embrace, The Magic Numbers and Billy Bragg (with more to be announced soon!)
And if roughing it isn’t your bag, they also offer a wide choice of accommodation options. If you want to sleep under the stars then their well-equipped and scenic camping sites are top notch, or for those of you who prefer a more luxurious experience, their glamping options (including cabins, chalets, tipis and even a pod village for those that really want to live it up) are totally the way forwards!
Want to get a feel of how the festival goes down? Be sure to check out this video from last year!