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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Why is Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses Such a Chore?

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As a bride, finding that one perfect dress for yourself can be stressful enough, without also having to deal with the overwhelming task of also getting perfect dresses for all your best friends as well.

Bridesmaid dress shopping can seem like an extremely daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be! As long as you go in prepared and you take the initiative to address some of the most common issues upfront (like budget, and finding something that everyone’s happy with), it can actually be quite a fun experience.

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The other option is to bypass the bridal boutiques and high street completely, and hit the web in search of the perfect gowns. One of the best online stores that I’ve discovered is For Her and for Him.

Not only do this New York company have one of the largest selections of bridesmaid gowns going, but they’re currently having their biggest sale EVER. Until January 31st they are offering 30% off every single dress in their catalogue and FREE worldwide shipping!

There are also group discounts available on top of the sale. The more dresses you buy, the bigger the bulk buy discount. Just check out some of these real wedding examples to see how gorgeous your babes will look!

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Medieval Banquet Wedding and a Bride with Blue Hair

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I’m totally biased of course, but blue hair is sooo the best hair colour ever. Since going over to the blue side myself, I can’t imagine ever wanting a different colour, it just makes me so happy! So, obviously, Samantha’s gorgeous cerulean tresses instantly caught my eye. But then I saw the rest of the wedding and I knew you’d love it too! Any Game of Thrones fans out there?

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They were married at Ruthin Castle in Wales on October 9th. “The inspiration for our wedding was most definitely autumn time”, began the bride. “We both look forward to October each year where we can fill the house with pumpkins of all sizes, leaf garlands, corn husks and orange fairy lights, so there was no question that the wedding would be an elaborate extension of this!”

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Wedding Planning Advice for the Newly Engaged

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You’re probably feeling a heady mix of emotions right now – excitement, anticipation, joy, terror!? While everyone you speak to will kindly remind you that this will be the happiest time in your life, you’ll soon be feeling that inevitable wave of panic too. It’s perfectly normal to be a little bit scared and overwhelmed at this stage. I mean, how on Earth do you even start to plan a wedding!? Yes, there is an enormous amount to do in a relatively short period of time but come on, if I can do it, you certainly can too.

The most important thing to remember is that this is just one day. Your wedding will not define the rest of your life. It should be a nice starting off point for your marriage. But I know how it feels, and once the happy glow of getting engaged starts to wear off, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of hyperventilating over guest lists, seating arrangements and finding that one perfect dress.

So relax.  Try not to think about everything you have to do right away, instead break your tasks up into manageable chunks and tackle them one at a time. The wedding industry is notorious for scaring you about time frames and budgets and blah blah blah. But often they’re more worried about their own bottom line than actually helping brides and grooms navigate the muddy waters of planning ‘the biggest day of their lives’ (cynical but true). On the Rock n Roll Bride blog I’ve featured weddings that were planned in a matter of weeks and weddings that cost under £1000. So whatever your timeframe and budget, it can be done.

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Get Organised

What you do have to do, whatever your timeframe or budget, is get yourself organised. Now.

I’m a huge fan of lists and breaking things down so they’re less intimidating. My only advice other than that would be to make sure you have your priorities in mind and try to book the big three first. These are the things that either take the longest, get booked up the soonest or set the tone for the rest of the wedding. They are the venue, your photographer (and/or videographer, if you’re having one) and your dress. Get those three sorted first and everything else will fall into place around them.

However, before you can start any of that you need to make some decisions. Set some time aside, just the two of you, to sit down and have ‘the talk’. You need to decide what kind of day you want, when and where you’re going to hold it and how you’re going to make it all happen.

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Think about what kind of wedding you both really want. Will it be big or small, religious or civil, on a beach, in a marquee, a manor house or a pub? Do you want to hand make everything or is that your idea of hell? Do you want a big bridal party or do you want it to be just the two of you up there? What is most important to you both? What are your biggest priorities and what is completely non-negotiable?

Secondly, it’s time to think about the theme. Recently this has become a bit of a dirty word, but these days thinking about a theme doesn’t have to mean you should be picking accent colours or deciding whether you’re more of a glamorous, retro or modern couple. In fact I’ve lost count of the number of weddings I’ve seen recently where the couple say “Oh we didn’t really have a theme; we just had stuff we liked”. Perfect, great – that’s your theme then!

This is the fun bit. It’s time to write down anything, and everything, that makes the two of you tick. What is it that makes you both the unique little snowflakes that you are? Are you really into sci-fi, or gaming, or food? Have you always dreamt about getting married outside, or by the ocean, or in a cave? Is music your biggest passion? Are your pets the light of your life? At this stage, write down whatever you want on this list and don’t restrict yourselves. I always think that the most successful weddings are those that are really unique to the couple and a share a mash up of how they are in everyday life.

Of course when it comes down to actually putting things in the wedding, you don’t have to include everything, but making a list like this is a really good way to get those ideas flowing before you really decide what’s going to work for you both.

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