Mike and Poli were married at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, just before Halloween. They both play in punk rock bands, which is how they met, so their love of music also influenced their day.
“Our wedding theme was old timey Hollywood elegance meets clandestine cemetery congregation of an arcane secret society”, said the bride. “We are both intrigued by the boundless realm of the supernatural and the allure of mysterious Los Angeles history, both of which are represented in the spooky tranquillity of Hollywood Forever. Once we picked the venue the theme and all of that came together pretty easily. It was our biggest single expense but it was, without a doubt, totally worth it. ”
I was about 18 when I first discovered the shopping destination Bicester Village. It’s an open air outlet mall in Oxfordshire. Designer goods at discounted prices? Sign me up! I’ve visited the village a number of times since then, always leaving with something fabulous yet affordable (my best find was my DREAM Vivienne Westwood handbag that I’d been lusting over for months which I got half off!)
However did you know that every spring, to celebrate the start of wedding season, Bicester Village put on an event just for brides? If you’re looking to nab some bargains for your upcoming wedding then you have to check it out!
Taking place from 22nd February to 20th March, you’ll be able to shop exclusive bridal product offerings from SIXTY boutiques all offering amazing deals and discounts. Designers including Oscar de la Renta, Temperley, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Brooks Brothers and Amanda Wakeley are all taking part. Everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, menswear, accessories and gifts will be up for grabs at amazing prices.
Plus every Friday from 5pm there there will be exclusive events, incentives
and some additional savings taking place (and free champagne!). You can check out all the details here.
There are also going to be fun workshops to take part in throughout the season. Lily Vanilli is hosting a cake decorating class on the art of creating edible flowers, and renowned Notting Hill florist Nikki Tibbles (who creates amazing floral installations in the Village for the event) will be teaching you how to make your own bouquet. The classes cost £35 and for more information or to book your place simply visit bicestervillage.com/bridal.
Victoria and Alan were originally planning to marry in June. However after organising everything for a year, Victoria fell pregnant so decided to push back to October, after their son had been born.
The wedding took place in a village hall in central Fife, Scotland. “We’d originally planned a big castle wedding”, the bride began. “However once I fell pregnant and we pushed the day back, we decided to scale everything back and spend less. The last thing we wanted to do was worry about the costs. After all we now had a new born to look after! We ended up in a village hall having a BYOB (bring your own booze!) party.”
“I’d say the theme was a bit vintage, rustic and inspired by the WW1 era”, she continued. “I looked online for ideas, searching for how they might have styled their weddings in 1914. We wanted to give our day a modern twist too though.”
Fee and John’s July wedding had an Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter’s theme. It suited Fee’s love of the story and the fact that John is mad as a hatter!
“Our wedding was a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme”, said the bride. “We wanted our guests to feel as if they fallen down the rabbit hole. The tables were named after Alice in Wonderland characters and the seating plan was printed in a tiny font so the guests had to use a magnifying glass to find their place. We used Etsy a lot where we and bought edible chocolate keys, Alice in Wonderland shoes and the button bouquets. I also added a few handmade touches. My sister wrote the place names, I designed the wedding program and menus, and I created the hankies for the happy tears!”
“Despite being more mature, we knew having a themed wedding was just ‘us’,” she continued. “We wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed and for our friends to enjoy good food and wine surrounded by décor that was something really special.”
Issue 7 went on sale TODAY and as always, there have been so many questions about it! It’s hard to keep on top of answering them everytime they crop up on social media, so I’ve put together a quick n dirty FAQ post for you.
When does the magazine come out?
The magazine is bi-monthly, meaning there’s a new one every other month. It always hits the newstands on the first Thursday of the month and we start taking online pre-orders from the 26th. So the March/April issue came out today, on the 3rd, but you were able to pre-order it online from February 26th!
Where is the magazine stocked?
Currently we’re in larger branches of WH Smiths, Sainsburys and some independent newsagents (we’re hoping to add new stockists soon!) If your local branch doesn’t stock it, and you ask them very nicely, they may be able to order it in especially for you.
Is there a digital version?
Nope. There’s the blog if you want your digital fix, the magazine is only available in print. I personally don’t like digital magazines so we have no plans to make one.
How to I order online or subscribe?
Just visit our online shop. Payments are processed securely through PayPal and UK shipping is free!
Today is momentous for two reasons. The first is that issue 7 of the magazine is now on sale! Run (don’t walk) to your nearest WH Smiths, Sainsbury’s or newsagents to grab yours right away. If you can’t find one, remember you can always order or subscribe online. As ever, UK shipping is free!
But that’s not all – I am currently on route to Birmingham for the third and final National Wedding Show at the NEC! If you’re thinking of coming along maybe these snaps of the London show last weekend will entice you (thank you Andrea and Emma!) We had SUCH a blast.
The Rock n Roll Bride Collection in Birmingham is the biggest yet. It will feature Scarlet Taylor, Artcuts, Av A Go Booths, Revival Live Productions, Amanda Caroline Couture, Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos, Courtyard Bridal, Crown and Glory Accessories and Magic Beans Events. That’s not even to mention the 300+ other exhibitors that will be at the show.
It’s going to be epic!
PLUS as a special bonus for you brummy babes, we’ll be selling copies of issue 7 (hot off the presses!) all weekend. Save yourself a trip to the shops and come along and grab one!
The show kicks off at 10am tomorrow and runs all the way through to 5pm Sunday. You can buy your tickets for £15 online or they’re £20 on the door.