Green and Leafy Yet Urban Wedding

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Libby and Matt were married at The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The inspiration for the wedding was the bride’s emerald engagement ring, which was originally Matt’s grandmothers. The also bride wore a bespoke green silk dress by Wendy Benstead.

“We had already been considering green for our main colour, but then we finally moved house and got our first garden, and decided to expand on that and make gardens the theme” the bride said. “We ended up with a gift list at a garden centre, hired trees to decorate the venue, and wild, ivy-type flowers for the bouquets and tables, as well as a garden arch covered in flowers which we got married under.”

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“The most unqiue parts of our wedding were probably more the things we didn’t do” she continued. “We didn’t do favours, we didn’t have a first dance, we didn’t have a traditional wedding cake, I haven’t taken Matt’s name, I don’t wear a wedding ring (just my engagement ring) and obviously I didn’t wear white! We decided not to do anything just because it was traditional, although we weren’t against carrying on the traditions which we liked. For instance, throwing confetti seemed to really fit with the theme of the wedding, and I bought some beautiful green and white petals from The Real Flower Confetti Company.”

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Wedding Inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Sarah and Sebastian were inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for their April wedding. They wanted to have the trip of a lifetime, Cadillac convertible and all. They invited a big group of friends and family to fly out to celebrate with them.

“Being from Vienna, getting married in Vegas was pretty unique and a huge novelty” the bride began. “We thought it was really special that all our friends and family were coming the long way from Austria, England, Mexico and all over the USA too. Getting married with all our family and friends there was the best thing we could experience.”

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The couple flew to Los Angeles and then drove themselves to Sin City. “Along with our photographer, we drove from from Los Angeles to Vegas in a 1970 Chevy Impala. We stopped along the way to shoot some of our wedding pictures in the desert. It was a big party on the highway because people kept seeing us driving in our wedding clothes. They started honking, waving and taking pictures. It was such a great experience and so much fun!”

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Traditional Wedding? No Thank You!

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This post is for wedding photographers, etsy sellers, dress makers, florists, cake makers, wedding planners, venues, bridal boutiques… in fact anyone that runs a wedding business that wants to work with our readers.

Rock n Roll Bride magazine is not only THE ONLY print magazine for alternative brides, but its one of the best selling wedding magazines in the whole of the UK. In a world where people say ‘print is dead’ Rock n Roll Bride magazine is growing (we like to buck traditions in more ways than one it would seem). This month alone our sales are up 20%!

Advertising in Rock n Roll Bride magazine will not only get your business in front of the exact type of clients that you’re desperate to work with, but it supports what we do. We’re not a big team. We don’t have fancy offices or do long lunches over cocktails (although the wine does often come out at 6pm!) However what we do do is work our butts off every day. We’re fiercely passionate about inspiring our readers, but also supporting awesome alternative wedding businesses wherever possible.

Our advertising prices still start from a ridiculously affordable £50. We’ve purposely kept our rates low so that YOU, those smaller, indie brands who are desperately trying to get the word out about what you do, can afford them.

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Bohemian Fairytale Dream Wedding with Horses

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Josefin and Dirk described their wedding theme as ‘Princess-on a Horse Fairytale, Bohemian Rock n Roll Late Summer Flower Dream Paradise Wedding’ (!) “We love the sun, bohemian style and colourful flowers” began Dirk. “We wanted a mix of this with a focus on music, horses, and the outdoors.”

“I always dreamed of a wedding with my white horse in a garden with flowers” continued Josefin, “so we just did everything we could to make that dream come true.”

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The couple actually had two weddings. They got married officially in the US in June and had this celebration back home in Germany in September. “We had a special moment for just the two of us at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, then celebrated in Las Vegas” the bride said, “but it was always our plan to have another ceremony with all our family, friends and beloved people shortly after that to make them part of our union as well.”

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Why Buy Our Honeymoon Are Your Best Option If You Want a Honeymoon Gift List

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There are plenty of non-traditional gift registries around these days enabling you to add lots of different items from various stores and online retailers as well as experiences, days out, cash contributions and even charity donations. However if you just want to use your gift list as a way of funding your honeymoon then you have to use Buy Our Honeymoon. Why? Because they do exactly what it says on the tin – help your guests buy your honeymoon! Simple and easy!

If you need a bit more convincing, then here are seven reasons why I think you should be using them.

It’s super flexible

You can include everything and anything you might want related to your honeymoon on your list. From flights to hotels, experiences to meals, even taxi rides and cocktails! You can also break things down however you want to really engage your guests in your plans. You can either list items in full (for example, £20 for sushi) or you can add a larger item such as your flights and open it to contributions so your guests can add as much as they’d like to the pot.

It’s really easy to use

No, really. I set up my own dummy account to put them to the test. Without reading any guidelines or directions I was quickly able to set my account up, update my profile and start to add items to my fantasy list!

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List designs that are personal and ad-free

There’s nothing worse than downloading an app or signing up to a service to be spammed with adverts at every click! Buy Our Honeymoon has no adverts anywhere and you can design your list however you like. You can choose the layout and design, write your own introductory text, and you even have complete control over how your items are sorted and categorised.

The money goes directly to you!

Buy Our Honeymoon offer a variety of different payment systems (Stripe, GoCardless and PayPal) so you can set up gift payments in a really flexible way. This is especially great if you’ve got international guests. While each of these systems may take a small percentage (these fees are unavoidable) Buy Our Honeymoon do not.

Whatever your guests contribute gets paid to you as soon as it clears. Buy Our Honeymoon don’t hold on to your money until after your wedding or take an extra percentage commission from it (they have a simple one-off joining fee instead).

It’s easy for your guests to use

All you need to do is let them know the link to your gift list (here’s the sample one I set up!) and at they just need to click on the item they want to buy or contribute to, and follow the simple instructions. Alternatively, they can suggest something they’d like to buy for you instead or simply contribute some cash.

As an aside, if you’d like to change the automatically generated URL to something more personal (such as ourdreamhoneymoon.com/katandgareth) just email them and they can do that for you, no problem!

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How to Get the Most Out of Attending Wedding Fairs

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It is looking like February and March this year are shaping up to be some of the busiest two months I’ve ever had because we are hitting the road and exhibiting at no less than FIVE wedding fairs in seven weeks! Oh lord, please help me.

Wedding fairs can be quite intimidating, but if you go into them with an idea of what you want to achieve and an open mind then they can be really fun and enable you to tick a lot of things off your list all in one day.

Do your research beforehand

When deciding which show to visit, have a look on their website at who the exhibitors are going to be. Then, make a shortlist of the people you really want to see and go to them first when you arrive. This will save you wandering around aimlessly feeling lost and confused!

Buy your tickets in advance

Most shows will offer significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in advance rather than on the door.

I have some exclusive discount codes at the bottom of this post for you too which will give you further savings on tickets for the shows we’re doing to be at this year. You’re welcome!

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Think about who you want to bring with you

Try to limit the number of people you take with you. It can be tempting to make it a big day out with your mum, your future mother-in-law and all your bridesmaids, but if you have too many people with too many opinions it may end up confusing you or even making you question what it is you actually want.

Its also really easy to lose people in wedding fairs as the layouts are often designed to encourage you to wander around aimlessly rather than follow a direct route. I’ve lost count of the number of people who come up to me at shows asking if they know where such-and-such a stand is because their friend spotted something shiny and meandered off!

Go along early

Most shows start at 10 or 11am and going early is a really good idea. They get the busiest around the early afternoon and by the end of the day most of the exhibitors will be exhausted! Especially if you have someone you really want to see, get there early so you’re not fighting your way through the crowds to get to their stand.

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