Get Your Craft On: The Best DIY Tutorials of 2014

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Wooo Boxing Day! The traditional lie-down-all-day-and-eat-leftovers day. Is there anything good on the telly?

I hope you all had a glorious Christmas. We were at my parents’ house (as usual). My dad cooked, wine was drunk, Trivial Pursuit was played. It’s funny, as much as I might dislike traditional weddings I sure do love a traditional Christmas!

It may be a little quiet in blogland over the festive period, but if you’re anything like me you’re still going to need things to entertain you. So instead of indulging in yet another mince pie, why not cast your eyes back over some of the the best wedding DIYs of the year?

I’m no crafting expert, but DIY tutorials are one of the things I know my readers love, so I’m going to put at least one in every issue of my new magazine (issue 1 is in stores 8th January – put the date in your diary!) If I tried to create them myself I’d probably glue my eyelashes together though, so I need your help! If you’d like to see your name in print (EEK!) and create a DIY for the new magazine I’d love to hear from you. Just drop me an email with your idea and some sample photos of past projects and we can take it from there!

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How to dip dye your wedding

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Pastel gemstone necklace

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Ombre glitter champagne glasses

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Weddings of the Year, 2014!

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Every year, between Christmas and New Year, I like to look back at some of my favourite real weddings and share them with you again. I’ve done it for the past three years, but I’d like to do things a little differently this time.

While I am going to kick off the proceedings by sharing my fave real weddings right now, next week we’ll also be revisiting some other things that have been published.

We’ll be reminiscing over some of my (and your!) favourite styled shoots, reminding ourselves of the awesome DIY tutorials, revisiting a plethora of business articles and looking back over the meatier wedding advice-type posts. Maybe some of these things you’ve seen before, but others might have slipped you by the first time. Or maybe you’re a brand new reader? If so, I hope these posts will serve as a quick and dirty overview of exactly what Rock n Roll Bride is all about. Either way, I hope you enjoy looking back with me!

Last week I shared the top 20 statistically most popular weddings of all time, but these (in no particular order) are my personal favourites from the past twelve months.

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Pretty homemade Disney inspired wedding

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Epic Las Vegas elopement

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Glamorous & Modern Wedding with a Gorgeous Heavily Tattooed Bride: Claire & Ste

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Over the next week I’ll be recapping some of my favourite posts from the past twelve months, so this is the last real wedding feature of the year! Er where has the time gone please?! But believe me when I say we are going out with a bang. Claire and Ste’s wedding is not only beautifully modern and glamorous, but the way it was photographed by CG Weddings has blown my mind. I love all this creativity and this wedding might just be the epitome of Rock n Roll Bride!

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“We met while at performing arts college in 2000″, began Claire. “When we first met we couldn’t be more different. Ste was painfully shy and I was quite the opposite. However when we left college I was preparing to get married to someone else!!! We lost contact for a year or so but then reunited to form a band in 2003. I got married in 2004 and went on to have a baby in 2005. Ste had several relationships but our friendship remained strong throughout and he became my daughter’s godfather at her christening. My marriage fell apart in 2006. It was a very hard time for me but Ste was always there for me. As time went by our relationship grew into something else. That was 7 years ago and we are still madly in love with each other and better than that we are still best friends!”

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DIY Bohemian Wedding: Sequoia & Andrew

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Sequoia and Andrew were married outside, in the Oakland Hills. Their wedding was a true DIY affair and they did everything themselves including all the décor, flowers, stationery and the catering. Even the band was made up of the bride’s step-dad and step-brother!

“Our wedding was a DIY Mexican boho wedding”, explained the bride. “More than anything we wanted to have an intimate setting to exchange our vows. It was really important to us that we be surrounded by love and support. We know that with marriage comes struggle and hardship at times, and we wanted to be reassured by our loved ones that they would be there to remind us of our wedding vows. The way we looked at each other. The promise that we made.”

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“Having my step-dad, and step-brother play the music was really special”, she continued. “I didn’t want the traditional wedding music, we are far from traditional. I asked them to play ‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo & Johnny as I walked down the aisle, and they learned it and nailed it.”

“Instead of chairs we laid out Mexican blankets in the middle of a Redwood grove, forming a circle with us at the top. We felt like it really connected us with our friends and family. After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast and some snacks before heading to the venue for an all out PARTY.”

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Top 20 Most Popular Weddings of All Time

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It’s getting to that time of year where bloggers all over the world start to post their annual round ups. I love doing (and seeing!) them myself and will be doing a few between Christmas and New Years, but today I thought I’d look back and share my top twenty weddings of all time.

These are the twenty most popular real weddings ever posted on Rock n Roll Bride based on number of views. Is your favourite in here?

20. The Seventies rule!

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1970s backyard wedding

19. Cute n colourful

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Colourful DIY festival wedding

18. Just you wait, until you see the rest of this wedding!

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Margaret & Edi’s INCREDIBLE “Blows-Everything-Else-Out-of-the-Water” gothic Alice in Wonderland wedding

17. Any couple that hire a carousel for their reception are OK with me!

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Insane Italian vintage circus wedding

16. Oh lala!

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Sophisticated & sexy wedding in The Philippines

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Colourful Summer Fete Wedding: Sam & Sarah

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Sam and Sarah were married at Hornington Manor Farm, York in August. They hired their venue for five whole days so they could have a week-long celebration with their loved ones. “From the moment Sam asked me to marry her we were adamant that we wanted a really personalised wedding which was about us as a couple”, began Sarah. “We wanted to do all the food, drink and decoration ourselves and to involve our closest family and friends in all of the preparations. We wanted our guests to feel like they were coming to our house for our wedding which we were able to do as we rented the house for five days. A summer fete theme emerged as we planned lots of activities for people to do during the day.”

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“We had the legal ceremony on the Thursday before and pondered for ages about what we were going to wear”, she continued. “On a dog walk one day with Sarah’s parents we decided on a Hawaiian theme. So off 10 of us went to the registry office (myself and Sam in an old black beetle) dressed in Hawaiian shirts. When we returned to Hornington Manor we had a big Hawaiian themed BBQ party where all of our guests dressed up too!”

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