I’ve heard way too many stories from people who’ve had to postpone or even cancel getting married simply because they couldn’t afford it. That makes me so very sad. Of course the amount you spend has less than zero indication on how awesome your marriage will be, but if you have little or no savings, even a completely budget wedding can be out of the question.
I’ve been championing budget weddings for years but just because you can’t – or don’t want! – spend thousands of pounds on one just day of your life, doesn’t mean you won’t spend hours dreaming about what you’d do if money was no object… right? Which is why I am so completely held over heels, hearts in my eyes, back flipping down the street excited to share this contest with you all today!
When Confetti got in touch to tell me they wanted to give someone a wedding prize package worth over £40,000 I jumped at the chance to share it with you! They are offering one of you the chance to win everything for your wedding. From the your choice of Marriott hotel venue to the entertainment, the hen and stag dos to your wedding dress and accessories, the photography, videography and a photo booth… oh and even a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!
This amazing prize includes:
♥ A wedding reception at your choice of one of the 11 Marriott Hotels in the UK (subject to availability, see the venue terms and conditions)
♥ A luxury honeymoon from Kanika Hotels and Resorts in Cyprus.
♥ Your wedding dress from Eternity Bridal.
♥ Shoes from Crystal Bridal Accessories.
♥ Tiara from Fabledreams.
♥ Dress storage from Empty Box Company.
♥ Groomswear from Stephen Bishop Suiting.
♥ Up to four bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo.
♥ Wedding rings from Bands of Love.
♥ Pre-wedding spa break from Ardencote Manor.
♥ Wedding photography from Douglas Fry Photography, Charles Glover Photography or Monir Ali Photography (your choice!)
♥ Videography from If It Moves.
♥ Photo booth from PictureBlast.
♥ Wedding cakes from Sweet Hollywood and Waitrose Ltd.
♥ Silk flowers from Sarah’s Flowers.
♥ Speech writing help from Great Speech Writing.
♥ Live entertainment from Warble Entertainment.
♥ Stag party entertainment from Grosvenor Casino.
♥ Hen party entertainment from Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa.
It’s a sad day when such a talented photographer ups sticks from the UK and moves over to sunnier shores… well it is for us anyway, you guys down under are in for a treat! Wedding photographer Linzie Russo is a half Aussie, half Scot babe who was born in Iran and has spent most of her life travelling the world! For the past three years she’s called Glasgow home, but has recently made the decision to move back to Sydney in dire need of some nicer weather!
To celebrate, she wants to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader in Australia completely free wedding photography. Oh my goodness!
“My photography has been described as creative, natural, fresh and romantic”, she told me. “I have also been described as a ninja because I work alone, manage to get everywhere yet no one knows I am about! I am a lover of natural light and sunshine, which is often hard working in Scotland that doesn’t have much! I love the details of a wedding that has been created over many months to make their wedding personal to the couple.”
“My favourite part of the day is the morning watching the bride get ready. I love being creative in photographing the dresses, shoes, flowers and rings. After that the next best part of the day is the moment I have when the couple are alone and we get to play around with the portraits. I love a bride who isn’t afraid of getting a bit a sand on her dress or climbing fences to get into a field in order to get the ‘winning’ shot!”
WIN Your Wedding Photography!
Linzie is moving back to Sydney in December. If you are getting married in Australia between December 20th 2014 and December 31st 2015, and are yet to have your photographer booked, this one’s for you!
New kid on the block Dale Weeks is a force to be reckoned with. What he lacks in experience (starting his career as a music photographer, he’s been shooting weddings professionally for a little under a year) he totally makes up for in incredible talent and the utmost enthusiasm!
“I dropped out of college to tour in a band and when that didn’t work out I started getting into taking photos of bands”, he writes. “Then a couple of years ago I discovered Carl Zoch and some of the other amazing wedding photographers out there. Their images inspired me so much that I decided to take myself seriously and start my own wedding photography business. I love shooting couples in a natural setting and bringing out real smiles!”
It is my life mission to save couples from terrible wedding photography. But picking the right wedding photographer is a big decision and I know one that a lot of my readers struggle with. For some of you especially, this is even more stressful as it’s compounded with worries about the cost of it all. While I’m a firm believer that you should allocate a sizeable chunk of your wedding budget into the images that you’ll keep forever, I’m not totally blind to the fact that for some of you, any investment at all just isn’t possible.
Which is why I’m always thrilled to be able to share the work of photographers who also want to give away their services to one lucky couple. It’s even more exciting to me when their images are as utterly flippin’ breathtaking as Ania & Michal of Rutko Photographers.
Based in Europe, they split their time between living in the UK and Poland but willing to travel worldwide for a damn good wedding. Ania explains, “Over the past few years we shot many classic, glamorous, chic, posh and fancy weddings. As much as we loved our couples and every wedding that we shoot, our hearts still belong to more alternative style. We like quirky ideas and couples who think outside the box. Handmade, unique and DIY details make us very happy as do intimate ceremonies and people that love a mix of old and new. We adore all the offbeat projects and kick-ass weddings that are featured on Rock n Roll Bride. These are simply the ones that we would love to shoot the most.”
And so to do so, this generous couple would like to offer one completely free wedding package to one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader! This is a price package worth £1600 and includes unlimited coverage of your wedding day by two professional wedding photographers and a disc of 450+ high res (print quality) fully edited images, as well as low res versions for sharing online. The contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride but travel and accommodation must be covered if the wedding is taking place outside of the UK.
Entry couldn’t be simpler. Email Ania & Michal on firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know:
♥ Your names
♥ Your wedding date
♥ Your wedding location & venue
♥ Include a recent photograph of the two of you
♥ Tell them a little about your wedding (protip: go all out to impress!) Let them know all about your little details and quirks, and what it is that’s going to make your wedding totally unique and awesome! Feel free to include photos or an inspiration board to help to illustrate your ideas too.
I love that I can call so many of my regular contributors real life friends. It means that when it comes to sharing the amazingly generous and totally awesome special offers of someone I actually know and love offline, I can genuinely wax lyrical about how rad they are online.
Lee Robbins of Robbins Photographic is a wedding photographer from Brighton. I’ve featured his briz-illiant photography on my blog too many times to mention. His eye for detail and the way he see the world is so unique and oh so beautiful but totally and utterly bad ass.
He’s also a massive party animal (ahem just like me) but more about that later…
I am a huge fan of Lisa Jane Photography. She has such a unique eye and her attention to detail really comes through in her images. I love the way she captures emotion in a genuine and intimate way, and that she’s not afraid to show real, unapologetic love. She is also bloomin’ fantastic at capturing all the little details of a wedding – the stationery, the flowers, your quirky centrepiece ideas. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when she asked if I’d host a contest for her, and I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to give away a full wedding package! If you are getting married before the end of 2013 and you haven’t got your photographer sorted yet, then today is your lucky day!
Based in London but willing to travel anywhere for a good wedding, Lisa says, “When I was planning my own wedding, I found Rock n Roll Bride and fell in love. Every wedding featured showed couples hopelessly in love and getting married in style. These were couples not afraid to be themselves or to throw some traditions out the window and do it their way. When I started photographing weddings myself, I soon realised these were the kinds of couples I wanted to photograph.”
So what is Lisa offering? Well…
“No matter what you have planned I want to know about it!” she says. “Whether its black dress, you’re are covered in tattoos, or your just planning a kick ass rock n roll party and making everything yourself… as long as you are injecting your personality into your day I want to shoot your wedding. No idea is too small, no location too far, as long as you are doing it your way, I want to hear from you!”