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Win Tickets to The National Wedding Show + Five Reasons Why It’s Going to be Amazing!

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Unless you’ve been living in a hole with no WiFi for the past six months, you’ve probably already heard that I’m partnering with The National Wedding Show this season to create the Rock n Roll Bride collection, an alternative wedding showcase at their spring shows!

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of wedding fairs to choose from. Big ones, local ones, hipster ones, vintage ones, alternative ones… you’ve never had so much choice. So how on earth are you supposed to know which ones to actually go to? Well, today I want to let you know five reasons why I think you should come to this one!

1. The sheer size 

I love the cool, quirky, alt wedding fairs, but you just can’t beat The National Wedding Show for the sheer number of exhibitors. Not only is it taking place in three locations – Manchester, London and Birmingham – three consecutive weekends, but each show has over 300 exhibitors! Sure, not all of them will be your cup of tea, but if you want to go somewhere to see a hell of a lot of wedding ideas in one place, this is where you need to be.

2. Meet some amazing alternative suppliers!

In the past I’ve left many wedding shows always wishing there were more interesting and unusual suppliers to see. But that’s now all changing with the addition of the Rock n Roll Bride collection at The National Wedding Show.

I am in charge of the coolest area going, one that will showcase awesome bridal gowns, quirky wedding cakes, fabulous stationery, colourful jewellery and amazing photography. So far we have awesome exhibitors such as Crown and Glory, Jason Charles Jewellery, Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique, Claire Hill Design, Av A Go Booth, Art Cuts, Revival Live Productions and The Case of the Curious Bride… but that’s just for starters! You can see the full list of exhibitors right here.

If you have a wedding business yourself, we still have a few more stands available (particularly for Manchester – come on Northern contingent, don’t let us down!) If you’re interested in taking part, simply email sales@nationalweddingshow.co.uk or call 0207 772 8455. I’ll be at every show too and I can’t wait to talk about you on my social media throughout the weekend!

3. The largest selection of wedding dresses

Finding your dream wedding dress can be a long and laborious process, but the National Wedding Show has one of the largest collections of bridal gowns all in one place.

Featuring a Bridal Zone, Designer Boutique and Bridal Boutique, they bring together an unrivalled selection of bridal shops and designer labels, with something to cater for every taste, budget and style. From mainstream brands to designer labels and made-to-measure, the show holds the UK’s largest collection of wedding dresses under one roof.

You’ll be able to try on as many dresses as you like, with no appointments necessary. This is also the perfect opportunity to buy your dress as many exhibitors will be running exclusive show-only discounts and offers that you won’t find anywhere else.

4. DIY Workshops

One of the things I’m most excited about in the Rock n Roll Bride Collection, is the addition of workshops that you can take part in.

Nestled within the Rock n Roll Bride Café (yes, we get our own café!!) you’ll be able to take part in DIY wedding workshops – taking place on each day of the event. You will be able to choose between three sessions: creating quirky stationery, a cocktail masterclass (ahem, that’s where I’ll be) or a cupcake decorating workshop.

Workshops are free to take part in a first come, first served basis. They will take place at 11am, 2pm, and 3pm.

5. Come hang out with me!

I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but I’m pretty cool and I love to meet my readers! I will be at all of the shows and I would be so thrilled to meet you. Selfies are always encouraged too so please don’t be shy!

If you haven’t been able to grab a copy of the magazine yet, we’ll be selling them on our stand where you’ll also be able to try on and order pieces from my veil collection with Crown and Glory. We are even working on an exclusive design that you will only be able to buy at the show!

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Win a pair of tickets!

Just to prove how much I want you there, today am giving away five pairs of tickets to the show of your choice.

To enter, all you have to do is comment below and tell me what part of the event you’re most looking forward to. You have one week to enter, until Tuesday 2nd February, and the winner will be contacted via email with information on how to claim their prize.

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A Magical Day at Vivien of Holloway (Plus You Could Win £200!)

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Although I spend most of my working week in sweatpants with only my cats for company, sometimes I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit people in much more glamorous locations. OK so the Holloway Road in London isn’t technically a very glam spot, but nestled in amongst the tattoo shops and greasy spoon cafés is a retro-lover’s oasis – Vivien of Holloway!

No doubt you’ve heard of them before. Their dresses are known far and wide as some of the best around. They have 12 main styles, and each of them comes in a huge range of different colours and prints, meaning they’re basically perfect for alternative bridesmaid outfits!

But did you know they also sell tops, cardigans, jeans and the dreamiest, fluffiest rainbow petticoats on the planet? They even have a wedding dress collection which starts from a mind-boggling £89! Best of all, everything is made right here in London.

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I was in heaven… and overwhelmed with the choice. I wanted to try on EVERYTHING. Luckily I had shop assistants, Laura and Sandy, to help me narrow things down.

My go-to style is usually a maxi skirt and tee-shirt, but I also love the classic 50s shape. So that’s where we started. As soon as I slipped the halterneck wedding dress on I felt like a retro princess. We teamed it with a pink sash to match my shoes and a teal petticoat to match my hair.

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I did NOT want to take this outfit off. If it was socially acceptable to rock a wedding dress every day of my life, this is the one I’d wear. Comfortable, classic and it gives you a killer shape. I literally could not believe it when they told me it cost £99. I was sure there had to be a zero missing off the end.

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After I’d finished swishing and twirling away for a good 20 minutes, I was reluctantly ready to take it off and try something else. “Let’s do something fun!” I said, and to me, fun means SKULLS!

I went for the exact same shape dress but this time in the ‘pirate’, 100% cotton, fabric. Seriously, how amazing would your bridesmaids look in this? Maybe all wearing different coloured petticoats? Cuuuuute! The fabric also comes in tops, skirts and other shaped dresses too, all of which probably need to get in my wardrobe immediately.

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I was ready to switch it up with a circle skirt and top for my next try on, and how could I resist this pink cat print? Did they design this with me in mind or what?

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Win a 1950s Inspired Wedding Dress from True Bride!

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It’s no secret that Rock n Roll brides love short, 1950s style prom wedding dresses. In fact I often think it is probably the style I’d wear if I was getting married again. Not only are they super duper flattering to nearly every body shape, but the short style gives some much needed sass to a wedding day ensemble!

When my friends at True Bride, who have just launched a fifties-inspired range, got in touch to ask if I’d like to give away one of the dresses from their brand new Brighton Belle collection, after sobbing a little that I couldn’t be the one to win it, I jumped at the chance!

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Looking After Yourself from the Inside Out with Xtend Life

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That old cliché that beauty comes from within isn’t just referring to your sparkling personality. If you want to look great on the outside, then you really do have to focus on what’s going on inside your body too. You can’t expect to have amazing glowing skin, flowing healthy locks and a twinkle in your eye if you’re drinking booze like its going out of fashion and eating junk food all day. If only life wasn’t so cruel!

I’ve recently stopped drinking alcohol at home, only indulging in a couple of glasses of my beloved wine if I’m having dinner out with friends or family. It was getting to a point where I was was suffering for it. Not through monster hangovers but I was feeling sluggish and depressed (alcohol is a depressant after all!) and my skin was dehydrated and tired-looking too. Lovely.

So I decided to do something about it and that didn’t mean just cutting down on the vino, I also wanted to up my supplement intake and start taking better care of my insides.

I’ve been using Xtend Life products for years. Ever since a friend recommended their Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil to sort out my bleach damaged hair I have been hooked! They literally transformed my locks in six months or so. I’m one of those people who’s pretty critical about the claims of supplements and the like, but after trying them for myself I can hand-on-my-heart say that they are complete magic! The purity of the oil in Xtend Life products is significantly better than a lot of other omega 3 items on the market and there’s no nasties like mercury in the water which the fish are bred in.

So, on my new health kick, I recently branched out on the Xtend Life products I was using. I decided to try the Kiwi-Klenz supplement to give my body, specifically my gut, a good old detox. It’s seriously good for your skin as most skin problems actually start in the gut apparently! To compliment this I also gave the Zupafood for Skin and the Age Defying Cleansing Mask a bash at the same time.

After taking everything for a few of months, coupled with my decreased alcohol intake, I have to say I feel FANTASTIC and my skin looks so much more radiant. My make up is going on better, my skin feels smooth and subtle and I’ve noticed I have more energy throughout the day.

WIN A PRIZE PACK FROM XTEND LIFE

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Today, in partnership with Xtend Life, I want to give one of you the chance to try all these wonder products too! We’ve put together a prize pack worth over $150 (NZ) for one lucky babe to win. The prize pack includes:

Omega-3 Premium Fish Oil
Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil
Zupafood for Skin
Age Defying Cleansing Mask
Kiwi-Klenz

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Meet the New Faces of Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory!

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So I knew y’all were cute, but when Sophie and I decided to put a call out for my readers to apply to model for our new veil collection, we had NO IDEA just how cute. Seriously! We had nearly 100 applications and picking only two winners was an impossible feat. Literally. It was so impossible that we’ve actually decided to have three winners instead!!

Let me introduce the gorgeous babes who will become the faces of our new veil collection. I can’t wait to meet them!

Hannah

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“Hi! I’m Hannah. I am a very colourful Disney, bunny loving person. I change my hair colour monthly (it’s currently grey/ purple!) I am a support worker and the old ladies love it. In my spare time I knit and sew and take my bunnies out for a walk. I would love to be a model for the lovely Crown and Glory because I’m bubbly, curvy and happy I will chat to any one (too much sometimes!)”

Claire

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“Obviously as a massive fan of you both, I was thrilled to see that you were looking for real brides to model the next Rock n Roll Bride X Crown and Glory collaboration. I love the idea of using gals from all walks of life, who wouldn’t usually try this whole modelling rodeo and all in all it sounds like a super exciting project. As is such I thought I’d throw my hat in to the proverbial ring and hope for the best.

Also – glittery crystal rainbow veils? I’m dead.

Anyway, please find my not entirely comprehensive, but hopefully entirely convincing list of reasons why you should pick me to be one of the faces for Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory.

1. I have been told I have a face for hats. It’s a cross that I willingly bear and can, on good authority say I will rock the hell out of any millinery you care to place on my barnett.

2. Special skills include moderate vegan cookery, enthusiastic karaoke and cat wrangling.

3. I love working with other bad ass business women. It’s my favourite part of my job and a weekend, hanging out and shooting with a bunch of amazing super talented girlies sounds like my idea of heaven.

4. I am all about independent designers and it’s one of the reasons I set up with Betty & Bee. Accessible fashion PR for small independent brands is my jam and working with cool, ambitious women in and out of office is legit the best thing ever.

5. I have an array of goofy faces readily at my disposal.

6. Animals love me. Nothing to do with weddings but a testament to character none the less right?

7. Interests include feminism, glitter, comic books, netflix, dogs (any but with a special interest in dachshunds), cats, pop culture trivia, early naughties emo and magical girls.

8. I get married on Friday the 13th of November (day we met yo) and what better way to get hyped for the big day than a big old party hanging out in wedding dresses.

9. I am a hoot at sleepovers. Challenge my to a game of chubby bunnies. I dare you.

10. All I want to do is hang out in rainbow, crystal veils.”

Kirsty

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“I’m wildly known and the ‘crazy Disney girl with the princess sleeve’. I’m a little bit obsessive with anything sparkly and princess related which probably isn’t good for a grown woman!

I have my own style and play by my own fashion rules. I love the confidence I get from wearing sassy outfits and making my own accessories. It’s such a powerful tool in helping show people what you’re all about and I just love that!

You should pick me because:

1. As a fellow creative mind I would love to be a part of the process and see what goes into a product launch shoot.

2. I have (minimal, but enough that I wouldn’t be completely petrified) modelling experience.

3. I am super fun (like seriously, I have flamingo fairy lights in my living room).

4. I look good in headwear.

5. I am totally ready to pour blood, sweat, tears (and glitter) into this so you’ll get the awesome images that you need.

6. I make a mean cup of tea and would also bring cake (only slight bribery).”

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