Attention DIY enthusiasts! From September 18th – 20th, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair is taking place at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and this is one event you are not going to want to miss.
Not only will you be able to buy craft supplies and handmade gifts in the shopping village, but there will be live demos and skills workshops with experts going on all weekend. Kirstie herself will of course be there too, demonstrating and speaking with top makers, designers and crafts people (including Mollie Makes Magazine, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, wedding planner Sarah Haywood, potter Emma Bridgewater and Etsy!) in the Super Theatre.
The skills workshops are the perfect way for you to develop your expertise or learn new techniques, and will be taking place on a wide range of topics including yarn and textiles, seasonal, fashion accessories, upcycling and papercraft.
There is even going to be a wedding tent hosted by Hobbycraft which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills for your upcoming wedding. You’ll have the chance to learn calligraphy, find out how to make your own marbled stationery, and even put together some beautiful floral arrangements!
Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one skills workshop*, and each session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Content in the wedding tent is the same each day.
Do you fall asleep dreaming of your perfect wedding shoes; individual, one-of-a-kind and perfectly matched to every detail of your wedding? Do you want what you wear on your feet to be more than just eye candy? Do you wish you could find a keepsake that will always remind you of your special day?
Enter Middo Shoes, who aim to make all your wedding shoe dreams come true! Founded by designer and artist Alex Dubis, Middo Shoes design and hand paint original shoes for brides just like you!
“I love helping my customers get their perfect pair of shoes that brings together their personality and style”, Alex told me. “They may include anything and everything they love in the designs. In the past I have done shoes with names, places, dates, their favourite colours or even their whole love story on them! I’ve drawn sugar skulls, flowers, butterflies, even portraits of the bride and groom themselves – the only limit is my customers imaginations!”
Attention bad ass brides to be! I’m super excited to let you know that I’ve been invited along to The National Wedding Show, the biggest wedding fair in the UK, to do a live Q&A session and meet and greet in September! I’ll be at the London Olympia event on Saturday 26th and I’d just LOVE to see some of your friendly faces there.
With over 250 exhibitors, catwalk shows and big day advice from wedding experts at the Wedding Theatre, The National Wedding Show is almost a rite of passage for the newly betrothed. Tickets to the shows are available to buy right now for £15 (£20 on the door) but if you use the discount code ROCKNROLL, you can snag yourself two tickets for £25!
Remember, if you want to come and hear me speak, book in for the London show and come along on September 26th! Access to the Q&A is included in your ticket price but seats will be first come first served. I’ll be speaking at 2pm and I’d recommend getting there early.
I will be answering your questions on anything and everything you can throw at me. Maybe you want to hear my thoughts on dealing with family dramas, who my favourite bridal brands are or you have a query about starting your own blog or business? Nothing is off limits, so scribble down some questions and I’ll see you there!
The meet and greet will take place straight after the Q&A and will be a much more intimate event for competition winners only.
Today I’m giving away ten pairs of tickets to all of the above — the show, the Q&A and the meet and greet! PLUS each of you will get a signed copy of issue 4 of the magazine (on sale September 3rd) to take away too.
Planning a budget -friendly, DIY wedding might be awesome fun, but I’m sure you’ve all daydreamed about what you might do if money was no object. Well that fantasy is about to become a reality for one incredibly lucky reader because confetti.co.uk is giving away an ENTIRE WEDDING worth up to 40,000!!!
One engaged couple will win literally everything they could possibly need or want for their wedding. The reception venue… a designer wedding dress… bridesmaid outfits… the wedding rings… the stationery… the décor… the favours… the hen and stag dos… everything is included! They’re even throwing in a pre-wedding pampering spa trip, a one year anniversary mini break and a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!!
Hold onto your knickers girls, this mammoth prize includes:
♥ A reception venue courtesy of Big Chief Tipi
♥ Wedding photography courtesy of Jenny Martin Photography
♥ Discounted wedding photography courtesy of Portobello Picture Co
♥ A boudoir photography session courtesy of Divine Divas
♥ Videography courtesy of Shoot it Yourself
♥ A photo booth courtesy of Picture Blast
♥ A wedding dress courtesy of Eternity Bridal
♥ Bridal make up courtesy of Made Up Makeup and Beauty
♥ Bridal headwear courtesy of Cata Vassalo
♥ Bridal lingerie courtesy of StephieAnn Design
♥ A fabric flower bouquet courtesy of Daphne Rosa
♥ Bridal shoes courtesy of Crystal Bridal Accessories
♥ Bridesmaid dresses courtesy of Alexia Designs
♥ Bridesmaid jewellery courtesy of Tigerlily Jewellery
♥ Flower Girl Dress courtesy of Poppy England
♥ Groom and usher suits courtesy of Stephen Bishop Suiting
♥ Reception entertainment courtesy of Warble Entertainment
♥ A spa break and beauty package for two courtesy of Ardencote Manor
♥ An all expenses paid honeymoon Cyprus courtesy of Kanika Hotels
♥ Caviar courtesy of Kings Fine Food
♥ A wedding album courtesy of Illustries
♥ Transportation courtesy of Transformer Cars
♥ Bridal dressing advice courtesy of Bridal Dressing by Angela
♥ Wedding stationery, a veil, wedding favours, ceremony accessories, table and venue decor, and venue styling courtesy of confetti.co.uk
♥ Thank you flowers for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom
♥ Wedding caricature entertainment courtesy of The Wedding Artist
♥ Three photo scarves courtesy of My Story Gifts
♥ A wedding celebration recipe book courtesy of Recipe Gift Book
♥ Speech writing services courtesy of Great Speech Writing
♥ Four male shaving hampers courtesy of Dalit Goods Co.
♥ A doodle duvet and pens bundle courtesy of Eat Sleep Doodle
♥ Wedding dress storage courtesy of Empty Box Company
♥ A bridal coaching hen party courtesy of The Bridal Coach
♥ Hen party courtesy of GoHen
♥ Stag party courtesy of StagWeb
♥ Silk flowers courtesy of Petals Polly
♥ Live band courtesy of earcandy
♥ Wedding bands courtesy of Beaverbrooks
♥ Wedding coordination courtesy of Black Pearl Weddings
♥ First anniversary short break courtesy of SuperBreak
♥ Mobile bar courtesy of Mambo Mobile Bars
♥ Table top love letter lights courtesy of The White Bulb
♥ A bespoke wedding memory book courtesy of Memeoirs
♥ Macaron favours courtesy of Anyonita Nibbles
PHEW! Talk about the prize pack of a LIFETIME!
Finding the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding day can, for some brides, be way more difficult that finding the dress! You want something comfortable and beautiful, and if they didn’t cost a million quid that would be lovely too.
Enter Agnes & Norman, sister company of the wildly popular Rachel Simpson Shoes. Wanting to make shoes inspired by the past, creative director Rachel designed each pair while taking her cues from a bygone era (in fact the company is named after her own grandparents!) The combination of this with up to date shapes and wearable heels results in a truly unique collection.
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I can lay testament to how comfortable they are too because I have three pairs myself (obsessed? moi?!) The heels are low meaning no pain at the end of the night, and the fit is generous.
Win a Pair of Agnes & Norman Shoes!
If you love these vintage styles (and glitter) just as much as I do then you are going to go completely crazy for today’s competition. Five lucky readers will win their choice of the following shoes – the only difficult part will be choosing which pair to have!
Pandora in Star Dust & Night Sky
Maia in Teal & Rioja
Portia in Sunset Gold & Night Sky
Yes, you read that right! If you’re an animal lover you could be in for the chance of having your wedding photographed absolutely FREE. I know this sounds too good to be true but I promise it’s not!
Wedding photographer Gemma of Taylor Wolf Photography loves animals, and animal themed weddings, so much that she is running this amazing competition for one lucky Rock n Roll couple to win their wedding photography with her.
“There’s a reason why I called my business what I did, because I’m crazy about animals!”, Gemma told me. “I incorporated the name Wolf because they are monogamous animals, and they value their family and social connections enormously but also their individuality. Much like me and the lovely couples I get to work with!”
If you have anything animal related in your wedding you can enter this contest! Are you having your pooch, kitty, bunny or iguana as a ring bearer? Maybe you’re wearing a leopard print dress or zebra print shoes? Is there going to be lots of taxidermy or an owl delivering your rings? You could even be eloping on a safari or getting married at a zoo!
There are two prizes up for grabs and a juicy 15% discount will be emailed to every single person that enters, even if they don’t win!
One couple will win a full wedding photography package from Taylor Wolf Photography. Prize includes a pre-wedding engagement shoot, 8+ hours of wedding day coverage and 400+ fully edited digital images. The total prize value is £1600.
One couple will win a pre-wedding engagement photo shoot and 20% off their wedding photography.