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Win A Pair of Tickets to The National Wedding Show!

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For the third season running, the Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming to The National Wedding Show and today I want to tell you all about it!

For those of you that don’t know, last year we partnered with the UKs largest wedding fair to bring something altogether more alternative and eclectic into the mix. Not only is a visit to the show a rite of passage for any discerning bride-to-be, but now even alt babes can find ideas and suppliers that they’ll want to use for their wedding!

This season we’ll be joined in London by Crown and Glory, Nichola Ruby, Patchwork, Oh Snap UK, Poppy Dover, Gin Fizz Photography, Stargem Bridal, Twisted Glamour, Artcuts, Claire Louise Creates, Jigsaw Photography and Wishheart Tiara Design. In Birmingham we’ll be exhibiting alongside Lees Ice Dreams, Kevin Fern Photography, Crown and Glory, Artcuts and Jigsaw Photography and in Manchester you will be able to see Beetle Juice Cocktail Bar, Crown and Glory and Stella Photography!

This is just for starters too, with new exhibitors being added every day (do get in touch if you’re a wedding supplier and you’d like to join us) and over 500 exhibitors to see overall!

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Brides do Good and Bicester Village’s Exclusive Bridal Event

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As you may have seen, two lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers recently won £2000 to spend at Bicester Village, and now it’s your chance to experience the village for yourself! From February 9th to 19th they are hosted a very special bridal event and it’s one you bargain hunters are not going to want to miss!

Home to more than 130 boutiques of leading brands, during this time the village will be bursting with exclusive bridal collections and offers, at the rock bottom prices that Bicester Village is famous for.

Not only will there be 20 newly arrived bridal dress styles at Oscar de la Renta, the boys will be able to receive a free shirt when they purchase a suit at Paul Smith. Anya Hindmarch will be bringing in some of the key pieces from her ‘I love you’ range as well as her ‘Hell yes’ collection, ideal for the more forthright bride. You’ll be able to find your dream dress at Temperley London, bridal shoes from Rupert Sanderson or signature styles at Sergio Rossi, which is offering a further 30% off the Village price! Award-winning botanical beauty brand Liz Earle will be available and there will even be special deals on luggage for the honeymoon, with Samsonite offering three for the price of two on selected pieces!

But this event isn’t just about bargains because you’ll be treated like superstars too. Not only will champagne be being served in the Oscar de la Renta boutique, but there is on-site tailoring available every Friday and Saturday and as free home delivery for all of your purchases!

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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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A Hammam in Harrods!

Last week Gareth and I were invited to Urban Retreat, the spa in Harrods, to have their unique hammam experience and it was so weird/ awesome/ relaxing/ fun that I thought I’d share it with you! I also think it would be a super fun pre-wedding treat for either you and your fiance, or with a gaggle of hens. They even offer bridal and hen do packages.

I’ve been to Morocco three times but I’ve never actually done a hammam. For those of you that don’t know, its kind of the Islamic version of a roman bath. It’s something most locals do least weekly, and if you want to sweat away your troubles and get the scrubbing of a lifetime then you’ll love it!

Harrods have partnered with the Royal Mansour in Marrakech to bring the experience to London and all their therapists trained by people who actually perform hammams in Morocco. The princess of Morocco has even visited the Harrods version and gave it her seal of approval! Although definitely a more luxurious interpretation than you might find in the Marrakech Medina, the experience is very authentic.

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Genders are usually separated but on Thursday afternoons Urban Retreat offer a mixed session, which is when Gareth and I went. There was actually no-one else there at the same time, but just be aware if you do go to a mixed session someone of the opposite sex may see you in a robe and or some very skimpy pants!

After changing into aforementioned skimpy pants and a snugly robe, we were led through the relaxation area and into the ‘warm room’, which is set at 30ºC. We put argan oil in our hair to protect it and were left to acclimatise to the heat for about ten minutes. Our therapists then arrived and lead us into the ‘hot room’ which is marble from floor to ceiling with a bubbling fountain in the middle… oh and is set at 45ºC! We were told to take our robes off and then taken into separate private marble ‘booths’ and asked to lie on the floor.

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What happens next I can only describe as being bathed like a baby! My lady threw warm water on me, washed (almost) every inch of my body with traditional black soap, scrubbed my skin with a kessa glove to within an inch of it’s life (a kessa glove is a traditional and natural exfoliating mitt which removes dead skin and bacteria), exfoliated my entire body, washed my hair, performed some traditional stretching exercises (aka pulled my arms and legs about a bit!) and then finishes off with a full body massage!

Yep, she even scrubbed my butt and massaged my boobs. Apart from the tiny pants you are basically completely starkers so they do see everything, but weirdly, I actually didn’t feel self-conscious or awkward at all. My woman was super lovely, explaining what she was doing the whole time and making sure I was comfortable. Being sat on a hot marble floor, pretty much completely naked, while someone else washed my hair is an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget!

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Join us at Most Curious Wedding Fair, 2017!

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We’ve done a lot of wedding shows this past year and its one of my favourite things. I love getting out of the office, meeting you guys, seeing what other wedding suppliers are offering, swooning over pretty dresses… I mean it’s exhausting, sure, but what’s not to love about all that?

Which is why I am thrilled to let you all know that Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory (we come as a package deal now it would seem!) will be taking part in the London A Most Curious Wedding Fair next Spring!

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An Action-Packed Hen Weekend Experience with Dar Jaguar, Marrakech

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This post is enormous because I have so many photos from this trip that I want to share. So grab an extra large beverage and prepare yourself for a kaleidoscopic visual assault!

As much as I adore Marrakech (this recent trip was my third in two years!) it can be a very intimating and intense place. People yelling at you, motorbikes whizzing past you in narrow alleyways, donkeys pulling carts that look way too heavy for them, old men pushing enormous trailers full of everything imaginable… and all in 40°C+ heat! It’s chaotic and buzzing all day and all night which is why having a calm oasis to retreat back to at the end of a long day isn’t just advisable, it’s a necessity!

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