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Three Vital Things All Couples Should Discuss Before They Get Married

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There’s nothing more exciting than planning your wedding, whether you go for a large lavish affair or a more understated, personal day, there is always plenty to think about and arrange! But with all the excitement and celebration going on around you, it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that your wedding is about more than just the day itself.

When you’re in a relationship, you obviously get to know each other pretty well. But sometimes it isn’t until you actually get married that you start to consider the more serious stuff. Some of these topics can be uncomfortable to talk about, but making sure you do so is vital if you want your marriage to last the distance.

1. Money

Money is one of the main things that couples fight about. Getting on top of your joint finances before you walk down the aisle, and maybe even establishing a few ground rules, will help you nip some of the disputes that can arise in the bud.

It’s a good idea to sit down and access a free credit report for each of you, this will allow you to identify any potential problems, and find ways to address them. Its is particularly important that you discuss your individual attitudes to money. Even if you plan to keep a lot of your finances separate, arguments about bills, past debts or one partner’s perceived overspending can cause problems very quickly.

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Design Your Own Wedding Stationery with Zazzle!

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If there’s one thing I know Rock n Roll brides want more than anything else, it’s to put their own stamp on their wedding. From what you’re going to wear, to the cake you’re serving, and from the DIY décor to the quirky invitations you’ll send out, it’s all about being unique, being yourself and most of all, having fun! Which is why I’m always thrilled beyond belief when I get to share amazing companies that reflect this ethos with you!

You’ve probably heard of zazzle.co.uk before. They are the home of custom products, from both big brands and indie designers. With manufacturing facilities in California and the UK, you can be sure that these designs are produced to the highest standard – one of the reasons they’re so happy to stand behind their 100% satisfaction policy.

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However did you know they also offer a service where you can design your own wedding stationery!? As well as base designs ready to customise to perfection, Zazzle lets you create your own designs from scratch and see them in real-time on the site! Image placement, font, shape, paper type, mug size, shirt style, poster size – all those options mean your products will be unique to you, every time!

“We believe that weddings – like the love that brought two people to the point of celebrating of the start of their marriage – should be the happiest reflection of your personality”, they told me. “Cheesy? Yes, but also 110% true.”

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Button and Brooch Bouquets That Will Fill Your Heart With Joy!

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If there’s one thing I’m seeing more and more, it’s brides that want to shirk a traditional floral bouquet and replace it with something all together more creative. And the possibilities really are endless. From brooches to buttons to candy and even paper or felt, all you need is a little imagination and a glue gun and you’re ready to go!

But what if, like me,  you have all the ideas, but you struggle with how to get them out of your head (and your Pinterest board) and into reality? What if you know you want something non-traditional but the idea of making it yourself brings you out in a cold sweat? That’s where Elizabeth Rose Events comes in.

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Based in York, Julia Strange started her own event design company in 2013, naming it after her mother and children. However over time, she realised that the part she loved the most was designing and making brooch and button bouquets so she morphed her business to reflect that. These days she spends most of her time scouring flea markets and vintage stalls in search of the perfect accessories to use on her beautiful, handmade designs. She also works very closely with an amazing supplier in America and will often trawl the internet for custom made, or specifically requested designs.

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Five Tips for Creating Your Perfect ‘Wed-site’ with Squarespace

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When I got married, creating a wedsite where you could share all your important wedding info with your guests was practically unheard of. However these days, having one is almost as common as wearing a white dress and saying “I do”! And with amazing programs like Squarespace now available, its hardly surprising. It is now easier than ever to share your wedding details with your guests.

The great thing about Squarespace is that it’s super easy to set up and use, even for the most technically challenged amongst us. Today I wanted to share five simple tips which will help you make your own wedsite the very best it can be.

Set up a custom domain name

Every Squarespace annual subscription (which costs just $8 a month) includes a FREE custom domain name. You don’t even have to worry about going through a complicated registration process either, they’ll handle it all for you. Once you have your URL, all you have to do is include it somewhere on your (much simpler!) paper invites, which will direct your guests to your site in order to find out all the details about the wedding.

Make it easy to navigate

Remember, not everyone is going to be super technically savvy, so it’s important that your site is easy to navigate. Make sure each category is clearly labelled so that even your grandma could find what she needs to know!

Squarespace make this possible with their clean, crisp and modern templates. Simply choose the one you want and go! All the most important aspects will be easy to find as soon as you land on your homepage.

Personalise

Squarespace is perfect for creative types who love beautiful design but are a bit dense when it comes to anything technical. And, just like how traditional paper invites and supposed to ‘set the tone of your day’ your wedsite should too!

All you need to do is choose the template you like (they even have an entire series that are just for weddings), then you can personalise it with your own photos, colours and fonts that fit your wedding theme.

You can even use one of their gallery functions to create an album of your relationship so far, your bridal party, your engagement photos and your wedding pictures after the event!

ALSO, every template is responsive, which means your site will look just as good whether your guests are scrolling through on their phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer!

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Create Your Alternative Engagement Ring with Baroque Jewellery!

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Situated in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes, I’ve walked past the purple façade of Baroque Jewellery a number of times. I might have quickly peeked at the alluring window displays a couple of times, but I’ve never actually had a reason to go inside.

So when owners Pippa and Jason got in touch a few weeks ago, inviting me to visit and see how they work, I jumped at the chance.

Baroque are different to pretty much every jewellery shop I’ve ever been in. Not only do they carry some of the most unique pieces, crafted by independent local designers, they have four in-house master goldsmiths who hand make everything else from the workshop at the back of the store.

I briefly watched Andy melting and shaping a gold band for a customer order and could have chatted to him for hours, all about the process.

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I Donut What I’d Do Without You: Free Pun-tastic Greetings Card Printables!

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What I lack in DIY skills I certainly make up for in creative friends, so when HP got in touch asking if I’d like to partner with them to showcase their amazing new Sprout computer, I called in the reinforcements! Sophie, Ronnie and I then started brainstorming ideas for some cute greetings cards that we could create for you, although we actually spent most of the time laughing/ cringing at ourselves over all the silly puns we came up with!

So before we begin, what exactly is the HP Sprout? Well, it’s like living in the future that’s what! The whole time we were working on this we us kept saying to each other “This really is like magic you know!”

The HP Sprout is a high performance touch screen PC (so you can do all the usual computery stuff on it) with an overhead scanner attached to the top that enables you to capture 3D objects. They are quickly transformed into graphics, which you can then resize and replicate using the built-in software to create something fabulous! It sounds complicated, but it is super easy to use.

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And voilà!

The attached touch mat also allows you add text, draw, write or even add your own images. You can see one I did here where I scanned glitter and wrote the text on top by hand, which I think turned out amazing! It’s basically a 3D object scanner meets a Wacom tablet meets Photoshop meets your home PC.

Like I said, MAGIC!

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We started playing around and it was so fun to see what we could scan next. We tried flowers, donuts, lollipops, lipstick kisses, gems and goggly eyes.

Keep reading to see how you can download the cards we made for FREE!

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