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Bridesmaid 101

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This may seem trivial and self-centred, but I’ve always wanted to be a bridesmaid. As a child I didn’t once dream about my own wedding day, but I coveted the pretty, flouncy dresses that bridesmaids got to wear and the beautiful bouquets they got the carry. I wanted to do that so badly. “One day”, I thought, “one day it will be my turn”.

But it never was.

I have never been a bridesmaid. I’ve never planned a hen do, held the bouquet for a friend while she said her vows, or had to make a speech. And I’m not going to lie, I was starting to feel a little left out.

So you can imagine my extreme elation when my best friend from University, Carly, asked me to be her one and only bridesmaid when she came to visit last week. In fact I was so excited that the very next morning I was on the phone to a local bridal boutique to see if we could get an appointment to start dress shopping! I am taking my role very seriously as you can see.

I am a massive research nerd, so the next thing I did was to Google “bridesmaid duties” and “things to remember when you’re a bridesmaid.” Sure I might work in the wedding industry, but I want to make sure I do this thing right!

However I was disappointed to discover that nearly all the bridesmaid advice style articles I found on my internet travels came with a heavy dose of snark. What to do if you hate your dress, how to deal with a feuding bridal party, just how much it’s going to cost you… ugh, how depressing. This is not what I wanted to read at all!

So as the antithesis for all those awful articles, here are the real things you need to know if someone has asked you to be a part of one of the most important days of their lives.

Realise that it’s not about you

Your main duty is to help the couple in the lead up to their wedding; it’s not just about wearing a fancy dress and looking pretty! There are lots of little things you can do to assist, so be proactive. Offer to be the one to make the appointments, run errands, stay up late addressing invitations, organise a craft party to make these 100 metres of bunting that she has her heart set on…

Making the process easier and less stressful for your girl is your main prerogative. She’ll have a million things to do throughout the planning so anything you can take off her list will be massively appreciated.

Start with the fun stuff

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always want to do the fun stuff first! And by fun stuff I of course mean dress shopping! It was the first thing I did when I got engaged and so it was the first thing I suggested Carly and I tackle too.

When it comes to finding that dream dress, all girls are different. She might be a super-eager forward planning type, or a more reluctant, slightly clueless babe. The key to being an awesome bridesmaid is knowing what kind of help your girl needs from you.

I don’t think Carly will mind me saying that she was crapping it about the whole dress shopping thing. She’s gorgeous, but she was stressing about not liking any of them and looking totally ridiculous. Now, I knew as soon as she tried some on she’d a) realise that they’re not as terrifying as she thought and b) that she’d look beautiful in them all. So, my first plan of action was to get her into something big and white so she would realise just how fun this whole wedding planning thing can be.

And it worked! After our appointment last week she turned to me and said “Well that wasn’t too bad, I actually liked a couple of them. I can’t wait to do it again!” RESULT!

By starting with some tasks that you know the bride will enjoy, you’ll help to elevate the “holy-shit-I’ve-got-to-plan-a-whole-wedding” pressure. If you have a nervous bride on your hands, start with the fun stuff – the dresses, the cake, the food tasting! Who cares about doing things in the ‘right’ order? Start with whatever you think she’ll most enjoy and take it from there.

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Wedding Favours That Save Lives

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Wedding favours are a waste of time. They can be one of those things that you stress about for ages. You’ll be trying to think of something personal to the two of you that your guests will also enjoy, but the fact of the matter is that most of them will just be left on tables at the end of the night.

So instead of wasting your money on something that’s going to garner nothing more than a cursory glance from your guests, why not do something for the people who could really do with your help? Enter Cancer Research UK’s charity wedding favours.

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Have Your Joy Captured by Murray Clarke Photography

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I love nothing more than discovering new photographic talent. It’s a bit of an obsession actually. So I’m completely thrilled to share the work of UK wedding photographer Murray Clarke with you today. Murray has this innate ability to capture pure, unadulterated joy in every single one of his images… now who wouldn’t want that for their wedding photographs?

Based in London, but shooting weddings all over the country, Murray says of his work, “I treat every wedding differently, capturing images that reflect the couple’s personalities. I like quirky compositions and the finer details that go in to a wedding. I love using the natural light to create beautifully realistic images that reflect the moment. I really like working with couples who appreciate artistic photography and put lots of effort in to the style and theme of their wedding.”

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Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Want to Wear!

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When it came to choosing what my best girls were going to wear on our wedding day I was adamant from the start that I wanted to let them choose. It actually never even crossed my mind that I might pick their dresses for them. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and we all have very different tastes, so who was I to tell them what they could or could not wear!?

While I might have got married over six years ago now (!) I’ve noticed this is one trend that continues to grow in popularity. It’s actually very rare that I see bridesmaids in perfectly matched gowns these days – and I love that! Whether they’re tied together in colour, style, or even just their accessories or bouquets, I think mismatched bridesmaid dresses look the best in photographs!

Which is why I was thrilled when For Her and For Him got in touch to share their beautiful 2014 collection with me. Not only do the majority of their gowns come in at under $200, but every style is available in a huge range of colours, with many of them also having the option to either be full or knee length.

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Win £1500 Worth of *Diamonds*!

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I mean, really, what else can I say? Diamonds, people, DIAMONDS! Oh yes, the amazing jewellers over at 77 Diamonds want to gift one of you incredibly lucky babes a earring and pendant set worth over £1500!!!

77 Diamonds have one crystal clear aim: to bring simplicity, clarity, choice and value to the process of buying the highest quality diamonds and bespoke jewellery. With unrivalled and direct access to over 70% of the world’s finest stones, they offer delicately crafted, high quality pieces. They take inspiration from all over; from classic vintage styles to bang up to date modern design influences.

With headquarters in the UK and a beautiful showroom in Mayfair London, you can order from them online, or go and see the pieces in person before you buy.

OK, OK, so I know you really just want to hear about that amazing prize! Here we go then:

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Detoxing: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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If you’d asked me three years ago to do any kind of detox programme, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I would have screamed back “Oh hell no!” But since turning 30 and spending a large proportion of my time in America (where there is a juice bar on nearly every corner!) the way my body feels on a daily basis has been on the forefront of my mind.

However, let’s keep it real: alongside all those deliciously healthy juices, The Land Of The Free has streets lined with cheese, sugar and enough refined carbs to make even the most iron-stomached person winch in pain. Staying on-track and remaining healthy when you travel so much is bloody tough.

A little disclaimer before we begin: I know this is a sensitive subject for a lot of you. I’m right there with you. I am also massively opposed to any of the excess pressure and almost bullying tactics that so many wedding media outlets put on brides-to-be. I detest the idea of a company praying on the insecurities we have about or bodies (of which, let’s be honest, there are many!) to make money. Period.

There’s a fine balance between succumbing to the pre-wedding weightloss bullshit, and just really wanting to look your very best on your big day. If you want to lose a few pounds then awesome, a milestone like a wedding can be a great motivator to get you back on track to good health. What it shouldn’t provide though, is excess pressure surrounding how you’re supposed to look, act or feel. Pushing yourself to reach unattainable and unrealistic ideals is NOT what Rock n Roll Bride is about.

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However, giving your body a clean out and a kick start towards a healthier lifestyle is something to be encouraged. And although I would never, ever promote anything that pressurised brides (or any woman for that matter) to change their body for anyone else but themselves, if you do want to feel in tip top physical shape, then giving yourself a helping hand with short term detox programme before embarking on a more healthy way of life is a great place to begin.

Although I eat reasonably well on a day to day basis, when I’m travelling it’s really difficult to make healthy choices. I also know I drink too much – wine is my Achilles heel! I can give or take pretty much any sweet treat you might put in front of me, but offer me an ice cold glass of Pinot and it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Anyway, after a few weeks of gorging myself on pizza, bread and convenience foods in Canada last month, I was feeling awful. My energy was low, I was feelings sluggish and heavy and my skin was hating me! When I got home I felt like I really needed a health injection and so I signed up for Kaeng Raeng’s three-day natural detox cleanse immediately. Detox programmes seem to be the thing to do at the moment (green juice anyone?) so I thought I might as well give one a bash.

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