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Adding A Splash of Colour with Prezola, a Wedding Gift List Like No Other

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Gareth and I live in an extremely unremarkable two bedroom house. That’s not to say it isn’t a lovely home (even if it is a bit on the small size!) and we’ve been very happy here for eight years now. Some long-term readers may actually remember when I shamefully shared a photo of what our living room looked like in 2010 (ugh shudder..!) so needless to say we’ve made some vast changes over the years.

Well… Gareth has. While I am DIY phobic at the best of times, he really is a superstar. Over the past six months he’s replaced the carpet throughout the entire house (I can’t even tell you how overjoyed I was to see the back of the hideous terracotta monstrosity that was covering our floors), removed and replaced the fireplace, plastered, and painted everything pristine white… all on his own. Yes, it’s true. I married a one-man IT/DIY genius. How the hell did I get so lucky?

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He also put up all those pictures I’ve been hoarding for years. We finally have the gallery style wall of canvases, prints and paintings that I always dreamed of.

Although we would like to move somewhere bigger in future, right now we’re really happy with our little home. However as you’ll see from these photos, there is one big thing missing from our front room… COLOUR!

As you can probably imagine, I am all for throwing all the colours of the rainbow at it and seeing what sticks. However, Gareth is a lot more cautious and strategic and wants to make proper plans (yaaawn!) about what will work together and look right in the space. But considering what it used to look like, I am beside myself with happiness to live in a white-on-white-on-white house!

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Get the Colourful Wedding Stationery of Your Dreams with Swoon at the Moon!

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If fun, funky and colourful wedding stationery is your idea of a damn good time, then you’re going to want to check out Devon-based husband and wife team Swoon at the Moon.

“We completely and utterly believe that it is not our wedding stationery”, they told me. “It belongs to our customers. If they happen to like our designs then great. However, if they need a colour changed, a flower changed, a zebracorn added, completely different wording or even a whole other language, we will make it happen!”

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“We have many bright and colourful, existing ranges to choose, but if you want something bespoke we can do that too! Nothing is too much trouble and it’s all done with a smile. We’re lucky enough to be married already so we really appreciate just what peace-of-mind a decent, dedicated supplier does for you when you’re getting hitched.”

With prices starting at just £2.25 per invitation and £1 for Save the Dates, these beautiful designs won’t break the pre-marital bank either. They also do table plans, place cards, envelope liners and pretty much anything else your stationery-loving brain can dream up!

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The London ExCel Wedding Show Ticket Discount Offer

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There are a million and one wedding fairs (or so it sometimes seems!) all over the UK. While I think visiting at least one is a bit of a right of passage for all brides-to-be, how do you know which is the best one to visit?

Well, to help you make up your mind, I’ve got an exclusive ticket offer for The London ExCel Wedding Show, taking place between January 31st and February 1st.

This is the show to go to if you want to pack some serious wedding research into just one day. They have over 100 suppliers exhibiting including all the big names like John Lewis, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Burton, Moss Bros, Sandals, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Nigel Rayment, Coo Jewellers, and Charm Cupcakes.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your wedding day look, then the event also includes catwalk shows three times a day with make up by Benefit Cosmetics (so you just know that its going to be fab!). Bridal coach Michele Paradise will also be on hand to provide brides with essential top tips for their big day. Freddie Entertainment will also be on stage with renditions of everyone’s favourite classic songs throughout the day.

Finally, every visitor will receive a goodie bag packed with treats, gifts and a show guide so you won’t get lost!

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Start Your Own ‘Wed-Site’ with Squarespace

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When you get engaged the inevitable barrage of questions will soon follow: “Where’s the wedding taking place?” “Where’s the best place to stay nearby?” “What should we get you as a gift?” “What’s the dress code?” Setting up your own website (or ‘wed-site’ as you might have heard them referred to) is a quick and easy way to put all the information your guests might need in one place.

Just like so many brides-to-be, I started Rock n Roll Bride to document my wedding planning journey. I wanted an online space to share my ideas, talk about my plans and to connect with like-minded brides and grooms. While I didn’t use my blog as a ‘wed-site’ so to speak, I loved the freedom that a blog format gave me when it came to writing about my wedding online.

I used a platform called Blogger, which worked fine, but in all honestly it was pretty ugly, heavily branded with their own logos and, as a complete novice, not that easy to use… So much so that I accidentally deleted the whole thing in 2009, and had to start all over again!

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If you’d like to start your own wedding blog or ‘wed-site’ and you’re as un-technically minded as I was (ahem, still am!) then you might want to check out Squarespace. The real beauty of this system is just how easy it is to use, and how even a complete beginner can get started and make their site look gorgeous, without needing to learn a single line of HTML!

Their beautiful and modern templates (of which there are six specifically for weddings) can be changed quickly and easily with their amazing drag and drop system, and every template is responsive meaning that your site will look just as great on a phone or tablet as it does on a 50 inch computer monitor.

Squarespace also include some pretty nifty features specifically with brides and grooms in mind. Not only can you post photos and information about your wedding and bridal party, but you can connect your gift list from anywhere else on the internet, or even add a cash gift list with ease.

However, one of the best additions has to be the ability to collect mailing addresses and RSVPs via your site. You can add a simple form that your friends and family can fill out and then their info will be automatically dropped into a Google spreadsheet! Talk about taking all of the pain out of the dreaded RSVP process!

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Win Free Wedding Photography With VeVi Wedding Photography!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already know how much of an advocate I am to the value of wedding photography. I’ve covered the topic multiple times before. However I also know that a lot of you are on a strict budget, and as much as you would love to be able to book your dream wedding photographer, it’s just not financially viable.

Which is why I was utterly overjoyed when Reading (holla!!) based wedding photographer Andreea Virna of VeVi Wedding Photography got in touch wanting to offer an amazing plethora of photography prizes (try saying that fast five times!) to Rock n Roll Bride readers.

Firstly, a little bit about the girl behind the camera. “My name is Andreea and I started out as a fashion photographer”, she writes. “Before I knew it, I fell in love with the excitement, the dresses, the details and the stories that come together at that one special day. My wedding photography, much like my fashion work, has a distinctive off-beat style, and is quirky in its own way. I love what I do and put my heart and soul into it which I hope translates into beautiful images. I want my clients to be able to cherish those precious moments through my work. I love being involved in weddings and find it an honour to have a day immortalised through my artistic vision.”

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The prizes

The most amazing thing about this competition is that Andreea isn’t just offering one prize, she’s giving away THREE! To qualify for this incredible contest you must be getting married during 2015.

First prize: An engagement shoot, full day of wedding photography (up to 10 hours) with up to 650 fully edited wedding images on disc.

Second prize: A £500 voucher for you to spend redeemable against any wedding photography package.

Third prize: An engagement shoot.

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Why is Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses Such a Chore?

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As a bride, finding that one perfect dress for yourself can be stressful enough, without also having to deal with the overwhelming task of also getting perfect dresses for all your best friends as well.

Bridesmaid dress shopping can seem like an extremely daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be! As long as you go in prepared and you take the initiative to address some of the most common issues upfront (like budget, and finding something that everyone’s happy with), it can actually be quite a fun experience.

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The other option is to bypass the bridal boutiques and high street completely, and hit the web in search of the perfect gowns. One of the best online stores that I’ve discovered is For Her and for Him.

Not only do this New York company have one of the largest selections of bridesmaid gowns going, but they’re currently having their biggest sale EVER. Until January 31st they are offering 30% off every single dress in their catalogue and FREE worldwide shipping!

There are also group discounts available on top of the sale. The more dresses you buy, the bigger the bulk buy discount. Just check out some of these real wedding examples to see how gorgeous your babes will look!

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