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Planning European Adventures with RoutePerfect

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It can’t have escaped your view that I travel a LOT these days. Sometimes for work but also often for fun too. Visiting and exploring new places is one of my favourite things to do. Ever.

Yet it can be pretty daunting to work out routes and itineraries, especially if you’re going to visit multiple cities in one trip. So I was totally over the moon when I discovered RoutePerfect. They take the hassle out of all the laborious research and comparing of options that can happen if you’re left to your own devices.

It’s basically an online planning tool that helps you create custom trip itineraries based on your travel preferences, budget and personal style. Not only can you explore options and prices, but if you book things through them you can even save up to 20% on many packages. Plus, booking everything all at once is such a time saver!

RoutePerfect is, well, perfect for those of you looking for honeymoon ideas, especially if you want to be your own travel agent or if you’re on a budget. Having everything sorted in advance really takes the hassle out of travelling too and all the information you’re going to need is saved in the one place. No more logging into multiple website to find your flight times, hotel bookings and car hire info!

Gala, Shauna and I are planning a trip to Italy and Greece later in the summer, so I thought I’d do some forward planning to show you just how easy the site is to use. I started by putting in our preferred starting point (Almalfi, Italy) and our final stop (Santorini, Greece). I then selected ‘friends’ (you can also choose ‘romantic, ‘family’ or ‘solo’) that we wanted a 14 day trip and that we were on a moderate budget.

After getting your result you can continue to customise to suit your needs. I selected public transport as none of us really like to drive when we’re abroad, that we’d like four destinations and that we prefer bigger cities. I was also able to put in that our preferences were great food over historic sites and culture, and that beaches wins over active pursuits! This was our final result.

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Wedding Gift List Inspiration: Alice Through the Looking Glass

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With the release of the new movie, Alice in Wonderland is a huge trend in weddings right now. The ‘eat me’ labels, playing cards and white rabbits are enough to transport you to Wonderland. Add in a few flamingos and mad hats and I’m sold.

Online gift list specialists Prezola has over 300 brands and 30,000 items for couples to choose from when creating a wedding gift list so of course there’d be plenty of inspiration when it comes to the new film. It’s a great way to continue with the theme in your home if tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee features at your wedding, or even if you’re just a fan of the stories. Channel your inner Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and prepare to get wonderfully weird.

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Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom collection, £25 – £150

To recreate the infamous Mad Hatter’s tea party, the Butterfly Bloom collection from Wedgwood is perfect and much like a fairytale. Complete with platters, cups and saucers, teapots, cake stands and even a strainer, it’s a gorgeous collection to make your official wedding china. We also love this Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, it’s a fun and kooky shape for a fantasy party, and I can almost picture a sleepy mouse popping out the top.

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Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, £19.99

Avenida Home actually feature scenes and characters from Alice in Wonderland in some of their products like these coasters, trays and placemats. I love this tea towel featuring a snippet from the original story, a great addition to any kitchen at an affordable price that your guests will love too!

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Avenida Home Alice in Wonderland Tea Towel, £15

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Introducing: Fat Pom Poms… Plus Win a Multicoloured Rainbow Pom Pom Headband!

Today I wanted to do something I have’t done for many years, to introduce you to a quirky new wedding supplier, but in the form of an interview. It was really fun to revisit this format of blogging and to pretend like I was a legit interviewer for a moment there!

Be sure to read to the end of the article too to find out how you can win the headband featured above in your choice of colours.

We all know I am obsessed with headwear, the crazier and more colourful the better, so I think it’ll come as no surprise that today I’m chatting to someone who makes gorgeous things to wear! Introducing Jess of the fabulously named Fat Pom Poms…

Can you introduce yourself to the Rock n Roll Bride readers. Who are you and what do you do?

Hello! My name is Jess and I own an accessories and decoration business called Fat Pom Poms. As the name suggests, it centres around the amazing world of pom poms! We make headbands, garlands, necklaces, earrings, wreaths… the list keeps growing!

Tell us a little about the process of working with you? How does it work and do you take on specific briefs/ commissions?

I mostly sell through Etsy and love working with each customer to find exactly the style they want. I welcome anything that paints a picture in my head – whether that be pictures, weird and wonderful descriptions or a theme! I also list previously made items on there which can all be remade with the same colours or customised to specific requirements!

What’s your favourite thing about running your own businesses and what are the biggest challenges?

My favourite thing about running my own business is that I have 24 hours a day to be creative and choose when I work and how long I work for. If I was stuck to a 9-5 schedule I think I would only get about 3 hours of work done a day! I definitely work better after lunchtime when my mind has been cleared of the day’s tasks such as going to the post office and putting my washing in! However this can also be my downfall as come 5 ‘o clock most friends have finished work for the day. Luckily I’m quite happy sitting inside making pom poms!

I also find one of my biggest challenges is keeping up with the business side of things. All I’ve ever wanted to do is create things for people to enjoy, so the serious side is not really my forte! I’m getting there though…. I think!

What are you most proud of in relation to your business?

I am most proud of how much I have improved from the first couple of headbands I made! I look back now and cringe, but at the time I was very happy with what I had achieved and now two years later I am amazed that I have stuck to this and made a business by myself, self taught and mostly from my bedroom!

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Find The Venue of Your Dreams with Country House Weddings!

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There’s nothing more spectacular than a wedding at a castle. If you’re the kind of bride who always wanted to do things on a grand scale (even if you’re more punk rock than princessy) then Country House Weddings is a great place for you to start your venue search.

The family run company own and operate four very different wedding venues. “We started creating weddings over 26 years ago when our first venue, Leez Priory in Essex, became the first ever venue in the UK to be licensed to hold a civil ceremony”, they told me. “Every year we now host 800-1000 weddings across our venues and each and every one of them is completely different.”

Clearwell CastleGosfield Hall - East Aspect (EPS) Leez Priory - Outdoor Tower Ceremony (NB) St Audries Park

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My Favourite Etsy Finds for an Alternative Wedding

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Pom Pom Trim Circle Veil from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

If you’re not using Etsy to source some of your wedding items, where have you been?! In fact there’s such a plethora of amazing things that it’s very easy to get obsessed! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite shops with you.

Cleo and Clementine

Cleo and Clementine make the most beautiful wedding dresses going. Everything is customisable too and designer Monique is a dream to work with!

OhShinyPaperCo

If you’re looking for colourful and fun balloons and tassels to decorated your reception, then look no further than Oh Shiny! Paper Co. Everything is so adorable it’ will be hard not to want to buy it all!

the letter loft

Looking for some letters to display at your wedding but want something a bit more fun than the ones you always see? The Letter Loft is where the good stuff’s at!

flower lolly

These flower lollipops from Flower Lolly look too good to eat but they’d be awesome favours for summer weddings. Each one comes with real edible flowers inside.

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Win a Retro-Inspired Swimsuit from For Luna

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Here’s something I never thought I’d have the confidence to do – I’m posting photos of myself in a swimsuit on the internet! I mean, just trying on swimwear is a terrifying enough ordeal, let alone having to share it with the world!

Luckily for me, I’m rocking my new retro inspired suit from For Luna and I feel like a million bucks in it.

Since 2009, For Luna has been offering an amazing selection of 1950s style swimsuits and bikinis. These styles hark back to golden age of Hollywood, with low leg cuts, high-waisted bikini bottoms, gathered fabric, and excellent support. Think Marilyn Monroe in that classic white one-piece or Jayne Mansfield in her wild leopard print bikini. This swimwear is incredibly flattering because the fabric is ruched over the tummy to hides all sins, and there are supportive soft shaped foam cups in the bust. It’s also comfortable and practical for swimming in and all their prints are super cute!

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Win the Swimsuit of your Choice!

Need a new cozzie for your honeymoon, summer holiday or just because..? Well now is your chance! To enter, simply visit the For Luna website, have a browse around and then come back here and comment on this post letting us know which one you’d like to win and why.

You have one week, until Midnight on 26th May to enter. Good luck gorgeous!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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