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Real Bride Interviews: The Prezola Gift List

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When my sister got engaged, and she and her now-husband started considering gift lists, I immediately told her to check out Prezola. Like many soon-to-be-married couples, they not only already lived together and so had many of the traditional wedding gifts already covered, but because they wanted flexibility with what they could add to their registry. Today I sat down with Rachel to talk to her about how she found the wedding planning and Prezola experience.

What was your favourite thing about the wedding?

The wedding ceremony in the woods, it was so beautiful to see everyone come together and to say our vows to each other in front of the people we love.

What tip would you give couples planning their wedding?

You only get one wedding day (hopefully) so make it a day which you and your partner will love, and try to imagine what it will be like for a guest attending your wedding – no one wants to wait around for three hours with nothing to do while you have your photos taken!

Did you have a honeymoon?

Yes, three weeks in Mexico! It was amazing: we spent a week visiting Aztec and Mayan sites, a week in small colonial towns and cities, and a week on an Island lying on the beach. We went caving, quad biking, zip-lining, snorkelling, diving, swan in cenotes, went deep into the jungle, and ate way too many soft tacos and guacamole.

Probably the best thing we did was swimming with 250 whale sharks off the cost of Isla Mujures, it was amazing swimming alongside them, we felt like we were migrating whales ourselves. We also spent a day floating in natural pink salt lakes with wild flamingos everywhere, it was pretty cool.

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Why did you choose Prezola for your gift list?

We already had a home together before getting engaged, and while there were some things we wanted for the house, we also wanted money towards our honeymoon. Prezola seemed to be the perfect choice, as we could have both on one list!

What was your favourite thing about Prezola?

The flexibility of being able to add things not just from their linked suppliers, but from any and every website. We buy a lot of things from Etsy for example, so it was great to be able to add some treats from our favourite sellers to our list. We liked that it wasn’t restricted at all!

We also were really pleased we paid the add on cost to get honeymoon contributions (it was £59) too. We really liked being able to tailor this – so rather than just asking people to donate money they could buy items on our list such as ‘Dinner for two in Mexico’, ‘Snorkelling for two’, ‘Cocktails on the beach’ etc. It made it more personal for the guests as after they saw our honeymoon photos and could see us enjoying the specific thing they’d bought us. It also meant we could have a huge price range of gifts (we had things for £10 up to things for £400!) so there was something in everyone’s price range.

How long did you take to create your gift list?

It was really quick to set up, then we probably spent a couple of hours looking for things to add (as we had so much choice and could look at any website!) We also kept going back and adding things in the first few weeks.

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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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Why Buy Our Honeymoon Are Your Best Option If You Want a Honeymoon Gift List

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There are plenty of non-traditional gift registries around these days enabling you to add lots of different items from various stores and online retailers as well as experiences, days out, cash contributions and even charity donations. However if you just want to use your gift list as a way of funding your honeymoon then you have to use Buy Our Honeymoon. Why? Because they do exactly what it says on the tin – help your guests buy your honeymoon! Simple and easy!

If you need a bit more convincing, then here are seven reasons why I think you should be using them.

It’s super flexible

You can include everything and anything you might want related to your honeymoon on your list. From flights to hotels, experiences to meals, even taxi rides and cocktails! You can also break things down however you want to really engage your guests in your plans. You can either list items in full (for example, £20 for sushi) or you can add a larger item such as your flights and open it to contributions so your guests can add as much as they’d like to the pot.

It’s really easy to use

No, really. I set up my own dummy account to put them to the test. Without reading any guidelines or directions I was quickly able to set my account up, update my profile and start to add items to my fantasy list!

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List designs that are personal and ad-free

There’s nothing worse than downloading an app or signing up to a service to be spammed with adverts at every click! Buy Our Honeymoon has no adverts anywhere and you can design your list however you like. You can choose the layout and design, write your own introductory text, and you even have complete control over how your items are sorted and categorised.

The money goes directly to you!

Buy Our Honeymoon offer a variety of different payment systems (Stripe, GoCardless and PayPal) so you can set up gift payments in a really flexible way. This is especially great if you’ve got international guests. While each of these systems may take a small percentage (these fees are unavoidable) Buy Our Honeymoon do not.

Whatever your guests contribute gets paid to you as soon as it clears. Buy Our Honeymoon don’t hold on to your money until after your wedding or take an extra percentage commission from it (they have a simple one-off joining fee instead).

It’s easy for your guests to use

All you need to do is let them know the link to your gift list (here’s the sample one I set up!) and at they just need to click on the item they want to buy or contribute to, and follow the simple instructions. Alternatively, they can suggest something they’d like to buy for you instead or simply contribute some cash.

As an aside, if you’d like to change the automatically generated URL to something more personal (such as ourdreamhoneymoon.com/katandgareth) just email them and they can do that for you, no problem!

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How to Find Wedding Suppliers You Can Trust

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A wedding day is one of the most significant and expensive days of a couple’s life. A perfectly planned stress-free occasion might be top of your agenda, yet the final outcome often lies in the hands of your suppliers. Booking a team of trusted, reputable suppliers to handle your day is of the utmost importance if you want to deliver a seamless celebration.

Today, Be Wedding Wise, the UK’s first fully vetted reviews-based website, are sharing their top tips for spotting the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to booking your dream team.

Do your homework

The power of the internet

Before booking any suppliers, be sure to check that they have a physical, concrete address and working phone number. Companies House has a free service that lets you check these details, however do be aware that they only cover limited companies so many suppliers will not be found on there. If they’re not a limited company then do a Google Maps search to check the address is genuine and simply pick up the phone to check the number given gets you through to them. It’s also useful to do an Internet search of your supplier’s name and their company name to ensure nothing alarming comes up on any bridal forums or previous negative press coverage.

Where possible, seek personal recommendations and read trusted reviews. There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing another bride and groom are willing to personally verify how great their supplier was for their big day.

It’s also a good idea to see how active a supplier is on any social media sites. This will not only give an insight into how they promote their business but enables you to check that they are active and working in the months leading up to your wedding. Nobody wants their supplier to suddenly go AWOL a few weeks before their wedding day.

Read reviews 

Be Wedding Wise, the UK’s first ever reviews based wedding directory, was started to provide engaged couples with a platform to access thoroughly vetted and validated wedding supplier reviews for their big day. Be Wedding Wise is set to shake up the industry and take the standards of service to new heights.

The company has a strict policy of only accepting suppliers as permanent members once they have received a minimum of two verified customer reviews, the only site in the UK insisting upon this verification process. Every customer testimonial and review is read and verified by the Be Wedding Wise team before being made live, who personally call to check the authenticity. Once suppliers become permanent members, future reviews are randomly spot-checked to ensure continuous credibility.

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Ask plenty of questions

When making the decision on suppliers its important to ask lots of questions such as:

Who do they work with?
If they work with an assistant (florist/photographer) then consider asking to see some of the assistant’s work too.

What if something goes wrong?
Check that they have a contingency plan in the unlikely event that they are ill on your wedding day. Would any of your day be affected by rain? Ask the relevant supplier how they would handle it if the dreaded drops do start to fall.

Are their photos up to date?
When looking at supplier’s product photos (wedding cars, equipment hire etc.) check with the supplier to see how recent their images are. The car may have been photographed 10 years ago when it was shiny and new – it may not be looking quite so smart 10 years on!

Meet face-to-face

Nothing can beat the power of a face-to-face meeting. You can ask as many questions as you like and you won’t have to wait for any answers. It’s also really important to know that you actually like your suppliers and there’s good chemistry. If you love their personality as well as their work then you know it’ll be a match made in heaven. If, on the other hand, you find you’re struggling to ‘click’ face to face then this should perhaps prompt you to look elsewhere.

Trust your gut

Follow your gut instinct. If you’re getting a bad feeling about a supplier then you’re most probably right. If they’re being slow at getting back to you, they’re unwilling to discuss finer details, answer specific questions or the tone of their email isn’t friendly and open, then you should most certainly listen to those alarm bells ringing in your head and consider going elsewhere.

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Introducing: Jack Bunneys Heritage Collection

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The boys tend to get a bit neglected in the wedding media, so I am super thrilled to be introducing you to a fantastic new collection from wedding menswear designer Jack Bunneys today.

With a reputation for innovation in design, Jack Bunneys have been making wedding suits from their East End of London base for the past 60 years. And this year, to reflect on this long history, they are launching a completely unique collection of men’s formal wedding clothing.

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The ‘Heritage Collection’ was inspired by wedding attire of a bygone era. The archetypal traditional English wedding suit – with a twist. Drawing inspiration from the British Aristocracy throughout the 20s and 30s, this collection was designed to be elegant, timeless and effortless in it’s sophistication.

Not only do they take pride in the design of these new suits, but Jack Bunneys even tirelessly researched the correct fabrics to create this homage to the past. They’ve used ‘English Flannel’ fabrics which give the impression of being dense with none of the weight. Each suit is made of a super-lightweight pure wool flannel cloth, brushed up with a ‘nap’ to give the fabric an extra dimension and density.

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Win a Retro Inspired Tea-Length Wedding Dress from True Bride!

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True Bride have fast become one of the bridal designers favoured by Rock n Roll brides. Why? Because not only are their gowns super flattering and available in over 250 bridal boutiques all over the UK, but they start from a quite frankly ridiculous £495!

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True Bride have been designing wedding and bridesmaid dresses from their Brighton base since 2005. The foundations of the company is its creatively driven, small team and a combination of directional yet wearable designs. High quality and attention to all the little details are vital to them too. Their belief is that brides should feel nothing less than gorgeous on their wedding day without breaking the bank!

Featured in this post is the newest gowns from the Brighton Belle collection, a selection of retro-inspired tea-length gowns in flattering 1950s shapes. Launched in 2015, this collection blends both style and comfort with a distinctively retro edge.

Win a ‘Bea’ Dress!

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If you’ve been searching for a tea-length gown and haven’t quite found ‘the one’ yet then today is your lucky day because one Rock n Roll Bride reader will win this utterly stunning ‘Bea’ dress, which is brand new for 2017!

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