There is nothing more certain in (wedding) life than the fact that photo booths make the party go off! Even the most camera shy people will be in there, rocking some silly props and laughing their arses off all night long. Trust me!
The Photo Booth Guys are purveyors of one of the best photo booths in the business. I’m quite the connoisseur don’t you know and their booths tick all of my very important boxes. The camera and lighting is flattering, its quick and easy to use, and doesn’t take up too much space. They even offer this amazing techy thing called InstaPrinta where you can use the booth to print out your Instagrams. We actually used this for one of our Blogcademy workshops in Melbourne last year and believe me, it was a HUGE hit. If you’re having a wedding hashtag then you need this!
They say, “We are The Photo Booth Guys and we create amazing photo experiences for our clients with our beautiful, open-style retro photo booths (handmade from the finest materials and timbers). Unlike enclosed photo booths, ours let everyone in on the fun and are also downright stylish to boot. Guests pile in and pull their best poses, inspiring each other with increasingly crazy shenanigans!”
I was about 18 when I first discovered the shopping destination Bicester Village. It’s an open air outlet mall in Oxfordshire. Designer goods at discounted prices? Sign me up! I’ve visited the village a number of times since then, always leaving with something fabulous yet affordable (my best find was my DREAM Vivienne Westwood handbag that I’d been lusting over for months which I got half off!)
However did you know that every spring, to celebrate the start of wedding season, Bicester Village put on an event just for brides? If you’re looking to nab some bargains for your upcoming wedding then you have to check it out!
Taking place from 22nd February to 20th March, you’ll be able to shop exclusive bridal product offerings from SIXTY boutiques all offering amazing deals and discounts. Designers including Oscar de la Renta, Temperley, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Brooks Brothers and Amanda Wakeley are all taking part. Everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, menswear, accessories and gifts will be up for grabs at amazing prices.
Plus every Friday from 5pm there there will be exclusive events, incentives
and some additional savings taking place (and free champagne!). You can check out all the details here.
There are also going to be fun workshops to take part in throughout the season. Lily Vanilli is hosting a cake decorating class on the art of creating edible flowers, and renowned Notting Hill florist Nikki Tibbles (who creates amazing floral installations in the Village for the event) will be teaching you how to make your own bouquet. The classes cost £35 and for more information or to book your place simply visit bicestervillage.com/bridal.
If you’re getting married anywhere in the US and you don’t have your photographer sorted yet then you my friend are in for a treat! Photographers Grasi and Dani of Rocker in Love, are, for the second year running, touring the US and shooting weddings for their photography art book project. The best part is they’re offering the couples that take part an incredible discount!
Here’s a little recap of how their 2015 tour went down.
its so vitally important to have a great connection with your wedding photographers. After all, they’re going to be spending a lot of time with you on, arguably, the most important day of your life! Even more than that though, they’ll be capturing the photographs that hang on your walls forever, and the more you like the person behind the camera, the better the resulting images will be!
Grasi and Dani make it their mission to ensure that their couples are comfortable in front of the camera and have a great time during their photo sessions.
“We are looking for awesome, sweet, photography loving couples to represent each US State for a special Book Project ‘U.S. Wedding Tour'”, they explain. “Take a look at our calendar and map – we can drive to you and photograph your wedding too!!! You’ll get your wedding photographs for a bargain and you’ll be published in our photography book afterwards!”
Here’s a map showing which States they’re still looking to find couples for. Don’t worry if yours is already booked, you can still get in touch and if they’re available they’ll swing by and shoot your wedding too (outside of the project/ discount).
Taking part in this incredible project means you’ll get:
♥ Two and a half wedding photographers (Grasi, Dani + their 8 year old son, Otto!)
♥ Full wedding day coverage
♥ A set of fully edited high res images
♥ The rights to print and share
♥ Two artistic gifs
♥ A Love Session (the day before or after the wedding)
All this for just $2,500!
Plus, you’ll end up with utterly incredible wedding photographs like THIS!!
They also make each of their couples these incredible gifs!
So, if you’re getting married in America, what are you waiting for?! Check out their amazing reviews and email firstname.lastname@example.org! Please include your names, wedding date, location, and a little bit about your love story and wedding plans.
Remember, this isn’t a contest for the coolest or most unique weddings. It doesn’t matter if your wedding is super alternative, a little bit quirky, or just a simply wedding that’s a reflection of you; they want to shoot and showcase all styles and love stories. So whatever your theme, ideas or location, be sure to get in touch!
My sister Rachel is getting married in July and although we’ve got her ‘proper’ hen do planned for May, when Rachel Jeffrey invited me to bring a group of friends along to her one-day jewellery making class, it seems like the perfect opportunity for a practice run!
Bright and early one Saturday morning, we all bundled into our cars, heading for the idyllic village of Wheathampstead, just outside of St Albans. The class started at 9.30am and after some much needed coffee, tea and biscuits, we headed through to the workshop which is located right next door to their shop.
After a brief introduction from Rachel on health and safety as well as descriptions of the different processes we’d be trying, she took us step-by step through each silversmith technique. We then all had the chance to try each one out on copper before we committed to what we wanted to make to take away.
The thing I really loved about this workshop was just how creative it was. They taught us all the basic techniques in the morning and then after lunch we were left (almost!) to our own devices to design and make whatever we wanted! We were able to create either earrings, a pendant or cufflinks from silver (they also have another class which is for bangles and rings), but the designs were completely up to us.
Some of you might feel a bit weird about asking for wedding gifts (how frightfully British!) but actually, having a gift list really helps out your guests. These days, there are so many alternative gift list services available for those of you that want a more flexible registry, but one of my very favourites is Prezola (so much so that I’ve convinced my own sister to use them for her July wedding!)
The reason I rave about them so much is that they not only offer a range of 30,000 gorgeous gifts supplied by 300 top homeware and specialist boutique brands (including Portmeirion, The White Company, Cox & Cox and Jonathon Adler), but if you upgrade to a Premier Plus account, which costs just £39, you’re also able to add honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations and custom gifts from stores not already represented on the service (which is awesome for those of you that love Etsy or want to support independent designers).
Here are some bonus tips to take the awkwardness out of asking for gifts, and to make sure you keep everyone happy!
Make sure you actually have a registry
Don’t be shy – you’re making things easier for your friends and family and it’s what your guests will expect. It may seem old-fashioned, and many of us have already set up home by the time we tie the knot, but your wedding is still marking the start of your life together. Older generations especially really appreciate being able to help you on your way with a traditional gift such as dinner sets, bed linen, glassware and quality oven ware. With established brands such as Denby, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton available at Prezola, you can make sure you include items from these time-honoured experts, that will last a lifetime. Choose carefully, and these gifts could be passed down to your children one day too.
Give your guests plenty of choice
Prezola recommend adding twice as many products as invitations being sent to give your guests lots of choice, for every budget and sensibility, from traditional gifts to quirky items that reflect your personalities, experiences and cash gifts. Prezola treat you to 10% off everything still on the list after your wedding (it’s left open for a couple of weeks while you honeymoon) so you can complete a set here and make sure you get your favourites there, if you wish.
Make it about your home together
Don’t forget that your friends and family love to feel that they’re helping you establish your life together by buying you items you’ll share. See this as an opportunity to upgrade some items to really special pieces to treasure. When you compile your list, go around all the rooms of your house – think about the kitchen, tableware, bed and bath, home décor, electricals and outdoors. Prezola provide a handy check list for you when you create an account.
I’m not very good at DIY… actually, scrap that, I’m bloody terrible at it. I just don’t have the patience, plus I have the finesse of an elephant when wielding a glue gun. So when Mixbook approached me, promising that their photo album making process was quick and easy, I was pretty skeptical.
We got an album as part of our wedding photography package, but I always promised myself I’d take the rest of our prints and create something fabulous. Did I? Did I heck. Eight years later and they’re still shoved in a dusty box on a shelf in my office.
But Mixbook challenged me to give their system a go, promising that it wouldn’t be at all tedious, and you know what, they were actually right!
Full disclaimer, the photos I used for this aren’t from our actual wedding. We had a photographer who shot film and only provided prints, so I don’t have any digital images, bar a few that I’ve scanned (sob!). Instead I’ve used photos from this shoot we did with Lisa Devlin a few years ago.
So the truly great thing for the artistically challenged amongst you, is that Mixbook have ready to go album templates. They’re not cheesy either, they’re actually really rad. I designed our album using the ‘Industrial Chic’ layout, which I love. All the text and quotes can be edited quickly using their software too.
Their page templates make things super, duper easy. You literally just drag and drop your images in. If you’re the creative type, you can design your own from scratch as well. The albums come in different sizes and dimensions and they start from an unbelievable £15.99! They come as standard with 20 pages and you can add more for just 99p each.