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How to Use Flowers to Add Personality to Your Wedding

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Roses, Gypsophila and Peonies are all gorgeous, but if you want to make a real statement with your wedding flowers its time to look outside of the obvious choices and inject your personality into the proceedings. Luckily, the team at Paragon Floral Design are here today to show you exactly how to do this!

“Your flowers can truly be designed about you as a couple”, they explain. “Our passion is to use them in unique ways, either by the way you hold them or by creating structures. There are so many cool and unusual things you can do with flowers and today we want to show you how!”

Paragon Floral Design pulled together this biker shoot exclusively for Rock n Roll Bride to show some of their more ‘out there’ ideas. Over to co-founders, Kate and Lisa.

Floral Backdrops

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Creating backdrops is becoming very popular and many couples have them to stand in front of for their ceremony, or as photo booth backgrounds. If you want to make yours really stand out then use flowers!

We used branches and many metres of chain with fantastically pink Gloriosa, to add drama. We also used Tillandsia Moss commonly known as ‘old man’s beard’! We added metallic gold and copper spray to the moss to contrast with the chains.

Unique Bouquets

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The One Thing You’re Leaving Out of Your Wedding That You’ll Regret Afterwards

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a billion times – investing in your wedding photography is SO important. However in all the discussions we’ve had on this topic, there’s one thing that’s often forgotten (and I’ll admit, even by me sometimes) and that is the wedding video.

I understand why so many couples decide to not have one. Whether its budget constraints, memories of cheesy 90s VHS tapes, thinking you’ll probably never watch it afterwards, or not liking how you look or sound on film. So I decided to open the discussion on the topic in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group.  Here’s just a very small sampling of what they had to say.

“I didn’t want one because I have a really broad Peter Kay accent which I don’t want to hear on film! However a friend of a friend asked if she could film it as part of her university course and I’m really glad we said yes. It showed lots of things I either can’t remember or didn’t see (like my hubby getting ready). I loved the video messages at the end too, especially the tipsy ones!” Michelle

“We haven’t even seen our video yet but I know we made the right decision. I was never keen to have one but I kept seeing things on your blog and it planted a seed. Then someone posted their video in this group and I literally cried at a strangers wedding and emailed them to book right away!” Sener

“I’m having one for sentiment. My mum died when I was 21 and watching her wedding video is a way of keeping her alive for me. I can still hear her talk and watch her move.” Nicola

“We said from the very start that we wanted a video as my now wife, Claire, had her heart set on it. She watches her parents wedding video every time we have a family get together and she laughs and reminisces about it and I want that with our babies in 20 years time! Also, everyone we spoke to on the run up to our wedding told us it was the best thing they did, or the one thing they most regret is not having one. That made it even clearer to us that we needed one.

We budgeted for it and ended up spending about £2000, but it’s so important to us because they’re the memories you keep forever and plus, videos usually take longer than photos to edit so it’s another thing to look forward to after the wedding is over!” Laura

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“We weren’t going to bother having one, but seeing people in various Facebook groups saying they’re so happy they got one or regretted that they didn’t, we decided to splash out. We cut the meal choice option (which was also going to cause us a major headache) so we had some more money to put towards it. A few mates have said they watch their video more than they look at their photos!” Lauren

“I wasn’t too fussed on getting a videographer but the fiancé wanted one and we just pushed it to the ‘we will see closer to the time’ pile. His sister got married last October and we watched her video together on Christmas Day last year and it completely changed my mind. Although her pictures are fabulous the video captures the emotion of the day and the whole speeches were on the video. I never thought of it before but I’d forget most of what’s said on the speeches and they are something I’d want to cherish.” Sinead

“We have lots of photos around the house that invoke a lovely feeling about the day but EVERY TIME I watch our video or even hear the song that’s on it, I am immediately filled with so much happiness and emotion that tears fill my eyes yet again! Watching the smiles, the tears and the laughter actually happen, is just a little more than capturing a single moment! It’s one of my favourite things to watch in the whole world!” Kirky

“A videographer was the one thing on my list that I was DEFINITELY having. I lost a lot of my family (aunties, uncles, grandparents) around the same time a while back then more recently I found a video someone had taken on a really old camcorder of my Gran and Grandpa’s 50th wedding anniversary party and there they all were: alive and well, young, carefree, dancing and having a great time. It was the most amazing thing to see and to have they captured forever. I wanted the same for me, my kids, my grandkids… PLUS, every single bride you speak to says the same thing ‘you plan for years then it is all gone so fast that you miss most of it’. It was a no brainer!” Stacey

“We’re so SO glad we did it! We sit and watch the DVD on most weekends and every single time we’ve watched it we’ve seen something different that we missed from the day. It’s really lovely to have it there as a reminder of the day as it just whizzes by and you forget things yourself!” Claire

“We asked my nephew to film a few things. I wish we’d hired a professional though, it was amazing to watch and gave us all the goosebumps and emotions that photos just can’t capture, but we wish we had more to it than a few shaky scenes.” Deb

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Alternative Honeymoon Ideas

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After all the stress and excitement of the wedding is over, your honeymoon is the perfect chance for you to kick back and relax. But what if the idea of lying on the beach in the Bahamas sounds frightfully dull? Don’t you worry, my friends from Patchwork, an online alternative gift registry and honeymoon fund, are here to share their top five 2016 honeymoon destinations!

For this article I’m handing over to Patchwork founder Olivia Knight.

Speed through stunning Japan: Two weeks sightseeing on the bullet train

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We’ve got tons of couples using Patchwork to plan and fund honeymoons to Japan this year. I know you’ve just been there Kat (always bang on trend) so you’ll appreciate what an incredible culture trip it is. From the bright lights of Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto and the paradise island of Miyajima, there’s so much to see and do. And thanks to the speeding bullet trains it’s actually possible to experience it all in a two-week break.

Japan is an expensive country to visit, especially if you want to see all the sites and travel in style! So if this is your dream honeymoon, it makes sense to ask friends and family for cash gifts to help make it happen.

Experience bohemian Berlin: One week living on a houseboat

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If you’re planning a summer honeymoon and want a city break that’s full of culture, colour, music and art, Berlin is where you need to be. If you want to experience the city’s bohemian delights avoid hotels and live like a local in one of the many unique homes available to rent. My favourite place right now is a super stylish houseboat on lake Rummelsburg that offers a romantic and secluded escape for honeymooners with excellent access to the city.

I think the best way to experience Berlin is just to take your time to wander the East side, stopping off at the food stalls, pop up bars, flea markets and random arts events that all spill out onto the streets in the summer. But there are a few essential tourist-y things to include in your Berlin patchwork too: Dinner up the TV tower for £50, U-bahn tickets for £20, a guided tour of the Berlin wall for £40 and zwei bier for a fiver.

An epic adventure in Peru: For couples who can take some serious time out

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Win Your Groomsmen Accessories from Le Colonel Moutarde!

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Le Colonel Moutarde, a family run business hailing from France, was launched when co-founder Remi stated looking for quirky, patterned bow ties for himself. He struggled to find anything he liked so he decided to make his own! With a passion for sewing passed on by his grandmother, it was the obvious solution.

His creations were so popular with his friends and family, that he and his partner Clémence decided to launch the business with the help of her younger brother Valentin. Today Le Colonel Moutarde is proud to boast the largest collection of bow ties in France (they also sell pocket squares, braces and cufflinks). They also have physical stores in Paris, London and Lille, where they still hand make all of their products.

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Win £100 to spend on Groomsmen Accessories

Nothing is more dapper than groomsmen in bow ties, and Le Colonel Moutarde are here to help. They would like to give one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader £100 to spend on their website or at their London shop which is in Shoreditch at 10 Cheshire Street.

To enter, simply visit their website and have a browse around. Then come back here and comment on this blog post letting us know what you’d buy if you won – easy!

You have one week to enter, until midnight on 20th April.

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Personalised Wedding Stationery Made Easy & Win A Cake Topper From 4LOVEPolkaDots!

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Having personalised, one-of-a-kind wedding stationery is the dream for many Rock n Roll brides, after all we all want our wedding to feel unique and represent who we are. However when the dreaded budget comes into play, that can be a lot easier said than done.

So when 4LOVEPolkaDots, who design wedding invitations (and handmade matching wedding décor items such as guest books, ring pillows, favour gift boxes and flowergirl accessories) got in touch, I was over the moon! Their products are inspired by modern design, nature and fashion and I just know you’re going to love them!

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They have so many beautiful designs available and best part is, each set can be fully customised with your own wording and colours at no extra cost!

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Find a Your Dream Hairstylist Quick & Easily with Rock Pamper Scissors

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As a busy bride-to-be, it’s not that surprising if you don’t have a lot of time right now to take the best care of yourself. Maybe your eating more easy-to-grab processed foods, you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over six months and your hair is in dire need of a blow-dry and some serious root touch ups?

If you don’t have a regular hairdresser or salon that you trust, then finding one during this busy time can be a real drag. Calling them up, getting quotes, finding out if they’re experienced with your very particular hair care needs (us rainbow hair loving babes need extra TLC after all!) Thankfully, I just discovered ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS, a website that cuts the fluff of searching and gives you the important details all in one place: how to book, who to book with, and how much a service will cost you.

ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS are best known for their venues in Leeds – that’s where they kicked this all off – but they have been stepping up their game and expanding their range, now with over 100 salons and hairdressers in London alone, and another 80+ in Manchester.

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