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How To Choose Your Honeymoon Destination

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Planning your honeymoon can be just as difficult as planning the wedding itself, but it’s also got to be up there with one of the best parts of the whole thing too. Kicking back and relaxing after a year or so of intense preparation is going to be pretty blissful, but how do you make sure you get your choice of honeymoon destination right?

Are you looking for an urban escape with plenty of sightseeing? Would you prefer to get a sweat on with some outdoor adventures? Or is your dream holiday sunbathing on a perfect beach somewhere? What if you and your beau have very different ideas of what makes a good trip?

These are the things you need to consider when it comes to picking a great honeymoon destination that will suit you both.

Weather

First things first, what kind of climate do you love – hot, cold, humid, dry, mild? Deciding on this right away will help you narrow down your choices quickly. Make sure you also check out what the weather and temperature will be like in the season you plan to travel in.

Budget

This is a biggie. How much you are able (or want!) to spend will be a huge factor in deciding where you go. If money is tight why not consider a ‘staycation’ closer to home. I bet there are so many amazing places right on your doorstep, many of which you might not have even considered before. You could book into boutique hotel in your own city, rent a camper van and drive around the countryside or a hop down to a local beach town.

Distance

We went on our honeymoon to Tokyo, which was amazing, but the 12 hour flight (complete with very sore heads!) the day after our wedding wasn’t! If you are thinking about going somewhere far-flung you might want to consider a few days down time after the wedding to get yourselves organised before you head off.

Gareth forgot to bring anything warm, when we arrived we realised we’d forgotten to write down our hotel name or address anywhere and we’d forgotten to tell our banks that we were going away so our credit cards got blocked and we had no money for the first few days! This was not the romantic start to married life that I’d imagined!

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Win Free Wedding Photography from Assassynation & £1000 off a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Wendy Benstead!

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Oh goodness, have I got the ultimate prize for a Rock n Roll bride today. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna squeal with excitement when you read about this one. What if I could get two of the big wedding expenses slashed for you and have it done by one of my all time favourite suppliers?

Rock n Roll Bride favourite (and frequently featured!) Sassy of Assassynation Photography has teamed up with one of her past brides, dress designer Wendy Benstead to offer one lucky reader free wedding photography and £1000 towards the cost of the custom designed wedding dress of their dreams!

Those amongst you with eagle-eyes will probably recognise Wendy, I featured her incredible wedding at a crumbling London chapel back in October.

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To Enter

Entry couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is email Sassy and tell her all about your wedding plans and what your dream wedding dress would look like.

Extra props for any creative entries… so instead of just telling them all about it, why not draw a picture of you guys at your wedding (with you wearing the rainbow sparkle dress of your dreams obvs!), start a Pinterest inspiration board or make a video of you explaining your vision?

Please also include a cute photo of you and your partner, your wedding date (must be between 01/06/2014 and 31/05/2015) and location, if known.

Sassy and Wendy will review the entries and their favourite couple and wedding will win. Simple! You have until midnight on 28th February 2014 to enter.

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Five Reasons Why You Need to Visit A Most Curious Wedding Fair

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Without a shadow of a doubt, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is one of the coolest wedding shows in the UK. No question. There are so many fairs in the UK these days that it can be really difficult to figure out which ones are worth a visit and which are going to be a pile of frou frou pants.

Well, today I’m here to make it easy for you. Here are five reasons why you need to get your bootie down to A Most Curious Wedding Fair in April!

1. They don’t think ‘alternative’ just means ‘vintage’

Look, there’s nothing wrong with vintage style weddings, in fact I love them and have featured them on this blog for years! But that’s just the thing, they’re kinda old news. If you’re having a vintage wedding, then awesome. I know it’s gonna be amazing and I can’t wait to see how you rock it out and make it your own.

But what does annoys me though, is when people in the wedding industry seem to think that vintage is a catch all for anything alternative. Come on, there is so much more to being alternative than wearing a vintage dress and your grandmother’s pearls! The Most Curious team knows this, and strive to showcase a plethora of styles that fit under the ‘alternative wedding’ banner.

In their own words, “A Most Curious has a love affair with fashion and evolves and follows it wherever it may go. Yes five years ago the emerging fashion was vintage and we were aaaalll about vintage (we’re not ashamed!) but it isn’t any more. Its still there and we still love it but it isn’t the overriding theme.”

“Now on our eighth fair, A Most Curious has taken a solemn vow to bring brides and grooms the very latest fashions, with the foresight to be changeable, en vogue and never tired or standing still. If it’s beautiful, fresh, fun and cool or just about to be cool, we will incorporate it. A Most Curious Wedding Fair encapsulates that with it’s mix of innovative, design-led suppliers, fashion shows, entertainment, styling, activities, music and performance.”

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2. They have THE best exhibitors

Call me biased, but A Most Curious has some of the most creative wedding suppliers in the industry exhibiting over the weekend. There is nothing boring, standard or traditional about the people that hang out there. Considering a taxidermy headpiece, a sequin mermaid tail skirt or a wedding cake from your imagination? Well, they’ve got it covered!

As a side note, wedding suppliers, if you’d like to apply to exhibit, the deadline is 24th January.

3. I’ll be there

OK so it might not be the most exciting of reasons, but I will be there selling magazines and headpieces.  I’ve also been asked to join their judging panel for their Bridal Next awards, which gives new designers a leg up in launching their own businesses.

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Creative Wedding Photos from Miki Photography

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I’ve written about and published the work of London wedding photographer Mick Shah of Miki Photography on numerous occasions because, quite frankly, he’s awesome. He is one of those wedding photographers that I’m yet to meet in person (it’s surely only a matter of time) but I really feel like I know him because we email incessantly!

Quite apart from him being a stand up and all round nice dude, his wedding photography is flippin’ killer. I love featuring his images on my blog and it’s always an absolute pleasure to get a submission from him.

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Swimming with the Fishes on The Great Barrier Reef

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One of my ultimate highlights of my trip to Queensland was snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. It wasn’t something that I ever thought I’d have the opportunity to experience and I nearly squealed with delight when I found out that it was on our itinerary.

Janneke and I were booked onto a morning Reef Sprinter tour. Our captain Steve was funny, entertaining and the perfect tour guide. The jet sprinter was super fast and it took just 15 minutes to zip from Port Douglas harbour to the Low Isles.

Being one of the wonders of the world and a world heritage site, it’s very restricted in terms of where you can actually snorkel and only a few select tour companies are allowed to pull up in this particular area. This not only protects the delicate environment but means that the area wasn’t overrun with people. In fact there were just 12 others on our boat.

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Should You Wear a Short Dress on your Wedding Day?

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I’ve known dress designer Tobi Hannah for years. We met at a wedding show and hit it off instantly. She’s one of those incredibly inspirational, self-made business women who, as soon as you meet, you want to be her best friend.

I’ve followed her journey eagerly since then. From designing dresses for celebrities and custom crafting beautiful gowns for brides up and down the country from her Marble Arch studio. But Tobi really found her passion when she started specialising in short wedding dresses. While she loved designing the longer gowns, it was the knee skimming ones that really got her creative juices flowing.

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This year, Tobi has decided to take that passion and share it with as many people as possible – through her self-penned book, The Short Wedding Dress. This hardcover beauty is fit to bursting with wedding ideas, dress inspiration and eye candy galore!

The book takes it’s reader on a journey, starting with the inspiration that fuelled her passion (from the 1920s right up to the present day). There are profiles of celebrity short wedding dress fans and the book finishes by showcasing some utterly beautiful real life brides.

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