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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!

Clearwell Castle - Spring

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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Using Etsy to Plan your Alternative Wedding

love letters on etsy

Metallic Gold Paper Flower Love Banner

If you’re anything like me, you’re already obsessed with Etsy because it’s the perfect place to find unique items for your wardrobe, home, wedding and beyond! Buying things from independent sellers not only means you’ll be getting something not everyone else on the planet will own, but it feels really good to support the small businesses who list on there.

However, again, if you’re anything like me, it can be a bit difficult to know where to start looking. The range is so huge, and the number of sellers so extensive, that it can be rather overwhelming! Here are my top tips for getting the best out of Etsy, and uncovering those sellers that are making the perfect items for your alternative wedding.

1. Subscribe to their mailing list

The Etsy email newsletter is a fantastic place to find the most beautiful items. They regularly send out a really well-curated list of products. You can also subscribe to only receive emails on the topics and genre of products that you’re interested in meaning you never feel spammed.

Deep V Neck Floor Length A Line Tiered Tulle Wedding Dress - Juliana by Cleo and Clementine

Tiered Tulle Wedding Dress

2. Save your favourite shops

‘Favouriting’ the shops and items you like not only means that any updates from those sellers will appear in your dashboard, but Etsy will also start to recommend you things that they think you might also enjoy based on the things you already like. Genius!

3. Follow the Etsy blog

Just like their email newsletter, the Etsy blog regularly featured the coolest sellers, but they also publish DIY tutorials and guest articles written by experts (such as yours truly!) It’s a must read.

Selfie Wedding Dolls. Bride and Groom Custom Wedding Dolls. Cake toppers. Make your own doll. Keepsake.

Selfie Wedding Dolls

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8 Simple Ways to get Flawless Skin in Time for your Wedding

8 Simple Ways to get Flawless Skin in Time for your Wedding

Your wedding is coming up fast, but it’s never too late to decide to turn over a new leaf when it comes to your beauty routine and taking care of your skin. It’s important to realise that good additions to your beauty routine don’t always have to be drastic either. Some of the best are on the simple side.

1. Finding the right concealer

When it comes to make-up, specifically wedding day make up that needs to last all day and be photographed well, concealer really doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping you look your best.

The ideal concealer is creamy and yellow based and the shade should be one shade lighter than your skin tone for best results. My current favourite is the Full Coverage Concealer by Make Up Forever applied with a mini Beauty Blender which helps it get right into the nooks of your eyes. This combo makes short work of dark circles and covers any blemishes in a flash!

2. Embrace the miracle of face oil

If you’re like many, you probably grew up thinking oil anywhere near your face was a no-no. However, the time has come to embrace it wholeheartedly, especially if you’re concerned with countering the effects of ageing.

Face oils can help restore your skin’s natural lipid levels and heal parched areas. Almond oil, olive oil, and sesame oil are popular options, but feel free to experiment until you find one that works for you. Just make sure you save your oil therapy for night-time, unless you’re planning on going au naturel for the day. Oil and make-up don’t mix!

It’s pricey, but I’m obsessed with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I use it every night and when I wake up my skin feels incredible!

3. Use sun protection everyday

When it comes to ageing, sun damage is the biggest offender out there, so sun protection is absolutely key when it comes to having flawless skin. Make sure you opt for a product that’s SPF 30 or higher. You should also make sure you’re protected against both UVA and UVB rays by choosing a full spectrum product. You could also use a foundation that has SPF already in it.

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