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Using Etsy to Plan your Alternative Wedding

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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.

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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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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


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


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


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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