Informal DIY Wedding in Nottingham

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Esther and Sid’s October wedding didn’t really have a theme, they just wanted something laid back and informal. They had their ceremony at Nottingham Council House in the centre of the city, and their reception at Canalhouse, a pub in the former Canal Museum.

“We wanted an informal day that was colourful, fun and all about us”, said the bride, “although it did have a slight vintage nod with the stationery. We took inspiration from Sid’s TRUE LOVE tattoos. Sid is a barber and has a barbering academy so we had a barber’s chair and a barbershop backdrop for our photo booth! I love dressmaking (my dress was loosely based on Dior) so as a nod to that we had tape measure ribbon bows on the flower jars and we had a vintage sewing box for the cards.”

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The bride asked her 16 year old son to walk her down the aisle. “My dad and I are not particularly close so I asked Billy to walk me down the aisle. However in the end I decided to ask my dad if he would walk with us too. We were late because dad needed to go to the bathroom so Sid was left waiting, becoming more and more emotional as the music played, wondering if I had changed my mind! He didn’t realise we were all having to wait while my dad found a loo!”

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Take the Leap with WedX (Come and Hear Me Speak!)

Take the Leap with WedX

WEDx is a brand new seminar for wedding professionals. I am honoured to have been asked to speak at their inaugural event taking place on Monday 8th May at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, near Cambridge.

Fair warning: I’m not a professional speaker. I prefer to chat from the heart rather than spiel off an over-rehearsed speech. But if you want to come and hear me share my journey from starting a secret hobby from my laptop, to spearheading a six figure publishing business, then I’m your gal! Specifically I’ll be talking about collaboration and how working with others has been the best thing I’ve ever done for my business and why. After all, no-one can do this shit on their own!

I’m going to be joined by industry heavyweights Amie Bone, Lisa Johnson, Lee Smith, Lina Orsino-Allen and Sammi-Jo Gascoyne. To learn a little more about these incredible people and what they’ll be teaching you, just head over to the WEDx website.

Ticket Discount!

Tickets cost £150, but the first five of you to book using the discount code KAT30 will get £30 off the ticket price, making it just £120 to attend! The cost of a ticket includes free parking, free Wi-Fi, unlimited soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks and a two-course lunch, as well as an opportunity to network over drinks.

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Creepy Gothic Wedding

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The inspiration for Laura and Martyn’s wedding came from their mutual love of tattoos, skulls, Halloween, metal and rock music, and Tim Burton. They wanted their wedding to be modern, but also gothic and romantic with creepy aspects!

“We have always liked creepy things so for our wedding we wanted to take something creepy and turn it into something beautiful,” explained Laura. “We searched through Pinterest for inspiration but we could never see anything that we really liked. We found it hard at first because kept worrying about what other people would think, rather than focusing on it being our wedding. We were worried people would think it was horrible and find it too creepy if we had skulls everywhere.”

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“We had a lot of dark colours rather than the traditional white or ivory which a lot of people stick to. My make up was quite bold too. We also didn’t have any speeches as we really didn’t want to put any stress on my dad and Martyn who don’t like public speaking. Our aim from the beginning was to just get married, eat, drink and party! We sure did we party… until 3:30am!”

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Metal & Pagan Handfasting Wedding in Wales

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Sadie and Aaron initially wanted a Steampunk wedding, but after two years of planning it developed into an outdoor event in the Welsh hills with a dash of gothic, a hint of metal, and a sprinkle of pagan thrown in for good measure!

“We wanted to completely abolish the formality and pressures of a traditional wedding,” explained Sadie. “Our attitude towards the end of planning was ‘what will be, will be’. What was important to us was that not only our guests were chilled and enjoying themselves, but we were too. We decided to do without a sit-down meal and have an awesome buffet instead which meant that everyone could mingle easily. The guests also got the opportunity to explore the ruins near where we had our ceremony, and soak up a bit of history if they wanted too.”

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They had an outdoor handfasting ceremony which also included a unity candle ceremony. “Our ceremony was absolutely wonderful! Our celebrant, Ellie, even made our son Izaiah his own little cord (to match our handfasting cord) to tie around his wrist to symbolise our little family coming together. That bit made everyone cry! It was also unplugged which is something we will never regret. We wanted everyone to be in the moment with us, to watch and to listen as this whole thing would only happen once in our lifetime. Having banned the cameras and phones meant our photographer, Sassy, got some killer shots of our family and friends reacting, as opposed to staring at us through a screen.”

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Intimate Halloween Wedding with 30 Guests

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There’s something all together extra lovely about the simple, love-filled weddings… The ones without lots of extra details like centrepieces, cakes and fancy receptions… The ones where the couple just really want to get married and so do it on their own terms. So when I saw Jon and Jess’ intimate wedding, which was held at their friend’s house with minimal money spent, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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“We had a small wedding with maybe about 30 people, just our parents, siblings and some family”, began Jess. “I also made the food for dinner, so we didn’t have it catered. I wore a black wedding dress from shein.com.”

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Pre-Order Your Copy of Issue 14 Today!

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YAY! That time has come again, the new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is almost upon us. I know I say this every damn time but I can’t quite believe we’ve done 14 whole issues already! How is your collection stacking up?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on our latest cover, photographed by Ed and Aileen Photography. I’m obsessed. As if we weren’t already standing out on the shelves when placed next to the picture perfect traditional wedding magazines, we’ve decided to totally rip the rule book up when it comes to choosing our cover photos too. AND I LOVE IT.

This issue our cover babe is real bride Shelly, who’s incredible carnival themed (!) wedding is featured inside. Here’s a little sneak peek of that, and some of the other gorgeous, exclusive real weddings we’re showcasing this time around.

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