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A Peek Inside Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue 33!

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If you were one of the 1400+ (!) smart cookies who pre-ordered your copy of issue 33, then it may have already landed on your doormat, but if not, I wanted to tempt you further by sharing some little sneaky peeks inside the brand new Rock n Roll Bride magazine today. I am so very proud of this issue and I know you’re going to love it!

The theme of this issue is rebirth because I truly feel like the wedding industry is being reborn right now. Covid-19 put everything on pause. It’s given you the chance to take a beat, to reassess what you REALLY want for your wedding and to trim the fat of the stuff you were doing just because it was cool… or trendy… or Pinterestable. Inside you’ll find the usual eclectic mix of real weddings, shoots and advice articles, but with a focus on paring things down, stripping things back and focusing on you as a couple.

The past few months have been a tough time for everyone, but to those of you dealing with the heartbreak of having to postpone your weddings – I see you. Just remember, a big, fancy wedding has never been what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about. It’s about having a day that celebrates love, family and your own personal view of the world and I for one am so excited to see how you all do this once you’re finally allowed to loudly proclaim “WE DO!”

Honestly, I think the mix of weddings inside this issue is one of my favourites ever. There’s an Indian wedding inside that will blow your socks off, an Irish day with all the girly details, a wrestling themed colourful celebration and a travelling elopement…. and that’s just for starters!

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Artsy & Informal French River Boat Wedding

Dwayne and Lili planned their wedding in just three months and for less than €10k. The ceremony was held on The Peniche Fargo, a river boat in Lyon. They skipped the formal reception and dinner set up, instead hiring one of their favourite local coffee shops to hang out with their loved ones post-ceremony.

They served mini veggie burgers, tiny sandwiches and homemade cocktails. They skipped pretty much all the decor in order to keep the costs low but the bride did buy second-hand chairs and benches and painted them in bright colours. Their invitations were homemade too.

Lili wore a two piece which she designed herself and had made by a friend and her bouquet was bought by her mum as a surprise on the day. Dwayne’s suit came from The Kooples. They opted not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen but their best friends all wore brightly coloured outfits in the bride’s favourite colours – yellow, pink and mint.

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A Simple Wedding with a £7000 Budget & a Bride in Black

Oh we sure do love a simple, fuss-free wedding here at Rock n Roll Bride – and even more so when the couple still manage to put their own stamp on the day while remaining within a sensible budget. While Amy and Jason only spent £7000, they didn’t feel that sacrificed anything – they truly had the day they always wanted.

They did everything in their own way, from their black outfits to the M&S cake, the DIY decorations (bought secondhand from the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group!), the beer bottle vases and the camp mugs which they gave away as favours (designed by Amy’s mum!)

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An Art Deco Wedding at St Pancras Station

Gemma and Jon chose St Pancras Station as their unusual wedding location and were married at the exact spot where they first met for their first date! They were married on the concourse with the trains behind them, and had their reception at Searcys Champagne Bar. They were inspired by the art deco vibes of the location, but also their love of Bowie through their choice of music and the bride’s accessories (Bowie is also their son’s name!)

They spend around £20k, but made lots of money saving choices to keep within their budget. The bride’s dress was, unbelievably, made for her by a friend and cost them just £80. In fact, dry cleaning it afterwards was more expensive! The bridesmaids were in ASOS dresses (a steal at £12 each), the stationery and signage were all DIY and the art deco mirror which they painted the seating plan on was a car boot find. All the frames for the photos and menus all came from charity shops and Gemma collected champagne corks to use as place card holders.

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A Moody Glam Black, Red & Gold Cabo Wedding

Inspired by the bride’s flame red hair, Robyn and Michael had a black and gold colour scheme with accents of burgundy for their November wedding. Held at Flora Farms, in Cabo, Mexico, they had a Jewish ceremony officiated by Michael’s stepmother, followed by a glamorously styled yet super informal outdoor reception for their 60 guests,

“The day flew by and I enjoyed every second of it”, Robyn writes. “I could not have asked for a better wedding planner. Gaby and I clicked from the minute we first spoke and she understood our vision and turned it into everything I wanted and more. She was our biggest expense but 100% worth every penny. She was my Xanax throughout the entire process, there for me on the day and even when the night was over, she knew exactly what Michael and I needed. It was meant to be that Gaby came into my life, she felt more like a bridesmaid than my planner.”

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A Pretty in Pink, DIY Back Garden Wedding

You probably already know this, but here at Rock n Roll Bride we are pretty much obsessed with pink, so when Amy and Adam’s wedding landed in our submissions inbox we were thrilled! The couple were married at the bride’s mum’s house in September and the entire wedding was DIY. Pink was the very obvious theme, but the bride loves Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, so that was a big reference point for them too,

“We love pink, flowers and general cuteness, so centred the wedding around this”, Amy said. “We also had a few nods to Japan, cats and ethereal fairies. As I am a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, we had fans as favours which were a hot commodity!”

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