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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Playlist

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding go off more than anything else, its the right music. Hiring a killer band or fantastic DJ is a great idea, but if the entertainment budget is tight then a DIY playlist is the definitely the way to go! I’m sure many of you reading this are already planning to do that in fact which is why I’m thrilled to introduce you to My Wedding Songs today. Their aim is to make the job of compiling your perfect wedding playlist much easier – and it’s totally free to use!

Putting together your own wedding playlist can be a mammoth task, for an evening reception you’re probably going to need upward of 100 songs to keep the party going, but My Wedding Songs will make the process so much easier and quicker with their huge library of playlists.

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Casual, Close Knit & Calm Wedding Planned in a Week!

Lisa and James had a super intimate, really casual wedding in Dublin. They planned it in just one week and their focus was only on the things that really mattered to them – getting married and celebrating with their loved ones. They didn’t buy into the wedding industry machine, the bride didn’t even wear a wedding dress, and they only spent €1000!

“Our wedding was casual, close knit and calm – the entire wedding was planned in one week and fell together seamlessly”, said Lisa. “The inspiration was for it to be cheap and cheerful, aided by a combination of available options, such as the reception being James’s place of work, the fact I loved my dress and wanted an excuse to buy it anyway. It was just a bonus that it didn’t look like a traditional wedding gown and will see future wear. In true Irish fashion ample drink and plenty of craic was on the menu!”

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The Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planners are BACK!

In May this year Veronica Dearly and I launched our wedding planner, something we’d been working on for the past year and were so excited to finally release to the world! It turned out you guys were pretty darn thrilled with the idea too and we sold out of all of our stock in just a 24 hours!!

We always planned to restock them as quickly as possible, but sometimes there are bumps in the road. I won’t bore you with all the details but it has taken us a lot longer than we’d hoped for to finally be able to get them back. However I am OVER THE MOON to let you know that we’re almost there!!

You can now PRE-ORDER your Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planner and they will start shipping from mid-December. Could this be the perfect Christmas present to YOURSELF? I think so!

The planner comes in a super fancy A5 ring binder and is going to make you so damn organised you won’t know what to do with yourself. It’s like a modern day Funfax for alternative brides!

The planner is broken up into four sections: Calendar and Timeline, The Nitty Gritty, Fun Stuff and Notes. The 12 month calendar is where you’ll jot down all your appointments and generally plan your life (it’s date-free meaning you can start using it right away), and the planning timeline will let you know what to do and when. There’s even a budget checklist to keep you on track.

The Nitty Gritty section is where we get down and dirty with every aspect of the planning process. I’ve shared my tips for each important bit (from choosing your dress, writing your invites, managing your guest list and RSVPs, choosing your cake/ flowers/ decor etc) and I’ve even written you some madlibs to make writing your own vows a breeze (you’re welcome).

Plus, of course, there is oodles and oodles of space for you to scribble your notes, ideas and general wedding musings, and plenty of fun surprises along the way. Postcards! Stickers! Hilarious Veronica Dearly drawings!

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Gothic Victorian Decadence

Sorcha and John met when the bride was doing doing drinks promotions at a rock and metal bar in Dublin. “I noticed this 6 ft 7 gothic man with long black hair”, she said. “He was hard to miss! He approached me and then drank a bunch of the test tube shots that I had, which had lots of caffeine in them. I found out afterwards that he’s allergic to caffeine and was violently ill afterwards! A few months later, our paths crossed again in the same bar. We got a chance to talk properly and realised we had everything in common. He asked me out to dinner and our gothic romance took flight.”

They were married in Dublin at The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club. “The wedding was a contemporary twist on gothic Victorian decadence”, she continued. “We were inspired by gothic films with a Victorian setting such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Crimson Peak, The Phantom of the Opera and Brotherhood of the Wolf.

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Bohemian ‘Summer of Love’ Wedding at Home

Lucie and Leigh were married in Essex at the bride’s aunt’s house. They hired a tipi and set it up in the garden!

“As we got married in my auntie’s back garden it made the whole vibe of the wedding very casual and had a more intimate feel”, said the bride. “The day had a 70s Summer of Love vibe and was very laid back and bohemian.”

“Our wedding ceremony was just so beautiful. Even more beautiful than I could ever of planned. The sky was so blue and the sun was shinning from the moment I opened my eyes. We had an outside ceremony with no plan b so someone was on our side that day. My aunt had roses planted in the courtyard which was directly In front of where we said our vows. We had 24 rows of chairs to seat all 120 of our guest and an aisle made from of Persian rugs which were hired from penny at The Little Lending Company. We kept the ceremony short and sweet because, let’s face it, no one goes to a wedding for the soppy stuff they go to get smashed!”

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Eternal Beauty from the Inside Out AKA How I Transformed my Bleach Damaged Hair

Around five years ago, after way too much abuse from DIY bleaching, my hair was in a bad place. It was dry and brittle and wouldn’t grow past my shoulders before breaking off. Naturally, my hairdresser wasn’t impressed and helped me to see the damage I was doing to it through over-bleaching. If you’re partial to a splash of unnatural colour in your hair the chances are you can totally relate to this problem.

Fast forward to now and the difference is night and day. My hair is longer, stronger and so much softer. And I know it’s not just me seeing the difference, people are always asking on my Instagram how I manage to keep the bright colour without causing damage. Among the shopping list of tips I always give them is Xtend-Life’s Omega 3.

It was actually a friend who recommended this fish oil supplement to me and I first wrote about it in 2014 as a satisfied customer. This stuff literally transformed my hair in about six months and I’ve been a convert ever since. Here’s a quick before and after comparison of my hair for you to judge:

So, having used their products for five years or so I was super-interested to find out more about their new Eternal Beauty Collection – six solutions which promise to rejuvenate, strengthen, protect, repair and otherwise pamper you… from within! I could very easily spend all my money on all the latest beauty products and be very happy indeed. However, there’s really no point slathering ourselves in creams if we’re not taking care of what’s going on inside our bodies first.

The Eternal Beauty Collection, made up of six of Xtend-Life’s most popular products, is a daily supplement program complimented with some of their most popular topical skincare items. It’s specially designed to help support the healthy growth of hair and nails as well as promoting radiant skin and a strong immune system. As a bride-to-be, I reckon this is the perfect pre-wedding pamper kit for glowing skin, hair and nails (collagen and omega supplements). It even comes in a branded wash bag and saves you a whopping $40 over buying them individually!

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