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The Ultimate Rock n Roll Bride Gift Guide

Photo by Devlin Photos for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. See the full shoot here.

Like it or not, ’tis officially the season, which I’m sure even the Scrooge-ist among you can get on board with after the year we’ve all had! We thought we’d take this opportunity (all in the name of research and work of course) to put together the ULTIMATE gift guide for rock n roll brides… If you love our website and our magazine then you’re sure to find some gifts to add to your own Christmas list, or ya know, to give to someone else that you love who has similar (excellent) taste to you.

We’re all for self-gifting as a form of self-love, so if you’re a 2020 bride who’s had to postpone and needs a little pick me up, or you’re a fiancé here desperately searching for ideas to buy your bride-to-be, look no further.

For Rock n Roll Brides

Ok, shameless self-promotion alert, but we’d be crap at our jobs if we didn’t direct you to the plethora of Rock n Roll Bride goodies up for grabs for any bride-to-be! A magazine subscription would be the gift that keeps on giving until she ties the knot, or if you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey, Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides by our editor Kat Williams would be a great place to start AND she’ll even sign it for them!

If you’re buying for a 2020 bride, hopefully she’s in the place to smile about all the postponing by now (damn you COVID!) so a t-shirt or tote to commemorate the year that should have been is bound to get a few laughs (side note, should we update this design with something more hopeful for 2021 couples? Let us know!)

For the Sentimental One

A personalised bauble to hang on their tree would make a lovely gift for a new bride or bride to be, and these by Ivy Oak Designs are particularly gorgeous. Crown and Glory’s personalised bobby pins are great for hen-dos and evening receptions alike. A lovely clutch like this design from Adoro London would also fit the bill for accessorising future festivities, and a personalised sweatshirt would be cute for getting cosy in.

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1970s Meets Western Boho Desert Elopement

Hollie and Ollie had always discussed how they imagined their wedding day, even before getting engaged, so they hit the ground running when Ollie proposed. “We always knew we wanted a one-time wedding,” the bride explained. “Neither of us are very comfortable with being the centre of attention and we also felt very protective of our ceremony. It felt sacred and only wanted our closest friends and family there to witness it.”

They decided that a destination wedding would be the easiest way to keep things intimate. Once they’d decided this, they knew it had to be the desert. “Red rocks and cactus’ are what our dreams are made of! We also love 70s style and country music so we wanted to incorporate all of this into our day!”

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A Casual, Garden Party Wedding During Covid-19 with a Black Floral Dress

Like many of you, Lauren and Rich never dreamt when they first met nine years ago that their 2020 wedding would unfold like it did. Originally, they’d planned a big wedding for 4th July, but instead of postponing, they decided to keep the date as it was important to them and scaled it right back.

In fact they only had 10 days to finalise plans after Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23rd June regarding weddings being allowed again on July 4th – and to add to the pressure, a national newspaper were due to be present to cover the celebration!

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A Midwestern, Boho Meets Nordic Inspired Wedding

Adri and Matt used their heritage as inspiration for their wedding. He comes from Spanish, Cajun and Norwegian settlers, leading back to Nelson Story who led the last cattle drive from Texas to Montana in the late 1800s. She is Swedish and grew up Mormon. The bride told us,“for our wedding day, we wanted to pay homage to where we came from while acknowledging who we have become.”

They were married at Durnam Meadow in Montana in September, having an outdoor ceremony overlooked by rolling hills. Adri’s dad worked in the US Forestry Service for most of her life, so it was second nature for her to be married outside.

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Laid Back & Lovely Austin Wedding

Like a lot of millennial couples, Allyse and Ana met over the internet. The first time they met IRL was at a queer dance party, where Ana gave Allyse a magnet with her face on it, which sealed the deal! 

For their November 2019 wedding, they wanted to hold it an an inexpensive, all-in-one venue that was casual, fit their personalities and had some sentimental value to the both of them. They found this in The Ballroom at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, Texas, a mid-century café and event space with tonnes of rock ’n roll history!

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Autumnal Meets Celestial Themed Seaside Wedding

Although Kate and James kept traditional elements in their day, they did so in their style. As they both love autumn, it was the perfect season for their celebration to be held at East Quay Venue in Whitstable.

Kate handmade pretty much everything they used to decorate the venue, which made it very personal to them, and they incorporated their favourite musical influences as their love of which brought them together, too! 

Kate created faux floral hoops for all the bridesmaids, as well as faux flower centrepieces in vintage glass bottles that they had collected from various seaside holidays – in them were the table names which were vinyl records as a nod to their love of music. The table names were romantic quotes from geeky or 80’s movies.

As an artworker, Kate also made all the stationery and table plan with faux greenery and for the aisle she decorated lanterns with faux greenery, mini pumpkins and log slabs. She made a light-up ‘Hell Yeah’ sign for the dance floor, and their guest book was an Alexisonfire vinyl record as they where the first band they discovered which they had a mutual love for.

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