Intimate and Laid Back Family Gathering Style London Wedding

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Hannah and Jonathan met through Hannah’s sister and her husband who is Jonathan’s best friend! They knew each other for ten years before getting together, when they realised they had been kindred spirits all along. Despite long distance (San Francisco to London) they stayed together and after a year Jonathan proposed and six months later they were hitched!

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They wanted to keep their wedding small and local, and didn’t want the day to feel like a wedding at all, but instead a special day of bringing together their two families. They wanted it to be relaxed and laid back and to feel just like a big family gathering. They did away with a lot of traditions which they didn’t feel were necessary and only included what was important to them.

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Coney Island Mermaid Wedding

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Milica and Aleksandar met in a youth hostel in Belgrade, Serbia, eight years ago. Although they still live there now, they spent last summer in America, mostly in NYC, but also road tripping all over the states. They fell in love with Coney Island and decided to get married there. As they were so far away from home they couldn’t have many guests and instead celebrated with a small group of very close friends. But this also meant they had no big expenses and spent less than $500! They are planning another wedding for next year when they are back in Serbia, so they can celebrate with all their families and friends.

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“We fell in love with Coney Island with it’s nice beach, magical vintage amusement park and its vivid history”, explained Aleksandar, ” so we decided to get married there. Then Milica was like ‘If we are getting married on the beach, I wanna be a mermaid’!”

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Bridebook: The Digital Wedding Planner in Your Pocket

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Magazines, blogs, Pinterest, Facebook groups, YouTube… there are so many places that engaged couples can go to get ideas for their weddings. However finding inspiration is almost the easy bit, it’s getting down to the nitty gritty – taking those ideas and making them a reality – that is difficult!

Enter the online wedding planner, Bridebook.co.uk. Launched in September, the site has grown fast, with over 24,000 couples now using it to help them plan their weddings! Bridebook want to remove the headache surrounding wedding planning by offering couples one single online space where they can keep track of everything they’re going to need.

You can keep on top of your spending with their budget calculator, manage your RSVPs, track your guest list and even find your suppliers through their directory of over 139,000 UK wedding vendors!

Available both online and via their brand new iOS app (launched a month ago it’s already the #1 wedding planning app in the UK! Android launch is coming soon), the site is compromised of five main wedding planning tools: A checklist, the budget calculator, guest list management, a supplier shortlist/directory and advice.

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Checklist

Bridebook is completely customisable so when you sign up you can put in your wedding date and they will automatically break down your to do list into manageable tasks to do month by month, according to how far away your wedding date is. You can also add any of your own tasks (for example if a you want to be reminded to complete a payment to a supplier or go to an event).

Budget

Simply enter your ideal budget and their algorithm (based on the averages of tens of thousands of past weddings) breaks down how much you should aim to be spending on each aspect of your wedding. Even better is the column where you input how much you actually spend so you can keep track of where you are going over or under budget.

Guest list

The guest list tool allows you to add guests under your or your partner’s name (or both), a direct link to a guest’s plus one, their RSVP status, whether they are a day or evening only guest, and all of their information from address to dietary requirements. It’s an easy way to track all of your guests in one place, so whenever you get an email or text RSVP all you have to do is open the app (or go online) to add them.

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Alternative Disney Themed Wedding

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Viki and Ben’s wedding day was princess themed, but with added personality. Their official theme was ‘Alternative Disney’ and they were inspired by The Magic Kingdom and the fact that Viki, who is covered in Disney tattoos, had always adored the idea of a huge sparkly dress and a beautiful backdrop. Their cake was Beauty and the Beast themed, the bride’s dress was the Cinderella gown from Alfred Angelo and they took their photos with a Disney inspired prop book.

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Their ceremony was held in a National Trust building, and for their reception they just wanted everyone to relax and enjoy the party, rather than having anything too structured or formal. “Our ceremony was held at Rufford Old Hall which is a National Trust building, so all proceeds of the day go towards the upkeep of the building”, she said. “It was held in the Great Hall and we had just 65 guests. However, our favourite part of the day has to be our reception. We had a huge party with all our family and friends. Everyone had an amazing time and they all danced until the very last song. Having all our favourite faces in one room was just fabulous.”

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Whose Wedding is it, Anyway? Managing Meddling Family Members!

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Weddings and juggling family politics seems to go hand in hand. So much so that may be feeling like wedding planning is more of an exercise in negotiating family dynamics than a celebration of love. But don’t worry, Rock n Roll Bride is here to help!

You’ve set the date of your wedding and you’ve already decided that it’s not going to be a traditional affair. Your wedding is going to be special, out of the ordinary, something that you’re both going to be proud of. You’ve decided on the theme and it’s all going so well: you and your fiancé agree on all the things you want and you’re kind of wondering what all those brides before you were making such a fuss about. This is fun and easy!

But then something unpleasant happens. It’s like when your smoke alarm goes off when you thought nothing untoward was happening on the stove. Suddenly, everyone has an opinion on your choices and obstacles like anxious bridesmaids and meddling mothers get in the way. In expressing their ideas, they seem determined to destroy yours. Sometimes it’s just the sighs and silent shakes of the head which can crush you even further.

I remember the strained words we had over our wedding song. You would not believe that a three-minute bunch of crotchets and semibreves could cause such a rift. Mum laid the back of her hand across her forehead, much like a Renaissance figurine, “You can’t have THAT song!” she cried, “for heaven’s sake, it’s a wedding!”

You might think I was planning to play a funeral march, or the Hokey Cokey. Dear Lord, no. I wanted Queen, I Want to Break Free‘ I don’t think my mum got the irony.

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Eclectic Pagan Wedding with The Grateful Dead!

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Tiffany and Jared’s wedding was inspired by their eclectic tastes and their mutual love of world travel. They also incorporated elements of paganism, and The Grateful Dead!

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“The entire wedding was DIY”, explained the bride. “As a production designer, it was a dream to design the venue from scratch and with only our vision. It was beautiful. The bridal party spent the week before the ceremony using the site as an artist’s retreat to build structures, hand-paint signs, build sets, and curate the space. Every single item was hand selected, fabricated, altered and curated with meaning and intention.”

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