Geeky Five-Year Anniversary Vow Renewal in a French Convent

Lysiane and Thomas got married on 28th July 2012. Five years later they decided to renew their vows. As their original wedding was quite traditional, they wanted their vow renewal to really feel like ‘them’, and celebrate their geeky sides!

“We are both nerds, so we didn’t have to look far to find inspiration,” said Lysiane, “but our main theme was celebrating our love and family and the path we’ve walked since we got married. I think every couple knows what it takes to be happy, and we’ve overcome mountains and tsunamis (plus a kid!) Also we wanted to do the simplest thing ever, not bothering with social pressure and conventions as we did for our wedding. This time, we wanted it to look like us, be like us, and feel like family.”

They had just 30 guests (to make the day more intimate) and spent only €4000, helped massively by the fact they didn’t have to hire a venue,. “Our vow renewal was held in my departed grandmother’s house which is a former convent and that we are actually going to buy from my dad since he doesn’t want to keep it! It’s the place I spent holidays when I was a child and where I lived as a student since it was near Toulouse University where I studied. I wanted to get married there so bad in 2012 but everyone advised against it so we ended up in a vineyard (great place but no childhood memories there). So when we started planning our renewals, there was no way we could have gone anywhere else but in my grandma’s convent!”

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Enter a Magical Shoe Heaven Wonderland: Irregular Choice on Carnaby Street

“There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there
With shoes in their millions all under one roof…”

Seriously, Irregular Choice should totally steal the Toys ‘R Us theme tune because never has anything more accurate been written about how I felt walking into their flagship store. Last week I was invited by their head office to go visit the Carnaby Street shop and pick out some pretties to take home with me! Well, they didn’t have to ask me twice.

Lusting after Irregular Choice creations has become a bit of a rite of passage for Rock n Roll brides. If there was one brand that completely epitomises what our readers (and their weddings) are all about it would be Irregular Choice. With their huge and ever-expanding range of wacky, outlandish and often slightly ridiculous footwear, it’s no surprise that I see pictures of our readers wearing their shoes on a daily basis!

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland Woodland Wedding

Are you ready for the Alice in Wonderland wedding to end all Alice in Wonderland weddings? Well buckle up baby because you’re in for one hell of a psychedelic ride!

Tumi and MJ wanted their wedding to be Alice in Wonderland themed, but not the Disney version. They were inspired by Lewis Carroll’s original books. Almost all the elements were custom or handmade. They had a bell that rung during their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party reception to make people change seats, had a bridal bouquet treasure hunt and ‘drink me’ shots for everyone before they walked through the door to the ceremony!

“I have never been the typical girly girl,” explained Tumi. “I’ve always been a little alternative. My husband and I are both artists, adventurous and fun-loving. We wanted a theme that would reflect that. Sometimes our lives are like a trip down the rabbit hole, and this was an opportunity to take everyone with us on that journey. We have never been good at following mainstream and have always preferred things that are unique and one-of-a-kind, so almost everything in our wedding was.”

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The Rock n Roll Bride Black Friday Spectacular!

Custom glitter slogan veil: Was £45 now £36

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble you won’t have have failed to notice that this weekend is Black Friday/ Cyber Monday madness. Everywhere you click, your favourite brands and businesses are offering crazy discounts to help you kick start your Christmas shopping. It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to get some killer deals for your wedding too.

Three, two, one…. SHOP!

Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

Get the stunning Nebula veil (in the dip dyed colour of your choice) for just £140 (Was £175).

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Eclectic Wes Anderson Pop Punk Wedding Planned in Three Months

There’s a bit of everything in this Sheffield city wedding: Elegant dresses, gritty graffiti couple shots, dapper gents and pretty, giant pastel-coloured pom poms thrown like confetti! It’s one of those perfect examples of when a couple has a wedding that represents the spirit of them.

Lou and Neil met just six months before they married, on Tinder! “Neil tells everyone we met through work… which is kind of half true”, laughed the bride. “We worked on the same road as each other for a couple of years, then eventually, we swiped right and that was that! We chatted for a while, had a first date on a Tuesday, second date on the Thursday and then didn’t have another night apart from each other until the night before our wedding just over 6 months later. It’s now just over a year since our first date, we’re married and we opened our first business together in May. It’s been a crazy whirlwind but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The wedding was in February at The Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. The bride said, “It was probably the fifth or sixth venue we had seen, and when we walked in I felt like I was walking straight into Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. We immediately knew it was the one for us. I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.”

Lou said of the styling that, “It was a very pop punk wedding. We came down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Tomlinson to Blink 182! All of our tables were our favourite bands’ names instead of numbers. Trying to explain to my 93-year-old grandad why he’s sitting at ‘Alkaline Trio’ was tricky.”

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Save Money + The Environment: Digital Invitations & Wedding Websites from Paperless Wedding

The guest list/ invitation/ RSVP process is arguably one of the most stress-inducing parts of planning a wedding. Whether its the costs involved, the general logistics or the fact that people seem incapable of RSVPing on time… its enough to turn the coolest cucumber of a bride into a raging monster.

But there is another option: Paperless Wedding.

This small, family run business based in the UK offers beautifully designed digital invitations which will not only cut out all the stress and costs associated with going down the paper route, is more environmentally friendly AND enables you to track your RSVPs online. In fact the process is so easy I’m a little bit bummed it wasn’t around when I got married ten years ago!

All their design themes are fully customisable meaning your digital invitations can be as unique as your wedding will be. Even if you’re not the most technically savvy person, their system is quick and easy to use. Choose your theme, pick a font, change the colours and layout, upload a photo and you’re good to go! You can even have multiple events and invitations at the same time meaning you can send different invites to your day and evening guests if needed.

After you’ve designed your digital invitations, simply upload your guest list with their emails then hit send and it will automatically email everyone! Then just wait for those those RSVPs roll in. All it takes is one click from the receiver on their phone, tablet or computer and they’ve confirmed their attendance. There’s literally no excuses for people to not RSVP promptly with this system! If someone is really not that technical (maybe your Nan or an older relative) they do offer the option for them to send you a paper reply and then you can manually go in and update their response online for them. 

Once all your RSVPs are in (early I hope!) you can then simply download the guest numbers, dietary requirements etc to share with the relevant suppliers.

But that’s not all! Their software can act as your ‘wedsite’ too. You can link your gift list, guest book and all the wedding information all in one place. If you want to be super fancy you can even create your own page from scratch including pictures, galleries, maps and videos.

The cost of Paperless Weddings is £119 which even includes a free Save the Date invite for you to test the system out. Considering the average cost of paper invites and postage in the UK is around £500 (cost of the invites themselves + postage) this could save you a ton of money and aggravation! If you’ve already gone down the paper invite route but want to use their website only package, it is a great way to share information with your guests and costs £79.

WIN A WEDDING WEBSITE & UNLIMITED DIGITAL INVITES!

To celebrate the launch of Paperless Wedding, we are giving away a full digital package (worth £119) to one lucky couple! This prize includes a wedding website with unlimited digital invites which you can design yourself.

To enter, simply follow @paperlesswed on Instagram and leave a comment on any of their photos with the hashtag #RnRollinvite in it. EASY!

You have a week to enter and the winner will be randomly selected and contacted via Instagram DM by @paperlesswed after this date.

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