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Styling Your Wedding Your Way with Etsy + Win a £500 Gift Card!

Cake topper from Rachel Emma Studio

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to convince you of the fact that Etsy is one of the best places to look for stuff for your wedding. Whatever your theme, style or budget you are definitely going to find things you love and want to incorporate into your day on their site.

I’ve been buying from Etsy for as long as I can remember. I’ve bought everything from jewellery, homewares and clothing, and it’s one of the first places I look when I need to buy someone a gift. Gareth even got in on the action and ordered some art for his office recently! They really do have something for everyone.

Customised ‘Kat’ sign & holographic star wand from Rachel Emma Studio
Veil from Crown and Glory

Flower lollipops from Flower Lolly
Confetti from Hello Pops of Colour

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Faux Flower Bridal Bouquets from Crown & Glory (+ Win a Set for You and Your Bridesmaids!)

My best babe Sophie sure is clever. Crown & Glory have been synonymous with flower crowns for as long as I can remember (and they’re the only flower crowns worthy of wearing IMHO) but for spring/summer 2018 they’re offering a brand new floral bevvy to get excited about – faux floral bouquets!

And the tagline, bouquets you won’t want to toss, could not be more perfect!

I am a massive fan of real flowers. Fancy florist arrangements, cheap half dead stems from the Morrisons sale bin, and my house is full to the rafters with indoor plants. But when it comes to your bridal bouquet, the idea of a faux flower posy is quite frankly genius. Not only will it not wilt and fade throughout the celebrations, but it will be something you can keep forever as a memento of the day.

Sophie, who dreamt up the idea when considering the flowers for her own wedding, agrees, “I absolutely love the work that florists do, but just couldn’t justify the expense for something that would last a few hours and then be thrown away. In the end I purchased fresh flowers from a wholesaler and we arranged them ourselves the night before the wedding. But honestly it was still quite expensive, stressful to do it ourselves and I felt guilty about the waste afterwards. Then I thought how brilliant it would have been if we had faux flower bouquets, that looked just as good as the real thing, but could have been assembled in advance.”

There are a variety of different colourful designs, including year-round peonies (no longer will only July brides be able to carry this popular stem!), adorable ranunculus, sumptuous roses and their signature style – the Meadow Bouquet, which is designed to look as if you’ve collected your flowers from a field (without all the fuss!)

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Win a Luxury Honeymoon Experience at Dar Jaguar in Marrakech!

If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll probably already know that Marrakech is one of my favourite cities. The colour, the people, culture, the shopping… it’s just heaven. The medina is crazy busy and, at times, a little overwhelming, but there is also much more to do here than just shop. There are beautiful, colourful gardens all over the city, rooftop terraces with spectacular views and hammams to get the scrub down of your life in! You will come home with a suitcase full of spices and colourful homewares, hands covered in henna and hearts full with all the joy of Morocco!

Yes, the culture is very different to the UK and it can be slightly unnerving on your first visit, but if you throw yourself into it wholeheartedly, I know you’ll fall in love with it too. And with flights from the UK costing as little as £100 and the flight time less than 3 hours, it’s the perfect honeymoon spot for Rock n Roll brides.

In fact, I love Marrakech so much I’ve been four times in as many years, and yes, I do plan to go back later this year too. You can’t keep me away!

On two of my four trips I’ve stayed at Dar Jaguar, owned by British designer Lucia Silver, and it’s fast become one of my highlights of each visit. The riad is decorated in Lucia’s eclectic style and includes a leopard print entrance-way, four poster beds and enormous locally-made chandeliers. Each room has its own theme and the honeymoon suite, The State of Grace, features ebony walls, hand-carved details, a romantic balcony overlooking the courtyard, an open fireplace and a golden bathtub!

There’s a bubbling fountain in the middle of the courtyard which has multi-coloured rose petals floating in it 24/7. And the plunge pool, complete with yet another chandelier hanging above it, is the perfect spot for cooling down after a long day wandering in the medina or riding camels!

The staff, Fatiha, Khalid and Fatima, are also some of the kindest, loveliest people I’ve ever met. Nothing is too much trouble (Khalid actually once helped us try to order a pizza when it was all we wanted to eat and Fatiha helped me RUSH through the medina when I was late for my flight home!!) Plus the food they make is some of the most delicious I’ve ever eaten.

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Win a Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly Wedding Planner!

I am in full-on ‘totally psyched for the year ahead’ mode right now. I’ve got a bunch of new projects in the works and I’m feeling all together really positive about 2018 and what it might hold. A lot in part to all your incredibly kind comments on last week’s post about the future of Rock n Roll Bride. You really have no idea how happy reading all those replies made me.

So, to celebrate this new-found feeling of joy, I’ve decided to drop a surprise giveaway on you. It’s just my way of saying thank you for all being so wonderful. I’ve partnered with my babe Veronica Dearly to give THREE lucky readers a Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly prize package including the wedding planner, a two pins of their choice.

I am so proud of the wedding planner, and I know it’s really going to help you when organising your alternative wedding. Why? Because I wrote the damn thing (haha)! But in all seriousness, I’ve put all my insider wedding planning knowledge into it so if you’re foundering or don’t know what the hell you need to do, this is the next best thing to having me on speed dial.

Plus it’s hella cute and has STICKERS,

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 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.

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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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Rock n Renovation: Wallpaper, An Apologue

Wallpaper has become quite the divisive factor in the Rock n Roll Bride household. It began when we lived in our old place and I fell head over heels for a limited edition Cole & Son’s paper which was designed by Vivienne Westwood. At the time we definitely couldn’t afford it, I think it was about £80 a roll, and Gareth insisted we could find something similar for less than half the price. Fast forward through over 18 months of searching literally everywhere for something in any way similar (that we both also liked!) and Gareth finally admitted defeat and told me I could order it.

Of course, by then it was sold out EVERYWHERE and impossible to get hold of. I promised myself then and there that if I ever loved something as much as I loved that damn wallpaper I would buy now, think later and never live under such a shadow of regret ever again.

So here we are, in our new home, and although picking wallpapers is a long way off (we kinda need all our floors first, right?) I have started sneakily keeping my eye on what’s available. I came across Woodchip & Magnolia on Instagram (where else!?) and I am smitten!

Like most UK produced wallpaper, all their papers are designed, printed and manufactured in Lancashire. But what makes Woodchip & Magnolia really special is that they digitally print their designs themselves in their own studio on the Pennine Moors. Each roll is then individually and loving wrapped by hand. By choosing to take a more hands-on artisan approach, their papers have a really high quality feel. In short, they’re really, really special and there’s nothing mass-produced about them!

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples by Nina, who runs the company, and their Monstera Green wallpaper with the blush background is my everything. I’m already 99% sure this is the paper that we’ll be using in our downstairs bathroom when it’s converted.

WIN WALLPAPER WORTH £225!

Because everybody deserves the most fabulous wallpaper in their home, this week I am partnering with Woodchip & Magnolia to give one Rock n Roll Bride reader £225 to spend on their website. That could get you two rolls of their fabulous wallcoverings, or one amazing wall mural – perfect for making a major statement in the room of your choice!

All you have to do to enter is visit their website, choose the paper or mural you’d buy if you won and share a photo of it on Instagram. You must also follow both @rocknrollbride and @woodchipandmagnolia and use the hashtag #rocknwallpaper when you post. Finally, your account must be public for us to see and count your entry.

You have one week, until midnight on Saturday 4th November, to enter. Good luck everyone!

Ts & Cs

♥ Prize includes a £225 voucher for the winner to spend on the wallcovering or wall mural of their choice from woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk.
♥ Closing date for entries is 04/11/2017. The winner will chosen at random, contacted via Instagram after that date and emailed a voucher.
♥ Voucher expires on three months after it is issued and must be used before that date.
♥ Contest open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride, regardless of location, over the age of 18.
♥ UK or international shipping is included, however if the winner is outside of the UK they may need to pay customs charges to receive their prize.
♥ Additional voucher terms and conditions may apply.
♥ If for any reason the chosen winning wallpaper is unavailable, you will be made aware before placing your order. The voucher may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Woodchip & Magnolia’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ No purchase necessary.