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Why You Should Have a Wedding Website

Setting up your own wedding website (or “wedsite” for short) is pretty much a must-do for today’s technologically-savvy couples. You might think it’s a little narcissistic or TMI to create a webpage specifically to talk about your wedding, but they’re actually really useful for your guests too.

Did you know I actually started Rock n Roll Bride in 2007 as place to share details about our wedding? It wasn’t until after we were married a year later that I morphed it into a blog to share other people’s alternative weddings and quirky inspirational ideas!

Your website will be the go-to place for all your guests to find all that extra information they might need to know about your wedding. So instead of answering the same questions about accommodation, your gift list and who your maid of honour is, you can direct them all to one online place.

You can even use a wedding website in lieu of paper invitations (just send everyone the link!) which will save you money and the environment!

There are hundreds of companies offering wedding websites and templates, but if you have no idea where to start then may I’d like to suggest the UK’s most popular (with over 17,000 couples using it last year) gettingmarried.co.uk!

Not only is it completely free to use, it’s fully flexible (meaning you can add or remove pages at ease) with a wide choice of gorgeous designs. They also have many useful features such as an RSVP manager, table planner, lift sharing and accommodation finder. 

If you’re thinking of creating your own wedding website, these are the main things you should be thinking about before you sign up:

Cost: How much is will it cost you to create and run a site?
gettingmarried.co.uk is 100% free!

Advertising: Does the creator add advertisements to your site?
gettingmarried.co.uk will never add ugly, intrusive adverts to your page.

Location: Is the website hosted by an American or British company?
Might not be a big deal to most people, but if you’re using a US based site but you’re in the UK, there may be a few formatting quirks. For example you may have to use the US date format (could be very confusing if you’re getting married on 08/05/2018 – a US site would write that as 05/08/2018!)

Domain name: What will your site be called? What options are there? Is this an extra cost? gettingmarried.co.uk have a huge range of easy to remember domain names to choose from, or the ability to input your own.

Extra features: Does the creator offer wedding-specific features like an RSVP manager, photo gallery or table planner?
gettingmarried.co.uk offer all this and then some – you can even add a lift sharing and accommodation finder option to make things really easy for your guests.

Design choice: Does the creator offer a range of site designs to match your style?
This year gettingmarried.co.uk will be launching 21 brand new template designs meaning you’ll have even more options than ever for personalising your site to suit your personal style taste or wedding theme.

Gift list: Can you add a gift list to the site?
You can integrate your Prezola wedding gift list into a gettingmarried.co.uk site so your guests don’t even need to leave your site to buy your gifts! How brilliant is that?

Setting up a wedding website is basically a must these days. It’s the easiest way to share information with your guests. So why not use the UK’s most popular site, one that’s super easy to use and is packed full of incredible free features? Start creating your free wedding website right now at gettingmarried.co.uk!

Rock n Renovation: Quirky & Unique Homewares from Orchid Furniture

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After living in a too-small terraced house for over ten years, moving to our new place has been a revelation… in shopping! Before, our place was so tiny we couldn’t really physically fit anything else in, but now we have three reception rooms I’m loving searching out quirky and unique finds to eventually fill them with. While we’ve started buying some small pieces of furniture and decorative items, the house isn’t in anyway nearing being finished so a lot of the time I’m just researching, researching, researching!

I have a tendency to “buy now, think later” and then end up with lots of inexpensive pieces that I end up not liking really quickly (IKEA you’re great, but I don’t need to own everything you make!) This time I want to make sure we only purchase things we really love, that will last us a long time.

So today I thought it would be fun to share some of the things we’ve been swooning over (a couple we’ve acquired already!) from Orchid Furniture. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll already know that both Gareth and I are obsessed with all things Japanese, so when I discovered Orchid Furniture, that specialise in furniture, lighting and accessories from the Far East, I was intrigued. We don’t want our house to seem too ‘themed’ though, so our plan is to add a few choice pieces from their extensive collection, mixed with items of other styles that we also really like. Orchid have London and Hampshire stores and also sell online, delivering throughout the UK and overseas.

This rug was the first thing we ordered. We loved the neutral grey colour and the subtle pattern. It goes great in our living room and is super squishy and lovely. The cats sit on it almost permanently as most of the rest of the house is still wooden floors.

Marble, I love you, but I can’t really afford you. This stone-topped round table is a great dupe, and comes in cheaper than the real thing. It’s the perfect size for a plant, a cup of tea and a stack of magazines and sits beside our sofa.

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Our Living Room Reveal with Prezola!

If you’ve been following my #rocknrenovation posts on Instagram, you will already know that we are slap bang in the middle of renovating our dream house. And while progress has been slow over the past few months, that certainly hasn’t stopped me swooning over (and in some cases actually acquiring) some awesome homewares to make the place feel less building site-y.

They say two of the most stressful things you can do are buy a house and plan a wedding, but if you’re doing them together, then Prezola is going to be the ideal gift registry for you. Why? Because they’re actually more like a super cool homewares brand than a gift list company.

When we got married in 2008, we opted for a standard department store gift list but only because Prezola wasn’t around back then! Although we managed to get a lot of the usual fare (towels, china, pots and pans, crockery etc) what the department store really lacked was choice and flexibility. We were limited to what that particular branch had for sale. However with Prezola, there are 50,000 products from over 500 brands such as The White Company, Graham & Green, KitchenAid, Le Creuset and Habitat. Your choice is practically endless!

So when Prezola came to me asking if I wanted to not only share more of our house, but showcase some of the amazing products they carry on their gift list service, I jumped at the chance! Nearly everything you see in these photos can be added to a Prezola gift list.

Prezola is redefining what a gift list is – it’s not just wedding china and a new set of towels. They’re fresh, fun and stylish and aimed at couples who want their home to reflect their style and personality – they put a huge focus on unique and quirky products that you’re going to really want to add to your list. Whether that’s fun prints and wall art, neon signs, decorative pieces or new, upcoming designers that don’t follow the rest of the pack, they find interesting gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

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Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses Your Girls Will Actually Love

Finding that one perfect wedding dress can be a stressful task. There are so many shapes, styles and colours to consider. So is it any wonder that finding a single bridesmaid dress that four, five (or more!) of your best girls will all love equally can be an almost impossible task. Not only do you have their different tastes, styles and body shapes to consider, but the costs can really add up too. Stress City, population: YOU.

Luckily for you 2018 brides, the mis-matched bridesmaid dress look is more popular than ever, meaning that if you want to boycott the traditional matching bridesmaid dress idea, it’s easier than ever to do.

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to source mis-matched bridesmaid dresses is online. You’ll be presented with hundreds of options all without ever having to leave your sofa. While places like ASOS can be awesome, they often don’t have the massive colour and style variations that bridesmaid-specific online stores have.

The key to really nailing the mis-matched look is to have something that ties all the dresses together, such as the colour, shape or fabric. This way they avoid just looking like a collection of guests rather than bridesmaids. So if you want all your girls in different shaped dresses, have them all in the same colour, or if you want them all in the same colour, let them choose a style they are most comfortable with.

So where should you start to look? I’ve recently discovered Mix Bridal, an online boutique that offers a highly curated selection of designer dresses at the most reasonable prices, and I think they’re definitely worth checking out. With headquarters based in UK, they’ve also recently opened offices in Australia, the United States and Canada.

Mix Bridal pursues excellence in design and irreproachable craftsmanship before choosing to sell any dresses. And as well as an extensive collection of bridesmaids dresses, they also carry wedding gowns, flowergirl dresses and ties/pocket squares for groomsmen. Everything comes in tons of colour options too meaning it’s super easy to shop for the entire bridal party in your chosen palette.

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

There are plenty of things you can do to limit the impact your wedding will have on the environment. You don’t even have to sacrifice your budget, vision or sanity to do so! Here are five small things you can do that will make a big different.

Choose a carbon-friendly wedding venue such as The Green House Hotel in Dorset. The hotel was designed to prove that total luxury and sustainability really do go together. The vibe of a Green House wedding never really changes – glamorous yet relaxed, intimate yet beautiful and kind to the environment. 

The Green House is entirely self-sufficient and carbon neutral generating its own electricity on site and producing energy from solar panels. This brings your carbon footprint down drastically as you’re not using fossil fuels to heat or run your wedding venue.

Recycle 100% of your waste or choose a venue that can do this for you. The average wedding can generate up to half a tonne of rubbish so recycling this will make a huge difference to your wedding’s impact on the environment.

Consider your food’s air miles. They have as much impact on the environment as human air miles do. If you’re eating steak from Argentina and drinking wine from New Zealand, your carbon footprint won’t thank you for it. Try and keep your food as local as possible and if you want to go the extra non-carbon mile opt for mostly organic or even vegan options.

Source your flowers locally. Around 90% of cut flowers are imported into the UK (mostly from Holland) but if you can source them locally it’s going to be much better for the environment. Better still find a florist who only uses organic blooms so no nasty chemicals were used to produce them. Alternatively, forgo cut flowers entirely. Plants make great centerpieces (and can be planted afterwards!) or you could even make your centrepieces and bouquet out of a recyclable material such a paper flowers or pom poms!

Start as you mean to go on. Have digital invitations or create your stationery from recycled paper. Give away seeds as wedding favours. Find a dressmaker who uses recycled, ethically sourced or sustainable fabrics such as vegetarian silk. Making a conscious consumer decision on all these things will lower your carbon footprint and set the tone for your green wedding.

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A Wedding Photographer with an Ethical Pricing Policy (PLUS A 10% Discount for All Readers!)

It’s not that often that we’re able to give some love to our Canadian readers (or those of you having a destination wedding in Canada!) but today is that day. And I’m pretty darn thrilled to introduce you to Toronto wedding photographer, ByCalin, because not only is he passionate about wedding photography, he’s vehement about pricing his services ethically and passing any savings he makes in his business onto her clients!

All his prices and options are listed clearly on his website so there will be no tiresome back and forth trying to figure out how much your requirements for your wedding photography is going to cost.

Other important things to know about ByCalin’s ethical pricing policy are:

That there are no hidden fees. If your wedding is taking place in the greater Toronto area, the the prices quoted are the price you’ll pay. Period. He’s not going to swoop in and tell you you need to pay extra for travel, editing, or tax at the last minute. If you are having a destination wedding, or you’d like to fly him out to your location to shoot you, he’ll discuss all the associated costs upfront, before you have to make any decisions.

His pricing has been put together through extensive market research. ByCalin‘s packages cost from $2999 (CA) or you can hire him for $460 (CA) an hour if you’re having a short day, or you want less coverage. It’s important to Calin that his photography is ethically priced, and he’s worked really hard to keep his costs low (such as working from home to save studio costs, automating any non-creative part of his processes and focusing on quality, not quantity) so that he can pass those savings onto her clients.

There’s an automatic discount already included in all packages. He says, “One of the most common questions we are asked if we can provide a discount. The simple answer is no. As we are obsessed with cutting costs, our collections already include a discount and you will receive it even if you don’t ask for it! We do not aim to be the cheapest studio in the greater Toronto area but rather provide the best value to our clients.”

However he does have a referral program meaning you could get some money back! “We acknowledge the fact that every couple has a budget”, he explains, “and so we offer a referral program that allows you to receive a discounted rate should you refer us to a friend or family member for their wedding! If you refer someone else, and they book, we’ll reimburse 10% from the fee you’ve paid us. in the past we’ve had some clients pass us on to four friends meaning they got a massive 40% of the fee they paid back!”

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