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Why You Should Be Thinking Outside the Box with Your Wedding Venue

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found sorting the venue one of most stressful parts of wedding planning. Not only is it one of the first things you need to do (you can’t set your date, send out invitations or even really start planning your decor and theme until you know where the day will take place) but almost everything else hinges on getting this part right. A fantastic venue will make your wedding day feel like a dream, whereas one that isn’t quite right will make the whole process a bit of a nightmare.

There are thousands of incredible wedding venues to chose from all over the country, and whatever style of celebration you want to have, you will be able to find one that you love. However I have always been a champion of thinking outside of the box when it comes to your search. While a more traditional space, that does weddings week in week out, will obviously have it’s advantages (experienced staff, everything you might need already in place, packages to keep things simple…) there really is something to be said about going off the beaten path a bit, ESPECIALLY, if you’re planning an alternative wedding. Not only will it often be cheaper as there won’t be lots of “wedding extras” included, but you’ll end up with a setting as unique as you want your wedding itself to be.

For example, have you ever considered a holiday resort as a wedding venue? I’ll be honest, I actually hadn’t either! That was until Darwin Escapes got in touch and I immediately wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. Not only do they offer accommodation for all your guests, one of their properties has a freakin’ TREEHOUSE where you can go and stay for your mini moon!

Darwin Escapes is one of the UK’s fastest growing travel brands with a growing portfolio currently standing at 21 holiday resorts located all over the country. Each holiday park has its own unique character meaning whatever type of setting you’re after, whatever style of wedding you’re planning, they’re somewhere you should consider. Some of my all-time favourite memories as a child were at holiday resorts with my family, so imagine being able to recreate that magic on your wedding day!?

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We Already Live Together, Do We Need a Wedding Gift List?

Devlin Photos

Traditionally, the reason to have a wedding gift list is to help your wedding guests know what to buy you (let’s face it, most people will want to get you at least a small gift) and to help a young couple set up their first home together. These days, while the former still rings true, most couples do live together long before they get married. But just because you think you’ve already got everything you might need, doesn’t mean you should forgo a wedding registry entirely.

If your guests are going to get you something anyway, there’s nothing wrong with helping them out by giving them some ideas. If you don’t have a gift list you may just end up with lots of stuff you don’t really want or need.

The good news is that the wedding gift list has moved on a LOT in the past few years, and leading the way is one of my favourites, Prezola.

Time to Upgrade

This is your chance to upgrade everything you’ve just bought because it was cheap (or inherited and made do with) over the past few years! A wedding list is the perfect opportunity to get things that you might not be able (or want) to spend your own money on but will really enjoy once you own them. Things like fancy bedding, a matching crockery set, a branded vacuum cleaner: these are all things we got on our gift list and are still using and enjoy ten years later!

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Think Beyond the Wedding Favour: Personalise Your Wedding with My M&M’s®

Wedding favours get a bad rap but they are a great way to personalise your wedding tables. My M&M’s® offer an amazing personalisation service, where you can choose the colours of the chocolates to match your theme and then add a logo, phrase or even a photo to the top of them! I obviously had to try it out and I think our logo looks so cute on the pink M&Ms. Even Gareth was like “Oooh these have our logo on them!” when he saw them. Crowd pleaser all round.

However M&Ms don’t have to just be for wedding favours and so I wanted to share some alternative ideas for how you can use them in your wedding in a more creative way.

Decorate your wedding cake

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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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The First Bridal Collection from Collectif: Wedding Dresses for Under £70!

Left: Flora Occasion Swing Dress
Right: Maxima Floral Occasion Top & Leilani Pearl Tulle Occasion Skirt

One of the thing I’m most proud of with Rock n Roll Bride is our position to encourage brides to do whatever they want for their wedding. We’re not in the habit of passing judgement on who you marry, how you marry, and definitely not on how you spend your money. Want to drop £3000 on an incredible designer gown? Do it! Prefer to get something handmade by an independent British designer to your exact specifications? You go girl! Or maybe you’re the kind of babe who wants to run out to the high street and grab the first dress that takes your fancy? This is your wedding and you do it your way!

Using our position as an authority in all things alternative in the world of weddings is not something I take lightly. I am all about presenting the options and letting you and only you decide which is right for you. Which is why I’m thrilled beyond belief to have partnered with the amazing Collectif to exclusively share the launch of their very first bridal and bridesmaid collection with you!

Allyn Bridal Maxi Dress

Established in 2000, Collectif is one of the go-to vintage-inspired clothing brands anyway, so it’s even more exciting that they’re branching out into bridal. You know their style, you know their quality, and you know that their price points are really reasonable for the quality of the pieces. Plus, they’ve brought their world-renowned quirkiness into each design. I mean would you just look at this beauty. This Flora dress has to be one of my favourites!

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OMEDELBAR from IKEA: Gothic Meets Hollywood Glamour for your Home!

There are two great life lessons I’ve learnt since embarking on our renovation project: Everything will take 1716 times longer than you hoped it would, and IKEA is basically brilliant. OK so I knew the latter already, but when you have people coming around for your first attempt at hosting Christmas Eve and you realise that morning that you haven’t got enough chairs for everyone… Well let’s just say I thank those Swedish home gods everyday that they decided to open a branch in Reading.

The thing is about IKEA though… Yes it’s affordable, yes they have every homeware basic you might possibly need to buy and hell yes their meatballs are inexplicably delicious, but a lot of it is a bit to simple, design-wise for my eclectic tastes.

But this has all changed with the introduction of the brand new OMEDELBAR range. The collection is described as a hybrid between goth and Hollywood glamour and as you can probably imagine I am all about that!

Created in collaboration with Bea Åkerlund, one of Sweden’s most sought-after stylists and costume designers who’s worked with the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, this 35-piece limited-edition collection includes everything a fashionista needs to show off their finest clothes and accessories.

The range, which launches this month, includes a leopard print rug, lip-shaped cushions and a super cool clear glass top hat vase. There’s black and white striped curtains and matching wallpaper as well as a giant gold clock, a bowl that looks like a crown, black lampshades with gold lining and the coolest faux leather armchair I’ve ever seen! With it’s black, red, white and gold colour scheme, this collection is definitely aimed at us babes who like to be daring with our home decor.

This chair is just the living end! I was worried when I ordered it that it might be a little big, but no, it is literally the most perfectly sized occasional chair.

The faux leather black fabric makes it super pet hair friendly (I have Maine Coons, I gotta think about these things!) and the design is really fun and, in parts, unexpected. I adore the curved legs, the stud detail and the corseted back! And as soon as I saw this lips pillow I KNEW I had to have one to put on the chair. It comes in two sizes, and this is the smaller version. I mean, how bloomin’ cute!?

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