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Get Those Once in a Lifetime Items with a Prezola Gift List

At one time or another we’ve probably all dreamt of going all out and splashing on that thing we’d really love to own but could never, ever afford (mine is a copper bath if anyone’s asking!) A statement piece of art, a fancy yet oh-so-out-of-our-price-range piece of furniture, or maybe just booking that once in a lifetime, 5* honeymoon.

Yet planning, and paying for, a wedding can really take it out of you (and your wallet!) so you’d be forgiven for thinking that now isn’t really the time to finally take the plunge… Well, my friend, I may just have a solution for you.

A wedding gift list is, traditionally, a way for your friends and family to help you set up for married life. This usually entails new pots and pans, towels, crockery, the odd crystal vase… but what if you either already have that stuff, or you really don’t want it? Wouldn’t it be way cooler to be able to ask everyone to club together to help you splash out your dream items without the awkwardness of asking for cash? WELL NOW YOU CAN!

Prezola are one of my favourite gift list services (in fact, if you pushed me, I’d probably say they were the favourite) for so many reasons, not least of all because of their fantastic group gifting incentive. This means exactly what you’d expect – it enables your guests to contribute to any item over £80 on your list meaning you don’t have to feel guilty for adding something expensive like a new bed or hot pink velvet sofa to it. You can now add those larger items that one person would never be able to buy you on their own and your guests can contribute as much or a little as they’d like.

Prezola work with some of the most fantastic brands too which gives you way more options than a high street store gift registry. Swoon, Lombok, Made.com, Sofa.com, Dyson, Smeg, Graham and Green, Habitat and The White Company are all on their books.

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It’s Back! Join us at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in November!

I’m not supposed to have favourites, but if there was one wedding fair that I loved more than any others, it would be The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza.

There are many, MANY fantastic alternative wedding shows about these days, but unlike the others, EWE is catered for exactly the kind of brides (and grooms!) who read and love Rock n Roll Bride. If you want to do your wedding your way, if you aren’t afriad for people to think your ideas are ‘weird’, if you’d rather cover your hair in glitter, get a dress designed especially to show off your tattoos and wear a pair of Irregular Choice shoes rather than some fancy designer kicks – well this is the wedding show for you!

Plus, it’s run by some of my favourite people in the UK wedding industry – Jo of The Couture Company and Sassy of Assassynation. The most genuinely lovely, genuinely caring, bad ass babes who have the same attitude to life, business and weddings as I do. Quite simply, Rock n Roll Bride + The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza = a match made in heaven.

Which is why, for the second year running, I am thrilled to let you know that this is the only wedding show we’re appearing at!

If you’ve ever wanted to flick through the Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly Wedding Planner, grab a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine (everyone gets a back issue in their goodie bag and we’ll be selling the current issue for a discounted price on the day), or try on our veil collections with Crown and Glory then this is THE wedding show for you.

PLUS I’m very excited to share that Jo and I are collaborating on some jackets (!) which you may have seen me sneaking on Instagram over the past few months. They’ll be available online really soon and we’ll have samples at the show if you’d like to see them in person too – eek!!!

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Into the Wild: Walthamstow Wetlands Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

I am so excited to finally be publishing this bridal fashion editorial in full today! If you grabbed yourself a copy of the last issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine you will have already seen a lot of this shoot inside, but today I wanted to take the opportunity to not only share more images that didn’t quite make the spread (when 10 pages just isn’t enough!) but to tell you all about Walthamstow Wetlands, one of London’s coolest new wedding venues, who we partnered with for this shoot.

The Walthamstow Wetlands is the newest venue to be added to Forest Venues‘ portfolio (which also includes William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum, Chingford Assembly Hall and Walthamstow Assembly Hall). All the venues are very close to each other so you can even mix and match if they want, using one for the ceremony, another for the photos, and another for your reception and/ or after party!

The Wetlands is Europe’s largest urban nature reserve at 211 hectares and offers some of the most stunning natural beauty just 15 minutes from central London. In short it’s the perfect spot for your nuptials if you love nature but don’t want to venture too far outside of the capital.

For this shoot we wanted to juxtapose this natural beauty with some truly fierce models and high fashion inspired bridal looks. While a boho or nature-inspired wedding theme might be the more obvious choice for a setting such as this, as you know Rock n Roll Bride is ALL about throwing what’s expected or obvious out of the nearest open window!

Dress: Ritual Unions
Headpiece & Earrings: Halo & Co
Boots: Dr Martens

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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?

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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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