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Shop Your Wedding with She Wore Flowers + Win A Wedding Dress from Angellure!

Pictured: Dusty Blue Night Dress by Bridal Garden Studio

If there’s one thing I hear over and over again from the brides in our private Facebook group, it’s that they’re sick of only seeing the same traditional wedding dresses in every boutique they visit. They want designs that are different, quirky and colourful! They want to support independent designers and they want to find a unique gown, veil or piece of jewellery to help them feel like the bad ass bride that they are.

Bricks and mortar boutiques are not always the best place for alternative babes to find the wedding dress of their dreams, which is why so many of you flock to the internet for your search. And today, I’m about to blow that inspo wide open by introducing you to a brand new online bridal marketplace.

Pictured: Separates by Pure Magnolia, black dress by Bridal Garden Studio, bolero by MillieIcaro, dress by Amelia

Launching today, She Wore Flowers is dedicated to showcasing quality bridal products by trusted independent designers and small labels from all over the world. While there are similar sites for things like crafts, vintage and homemade items, unlike some of the others you may have already heard of, She Wore Flowers is focused only on wedding items. All of the featured designers have to apply or be invited to sell on the platform meaning you know you’ll always be buying from a company you can trust too.

So now, rather than having to trawl though hundreds of pages and websites to find your dress gown, jewellery or veil, you can visit She Wore Flowers and see their beautifully curated selection! The main products they carry are wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, jewellery, accessories (such as veils, headpieces, sashes and garters) and underwear and loungewear for the big day. This includes lingerie, robes, and even gorgeous lacey backless, strapless bras available in a multitude of shades for different skin tones (hell yes!)

The products listed on the site vary in price range so whether you have £100 to spend or £1000, you’re sure to find something you love. Plus, with their referral programme, if you recommend SWF to a friend you’ll be rewarded with points which can be put towards further purchases on their site!

Pictured: Veil by Alice and Mae Bridal, headband by January Rose Bridal, crown by Blue Meadow Bridal, juliet veil by January Rose Bridal

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Finding Your Style with Prezola: Matt Black

I have two very distinct sides to my personality: A rainbow loving, magpie emulating, glitter obsessive, ‘Disney is everything!’ side and an all-black-all-the-time, metal music listening, ‘forever looking for the perfect nude lipstick’ side. I am nothing if not a contradiction but for some reason it makes total sense to me. One day I want to roll myself in glitter, dress head to toe in rainbows and slick on some hot pink lipstick, and the next I only want to wear black and for everything to be clean and very neatly organised.

I feel like our home is a bit like this too. Our style has very much always been white walls with pops of colour in each room, but when we started to plan our next big project (the bathroom) we both agreed that we wanted to go the other way entirely and to experiment with a more masculine approach. We’re going for the darkest blue walls, black accents and lots of leafy plants.

When it comes to finding your own style (with what you wear or how to decorate your home) I am all for absorbing as much inspiration as possible, then picking and choosing the things that appeal. So what if it doesn’t make sense to other people that one room is painted royal purple and the next is entirely monochrome!? Like with everything in this life you have to do what makes YOU happy.

I have been trying to convince Gareth that matt black taps are the way to go for the bathroom too, unfortunately he’s having none of it but that hasn’t stopped me looking around for matt blank inspiration regardless. According to the people that know way more about this stuff than I do, matt black is a huge interior’s trend for 2019. Featured at the top of this post are some of my favourite recent finds, which are all available to add to a Prezola gift list. I certainly plan to incorporate some of these kind of details into the bathroom.

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Stress-Free Marquee Hire for your Festival Wedding (It Is Possible!)

Choosing a venue has got to be, in my opinion anyway, one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. Not only is it usually one of the first things you have to do (you can’t really organise anything else until you know where the day will be taking place!) but its hugely time consuming. Narrowing down your search by venue type, location and budget… then comparing packages and prices to make sure you get the best deal and that everything you need is included with no hidden surprises is, quite frankly, a bloody nightmare.

Now for Rock n Roll brides, an outdoorsy, festival vibes wedding is one of the most popular theme ideas, but your dream of a laid back, casual planning experience could very well be thrown out the window when it comes to finding the right company to supply the vitally important marquee. You know what I discovered when helping my sister plan her festival wedding a few years ago? The quality and price of marquees vary ENORMOUSLY from company to company and it can be really difficult to know which is the best option to go for.

Some offer all-inclusive packages, others break everything down for you. Some are lined and water-tight, others aren’t. Some include electricity, bathrooms and décor, others literally just provide the canvas and you have to bring everything else in yourself. There’s a lot more to think about than just Googling to find the company based closest to you.

I spent literally hours researching different marquee companies, sending out hundreds of email enquiries and asking the same questions over and over again. It would have been SO MUCH EASIER if there was one website that listed all the marquee companies in our area and easily broke down what each one offered as well as the prices, so I could quickly find what I was looking for without falling into admin hell.

Which is why my interest was very much piqued when I discovered Marqueebookings.co.uk. Launched in January last year by people who actually have a marquee hire background, they have since helped hundreds of couples find their wedding marquee with minimal stress. They do EXACTLY what I was hoping existed when I needed them!

The fantastic thing about Marqueebookings.co.uk is that they act as the wedding planner between you and the marquee companies and they have ALL THE INFORMATION YOU MIGHT NEED in one, easy to navigate website – think of them like the AirBnB or GoCompare of marquee hire, or one of those travel websites where you can book your flights and hotel in one easy step. They take all the hard work out of the research and all the stress out of managing your booking.

Simply use their site to search via location, budget or tent type any they’ll instantly show you a list of companies and marquees that fit the bill. With over 180 marquee companies, and 650+ bookable marquees available, from tipis to big tops and stretch tents to yurts, you are sure you find what you’re looking for.

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Opposuits Make Wacky Suits for Men & Women… and Their Christmas Range is Here!

One of the most exciting parts of getting engaged (for me anyway!) was finally being able to look at wedding dresses and think about what I might wear. Call me shallow if you like, but the day after our engagement I was on the Internet browsing wedding dress websites at work!

Now this might be a cliché, but I don’t think it’s really the same for the boys. That’s not to say they don’t care about what they’re going to get married in – in fact I think most men care very much – but even in 2018 it is really difficult to find anything remotely unique, quirky or fun for them out on their bodies. I mean, sure, he can pick a snazzy tie, go for a coloured shirt or suit or ditch tradition entirely and wear whatever he feels fabulous in, but for the most part, the options for men are still pretty limited.

But not any more! Enter: Opposuits. They’re revolutionising the suit industry with their colourful, patterned, wacky and in some instances, darn right weird suits and I for one am here for it! Making suits for men, women and kids, they have something for everyone. From full leopard print, a tropical flamingo print, comic books, a Harry Potter inspired set and even suits covered entirely in skulls – they have to be seen to be believed!

With Christmas right around the corner they’ve just released their festive collection too which is more festive than sitting in front of a log fire and watching Home Alone on repeat while eating mince pies! Did you know December 14th is Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day (where people up and down the country don a festive jumper and donate to charity)? Well, if you’re the kind of person that likes to go all out why not stun everyone and rock a full-on Christmas suit instead!?

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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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