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Rock n Renovation: Our Bathroom Reveal (Kinda) and Win £200 to Spend with Soak.com!

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I don’t think I truly understood the poignancy of this quote until we started our home renovations. EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect. EVERYTHING costs more, EVERYTHING is more complicated than you think it’ll be and every time you feel like you’re making significant progress life throws a curve ball or another challenge at you and oh look, the bathroom is still not finished!

Here you can see what the room looked like in October, before we started the work. Now, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to share any updates because, quite frankly, there’s been nothing to show. Progress has been slower than a sloth at a spa day, but finally, FINALLY we’re very nearly there. Nearly there enough to show you some photos of how it’s looking anyway!

At first, I really wanted to hold out until it was actually finished/ perfect/ Insta-worthy but HONESTLY, I actually feel like it’ll be much more interesting for you guys to hear about the realities of doing a project like this completely DIY and when you have a business to run at the same time!

IT IS A LOT.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re attempting to renovate our house with as little outside help as possible. Unless we physically (or legally!) HAVE to hire tradesmen, we (read: Gareth) want to do it entirely by ourselves. This isn’t just because of the money we’ll save but for the satisfaction of doing it! Gareth in particular is super handy with DIY stuff, and a brilliant YouTube learner (seriously, he’s taught himself to plaster, plumb, replace joists and fit a kitchen just with Google and YouTube as his guides). I’m now a most excellent painter and decorator, although I’m yet to master wallpapering. Maybe next year!

Obviously, this has its downsides. Things take a long time and sometimes things have to get put on hold while life happens… but, for us anyway, we know it’s going to be totally worth it.

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Putting the Win in Wine: Win Four Bottles of Your New Favourite Rosé Wines from Wine Chat!

There’s not many things in life better than wine… except of course FREE wine! Which is why I’m so excited to have partnered with Wine Chat, purveyors of the most delicious (and most awesomely illustrated bottles of) wine in all the land.

Wine Chat is a collaboration between Boutinot Wines (they make wines from all over the world, and have winemakers based in France, Italy and South Africa) and Veronica Dearly, who uses her witty sense of humour and super creative skills to illustrate the labels.

Their Pink AF Pinot Grigio Rosé (available at Morrisons for £7.50 a bottle and on offer in February down to £6!) has been my go-to ever since it was launched last year, and not just because my bestie Veronica illustrated the bottle.

They wanted to do a range of wines that was completely different to the boring, stuffy wine labels that you normally see. They wanted to develop wines that would talk to the everyday wine drinker rather than the wine expert, hence the front labels are jovial and funny, and the back label is chatty as well as informative (and speaks in a language we actually understand). The wine is still always great quality too – even my dad, Mr Wine Connoisseur, loved it at my book launch party!

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Happy 11th Birthday Rock n Roll Bride! Win the Ultimate Anti-Bride Prize Pack!

October 2007 was when I first started writing about weddings on the internet. As a newly engaged 23-year-old I was quickly disillusioned with the wedding world that I was presented with and although Gareth and I didn’t really know what we wanted for our wedding, we knew we didn’t want any of what the wedding magazines were showing us. Spend £30k? Travel in a horse and carriage? Wear a big poofy strapless dress and designer shoes? NO THANK YOU.

So, I started this blog to document planning our ‘alternative’ route to the alter. Looking back, and somewhat ironically, our wedding didn’t end up being that alternative really (after all, we didn’t have Rock n Roll Bride to guide us!) but what this toe-dip into blogging did teach me is that I was quickly obsessed with finding and re-sharing weddings that sauntered off the beaten path, weddings that showed the personality of the couple, and weddings that were, for the most part, seen as pretty ‘weird’.

When I first started publishing online, I never ever considered that this could be a career (for both Gareth and myself!) and I certainly could have never in my wildest fantasies have imagined that we’d have a print magazine, I’d have written and book and I’d still be doing it ELEVEN YEARS LATER – I mean, wow!

To celebrate this incredible milestone, and as a huge, enormous THANK YOU to everyone for supporting what we do, we’re doing our biggest giveaway ever! One lucky reader will win:

A 6 month subscription to Rock n Roll Bride magazine
A SIGNED book
A Rock n Roll Bride x Couture Company belt (in their choice of belt colour!)
A Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly planner and set of pins
£50 to spend on the Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory collection
A free couple shoot with one of my favourite wedding photographers – Neil Thomas Douglas or Lisa Devlin (the winner can choose whoever they prefer, which may be based on their location).

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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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