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).
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
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!)