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Unique Antique Engagement Rings & Jewellery for Vintage Loving Brides

This post is a paid partnership with Carus Jewellery

One of my favourite things to do is to walk through The Laines in Brighton and gaze lovingly at all the stunning pre-loved jewellery in the shop windows. You have to wonder about the person that owned those pieces beforehand, what their life was like and when they wore it. It’s all very romantic really.

There is something so special about antique jewellery – the fact that every piece has a history and a story, and not to mention it’s better for the planet to wear something pre-loved rather than always needing to have everything shiny and brand-new. You’re also much more likely to find something one-of-a-kind if you opt to wear a vintage piece. It’ll also be a rare occurrence for you to ever bump into someone else with the same engagement ring as you!

Carus Jewellery, a family-run business with a studio in Marylebone but also selling online, source some of the most beautifully unique pieces which, if you’re having a vintage inspired wedding (or even if you’re not!) you’re going to love gazing longingly at, too. And if you’re wondering, Carus is the Latin name for precious!

Here are some of our favourite pieces from their current collection:

9ct Gold Five Stone Amethyst Ring, £850

This vibrant five stone ring features graduated Amethyst gemstones weighing 1.28ct, set in 9ct yellow gold. These gemstones have excellent clarity and the ring is hallmarked for London 1977.

9ct Gold Garnet & Pearl Ring, £1,325

This Edwardian Garnet and Pearl ring is a true show stopper and something totally unique! The heart-shaped Garnet gemstone weighs 2ct and is surrounded by a row of seed pearls.

Amethyst & Split Pearl Pendant, £1,400

This is a genuine Edwardian piece featuring a beautiful heart-shaped Amethyst mounted in rich 15ct yellow gold and surrounded with split seed pearls. it is finished on top with a split seed pearl bow and is a classic piece of Edwardian jewellery.

9ct Gold Cameo Brooch, £1,250
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The Best Face Masks to Keep you Safe & Stylish at your Wedding

Photo: Dan Bushkin Photography

Well here’s a blog post I never in a million years thought I’d be putting together – the best face masks to keep you safe (but crucially stylish!) on your socially distanced wedding day. WHAT A GODDAMN WORLD. It’s important to be safe and keep others around you safe too, and with wearing them in enclosed public spaces becoming mandatory from today (July 24th) in England, you’re going to need to stock up.

Wearing a face mask now part of daily life in the UK, so here are some of the best face masks I’ve seen around the internet over the past few weeks… All of which would look awesome with your wedding outfit too TBH!

L.O.M, £14.90

We love LOM and their epic prints here at Rock n Roll Bride and their face masks are well made, comfortable and super freaking cool. The best part about these is the elastic goes around the back of your head, rather than your ears, which makes them much more comfortable to wear.

Unfortunately, these stunning rainbow beauties sold out almost immediately but I’m hoping Megan makes more soon because I NEED that top one!

Millie’s Masks, £5.95 – £9.95

The brainchild of Jo of The Couture Company and her daughter Millie, who started making masks because she needed something to keep her entertained while off from school. Their story hit the headlines which has enabled Jo to pivot her bridal business during the pandemic to making these awesome patterned masks.

Isolated Heroes, £15

Another Rock n Roll Bride favourite! Isolated Heroes makes the BEST sequined and sparkly clothes, and they’ve bought that same sparkle to their sequinned masks. This ivory one with gold stars would be perfect for a bride!

Lirika Matoshi, $50

These are definitely a more spendy option at $50 a pop, but they’re SOOO damn pretty and would be perfect for a wedding day splurge.

Jazzy Garms, £12
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For Women Who Wear the Trousers: The Evolution of Bridal Jumpsuits

Gone are the days (thank the lord) of brides wearing what is expected of them. Dwindling is the era of big puffy dresses and five-hour wedding breakfasts. The change in bridal trends over the last few years has been rapid and fearless. But what has made us buck tradition quite so boldly? We spoke to Hannah Ollichon of iconic British bridal jumpsuit brand, House of Ollichon, all about it

There are the obvious answers to why bridal fashion is changing so much; social media’s exposure to ‘different’ options, inspiring influencers who have encouraged us to be more ‘us’ and numerous celebs who have donned the trousers down the aisle like a boss – Solange Knowles, Sophie Turner and Vogue Williams for starters.

However, there are many other contributors that have encouraged the rise of the bridal jumpsuit and cemented the fact that trousers will live on in bridal fashion. And, it will come as no surprise that we are here for it!

Statistically we are getting married later in life. The average age of a single woman getting married is now 30/31 years old, whereas in 1971 the average was 22/23 years**.

By the time we wed, our careers (and often earnings) have flourished. We therefore depend less on mum and dad to pay for our big day, which reduces the pressure to wear something more mum than more you.

Women are prioritising comfort and freedom in what they wear over vanity.
Marrying later may mean babies arrived before bling. Nowadays 48% of all newborns are born to parents who are not married*. Believe me, running around after a toddler (which will still happen whatever day it is) with a huge train is not easy! Another example, and something we regularly hear, is the desire to wee alone rather than having three bridesmaids hold up your train while you squat over the loo.

Our priorities have changed; lots of couples would prefer to get tipsy in the pub and have a whacking great deposit for their first home rather than a plush wedding and continue to rent a property. As of 2016, only 24% of weddings were religious ceremonies*. Move over the traditional church and make way for the registry office, garden party, restaurant luncheon, festival, boat party occasions – all far more appropriate to wear something cool and comfy over layers and layers of tulle and a restrictive corset.

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In Hot Pur-Suit: Alternative Wedding Suit Ideas for Men

As a bride-to-be, you’ve probably spent hours trawling websites, blogs and magazines in search of your dream bridal gown – and in some ways it’s easy. Everyone’s talking about them, everyone’s sharing the latest trends, everyone’s pretty much obsessed with what the bride will wear. Err… But what about the boys? If your man has be struggling with what he’s going rock on his special day, then hand your laptop over to him for a second. Dude, we got you. Regular contributor to Rock n Roll Bride magazine, Alex Smith, has tried out all the wedding suit options you could possible think of … So you don’t have to.

I was having a conversation with a close friend recently about suits for his wedding. He said ‘it’s all too complicated, I don’t know where to go, or how to do it, I’ll probs just let my wife pick or go and hire it from the place we got our prom suits.

Just two weeks later, that friend… was dead! Not really, but with that attitude towards his suit for his wedding day, and the fact that he uses the word ‘probs’ in actual verbal conversation means that he is dead… to me. Also, just so you know for my prom I wore a white tuxedo jacket, black trousers, and dyed my hair black, but had an allergic reaction to the dye. I became the new punchline to “What’s white, black and red all over?” I bet that sunburnt zebra is laughing it up somewhere, smug prick.

Picking a suit for your wedding is extremely difficult, there are absolutely tonnes to choose from. Last time I was in Topshop there were about 30 different types of suit, and three guys in the store, so that’s 10 different types of suit per person, which means globally there are over 70 billion different suits in the world. Don’t look at that statistic like that, Katie Melua told you there were 9 million bicycles in Beijing in 2005 and you’re still rolling it out as a definitive fact, but you have a problem with my 70 billion suits?

Either way, the choice can be overwhelming, and part of that confusion comes from how you are going to acquire the suit. Much like that thing that seems like it would be fun, but will probably destroy your marriage: it’s a three way. Three different choices: Rented, Bought and Custom Made.

I figured the best way to be able to talk you through all the different processes, would be to actually go and do them. So, a few companies generously offered to take me through the process and lend us some suits to show you what you can expect from each different level.

Rent – Moss Bros – £59

Fifty-nine pounds! I mean you could buy 5900 penny sweets for that, or 59 pound sweets, OR almost 6 £10 sweets, but if you’re paying ten pounds for one sweet then I imagine your budget stretches way beyond this, you fancy bitch.

There are thousands of places that rent out suits, I chose Moss Bros because they are everywhere, near enough every high street I’ve ever walked down; there’s a Moss Bros, every shopping centre; there’s a Moss Bros, that time you were walking down a dark alley and you thought you heard another set of footprints; that was a Moss Bros!

The Process

The process is pretty straight forward, you go into a store and say: “Good morning, fine sir or madam (pick one don’t say both) I am looking to hire a suit”.

They will then show you a multitude of options of 40 or so different suits, many of which are made by Moss Bros, but also FCUK, Ted Baker and more (here I have cleverly used ‘and more,’ to mask the fact that I am unaware of any others – journalism!)

Then they’ll do this fun thing where they look at you in a slightly judgmental way and pick up the size that they think you are – act impressed it’s a party trick that they are extremely proud of. They will get it wrong sometimes, and if you are one of the people they get it wrong on then be gentle when breaking the news, imagine watching a sword swallower finish his act and then you see his pancreas has fallen out, you don’t want to scream it at him, it’s important everyone stays calm and sensitive to the situation.

On top of hiring the suit, you can hire shirts, ties, waistcoats, pocket square, even a cummerbund. The cummerbund was adopted by British military after seeing men wearing them during the colonialisation of India. But I find if you don’t spend too much time thinking about its ghastly origin, then it does look nice and works as a great way to keep your gut sucked in.

Why Rent?

To be blunt, this one comes down to cost. If you’re trying to keep things tight then only having to spend 50 odd quid on your suit is extremely reasonable.  You go and grab it a couple of days before and drop it off a couple of days afterwards, job done. On top of that the suits are exactly the same as the ones that you can buy for substantially more, you just have to try and ignore the fact that another man’s junk has been in them before, although knowing your future wife, you’re used to ignoring that HAAAYOOOOOO!!!! – I genuinely apologise, Janine’s a lovely girl.

I personally wanted to keep my wedding suit and with renting that is not an option – unless you skip the country – but I can’t condone that. Also, you do not have the option to edit the suit in anyway, it can’t be taken in, out, up, down, I suppose you could wear it inside out like The Fresh Prince, if you’re having a 90s theme – but I can’t condone that. Moss will get you the best fit possible, but it simply won’t be as good as something altered to you.

I would say that renting is the perfect option for groomsmen, each guy can go in to whatever Moss Bros they are closest too, be fitted, collect, and return the suit. It is so simple, cheap and easy… Much like Janice – HAAAAYYYYOOOO. Again, I’m so sorry for that, she’s charming.

Buy – ASOS – £125

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Katya Katya London: A New Name, A New Flagship Store & A Brand New Collection!

My friends at Katya Katya London have been very busy indeed. Formally Katya Katya Shehurina they’ve not only given their name an update, but they’ve been busily designed their stunning new collection and they’re opening a brand new swanky flagship store in Chelsea THIS WEEK!

To celebrate I am thrilled to not only be sharing their new ‘Morning Mist’ collection with you but to share you a very special, exclusive offer just for Rock n Roll Bride readers!

The new boutique sure is pretty…

The ‘Morning Mist’ Collection is split into two sections – bridal and occasionwear (perfect for those Christmas parties or if you’re a colour-loving bride).

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Candy Shop Collection by Katya Katya Shehurina

It’s been a long time since I’ve published an article just about one designer and their latest launch, but that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve loved a collection as much as this one! Latvian designer Katya Katya Shehurina is known for her bohemian inspired wedding dresses but this year she wanted to design something for wedding guests too.

I was so lucky to wear one of these stunning dresses to Helen’s wedding earlier this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many compliments on an outfit EVER.

Katya has continued her love affair with the softest lace and tulle for this collection, but the colours are what really make it stand out from the crowd. Each gown comes in a cotton candy colour palette, they’re sweet enough to give you a tooth ache!

Beautiful necklines, elegant and flattering silhouettes, the softest tulle… This collection will provide the perfect injection of girly colour to a wedding. While it’s officially an occasion-wear collection but that doesn’t mean bridesmaids or even a bride couldn’t wear one..!

Here’a a few of my favourites from the range.

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Smarties

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Ten Alternative Buttonhole Ideas

Buttonhole: Bloomologie

Why should girls have all the fun? Today Kate Beavis of Magpie Wedding is here to share some unique, alternative buttonhole ideas that your boys will actually really want to wear.

Often when planning the flowers for your wedding day, it can be easy to focus on the bridal bouquet and table decorations. Don’t forget about the boys’ buttonholes though! There are so many great ideas, and they can really add personality to their wedding day attire. Why not go for something brighter and bolder than a simple rose?

Here are some of my favourite designs to inspire you.

1. Buttons

Buttonhole: Charlotte Laurie Designs

How about using buttons to create a flower shape? The best part is you can choose the key colours from your overall wedding theme and incorporate them easily. You could even take it on step further and use the same colours in their accessories like the tie and braces. Layering different colours together will give a 3D effect, which you’d expect from a real flower, and patterned designs will create something really playful.

2. Paper

Buttonhole: Flipside Bride

If you’re having a paper flower bouquet (or even if you’re not!) paper is a great, and cheap, material for buttonholes. The pattern on the paper will also really add to the design. For something pretty you could use a floral pattern, but what about something bolder such as comic book pages or vintage maps? Even better if this matches your theme! Finish the flower with a simple button or some beaded felt for the leaves to included some different textures.

3. Brooches

Buttonhole: Maddison Rocks Floral Sculpture

Adding jewellery to a buttonhole doesn’t need to look feminine. These bird brooches are perfect for an outdoor, springtime, vintage-inspired wedding. For a rockabilly theme why not look for an anchor brooch, or for a steampunk theme you could use cogs and wheels!

4. Felt

Buttonhole: Charlotte Laurie Designs

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How to Find a Plus Size Wedding Dress for Under £150

‘Flora’ by Chi Chi London, £74.99

For many brides, the dress shopping experience is one of the most exciting times of planning a wedding. Getting together with a gaggle of girlfriends, swooning over all the pretties hanging on the rails, experiencing that magical moment when you find ‘the one’ and (hopefully) making everyone cry! Brides have been buying their wedding dresses this way for a very long time, hell I even did it, and I loved every moment.

However the 2017 bride has way more choice and shopping for a wedding dress doesn’t have to be the same experience that it’s always been. In fact recent reports suggest that brides are choosing to spend less money on their wedding dress in a bid to focus their financial efforts elsewhere – on say, buying a house, or starting a family.

The media loves to blast the wedding industry for over-inflated prices and outrageously expensive wedding dresses. Don’t worry, this article is not another one of those! While I have always championed not going into debt for your wedding, and the fact that if you don’t want to spend a lot to get married you don’t have to, I am also of the belief that quality costs money for a reason (higher quality of fabrics, hand made techniques that take a lot of time etc). However if you can’t, or don’t want to, spend a mortgage payment on your wedding dress, there have never been more budget-friendly alternatives available to you than right now!

Another thing I’m hearing more and more from my readers is the struggle that plus size brides are having marrying (boom boom!) a more cost effective wedding dress option with something that fits (and suits!) them. I mean, the Topshop bridal collection was lovely and all, but was pretty much exclusively aimed at women under a size 12 IMHO.

So today, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite plus size inclusive bridal brands that not only make dresses that will look amazing on you whatever your shape or size, but they’ll keep your wallet happy too!

‘Carmen’ by Chi Chi London, £64.99

Voodoo Vixen‘s curve line ranges from 1XL-4XL (UK sizes 16-26) and includes a number of adorable bridal dresses. Unfortunately not all of their occasion dresses are available in their curve sizes, but their prices are incredibly reasonable, starting from just £60!

Chi Chi London have been a Rock n Roll Bride favourite for a while now, and with good reason. Their dresses are cute, great quality and insanely affordable. PLUS, after noticing that more and more brides on a budget were rocking their dresses for their weddings, they have just released an actual wedding collection meaning there is now more choice than ever! While not every style is available in every size, their curve collection does goes up to a UK size 26. 

Vivien of Holloway, one of the original purveyor of reproduction retro style dresses, have been offering a bridal range for many years. Their stunning satin gowns start from £99 and are done by measurements, rather than standard sizing. The largest size they offer is a 46 in bust and a 38 in waist.

Monsoon‘s wedding dress collection might not be priced at under £150 (they’re more like £250-£500, so still a great price!) but did you know they also go up to a size 22 in a lot of their gowns? Perfect for the babe who wants something a bit more bohemian in style.

‘Flora’ by Chi Chi London, £74.99

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Stop Everything! Missguided Are Now Doing Wedding Dresses

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Brides on a budget its time to rejoice, yet another high street brand is hopping on the affordable wedding dress train.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Missguided are following the likes of ASOS, ModCloth, Monsoon and Phase Eight and launching their own wedding dress line. And you don’t have to wait very long either because they’ve be available to buy this week!

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They say: “The exclusive 9 piece collection uses soft silks, luxury sequins, delicate lace and beaded embellishment to create head-to-toe statement gowns. From signature floor-skimming white dresses to an exclusive sequin side-split high-lo this is one cool girl bridal collection.”

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Needle & Thread’s Debut Bridal Range!

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Floral Gloss Top, £200
Bridal Tulle Maxi Skirt, £105

British clothing brand Needle & Thread, known for their elegant embellishments and flowing tulle skirts, has just launched its very first bridal collection… And with prices starting at just £105 I don’t see them being available for very long! If any collection is sure to sell out lighting-fast it’s this one.

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Graphic Rose Maxi Dress, £350

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Chiffon Rose Gown, £550

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Ribbon Rose Top, £200
Ribbon Rose Maxi Skirt, £450

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Floral Gloss Gown, £850

The collection features short mini dresses, fashion-forward separates, and long, elegant gowns, all of which are perfect for Rock n Roll brides.

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Voluminous Tulle Skirt, £150

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No Boring Wedding Shoes Allowed!

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Christine Wehrmeier, full wedding here!

Looking for cute, quirky, comfortable and affordable shoes for your wedding can seem like an impossible dream. That is, until you discover Melissa. I’ve been a fan for years, ever since they did their first collaboration with Vivienne Westwood in 2008. In fact those shoes are still probably one of the most popular options for alternative brides. I bought myself a yellow pair with black hearts, and as someone who doesn’t wear heels, well ever, I was surprised at how comfortable they were!

This season Melissa are BACK with oodles of awesome footwear styles in tow. So many of them are perfect for brides and bridesmaids too that I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favourites with you.

The J.Maskrey for Melissa wedding line has just launched with two models precisely decorated with Swarovski crystals in the shape of fireworks. Whether you prefer heels or flats you need to own a pair.

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They also have a similar style, also designed by J Maskrey, which are available in white, black, pale pink and red. These would look awesome on bridesmaids!

J Maskrey ultra girl flats

The shoes that made Melissa a household name have got to be the heart shoes designed by Vivienne Westwood. The now infamous original design has been given a makeover for 2015, with the heart now being stamped with the Westwood logo. I’ve just ordered myself the sky blue and pink pair (shhh!) because they’re just too perfect to turn down! They cost £160, and for me, are worth every penny.

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Bridal Separates To Suit Every Style, Taste and Budget

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When I was at London bridal fashion week I was thrilled beyond belief to see so many designers offering separates. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful wedding dress, but I completely adore the idea of walking down the aisle in a skirt and top combo.

You can mix and match styles and really make your wedding day look your own. In fact, this year there are separates to suit every type of bride.

For the princess bride

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Body con dress (worn as a top): AQ/AQ
Skirt: Terani Couture
via Hello Fashion Blog

For the bride on a budget

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Free People Takes a Walk Down The Aisle With Their First Bridal Collection

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There are very few bridal designers that get me really, genuinely enthusiastic about their new collections. In fact I can probably count the ones that do on one hand. However when I met with Free People a few weeks ago and they told me they were dipping their toes into the water of bridal wear I was excited. Very, VERY excited.

Launched today, the collection in collaboration with the Australian brand Grace Loves Lace is just as beautiful as I hoped. Titled FPEverAfter, it comprises of 15 exclusive styles, including an assortment of limited edition dresses, jumpsuits and two-pieces.

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