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Is a Humanist Wedding Ceremony Right for You?

Photo: Alex Miller Photography

If you are reading Rock n Roll Bride then its highly likely that you’re dreaming having of an alternative wedding and if so, a humanist ceremony could be perfect for you. With a humanist wedding, each ceremony is created from scratch, so you know yours will be tailor-made to fit your style and personality.

What is a Humanist Ceremony?

Humanist wedding ceremonies are non-religious wedding ceremonies led by celebrants accredited by Humanists UK, who we are delighted to have partnered with on this article! If you don’t want a religious or register office ceremony, then this is going to be a great option for you.

The great thing about a humanist ceremony is that they can be totally personalised and feel very authentic to the couple getting married. There’s are no ‘must haves’ to consider which means you can make it as personal as you like, with your own vows and promises, poems, songs or even a spot of crowd-surfing! There’s also no time limit on the length of the ceremony which means you can incorporate all the traditions and symbolic acts that are meaningful to you.

Photo by Alexander Crane

In England and Wales, humanist weddings are not yet legally recognised which means you will need to also go and sign the bit of paper at the register office, but this can be done quickly and with very little fuss.

Humanist Ceremonies™ celebrants are full of creative ideas and your celebrant will be happy to work with you to put together a ceremony that is inclusive, unique, and unforgettable. The sky’s the limit! Their celebrants have overseen Chinese tea ceremonies, German ‘heart races’, ‘tying the knot’, ‘jumping the broom’, ‘warming the rings’, and much more.

Here are some unique ceremony ideas which you might want to consider for your own day…

1.      Tying the Knot

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How To Use CBD To Help Reduce Pre-Wedding Anxiety & Improve Your Skincare Routine

Cannabis leaf bouquet. Photo by Girl with the Tattoos. Full wedding featured here.

I’m pretty new to the CBD craze. Earlier this year, while I was going through a particularly difficult period with my mental health, I decided to give it a go after hearing it can help with stress and anxiety. I wasn’t quite at a stage where I felt like I wanted to get professional help, and I definitely didn’t want to take any medication, but I just felt I needed a little boost and I’d been told that CBD could potentially help.

If you’re a bride-to-be during the crazy year that has been 2020, then its quite likely that you’ve also experienced your own stresses and periods of heightened anxiety, too. With a million things to organise (and re-organise!) and a pandemic to contend with, its no wonder I’ve seen more of our readers than ever talking about just how stressed out they are about the whole thing.

Cannabidiol, or as you likely know it CBD oil, comes from the hemp plant (which does not have a psychoactive effect, meaning it won’t get you high) is now legal in the UK. It is hailed as a natural way to help with stress or anxiety AND can improve your skin – win, win if you’re planning a wedding!

I’m really pleased to be partnering with Cibdol – Europe’s leading supplier of CBD oil, capsules, topical agents and crystals – to share some products which may work for you.

CBD Oil 20%

My preferred method of taking CBD was through a dropper like this. You simply put a few drops under your tongue, hold it in your mouth for 20 seconds and it gets to work. Taking it in this way is a really fast and effective method and you feel the effects quickly. For me, this was perfect for bouts of anxiety.

Meladol

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Hire a World Class Show Band for your Wedding: Introducing Jam Hot!

Stuck at home? Need something to boogie to? Get ready to have the best kitchen dance party of your life because today I want to introduce you to Jam Hot, THE band you are going to want to hire for your wedding!

We all know having kick arse entertainment and performers at your wedding reception is one of the most important things to get right if you want your party to go OFF and Jam Hot are here to serve! They are an 8-21 piece band who wow audiences all over the world with their unique and spectacular live show… AND YES, THEY DO WEDDINGS TOO.

But they’re actually not just a band, they’re an experience; and the way you feel when you see them play will stay in your mind as one of the best nights of your life, they pretty much guarantee it!

Don’t believe me? Check out the below video and tell me I’m wrong!

During lockdown they’ve been performing up a storm in their own homes and sharing their socially distanced gigs every week via their Facebook page. You can check out the rest of the series here if you need some damn good vibes to accompany you today.

With glowing reviews from each and every client they’ve had the pleasure of working with (most of whom book them again for other events) it’s easy to see why they’re in high demand and touring the globe.

Here’s the crucial info:

Jam Hot is fronted by four fiercely talented lead vocalists, a super tight rhythm section, searing lead guitar solos, powerful 4-piece horn section and elegant live strings. The band is made up of world-renowned professional session musicians, all with extensive experience of performing at the most illustrious events including Glastonbury, the 2012 London Olympics, The ITV British Soap Awards and the Brit Awards!!

Members of the band have also performed alongside the likes of Emile Sande, Jess Glynne, Kano, Rudimental, James Arthur, Tinie Tempah, Brian May, UB40, Shayne Ward, The Drifters, Shola Ama and George Harrison.

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Got Everything but the Kitchen Sink? Win a Tattoo Sink from Olif!

When we renovated our kitchen in a month (remember that madness!? I’m still exhausted just thinking about it!) one of the parts I was most excited about was our copper sink and tap set from Olif. I seriously never imagined a sink could be as beautiful as the one that’s gracing our worktops right now.

And after living with it for just over a year, I can hand on my heart tell you, it’s still one of the most visually pleasing parts of our home.

You’ll find an utterly beautiful selection of sinks and taps from Olif including finishes in gold, copper, bronze, gunmetal, matt black and brass. Also available are matching sink and tap packs in a variety of finishes as well as mix and match sinks and mix and match taps.

They even have glass surrounded sinks which are available in a rainbow of colours. If, like me, you love to find unique and unusual elements to bring into your home then this is the brand for you.

Olif are seriously ahead of the curve when it comes to their designs. So, when they got in touch to tell me about their new range, Tattoo Sinks, I was super intrigued.

Inspired by the art of tattooing and a desire to allow their customers to personalise their homes, this new range gives you choice of ‘tattoo’ designs which can be inscribed into the drainer. They have three tattoo designs as standard (a rose, a motorbike or a dragon) OR, and this is the best part, you can upload your own creation too!

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Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas for Rock n Roll Brides

Charleen, $5693

If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you don’t want your wedding to be super traditional. Maybe you’re wearing a coloured gown, sashaying down the aisle to your favourite metal song or putting skulls on the tables instead of flowers. All of these things, and many more, are really fun yet fleeting ways to showcase your individuality. After all, once the wedding itself if over they won’t exist in your everyday life.

If you want a more permanent way to showcase that uniqueness as you go on into your marriage, then you might want to consider an engagement ring that feels more ‘you’ too.

Audrix Rustic Light Pink Diamond, $2750
Ava, $2550
Daymis, $1250

Ken & Dana Design, a family-owned and operated wedding jeweller (based in NYC but working with couples all over the world) have a HUGE selection of some of the most unique, alternative and beautiful engagement rings I’ve ever seen. I’m personally loving their range of nude, soft pinks and grey stoned rings, and a raw or rustic diamond gives a very different, much more subtle, overall look than a cut stone would. They’re often a much more affordable option too. I’m here for it!

Indira Radiant, $1800
Delilah, $1945
Delphine, $2450
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A Mini Bedroom Makeover with Etsy!

Unless you’re some kind of cave person, you’ll know all about the wondrous joy that is Etsy. Not only is it the perfect website to get one-of-a-kind, handmade or vintage pieces for your wedding, there’s is quite franky an offensive number of things I’d like to own from there for our home.

I’ve been using Etsy to find beautiful things for years and years from clothing to jewellery, vintage treasures, gifts, art prints and of course, homewares. I love being able to support independent, often female run, businesses in such an easy and accessible way. I also love that there’s always a new creative idea on there that you won’t necessarily find on the high street yet.

So, when Etsy themselves got in touch to ask if I’d like to take part in their new #DiscoverEtsy campaign I was thrilled! It’s given me the chance to show you some of my favourite and most recent buys, as well and open the floor up to you to join in! Keep reading to the end to find out how.

This is our bedroom as it currently looks. Honestly, it’s pretty bland, but I’m not mad about it. Although we’re big fans of colour in this house, I actually really like having a neutral bedroom. I think it helps me sleep better or something to not have lots of clashing colours! Plus, there’s something so opulent and even a little sophisticated about layering nudes, greys and different shades and tones of white on top of each other.

Currently we have a couple of pieces from Oh Squirrel as permanent residents in this room. Katie actually gifted us the K and G prints when we first moved in to our home, and the Let’s Stay in Bed cushion is the perfect addition to the bed.

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