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Rock n Renovation: Out With the Old, In With the New

There’s something about moving into a new home that makes you want to finally replace those things you own that have really had their day. You might have made do with the slightly past it sofa in your old house, but there’s nothing like a brand new setting to make you realise how desperately it needs updating.

Since moving in we have updated no less than three major things: Our saucepans (which we’d got as a wedding present nearly 10 years ago – definitely time to go!), my chest of drawers (my old, secondhand one really didn’t suit my very exacting plan for my office – ha!) and most recently, our mattress.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Gareth and I have only ever owned one mattress and we got it when we first moved in together, oh over 12 years ago! So when Guru Mattress got in touch and asked if we wanted to try out one of their memory foam ones, we jumped at the chance!

Their revolutionary “bed in a box” arrived this week, and after unpacking it and letting it air out for a few hours, we excitedly put it into our bed, ready to test it out.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like sleeping in a cloud? Well that’s what this mattress is like! Funnily enough in my former life (pre-Rock n Roll Bride!) I was a producer for a shopping TV channel and we sold A LOT of memory foam mattresses so I could bore you to death about all the features and benefits… But let me just say this, YOU WILL HAVE THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP OF YOUR LIFE.

Sleeping in memory foam is like your bed giving you a cuddle. It supports every part of you, moulding to your shape, and you don’t get any of the lumpiness that you can with the pocket sprung variety. The only problem is it’s REALLY hard to get up in the morning!

Another nice touch is they have removable, washable covers. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always find it kinda gross that you can’t really wash a ‘normal’ mattress!

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Your Dream Wedding Dress Awaits: Win £500 to Spend with Chotronette!!

Chotronette for Rock n Roll Bride magazine, photographed by Devlin Photos

Chotronette are amazing. There really is no other way I can start this post, because it’s true. Their dresses are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of wedding dresses!) and their price points are, quite frankly, offensively affordable.

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot some of these Romanian designers’ gowns in for Rock n Roll Bride magazine too, and I can attest to the fact that the quality is fantastic. They’re just as stunning and magical in person, yep they’re everything you dream that your alternative wedding dress could be.

To celebrate the launch of their brand new collection, I’m partnering with Chotronette to give you the chance to win £500 to spend on their website! The only difficult part is going to be choosing which gown you’d go for.

How about this incredible purple beauty?

Or this rainbow skirted dream of a gown?

This is the first dress of theirs I ever saw online and I was immediately smitten. It’s magical.

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Take the Hassle Out of Wedding Dress Shopping with House of Webb’s New Online Boutique (+ Exclusive Reader Discount!)

Taking inspiration from iconic fashion of previous eras, the House of Webb have been using traditional couture tailoring techniques to create timeless bridal wear for the past 15 years. The finest fabrics are perfectly cut, precisely fitted and beautifully finished to make unique bridal gowns and wedding ensembles by their in-house design team in Coventry, UK.

However, with the launch of their brand new innovative online boutique service, now any bride can experience having a custom made couture-finished wedding dress, wherever you are in the world!

The process to getting your very own wedding dress made is surprisingly simple. After you’ve created an account all you have to do is put in your name, wedding date, delivery address, measurements (they can will help you if you need it) and your design choice, including any additional requirements you might have. They will then conduct an online consultation where you discuss your ideas for your dream dress. You can change anything you like from the length, neckline, colour and embellishments. The only limit is what you can dream up! Once you have settled on your final dress design, they will send you a quote.

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Lucy Can’t Dance: Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses for Alternative Babes!

Lucy Can’t Dance is fast becoming one of my favourite independent British bridalwear designers. Not only are all her gowns designed and handmade in the UK but her style is quirky, edgy and really different from anything else I’ve seen. Want a wedding dress with fringing cascading off the sleeves, one with a sheer bodice covered in delicate applique roses, or one dip dyed in the colour of your choice? Lucy Can’t Dance has you covered!

I’m so excited to share her brand new collection, and the accompanying film, with you today. I know you’re going to love it just as much as I do!

These are wedding dresses for alternative babes who want something non-traditional to wear on their wedding day. If your style is more bohemian, vintage and edgy, you are going to love them! Using  colourful dip dye effects, beautiful laces and intricate details, Lucy loves to give her brides the chance to wear an elegant dress with an eccentric twist.

The best part is while she has a collection of dresses to choose from, every one can be altered and customised to suit your own individual style. Necklines, fabrics, colours and details can all be changed to give you your perfect dress. All of their dresses are handmade in their tropical themed studio in Essex. They offer appointments for you to go and try their creations on.

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How to Find The Best Entertainment for Your Wedding

If there’s one thing that will really add the wow factor to your reception, it’s a kick ass band. If you want a true party atmosphere then live music really can’t be beaten. But how do you go about finding the right band for your wedding? How do you know what to look for? How do you know if you’re getting a good deal?

Do your research

Ask your married friends, browse blogs and Facebook groups, and Google your heart out! The internet will definitely be your best friend when it comes to finding a band for your wedding and most live musical acts will have videos or audio files of their performances on their websites so you can actually listen to them before you get in touch. If possible, see if they’re doing any gigs near you soon too so you can go and see them perform before you book too.

Repertoire

One you’ve narrowed your search down to a few of your favourites, it’s really important to then drill down and ask yourself what kind of band you really want or need. Not every band will be able to perform every style of music (in fact the best ones will probably only do one, or maybe two styles really well). I mean, you wouldn’t book a vintage swing band and expect them to be able to thrash out some Rammstein would you?!

Use live entertainment portals

Directory websites that list entertainers of all styles, locations and budgets are easy to come across online and one of the best I’ve found is LastMinuteMusicians.com. On this one site you can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies. You can search by style, budget and location too which will really help you narrow down your search to only the performers that are right for you.

With over 2600 acts listed, their huge selection includes everything from acoustic soloists to swing singers, Bollywood performers to cabaret bands! They even list some non-musical performers such as caricaturists, magicians and even sound engineers. No matter how traditional and romantic, or extravagant and unique your wedding theme is – you’re sure to find the perfect live entertainment in the Last Minute Musician’s directory.

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Custom Made, Handcrafted Men’s Shoes Without the Enormous Price Tag

Regular Rock n Roll Bride magazine columnist, Alex Smith, is here to talk wedding shoes for men… And why the right shade of brown isn’t always that easy to find.

It took me almost a year to get my wedding suit to the point where I was completely happy with it, but I hadn’t even begun to think about shoes. You may not know this, but shoes have rules! No black with blue, no brown with black (unless it’s tan) no orange with anything… What goes with what even comes down to what shade of the colour something is. You will find yourself standing in a store shopping for a pair of brown shoes, holding a pair of brown shoes and saying to yourself “I want brown shoes, just not this brown, and also not that brown.” Of course, the answer to finding shoes that match perfectly with your suit is to have them custom made, but if I had thousands of pounds to spend on my feet, I’d be travelling everywhere by engine powered rollerblades like any other sane individual.

However before you start thinking that your feet are too expensive to maintain and start hacking your leg off at the ankle, may I introduce you to Undandy.

Undandy specialise in custom made, handcrafted dress shoes for the ‘sartorially inclined modern gentleman,’ I’ll pause here while you google the world ‘sartorially.’ Done? OK great. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that your shoes are important on your wedding day. Some of you may be saying “Well Alex, my partner and I are actually getting married on a beach in Guinea so I won’t be wearing shoes.” You’re an adult, put some shoes on, plus you don’t want sand between your toes for the reception. The least forgivable thing to be thinking at this point is “Oh, I don’t need to get new shoes for the wedding, I’ve got my ‘smart shoes’.” If you look through your shoe cupboard, or rack dependent on how you live your life, and you see a pair and think “those are my smart shoes,” please go ahead and burn those shoes, I can picture them and they’re disgusting.

I find when I go shopping for shoes for a specific outfit, for example if I already own the suit, I am always settling with shoes that are ‘just about right,’ or ‘ish the right shade,’ well let me tell you, your wedding day is not the day to feel like you’ve settled, trust me!

Undandy have an incredible 3D design tool on their website where you can personalise exactly the shoe or boot that your heart most desires. You want a bright blue suede and red patent leather loafer with yellow stitching? Then Undandy have got your back. I have spent hours on the tool, it is super easy to use and I have designed about 30 pairs of shoes and added them all to my ‘watch list.’ I’ve decided that I’m going to take up being a nudist and spend all my money on custom shoes instead. I’ll be the person in a prison holding cells with by far the most stylish feet.

Okay, so let me take you through how it works:

1. Pick if you want a shoe or a boot.
Shoe styles: Oxford, Derby, MonkStrap or Loafer
Boot styles: Standard, Chukka or Chelsea Boot.

2. Select the ‘last,’ which is the tip of the shoe.
Styles: Puff Toe, Bold Claw Toe and Round Toe.

3. Decorate: Whole cut, cap toe, half brogue or full brogue look.

4. Choose the material. Each section of the shoe can be in a different colour and material if you want.
Material: Leather (Patent and Standard), Suede and Canvas

5. Finish off with picking the colour of the laces and the stitching!

6. For an extra flourish, you can engrave the sole of the shoe. You could go romantic with your initials as a couple, or the date of the ceremony or send subtle messages to the people you didn’t want to invite, maybe kick up a heel during the ceremony to reveal. “Get lost Auntie Carol!”

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