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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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The Ultimate Guide To Veils & How to Choose the Right One for You

Whether you think you want to wear one or not, I think every bride should try on at least one wedding veil. Like nothing else, veils have the power to completely transform your entire wedding day look and whatever kind of dress you’ve picked, you can totally rock one.

However there are so many different types of veils available that it can be a bit confusing and rather daunting when you start looking for one. Luckily, today we’ve partnered with Britten, experts in the field, who are here to demystify everything veil-related for us!

What are the different types of veil?

Single tier wedding veils

These are what most people imagine when asked to picture a veil. Single tier means that the veil flows from it’s attachment point (normally a comb) down the back. There is no blusher section of veil in front of the face.

Two tier wedding veils

This means that the veil includes a ‘blusher’ which can be pulled forward over the face. This is raised during the ceremony for the first kiss or at the exact moment you are married and is then swept back over the head to form a second layer at the back of the veil. Britten make their blushers 72cm long but they can be made to any length if requested.

Drop veils

This is a two tier veil with no gather at the top. They are often held in place with a headband or hair pins, rather than a comb.

Mantilla veils

This is a single tier veil with no gather at the top. Britten sew a comb to the top of each of theirs so they can be worn at the top of the head. They are also sometimes described as Spanish veils.

Juliet veils

These are where a ‘cap’ of material holds the veil in place. This is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England. It is believed the design dates to actors performing Juliet in the original performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Bandeau veils

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Design the Alternative Wedding Ring You’ve Always Wanted with CustomMade

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I don’t know about you, but looking for a truly unique engagement or wedding ring can be an almost impossible task. While there are plenty of awesome companies that do more alternative style rings and jewellery, getting something that loads of other alternative brides won’t have found too can be pretty tricky. Of course you can always go the vintage route, but what if you want something a bit more Rock n Roll than that?

Have you considered designing your own engagement or wedding ring? I bet you thought it was stupid expensive and difficult? Well it doesn’t have to be! Enter: CustomMade.

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CustomMade launched in 2015 with a simple, but ambitious mission: make the old-world luxury of a custom jeweller accessible to the modern consumer. Customer ideas and style are the inspiration for every piece they design. Their business has grown quickly as they manage a rapidly growing demand for one-of-a-kind jewellery. The team comes from years of experience in custom – also managing a large global marketplace for custom furniture, metalwork, and crafts. That’s why you’ll noticed furniture and home goods on the current CustomMade.com homepage.

CustomMade are experts in designing jewellery and so will walk you through each step of creating the perfect custom made engagement ring or wedding band – from sketch, to 3D model, to one-of-a-kind ring. Their Design Consultants will talk you through everything you need to know too, from trade offs between gemstones to determining the right ring size.

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Save 20% on Your 2017 Wedding at Wilton’s Music Hall!

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Music halls once covered London and many a sailor, toff and lady alike enjoyed the comforts of the entertainment offered. Today few music halls are left and Wilton’s Music Hall remains as the oldest surviving example in the world and a unique, award-winning Grade 2 listed building in the heart of the City of London.

If you’re looking for a really unique wedding venue then look no further than Wilton’s Music Hall. Saved from dereliction after an award-winning refurbishment, in 2015 they re-opened the doors and now welcome over 40,000 audience members a year to see a year-round programme of theatre and music.

A registered charity, their learning and heritage programmes also ensure the local community is at the heart of everything they do, whilst keeping the vibrancy of the music hall tradition alive for future generations. Their refurbishment was even recently featured on Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year.

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Their Mahogany and Cocktail Bars are much-loved destinations in their own right and serve a carefully selected range of beers, wines and spirits, locally sourced wherever possible. Their delicious menu of seasonal dishes and small plates is designed by in-house caterers, the Gatherers, and inspired by their distinctive heritage.

Hire of Wilton’s for a wedding includes the whole building including the bars, the Victorian staircase and the Hall with its Pinterest-worthy barley-twist columns, perfect for your ceremony and with plenty of space for dancing. As part of the hire, the building is closed to the public for the full day and is therefore a very exclusive opportunity with only a select number of dates available a year. All revenue Wilton’s makes from hires of their spaces go straight back into work with artists and the local community, and helps ensure the future of this extraordinary building.

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Planning a Wedding with Accessibility in Mind

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Preparing for one of the biggest days of your life can be as testing as it can be exciting, what with the multitude of things to think about. If you’re not organising the venue, you’re dreaming up your wedding invitations. If you’re not debating a dress with your mother, you’re talking your groom-to-be’s best man down from any eccentric goings on.

Additional accessibility needs can then add to your list of things to consider. Whether it’s you, your partner, or even some of your guests that require additional accessibility or mobility aids, making sure your wedding is suited to the needs of those attending is a must, to really make the most of the special day.

While accessibility has become a hot topic of conversation recently, there are still a number of locations and venues associated with weddings, that fail to provide enough accessible options to make your day as comfortable for everyone as possible. As such, mobility aid providers, Ability Superstore, have provided a few words of wisdom to help you plan your wedding with accessibility in mind.

Save the dates will come in handy

You’re engaged! Congratulations! There aren’t many occasions that make you feel as giddy as you do when your other half pops the question. Now, while you might think that sending a few save the date cards are just to let your nearest and dearest know when you plan on getting wed, you could in fact use it to find out about any accessibility needs.

Even if you don’t require any additional accessibility yourself, you might find that some of your guests might. With this in mind, create your guest list filled with those closest to you, and start filling in those ‘save the date’ cards. If you’re having your cards designed, you could add in a section that asks your guests if they have any accessibility needs. That way, you’re prepared well in advance, before the official invitations go out and before you have decided on your venue.

Don’t forget the plus ones! You don’t want to plan your wedding knowing that your guests don’t require any accessibility needs, only to the discover that their plus ones might. All it takes is asking your guests to think about their plus ones, too, when responding to your ‘save the date’ card.

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The various locations are key

Now that you know of any accessibility requirements both for the two of you and your guests, you can begin dreaming of your perfect wedding venue.

If you had any venues in mind beforehand, begin by doing a quick internet search to discover if they cater for accessibility. Bear in mind that if you’re looking to book an older venue, their accessibility might not be as obvious, so it’s always a good idea to get in touch with the venue to discuss your needs.

Reception venues and hotels

Think about reception locations, too. If you are planning on having a church wedding, for example, the chances are you will be throwing your reception in another venue nearby. As well as discussing the venue’s accessibility, you should also consider the distance between the wedding venue and the reception, as well as if there are any local taxis or car companies available to hire, should you or your guests need driving between the two.

Nearby hotels are well worth looking into, as well as their accessibility. Ideally, you would hope to find a hotel that meets your needs close by, but if not, transport may be required, especially after a night of dancing and celebrating!

Hen and stag dos

How about your hen and stag do? If you and/or your groom require extra accessibility when it comes to your ‘last night of freedom’, you don’t want to show up at the venue only to find they don’t cater to you or your guests’ needs. The same goes for your hen or stag do as it does the wedding venues; think about where you want to have it, and make the call to find out if they can provide the accessibility you need.

If you’re worried a night on the town isn’t going to be enjoyable, think about alternative ways to throw a party! From a weekend in a lodge to afternoon tea, a spa day to adrenaline fuelled activities, there’s plenty of ways to make the most of it without the worry of accessibility.

Top Tip: If you’ve spoken to managers of venues over the phone, don’t just take their word for it. Once they’ve said they can provide additional accessibility, book in a time to go and visit the venue, where they can show you what they can offer. You don’t want to be assured into thinking everything will be ok on the day, only to show up with little accessibility available.

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Money Saving Wedding Hack: Supermarket Flowers

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There’s no denying that all the little added extras can really bump up the cost of your big day. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while (or even if you haven’t!) you may have started to realise that just because you’re having a wedding doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Buying your dress from a high street store, having ‘pot-luck’ catering, asking guests to BYO booze… there are so many creative ways to help make your budget stretch further.

Flowers, however, can be a tough nut to crack. If you’ve been swooning over big fluffy peonies and extravagant rose bouquets, then you will have quickly discovered that these popular blooms come with a hefty price tag… And let’s be honest, not everyone wants to spend that much on something that only lasts a day. But just because you’re having a budget wedding doesn’t mean your flowers can’t look like a million bucks.

Did you know that Lidl offers fresh everyday flowers at a fraction of the price of well-known florists and even other supermarkets? If you’re planning to DIY your wedding flowers you may not have considered Lidl, but their extensive year-round offering and bunches available from 95p makes them the perfect alternative flower option for weddings.

So instead of dropping a huge amount of cash on your bouquets, why not pop to the supermarket before your wedding (Lidl flowers last 10 days or more) and spend a couple of evenings with your bridesmaids, a couple of bottles of prosecco and embrace your inner florist!? Don’t worry about making them too perfect either, having an undone, homemade vibe is all part of the charm!

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