Wedding favours get a bad rap but they are a great way to personalise your wedding tables. My M&M’s® offer an amazing personalisation service, where you can choose the colours of the chocolates to match your theme and then add a logo, phrase or even a photo to the top of them! I obviously had to try it out and I think our logo looks so cute on the pink M&Ms. Even Gareth was like “Oooh these have our logo on them!” when he saw them. Crowd pleaser all round.
However M&Ms don’t have to just be for wedding favours and so I wanted to share some alternative ideas for how you can use them in your wedding in a more creative way.
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.
One of the thing I’m most proud of with Rock n Roll Bride is our position to encourage brides to do whatever they want for their wedding. We’re not in the habit of passing judgement on who you marry, how you marry, and definitely not on how you spend your money. Want to drop £3000 on an incredible designer gown? Do it! Prefer to get something handmade by an independent British designer to your exact specifications? You go girl! Or maybe you’re the kind of babe who wants to run out to the high street and grab the first dress that takes your fancy? This is your wedding and you do it your way!
Using our position as an authority in all things alternative in the world of weddings is not something I take lightly. I am all about presenting the options and letting you and only you decide which is right for you. Which is why I’m thrilled beyond belief to have partnered with the amazing Collectif to exclusively share the launch of their very first bridal and bridesmaid collection with you!
Allyn Bridal Maxi Dress
Established in 2000, Collectif is one of the go-to vintage-inspired clothing brands anyway, so it’s even more exciting that they’re branching out into bridal. You know their style, you know their quality, and you know that their price points are really reasonable for the quality of the pieces. Plus, they’ve brought their world-renowned quirkiness into each design. I mean would you just look at this beauty. This Flora dress has to be one of my favourites!
Now I don’t know about you, but when I book a holiday I LOVE to research everything: All the best places to eat, the sites to see, and find out what the weather will be like so I know what to bring. Gareth, on the other hand, tends to leave packing to the last possible second, and doesn’t like to do much research, preferring to be surprised when he arrives somewhere. But what if I told you you could go on a holiday with your partner and BOTH know nothing about where you were going or what you were doing until you got there?
The best thing about doing a honeymoon like this is that you’ll both have that same feeling of excited anticipation about what might be in store for you. Remember how you used to feel as a kid on Christmas morning, wondering what Father Christmas might have got you? It’ll be just like that! You’ll wake up everyday wondering what you might be doing in the next 24 hours, but all with the peace of mind that someone else has carefully planned and organised everything on your behalf. Let’s be real, you have enough to plan with the wedding itself, take the stress out of organising the honeymoon too and let Blind Experiences do it all for you!
And you won’t be doing just be the usual tourist trail stuff too. Blind Experiences pride themselves on creating personalised itineraries for all of their holidaymakers filled with unconventional activities, hidden gems and roads less travelled.
Surprise is what keeps life interesting. It stimulates our imagination and keeps us on our toes, creating profound memories we’ll cherish forever. It also means you’ll get to experience new things that you might not have ever organised for yourself. And you’ll be doing it all together, on your first holiday of married life. Quite frankly, I cant think of anything more perfect.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Instead of booking your holiday in the usual way, contact Blind Experiences directly, letting them know your preferred travel dates, departure airport and budget.
Step 2: Next, they’ll ask you a series of questions to help them put together the most amazing holiday that you’re sure to love. Are you more of a beach person or a city break kinda couple? Do you like adrenaline sports or do you prefer cultural experiences? Are you happy to move around a lot or would you prefer to stay in one place for the entirety of your trip? They’ll ask about your passions, your previous travel experiences, and what your dream holiday looks like. They’ll get you to fill in a short questionnaire, schedule a Skype call and they’ll even speak to your friends and family to find out more about what kind of person you are and the things you love (and hate!) Rest assured, Blind Experiences go above and beyond to plan a vacation that they think you’ll really, really love!
There are two great life lessons I’ve learnt since embarking on our renovation project: Everything will take 1716 times longer than you hoped it would, and IKEA is basically brilliant. OK so I knew the latter already, but when you have people coming around for your first attempt at hosting Christmas Eve and you realise that morning that you haven’t got enough chairs for everyone… Well let’s just say I thank those Swedish home gods everyday that they decided to open a branch in Reading.
The thing is about IKEA though… Yes it’s affordable, yes they have every homeware basic you might possibly need to buy and hell yes their meatballs are inexplicably delicious, but a lot of it is a bit to simple, design-wise for my eclectic tastes.
But this has all changed with the introduction of the brand new OMEDELBAR range. The collection is described as a hybrid between goth and Hollywood glamour and as you can probably imagine I am all about that!
Created in collaboration with Bea Åkerlund, one of Sweden’s most sought-after stylists and costume designers who’s worked with the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, this 35-piece limited-edition collection includes everything a fashionista needs to show off their finest clothes and accessories.
The range, which launches this month, includes a leopard print rug, lip-shaped cushions and a super cool clear glass top hat vase. There’s black and white striped curtains and matching wallpaper as well as a giant gold clock, a bowl that looks like a crown, black lampshades with gold lining and the coolest faux leather armchair I’ve ever seen! With it’s black, red, white and gold colour scheme, this collection is definitely aimed at us babes who like to be daring with our home decor.
This chair is just the living end! I was worried when I ordered it that it might be a little big, but no, it is literally the most perfectly sized occasional chair.
The faux leather black fabric makes it super pet hair friendly (I have Maine Coons, I gotta think about these things!) and the design is really fun and, in parts, unexpected. I adore the curved legs, the stud detail and the corseted back! And as soon as I saw this lips pillow I KNEW I had to have one to put on the chair. It comes in two sizes, and this is the smaller version. I mean, how bloomin’ cute!?
Having a “blank canvas” wedding venue (where you can literally take control and do anything you heart desires!) is a dream for many alternative brides, but it can be somewhat overwhelming. Without any constraints it can be difficult to know where to start! So today, in partnership with the fabulous JJ Media Group, I’m here to give you an idiot’s guide on how to do it!
Work out your budget carefully
You might think that opting for a blank canvas venue would save you a lot of cash BUT that’s not always the case. Make sure you check with your venue what is and is not included in the hire fee. If you have to start bringing in things like furniture, lighting, portable bathrooms and external catering companies it can actually end up being a much more costly exercise.
Reign those ideas in
It can be tempting to go wild and bring in any and every idea you have, but if might end up looking more like a hot mess than wedding. Picking a few key ideas or motifs will (usually, there are always exceptions to every rule!) look a lot better than a lot of different things mashed together.
It’s tempting to jump in and buy everything you see and like right away, but try not to. Do your research first and really consider the look and feel that you’re hoping to achieve before you start spending money.