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How to Choose Your Wedding Perfume (The Rock n Roll Bride Way)

When I got engaged I was completely perplexed at the impetus put on choosing your wedding perfume. Sure, we all know smells are lovely and that scent is the strongest sense associated with memory so therefore nice perfume = nice wedding day memories all flooding back when you wear the same one again… But there were hundreds of articles about it seemingly everywhere I looked.

I like smelling good as much as the next regularly showering person, but do I think it’s the be all and end all of wedding memory perfection? I do not. HOWEVERRRRRR, I’m not a complete anarchist so I do have some (hopefully nice and realistic) pieces of advice for picking what you’re going smell like on your wedding day.

Know your tastes

My advice for choosing which perfume to wear is shockingly similar to pretty much all my advice surrounding planning your day your way, JUST PICK STUFF YOU LIKE.

But seriously, if you usually don’t wear any perfume at all there’s no reason why you now need to turn yourself into an expert perfumer just because you’re getting married. If you usually wear something quite masculine then this is where you ought to start (my go-to is Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot which is actually a unisex scent but I am OBSESSED with it) or if sweet, girly perfumes are your jam then check out Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. I’m also a big fan of the body spray, not gonna lie. Impluse have just bought out a load of new fragrances and they’re cheap as anything. A great way for experimenting with scent without spending your entire wedding budget on it.

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A Free Wedding Event at the Town Hall Hotel, London

Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel is a real hidden gem. From the original art deco interiors, the dramatic marble staircases, original wooden panelled rooms and their very own ceremony chambers, its the perfect spot for the wedding of East London-loving urban dwellers. The entire place has been sympathetically restored in its original art deco finery so stepping through those grand front doors really is a little bit like stepping back in time.

On Sunday 10th March they are hosting a wedding open day where you can go along, chat to their team, have a guided tour and meet some of their recommended suppliers. They include  Grace & Thorn, Indecco (florists), Holly Clarke Cake Design, the Wedding Smashers (DJs), Photo Bot (photo booth), A Piece of the Party (videographer) Nicole Reynolds (pianist) and Blow Ltd (hair & make up).

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Sack The Cheesy Wedding DJ & Hire Disco Wed Instead!

It’s no massive surprise that the right music and entertainment at a wedding is CRUCIAL to have a party that goes off with a bang. However if you’re not the kind of people that go to a lot of gigs and you don’t happen to have a DJ BFF, it can be difficult to know how to find people to perform at your wedding. We had a terrible band at our wedding over a decade ago because we simply didn’t give the choosing of them enough time and attention (I actually think my parents went to a wedding where they played and said they were ‘alright’ so we we’re like “Sure, lets just book them and get it ticked off our list”. Big mistake, huge!)

However one party where the music absolutely did not suck was my book launch last month. We had my friend Paddy of Disco Wed play and he’s SO GREAT that I wanted to share him with you so bad wedding entertainment doesn’t have to happen to you too!

Paddy is only genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve met in this industry and he is super passionate about music so he’s just the kind of guy you’ll want to leave this important part of the to. Never intending to become a ‘wedding DJ’, he started his career playing festivals and nightclubs, bringing his trusty Disco Shed along for the party (and yes, it’s a real shed that he plays out of!) It was only a matter of time until someone asked him if he did weddings and so, Disco WED was born.

“My aim has always been to provide the perfect service for cool couples wanting something more credible and contemporary than the typically naff wedding DJ”, Paddy says. “We concentrate on:

– Playing great, accessible, non-cheesy or cliched wedding party music
– Mixing seamlessly as you would hear in a club and no cheesy mic chat
– Using great-looking and sounding kit, and no tacky looking set-ups
– Providing a friendly, relaxed, and straightforward service from beginning to end

We love working with couples on their music choices, and are happy to have as much or as little input as they want on their playlist. The aim is to help them know they can relax in the knowledge they’re in safe hands, and can trust us to give them a brilliant party to end the biggest day of their lives.

All our DJs are friends, so completely understand the level of service expected of them when playing for Disco Wed. Everyone has a background in the music business – in bands, running record labels, or as DJs and promoters – so we’re ‘proper’ DJs first and foremost, not just doing it as a hobby for some extra cash.”

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Putting the Win in Wine: Win Four Bottles of Your New Favourite Rosé Wines from Wine Chat!

There’s not many things in life better than wine… except of course FREE wine! Which is why I’m so excited to have partnered with Wine Chat, purveyors of the most delicious (and most awesomely illustrated bottles of) wine in all the land.

Wine Chat is a collaboration between Boutinot Wines (they make wines from all over the world, and have winemakers based in France, Italy and South Africa) and Veronica Dearly, who uses her witty sense of humour and super creative skills to illustrate the labels.

Their Pink AF Pinot Grigio Rosé (available at Morrisons for £7.50 a bottle and on offer in February down to £6!) has been my go-to ever since it was launched last year, and not just because my bestie Veronica illustrated the bottle.

They wanted to do a range of wines that was completely different to the boring, stuffy wine labels that you normally see. They wanted to develop wines that would talk to the everyday wine drinker rather than the wine expert, hence the front labels are jovial and funny, and the back label is chatty as well as informative (and speaks in a language we actually understand). The wine is still always great quality too – even my dad, Mr Wine Connoisseur, loved it at my book launch party!

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How To Get the Best Out of Attending a Wedding Show

Going to your first wedding show can be a daunting experience. However, if you’re properly prepared and you go in with an open mind they are really, really fun! One of my very favourite alternative wedding shows is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza which is taking place on March 16th & 17th in Birmingham. I’ll be there signing books and showcasing our brand-new veil collection with Crown and Glory (it’s the only wedding show you’ll be able to see these beauties in-person this season) so I hope to see lots of your beautiful faces there!

Arrive early

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza kicks off at 12pm on the Saturday and 11am on the Sunday and run until 4 or 5pm. They are always busiest at around the mid-way point. If you’re an early bird I would absolutely recommend getting up and arriving as close to opening time as you can. That way you’ll have the most time possible to be able to see everything and you can go and see any favourites before it gets really crowded.

Wear comfortable shoes

There will be a lot of walking and standing around so be sure to wear something comfortable – especially on your feet! For less able-bodied babes, The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza’s venues (Fazeley Studios and The Bond which are right over the road from each other) are completely accessible so there’s no worries there either.

Bring some essentials

Snacks, a notepad and pen to jot down ideas/ contact information, cash and/or your debit card and, of course, your BFF or partner to enjoy the show with! There are food trucks at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza where you can grab a quick bite, but I always like to come prepared with my own soft drinks and snacks just in case! If you are working to a specific colour scheme it might be a good idea to being swatches too so you can see if the items you like will work with your overall vision.

Go with an open mind

The very best thing about attending an in-person event rather than doing everything entirely online is that you may find ideas or suppliers that you never would have found through your searches on the interwebs. Although obviously you probably have a good idea of the specific things you’re after, be sure to look and everyone’s stands and talk to as many of the exhibitors as you possibly can. You may be pleasantly surprised at what’s on offer and find things you never would have thought of yourself.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Caterer

When it comes to keeping your guests happy, there’s one thing that will do the job more than anything else – jolly good grub. It’s no wonder that food and drink tends to be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding either, you’re literally buying dinner for 100 of your nearest and dearest (if ever you need inspiration to cull your guest list a bit, this is it right?!)

Unless you’re after a very specific style of catering such as kosher or food trucks, a lot of catering companies will be able to work with you to to provide exactly the sort of food you want. Today I wanted to introduce you properly to the amazing caterers that worked on my book launch party, Party Ingredients, and tell you all about them because they were quite frankly FANTASTIC. If you’re getting married in London or the Home Counties, you absolutely need to consider them for your day.

With over 40 years experience in event’s catering, nothing was too much trouble for Kate and her team. As we were having a casual party menu we went for an interactive canapé station, where the chefs prepared everything in front of us. We had the most delish mini sliders (venison, fish and vegetable) served in rainbow buns (!) and they even did gluten-free options especially for my GF husband. Next up was a raw and natural station serving tuna carpaccio, queen scallops, mushroom, truffle and white radish, spiralised courgette and baby vegetables all served on broad bean blinis or teardrop spoons (SO FANCY!) For dessert we were wowed by fruit, Turkish Delight, gin truffles and fudge dipped in chocolate and frozen in front of us on in dry ice!

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