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Shoes to Stomp Down the Aisle in: Alternative Bridal Footwear by Charla Tedrick

If you’re the kind of gal who’s more likely to sport a pair of New Rocks rather than Manolo Blahniks on your wedding day then look stop what you’re doing immediately because have I found THE wedding shoes for you.

Be warned: These ain’t for the faint-hearted. The’re not for delicate flowers who want to look effortlessly elegant and classical on their wedding day. In fact they are about as far from traditional as you can get… And, of course, I love them!

After more than a decade of designing for other companies such as Betsey Johnson and Jeffrey Campbell x Hello Kitty, Charla Tedrick decided to finally follow her lifelong dream of having her own design studio. So she started her own company and her self-named brand was born!

Having just got married (we featured her wedding last week!) she decided that she wanted to introduce her brand with a limited edition bridal range as she found the options so limited when she was searching for wedding shoes for herself. The brand’s main line collection of Rock n Roll speciality footwear for everyday wear will be available from September 2017!

“As a recent bride myself, I experienced firsthand how limiting the offering can be
when searching for unique and original footwear for the wedding”, she says. “Having a few friends battling the same challenge, it felt like a natural first step in introducing my brand.”

As well as launching her range via her own website just this week, she has also teamed up with alternative fashion retailer Ashbury Skies. “Teaming up with Ashbury Skies on has been amazing”, she continues. “They’ve got a strong following and a really special curated assortment. And let’s be real: Life’s too short to wear boring wedding shoes!”

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Alternative and Ethical Engagement and Wedding Rings

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If you’re one of the growing number of brides looking for an ethical engagement or wedding ring, then look no further than Shakti Ellenwood Precious Jewellery! Her designs are rich in romance, myth and ritual, and each one blends centuries-old artisanal skills with her own distinctive aesthetic. I’ve just discovered her work and I’m quite frankly obsessed!

At the heart of Shakti’s creations is her passion for responsible design, handcrafting every piece from Fairtrade gold

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…And ethically-mined, certified conflict-free gemstones. These precious materials are lovingly crafted into jewellery inspired by ancient cultures, sacred symbols and Shakti’s own journey around the globe.

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Personalised Valentines Day Gift Ideas & A Free Photo Canvas For All Readers!

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When it comes to Valentines gifts, there’s nothing quite like something personalised. Whether its a mug with your pet name for each other on, phone case with their face on (I secretly kind of love how creepy this idea is!) or beautiful photo canvas prints of your favourite snaps together to hang on your bedroom wall.

Today we’ve partnered with My-Picture.co.uk to share some of their cute personalised photo gifts ideas which would be perfect for the one you love.

How completely adorable is this photo blanket? Perfect for snuggling on cold nights.

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Everyone should have a photo book featuring their favourite days and memories.

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And I think a giant canvas from your wedding or the holiday of a lifetime is a must for every home (as you can see, we have plenty!)

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FREE CANVAS PRINTS FOR ALL READERS!

To get you into the romantic spirit, My-Picture.co.uk would like to gift every single reader a FREE CANVAS PRINT (either 20x20cm or 30x20cm)! All you have to cover is the postage. How amazing is that?

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Real Bride Interviews: The Prezola Gift List

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When my sister got engaged, and she and her now-husband started considering gift lists, I immediately told her to check out Prezola. Like many soon-to-be-married couples, they not only already lived together and so had many of the traditional wedding gifts already covered, but because they wanted flexibility with what they could add to their registry. Today I sat down with Rachel to talk to her about how she found the wedding planning and Prezola experience.

What was your favourite thing about the wedding?

The wedding ceremony in the woods, it was so beautiful to see everyone come together and to say our vows to each other in front of the people we love.

What tip would you give couples planning their wedding?

You only get one wedding day (hopefully) so make it a day which you and your partner will love, and try to imagine what it will be like for a guest attending your wedding – no one wants to wait around for three hours with nothing to do while you have your photos taken!

Did you have a honeymoon?

Yes, three weeks in Mexico! It was amazing: we spent a week visiting Aztec and Mayan sites, a week in small colonial towns and cities, and a week on an Island lying on the beach. We went caving, quad biking, zip-lining, snorkelling, diving, swan in cenotes, went deep into the jungle, and ate way too many soft tacos and guacamole.

Probably the best thing we did was swimming with 250 whale sharks off the cost of Isla Mujures, it was amazing swimming alongside them, we felt like we were migrating whales ourselves. We also spent a day floating in natural pink salt lakes with wild flamingos everywhere, it was pretty cool.

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Why did you choose Prezola for your gift list?

We already had a home together before getting engaged, and while there were some things we wanted for the house, we also wanted money towards our honeymoon. Prezola seemed to be the perfect choice, as we could have both on one list!

What was your favourite thing about Prezola?

The flexibility of being able to add things not just from their linked suppliers, but from any and every website. We buy a lot of things from Etsy for example, so it was great to be able to add some treats from our favourite sellers to our list. We liked that it wasn’t restricted at all!

We also were really pleased we paid the add on cost to get honeymoon contributions (it was £59) too. We really liked being able to tailor this – so rather than just asking people to donate money they could buy items on our list such as ‘Dinner for two in Mexico’, ‘Snorkelling for two’, ‘Cocktails on the beach’ etc. It made it more personal for the guests as after they saw our honeymoon photos and could see us enjoying the specific thing they’d bought us. It also meant we could have a huge price range of gifts (we had things for £10 up to things for £400!) so there was something in everyone’s price range.

How long did you take to create your gift list?

It was really quick to set up, then we probably spent a couple of hours looking for things to add (as we had so much choice and could look at any website!) We also kept going back and adding things in the first few weeks.

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Brides do Good and Bicester Village’s Exclusive Bridal Event

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As you may have seen, two lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers recently won £2000 to spend at Bicester Village, and now it’s your chance to experience the village for yourself! From February 9th to 19th they are hosted a very special bridal event and it’s one you bargain hunters are not going to want to miss!

Home to more than 130 boutiques of leading brands, during this time the village will be bursting with exclusive bridal collections and offers, at the rock bottom prices that Bicester Village is famous for.

Not only will there be 20 newly arrived bridal dress styles at Oscar de la Renta, the boys will be able to receive a free shirt when they purchase a suit at Paul Smith. Anya Hindmarch will be bringing in some of the key pieces from her ‘I love you’ range as well as her ‘Hell yes’ collection, ideal for the more forthright bride. You’ll be able to find your dream dress at Temperley London, bridal shoes from Rupert Sanderson or signature styles at Sergio Rossi, which is offering a further 30% off the Village price! Award-winning botanical beauty brand Liz Earle will be available and there will even be special deals on luggage for the honeymoon, with Samsonite offering three for the price of two on selected pieces!

But this event isn’t just about bargains because you’ll be treated like superstars too. Not only will champagne be being served in the Oscar de la Renta boutique, but there is on-site tailoring available every Friday and Saturday and as free home delivery for all of your purchases!

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Why Buy Our Honeymoon Are Your Best Option If You Want a Honeymoon Gift List

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There are plenty of non-traditional gift registries around these days enabling you to add lots of different items from various stores and online retailers as well as experiences, days out, cash contributions and even charity donations. However if you just want to use your gift list as a way of funding your honeymoon then you have to use Buy Our Honeymoon. Why? Because they do exactly what it says on the tin – help your guests buy your honeymoon! Simple and easy!

If you need a bit more convincing, then here are seven reasons why I think you should be using them.

It’s super flexible

You can include everything and anything you might want related to your honeymoon on your list. From flights to hotels, experiences to meals, even taxi rides and cocktails! You can also break things down however you want to really engage your guests in your plans. You can either list items in full (for example, £20 for sushi) or you can add a larger item such as your flights and open it to contributions so your guests can add as much as they’d like to the pot.

It’s really easy to use

No, really. I set up my own dummy account to put them to the test. Without reading any guidelines or directions I was quickly able to set my account up, update my profile and start to add items to my fantasy list!

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List designs that are personal and ad-free

There’s nothing worse than downloading an app or signing up to a service to be spammed with adverts at every click! Buy Our Honeymoon has no adverts anywhere and you can design your list however you like. You can choose the layout and design, write your own introductory text, and you even have complete control over how your items are sorted and categorised.

The money goes directly to you!

Buy Our Honeymoon offer a variety of different payment systems (Stripe, GoCardless and PayPal) so you can set up gift payments in a really flexible way. This is especially great if you’ve got international guests. While each of these systems may take a small percentage (these fees are unavoidable) Buy Our Honeymoon do not.

Whatever your guests contribute gets paid to you as soon as it clears. Buy Our Honeymoon don’t hold on to your money until after your wedding or take an extra percentage commission from it (they have a simple one-off joining fee instead).

It’s easy for your guests to use

All you need to do is let them know the link to your gift list (here’s the sample one I set up!) and at they just need to click on the item they want to buy or contribute to, and follow the simple instructions. Alternatively, they can suggest something they’d like to buy for you instead or simply contribute some cash.

As an aside, if you’d like to change the automatically generated URL to something more personal (such as ourdreamhoneymoon.com/katandgareth) just email them and they can do that for you, no problem!

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