12 TIMES 2015 TOTALLY ROCKED!

Best of 2015 I have to admit I am a little sad to be waving goodbye to 2015. It has been a tremendous year for us, full of exciting new projects and milestones and one or two challenges along the way. We started the year with big ideas, we wanted to continue to grow our brand and came up with a list of things we would like to achieve by the end of the year. It was June before we realised we hadn’t really even come close to achieving any of our goals and it was time to make a few changes. Fast forward 6 months and we have all but achieved one of our goals but that is a story for another time.

2015 has been the biggest year for Bespoke Bride yet and with the launch of BB boutique, 2016 promises to be even bigger. I honestly cannot wait to get started and continue growing this amazing community of ours. For now here is a look at some of the things we are most proud of…

1.We fell in love with Instagram all over again! Instagram has long been our favourite social media platform but up until this year, we never really felt like we were using it to its full advantage. As our Instagram is an attachment of our blog, we thought it only made sense to share wedding related content however, we never really felt like it was a true reflection of our brand and we were falling in love with Instagram accounts that were wonderfully curated and colourful. We longed to make ours a creative outlet and it has since been the best thing we have done. Not only has it become a place to share our own creativity but we have been introduced to the most amazing community of Instagrammers, many of which we  have since welcomed to our blog.

You can see some of their DIY’s here: Cute Edible Donut Necklaces by Aww Sam, Christmas Light Cookies by Obsessive Cookie Designer, Autumn Leaf Pinatas by Sugar & Bash, Bird Cage Veil by Wear the Canvas, Celebrate Tassel Cake Topper by Bright Bold Design, Pastel Pumpkin Cookies by Obsessive Cookie Designer, Free Printable Fruity Cards for Well Wishes by The Lovely Drawer, Floral Envelope Table Plan by The Lovely Drawer.

DIY-Watercolour-Paint-Headband-Hairband-Hair-Scarf-Tie-6 2. Meanwhile we taught you how to create a watercolour headscarf and the Mollie Makes team liked it so much they featured it on their blog too!

Festival-Wedding-Styling-with-Bespoke-Bride-Free-People-Fashion-66 3.  We had a ball collaborating with Free People to create this festival styled wedding shoot and got to work with so many fabulous wedding industry peeps.

Bespoke Bride styles the Blogcademy 4. Of all the projects we took on this year, styling the last ever Blogcademy was the most fun! We are used to styling small areas for our own DIY’s and photoshoots but never have we had to style an event. It was a challenge to say the least, but we had so much fun doing it and it has inspired us to do a little a more styling in the future. You can see more from the event here.

Emily & Matt's big news colourful engagement announcement shoot-21 5. I never imagined we would be sharing news of an engagement with you this year and I never in a million years thought it would my own, but I am over the moon that it is and I cannot wait to start sharing our wedding planning journey with you! You can read our proposal story here.

BB-Crafty-Club-Join-Now1 6. A particular highlight was launching our new subscription service, BB Crafty Club. This was one of those projects that we had been sitting on for a while and we were so excited to get it off the ground. Unfortunately after 4 months we have now decided to cancel the service as being completely honest the numbers just weren’t adding up, but the support for the boxes has been so fantastic. So we will be using this feedback to rethink the boxes and how we can improve them and they will be back with a bang in 2016!

Dominican-Republic-La-Romana-Travel-Guide-Visit-honeymoon-holiday-199 7. Jess travelled to the Dominican Republic! Actually Jess travelled quite a bit this year. Here is her Dominican Travel Guide & check out her Travel Diary to!

Santorini-Oia-Travel-Guide-Reccomendations-Honeymoon-Colourful-Place-Greece_-61 She also went to Santorini, which looked like the most beautiful vacation! Check out her Santorini Travel Guide & Video Diary here.

We also got to spend a very festive two days in Copenhagen, which we will be sharing with you in the New Year.

Rock N Roll Bride Magazine Issue 4 Bespoke Bride Ombre Tulle Skirt DIY Tutorial8. Our Ombre Tulle Skirts featured in Issue 4 of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine and we couldn’t have been anymore excited. There is just something about seeing your work in print! If you missed the magazine you can see the tutorial here.

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IT’S TIME FOR A PEP TALK! + PLEASE NOMINATE BESPOKE BRIDE FOR A COSMOPOLITAN BLOG AWARD!

Vote Bespoke Bride to win best Bridal wedding blog in the Cosmopolitan blog awards 2015

Photography by Craig Dearsley Photo

I absolutely love this time of year! Awards season is well and truly underway and we are so excited to be part of it! Last week we were absolutely thrilled to share with you that we had been nominated for a ‘Best DIY Wedding blog’ in the Wedding Blog Awards 2015 and now we are here to ask for your help again. The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards are back for another year and we would absolutely love to be nominated for a second year in the ‘Best for Bridal’ category!

Click Here to nominate Bespoke Bride!

I’ve got to be truthful and tell you that I always feel a little uncomfortable writing these posts, I have never been much of a natural at selling myself. I think it is probably the British in me, as I am terribly modest but I honestly think it does us good to make note of our achievements from time to time.

One of the questions you will almost always be asked in any situation where you are competing for something is ‘why do you deserve to win?’ Whether you are in a job interview, applying for an internship or scholarship or like us hoping to win an award, this is something you should always be prepared to answer, which is why I wanted to write this post today.

Since its launch in 2011, Bespoke Bride has changed dramatically! When we started out, we had no idea that our blog would turn into what it is today! We were hobby bloggers, trying to spread the word about our own independent small businesses and gain insight into the ‘industry’. We had no idea what it was to run a business, write a blog or be business partners and we learnt some very tough lessons along the way!

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OFF THE RECORD: HELLO 2015!

Welcome to the first Off The Record of 2015! We haven’t done this feature for a couple of weeks now because we were off eating far too many mince pies and our body weight in chocolate! I hope you guys were doing the same? I feel well and truly rested after 2 weeks off for…

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