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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5 Awesome Reasons To Use Thankful Registry!

Say whaattt a gift registry that let’s you splash your personality all over it?! That’s right my friend! You know how big we are on personality here at Bespoke Bride so i’m sure you can imagine our squeals of excitement when we stumbled across Thankful Registry! Of course we just HAD to try it out for ourselves! Thankful Registry Bespoke Bride First of all, how awesome is it that you get to upload a big header photograph of you both? Imagine your engagement shoot photos there, it would look fab! And not only is Thankful Registry super attractive looking, it’s easy to use and let’s you add gifts from wherever you like! So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why you lovely readers should use this alternative registry too!

1. Add gifts from anywhere — seriously! Thankful is an “open platform” universal registry. Here’s how it works: you add gifts using the bookmarklet (which works like the Pinterest Pin) and they’ll appear on your registry like magic. It took us two seconds to install this and once we headed over to our favourite retail shops we saw how easy it was to add items to our registry!

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Gratitude, Excitement, Happiness & Support.

You make us feel all of those things on a daily basis and it’s because of you guys, our readers, that we continue to feel happy, inspired and feel like we’re doing something right! Then this year, something magical happened to triple all of those feelings; We found out we had been nominated for ‘Best Wedding…

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The Power (& Health Benefits!) Of Gratitude…

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New year’s resolutions are a great thing don’t you think? They’re a chance to set yourself a new goal, learn something new and to grow as a person. This year, I wanted to do something a little different when it came to my new years resolution. As some of you may know I’m a massive believer in the Law Of Attraction, now don’t go thinking I’m a crazy person right about now but I genuinely believe that if you keep a positive and happy mind then your life will be filled with positive and wonderful opportunities, moments and feelings! I really believe that you can have anything you want as long as you set your mind to it!

Any negative thoughts that pop into your head need to pushed right back out! Believe me, flip it over, think about something positive or you’ll just make yourself feel bad when you focus on those negative thoughts.

Now, if you want to start attracting positive things in to your life (and seriously, who doesn’t?!) then there is one key thing you need to do. Show gratitude. Because we all know we reap what we sow and we get back what we give out right? So the more we show gratitude for things, the more things we’ll have to be grateful for.

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That’s why, this year, my resolution is to keep a gratitude journal. Every night, before I go to sleep, I write down things that I really appreciated that day and was really thankful for! It could be as small as someone letting you share their umbrella in the rain or making you a warm cup of tea or it can be as huge as feeling grateful for having a roof over your head and being able to cook lovely meals with the food you bought because you’re grateful to have enough money to do so.

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