With the pressure to make weddings look Instagram (or Pinterest!) perfect, its little wonder people are spending more money on weddings than ever before.

Of course they don’t have to be like that.

As a minimalist, I have been careful to plan a wedding that is exactly what we want. A wedding that is within our budget, no-stress, has little impact on the environment and doesn’t compromise our long term goals for our future together. That’s meant being mindful of absolutely everything we plan to do so,  I’ve spent a lot of time researching websites that will help minimize our wedding plans as much as possible, from how to inform our family and friends of our plans without sending paper invites, to tackling the tricky subject of wedding gifts and recycling any left over wedding items after the big day i.e my dress.


As you guys know one of our main aims at Bespoke Bride is to create a real sense of community here, we always feel like we want to know more about our readers and for you to know more about us so we can connect more! Myself and Emily have both recently started our own…


I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since I came back from Croatia, I spent a week in this beautiful country and ticked a couple of places of my ‘to see’ list whilst I was there! If you’re planning a trip here anytime soon, or maybe you’re thinking of visiting Croatia for your honeymoon or are simply dreaming up new pretty place to explore in the future then be sure to pin this page to your travel board for future use! I’m going to be sharing places to visit, where we stayed, what to eat, my favourite moments and a few helpful tips and tricks!

Hands down my favourite day of the whole trip was when we took a day trip to Krka national park. This park is full of these insanely gorgeous natural waterfalls that you can gawk over! (Actually if you go in the summer months you can swim in them!) we booked our tour with a company called Splitlicious and I couldn’t recommend them enough! We got picked up in a mini bus around 8am in the morning and headed to Krka, it takes about 40 minutes to walk around the entire park and there’s a lovely little restaurant that over looks the waterfalls where we ate lunch.


I love a relaxing holiday. I used to like to be a bit more adventurous on my travels but these past few years have felt so hectic that I’ve been desperate to to go somewhere where I could just sit back, relax and switch off from all the madness. However that’s not exactly Mr T’s cup of tea, which is why I was so stunned when he announced he had booked us a surprise trip to celebrate my 30th birthday where we could just relax.

In the weeks leading up to the trip I was drip fed small hints about where we would be going, things like it was going to be windy so I would need some sort of cover but it would average 30 degrees in the day, that our destination wasn’t an island but it was in the middle of nowhere and the final one which really stumped me; that it was a country neither of us had been too?

By the time we were due to leave I was dying to know where we were going, packing had been a bit of a nightmare, but I couldn’t wait to get to that airport to find out where I would be spending my 30th. At first I thought I would find out at check-in but can you believe there was no destination on the screen, just the tour operator. I saw a sly grin appear on Mr T’s face when he realised he could keep me hanging on just that little bit longer. In fact it wasn’t until we were on the flight and the pilot made his announcement did I find out that we were going to be spending a week in Cape Verde and OMG was I excited. A whole week of doing nothing but sunning myself, reading and listing podcasts – paradise!

Let me start by telling you how beautiful Cape Verde is! The most gloriously blue sea surrounds a dramatic landscape of sandy deserts and rocky mountains, at times I wondered whether we had accidentally landed on Mars as it could easily have been the set for a Star Wars film. Made up of 10 islands, we stayed at the Hotel Riu Touareg on Boa Vista. The hotel was by far one of the most unusual I had ever seen as it looked like a giant sandcastle from the air. With its own private beach, 2 swimming pools, a spa, 5 restaurants and loads of bars it has everything you need to make sure you stay is super relaxing.

And relaxing it was for the first few days until I had read both my books, (I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult if your interested?) and listened to all the Sophia Amuruso podcasts that I had downloaded. So by day 4 I had to do something else. At first we weren’t sure we were going to be able to find an awful lot to do, turns out one of Mr T’s hints that had turned out to be true was that we were indeed in the middle of nowhere.

Well it turned out this holiday was going to be full of surprises as we soon discovered there was a whole world of fun things to do beyond those hotel walls some of which we managed to fit in during our stay and others I will be sure to do when we go back. So if like us your looking for some adventure on your relaxing holiday here are 7 fun activities to try.