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Record Store Day 2017

Sunrise Records

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Record Store Day 2017
It’s been a a sad year for music stores in Canada, what with HMV Canada going into receivership, with all locations shut as of April 14th. Granted it was as far from an independent as you could go, it was still a physical brick & mortar presence in Canada where you could buy records or CD’s in, with staff that were passionate about music and media.

As HMV began to liquidate, from the ashes the announcement came that Sunrise Records would be taking over the leases and expanding across the country in old HMV locations. A Canadian independent since 1977, Sunrise Records is now one of the only record store chains left in all of Canada. Always a favourite of mine, I was gutted to see their flagship location on Yonge Street in Toronto shut several years ago (damn you Toronto retail rent!). Sunrise was always a go-to for our RSD hunting, and I’m especially glad to hear of it’s expansion and am hopeful for its country wide success,

SO! Record Store Day 2o17, ten years on, how this day has grown. Without further adieu following are some of RSD 2o17 releases on my radar (psst – I haven’t included the rerelease of the ‘Dark Crystal’ soundtrack as I picked up a first pressing many years back when I was still lived in Brighton, UK, BUT if you find this, you should get it. Even if you don’t have a record player, just go out and get one, trust me.) RSD 2017 picks

1. The Cure – Greatest Hits  –  (2 x LP picture disc)
2. The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Lime and Limpid Green 10″
3. The Cure – Greatest Hits Acoustic (2 x LP picture disc)

Second Row

4. T-Rex – Electric Warrior – Gold Vinyl
5. The Doors – Live at the Matrix ’67
6. Shocking Blue – At Home (‘Shocking’ Blue Vinyl)

Third Row

7. Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing (12” EP Picture Disc)
8. David Bowie – BOWPROMO
9. David Bowie – Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) 3 x LP

Fourth Row

7. The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
8. The Distillers – Coral Fang
9. The Music Machine – (Turn On) The Music Machine

Beauty & Style

Velvet Cave – Garden Of My Mind SS17

Velvet Cave Garden of my Mind

I’ve been obsessed with Velvet Cave for awhile now. Based in the UK, this independent shop is the perfect mix of stunning vintage finds and handmade designs inspired by the 60s & 70s. Primarily lush velvets, I can’t get enough of their aesthetic.

All handmade items are made to order with the ability to customize – perfect for short girls like me to be able to choose my desired inseam or dress length!

Shot by Alice Barnes, the ‘Garden Of My Mind SS17‘ lookbook a evokes dreamy vintage vibes wonderfully showcasing this badass collection. Below are a few of my favourite images, you can view the full ‘Garden Of My Mind SS17‘ lookbook and others here.

Gold Dust MiniVelvet Cave SS17Eden Floral Velvet Top & Shorts Co-ord SetAnd following are a few of my favourite handmade pieces from Velvet Cave:Velvet Cave favesIncense for the Damned Paisley Velvet Bell Bottoms | Gold Dust Velvet Gold Lace Bell Sleeve Mini Dress | Sirius Crushed Velvet Zip Bell Bottoms

Velvet Cave Sabbath Dress

Sabbath Lace Up Velvet Bell Sleeve Mini Dress available in Garnet, Emerald, or Onyx.

All Photos: Velvet Cave
GARDEN OF MY MIND‘ SS17 Lookbook:
Photographer: Alice Barnes
Models: Emily Wood & Gemma Edwards
Stylist: Imogen Shurey

Beauty & Style

Grit N Glory’s Scream Queens

Grit N Glory Scream Queens

Grit N Glory’s Scream Queens Collection has been out for awhile now but still warrants sharing in case you haven’t seen these spooky shredders before.

Originally designed by tattoo artist extraordinaire Megan Massacre as flash, the artwork now features on black ultra soft, reverse stitch muscle tees with this exclusive Grit N Glory collection.

My personal favourites are Morticia & Lydia (man what is it with Winona and those red dresses!? Just LOVE!)

Lily & Vampira Scream Queens Shredders Lydia Scream Queens Shredder Tee Morticia & Wednesday Addams ShreddersShop the whole Scream Queens collection now at Grit N Glory.

Grit N Glory Scream Queen Shredders

Musings & Life

In You I Crash Cars

Driving into the night

Northern Ontario has turned once again into a real life Narnia during the reign of the White Witch. Doesn’t hurt that I have an old time-y looking street lamp in my front yard either. Mr.Tumnus however is a no show. Bloody Faun’s, always running later than a White Rabbit.

With winter has come a crushing anxiety every time I get into a car. I hate it. I’m trying to just accept it and laugh it off, but ever since we rolled over off the highway last March during a snowstorm I’ve not felt secure in a car. My Dad assures me it’s just be a matter of time, having had a massive truck t-bone him when he was in the passenger side, an event I only just learned of as well.

the Highway BrideThe whole thing feels so weird. I’ve been writing bits and pieces of a larger story for the past few years, the catalyst of the drama being a car crash and the death of a young married couple. And going through paper work, I found a comic I started working on, separate to the other story, sketched out desert landscapes and a dream of crashing and dying which turns into reality.

Red Shoes - the BrideBlack heels turned red with blood. Again, another couple in a car. Losing what you love the most.

This was well before any of the events of last March, and the thing that unnerves me the most is how accurately I captured the emotions and the experience of such a crash, yet having never gone through it myself before. Maybe some of it was drawn from having seen such events in film and tv over the years, but there were details in my writing about this that would have been hard to know unless one had gone through it themselves.

Maybe it all stems from Sarah’s death.

the BrideI feel such a sense of guilt sometimes that I’m still here and she isn’t…

Oh my, this is turning all LJ now isn’t it? Well, life isn’t always fluffy velvet coats and lipstick posts.

So, I’m still trying to work through and process all these feelings which are being dredged up again now that the winter has returned.

I’ve also been rather obsessed this year with Bat For Lashes latest offering, which hi, WTF, is a concept album “that follows the story of a woman, whose fiancé dies in a car crash on the way to their wedding. The album follows her as she decides to go on the honeymoon alone and her emotions as she deals with the tragedy.

The videos are beautiful and full of desert, neon landscapes and Vegas vibes. I feel so strange viewing and listening to this album given all that’s happened, and where my own marriage was held just last October.

One day I might finish that story. For now, I’m just thankful.

2016 has taken a lot this year, from a lot of people, myself included.

But it didn’t take him. And every time I get into that passenger side, I look over at my love and think how bloody lucky I am to have him still, and hope that the accident last March is the only one we ever know.

Images by Neil Krug for Bat For LashesThe Bride‘.

Beauty & Style

Alternative Black Friday Sales 2016

Alternative Black Friday Shopping

In keeping with last years round up of Alternative Black Friday Sales, might I present to you my list of Alternative Black Friday Sales for 2016.

Compiling these lists really shows to me how much option we have out there. Many small businesses are also taking part once again in the Wild Unknown’sGood Karma Movement‘, donating a portion of their sales to a charity of their choosing. I’d highly recommend also checking out that shop list in detail too and supporting those businesses!

Alternative Black Friday Sales

under the pyramids From Friday 11/25 to Monday 11/28 save 15% off all orders with code: BLACKPYRAMIDS15

Mathyld has also joined the GOOD KARMA SALE movement and will be giving 10% of this weekends sales to Lyme Sans Frontières and Peta France.

April Leino Save 20% on orders now through Sunday November 27 with discount code: NOVEMBER20

Elemental Child All ⚡️Curved Air⚡️and ⚡️Light of the Stars⚡️raw Quartz point crowns are marked down on the website until midnight tonight, EST.

Cat Coven now until Monday night 15% off with code: FEAST

As well Cat Coven will be donating 10% of sales during this time to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

LVNEA 20% off all orders until 11/28 with code: BLACKFOREST

PLUS LVNEA will be donating 10% of all orders placed during this time to Sacred Stone Camp.

Alison Scarpulla 40% off all prints now – Monday, using code: ThankYou

10% of all sales this weekend will go directly to Standing Rock as well.

nyxturna now through Monday 11/28 get 25% OFF on all purchases with code: DARKNESS

nyxturna will also be continuing to donate a portion of each purchase to the warriors protecting the land and protesting the DAPL at Standing Rock.

Morph Knitwear Everything is 25% off through December 1 with code: STANDING

An additional 25% of each order is being donated to Standing Rock.

Rock N Roll Bride are giving away back issues of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine for FREE! There’s no code, just click the link and order.

Ancient Hearts Now through Monday, Nov 28th you get 25% off all items with code: AncientFriday

Dajana Heremic Friday through Saturday, Nov 26th all items have a 10% Discount with code: WINTERISHERE

Gypsy Warrior Now through 11/29 get 30% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Spell and the Gypsy Collective 30% off selected styles now through Monday, Nov 28th Midnight AEDT with code: BLACKFRIDAY30

Burke and Hare Co now through Monday 30% off your purchase with code: BLVCK3

Babe Coven 30% off everything now through Monday with the code: BLACK30

Black Moon Cosmetics 30% off all shades Black Friday 12:01 PST through Cyber Monday 11:59 PST – no code necessary.

Poison Apple Printshop this Friday and through Monday 20% off with code: FROST **Does not include The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire**

Souvenir Jewelry Save 20% off with code: BLACKOUT

Bill Crisafi now through Monday everything is 30% off with the code: 30black

ᗞEANDRI 20-50% off everything no codes required

Glitter and the Moon 40% off on all robes, bed jackets & french knickers now till midnight GMT 11/28 with code: blackfriday40

SOVRIN now through Monday 11/28 get 20% off with code: WINTERSNOW

Ovate Now until 29th November 20% OFF all clothing and accessories with code: 20off

Inner Decay now through 11/28 get 15% off with code: ALLDECAY

Crown & Glory 20% off everything for this weekend only till 11/28 with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Straight to Hell Apparel Get 20% off, ending Midnight Central standard time on 11/27 using code: BLACKFRI

Fiendies Now through 11/28 get 20% off all spirit boards and planchettes with code: YULETIDE20

Blackhorne Now through Monday take 20% off everything with code: ALLBLACK

Bloody Mary Metal 20% off everything with code: SPENDINGLIKEIMRICH

Maude Nibelungen 25% off storewide through Friday – use code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Pale Tree Arcana Save 20% off your order of $60 or more now through Monday November 28th at midnight Central time. Use code: FridayNoir

Burial Ground Until Saturday 11/26 get 25% off your jewelry order with the code: Grimoire

Beauty & Style

Doll Parts: Courtney Love X Nasty Gal’s Second Collection

Courtney Love of Hole

Courtney Love was one of my earliest style icons. I was a huge Hole fan, and very much part of the Grunge and Riot Grrrl scene during its heyday. A lover of costume and vintage clothing, it’s easy to see why Love’s aesthique really appealed and resonated with me back then.

I still remember the thrill of finding similar vintage baby doll dresses as worn in the “Live Through This” years when I was a 90’s teenager visiting the UK. Portabello Road, Camden and the sadly long gone Kensington Market in London were absolute treasure troves to dress my restless suburban self.

Such finds now can be harder (and more expensive) to come by, so it was an absolute treat when Courtney Love’s Collection with Nasty Gal launched last January. With its mix of baby dolls, satin slips and crystal tiara’s its no surprise it sold out so quickly.

So I’m super excited to see that Love is soon launching a second collection with Nasty Gal on November 3rd.

While there are still nods to the iconic baby doll dress, Vogue says it best when these describe this collection as a “transhistorical reimagining“. It’s still feels like 90’s Love, but there’s an evolution with its rich velvets, hand beading and “a kind of Jim Morrison pirate blouse,” as Courtney calls it.

From the collection previews I’ve seen so far, the vibe is total Rock N Roll Witchery which I’m loving.

GAH. Hi. Take my money!

You can sign up for exclusive access to Nasty Gal’s x Courtney Love’s latest collection now.

And here are a few of my favourite pieces (so far):

Courtney Love x Nasty Gal - Black Pirate TopCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Velvet Baby Doll DressCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Velvet Frock CoatCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Pirate TopCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Leopard Print Coat

Haus

Hello September

Hanging Prints

Hello September! So it’s been awhile since I last wrote, the past few months have been a bit of a blur with adventures in home ownership.

While taking a break from the blog, I’ve really just been focusing on nesting and trying to make the new space feel like ours.

I quickly discovered trying to do everything at once was the perfect way to burn out. So after a girls trip to Las Vegas in June, I’ve just been slowly chipping away at small projects so as not to have a DIY-meltdown.

Since then it’s been coming along nicely and at a steady, sensible pace.

Packing up the records with Lemmy Cat
I’ve noticed with this move how much I miss having an Ikea within driving distance. Before we ditched the south and headed to Northern Ontario, everywhere I’d lived (including in the UK and Slovakia) was always a stones throw away from an one; which if you’re on a budget but still after some interesting furniture or decor was always a great way to kit out a new place.

I’m kicking myself a bit now that we didn’t pick up the giant-ass 5×5 Kallax shelving unit before we left Toronto, as we’ve run out of storage space for our records. Easy enough to order online at least, but $125 shipping to the North bites. Ah well, c’est la vie.

The Kitties in their new home
Overall, I love owning our own home. The cats have settled in well and are especially enjoying the finished basement to play in. It’s still a bit overwhelming at times with all the little things that come with owning your own house vs renting, but we’re figuring it out as we go along, and holy hell has YouTube been an invaluable source!

I never thought I’d be doing various house DIY and maintenance stuff, but here I am. It feels pretty badass to accomplish and learn these new things too.

Painting the bedroom accent wall with Mata Hari from Behr Paints
So far we’ve spackled and repaired drywall, laid down flooring in the guest room, painted the master bedroom, my studio, the guest room, the front entrance, the entire basement, and the master bathroom (it sucks trying to paint around a toilet and built in vanity let me tell you). That’s a lot of painting, but what a difference a simple colour change has made in making the house feel more like our own space.

I also found it really relaxing and mediative actually, just throwing on some tunes and painting, of course with the occasional tea break.

Zola-cat helping with painting the houseThere’s still a ton to do (including finally hanging all my prints), but it’ll eventually get done. With the return of cooler weather and a good initial chunk completed with the house, I’ll be blogging again more regularly.

Hoping your Summer has been lovely, and here’s to Pumpkin-Spice-everything-season!

Haus

Decorating Tips For When You’re Renting

Decorating Tips For When You're Renting

I’ve had this blog post brewing for a bit now, and given this is our last week renting (yay!!!) I thought I should post now before the move!

Since leaving home I’ve moved around a lot, living predominately in rented accommodation be it university dorms, apartments or houses.

Though renting can give you the flexibility to not be tied down, or save you some of the headaches associated with home ownership (repairs, taxes etc), it also means you’re limited in what you can do to the property you’re living in.

So if you can’t plant a garden or paint the walls black, here are a few ideas as to how you can make any rented accommodation feel like home. A lot of these suggestions are no brainers, however when you start to thoughtfully pull together all these different elements; you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a cohesive look for your living space (even if you can’t alter the structure itself) with these decorating tips.

WALL DECOR

If painting is a no go, there are other options for decorating your walls: tapestries, posters, framed art prints or photographs, vinyl wall decals (be careful with this one and do your research first on ease of removal!) and more.

TAPESTRIES

Have a huge ugly ass wall you need to cover up? A tapestry will do the job. Lightweight, available in a range of different sizes, and pretty much in any design or motif you could dream up.

I’m a big fan of tapestries, we’ve used a tapestry (actually the Foggy Forest Creek one shown below) to breakup the varying shades of brown in our bedroom and to create more of an ‘us’ vibe in the space.

Decorating tips - using wall tapestries
1. Mudcloth Textile Tapestry 2. Foggy Forest Creek Tapestry 3. Find Me Among the Stars Tapestry

It was super easy to put up as well. We used very small nails in the corners and a few running across the top, and it’s stayed put without issue and will be easy to remove without damage to the overall paint job in the room.

POSTERS

The cheap and cheerful option beloved of many a college or university dorm room. If you’re concerned with this looking too juvenile, opting for well designed posters will help you avoid looking like you’ve torn apart the pages of Teen Beat magazine (OT: The Teenage Bedroom Tumblr is the best. Must dig up some of my 90’s photos of my room and submit!)

Anyway, I really love re-imagined film posters like these Studio Ghibli ones –

Decorating tips - Studio Ghibli minimalist posters1. Howl’s Moving Castle 2. Spirited Away 3. Princess Mononoke

As for how to put posters up – Blu tack can be a decent option to use, but be mindful – it can sometimes leave a slight stain, which depending on how long ago your walls were painted, can range from easy to pretty involved to remove.

Whatever you do though, above all AVOID TAPE!

It may seem like a super easy way to put up posters or photos but you’ll save yourself a ton of grief if you don’t use it from the get go. No matter how carefully you intend to remove it later on, tape can and will destroy both painted or wallpapered walls.

Losing a damage deposit because of accidentally peeling off paint or ripping wallpaper sucks. Trust me on this one!

FRAMED PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS

I upped my game and traded in posters several years ago for framed prints and photographs and haven’t looked back. It instantly makes where you’re living feel more permanent and grown-up. Interesting second hand or vintage frames will also lend a ton of character to any dwelling.

Decorating tips - use framed art prints1. Joan of Arc 2. Warrior 3. One Step

In North America, it’s pretty standard that apartment walls are generally given a fresh coat of paint when a tenant moves out, but you’ll still want to be careful not to create massive holes in the walls when you put your pictures up. There are other options like command stripes, but having never tried them personally I can speak to how well they work.

LIGHTING

Depending where you’re renting you might be able to change the light shade on ceiling lights easily. If not additional floor lamps or room lighting of your own can help alter the ambience, as well as candles (plus they smell amazing if you get scented ones).

FURNITURE

Decorating tips - unique furniture1. Cirrus Pacific Blue Sofa 2. Diamond Pacific Blue Ottoman 3. Lignum Walnut Shelving Unit

If you’re not planning on any huge out of the country moves, investing in interesting pieces of furniture as you go a long can be a great way to define your style in your home. Whether saving for a piece from Restoration Hardware or refurbishing a second hand find, this is an excellent and practical option.

TEXTILES

That rug really tied the room together, did it not?

the rug really tied the room togetherI’m pretty obsessed with the Big Lebowski, so rugs have become an essential piece in our home (great to hide odd laminate flooring or disguise groddy carpets).

Other textiles fantastic to add character and easy to move with: interesting blankets, vibrant duvet covers, unique pillows, weirdy throws and more.

Moon Child Pillows1. Moon Child Pillow Cases 2. Magical Thinking Rag Rug in Navy

These are just a few decorating tips and ideas to get you going. I always found it kind of weird and comforting at the same time with being able to reassemble my home no matter where I went because of the textiles, prints and other items that would come with me – making home where ever I might lay my head.

Beauty & Style

Hit the Pool – Vacation Swimwear

Hit the pool

We’ve slowly been packing up the house for the upcoming move, so I took the opportunity to go through my wardrobe again while doing so. With an upcoming girlie trip to Vegas in June, I decided to try on my old swimsuits in advance and I’m glad I did because – Boobsapoppin. ARGH. They fit *everywhere* perfectly except in the bust, so time to try and find some new swimwear.

I hate shopping for swimwear. And not because of any supposed body issues but just because the whole process is so awkward and uncomfortable. I always find myself falling over in the change room or panicking as I somehow get myself stuck in a swimsuit or any number of cringe worthy Seinfeldesque type scenarios.

The options at the local mall here are pretty slim but I decided to give it a go.

The first place I headed caters to an age demographic probably 10 years younger than I, but they have nice stuff with a bohemian/beachy vibe so what the hell. I found several different options, off to the change room I went and so the pain began.

Again nothing fit, their cuts were too young and apparently for women without boobs it would seem. I think I shocked the sales girl – who most definitely was born AK (After Kurt) – when she came back a third time to “see how I was doing and whether I needed a different size”, I flat out told her my tits were escaping all the swimsuits and that I had the largest size, so no go.

Cue tumbleweed and awkward “Oh, uh, uhm ok” from said sales girl.

I was dying with laughter at this inside the change room while simultaneously wanting to launch the bikini’s into the air sling shot style. But I’m Canadian so of course didn’t do this.

Onto several other shops, equally frustrating and no luck. The final place I hit I knew catered to more mature women so I excepted would have cuts suited to bustier figures, but the styles and designs were beyond matronly and I’m not dead yet so I finally exited the mall, accepting the ‘Faily McFail Fail’ of the day.

To the interwebs then…

I decided after trawling through reviews to try an Esther Williams swimsuit. ModCloth currently have a promo on now for 30% off all bathing suits – Use Code SUNDERFUL (Ends 05/19 @ 9 am EST) and they stock a ton of different Esther Williams swimwear so I ordered from them.

I haven’t received my order yet, but will post a review later on once it arrives – I picked up an Esther Williams Bikini as well as a one-piece. Hopefully both are awesome, but at this stage I’d be happy if just even one of them worked. Fingers crossed!

I tend to like prints for my swimwear – not exactly the most goth – but give me a floppy hat and a margarita poolside any day! Here are a few of the Esther Williams one-piece swimsuits I’m  currently digging.

Vacation Swimwear

Vacation Swimwear - Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit Vacation Swimwear - Modcloth One Piece Swim Suits1. Polka Dot Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit  2. Midnight Garden Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit 3. Tropical Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit 4.Swirls Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit

Photo Credit: ModCloth

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Musings & Life

Don’t Tell Mama: How To Plan A Destination Elopement Part 2

Rock N Roll Bride magazine

?A DIY Guide to Planning a Destination Elopement for Alternative Brides?

So part 2 in my series on how to plan a destination elopement couldn’t have come at a better time, as Issue 8 of Rock N Roll Bride’s print magazine has just hit stores across the UK (also available to order online for those worldwide) AND our elopement is featured in it!

Eiii!!!

Dreamy Desert Elopement - Rock N Roll BrideA copy arrived in the mail today, and we’ve been seriously kirking out over it. Very surreal to see in print and quite an honour to be featured, given how much Rock N Roll Bride’s blog and magazine inspired and helped us with planning our own day.

So – get yee to WH SMITH‘s or Sainsbury‘s for a copy if you’re in the UK or order online 😀

Now onto Part 2 of How to Plan a Destination Elopement!

Finding Inspiration, Research, and Spec’ing Out Your Trip Options

finding inspiration for your destination elopement

INSPIRATION

By now, you can probably guess where we turned to for a lot of our wedding inspiration, and that was indeed Rock N Roll Bride. Kat’s blog is an absolute go to for alternative weddings. A wealth of information, inspiration, guidance, and just a plain old fun in general can be found within it. Kat’s an original, and has been at the forefront of offering up a different viewpoint than that usually  found in the conventional wedding industry. A champion for unique weddings, reflective of a couples individuality, if you’re looking for somewhere to start from I highly recommend Rock N Roll Bride.

Finding inspiration, was my favourite part of planning.

A great way to dip your toes in, is to see what other people have done, and there’s a vast array of wedding blogs out there that help you do just that.

A few of my favourites are listed below:

WEDDING BLOGS

Now, don’t get too bogged under with this though! It’s NOT a competition. This day is about *you* and *your partner*. Comparison can kill, draw inspiration and get ideas but leave it at that. A positive of eloping should be avoiding the stress of trying to live up to other peoples wedding expectations. So don’t turn around and stress yourself out with trying to one up someone elses wedding or shooting for absolute perfection.

With this in mind, get digging into some wedding blogs to see what  other non traditional weddings have entailed to help brainstorm possible options. You might surprise yourself in being attracted to a few traditional options as well. And for as much inspiration as you’ll  find in other weddings, you’ll also probably dislike a number of thing as well. And that’s fine! Knowing what you don’t like is as useful as knowing what you do. This’ll help you begin to get a clear idea of what you and your partner want and what really resonates with you.

Gather & save things to (yes I’m going to say it, but it’s true and does help) a Pinterest board. After a bit you should start to see a theme beginning to emerge with what you’ve been drawn to pin.

And inspiration doesn’t stop at wedding blogs either – look to your favourite music, films, art, personal interests – hell anything and everything can help inspire you in crafting a day all your own.

Research your destination elopementRESEARCH

You’ve begun to gather inspiration and are now starting to get a better idea of what you want your day to look like. You’ll want to put this to the side for a little bit now and start doing some logistical research on the options available in your top 3 destinations (see part 1 on this).

Doing this will help you now in two regards.

1. You’ll discover what’s available to you in each location for your day.
2. From this, you can begin to narrow down where you want to elope.

My suggestion first and foremost is to look at the available Wedding Photographers in each location and start to make a short list of the ones whose work you like.

Talented Wedding Photographers are in demand and can be booked up well in advance. Reach out to the photographers you’ve short listed with your wedding date (be sure to advise if your date is flexible or fixed), and also enquire as to pricing at this time.

And as with researching photographers in your top 3 locations, also take a look as to what’s available for Hair & Make Up Artists, Florists, Transport, Venues and anything else specific to the day you’re wanting to plan at this time.

Search for wedding blogs specific to your location options. We found this *incredibly* useful in helping to decide where to elope and with the actual planning. The Little Vegas Wedding blog was so helpful in spec’ing out all the different options available in and around Las Vegas for our day from officiants to venues to hotels to other super useful information from someone on the ground.

our destination elopementTRAVEL OPTIONS

So apparently 54 days before your trip is the best time to book your flight.

That doesn’t stop you from checking out what the current prices for your dates and locations are though.

Do a comparison of your three and take note of the prices. Also start to scout out potential hotels.

Have a play around with your dates a bit and you may find prices drop drastically give or take a day. Also when booking optimal days of the week are supposedly Tuesday, and also over the weekend as there are less business travellers looking then so prices can be lower. We booked the main part of our trip through Expedia and because we bundled our hotel and flights together the price was discounted.

Airbnb is a great alternative as well for accommodation. Often it can be a lot less expensive than a hotel, and you can find some truly unique and intimate places to stay.

Now’s also the time to make sure both your passports are up to date and won’t be expiring within 6 months of your trip. The last thing you want is to have to be rushing a passport renewal so get it sorted now.

As well, depending on where you’re from and where you’re going, you may need a Visa to enter a different country. Factor this in and make sure you allow ample time to apply and for the visa to process if this is the circumstance you find yourselves in.

Additionally, everywhere is different, so you might also need to be physically present somewhere for so many days before the actual wedding to be allowed to get married there. Find this out in advance and plan accordingly!

Don’t forget about vaccinations if you’re going somewhere which requires additional shots than you might already have. You definitely don’t want to be sick on your wedding day.

QUICK RECAP & TO DO’S:

  • Get inspired – check out wedding blogs, discuss with your partner what your ideal day looks like for both of you, what you both envision wearing, what themes appeal to you, and start saving visuals/collecting things which resonate with you.
  • Research – find photographers whose work you adore in your destination options. Go through their portfolios and read up on them to see if they’d likely gel with your style and what you’re envisioning for your day. Start to reach out to them to enquire about availability and pricing. Do this as well with anything else needed for your elopement in your location options.
  • Cost out your travel – take a look at your dates and how much it’ll cost roughly to get you to your destination options. Look at what you need to get there (passports, shots, visas etc). If the prices are astronomical for one location that might knock it out of the running depending on your priorities and flexibility of your budget.

TIPS & TRICKS

Again – stay organized and keep track of everything with Google Docs & Google Sheets.

Get yourself a Pinterest account, start exploring and pin away!

Try making a mix of songs which remind you of each other. I love using 8tracks. Listening to this might help further inspire you as to themes for your day. It’s also pretty sweet and romantic to put together.

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