Isobel & Dave’s incredible vintage-inspired budget wedding gives me butterflies! I am so excited Â about sharing all the beautiful personal touches that they put intoÂ their day. The wholeÂ wedding is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have your perfectÂ wedding.
“The two things we had in our heads from the start were; that we didn’t have a very big budgetÂ and that we wanted our wedding to reflect us,” Isobel told me. “We started by approaching it asÂ a really big party where weâ€™d just happen to get married. The important things for us were that ourÂ favourite people were there, our favourite music was playing, and everyone would have fun! WeÂ arenâ€™t particularly conventional and there was never any question of following rules or doingÂ things because we â€˜shouldâ€™. I didn’tÂ buy a single bridal magazine or visit any bridal shopsÂ during the whole process!”
“Rock n Roll Bride and DIY Bride were my only â€˜go toâ€™ blogs forÂ inspiration and ideas! We just did things because we wanted to (if we could afford it)! With theÂ little touches â€“ the badges, the teapots as vases, teacups full of sweets, the birdcage forÂ cards and messages, the photo booth (definitely a Rock n Roll Bride idea-steal!), and theÂ bunting â€“ I think we Â created a wedding that was fun, unique, and best of all, exactly what weâ€™dÂ imagined.”
The bride wore a dress that she had made from a vintage Vogue pattern. She was keen to wearÂ something that was ‘her’ and something that she felt comfortable and beautiful in. “My dress wasÂ ade by a friend of a friend from an old Vogue pattern I found on the Internet,” she continued.Â “I wanted long-sleeves as I assumed (wrongly) it would be cold in April and I wanted to cover myÂ arms! I also wanted a dress that was ballerina length to show off my gorgeous shoes! The creamÂ lace and nude lining it was made from were from Victoria Market in Nottingham. I chose laceÂ because I wanted it to look like a wedding dress (you only get to do this once, right?!) butÂ mostly because I love it. The woman who made the dress added the bow and the buttons on theÂ sleeves, which I think were really good calls and one of the many reasons why Iâ€™m glad I didn’tÂ attempt to make the dress myself.”
The DIY theme continued through out the wedding. The bride’s Mum made her birdcage veil and herÂ bouquet from faux flowers (from Hobbycraft.) They also bought the majority of their decorÂ ‘things’ that they weren’t able to make themselves from Etsy and eBay, including the invitations, theÂ birdcages, the lanterns, the napkins and the Lego cake topper.
My favourite detail has got to be the bunting. When they sent out the invitations they includedÂ a template for a piece of bunting and asked their guests to send them one made from any materialÂ they wanted. “Lots of people did and we got some lovely and very creative pieces (metres of itÂ in some cases!) which we put together and used to decorate the reception venue. Â I think thisÂ really added to cosy, handmade feel of the reception and reflected what we wanted the wedding toÂ be â€“ a celebration with our friends and family.”
SO much love for this! Huge congratulations to Isobel & Dave and big love to photographer Anna Hardy for sending over her images.
Photography Credit: Anna Hardy Photography
Ceremony Venue:Â Rushcliffe Registry Office, West Bridgford, Nottingham
ReceptionÂ Venue: Radcliffe Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Bride’s Dress: Custom Made
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Bride’s Headpiece: DIY
Bride’s Jewellery:Â Vivienne Westwood
Groom’s Suit:Â Daniel Hechter
Invitations:Â my blue tulip design on Etsy
Cakes: Fancie, Sheffield
Lego Cake Topper: Paul Revereâ€™s Brick House on eBayÂ & DIY (the surround)
Bouquet: DIY (Hobbycraft)
Flowers: DIY (flowers from a local market)
Favours: Badges from 50p Badges