Isobel & Dave’s Vintage-Inspired Budget Wedding

Isobel & Dave’s incredible vintage-inspired budget wedding gives me butterflies! I am so excited  about sharing all the beautiful personal touches that they put into their day. The whole wedding is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have your perfect wedding.

“The two things we had in our heads from the start were; that we didn’t have a very big budget and that we wanted our wedding to reflect us,” Isobel told me. “We started by approaching it as a really big party where we’d just happen to get married. The important things for us were that our favourite people were there, our favourite music was playing, and everyone would have fun! We aren’t particularly conventional and there was never any question of following rules or doing things because we ‘should’. I didn’t buy a single bridal magazine or visit any bridal shops during the whole process!”

“Rock n Roll Bride and DIY Bride were my only ‘go to’ blogs for inspiration and ideas! We just did things because we wanted to (if we could afford it)! With the little touches – the badges, the teapots as vases, teacups full of sweets, the birdcage for cards and messages, the photo booth (definitely a Rock n Roll Bride idea-steal!), and the bunting – I think we  created a wedding that was fun, unique, and best of all, exactly what we’d imagined.”

The bride wore a dress that she had made from a vintage Vogue pattern. She was keen to wear something that was ‘her’ and something that she felt comfortable and beautiful in. “My dress was ade by a friend of a friend from an old Vogue pattern I found on the Internet,” she continued. “I wanted long-sleeves as I assumed (wrongly) it would be cold in April and I wanted to cover my arms! I also wanted a dress that was ballerina length to show off my gorgeous shoes! The cream lace and nude lining it was made from were from Victoria Market in Nottingham. I chose lace because I wanted it to look like a wedding dress (you only get to do this once, right?!) but mostly because I love it. The woman who made the dress added the bow and the buttons on the sleeves, which I think were really good calls and one of the many reasons why I’m glad I didn’t attempt to make the dress myself.”

The DIY theme continued through out the wedding. The bride’s Mum made her birdcage veil and her bouquet from faux flowers (from Hobbycraft.) They also bought the majority of their decor ‘things’ that they weren’t able to make themselves from Etsy and eBay, including the invitations, the 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 included a template for a piece of bunting and asked their guests to send them one made from any material they wanted. “Lots of people did and we got some lovely and very creative pieces (metres of it in some cases!) which we put together and used to decorate the reception venue.  I think this really added to cosy, handmade feel of the reception and reflected what we wanted the wedding to be – 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: Rushcliffe Registry Office, West Bridgford, Nottingham
Reception Venue: Radcliffe Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Bride’s Dress: Custom Made
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Bride’s Headpiece: DIY
Bride’s Jewellery: Vivienne Westwood
Groom’s Suit: Daniel Hechter
Invitations: my blue tulip design on Etsy
Cakes: Fancie, Sheffield
Lego Cake Topper: Paul Revere’s Brick House on eBay & DIY (the surround)
Bouquet: DIY (Hobbycraft)
Flowers: DIY (flowers from a local market)
Favours: Badges from 50p Badges


  1. Their wedding was such a wonderful experience. The bride and groom are a perfect match and their happiness really shone through. I love the photo’s, Anna really captured the heart and soul of the day. Over the moon that I could be there and share it.

    Amazing :)


  2. This wedding is so cute. LOVE her shoes and the “She’s the Cheese ~ He’s the Macaroni” sign. Too Fun!

  3. I looked at all the photos and I wanna be friends with Isobel & Dave! :)
    Fantastic wedding, sooo much personality!

  4. I’m so happy that Kat and lots of other people appreciate the beauty in this wedding – it was one of my favourite days at work ever and Isobel and Dave are every bit as fun and lovely as they appear in these pictures and more. Thanks Kat for featuring it and thanks Isobel and Dave for a belter of a day! x

  5. Emily Rocks

    Just goes to show that it really IS the little things in life that matter. The ‘She’s the cheese and he’s the macaroni’ thing – that’s cos they share the love of a great song and a fun lyric, and the bunting with personal messages from friends and the props for the photobooth that came from around Isobel and Dave’s house – it all adds up to a lot of love and ingenuity, and not a lot of cash. Thank God Anna Hardy was there to capture it all!

  6. What a gorgeous dress! The badge idea is perfect and i’m in LOVE with the idea of the guests contributing bunting, how adorable!

  7. Love the photos, love the bunting, and the dress. Looks like they had a ball, goes to show you do don’t need to go down the traditional route to have a great wedding. Best of luck guys !!

  8. Chirpy

    Love love the cake! So cute. I’ve been inspired to order lego people today to try & create a similar topper. If our cake looks half as cool then I’ll be pleased :-)

  9. Isobel

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and thank you Kat for featuring our wedding! We had a wonderful day and this was the icing on the cake! Biggest thanks of all go to Anna Hardy who truly is a superstar and we love her x

  10. Jayne Sacco

    Love this wedding and all the details. Someone did a lot of glueing and sticking on this one. Gorgeous!


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