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Bohemian Wedding at The Keeper and the Dell

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Danielle and Darren were set up on a blind date. Their wedding was inspired by a trip to Tunisia and their love of travel in general. They were also influenced by Glastonbury and their family, friends and children.

The wedding was held at The Keeper and the Dell, a unique outdoor wedding venue in Norfolk. The ceremony was held outside. “We stood outside the marquee, with the beautiful wooden dressing screen for the backdrop”, the bride explained.  “The sun shone so brightly and our sons held the rings. Darren’s father officiated the ceremony. I loved coming down the aisle with my nine bridesmaids.”

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“Some of our favourite details were the buddha heads, the scent sticks and the fact that we had no table plan or set menus. We had bell tents and colourful fabrics lining the marquee, large rugs and mosaic dishes. We covered some old bus seats from a car boot sale which were bought for £3 for the guests to sit on. We were all in bohemian dresses with bare feet, tipsy dancing, non-stop smiling and laughing.”

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If Wes Anderson Remade Steel Magnolias

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Amy and Ryan wanted a sweet, nostalgic and happy wedding. They were married at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, in March. “I originally wanted a ceremony at our house, but there was no way we could fit everyone, so we brought elements of our home to the venue”, Amy said. “We both love mid-century ascetics, but didn’t want it to be too kitschy or overdone. One guest described it as ‘if Wes Anderson remade Steel Magnolias’ which is a fantastic compliment if not just a really, really good idea.”

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“Our décor was a combination of handmade projects, beloved items from our own home and items provided by family. Our taxidermy weasel on our sweetheart table was actually what Ryan proposed to me with… long story! My mom even made us a piñata for guests to drop in their well-wishes. All of the paper flowers in the décor were made by Ryan, my mom, her students and myself. The flowers in my bouquet were picked up that morning at Whole Foods and beautifully thrown together.”

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Vintage-Inspired Thunder Bay Wedding

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Prepare to get your swoon on with Karly and Geoffrey’s adorable vintage influenced wedding. “Geoffrey and I had both been sent to the tiny coastal town of Prince Rupert, BC for work”, Karly explained when I asked her how they met. “We were set up on a blind date in the fall of 2012 by a mutual friend. Six months later we were shopping for a house together. I was a bit of a hippie wild child and never would’ve seen myself ending up with a policeman, but he is just so wonderful and we fell in love so quickly and easily. We got engaged in January 2014.”

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The wedding was held at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario. “There was never any question that we’d have the wedding in Thunder Bay, where I grew up. It’s where my maternal grandparents, my Oma and Opa, still live and they have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in the same house with them. My brother and sister and I never had babysitters or daycare, we just had Oma and Opa. I’ve always been super close with them and they are really my second set of parents. My Opa had a degenerative muscular disease called myasthenia gravis that affected his walking and balance, so he couldn’t travel easily. Hence the wedding in Thunder Bay even though about 90% of our guests had to travel to be there.”

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How to Save Money on Your Bridesmaid Dresses

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I was a bridesmaid for the first time in November. I was actually the only one at the wedding and that, coupled with probably the most laid-back bride in existence, meant the whole experience was a breeze. Carly’s only stipulation was that I wore grey. Easy. We went to one place and ordered my dress then and there.

Now it’s my second time around, this time for my sister Rachel, who’s getting hitched in July. Now don’t get me wrong, Rachel is pretty laid-back too, but there are FIVE bridesmaids which, despite everyone’s best intentions, automatically ups the ante and the stress!

Funnily enough, the hard part hasn’t been finding a dress to suit all our different body shapes (Rachel was happy for us all to be in a different style if we wanted, ironically though, we’ve all picked the same one!) or picking a colour that we all agree on (she wanted us all in different shades of blue and green). No, the really tricky part has been getting five dresses without spending a complete fortune. My £200 bridesmaid dress felt like a bit of a splurge for Carly’s wedding, but it was manageable within their budget. However when you have five bridesmaids that £200 indulgence automatically becomes a £1000 impossibility!

If you too have a large bridal party, or you just want to save as much money as you can on your bridesmaid dresses, here’s my advice:

Do your homework first

In the flushes of newly engaged excitement, I think a lot of brides make the mistake of asking lots of their friends and relatives to be bridesmaids, without first factoring in the costs. Sure, it might be lovely to have your ten oldest friends up there with you, but ten bridesmaids means ten dresses… ten pairs of shoes… ten bouquets… It can all add up very quickly. Ideally you should do your research on how much things actually cost, before you decide who to ask to be in your wedding party.

“Setting a budget and doing your homework are the first steps when shopping for your bridesmaid dresses,” Karen of Bridal Wardrobe writes in this handy saving for your wedding guide. “Knowing the base prices of the range you like can help you stick to your budget and avoid overspending.”

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Visit the high street

There’s no doubt in my mind that the British high street is the best in the world. Especially as we get into Spring, all the shops will start to fill up with bridesmaid appropriate options at very reasonable prices. The only reason we didn’t get ours from a high street store was that Rachel wanted us all in maxi dresses that were in different, but complimenting colours. This is basically impossible to find unless you go to someone who makes dresses specifically for bridesmaids. Most fashion stores will only offer a dress in one, or maybe two, different colours.

Look online

If you venture online, that opens up your options even further. ASOS, ChiChi London, Monsoon, BHLDN, Vivien of Holloway and Lindybop all do bridesmaid appropriate ranges, although you might not get the colour variety that you would with a bridesmaid-specific retailer. However if you’re more flexible on your colour palette, they are all fantastic places to look.

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Bulk buy discounts

In the end, we bought our dresses from a website that specialises in bridesmaid dresses which meant we could all get the same dress in our individual choice of colour. However the real clincher was that they offered larger discounts the more dresses you bought. So the dresses were one price on their own, but if you bought 2-3 of them you got some money off, 4-5 you got even more off and so on and so forth. This meant that having a large bridal party actually worked in our favour because the more we bought, the more we saved!

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Autumnal Wedding in Sweden

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Magda and David wanted a simple autumnal wedding with lots of warm colours. Their reception was held in a restaurant with gold chandeliers and they decorated the tables with ivy and leaves. “We wanted the wedding to feel like we were just at home”, the bride said. “Our dress code was ‘whatever makes you feel relaxed’ and we made almost everything ourselves.”

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The day started with a quick ceremony at Gothenburg town hall. “The ceremony lasted for about 30 seconds and was very simple. There were a few words of  wisdom from the officiant about listening to and appreciating each other, the classic ‘Do you take each other?’ and so on before the kiss and it was over! Outside on the steps our families threw uncooked rice and confetti.”

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Denver Dive Bar Elopement

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I think at some point or another throughout their wedding planning, most brides throw their hands up in the air and shout “Screw it! Let’s just elope!!” Whether it’s the mounting costs, your parents driving your bonkers or the fact that you’re spending more time than can be considered sane panicking over DIY projects, I’m pretty sure its a common fantasy for a lot of engaged folks.

While actually going through with an elopement might not be on the cards for a lot of you (oh aren’t family dynamics fun!?) there’s no reason why you can’t be hella inspired by the ideas that a low-key wedding presents.

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Set up by a collection of Denver’s most awesome wedding suppliers, this Dive Bar elopement shoot is everything you’ve ever dreamt of and more! “The concept started out as an experience-based wedding day, with a focus on the city”, stylist Nicole Lowery of Hey! Party Collective told me. “We also wanted to use the vendors that we think are really innovating the Denver wedding industry.”

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