The most important thing to Amy and Craig was that they had their ceremony somewhere meaningful to them. So after a lot of back and forth (and a little bit of help from Rock n Roll Bride!) they decided to say “I do” in Amy’s parents’ back garden.
“We had a lot of trouble finding a ceremony venue we really loved and didn’t just want the standard registry office ceremony”, explained Amy. “Then we read the ‘How to plan a wedding‘ series on Rock n Roll Bride at the beginning of 2014 and it inspired the idea of having our ceremony in my parents’ back garden. It was by no means a foolproof plan, but once my parents were convinced (which didn’t actually take much doing) the ball was rolling. Since we’re both not religious a Humanist ceremony seemed like a perfect fit, and once we met Lisbeth, our celebrant, we knew we’d made the right decision. The ceremony she delivered was tailored to us, and our friends and family really enjoyed how personal it felt.”
“The idea we constantly held in mind was to create a wedding we would really want to be guests at”, she continued. “Cue plenty of food and drink! We chose a hog roast and barbecue for dinner which everyone loved, plates were piled high and guests were encouraged to go back for seconds. The dessert was cinema snacks (candy cart, popcorn, and mini tubs of ice cream) as it fitted with our love of cinema and it encouraged guests to help themselves to as much or as little as they liked, and got everyone out of their seats and mingling.”
Stephanie and Jeff planned their wedding at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in less than a month. Incredibly, even with such a short time-frame they managed to do nearly everything themselves!
“In the vision of creating a truly personal day, there was quite a bit of DIY”, explained the bride. “We did the invitations, the place cards, the table numbers, the table runners, the flower arrangements, the gold vases, the bouquets and the boutonnières. We also spray painted the robot and dinosaur table décor, made the ribbon wands for the ceremony, and did all the graphic design.”
The ceremony was held outside the front of the main building an was officiated by two family members – Stephanie’s aunt and Jeff’s cousin. “With the huge help of my aunt, the three of us created a ceremony that we genuinely believed in and cared about”, she continued. “Jeff and I wrote our vows together the night before our wedding and recited the same ones; it was important for us to create those together.”
The time has come; the brand new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now on sale! If you were smart enough to pre-order or subscribe, a shiny pink envelope may have already dropped on your doormat (and if not it’ll be with you really soon, pinky swear!) However if you fancied doing things the old fashioned way, now is the time to run to your nearest WHSmith, Sainbury’s or local newsagents!
So what will you find inside the brand new issue?
Well, it just wouldn’t be Rock n Roll Bride without real weddings galore, and the Nov/Dec edition has 11 of them spread over 100 glorious pages. Plus, from this issue onwards all the weddings featured inside are going to be completely exclusive to the mag. This means you won’t have seen them on the blog before. Yay! Even more real wedding goodness to sink your teeth into!
Issue five has a wedding with a drag queen officiant, one with a rain-soaked ceremony and another with a puppy ring bearer. Just you try and tell me you’re not desperate to see more after hearing that!! Here’s the sneakiest of peeks of some of the spreads…
Music festival lovers Cris and Vlad wanted their Romanian wedding to reflect their love of going to, and playing at them. “The inspiration for our wedding was music festivals, Woodstock in particular”, said the bride. “My husband proposed at Sziget Festival, in a tent, at 3 am and I am in a band so it made perfect sense.”
“We had LOTS of little details at the wedding, all of which were inspired by music festivals and bands we love. Each guest received a wristband and we even had an ‘Official Merchandise’ stand where were had CDs, badges, cups and t-shirts for our guests to take away. We arrived in a VW van and most of our guests camped over.”
Ruth and Matt wanted to keep things casual for their June wedding. That meant a town hall ceremony and reception with a pub drinks reception in between! Ruth’s stunning dress came from Jenny Packham and Matt wore a bespoke suit from Suit Supply, just off Saville Row.
“We met eight years ago when we were both working at Vans on Carnaby Street”, began the bride. “Which is why Matt’s wedding day gift to me was the customised Vans Slip-ons representing where we met and our wedding day.”
“Our wedding was a mixture of our shared interests. We didn’t want a specific theme, just to incorporate the different things we like that represent us as a couple. From Art Deco to Americana to Rock and Metal via Mexico. We just really wanted a fun day where everyone could enjoy themselves and feel relaxed. Although we wanted some traditional elements we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted our personalities to come across.”
Luke and Natalie were married in London in June. Their reception was held at The Village Underground in Shoreditch, a super cool industrial space. “We met whilst training together at Ballet School”, said Natalie. “We wanted our wedding to be simple with lots of personal touches. Our main inspiration was to provide a great day for all those we love to celebrate with us.”
The bride’s dress was by Minna which she wore with a flower crown. “My flower crown and the bouquets were done by That Flower Shop, all of the other flowers and décor were DIY. We bought them at Covent Garden Flower Market and put them together ourselves. We also made the bunting and Luke made all the stationery. The cakes and deserts were handmade by friends and family.”