Seth and Lauren’s wedding had a laid back vibe, a budget of just $4000 and lots of lovely homemade details. They planned the day in just three and a half months with lots of help from their friends and family! “I love gold and feathers”, said the bride. “I had seen some gold tipped feathers and I took that as our initial idea and ran with it. I have also done some events at work where we covered the tables with butcher paper and used very simple yet beautiful decor like succulents, twine, and tins. It all fit together very well.”
They out together all the flowers (the feathers were from Etsy and the flowers themselves came from Walmart), a friend made their cake, and instead of a band or DJ they created their own Spotify playlist. “We had a craft party where we made ALL of the decor. We made boutonnieres and bouquets, cleaned tins and glued lace and burlap on them, and hand-painted all the signs. We did everything ourselves. The wedding really wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the selfless friends and family who were willing to come out for a craft day, prep all of the food/cake and freeze it, let us use tables and chairs. The decorations I paid for were purchased in bulk and we spent very little on them. For example: the butcher paper rolls were $12 and we only used half of one roll.”
Jacques and Emma’s summer wedding took place in Rondekuil, a farm venue in rural Durbanville, Cape Town. They had polka dots, jewel tones and woodland touches throughout their decor.
“We had two main objectives: for it to be a true reflection of who we are and for it to be a fun celebration of our love surrounded by our loved ones”, said Emma. “We didn’t want anything formal and traditional. I knew that I wanted colour, but it began with knowing what we didn’t want and through the process we began to realise what we actually wanted.”
“Jacques and I are not traditional people and we wanted our wedding to be an extension of who we are. We didn’t believe in following the supposed rules and didn’t want to spend a fortune. I am the DIY queen, I love creating things. This had two major positives for us. We saved a lot of money and we were able to create the exact decor we wanted. Every weekend was spent creating something for the wedding. I sewed over 100 metres of polka dot table runners, we planted our own wedding favours and even baked our own thank you ornaments out of clay. I bought hundreds of inexpensive plastic animals and spray painted them gold. Nothing was safe from my gold spray paint! I found light up bunny lights which we had all over the tables. I decided to forgo the normal bridal and bridesmaid bouquets and instead made giant paper flowers out of crepe paper.”
Oops moments happen. We’re all human after all. Your wedding day will be no different which is why I think it’s important to have those ‘just in case’ items with you. Just a quick search on Pinterest is enough to give you heart palpitations about being completely unprepared. I mean for some of these you’re going to need to haul a bloody great suitcase with you down the aisle to fit it all in (overkill much?)
You should probably leave the extension cord at home, but there are a few things you really do need to have with you on your wedding day. For me those would be safety pins, plasters, chewing gum and deodorant.
They’re all pretty self-explanatory but one of them is a complete non-negotiable – a good deodorant. I know at my own wedding I have never felt more nervous than when I was about to walk down the aisle. A heady mixture of excitement, anticipation and nerves made me thankful I was wearing a good deodorant! If you’re a nervous bride like I was then you’ll definitely need to think about this too. After all, no-one wants sweat patches when your husband or wife-to-be sees you for the first time. And let’s face it, this is likely to be very sweat-patch inducing moment!
Today I’m partnering with Dove to share their brand new campaign, Amazing Moments, in which they put their Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to the test during a real woman’s surprise proposal to the love of her life. Dove Clinical Protection offers undeniable wetness protection and has ¼ moisturisers to care for skin.
Tara-Lee and Jesse were married at the groom’s family home on Mt Tamborine, Australia. The day had a vintage circus/ carnival theme!
“Jesse and I are far from traditional people”, began the bride. “We like to do things totally left-field and wanted a day that people would be talking about for years to come that would also suit us perfectly. We wanted something fun, wild and not like the everyday type of weddings that people expect. We wanted a big party that we just so happened to get married at.
Their our officiant dressed up as a gypsy psychic for the ceremony and their 6 year old daughter was decked out head to toe as a Ring Master. Their baby daughter was even dressed as a lion! “The ceremony started with Lily standing up on a podium, calling everyone’s attention to ‘Roll up! Take your places because the bride is here!’ I walked down the aisle to City and Colour’s Northern Wind. My vows consisted of gaming references as a surprise to Jesse and his vows consisted of singing I Wanna Grow Old With You from The Wedding Singer, which was the best surprise and was funny because we’d actually joked about them being our wedding vows!”
We all want to have that moment. The moment where you find ‘the’ dress, you feel like a princess for the first time in your life, and you squeal with excitement over the thought of walking down the aisle in the most perfect gown you’ve ever laid eyes on.
But what if the idea of going to a bridal boutique fills you with dread? Or if you want something really different or alternative and you just can’t find it in any stores? If you’ve always dreamt of creating your own dream wedding dress than you need to check out Ieie’s Dress Boutique.
This boutique style bridal salon is operated exclusively online. They work with brides all over the world and they specialise in customised wedding dresses, meaning if you can dream it they can create it!
Brooke and Jamie were married on a beach in Florida. They had a reception for their loved ones two weeks after. “Jamie said he wanted to get married on the beach and I ran with it”, the bride said. “Our theme was romantic, boho, beachy and casual but with our individual fashion flares.”
The bride’s dress came from Forever 21 and it was $30! “We always coordinate our outfits even at home in our PJs so our outfits ended up being the inspiration and feel for the day. We didn’t have a wedding party or any guests. We wanted it to be just the two of us and I’m so glad we did. It was extremely intimate and not at all intimidating. We knew we would both get emotional and we didn’t want to do so in front of a bunch of people. It was like there was no one else but us there that day. Perfect in every way.”