On May 3rd, and with just £5000 to spend, Charly and Phil were married at Church of The Good Shepherd in Tadworth. They had their thrifty reception in the church hall next door! The bride wore a Nataya ‘Titanic’ dress and carried a homemade crochet bouquet. They saved cash by DIYing pretty much everything, from the flowers to the cake to the catering! Their entertainment was a two piece jazz band, made up of friends.
“We wanted to put as much of ourselves into our wedding as possible”, began Charly. “We knew that we wanted a lot of personal touches – from hand making all of the guest buttonholes (all 100 of them!!) to our favourite crystals on the tables. I also decided on something a little different right from the very start when I bought an original Edwardian tea dress that I had planned to customise. However, life got in the way in the form of job hunting and such, and so I had to shelve that idea when I ran out of time. I headed on line and searched and searched for something Edwardian-esque in my price range, finally landing on Nataya Titanic dress range. I fell in love with the green version, ordered it from The States and clapped when it arrived. It was perfect for me and made me feel like a bride in something that I would not need help with when going to the loo. I could dance in it, hug people in it and it was not going to make me overheat. Tick, tick, tick!”
A wedding dress made of a recycled crochet tablecloth, custom buttons for every member of the wedding party and flowers grown by the couple themselves… there’s just so much to love about Angie and Lionel’s thrifty, farm wedding! Married in Chrissiesmeer, South Africa on 28th April this year, this couple really did plan the wedding they truly wanted.
“Our theme was ‘recycled’”, wrote the bride. “We love the earth and decided to make it our mission for our wedding to have all our décor made out of recycled items. This also made our wedding more personal as we made most of the décor ourselves and recycled everything ourselves.”
“Our entire wedding told our love story. Every table had a different name and a different centrepiece that told the story of us. The wedding table was the wishes we had for our future together. My wedding dress was made from recycled crochet tablecloths that we didn’t pay for! Instead I asked around at church and an old lady gave them to me. I didn’t want a white wedding dress so we added the dyed flowers to give the extra colour. We don’t really define it as a ‘DIY wedding’, rather ‘lets save the planet wedding’. I’m not a hippy but I love arty things and I think our wedding was a piece of art.”
It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”
For their March wedding, Tiffany and Christopher wanted to do everything themselves. It meant they were able to save money, but also that they could have the wedding they really wanted. Their theme was a pastel candy coloured rainbow, full of lovely DIY projects and playful ideas!
“Pastel candy rainbow is the easiest description for the reception”, explained the bride. “We went for a more nature inspired, minimal, springtime themed look for the actual ceremony. We’re both foodies (Chris being a chef helps) and we love donuts, candy, sprinkles, and lots of colors.”
“The officiant was explicitly told there would be no religion, no references to ‘giving the bride away”‘or any other traditional vows”, she continued. “I’m a feminist and I am not owned by my father or my husband. She went along with it beautifully and even threw in a Willy Wonka quote at the end. I had pink hair, tattoos showing, and we arrived in a classic Buick Century. Our shoot after the ceremony at the carnival was very Rock n Roll, with my leather jacket, pins, and our sunglasses. We happened to find the carnival in a shopping center a few days before the wedding and it turned out to be perfect for pictures. It was free and we had a blast! The car we rode in was the coolest too.”
Like so many awesome couples these days, Vivien and Nick wanted a wedding to reflect them – and that meant going against what a lot of their friends and family thought! When people expressed disapproving words that the bride would be wearing black, she ignored them! She knew it was the right choice for her, and thank goodness she stuck with it because doesn’t she look SPECTACULAR?!
“The wedding theme was our take on Victorian elegance… meets metal!” began Vivien. “Our colour scheme was black and cream. I initially dreamt of a ‘black-out’ wedding, where EVERYONE present would be dressed entirely in black. I still think that would have looked amazing, but as word spread around family, friends and colleagues that I would be wearing black it became apparent that many don’t share my enthusiasm for the shade! I faced a lot of pressure to change my mind, and wear ANYTHING other than black. It was actually ridiculous. I’m so, so happy now that I didn’t compromise on what I wanted just so that others would feel more comfortable.”
Tom and Emma were married in Florida. Their wedding was nerdy, with a touch of vintage, just like them! They had loads of lovely handmade and especially sourced details such as paper flower bouquets and Ski Soda brought in from Illinois.
“Pretty much all of our décor was made by us”, began the bride. “We wanted our tables to look like home. We wanted our guests to look around and feel like they were at their grandma’s house. We had stacks of old books, doilies, jars and lace. Actually, the jars used in our centerpieces were Tom’s grandmas from the 50s!”
“Tom taught himself how to make bow ties for his groomsmen’s presents and enjoyed it so much he has started a bow-tie business. We had DIY book page garlands, book page roses, and opted for hand painted signs to keep our guests informed. We fell in love with a lace a burlap aisle runner on Etsy, and the length we needed would have cost us about $180 dollars, so I ordered some burlap lace and made it myself for about $30.”