When Benjamin and Georgina decided to marry, they didn’t want to wait. So they flew over to Las Vegas to do it on their own terms. “Benjamin is in a band so we don’t get very much time together, due to his touring schedule”, said Georgina. “So for us, being married was the most important thing.”
“Benjamin spent the nine weeks leading up to the wedding touring in Australia and the US, so not only were we apart, but on different time zones. At the end of his tour I flew out from London and he flew from Florida to both meet up in Vegas, which was the most romantic, crazy and surreal experience!”
“We chose Vegas for the lights (I’m obsessed with neon, thanks to Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, probably the greatest film of all time). It was somewhere we’d always wanted to experience, and we hadn’t even been on holiday abroad together before this trip, so the time leading up to the wedding day made for lots of insane memories.”
If you really don’t have a lot of money to spend, or you literally just want to run away and get married, then Laura and James’ colourful runaway elopement is going to be so inspiring for you!
“Our wedding was relaxed and bright!” said Laura. “Really early on we talked about the fact that we wanted to run away and get married in secret. We had never even really considered a normal wedding. We talked about inviting our parents but then decided that if we did that we’d have to invite brothers and sisters… and if they were invited we would have to invite their partners… But then I would feel bad not inviting our best friends and their partners… And then it would feel harsh not ti invite more family and before you know it we’d have 100 people ‘running away’ with us! We just had to be strict and keep it at zero guests. It was really difficult to keep it a secret from everybody we know!”
“We didn’t tell anyone we’d got married until that evening, the first to know were our parents over video chat. My mum had always suspected we would run off and get married in secret so she was not upset in the slightest, just happy for us! James’ mum also said she had suspected we might have been getting married in secret. I was over the moon with their reactions and pleased that they had their suspicions beforehand so it wouldn’t have been a total shock!”
The day was held at Lower Barns, a B&B in Cornwall. “We got married in a shed! Its officially called the Wed Shed and it is adorable! It could just about fit seven of us in (me and James, two registrars, two witnesses and our photographer, Alexa) so was very cosy. It was the definition of intimate, there were candles lit, an old school table and quirky chairs. I have to be honest I don’t remember the ceremony much and I am glad for the photos as it was a short time, and although we didn’t have a big audience, I still felt a little nervous! But it was lovely in the end and the best part is that we were officially married at the end of it!”
Ailsa and Ben were married in Shoreditch, London. The bride ditched the traditional white dress, opting for a custom made black one! The wedding was on October 31st, so had a few touches of Halloween, but it wasn’t overly themed.
“The wedding had a general East London vibe with graffiti elements”, began the bride. “Our prominent backdrop for the main room at the reception was a projection of a piece of graffiti that we created in Paris, where Ben proposed exactly one year previously. Our inspiration was our personalities and tastes, and the date – my favourite day is Halloween. We both have a passion for art and graffiti, so we tried to bring than in too. Ultimately the warehouse-style venue looked great as a blank canvas, so we wanted to work with that.”
“We’ve received a lot of comments about the individuality of the day – the warehouse venue, the black dress, the Bavarian beer house dining arrangement, the mass-karaoke sing-a-long in the evening. Many people said they’d never been to a wedding like ours, but ultimately we wanted to throw a party to celebrate our love for the fabulous people we have in our lives. In the end our favourite moments were actually the ‘traditional’ elements – the ceremony and the first dance.”
Vinique and Craig were married on their ten year anniversary. The day was inspired by steampunk and Victorian influences. “Our wedding was Victorian steampunk inspired with a hint of vintage and a twist of gothic charm!” said the bride. “Our inspiration came from what we love as a couple. It’s a celebration of who we are. We wanted it to be a reflection of our personalities and interests.”
“Everything was uniquely us and custom made by us. It was a celebration of our love for each other and our sons. We opted for a short, non-traditional ceremony keeping it neutral and light with a feel good celebratory message. While our guests where seated, and the groom made his entrance to Come to Me by the Goo Goo Dolls. I was walked down the aisle by my brother to Love You to Death by Type O Negative.”
Rishad and Andreas were married in Berlin. The Bangladeshi bride and her German groom had a laid back wedding that really felt like them. “Although there was a lot of planning, we did not have a theme”, explained the bride, Rishad. ” Things just fell into place in the organic semi-chaos that is our life. Some of our guests described it as ‘hipster’ but we’d say it just felt like us. It was small and homely, a celebration of all the different relationships that have individually shaped us.”
“We didn’t particularly think our wedding was ‘alternative’ but there were some crucial elements that made that day slightly different from the textbook wedding. I wore white but it was not a traditional wedding dress. I did not have a flower bouquet but rather, had some in my hair! We had no flower girls, no best men and bridesmaids – just one friend from each side, who would together conduct the ceremony. There were no grand plans for the reception either. We just wanted to give people time to mingle, touch base and DANCE!”
Saying thank you is so important. Especially to those people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes of your wedding, helping you prepare for the special day. Giving flowers is nice, but why not consider something more long-lasting? It would be really lovely to thank you mum, for example, with a necklace she can wear forever, or your dad with some engraved cufflinks.
When you’re in the throws of wedding planning it can be difficult to think past that one day, but today I’d like to encourage you to remember to show your appreciation for those people that have really helped you.
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama
I personally think jewellery is a really nice idea. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and it’s something they can keep and wear forever. My sister got married this past weekend and she gave all of us bridesmaids handmade silver earrings. It was such a special moment because she’d made them especially for us. We all put them on immediately (I actually haven’t taken mine off since!)
If you’re not in the position to make your own silver jewellery then Links of London have some amazingly beautiful, yet affordable, options that would be suitable for anyone you needed to thank. The Diamond Essentials Sterling Silver Pave Star necklace is one of my favourites. What could be a better gift for someone that’s been a complete star throughout your wedding planning?!