Thrifted and DIY Wedding in Canada

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Allison and Brad described their wedding theme as ‘eclectic, vintage and fun’ with a focus on DIY. Most of their wedding elements were crafted, borrowed, gifted, or thrifted, which added to the vintage feel. They originally chose hot pink for their colour scheme (Brad’s favourite colour), but then decided to have ALL the pinks, plus neutrals, navy blues and midnight blues.

They also wanted to honour Allison’s late mother in as many ways as possible, “Much of the inspiration came from trying to honour my late mother, who died in 2009, only four months before Brad and I met. From her old buttons that I used to make the boutonnieres and bouquets, to the brass candlesticks like the ones she used to collect, to sewing her old heart-shaped locket onto the lining of my dress over my heart.”

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The couple did a lot of DIY projects, with help from family and friends, “We made the bouquets, my hair piece, the boutonnieres, the bridesmaids’ flower hair pins and most of the decor (table runners, ribbon garlands, table numbers and signs). We also wrote the content for the favours (recipe books of our favourite recipes) and spray-painted the centrepieces which were thrifted sport trophies. Our friend who’s a metalsmith made our wedding rings, one of my bridesmaids made all the ice cream and sauces for the ice cream buffet, my sister-in-law made the marquee letters, and another friend made the sash and bow on my dress!”

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DIY Circus Tent Wedding with Dinosaurs and Hedgehogs!

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Katie and Jeff met at school and have been together since they were 15! They were married in August and described their wedding theme as ‘complete randomness’. They were inspired by their love of music so Jeff wore a yellow jacket as a tribute to Queen, and Katie had their favourite Foo Fighters song on her Crown and Glory veil. They also asked all their guests to request a song on their RSVPs so that everyone would enjoy the music on the day.

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The couple got married in Jeff’s family home, Wingfield Hall. “We took a lot of time to get Jeff’s parent’s house registered for marriages so we could have it at his family home”, began Katie. “The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be. We got married under an archway in the middle of the room so it felt really intimate and all the guests were close to us. We wrote our own vows that mentioned our cat Frank and our favourite song lyrics and had my brother give a reading (which made everyone cry).”

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Retro Bridal Looks for Under £40!

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If there’s one thing I hope reading Rock n Roll Bride has taught you, it’s that you don’t need to spend all your savings to have a fantastic wedding. Starting off married life with a mountain of debt is no fun for anyone which I why I was thrilled to be submitted this retro bridal shoot using vintage dresses that all cost less than £40 each!

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Stylist Ines of Wedding Bazaar Vienna told me, “You don’t always need a new dress to achieve a stunning look and that was the idea behind this photo shoot. All the dresses we used were second-hand and sourced on the internet for less then £40, or they were lent by friends.”

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Family Focused and Nature Inspired Wedding in Cornwall

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Becky and Alistair described their wedding theme as ‘crystals and ribbons’ and were inspired by Cornwall and nature. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, sentimental and outdoors because nature and the environment mean so much to them.

“Everything from the venue down to what colour ribbon we had hanging in the trees all had sentimental meaning to us,” explained Becky, “that’s what gives the wedding its unique flavour: it was a little bit of each family member’s creativity fused into one day. I’m pagan so we also wanted to incorporate that in the meaning of the petals used in the confetti (made by my mum from wild flowers around her house) and by having a wishing tree instead of a guest book.”

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“Our ceremony was actually a pretty simple affair. My bridesmaid Penny did a reading of Pam Ayres’ Yes I’ll Marry you my Dear. It just seemed to suit us as a couple so well! It meant a lot to us that Penny could do the reading as well since she’s known us pretty much from the beginning. My granddad also did a reading of Robert Burns’ A Red Red Rose which was so lovely.”

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Alternative and Ethical Engagement and Wedding Rings

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If you’re one of the growing number of brides looking for an ethical engagement or wedding ring, then look no further than Shakti Ellenwood Precious Jewellery! Her designs are rich in romance, myth and ritual, and each one blends centuries-old artisanal skills with her own distinctive aesthetic. I’ve just discovered her work and I’m quite frankly obsessed!

At the heart of Shakti’s creations is her passion for responsible design, handcrafting every piece from Fairtrade gold

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Classic Rock n Roll Wedding with a Nautical Edge

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Char and Rob were married on a yacht in the San Francisco Bay. They had their ceremony on the deck, followed by the reception inside. The bride, a shoe designer, designed her own shoes which she wore with a stunning fishtail dress from Nicole Miller. The couple met when they were both playing in punk bands and this love of music and having an alternative lifestyle definitely influenced their day.

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“I would say our wedding was Rock n Roll with a nautical edge”, Char began. “Aesthetically, we had the striped print concept and gold anchor detail which was fitting for a wedding on a yacht but also very reflective of our personal style. I have recently started my own company, a speciality women’s footwear brand called Charla Tedrick, and the core prints for my brand are black and white stripes. It’s kind of all over our house, actually! I’ve had a gold anchor surface piercing below my left eye for almost a decade… so obviously gold anchors would make an appearance in our wedding décor!”

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