A Carnival and Circus Themed Wedding Reception

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Natalie and Patrick had a fairly traditional church ceremony but that’s definitely where the the tradition ended! Their wedding reception was one of the most authentic carnival/ circus themes I’ve ever seen! They changed outfits, had lots of performers and plenty of food truck options for their 500 (!) guests… Oh and they arrived on an elephant. NBD…

“The reception was at Texas Stunt Ranch”, Natalie said. “We chose it because we knew we were planning on having a circus complete with performers and an elephant and we knew there would be few if any venues that would be ‘elephant friendly’. So when they were not only willing but excited about our plan, we signed with them right away.”

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“Our entertainment was provided by The Vampire Circus and it was the absolute most amazing show I have ever seen….That ANYONE had ever seen! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and handled all the snags in the road with grace. If you have not seen them perform do yourself a favour and go. It was an incredible show, performed by the most skilled and astounding artists. They dazzled 500 people, and every single one of them told me it was the best show they had ever seen. They left the crowd awe-struck. I can’t begin to thank these guys enough. They had a pizzaz that made you not able to take your eyes off of them!!!”

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Afternoon Tea Wedding with a Home Made Wedding Dress

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I’m always so impressed when I hear that a bride made her own wedding dress, I mean damn girl, that’s some skill! When Tess married James she knew she wanted to have a go at making it herself so she’d have something completely one-of-a-kind to wear.

“Practically every part of our wedding was done by us”, said Tess. “Making my own dress was probably the scariest decision but I’m so glad I did it. It was the biggest DIY project of the wedding, a ridiculous idea in itself, but I was also pregnant for most of the planning and raising a new born for the latter part of it! It really was a mad thing to even attempt. Having said that, I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and that it was completely unique.”

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Their wedding theme was a country fete, vintage tea party. “We really just focused on family, children and fun”, she continued. “We didn’t do a receiving line, table plan or sit down dinner as that just isn’t us. We tried to include a lot of quirky and fun details throughout and everything was personal reflected us. I’m a country girl so having hay bales as seating was a necessity and the wooden cable reel drums as tables was James’ inspired idea!”

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Upcycled Cardiff Wedding with a Charity Shop Dress

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A second-hand dress, a felt flower bouquet and henna on her hands, Kate looked every bit the Rock n Roll princess when she married Nathan in September. “We both love vintage and historical things, so that influenced a lot of our decisions”, she said. “I’m also really passionate about reusing and upcycling things and we both love animals, especially our little dog, Mustard.”

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“Nothing about our wedding was particularly traditional. From the way we set the invitations out, to my charity shop wedding dress. A lot of people I know have involved their pets in their wedding, but most of the venues we spoke to only allowed them to be around for the ceremony. It was really important to us that Mustard was with us for the whole day and she was a big part of it all – we used a big poster of her for guests to sign instead of a book, and she featured on our invitations and signs! I also always wanted to have henna done for my wedding – even though it’s not traditional in our culture. The designs are beautiful and I love all the symbolism.”

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Glamorous One Mayfair Wedding

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When the bride is an event designer, you just know her wedding is going to be astronomically beautiful! Clementine and Crispin’s winter wedding was held at the gorgeous One Mayfair in London.

“I am an event and wedding planner by trade so have seen A LOT of weddings”, she said. “We wanted ours to be different and personal and felt the pressure that our friends and family had high expectations of what we’d do. I wanted a winter wedding as I’ve seen too many couple’s pin their hopes on a glorious summer’s day only to be disappointed by the British weather.”

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“We started by viewing my favourite venue in London, One Mayfair, and luckily Crispin loved it too. As the venue is an old church we took a little gothic inspiration from there and ended up with a gold, black and ivory theme. As it’s a dry hire space, we had to bring everything from all the lighting to all the furniture in so that ended up being the biggest expense. It was totally worth it though.”

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Dutch Shipyard Wedding

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Roeland and Esther were married at the bride’s father’s shipyard in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. She always wanted to throw a big warehouse party for all her friends and family so this was the perfect opportunity!

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“We did not really have a specific theme”, she said. “We wanted it to be simple, personal, approachable, informal and not ‘standard’. We also wanted to have all the locations close to each other so that it would be easy for the guests and really the aim was just to throw a big party together with all our friends and family. We were inspired by water, industrial things and the family shipyard We wanted a party like the many great techno parties we have been to in old warehouses and underground places.”

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Modern Black, Pink & Gold Wedding in NYC

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The New York wedding of Tracy and Bryan was held in the Music Hall of Williamsburg. They really wanted the night to feel more like a huge party, rather than a wedding. The décor had a very cheerful and celebratory vibe with pops of gold and pink.

“We wanted the vibes to be upbeat and fun, so we kept the ceremony super short and lengthened the reception”, said Tracy. “The stage backdrop for the ceremony was so stunning and was the perfect way to highlight the vows, as well as the band later on in the night.”

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“We did a lot of the décor ourselves. Along with family, we made over 700 tassels to be hung on chairs, stair rails, balconies, and anywhere else we could stick them. We made super cool half circle garland that criss-crossed the dance floor along with string lights. We hung additional garlands along the bars and put confetti EVERYWHERE.”

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