Erynne and Sean were married in their own back garden. The wedding was inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party meets a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream with a bit of a Victorian, garden party feel thrown in for good measure!
“We both wanted something fun and different”, said the bride. “It started out as a straight up Steampunk tea party, but it slowly evolved into the softer, fluffier version that I absolutely love. EVERYTHING was DIY, right down to the venue. The fire pit where the ceremony took place was unfinished when we got engaged, so that summer was all landscaping and planting. Having the wedding at our house also meant we had to make time to painting everything and clear out all our junk! I went a little crazy at garage sales and antique stores for décor and place settings, in the end we had so much stuff we didn’t even use it all!”
Both circus performers, Rocío and Benjamin they met doing what they love so it was only right that their wedding was also in held in a big top! “I am a trapeze artist and Benjamin is a clown”, the bride said. “So the style of our wedding was quite familiar to us. We all are circus people, very spontaneous and full of laughs.”
“We were inspired in our roots. At the beginning Benjamin wanted to have the ceremony at a church, but I convinced him to have the ceremony at the circus too. We were born there, we lived our happiness and sorrows there. This is our life, so it made sense to do it all there.”
Isolde and Mark were married in Ireland in August. Their wedding had a vintage Tour de France theme! “We often cycle together and love driving through France”, explained the bride. “Our yearly holiday involves driving from London to Provence and camping where ever we can. We didn’t stick to the theme slavishly though – my dress wasn’t very french looking – just what suited me. I love red roses and didn’t want pastel flowers so we went with those instead.”
“We really drew on our friends and families talent too”, she continued. “My dad made a giant fairground piece with a cycling theme (the ones you put your faces in for photos). He also designed the wedding favours which were lovely bottles of whiskey. My bridesmaids Lauren and Ursula are both designers so helped with any sewing and any creative things.”
Susan and Patrick were inspired by all the things they love for their wedding. So that meant the day was themed around vintage fashion, vinyl records, Elvis, and bright colours.
“Our wedding planning philosophy was simple: Is it fun and does it make us happy?” said the bride. “The songs we played, the food we served, the vows we wrote, and venue we chose all reflected things that made us happy. We cut out anything that seemed too hard to implement or was otherwise a distraction, like a bridal party, a grand entrance and exit, and a sit down dinner. Instead we added things that seemed fun such as our technicolour wedding arch, my accessories, my husband’s gold lame suit, a temporary tattoo station, and a ukulele performance where my husband and I sang for our guests!”
The wedding was held at Bottom of the Hill, a concert venue in San Francisco. “The entire event occurred at a cool rock music venue where Patrick and I have seen a lot of shows together. And, since a traditional guestbook didn’t seem like much fun, we decided to have a ‘guest-guitar’ which fit perfectly with this! We bought a cheap white guitar and a bunch of multi-coloured markers, and invited all our guests to write us a message on it. People loved it, and now we have a guitar that represents the love of all our friends and family to hang on the wall.”
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If you’re anything like me, you’re already obsessed with Etsy because it’s the perfect place to find unique items for your wardrobe, home, wedding and beyond! Buying things from independent sellers not only means you’ll be getting something not everyone else on the planet will own, but it feels really good to support the small businesses who list on there.
However, again, if you’re anything like me, it can be a bit difficult to know where to start looking. The range is so huge, and the number of sellers so extensive, that it can be rather overwhelming! Here are my top tips for getting the best out of Etsy, and uncovering those sellers that are making the perfect items for your alternative wedding.
1. Subscribe to their mailing list
The Etsy email newsletter is a fantastic place to find the most beautiful items. They regularly send out a really well-curated list of products. You can also subscribe to only receive emails on the topics and genre of products that you’re interested in meaning you never feel spammed.
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2. Save your favourite shops
‘Favouriting’ the shops and items you like not only means that any updates from those sellers will appear in your dashboard, but Etsy will also start to recommend you things that they think you might also enjoy based on the things you already like. Genius!
3. Follow the Etsy blog
Just like their email newsletter, the Etsy blog regularly featured the coolest sellers, but they also publish DIY tutorials and guest articles written by experts (such as yours truly!) It’s a must read.
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Sara and Marc were married in a castle. Their day had a gothic feel and the bride wore purple! Their budget was just $8,000 and they saved money by DIYing the décor, not having a DJ or band, and by avoiding using real flowers or having a traditional wedding cake. They were also very lucky to win their wedding photography in a competition!
“If I had to choose a theme for our wedding id say it was ‘gothic chic'”, explained the bride. “It was dark and beautiful, classy, and feminine. We wanted the wedding on Halloween but the venue was already booked so we went with the 10th October instead. However it turned out to be better than if we’d done it on the 31st because the weather was perfect!!
“Still, we kind of went with a Halloween theme. We had bats hanging off the centrepieces which were made from branches, skull garlands hanging behind our seats and black glitter pumpkins on the tables. Marc wanted to have a modern day Lestat look for his outfit, which I think work out perfect for the look of the wedding.”