Jess and Steve wanted a wedding in the West Country that reflected lots of little things that they love. “We wanted a day that would be a lot of relaxed fun for us and our guests”, said the bride. “We wanted elements of things that we love, like 40s and 50s fashion and music, without it being ‘themed’. The plan was for a big West Country party!”
The day started with a church ceremony. “We were married in St Brendan’s Church. It was the church where Steve’s parents were married. It’s also 1000 years old! I’m a Christian, while Steve is Agnostic so it was lovely to have a church ceremony that would mean something to both of us. The ceremony was beautiful, the string quartet played a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (It was a tough decision between that and the Jurassic Park theme music) that I walked down the aisle to with my Dad.”
Gayle and Jay’s wedding theme was nautical and geeky with a hint of vintage. They had lot of Lego, the bride carried a button bouquet and they had some paper flowers instead of real ones.
“People commented on all the little touches and how we had made the day ‘so us’”, said the bride. “We were very lucky to not have pressure from others to be traditional. We also paid for everything ourselves meaning we had no financial ties to anyone. Our budget was £9000.”
“My dress came from Honeypie Boutique and I bought it online. A lot of the wedding was DIY and our friend Laura made all the paper flowers. Another friend, Rachel, helped me decorate the jam jars that the flowers were in. I made the signs for the tables in frames with scrabble letters, chalk pens and a piece of slate from my mum’s garden! Jay created the build-your-own centrepiece sign to go with the Lego too.”
The most important thing to Tess and Ruairi was that their wedding included their two kids as much as it reflected them. So the day was more like a kid’s birthday party than a wedding!
“We’re not big wedding fans, or rather we’re not big fans of the prescribed wedding format”, said the bride. “So for our day we decided to think about the things that were really, REALLY important to us and to steer ir in that direction. We have two children and we wanted them to be just as involved in the wedding as we were so our theme ended up being like a kid’s party!”
“We had tons of kids attending so we wanted them to enjoy the wedding as much as the adults. We hired Sublime Science, a kid’s birthday entertainer. ‘Prof Louis’ was fab and she kept the kids utterly enthralled. There was sweet making, exploding coke rockets, slime making, chasing fugitive balloons across football pitches, lots of shrieks, screams and smiles from all the kiddies and most of the adults!”
“Our youngest is three and we thought perhaps the science party might be a bit too old for him (in the end it wasn’t) so we also arranged for a local reptile sanctuary, Lenny’s Lizards, to come and bring along some extra guests! We didn’t bargain on two boa constrictors, numerous corn snakes and lots of lizards, but everyone LOVED it.”
“We also put out old wooden crates full of games for young and old alike. There were ball games, Jenga, fuzzy felt, marbles and jacks. They were meant for the kids but were mostly used by the adults!”
Melissa and Phillip’s summer wedding was held in the bride’s parents’ back garden. It had a colourful, retro theme and they had two vintage trailers!
“We met online in 2012 and we immediately bonded over all of the things we have in common, especially our shared love of all things old”, Melissa said. “We really wanted to have a personalised wedding and to include all the things we love. We are both super into vintage and we sell at a local antique store. That’s one of the biggest things that bonded us together so of course we had to have it as our wedding theme! We also both love art and making things, which I think was reflected in the wedding since we handmade and designed so much of it.”
The budget was $7000 and they saved money by having the wedding at home, the bride making her dress and crafting all the décor themselves. “We did soooo many DIY projects!” she continued. “We’re both very into making things so we had a long list of wedding DIYs. I’m happy to say we managed to pull off most of them! The biggest project, for me, was making my wedding dress. I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager and absolutely love it, so I knew from the start that I wanted to make my own dress. I really wanted a unique vintage style that can be hard to find in ready-to-wear dresses. I found inspiration online and worked for months searching for a pattern to start with, grading and fitting, and then finally sewing it. I was lucky to have two patient sewing teachers who helped me immensely through the whole process. In total it only cost me $200 in materials. I also made Phillip’s vest, my getting ready robe, and my birdcage veil.”
Gemma and Chris’ surname is Lavender so that, coupled with the bride’s hair colour, helped them set their candy coloured theme. “Our wedding was a very colourful affair, with the main theme settling on our married name of Lavender”, said Gemma. “I have lavender coloured hair, I am quite heavily tattooed and I wore a light pink dress.”
“Our other main theme was music, as we are both big metal and punk fans. Our table names were all NoFX songs and album titles and the seating plan was made from second-hand records screwed onto a door that we painted to look like a frame. For our first dance we swayed to Queens of the Stone Age, Make It Wit Chu.”
For a lot of ‘normal’ brides and grooms, getting married on Halloween would be super weird. But for most Rock n Roll brides and grooms its the best idea ever! Liz and Si picked October 31st for their big day which took place at the iconic Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
“We knew that we wanted a Halloween wedding, with purple as the main colour, and plenty of skulls”, began the bride. “Everything evolved very organically from there. As well as Halloween we took inspiration from the things we both liked – the 1950s, skulls, bats, poison bottles and Brighton.”
“We made poison bottles and apothecary jars for the centrepieces ourselves. We made the labels for the favours and assembled them. We also made ring-books to hold our rings during the ceremony and the place-cards. We even made our own cake and the memory tree we used to honour people who couldn’t be with us on the day.”
“Something else that was significant was my leather rose bouquet”, she said. “Leather roses have been a part of our relationship from the start, and we wanted the flowers used on the day to reflect that. We also decided to keep real flowers to a minimum, and matched the bridesmaid’s wrist corsage to the flowers being used in the centrepieces.”