Nicola and Dan wanted their day to feel just like the weddings of their grandparents. They were inspired by pretty pastel colours, shabby chic details and street parties!
“I always wanted our wedding to be fun and reflect both of our personalities, and I think we achieved that”, said Nicola. “A lot of our guests commented on how much the whole day summed us up. We took our inspiration from an old photo I had of my Nan and Grandad’s wedding day from 1956. I wanted that old fashioned and East End feel. I would describe our wedding theme as a Jubilee street party and spring pastel chic! We had photos in frames on the head table of our grandparents who couldn’t be there with us.”
The bride wrote a 1950s inspired ballerina length dress from LouLou Bridal and after the ceremony she changed into Converse platforms which she embellished herself! “I customised my Converse with my initials N and W (my new surname is Warwick) and stuck on some pearls and a little bride and groom”, she explained. “Other DIY included all the pom poms which my mum and sister made and hung from the beams. We also made our favours which were CDs of our favourite music and little sweet boxes of sugared almonds and flying saucers. I sourced all of the china tea cups and saucers, teapots and jugs from various charity shops.”
Kirsty met Oz when she went to work in his tattoo studio. “We’re both tattoo artists and after several months of working together it became apparent that we were meant to be together”, she told me. “Two years in, Oz popped the question. We spoke about our big day regularly, and we saved and saved like mad. After 12 months we decided to bite the bullet and book a date and venue. We continued to save and had some generous donations from loved ones to help us on our way.”
The wedding was held at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. “Our main inspiration was tattoos”, she continued, “since that’s how we met and is such a huge part of both our lives. Oz’s motorcycle club colours are black and white so those are the colours that we chose to go with and I love polka dots so we threw that in there as well. We also chose to go with a vintage, rockabilly style, which goes hand in hand with the tattooing and polka dots. Everything right down to the wedding favours, which were the temporary tattoos, screamed ‘us’. People were blown away with the attention to detail.”
Julie and Stephen met in a Bakery where Julie was working. They bonded over their mutual taste in music and video games and their dislike of cheese! “He’s the only other person I’ve ever met who doesn’t like cheese”, Julie chuckled, “that’s how we knew we were made for each other!”
They were married in July, in British Columbia, and had a wedding that reflected their mutual nerddom! “Our wedding had a nerdy, retro theme”, the bride continued. “We wanted it to reflect us and to not be traditional! We’re both big nerds, and love the video game Portal (and the 1950s environment it takes place in) so a lot of the décor was based on that.”
“We had a Companion Cube wedding cake that Stephen’s mum beautifully made and instead of a guestbook, guests signed vinyl records so we could frame and hang them on the wall later. Each table also had a vinyl record centrepiece, which I made. I created pixel versions of us for the invitations, and made table numbers out of Lego because we love those pixel-style
retro video games.”
Caroline and Jason’s wedding had a vintage and nautical theme. With the bride loving all things pretty and pink and the groom being in the Navy, it was the perfect combination!
“The inspiration for our wedding was to have things that best represented us both as individuals”, said Caroline. “I am very much into 50s vintage and love the colour pink, whereas Jason being in the Navy helped tie in his influences. We named our tables after ships he has served on and our seating plan was in his navy issued suitcase.”
“Our other ideas were pretty much restricted to our budget, which meant we made a lot of things ourselves with help from my mother. My mum made the cake, my evening dress, and bridesmaid dresses. I also made the centrepieces, my birdcage veil and the origami boat name places. The bouquets and buttonholes were also made by me from artificial flowers which saved us a fortune! Jason played a big part in planning and making things for the wedding too including the invites, table plan and other stationery.”
“We also had a temporary tattoo stand for people to adorn their bodies with artwork, like the bride and groom – this went down very well with the guests, especially my mother!”
If you love a retro wedding, prepare to fall in love. Sham and Alice’s DIY marvel has got to be one of the most adorable weddings I’ve seen in a long while! The day was held at Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon.
“Our wedding was late 50s, early 60s inspired with a sprinkling of sunflowers and flamingos!” exclaimed the bride. “We had giant pink flamingos flanking the entrance and a sunflower arch that we got married under. We had an array of wonderful music including All You Need is Love performed by Andy Watts complete with backing singers and brass section, and I sang a self penned song called Shammy Blue Eyes at the reception. My parents coincidentally also sing one they had written called Alice Blue Gown during the speeches. Elvis was also a surprise for all the guests and worth every penny!”
Dave and Emma’s wedding had a subtle 1950s theme with a hung dollop of their personalities injected for good measure! The bride’s high street dress, birdcage veil and fur coat combo definitely harked back to a bygone era and all the colourful DIY décor made the day very ‘them’.
“We wanted our wedding to be fun and representative of us so that meant there was a vintage/ 50s style about my dress and the cars. The rest of the day was more about being quirky and fun. We wanted it to be relaxed and for there to be a party feel. There were hints of Americana with our postbox, popcorn and the evening food of hot dogs. We asked our guests to provide us with their favourite tracks and we used these to give the DJ a pool of songs to play from, this meant that we had lots of dancing from everyone and no terrible music!”
Their reception was held at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. They didn’t go overboard with the décor but the bride and her bridesmaids made the centrepieces, place names and windmills, which were used as buttonholes and favours. “I really enjoyed making things myself and it all ended up looking fab!” she said. “It was also much less expensive than buying things in. The table plan, for example, cost £2 to make!”