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Adrienne & Christian’s Budget-Friendly, Central Park Wedding

Adrienne & Christian were married in Central Park in a simple but perfect ceremony, “Central Park allows the rental of any place (except for the Conservatory Gardens) for just $25,” explained the bride. “The challenge is that they do not allow you to bring in anything, including chairs, so we all had to stand. It worked out perfectly, though, since we were in a beautiful location that did not need decoration, and we had two friends organize everyone upon their arrival into neat rows with an aisle. Another friend handed out whistles and ribbon wands on the path leading to the ceremony location, so everyone could arrive while making their own music with a smile. Our assortment of slide whistles, kazoos, and siren whistles were from Century Novelty.”

Adrienne wore a 1950’s style dress made for her by her Mum. Originally she had wanted a vintage dress, however after much research she discovered that most vintage dresses were teeny tiny! “I wanted a 1950’s tea-length dress, and scoured the web for weeks only to learn that girls in the 1950’s were TINY!” Adrienne continued. “My budget was under $200, and I found that all of the “XL” dresses were going for closer to $500 on eBay. Knowing that my mom is an amazing sewer, I changed my plans to find a vintage pattern, and found the perfect one for $20. We picked out most of the fabric at a JoAnne’s Fabric upstate, then I picked out some nicer lace at B&J Fabrics in NYC. My mom spent many hours sewing and did a beautiful job, including hand sewn beading across the neckline and subtle hand sewn lace and sequin accents on the skirt. The final touch came from a costumer designer friend in New York, Jess Trejos, who tailored everything to a perfect fit.” The bride also made her own veil.

Can we just stop one moment and share some love for Adrienne’s shoes?! They were the Mono Jane design by United Nude. “I had bought them the previous summer just to wear with everything-they are made from rubber and come in a rainbow of colors. When deciding what to wear for the wedding, I wanted something from my closet so I wouldn’t have to spend any additional money; the United Nude store in NYC seems to be closed now, so I was lucky to have them already! In talks before the wedding, my dad said, “you can’t wear blue shoes with a wedding dress!” and I said, “Sure I can!”

The reception was held at NYC Terrace in the Sky, NYC. The couple kept the decor simple but added personal touches here and there. The cupcakes (coloured to match Adrienne’s shoes) were made by a friend and their awesome personalised cake topper was made by the bride’s brother’s partner who runs a business ususally making creepy dolls called Strange Dolls.

With all of this, we wanted to avoid as much wedding commercialism as possible, and have friends and family contribute wherever they could as their gifts to us (luckily, we have some pretty talented friends)” concluded the bride. “It was cheaper, and much nicer, since everyone felt a part of the day. I was very inspired by the book One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding early on, and did not want to have a lot of wedding “stuff” just because that’s how weddings are done. Even with very hip parents and friends, throughout the process I heard a lot of “you can’t do that at a wedding!” types of comments. I’d like to tell anyone who is dealing with pressure from outside that we had a successful day after making a pre-nup, wearing glasses and blue shoes, not having paper invitations, not having bridesmaids or groomsmen, not having any chairs at the ceremony, and not serving food at the reception. None of that stuff matters, and it’s all about just having everyone you love together for the best party ever. They’ll get over it; it’s all up to what the two of you want.”

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Hannah & Jack’s Rockabilly Party Wedding

“When I was little, I dreamed of having my very own big, white wedding,” began Hannah. “However, when Jack and I decided to get married and started to make plans, it became apparent that even if we’d been able to afford it, we’d both feel out of place at a huge, formal gathering. What we really wanted was to have a great party with our families and mates, a party that just happened to include a wedding ceremony. So we threw ourselves into the planning and tried to make it ours.” And that’s exactly what this Rock n Roll couple did! The entire day reflected them and the things they love.

“I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, not like something that had been churned out of the ‘bridal industrial complex’. My dress was white but printed with black polka dots and strawberries which I bought from Vivien of Holloway when I visited my sister in London. I found my vintage white gloves on eBay. I fell in love with my shoes when I saw them on line and bought them to wear to work as an alternative to basic black but I ended up wearing them to the ceremony as well. My beloved hairdresser of two years, Kat, created spectacular, vintage inspired hairstyles for me and my two attendants. One of my best friends did our make up.”

Hannah & Jack walked down the aisle together to the Star Trek theme which ended up being one of her favourite moments of the day. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to an abandoned warehouse for anything but traditional wedding formals and the day concluded with a reception at The Famous Blue Raincoat, a lounge style café/bar/restaurant in South Kingsville, Australia. “The Raincoat’s style is wonderfully eclectic and funky and my Mother and sister had decorated it with flowers that Jack and I had bought from a market the day before. The ceremony was out the back, in the beer garden. The owner, Kaz, did virtually everything for us for us. She and her fabulous staff were relaxed, friendly, funny and welcoming. Their presence created a really wonderful vibe.”

“Despite our tight budget, the one expense we weren’t prepared to compromise on was the photographer. James was magnificent and Jack and I are so, so happy that we picked him to share our day. Our photos are beautiful. Best of all, when I look at them, I feel as though I’ve been transported back to the wedding. I can remember exactly how I felt when I arrived at the venue and saw all our friends and family, when my dress blew up in the middle of the street and when Jack and I said our vows.”

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Rebecca & John’s Elegant Vintage Garden Party

Rebecca & John’s beautiful Tennessee wedding took place at Almost Heavens Wedding Resort. With quirky details and elegant 50’s styling, this really was a wedding worthy of Rock n Roll credentials.

The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with awesome Irregular Choice shoes and a vintage veil that she found at a friend’s yard sale. A friend of the bride who is a costume designer re-worked it for her to suit the style she was going for. She carried and vintage lace parasol.

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“I really wanted to have a fun and inviting event for people to enjoy,” the bride explained. “I told every single wedding vendor we worked with that I did not want the wedding to feel fussy at all. I wanted our guests to feel like they had come to an extension of our backyard. I asked the florist to make the bouquets and table arrangements look as if they were picked that morning from Grandma’s garden. I borrowed jars from my mother and my maid-of-honor and also went flea market hunting.”

“I was so perplexed with cake toppers. I knew I would never find a good bride & groom figurine that was true to how we looked. I was finding wedding inspiration on a wedding blog and saw a cake topped with “kissing” salt & pepper shakers. I knew immediately I wanted to find kissing Indians so I could in some way show our appreciation for our native American ancestry. When the director of the venue couldn’t get my exact details on the cake I told her,”Tell the bakers to be inspired by the photo I gave them and have fun with it, and truthfully, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it tastes AMAZING!!!” She knew at that point that I was a laid-back bride. The best part about the cake was that it really did taste amazing and it was beautiful.”

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“I wanted there to be a lot of things for people to do as well. We had a huge toy table laid out for the more than thirty children in attendance. Who knew kids could be so creative with just pipe cleaners and jingle bells? I had little girls coming up to me all night with jingle bell bracelets. You could hear me coming from yards away. I think the parents enjoyed the kids being tied up with stuff to do as well like the dark thirty movie showing of Little Rascals under the stars on top of a mountain. I thought the kids would enjoy the huge candy table but I heard stories afterwards of old ladies shoving hand fulls of candy into their purses and pockets.”

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Shalma & Leo’s 1950’s Inspired Candy Anthony Wedding

Shalma & Leo are what I like to call friends of the blog. Not only did they find photographer David McNeil though a feature on Rock n Roll Bride, but I featured their gorgous A Bout de Souffle engagement session over the summer AND myself and the bride have exchanged regular emails ever since they got engaged about all things wedding! So when David asked if I wanted to feature them …well he didn’t have to ask twice!

“I am so pleased that you think my wedding is Rock n Roll enough for your website,” Shalma wrote. “I would love for you to blog it! I have to say this again, but your blog has been such immense help over the past year. When I got engaged every childhood dream I had of the full Indian wedding just wasn’t an option anymore. To find a wedding site which thrives on individuality and the boldness to do what you want is refreshing and fun.”

Shalma wore a Candy Anthony dress – the first one she laid eyes on! “My dress was the first one I saw in the shop and I knew that was the one,” she explained. “I tried on about 5 before hand (even the leopard print one which is gorgeous) but I kept going back to that one. They also made my fascinator in the same fabric. To keep with the 50’s theme, my Mother in law very kindly gave me her Mother’s vintage 50’s pearl necklace with a diamante clasp. It’s stunning I was really honoured that she wanted me to have it. At my hen party all the girls pitched in and brought me my Tiffany pearl earrings to match.  I was so touched that they all did that for me I couldn’t believe it. Luckily I had the shoes already which made the whole outfit complete!”

However for this Rock n Roll wedding it wasn’t just the bride who stole the show. The super stylish Leo was also certain that he didn’t want to look like every other groom. “Its so difficult for grooms to find something that isn’t your generic penguin suit,” Shalma said. “He also can’t buy anything off the rack so finding somewhere that does cheap tailor made suits was hard.  He wanted a herringbone textured 3 piece suit in a brownish colour. There’s a great website called A Suit That Fits. They are brilliant. You pick the fabric, style, lining, everything and its made to measure.”

The couple didn’t want an obvious theme for their wedding, they just wanted to keep it simple, beautiful and perfect for them. “We both wanted to do things our way. We had a small budget and we’re both very creative so a lot of the design work was done by us. We basically wanted to incorporate all of our favourite things. I made my own bunting and cushion covers out of Indian silks brought from Southall. That was so much fun. I love Southall. I probably made 4 trips there in total and brought yards of coloured fabric, ribbons, jewellery. It was an epic task and so much fun.  Leo designed our invitations and he also designed the cocktail menus. We made a photo guest book using funny pictures of everyone.  We gave the kids little party bags so they had stuff to play with on the day. We painted glass jars different colours which were used for the flowers and candles.  Leo’s sister made our red velvet wedding cake which tasted amazing! We had a playlist on our ipod made up of our guest favourite songs which worked really well. We only had 1 bridesmaid and groomsmen each. My bridesmaid’s wore a dress from Coast which matched my petticoat, shoes from Carvela and the sash was brought from Candy Anthony. The groomsmen wore his own suit.”

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Danielle & Carl’s Incredibly Gorgeous Red & White Vintage Wedding

I am a little bit over excited about featuring Danielle & Carl’s vintage wedding today. As soon as I laid eyes on her amazing dress I knew this wedding was going to be incredible… and you know what? I was right!

The couple, who met at school, got married in June at St Peter’s Church in Doddington, Lincolnshire. A 1950’s vintage theme was really important to the couple as it really reflected their everyday style. “Having been to a few ‘traditional’ weddings, as soon as we started to plan our wedding, we knew that we wanted to do things differently,” Danielle told me. “We wanted every part of our wedding to be personal to us, and be able to show our personalities.  We didn’t just want to do something because it was the way people usually do things at weddings, we wanted to put our stamp on it.  We both love all things vintage, particularly the era of the 50’s and 60’s, after all, our first car was a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.  For this reason, having a vintage rock ‘n’ roll 50’s style wedding just seemed to come naturally to us.  Our inspiration came out of our love not only for the 50’s fashion, but the music and the whole lifestyle.  Having a dancing vicar was not something we planned but that was an added bonus!”

Danielle found her ridiculously gorgeous 1950’s dress at Love Miss Daisy and it was actually the only dress she tried on! “Searching for dresses was about the first thing that I did – I knew I wanted a 1950’s style dress, and so I started searching the internet” she told me. “The minute I saw this dress on Love Miss Daisy’s website, I fell in love with it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to squeeze into it, but I just had to go and see it to find out! March 1st 2009, 15 months before our wedding day, I  got my mum and my two sisters, and we took a trip to Love Miss Daisy to find out if the dress would fit.  It was the first dress that I tried on, and it fitted as though it was just meant to be. I couldn’t believe it, I just fell in love with it, it was perfect!” She accessories with Vivienne Westwood shoes (bought for her by Carl) and jewellery and a birdcage veil made especially to match her dress by Kiss Curl.

Carl made just as much effort in a ruffled Vivienne Westwood shirt and a 1930’s tailcoat that he found on eBay. With this he wore black & white brogues and a vintage top hat.

The reception took place at Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, an Eighteenth Century building, in the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. The couple DIY’ed as much as they could including the save the dates, invitations, church decor, confetti cones, all the reception decor and centrepieces, place names and table names. They chose not to have too many real flowers and only had a small selection as part of the centrepieces.

Rather than carry real flowers, Danielle and her bridesmaids had button bouquets made by Liza at Letters4Lilly. “She’s based in Australia and I happened to find her on etsy,” said Danielle. “I thought button bouquets were the perfect alternative to real flowers, because it meant that we each got to keep something special from the wedding day that can hopefully be passed throughout our families in years to come.  Each of the bouquets were completely unique with the bridesmaids initial in a diamante letter on each bouquet.  The best part of the bouquets was the fact that we could add something personal to them if we wanted to, and one of our bridesmaids chose to have her grannies thimble attached the bouquet, and I was able to have my grannies hatpin placed right next to the “I do” button.” 

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Jessica & Forbes’ Retro Rockabilly Brighton Wedding

Brighton was the location for Jessica & Forbes’ rockabilly wedding this summer. They chose May 1st as their date as it was Jessica’s late Grandmother’s birthday and having it on this day was their way of inviting her to the wedding. All the guests were invited to dress up in their finest retro get-up,” Absolutely everyone joined in,” the bride told me, “We were so convincing a hotel guest asked if we were a convention!”

“We also wanted the ultimate Brighton wedding,” she continued, “and we lucked out getting booked in to the Royal Albion Hotel right in front of the pier for our ceremony and reception. The pier was our backdrop for the entire day and night. It was awesome when it lit up at night!!”

Jessica wore a 1950’s replica dress from Unique Vintage, Vivienne Westwoodshoes and a vintage pearl necklace that had belonged to her Grandmother. The bridesmaid wore bespoke dresses made by Jessica’s Mum and Forbes wore a genuine 1950’s suit that had belonged to his Grandfather.

DIY played a big role in this wedding, from the cake (made by Jessica’s Mum) to the decor. The bride’s sister made the fabulous bird cake topper and her husband made the awesome ‘picture frame wall’ photo booth, complete with extra picture frames filled with photoshopped retro photographs of the couple! Jessica also designed and made all the invites and stationary. As a final, super personal, touch, every table had a pin up picture by Gil Elvgren and a family wedding photo from the 50’s from guests families.

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