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!”
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.”
The most important thing to Amy and Craig was that they had their ceremony somewhere meaningful to them. So after a lot of back and forth (and a little bit of help from Rock n Roll Bride!) they decided to say “I do” in Amy’s parents’ back garden.
“We had a lot of trouble finding a ceremony venue we really loved and didn’t just want the standard registry office ceremony”, explained Amy. “Then we read the ‘How to plan a wedding‘ series on Rock n Roll Bride at the beginning of 2014 and it inspired the idea of having our ceremony in my parents’ back garden. It was by no means a foolproof plan, but once my parents were convinced (which didn’t actually take much doing) the ball was rolling. Since we’re both not religious a Humanist ceremony seemed like a perfect fit, and once we met Lisbeth, our celebrant, we knew we’d made the right decision. The ceremony she delivered was tailored to us, and our friends and family really enjoyed how personal it felt.”
“The idea we constantly held in mind was to create a wedding we would really want to be guests at”, she continued. “Cue plenty of food and drink! We chose a hog roast and barbecue for dinner which everyone loved, plates were piled high and guests were encouraged to go back for seconds. The dessert was cinema snacks (candy cart, popcorn, and mini tubs of ice cream) as it fitted with our love of cinema and it encouraged guests to help themselves to as much or as little as they liked, and got everyone out of their seats and mingling.”
Brooke and Brenen had their wedding at the bride’s childhood home in June. They wanted their day to feel homely and they were inspired by the Victorian era and English country gardens.
“We met at a mutual friend’s house where we got to know each other”, Brooke explained. “I had seen him on MySpace when I was 15 or 16 and fell in love when I saw him in person. The theme for the wedding was recreating home with a touch of English garden.”
“I was inspired by Victorian and English gardens with the sage green, pale pink and white metals and furniture. I wanted our wedding to feel like something you would see at your grandma’s house. Pretty much everything at the wedding my bridesmaids and I made or I found at a goodwill or antique stores. I saved money this way but spent a lot of time looking for things and creating things.”
Adorable couples with budget-friendly weddings make my heart soar! Sarah and Matthew were married in London in June. They spent just £2000 and had their reception at home.
“Matthew and I met on OkCupid”, Sarah told me. “I’d started online dating when I moved to the UK from Canada in 2013; it was a great way to meet new people and see different parts of the city. However, I also found it could be extremely boring when you don’t click with someone and spend the evening pulling teeth trying to make conversation. Once I’d settled into London life a bit more and found myself busy with work and new friends, I decided to throw in the towel, but I’d already set up a date with Matthew. We clicked right away! We broke all of the first date taboos by chatting about everything from politics and religion to feminism and pop punk. We’d been dating for 8 months when we got engaged and 4 months after that, we got married. I used to think people were daft when they’d say ‘When it’s right, you’ll just know,’ but for us, that was completely true.”
Their ceremony was held at Wandsworth Town Hall. “We had a town hall ceremony followed by a garden reception at our home later in the afternoon. Things wrapped up in the evening so we could head to a hotel for our mini-moon, so it was much shorter than many weddings. Everyone commented on how laid back and fun it felt. I think a big part of that was only incorporating traditions that felt meaningful for us. For example, we exchanged rings, but there was only one speech, no bridal party, and no feeding each other cake! We focused on the things that were important to us: good company, good food, good drinks, and good music. Everyone mingled in our back garden; it was very relaxed.”
Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.
“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”
The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!
“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”