Kristina and Florian were married in a tent on the beach in northern Germany. After their small ceremony, they danced, played and got messy on the beach with all their guests… Oh and everyone was in animal fancy dress!
“Our wedding was crazy and out of the box”, said the bride. “Our daughter loves animals and it was her idea to have everyone dressed up! The Germans tend to be very conservative, especially in the northern part of the country where we are, so it was very hard to get our dream wedding – we had to fight for it!”
Rach and Dan didn’t have a theme for their wedding, they just wanted it to celebrate their love of Scarborough. “We wanted to give our family and friends a good day out at the seaside and show them the highlights of the town”, the bride said. “We had just 42 guests.”
They had a humanist wedding ceremony at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough. “Oliver’s Mount was a special place for us to get married because Dan’s Granddad’s ashes are scattered there, right where we had the ceremony. It was nice that he could also be with us. We hired traditional deck chairs for the guests to sit on and had our two friends, Jess and Toby play Ukulele.”
They didn’t want to spend a lot, so they did everything themselves. There was also nothing was traditional about this day; there was no wedding party, they catered themselves by making a picnic for everyone, and going for fish n chips at dinner time! “Our biggest expense was the vintage bus that we hired to transport our guests around Scarborough to the different locations”, Rach explained. “We loved that we had lots of different places to visit planned out for our guests to enjoy. We had a picnic at the beach huts (we rented two of them for a week and they cost us just £58 each!), we went rock pooling, we all went on the cliff lift, and everyone hired row boats and pedaloes in Peasholm Park.”
With just £5000 to spend, Ali and Andrew knew they had to get creative for their wedding. They decided to skip the traditional wedding venue, instead bravely hosting their day completely outside at a camp site by the beach in East Lothian, Scotland.
“Initially when we thought about what we would do for our wedding we thought we would go back to St Andrews, where we met, and have a huge party on the beach”, said Ali. “However this proved to be out of our budget, so we decided to downsize to East Lothian, which is much more reasonably priced. We wanted to make the wedding reflective of us, so there were nods to our shared interests of writing and comics, to Andrew’s love of Doctor Who and my fondness for bright colours!”
“The main thing was we wanted it to be fun for our guests”, she continued. “We didn’t want anyone to get cold and bored, particularly in the ‘standing around waiting for formal photos to be over’ portion of proceedings, so we instructed everyone to bring a jumper, and brought along tennis rackets, swingball and various board games.”
Ana and Juanjo met through work. After dating for seven years they had their son, Mario, and seven years after that, on June 20th this year, they were married in Casares Costa, Spain.
“We didn’t have any particular theme for our wedding, we just wanted to be us and our guests to be themselves!”, Ana said. “We love music from the 60s and 70s and the Woodstock music festival so I guess that inspired us a bit. We also love American country music which was the inspiration for my outfit. The wedding was held in the South of Spain, overlooking the ocean. The beach location worked really well with this variety of styles. It really came together very well.”
Ana’s dress was handmade by her mother. The fabric had belonged to her for 30 years, and she’d kept it especially for her future wedding dress. “The wedding was such a special day”, she continued. “It was such a beautiful place on the beach where everybody I love could enjoy the great company, food, music and drinks! Everyone was so happy. All our family and friends were smiling, talking, singing and dancing. We felt the love of everybody there.”
Prepare to feel inspired to throw out everything that is giving you pre-wedding stress and get married just like Zoe and Nico! The wedding was the ultimate low-key wedding. They rented a beach front house, invited people over and did all the catering themselves. They spent just $2000 – $1200 on the rental and $200 on groceries.
“We rented a beach house on Fire Island and had our ceremony in front of the lighthouse”, explained the bride. “That’s pretty much it! We didn’t feel like it was necessary to blow cash on this. We wanted it to be very low key, honest and to feel like a party with friends. It ended up feeling more like a wedding than we though it would because it was inevitably more emotional than expected.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”