Rosie and Alex were married in Kent in October. They did things on a budget, spending no more than £5000, and planned it all in eight weeks!
Initially they weren’t even sure if they wanted a wedding, but after speaking to a photographer at another wedding, the bride changed her mind. “I said to the photographer that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to get married”, she explained. “He replied ‘I know it’s a cliche but it really is the best day ever. Everyone you like is in one place, looking great, having fun and wanting to hang out with you.’ That was really what inspired us to actually go through with it. It just seemed like such fun. We tried to keep that in mind with all our choices; it had to be fun for our guests and for us.”
They didn’t intentionally have a theme but there were nods to some of their favourite films dotted throughout the day. “Our tables were named after characters from movies, I walked down the aisle to You’re So Cool by Hans Zimmer and we skipped the first dance and had a mass twist competition (a la Pulp Fiction). I wasn’t interested in getting everything to match and I’m not naturally a ‘planner’ so the prospect of a theme that I‘d have to stick to just scared the crap out of me.”
Mel and Lee met through mutual friends at a car show in 2010. They got talking about their cars and that was it! They wanted their wedding to reflect their day-to-day style and interests so, although Day of the Dead was their underlying theme, as far as everything else went, if they liked it they put it in the wedding! The end result was a Mexican fiesta, meets Day of the Dead, meets rockabilly wedding.
The wedding took place at The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth. “We didn’t worry about having a set theme”, said Mel. “The underlying theme was Day of the Dead, but we also just wanted it be ‘us’. We mostly chose vendors that we knew. The photographer, cake maker, florist, band, make up artist and most other smaller contributors were all ether friends, or friends of friends. We are lucky to know some very talented people! We liked how this made it feel really personal and we also made some amazing new friends through planning the wedding.”
Lynne and Callum described their wedding as ‘beachy and chilled’ and were inspired by the colour of pink Bougenvillia flowers, which also reminded them of sunshine, holidays and good times together. They had pink invitations, pink flowers and Lynne wore a non-traditional two-piece with a dip-dyed pink skirt.
The couple were actually legally married in London beforehand, which took the pressure off. “It was a really relaxed ceremony,” said Lynne, “we had two readings; Mission Beach by Clare Pollard and an excerpt from Hemmingway’s A Farewell to Arms read by two of our best friends. We also got everyone to sing Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles and Is this Love by Bob Marley. The songs were brilliant and it was quite amusing looking at everyone having a sing and a little dance during the ceremony. Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Callum and all our guests together was my favourite part of the day.”