I’ve seen a lot of Day of the Dead themed weddings in my time, but hand on my heart, none have been as incredible as this one! From the bride’s black dress with hidden rainbow petticoat, to the extravagant and gorgeous DIY decorations and the holi powder war (!), this is a wedding I KNOW you’re all going to love.
“Between the two of us we share a few cultures – Indian, Afrikaans, Polish and good old everyday South African”, began Tash. “Mashing the cultures, and therefore the traditions that accompany the various cultures, with our own individual likes and dislikes, was inevitably the inspiration for our day.”
“A few eyebrows were raised when we shared our ideas with family and friends, but we stuck to our guns and created a day that reflected who we are as individuals. This to me was what made it ‘alternative’ (besides the black dress, unlimited vodka and skulls everywhere).”
The day was held at the Mckenzie farm in Lions River, South Africa. The ceremony was in the nearby woods and the reception was in the barn. “The thinking behind our wedding theme was that we got engaged in India, we both love colour and we both love to dress up”, she continued. “I love skulls and Neil dislikes anything fancy and elegant. I also love DIY and power tools! From that process evolved our theme: laid back, unpolished, colour explosion, Day of the Dead dress up barn party!”
A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.
“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme! I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”
Well this is certainly something you don’t see everyday! I have a funny feeling you’re going to love this.
Felicia and Joe were hitched at the historic Warner Theatre in Erie, PA. The bride wore a Vera Wang gown from her diffusion line at David’s Bridal, but she had to compete with that groom of hers who rocked up dressed as his favourite Power Ranger! Who says brides get to have all the fun?
“We originally wanted to do a Lord of the Rings theme wedding, but then it kind of spiralled into several things”, she explained”. Marvel, Army of Darkness, our entire childhood games and tv shows in the favors, with a heavy touch of LOTR too. It just kind of got crazy.”
“One of the most unique things about our day was probably that Joe didn’t have a traditional suit. He wore a Power Ranger suit! My bouquet was also bouquet was origami and made from comic books. One of my ‘bridesmaids’ was also male but he still wore a dress!”
Annie and Evgeniy were married in October in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. They were determined not to spend a lot of money and managed to pull the whole thing off for just $2500. To do this they kept the guest list small (they only had 20 people), DIYed a lot and eliminated a lot of things that they didn’t care about.
“I was determined to make my wedding original”, wrote Annie. “We didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so everything was quite cheap and simple, but classy and original. We spent just $2500 including rings, hiring a retro car and the restaurant where we had our reception. I made all the decorations, accessories and my bouquet myself.”
“We are not just a traditional couple. We are artists and musicians so we wanted our wedding to reflect that”m she continued. “In our country people usually like their weddings to be traditional, pompous and expensive but there’s a huge lack of imagination and taste. We believe that money spent at a wedding doesn’t show how much you love each other or how happy you are so we were determined to make our wedding simple and inexpensive but original and stylish.”
Ben and Kate were married in August at Flaxton Gardens, Queensland, Australia. They wanted a romantic wedding but one that was a little bit different, to reflect their personalties. ” I struggled to begin with to decide what to do and how to do it”, began the bride. “I read a lot of magazines and blogs but it wasn’t until I found Rock n Roll Bride that I realised that it really didn’t matter what everyone else was doing, we should do what represents us best. So we did what made us happy, didn’t worry about tradition so much and did things that weren’t so ‘wedding’. I kept my hair short (I always thought I’d grow it), I kept it coloured (blue) and we wrote our own vows that made everyone laugh as they really reflected us.”
“We named our tables after cities we visited on the trip where Ben proposed. As it happened in New York, we used apples to hold our menus to represent the ‘Big Apple’ and our seating plan was inspired by a vintage map. We also had a local artist draw a picture of us to use as our guest book, guests signed red dots that we attached after to create a big bunch of balloons. I dyed doilies black and used them to create centrepieces. I used big round ones for our round guest tables and stitched a whole heap together to make a long table runner for the bridal table. We placed the black doilies over plain tan burlap and they looked beautiful!”
Sally & Mark might be a little familiar because I featured their amazing blue burlesque wedding (on a £900 budget!) in December last year. Well, as their first anniversary rolled round, the couple wanted something to commemorate, and so called up their wedding photographer Jade of GASP Photography to ask if she’d do the honours.
“We did the shoot at my parents house for our anniversary,” wrote Sally. “We love the area and the colours in the woods. We realised that our favourite pictures of us were our wedding pictures so we decided to use the same photographer and get some updated images. We wanted to have an intimate celebration feel to it but to also include the fact it was at my parents as it is such a beautiful house and area! I think that as corny as it sounds we both felt like we are still so in love and wanted to make record of it and us.”