Meg and Craig didn’t want a big wedding but with the bride having a large Irish family it was slightly inevitable! In the end they agreed a guest list of 85 which was mostly close family and our best friends. They were married at Pangdean Barn, Pyecombe, Sussex.
“I would say the theme was rustic barn setting with a cute and quirky decor that reflected us!” said Meg. “We didn’t want formal or traditional and this was my first wedding to attend that wasn’t in a church! I LOVE Harry Potter and was allowed to have one Harry Potter element in the wedding. It’s better he restrained me really other wise we could have been getting married in Gryffindor robes by Albus Dumbledore. Our tableplan was my nod to Harry Potter. Made by my sister Becky, we named each table after a couple from the books and we sat at Snape and Lily’s table which was written on a page from the chapter the unbreakable vow.”
The bride wore gold sequined dress and the reception had a vintage woodland theme, yep Sarah and Olly’s wedding was truly one-of-a-kind! They were married in Brighton in August.
“Our wedding was a vintage woodland, and a mix of decadent and wild”, said the bride. “We didn’t set out to make our wedding different though, we just wanted to get our friends and family together and celebrate.”
“The day developed from us both adding creative touches which made it unique. I meticulously planned, designed and handmade the décor, decorated the cake and made props. I used ivy and ferns as table runners, wood, sprayed gold tea pots, flowers and mushrooms to decorate the tables. Olly utilised his graphic design skills designing the invites, the guest book and the place names.”
Shoshanna and Zak’s brightly coloured, boozy, big kid wedding took place in Brighton in March. They set a budget of £4000 but actually managed to spend a bit less than that. Their reception venue was free! “Our reception was at OhSo Social on Brighton beach and it was FREE! We paid them £1500 for food and drink but they then deducted what we actually spend and gave us the rest back – amazing saving!”
“Our only big expense was our photographer. Photos so so important to me, and after a few weeks of fighting with the other half over the cost, we booked Marianne Chua. I fell in love with her photography and her craziness! Her passion and and love for wedding and people was spot on for us and we are SO happy with out photos! I don’t even want to imagine having crap wedding photos, you cant ever go back and re-do them. It’s an investment of beautiful and hilarious memories and the best thing we did for our wedding was book her.”
For a lot of ‘normal’ brides and grooms, getting married on Halloween would be super weird. But for most Rock n Roll brides and grooms its the best idea ever! Liz and Si picked October 31st for their big day which took place at the iconic Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
“We knew that we wanted a Halloween wedding, with purple as the main colour, and plenty of skulls”, began the bride. “Everything evolved very organically from there. As well as Halloween we took inspiration from the things we both liked – the 1950s, skulls, bats, poison bottles and Brighton.”
“We made poison bottles and apothecary jars for the centrepieces ourselves. We made the labels for the favours and assembled them. We also made ring-books to hold our rings during the ceremony and the place-cards. We even made our own cake and the memory tree we used to honour people who couldn’t be with us on the day.”
“Something else that was significant was my leather rose bouquet”, she said. “Leather roses have been a part of our relationship from the start, and we wanted the flowers used on the day to reflect that. We also decided to keep real flowers to a minimum, and matched the bridesmaid’s wrist corsage to the flowers being used in the centrepieces.”
Brides wearing non-white dresses are becoming more and more commonplace (yay!) and nothing thrills me more than seeing and sharing a beautiful babe rocking her own style on her wedding day. When Carina married Jay she decided to wear an original 1930s black floral dress from Hope and Harlequin. It went perfectly with their autumnal theme!
“My dress was an original 1930s metallic lame gown with replacement vintage black lace for the back panel”, she explained. “I think wearing a non-traditional wedding dress made the wedding feel very personal to me plus the choice of reception venue was quite unique. My earrings were the letters ‘C’ and ‘R’ to represent my new married initials and I made my flower headpiece myself. I foraged some of the foliage as well as bought some.”
I’ll admit, I don’t always watch BBC Three’s Don’t Tell The Bride, but I’m so glad I caught Rosa and Harry’s episode. In fact it’s probably my favourite wedding that’s ever been featured! For those of you that don’t know, the premise of the show is the couple get £12,000 to spend on their wedding, the proviso being that the groom does all of the planning… in three weeks! The couple are separated for that time and bride can know nothing about the wedding until the day. Cue ridiculously bad decisions, overspending on crazy things and tears… lots of tears. This is reality TV gold my friends.
When I saw this episode, I immediately fell in love with Rosa and Harry, I thought he did so well! Although it wasn’t what the bride would have picked, the fact that he planned a colourful Indian wedding (to reflect the fact that they got engaged there) was so incredibly sweet and thoughtful, and anyone who has a mechanical elephant to ride on at their wedding is OK in my book!