Becky and Dave budgeted £5000 for their 1950s wedding. They wanted a really special and unique day, but they didn’t want to spend a fortune getting it! They were inspired by everything they mutually love for their retro theme.
“We’re both quite heavily tattooed and share a huge love for music, Marvel comics, Star Wars, vintage cars and all things American – especially the 1950s”, Becky said. “We knew from the start we wanted an alternative wedding. I wanted a tea length dress and a celebration filled with the things we loved and that was ‘us’ instead of working to impress guests! With a tight time-scale of six months to to plan everything, two kids (one newborn!) to raise and returning to work in between, I did find it really hard going. We contemplated a Marvel and Star Wars themed wedding but I was too reluctant to put our ever-growing collection of figures and comics out for table displays in case of anything getting damaged.”
“So we based the entire thing on another love of ours – 50s America! I found it really easy to get things flowing from then on and based the colour schemes around the bridesmaids dresses (which were an absolute bargain at £40 each!) I had a beautiful bead bouquet made to match the dresses with a few old school tattoo style buttons thrown in for good measure, and we made the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves with giant paper roses. We booked a 1953 Chevrolet BelAir as our wedding car and I then came up with the idea of basing our table decorations on this. I spent hours searching eBay for 12” die cast muscle cars and managed to get the right amount in the perfect colours (although this has now set off a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage model cars, oops!) We had a TBird, a BelAir, an Oldsmobile Super 88, a Corvette and a Cadillac. They worked so well!”
Blyth and Jeff chose Blair Castle in Scotland at their wedding venue. With the groom loving all things Scotland and the bride actually being Scottish, it was the perfect place for them. “Jeff and I met online”, Blyth told me. “We contacted each other at the exact same time and agreed to meet a few weeks later. On our first date we discovered we shared a birthday, as well as some real chemistry. One year later, he popped the question on a deserted beach in Antigua, complete with sunset and horses swimming in the ocean. We decided on a castle venue and searched high and low to find the right one. When I viewed St Brides Kirk, the roofless ruined chapel on the grounds of Blair Castle, I fell for it immediately and knew we had to be married there.”
“Our theme was a Scottish highland romance mixed with chillies!” She laughed. “Our table theme was different species of chilli plants (we are both crazy about spicy foods) and our florist was given the brief to make table arrangements, buttonholes, and my hair circlet with chillies in them. Also heavily featured in the flowers were wild Scottish raspberries and cream thistles.”
David and Molly were married at Testbed1, a creative and experimental art space in Battersea, London. Opened in spring 2010, the architecturally distressed storage area of an old warehouse and office building was love at first sight for this pair!
The couple met in school and finally got married 15 years later! “After a short run of just 15 years together, we decided it was finally the right time to get hitched!”, Molly laughed. “I’m so glad we waited though, despite so many years of ‘will you guys every get married?’ from friends and family! Knowing each other for so long meant we had the confidence to make the wedding perfectly, and completely ‘us’.”
The theme of their wedding was an indoor festival and the unusual venue really helped to set the overall tone. “David and I love going to gigs and music festivals together, so what better way to celebrate our marriage than throwing our own music festival for all our loved ones!?” she continued. “We definitely didn’t want to do the field-barn-vintage-festival thing that’s been done loads and loads (super cute, but that’s just not rock enough for us) so we wanted to find a more urban vibe, a warehouse close to home to rock out in. Ideally we wanted an outdoor feel, but indoor enough to not have to think twice about weather!”
Ross and Gem were married at the Medieval Banquet Hall at the Park Hall Hotel, which set the theme for the day. “Our inspiration came from our love of ‘old’ England”, began the bride. “We adore its majesty and history. We weren’t particularly taken by the ‘average’ wedding with pastel colours, white linen, paper straws and sugared almonds, ans we wanted something people would remember. I also wanted to do loads of DIY in the run up. We spent a lot of time making sure that everyone would be entertained throughout. Not many weddings have fire eaters and King Arthur as the toastmaster!
The bride wore a retro inspired dress by Alan Hannah and shoes from Iron Fist. Instead of carrying real flowers, she made her own bouquet from red and black foam roses. “Our theme was medieval, with a hint of sparkle!” she continued. “Ross is very much into black metal music and so anything frilly or girly would have been immediately veto-d. Luckily, we both have very similar tastes when it comes to aesthetics so we had loads of fun planning how the room was going to look. We asked everybody to dress according to the colour scheme (red, black and white) and the result was fantastic! Everybody looked like they should have been on a film set!”
Happy Sunday one and all. I got back from my Vegas trip yesterday afternoon and I’m up early and raring to get back to work. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love to travel, I almost love to come home even more. Getting back into your routine after a week of excess is quite the simple pleasure! I’ll be writing a much more detailed post all about my trip stateside soon (I have some epic Vegas recommendations for those of you that might be getting married or honeymooning there) but for now I wanted to close the week with yet another beautiful wedding.
Charlotte and Bryn were married in Churchtown, Southport in September. The bride always knew she wanted to wear a blue wedding dress and so this was the starting point for their day. “We didn’t really have a theme in mind for the day. I’d always had my heart set on a blue wedding dress and it came apparent very quickly I needed to find a dress shop that shared my vision”, she said. “Jo at The Couture Company was the perfect choice! My dress was the first thing I sorted out so the colour scheme came from that. We had no dress code and invited our guests to wear whatever they felt comfortable in and to wear trainers. Bryn’s uncle got a pair of Adidas embroidered with B C 12/09/14 which was a lovely touch!”
There’s something ever so special about a retro themed wedding. The timelessness yet quirkiness always lights me up! Alex and Sean clearly feel the same because they had a gorgeous throwback bash in October at Whalton Village Hall.
“Sean and I fell in love via our mutual love of music and vinyl records, in particular sixties blues and soul”, began the bride. “Our theme was to re-create an early sixties feel, which inspired the registry office followed by village hall party instead of one fixed venue. We also had a vintage powder blue Mercedes that took us between the venues. The sixties was in my heart when I chose my dress and jacket, and also with the bridesmaids’ pillar box red, post Rock n Roll era dresses.”
“The Beatles All You Need is Love was a common theme throughout, and made whole by the 6ft LOVE lights illuminating our venue. The lighting was actually our biggest single expense and the LOVE letters caused quite a debate when we were discussing budgets. However, when it came together on the day, Sean agreed they were worth the extra pennies! We also had festoon lighting which were controlled on a dimmer, to no only give us a retro feel to the hall but allowed us to set the mood. If I was giving any advice to other DIY couples I would definitely say to keep lighting in mind when creating your venue. No bride wants pictures under bright artificial light, and it can turn the most basic of venues beautiful under low lighting.”