Ben and Erin’s DIY Autumn wedding was held in a barn at Tuckaway Cove, a historic event space on Tellico Lake in Greenback, TN. Their main inspiration came from family: past, present and future.
“We love antiques and the stories that come from finding them”, explained Erin. “From an old camera that was probably used at a wedding in the early 1900s, to the one grandpa used in the 50s, to a briefcase that may have been used for a young couple’s honeymoon, or even the hat great grandmother would wear almost every Sunday. It is all very special to us. All the props on the tables came from our own collection.”
This was a proper DIY wedding with almost every element being homemade by someone in the family. The cake was made by the bride’s mother and the flowers were found in a local craft store and via bulk order websites. They did all the arrangements themselves, although the bride’s bouquet came from a seller on Etsy. They even had DIY catering with the groom’s mother making everything from scratch!
Fran and Timo are from London but now live in Berlin, which is where they hosted their September wedding. The low key day had a budget of less than £6000 and they saved the most money bu avoiding anything “too weddingy”.
“We skipped having an officiant (it was Timo’s brother that shambled us through a ceremony), and we kept everything as simple and relaxed as possible”, the bride said. “The day started in a nearby park with cocktails made by Timo and one of his best men and then we stayed in the same venue until the end of the night. My hen do was at Fraülein Wild’s bakery, where we frosted our own wedding cake (it was so special for me to do it with my girlfriends!) and made about 100 mini cupcakes – rolling up the cost of the hen do with the wedding cake at the same time saved some money, and we had lots of tasters as we went!”
With a budget of just £4000, Gabrielle and Paul had a quirky Southend-on-Sea Wedding on 10th June 2015 (happy anniversary guys!) The ceremony was at the registry office and their reception was hosted at Bacchus Restaurant.
“In all honesty, other than the venues and what we were going to wear, there wasn’t really much that we planned”, explained the bride. “We just wanted our eccentric personalities to shine through in a transcendent and immersive setting surrounded by the ones we love.”
“As creative professionals, we are both often commissioned to showcase chosen inspirations for campaigns, so it was a new an interesting process for us to be able to just portray exactly what we wanted – our own personalities and interests. We really didn’t choose any specific theme but we were influenced a lot by having something that was a contemporary mix of vintage aesthetics, world culture and nature.”
Emma and Dion’s September wedding had a laid back, rustic vibe. It was held at The Wallace Pub and Hotel in Victoria. “Our wedding was relaxed, vintage and a bit random!” said the bride. “I looked at Pinterest and blogs for ideas but mostly we just did things that felt right.”
“We had a surprise Elvis impersonator perform at the reception, which everybody loved! We also made our own invitations and wedding favours which were little jars of homemade marmalade. Boy, was that a long and sticky night of work!”
“We saved money on a lot of things. We went local for flowers which in the end only cost just over $500, including flowers for all the tables. We hired a VW van which was only $200 because we asked a local car aficionado to drive me and didn’t go through a formal car hire company. We also had several different cakes instead of just one traditional cake which was a lot cheaper.”
When Amy and Dominic started to plan their Pittsburgh wedding, they had only a few non-negotiables – they wanted a simple and elegant wedding that that focused on sharing their love and commitment with those dearest to them.
“We didn’t go into the process of planning with a clear theme, but I think our personal aesthetics naturally imposed themselves on the planning process”, explained the bride. “This boiled down to a wedding that was minimalistic (him) with a vintage flare (me). Crafting a day that was authentic, intimate and meaningful served as guideposts for all the choices we made.”
“There were a lot of little details that made it special to us. Overall we just tried to stay true to who we were in all of the little choices, as well as the bigger ones. I think that given the pressures couples face from family and friends, not to mention the wedding industry itself, it is unique to just stick to what you really want and not let others influence your choices.”
The most important thing to Tess and Ruairi was that their wedding included their two kids as much as it reflected them. So the day was more like a kid’s birthday party than a wedding!
“We’re not big wedding fans, or rather we’re not big fans of the prescribed wedding format”, said the bride. “So for our day we decided to think about the things that were really, REALLY important to us and to steer ir in that direction. We have two children and we wanted them to be just as involved in the wedding as we were so our theme ended up being like a kid’s party!”
“We had tons of kids attending so we wanted them to enjoy the wedding as much as the adults. We hired Sublime Science, a kid’s birthday entertainer. ‘Prof Louis’ was fab and she kept the kids utterly enthralled. There was sweet making, exploding coke rockets, slime making, chasing fugitive balloons across football pitches, lots of shrieks, screams and smiles from all the kiddies and most of the adults!”
“Our youngest is three and we thought perhaps the science party might be a bit too old for him (in the end it wasn’t) so we also arranged for a local reptile sanctuary, Lenny’s Lizards, to come and bring along some extra guests! We didn’t bargain on two boa constrictors, numerous corn snakes and lots of lizards, but everyone LOVED it.”
“We also put out old wooden crates full of games for young and old alike. There were ball games, Jenga, fuzzy felt, marbles and jacks. They were meant for the kids but were mostly used by the adults!”