Ahh the circus! So colourful, so fun, such a perfect theme for an alternative wedding! Tamara and Chip’s Florida wedding was a true DIY labour of love. They did almost everything themselves.
“We are both light-hearted and fun people, so we wanted our day to feel like a party with our family and friends”, explained the bride. “We are not stiff and formal, but love vibrancy and uniqueness! Our whimsical circus theme fit perfectly with how we wanted our wedding day to feel.”
“Almost everything we did was DIY, unique and local”, she continued. “Aside from a few amazing vendors like our day-of coordinator, Ashley Packett, who was amazing and seamlessly took my vision and DIY projects and made it come together! We did not want a cookie cutter wedding. I am far too crafty to have let someone else create our wedding day. From our wedding ceremony in front of our DIY circus tent, to our reception under the stars and string lights, to our bartender serving drinks and locally brewed beer from a canoe cooler, to our guests playing shuffleboard, our wedding was far from the norm.”
Chris and Emmy were married early in the day, so they wanted to lay on lots of entertainment for their guests. “We wanted a day that was relaxed, fun and family-friendly”, wrote the bride. “We had our humanist hand fasting ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, so we wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do throughout the day. We go to a lot of festivals and run a dance tent with my family called the Griffin Tent, so we used that as a starting point, using the marquee and having a pub quiz and live bands in the afternoon.”
“The river running through Loudwater Farm is the same river we both played in as children (we’ve known each other since we were 11!), so we had fishing nets and wellies for everyone to paddle. We added archery, circus toys, dreamcatcher making and an art and crafts den, and finished up with a silent disco.”
Bia and Kk’s wedding in Brazil was inspired by the weddings they’d seen on this very blog! The couple were adamant that they wouldn’t follow tradition, and that they’d plan the wedding they really wanted.
“In Brazil wedding tend to be very traditional, so we decided to make it DIY and have things to really reflect who we are”, explained the bride. “My hair is turquoise hair, I wore my combat boots, and we bought all the flowers direct from the a supplier at dawn. It was important to us that we showed our personalities. I made my bouquet with old brooches that were my mothers. It was a way for her to be present as unfortunately she past away in 2008.”
“Rock n Roll Bride inspired us so much. So many of the weddings I saw here were a great source of reference. Even our choice of an American-style ceremony was different from most weddings here. I’d describe our theme as ‘hipster rock vintage! We saved money with almost everything. We did a lot of DIY.”
Their budget was only $7000, but that didn’t stop Sara and Jeremy organising one of the most gorgeous barn weddings I’ve ever seen! “The most unique part of our wedding is how many people came together to help create all the details”, said the bride. “So many wonderful friends helped make things from decorations, DJ, photographer, cakes, and even marquee, to really give our wedding a handmade feel.”
“The groom’s band performed the father-daughter dance. Most weddings people want to detach from the wedding details and have other people make and do the stuff. We wanted to be creative and intimate with all of our wedding planning. I think this really made our wedding day feel authentic and comfortable. People enjoyed looking at what they helped with and being a part of our big day.”
The massive variety of weddings that I get to feature is one of the best things about running this blog. I also love that nothing is off limits! A spaghetti themed wedding where the couple were married by a pirate in a courtyard in Poland? Oh go on then!
“My outfit was a too short white dress, and old leather belt which cost me 50 cents from a flea market in Morocco, stripy tights, cowboy shoes from Mexico and earrings and a necklace made from dried pasta and coloured with nail polish!”, began the Ola, the bride. “Aaron wore plaid pants, a ruffled tux shirt, a leather vest and a used car salesman jacket which all came from a thrift store. His belt was from Transylvania!”
“My bouquet was made from spaghetti and we didn’t serve cake – just giant pots of spaghetti which we made ourselves! In terms of entertainment we had a gypsy folk band, ping-pong, alcohol, a friend doing henna and a spaghetti fight!”
“The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been trying to get official status in Poland and we were the first wedding of its kind in Warsaw”, she explained. “We were married by a pirate, while dressed as pirates, and people threw spaghetti. Then we ate (different) spaghetti. Other than that, it was perfectly normal.”
I am passionate about proving that when it comes to your wedding, its not what you spend, its how you spend it! Shhh don’t tell anyone, but the nuptials I feature with minuscule amounts of money in the pot are always secretly my favourites too.
That’s not to say that bigger budget weddings are in any way inferior, it’s just that I’m always so impressed with what people are able to achieve with a a lower than average amount of cash to spend, but a higher than average knack for getting creative!
Whatever amount of money you’re splashing on your own big day, I just know you’re going to enjoy looking through this inspiring bunch.
Source: Thrifty, bohemian wedding
Source: Budget friendly tattooed tea party wedding
Source: The Addams Family at a Funeral
Source: Handmade and thrifty crochet wedding
Source: Shotgun waterside wedding
Source: Intimate wedding in Spain
Source: Voodoo Doughnut wedding