Rachel and Steve didn’t want to spend a huge amount on their day. They had a £10,000 budget but actually managed to come in way under that! Their biggest savings were the bride’s shoes (Primark!), the ‘cake’ (Krispy Creme doughnuts!) and by doing all the décor themselves.
The wedding had a tattoo and taxidermy theme. “We just wanted our wedding to be about us and reflect our styles”, Rachel said. “Steve is a tattoo artist and I love taxidermy. Little things were dotted around the venue like the antlers, taxidermy fluffy duck, a mouse in a jar and more magpie skulls. We also wanted it to be fun so we had moustaches and swallow tattoos for the favours.”
“All of the décor was made by myself excluding the bunting which I borrowed from a friend. I made all the jars for the flowers, the table numbers, the book bunting, welcome sign, let them eat cake sign, card box, paper cones and rose petal confetti, origami paper cranes and table plan.”
Jonathan and Sarah were married in May at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They wanted an intimate wedding which didn’t cost the Earth (in terms of budget and the environment!) They spend around $7000 on their day and it was perfect.
“We wanted our wedding to be small, twinkly, warm, delicious, inviting and with minimal impact on the environment”, began the bride. “The Botanic Gardens and The Mercury Cafe actually fit all of those things! As Jon took me jitterbug dancing for our first date at the Mercury Cafe, that was absolutely going to be our reception spot. We wanted to choreograph our first dance to ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. Which we NAILED by the way! Having our ceremony at a garden allowed us to save a fortune on flowers and decorations.”
“We didn’t do any printed out programs for environmental reasons so instead I wrote out seating charts on an old mirror that I had. We added strips of our wedding color fabric. I also made a wine picnic basket for our unity ceremony with help from Hobby Lobby and Michaels.”
Are you ready for some serious wedding envy? Don’t say I didn’t warn you… Brooke and Spencer had a lunchtime wedding in Texas in June, “I met Spencer at summer camp in Ardmore when I was 13 and he was 14. We had a friendship spanning over 10+ years until we both ended up in San Marcos, Texas where our friendship grew into something more. Our ceremony was performed by one of the counsellors from that summer camp!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was our venue, Le San Michele. I really was inspired by the landscape and décor. It was simple and beautiful. We bought flowers in bulk at Austin Flower Co. and I arranged the bouquets and boutonnieres. I also created the succulent planters with my sister. The vases were all found at thrift stores. We bulk ordered hand fans for wholesale online and made tags for each handle inscribed with the wedding date. A lot of the décor we spray painted with gold paint or mirror spray paint. ”
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been looking forward to featuring Anna and Adam’s wedding for a while. Anna is a wedding photographer herself, and I’m a big fan of her work, so I knew her own wedding would be something special. The wedding was 100% DIY. They picked a venue that wasn’t specifically for weddings, but meant a great deal for them. They didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so did most things as frugally as possible. Their main concern was that the day involved all the special people in their lives.
The wedding took place by the sea in Anglesey in May. “We didn’t have a wedding theme as such”, began Anna, “we just wanted it to be colourful, relaxed, fun, full of laughs, unpretentious, family-focused and very much DIY and personalised to us and the people and things we love. We wanted everyone there to feel special and comfortable and get involved as much as they wanted to. Lots of weddings focus just on the bride and groom, but to us it was also very much a day about our wonderful group of friends and family. We’re both incredibly close to them and it was really important to us to celebrate the fact that we weren’t just coming together as a couple, but also as part of a precious larger community.”
This fashion designer bride and her artist groom were married at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY. They wanted a budget-friendly, DIY wedding and so did as much as they could themselves. Their good friend, Greg Barris, a stand up comedian who was already ordained, preferred their ceremony. The bride designed and made her own dress, but the DIY didn’t stop there!
“We decided to take our time planning the wedding”, explained Jeanette. “I am a fashion stylist, and Dima is an artist so we knew our wedding would be very creative. We also knew that we didn’t really have any money for a wedding, so we knew we would be making most of the stuff ourselves. We also knew we didn’t want anything too traditional. We couldn’t afford any of the venues we looked at in NYC and Brooklyn, and my family really wanted the wedding in Buffalo, so we compromised, and decided to have it in Niagara Falls, NY. We figured it was close enough for my family, and still a fun destination for our New York friends.”
“We found The Rapids Theatre online, and before we even looked at it in person, we knew it was the one”, she continued. “It is a huge Rock n Roll venue, but has the look of an elegant theatre. It used to be a movie theatre in the 1920s, and the owners have restored all of the original architecture. It was the perfect venue for us, because we knew we wanted to have a rock show, and the owners said it was okay to have our dog, Glitter, be the ring bearer! The staff was amazing, they loved all of our ideas, and everything ran really smoothly on our special day.”
A pink haired bride, a blue haired groom, neon custom Nike trainers and a wedding dress with a rainbow petticoat and a camera embellishment… Now what’s not to love about this amazing wedding?!? Laura and Joe wanted to do their own thing for their wedding. They planned a day that was truly reflective of who they are, and they had a blast doing it!
“The main thing throughout our planning was to make sure that it wasn’t a ‘normal’ wedding”, said Laura. “We didn’t want it to be the usual affair that is the same as everyone else’s because we’re not like that. We didn’t want speeches or sit down meal or any of the formal stuff. We wanted our wedding to be fun and for everyone to have a good time. The main theme was bright and colourful, so we wanted people to wear clothes that were as bright as they felt comfortable with. Also nothing matched, I wanted it to be an explosion of colour!”
“We did loads of DIY”, she continued. “I made all the vinyl record bowls that went on the tables, I drilled holes in the edges so I could tie three balloons to each in a sort of hot air balloon kind of thing, and bought novelty ducks to sit in them for guests to take away. I even wrote our initials and the date on the bottom of each of the duck (all 190 of them!). There were also ducks lined right across the bar, not one duck was left behind at the end of the night, people had handbags stuffed full of them!”