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Multi-Coloured Woodland Festival Wedding with Pom Poms!

Jem and Dom were married in June at Mulberry Lodge in Little Mongeham, the site of a festival they’d been to and loved. Their budget was just £4500 but with DIY catering, a homemade wedding dress and lots of help from friends and family they were able to create the most beautiful day.

“The inspiration for our wedding was each other, the things we like, colours, textures, artwork and the venue itself”, began the bride. “We essentially wanted a ‘Jemdomfest’ with music, dancing and fun. I wasn’t interested in impressing anyone, nor was Dom. it was about having fun, and hopefully that our guests would also have fun.”

Of their limited budget, their single biggest expense was the photos. “Photography was by far our biggest expense but absolutely worth it. Not only is Alex a great photographer, he also loves his job and this really shines through. He was a sea of calm in the barn when me, my bridesmaids and my mum were scurrying around getting ready, he even helped us with last minute button hole making!”

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A Punk Rock Wedding

Corinna and Ady met at a punk gig in 2013. The inspiration for their wedding was music, each other and their mutual love of tattoos.

Their reception was held at The Bridge Inn in Stalybridge. “We did everything to please ourselves”, said Corinna. “I think there is an immense amount of pressure on couples planning a wedding to make sure everyone else is happy, and this can be so stressful on what is supposed to be the happiest day of your life! So we promised each other to only do what we wanted, if people didn’t like it, well, it wasn’t their wedding! It turned out to be the best day of our lives.”

Their budget as £4500, including a week in Majorca for their honeymoon, and they kept costs down by doing lots of DIY and calling in favours. “My dad’s band provided the entertainment and my sister DJed. We had a buffet instead of a sit down meal and the function room was free! We made own invitations and did all the décor. I got a bit giddy over all the little things I bought! I got lots of fairy lights, union jack bunting, red glass candles for each table, heart shaped balloons, a light up ‘A & C’, just married bunting, and a few Mr & Mrs signs. We also made our own confetti by ripping up coloured and glittery tissue paper from Poundland. I was gobsmacked how expensive it was to buy ready-made!”

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Vintage & Thrifty 1960s Wedding in New Zealand

Esther and Todd’s wedding was a 1960s inspired celebration held in New Zealand. Being in nature was also important to both of them so they held their wedding at Port Waikato School Camp, an outdoor education camp established in 1928. The site had everything they needed including a big grassy square flanked by long dormitories (ample accommodation!) a dining hall, selection of cabins, and a stunning outdoor chapel where they held their ceremony.

“The whole wedding had a 1960s mid-century vibe”, began the bride, “with a colour palette of dark green, white and bamboo. We sourced our decor primarily from op-shops , did a lot of DIY and made use of things already at the camp ourselves.”

Deciding to have their wedding at a campsite meant their guests could stay with them for the whole weekend, and help them set up and pack down of course! “Having the wedding at a campsite created this amazing community vibe,” she continued, “and it had all the facilities we needed. We had the site for the whole weekend so some guests came down on the Friday to help set up and stayed right through to Sunday morning. It’s super fun having all your best mates away together for a whole weekend and we really appreciated all the help with set up and pack down from everyone.”

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Low Key Brooklyn Wedding at Their Favourite BBQ Restaurant

There is something so very magical about New York in the winter time. Mollie and Ryan clearly agree with me because chose January 7th as the date for their Brooklyn wedding. The day was held at Hometown BBQ, their favourite BBQ restaurant in Red Hook.

“Our wedding was relaxed and non-traditional”, said Mollie. “I did a lot of research on Pinterest and alternative wedding blogs to give us the confidence that all our crazy ideas would come together in the end. Other weddings we’d been to previously we’re a big source of inspiration for us. We shamelessly incorporated what we liked from those weddings and learned from others to make sure everything could go as smoothly as possible for us. For the style of our wedding we took a lot of inspiration from our venue. Hometown BBQ has a fantastic low key vibe. We added in our own touches but we mostly let that vibe flow through our wedding.”

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Casual, Close Knit & Calm Wedding Planned in a Week!

Lisa and James had a super intimate, really casual wedding in Dublin. They planned it in just one week and their focus was only on the things that really mattered to them – getting married and celebrating with their loved ones. They didn’t buy into the wedding industry machine, the bride didn’t even wear a wedding dress, and they only spent €1000!

“Our wedding was casual, close knit and calm – the entire wedding was planned in one week and fell together seamlessly”, said Lisa. “The inspiration was for it to be cheap and cheerful, aided by a combination of available options, such as the reception being James’s place of work, the fact I loved my dress and wanted an excuse to buy it anyway. It was just a bonus that it didn’t look like a traditional wedding gown and will see future wear. In true Irish fashion ample drink and plenty of craic was on the menu!”

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Marie Antoinette Meets Tim Burton Wedding with Lots & Lots of Balloons!

Fanny and Chris’ wedding theme can best be described as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette meets Tim Walker with a sprinkling of Baz Luhermann’s Romeo and Juliet! They wanted their wedding to be personal, stick to their budget and to transport their guests to their own magical world.

“Neither of us had been to many weddings and we didn’t really look at any typical bridal publications,” explained Fanny. “We really wanted to transport our friends and family to a little world of our own imagining.”

Their ceremony was a combination of traditions from lots of different cultures and was family oriented. “We were so lucky to have one of our closest friends marry us. It meant we could write the ceremony exactly as we wanted. Chris and Pete researched traditions from other cultures and created a ceremony that felt very personal and just right for us. We borrowed the Celtic tradition of hand binding by draping ribbons across our held hands while reciting promises we intend to keep to each other throughout our married life.”

“We got our friends and family involved by singing the Beatles All You Need is Love as a jubilant crowd. Each order of ceremony had a string attached so while we signed the register people were asked to tie theirs to the wrist of someone nearby, symbolising the greater family we were creating and the bond everyone now shared with us and with each other.”

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