I am probably the only person I know not totally watching Game of Thrones but after hearing almost everyone I know raving about it, I’m determined to find some time to give it a go! I know 99% of the population are all-out obsessed right now, so when Danielle and Donovan’s VIKING THEMED WEDDING landed in my inbox I knew I had to share it immediately! The best part of the whole thing? They pulled the entire wedding off for just $6000!
The wedding took place at the home of one of their friends in Lummi Island, WA. The bride told us all about their day. “We went for a Norse pagan and viking theme. Our families are Norwegian and German, we did it as a shout out to our ancestors. After all, they’re the reason we’re here! One thing we did really differently was that we had our reception before the ceremony. Risky, but it allowed us to play with fire instead of flowers!”
Ruby and Lukasz hosted their cat themed wedding party in October but they were actually legally married a year earlier. “We were broke, we’d just moved countries to the Isle of Man and we just wanted to get married so we eloped and got pizza afterwards!” Ruby explained. “This time we wanted a big party to share with our loved ones. Our budget for the party was £5000 which was pretty spendy for us, but I think it meant we were able to spend more on the things that really made it special like the photographer, the venue and the food.”
Although they were already legally married, they decided to have another ceremony that their friends and family could be a part of. “We thought about just having a big party but we decided we wanted to do the ceremony again too”, she explained. “The first time went so fast and felt so impersonal so we looked online for non-religious ceremonies on the Isle of Man. The IOM Freethinkers are a humanist society which embodies our own beliefs about life and spirituality so it was a perfect fit.”
Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.
They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”
“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”