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David Bowie Jazz Festival Wedding with Seven Venues!

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Jess and Dan got married in Manchester in July. They met in Brighton Pavilion Gardens, where Dan also proposed, in 2009. A major reason for them getting married was due to Dan being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. “We’d been talking about getting married for a few years already” said Dan, “but a big life threatening illness does wonders for making you do things more promptly. On hearing the news of my illness, Jess asked me (still in my hospital bed) if we should get married. I said ‘of fucking course’ and the rest is history.”

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Their wedding was inspired by love, music, colour, joy and bees (!) so they decided their theme should be ‘colourful, fun and Bowie’. “David Bowie is our hero so we had to include him in there” explained Dan. “We’re also huge fans of garish and clashing colours, so we asked our guests to adhere to a colour scheme of turquoise, orange and purple. It turned out amazing!”

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Celestial, Crystal & Bohemian Wedding in Dublin

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When jewellery designer Kayleigh married Neal in Dublin, they picked a theme to reflect the bride’s passion. Being obsessed with raw crystals and metallics meant they ended up with a theme that included stars, crystals and a touch of boho.

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“We really didn’t want a traditional wedding with a church and hotel ballroom, it’s just not us”, said Kayleigh. “Even though it turned out a bit more traditional than we thought, I think our personal touches made it our own. We didn’t want to feel like strangers at our own wedding. The main thing for us was for it to be cheap (we planned everything on a shoestring!) and easy for our guests, and for everyone to have a nice chilled time.”

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Folklore & Fantasy Pagan Woodland Wedding

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Jay and Wisia had a Pagan ceremony in the woods. They wanted their wedding theme to be folklore and fantasy inspired without being too cheesy.

“There’s a fine line between themed and fancy dress”, laughed the bride. “Our special day was a cross between Viking and Elvish visual themes with elements of Pagan.”

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“We were inspired by our love for one another and the love that surrounds us from all the incredible people we know. Other than that, it was influenced by our favourite films, TV episodes and books such as LOTR, The Hobbit and Vikings. We were also deeply inspired by our favourite place to be together… the woods!”

“There are several things that we did that were particularly unique whilst staying very ‘us'”, she continued. “First of all we picked our own surname. We became Mr & Mrs Ælf‎ær (an old English name meaning ‘whole’ that we had chosen together).”

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Comfortable & Colourful Czech Republic Wedding

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Barbora and Jakub were married in the Czech Republic, where weddings tend to be very traditional. Their budget was around £3000 and they decided they wanted to do things their way. The bride especially wanted to feel like herself on the day and so wore an outfit that she felt comfortable (and colourful) in!

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“We did not keep any Czech wedding traditions and we arranged everything ourselves”, she explained. “Our day turned out exactly how we wanted it to be. We wanted it to express our characters and interests. Everybody was excited and amazed with our festival inspired wedding.”

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The Wedding That Trended on Twitter

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Nicky and David were married in East London. They had a relatively small budget of £5000 but they were able to make it stretch by avoiding wedding specific items wherever possible. They hosted their reception in a town hall, the bride wore a dress from Monsoon, they had a homemade cake and put all the flowers together themselves. They even skipped the wedding car, choosing to get the train between their ceremony and reception venues.

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“I’m not a wedding-y person”, admitted the bride, “so it wasn’t like it was something I had always dreamed of or planned. We wanted the day to be filled with in-jokes and things we find funny like cats, Twitter (we met on Twitter!), plants, books, tea and cheese. I tried to get a kitten ring bearer for the ceremony – but people were surprisingly reluctant to help me with this. I actually started to question my own sanity at this point too. Someone did actually buy us a tiny white kitten as a wedding gift though! We named her Peaches.”

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Homemade & Nature-Inspired Norwegian Forest Wedding

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Silje and Alex were married in Norway in July. Their wedding was DIY heavy and inspired by nature. “We focused on aesthetics and ideas that fit our personalities”, said the bride. “We both love nature, and the foresty theme took hold after we decided to have the ceremony in the woods. Our colours were turquoise and gold, which is simply just one of my favourite colour combinations.”

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The bride designed her dress herself with help from her maid of honour. “My main inspiration for my outfit was just to make my dream dress, and I feel very lucky to have been able to make and have made so much of it just for me. The fabric was bought from Conscious Elegance on etsy after I fell in love with their organic hemp silk. The rest of the fabric was bought in my local fabric shop, except for one of the bits of lace which was an old curtain! I embroidered the bead heart and decorated the belt myself using an ammonite fossil because I love stones, fossils and nature in general.”

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