Steph and Ted may have spent less than £6000 on their Newcastle wedding, but they had a fantastically fun day. Their main goal was for everyone to have a great time without spending a huge amount of money.
“My brother Rikki and his wife Alix inspired us”, Steph began. “They had an incredible wedding in London a few years ago. Their day showed us that you can have the most fun without spending tens of thousands. Ted and I didn’t want to look a certain way or try to be anything other than just us having fun like we have done for the past eight years. So we kind of used our memories of places, parties and festivals as inspiration too.”
The bride’s beautiful blue, two-piece dress was made by The Bespoke Bridal Boutique in Kettering. “My two-piece blue wedding gown was really unique. Laura at Bespoke Bridal Boutique designed and made me a dress that fit my style, personality and budget perfectly. Having in independent designer make my perfect dress actually saved us money too. I tried on ‘normal’ wedding dresses and the ones that I thought were only alright were priced in excess of £2000! Wedding dress shopping was hell for me everything looked the same. All I could see was silk, nets and white and I never wear white so it was hard to like anything. I met with Laura to discuss options she literally knew what I wanted before I did. She is an alternative wedding dress hero and blew me away at every point during our journey. On our wedding day Laura sent me a drawn image of my dress framed and signed and it brought me to tears it was a really nice touch.”
Dara and Vince had a three day wedding, the first being their legal ceremony followed by a woodland blessing and party a couple of days later. Their woodland ceremony was officiated by the bride’s dad. They wanted something chilled out and natural and having a longer event meant their guests could really get to know each other.
“We both have very different styles and tastes so we decided not to stick to any rigid theme”, the bride explained, “but we always knew that we wanted everything to feel very chilled out and natural. I work in a very visual way so I made loads of scrapbooks and Pinterest boards of woodland weddings and rustic, vintage themes that I could show to our vendors but really the venue was already so beautiful that we just tried to work everything around how it looked already.”
“For our second ceremony we had it on the morning of the second day in Camp Katur’s woodland ceremony area. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and everyone was gathered on tree stumps and wooden benches in the ceremony area where Vince was there to greet them. My Dad was our officiant, he is known as a bit of a joker and he has a keen interest in theology without being very religious, which was perfect as we aren’t religious and we wanted to keep everything personal and light-hearted rather than strictly ceremonious.”
Zoe and Pidge met when they were just 13 years old! Five years later, on Zoe’s 18th birthday, they confessed their love to each other and have been together ever since. They wanted their wedding to be completely individual and really relaxed; to reflect both their individual personalities and themselves as a couple.
“We knew we wanted a really unique outdoor ceremony in our own back garden so we had a legal ceremony at the registry office in the morning, and then had another personalised ceremony in the afternoon”, Zoe said. “Our oldest friend performed the outdoor ceremony for us and we wrote the entire thing ourselves. During the ceremony we had a hand binding where we asked each bridesmaid and groomsmen to come up and bless us in turn.”
“As the wedding was at our own home we did a lot of DIY projects. We made the colourful archway for our ceremony out of a garden vine archway and paper tissue pompoms from Amazon. It took almost two days from start to finish, but it looked so amazing in all of the pictures so it was totally worth it. The bridesmaids and I wore wool pompoms in our hair which were made by my mum. We are a family of devoted knitters and I even have a tattoo of a ball of wool on my leg so I needed incorporate wool into the day somehow!”
“We also painted our own garden shed to look like the TARDIS from Doctor Who, and transformed the inside of it into a Polaroid photo booth for our guests. My mum and I did all the cakes and buffet ourselves: we didn’t want to put all the pressure on one ‘wedding cake’ so we had an entire table of different cakes, each with their own toppers!”