Happy Friday! I think this colourful and fun wedding all the way from Chile is the perfect way to head into the weekend, don’t you? After their chapel ceremony, Trini and Fe hosted their reception at the bride’s parent’s home. They had a small budget, $7000, so they did practically everything themselves.
“We had a very small budget but we wanted to do something very cool”, wrote the bride. “It was totally DIY. The groom’s family all came over from Brazil to Chile for the wedding and so we wanted the whole day to be very chilled out.”
Becky and Dave budgeted £5000 for their 1950s wedding. They wanted a really special and unique day, but they didn’t want to spend a fortune getting it! They were inspired by everything they mutually love for their retro theme.
“We’re both quite heavily tattooed and share a huge love for music, Marvel comics, Star Wars, vintage cars and all things American – especially the 1950s”, Becky said. “We knew from the start we wanted an alternative wedding. I wanted a tea length dress and a celebration filled with the things we loved and that was ‘us’ instead of working to impress guests! With a tight time-scale of six months to to plan everything, two kids (one newborn!) to raise and returning to work in between, I did find it really hard going. We contemplated a Marvel and Star Wars themed wedding but I was too reluctant to put our ever-growing collection of figures and comics out for table displays in case of anything getting damaged.”
“So we based the entire thing on another love of ours – 50s America! I found it really easy to get things flowing from then on and based the colour schemes around the bridesmaids dresses (which were an absolute bargain at £40 each!) I had a beautiful bead bouquet made to match the dresses with a few old school tattoo style buttons thrown in for good measure, and we made the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves with giant paper roses. We booked a 1953 Chevrolet BelAir as our wedding car and I then came up with the idea of basing our table decorations on this. I spent hours searching eBay for 12” die cast muscle cars and managed to get the right amount in the perfect colours (although this has now set off a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage model cars, oops!) We had a TBird, a BelAir, an Oldsmobile Super 88, a Corvette and a Cadillac. They worked so well!”
With a budget of just $2000, Matt and Kat said “I do” at their own home the day after Halloween. “We christened our newly purchased house for our wedding!” the bride said. “We had spent several months renovating the old home’s interior but hadn’t moved in yet, so all the rooms in the house were empty. We transformed a (future) bedroom into a bar, another bedroom into a dinner/pot luck area. We strung friends’ borrowed Christmas lights all over the house, set up a PA system in the empty living room and called it a venue with a dance floor! Our new neighbour, George, who became a great friend during our move, let us perform the ceremony in the empty lot next to his house.”
“Having my mom walk me down the aisle dressed as Humphrey Bogart was really special. Also my brother became ordained in order to marry us, we collaborated and designed the ceremony and reception ourselves. We wrote our own vows and the designed the entire ceremony.”
The bride’s red dress was actually a skirt and top which she bought on Amazon although she says in retrospect she wishes she’d found something vintage. Her shoes were her favourite pair of Mary Janes and her headpiece was a red pill box hat with a veil and bow attached. The groom’s outfit was all thrifted and cost less than $45!
Gillian and Stephen eloped at Scarborough Registry Ofﬁce in October. They had a minimal budget, no formal reception and no guests bar their photographer, Laura. After the I dos they went for afternoon tea at Francis Tea Rooms.
The couple met in America when Stephen’s band were on tour. Despite living on opposite sides of the world they decided they just couldn’t let each other go! “We eloped because of a visa process and all the costs that and an international move racked up”, began the bride. “We spent about two years doing long distance between England and America. I then decided I wanted to pursue a ﬁancée visa so I could ﬁnally settle in England with Stephen. It was supposed to take about six weeks but it ended up taking seven months! The visa process also required both of our passports so we weren’t able to make visits to each other the whole time! Without knowing when (or if) the visa would return to us, we couldn’t plan a proper wedding. We eventually got the visa and I planned my return to the UK, but we were only given six months to get married, so we went ahead with an elopement.”
“We decided on Scarborough because we had spent some time here together while Stephen was doing a guest lecture at his old university”, she continued. “It was such a special, quiet day where we could focus just on each other after so much time apart. Before we got married we always spoke about getting matching tattoos, but never followed through with it. Stephen has some old friends he met at university still living in Scarborough, so on a whim we tracked down a mutual friend who is a tattoo artist and got matching moons on our ring ﬁngers and he got our wedding date on his knuckles.”
The bride wore an Alice Temperley dress with a flower crown made from spray roses and gypsophila. “We didn’t choose a theme, but it ended up feeling that was somewhat vintage. My dress was 1930s in style. After the ceremony we went to an amazing little tea room that used to be a hair salon and the building has been preserved and feels like something out of that time period.”
There’s something ever so special about a retro themed wedding. The timelessness yet quirkiness always lights me up! Alex and Sean clearly feel the same because they had a gorgeous throwback bash in October at Whalton Village Hall.
“Sean and I fell in love via our mutual love of music and vinyl records, in particular sixties blues and soul”, began the bride. “Our theme was to re-create an early sixties feel, which inspired the registry office followed by village hall party instead of one fixed venue. We also had a vintage powder blue Mercedes that took us between the venues. The sixties was in my heart when I chose my dress and jacket, and also with the bridesmaids’ pillar box red, post Rock n Roll era dresses.”
“The Beatles All You Need is Love was a common theme throughout, and made whole by the 6ft LOVE lights illuminating our venue. The lighting was actually our biggest single expense and the LOVE letters caused quite a debate when we were discussing budgets. However, when it came together on the day, Sean agreed they were worth the extra pennies! We also had festoon lighting which were controlled on a dimmer, to no only give us a retro feel to the hall but allowed us to set the mood. If I was giving any advice to other DIY couples I would definitely say to keep lighting in mind when creating your venue. No bride wants pictures under bright artificial light, and it can turn the most basic of venues beautiful under low lighting.”
I simply can’t get enough of sweet little DIY weddings… which is why I feature them so often. If you too love looking homemade details then you’re going to adore Stephen and Gilly’s Glaswegian wedding!
“We’re not big on themed weddings, we just wanted ours to be relaxed and laid back”, said Gilly. “There were no extras or unnecessary frills. We just wanted all our guests to enjoy
themselves, and I don’t think either of us have smiled that much, ever!”
“The inspiration came from the things we love and are passionate about including music, films and mid-century design. We met on match.com and discovered through each other’s profiles that we both adore Wes Anderson films, so the characters from The Royal Tenenbaums were our table names. Each guest had a badge with their character on it as a favour, which I made. Most of the wedding was handmade so it felt very personal, and guests commented on how it was a great expression of both of us, which is lovely to think that our personalities came through.”