This fashion designer bride and her artist groom were married at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY. They wanted a budget-friendly, DIY wedding and so did as much as they could themselves. Their good friend, Greg Barris, a stand up comedian who was already ordained, preferred their ceremony. The bride designed and made her own dress, but the DIY didn’t stop there!
“We decided to take our time planning the wedding”, explained Jeanette. “I am a fashion stylist, and Dima is an artist so we knew our wedding would be very creative. We also knew that we didn’t really have any money for a wedding, so we knew we would be making most of the stuff ourselves. We also knew we didn’t want anything too traditional. We couldn’t afford any of the venues we looked at in NYC and Brooklyn, and my family really wanted the wedding in Buffalo, so we compromised, and decided to have it in Niagara Falls, NY. We figured it was close enough for my family, and still a fun destination for our New York friends.”
“We found The Rapids Theatre online, and before we even looked at it in person, we knew it was the one”, she continued. “It is a huge Rock n Roll venue, but has the look of an elegant theatre. It used to be a movie theatre in the 1920s, and the owners have restored all of the original architecture. It was the perfect venue for us, because we knew we wanted to have a rock show, and the owners said it was okay to have our dog, Glitter, be the ring bearer! The staff was amazing, they loved all of our ideas, and everything ran really smoothly on our special day.”
A pink haired bride, a blue haired groom, neon custom Nike trainers and a wedding dress with a rainbow petticoat and a camera embellishment… Now what’s not to love about this amazing wedding?!? Laura and Joe wanted to do their own thing for their wedding. They planned a day that was truly reflective of who they are, and they had a blast doing it!
“The main thing throughout our planning was to make sure that it wasn’t a ‘normal’ wedding”, said Laura. “We didn’t want it to be the usual affair that is the same as everyone else’s because we’re not like that. We didn’t want speeches or sit down meal or any of the formal stuff. We wanted our wedding to be fun and for everyone to have a good time. The main theme was bright and colourful, so we wanted people to wear clothes that were as bright as they felt comfortable with. Also nothing matched, I wanted it to be an explosion of colour!”
“We did loads of DIY”, she continued. “I made all the vinyl record bowls that went on the tables, I drilled holes in the edges so I could tie three balloons to each in a sort of hot air balloon kind of thing, and bought novelty ducks to sit in them for guests to take away. I even wrote our initials and the date on the bottom of each of the duck (all 190 of them!). There were also ducks lined right across the bar, not one duck was left behind at the end of the night, people had handbags stuffed full of them!”
Rachel and Luke were married in a field at Fernhill Farm in Somerset. They had their ceremony outside and their reception and after party in she sheep shearing barn! “Our legal ceremony was very low key at a registry office in Bristol the day before the wedding so we could have a personal ceremony at the wedding venue”, began the bride. “We asked our friend Doug Francisco, Ringmaster of the The Invisible Circus, to guide our unofficial vows.”
“It was important for us to create a party for all of our friends. We have so many people that are important to us in our lives – especially because of Luke’s festival work – we wanted to find a way to involve as many of them as we could. Creating a festival style wedding seemed the perfect solution, enabling us to use our contacts. I guess lots of people would consider this alternative, but to us it is quite normal.”
Rachel wore a 1920s style sequinned, beaded dress which came from a high street store. Her shoes were from New Look and in her hair she wore simple silk flowers. Luke dressed very casually, in his favourite hat, jeans and a black jacket. They both wanted to feel comfortable and like themselves.
Trying to do all the DIY for your wedding yourself is an insane undertaking. Alie and Adam knew this, so they roped in family members to help them as much as they could!
The cakes were made by the groom’s mum, dad and sister and he and his sister also made every single one of the 400 felt flowers used in the table decorations, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Adam also did all the stationery and paper goods himself and Alie’s mum made the table runners. The party bags to keep the kids entertained were out together by the bride’s sister.
“Pinning down an inspiration and theme for our wedding wasn’t easy, but basically it was about us, who we are, being local, quality, hand-made and crafty”, explained the bride. “The colours simply came from our favourites, turquoise (Alie) and red (Adam).”
Both being lovers of all things Mexican (particularly the food!) the theme for Hev and Gaz’ wedding was a natural choice. They were hitched in September at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.
“We both LOVE food, and in particular Mexican food, so we decided to loosely base our wedding on a Mexican theme”, began the bride. “It was pretty unique and a lot of people, including our suppliers, said it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’d ever been to. We made and designed everything ourselves, and then this was supported by Beau Bright, our event designers. They were AMAZING.”
“We made everything ourselves except the lanterns. Gaz is a graphic designer so he did all the paper goods and I sat and cut out miles of Papel Picado (Mexican bunting) and all the pom poms. We also did labels on tins, the pinatas (which we forgot to do!) We also made chilli cupcakes with chilli powder in them!”
Childhood sweethearts Lisa and Damien met in school. They then attended the same 6th form, college and university! Being together so long, they really wanted their wedding to represent them as a couple.
“We wanted our wedding to be laid back, intimate, family orientated, and where possible, hand made”, explained Lisa. “Our ceremony venue turned out to be a bit of nightmare and at the last minute so we had to quickly find an alternative. We both knew from the beginning that we wanted to get married in a church, and even though we had to change churches last minute, we didn’t regret it one bit as St Mary’s was beautiful and was a perfect start to our day.”
“We also knew we wanted a small, relaxed reception venue somewhere in the countryside so we decided to book the beautiful old pub The Black Horse in Beamish, County Durham. Our reception was held in the oldest part of the pub with original fireplaces and beams, and had a roof terrace that overlooked the beautiful countryside. This was the perfect back drop for our handmade wedding.”
The bride wore a Cymbeline dress which she wore with a yellow flower crown (made from real flowers). Her bridesmaids were in floral dresses from Topshop.