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Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding

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Alice in Wonderland has always been an obsession for Vicky, so when she married Mark in September there was only one theme she wanted for their wedding!

“Alice in Wonderland was my favourite childhood book and I have always loved and been fascinated by it”, said the bride. “I love all its quirkiness so I wanted to use it as the theme for the wedding because it would make the day not only special but also unique. We also had touches of Scotland.”

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The day was held at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. “The venue added to our wedding being different because it was held in a nature reserve”, she continued. “A particularly special element of our wedding was that our son Jacob carried our wedding bands on the Alice in Wonderland book that my dad used to read to me when I was a little girl.”

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Burning Man Wedding

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Burning Man is a place where anything goes, so it was the perfect place for Angela and Michael’s to have the wedding they’ve always dreamt of. “We were married at Burning Man so our theme was loosely a mixed interpretation of a royal wedding”, the bride said. “In truth, weddings are rarely just about the bride and groom and we wanted a wedding that was just about us. We already had tickets to Burning Man and had heard about people getting married there so once the idea was put forth it was an easy decision to make. When we told our families our plans they were completely unsurprised. Apparently running away to the desert is completely in-keeping with our personalities and reputation!”

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“Pretty much everything about our wedding was different!” she continued. “Our outfits, the setting, our vows which we wrote ourselves, the fact we incorporated a beer toast in the wedding. Michael also took my last name.”

“We were married in front of the Temple in Black Rock City. We read our own vows in a ceremony we’d put together with our officiant and capped it off with a beer toast. After the ceremony, the designer of the temple approached us. It turns out he had walked by and stopped to watch the ceremony and was overwhelmed that we had decided to get married in front of his creation. Many hugs and tears ensued.”

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How to Save Money on Your Bridesmaid Dresses

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I was a bridesmaid for the first time in November. I was actually the only one at the wedding and that, coupled with probably the most laid-back bride in existence, meant the whole experience was a breeze. Carly’s only stipulation was that I wore grey. Easy. We went to one place and ordered my dress then and there.

Now it’s my second time around, this time for my sister Rachel, who’s getting hitched in July. Now don’t get me wrong, Rachel is pretty laid-back too, but there are FIVE bridesmaids which, despite everyone’s best intentions, automatically ups the ante and the stress!

Funnily enough, the hard part hasn’t been finding a dress to suit all our different body shapes (Rachel was happy for us all to be in a different style if we wanted, ironically though, we’ve all picked the same one!) or picking a colour that we all agree on (she wanted us all in different shades of blue and green). No, the really tricky part has been getting five dresses without spending a complete fortune. My £200 bridesmaid dress felt like a bit of a splurge for Carly’s wedding, but it was manageable within their budget. However when you have five bridesmaids that £200 indulgence automatically becomes a £1000 impossibility!

If you too have a large bridal party, or you just want to save as much money as you can on your bridesmaid dresses, here’s my advice:

Do your homework first

In the flushes of newly engaged excitement, I think a lot of brides make the mistake of asking lots of their friends and relatives to be bridesmaids, without first factoring in the costs. Sure, it might be lovely to have your ten oldest friends up there with you, but ten bridesmaids means ten dresses… ten pairs of shoes… ten bouquets… It can all add up very quickly. Ideally you should do your research on how much things actually cost, before you decide who to ask to be in your wedding party.

“Setting a budget and doing your homework are the first steps when shopping for your bridesmaid dresses,” Karen of Bridal Wardrobe writes in this handy saving for your wedding guide. “Knowing the base prices of the range you like can help you stick to your budget and avoid overspending.”

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Visit the high street

There’s no doubt in my mind that the British high street is the best in the world. Especially as we get into Spring, all the shops will start to fill up with bridesmaid appropriate options at very reasonable prices. The only reason we didn’t get ours from a high street store was that Rachel wanted us all in maxi dresses that were in different, but complimenting colours. This is basically impossible to find unless you go to someone who makes dresses specifically for bridesmaids. Most fashion stores will only offer a dress in one, or maybe two, different colours.

Look online

If you venture online, that opens up your options even further. ASOS, ChiChi London, Monsoon, BHLDN, Vivien of Holloway and Lindybop all do bridesmaid appropriate ranges, although you might not get the colour variety that you would with a bridesmaid-specific retailer. However if you’re more flexible on your colour palette, they are all fantastic places to look.

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Bulk buy discounts

In the end, we bought our dresses from a website that specialises in bridesmaid dresses which meant we could all get the same dress in our individual choice of colour. However the real clincher was that they offered larger discounts the more dresses you bought. So the dresses were one price on their own, but if you bought 2-3 of them you got some money off, 4-5 you got even more off and so on and so forth. This meant that having a large bridal party actually worked in our favour because the more we bought, the more we saved!

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Autumnal Wedding in Sweden

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Magda and David wanted a simple autumnal wedding with lots of warm colours. Their reception was held in a restaurant with gold chandeliers and they decorated the tables with ivy and leaves. “We wanted the wedding to feel like we were just at home”, the bride said. “Our dress code was ‘whatever makes you feel relaxed’ and we made almost everything ourselves.”

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The day started with a quick ceremony at Gothenburg town hall. “The ceremony lasted for about 30 seconds and was very simple. There were a few words of  wisdom from the officiant about listening to and appreciating each other, the classic ‘Do you take each other?’ and so on before the kiss and it was over! Outside on the steps our families threw uncooked rice and confetti.”

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Denver Dive Bar Elopement

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I think at some point or another throughout their wedding planning, most brides throw their hands up in the air and shout “Screw it! Let’s just elope!!” Whether it’s the mounting costs, your parents driving your bonkers or the fact that you’re spending more time than can be considered sane panicking over DIY projects, I’m pretty sure its a common fantasy for a lot of engaged folks.

While actually going through with an elopement might not be on the cards for a lot of you (oh aren’t family dynamics fun!?) there’s no reason why you can’t be hella inspired by the ideas that a low-key wedding presents.

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Set up by a collection of Denver’s most awesome wedding suppliers, this Dive Bar elopement shoot is everything you’ve ever dreamt of and more! “The concept started out as an experience-based wedding day, with a focus on the city”, stylist Nicole Lowery of Hey! Party Collective told me. “We also wanted to use the vendors that we think are really innovating the Denver wedding industry.”

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Intimate Somerset Wedding with Just 11 Guests

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A couple of years ago I ran a contest for one very lucky bride to not only win a bespoke wedding dress of her own design from Wendy Benstead, but also free wedding photography with Assassynation! Well the lucky winner of that competition was Gemma, who married Nathan in May! Their wedding was super small, they only had 11 guests.

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“We really wanted to have a garden-party style wedding but our house and garden are way too small, even with only 11 guests”, began the bride. “So we rented Hill House in Somerset for the whole week. It was absolutely lush, it has an orchard, a cinema room, a massive hot tub and a pool table. People could come and go as they pleased for the week and we just treated it like being on holiday with the people we love the most and our two dogs, Dynamo and Peanut.”

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