Sam and Stu met at college and bonded over a mutual love of video games, “primarily how to get the knights of the round summon in Final Fantasy 7!” Sam laughed. So needless to say, when it came to tying the knot, the very thing that brought them together was to be the theme of the wedding. ” We’re game geeks to the core! We wanted sleek quirky bright design with our gaming interest being the centre of it. We play tabletop RPG’s, board games and regular old video games.”
The day was held at aBode Chester, the modern setting was perfect for their day. “When you first delve into ‘wedding planning world’ its overwhelming”, she said. “All the old photos of your parents, the old traditions that have formed your opinion of weddings are shattered, especially when you find out about Pinterest (which is a blessing and curse). We didn’t want a ‘safe’ wedding. Plain white dress, veil, only roses bouquet with diamanté etc. It just wasn’t us. We had a few traditional elements to appease my new husband’s silver spoon needs (except chair covers! I won the battle on that one!) but everything else was free game to our artistic license.”
Elia and Joey didn’t want a big wedding, instead they wanted something small and meaningful. The day was held at Little Valley Mountain Resort with the ceremony in the chapel there and the reception in one of the cabins!
“We wanted to do something very special to us, without spending a whole bunch of money”, Elia wrote. “We wanted it to be small, which was a necessity just because the chapel sat 24 people. We were hoping to make this a weekend vacation for everybody there, instead of just another wedding. I think we may be the only couple ever introduced as husband and wife at the reception with ‘Spheres of Madness’ by Decapitated. I think we did things different from the norm by not stressing on ANYTHING. We just took every bump as a part of the story.”
“I’m not particularly crafty, but those on Etsy are. I basically took their DIY and made it my own”, she continued. “Etsy was key to our wedding. Also, even if you are planning on doing your own hair, have somebody there to help when your arms get tired. It took two hours to do my hair, and it was exhausting and sweaty.”
“The best thing about the day was that everybody at the wedding was either in it, or family. It was a weekend spent with the people absolutely closest to us, and would have been a blast even without a wedding! We managed to save a lot of money on the food as we had the reception in the cabin the wedding party was staying in, and it had it’s own kitchen. Our moms cooked us our favorite meals! Comfort food! They were happy to help, especially since we paid for the entire wedding ourselves.”
Cecilia and Stuart’s Glasgow wedding was pure vintage glamour – with a big dollop of pin up rockabilly cool thrown in for good measure! The couple were married at St Patricks church and their reception was held at Sloans, Gasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant.
“We tried to keep the wedding cheap, cheerful and small”, wrote the beautiful bride. “We only had 40 guests during the day. We spent the most money on the bands, car and our photographer. I had seen Sassy’s work on a few wedding blogs and I knew it had to be her to photograph our wedding. She was so friendly and accommodating in communication – we knew immediately that we had made the right choice and that was only confirmed when we met her and Millie the night before at the rehearsal.”
“We chose to have the ceremony at a local church, as it is where I grew up. My grampa, who I was very close to, passed away a year ago this month; he attended that church for many decades. He and my gran were also married there in 1951. It was our little way of including him in the day.”
Kat and Gary’s Northampton wedding was pure punk rock! From the bride in a denim jacket with a custom patchwork back and Dr Marten boots, the skinhead groom in a 3-piece tartan suit, and their kids rocking mohawks, it really doesn’t get more authentic than this! Oh and Kat found her dress on eBay – in her exact size – for £100!
“To us our wedding was completely normal!”, began the bride “But we can see why to others it wasn’t! A groom in a three piece red tartan suit and Dr Martens and a bride in a wedding dress that is short at the front with Dr Martens and a denim jacket isn’t your usual I guess! Our reception venue wasn’t your run of the mill romantic kind of venue either, its an old bus station now used by a charity called Make A Difference (MAD) and has a very industrial feel to the outside, and a thrift shop with comic strip ‘wallpaper’ inside. We also had to have a DIY tattoo stall for our guests which just added to making it more us!! Oh and I doubt many brides travel by train drinking cans of bloody mary’s on the way to their wedding!!”
Jo and Tony were married by a small lake on a friend’s property in Denmark, on the south coast of Western Australia. The bride wore a dress from an op shop (she actually only decided the morning of the wedding what she would be wearing, after several changes of clothes!) and clear wellington boots! Tony wore an outfit also put together that morning from things he already owned or could borrow from friends. As you can probably tell this was the lowest of low key weddings!
“Originally there wasn’t really a set theme”, began Jo. “On the invites we asked people to be colourful and flamboyant if they wanted. A week out from the wedding we emailed everyone and strongly recommended gumboots as the weather forecast was looking grim and the ceremony site was outdoors around a small lake. If anything the theme was one of merging ritual and theatre. A marrying together of our different aspects, one of quiet sensitivity to ritual and acknowledging presence of spirit, and the other a desire to engage with the theatre of life and laugh loudly.”
I’ve featured a lot of colourful brides in various coloured dresses in my time, but I think Lauren might be the brightest! I mean any bride with the kahoonas to rock a multi-coloured Betsey Johnson dress with a homemade bright blue veil is a-OK in my book!
This day was the epitome of a low-key backyard wedding. It took place in their own garden, in their Brooklyn home and the bride’s mother officiated the ceremony. Once the formal part of the day was done the atmosphere quickly switched into party mode! Sparkling rose and beer were served, a band consisting of friends of the couple played, and 6-foot sandwiches from Defonte’s Sandwich Shop were devoured!
“We wanted our wedding to be comfortable and true to our personalities”, Lauren began, “a real celebration of Erik and Lauren. I think the way it all came together was kind of patchwork. It took a village to build something so strong. Erik and I are so different from each other in so many ways that a traditional white classical wedding just isn’t our kind of union. It needed to be odd and surprising, happy, romantic and a little ridiculous to reflect our relationship.”
The couple did do a lot themselves, with the help of lots of friends and family. Their biggest expense was getting their garden ready to hold all their guests! “My only advice on having a DIY wedding could be: necessity is the mother of invention. Whether its budget or time or space that’s got you in a bind, remember to keep an open mind and pull a couple of late nights and memorable creative ideas will emerge.”