One of the questions people always ask me when we meet is, “don’t you ever get bored of writing about weddings?” And I always say, with the utmost honestly, that if they saw all the amazing weddings I get to look at on a daily basis they, like me, would never get bored!
When wedding photographer Lisa Jane showed me just one sneak peek from Jess and Jordan’s Brighton wedding I got excited. I just knew that a couple as cool as these two would have had an amazing wedding – and I was right! This is what Rock n Roll weddings are all about!
The day was held at The Dome Cinema in Worthing. West Sussex and this was a budget wedding to beat all budget weddings! The bride’s dress was from Modcloth, the bridesmaid’s dresses were from New Look and TX Maxx and everything for the reception – the cake (made by a friend), the stationery and the décor – were DIY. The groom wore clothes that he either already owned or that he found in vintage shops and they forgoed flowers completely. They spent less than £3000 in total.
“We met while in past relationships”, began Jess. “Hardships ensued and we found ourselves leaning on each other. We needed each other and became inseparable. My mum always says we were lost souls that finally found each other. Three years on we have a gorgeous daughter and we’ve never been stronger.”
After their ceremony at Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh, Will and Rowan hosted a low key reception at St Columba’s by the Castle, which was walking distance for all their guests. In the evening everybody moved on again, this time to The Caves. They chose this for their evening party because it is one one Will’s favourite venues for gigs.
“Right from the beginning we were trying not to make too much of a big deal, which sounds odd but our daughter’s births were pretty much ‘the happiest days of our lives'”, explained Rowan. “Having said that though, it actually was up there as one of the very best. We just wanted a day that would be fun and relaxed so everyone could just have a chat and a catch-up and some nice food and a bit of a dance. Making it a good day for the kids was really important to us too. Part of the reason we chose that church hall was because it had a garden so they had some space to run around.”
On May 3rd, and with just £5000 to spend, Charly and Phil were married at Church of The Good Shepherd in Tadworth. They had their thrifty reception in the church hall next door! The bride wore a Nataya ‘Titanic’ dress and carried a homemade crochet bouquet. They saved cash by DIYing pretty much everything, from the flowers to the cake to the catering! Their entertainment was a two piece jazz band, made up of friends.
“We wanted to put as much of ourselves into our wedding as possible”, began Charly. “We knew that we wanted a lot of personal touches – from hand making all of the guest buttonholes (all 100 of them!!) to our favourite crystals on the tables. I also decided on something a little different right from the very start when I bought an original Edwardian tea dress that I had planned to customise. However, life got in the way in the form of job hunting and such, and so I had to shelve that idea when I ran out of time. I headed on line and searched and searched for something Edwardian-esque in my price range, finally landing on Nataya Titanic dress range. I fell in love with the green version, ordered it from The States and clapped when it arrived. It was perfect for me and made me feel like a bride in something that I would not need help with when going to the loo. I could dance in it, hug people in it and it was not going to make me overheat. Tick, tick, tick!”
A wedding dress made of a recycled crochet tablecloth, custom buttons for every member of the wedding party and flowers grown by the couple themselves… there’s just so much to love about Angie and Lionel’s thrifty, farm wedding! Married in Chrissiesmeer, South Africa on 28th April this year, this couple really did plan the wedding they truly wanted.
“Our theme was ‘recycled'”, wrote the bride. “We love the earth and decided to make it our mission for our wedding to have all our décor made out of recycled items. This also made our wedding more personal as we made most of the décor ourselves and recycled everything ourselves.”
“Our entire wedding told our love story. Every table had a different name and a different centrepiece that told the story of us. The wedding table was the wishes we had for our future together. My wedding dress was made from recycled crochet tablecloths that we didn’t pay for! Instead I asked around at church and an old lady gave them to me. I didn’t want a white wedding dress so we added the dyed flowers to give the extra colour. We don’t really define it as a ‘DIY wedding’, rather ‘lets save the planet wedding’. I’m not a hippy but I love arty things and I think our wedding was a piece of art.”
Tom and Emma were married in Florida. Their wedding was nerdy, with a touch of vintage, just like them! They had loads of lovely handmade and especially sourced details such as paper flower bouquets and Ski Soda brought in from Illinois.
“Pretty much all of our décor was made by us”, began the bride. “We wanted our tables to look like home. We wanted our guests to look around and feel like they were at their grandma’s house. We had stacks of old books, doilies, jars and lace. Actually, the jars used in our centerpieces were Tom’s grandmas from the 50s!”
“Tom taught himself how to make bow ties for his groomsmen’s presents and enjoyed it so much he has started a bow-tie business. We had DIY book page garlands, book page roses, and opted for hand painted signs to keep our guests informed. We fell in love with a lace a burlap aisle runner on Etsy, and the length we needed would have cost us about $180 dollars, so I ordered some burlap lace and made it myself for about $30.”
Wanting to combine two of their biggest passions for their big day, Nick and Kelli had a surf and flower inspired wedding. All the guys wore colourful Hawaiian shirts and the girls were in brightly patterned summer dresses! Kelli’s dress was vintage, from the 1940s and cost her $8! The day was held outdoors, at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.
“Our wedding was surf inspired”, wrote Kelli, “as we both surf and after watching the 80s classic North Shore together, we knew the theme we wanted straight away! Light, fun, floral, colourful and full of love!”
“We have both been to enough weddings to know what we didn’t want. We didn’t want anything too contrived, we didn’t want round tables with candle sticks and chandeliers. We didn’t want the stiffness and perfection that some weddings become. We were in such a beautiful and natural setting out in the orchard that we didn’t want to take anything away from that, so we added to it with flowers, bunting and beautiful lighting. Our guests were all asked to wear floral so when we looked out during the ceremony we only saw a lawn full of colour. Our nieces and nephews were running around whilst we were getting married, we could hear them laughing and shouting. It made the day, for us at least, honest.”