I love a detail-heavy wedding as much as the next blogger, but you know what, it’s usually the unapologetically low key and budget weddings that pull at my heartstrings the most. Rain & Attila spent just £600 on their wedding and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.
“We just wanted a wedding as simple as possible, and we didn’t think it worthwhile to spend a fortune on unnecessary formalities”, wrote the bride. “The most important thing was the two of us making a life commitment to each other, and we would like to share the joy with the closest family and friends. So we opted for a civil ceremony at our local council and headed for a casual lunch and drinks session in a pub nearby. We and our 20 guests all enjoyed it very much.”
The couple got ready at home – together – had their ‘first look’ in their back garden and their portraits in Richmond Park, Their reception was held in a local pub. Rain wore two dresses, the long ceremony dress came from eBay and her short reception dress was bought from Topshop.
For the flowers, which were really the only ‘detail’, the bride took a flower arranging course so she could do the whole lot herself. She bought roses from a supermarket and arranged her bouquet and her groom’s buttonhole the morning of the wedding.
Sarah & Brendon had a garden party style wedding… outside… in the UK… in October. Brave! Well technically they were married at Bishops Stortford register office but their reception was held in a marquee in The Gibberd Garden, Harlow. They kept things low key and relaxed, inviting their guests to dress as they pleased. They had also had a DIY gin bar which went down very well.
“Our wedding theme was a rustic, autumnal garden party”, wrote Sarah. “We have been together nearly five years and have a daughter together, so getting married was just a formality for us and we therefore didn’t want to go down the traditional wedding route. We wanted to be ourselves, to keep it simple and informal, and most of all to throw a really good party where we just happened to get married at the same time.”
“Being the Jubilee year as well as the Olympics, a red, white & blue themed wedding seemed fitting”, began newlywed Lisa who married Paul this Summer. “I sat with my bridesmaids and mum the night before the wedding watching the opening ceremony with great pride. The bright colour options coupled with my love of rockabilly styling and 1940s glamour added such vibrancy and fun to the day. Paul and I also both love tattoos so we wanted to bring this into our day. The swallows on the wedding cake, invitations, table decorations and gifts were all tied together with tattoo images.”
Lisa even dyed her hair red for the wedding, and despite some last minute panic that it was ‘too pink’ (cue a rush re-dye job on the morning of!) it looked amazing. She wore a stunning red wedding dress by Veromia Couture, bought from Curvy Bridal in Boroughbridge, Iron Fist Union Jack shoes and a headpiece from Voodoo it Yourself. She made the button bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids from an idea she saw on Rock n Roll Bride.
Running her own vintage boutique, Dirty Fabulous, in Dublin, Caroline was in the perfect position to plan her DIY circus themed wedding. She and fiancé Peter knew from the outset that they wanted something fun and unusual, and they had the perfect place in mind to host it. “We go to flea markets at the Dublin Food Co-op building and we always loved it”, the bride began. “It’s not particularly pretty by any stretch of the imagination but it always has a lovely vibe. We were at the market one Sunday and we both said that if we were ever to get married that it would make an awesome venue. It just went from there really, it took me about 6 months to convince the co-op to let us do it and we didn’t have a back up plan if they said no.”
“We did everything ourselves and for about €5000 (with 120 guests!) using props from Dirty Fabulous” she continued. “We started the day with a 1940s girl band, The Bugle Babes, followed by a pre-wedding first dance to Cathy Davey & Neil Hannon singing a duet. Then we got married on stage, my brother dressed as a ring master reading Oscar Wilde, and as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife The Dublin City All Stars, a big brass band, marched in playing Louie Louie. They had never played at a wedding before and they are mostly kids and their parents but they learnt the song for us and it was AMAZING! Everyone went bananas! They then played for about thirty minutes while everyone went crazy. Oh and my husband sang a Fred Astaire song to me during our vows which was awesome.”
Anna & Mirko wanted a simple wedding with tons of personality. The day was held at Fallon & Byrne, a restaurant in the heart of Dublin.
“We met 12 years ago and we never talked much about marriage until two years ago”, wrote the bride. “I was getting dressed one Sunday morning and we were chatting away when he just came and out and said ‘Do you want to marry me?’ I didn’t realise it was a genuine question and replied ‘Ah yeah why not’. He grabbed me and we start jumping around in a circle laughing. Mirko was shouting ‘We are getting married!’ and I was like ‘Oh Really? Yay!!’ It was so funny and this situation sums us up really.”
“We were so relaxed about the whole situation and just wanted to keep it small with close family and friends”, she continued. “We managed to arrange everything and enjoy the organising stress-free. I think this helped us to get the most out of the day and enjoy every second.”
The ceremony was particularly important to this romantic pair. “The ceremony was held in Fallon & Byrne at 3.30, so everybody was in the room waiting for me at 3pm. I was a little late so didn’t really have to much time to think or get nervous. When I entered the room and looked at Mirko and all our family and friends my heart skipped a beat. It was so surreal and very emotional. It’s a memory I know I’ll never forget. The day went so fast like a dream, we really felt so over whelmed with happiness.”
Allison & Scott were married at 4,629 ft, at their favourite place – the top of Max Patch Bald, NC. They hosted their reception in their own home. “The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smokey/blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers”, they began. “At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, and the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used and little jars of local Tennessee wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as favors. Our home was built in the 1800s and we wrapped the columns in garlands and roses.”
The whole wedding had a really personal feel and everything they included was significant. A keen hiker, the groom and his best man camped out the night before near the ceremony site, and the bride and her bridesmaids stayed at a cabin just a mile up the road. The groom, his best man and all the guests were already on top of the mountain the morning of the wedding.