When Rob and Laura told me they had a fancy dress Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter’s tea Party wedding I thought “Wow that sounds cool, but I bet I’ve seen it all before…” Oh how wrong I was! Never in my life have I seen a wedding where everyone – the couple, the wedding party and the guests – threw themselves into it so much. These costumes are just off the hook awesome!
The wedding took place in September in a marquee on a field at Hodore Farm, East Sussex. It was decorated from top to bottom with balloon teapots and playing cards, oversized playing cards, papier-mâché mushrooms, giant paper flowers, giant paper clocks, blow-up flamingoes, blow-up bananas, giant bean bags and a black and white tiled dance floor!
“We had our first (and actual) ceremony at Burning Man in Nevada – the theme for that one was Mad Max vs Barbarella,” began Rob. “Laura had never been before but knew how much the place meant to me, having been the previous four years, so we decided we should get married there! Oh, and it was blogged by Buzzfeed!”
“This was our second (unofficial) wedding two weeks later. It was proper fancy dress as we love to dress up. I was the white rabbit, Laura was Alice, and all the people to do with the service were allocated characters. Laura had nine bridesmaids (and made the hats for all of them), a flower girl and a little drummer boy. I had Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee as my best men, whilst Laura’s best men were the Walrus and Carpenter. Of course, some people went completely off piste and we ended up with all sorts turning up, including Santa himself.”
Savannah & Eliot’s super cool, Nashville wedding was held at The Crying Wolf bar. They were married outside in the car park, which ended up being a surprisingly beautiful setting, and the reception was inside. With the venue already being so awesome and decorated in such a quirky way, the couple didn’t need to add too much, but they included a few things they love like animal skulls and various pieces distressed wood from the bride’s mother’s farm. Savannah also designed and made all the stationery, the flowers were bought from a flower market and the cakes were made by friends. The venue did the food and drinks and they had a friend DJ the party.
“About 99% of everything used to decorate the wedding came from an old abandoned farm house owned by my mother”, began the bride. “The stumps were cut from the cedar trees on the property. The doors used in the entrance way of the ceremony were off of the old farm house itself. The twigs above it were harvested off the farm (nothing was painted.) The walls of the alter were created using the walls of a barn from the property that were hinged together. The platform was made from wooden pallets covered in excess barn wood to look like decking. All of the cow bones were harvested from the farm. We built everything ourselves with the help of friends and family. Any item that was not salvaged, came from GoodWill or from our own home. We spent long hours constructing, hot gluing, arranging and salvaging every part of the wedding. If we could make it ourselves, we did.”
If your main goal for your wedding is to have a wild party and dance until the sun comes up then I have the most amazing inspiration for you today! Eleonora and Cristóbal had their wedding at the bride’s parent’s home in Chile. They planned and made everything themselves including all the décor, the stationery and the flowers (which were picked from the roadside!) Both the bride and groom wore outfits from Zara.
“We didn’t care at all about the traditional stuff”, began the bride. “Yes, I tossed my bouquet, and my wedding dress was white but that was pretty much it. I ended up wearing a pleather jacket and sneakers, we had sandwiches for lunch and people could sit wherever they wanted, even on picnic blankets. The most Rock n Roll thing about it was the party: everybody danced like there was no tomorrow, and practically everyone there has said to us that it was the most fun they’d had in a long time!”
What could be more Rock n Roll than a concert wedding at a dive bar? Nothing! And that’s why I’m thrilled to be sharing Tom & Lindsey’s wedding at The Shakedown in Bellingham, Washington with you today.
“Our inspiration for our wedding was our relationship itself”, began the bride. “We have always had a ton of friends, gone to shows together, and eaten amazing, bad-for-you food. I’d say probably the first thing we decided to do differently was have our wedding at a bar. We met in college, on what’s known as Thirsty Thursday in the university world which is why we chose to get married at a bar on a Thursday. When we approached The Shakedown, I think they were surprised that we wanted to have our wedding there, but they were very cool and very excited to make it happen.”
“Next, rather than send out a formal invitation, I built an entire website (QR code included) and then designed show posters in Photoshop that would become our wedding invitations. I attached the QR code at the bottom for our tech-savvy friends and then designed concert tickets to go with the flyers that would include details about the ceremony itself, which took place two and a half hours before the Big Party. To keep with the theme, I made backstage passes and event wristbands as well.”
“Other things that we thought were pretty different is that my husband is a very popular, charismatic guy, so he played MC for most of our wedding and party himself, getting the crowd laughing and joking around. He also performed that night. His band played a 45-minute set during the latter half of the Big Party.”
Steampunk weddings are always incredibly popular when I blog them, so I’m thinking that a lot of you are going to adore this super simple but awesomely cool steampunk inspired DIY idea. Still looking for something to wear on your noggin? Well look no further…
♥ Hair comb
♥ Feathers in a variety of colours and sizes
♥ Old clock parts (eBay and flea markets are great for these!)
♥ Gold button
♥ Gold crystal beads
♥ Invisible thread and needle
Step One: Place your comb onto your felt and mark out the size. Draw an oval a little bigger than the comb length and cut it out.
Deanna and Mike were married in an art gallery in Calgary and their reception was in their favourite pub. They wanted their day to be fun for themselves and their guests so they kept things relatively simple, with minimal decorations, and just focused on the stuff that really mattered to them.
“We just wanted the day to be about us and what we wanted and the love of everyone there”, Deanna wrote. “It made the day so special to have so many friends help out with the details leading up to the big day, and actually on the big day. I also think that we have the reception at our favourite pub makes our wedding fairly unique. We also had two different types of music going at all times, there was soul and reggae on one side, and hip hop on the other.