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A Swedish Vintage Circus Wedding: Frida & Richard

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Frida & Richard were married at Hagaparken, a nature reserve just north of Stockholm, Sweden. The beautiful ceremony took place under a carefully selected tree and the reception was in The Copper Tent, also in Hagaparken, which was originally built by one of the Swedish Kings to house his horses, but which looks a little like a circus tent. The couple based their celebration around this tent, creating a vintage circus theme.

The bride designed her own dress and the couple DIY’ed as much of the day as possible including the flowers, the stationery and all the reception decor and props.

“My sister married us, something we decided to keep from the other guests,” Frida told me. “Despite a short line about guests being welcome to add their own touches to their outfits, we were took by surprise when everyone turned up with personal touches to match our wedding theme. Even the most unlikely of our family members really took to the task, which was ace. My personal favourite, the groom’s Uncle who appeared in a top hat, weilding a riding crop! We also had the pleasure of an assortment of fine shoes, hats and sparkles.”

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“As we spent a little time with the photographer after the ceromony, we gave guests a few games to play outside the venue while having a tipple including a photobooth with props, vintage circus games and ’the infuriating hammer game’, which was our take on the strong-man. Our chum Gus played records on a little portable record player.”

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“We really wanted to give ourselves and everyone else a day of merriment,” the bride concluded. “More of a cheeky flow of surprises and smiles rather than stiffness and formality – almost make it a bit like our little journey as a couple. Our start point was simply taking full advantage of wearing good clothes for a day, for one day just being a little bit more extravagent than we have ever been. We had no real outside influence, in that Richard’s family are all in the UK and Frida’s scattered across Sweden, so we just got to immerse ourselves in the process and take our time with it.”

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“The whole outcome was pretty satisfying – like everything from the little signs indicating the table groupings (strong men, ring leaders, mine artists, tattooed ladies, bearded ladies…) to the little trinkets around the venue were things that we found or made. There was also a train of thought that we wanted to blend the English/Swedish side of things so that some elements would be surprising to the relevant nationalities.”

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Hearts, Clouds and a Massive Party: Brandon & Tiffany

“A friend of mine described our wedding by saying it was ‘kind of like the Hangover, only without the tiger’.” newlywed Tiiffany explained. “Brandon and I planned the wedding purposely during our favorite holiday – Halloween. Our wedding venue was in the middle of downtown Orlando, which has a HUGE Halloween street party the weekend of Halloween. It’s loads of fun, and I knew that everyone would want to party on the streets after the wedding. Well, my maid of honor partied a little too hard, and we ended up in the emergency room the night of our wedding. Haha. I love her!”

Brandon & Tiffany were married the day before Halloween at Sak Comedy Lab. As you can see, they wanted a real party atmosphere for their wedding and so threw the rule book out the window when it came to deciding what they wanted.

“My goal for this wedding was to throw a bad ass party, without breaking the bank,” Tiffany continued. “I wanted a wedding that was completely different than anybody else in my family had ever done. Unfortunately, my mother was not a big fan of our ideas, which made the journey of wedding planning a little hard. She was absolutely against the idea of having the ceremony in a place other than the church, and hated the fact that we were having pizza. I tried to tell her that this day was about Brandon and me, but it was tough for her to accept it. In the end, she ended up having a great time like everyone else did! I wanted to prove to her that we didn’t have to have an expensive, traditional wedding to have a great time. Anyways, I’m not the type of person who would go into debt for a wedding. I want to enjoy my marriage and not have to worry about paying off a wedding for years to come. Thank goodness Brandon and I are pretty crafty people, we save loads of money by DIYing everything.”

“Our theme was ‘clouds raining hearts’. All of the groomsmen wore hand sewn clouds and the bridesmaids wore hearts in their hair. It was mostly Brandon’s idea. And he did most of the sewing!! All of our guests also wore hand sewn stuffed hearts as boutonnieres. and the bouquets were also composed of hand sewn stuffed hearts, attached to floral wire and put together by twine. The whole wedding was just an explosion of hearts!”

“We didn’t want the wedding to feel stuffy and serious. Brandon wrote the ceremony script, which was pretty hysterical. We had a part during the ceremony where we had ‘vows’ for our guests to promise to us. We embarrassed our parents by having everyone sitting around them give them high fives during the ceremony. We made everyone laugh during our vows, which were super kitschy but I absolutely LOVED it. I wouldn’t have done the wedding any other way.”

“We had so much help from family and friends, and without them, our wedding obviously would not have been the same. Brandon, his groomsmen, and his family did all the decorating the day of the wedding. Brandon didn’t even have any instructions from me on how to decorate the place. He wanted me to trust him with this task and I must admit, I was terrified. But it was so perfect that I cried the second I saw everything. He read my mind. He always does that.”

“Even though we had pizza as our ‘wedding breakfast’, my family insisted on helping out with making traditional Filipino food and other appetizers for our guests. My cousin Becki and my aunt Lucy were in charge of the food and O.M.G. everything was amazing. We even had trays of sushi that my family made! We had so much food that most of our guests took home leftovers and we were even able to leave a few to-go boxes to be given out to the homeless. It was such a memorable night, and I seriously want to thank everyone who shared this special day with us. You are all lovely and perfect!”

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An Urban & Eclectic Community Wedding: Stevie & Nick

Stevie & Nick’s eclectic city wedding took place in Mile End, East London. The bride described the day to me as “eclectic retro community chic,” with so many of their friends and family pitching in to help. “So many people said ‘that’s how weddings used to be’ and ‘this is how it should be, family and friends mucking in’. It meant a lot to us that this was how we did it – it wouldn’t have happened without all of the support we received.”

The wedding day started with the ceremony at Bromley Public Hall and concluded with a rockin’ party reception at The Victoria Pub, “Old man pub heaven” as the bride described it! “They’d never hosted a wedding before, but we were there for a jumble sale and afternoon pint and fell in love with the place,” she explained. “We started chatting to Jo and Martin, the amazing couple who own the pub with their son Alfie and couldn’t believe how genuinely excited they were by it. It made me realise that experience of weddings only gets you so far – real passion and enthusiasm was a lot more important in the end. When we wanted to bring in our own flowers, cakes and decorations – including nailing things to the wall – they were all for it!”

Stevie wore a short wedding dress which she bought on lightinthebox.com. “I know this website received mixed reviews, but it was the only place which had the style I wanted for the budget I had,” she explained honestly. “It worked for me and I would recommend it to anyone how has an eye for a bargain. Visiting weddings shops didn’t even enter the equation! I found this far less stressful. I didn’t try on any dresses or partake in the crazy wedding industry world for a second – people thought I was really weird for wanting to avoid the meringue monstrosity outlets.”

The couple brought their own cake, flowers and decor items and dressed their reception themselves (well with help from a friend on the morning of the wedding). This way, they were able to have the pub exactly as they wanted for a fraction of the price. “Our cake was made by my food-obsessed bridesmaid and usher. They were mini Victoria sponges filled with lemon curd (Nick’s favourite) with a big cake topped with little handmade versions of us. They came on vintage cake stands and looked amazing. Who needs 14 tier fruit cakes? No one eats it and it costs a fortune. These were made with real love and every one got eaten. Our 1950’s waitresses handed them round to the guests at their seats like a little (drunken) tea party!”

“We also bought all the flowers wholesale from Covent Garden Flower Market the day before the wedding (at 5am. Ouch.) Two of my incredible bridesmaids then spent the entire day putting them together. Everything was a surprise for me – including my bouquet. For a control freak like me, it was amazing. I only found out later that 3 bouquets had got stuck to the back of the fridge they were stored in, meaning lots of emergency flower re-arranging on the morning! I didn’t even notice!”

“The rest of the reception decor and props came from Deptford Market, every charity shop in Essex and Kent, eBay and our house. We were engaged for 18 months and we spent the whole time collecting little bits here and there. The whole family was involved. My sister put together the most amazing candy buffet using cut glass cake stands, jars and vases from my home. My childhood friend made 20 metres of blue and white bunting to go across the garden and Nick used our collection of second hand photo frames to put together a little photography exhibition of photos since we met. The gingham tablecloths were made by my Mum and we all sat around making our birds nest favours the day before the wedding.”

“No one in my family does big weddings,”Stevie concluded. “They either elope, or live quite happily without getting hitched. I had no family pressure so we were really able to do what felt right. Both of us were brought up going to jumble sales, hunting for bargains and being suspicious of anything which demanded a whole heap of money. I guess what made it different was that the idea of ‘impossible’ didn’t exist. We had a London wedding with 70 all day guests, 30 more in the evening, 7 bridesmaids and 7 ushers, beautiful food, drink and decoration all for around £7000. If we wanted something, we made it happen. It was really hard sometimes but we knew it was what we wanted.”

“Being Rock n Roll for me was about ignoring the ‘advice’ we read in magazines and pig headedly carrying on! No one believed me that a Victorian pub could be transformed into a sit down dining reception venue, but I knew it could. You can have the wedding you want on the budget you have, it just takes a lot of love and support from everyone around you and anything is possible.”

This is all just so utterly gorgeous! And did you spy Stevie’s nails? LOVE!

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Discounts & Savings From Some of My Favourite Wedding Suppliers…Happy Christmas!

Photography Credit: Alison Conklin via Style Me Pretty

To celebrate that Christmas is just around the corner, I wanted to share with you some amazing discounts from some of my favourite wedding designers and suppliers. Happy shopping (for yourself I hope!)

David Fielden

Iconic British bridal designer David Fielden is offering all readers of Rock n Roll Bride an extra 10% off all sample sale prices in January! Prices start from an amazing £250. Quote the code 10%OFFDFRNR when you visit their London showroom.

Candy Anthony

Rock n Roll Bride favourite Candy Anthony are offering 20% off your entire order if it’s places in December. Click here for more details.

Freya Rose

Shoe designer Freya Rose would like to offer all readers of Rock n Roll Bride 20% off any purchase between now and 21st January 2012. Quote ‘RocknRollBride’ when you place your order (either online or on the phone)

Laura Babb Photography

Laura Babb is offering 10% off all wedding packages that are booked in January. Quote ‘Happy New Year’.

Paloma’s Nest

Paloma’s Nest, the home of the original ring bearer bowl, are offering 10% off any order placed before 31st December 2011 with the discount code INSTYLE.

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A Autumnal Vintage Cinema Wedding: Holly & Robert

Holly & Robert were married at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham. After walking down the aisle to Billie Holiday ‘It had to be you’, the bride with her groom, headed to Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath for a casual and DIY reception.

“Rob asked me to marry him in NYC in October last year he got down on one knee in Central Park and gave me a beautiful 1920’s pearl engagement ring,” Holly wrote to me. “It was the happiest day of my life everywhere was just bursting with Autumn colour, strolling through the park was so romantic I wanted to capture the feeling of that day at our wedding.”

“I collected some leaves from the park that day and kept them to use on our wedding day, they became part of our buttonholes. We go to The Electric Cinema every Valentine’s Day, it’s a truly old style kinda romantic place, we didn’t want to get married in a hotel or registry office we wanted it to be memorable. We both have a shared love of classic films and we chose to play a segment from Casablanca whilst we signed the register, it really is romance at its best! I decorated the cinema with simple candle light and rose petals from our garden, as it was such a unique venue it didn’t need much to create an intimate atmosphere.”

“Our reception was at a small cafe which we eat breakfast at all the time,” Holly continued. “We only had around 80 people at the wedding so I wanted somewhere which would feel cosy and intimate. Its a real eclectic place full of art work and furniture for sale we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and we love the informal nature of the venue. We had an open fire for toasting marshmallows, sparklers, fire lanterns, toffee apples, spiced apple pie and frosted carrot cake, I wanted to really embrace the feeling of Autumn.”

“I styled the venue myself with help from my friends I had over 100 pumpkins which sat on tree stumps, I used antique bottles, tins, an old typewriter for our guestbook. Many of the Autumn decorations came from our garden and woodland so they didn’t cost us anything. It took a long time to collect everything and carrying logs out of the woods was pretty intense but so worth it! I am lucky that I have a styling business (Cabinets of Curiosity – cabinetsofcuriosity@hotmail.co.uk or call Holly on: 07712101446) and I have a huge collection of vintage china, antiques and so on, but you would be surprised at what you can find down the local park for free!”

“I made all the labels, table runners, bunting, banners even sliced the logs up with a chainsaw myself! We went back to NYC this October for our honeymoon as husband and wife and it was just as beautiful as I remember, I felt really proud of what we achieved with our big day.”

“I think our wedding was Rock n Roll because it was creative, unique and honest it was a true representation of us as a couple and not just a generic template for what a wedding should be like. Your wedding should be about you as people and not how much cash you can flash.”

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A Blue Burlesque Wedding with a £900 Budget: Sally & Mark

To say that I’m excited to be sharing Sally & Mark’s wedding with you this afternoon would be an under-exaggeration of HUGE magnitude. Not only is their wedding freakin’ awesome on so many levels, but they pulled the whole thing off for £900!

Let me repeat myself to make sure you got that, because I didn’t quite believe it when I read it on Sally’s submission either – the whole wedding cost just £900!!

“We had approx 6 weeks and a budget of around £900 for our wedding,” Sally wrote. “Where we could we handmade items or got friends to help us out. We were lucky that our photographers, performers, DJ and cake makers were all friends so did us special deals. We were also able to get both our venues (the afternoon reception was held at William Steads Pub and the evening afterparty at the Tap and Spile Pub, Darlington) for free as we didn’t hire them exclusively.”

“Our inspiration came from our love of burlesque and the fact we wanted a fun day loosely based around the 50’s,” Sally continued. “Once we’d found the dress then we built from there. I had searched and searched for a perfect dress but couldn’t find one in my size. I very luckily stumbled across Pixie Pocket who hand makes dresses for amazing prices. I really wanted to add colour and we managed to find most things that matched my hair!”

The couple decorated their evening reception venue themselves, mostly using items they found in their local £1 shop! “Our sweets, table confetti, table gems and sequins all came from the £1 shop and we made the bunting ourselves from off cuts of old material.”

“It was a small intimate event (just 33 guests) but it was just what we wanted and we were able to incorporate our two children in with the day. The day was exactly what we wanted. We started at 9.30am (we had been told that the registry office was fully booked but one morning I decided to call them and BEG them to fit us in! Eventually they relented and said we could have a 9.30am wedding and they opened an hour and a half early for us!) Then we went to our local pub for bacon sandwiches and a full English breakfast. From there we came home for cocktails and popped to our local park for pictures. Our photographer was amazing! Just what we wanted nice and laid back with no pressure and added to the fun.”

“After my parent’s had taken our kids back to theirs, we had the evening upstairs at our local pub. An evening of booze and burlesque! The whole day was amazing fun. My face hurt from laughing and smiling!”

Sally & Mark have also been kind enough to provide a breakdown of what they spent for their day, as I know a lot of you are on the look out for money saving tips for your own weddings. Check out the ‘Supporting Cast’ credits list below the gallery for the amounts they spent on each item.

More loveliness in the gallery below. FYI, a few of the following images may not be safe for work…

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