Stephanie and Sebastian travelled from their home in Germany to have a teeny tiny elopement ceremony on a dry lake bed just outside of Vegas. The bride wore a homemade dress and headpiece, and she arranged her own bouquet with flowers from Whole Foods. They brought lawn flamingos as décor and Mexican blankets to use as props for their photos.
“We tried to skip all the typical Vegas wedding things and keep it simple and cool”, wrote the bride “so we just head out of town! Luckily we found our wide open space in the middle of the desert and got married beside our beautiful friends. My friend played on the ukulele and sang after the ceremony which was very emotional.”
Rick and Catie had a shotgun wedding. After being together for five years they decided it was time one Wednesday night… and they were married on their friend’s waterside dock that Sunday! They spent just $600 to get hitched with the photography, catering and cake all being gifts from very generous friends.
Catie wore a dress from Anthropologie with Target shoes. Rick’s outfit came from J Crew and Banana Republic. They were determined not to spend a fortune. “After five years together we decided to get married on a Wednesday night and held the ceremony and party that Sunday,” began the bride. I had never dreamed of a big white wedding. After being a bridesmaid four times the thought of doing that to others was less than ideal. My dress was far from white and I actually picked it out sight unseen while looking for something to wear to a friend’s wedding. I called and purchased it over the phone thank goodness one of my 20 guests lived in Raleigh and snagged it on her move back to the island Friday. It fit like a glove, didn’t need a single alteration. I think it’s funny that Rick wore white! His only stipulation was the he got to roll his sleeves so we could see his tattoos.”
Jayne and Kyle met in the tattoo shop where Kyle works. They started dating a few months after that and they moved in together really quickly. For their May wedding at Perry’s Landing, an events space in Georgia, they wanted something low key and intimate.
“Our wedding was simple, but also kinda fancy”, began the bride. “It was country with a flare. The best bit of the day was definitely the ceremony. It’s totally cliché but that’s the only part I really cared about. The rest of the night was fun and awesome with awkward dancing and drinking, but really the part that really mattered was standing at the alter marrying my best friend.”
“I do wish we’d spent less money”, she admitted. “We saved a lot by Kyle tattooing our photographer, hair stylist and make up artist in exchange for their services, but no matter how amazing the wedding was, and how many awesome memories we now have, we spent so much money on the venue and dress and everything else for just a few hours. Of course I loved every minute but being realising I wish we could have made it cheaper.”
Kerry and Max’s rainbow wedding was held at Poplar Farm in Sutton on Sea. They wanted to incorporate two of their biggest loves (colour and the sea!) and they did that by staying true to what they wanted and getting crafty and creative with their choices.
“We both love to be outside”, explained Kerry. “We have a ‘kerrified’ caravan (KerryVan) and spend many weekends travelling the UK. We both fell in love with Sutton on Sea after family holidays there. I am rainbow mad and Max is very tolerant of my ways. Max likes things quirky and different but leaves the creativity up to me. We didn’t want one set theme as such we just combine the things we enjoyed, Such as the seaside, rainbows and camping.”
“Our main aim for the day was for it to be fun. Neither of us do formal particularly well so we opted for a relaxed approach. We incorporated our seaside location by having fish n chips for our dinner and candy floss and popcorn in the evening. We added colour and rainbows wherever possible. I love to make things and be creative so I made and planned as many things myself as possible.”
“I made all of the decorations myself (with a lot of help from friends and family)” she continued. “I think a lot of people were worried about my ideas and I couldn’t describe my vision very well, but I could see it in my head. The day before the wedding everyone pulled together to set up and it was a perfect explosion of colour. I told everyone that this is what the inside of my brain looks like!”
Amanda and James were married in Derry, Northern Ireland. The day started with the bride getting ready at her parents’ house and a catholic ceremony, but that’s where the tradition ended! Their reception, at Thatched Cottage in Craft Village, was a true reflection of them as a couple. Casual, laid back and thrifty. They spent just £1500 in total!
“Our wedding was bohemian, handmade and vintage inspired”, began the bride. “We didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen (just two witnesses) and chose to keep thing as simple as possible. We wanted a low key wedding, something special and intimate to share with family and friends… no fuss! We also wanted the wedding to reflect who we are and not get lured into the circus and stress that often surrounds weddings. We aimed to create an artistic, homemade, bohemian atmosphere.”
Bianca and Richard’s wedding was held on Big Bay Beach in Cape Town. This was very definitely a family affair with the bride’s mother making the stationery and helping Bianca fold all those paper origami flowers, and both her parents helping with the catering. Most of the reception décor was borrowed from people they knew or bought cheaply in China Town.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of us not just a mere traditional wedding”, the bride wrote. “Firstly we wanted food we loved and enough of it for people to go back for seconds. We also wanted to make it as easy breezy as we could, so we had no formal sit down dinner and we wanted the guests to get involved and make something they enjoyed. My parents made the starters of pate, cheese and crackers, and Riaan’s Foods made us an incredible DIY burger station with all the toppings you could wish for accompanied by potato salad and coleslaw. They also did dessert ice cream sundaes, doughnuts and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows!”