Hayleigh and Marc met at an alternative nightclub in 2010 so they always knew their wedding would be quite non-traditional. “We went for a bohemian-esque evening wedding however tried not to go over the top with our decorations”, said the bride. “We really wanted it to be about us and our families, not the ‘stuff’. Whilst I had hundreds of photos saved on Pinterest not a lot of those ideas made it to the big day!”
“The bouquets and headpiece were made by me, my mother and my godmother the day before the wedding”. she continued. “We went to the local flower market and picked out anything that we wanted. It ended up costing approx $200 including the wire, tape and ribbons and a few hours of laughter! We also made our own rug and cushions. I picked out all of the fabrics and my mother and her sister made the amazing creations. I decorated some small bottles and vases for the bar tables to put flowers in.”
Darrel and Jec met in the summer of 2002. After a whirlwind romance they lost contact, but found each other again in 2009. They got together permanently soon after. They were married in February in The Philippines, where they both live. They wanted a laid back DIY wedding with lots of rustic details.
“We wanted our wedding to be very fun and relaxing day”, said Jec. “We wanted it to have a laid back feel as that is what we’re like as a couple. We did all the planning ourselves, every little detail! It was amazing to hear people who attended saying that our big day was so personal and reflective of who we are.”
The bride designed her own dress which she had made by a local dressmaker. She also made her own headpiece and helped design the bridesmaid dresses. The flowers and most of the décor was put together by the groom.
“My husband is a very creative person so most of the creative details were actually his ideas”, the bride explained. “Our friends were also very helpful. Almost all of our suppliers were our friends including the videographers, caterers, our ceremony minister, and the band. Thesehelped us save some money but it also made the day really special.”
Hannah and Allan chose Bath Brew House for their wedding reception. After a small ceremony, with just their closet family and friends, they all walked to the pub for a meal together.
“There wasn’t an inspiration as such for our wedding, we’re quite impulsive and tend to do things on a whim”, began the bride. “Even though we’re in our 14th year together, and have been engaged for half of that time, we gave ourselves about six months to get it all planned. We didn’t have loads of time to think on stuff and it was actually great to just make decisions and get things booked.”
“From the start we both agreed we didn’t want to spend a fortune either. We wanted the day we wanted – not what others wanted or would enjoy. At its most basic, our wedding was a registry office and a pub ‘do’. Allan was really firm with this ethos though thank goodness otherwise we could have ended up with unnecessary additions or a bigger wedding altogether. In total we spent around £8000.”
Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.
“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”
“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”
Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.
“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”
The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!
“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”
The wedding of Chris and Brielle was held at The Icehouse in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Their goal was to save as much money as possible, but still have a beautiful wedding.
“I wanted everyone to remember the wedding as beautiful and a reflection of the love that we share”, said Brielle. “Who says you can’t have a gorgeous wedding on a budget!? It was exactly what I had imagined and more. The space already had so much character; it didn’t need an overload of décor. I searched every bargain shop for the decorations. Nothing about my style usually matches so my wedding decorations didn’t need to match either.”
“The signs were either paintings or photo frames that I bought from Goodwill and turned into chalkboards, the cocktail room had photo holders made from candlesticks and wine corks (yes, wine was consumed to retrieve those), my flower crown, bouquet and bridesmaid’s bouquets were all made by my friend, Meredith. Also the wands for the getaway were made out of strips of cloth and wooden sticks, sparklers take too long to light!”