Cheryl and Andy had two celebrations, their legal ceremony with just close family in America, followed by a big reception back in the UK. Their budget was £4000 which included their outfits, the venue, all the decor and catering for 135 people (they served pies so it came in at under £8.50 a head!)
“Our main inspiration, for both weddings, came from our love of tattoos, comics and music”, said the bride. “It was just one big reflection of our personalities. We weren’t going to have a theme as such, but our love of comics and comic TV series and films did come through!”
“We found it hard to do something that hadn’t already been done so instead we just focused on things that were special to us. For the wedding in the States, it was unique as we stayed at The Stanley Hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining. We had our wedding dinner there too before the ghost tour around the hotel. It was such a cool place, they had a channel that just played The Shining all day! You could just imagine the twins walking the corridors. For the reception in the UK we did scrap a lot of tradition. There weren’t any speeches, we didn’t have a first dance (we bounced on space hoppers instead to our mate’s skiffle band!) and we didn’t have a table plan – guests grabbed a pie from a vintage van and sat wherever they wanted!”
Mandy and Ally LOVE the movies, so when they came to plan their November wedding it was the obvious choice. This was confirmed when they realised they could have their ceremony at the Glasgow Film Theatre!
“I honestly don’t think we would have had a wedding like this if it wasn’t for Rock n Roll Bride”, began Mandy. “Before I found this blog I was thinking it would be in a chapel followed by a meal at a hotel. Whilst this is lovely for some people, it just didn’t feel right for us. We’re both huge movie buffs and go to the GFT every Christmas to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, so when we were looking around for the perfect venue I felt like I had nothing to lose by asking if we could use the cinema. To my surprise, they said they’d hosted a few weddings over the years and, thanks to the great Scottish law, we were legally married there!”
“Prior to my arrival the ushers handed out popcorn cones and we played a slideshow of the bridal party which included a picture of the absentee bridesmaid, my dog Skye. This was followed by a short clip from Muriel’s Wedding of Muriel walking down the aisle to ABBA. We then played another short clip from 10 Things I Hate About You of Heath Ledger singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.”
The reception was completely decorated by the couple, using all their own movie memorabilia from home. Their tables were named after some of their favourite films. “All the centrepieces were from our personal figurine collection apart from vases which were bought from Home Bargains. We made a videotape table plan and the movie table posters, using our faces in place of the movie stars, were made for us by a friend. The top table was It’s A Wonderful Life.”
With just £5000 to spend, Ali and Andrew knew they had to get creative for their wedding. They decided to skip the traditional wedding venue, instead bravely hosting their day completely outside at a camp site by the beach in East Lothian, Scotland.
“Initially when we thought about what we would do for our wedding we thought we would go back to St Andrews, where we met, and have a huge party on the beach”, said Ali. “However this proved to be out of our budget, so we decided to downsize to East Lothian, which is much more reasonably priced. We wanted to make the wedding reflective of us, so there were nods to our shared interests of writing and comics, to Andrew’s love of Doctor Who and my fondness for bright colours!”
“The main thing was we wanted it to be fun for our guests”, she continued. “We didn’t want anyone to get cold and bored, particularly in the ‘standing around waiting for formal photos to be over’ portion of proceedings, so we instructed everyone to bring a jumper, and brought along tennis rackets, swingball and various board games.”