I think when some people hear about Rock n Roll Bride, they assume it’s all getting married underwater, jumping out of aeroplanes, having the craziest most out-there wedding you can think of… But its never really been about that.
While, of course, I love to feature the really wacky weddings, they are usually quite few and far between. Most Rock n Roll brides (and grooms!) still have traditional elements in their big day. Whether wearing a white dress, being given away by their father, or throwing the bouquet, these traditions certainly haven’t been completely forgotten by all! Most brides that read this blog really just want to get married in a style that reflects them and their partner.
That’s exactly what Emma and Michael did for their September wedding on Barry Island. “Our wedding theme was Day of the Dead and handmade”, Emma said. “We love everything about Mexico, from the delicious food to the amazing Mayan history, so used this as our inspiration. We made the bouquets, flower baskets, buttonholes, centrepieces, and table plan. I also created a large red sugar skull.”
Tom and Fran’s wedding was inspired by their love of Mexico and the beautiful decorations and colours that are used in traditional Mexican weddings. “When we started planning the wedding, we just couldn’t bear to look at one more lavender satin chair cover so we decided to make it as colourful and interesting as we could”, said the bride.
“Since we’ve been together we’ve spent a fair bit of time in LA and from that have come to love Mexican food so we put together a delicious Mexican menu that everybody would enjoy. Again, we just couldn’t stand the idea of the traditional ‘chicken in a cream sauce’ you get at every other wedding! And of course, we also had to have a Mariachi band. They were a definite highlight.”
Lauren and Ben both love Mexican art, Frida Khalo and yummy Mexican food, so a Day of the Dead theme was perfect for their January wedding.
“We chose a Day of the Dead theme because I love the celebration”, began the bride. “We had Piñata fun while eating Mexican fruity sticks – a little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter. We also have a thing for rockabilly, 50s and traditional tattoos, so we thought we would add that into the mix with swallows hearts and swing dresses.”
“Ben and I actually got swallow wedding tattoos to mark our love for each other, soppy I know! We got so many ideas from Rock n Roll Bride, it was a big inspiration for me. I found so many ideas and vendors from the blog and it made me realise what we really wanted from a wedding not what the mainstream wedding magazines tell us is on trend.”
The wedding was held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. “They have some amazing gigs in there and also have fantastic community projects”, she explained. “It felt good to have our wedding where we also go see some of our favourite bands.”
Juliana and Forrest were married at the bride’s parent’s home in California in October. Their inspiration was the time of year, so they had Halloween and Day of the Dead references mixed in with other things they both love such as the theatre and music from the 1920s-40s. They also wanted to play homage to their Latin heritage.
The ceremony was particularly special and important. “We had an ancient Viking tradition in our ceremony, in honour of the other half of our common heritage”, Juliana explained. “We also had some friends that performed a cleansing ritual before the event got under way, which was a great idea. The whole vibe of our wedding was super chill.”
Getting married in October, Kaylee and Todd knew quickly what they wanted their theme to be – Day of the Dead! ” We were best friends in high school and started dating soon after”, said the bride. “The inspiration for our wedding was the fact that I’ve always really liked sugar skulls, and skulls in general. I also knew I wanted to incorporate a bright colour palette.”
The wedding took place at Swan’s Trail Farms in Snohomish, Washington. The couple completely transformed the place with all their brightly coloured décor ideas which were executed by their coordinator, Manette Gracie Events.
“We made our ’till death do us part’ signs ourself and with a lot of help from Todd’s family we made all of the paper flowers too. We planned a relaxed reception, and only included the elements that were most important to us. We skipped any traditions that didn’t feel like us. Everything was so relaxed and special, and the traditions we did decide to include were so much fun.”
The variety of amazing weddings I get to feature really does make my job the best in the world! This morning I posted a sweet little jazz themed wedding and now I’m sharing an all-out colour, DIY, Mexican inspired explosion. Epic!
Tania and Kyle were married at the Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool and all the décor was DIY! “We made over 300 tissue paper pompoms, which ended up being strung, covering windows and staircases”, the bride began. “We doubled up our ceremony backdrop later for the photobooth! My nails were done by a good friend of mine, Janine Scott. She designed the most gorgeous nails with rose tips and the ‘I do’ on my wedding finger was just amazing.”
“The centrepieces were pompom flowers in tequila bottles, with coloured sand and spray painted skulls, cacti (which were favours), painted birdcages with Chilean bluebirds on top and Mexican Loteria cards for table numbers. We chose the wool pompom flowers as we were able to do these as brightly coloured as possible. We decided to make a lot of it ourselves as getting things like the papel picado shipped over from the US or Mexico was very expensive.”