Heather and Iggy’s wedding took place in St Omer Park, Queenstown. Their lakeside ceremony was intimate and perfect for them. “We chose to have a short ceremony in a Queenstown park on the edge of Lake Wakatipu ($35 hire fee to the council – yeah!) We narrowed down the precise location the day before, and then updated everyone via our prepared contact lists. The set-up was easy – a few chairs for those that needed it, strings of cranes placed in the willow trees by the best man and Iggy, and a few well-coordinated meet-ups with the celebrant and my brother that played our music from a portable speaker.”
“We had prepared the ceremony format weeks before, and it ran for 10-15 minutes. The weather was great on the day, which was lucky as our wet weather alternative wasn’t really feasible. As the ceremony location was in public, the wedding party consisting of me, my bridesmaid and my father found a way to subtly sneak up behind a huge oak tree (me with a sheet around my dress!) and emerge without being seen.”
Chloe and Craig described their August wedding as being inspired by “Batman, Star Wars, birds, nature, unicorns, mermaids and sparkly stuff”, aka all the things they love! They were married at Blackbrook House in Derbyshire.
“We just did what we loved and had fun”, Chloe said. “There was no pressure to have matching chair sashes, or a grown up theme or any sense of seriousness. From the dresses to the decor to the food and dancing – it was all fun and full on and all of our guests embraced it and partied so hard.”
The bride’s incredible dress cane from eBay! “I found a picture of my perfect dress on a search engine and did some web trawling. Turned out it was from a Chinese eBay website so I took a punt and just hoped that it wouldn’t arrive and be total garbage. Luckily it wasn’t and a few alterations later I felt like a mermaid princess in it. My glittery flamingo daytime footwear was by Miss L Fire; I’m already a big uncoordinated lady so heels were out of the question. For our first dance I changed into my even comfier dancing shoes – white LED light up trainers!”
Their Super Mario cake was made by the bride’s aunt and the flowers were all fake and arranged by the bride. “The table decorations and name places were done in the week running up to the wedding. My dad helped me glue plastic figures to dog bones while my best woman helped me sand the log candle holders. She also helped make the buttonholes and corsages while I made the hair accessories and bouquets for us all. Craig also spent three days hand-etching over 100 beer jugs with a love heart containing our initials. They were used for toasts and the guests got to take them home as their favours. I know a lot of our friends use them as their bedside water vessel!”
Shoshanna and Zak’s brightly coloured, boozy, big kid wedding took place in Brighton in March. They set a budget of £4000 but actually managed to spend a bit less than that. Their reception venue was free! “Our reception was at OhSo Social on Brighton beach and it was FREE! We paid them £1500 for food and drink but they then deducted what we actually spend and gave us the rest back – amazing saving!”
“Our only big expense was our photographer. Photos so so important to me, and after a few weeks of fighting with the other half over the cost, we booked Marianne Chua. I fell in love with her photography and her craziness! Her passion and and love for wedding and people was spot on for us and we are SO happy with out photos! I don’t even want to imagine having crap wedding photos, you cant ever go back and re-do them. It’s an investment of beautiful and hilarious memories and the best thing we did for our wedding was book her.”
Vikki and Jason had two weddings – one in the UK, where they both now live, and one in Auckland, New Zealand at the groom’s family home.
“We had two full weddings – so two ceremonies, two walks down the aisle, two top tables and rounds of speeches and two cakes!” explained the bride. “With New Zealand being so far away we just felt that we couldn’t only have one wedding because some family members wouldn’t be able to travel that far and we didn’t want them to miss out.”
The total budget for both weddings was around £5500 with £2000 being spent on the New Zealand part. “It was difficult trying to plan a wedding in a country that I had never been to, and with a family I had never met, but luckily Pinterest and Rock n Roll Bride really helped me get the message across of what I wanted to achieve. My mother and sisters-in-law were amazing in getting our brightly coloured vision and our laid back family garden BBQ wedding theme.”
Beth studied horticulture in college, and loved visiting The Exotic Garden during a class trip there years ago. So when she and Harrison started planning their wedding, she thought it would be an amazing place to have the ceremony. The reception was held at The Birdcage, a bar in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. The combination of both of these spaces worked perfectly for their colourful, creative wedding.
“A lot of our inspiration came from our own home”, said Beth, “which is filled with far too much clutter for people in their early 20s! We love finding vintage and retro bits (with a particular eye for taxidermy and 70s tableware), and our house is jam-packed with colour, art, taxidermy and antique bric-a-brac. I did a huge portion of the visual planning for the wedding and found a lot of inspiration came from festivals we enjoy attending together.”
Lovers of all things Disney, Sarah and Jerrerd knew they had to have a Disney themed wedding. “We got to Disneyland and Disney World together every year and the movie Up is our favourite”, said the bride, “hence the mailbox and the adventure badges for our pins at the wedding. We also both have Disney tattoos and our two pups are named Meeko and Tug after some of our favourite characters.”
“It’s also something our wedding party shares in common with us. The morning of the wedding while we were getting ready all the girls all played Disney songs and talked Disney tattoos! Around 90% of our wedding party was tattooed which made for some really fun and interesting photos too.”