Stephanie and Jeff planned their wedding at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in less than a month. Incredibly, even with such a short time-frame they managed to do nearly everything themselves!
“In the vision of creating a truly personal day, there was quite a bit of DIY”, explained the bride. “We did the invitations, the place cards, the table numbers, the table runners, the flower arrangements, the gold vases, the bouquets and the boutonnières. We also spray painted the robot and dinosaur table décor, made the ribbon wands for the ceremony, and did all the graphic design.”
The ceremony was held outside the front of the main building an was officiated by two family members – Stephanie’s aunt and Jeff’s cousin. “With the huge help of my aunt, the three of us created a ceremony that we genuinely believed in and cared about”, she continued. “Jeff and I wrote our vows together the night before our wedding and recited the same ones; it was important for us to create those together.”
Luke and Natalie were married in London in June. Their reception was held at The Village Underground in Shoreditch, a super cool industrial space. “We met whilst training together at Ballet School”, said Natalie. “We wanted our wedding to be simple with lots of personal touches. Our main inspiration was to provide a great day for all those we love to celebrate with us.”
The bride’s dress was by Minna which she wore with a flower crown. “My flower crown and the bouquets were done by That Flower Shop, all of the other flowers and décor were DIY. We bought them at Covent Garden Flower Market and put them together ourselves. We also made the bunting and Luke made all the stationery. The cakes and deserts were handmade by friends and family.”
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.”
Lauralei and James, known to friends and family as Frog and Weasel, were hitched in St Ives in June. They rented a gorgeous cottage for the week and were married on a Wednesday. Their ceremony was held at St Nicholas Chapel and they had lunch at The Rum and Crab Shack where they had a huge crayfish buffet for everyone to dig into. Finally, the evening reception was at Porthmeor Studios, a mid-century built artist studios.
“I wouldn’t say we had any particular inspiration, we just followed our hearts to make it reflect us perfectly!” began the bride. “We really struggled to find the right venue initially. We knew we wanted to be in our favourite part of Cornwall, but could not work out exactly where. We wanted something low key and relaxed like a village hall, but just couldn’t find the right thing. We visited lots of small venues, but none could cater for our needs to the whole thing and a price we could stretch to. After visiting Porthmeorʼs open studios, I had a random brainwave. Thinking it would be a long shot I immediately emailed to see if there was any way we could hire a studio. We were amazed when we found out we could! Realising it wouldn’t be right for the whole day we decided we would mix and match all of our favourite venues and that is how we ended up with the chapel and the Crab Shack. Why settle for something when you can have everything you want!? Plus it lead us to our very loose theme: Frog & Weaselʼs Big Day Out in St Ives!”
Amy and Rob spent just £4000 on their quirky film inspired wedding. They did a lot of things themselves and saved the pennies by making unconventional choices, like serving fish n chips for the main meal.
“Our wedding was casual, fun and a little bit vintage, with a dash of film references thrown in for good measure”, said Amy. “We also both love the 1950s so there was some influence from there as well, particularly in my outfit. We are both big film fans so we wanted to embrace our love of cinema by including our favourite characters in the wedding invites to give a hint at what the day had in store.”
“Our local cinemas kindly donated posters which were used to decorate the walls of the reception venue, and my back catalogue of Empire magazines really came in handy as they were used to make decorations and confetti! When the guests were tucking into their food (fish n chips!) they were treated to our favourite scores and songs from our favourite films.”
A wedding with a tiki/ Hawaiian theme and goats as surprise guests!? Obviously I’m going to love this! Meg and Ricky were married in June at Groveland Fairways in Massachusetts. They described their wedding theme as “A light-hearted tiki party in New England… featuring two baby goats!”
“It all started with the Hawaiian shirts”, Meg began. “Before we were even engaged, and after an epic year of weddings, Ricky told my dad that he was never wearing a tie again and that when we got married he was going to wear a Hawaiian shirt. I’m pretty sure they high-fived. Thus, the theme was born. I’ve always had a Little Mermaid princess deep in my soul, so I definitely incorporated a bit of that vibe too.”
“When we actually started planning our wedding, we realised that our biggest priority was to throw one hell of a party. We are by no means serious people, so we made it our personal goal not to let any part of the wedding feel stuffy. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable. We encouraged them to wear their most festive summer attire and greeted them with cocktail umbrellas attached to their escort cards. It was a celebration of friends, family, and all of our favourite things.”