The cute AF wedding of Michelle and Riaan was inspired by the bride’s love of Alice in wonderland, Unicorns, Cats and Glitter! Originally the South African couple thought they’d keep things very small and basic, but when they started to plan things they decided ‘to hell with it!’ and planned the creative wedding of their dreams!
“In our country most weddings are the same”, began the bride, “very normcore, always on a wine farm and they all follow the same script. We wanted our wedding to be individual and unique. All our guests commented on how they absolutely loved the wedding because it was such a memorable experience because of all the small unique details. It was very visually appealing and also entertaining. We made sure we DIYed all our décor and stationery to make sure it was one-of-a kind too. There were many nights I was covered in glitter and glue, but I’m not complaining, who doesn’t want to be covered in glitter anyway!?”
A $5000 budget, a family cabin and a whole lotta love went into creating Cory and Ailsa’s dream wedding. Their beach ceremony comprised of a homemade arch and the ceremony itself was officiated by one of the bride’s mother’s oldest friends.
The family cabin and barn that served as their venue is located at the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. “Our wedding was completely DIY”, said the bride. “We wanted to focus on having everything made for the wedding. We didn’t want to have anything ordered or hire anyone we didn’t know to do anything.”
“The cabin has been in our family since 1930 so it was really special to get married there. We used trees from the property to make the benches. The entire wedding party camped with us the night before and the night of the wedding, and all of the 57 guests helped with something.”
“The ceremony was on the beach. Our friend built an arbour for us to stand in front of out of massive branches from driftwood and trees on the property. The benches were chainsawed into shape where they sat. The ceremony was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The Bay of Fundy has the biggest tides in the world and we let the tide wash everything away when the ceremony was done.”
Victoria and Matthias were married in in Braunschweig, Germany. Their wedding had a distinctive 1960s vibe to it. “We had peachy, cream and gold colours”, the bride said. “Our inspiration was the fashion and music from the early 60s, as well as scenes from The Virgin Suicides. I especially the colours used in the film and the homecoming scene. I also looked at actual wedding pictures from the 50s and 60s. I particularly love Priscilla Presley’s wedding day look!”
Victoria wore a short wedding dress with polka dots on and a homemade veil. “My veil was made by my mom”, she explained. “We ordered some extra dotted tulle (the same one that the dress was made of). Our inspiration was authentic vintage veils. I also made the wedding cake myself. I love to bake so I thought it would be more personal to make my own. As wedding favours I made peach jam.”
Full-blown themed weddings are definitely getting rarer. Most of the couples I speak to say their weddings were just styled around “random stuff we liked”, which is cool, but there’s something a little bit extra special about weddings where everything fits perfectly together.
Jordan and Emily had a Victorian themed wedding and their attention to detail was incredible! “We achieved our authentic décor by extending our antiquing and thrifting sensibilities to more than just the attire”, the bride began. “We created the majority of the decorations by reusing old items. I put together an assortment of decorations for the tables which were were made with small candle holders and foam balls covered in gold flowers and painted ceramic spheres on top.”
The wedding was held at Farmin’ Betty’s in Columbus. “We were married outside, underneath a tree on the property. The ceremony itself was brief and our officiant even joked about the overly verbose sermons often delivered by other ministers at weddings. Ours was more personal and to the point. It celebrated our individuality but also focused on how we complement one another.”
Brides wearing non-white dresses are becoming more and more commonplace (yay!) and nothing thrills me more than seeing and sharing a beautiful babe rocking her own style on her wedding day. When Carina married Jay she decided to wear an original 1930s black floral dress from Hope and Harlequin. It went perfectly with their autumnal theme!
“My dress was an original 1930s metallic lame gown with replacement vintage black lace for the back panel”, she explained. “I think wearing a non-traditional wedding dress made the wedding feel very personal to me plus the choice of reception venue was quite unique. My earrings were the letters ‘C’ and ‘R’ to represent my new married initials and I made my flower headpiece myself. I foraged some of the foliage as well as bought some.”
Juliana and Fabio’s wedding was held at Mansão Atrium in Brazil. Their bohemian and folk themed day was actually completely inspired by a wedding they saw on Instagram!
“Our idea was to make things as simple as possible”, said the bride. “We didn’t want our wedding to have a luxurious or classical feel. We wanted everyone to be themselves. Aesthetically our wedding may seem pretty similar to others, but in Brazil it was a very big challenge to have an organic simple wedding. We wanted it to feel like a big family dinner or a weekend camping.”
The ceremony was held outdoors. “The pastor who officiated our ceremony is a personal friend of the groom which made made it much more personal. The words he used were kind and gave a special touch and fun to the ceremony. I would advise other couples to have someone they know conduct their ceremony. If they know you and your history it will make it so much more meaningful”.