Ben and Helen had a casual wedding in Tooting. “We wanted to throw a wedding for our families as much as for us, to celebrate life and love and enjoy a special day together”, Helen said. “It was important to us to celebrate all the years we’d already had together (and all the ups and downs, joy, growing up and hard work in that!) rather than acting as if the wedding was the start. So that was part of the message on our invitations, and we got the Registrar to frame the ceremony that way in her welcome – a celebration of 8 and a half happy years and the witnessing of our next step together.”
The ceremony was held at Merton Registry Office and their reception at Tooting Tram & Social. They got the tube between the two! “We threw out any of the traditions that didn’t suit us, and built our day from the ground up to make sure it was personally meaningful”, she continued. “Traditions we ditched included the top table, cutting of the cake, fancy tired wedding cake, bride given away by father, bridesmaids, best man, receiving line, just men doing speeches. We included lots of creative and soppy details, and prioritising fun! Guests say they were still feeling the love and humming the tunes weeks later! Our venue was an old tram shed turned gig venue – a stunning reclaimed industrial space with gorgeous natural lighting, chandeliers, industrial piping and vintage tiles.”
I don’t mean to freak you out, but it’s less than three week’s until Christmas! Don’t worry, I haven’t started my shopping either..!
To help you on your way, I thought it might be fun to spend the day browsing Etsy (my favourite!) and share with you some of the coolest, non-cheesy personalised gifts for your best babes. Let’s hear it for the girls!
Initialed fold over clutch
Source: Mimic Design
Source: Atelier of Love
Custom piece of art
Source: Letters on Love
Customised pencils (extra props for Mean Girls quotes!)
Source: The Carbon Crusader
Jonathan and Sarah were married in May at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They wanted an intimate wedding which didn’t cost the Earth (in terms of budget and the environment!) They spend around $7000 on their day and it was perfect.
“We wanted our wedding to be small, twinkly, warm, delicious, inviting and with minimal impact on the environment”, began the bride. “The Botanic Gardens and The Mercury Cafe actually fit all of those things! As Jon took me jitterbug dancing for our first date at the Mercury Cafe, that was absolutely going to be our reception spot. We wanted to choreograph our first dance to ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. Which we NAILED by the way! Having our ceremony at a garden allowed us to save a fortune on flowers and decorations.”
“We didn’t do any printed out programs for environmental reasons so instead I wrote out seating charts on an old mirror that I had. We added strips of our wedding color fabric. I also made a wine picnic basket for our unity ceremony with help from Hobby Lobby and Michaels.”
Heather and Jeremy had a distinctive 1920s vintage theme for their South Carolina wedding. Held at The Farm at Ridgeway, the Friday wedding was a true labour of love, with the bride hand crafting and collecting nearly everything herself. She scoured thrift shops and antique stores and got a lot of things from Etsy.
“I have always loved all things old timey and the romance and sweetness that vintage lace, keys, napkins and little details bring back to life”, Heather explained. “The things that were distinctly different about our wedding was the time we spent to go out and hand pick each and every item that was used to decorate the venue and the time I spent crafting. I did everything from making the invitations and programs to assembling the bouquets and making the napkin rings for each place setting. We asked that all guests dress in 1920s inspired clothing, almost everyone did!! We also played 1920s music throughout.”
The bride bought her gorgeous dress from Etsy for just $199! The vintage gown was made of lace and was from the early 1900s. The condition was almost perfect and Heather only had to give it minor alternations. Her headpiece was homemade to match.
Her bridesmaids were given pretty much free reign on their dresses. Heather’s only stipulation was that they were light in colour and vintage inspired. Her flowergirls wore dresses that the bride made herself from curtains found in a thrift store for 50 cents!
Ahh the circus! So colourful, so fun, such a perfect theme for an alternative wedding! Tamara and Chip’s Florida wedding was a true DIY labour of love. They did almost everything themselves.
“We are both light-hearted and fun people, so we wanted our day to feel like a party with our family and friends”, explained the bride. “We are not stiff and formal, but love vibrancy and uniqueness! Our whimsical circus theme fit perfectly with how we wanted our wedding day to feel.”
“Almost everything we did was DIY, unique and local”, she continued. “Aside from a few amazing vendors like our day-of coordinator, Ashley Packett, who was amazing and seamlessly took my vision and DIY projects and made it come together! We did not want a cookie cutter wedding. I am far too crafty to have let someone else create our wedding day. From our wedding ceremony in front of our DIY circus tent, to our reception under the stars and string lights, to our bartender serving drinks and locally brewed beer from a canoe cooler, to our guests playing shuffleboard, our wedding was far from the norm.”
Wearing a second hand dress, black velvet Dr Marten boots and a homemade flower crown in her lilac hair, Laura married Colin at Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston Upon Thames. The reception was held at the London Museum of Water and Steam, which they decorated themselves with the help of their families. Nearly all the flowers were grown in Laura’s Mum’s front garden and were arranged the morning of the wedding.
“Our inspiration was London, spring-time and marjarelle blue from gardens in Morocco, where Colin proposed”, began Laura. “We both love history and I work as a carpenter/welder so the industrial past of the museum and the still-working women’s forge in the grounds suited us perfectly. I like things juxtaposed so I used lots of spring flowers, candles and white linen to add femininity.”