Although a worry for a lot of brides and grooms, rain on your wedding day isn’t the worst thing that can happen. Although you might be a bit damp (and hey, if you’re in the UK you’re probably quite used to being in a permanent state of saturation) I promise you your wedding will still be wonderful – even if the whole thing is outdoors! Yes, Aaron and Vicky planned for their entire summer wedding to take place on Willow Farm, Vicky’s family home.
“There was a month’s worth of rain on our wedding day”, began the bride. “We have been told this means good luck and that we will be rich in the future. I do hope that is true but on the day it meant we had lots of umbrellas and wellies. We did manage to have the actual ceremony outside despite the weather. And we have plenty of cocktails to keep everyone’s spirits high!”
Bex and Scott had a two day wedding, on 16th and 17th September 2013. They wanted a long celebration so they could get married twice! The first day was the legal ceremony followed by a low-key after party. On day two they went all out with a handfasting ceremony, a tractor ride for the guests and a facepainter!
“We hired Huntstile Farm from Sunday to Wednesday so it turned into a mini break event”, began Bex. “The first wedding day was a small and intimate wedding party (the legal bit!) at Bridgewater Registry office then a causal meal with BYO drinks back at the farm. This allowed us to have the exact wedding we wanted on our second wedding day, which was the big party fun day with all family and friends and Missy Dog (our lemon beagle!)”
“We had a trailer tractor ride, handfasting at the stone circle on the edge of a woodland, rain, mud, wellies and brollies galore. There were rainbows, cream teas, Pimms, face painting and fresh organic home grown food. Many guests stayed on site in rooms or camping, and the kids got to collect the eggs from the chickens ready for breakfast the next morning. The facepainter had so many adults queuing to be painted, even Scott’s gran! Scott being Spiderman and doing his speech was fairly surreal!”
Helen and Toby’s rainbow wedding took place at Coombes Farm in Lancing. The didn’t have a huge budget, £8000, but they made it go far with plenty of personal touches and DIY projects. The cakes, flowers and stationery were all done by friends and they didn’t hire a fancy caterer to feed their guests. Instead of gifts they asked their guests to each bring their favourite dish!
“We deliberately chose to get married on Friday 13th September 2013, as we liked the idea of choosing a date that is not usually chosen by couples planning a wedding”, Helen explained. “It also meant that it would be unlikely to clash with any other weddings and Toby won’t be able to forget our anniversary!”
“We chose Coombes Farm due to its relaxed vibe, it is very much a working farm and therefore doesn’t feel like the average wedding venue, which can feel very polished and formal. We also wanted somewhere where we could stay in the camper van and for our guests to have the option to camp, which made it feel like a mini festival. We basically treated planning our wedding like planning a party and wanted to ensure that everybody enjoyed themselves! Key ingredients included a tractor ride and of course, a bouncy castle!”
Marthe and Fredrik were married in October on a farm in Horten, Norway. They used their favourite season as inspiration, with Autumnal touches throughout. “Our wedding was warm, intimate and down to earth”, wrote the newlyweds. “We both wanted the day to be low key and we didn’t want to have too many people there. We just invited our closest family and friends which ended up being just 35 guests in total. This made the atmosphere really intimate, especially during the ceremony. There was so much love, laughter, and joy.”
Their biggest expense was the food, because they wanted it to be really special. However they saved money by making their own stationery and arranging the flowers. One of their bridesmaids made their cake as a gift and they brought their own alcohol to the venue. Finally, Marthe made her own bouquet and headpiece which not only made them unique but cheaper too.
Lucienne and Peter wanted a wedding day that perfectly reflected their own personal style. It was held on Fairoaks Farm in West Sussex and was a laid back day full of fun details. “We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, so that shaped how the whole day felt and how we planned it”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be fun, colourful, relaxed, rustic, in tune with nature and handmade!”
“We had a Pagan handfasting ritual ceremony which was very much in line with our surroundings and with the place itself. We wanted it to be more inclusive and welcoming than a regular church wedding so the ceremony itself involved our friends and they had parts to play within it. The four bridesmaids called the elemental corners and the groom’s sister carried incense to cleanse the sacred space. It was very much a new but welcoming experience for our guests. We also jumped a besom (broom) at the close of the ceremony, this is a tradition that signifies the couple leaping into their new life together. The photos from this part are breathtaking!”
Unbelievably, Myles and Cait spent just $2000 on their incredibly detailed Maine wedding. Held at PLD Auction Barn in Mechanic Falls, the wedding was thrifty and gorgeous. Cait wore a dress made up of two summer dresses from oasap.com, $8 shoes from Goodwill and borrowed jewellery. Myles’ outfit was also thrifted from Goodwill stores.
“Our wedding was different because we are not traditional people at all”, wrote the bride. “We are both artists – a tattooer and a photographer – and both like to do everything on our own and try and save money doing it. We planned it all in seven months, as September 7th was one of the only weekends I had free from photographing wedding and we really wanted a Fall wedding. Our cornfield background at the venue definitely gives us a look like no other!”