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!”
I always have a bit of a soft spot for Steampunk weddings. Although they’re not my personal style, I love how much effort the couples that plan them put in. The attention to detail is always incredible! Sadie and Kyle’s wedding at Fiddle Lake Farm in Thompson, Pennsylvania was no different.
“Our wedding was an absolute dream come true”, began the bride. “It couldn’t have been more perfect. We think the Steampunk theme really defined the wedding. Our theme was inspired by the Wild West and our own imaginations. We both have wild imaginations and having a theme really let us run away with it.”
Lauren and Red’s Pennsylvania wedding was a real team effort. It planned by the bride, her mother and their neighbour Patience. The wedding was held on the couple’s own farm. ”Patience taught us how to make homemade limoncello and smoked salmon and helped so much during the wedding making sure things ran smoothly”, Lauren explained. “My mother is a crazy collector of beautiful dishes, as well as ideas. She is also a food connoisseur so she helped add tons of vision and plan the menu. Patience’s daughter got married the weekend before so we were able to share a lot of supplies and ideas which worked out very well as well as work trade. My mother in-law Eva planned the rehearsal dinner which also happened to be my birthday. She created a picnic outdoor super with barbecue chicken for 45 two days before the wedding. She also helped decorate!”
This wedding was full on DIY with the bride and her helpers making everything from the decor items to the clothes. Lauren made her own wedding dress from vintage and upcycled materials and the bridesmaid’s dresses were made using hand dyed vintage handkerchiefs which matched the invitations.
Ellie and Ed wanted their June wedding to not only reflect them – their likes and loves – but to be a fun day for everyone, full of DIY details. The day started with an emotional ceremony at Aldenham School, Elstree and the reception was in tipis on Buckettsland Farm, Well End. ”We said the whole way through the planning process that we didn’t have a theme but looking back it was essentially junk and glitter”, began the bride. “If you ever saw our flat, you would know that we’re not matchy-matchy people in the slightest. I love tack and have a big collection of oddities, plus I have an obsession with the stars and the moon and anything glittery, so I always knew they would end up making an appearance.”
“I wanted everything to have a life after the day itself, whether that meant being re-purposed, sold on or given away”, she continued. “Some things were donated and I collected second-hand vases, old bottles, candelabras, blankets, books, tablecloths, favours and all six of the bridesmaid dresses in the run-up. It wasn’t necessarily about saving money but about taking away the anonymous and disposable aspect of the day.”
“I love Le Voyage Dans La Lune, a very early silent film by George Melies, so that inspired our paper moon prop and the hundreds of stars we scattered about the tipis and garden. Pastel lace for the bridesmaids was the first decision I made when we originally got engaged and it took a while to find each dress in the right shade. Seeing the girls together in them for the first time was one of my proudest moments.”
Fiona and David’s Kent wedding was influenced by the style of the 1940s through to the 1960s. “I think the whole day was defined by it really being a reflection of us as a couple”, Fiona said. “We really didn’t want an identikit, faceless, corporate feel. Also, we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. We didn’t want anyone to stand on ceremony or feel uncomfortable. We just wanted all the people closest to us there and to eat, drink, dance and have a lot of fun.”
The day was held at Kent Life, a heritage farm in Maidstone. The space was decorated from top to toe by the couple themselves. “I’d always imagined a street party type feel for our wedding but that proved to be quite difficult to organise so we were really pleased when we found this original 1940s village hall at Kent Life”, she continued. “The fact that we could decorate it ourselves was a massive incentive for choosing the venue. Neither of us are fans of doing things as tradition dictates and the idea of having chair covers and white tablecloths foisted upon us made me very anxious! The venue was great and the fact that the village hall is surrounded by farmyard animals somehow made the whole idea of a wedding seem less pretentious and not too grand.”
Kate and Dan wanted a big celebration for their May wedding, but one that was also relaxed for their guests and a lot of fun. They wanted to involve them in the day as much as possible and not only had their guests bring cakes instead of gifts, which were eaten instead of a traditional wedding cake, but sent everyone a little packets of seeds with their invitations, asking them to grow the flowers and bring them along on the day. The crappy weather in the run up to the wedding meant that a lot of the flowers didn’t grow very much but everyone still valiantly brought along their little seedlings to show the couple and to display at the wedding. Don’t you just utterly love that idea?!
“We wanted a big celebration that felt really personal so we had pre-ceremony Pimms, homemade cakes that our guests made, a fish and chip dinner and an ice cream van for pudding”, began the bride. “For the toasts and speeches we had mojitos instead of champagne and we also did all of the decorations ourselves. My mum and her friends started growing flowers the previous year and by the time the wedding came round we had so many we had to hire a van to transport them to the venue! It looked incredible; everywhere you looked there were flowers. My cousin- in-law Laura is an amazing florist and made my bouquet, the corsages and buttonholes as our wedding present. She even took me to Covent Garden flower market a few weeks before to pick the flowers. Dan’s brother Matt designed our lovely invitations and his Mum made the table runners. We were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and enthusiasm for our wedding – we really felt the love!”