Rishad and Andreas were married in Berlin. The Bangladeshi bride and her German groom had a laid back wedding that really felt like them. “Although there was a lot of planning, we did not have a theme”, explained the bride, Rishad. ” Things just fell into place in the organic semi-chaos that is our life. Some of our guests described it as ‘hipster’ but we’d say it just felt like us. It was small and homely, a celebration of all the different relationships that have individually shaped us.”
“We didn’t particularly think our wedding was ‘alternative’ but there were some crucial elements that made that day slightly different from the textbook wedding. I wore white but it was not a traditional wedding dress. I did not have a flower bouquet but rather, had some in my hair! We had no flower girls, no best men and bridesmaids – just one friend from each side, who would together conduct the ceremony. There were no grand plans for the reception either. We just wanted to give people time to mingle, touch base and DANCE!”
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.”
Are you ready to witness the fitness of the prettiest garden wedding ever? Well prepare yourself because Jennifer and Jordan
’s German wedding is seriously gorgeous! They were married in August at the bride’s family home.
“We wanted everything to be unique and personal so we spent a lot of time hunting for decorations on eBay and flea markets and making SO MUCH stuff”, Jennifer said. “Like most brides today, Pinterest became my best friend was a huge help getting all our ideas together. I probably had about 10 different wedding boards by the end! We decided early on that we wanted to get married in my parents’ garden so we built the wedding around that. We went for a little Alice in Wonderland vibe mixed with a vintage funfair and lots of small details. I think the wedding represented us as a couple and all things we love. Jordan and I both work in the film industry in creative jobs so we were very particular on how we wanted every tiny detail to look, almost like building a film set.”
The couple made almost everything at their wedding, it took eight whole months of daily crafting! “We made about 350 differently decorated jars for our table decorations, my dad sawed tree slices from an old collapsed tree for us, my uncle helped us built all the four funfair booths, we made our vintage living room photo wall from scratch and decorated it with old family wedding photos from both sides. Each guest received a jar of home made vanilla rhubarb strawberry jam as their name tag, my aunt sewed the bunting from mountains of old fabrics everyone collected, and my mum and I spent hours decorating the cans that we attached to the bridal car and decorating the bridesmaids hangers with their initials. Jordan’s sister made the home made lemonade for our lemonade stand.”
Kristina and Florian were married in a tent on the beach in northern Germany. After their small ceremony, they danced, played and got messy on the beach with all their guests… Oh and everyone was in animal fancy dress!
“Our wedding was crazy and out of the box”, said the bride. “Our daughter loves animals and it was her idea to have everyone dressed up! The Germans tend to be very conservative, especially in the northern part of the country where we are, so it was very hard to get our dream wedding – we had to fight for it!”
German born Linda and Patrick wanted a wedding with no dress code, no schedule and no rules! “Just come, be yourself and have fun!” was what they told their guests.
The reception was held at Weststadtcafé, Darmstadt. “The wedding theme was bohemian vintage meets music festival meets theme park. Hiring the venue was one of the biggest costs but it was the perfect place for our party. Its an old factory building with graffiti, a big BBQ outside and lots of space – it was just perfect! We also rented a High Striker for our guests to use. It cost €238 but was such a good idea. Everyone loved having a go!”
“We managed to keep costs down by DIYing all the décor and asking our guests to bring food instead of gifts. On our wedding website we had a list of the kind of things we wanted (salads, sandwiches, cupcakes…) and people filled in which they would bring. In the end we had a mind-blowing mixture of amazing food, both cold and warm dishes. We organised the BBQ and it all worked out so well!”
Iris and Josef planned their entire wedding by themselves. They wanted something casual and fun rather than formal and stuffy, so they chose to have their reception in a park in Regensburg, Germany.
“We wanted everybody to feel comfortable”, they explained. “So there were no rules, only a lot of friends and good spirits. We basically changed everything we didn’t like about weddings!”
“One of our favourite things was the ‘friendbook’ that we made instead of a guestbook. Everybody had to fill it out and say things about us, for example what animal they think we’d be, what other names we could have… it was really funny to read the next day!”