Nicky and David were married in East London. They had a relatively small budget of £5000 but they were able to make it stretch by avoiding wedding specific items wherever possible. They hosted their reception in a town hall, the bride wore a dress from Monsoon, they had a homemade cake and put all the flowers together themselves. They even skipped the wedding car, choosing to get the train between their ceremony and reception venues.
“I’m not a wedding-y person”, admitted the bride, “so it wasn’t like it was something I had always dreamed of or planned. We wanted the day to be filled with in-jokes and things we find funny like cats, Twitter (we met on Twitter!), plants, books, tea and cheese. I tried to get a kitten ring bearer for the ceremony – but people were surprisingly reluctant to help me with this. I actually started to question my own sanity at this point too. Someone did actually buy us a tiny white kitten as a wedding gift though! We named her Peaches.”
Valeria and Wen-Wei’s London wedding was low key and ridiculously stylish. The bride’s incredible outfit wasn’t a wedding dress, it was a collection of different pieces she loved and put together herself.
The couple met on Tinder! “My sister came to London to visit me and we were waiting for The Strokes to come on stage in Hyde Park”, the bride explained. “We were bored so I showed her how to use Tinder (which was completely pointless as she wasn’t interested in dating at all). So I opened it and first random guy shown was Wen-Wei. I said to my sister: ‘For example, let’s say I like him. I swipe right. Ha. Look, he matched me. Now I could text him but obviously I couldn’t be bothered’. After a couple of days I was tidying up my matches and was going to unmatch him, but my sister said: ‘Oh come on, he looks cute! Just talk to him a bit, he may be interesting’. The rest is history!”
Scott and Hayley were married on Halloween but they didn’t want to make the obvious choice to have a spooky themed wedding. Instead they were inspired by vintage pieces (the bride wore a dress from the 1940s), and Victoriana with a Rock n Roll twist. Of course there were a few autumnal touches such as pumpkins on the tables, but overall it was just a reflection of everything they love.
“We wanted our wedding to be different and not traditional but also show our personalities”, said the bride. “We collected vintage props for the tables but the venue, The Roost in Dalston, also had lots of quirky pieces of furniture and props that we could use. Music was also a big influence we spent months creating our perfect playlists for each part of the day.”
Ailsa and Ben were married in Shoreditch, London. The bride ditched the traditional white dress, opting for a custom made black one! The wedding was on October 31st, so had a few touches of Halloween, but it wasn’t overly themed.
“The wedding had a general East London vibe with graffiti elements”, began the bride. “Our prominent backdrop for the main room at the reception was a projection of a piece of graffiti that we created in Paris, where Ben proposed exactly one year previously. Our inspiration was our personalities and tastes, and the date – my favourite day is Halloween. We both have a passion for art and graffiti, so we tried to bring than in too. Ultimately the warehouse-style venue looked great as a blank canvas, so we wanted to work with that.”
“We’ve received a lot of comments about the individuality of the day – the warehouse venue, the black dress, the Bavarian beer house dining arrangement, the mass-karaoke sing-a-long in the evening. Many people said they’d never been to a wedding like ours, but ultimately we wanted to throw a party to celebrate our love for the fabulous people we have in our lives. In the end our favourite moments were actually the ‘traditional’ elements – the ceremony and the first dance.”
Laura-Jane and Jack’s wedding was a combination of all the things they love such as steampunk, London, winter, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and beer! They also encouraged their guests to dress up.
“All our guests commented on how personal the wedding was; informal and rather haphazard but it couldn’t have been any other way”, said Laura-Jane. “I think the most important thing to think about when planning your wedding is that it represents you and what you like rather than wanting to please everyone else and meet other people’s expectations.”
The ceremony was at Islington town hall. “We included our own words in the ceremony and the registrars were really lovely. It was all very relaxed despite being in such austere surroundings. We had a lot of guests from outside London and they really enjoyed the sightseeing tour on the Routemaster bus in between the ceremony and reception.”
Kia and Daniel’s July wedding took place at Dalston Roof Park in London, a quirky and cool events space in Hackney, overlooking the city’s skyscrapers. The day didn’t really have a theme other than having fun!
“Since we had both been married previously with all the traditional trappings, we went for something unique which reflected our personalities and interests”, explained the bride. “We wanted to be surrounded by the people we love, enjoying themselves with great food, a stunning view and dancing the night away.”
“We took a little bit of inspiration from some fantastic parties we had been to. We aimed to throw the best party and not think of it as just ‘our day’. Our friends and family are so important to us that they were the main focus for our day. We wanted to have all our friends mingling and break up the traditional ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ feeling that you get with a lot of weddings. This relaxed approach meant that we had friends old and new talking, eating and dancing together. The photo booth and free-flowing cocktails seemed to help that along nicely too!”