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.”
It’s no secret that I love a colourful wedding and Toni and Christopher’s really fits the bill! They chose Hackney Town Hall and St John at Hackney Church for their July wedding, only it was their reception that was held in the church!
Their day had a retro 1950s theme. “We hired lots of vintage sofas and standard lamps to make a ‘drawing room’ area”, Christopher explained. “We covered each table with bizarre kitschy little ornaments bought from eBay. Our friend created signs out of flexible neon wire and chalk board and we had custom made bunting from Yo Yo Cottage.”
“We wanted our wedding to be exactly like as if you were coming around to our flat for dinner”, he continued. “We wanted our guests to be completely happy and comfortable, and we loaded our wedding with both our personalities. We did away with a lot of traditional stuff – we both walked down the aisle together, we didn’t have a first dance, or cake cutting. It was just all about fun, chatting, music, dancing and eating… and boozing.”
There are some weddings I see which (forgive me, I know this is terribly unpatriotic) I instantly think, “damn, that’s SO COOL, it can’t be a British wedding”. It’s nice to be completely wrong though, especially with this wedding. In fact “SO COOL” doesn’t even cover it a little bit… April and Dennis are off the richter scale!
The Dutch/Kiwi groom and his American bride met in Amsterdam while they were both travelling around Europe. Long story short, they fell in love and settled in London. They were hitched on the roof of Rockwell House, a studio space in east London that comes complete with epic views of the capital’s skyline.
“When we started planning the wedding we knew we wanted Something completely different than any wedding we’d ever been to”, April began. “In searching for this we really found truly alternative was hard to come by. It all still seemed to be a tweak of the same old thing.”
“It was important to us that everything we did on the day was considered beforehand, that we didn’t do anything automatically just because it’s what you do at a wedding. I think we ended up with a really different, really special, really representative of us, day. We got wedding tattoos instead of rings – two halves of one tattoo actually – a Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skull with the words ‘hasta la muerte’ beneath (until death).”
Alex and Alana were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London. I’ve featured weddings in this amazing space before, but it’s hard to me to resist it’s charms! After their ceremony and main reception at the chapel, they invited their guests to East Dulwich Tavern for a low-key after party.
“The inspiration for the wedding was our venue”, began the bride. “We visited a few other places in south east London the same day, but we wanted this one as soon as we saw it. The history and rawness of the space was inspiring, and we liked the fact that the artists who run the space use the weddings to fund community art exhibitions.”
Six-month pregnant Alana wore a beautiful Alice Temperley gown with a homemade flower crown. All the flowers in the wedding were grown by the bride and the groom’s mother and stepfather, which not only saved money but made them extra special.
The Roost is probably one of London’s coolest event spaces… and I don’t say that lightly! I was lucky enough to visit and experience it myself at The Blogcademy’s recent party, and I figured it would be a crime against alternative weddings to keep it to myself! If you’re having an unconventional wedding in our nation’s capital then you HAVE to consider The Roost as your venue!
Located in trendy Dalston, the four floor converted Victorian pub is decorated in a really fun, eclectic way with statement wallpaper, vintage furniture, quirky props and unique artwork. They also love to give their couples complete creative freedom when it comes to decorating the place with their own props too!
If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me smile it’s a wedding featuring all the colours of the rainbow. It’s nearly impossible for me to turn them down, hence why I share so many of them on this blog! Rosie and Robin’s big day is no different. Held at the London Wetland Centre, a nature reserve in Richmond upon Thames, it boasts all the colours, amazing homemade decorations and a wedding dress made by the father of the groom!
“We both love colour, colourful things and colourful clothing so it was an obvious choice to reflect this in our wedding”, began Robin. “It was amazingly colourful. We asked all our guests to dress in the most colourful thing they had in their wardrobe, that they usually felt was a bit too bold and showy for most occasions. Everyone looked fantastic. Even friends that usually look all cool and beatnik in permanent monochromes turned up in electric blue jumpsuits.”