Georgia and Mark did everything themselves for their festival inspired August wedding. They budget was just £4000 and the day was held in a field in the Lake District.
“It didn’t feel like there was a theme to the wedding”, the bride explained. “It just reminded me of the parties that my parents have been throwing since I can remember. Our inspiration was to have nice people, having a nice time. Nothing too structured and very chilled out.”
“Instead of gifts, each guest gave us £20 towards the cost of the field, alcohol and food”, she continued. “We compared it to having a bar and having to pay for a hotel. This helped a lot and we are still very grateful. Our guests set up tents on the afternoon of the wedding then got ready for things to kick off. Everyone camped overnight, even people that have never slept in tents or visited the countryside. There were no strangers involved in the wedding. We knew every single person that was there.”
Samantha and Gary’s destination wedding was held at Casa Monte Cristo on the Western Algarve coast. They hired a villa where they stayed for the week before the wedding too.
“We had always wanted an outdoor wedding but me being from Ireland we knew that would be too much of a risk to do it there!” explained the bride. “We decided very early on in planning we would have a destination wedding. We choose Portugal as it has always been a favourite family holiday for me growing up and we also wanted to pick a place that wasn’t too expensive for guests to travel to and stay.”
“As the wedding was going to be completely outdoors, we decided on a picnic party theme with blankets and balloons and games for the guests play. It was also important to us that the whole day be held at the same place, so that guests could really enjoy the day and not have to worry about getting from one place to the next.”
Weddings like Suzy and Steven’s make my job so easy. They were married in November at a stables in Birmingham, Alabama. They were inspired by all the things that showed their personalities.
“Our wedding was a modern and well-conceived version of the rustic wedding traditions sans the wagon wheels and the cowboy boots”, said the bride. “We figured since we were already doing the field/stable combo and were dressing the bridal party with fall colours, that some reasonable departures into modern minimalist design with some stark whites and simple decorations would work well to give it a more stoic feel.”
“One of our favourite personalisations was that the wedding party was in charge of performing all the music at the ceremony. We picked of few of the groomsmen to play the songs on given instruments (banjo, ukulele, mandolin, violin and guitar). Steven is very musical and ALL of his friends are too. We also had another groomsmen and a bridesmaid singing over the top.”
“It also rained throughout our (outdoor!) ceremony but this ended up being one of the most enchanting and favourite details of the wedding”, said the groom. “It sets our day apart and makes it more intimate and beautiful to us.”
We still haven’t quite worked out our wedding theme!” bride Amy told me when I asked about the inspiration for their Australian wedding. “It was like a brass, pineapple, tropical deer hunter theme – haha!”
They were married in October at the Albert & Victoria Guesthouse in New South Wales. “We were inspired by the venue which is in the Blue Mountains. They are so lush, green and romantic that we wanted that that ethereal type feel to wedding but with touches of brass and skulls to make it feel like us. Plus antlers, palms and the pineapples!
“One of the most important things to this pair was the ceremony. “We agreed early on that what we wanted was a beautiful ceremony, followed up with a big, filthy party. The ceremony was so easygoing and our celebrant told us we had total freedom to write the ceremony we really wanted. We personalised our vows and one of Paul’s groomsmen did an amazing reading of a Bob Marley quote.”
Ione and Will wanted their wedding to be bright, fun and homemade. It was also really important to them that all of our friends and family were there so they kept to a strict budget so they could accommodate everyone.
“We met just under seven years ago on Brighton seafront at a club night called Club NME!” the bride began. “I was 18 and he was 23. I was his first girlfriend so we feel like high school sweethearts.”
“For the wedding we wanted to combine both my Cuban heritage (I’ve also lived in Spain) and Will’s love of Sussex, where he’s lived his whole life. We felt we had lots of little odes to each one. We wanted a village fete type feel and had 120 people from 2pm for our reception. We kept it simple with a vegan paella and a chicken paella with baguettes and some salads that I made to keep costs down. Everyone was so happy with a simple feel to the day, we personally didn’t feel like we needed more than one sit down course.”
A $5000 budget, a family cabin and a whole lotta love went into creating Cory and Ailsa’s dream wedding. Their beach ceremony comprised of a homemade arch and the ceremony itself was officiated by one of the bride’s mother’s oldest friends.
The family cabin and barn that served as their venue is located at the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. “Our wedding was completely DIY”, said the bride. “We wanted to focus on having everything made for the wedding. We didn’t want to have anything ordered or hire anyone we didn’t know to do anything.”
“The cabin has been in our family since 1930 so it was really special to get married there. We used trees from the property to make the benches. The entire wedding party camped with us the night before and the night of the wedding, and all of the 57 guests helped with something.”
“The ceremony was on the beach. Our friend built an arbour for us to stand in front of out of massive branches from driftwood and trees on the property. The benches were chainsawed into shape where they sat. The ceremony was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The Bay of Fundy has the biggest tides in the world and we let the tide wash everything away when the ceremony was done.”