Matt and Lilly were married in Vermont at the groom’s parents’ place. His parents not only built the house themselves and most of the furniture inside it, but for the wedding Matt’s mother planted flowers in their wedding colours which bloomed just as the wedding rolled round. How amazing is that!?
“We didn’t really want a theme for the wedding but I guess it kind of ended up having a fall and camp theme”, said the bride. “We even made a map of the grounds that kind of looked like a camp map.”
Lilly made her own dress and her maid of honour created her feathered headpiece for her. “I had a pre-wedding crafting party where we made the bunting banners, and screen-printed the tea towels and made labels for the maple syrup which were both part of the favours. Matt’s family helped fill and label the bottles. The Vermont maple syrup in the bottles was from John’s friend Bernie’s sugar shack. Matt made wood signs that looked like state park signs. I designed the table numbers and my maid of honour provided the candles and decorated the candle holders.”
Caris and Steve were inspired by everything they love for their wedding. So that meant flamingos, kitsch, traditional tattoo designs, Mexican day of the dead, 1950s B movies and octopuses – it was quite an eclectic day!
“We both love colour and knew we wanted it to feature strongly throughout the day, along with a sense of informality, fun and fiesta”, said the bride. “After visiting a few potential venues we realised that we would not be able to do exactly what we wanted at any of them (which were also way over our budget) therefore we would need to start from scratch with a blank canvas.”
“We fell in love with a large 42ft event yurt made by Yurt Maker so we hunted around for somewhere to put it and eventually approached a local wildlife charity who owned the perfect field just five miles from where we live! They were totally up for the idea of having a wedding reception on their land, despite never having done anything like this previously and charged us a really reasonable hire rate and were just fantastic throughout. We were thrilled that rather than our money going to a corporation it was supporting a local charity.”
High school sweethearts Victoria and Ian were married in May. Their wedding was loosely based on their love of Glastonbury festival with references including their invites and the decorations.
“We wanted the wedding to be fun and informal”, said Victoria, “and we really wanted to have the ceremony outside. We fell in love with a secret garden at Burton Manor but it wasn’t licenced for ceremonies. So we decided to sign the register a day earlier and have a non-legal ceremony on the day that we organised ourselves. It was a massive gamble on the weather, but we lucked out and had lovely sun throughout. My uncle Tony played guitar for the guests as they arrived and we supplied camping chairs for the ‘more mature’ festival goers, while other guests remained standing for the whole ceremony.”
“The only thing I knew about flowers is that I wanted them bright and colourful”, she continued. “I let our florist use their imagination to create an amazing surprise for us on the morning of the wedding. The flowers were one of the highlights of the day and took the least amount of effort and stress.”
“One of our favourite things was our rings. We couldn’t find rings any that we liked so we decided to do a wedding ring workshop to make our own! We did everything for them including coming up with the ideas and melting down Ian’s granddad’s ring to use. They are now even more personal and special because we made them ourselves.”
Julie and Arthur wanted something colourful and relaxed, with a Latino and ethnic touches to reflect the bride’s Colombian heritage. The wedding took place in France in June.
“We wanted more on an American style wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to be outside and we didn’t want a traditional church ceremony. We rented this amazing house with a view over the ocean for a week. This gave us time to prepare everything and to welcome our family and friends for longer. It was more like a holiday with a wedding in the middle!”
Sarah and Colin’s homemade wedding was full of personal touches and Scottish references. They were married at Comrie Croft in Perthshire, Scotland.
“We had loads of help from friends and family with making things including individual crochet favours for each guest made by my mum, the cake by one of my bridesmaids, the table numbers by another and all the wooden props by my dad and brother”, Sarah said. “All the other cakes and desserts were made by guests – we had a cake competition! I also made the ribbon curtain we had at the ceremony and me and my bridesmaids made our own flower crowns.”
“The best bit of the day was the woodland ceremony. Seeing Colin shed a tear and having all my favourite people around us made me feel really special! Our friend Matt runs a community choir so we got him to make the guests into a wedding choir – they sang The Proclaimer’s Let’s Get Married. They all sounded so beautiful and it was a truly special moment for us.”
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!”