They met in Manchester in 2001 while they were both at University. He asked her to join his band even though he didn’t have one yet. At their Islington wedding, 12 years later, many of the friends they made during this time were there as witnesses. “We considered many themes briefly but decided in the end just to try to make the day as relaxed and informal as we could while still making it feel like a special event”, explained the bride. “We just wanted to get everyone together for some good food, wine and dancing and worked the rest around that. We did sneak a few sci-fi and superhero references in though!”
Katy wore a Jane Bourvis dress with shoes from Topshop that she’s had since she was 16! In her hair she wore a homemade wreath of gypsophila from Dave’s mum’s garden. The day started with a ceremony at Islington Town hall, continued with a pub lunch at The Duke of Cambridge and concluded with an after party at the Candid Arts Centre.
With names like Maayan & Maxim, their wedding was never going to be boring. This Israeli couple were married at Hamirpese, a bar in Ramat Ishay, North Israel. Their wedding was laid back, fun and quirky as you like.
“One of our guidelines for our wedding was to find vendors who we could connect with and who understood our vibe and the feeling we wanted to create”, Maayan explained. “Good chemistry and communication were really important to us. We got all our vendors through friend recommendations.”
“In terms of budget we didn’t go overboard. We waned to maximise our money and get the best of it. For example my wedding dress only cost $230 but still I was overrun with compliments about it on the day! It seemed excessive to spend so much money on a custom made dress just for a single day. I didn’t buy any special jewellery. I used earrings that I already had. The most important things to us were good food, lots of alcohol and a great venue.”
Ben and Emma wanted a wedding that was, above everything else, chilled out and relaxed. The day took place at The Star Inn in North Yorkshire, their guest list was limited and Emma bought and wore the very first dress she tried on. “What made our wedding so unique, was that we were sooo laid back about the whole thing”, she explained.”There were no ‘bridezilla’ moments and I only tried one dress on, my dress! Basically our day was about the three of us, we have a daughter, Noa who is 5. We did it our way with no bells or whistles. It was just relaxed, fun and full of love.”
“Where possible, do as much DIY as you can, and ask people for help!” she advises. “I made my own bouquet, the buttonholes and my friend made my daughter’s bouquet and helped with the flower arranging. I also baked our cake, topped off with our peg family. We also collected and decorated all the jars with twine, raffia and lace. and we made the place settings and favours.”
Including your biggest passion, obsession even, in your wedding is highly encouraged from my corner, and no-one is more passionate about the Rolling Stones than Julia and Chris. The wedding took place in May in Chelsea, London.
The bride wore a dress from Monsoon and BHS shoes decorated with Rolling Stones badges. The groom donned a Rolling Stones as he got ready in the morning, and the cupcakes were decorated with their logo. The table decorations at their pub reception were vinyl’s and Rolling Stones guitar picks.
Marina and Darren were married at Burgh House and The Prince Albert pub in Camden. Their day was simple but elegant and beautiful. The bride read the term ‘rustic luxe’ in a bridal magazine and that seemed to fit them perfectly! “Our wedding was full of beautiful rustic touches, like the flowers and picnic baskets, mixed in with a bit of 1920s glamour to give it a luxurious feel,” she explained. “Birds played a small part, as we had become a pair of Finches! We wanted the overall day to feel relaxed and the evening to be like a bloody good night out!”
Marina wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown inspired by the 1920s with Rachel Simpson shoes and flower clips in her hair from Oasis. The day was laid back and fun, and the small guest list (just 47 in total!) meant they could really enjoy spending time with everyone. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously so there was lots of laughter, humour and silliness throughout the whole day, even starting with my arrival!” she continued. “Guests knew I had arrived as they heard me telling family to get in photos! I wanted to have photos in the ‘Sullivan Garden’ before the ceremony as I was going from being a Sullivan to a Finch…at least Darren knew I had arrived!”
I always get really excited to feature a super-budget wedding because I love to show you that, with a bit of clever engineering, a beautiful wedding doesn’t have to cost £20,000. Ruth & Steve spent just £700 on their day and it was perfect. They also planned the entire thing in just two months – sheesh, why can’t we all be such overachievers?!
This thrifty couple were very clever with how they spent the money that they did have to spend. Firstly the opted for an East London pub for the reception venue. Without extortionate rental rates, The Water Poet in Spitalfields was just the ticket. “The wedding took about two months to organise”, the bride began. “We booked the reception first, as I thought that would be the trickiest part of the operation. Then we booked our ceremony at Islington Town Hall and gave our Notice of Intent to Marry about four weeks before the ceremony.”
“Choosing a reception venue was probably the most challenging part of the wedding! I wasn’t too particular, but knew that I didn’t have the budget to hire a private venue. I started searching around for pubs with free room hire – most places could only reserve a couple tables at most. As the ceremony took place on a Friday, I knew most pubs would be rammed, which would have been too much for our parents to handle! We decided on holding the reception at The Water Poet in Spitalfields. It wasn’t too far from Islington Town Hall and they had a private room where we could set up the food, cake and decorations. My hens and I handmade all the paper flowers on the tables from a fab tutorial that I found on Rock n Roll Bride! The best thing about the room was its own sound-system – we plugged in our iPhone with our wedding playlist and just let it run all night!”
Ruth wore a dress from Topshop, and her shoes, also Topshop were an eBay bargain at just £10. Her headpiece was, amazingly, from Primark and her jewellery was a gift from Steve’s sister. The cake and flowers were both DIY efforts from helpful friends and family, the venue provided a buffet spread and they forgoed a DJ for a Spotify playlist.