Inspired by the TV show Don’t Tell the Bride, Michelle and Jamie’s wedding was organised as a complete surprise for them by the bride’s employers, Cosatto, who make brightly patterned pushchairs. Inspired by their products, and the bride’s own colourful aesthetic, the team pulled together a truly one-of-a-kind wedding!
“Every year our fantastic CEO gives one lucky member of the team £10,000 to do something they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do otherwise”, bride Michelle explained. “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to have a wedding with a difference and do it it Don’t Tell the Bride style. My colleagues planned the whole wedding for us and we knew nothing about what it was going to be like until the day! It was great fun but very hard at times wondering if they would get things like the dress to my taste but they did absolutely amazing!”
“On the day I was a rollercoaster of emotions – one minute a nervous wreck, the next dancing around on cloud 9 with excitement! I was also a social outcast at work for the past few months with all of the whispering and little meetings they had. No one would talk to me for months in case they spilt the beans!”
The bridesmaids were dressed as clockwork dolls in black tutus with pink cheeks, tea cup hats and keys on their backs. The homemade cake was flamingos and they served Afternoon Tea. The entertainment was mime artists, stilt walkers and fire eaters, The bride arrived by unicorn!
Be still my rainbow-loving heart! If you don’t utterly adore this wedding then, quite frankly, I just don’t know why you’re reading Rock n Roll Bride at all. With just $5000 to spend, Mika and Calvin pulled off what might be one of my favourite weddings ever!
The day took place in Ohio at The Little Red Schoolhouse. “Our wedding theme was simple: Carnival!”, said the bride. “We wanted our guests to have fun and have good food. So we had pizza, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn! We wanted a wedding that was fun, colourful and that people would remember. Which is why we did our pictures at Coney Island in Cincinnati.”
OK let’s just stop and talk about Mika’s dress for a second because woah! “My dress was originally a white simple tulle dress from Wendy’s Bridal in Cincinnati”, she explained, “I got it off the rack for $500, and since my budget was $1000 I was happy I’d found one I liked for half the price! I had it altered by sewing rhinestones around the top and strands of rainbow tulle on the skirt. I turned it into my own fun style. The seamstress also sewed a patch of my grandpas shirt (my something blue) in a heart shape on the back.”
Libby and Stephen were hitched in September at Tournerbury Woods Estate on the Hampshire/ West Sussex border. They didn’t set out to have a theme, but in throwing together all the things they liked it ended up being a super colourful, festival-esque day.
“Our wedding was an expression of our personalities and everything we love”, explained the bride. “We also had lots of colour! We wanted to create a day that was going to be fun for all our loved ones.”
“We were true to ourselves and didn’t have a theme and we created our own ceremony from scratch with our friend Harry. At the venue, they had this beautiful black metal pagoda which we decorated with ribbon and brightly coloured pots with beautiful plants and pink flamingos. Our guests were all sat on hay bales with crochet blankets sourced from various car boots and charity shops. As I walked down the aisle with my Dad and bridesmaids ahead of me to James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Higher Love the sun came out and apparently dragonflies were flying around the guests! I was oblivious at this point as I must admit I was a little nervous.”
Melissa and Ulysses were married in Davao City in The Philippines. Their wedding was themed around the bride’s favourite things – watercolour and origami. The main colours used were pale teal, yellow and coral.
“I was inspired by modern origami”, she said. “Originally I wanted everything to be origami but with the time constraint and limited materials I focused on the flowers and butterflies. I love making origami and although I already knew some basic designs, I learnt way more for the wedding. We hired a wedding coordinator to help us decorate the venue and so I also taught her to make origami butterflies. She is the one who made our origami flower bouquets.”
“The colour scheme and origami might not be a new thing when it comes to weddings, but as I do graphic design for a living, instead of going for a crafty DIY paper theme I envisioned it that it would look clean and modern. I also designed all the stationery. My sister works for an animation studio so she drew all the illustrations.”
Johnny and Michelle wanted a colourful, funky and fun wedding. “We wanted the environment and décor to be a visual representation of our personalities”, said the bride. “This led us in a lot of different directions that included things like bright colours and watercolour cakes. We also had a bit of southwestern influence from the groom and bohemian style from the bride. It was great to see all these different ideas come together to form a single cohesive look for the wedding!”
“We’re very colourful and animated people so we wanted a casual, relaxed, fun atmosphere with vibrant, whimsical touches”, she continued. “We also really wanted to throw a party for all our family and friends!”
Rachel and Daniel were married at The Secret Garden in Kent during August. They planned a glorious outdoor summer wedding but the great British weather had other things in mind!
“Our ceremony was supposed to have taken place in the lovely walled garden, under an arbour”, Rachel began. “However the skies opened and we ended up getting married in the beautiful, restored Victorian glasshouse instead. They had made it look so pretty and it made for a very intimate and cosy ceremony.”
“Right from the beginning, we knew we wanted a special, relaxed day without spending a small fortune. We had a small wedding with just 22 guests which instantly cut down our costs. In total we spent £3000 and our biggest single expense was the venue at £1000. We also got married on a weekday, so you’ll find that many venues offer lower costs for weekday or Sunday weddings. Our food was included as part of our package, we bought our own wine, did a lot of DIY and our outfits came from the high street. The flowers were one of my favourite parts of our wedding day and came out of a garden!”