A colourful country fête wedding with a 1950s flair? What’s not to love in Steph & Dale’s wedding?! The day took place in Essex, kicking off at St Giles Church with the reception at Pledgdon Barn.
This wedding was a real DIY love affair and a project of passion. The couple made as much as possible including (deep breath) the bunting (both triangle and heart shaped), their stationery and all the paper goods, cocktail stirrers from laser cut card, the cake flags, the acrylic cake toppers, the wooden signs, the blackboards, the paper hearts for decorating the tables, the bridesmaids earrings, the buttonholes, the bow ties for their dogs and the cupcakes!
“I really wanted most things to be handmade because I like to be creative, plus this allowed things to be personal to us and also it can keep costs down”, Steph explained. “The bunting and stationary took the longest to make. If anyone says that bunting is quick then they would be lying!! The amount of man hours it took to make 200m of bunting was ridiculous!! I was still making up until a couple of days before but it turned the barn from something ordinary to something really special and it was definitely worth all the blood, sweat and tears.”
The colourful wedding of Melodie & Kurt was held at Hopewood Country House in Bowral, New South Wales. The bride designed her own wedding dress and glittered up her own shoes but the DIY didn’t stop there – friends and family of the couple got stuck in wherever possible!
“One of the most special things for us on our wedding day was how much our friends and family were involved”, Melodie explained. “Kurt’s brother, Brendan, married us. He is a pastor and has married almost everyone he knows. My hairdresser Patrick is a family friend, my make up artist is one of my best friends. My sister in law was our florist, Kurt’s Mum made our gorgeous bunting – which so many people have wanted to borrow for their weddings since – and so many other family and friends were involved in making things before the wedding. It made it a really special day for everyone involved.”
High school sweethearts James & Ashley were married at Crane Arts in Philadelphia in October. Despite the Autumnal time of year, the couple didn’t want an obvious colour scheme – they wanted a rainbow!
“Our wedding was very DIY”, wrote the bride. “My husband and I can be crafty when we want to be and this wedding really let our creative juices flow. I hand painted all of the sugar skulls and signs while Jim was busy building the dance floor and the entranceway. We also got some old doors from my grandmother, painted them and used them for the ceremony backdrop. One thing I am particularly proud of is the beer bottle cap heart that we screwed to a pallet. We of course drank all of the beer ourselves! I also found some amazing Day of the Dead fabric that we used to make the photo booth, Jim’s bow-tie, and I also wrapped the flower bouquets in it.”
Marrying her sweetheart in August of last year, newlywed Claire told me all about their Glaswegian wedding. “Whilst on paper our wedding wasn’t overtly Rock n Roll, our journey to get down the aisle definitely offers a slightly offbeat tale. Namely because in the two years leading up to our nuptials we collectively lost ten stone between us – the equivalent of 20ish new-born babies, a Saint Bernard dog, or Britney Spears. The toughest journey of my life, losing 70% of our collective weight drop, I lived, breathed and blogged the whole shebang, and whilst I still have a few more pounds to shift, that I made it down the aisle in the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, no longer morbidly obese, is the proudest moment of my life so far.”
“Another not so insignificant part of the proceedings was applying to be the next Rock n Roll Bride intern, and attending the first ever School of Rock (n Roll Bride). And whilst I didn’t win the internship, or even continue blogging, both made life that little bit more lovely, in no small part thanks to the network of remarkable women I had the pleasure of meeting either virtually or in person throughout each experience.”
Claire & Tom were married at Glasgow Art Club which proved to be the perfect venue to host their eclectic ideas. “Our humanist ceremony was our most treasured moment”, Claire explained. “Hugely personal, with poignant readings from three very special people to us, self-penned vows, tears a-hoy and impromptu hilarity which we shared with 70 of our most favourite people, it couldn’t have been more ‘us’.”
Oh rainbow weddings, how I adore you. To me, there’s nothing more exciting than getting a wedding just like Brianna & Alex’s in my inbox on a drizzly November morning. Talk about brightening up my whole week!
The outdoor location is like a dream, and one that this gorgeous pair completely decorated themselves. They literally hand made everything – all the decor, the paper flowers and even the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses! Everything just works so well. The wedding was held at Canungra Valley Vineyards in Brisbane, Australia.
“We really thought about the kind of atmosphere we wanted to create”, Brianna explained. “We were expecting about 170 people so we knew it had to be a big space. We wanted everyone to mingle and to have activities for people to do so that they were entertained. The atmosphere had to ooze colour, love and creativity. Lots of fun was essential and lots of room to move. Most of the decorations were made us and our wedding party. We had a very long ‘crafternoon’ full of making paper things! The bride and groom picnic chair covers were made by my mum as was the bride and groom picnic rug. She’s a very talented lady!”
Manny & Rachel were married in an art gallery in California. Describing themselves as an artsy couple, they knew that they wanted their wedding to be different, quirky and to have some personality. The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana was the perfect place.
“Manny & I are kinda artsy, but definitely not artists, and over the course of our relationship we shared lots of drawings, silly books and creative gifts”, explained the bride. “On top of that we love the modern look so we thought a downtown art gallery would be the perfect venue to showcase us! We put ourselves to work and came up with an entire exhibition of gifts to each other, along with some gifts from family. Every last detail was DIY. Needless to say it was more amazing than we had ever envisioned. And in many ways was the most unique, kick-ass wedding our guests had ever seen!”
This wedding was certainly a DIY affair with the creative pair hand making as much as they possibly could themselves. ”One of my favorite pieces was our seating chart. We hemmed and hawed over what to do for a really long time. With over 200 guests, we needed a lot of names, and we weren’t about to just post a plain old list. Then the kite idea popped into my mind! After all, we did build and fly a kite when we first started dating. The same artist, Olivia Guzman, that designed the head table backdrop, sketched the drawing of the kids flying the kite. We shrunk the image for the cute little artist easels for the table numbers, and enlarged the sketch for the wall! We used Sharpie marker to color in 20+ little canvases, and bought and cut some vinyl for large image. Then, I color coded everyone’s table assignment and wrote their names on the mini-kites! Color-coded seating? Awesome and time-consuming all at once! But I absolutely LOVED the final product!”