With a budget of just $2000, Matt and Kat said “I do” at their own home the day after Halloween. “We christened our newly purchased house for our wedding!” the bride said. “We had spent several months renovating the old home’s interior but hadn’t moved in yet, so all the rooms in the house were empty. We transformed a (future) bedroom into a bar, another bedroom into a dinner/pot luck area. We strung friends’ borrowed Christmas lights all over the house, set up a PA system in the empty living room and called it a venue with a dance floor! Our new neighbour, George, who became a great friend during our move, let us perform the ceremony in the empty lot next to his house.”
“Having my mom walk me down the aisle dressed as Humphrey Bogart was really special. Also my brother became ordained in order to marry us, we collaborated and designed the ceremony and reception ourselves. We wrote our own vows and the designed the entire ceremony.”
The bride’s red dress was actually a skirt and top which she bought on Amazon although she says in retrospect she wishes she’d found something vintage. Her shoes were her favourite pair of Mary Janes and her headpiece was a red pill box hat with a veil and bow attached. The groom’s outfit was all thrifted and cost less than $45!
If the idea of a huge guest list fills you with dread, why not keep things simple and intimate, just like Fran and Ray did? The couple wanted to get married in a way that felt right for them. That meant keeping things small. They had just 15 guests for their ceremony, and their reception was held in their favourite restaurant.
“Ray and I met through our mutual love of weightlifting (hence the cake!)”, began the bride. “We actually spent the first year of our relationship apart – Ray on Guam and me in Australia. We spent a lot of time in airports and on planes. It was hard but we knew our future was worth it. He proposed on a beautiful tropical beach on Guam, New Year’s Eve 2013.”
“We didn’t want a big wedding”, she continued. “All that mattered was having our very closest people around us in a beautiful setting. One of the highlights for me was that my mum surprised me by coming over from the UK for the wedding, and Ray’s parents came all the way from the USA! I was extremely nervous about meeting them for the first time the day before the wedding, but they were incredibly sweet and loving to me.”
It’s no secret that I love a colourful wedding and Toni and Christopher’s really fits the bill! They chose Hackney Town Hall and St John at Hackney Church for their July wedding, only it was their reception that was held in the church!
Their day had a retro 1950s theme. “We hired lots of vintage sofas and standard lamps to make a ‘drawing room’ area”, Christopher explained. “We covered each table with bizarre kitschy little ornaments bought from eBay. Our friend created signs out of flexible neon wire and chalk board and we had custom made bunting from Yo Yo Cottage.”
“We wanted our wedding to be exactly like as if you were coming around to our flat for dinner”, he continued. “We wanted our guests to be completely happy and comfortable, and we loaded our wedding with both our personalities. We did away with a lot of traditional stuff – we both walked down the aisle together, we didn’t have a first dance, or cake cutting. It was just all about fun, chatting, music, dancing and eating… and boozing.”
Chris and Ursula met at the age of 18, when they were both obsessed with music and played in a combined schools orchestra. “He had a massive curly shoulder-length afro at the time, I wore a pink school uniform; he played oboe, I played clarinet”, she said. “We bonded over car rides home and his mum’s choc-chip cookies. We were shy young things though and didn’t eventually get together until a year or so later, after I returned from living in Denmark for a year.”
“I think the thing that made our wedding ‘unique’ or different was that so many of the things we chose were things that we just liked – not things that we thought we ‘should’ have or do”, she continued. “I wore a red dress, not white, because I didn’t feel like ‘me’ in any of the classic white ones that I tried on. We had a cute red kombi van rather than a classic old car because we figured if we had to hire transport, it may as well be fun! We ordered a tiramisu cake rather than a classic wedding cake because… well, we really wanted to eat tiramisu at our wedding! We also secretly got dance lessons for a couple of months and learnt an awesome swing dance for our first dance!”
Not every bride wants to wear white on her wedding day. If you’re one of them, then get rid of any distractions because I’ve got a BUMPER inspiration post for you today. Seriously, you’re going to love this!
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Source: Bright red wedding in Chicago
Grayson and Gareth wanted a colourful wedding and opted for a bright red theme. The bride’s dress, bouquet and nails were crimson red and there were flourishes throughout their reception décor too. The day was held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Chicago.
“First and foremost, my dress was red”, Grayson replied when I asked her what made their wedding unique, “I chose red because I wanted to be different from a normal bride. You don’t have to wear white to be a beautiful bride. I fell in love with Vera Wang’s red dress collection, but ended up going with a custom Anne Barge one so I could pick the perfect shade! I also didn’t want to walk down a normal aisle. I wanted a fashion show with a custom Minor in D remix. The ceremony was set up like a fashion show and I had a DJ spinning as I walked down the aisle. Guests were certainly blown away!”
“That was actually my favorite part of the day, walking down the aisle to see my man. His face and his emotion is something I will cherish forever. He kept telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me as the officiant was marrying us! Typical Gareth to not pay attention! I also loved sharing the night with our closest friends and family. I was on a high all night from love.”