Becky and Dave budgeted £5000 for their 1950s wedding. They wanted a really special and unique day, but they didn’t want to spend a fortune getting it! They were inspired by everything they mutually love for their retro theme.
“We’re both quite heavily tattooed and share a huge love for music, Marvel comics, Star Wars, vintage cars and all things American – especially the 1950s”, Becky said. “We knew from the start we wanted an alternative wedding. I wanted a tea length dress and a celebration filled with the things we loved and that was ‘us’ instead of working to impress guests! With a tight time-scale of six months to to plan everything, two kids (one newborn!) to raise and returning to work in between, I did find it really hard going. We contemplated a Marvel and Star Wars themed wedding but I was too reluctant to put our ever-growing collection of figures and comics out for table displays in case of anything getting damaged.”
“So we based the entire thing on another love of ours – 50s America! I found it really easy to get things flowing from then on and based the colour schemes around the bridesmaids dresses (which were an absolute bargain at £40 each!) I had a beautiful bead bouquet made to match the dresses with a few old school tattoo style buttons thrown in for good measure, and we made the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves with giant paper roses. We booked a 1953 Chevrolet BelAir as our wedding car and I then came up with the idea of basing our table decorations on this. I spent hours searching eBay for 12” die cast muscle cars and managed to get the right amount in the perfect colours (although this has now set off a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage model cars, oops!) We had a TBird, a BelAir, an Oldsmobile Super 88, a Corvette and a Cadillac. They worked so well!”
Patty and Dani were married on their 13th anniversary at Château de la Grande Riedera in Switzerland. “The Inspiration for our wedding was to spend a relaxed day with our family and friends, where everyone would feel comfortable”, Patty began. “The original plan was a quiet BBQ somewhere close to a lake, but that seemed to be a very difficult task. Somehow the venue, budget and date never fit together. As that didn’t work out, we looked for something different and found the Chateau de la Grande Riedera, which was perfect. We loved that all parts of the wedding could take place at the same location, which made it a very relaxed atmosphere. It also allowed us to organise the caterer we wanted to have which brought us back at least parts of the BBQ idea.”
“Compared to a typical Swiss wedding ours was probably very different”, she continued. “We had an outdoor ceremony with a friend of ours officiating, and a rockabilly band playing. This actually influenced the retro style of the whole day. I had seen so many great weddings featured on blogs like Rock n Roll Bride and wanted to do so many different things, none of which seemed to fit together. However in the end it all came together great!”
The couple did a few simple bits of DIY including the invitations and the tissue paper flowers. “We designed all of our cards on our own. It was important for us to do this because we both like to design and this way we knew that they would turn out exactly as we wanted them. We also had plastic flamingos everywhere! I knew all along that I wanted to have flamingos at our wedding. Unfortunately, they all seemed too expensive until I found some on eBay about two weeks before the wedding!”
If you’ve been reading Rock n Roll Bride for a while you’ll already know that I love me a colourful wedding. I just can’t resist them, hence why I feature them so often! Danny and Laura’s 60s inspired celebration took place at Fort Dunree, in Co. Donegal, Ireland. The abandoned vibe of the place made it a really unique and private setting.
“We met when going to punk gigs and through mutual friends”, explained the bride, “so our theme was kind of a punk rock day by the sea! We didn’t want it to be overly themed but we do like 1960s styling and pops of bright colour so there was lots of that. Beyond that, we just had loads of great elements: An amazing location by the sea, a merry band of punks, skins and rockabillies, bring your own booze and a few pink flamingos thrown in for good measure!”
A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.
“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme! I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”
There were two things that really captured my attention when I first saw Shaun and Rikki’s wedding photos – her amazing pink hair and those incredible custom wedding shoes. They came from Kukla Fashion Designs on Etsy and I just knew instantly that you’d love them just as much as I do.
“We love heavy metal, tattoos and the rockabilly/ 1950s lifestyle, so when Shaun proposed there was no doubt about the theme”, wrote the bride. “We knew straight away what we wanted to do. We wanted our wedding to be furthest from traditional as possible, so we decided on cocktail style with no flowers. Instead e had guitars, records, lollipops and cupcakes. We wanted people to have fun! There were no planned speeches or formalities, we just wanted to celebrate the night with our friends sharing a drink and dancing the night away.”
Carrie and Neil had a red and white wedding with rockabilly and polka dot touches! The day was held at Highbury Hall in Birmingham and was full of DIY décor. “We would like to think we were far more relaxed, friendly and laid-back than other wedding we have been to”, began the bride. “So many weddings we have been to seem so stiff and uptight as a whole. We wanted a fun party atmosphere with a live band playing lots rockabilly, plenty of food for people to stuff their faces, and encouraged dancing until your feet dropped off. The word ‘formal’ never entered our vocabulary.”
Carrie wore a custom dress from Honeypie Boutique, which she loved! “I never wanted my dress to be long. I went to a few bridal shops and never liked the look of anything on offer. I made the mistake of asking one shop owner if they had anything short or polka dot and I was greeted with a look as if I was a mad woman. Honeypie Boutique were a life saver. I actually got a polka dot dress that didn’t have to drag along the floor and annoy me all night!”