Fee and Steve’s fabulously colourful, budget friendly wedding took place at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall in Cambridgeshire. “We wanted a fun day that we were both involved in”, Fee explained. “We didn’t wait it to just be about the bride, but both of us equally. Lots of colour was involved, and guests were requested to leave office attire at home! We both wanted to have a day that was about us, so we ensured that we included as much about us as possible. Early on in the planning we trawled wedding blogs, but mainly just looked at Rock n Roll Bride as we found that is was the only blog that included low budget weddings, and weddings that encompassed different themes.”
“We also made sure that we threw out any traditions that we weren’t sure on. We both wanted to embrace our feminist and humanist values, and only use traditions that we felt were appropriate to us.”
The bride wore a beautiful green dress from Honeypie Boutique. “My dress gets quite a few comments, with most people asking why I chose green, instead of white. This really encompassed the whole day for us though, as we chose the traditions that were applicable to us. Steve also gets lots of comments about how great his outfit was!”
Kia and Daniel’s July wedding took place at Dalston Roof Park in London, a quirky and cool events space in Hackney, overlooking the city’s skyscrapers. The day didn’t really have a theme other than having fun!
“Since we had both been married previously with all the traditional trappings, we went for something unique which reflected our personalities and interests”, explained the bride. “We wanted to be surrounded by the people we love, enjoying themselves with great food, a stunning view and dancing the night away.”
“We took a little bit of inspiration from some fantastic parties we had been to. We aimed to throw the best party and not think of it as just ‘our day’. Our friends and family are so important to us that they were the main focus for our day. We wanted to have all our friends mingling and break up the traditional ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ feeling that you get with a lot of weddings. This relaxed approach meant that we had friends old and new talking, eating and dancing together. The photo booth and free-flowing cocktails seemed to help that along nicely too!”
Kirsty and Michael’s wedding had lots of lovely kitsch details with a strong helping of Scottish heritage. “We wanted the day to be a big love affair of tartan and colour”, said the bride. “We started with the tartan and worked from there. Our house is full of retro finds and bits and bobs and we wanted our wedding to be the same. Our main aim was for our guests to have a brilliant fun day.”
“I wanted to do as much DIY as I could, to save money and make it personal. I purchased each bridesmaid two necklaces. One to wear in its original state and one to dissect for parts. I used the bits to add to the shoes and hat bases. Using my trusty glue gun, obviously. I also made them each a hanger with their name on and I painted the invitations and programmes using watercolours.”
Emma and Chavez were married in London at Islington Town Hall. Before the ceremony they did some fun portraits with their photographer the Barbican Centre and on the London Underground and afterwards they had a low key reception at The Jugged Hare pub.
“We didn’t have a particular theme or inspiration”, said the bride, “we just chose things we liked and it came together on its own. We just focused on doing things the way we wanted them done without thinking too much about what we were *supposed* to do.”
Adam and Cathy’s wedding took place in November and had a Dia de Los Muertos theme as a nod to the bride’s Mexican heritage. She wanted a way to incorporate lost loved ones.
“To many people our wedding looked really different, but to us it seemed perfectly normal!” said the bride. “We had some women in the groom’s party, and some gender fluid friends as well. We did try to steer away from the Americanised version of Dia de Los Muertos, which is the red/ black macabre design. The holiday is a joyful celebration full of love and colour and happiness, and we wanted to be true to that. Also, we had karaoke at our reception!”
“Our ceremony was very personal”, she continued. “We wrote our own vows, played one of my most favourite songs, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, and had a reading from the book The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. Our officiant also wore a sparkly jacket. It was magical!”
The couple did so many DIY projects and homemade all the décor. “We made all of the paper flowers that were used throughout and we made the table centrepieces. Luckily I have some very crafty friends!”
Gayle and Jay’s wedding theme was nautical and geeky with a hint of vintage. They had lot of Lego, the bride carried a button bouquet and they had some paper flowers instead of real ones.
“People commented on all the little touches and how we had made the day ‘so us’”, said the bride. “We were very lucky to not have pressure from others to be traditional. We also paid for everything ourselves meaning we had no financial ties to anyone. Our budget was £9000.”
“My dress came from Honeypie Boutique and I bought it online. A lot of the wedding was DIY and our friend Laura made all the paper flowers. Another friend, Rachel, helped me decorate the jam jars that the flowers were in. I made the signs for the tables in frames with scrabble letters, chalk pens and a piece of slate from my mum’s garden! Jay created the build-your-own centrepiece sign to go with the Lego too.”