Leeanne and Zak wanted a DIY wedding in all senses of the word. Initially they weren’t even going to have a professional photographer, but thankfully some friends convinced them otherwise! While this was a bigger expense than they were planning, they were able to counterbalance that with lots of savvy money saving options. The bride’s dress was £29 in the Monsoon sale for example! Their ceremony was at Leeds town hall and their reception at Thwaite Mills, an industrial museum, also in Leeds.
“We wanted our wedding to be informal, welcoming and inclusive”, said the bride. “Zak’s mum is Spanish and we love the way they do a great mix of food and good times over there. While our wedding wasn’t exactly Spanish themed, we were influenced a lot by that. We also wanted as much colour as possible. It looked amazing against the industrial back drop of the water mill. Leeds can be very grey, so we wanted to be sure there was colour.”
I have a funny feeling you’re going to completely fall in love with Helen and Ainge’s colourful wedding. Rainbow roses, bridesmaids ear headbands made of flowers and a bride carrying a hamburger purse! I mean what’s not to adore about it?!
“When we were planning the wedding we didn’t really have any strong ideas regarding what we did want but we knew exactly what we didn’t want”, began Helen. “We didn’t want a bare function room, we didn’t want it to be too traditional and we definitely didn’t want it to be too stuffy or formal. We viewed the Belle Epoque in February 2014 and booked it a few days later. It was exactly what we were looking for – quirky, cosy and with amazing food!”
“When it came to our theme, I’ve always loved colour and am known for my brightly coloured shoes!” she continued. “Our house is filled to the brim with colourful things and I just couldn’t imagine only choosing two or three colours for the wedding. So we went for all of them! We were so lucky that we found our florist Emma Fawcett-Eustace as she was fantastic from start to finish. I told her my (very rough) ideas for the flowers and she just went to town and created the most amazing bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces. She was so enthusiastic about our colourful wedding and was just a joy to deal with. The groom, the dads, the best man and each groomsman had a different coloured buttonhole each and myself and the bridesmaids had bouquets filled with gerberas, parrot tulips, craspedia and, of course, glorious rainbow roses.”
Hannah and Allan chose Bath Brew House for their wedding reception. After a small ceremony, with just their closet family and friends, they all walked to the pub for a meal together.
“There wasn’t an inspiration as such for our wedding, we’re quite impulsive and tend to do things on a whim”, began the bride. “Even though we’re in our 14th year together, and have been engaged for half of that time, we gave ourselves about six months to get it all planned. We didn’t have loads of time to think on stuff and it was actually great to just make decisions and get things booked.”
“From the start we both agreed we didn’t want to spend a fortune either. We wanted the day we wanted – not what others wanted or would enjoy. At its most basic, our wedding was a registry office and a pub ‘do’. Allan was really firm with this ethos though thank goodness otherwise we could have ended up with unnecessary additions or a bigger wedding altogether. In total we spent around £8000.”
Sean and Kath were married in Maidstone, Kent. The biggest influence for their wedding was their mutual love of Doctor Who! Kath wore a dalek belt made for her by The Couture Company (who also made her stunning dress and headpiece), and their cake had a Tardis on top!
“Doctor Who was the main influence for our wedding, though we did try to keep it a bit tongue-in-cheek”, Kath explained. “I knitted various projects throughout the wedding planning but they had absolutely nothing to do with the wedding and everything to do with my lack of an attention span!”
Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.
“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”
“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”
Lauren and Ben both love Mexican art, Frida Khalo and yummy Mexican food, so a Day of the Dead theme was perfect for their January wedding.
“We chose a Day of the Dead theme because I love the celebration”, began the bride. “We had Piñata fun while eating Mexican fruity sticks – a little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter. We also have a thing for rockabilly, 50s and traditional tattoos, so we thought we would add that into the mix with swallows hearts and swing dresses.”
“Ben and I actually got swallow wedding tattoos to mark our love for each other, soppy I know! We got so many ideas from Rock n Roll Bride, it was a big inspiration for me. I found so many ideas and vendors from the blog and it made me realise what we really wanted from a wedding not what the mainstream wedding magazines tell us is on trend.”
The wedding was held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. “They have some amazing gigs in there and also have fantastic community projects”, she explained. “It felt good to have our wedding where we also go see some of our favourite bands.”