Rachel and Ryan wanted a beautiful but fun wedding so they decided on a subtle vintage carnival theme. They didn’t want it to be cheesy or too overly done, and “No clowns” was top of their list of requirements. “We wanted it to feel like a beautiful whimsical wedding at a carnival and not have it be a cheesy carnival wedding,” began Rachel. ”We also wanted people to have a good time. We didn’t want people saying ‘that was nice’ we wanted them to shout ‘that was fun!’ The ceremony was heartfelt enough to make you cry, but funny enough to make you laugh with quirky remarks and personal heartfelt vows. From the start we asked people on the invitations to wear bow ties and suspenders. Everyone loved the dress code and looked straight out of the 50s as the music blared.”
“We splurged on candy and prizes for the games and décor”, she continued. “We wanted people to have lots of fun and yummy stuff to take home and make the wedding a better carnival experience. Guests enjoyed playing carnival games during cocktail hour and munched of classic carnival snacks like popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. Tables for the BBQ style lunch were covered in all different old fashioned candy for guests to take home and people sipped from mason jars that had their names on them.”
Beth and Drew met at university where they were both in the film society club. They wanted the theme of their March wedding to reflect the way they met but not in a really obvious way. They inserted subtle film references such as the readings, their photo booth, their music choices and the table numbers. They then seamlessly integrated these in to an overall vintage theme.
“We didn’t follow any traditions that we didn’t want to”, began the bride. “Things that were not important to us were chopped straight away. It meant that we were both looking forward to all of the day. Drew is not a fan of dancing in-front of lots of people, so we went for a more chilled atmosphere and added in a movie music quiz, like a round from a pub quiz. Drew secretly made a playlist of music featured in films, and in table teams Beth and the guests had to work out which film each song came from. It was a nice interlude between courses and gave us all a good giggle.”
“Our biggest expense was the reception venue including food, drink and cake”, Beth continued, “bu it was well worth it. The Larder really looked after us and we can’t thank them enough. If we where giving advice to other couples we would strongly suggest looking into venues who don’t already have set wedding packages. We chose all the food and personalised so many things which would have been impossible in a lot of other venues.”
“For us the day was about our guests as well as us and we wanted to give them a great day”, she concluded. “We chose a city centre venue to allow people to choose their own hotel and make travel plans easily. We wanted people to be well fed and entertained, but we did not want to spend lots of time distracting everyone from having a good old natter at our special get together. It is not surprising to us how long we entertained ourselves with good food, good wine and great company.”
As someone who gets to see a lot of weddings on a daily basis, it takes a lot to surprise me, and even more to show me something I’ve never seen before. But I think I can safely say that I’ve never seen a plumbing themed wedding before… or a Pee Wee Herman groom for that matter! Obviously I was keen to hear more about it and so wanted to speak to the gorgeous Tracy who married Michael in The Plumbing Museum in Boston (of course!) about their day as soon as possible.
“We got married amongst a wide variety of antique toilets!” Tracy chuckled. “I’m probably the first bride to be told, ‘We’ll move these urinals out of the way the day of your wedding.’ I initially chose the Plumbing Museum as a joke, but when we actually toured the space we completely fell in love with it. The museum coordinator, Linda, was a complete doll and an absolute joy to work with. We were also quite casual, frankly, I didn’t want to deal with who hates who, so we had open seating. It actually worked out perfectly since it led to an eclectic mix of people at every table.”
Danielle & Richard wanted to go heritage vintage and a little bit girly for their wedding. The mid-summer celebration was held at the eclectically styled Moore and Moore Café with their ceremony at the Merv Cowan Reserve in Freemantle
“My favourite part of our wedding was seeing each other for the first time on the day at the ceremony”, began the bride. “I had started to feel like I really wanted to see Rich at the beginning of the day, while we were still getting ready, so by the time I came walking down the path to see him standing by the bridge waiting to greet me, I was genuinely ready to jump out of my skin to grab him! When I look at the photos of myself seeing him for the first time, I can’t believe my smile could be that big!”
“Rich pretty much just let me run wild with the theme”, she continued, “so it was quite girly. Our inspiration was fluffy colourful flowers, peonies, roses, lacy dresses, braided hair, snappy suits, luscious wedding cakes, champagne flowing and good tunes. I had so much fun creating the play lists for the various sections of the day. Most of all I wanted everyone to be relaxed and for it to be just like hanging out in your friend’s lounge room to celebrate an excellent day. We did finger food only so guests could move around the venue from outdoors, to indoors, to couches, to stools, to the dance floor. We wanted people to feel comfortable.”
A wacky, fun and rainbow themed wedding is always going to be a winner with me, and seeing Melanie & Michael’s day, at Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, was no different. I mean what’s not to love?! “When we first began planning our wedding, we started with a list of things we didn’t want to do”, began Melanie. “We had been to enough impersonal ceremonies and stereotypical receptions in the past few years to have acquired a pretty substantial list! We wanted the event to be as engaging for the guests as for us, we wanted it to be silly but meaningful, and we wanted it to be the most fun wedding anyone had ever attended.”
“I’m a production manager for a theater company, and he’s a writer and director, so we began to think of the wedding as ‘the show we’re doing this summer’. We wrote a script which included a variety of movie music cues, kids in Halloween costumes throwing confetti instead of flower petals, and ‘readings’ by members of the wedding party. These ‘readings’ included the ‘Mawage’ speech from The Princess Bride, the Donny Eulogy from The Big Lebowski, ponderings on the nature of the Force by a fully-costumed Yoda, and a commissioned poem on the importance of love comprised completely from popular song lyrics.”
There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.
“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”
“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”