Patrick and Hazel love the 1950s and rockabilly style so they wanted to bring this into their day. When watching Grease one day, the bride also decided she needed a carousel at the wedding! Luckily they found Blists Hill Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire which came complete with a fun fair!
“Our day was mainly about everyone having fun, so we made entertainment a priority for all ages to join in with”, began the bride. “We love our family and friends and wanted our day to be as memorable for them as it was to us. The other factor we took into account was that it had to be based on who we were. We started planning to the usual traditional path and quickly realised it was to normal to resemble our everyday life, so we scraped the planned and started from scratch.”
“We’ve always loved 1950s rockabilly style and that became our new basis for the wedding, Then one day I sat and watched Grease and did a bit of a bridezilla by demanding that I had a carousel! We started researching and found that it would be far too expensive until we found out that the museum down the road that had a Victorian fun fair with a carousel held weddings! It was perfect. Having the fair there was actually great for our guests too. We’ve been to lots of weddings and have noticed that there is always a quiet lull for the guests while the couple go to have their pictures taken. We wanted to fill the gaps by keeping the guests entertained and having the fair was perfect!”
Matt and Lilly were married in Vermont at the groom’s parents’ place. His parents not only built the house themselves and most of the furniture inside it, but for the wedding Matt’s mother planted flowers in their wedding colours which bloomed just as the wedding rolled round. How amazing is that!?
“We didn’t really want a theme for the wedding but I guess it kind of ended up having a fall and camp theme”, said the bride. “We even made a map of the grounds that kind of looked like a camp map.”
Lilly made her own dress and her maid of honour created her feathered headpiece for her. “I had a pre-wedding crafting party where we made the bunting banners, and screen-printed the tea towels and made labels for the maple syrup which were both part of the favours. Matt’s family helped fill and label the bottles. The Vermont maple syrup in the bottles was from John’s friend Bernie’s sugar shack. Matt made wood signs that looked like state park signs. I designed the table numbers and my maid of honour provided the candles and decorated the candle holders.”
Pin up and punk might not be two styles that you’d automatically think worked together, but Katie and Tony’s wedding certainly disputes that! They were married in Gyro Park in Alberta.
“I am a fan of all things retro and Tony is a metal-head”, the bride explained. “So we wanted to merge our two styles together so that the wedding expressed both of us. We put lots of personal touches into the day. I chose a red dress because white didn’t feel like ‘me’.”
“Our receiving line song while entering the reception hall was Vermillion by Slipknot, one of Tony’s favourite bands. Our first dance song was Slipknot’s Vermillion II and our wedding party dance song was a song from my favourite female artist, Stevie Nicks, Cheaper than Free which is the same song I walked down the aisle to.”
The couple’s budget was $6000 and they made almost everything themselves. Most of the décor was made from items from dollar stores! “There wasn’t a whole lot of money spent on things like flowers and linens and rentals. The table cloths and things for the centrepieces were all from the dollar store and I think they turned out beautifully.”
Laura and Toni wanted a low key wedding. After a ceremony at Wellington registry office, this kiwi pair had a small gathering at Logan Brown restaurant. “The whole point of the day for us was not to make a whole set of decisions for everyone else”, they explained. “All we kept hearing from other people was that they regretted making the whole day about keeping everyone else comfortable and ended up losing sight of the fact the event was supposed to be about them celebrating their love for each other. We debated eloping to Vegas (seriously) for about a year, before finally settling on doing something small, private and intimate, locally.”
The couple definitely didn’t want a theme, they just wanted a casual but stylish day that was about them and their love. “Not having a theme was quite a conscious decision. Given we didn’t want to spend much, décor and favours weren’t on the priority list. We wore things we were comfortably in and picked our flowers (which were silk) because we liked the colours! It was seriously that simple. The cake was the same – we picked flavours we liked and colours we liked. We didn’t care that it was a different to the flowers either! Controversy!”
Ben and Helen’s biggest priority for their May wedding was that it wasn’t stressful. “I found being engaged very, very intense. I was the ultimate nervous bride”, Helen wrote. “In the end I decided I really just wanted to keep it as simple as possible but still be our perfect day. Our 1950s look evolved naturally and really suited our venue, Stockport Plaza. We loved that the venue didn’t need much extra décor too. It really took the pressure off.”
“Ben is a massive Back to the Future geek so we played the first film in the cinema between the ceremony and the meal. Other than that we had a slight moustache and lip theme because we thought it was really fun. Ben’s sister and one of my friends made all the moustache and lips lollipop favours and pretty much everyone we know collected jam jars for us for the tables.”
“A lot of our family and friends did think our venue was a bit ‘out there’ but we loved it. We served our wedding meal of pie and mash in their already set up café diner and then for the evening we just headed back downstairs to the theatre for dancing.”
Victoria and Rob were set up by mutual friends. They were clearly on the right track too because they moved in together within two weeks and were engaged four months later! They were married in London at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Their reception was held at The Londesborough Pub.
“We both had a really clear idea of the sort of wedding we wanted from the onset”, explained the bride. “We’re not particularly traditional so we wanted to avoid anything too stuffy or formulaic, opting instead for something much more relaxed and informal with personal touches that reflected our personalities. We love anything and everything vintage, so we also wanted to incorporate that into the styling and decoration but ultimately, we really just wanted to throw a kick ass party for our nearest and dearest!”
“Being a Londoner myself and with Rob having lived here for over seven years, we were certain we wanted a London wedding. It also meant I could get ready at my family home where I was born and raised and I’m so glad I did – it felt very significant! I work in Stoke Newington and we live about three miles away so both the Town Hall and the Londesborough were familiar stomping ground and I loved the idea of being able to walk past the venue where we were married every day at lunch! Before I had even met Rob, I had decided I wanted to have my wedding at the pub (how presumptive!) as it is such a warm and welcoming venue with real personality and character.”