Michael and Sandy were married in Belize at the Xunantunich archaeological site. The couple are both fascinated by the ancient Maya culture and love visiting sites throughout Central America so saying their vows there was really special to them both.
“We met when Michael came to work at my tattoo shop”, said Sandy. “Our wedding was inspired mostly by black and red (our favourite colours) and Day of the Dead as we both love that celebration. We love skulls, motorcycles, and Rock n Roll!”
“The ceremony was held at the base of El Castillo, the main temple at the site. The day was perfect, not too hot, blue skies with a few puffy clouds. The guests lined up to create an ‘aisle’ for us to walk down and we had provided them with red and black paper parasols for shade. We had created our own vows to say to each other before the Justice of the peace said her part.”
Although they got married on Halloween, Charlie and Chris decided they wanted their wedding to have a different feel to most themed Halloween weddings. With the groom’s father being from South America, a Day of the Dead theme made way more sense. “Chris’ dad is South American and he’s always loved day of the dead”, explained the bride.
“We both absolutely love autumn with all its vibrant copper tones and Halloween is our favourite holiday. We always celebrate it in a big way so it was an obvious choice for our wedding. We also wanted the whole thing to reflect my heritage too so the Asian influence throughout our venue, The Matara Centre, was really important.”
We still haven’t quite worked out our wedding theme!” bride Amy told me when I asked about the inspiration for their Australian wedding. “It was like a brass, pineapple, tropical deer hunter theme – haha!”
They were married in October at the Albert & Victoria Guesthouse in New South Wales. “We were inspired by the venue which is in the Blue Mountains. They are so lush, green and romantic that we wanted that that ethereal type feel to wedding but with touches of brass and skulls to make it feel like us. Plus antlers, palms and the pineapples!
“One of the most important things to this pair was the ceremony. “We agreed early on that what we wanted was a beautiful ceremony, followed up with a big, filthy party. The ceremony was so easygoing and our celebrant told us we had total freedom to write the ceremony we really wanted. We personalised our vows and one of Paul’s groomsmen did an amazing reading of a Bob Marley quote.”
Jo and Jonny had a wedding like no other – it had a princess pirate punk theme! They were married in Belfast in November.
“Our wedding theme would be best described as a princess marrying her pirate in a punk fairytale!” said Jo. “We got our biggest inspiration from looking at what we DIDN’T want. We decided we didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds and we definitely wanted something that represented us and made us happy. We looked how we wanted and we only invited the people who were really important to us.”
“The one thing we wished we’d known before starting to plan was just how utterly crazy people get around weddings!” she laughed. “We’ve had kids and knew that babies can bring out some crazies from the woodwork, but nothing compares to the amount of opinions you will get from other people when you tell them you’re having an alternative wedding!”
Robert and Katy’s Scottish wedding was themed around lots of different things but skulls and 80s movies played a big part! “The wedding theme turned out to be a bit eclectic, with elements Robert loved like 80s films (they were our table names), a pork pie wedding cake and elements that had a slightly gothic feel such as a skull centrepiece at the head table and ’til death do us part’ favour boxes.”
“Overall we both wanted the wedding to have a relaxed feel and for everyone we love to have a good time. I’ve always loved the slightly darker, gothic side of life so that was the main inspiration for some of the décor. The venue was one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow and has a rich history, which added to the supernatural feel of the wedding too.”
“It’s difficult to pick my favourite part of the wedding as I loved the whole day”, she continued. “However there are probably two parts that stand out. The first is the moment I got to the end of the aisle and Robert took my hand and looked at me. We were both so nervous and it just felt so special standing there with him in front of all our loved ones. The second was after the formalities of the day were over and we could finally let our hair down! I loved finally getting round the tables to speak to everyone (and kicking my shoes off and getting on the dance floor!)”
I think when some people hear about Rock n Roll Bride, they assume it’s all getting married underwater, jumping out of aeroplanes, having the craziest most out-there wedding you can think of… But its never really been about that.
While, of course, I love to feature the really wacky weddings, they are usually quite few and far between. Most Rock n Roll brides (and grooms!) still have traditional elements in their big day. Whether wearing a white dress, being given away by their father, or throwing the bouquet, these traditions certainly haven’t been completely forgotten by all! Most brides that read this blog really just want to get married in a style that reflects them and their partner.
That’s exactly what Emma and Michael did for their September wedding on Barry Island. “Our wedding theme was Day of the Dead and handmade”, Emma said. “We love everything about Mexico, from the delicious food to the amazing Mayan history, so used this as our inspiration. We made the bouquets, flower baskets, buttonholes, centrepieces, and table plan. I also created a large red sugar skull.”