Guy and Kirsty had a 1950s themed wedding and everyone dressed up… including every single one of their 282 guests! “To state the obvious, we had a 50s theme and the dress up was compulsory for all guests too”, began the bride. “They all went to town and it rocked my world!”
“I really wanted our wedding to be a celebration and a good old fashion party! So we had a vibey ceremony with a mini flash mob supporting our dancing down the aisle. This was a complete surprise for my groom! Watching his absolute surprised face whilst he shed tears like no man’s business as we bopped our way towards him was my favourite moment of the whole day.”
I’ve seen a lot of Day of the Dead themed weddings in my time, but hand on my heart, none have been as incredible as this one! From the bride’s black dress with hidden rainbow petticoat, to the extravagant and gorgeous DIY decorations and the holi powder war (!), this is a wedding I KNOW you’re all going to love.
“Between the two of us we share a few cultures – Indian, Afrikaans, Polish and good old everyday South African”, began Tash. “Mashing the cultures, and therefore the traditions that accompany the various cultures, with our own individual likes and dislikes, was inevitably the inspiration for our day.”
“A few eyebrows were raised when we shared our ideas with family and friends, but we stuck to our guns and created a day that reflected who we are as individuals. This to me was what made it ‘alternative’ (besides the black dress, unlimited vodka and skulls everywhere).”
The day was held at the Mckenzie farm in Lions River, South Africa. The ceremony was in the nearby woods and the reception was in the barn. “The thinking behind our wedding theme was that we got engaged in India, we both love colour and we both love to dress up”, she continued. “I love skulls and Neil dislikes anything fancy and elegant. I also love DIY and power tools! From that process evolved our theme: laid back, unpolished, colour explosion, Day of the Dead dress up barn party!”
While planning their colourful and DIY heavy wedding for May this year, disaster struck. Stu and Lisi’s flat burnt down, bringing with it nearly all of the things they’d collected for their wedding so far! Starting over must have been massively stressful, but they were still able to pull off the DIY wedding of their dreams in a relatively short time frame!
“Our theme was colourful boho, with a little vintage inspiration”, wrote the bride. “We love boho décor, and we needed to have loads of colour to match our personalities. There are a lot of boho themed weddings recently, but very few that incorporate so much colour and vibrancy. We aimed for fuss free décor, and we had to have flowers, flowers and more flowers. The more colour the better, and you can see from our wedding cake that we carried through that notion from décor to food!”
Bianca and Richard’s wedding was held on Big Bay Beach in Cape Town. This was very definitely a family affair with the bride’s mother making the stationery and helping Bianca fold all those paper origami flowers, and both her parents helping with the catering. Most of the reception décor was borrowed from people they knew or bought cheaply in China Town.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of us not just a mere traditional wedding”, the bride wrote. “Firstly we wanted food we loved and enough of it for people to go back for seconds. We also wanted to make it as easy breezy as we could, so we had no formal sit down dinner and we wanted the guests to get involved and make something they enjoyed. My parents made the starters of pate, cheese and crackers, and Riaan’s Foods made us an incredible DIY burger station with all the toppings you could wish for accompanied by potato salad and coleslaw. They also did dessert ice cream sundaes, doughnuts and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows!”
Shaun and Samantha wanted a casual wedding that would reflect them as a couple. They opted for a modern, urban location, Hotel 64 on Gordon, in the heart of Durban. “We decided on the casual route, canapé food served all night, cocktail tables rather than table settings and a constant string of all types of music”, began the bride.
“We also served frozen margaritas instead of ‘headachy’ champagne and had a black, bronze, copper and gold colour scheme. It all really came together beautifully. The flowers were causal collections too, with no table being the same! We created an enchanted bubble for ourselves that night. We really could have been anywhere on Earth!”
A wedding dress made of a recycled crochet tablecloth, custom buttons for every member of the wedding party and flowers grown by the couple themselves… there’s just so much to love about Angie and Lionel’s thrifty, farm wedding! Married in Chrissiesmeer, South Africa on 28th April this year, this couple really did plan the wedding they truly wanted.
“Our theme was ‘recycled'”, wrote the bride. “We love the earth and decided to make it our mission for our wedding to have all our décor made out of recycled items. This also made our wedding more personal as we made most of the décor ourselves and recycled everything ourselves.”
“Our entire wedding told our love story. Every table had a different name and a different centrepiece that told the story of us. The wedding table was the wishes we had for our future together. My wedding dress was made from recycled crochet tablecloths that we didn’t pay for! Instead I asked around at church and an old lady gave them to me. I didn’t want a white wedding dress so we added the dyed flowers to give the extra colour. We don’t really define it as a ‘DIY wedding’, rather ‘lets save the planet wedding’. I’m not a hippy but I love arty things and I think our wedding was a piece of art.”