April and James’ wedding was colourful and retro inspired with lots of fun details. The bride wore a dress by Kitty and Dulcie and a veil from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory.
“We envisaged a really fun and happy day, which included things we loved and that fitted with our personal style and tastes”, said the bride. “Generally the more colourful, vintage-y or kitsch the better! I spent a huge amount of time trawling through antiques stores, jumble sales, and charity shops for things that caught my eye. I love a bit of bric-a-brac! The owls were a result of a walk in the park one afternoon too. We stumbled upon Owl Adventures doing a public flying show – it just seemed like a fun thing that people would enjoy so we made the spontaneous decision to book it there and then!”
The couple ditched a lot of traditional elements and kept things as relaxed as possible. “We didn’t have a first dance, cake cutting, formal seating at the reception, or a typical three course meal situation!” April continued. “We didn’t even really have many group photos. We just wanted it to be easy going, and so we scrapped any elements that we didn’t want or that made us feel uncomfortable. And well, I guess I haven’t been to many weddings with the combination of owls, pizza and a bouncy disco!”
Wil and Sah’s Chippenham wedding was in two parts. They had their legal ceremony at the register office, followed by another ceremony for all their friends and family at their reception venue, The Old Road Tavern, their local pub…. Oh and their officiant was Batman!
“We both love everything vintage and retro, particularly 1950s Americana and tiki, so that was a big inspiration”, said Sah. “Our flat is crammed full of retro toys, comics and collectables. It also goes without saying that Rock n Roll Bride Magazine was an endless source of inspiration! Particularly when it came to décor and anything visual. We had a mish mash of pink, glitter, leopard print, My Little Ponies, Americana and the 1950s. Right from the beginning I wanted all the colours, lots of pink but also all the other colours, bright and kitschy and clashy.”
Sophie and Callum had a Disney inspired wedding with a budget of just £4500. They didn’t go mad on the decor, but included small nods to their love of Disney and Harry Potter.
“I’m a lifelong fan of both Disney and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until around three years ago that Callum finally got around to reading the series and now I think he can recall more wand-lore than me!” Sophie laughed. “We are both giant nerds – we game together, we read together and we movie marathon together. I think we successfully infused ‘us’ into a pretty kick ass party.”
The main DIY projects that I did were the Disney themed centrepieces, Lupin’s briefcase (which we used for cards), the Be Our Guest mirror table plan, and the Sleeping Beauty book replica which we used as a guestbook filled with Disney postcards. The first three I actually managed to put together fairly quickly but the book took forever because I had to do it in stages to let it dry properly. I was super proud of the end result though.”
Laura and Luke’s winter wedding had a colourful, party atmosphere. They were inspired make the wedding as personal as possible.” We were keen to incorporate what initially brought us together (and where we shared a lot of our best memories) which is partying with our loved ones to the music we enjoy”, said Laura. “We booked favourite band, Land Blak and the Mixnot DJs.”
“We also wanted to serve all our favourite food and drink. We chose his (Wray & Ting) and hers (G&T) cocktails for the drinks reception, and for the reception guests had the choice from our favourite beer (Red Stripe and Brooklyn Lager) or cider (Savanna). Our food Mediterranean sharing platters to start, pie & mash (including the best Steak & Ale pie in Britain) for the main meal and then wood-fired pizza in the evening.
Brooke and Phil’s wedding theme came about when they found their venue, The Arches in Dean Clough, Halifax. The traditional cloth mill had exposed brick work, pillars and stone floor which was the perfect backdrop for an industrial inspired wedding with just a touch of glamour.
“We didn’t want the wedding to feel try-hard or pretentious”, explained Brooke. “We had a stylist, Natasha Nalton at Natasha Jane Events, who helped us decorate the space. From our first meeting she understood exactly what we wanted and didn’t let us down on the day. She created something that had the wow factor whilst still being relaxed and all about the celebration.”
“We loved all the glam elements like the mercury glass candles and roses while the copper and eucalyptus brought it in keeping with the venue. My sister in law made our table numbers and chair signs and I had fun spraying bottles copper. Natasha did a brilliant job of including our handmade elements with her own extensive collection of props.”
Colin and Tash wanted a wedding with good food, good wine and good people. They wanted it to be laid back and non-traditional and chose a restaurant as their venue. When she couldn’t find her dream dress in the usual places, the bride bought one on Etsy, and the groom ignored the traditional Scottish wedding dress code of a kilt, opting for tartan trousers as a nod to his late grandfather.
“We wanted the day to be solely about us and those who matter the most to us in the world”, said the bride. “With an 11 month old son, our wedding was celebrating us as a family, not just Colin and I as a couple. It was very intimate and although we both have big families we decided on only having our immediate family and the rest of our guests were friends. In all there were 35 guests and only 9 were our immediate family. We took all the things we love and incorporated them into our day”, she continued. “Harley Davidsons, Sailor Jerry, tattoos, good food and Beyonce (I walked down the aisle to Love on Top).”