Trying to do all the DIY for your wedding yourself is an insane undertaking. Alie and Adam knew this, so they roped in family members to help them as much as they could!
The cakes were made by the groom’s mum, dad and sister and he and his sister also made every single one of the 400 felt flowers used in the table decorations, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Adam also did all the stationery and paper goods himself and Alie’s mum made the table runners. The party bags to keep the kids entertained were out together by the bride’s sister.
“Pinning down an inspiration and theme for our wedding wasn’t easy, but basically it was about us, who we are, being local, quality, hand-made and crafty”, explained the bride. “The colours simply came from our favourites, turquoise (Alie) and red (Adam).”
Both being lovers of all things Mexican (particularly the food!) the theme for Hev and Gaz’ wedding was a natural choice. They were hitched in September at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.
“We both LOVE food, and in particular Mexican food, so we decided to loosely base our wedding on a Mexican theme”, began the bride. “It was pretty unique and a lot of people, including our suppliers, said it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’d ever been to. We made and designed everything ourselves, and then this was supported by Beau Bright, our event designers. They were AMAZING.”
“We made everything ourselves except the lanterns. Gaz is a graphic designer so he did all the paper goods and I sat and cut out miles of Papel Picado (Mexican bunting) and all the pom poms. We also did labels on tins, the pinatas (which we forgot to do!) We also made chilli cupcakes with chilli powder in them!”
Childhood sweethearts Lisa and Damien met in school. They then attended the same 6th form, college and university! Being together so long, they really wanted their wedding to represent them as a couple.
“We wanted our wedding to be laid back, intimate, family orientated, and where possible, hand made”, explained Lisa. “Our ceremony venue turned out to be a bit of nightmare and at the last minute so we had to quickly find an alternative. We both knew from the beginning that we wanted to get married in a church, and even though we had to change churches last minute, we didn’t regret it one bit as St Mary’s was beautiful and was a perfect start to our day.”
“We also knew we wanted a small, relaxed reception venue somewhere in the countryside so we decided to book the beautiful old pub The Black Horse in Beamish, County Durham. Our reception was held in the oldest part of the pub with original fireplaces and beams, and had a roof terrace that overlooked the beautiful countryside. This was the perfect back drop for our handmade wedding.”
The bride wore a Cymbeline dress which she wore with a yellow flower crown (made from real flowers). Her bridesmaids were in floral dresses from Topshop.
Alex and Alana were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London. I’ve featured weddings in this amazing space before, but it’s hard to me to resist it’s charms! After their ceremony and main reception at the chapel, they invited their guests to East Dulwich Tavern for a low-key after party.
“The inspiration for the wedding was our venue”, began the bride. “We visited a few other places in south east London the same day, but we wanted this one as soon as we saw it. The history and rawness of the space was inspiring, and we liked the fact that the artists who run the space use the weddings to fund community art exhibitions.”
Six-month pregnant Alana wore a beautiful Alice Temperley gown with a homemade flower crown. All the flowers in the wedding were grown by the bride and the groom’s mother and stepfather, which not only saved money but made them extra special.
Ross and Amy met at Download Festival in 2009, so obviously their wedding was going to be pretty Rock n Roll! They had just £4000 to spend, but that didn’t stop them planning a wedding that was beautiful. meaningful and fun for their guests.
“My grandma was always the main event at family parties but she passed away a few years ago”, began the bride. “I love that Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates the life of people that have passed instead of mourning them. Ross had also lost his granddad around the same time so we thought this would be a good theme for our wedding.”
“i made all the small skulls and painted the pots for the centrepiece”, she continued. “We set the room up ourselves and the masks and the sugar skull pictures were made by my best friend. Our whole day was awesome but I’ll never forget watching my Dad dancing to Limp Bizkit and the dance off between my bridesmaid Lucy and our good friend Mark!”
Clare and Stuart didn’t want a big wedding. In fact they wanted their wedding to be so small that they went to Belfast City Hall for their ceremony with just 10 witnesses! Still wanting an awesome celebration with their loved ones though, they held this colourful party the following day at Brookhall Barn in Lisburn.
Clare explained, “We knew what we didn’t want – no white dress, no bridesmaids, no church, no rings, no walking down the aisle, no giving away, no big ceremony, no speeches, no first dance, no hotel reception, no florist arrangements. None of that stuff was ‘us’. Once we found the right venue, somewhere where we could do our own thing and where some of our friends could stay, everything else fell into place.”