Jo and Andrew’s wacky wedding was in three parts. It started with the legal ceremony at Brighton registry office. Two days later they had a outdoor blessing at their venue, Fair Oaks Farm in Steyning, where the night ended with a huge party where everyone wore outrageous fancy dress, hula hooped and had their faces painted!
“We met at the festival called Playgroup just outside of Brighton in August 2011”. the bride explained. “I was hulahooping to the music, and Andy said he just couldn’t take his eyes off me! We got chatting, I ended up teaching him how to hoop, and the rest is history. Then in 2013, Andy proposed with an amazing choreographed hula hoop flash mob!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was things that make us happy: friends, fun activities, dancing, festivals, glitter, crazy outfits, delicious food and general silliness”, she continued. “Neither of us are very traditional, so we wanted the day to reflect our personalities, not be bogged down by any tradition. Our wedding was officially called the Glitter Wedding! We are known for using excessive amounts of glitter in every day life so when we came to planning our wedding, we knew that it would be a big feature.”
Nicole and Jonathan wanted their wedding to represent them. They didn’t care if things didn’t necessary go together, they just wanted the day to feel like them. They included their favourite colours, their love of Lego, Jonathan’s Chinese heritage and their mutual appreciation for all things Japanese!
The wedding was held at Lower Grange Farm, an 18th Century barn owned by the Scouts that is hired out for weddings. “We wanted things to be personal to us”, began the bride. “Jonathan wanted red to be part of the colour scheme so we went for bright red, orange and yellow. The bright shades really suited the date of the wedding – mid-July – as the colours were summery.”
“The colour scheme also worked with our desire to include some Chinese touches to reflect Jonathan’s heritage, we also got engaged in Hong Kong so it was very appropriate! We incorporated Chinese lanterns, a wish tree decorated with Chinese wedding envelopes, and our invitations were genuine Chinese wedding invites that a friend of ours had bought back from a visit there!”
Rachel and Daniel were married at The Secret Garden in Kent during August. They planned a glorious outdoor summer wedding but the great British weather had other things in mind!
“Our ceremony was supposed to have taken place in the lovely walled garden, under an arbour”, Rachel began. “However the skies opened and we ended up getting married in the beautiful, restored Victorian glasshouse instead. They had made it look so pretty and it made for a very intimate and cosy ceremony.”
“Right from the beginning, we knew we wanted a special, relaxed day without spending a small fortune. We had a small wedding with just 22 guests which instantly cut down our costs. In total we spent £3000 and our biggest single expense was the venue at £1000. We also got married on a weekday, so you’ll find that many venues offer lower costs for weekday or Sunday weddings. Our food was included as part of our package, we bought our own wine, did a lot of DIY and our outfits came from the high street. The flowers were one of my favourite parts of our wedding day and came out of a garden!”
Who says only the bride can wear white? I think this all-white bridal party proves that isn’t the case! Don’t they all look FANTASTIC!?
The bridesmaids in the same colour as the bride wasn’t the only unique thing about Harriet and Jesse’s wedding though. They styled the day in a way that truly reflected them which meant pineapples, flamingos and fireworks! They day was also held at a friend’s house on the Scottish borders.
“Jesse and I met in bar 107 in downtown Los Angeles”, began the bride. “We then proceeded to go on the wildest and most fun night out together and that was that. Our wedding was rustic, magical, tropical and Scottish. We included all the things we like such as candles, pineapples, cactuses, unicorns, dancing, and lovely wine. We really just wanted our friends to have an amazing time so made sure that everything was top quality and lots of fun.”
Alison and Gary love New York City, so it was the obvious theme for their August wedding in Glasgow. “The theme was a low key and chilled-out New York wedding”, said the bride. “The colour scheme was based upon the iconic NYC Yellow Cabs.”
“We had been engaged for six and a half years when we finally got married and although we wanted to get married quicker, our love of travelling to New York every year put a hold on tying the knot. However, after attending a close friends wedding and having the time of our lives we quickly found ourselves putting a deposit down on our one and only venue choice. Rock n Roll Bride became a daily obsession and with that I discovered the best way to plan a wedding is to incorporate the things you love so we had to make it New York themed!”
The bride wore a tea length ivory dress with sparkly bodice details, custom made by Flossy & Dossy. “Going into this, I didn’t think for a second that I would meet wedding suppliers that I would get on with so well”, she explained. “My dress designer Wendy made my visits to her a total joy. She was always on hand to offer helpful advice and more importantly to have a good giggle with. Same goes for our hella awesome photographers Sarah and Darren of SD Photography. The biggest thing I took from wedding blogs and magazines was to pick a great photographer and I’m so glad we did… well, we actually got two! We had such a brilliant time with them on our wedding day, it was like hanging about with great friends.”
Ben and Rosie’s fun-filled July wedding has a summer festival and retro kitsch vibe. “Above everything, we wanted our day to be fun,” said the bride. “It hard to pick one theme because it just turned out being everything that was rattling around in my brain! However we were inspired by the 1950s and 60s and anything cute and handmade.”
“I upcycled plenty of things including the celebrity coconut shy, and the table decorations. My mum and I also spent 18 months collecting vintage bits and pieces like embroidered hankies and tablecloths from car boot sales. We also collected vintage plates from which I made the cake stands. During the planning I learnt that people are only too willing to help if you ask.”