No that isn’t a typo – Lucy and Adam really did only spend £500 on their wedding and they planned the entire thing in a week! With some super clever ideas (and a mother who used to be a professional photographer doing their photos as a gift) the wedding turned out just as beautifully as one with a budget ten times the size.
“Our wedding was a country, simple, naturalistic wedding with lots of pastel shades”, said Lucy. “We were inspired by who we are as a couple and family. We’re not ‘big white wedding’ types so we kept things small. We planned the wedding quickly because my brother, who I hadn’t seen in six years, was coming to stay from America and Adam had just accepted a job offer 250 miles away so we were temporarily moving away from home for a few years. We’d contemplated having a simple registry office wedding for a while because we wanted something small and easy. We didn’t want to spend months of stressful and expensive planning, nor did we want a big wedding. All we wanted was our close family, a beautiful outside venue and a whole lot of love.”
Natasha and Shaun’s wedding had a vintage 60s and 70s theme to reflect their love of retro fashion, music and style. They’re both obsessed with The Beatles so that had a big influence too.
They decided to marry in June as they wanted a summer wedding. “We also wanted to go on our honeymoon to Glastonbury straight away!” Natasha laughed. It took us just over a year to plan the wedding but right from the start we knew exactly what we wanted. We have a lot in common – more than just our love of The Beatles! We also love art, fashion, vintage, festival and films so we brought all those things into the theme of the day too. When it came to styling the day we both agreed we wanted a small, yet very relaxed wedding. We also wanted the day to echo weddings from the 60s and 70s, with a vintage feel. Our main colours were gold, taupe and mint.”
A bride in a pink dress, bridesmaids in outfits covered in flamingos, a warehouse venue decked out in colourful DIY decor, a ceremony conducted by the bride’s father… This wedding is just – wow!
Caragh and Ryan were married at Woodside Warehouse in Glasgow. “Our wedding was an epic flower, flamingo, pineapple colour-smash!” said the bride. “We knew we wanted something different, but to begin with weren’t quite such what that meant. We got engaged in December 2015 and married in May so after the initial engagement excitement we had about 4 months to actually get stuff planned. That meant we had to look a little out the box.”
“Woodside Warehouse was the first and only venue we saw, we fell in love with the big spaces and flexibility, it really inspired us to be creative. Plus we knew as it was so big we had to make really big things to fill it. With it and the caterers taking up most of our budget we also knew that our wedding was going to be very DIY. I’m from a very creative and artistic family so that was really exciting. My mum used to be a jewellery and textile designer so she was incredible at helping make things, or at least figure out how to make things! Plus we’ve got an army of friends and family who were up for rolling up their sleeves and helping us do stuff!”
Laura and Andy’s August wedding had it’s own fun fair! “We wanted an alternative theme but done in a grown up way” said Laura.
“When we first got engaged, we sat down to brainstorm all the things that make us ‘us’. We hadn’t been to many weddings, so we were able to let our imagination run wild! Our main viewpoint was that we wanted our guests to come away not just thinking ’that was the best wedding ever’ but ’that was the best day ever!”
“We had a secret fun fair! While our guests were eating, we had two fun fair companies arrive and set up stalls, a high striker, swing boats and mini golf! Then the guests were told that they were moving to a different part of the venue and the fun fair was revealed. Our plan went perfectly and it was totally worth it to see Andy’s 79 year old nan swinging on the swingboats with our 5 year old flower girl.”
Scott and Hayley were married on Halloween but they didn’t want to make the obvious choice to have a spooky themed wedding. Instead they were inspired by vintage pieces (the bride wore a dress from the 1940s), and Victoriana with a Rock n Roll twist. Of course there were a few autumnal touches such as pumpkins on the tables, but overall it was just a reflection of everything they love.
“We wanted our wedding to be different and not traditional but also show our personalities”, said the bride. “We collected vintage props for the tables but the venue, The Roost in Dalston, also had lots of quirky pieces of furniture and props that we could use. Music was also a big influence we spent months creating our perfect playlists for each part of the day.”
Lorenzo and Jodie met on a dating website. Their first date lasted 48 hours and they’ve been inseparable ever since! For their September wedding they wanted something to reflect their own style, so that meant something was relaxed, alternative and vintage inspired.
“We both wanted the wedding to be about our guests in a relaxed atmosphere but with a vintage theme (there was lots of browsing on Pinterest!)”, said the bride. “We wanted to express our personality throughout the day, which included little quirky props and all tattoos on show!”
“Our ceremony was very relaxed with a fantastic, friendly registrar. We didn’t have any personal vows but even without them, it was very emotional.”