Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”
Victoria and Alan were originally planning to marry in June. However after organising everything for a year, Victoria fell pregnant so decided to push back to October, after their son had been born.
The wedding took place in a village hall in central Fife, Scotland. “We’d originally planned a big castle wedding”, the bride began. “However once I fell pregnant and we pushed the day back, we decided to scale everything back and spend less. The last thing we wanted to do was worry about the costs. After all we now had a new born to look after! We ended up in a village hall having a BYOB (bring your own booze!) party.”
“I’d say the theme was a bit vintage, rustic and inspired by the WW1 era”, she continued. “I looked online for ideas, searching for how they might have styled their weddings in 1914. We wanted to give our day a modern twist too though.”
Hannah and Paul’s laid back wedding took place in October. “The inspiration for the wedding was for it to be laid back and natural,” explained the bride. “We wanted a relaxed day with no stresses and as few formalities as possible. We just wanted to enjoy the day with our friends and family and to not feel that we were forced to do certain things at certain times of the day. I also wanted natural décor with hessian, lace and flowers.”
“We also wanted to be ourselves. We both wore shoes that stood out and had all our tattoos on show because they are a part of us. I feel privileged to walk around with amazing artwork on my skin and wanted to show them off.”
Hannah’s dress was from Vivien of Holloway. “I wore a below knee length dress because a big fluffy princess dress just isn’t me”, she continued. “It was only £120 and it’s exactly what I wanted. I completed the look with a taxidermy skull fascinator and a vintage fox fur stole. Paul and his groomsmen had suits from ASOS. I bought them during the sale and they were only £40 each!”
John and Louise wanted a rustic, barn wedding and Sledmere Barn in Yorkshire was perfect for them. The venue was a real ‘blank canvas’, meaning they can completely free reign on how they decorated it.
Sledmere barn was the first place we visited and we didn’t need to see any other locations – we loved it!” said the bride. “The barn has some gorgeous details, brick archways, wooden beams, old hooks and nails dotted everywhere. It is open on one side but to protect us from the elements the manager said he would build us a hay bale wall!”
“Our wedding theme was simply about us, our friends and family, our loves, our lives and our memories”, she continued. “We made everything we could ourselves, and used an eclectic and rustic country theme to pull everything together. We called in a lot of favours from people, not necessarily to save money but to just make everything as personal as we possibly could.”
Wanting a simple, relaxed and family-focused wedding, Suzanne and Jonathan used the 1950s as inspiration but put their own twist on things. They had a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception.
“We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and memorable day”, said the bride. “I think we achieved just that. We did away with a few of the traditional wedding formalities that we didn’t care for such as having no prepared speeches, no receiving line and no white wedding dress. We also decided against a cake very early on and opted for a brownie stack instead. We had five scrummy flavours made by our caterers. We just wanted everyone to relax, have fun and not sit around and wait for things to happen. We also wanted great food and for people to get up and dance.”
The bride wore a gorgeous blue Candy Anthony dress. “I’ve always known that I wasn’t a ‘white wedding dress’ kind of girl. I travelled down from Manchester to London for a one hour appointment at Candy Anthony. It was the only appointment I made because I was 99.9% positive that I’d find my perfect dress there. I was right. They made the whole experience amazing from start to finish. I decided on an aqua strapless dress with a matching polka dot overlay and green petticoat. I loved my dress so much, I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. Swishing around the dance floor was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day!”
Adam and Stacey’s wedding took place at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon. They had a non-traditional, steampunk inspired day which was planned by the groom!
“Our wedding theme was just ‘stuff we like'”, said the bride. “We didn’t want it to be traditional and the same as other weddings but we also didn’t want to cut things out just for the sake of being different. The venue played a big part in it because as soon as we’d decided where to have our wedding, everything else started falling into place. For example, once we decided we were getting married outside with a longish walk to the ceremony site, I knew I wasn’t going to wear white or heels.”
“Having a humanist ceremony made it incredibly personal to us”, she continued, “and my outfit was also so unique and special. We made everything very casual so that we could enjoy our day and we made a lot of things ourselves. Maybe the most unique part of the whole wedding is that it was actually Adam that did most of the planning and I was not really involved in the process!”