Category Archives: British Brides

Marie Antoinette Meets Tim Burton Wedding with Lots & Lots of Balloons!

Fanny and Chris’ wedding theme can best be described as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette meets Tim Walker with a sprinkling of Baz Luhermann’s Romeo and Juliet! They wanted their wedding to be personal, stick to their budget and to transport their guests to their own magical world.

“Neither of us had been to many weddings and we didn’t really look at any typical bridal publications,” explained Fanny. “We really wanted to transport our friends and family to a little world of our own imagining.”

Their ceremony was a combination of traditions from lots of different cultures and was family oriented. “We were so lucky to have one of our closest friends marry us. It meant we could write the ceremony exactly as we wanted. Chris and Pete researched traditions from other cultures and created a ceremony that felt very personal and just right for us. We borrowed the Celtic tradition of hand binding by draping ribbons across our held hands while reciting promises we intend to keep to each other throughout our married life.”

“We got our friends and family involved by singing the Beatles All You Need is Love as a jubilant crowd. Each order of ceremony had a string attached so while we signed the register people were asked to tie theirs to the wrist of someone nearby, symbolising the greater family we were creating and the bond everyone now shared with us and with each other.”

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A Glittery, Feminist & Vegan Wedding in London

Steph and Dan wanted their wedding to be a lovely relaxed day turning into a big kick-ass party later on! They broke lots of traditions (no cake cutting or first dance) and made choices to reflect their feminist outlook. They included speeches from the bride, mother of the groom and the bridesmaid, got ready together in their own apartment, had their first look together at home and walked down the aisle together. Instead of their first dance, had a Jagerbomb toast to open up the dance floor!. With 115 guests, it was the biggest round they’d ever bought!

Rather than hiring wedding cars, they both took public transport to the ceremony at Islington Town Hall. “We walked through Brockwell Park, the best park in London, to Herne Hill train station, where we got the train to Victoria before jumping on the tube to our ceremony venue,” explained Steph. “We got many well wishes from passers-by; it was beautiful. We then flagged cabs to take us to St John’s Square for our reception and my bridesmaid and the three best men were responsible for doing the same for the guests.”

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An Authentically Vintage Yorkshire Wedding

It was important to vintage-loving Catriona and Mikey that their wedding was authentically vintage, and didn’t just have  a vintage ‘style’. The bride wore a dress from 1948, they handmade all the decor and served afternoon tea.

“We wanted to support as many small, independent businesses and charities as possible so this was at the forefront of how we went about planning”, said the bride. “His suit also cost more than my dress! My dress was only £50 because it was vintage and I bought it off a dealer who’s a friend. She then made my underskirt and alterations for another £50 so was a complete bargain and I loved it.”

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A Drag Queen, A Princess Carriage & An Intimate Blackpool Wedding for £1000

Hannah and Alex met at another wedding in Croatia. When it came to their own big day they wanted it to be kitsch, pseudo-Las Vegas, playful, fun and to stick to their £1000 budget! They were married in Blackpool and the day included candy floss, a fairy princess carriage, a drag queen named Crystal, games on the pier, a ride on a carousel and getting down and dirty to rave music at the waltzers!

“Hannah is from Blackpool and wanted her two grandmothers to play a big part in the wedding,” explained Alex. “So we changed our mind at the last minute and moved the whole thing up to Blackpool from London. It as the best decision we made and was great just to go with the flow!”

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An Emerald City Vow Renewal

Starla and Johnny renewed their wedding vows this year, on their 10 year wedding anniversary. Their theme was the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz and everything was green: the decorations, the lights, the cake, the candies, their clothes and Starla’s hair. Even their guests wore different shades of green!

“The day after we got married in 2007 I said ‘I feel a little sad that it’s all over’,” explained Starla, “and Johnny replied ‘let’s do it again in 10 years’ time, and every 10 years, for the rest of our lives!’. So that’s what we’re doing. This was our 10 year anniversary so we held a vow renewal party to get married all over again. We’re fortunate that most of our friends are flamboyant creative types; artists, designers, writers, craftspeople and performers. Their input in the day was invaluable. The photographer loved that he didn’t have to worry about coaxing smiles out of shy people. We all happily ran around being silly for the camera waving green smoke grenades around and we ended up with some great fun photos as a result.”

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Star Wars Inspired Summer Festival Wedding

Sarah and Lukas’ summer wedding was held in a Barn in Oxfordshire. When they first met they bonded over a mutual love of Star Wars, so they added lots of Star Wars memorabilia to the day.

“It was fitting that the first wedding purchase we made were life-sized cardboard cut outs of R2D2 and C3PO!” laughed the bride. “They shared the stage with the band and spent the evening crowdsurfing during the set. We tried to make our day personal by including everything we love – bits of Star Wars, Middle Earth (specifically Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday party) pies, airstreams and of course, music.”

“Our wedding was over the August bank holiday, meaning we missed Reading Festival, so naturally our wedding took on a festival vibe. There were food trucks, live music and we spent the night camping in the fields surrounding the barn. We really wanted a laid back wedding where all our friends and family could relax and have a good time.”

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