Sophie and Callum had a Disney inspired wedding with a budget of just £4500. They didn’t go mad on the decor, but included small nods to their love of Disney and Harry Potter.
“I’m a lifelong fan of both Disney and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until around three years ago that Callum finally got around to reading the series and now I think he can recall more wand-lore than me!” Sophie laughed. “We are both giant nerds – we game together, we read together and we movie marathon together. I think we successfully infused ‘us’ into a pretty kick ass party.”
The main DIY projects that I did were the Disney themed centrepieces, Lupin’s briefcase (which we used for cards), the Be Our Guest mirror table plan, and the Sleeping Beauty book replica which we used as a guestbook filled with Disney postcards. The first three I actually managed to put together fairly quickly but the book took forever because I had to do it in stages to let it dry properly. I was super proud of the end result though.”
Laura and Luke’s winter wedding had a colourful, party atmosphere. They were inspired make the wedding as personal as possible.” We were keen to incorporate what initially brought us together (and where we shared a lot of our best memories) which is partying with our loved ones to the music we enjoy”, said Laura. “We booked favourite band, Land Blak and the Mixnot DJs.”
“We also wanted to serve all our favourite food and drink. We chose his (Wray & Ting) and hers (G&T) cocktails for the drinks reception, and for the reception guests had the choice from our favourite beer (Red Stripe and Brooklyn Lager) or cider (Savanna). Our food Mediterranean sharing platters to start, pie & mash (including the best Steak & Ale pie in Britain) for the main meal and then wood-fired pizza in the evening.
Brooke and Phil’s wedding theme came about when they found their venue, The Arches in Dean Clough, Halifax. The traditional cloth mill had exposed brick work, pillars and stone floor which was the perfect backdrop for an industrial inspired wedding with just a touch of glamour.
“We didn’t want the wedding to feel try-hard or pretentious”, explained Brooke. “We had a stylist, Natasha Nalton at Natasha Jane Events, who helped us decorate the space. From our first meeting she understood exactly what we wanted and didn’t let us down on the day. She created something that had the wow factor whilst still being relaxed and all about the celebration.”
“We loved all the glam elements like the mercury glass candles and roses while the copper and eucalyptus brought it in keeping with the venue. My sister in law made our table numbers and chair signs and I had fun spraying bottles copper. Natasha did a brilliant job of including our handmade elements with her own extensive collection of props.”
Meg and Craig didn’t want a big wedding but with the bride having a large Irish family it was slightly inevitable! In the end they agreed a guest list of 85 which was mostly close family and our best friends. They were married at Pangdean Barn, Pyecombe, Sussex.
“I would say the theme was rustic barn setting with a cute and quirky decor that reflected us!” said Meg. “We didn’t want formal or traditional and this was my first wedding to attend that wasn’t in a church! I LOVE Harry Potter and was allowed to have one Harry Potter element in the wedding. It’s better he restrained me really other wise we could have been getting married in Gryffindor robes by Albus Dumbledore. Our tableplan was my nod to Harry Potter. Made by my sister Becky, we named each table after a couple from the books and we sat at Snape and Lily’s table which was written on a page from the chapter the unbreakable vow.”
Colin and Tash wanted a wedding with good food, good wine and good people. They wanted it to be laid back and non-traditional and chose a restaurant as their venue. When she couldn’t find her dream dress in the usual places, the bride bought one on Etsy, and the groom ignored the traditional Scottish wedding dress code of a kilt, opting for tartan trousers as a nod to his late grandfather.
“We wanted the day to be solely about us and those who matter the most to us in the world”, said the bride. “With an 11 month old son, our wedding was celebrating us as a family, not just Colin and I as a couple. It was very intimate and although we both have big families we decided on only having our immediate family and the rest of our guests were friends. In all there were 35 guests and only 9 were our immediate family. We took all the things we love and incorporated them into our day”, she continued. “Harley Davidsons, Sailor Jerry, tattoos, good food and Beyonce (I walked down the aisle to Love on Top).”
Ru and Matt’s wedding perfectly reflected them. The bride wore a striking Jenny Packham dress with messy, boho hair and they both had their tattoos proudly on display! Their epic cake played homage to their favourite 80s movie, Lost Boys, and they used lots of deep colours in the flowers and decor to show their love of all things Moroccan.
“Our wedding was very music-orientated”, said Ru, “we were also influenced by travel mostly, colour, Morocco, Thailand, elephants and boho! One of my favourite things was our cake from Little Cherry Cake Company. We didn’t want everything to be serious. We also had a Game of Thrones themed card box which I made.”